CHARTS: All the data that tells the story of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County

A nurse conducts a COVID-19 test in the parking lot of the Watsonville Community Hospital.
A nurse conducts a COVID-19 test in the parking lot of the Watsonville Community Hospital. Drive-thru testing has become standard practice in area hospitals. With COVID-19 on the rise, extreme precautions have been made.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

The COVID-19 pandemic has spanned the better part of a year, with Santa Cruz County and many other places in California seeing a deadly winter surge in cases, even as the vaccine rollout continues. Lookout has created charts to tell the story of the virus as it sweeps through Santa Cruz County.

In this story, we track:

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Snapshot of the virus

14-day average of daily cases in county

Demographic data of COVID-19 fatalities in county

Demographic and geographic data of cases in county

COVID-19 hospitalizations in county

ICU capacity

With the fate of Santa Cruz County largely dependent on the ICU capacities of other Bay Area counties, here’s a look at the ICU capacities of the five regions in California:

Tiers

Every county in the state is assigned a level on a 4-tier chart that indicates the severity of the spread of the virus. According to the California Department of Public Health, the tiers are calculated by taking into account test positivity and adjusted case rates.

In the purple tier, there are several restrictions placed on businesses. The California Department of Public Health shows a breakdown of the restrictions by tier.

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