A map from the California Department of Public Health showing the state's counties by COVID tier
A map from the California Department of Public Health showing the state’s counties by their Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier designation.
(California Department of Public Health)
COVID 2021

Santa Cruz County remains among state’s best in COVID-19 case numbers

With just 1.3 confirmed COVID cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of 0.5%, Santa Cruz County is among the top 10 counties in California in those metrics, according to state data released Tuesday.

Numbers released Tuesday put Santa Cruz County as among the 10 best counties in California in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

California’s weekly Blueprint for a Safer Economy data measuring each county’s progress showed continuing low figures locally: Over a seven-day average, only 0.5% of COVID-19 tests have had positive results, and only 1.3 cases have been confirmed per 100,000 people (adjusted for the amount of testing). Santa Cruz County is among the state’s top 10 in both of those metrics.

No new deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in the county since May 8, according to state data.

Vaccination numbers are also continuing to improve, though the rate of vaccination has slowed as eligibility and supply have expanded. Some 55% of eligible Santa Cruz County residents (those 12 and over) are fully vaccinated, and 72% of those eligible are partially vaccinated (at least one dose of a two-dose regimen).