Ventura County Reports 549 New COVID-19 Cases over Holiday Weekend

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The Ventura County Star is reporting that the County added 549 new coronavirus cases over the holiday weekend and three new deaths.

The report covered test results collected over four days, from Thursday through Sunday, according to public health officials. Many of the lab collection dates reached back to late June; such a lag is typical. 

Monday’s update was the first issued since Thursday because no data was released over the long holiday weekend.

The new cases make 3,789 local residents who have tested positive for the virus since the first case was reported on March 6.

Of those, 2,029 people have recovered (53%) – and 1,710 with active cases were under quarantine Monday, according to county public health officials.

Three new deaths pushed the number of fatalities to 50. The fatalities were a 62-year-old man, an 89-year-old woman, and a 93-year-old man, officials said. No additional information was immediately available Monday afternoon.

According to Business Insider, a new strain of the novel coronavirus is rapidly spreading from Europe to the US.

A new study says the virus is more infectious than its predecessor but is not making people any sicker than before.

According to Business Insider, researchers call the new strain G614 and the previous strain D614. One researcher says the new mutation is “now the dominant form infecting people.”

The US has reported a total of 2,795,437 cases of the disease. 129,438 people have died of it since it gained a foothold within the country in January.