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Cases rise, still slower than last week

COVID cases rise, slower than last week


As of Thursday morning, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nevada County was 2,149. There are 254 new cases since Thursday, Dec. 10, indicating a 13% increase. Cases continue to rise, though not as rapidly as the first week in December.

Of the 2,149 total cases, 1,581 have been released from isolation and 534 are presently active, 21 more than last week. There have been 34 deaths by COVID-19 in Nevada County, 15 in the last week. According to the California Department of Public Health, 15 of Nevada County’s deaths took place in the Golden Empire Nursing Home.

Nevada and Placer counties enter the second week of a three-week shelter-in-place order today. Government officials maintain that the order will alleviate pressure in ICUs with limited capacity. Restaurants are only able to offer takeout. Gyms and yoga studios are closed entirely.

As of Thursday morning, Placer County reported 9,972 COVID-19 cases. The 1,428 additional cases recorded reflect a 17% increase in cases since last week — less than last week’s 28% increase. The county death toll is 97 — 12 of which took place in the last week.

Issues with Placer County data have led to discrepancies in its numbers.

The state prohibited all hotel and short-term rental lodging owners from honoring reservations for people coming from out of state unless they quarantine for two weeks or are coming under special circumstances. Testing centers’ availability is limited and changes by the day. The government has strongly advised community members to wear masks and socially distance to mitigate the rising cases of COVID-19.

Rebecca O’Neil is a staff writer with the Sierra Sun and The Union. She can be reached at


(As of Thursday morning)


Number of COVID-19 cases: 2,149

Number in western county: 1,417

Number in eastern county: 732

Number of active cases: 534 (up 21 from last week)

Number hospitalized: 20

Number of recoveries: 1,581

Number of deaths: 34 (15 in the last week)

Number tested: 31,800


Number of COVID-19 cases: 9,972

Number in East Placer: 461

Number in Mid-Placer: 1,271

Number in South Placer: 8,039

Number of recoveries: 7,240

Number of deaths: 97 (12 this week)

Number tested negative: 182,236

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