Surge brings 8% increase in Nevada County COVID-19 cases

Nevada County has two people die of COVID-19 this week after four months mortality free

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nevada County reached 6,152 Thursday morning. There are 459 new cases since Aug. 6, indicating a 8% increase over the last week.

Of the 6,152 total cases, 5,458 have been released from isolation and 617 are presently active, up from 358 last week. Case numbers over the past few weeks have risen dramatically, and after 17 weeks without a death in Nevada County, two more residents died from COVID-19. That brings the total death toll since the pandemic began to 77.

Nevada County administered 1,119 vaccines over the last week, bringing the total number of doses delivered to 105,230. Over the course of the last week, 453 people within county lines became completely vaccinated, bringing the number of fully vaccinated people up to 49,794 — around 50% of the population.

Nevada County public health officials highlighted the difference between recommendations and requirements for appropriate and safe masking given the recent surge in cases.

Face masks are required regardless of vaccination status in health care settings, jails, public transportation and schools. Unvaccinated people are required to wear masks in all indoor settings.


As of Thursday morning, Placer County reported 26,609 COVID-19 cases, indicating a 4% rise in cases over the last week. The county’s COVID-19 dashboard indicates there were 1,050 new cases over the last week.

There were no recorded deaths caused by COVID-19 in Placer County last week, leaving the death toll at 307 people.

Placer County has distributed 428,018 vaccines since their introduction. There were 1,988 people who became fully vaccinated over the week, bringing the number of fully vaccinated up to 206,923.

Placer County’s data may reflect inaccuracies.

According to the health system’s website, anyone 12 years and older can schedule an appointment at

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: 6,152

Number in western county: 4,681

Number in eastern county: 1,470 (County officials haven’t yet determined which side some cases reside in)

Number of active cases: 617

Number hospitalized: 26

Number of recoveries: 5,458

Number of deaths: 77 (after 17 weeks with 0 deaths, there were two deaths this week )

Number tested: 125,348


Number of COVID-19 cases: 26,609

Number in East Placer: 1,005

Number in Mid-Placer: 3,915

Number in South Placer: 21,318

Number of recoveries: 24,360

Number of deaths: 307 (0 in the last two weeks)

Number tested negative: 466,712

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