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Humboldt breaks 100 mark as worldwide cases top out at 6 million

7 a.m., Sunday, May 31

Humboldt County, hardest hit by coronavirus in far-northern California, broke the 100 mark in cases Saturday afternoon. 

The county now has 101 cases, including two of which were confirmed Saturday. 

Meanwhile, Shasta County recorded two new cases Saturday afternoon, bringing to 39 the number of people who have been sickened with the virus in the county. 

The rest of the North State hadn’t reported any new cases by press time Saturday. 

Humboldt County’s dark milestone comes as the world also reached a new marker, with more than 6 million global cases confirmed Saturday afternoon, per Johns Hopkins University. 

California’s increase Saturday include a jump to 59 deaths in health workers and a rise to 4,156 fatalities total. Nearly 107,000 state residents had tested positive for the virus as of Saturday afternoon. Over half of those people have been between 18 and 49. 

Siskiyou County and COVID-19

The county didn’t report any new positive tests as of Saturday afternoon, leaving the local total at seven cases with 1,633 tests conducted. 

There are 29 people, however, with test results pending. 

Of the seven people infected, one has died and one is still considered to be an active case. 

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Shasta County employs dozens of people who work to trace the contacts of people who test positive for COVID-19, according to public health officials.

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Other Northern California counties

In far Northern California, here’s where COVID-19 case totals stand:

  • Butte County, 44
  • Shasta County, 39
  • Glenn County, 16 
  • Siskiyou County, 7 
  • Colusa County, 5
  • Lassen County, 5 
  • Plumas County, 4 
  • Tehama County, 4 
  • Trinity County, 1 
  • Modoc County, no cases

Coastal counties:

  • Humboldt, 101
  • Del Norte, 45
  • Mendocino, 30

What COVID-19 looks like in California

Statewide, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 110,583 as of Saturday, the California Department of Health reported Sunday afternoon.

At least 4,213 people in the state have died from the virus and 2,940 people were hospitalized because of the disease. Another 1,391 people suspected to have the illness were in the hospital. 

Here’s how California’s coronavirus cases break down by age:

  • Age 0-17: 6,254
  • Age 18-49: 57,738
  • Age 50-64: 25,964
  • Age 65+: 20,455
  • Unknown/missing: 172

Health-care workers made up 10,033 of California’s confirmed cases, according to state health officials. Of that number, 59 have died.

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U.S. and global case numbers

As of Saturday afternoon, the number of known coronavirus cases in the U.S. was at 1.78 million, according to Johns Hopkins University

That number includes 104,356 people who have died as a result of the virus.

Worldwide, the number of confirmed cases broke the 6 million mark Saturday afternoon. Of that total, more than 371,154 people have died.

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