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Projecting Local Mortality Rates: Mendo Coronavirus Update 4-1

Dr. Rochat of Anderson Valley Health Center

April 1, 2020--Emergency Room physician Dr. Drew Colfax of Ukiah Adventist Hostpital and Dr. John Rochat, Primary Care Physician at Anderson Valley Health Center, give the day's live local coronavirus update for April 1. While national numbers grow exponentially worse, locally Mendocino County is holding steady at 4 confirmed cases and no hospitalizations. Dr. Colfax extrapolates from national projections what Mendocino County's mortality rate could look like: a range from 50 deaths with excellent controls and strict adherence to shelter in place and social distancing, to 1500 lost if there are no protective measures taken. It's a grim reminder of the stakes for our community as shelter in place stretches into its third week. With more discussion of best practices for mask use, and questions from callers.

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