El Dorado County loses 2 more residents to virus

Staff Report


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — COVID-19 is continuing to take its toll in El Dorado County.

Officials announced Tuesday that two more residents have suffered virus-related deaths, making it four within the last five days and 12 overall since the first in mid-July.

The latest two are both women, one is from South Lake Tahoe in the 50-64 age group, the other is 65 or older from the Cameron Park/Shingle Springs/Rescue region.

The Tribune reported Monday that Elda Yadira Dueñas, 53, died unexpectedly from complications with the virus and the family was seeking support for medical and funeral costs.

A GoFundMe page was started and as of Tuesday afternoon it has raised $6,725 out of a $15,000 goal.

Of the county’s 12 deaths, six are from the Lake Tahoe region.

Officials also announced 81 new cases, including 16 from the Tahoe area and 121 assumed recoveries. There are also 51 cases awaiting address confirmation.

Twenty-three people are in the county’s two hospitals due to the virus, including five in intensive care units.

As of Tuesday, the greater Sacramento region that includes El Dorado County, has an ICU capacity of 15.7%, just above the 15% threshold that triggers the governor’s stay home order.

The order for the region went into effect at 11:59 pm. Thursday, Dec. 10. Once triggered the state health department states the order will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or is greater than 15%.

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