Santa Clara County sees “worrying” slight increase in the number of cases, hospitalizations with the reopening

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Santa Clara County has seen a “worrying” recent increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations as more and more sectors of the economy have reopened – putting the county back on the watch list and show that transmission of the disease has likely accelerated, health officer Dr Sara Cody said Tuesday.”None of us want to be forced to return to full shelter on site, so it is essential that we have solid protocols and harm reduction strategies firmly in place, as we continue to reopen it,” Cody said the County Supervisory Board.

In the past week, COVID-19 hospitalizations across the country have crept up to 64 people after declining since the beginning of the month. The county also reported its third case, jump inside a single day on Tuesday with 121 cases – while the seven-day average of all new infections gradually increased this month to exceed 50 for the first time since mid-April.

These increases reflect major trends across California, which has seen increases in coronavirus infections as more and more businesses – such as bars, indoor dining and hairdressers – open their doors to first-time customers. for months.

“How are we going to do it as a state? Don’t do it right, ”said County Chief Executive Officer Jeff Smith. “How are we going to do as a region? Don’t do so well. ”

Still, many local health facilities, including those in the vicinity of San Mateo, Marin, Napa, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties, have been approved for reopening variances in an even faster manner than that of l ‘state. San Francisco is awaiting approval of its own request, while Contra Costa plans to reopen hotels, gyms and restaurants in the coming weeks.

Health officials did not first give a direct response, that if they intended to file a deviation request in Santa Clara, but later in the meeting, Cody alerted the control authorities who she had just learned that the surge hospitalization had placed the county on the state of the watch list.

“Right now, I don’t think we need (the variance) because of that,” she said.

About 11% of the latter case originated in 89 countywide outbreaks, according to Cody. More than a third of these episodes involve the construction of the sites, which reopened on May 4 in cleaning and social distancing requirements. Outbreaks have been reported in the restaurant industry, stores and food processing plants; at the end of May, nearly 40 confirmed cases were attributed to a fish packing plant in Morgan Hill.

Otherwise, almost half of the county’s number of cases comes from the transmission community in the sense that the cases cannot be linked to workplace outbreaks or contact with confirmed infections.

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