Santa Clara County Reports 1,177 New Coronavirus Cases, 23 Deaths

Gideon Rubin

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA — The Santa Clara County Public Health Department reported 1,177 additional coronavirus cases Wednesday.

The latest report brings the countywide case count to 67,423.

The county reported 23 additional coronavirus-related fatalities Wednesday, bringing its COVID-19 death toll to 673.

There were 712 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Santa Clara County as of Wednesday, of which 159 were being treated in intensive care units.

Elsewhere in the Bay Area and beyond, Sonoma County officials are reporting a recent increase in COVID-19 cases at the county's main jail and said Tuesday they are looking at their existing policies to see if any changes need to be made to prevent more cases.

There have been 28 positive COVID-19 cases at the Main Adult Detention Facility on Ventura Avenue in Santa Rosa, with 11 inmates and two employees currently positive for the virus, according to the county.

Most of the inmates who tested positive did so when they arrived at the jail, and county officials said their policy of testing and quarantining new inmates has been successful in reducing the likelihood of the virus spreading within the facility.

The wearing of masks is mandatory by inmates and staff, and the county sheriff's office has reduced interactions between inmates and also reduced visitation by people from outside the jail.

The county is also taking measures required by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) to provide testing to employees in the jail at least twice per week until no new cases are detected for two weeks.

"Sonoma County is seeing significant community spread of COVID-19, so it is not surprising that individuals are coming into the detention facility with the virus," county Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said in a news release."

That's why we worked with the Sheriff's Office in the beginning of the pandemic to set up a screening procedure to detect and isolate cases among new inmates," Mase said.

"Public Health staff is working with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office to provide the resources and support to mitigate exposure and reduce the chance for spread."

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There have been 2,246,297 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 25,005 coronavirus-related deaths in California as of Wednesday afternoon according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The United States had 19,679,455 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 341,313 coronavirus-related fatalities as of Wednesday afternoon.

There have been 82,510,560 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,800,400 coronavirus-related deaths reported globally as of Wednesday afternoon.

— Bay City News contributed to this report

This article originally appeared on the Los Gatos Patch