Santa Clara County Reports 123 New Coronavirus Cases, 4 Deaths

Gideon Rubin
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SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA — The Santa Clara County Public Health Department reported 123 additional coronavirus cases Tuesday.

The latest report brings the countywide case count to 24,425.

The county reported four additional coronavirus-related fatalities Tuesday, bringing its COVID-19 death toll to 392.

There were 80 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Santa Clara County as of Tuesday, of which 20 were being treated in intensive care units.

Elsewhere around the Bay Area and beyond, Santa Cruz County has moved to the less-restrictive orange COVID-19 tier on Tuesday, reopening and increasing capacity sizes for many indoor and outdoor activities.

"We are feeling very good about where we are as a county in terms of our COVID response," Santa Cruz County Health Officer Gail Newel said.

"We continue to do very well with a decrease in case count."

Previously opened sectors like restaurants, movie theaters, places of worship and museums can increase indoor capacity to 50 percent.

Retail establishments can open to full capacity as well.

Gyms and fitness centers can increase indoor capacity from 10 to 25 percent and wineries can resume indoor operations at 25 percent or 100 people -- whichever is fewer. Bars, breweries and distilleries can also resume outdoor operations.

Newel also said that most county school districts are potentially reopening with a hybrid model in January, but the decision is in the hands of the county's office of education and districts.

Solano County's public health officer warned Tuesday that the county is on track to move into the state's most restrictive coronavirus reopening tier next week if county residents continue to flout public health guidelines.

Dr. Bela Matyas told the county's Board of Supervisors that as of three weeks ago, and for several weeks prior, the county had confirmed around 26 to 28 positive COVID-19 cases per day.

That number of new cases has since jumped to around 40 per day over the last two weeks, according to Matyas. Solano County has been out of the state's most restrictive, purple reopening tier since Sept. 22 but, Matyas said, the metrics the state uses for tier assignments are beginning to trend in the wrong direction for the county.

"I think, unfortunately, given what we've been experiencing, if the case rate is reported today as too high it'll be too high next week as well," Matyas said.

Solano County must keep its number of new cases per 100,000 residents per day under seven to remain in the less-restrictive red tier, which allows it to resume indoor operations at businesses like restaurants and gyms.

As of Tuesday, its state-adjusted case rate, based on the number of tests performed in the county, sat at 7.1.

Matyas also indicated the county's hospitalizations have surged in recent weeks and that there are multiple ongoing outbreaks in congregate living facilities like nursing homes.

He suggested that some residents are not taking the virus seriously enough, holding large indoor gatherings at which attendees fail to wear masks and practice physical distancing.

Matyas used the examples of a recent funeral with some 300 attendees in the county and an indoor wedding of around 40 people as actions that are detrimental to the county's effort to reduce its case rate.

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There have been 912,943 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 17,417 coronavirus-related deaths in California as of Tuesday afternoon according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The United States had 8,766,984 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 226,524 coronavirus-related fatalities as of Tuesday afternoon.

There have been 43,822,245 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,164,047 deaths reported globally as of Tuesday afternoon.

— Bay City News contributed to this report

This article originally appeared on the Los Gatos Patch