Santa Clara County Reports 137 New Coronavirus Cases, 10 Deaths

Gideon Rubin

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA — The Santa Clara County Public Health Department reported 137 additional coronavirus cases Wednesday.

The latest report brings the countywide case count to 24,558.

The county reported 10 additional coronavirus-related fatalities Wednesday, bringing its COVID-19 death toll to 392.

There were 78 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Santa Clara County as of Wednesday, of which 19 were being treated in intensive care units.

Elsewhere around the Bay Area and beyond, San Francisco Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance to provide funding for landlords whose tenants have been unable to pay rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Supervisor Dean Preston, who authored the legislation, San Francisco landlords have lost as much as $32 million monthly in unpaid rent as tenants continue to face financial hardships due to the pandemic.

Under the ordinance, owners with properties that have 10 or fewer units and have voluntarily waived the debt obligation from tenants impacted by COVID-19 could receive between 50 and 65 percent of the rent owed.

The funding, however, is contingent on the passage of city Proposition I during next week's elections. Prop. I, or the Real Estate Transfer Tax, would increase the property transfer tax rate for properties over $10 million.

"We are providing a roadmap for recovery, and that means making sure renters and small landlords are not left out in the cold if tenants can't pay rent because of COVID," Preston said in a statement.

"San Franciscans have a choice: Leave vulnerable tenants saddled by rent debt and small property owners at risk of default, or slightly increase taxes on billionaire real estate investors to help pay for our recovery efforts."

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There have been 917,204 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 17,495 coronavirus-related deaths in California as of Wednesday afternoon according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The United States had 8,837,688 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 227,421 coronavirus-related fatalities as of Wednesday afternoon.

There have been 44,312,806 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,171,300 deaths reported globally as of Wednesday afternoon.

— Bay City News contributed to this report

This article originally appeared on the Los Gatos Patch