SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA — The Santa Clara County Public Health Department reported 345 additional coronavirus cases Tuesday.
The latest report brings the countywide case count to 29,023.
The county reported two additional coronavirus-related fatalities Tuesday, bringing its COVID-19 death toll to 447.
There were 151 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Santa Clara County as of Tuesday, of which 45 were being treated in intensive care units.
Elsewhere around the Bay Area and beyond, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday issued an urgent plea with residents to curtail Thanksgiving gatherings, to continue with COVID-19 prevention basics like wearing face coverings and social distancing, and to remain vigilant amidst "COVID fatigue."
The calls to help limit the spread of the virus comes while the county has an average of 9.2 new COVID-19 cases per week -- double the rate of just one week ago -- and a tripling of coronavirus-related hospitalizations since Oct. 16.
"If you gather, keep it safe, keep it short and keep it stable," Anna Roth, Contra Costa County's health director, told the supervisors (and the public) Tuesday morning.
That means gatherings of 15 or fewer people, outside if at all possible, and for two hours or less.
Roth said that hospitalizations in Contra Costa County have gone up from 21 on Oct. 16 to 48 on Monday, and then to 63 on Tuesday, an increase of 15 in one day.
That, she said, is alarming. Contact tracing efforts, Roth said, show family gatherings are the fourth-most prevalent source of new COVID-19 transmissions.
Thanks to a surge in new coronavirus cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that 41 of California's 58 counties -- Contra Costa among them -- would go into the "purple tier" in the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan, the most restrictive level in the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective Tuesday.
Newsom called this large-scale regression "pulling an emergency brake" and "sounding the alarm" about the critical state of affairs regarding the coronavirus.
Just seven days earlier, on Nov. 10, Contra Costa had moved from the "yellow tier" into the "red tier."
And by Friday, the county had already ordered business and social-gathering restrictions that come with the purple tier.
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There have been 1,049,080 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 18,312 coronavirus-related deaths in California as of Tuesday afternoon according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The United States had 11,330,842 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 248,424 coronavirus-related fatalities as of Tuesday afternoon.
There have been 55,499,501 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,335,946 deaths reported globally as of Tuesday afternoon.
— Bay City News contributed to this report