Santa Clara County Reports 35 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 Deaths

Gideon Rubin

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA — The Santa Clara County Public Health Department reported 34 additional cases of the new coronavirus Thursday.

The report brings the countywide total of COVID-19 cases to 3,032.

The county also reported two additional coronavirus-related fatalities, bringing its death toll to 148.

There are currently 59 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Santa Clara County, of which 21 are being treated in intensive care units.

Elsewhere around the Bay Area and beyond, the city of Novato will be closing part of Grant Avenue in downtown Novato every weekend this summer starting this Friday to allow restaurants and other businesses to expand into the street to ensure social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant Avenue will close except to pedestrians between Reichert and Machin avenues from 1 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m.

Monday each weekend, city officials said. San Jose's Alum Rock Park is reopening Thursday with limited parking and restrooms available after being closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The park opens at 8 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m., with parking lot entry closed after 6:30 p.m.

A new health order was issued on Wednesday by Santa Clara County that requires large health care systems to offer COVID-19 testing for patients in categories of high risk.

The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday and is necessary to protect all residents of the county, health officials said.

Starting Saturday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will make changes to its transit service, including bringing back some routes that had previously been discontinued due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Muni, under the changes, full routes for the 5-Fulton and 30-Stockton will be restored.

There have been 140,680 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4,875 coronavirus-related deaths in California as of Thursday afternoon according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The United States had 2,018,875 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 113,700 coronavirus-related fatalities as of Thursday afternoon.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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This article originally appeared on the Los Gatos Patch