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Local Updates from January - March 2020

March 2020 

Update 3/31/2020: Joining with six other Bay Area jurisdictions, the County of Santa Clara has extended the previous Stay-at-Home order through May 3, 2020. According to County public health officials, this order extension will help preserve critical hospital capacity across the region.

The County said the new order clarifies what's permissible for essential business and activities, as well as some new directives. These include:

  • Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. These areas must be closed to public use.
  • Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited. These facilities must be closed for recreational use.
  • Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household
  • Requires essential businesses to develop a social distancing protocol before April 3
  • Most construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited
  • Funerals limited to no more than 10 people attending
  • Essential businesses expanded to include service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries, title companies, Realtors, etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies, rental car companies and rideshare services that specifically enable essential activities
  • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities must scale down operations to their essential component only

Public health officials urged the public to stay home and emphasized that social distancing is the most powerful tool to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The new Stay-at-Home order will supersede the previous order and go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. According to the County, "it is a complement to the indefinite statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this month."

For more information, view the County's news release and read the Order of the Health Officer of the County of Santa Clara.

Also, view the County's Frequently Asked Questions concerning the new Stay-at-Home order.

At the noon-time news conference, County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced that there are now a total of 890 confirmed coronavirus cases and 30 deaths due to COVID-19. 

Update 3/30/2020: To help residents who may be experiencing income loss, the City’s electric utility, Silicon Valley Power, will provide a one-time $30 environmental credit on all residential electric bills. No action is required by residents to receive the credit. Resident will see a $30 credit on their utility bill within the next month or two. For more details about the City's emergency response, view today's COVID-19 Update.

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are 202 new coronavirus cases, now totaling 848 in Santa Clara County. Public health officials said the increase reflects a reporting delay, not necessarily a significant single day increase. Also, they announced three additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 28 in the county. View the County's dashboard. 

Update 3/29/2020: From the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, there are 55 new cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, now totaling 646. There are no new deaths from for this reporting period (ending 5 p.m. March 28, 2020).

Also, on Sunday, President Donald Trump extended federal social distancing guidelines through April 30. 

Update 3/28/2020 7 p.m.: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Domestic Travel Advisory for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. View more details from the CDC website.

Update 3/28/2020 5 p.m.:Today, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reported 17 new COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County, now totaling 591. County Public Health officials also announced five additional deaths from coronavirus, bringing the total to 25. These numbers are current, as of 5 p.m. March 27.

Yesterday, County Public Health debuted a new dashboard for providing "detailed information about cases and deaths from COVID-19 in Santa Clara County and is intended for educational purposes only." It contains information such as cases by gender and age group. View the dashboard.

Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is no evidence that pets in the US can spread COVID-19 to people. The virus spreads mostly from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  

Update 3/27/2020:  Effective today, March 27, Mission City Memorial Park (MCMP) is now closed to the public due to the “Stay at Home” order.

  • Interment Services: MCMP staff will continue to be available to schedule interments and perform all scheduled interments. In compliance with federal, state and local (including County of Santa Clara Public Health Department) orders, all COVID-19 protocols and social distancing requirements will be enforced, including during funerals. 
  • Cemetery Business: The administration office is open for essential cemetery business.

Staff can be contacted by calling 408-615-3790 or emailing Cemetery@SantaClaraCA.gov with any needs or questions.

Update 3/26/2020: Water & Sewer Utilities is reporting a rise in sewer backups due to wipes being flushed down the toilet. Since March 17, City sewer crews have responded to 16 service calls for sewer backups, some of which were likely caused by wipes clogging the pipes.Everyone is reminded to throw away all wipes or paper towels in the trash.
Flushing wipes cause sewer backups and creates a public health issue. Even wipes labeled “flushable” will clog pipes and interfere with sewage collection and treatment. Throw them away.

As of 5 p.m. March 25, County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports 83 new cases for a total of 542 confirmed coronavirus cases with 154 hospitalizations in the county. County public health officials also announced two additional deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 19.

Update 3/25/2020: As of Wednesday, March 25, the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is now fully activated to increase our ability to maintain situational awareness, manage resources, and coordinate public information for this rapidly evolving situation.

The EOC became partially activated on March 11, 2020.

School closures have been extended through May 1, 2020 to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The Santa Clara County Office of Education stated, “Education will continue through flexible learning, meals will continue to be provided and, where possible, childcare may be arranged.” View the SCCOE news release.

As of 5 p.m. March 24, 2020, the Santa Clara County of Public Health Department reports 84 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 459. There was also one additional death, for a total of 17 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county.

View today's COVID-19 Update for more details.

Update 3/24/2020, 4:15 p.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department issued a statement today, March 24, concerning plans for the Federal Medical Station that's being assessed for the Santa Clara Convention Center.

According to the County Public Health Department, "Plans for the Federal Medical Station (FMS) at the City of Santa Clara Convention Center have been adjusted. The FMS will serve less-acute COVID-19 cases and provide increased capacity for our healthcare system." 

The FMS is expected to open in the next week or two.

For more information about what a Federal Medical Station is, view the CDC fact sheet.  

Update 3/24:2020: The City continues to urge residents to follow the State’s and County of Santa Clara’s “Stay-at-Home” order except for essential needs such as purchasing groceries and picking up prescriptions. Businesses, that are considered non-essential, are also to be closed.

The Santa Clara Police Department is responding to calls of reported violations and handling them by educating the public and/or business owner about the “Stay-at-Home” order. Over the last week, Police have responded to approximately 30 calls about alleged violations of the shelter-in-place order, such as people who are not household members playing basketball in parks.

For more information, view the County’s Frequently Asked Questions about the order to stay at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable community members. 

On Tuesday, March 24, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reported that there are now 54 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County, now totaling 375. There were also three additional deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total to 16 deaths. These case numbers are current as of 5 p.m. March 23, 2020. 

Update 3/23/2020: This morning, March 23, the City of Santa Clara Reference Line launched for residents who may have questions about City services and programs during the COVID-19 emergency response as well as general library reference and circulation questions.

Library staff will respond to the public’s calls and emails sent to the City Reference Line, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

During this time, the public can call about City service questions, including library ones, by calling 408-615-2900 and speak with staff or send questions in via email anytime at librarians@santaclaraca.gov or visit SCLibrary.org.

For coronavirus-specific questions, the public is urged to either visit the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department website, sccphd.org/coronavirus, or contact the County’s Public Call Center by calling 2-1-1 or texting the word “coronavirus” to 211211 and following the prompts provided.

Update 3/22/2020: On Saturday, March 21, preparations began for a temporary Federal Medical Station (FMS) to be set up inside the City-owned Santa Clara Convention Center to care for up to 250 people. The FMS is for individuals who DO NOT have COVID-19 in order to increase hospital capacity in Santa Clara County. 

Managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, the FMS provides beds, supplies and medicines for short-term, sub-acute care for individuals who don't have COVID-19. Having a FMS in Santa Clara increases local capacity for acute hospital beds. 

According to the County of Santa Clara, these efforts are to build capacity in preparation for a potential increase in demands on our healthcare system as COVID-19 cases rise. 

For more information, view the Federal Medical Station Fact Sheet from the CDC.

Update 3/20/2020 (7 p.m.): Effective immediately, all City playgrounds are closed. Parks and trails remain open. When using parks and trails, practice social distancing by maintaining at least six feet of distance from others who are not part of your immediate household. 

Update 3/20/2020 (3:30 p.m.): The City’s supplemental food distribution program for seniors launched successfully Friday morning, March 20. Thanks to the Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation, Spectra Venue Management and Levy Premium Food Services, the City quickly organized the program. On Friday, more than 280 weekend meal packages were provided to homebound seniors and individuals, age 60 and older, who participate in the City’s Senior Center Nutrition Program.The catering resources of the City-owned Santa Clara Convention Center is preparing the weekend food packages for seniors.

Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation members are volunteering to distribute the meals to seniors on Fridays. If members of the public are interested in volunteering opportunities for the COVID-19 response, visit the Firefighters Foundation website for more information.

View today's COVID-19 Update

According to County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, there are now seven new cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total number of cases to 196. County public health officials also announced two coronavirus-related deaths today, bringing the total to eight. For more information, visit www.sccphd.org/coronavirus.

Update 3/19/2020: On March 19,  Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order, effective immediately, requiring all Californians to stay at home, except as necessary to maintain or access critical systems and services. The County of Santa Clara Health Officer’s March 16, 2020 order remains in effect. All residents are urged to closely follow the restrictions in both the County and State orders. View more details on the Governor's order.

For the day's summary report, view the COVID-19 Update (3/19/2020, published 5:30 p.m.)

Beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, the Santa Clara Senior Center will provide to-go drive through meals (curbside pick-up) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, for persons 60 years of age or older. Please call 408-615-3170 for a meal reservation. To reserve a meal, calls must be made by 12 p.m. the business day before the meal is to be picked up.

Also, more events have been canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. The latest events that are now canceled are:

  • Citywide Garage Sale, April 11 (canceled)
  • Earth Day/Arbor Day, April 23 (canceled)
  • Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Event, April 25 (canceled)

Latest Update from the U.S. Department of State (afternoon, 3/19/2020): "The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel." For more details on travel advisories, visit Travel.State.Gov.

Earlier update/10:20 a.m. 3/19/2020: "The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice."

The State of California debuted a Coronavirus (COVID-19) response website, COVID19.CA.gov/. 

For information about latest developments concerning the coronavirus, visit the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department's website.

Update 3/17/2020:  Effective today, March 17, 2020, the City of Santa Clara is only providing essential public services to comply with the County's latest order that's in effect for the next three weeks. These services include fire and police services, electric, water and sewer services, and trash and recycling pickup. All City facilities are also temporarily closed to the public. 

View the City's COVID-19 Update for more details for Santa Clarans.

The County's order is also in effect today for residents to stay at home and limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. These may include purchasing groceries, picking up medicine, going to a doctor's appointment, and the like. The order is currently set to last until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Also, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced an adult man in his 50s has died from COVID-19, bringing the total to five deaths in the county. Public health officials also said there are now 17 new confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 155.

Update 3/16/2020: Seven Bay Area jurisdictions, including Santa Clara County, issued an order for residents to stay at home to help slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. This "sheltering in place" is a more rigorous form of social distancing. According to the County, this means:

  • Stay home
  • Only go out for "essential activities," to work for an "essential business," or for "essential travel" as those terms are defined in the Order,
  • Stay 6 feet or more away from others
  • No gatherings

View the County's Frequently Asked Questions about the new order directing individuals to stay at home. 

From the County of Santa Clara news release: "On March 16, the Public health officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties announced, with the City of Berkeley, a legal order directing their respective residents to shelter at home for three weeks beginning March 17. The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. The guidance comes after substantial input from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and best practices from other health officials around the world."

View the official order of the Health Officer of the County of Santa Clara.

Update 3/15/2020: On Sunday, afternoon, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that bars, night clubs, breweries and wineries should close in California to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Governor also asked for those 65 years and older or anyone with underlying medical conditions to home isolate.

Gov. Newsom said he was ordering restaurants to half-capacity to address concerns about the spread of the virus. He asked restaurants to concentrate on take-out for those who are self-isolating and to maximize social distancing. Gov. Newsom did not ask restaurants to close, citing the availability of food service during COVID-19 outbreak remained vital. 

Earlier, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced 23 new cases of  COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. This brings the total number of cases to 114. Of the 114 cases, 48 individuals with COVID-19 are hospitalized. County Public Health Officials  expect numbers to grow and urge everyone to follow Public Health recommendations. 

Update 3/13/2020: The City has begun implementation of the County of Santa Clara’s new mandatory order which bans any gathering of more than 100 people. Also, the County order bans gatherings of 35 to 100 people unless five specific conditions are met. The order will take effect at 12 a.m. March 14 and will be in effect for at least three weeks. Read the County of Santa Clara Public Health Departments news release.

County Public Health also issued new recommendations to help protect residents from COVID-19.

Starting Monday, March 16, all public schools in Santa Clara County will be closed through at least April 3, 2020. The County Superintendent of Schools and all district superintendents in the County made this decision to close the schools to students.

Update 3/12/20: On the evening of March 11, 2020, City Manager Deanna J. Santana officially proclaimed a local state of emergency to prepare for the growing spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. Per the City Code, the City Manager as the City of Santa Clara’s Director of Emergency Services has the authority to proclaim a local emergency. The City Council is scheduled to ratify the proclamation at their Tuesday, March 17 meeting in Council Chambers.  

View City's COVID-19 Update (March 12, 2020, 3 p.m.), a summary of the latest developments due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in Santa Clara County.
 
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department now reports 66 confirmed cases in the county.


Update 3/11/2020:
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are three new cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. This brings the total number of cases to 48. Public health officials expect the numbers to grow and urge everyone to follow Public Health recommendations. View the recommendations.

Update 3/10/2020: As of Tuesday, March 10, the City of Santa Clara is now implementing the County of Santa Clara’s mandatory order to cancel mass gatherings due to the growing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in our county. 

View scheduling changes for events and/or service reductions that are now in effect through at least Sunday, April 5, 2020.

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reported two new cases Tuesday for a total of 45 confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County. County Public Health officials anticipate the number of cases to increase and urge everyone to follow Public Health recommendations.

Update 3/9/2020: This evening, the County of Santa Clara issued a mandatory order to cancel mass gatherings countywide, including in the city of Santa Clara, due to increasing rates of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Tomorrow, March 10, City Manager Deanna J. Santana will issue additional instructions on how the City organization will implement this order for Santa Clara. The County's order takes effect 12 a.m. March 11, 2020 and will initially remain in place for three weeks. 

The County's order defines a “mass gathering” as any event or convening that brings together one thousand (1,000) or more people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, theater, any other confined indoor or confined outdoor space. According to County Public Health, this order does not include normal operations at airports, shopping malls and centers. It also does not include grocery stores, retail or typical office environments.

Also, the County Public Health Department IS NOT recommending closing schools at this time.

FAQs for County Order to Cancel Mass Gatherings

There are now six new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 43 in Santa Clara County, according to County public health officials. Earlier on Monday, March 9, the Public Health Department announced the first death from COVID-19 in the county.

For more details about the County's order and new guidance for slowing the spread of the virus, visit the County Public Health website.

Update 3/8/2020:  County Public Health reports five new cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, bringing the total to 37. It is anticipated that the number of cases will likely rise.

On Saturday, March 7, the California Department of Public Health released updated guidelines for schools, colleges and large public events, stating they are "designed to help California improve preparation and prevention."

Update 3/7/2020: The County Public Health Department announced Saturday that there are now eight new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 32 in Santa Clara County.

County public health officials also said there have reports of people being discriminated against as a result of COVID-19. They are reminding the public that  "we can do our part to protect our health & the health of the community by reminding each other that discrimination is unacceptable a counterproductive to protecting the public’s health."

Under the guidance of County Public Health and in consultation with our expert internal emergency response staff, the City of Santa Clara decided to postpone or cancel some upcoming events and programs through at least March 15 in the best interest of public health and welfare. This action was taken on Friday, March 6.

Based on the latest situational updates, the City plans to evaluate the status of these programs as well as events at Levi’s® Stadium on a weekly basis.

For more details, visit the Event and Program Updates webpage that will be updated when new information becomes available.

Update 3/6/2020: The County Public Health Department said there are now four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. This brings the total number of cases to 24. Read the County Public Health news release.  

Update 3/5/2020: The County Public Health Department announced there are now six more confirmed cases of  coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 20 in Santa Clara County.

Local public health officials also announced new guidance to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and reduce the number of people infected. The guidance included recommendations for people at higher risk for severe COVID-19 Illness:

  • The County Public Health Department is recommending that persons at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from crowded social gatherings of people as much as possible such as parades, conferences, sporting events, and concerts where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another.

  • Those at higher risk include:
    • People over 50 years of age. The risk increases significantly thereafter and escalates with age, with persons over age 80 in the highest risk category.
    • People, regardless of age, with underlying health conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or chronic lung diseases like COPD, as well as those with severely weakened immune systems. 

For more information, view the County Public Health Department's website

Update 3/4/2020: The County Public Health Department announced there are now three more confirmed cases of  coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 14 in Santa Clara County. For more information, view the County Public Health Department's website

Update 3/3/2020: Read the community letter about the City of Santa Clara's preparedness for novel coronavirus.

 There's new guidance to the community from the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department "to protect persons at higher risk of serious illness due to COVID-19." County Public Health also announced 11 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus. The two latest cases are under investigation.  

From County Public Health Department:
Who is at higher risk?
Information about risk factors for COVID-19 infection is evolving, but the best evidence currently available makes clear that risk of severe illness begins to increase at age 50 for those who contract COVID-19, and increases with age (i.e., an 80-year-old person is at greater risk than a 70-year-old person). The highest risk group are persons age 80 and over. 

Persons with underlying medical problems also are likely at higher risk for severe disease, including persons with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or chronic lung diseases like COPD, as well as those who are immunocompromised.

What should I do if I am at higher risk?
The County Public Health Department is recommending that persons at higher risk avoid mass gatherings such as parades, sporting events, and concerts where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another. This would not include typical office environments, grocery stores, or shopping centers, where it is unusual for large numbers of people to be within arm’s length of one another.

View the County Public Health Department's news release.

Update 3/2/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department confirms two new cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. This brings the total number of cases to nine. 

Here are recommendations from the County Public Health Department for individuals to help slow down the spread of the disease:

  • Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently, especially after you touch common surfaces, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails, light switches, countertops, and tables. It is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Always cover your cough and stay home when you are sick.  
  • Stay away from people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick. 
  • Work on not touching your face because one way viruses spread is when you touch your own mouth, nose or eyes. If you do need to touch your own mouth, nose or eyes, wash your hands before you do so. 
  • Start thinking about family preparedness, how to take care of sick family members while not getting infected. Think about a room to isolate a sick person. 

View the latest County Public Health media statement.

Additional information and resources are available on the County Public Health Department website.

Update 3/1/2020 5:40 p.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are now three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, bringing the total number of cases to seven. County Public Health officials said, "An increase in cases is not unexpected."

Per recommendations from County Public Health, here are simple but very important actions you can take to help slow down spread of this disease:

  • Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently, especially after you touch common surfaces, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails, light switches, countertops, and tables. It is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Always cover your cough and stay home when you are sick.
  • Stay away from people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick.
  • Today, start working on not touching your face because one way viruses spread is when you touch your own mouth, nose or eyes. If you do need to touch your own mouth, nose or eyes, wash your hands before you do so.
  • Start thinking about family preparedness, how to take care of sick family members while not getting infected. Think about a room to isolate a sick person.

For more details about the latest confirmed cases, view the media statement from County Public Health.

February 2020 

Update 2/29/2020 5:40 p.m.:  From the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department: there are now four (4) confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County. According to County Public Health officials, this case is an adult woman who is a household contact of the third Santa Clara County case. She is not hospitalized or ill at this time.

Read the media statement from County Public Health.

Update 2/29/2020 12:30 p.m.: Washington State health officials confirmed the first coronavirus death in the U.S.

The travel information below is from the Centers for Disease Control and Convention (CDC) in response to the growing public health threat from novel coronavirus. View latest updates from the CDC.

Update 2/28/2020 - 5 p.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department has reported the third case of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. According to public health officials, the individual is an older adult woman with chronic health conditions who was hospitalized for a respiratory illness. This is the third case to be in identified in the county but it's the first one in the county in which the individual does not have a travel history nor any known contact with a traveler or infected person. This case indicates that there is evidence of community transmission but the extent is unclear at this time.

The County Public Health Department also provided these recommendations for individuals:

  • Keep your hands clean. It is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. And always need to cover your cough and stay home when you are sick.
  • Today, start working on not touching your face because one way viruses spread is when you touch your own mouth, nose or eyes.
  • Since we know the disease is here, we all need to stay away from people who are sick.
  • Start thinking about family preparedness, how to take care of sick family while not getting infected. Think about a room to isolate a sick person.

For more details, read the County Public Health Department news release.  

Update 2/28/2020 - 3:15 p.m. The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is providing an update on the novel coronavirus at a news conference being held this afternoon. The livestream will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 on the County Public Health Department's Facebook page.

Update 2/25/2020: From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: There is currently no reported community spread of COVID19 in the U.S. But as more countries see community spread, successful containment becomes harder and the CDC is preparing for community spread stateside. People should follow everyday measures to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as staying home when sick and washing hands with soap and water.

In addition, the CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the following destinations: China and South Korea.

The CDC also recommends older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel to the following destinations: Iran, Italy and Japan. View latest travel updates from the CDC, Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel.

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.

Update 2/20/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced that the man with the first confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the county has fully recovered and has been released from isolation. Read more...

Update 2/18/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County. For the latest updates, visit the County Public Health Department's website, sccphd.org/coronavirus.

Update 2/14/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.

There are 15 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in seven states: eight in California; two in Illinois; and one each in Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Texas.

Update 2/12/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.

On Feb. 11, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that's causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. It is now officially called COVID-19.

Update 2/10/2020 at 10 a.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.  

Update 2/6/2020 at 9:50 a.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.  

Update 2/4/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel (new) coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.

SCC Public Health confirmed reports that healthcare workers at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose have been sent home because of exposure to novel coronavirus. According to County public health officials, five healthcare workers were found to have been exposed after seeing a patient later confirmed to have coronavirus. These workers have been instructed to stay home until Feb. 11. SCC Public Health stresses that this is being done to protect the public’s health and limit any potential spread of the virus.

Update 2/2/2020 at 3 p.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced a second case of coronavirus in Santa Clara County that’s unrelated to the first one.

County Public Health is not releasing the name of the city where either one of the individuals with confirmed cases of coronavirus resides. Public Health reports the latest individual - an adult woman - had recently traveled to Wuhan, the part of China where the disease originated.

According to County Public Health officials, the risk to the public remains low. 

For more information, visit SCC Public Health website.

January 2020

Updated 1/31/2020 at 2:17 p.m.: On Friday afternoon, Jan. 31, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced there is a confirmed case of the coronavirus in Santa Clara County. County public health officials stated that the risk to the public is low. For more details, visit the SCC Public Health website.

Also on Friday, Jan. 31, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced the following: "Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency for the entire United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to 2019 novel coronavirus." View the news release.

1/30/2020: On Thursday, January 30, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for China.

In its travel advisory, the State Department said, "Do not travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. On January 30, the World Health Organization has determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Commercial carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China."

For more information, visit the State Department website.

1/28/2020:  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): On January 27, the CDC issued updated travel guidance for China, recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to all of the country (Level 3 Travel Health Notice). This warning is in response to an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) spreading between people in many parts of that country. For more information, view the CDC news release

1/24/2020: There are no cases of the coronavirus reported in Santa Clara County at this time, according to the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department.

SCC Public Health said that since this virus is very new and information is changing quickly, health authorities are closely watching the situation and how this virus spreads.


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