Coronavirus: Santa Clara County has 17 new cases and 5 new deaths, second most in California

Santa Clara County announced 17 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday for a total of 591. It was the fewest new cases since March 20 in a county that was one of the first to be hard hit by the deadly virus in the United States.

In addition, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department announced five new deaths, bringing the total COVID-19 fatalities in the county to 25.

It’s unclear how many total cases there are in the county, which has been under a shelter in place order for almost two weeks as part of a wide-ranging effort to contain the disease.

“Because of limited testing capacity through the Public Health Laboratory, the number of cases that we detect through testing represent only a small portion of the total number of likely cases in the county,” the department wrote on its website.

The first confirmed case in the county, which has nearly 2 million residents, was on January 31. The 591 total cases and 25 deaths are the second-most in the state after the much larger Los Angeles County — adjusted for population, Santa Clara County has nearly double the relative number of cases.

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