Coronavirus: Santa Clara County has recorded 50 COVID-19 deaths, nears 1,500 confirmed cases

Fifty people have now died after testing positive for the novel coronavirus in Santa Clara County, according to new data released by the county’s Public Health Department on Friday.

The Public Health Department reported three new deaths and 42 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County Friday. There have now been 1,484 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, which is the Bay Area’s most populous county.

Over the last seven days, the number of COVID-19-related deaths have increased from 38 to 50 and the number of confirmed cases has increased from 1,094 to 1,484, a spike of 35.6 percent.

In an encouraging development for residents of Santa Clara County, the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped by 100 on Friday from 285 to 185. The number of patients requiring care in ICU beds also decreased from 84 to 76.

According to the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, men account for 33 COVID-19-related deaths in the county to date while women account for the remaining 17. Twenty nine of the 50 people who have died after testing positive for the coronavirus were at least 71 years of age, while 13 others were at least 51 years old.

Of the five most populous Bay Area counties, Santa Clara County now has the second-highest COVID-19 death rate per 100,000 residents. The rate in Santa Clara county of 2.5 deaths per 100,000 residents is slightly less than San Mateo County, which has had 21 COVID-19-related deaths to date and has a rate of 2.6 deaths per 100,000 residents.

The county released totals for the number of confirmed cases in each city within Santa Clara County for the first time on Thursday and updated those totals Friday. Of the 42 new confirmed cases, 28 came from the city of San Jose, which now accounts for 986 of the total cases in the county.

Sunnyvale’s total cases increased from 65 to 73 while Santa Clara’s case total increased from 54 to 57. Palo Alto, which had 57 cases on Thursday, did not report any new cases Friday. Milpitas (44) and Mountain View (31) each reported one new case.

According to data compiled by this news organization, nearly 4,700 people have now tested positive for the novel coronavirus across 10 Bay Area counties. 129 people have died after contracting COVID-19 in the Bay Area.

The Public Health Department says 14,135 people have now been tested for the coronavirus in Santa Clara County, which means the test positivity rate is 10.5 percent.

The county has not released data on the number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus and made full recoveries.

Earlier in the day, Gov. Gavin Newsom provided a look at optimistic coronavirus modeling that suggests the peak of the surge expected in California hospitals may not be as significant as what the state has planned for.

“Let’s continue to hold the line and let’s just do this together,” Newsom said. “Give us a few more weeks to see where these trend lines go.”

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