Last night, on April 9, Santa Clara County authorities had logged 43 cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, among Milpitas residents.
Nearby San Jose, the population of which is over 10 times that of Milpitas, had 958 confirmed cases. Smaller cities had counts totaling in the dozens: Palo Alto had 57, Mountain View had 30, and Sunnyvale had 65.
Countywide, 1,442 people are infected with the virus, and 47 infected patients have died from it. Over half (56%) of the deceased were between 71 and 90 years of age. Nobody younger than 40 has died from the novel coronavirus within the county.
California has managed to curb viral spread projections by enforcing widespread shelter in place and social distancing regulations. The bad news is, state residents may be looking ahead to many more months of isolation. Projections estimate a vaccine will not be available for at least one year.
Experts emphasize that in addition to sheltering in place and abiding by social distancing mandates, wearing masks in public is advisable, along with regularly washing one’s hands and avoiding touching one’s own face.