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CoronavirusSanta Clara County continues to see high COVID case numbers and record...

Santa Clara County continues to see high COVID case numbers and record hospitalizations

To date, 652 Santa Clara County residents have died from COVID-19, making it the county’s third leading cause of death in 2020, behind only cancer and heart disease.

State-mandated stay-at-home rules have intensified in recent weeks as California sees an unprecedented viral surge. Los Angeles is presently COVID-19’s epicenter, with ICU capacity there at zero. At press time, only 9% of ICU beds remain available in Santa Clara County. Meanwhile, countywide, the Latino population has been disproportionately impacted by the disease, as 52% of all Santa Clara County COVID patients have been Latino although Latinos only constitute 25.8% of the population.

In a press release today, County officials wrote, “As the holiday season continues with the Day of the Holy Innocents, and the New Year and Three Kings Day approaching, County health officials remind all residents to do their part by wearing face coverings and avoiding gatherings with those outside of the household.”

They went on to add that at least 40% of those who are infected with COVID-19 show no symptoms, and a number of COVID carriers can spread the disease before their symptoms begin.

Today, there were 1,715 new COVID-19 cases reported in Santa Clara County.

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

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