Santa Clara County says sheltering in place appears to be “flattening the curve” — or slowing the rate of coronavirus infection in the county.
“However, the number of infections is still rising, and we have not yet reached the peak,” says Antoinnae Comeaux, CBO of the county Emergency Operations Center, in a note to community partners. “Our collective efforts are giving health officials more time to plan for a surge in patients and minimize the number of deaths in our County.”
The Public Health Department has expanded its COVID-19 data dashboard to include confirmed cases and deaths by city of residence and deaths by race/ethnicity. Though the county notes that community transmission is believed to be widespread, and case counts represent only a small portion of cases within each city due to limited testing capacity.
Ahead of the Easter holiday, Comeaux asked faith leaders to help keep their communities safe and healthy by reminding congregations about the importance of social distancing.
“In the spirit of the love we have for one another, it is absolutely necessary to keep our distance and stay at home with only the people we live with during this season of religious celebration,” she said.
Comeaux also offered a reminder that disclosures of large inventories of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators by individuals and entities are due to the county, per a public health order, by April 15.