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Coronavirus weekend update: More parks close, Santa Clara County cases reach 1,148

A roundup of COVID-19 news in Santa Clara, San Mateo counties

Local and regional leaders took notable actions this past week as the coronavirus continues to take its toll on the Peninsula, where hundreds of people have tested positive for the virus.

The upward trend in cases and deaths on the Peninsula and the rest of the Bay Area led to an extended shelter-at-home order announced Tuesday, March 31, and closure of all Santa Clara County schools for the rest of the academic year a day later.

Santa Clara County's total of coronavirus cases surpassed the 1,000 mark this week. As of Saturday, April 4, the county has reported 1,148 positive COVID-19 cases, representing 11% of the total tests conducted for the virus. The death toll reached 39.

In the past week, San Mateo County added more than 200 cases to its total of coronavirus cases (which was 538 as of Friday evening) and saw its death count more than double to 13. The county announced 52 more cases of the virus between Thursday, April 2, and Friday nights. The county has prepared a COVID-19 treatment site at the San Mateo County Event Center to take on overflow from hospitals or people who can't go home for fear of exposing an elderly parent to the deadly virus.

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Menlo Park shut down Bedwell Bayfront Park Friday evening indefinitely in response to continuous heavy crowds – estimated at twice the daily average gathering at the park, the city said in a press release.

Santa Clara County

Due to a "persistent minority" of people not complying with public health and safety measures at the Stanford Dish, the university closed all entrances to the popular walking trail on Friday, April 3, evening.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Coronavirus weekend update: More parks close, Santa Clara County cases reach 1,148

A roundup of COVID-19 news in Santa Clara, San Mateo counties

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Sat, Apr 4, 2020, 10:12 am

Local and regional leaders took notable actions this past week as the coronavirus continues to take its toll on the Peninsula, where hundreds of people have tested positive for the virus.

The upward trend in cases and deaths on the Peninsula and the rest of the Bay Area led to an extended shelter-at-home order announced Tuesday, March 31, and closure of all Santa Clara County schools for the rest of the academic year a day later.

Santa Clara County's total of coronavirus cases surpassed the 1,000 mark this week. As of Saturday, April 4, the county has reported 1,148 positive COVID-19 cases, representing 11% of the total tests conducted for the virus. The death toll reached 39.

In the past week, San Mateo County added more than 200 cases to its total of coronavirus cases (which was 538 as of Friday evening) and saw its death count more than double to 13. The county announced 52 more cases of the virus between Thursday, April 2, and Friday nights. The county has prepared a COVID-19 treatment site at the San Mateo County Event Center to take on overflow from hospitals or people who can't go home for fear of exposing an elderly parent to the deadly virus.

San Mateo County

Menlo Park shut down Bedwell Bayfront Park Friday evening indefinitely in response to continuous heavy crowds – estimated at twice the daily average gathering at the park, the city said in a press release.

Santa Clara County

Due to a "persistent minority" of people not complying with public health and safety measures at the Stanford Dish, the university closed all entrances to the popular walking trail on Friday, April 3, evening.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac here.

Comments

CovidKis
Monta Loma
on Apr 5, 2020 at 11:35 am
CovidKis, Monta Loma
on Apr 5, 2020 at 11:35 am
5 people like this

I should have done this long ago. In pandemics you need to act fast. Not wait and see if the people will do the right thing. Follow China and Taiwan. They did the right thing. They did it fast


Mission Peakers Now Ranchers
another community
on Apr 5, 2020 at 11:54 am
Mission Peakers Now Ranchers, another community
on Apr 5, 2020 at 11:54 am
6 people like this

I'm a Hayward resident and regular hiker of Mission Peak, usually getting up 2-3 times a week either solo or maybe with a friend or two, keeping 6 feet apart. That trail is now complete bedlam.

In the past 10 days I cannot tell you how many times inconsiderate people got too close, coughed or blew huge gasping breaths as the passed, or even spit! What's up with the spitting runners?
It's been like a constant barrage of people getting way too close. No More.

Staring next sunny day we'll be moving our usual "Hiking operations" to Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino. It sounds well managed, plus there's a Trader Joes right next door, so, BONUS!


So Clueless
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2020 at 1:21 pm
So Clueless, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2020 at 1:21 pm
17 people like this

Are you serious?!?! Please DO NOT come all the way from Hayward to Rancho and by all means do not think about going to our stores. If people were coughing around you you may have been exposed. You could be transmitting it without knowing.


the mid-pen guy
Bailey Park
on Apr 5, 2020 at 1:53 pm
the mid-pen guy, Bailey Park
on Apr 5, 2020 at 1:53 pm
5 people like this

> Are you serious?!?!

No, you're being trolled. I'm pretty sure the high end east bay hikers don't normally visit the MV Voice website, choose a topic about closures and post in a sophomoric way (spitting?) that they're trolling you...

" .... *we'll* be moving *our* usual "Hiking operations" ... "

C'mon, it doesn't pass the smell test. "spitting"?

It's well-constructed to engender a response. We know who posted this.



Selfishness
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2020 at 2:27 pm
Selfishness, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2020 at 2:27 pm
15 people like this

It seems so many are just being selfish, only after their own purpose.
Grow up, stay home.


The Business Man
Castro City
on Apr 5, 2020 at 4:23 pm
The Business Man, Castro City
on Apr 5, 2020 at 4:23 pm
2 people like this

[Post removed due to being in all-caps]


Easy Fix for Rancho
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2020 at 5:05 am
Easy Fix for Rancho, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2020 at 5:05 am
11 people like this

San Mateo County now has a policy that states you should not exercise more than 5 miles from your residence. I think this is a prudent measure that other counties should follow. a 5 Mile radius around Rancho includes Los Altos, Cup, MV and SV. Put up a signs along Critso Rey that state nobody will be admited without proof of residence in one of those cities.

The community mixing people worry about is reduced. That really is going on despite trolls and denials, I know this for a fact, anecdotally, 3 individuals I work with in Fremont are coming to Rancho. I'm not sure if that means it's widespread or not, but it is going on at some level.

Along with reducing opportunities for community mixing, it would also address some of the over-crowding issues.

One ranger at the gate checking IDs would do the trick, like at Foothills Park.


If only it were a mountain lion
Cuesta Park
on Apr 6, 2020 at 6:40 am
If only it were a mountain lion, Cuesta Park
on Apr 6, 2020 at 6:40 am
15 people like this

If the coronavirus was a mountain lion MidPen would have closed Rancho San Antonio down already. They closed the park very quickly due to an unlikely but possible danger to the public when a lion was simply seen on the trails, though no humans have been killed by a mtn lion in this area since...forever? It was a prudent act to protect the community at large who might come into the park.

Maybe if Midpen could SEE the coronavirus swirling around in the air on their trails they would understand the threat to the community at large. Coronavirus is infinitely more dangerous to us than a mountain lion, but I guess if MidPen cannot see the danger, in their mind's it does not exist. They won't even consider closing the parking lots to help stop the spread of coronavirus, but they shut the whole park down if a lion, which are omnipresent in those hills, is even seen.

What's more dangerous, a mtn lion walking the trail, or coronavirus aerosols swirling in the air on the crowded trails and being transported into other communities?


Hey...
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2020 at 4:58 pm
Hey..., Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2020 at 4:58 pm
1 person likes this

They did close Rancho because someone saw a mtn lion, that's right. A guess a lion might kill you. "I'm not afraid of no tiny virus" LOL!


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