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County on state 'watchlist' after COVID-19 case uptick

Rising coronavirus rate is 'worrisome,' local leaders say

Nurse Prudence Frankel takes a nasal swab from Tiffanie Lai at a Santa Clara County mobile COVID-19 testing site at Rengstorff Park in Mountain View on May 27. On June 23, county leaders said the county was placed on a state "watchlist" due to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Santa Clara County had its highest number of COVID-19 cases ever recorded for a single day on Tuesday, raising concerns about the trajectory of the virus and causing the state to issue a notification that the county is on a "watchlist" because of the increase.

The county had 122 new cases recorded on Tuesday, county Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody told the county Board of Supervisors on June 23.

The rise in cases is part of a trend that the Public Health Department has seen over two weeks. New hospitalizations also appear to be trending upward, Cody added.

Sixty-one people were hospitalized as of Tuesday; over the past month, that number has ranged from 38 to 75 patients, according to the county.

Cody received word during the board meeting that the county is now on the state "watchlist," dashing hope for the time being that the county can petition the state to allow additional reopening.

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"It's a worrisome sign. It reflects widespread testing but also an increase in cases because the virus continues to spread," she said.

Cody did not specify how much of the increase in cases can be attributed to increased testing, as the county has run pop-up testing clinics over the past several weeks and opened new testing facilities in the southern part of the county.

She said health experts don't have a way to measure the percentage attributable to increased testing versus the increase in actual cases. The county has run pop-up testing clinics over the past several weeks and opened new testing facilities in the southern part of the county.

"There's generally a lag between uptick in cases and uptick in hospitalizations. The hospitalizations are the most stable trend; we're watching it very closely. If hospitalizations rise and stay consistently up, that's an indication that rise in reported cases represents rise in actual incidence, not just in (testing)," she said in an email to this news organization.

Earlier this month, the county relaxed its public health order to allow some businesses to resume, with protocols in place for social distancing and face coverings.

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Nearly half of all cases are from unknown sources and are assumed to have been acquired in the community, she said.

But some businesses and industries have accounted for the increase in cases. Since May 25, 89 worksites have reported at least one COVID-19-positive case. Of those, construction worksites have been hit the hardest, making up 38% of the businesses, with 34 cases. Food service and restaurants comprised 11% of businesses reporting at least one COVID-19 case; retail stores constituted 9% and food-processing plants 7% of the 89 worksites, according to Cody.

Food-processing facilities have the largest outbreaks in terms of the number of people affected, according to the county.

Cody said the county has a team dedicated to worksite investigations. She also praised the construction industry for being candid and diligent when reporting cases.

"The construction industry has been quite progressive" in working with the county on protocols for their worksites, Smith added.

The county has made significant strides to stop outbreaks in congregate settings such as long-term-care facilities since May, a major effort.

Some areas and demographic groups within the county continue to be the hardest hit by COVID-19. South Santa Clara County and the eastside of San Jose and Latinx residents continue to bear a disproportionate number of cases, Cody said.

The county's uptick follows similar trajectories around the region, state and nation, giving rise to concerns that while Santa Clara County hasn't seen an explosive growth in positive cases, the signs are there that things could get worse if people are not careful, Cody noted.

"We're trying to manage a local epidemic, but it's not a local epidemic," Cody said, likening the situation to carrying a bucket with many holes. Travel, a high population and other factors mean the county doesn't exist in isolation.

"Los Angeles is blowing up. California is not trending down at all," County Executive Jeff Smith said, noting Bay Area counties are "not doing so well" and are trending upward.

Statewide, deaths are estimated to triple to 15,155 compared to 5,500 today — a 275% increase — and the U.S. death rate will rise to 201,000 (compared to 119,000 now) — a 68% increase — by Oct. 1, according to projections by the University of Washington, Smith said.

Cody noted, as she has in the past, that opening further — or retreating as necessary — is contingent on slowing the virus down. The most important actions to drive the numbers down still remain physical distancing and social-norm changes, including wearing face coverings, she said.

Contact investigation and contact tracing are also key to keeping the virus under control and understanding where and how it is spreading. The health department's COVID-19 tracing team has added more than 500 contact tracers. It hopes to meet its 1,000-person goal by the end of July. It has also reached its basic goal of testing at least 4,000 people per day, with some days having hit over 5,000 tests, staff said. The county still needs to perform 15,000 tests per day, according to its own estimates.

Cody credited the county's stay-at-home order, which it instituted earlier than anywhere else on March 16, with preventing many deaths. The early social-distancing protocols and order did enable the county to "bend the curve" and lower the number of cases and hospitalizations. As restrictions lifted in accordance with the state's indicators for reopening, county health leaders expected they would see a rise in cases, she said.

Editor's note: In a previous version of this story, Dr. Cody erroneously stated the number of new cases was the second highest.

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

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County on state 'watchlist' after COVID-19 case uptick

Rising coronavirus rate is 'worrisome,' local leaders say

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Uploaded: Wed, Jun 24, 2020, 11:23 am

Santa Clara County had its highest number of COVID-19 cases ever recorded for a single day on Tuesday, raising concerns about the trajectory of the virus and causing the state to issue a notification that the county is on a "watchlist" because of the increase.

The county had 122 new cases recorded on Tuesday, county Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody told the county Board of Supervisors on June 23.

The rise in cases is part of a trend that the Public Health Department has seen over two weeks. New hospitalizations also appear to be trending upward, Cody added.

Sixty-one people were hospitalized as of Tuesday; over the past month, that number has ranged from 38 to 75 patients, according to the county.

Cody received word during the board meeting that the county is now on the state "watchlist," dashing hope for the time being that the county can petition the state to allow additional reopening.

"It's a worrisome sign. It reflects widespread testing but also an increase in cases because the virus continues to spread," she said.

Cody did not specify how much of the increase in cases can be attributed to increased testing, as the county has run pop-up testing clinics over the past several weeks and opened new testing facilities in the southern part of the county.

She said health experts don't have a way to measure the percentage attributable to increased testing versus the increase in actual cases. The county has run pop-up testing clinics over the past several weeks and opened new testing facilities in the southern part of the county.

"There's generally a lag between uptick in cases and uptick in hospitalizations. The hospitalizations are the most stable trend; we're watching it very closely. If hospitalizations rise and stay consistently up, that's an indication that rise in reported cases represents rise in actual incidence, not just in (testing)," she said in an email to this news organization.

Earlier this month, the county relaxed its public health order to allow some businesses to resume, with protocols in place for social distancing and face coverings.

Nearly half of all cases are from unknown sources and are assumed to have been acquired in the community, she said.

But some businesses and industries have accounted for the increase in cases. Since May 25, 89 worksites have reported at least one COVID-19-positive case. Of those, construction worksites have been hit the hardest, making up 38% of the businesses, with 34 cases. Food service and restaurants comprised 11% of businesses reporting at least one COVID-19 case; retail stores constituted 9% and food-processing plants 7% of the 89 worksites, according to Cody.

Food-processing facilities have the largest outbreaks in terms of the number of people affected, according to the county.

Cody said the county has a team dedicated to worksite investigations. She also praised the construction industry for being candid and diligent when reporting cases.

"The construction industry has been quite progressive" in working with the county on protocols for their worksites, Smith added.

The county has made significant strides to stop outbreaks in congregate settings such as long-term-care facilities since May, a major effort.

Some areas and demographic groups within the county continue to be the hardest hit by COVID-19. South Santa Clara County and the eastside of San Jose and Latinx residents continue to bear a disproportionate number of cases, Cody said.

The county's uptick follows similar trajectories around the region, state and nation, giving rise to concerns that while Santa Clara County hasn't seen an explosive growth in positive cases, the signs are there that things could get worse if people are not careful, Cody noted.

"We're trying to manage a local epidemic, but it's not a local epidemic," Cody said, likening the situation to carrying a bucket with many holes. Travel, a high population and other factors mean the county doesn't exist in isolation.

"Los Angeles is blowing up. California is not trending down at all," County Executive Jeff Smith said, noting Bay Area counties are "not doing so well" and are trending upward.

Statewide, deaths are estimated to triple to 15,155 compared to 5,500 today — a 275% increase — and the U.S. death rate will rise to 201,000 (compared to 119,000 now) — a 68% increase — by Oct. 1, according to projections by the University of Washington, Smith said.

Cody noted, as she has in the past, that opening further — or retreating as necessary — is contingent on slowing the virus down. The most important actions to drive the numbers down still remain physical distancing and social-norm changes, including wearing face coverings, she said.

Contact investigation and contact tracing are also key to keeping the virus under control and understanding where and how it is spreading. The health department's COVID-19 tracing team has added more than 500 contact tracers. It hopes to meet its 1,000-person goal by the end of July. It has also reached its basic goal of testing at least 4,000 people per day, with some days having hit over 5,000 tests, staff said. The county still needs to perform 15,000 tests per day, according to its own estimates.

Cody credited the county's stay-at-home order, which it instituted earlier than anywhere else on March 16, with preventing many deaths. The early social-distancing protocols and order did enable the county to "bend the curve" and lower the number of cases and hospitalizations. As restrictions lifted in accordance with the state's indicators for reopening, county health leaders expected they would see a rise in cases, she said.

Editor's note: In a previous version of this story, Dr. Cody erroneously stated the number of new cases was the second highest.

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

resident
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2020 at 12:55 pm
resident, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2020 at 12:55 pm
15 people like this

If residents would take the shelter-in-place and social distancing and mask wearing more seriously, the county could let more businesses reopen. The problem is scofflaw residents, not the county health department.


Drink to that
North Whisman
on Jun 24, 2020 at 1:04 pm
Drink to that, North Whisman
on Jun 24, 2020 at 1:04 pm
9 people like this

Some Mountain View residents and visitors are ready to celebrate on Castro Street. Trump might even agree to appear. It may keep some businesses alive - but kill and disable humans.


The Business Man
Castro City
on Jun 24, 2020 at 7:22 pm
The Business Man, Castro City
on Jun 24, 2020 at 7:22 pm
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This has been a know problem ever since we started to "loosen" the social controls.

It cannot be a surprise, in fact many doctors predicted this was going to happen.

Now it appears we are going to reverse course and reestablish the stronger rules.

I am scared because I have seen the lines in a gun store in my neighborhood.

I feel we are about to see a spike in gun fire in this area. And it is going to get ugly.

Those already frustrated with this situation are now armed and can lose control of their emotions and decide to use them the wrong way.

There are many posters on this website that concern me regarding public safety.

Just a thought.


Eradication is only option
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2020 at 1:14 pm
Eradication is only option, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2020 at 1:14 pm
6 people like this

If the shelter in place had been done correctly, all of the state or at least Bay Area counties would have closed off for those many weeks, and the virus would be eradicated as happened in Hawaii and other places. Instead, nothing happened. We sat and waited and waited and people are angry because they can't get their life back. It would be better to completely shut and eradicate so that life can return to normal. If you can think of no other reason, then consider the youth who hare having much of their opportunities and education taken away every day that this epidemic is not actually dealt with. We don't have to live like this but it takes political courage to make a real change.


The Business Man
Castro City
on Jun 25, 2020 at 8:20 pm
The Business Man, Castro City
on Jun 25, 2020 at 8:20 pm
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Education.

The virus is not eradicated until we have a Vaccine or everyone has been infected in such a way that they cannot be reinfected.

Reports of eradication are way premature, Hawaii is saying it has done it because they rely on tourism to stay alive. They are being destroyed because no one is traveling there and their unemployment rate is almost double ours. They are willing to say anything to get people to travel there again.

The science is saying that when it comes to the COVID family of viruses, there is no permanent acquired immunity because of that kind of virus. Once we have a vaccine it will work for this strain but we will need to continually update it like the flu.

This problem has been predicted by World Risk specialists for years, that the highest risk of human eradication is first Nuclear War, Biological or Chemical Warfare, Catastrophic Climate Change, Ecological Collapse and finally a Pandemic.

Fortunately Nuclear War has been almost universally been determined to not be possible except by accident. Biological and Chemical Warfare is also not an accepted kind of force by most of the world. Climate Change is a real problem because it contributes to the next things. Ecological Collapse can occur because of the prior cause. Finally the Pandemic which also can result from Climate Changes.

But if you look at the group the Pandemic is the one with the least human control. Evolution will keep on evolving new threats in bacteria and viruses. The reality is the WORLD has to get off its stupid territorial philosophies and understand this is a world wide enemy. It is like an alien invasion describe by Ronald Reagan during a U.N. speech.

Unfortunately our leaders simply want to lay blame to other PEOPLE and not address the PROBLEM. Perhaps because the PROBLEM is much harder to deal with and it is easier to distract people from it by using stupid phrases like "KUNG FLU". Our political leaders simply have no tools to address this kind of problem and have to depend on scientists, who are not required to be"politically" dependent on the politics at hand.

This poses a THREAT to these politicians because they cannot claim any credit once it is solved, if ever. I used to play a game called "Plague Inc" and I stopped. The reality simply ruined the fantasy fun of it all. In the game you evolve the disease just enough to kill every person on earth.

This disease looks like a "winner" of the game because of our poor response to it.

I am justifiably scared, and if anyone else had my experience they would be too.


Mark
Old Mountain View
on Jun 25, 2020 at 8:57 pm
Mark, Old Mountain View
on Jun 25, 2020 at 8:57 pm
4 people like this

People seem to forget why we did the shut down.

We were told the Health experts said there are only 2 models which to follow.

Option 1- To stay in place initially to slow the spread so hospitals would not be flooded at the beginning when no preparations where made. This would result in a slower spread thru out society. We have done that. But now they say no, it's not good enough and we need to continue this. As we all can clearly see the current out break of cases is because this is still the first wave, we only delayed it, we can not stop it.

Option 2- Or to stay open and let it go thru society faster.

These 2 models showed that both options had the same deaths rates, one is just faster than the other option.

Only 2 things will stop a virus. 1 is a vaccine, or 2 it has run thru society and we have herd immunity and the virus has no other place to go and dies off.

What we are doing now is just delaying the whole process and creating a whole new set of negative consequences by staying in place.

The elderly and those with pre-exsisting conditions need to be protected, but the rest of society needs to get out and start living again before we weaken our own immune system by sheltering in place for too long.


Drink to that
North Whisman
on Jun 25, 2020 at 9:55 pm
Drink to that, North Whisman
on Jun 25, 2020 at 9:55 pm
4 people like this

If Zombies following Donald Trump had not returned to their Zombie parties, we would not be seeing a renewed spread and would have far more time for scientific breakthroughs. Maybe the next virus will only kill young people and old folks will be able to laugh it off. There actually is another way to survive. Social distancing - remote work, school and living. Rich people can remain isolated. That includes the big CEOs made richer by government subsidies.


Resident
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2020 at 10:35 pm
Resident, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2020 at 10:35 pm
17 people like this

Once 100,000s of protesters marching shoulder to shoulder in the streets were applauded and encouraged, the message was sent that social distancing is optional. Can't put that genie back in the bottle.

Why now are we acting surprised about the surge in numbers?


Drink to that
North Whisman
on Jun 26, 2020 at 4:30 am
Drink to that, North Whisman
on Jun 26, 2020 at 4:30 am
2 people like this

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Drink to that
North Whisman
on Jun 26, 2020 at 10:55 am
Drink to that, North Whisman
on Jun 26, 2020 at 10:55 am
2 people like this

Right now - Friday morning - on TV, VP Mike Pence is defending President Trump's no-masks rallies as freedom of speech and assembly. Freedom to kill others. A true Trump value. The Trump-Pence campaign will say and do anything, however dishonest, to remain in power.


The Business Man
Castro City
on Jun 26, 2020 at 12:19 pm
The Business Man, Castro City
on Jun 26, 2020 at 12:19 pm
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I agree with Drink to That

No one bothered to notice they have no progress to report on REAL treatments, just a rerun on information that shows not promising results.

The discussed steroid treatments and Remdisivir, which so far is not that effective on COVID 19

Look at the report the New England Journal of Medicine found here (Web Link)

It only reported an improvement over non-treatment from any other drug, it did not say it was an effecting treatment.

No the reality is that our only method regarding this disease is detection, which is not being done effectively at all. Many tests do not prove that we are safe after these people recover from COVID 19, COVID2 infections were reoccurring in those that were already infected by it.

The reality is that this virus is here to stay until our doctors have a real treatment or vaccine. The vaccine will be like the flu vaccine, it will probably need to be redesigned every year from now on.

The reality is that we are simply riding the COVID roller coaster with NO BRAKES.


TBM will not be happy
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2020 at 5:51 pm
TBM will not be happy, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2020 at 5:51 pm
2 people like this

Here you go TBM. Enjoy

Web Link


The Business Man
Castro City
on Jun 26, 2020 at 7:24 pm
The Business Man, Castro City
on Jun 26, 2020 at 7:24 pm
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Why am i going to be unhappy?

The guidelines the SCC Department of Health has not been defined yet in this article? Did you read this:

"Santa Clara County plans to allow the resumption of “many activities” currently barred under its shelter-in-place order as early as next week, even as it faces a rise in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

Dr. Sara Cody will release new guidelines to “mark the beginning of a new phase,” she said Friday — specifically, the reopening of more businesses and activities with social distancing and safety protocols.

“As we finalize our next steps, we must also acknowledge the reality that many of the businesses and activities that remain closed in our county are now open elsewhere, and our residents and businesses owners are anxious for many of these activities to resume here as well,” Cody said. “But we must also ensure that when people engage in these activities, here and in surrounding communities, they are doing so as safely as possible and with proper guardrails in place.”

My only hope is that we do not make the same mistakes others in this country already did.

We have an opportunity to avoid making the same mistake.

Thats all.

But we are still having an increase in medical demands, and if it keeps up, we are just driving this car over a cliff.


TBM will not be happy
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2020 at 8:11 pm
TBM will not be happy, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2020 at 8:11 pm
3 people like this

TBM- just a couple of days ago yiu said:


Now it appears we are going to reverse course and reestablish the stronger rules.“

And there is no gun store in your neighborhood.


The Business Man
Castro City
on Jun 26, 2020 at 8:56 pm
The Business Man, Castro City
on Jun 26, 2020 at 8:56 pm
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In response to TBM will not be happy

The news you described is premature, we don't know what the restrictions are yet?

On top of that here is the gun shop I have seen lines in front of:

Bay Area Gun Vault (Web Link)

Gun shop in Mountain View, California

Address: 363 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

Simply put you have no idea what is going on do you?

Please be careful?


TBM will not be haopy
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2020 at 9:13 pm
TBM will not be haopy, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2020 at 9:13 pm
3 people like this

TBM- since the article clearly states , as you copied and pasted

"Santa Clara County plans to allow the resumption of “many activities” currently barred under its shelter-in-place order as early as next week“

So either way we Will not be moving backwards , as you hoped for(, “Now it appears we are going to reverse course and reestablish the stronger rules.“)

So not matter what the new “restrictions will be it will be moving forward.

That gun shop is not n your neighborhood. Yiu live in Castro city.

Simply put what is happening is not what you wanted - you want to return to a restrictive SIP, you are against outdoor dining, etc.


The Business Man
Castro City
on Jun 26, 2020 at 9:18 pm
The Business Man, Castro City
on Jun 26, 2020 at 9:18 pm
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And oh by the way Gavin Newsom is likely to extend his order which will likely override Santa Clara County.

Here is some information to consider

(Web Link)

Please understand that things are not as cut and dry. We are still in the beginnings of a long struggle against the COVID 19

In the end this problem is far more serious for all of us then just us two.

The public health officer in Santa Clara County has suffered threats, so I am not surprised there is talk of this kind. If Gavin does pull rank, it will be for good reason.

I hope it won't be necessary.


The Business Man
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2020 at 9:19 pm
The Business Man, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2020 at 9:19 pm
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I live 5 blocks from Castro Street, maybe I don't understand my neighborhood. Sorry


The Business Man
Old Mountain View
on Jun 26, 2020 at 9:22 pm
The Business Man, Old Mountain View
on Jun 26, 2020 at 9:22 pm
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I understand now that I live in Old Mountain View,

My BIG mistake


TBM will be happy.
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2020 at 9:43 pm
TBM will be happy., Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2020 at 9:43 pm
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TBM- but newsome is not pulling rank. He is suggesting Imperial county reinstate the SIP. He is not ordering it.

And what order will remove extend? If he has not told LAcounty to resume their SIP, he will not order SCC. In fact, I think he will let the individual counties decide.

And knowing Cody, if she says that things will loosen up on Wednesday, then newsome will not stop her.


The Business Man
Old Mountain View
on Jun 26, 2020 at 10:44 pm
The Business Man, Old Mountain View
on Jun 26, 2020 at 10:44 pm
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In response to TBM will be happy you said:

“TBM- but newsome is not pulling rank. He is suggesting Imperial county reinstate the SIP. He is not ordering it.”

You KNOW a SUGGESTION is a POLITE DEMAND by a Governor. ITR is a part of the formality of process in California. If they DO NOT act the way he SUGGESTED, he will ORDER it. You said:

“And what order will remove extend? If he has not told LAcounty to resume their SIP, he will not order SCC. In fact, I think he will let the individual counties decide.”

His Public Health office will point out that the Counties are not providing proper public health protection. In fact this again is a formality to provide the County to provide public health protection properly. If it fails to do so, he is OBLIGATED under his STATUTORY requirements to take over. The County is simply buying time to revise its plans, and I will not be surprised if they decide to hold back on many businesses. You said:

“And knowing Cody, if she says that things will loosen up on Wednesday, then Newsom will not stop her.”

GIVEN that she has been given threats to her safety, Gavin Newsom may have no choice, she is not acting on the public health requirements, but instead is being intimidated. Governor Newsom will be REQUIRED to step in if she doesn’t do what he SUGGESTED. Surely you know that?

This is exactly the circumstances where Governor Newsom will be justified to override the County if it doesn’t follow Gavin Newsom’s guidelines or acts in such a way that it increases the public health risks.

Remember he sued Cities for not complying with housing laws. There is no reason why he wouldn’t take actions in his toolbox under this health crisis to lay down his authority. In fact given that this is a state wide health problem and people are moving around the state because they are not under “house arrest” he is in fact likely going to have to set a uniform Shelter In Place order extension again. Given our infection rate is still increasing.


fools and braggarts
Rengstorff Park
on Jun 27, 2020 at 9:12 am
fools and braggarts, Rengstorff Park
on Jun 27, 2020 at 9:12 am
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Shut 'em down, before it spreads further. And then we all shut down, again.

The 2nd shutdown was always going to be the economy killer. Fools didn't listen the first time.


The Business Man
Old Mountain View
on Jun 27, 2020 at 3:59 pm
The Business Man, Old Mountain View
on Jun 27, 2020 at 3:59 pm
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Here is a report that states Newsom is actively considering taking control over Santa Clara County SIP standards.

Here is the NBC news report describing it

(Web Link)

So it is likely that the SCC will pass the buck to him. I cannot argue against it because of the intimidation going on here.

God bless and protect everyone against COVID 19, but MAN has to do the actual work.


Fake news from fake....
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 27, 2020 at 5:12 pm
Fake news from fake...., Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 27, 2020 at 5:12 pm
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Bussiness body:

From the article you posted:

"Santa Clara County has seen a 23% increase in hospitalizations, and the state attributes that rise to transfers from outside the county and long term care facilities, as well as people from elsewhere choosing their hospital care inside Santa Clara County."

So the increase in hospitalizations is actually from outside the county. So not actually an increase in hospitalization of SCC residents

And the article does not say that Newsome will take control of county SIP standards.

And according to this article:
Web Link#

""We are advising and counseling them to move forward and re-institute the stay-at-home order, but they will move at their discretion," Newsom said during a press conference in Rancho Cordova on Friday.""

So if Newsome is not reinstating the SIP is the hardest hit county in California or for LA county which almost daily has half of the states cases he certainly will not "actively considering taking control over Santa Clara County SIP standards."

Boy will you be crying on Wednesday!!!!


The Business Man
Old Mountain View
on Jun 27, 2020 at 5:26 pm
The Business Man, Old Mountain View
on Jun 27, 2020 at 5:26 pm
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I will never cry as long as the SCIENCE is the basis of action.

If the SCC does make a decision to open up more businesses, my only hope is it is not based on political or economic pressures, but SOUND PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION.

We cannot predict anything until we have the current situation play out.

If the medical system in SCC is starting to get to the point where there is risk of inability to service demand, THAT'S what I desire to avoid.

So no crying, as long as we are moving forward the RIGHT way.

I will concede to the Medical Experts if they are acting with sound science, would you agree to do the same?


The Business Man
Old Mountain View
on Jun 28, 2020 at 6:32 am
The Business Man, Old Mountain View
on Jun 28, 2020 at 6:32 am
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Her is some information that you might not be aware of:

The County variance standards established in the Shelter In Place State Order are described as the following (Web Link) :

“County criteria to move further ahead in the Resilience Roadmap

County case metrics

Stable or down trending hospitalizations

Stable hospitalizations of COVID individuals on a 7-day average of daily percent change of less than 5% OR no more than 20 COVID hospitalizations on any single day in the past 14 days “

If you look at this website indicating the County Statistics (Web Link) Given that Santa Clara County has only performed 50,000 tests during that period which simply is not a significant sample size for a population of 2,000,000. If you look at this website to have a statically significant measure for a sample of 2,000,000 people with 95% confidence with a .19 confidence level you need a sample size of 234,805. In other words our testing levels aren’t enough to establish that our measure of the 7 day average simply is not valid given the data from the Santa Clara County at this time.

However since this requirement is connected with an OR the next condition MUST be achieved in order to move forward.

The Current Hospitalizations is NOT less than 20 but at 68. Based in this resource (Web Link) and that the average of cases in the past 14 days has been 48 and none have been less than 20. If the SCC moves forward it will be in violation of the state requirements and the state will have to override it.

“Cases per population count and test positivity rate

Less than 25 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days OR less than 8% testing positive in the past 7 days:”

Based in this resource (Web Link) and that the average of cases in the past 14 days has been 48 and none have been less than 20. If the SCC moves forward it will be in violation of the state requirements and the state will have to override it. Even though there is an OR connecting the second part of the requirements, the first one was not achieved, thus this would not allow us to move forward.

I know it is painful but we are not even close to warranting any variance from the state order, and if SCC does try to, the medical records indicate it would do so against the state guidelines and thus the state would be forced to intervene.

Please understand that with this information accessible to the public, you should not make any claims that things are under control in the county based on the state standards without demonstrating that it is in fact true?

Otherwise you are not doing the City any service in making comments without substantiation?


The Business Man
Old Mountain View
on Jun 28, 2020 at 1:21 pm
The Business Man, Old Mountain View
on Jun 28, 2020 at 1:21 pm
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Here is another bit of news found on this website (Web Link

It reports that on Saturday the reported number of 7 day moving average increase in cases is nearing 100. We DID bend the curve, but now it is simply lost the bend and we are starting back into the trajectory we were in March.

Are we crazy enough to make the same mistakes others have in this country?



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