"An outbreak of unusual respiratory disease, initially dominated by pneumonia...is caused by infection by a novel coronavirus. The new virus was initially named 2019-nCov by WHO. On February 11, 2020, WHO renamed the disease as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)."
On January 20, 2020, the first case of 2019-nCov was confirmed in the United States. SCU patrons can review the article regarding the "First Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States" through the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
Cases Reported in the County of Santa Clara:
71,259 Cumulative Cases, 691 Currently Hospitalized, 747 Cumulative Deaths
(Updated: January 5, 2021 2:00 PM)
To get the most up-to-date numbers of confirmed cases in Santa Clara County, please click on this link.
1. Jiang S, Shi Z, Shu Y, et al. A distinct name is needed for the new coronavirus. Lancet. 2020 Feb 19.
2. Holhue ML, DeBolt C, Lindquist S, et al. First Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States. N Engl J Med. 2020 MAR 5; 382(10): 929-936.
3. Santa Clara County Pubic Health. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Pages/home.aspx. Updated: March 8, 2020. Accessed March 9, 2020.
The Regional Stay Home Order (PDF), announced December 3, 2020, and a supplemental order, signed December 6, 2020, will go into effect at 11:59 PM the day after a region has been announced to have less than 15% ICU availability. The supplemental order clarifies retail operations and goes into effect immediately. They prohibit private gatherings of any size, close sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and require 100% masking (with certain exceptions as indicated within guidance for use of face coverings) and physical distancing in all others.
Once triggered, these orders will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period.
To learn more about the Public Health Order Frequently Asked Questions, visit https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/public-health-orders-faq.aspx.
Updated: January 5, 2021: AY