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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Home

The purpose of this guide is to provide resources and information on the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) from credible and reliable sources. Contents on this guide is regularly updated.

COVID-19 Resources and Updates at Santa Clara University


"An outbreak of unusual respiratory disease,  initially dominated by 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:

116,436 Cumulative Cases | 2,002 Cumulative Deaths | 459, 746 Vaccinated (Age 16+) 

(Updated: April 14, 2021 5:00 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). Updated: March 8, 2020. Accessed March 9, 2020.

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Santa Clara County Current Tier Status

UPDATE: On March 23, 2021, the California Department of Public Health announced that Santa Clara County will be entering the Orange Tier of the State’s the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy effective March 24, 2021. However, Santa Clara County continues to experience COVID-19 transmission, and the danger COVID-19 poses to our community has not subsided. The County Health Officer urges businesses, entities, and residents to continue exercising caution even as certain restrictions are lifted by the State. Just because the State allows certain activities to resume or adopts certain COVID protocols, that does not mean that those activities are safe.

The following documents can be reviewed for further information and updates.

To learn more about the Public Health Order Frequently Asked Questions, visit

Updated: April 14, 2021: AY