FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 25, 2020
Santa Clara County, CA – Santa Clara County leaders are urging members of the public to abide by the State and local health orders and exercise extreme caution as the County continues to see surging COVID-19 case counts and record hospitalizations.
“As we head into the holiday season, the way to show family, friends and fellow Santa Clara County residents that you care about them is to not hold large gatherings with them that can easily spread the virus,” said Cindy Chavez, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. “We are reaching a tipping point with COVID-19 numbers and we need to change course now.”
Available Intensive Care Unit beds in the county, including Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and private healthcare providers, now number just 68. Yesterday, on November 24, the County recorded its highest individual new case count for a single day with 512 cases reported and saw its highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations of 197 patients.
“The ability for our hospitals to care for the most critical patients is a critical concern when dealing with COVID-19,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Testing Officer for the County of Santa Clara. “The more we protect ourselves and our families from COVID-19, the less likely we will be filling up hospital beds.”
With Thanksgiving week kicking off the holiday shopping season, the County is utilizing additional resources to ensure stores follow the current State purple tier guidelines. Currently, grocery stores must limit capacity to 50% and clothing and retails stores (including malls) must limit capacity to 25%. The Santa Clara County Fire Department, which has a traditional role in enforcing capacity issues for fire codes, will provide much needed support to the Business Compliance Unit’s efforts.
“Businesses have a legal, ethical, and moral obligation to protect their employees and the public,” said Michael Balliet, Director of Community and Business Engagement for the County of Santa Clara.
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