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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The County of Santa Clara has activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the spread of COVID-19. Please visit the County's website at www.sccgov.org/coronavirus for the latest updates, data, and information. 

About COVID-19

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is a disease caused a new virus (novel coronavirus) that is spreading from person to person. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

COVID-19 is mostly spread:

  • between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet);
  • through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes;
  • by touching a surface or object contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes;
  • also possibly through aerosols (tiny viral droplets) that can float in the air, though it is unknown for how long they float or how significant this kind of spread is.

Most people will have relatively minor illness with COVID-19. However, some people are at higher risk for serious COVID-19 disease, including people:

  • over 50 years of age;
  • with chronic health conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes;
  • with weakened immune systems;
  • who are pregnant.

People with COVID-19 might be contagious as early as two days before their first symptoms and as late as weeks after becoming sick.

Treatment for COVID-19

There is no specific medicine to treat COVID-19 disease.

  • Get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage stress.
  • Use acetaminophen to reduce fever and aches and pains.
  • Go to the hospital if your symptoms worsen or you are having trouble breathing.


If you have any questions, call your doctor.

You can also call the Santa Clara County Public Health Department at 2-1-1.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has more information, guidance and updates.​​

Last updated: 4/25/2020 10:11 AM