Santa Clara County passed 20,000 COVID-19 cases on Friday, joining Alameda County as the second county in the Bay Area to hit this dire milestone as new cases and hospitalizations across California continued to decline.
Santa Clara County reported 238 cases and no new deaths on Friday, bringing the county’s total to 20,129 cases and 295 deaths. The number of new cases and deaths is based on this news organization’s analysis of new cases reported on each district’s COVID-19 data portals and does not give any indication of when specific positive cases or deaths have occurred.
The state of California reported 4,391 cases and 99 deaths on Friday, bringing the total to 779,778 cases and 1
California has a 7-day average of 3,461 new cases, compared with a high of 9,856 cases on July 12, which was part of a wave of new cases and hospitalizations that began after government officials began lifting lockdowns in June.
The state has a 7-day test positivity average of 3.3 percent, which is below its 14-day average of 3.4 percent.
Since the end of July, the number of patients admitted to hospital or in intensive care units has steadily declined. As of Thursday, 2,676 patients with COVID-19 have been hospitalized. That’s the lowest number since April 6, and a 63 percent decrease to its highest level ever. There were also 836 patients in intensive care beds with COVID-19, the lowest number since April 1, a decrease of 58 from the high.
On Friday, Alameda County reported 202 new cases and five new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 20,364 cases and 370 deaths – both of which are the most in the Bay Area, followed by Santa Clara County. Contra Costa County reported 94 new cases and one new death for a total of 15,734 cases and 199 deaths. San Francisco County reported 71 new cases and five deaths for a total of 10,640 cases and 96 deaths.