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January 25, 2021

County warns of Covid surge in congregate facilities

With Covid-19 outbreaks reported recently at local juvenile detention facilities and a homeless shelter—and the number of positive cases surging at nursing homes—Santa Clara County officials are again imploring residents to follow protocols to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Covid-19 outbreak reported at Santa Clara County juvenile detention facilities

Nine youth detainees and four staff members of Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall and the William F. James Ranch tested positive this week for Covid-19, according to Santa Clara County officials. The outbreak is the first detected transmission of the virus in the county’s juvenile facilities since the pandemic began in March.

Santa Clara County submits Covid-19 vaccine plan as hospitals near capacity

Santa Clara County officials announced Dec. 2 that they have submitted a Covid-19 vaccine distribution plan to the state, as the first batch of the vaccine is expected to be available in the coming weeks. According to national news reports, an advisory committee will meet...

County issued $115K-plus in fines for Covid-19 guideline compliance

Santa Clara County issued more than $115,000 in fines over the weekend to businesses failing to comply with local COVID-19 health guidelines, county officials said.

Demand for food assistance soars in county

As a result of Covid-19 and the subsequent economic downturn, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is now providing food assistance to an average of 500,000 people every month—twice as many people as it served pre-pandemic.

Travel quarantine, capacity limits among new Covid-19 guidelines

Santa Clara County officials announced a number of new restrictions Nov. 28 that they hope will rein in the record-setting Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations. Beginning Nov. 30, stores and other facilities open to the public will be limited to 10 percent capacity indoors. Grocery stores,...

Enforcement officers issue fines on Black Friday

Santa Clara County’s Covid-19 safety enforcement officers are actively inspecting businesses on Black Friday, officials said Nov. 27. “Overall, our team has noted few large crowds thus far. However, we have issued 76 Notices of Violation as of noon on Friday, November 27,” said Michael...

Covid-19 enforcement efforts to intensify during holiday shopping weekend

The county will ramp up its Covid-19 safety enforcement efforts this weekend as hordes of holiday shoppers are expected to descend on malls and other stores. At a press conference Nov. 24, Santa Clara County officials announced that the Covid-19 Business Compliance Unit will be...

Governor orders statewide curfew

Residents of Santa Clara County and other counties in California’s “purple” Covid-19 risk tier are subject to a “limited stay at home order” starting Saturday, Nov. 21, Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted Thursday.

Covid-19 testing demand increases

The demand for Covid-19 testing has jumped throughout Santa Clara County in recent weeks—a workload that public health officials welcome as part of a broader strategy to rein in the spread of the coronavirus that has resulted in another wave of indoor and public gathering restrictions all over the Bay Area and beyond.