COVID Surge: Santa Clara County Issues New Tougher Restrictions On Businesses And Travel

SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — With new COVID cases and hospitalizations stability to surge, Santa Clara County health officials Saturday announced serve restrictions on internal businesses, disheartened non-essential transport and will now need a 14-day quarantine on anyone returning to a county from a outing of some-more than 150 miles.

The restrictions in Santa Clara County embody a anathema on hit sports like a San Francisco 49ers and reduced ability inside businesses and comforts open to a public.

While not arising a shelter-in-place order, Director of Public Health Dr. Sara Cody urged people to stay during home as most as possible.

“We titillate everybody to stay home to a biggest border that we can,” Cody pronounced during a singular Saturday news conference. “Please stay home. Do not go out unless it is for essential reasons.”

As of Saturday, there were 760 new cases of COVID-19 in a county and 239 COVID-related hospitalizations, 71 of whom are in a ICU. All those are record numbers given a pestilence began in late January.

“We have a top box rate of any county in a San Francisco Bay Area,” Cody said. “Just currently we had 760 new cases, distant ruinous any prior record by over 200 cases.”

And that, Cody warned, was but a approaching swell of cases triggered by Thanksgiving transport and gatherings.

“What we do currently or what we don’t do currently competence be a matter of life and genocide for many vital in a county,” she said. “Our box rates and hospitalizations continue to surge.”

The series of patients being treated in county hospitals for COVID-19 has doubled given Nov. 12.

“This pestilence is like a high-speed train,” Cody warned. “Our projections tell us that we are on aim to derail by around a third week of Dec if we don’t request brakes right now with all a common might.”

County Counsel James Williams pronounced a changes in a health sequence would go into outcome Monday and sojourn in place until during slightest Dec. 21.

The new sequence includes:

  • Stores and other comforts open to a open will be singular to 10% ability indoors.
  • Grocery stores, drug stores, and pharmacies will be authorised to work during 25% ability indoors to safeguard adequate entrance to food and medicine
  • All comforts open to a open contingency post employees during a doorway to make certain a ability boundary are maintained
  • Gatherings continue to be authorised usually outdoors, with a limit of 100 people. The state boundary such gatherings to First Amendment stable activities, such as eremite services or protests
  • All recreational activities that engage earthy hit or tighten vicinity to persons outward one’s household, including all hit sports, will be temporarily prohibited
  • Cardrooms are temporarily closed
  • Hotels and other camp comforts will be open usually for essential transport and for use to promote siege or quarantine
  • A new imperative gauge on transport will need people to quarantine for 14 days on lapse to a county from transport of some-more than 150 miles

Health officials design virus-spreading Thanksgiving gatherings and influenza deteriorate to supplement some-more patients and overcome hospitals by mid-December. The county has seen 32,985 cases given a pestilence began — a top in a larger Bay Area — and 476 deaths.

“Today we are between an impassioned stone and a tough place,” Cody said. “Our focused measures as we’ve seen are no compare for a tsunami of cases and hospitalizations.”

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