The top health official said Tuesday that a fragmented approach to reopening in the state and country has created “a lot of uncertainty” for Santa Clara County’s long-term coronovirus response.
As the county has been revolting for several weeks since the reopening of the Whiplash – and while cases and hospitalizations grow at a faster clip than before in California – the county’s path remains unclear without a unified regional response, Health Officer Dr. In an update, Sarah Cody told the Board of Supervisors.
“Given that we don’t have a coordinated response in the United States, there will definitely be an extension of the period for which we all have to quickly pivot between different strategies,” Cody said. “So I hope that our response will continue for several months.”
“Ideally what I would like to see is a more regional or statewide response – which would help tremendously because we are all connected, but there is a lot of uncertainty ahead,” Cody said.
The remarks came after the state was followed by residents, businesses and officials who dodged themselves. In early July, the county applied for a variance to proceed at a faster clip than the state and was denied within a period of the first three days. A week later, as the business resumed, the county was again added to the state’s watch list – a period of freshness ensued.
While Bay Area counties once formed a united front to close the mandate early in the epidemic, they have since gone on their own to create a patchwork of different rules that leave many confused and frustrated. went.
For his part, Santa Clara County – where officials criticized and threatened criticism for reopening its slow timeline – has managed to maintain a lower case rate than anywhere else in the Bay Area, Cody said Tuesday. Told local observers, even local hospitals can grow.
According to county data, one hundred sixty-six people were hospitalized with coronovirus as of Tuesday, compared to just 38 in mid-June. Dr. of Santa Clara Valley Medical System System. Ahmed Kamal said that hospitals have become more widespread, even in hospitals such as Stanford and El Camino. Valley Medical will renew this week’s planning efforts for a possible surge within the next two months.
“We remain concerned that if the hospital continues to grow, we may run out of capacity, so it is very important that we redouble our efforts,” Kamal said.
Health officials said the recent infection is the fastest spread among those under age 50 who see COVID-19. There remains a disparity in cases across eight zip codes in eastern San Jose and south counties, with Latinx people accounting for about 44% – and 27% – of the county’s population.
About 86% of the latest cases stem from community transmission, meaning that it is unclear where patients picked up the virus. Many Bay Area residents live and work across the county’s borders, with Cody recently calling for a more “harmonious” approach with statewide orders to stop some indoor activities and make online learning mandatory for many schools Praised Gov Newsom for the change in.
“Unfortunately I think we are doing just about everything in Santa Clara County and our challenge going forward will be a regional and statewide approach,” Cody said. “We will continue to do our part, and continue to work with others.”