Santa Clara County staying the course on COVID-19 restrictions

Santa Clara may have been home to some of the first COVID-19 cases in the country. Until recently, it was also the epicenter of the outbreak in the Bay Area; Alameda County now has more cases.

While testing continues to ramp up, the County is still well short of its daily goal. The county is also short of meeting many of its self-imposed indicator goals. That is particularly true with contact tracing programs.

With San Francisco Mayor London Breed announcing Thursday a tentative timeline for systematic reopening, many local eyes turned to county health officials for news on Santa Clara County’s next steps.

The response from Santa Clara County health officials: we are staying the course, but stay tuned.

“We will wait at least an incubation period (two weeks) [following the changes made on May 22] to open additional sectors, announcing modifications to the order several days before they take effect,” said county spokesperson David Campos Thursday evening.

There is hope for a further relaxation of the orders, beyond the curbside pickup now available for retail.

“We continue to be encouraged by the data related to containment of the virus within the County,” Campos added.

Meanwhile, the county did acknowledge that families and businesses are chafing against the restrictions, now in the 11th week.

“Reopening activities in the County will be done as quickly as it can be done safely,” Campos said.