As of Sept. 15, the 7-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases daily in Santa Clara County is down to 257, according to the County’s Public Health department, demonstrating a significant drop in cases over the past few weeks. In late August, the 7-day daily average of new cases was over 350.
COVID-related hospitalizations across the county are showing similar encouraging trends. As of September 15 the County reported 166 Covid-positive ICU patients, continuing a steady decline from a recent high of 253 patients on August 24, and bringing the 14-day rolling average hospitalization count down to 198.
According to the County’s vaccination status data, 87.9% of residents ages 12 and older have received at least one dose, and 82.8% are fully vaccinated.
Back in July, Santa Clara County announced that it is requiring its 22,000 employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in attempt to curb infections driven by unvaccinated individuals. Some surrounding counties like San Francisco and Contra Costa have taken it a step further and are requiring proof of vaccination or negative tests in order to end indoor public spaces like bars, restaurants, and gyms.
Additionally, two Bay Area school districts are proposing to mandate student vaccinations. The school boards of Oakland and West Contra Costa Unified are slated to vote on the proposed mandates next week and if approved, the districts would become the first in Northern California to do so.