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COVID-19 testing rate drops by 34% in Santa Clara County

Officials: Residents need to continue getting tested, to hamper the spread of the virus, including variants

Tifannie Lai watches as Prudence Frankel, a travel nurse, fills out a form before Lai is tested for COVID-19 at a walk-up Santa Clara County mobile testing site at Rengstorff Park in Mountain View on May 27, 2020. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Santa Clara County health officials are encouraging residents to get tested for the coronavirus, as testing rates have dropped by 34% in the last two months.

Health officials say testing is critical to understanding where the region stands in the pandemic, particularly as new variants continue to circulate in the region.

"If we are not testing robustly in the community, it narrows our view of where the virus is circulating, and to what level it is spreading. Testing also allows us to break the chains of transmission and reduce spread, which gives the virus less opportunities to replicate and mutate," county COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Officer Dr. Marty Fenstersheib said in a statement.

County public health leaders continue to urge community members to practice social distancing and consistently wear face coverings, even if vaccinated.

For those who may have been exposed to the virus, testing remains free, easy and confidential. It is available seven days a week, and there are a number of options for people with different needs, including appointment or drop-in, drive-through or walk-up, and specimen collection by nasal swab or saliva.

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Frontline workers should get tested at least once a month and up to once every two weeks, and continue testing even after being vaccinated, according to county guidelines.

Testing will be available next week in San Jose, Gilroy, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara, Campbell and Palo Alto. The Palo Alto testing is held every first and third Friday of the month at the El Palo Alto Room at Mitchell Park, 3700 Middlefield Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

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COVID-19 testing rate drops by 34% in Santa Clara County

Officials: Residents need to continue getting tested, to hamper the spread of the virus, including variants

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Santa Clara County health officials are encouraging residents to get tested for the coronavirus, as testing rates have dropped by 34% in the last two months.

Health officials say testing is critical to understanding where the region stands in the pandemic, particularly as new variants continue to circulate in the region.

"If we are not testing robustly in the community, it narrows our view of where the virus is circulating, and to what level it is spreading. Testing also allows us to break the chains of transmission and reduce spread, which gives the virus less opportunities to replicate and mutate," county COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Officer Dr. Marty Fenstersheib said in a statement.

County public health leaders continue to urge community members to practice social distancing and consistently wear face coverings, even if vaccinated.

For those who may have been exposed to the virus, testing remains free, easy and confidential. It is available seven days a week, and there are a number of options for people with different needs, including appointment or drop-in, drive-through or walk-up, and specimen collection by nasal swab or saliva.

Frontline workers should get tested at least once a month and up to once every two weeks, and continue testing even after being vaccinated, according to county guidelines.

Testing will be available next week in San Jose, Gilroy, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara, Campbell and Palo Alto. The Palo Alto testing is held every first and third Friday of the month at the El Palo Alto Room at Mitchell Park, 3700 Middlefield Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

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The Voice of Palo Alto
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Apr 11, 2021 at 3:06 pm
The Voice of Palo Alto, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Apr 11, 2021 at 3:06 pm

Have testing rates dropped though because vaccinations have increased? Or are people just so fed up and burnt out with Covid that if they get symptoms they figure to just stay home and deal with the illness?

Also, it’s great that they are tracking this virus
(“it narrows our view of where the virus is circulating, and to what level it is spreading”) but of course they don’t alert the public to these specific details. They only do so by case counts by zip code which isn’t very helpful. I never know how truly safe or unsafe I am from the virus here in my beloved Crescent Park.


Butch Logan
Registered user
Midtown
on Apr 11, 2021 at 4:30 pm
Butch Logan, Midtown
Registered user
on Apr 11, 2021 at 4:30 pm

A couple of reasons for the 34% figure.

(1) We have beaten (not eradicated Covid-19) via vaccinations, the wearing of face masks, proper social distancing and various business closures.

(2) Most Americans are resilient and innovative individuals who can overcome just about any ailment (except the social ones).

(3) This victory over Covid-19 is a testament to former President Trump's Warp Speed Program and worthy of consideration for another Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

(4) The entire state of California is scheduled to reopen again June and President Biden has ensured an open 4th of July for all Americans.

(5) This constitutes a return to normalcy and even if 1/3 of the American population refuses to get innoculated, we will still have established herd immunity.

(6) Americans will welcome a return to crowd gatherings and this should be encouraged if so inclined. Sports arenas, movie theaters, concert venues and dining establishments can now accommodate maximum capacities!

(7) Testing is no longer necessary which is why the percentages have dropped.

(8) We can now officially designate a VC Day (Victory Over Coronavirus) and celebrate like the kids do at Spring Break in Florida.

Why should they have all the fun?


Longtime Resident
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Apr 11, 2021 at 10:40 pm
Longtime Resident, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Apr 11, 2021 at 10:40 pm

I have never been tested, Too complicated. Early in the pandemic it was too complicated. People are just not bothering to go through the hassle of being tested; which I believe is attributed to lower number of Covid cases in our county.

Wear an N-95 and cover it with a 3M tie back mask to protect others. The scarf masks and homemade fabric masks or pleated loop masks worn alone will not give you the protection you need. I also recommend safety glasses and safety shield over all all of this.

When I went to get my vaccine I was complimented by three vaccine staff volunteers for my considerate and cautious attire. I hope others take this seriously - a simple pleated loop mask or home-made fabric mask or bandanna is simply not enough.
I am a molecular biologist who has worked with lethal hemorrhagic viruses.

Keep following the guidelines, and wear safety glasses as well, The virus can enter the via the eyes. A "blast shield" will protect your N-95 and safety glasses and the shield will protect you from touching your face.

I have worked with viruses and cell cultures for 3 decades and have never had a single cell culture become infected.


No heat
Registered user
Fairmeadow
on Apr 12, 2021 at 9:33 am
No heat, Fairmeadow
Registered user
on Apr 12, 2021 at 9:33 am

Beaten it?

Very clearly not - case numbers dropped, then stabilized, and the preliminary data from the last 7 days indicates that they've started to rise again:

Web Link

If we don't go back to isolating, masking, testing, and contact tracing, until ~80% of our population is vaccinated, we're going to have a fourth wave, just as other parts of the country have.


priscilla prentiss
Registered user
another community
on Apr 12, 2021 at 9:53 am
priscilla prentiss, another community
Registered user
on Apr 12, 2021 at 9:53 am
sequoiadean
Registered user
Los Altos
on Apr 12, 2021 at 10:26 am
sequoiadean, Los Altos
Registered user
on Apr 12, 2021 at 10:26 am

Is it just me, or are most of the comments here meant to be sarcastic or humorous?


Online Name
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 12, 2021 at 10:33 am
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Apr 12, 2021 at 10:33 am

@sequoiadean, excellent question. When someone praises Trump's response when 500,000+ died under him while he famously called it a hoax, put his unqualified son-in-law in charge, held super-spreader events for the proudly unmasked and encouraged his followers to threaten the lives of Dr. Fauci and his kids, the governor of Michigan, store clerks etc etc., you really have to wonder.


Richard Calhoun
Registered user
another community
on Apr 12, 2021 at 11:28 am
Richard Calhoun, another community
Registered user
on Apr 12, 2021 at 11:28 am

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