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Coronavirus central: Santa Clara County's total of cases nears 2,500

Original post made on May 21, 2020

The new coronavirus continues to take its toll on the Midpeninsula, where Santa Clara County reported 2,492 coronavirus cases and 138 deaths as of Wednesday. San Mateo County reported 48 new cases, raising its total to 1,738.

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Posted by Jim Fehrle
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 21, 2020 at 12:42 pm

In most cases, it's a lot more relevant to report the daily number of new cases rather than the total number of cases since the pandemic began. The number of new cases is what everyone will examine to guage how well we're handling the pandemic and how quickly we can open up the economy again.

For example, below just say that Santa Clara had 31 new cases and San Mateo had 48 new cases instead of giving the totals.

> NEW COVID-19 CASES, DEATHS: Santa Clara County reported 2,492 cases and 138 deaths on Wednesday, up from 2,461 cases and 137 deaths on Tuesday. Seventy-nine people are hospitalized. San Mateo County on Wednesday reported 1,738 cases of COVID-19 and 75 deaths, up from 1,690 cases on Tuesday.


Posted by Wake up!
a resident of Mountain View

on May 21, 2020 at 2:30 pm

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Posted by S_mom
a resident of Community Center
on May 21, 2020 at 3:23 pm

@Jim Fehrle I completely agree -- what's the point of reporting all the cases we've ever had, most of that number at this point are old cases. Reporting it that way makes it sound like we have 2500 confirmed and infectious cases roaming the county (I mean, hopefully not roaming the county if they are confirmed cases, but still potentially out there), and given that everyone knows we likely have more than we actually can confirm, reporting 2500 as though it is a current number makes it sound like we have many more current coronavirus infections than we do.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 21, 2020 at 4:04 pm

Posted by S_mom, a resident of Community Center

>> @Jim Fehrle I completely agree -- what's the point of reporting all the cases we've ever had, most of that number at this point are old cases. Reporting it that way makes it sound like we have 2500 confirmed and infectious cases roaming the county

Both numbers, and much more, are "reported" on the websites. People following the progress of the pandemic are interested in all those numbers. If you are only interested in new cases, then, just focus on that ...


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Posted by Jimmy
a resident of Mountain View
on May 21, 2020 at 4:40 pm

I’d like the county to post the deaths by city, age and pre existing condition so that the trend is specifically identified


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Posted by Ryan
a resident of Midtown
on May 21, 2020 at 5:27 pm

It would be more helpful if they visualized the number of total cases in addition to the number of new cases since the start of this pandemic. This would clarify if these new numbers are worse, better or the same as what we have been experiencing.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on May 21, 2020 at 5:39 pm

I just read a news report that 1000 Christian churches in California have promised to defy the state's shutdown order beginning this weekend. That surely will cause another surge in the COVID-19 infection rate and extend our need for shelter-in-place.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2020 at 1:11 pm

Posted by resident, a resident of Downtown North

>> I just read a news report that 1000 Christian churches in California have promised to defy the state's shutdown order beginning this weekend. That surely will cause another surge in the COVID-19 infection rate and extend our need for shelter-in-place.

If they sit quietly with their masks on, it may not be too bad. If they all go maskless and sing hymns, then, it could get bad quickly:

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