Santa Clara County is introducing strict quarantine rules as the number of cases increases

With a spiral of cases, Santa Clara County has announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for residents and travelers coming to the region from more than 150 miles away. The new rule will take effect on Monday and will limit hotels in the county to basic travelers only.

These restrictions complement the state’s curfew – which applies to counties like Santa Clara that are purple – and hospitalize a record number of coronavirus patients.

The largest county in the Bay Area, with 2 million people, sees the highest number of new cases and hospital treatment per day since the start of the pandemic. On Saturday, the county reported 760 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. There are 239 COVID-related hospitalizations, of which 71 are in the intensive care unit. Together with seven other counties, Santa Clara is at the narrowest purple standard in the state’s reopening plan. Marin is now the only Bay Area county in red.

“I am seriously concerned about the ongoing pace of COVID-19 cases and hospital care,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County Health Officer. “The number of patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in our county has doubled in the last few weeks and there is a danger that we will soon exceed our hospital capacity if current trends continue. At this critical time when COVID-19 is spreading in our community, I urge all residents to be careful and minimize contact with anyone outside their immediate household as much as possible. “

Amid the boom, Santa Clara called for capacity restrictions on new retail stores from Monday. “All establishments open to the public must set up a ‘metering system’ to ensure that the applicable capacity limits are not exceeded by, for example, sending an employee at the entrance to the establishment to monitor the number of entrances and exits.” .

Santa Clara County will ban all professional, dormitory and youth contact sports from Monday. Also included are the San Francisco 49ers, who play at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. They are currently working at the NFL to find a new home to end the season.

All new rules will run until Dec. 21 unless county officials decide to extend them.