COVID Patients in California Hospitals Have Doubled, Santa Clara County Growth Is Slower

Propelled by the Delta variant and large numbers of unvaccinated people, COVID-19 patients are flooding California hospitals at a rate not seen since last winter’s surge.

Hospitalizations statewide have almost doubled in the past two weeks, while reported hospitalizations in Santa Clara County have grown more slowly, according to state public health data.

Hospitalizations are indicators of the breadth and severity of the COVID-19 spread.

In Santa Clara County, the 7-day average of the number of patients with the disease grew from 79 to 133 from July 24 to Aug.7, an increase of 68%. Statewide, 5,358 people were hospitalized with the disease on Sunday, compared to 2,781 on July 24, according to the state.

In six of the nine Bay Area counties, hospitalization rates more than doubled in the last two weeks. Only Sonoma County, with a 44% increase, reported growth rates lower than Santa Clara County. San Mateo County reported a 135% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, and San Francisco reported a 121% increase.

Santa Clara County released a new data dashboard on Aug.4, breaking out COVID-19 case rates by vaccination status. The latest county numbers reflect what public health officials have been echoing in recent weeks: The Delta variant is fueling a surge in cases and the unvaccinated are at the highest risk of infections.

“As of August 4, the data show a stark difference in how the latest wave is affecting those who have not been vaccinated versus those who have – with positive cases among the unvaccinated nearly four times higher than those fully vaccinated,” county health officials repo

Hospitalizaton rates for COVID-19 are growing across California. CalMatters graphic.

rted. The case rate per 100,000 county residents for the unvaccinated has jumped from about 3 to more than 25 over the past month. The case rate among the vaccinated, while also increasing in recent weeks, is not experiencing as steep of a spike.

“Vaccines are still excellent at protecting against serious illness and death. They also provide significant protection against infection, though perhaps not quite as effective against the Delta variant,” said Dr. George Han, County of Santa Clara Deputy Health Officer. “To protect those who are not yet eligible for vaccination, such as children, and people who are elderly or immunocompromised, we need everyone who can get a vaccine to do so now. Additionally, wearing masks indoors will help minimize the spike in community transmission.”

As of this week, 84% of Santa Clara County residents age 12 and older had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and roughly 78% have completed their vaccination. “Santa Clara County has among the highest vaccination rates in the nation, but it remains critical that more individuals get vaccinated to further protect the community, particularly children, the elderly, and people who are immunocompromised,” said Han.

Hospitals in all California counties are experiencing worrisome surges in hospitalization rates, and vaccination rates continue to lag

Santa Cruz, Tuolumne, Lake, Butte, Tulare, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo counties saw a 200% or more increase in the 7-day average number of hospitalizations between July 24 and Aug. 7, according to a CalMatters analysis. In Santa Cruz County, COVID-19 hospitalizations rose from 3 to 14 patients in the past two weeks. The county on Monday reported its first two deaths attributed to the virus since May, both patients in their 70s. The vast majority of hospitalized patients in Santa Cruz County are unvaccinated, said Dr. Gail Newel, the county’s health officer.

Dr. Michael Vollmer of Kaiser Permanente said he saw the surge coming as hospitalization rates “doubled and doubled again” in the massive health care system.

“It’s obviously frustrating,” said Vollmer, an infectious disease specialist and regional epidemiologist for Kaiser Permante’s Northern California region. “If we’ve learned anything, it’s that we have to remain humble throughout this pandemic.”

New cases have spiked particularly at hospitals in communities with lower vaccination rates, Vollmer said, and patients are skewing younger as many older Californians have been immunized.

If the current trends continue, public health officials said hospitals may once again need to cancel elective surgeries and take other steps, like speeding patient triage to avoid temporary closures of overcrowded emergency rooms.

Kaiser Permanente has already postponed a small number of elective surgeries depending on patient loads and staffing, but has not done so systemwide, Vollmer said.

Del Norte, the state’s northernmost county — which already has minimal intensive care units to begin with — had zero ICU beds available as of Sunday, state data showed. The county is home to about 28,000 people.

Yuba, Tuolumne and Placer counties in the Central Valley have the highest per capita hospitalizations. (CalMatters’ analysis excludes counties with fewer than 50,000 people, such as Del Norte and Amador, because of their small sample size.)

“Our staff is disheartened to see our community weathering another COVID-19 surge, especially since vaccines that could have prevented this surge in hospitalizations are widely available,” a spokesperson with Adventist Health Sonora in Tuolumne County said in an email Monday.

“It’s true that Adventist Health Sonora staff are worn out, having gone above and beyond over the last 17 months of frontline pandemic response, but they remain well-prepared to care for our community, with ample supplies and experience gained over the course of the pandemic.”

Newel said she, too, is concerned about exhausted hospital workers who were just starting to take much-needed time off this summer.

“Staffing isn’t at optimal levels at any of the hospitals (in the county). We’re watching the situation closely,” she said.

In a letter last week, Dr. Carl Schultz, Orange County’s emergency services medical director, told local hospitals that they were closing their emergency rooms for too long, forcing ambulances to drive around seeking an open bed. Five hospitals closed their emergency rooms longer than an hour in a single 24-hour period. “This is not sustainable,” he wrote.

California’s per capita rate of hospitalizations — surging from about 7 per 100,000 people two weeks ago to about 14 now — is substantially lower than the national rate of 19 per 100,000. But it’s higher than the rate in 29 states, including New York, Michigan and Ohio.

“If we can get people to mask indoors, get tested when they feel sick and emphasize vaccination…we should see hospitalizations peak over the next week or two,” said Vollmer.

In Los Angeles County, the 7-day average has doubled, reaching 1,326 hospitalized people on Sunday.

Amador, in the Sierra Nevada region, has a hospitalization rate similar to its peak last December. More than half of the cases are among people younger than 50, and the youngest patient is in their 30s, county officials said in a news release last week.

In Yuba County — which takes patients from smaller, neighboring counties that don’t have their own hospitals — the hospitalization rate was 46.1 per 100,000 people as of Sunday. It was the second highest in the state, shooting up 81% in two weeks.

Health officials said the uptick is a result of more people traveling and socializing after the state’s June 15 reopening. Recent Yuba County infections have been traced to gatherings where the majority of participants were unmasked and unvaccinated, according to Meghan Marshall, the county’s Health and Human Services deputy director.

While cases and hospitalizations are rising in this fourth wave, deaths have remained mostly stable.

On Friday, 33 people died from COVID in California, according to state officials. The 7-day average was 0.04 deaths per 100,000 people on Sunday, similar to about a month ago.

Barbara Feder Ostrov and Ana B. Ibarra are reporters with CalMatters. San Jose Inside contributed to this report.

33 Comments

  1. JoeBiden’s FAILING immigration policies (ie OPEN BORDERs) have been the nation’s biggest COVID SUPER SPREADER Event – over 1 MILLION illegal aliens were apprehended illegally crossing the US-Mexico Border this year. Record breaking levels of Illegal Crossings – 21-year high.

    Over 7,000 COVID Pos illegal aliens were released throughout the US in the last 6 months – and not all are tested.
    “More than 1,500 COVID-Positive were released in 1 week into one Texas border town”

    07Aug2021: DHS reports “More than 18% of migrant families and 20% of unaccompanied minors who recently crossed the U.S. border tested positive for Covid on leaving Border Patrol custody over the past 2-3 weeks…”

    03Aug2021: CBP stopped 6,725 migrants Illegally crossing into the U.S., according to internal data obtained by NBC News, keeping with the daily pace of July, which saw 210,000 total apprehensions, a 21-year high.

  2. “the nation’s biggest COVID SUPER SPREADER Event…” — Ca Patriot

    And what were those COVID positives doing prior to being apprehended? Riding in crowded trucks and buses, sleeping in close quarters, and huddling together in hiding places with fellow illegals (likely ten times more numerous in number) who crossed the border and escaped capture (and accounting). An accurate depiction of the hundreds of thousands caravanning north to our border would be “the world’s biggest chickenpox party.”

    Biden’s border fiasco is the masked and socially-distanced elephant in any room (or forum) in which the pandemic is discussed. It doesn’t matter if it’s Drooling Joe, Forked-Tongued Fauci, or any of the other incompetent bastards preaching us to ruin, the administration’s border policy renders their every COVID warning moot, and reveals it as quite sinister (a crew is not serious about trying to keep a ship afloat if they’ve opened a hole in the hull, no matter what they tell the passengers). Biden’s saboteurs are more than willing to let massive numbers of American citizens die so they can get the demographics they need to quash our precious liberties.

  3. Certain cultures eschew masks and other health and safety measures, and where it’s coincident with overcrowding of housing, you have much more risk added.

  4. HERE WE ARE AGAIN WITH THE POLITICAL ADVERTISING PUBLISHED BY ANONYMOUS POSTERS.

    THE GRI REALITY IS THAT LAMBDA IS GOING TO RESET THE VACCINE CLOCK BACK TO APRIL 2020 UNLESS WE HAVE A NEW ONE FOR IT.

    REMEMBER ANY ALIENS TESTING POSITIVE IS QUARRENTINED AND SEGREGATED, SO THEY AREN’T SPREADING ANYTHING.

    IF YOU WERE TO EVEN TAKE THE PROPER SURVEYS, YOU WOULD FIND MOST IF NOT ALL HOSPITALIZED ARE LEGAL CITIZENS, SO YOU MAY BE CORRECT ON ONE FRONT, THE ILLEGALS WILL GET SICK AND DIE WITHOUT BEING COUNTED AT ALL.

    THE FACT IS AS OF NOW WE ONLY HAVE 87 ICU BEDS AVAILABLE. I WONDER WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE IF WE HAPPEN TO HAVE A GOOD EARTHQUAKE HIT THE AREA NOW. YET ALONE THE LAMBDA VARIANT WAVE.

    AND ALL WE HAVE WRITING HERE IS PEOPLE TRYING TO PUT THE BLAME ON EVREYONE ELSE, AND NOT PROMOTING SAFE LIVING, WAIT, DIDN’T WE GO THROUGH THIS WITH AIDS? MAYBE YOU ALL ARE GOING TO HAVE TO LEARN LIKE WE DID IN THE 1980S

  5. Sky is falling again. Time to shut down the churches, restaurants, bars and schools for the little people. No kids sports for another year. High end restaurants and parties for existing and former political leaders are exempted from restrictions.

    As an aside, what a surprise, the leaky masks have failed us again….

  6. Bless your heart StevenG: you seem like the perfect pawn for propaganda.. Keep Believing..
    – “the Surge Is Normal”.. when it’s setting records.
    – “Border influx – Not A Crisis..”
    – “.. the Border Is Closed and we enforce the laws that Congress has passed..”
    – “..most illegal crossers are being turned back”
    – “..we have seen Extreme Progress over the last few months” at the border.
    Even the failing NYTs reports:
    “In California’s Imperial Valley…15% of the migrants released by the Border Patrol into the community between April 7 and April 13 tested POSITIVE for the virus – 3x higher than the official average, according to the California Department of Social Services.”

    “Migrants who have a POS result are transferred to a shelter operated by the city. Others spend 1-2 nights the respite center and then Board Planes or Buses to their destinations around the United States.
    Some of them could well have infections contracted in Border Patrol facilities that did NOT register on tests during the brief time they spent at the respite center, immigrant advocates warned,
    and could unknowingly Expose Others as they travel to join friends and family elsewhere in the country.”

    “People who were on the bus or in the cell with people who tested COVID POS are going to test positive,” said Mark Lane, who runs a small humanitarian organization in San Diego…
    “Uber drivers, taxi drivers and people like us, people who are not fully vaccinated, are getting exposed.
    Today I took two guys who were released and put them in a T.S.A. line with 500 people on it.”

    “Andrea Rudnik, whose nonprofit organization, provides aid to a hotel for coronavirus isolation in Brownsville, Texas, said many migrants who Tested Positive had DISAPPEARED before their Mandatory Separation Period was up.”
    “They want to leave,” she said, “and if they realize, ‘Hey, I can just take a taxi from this hotel back to the bus station and get out of there,’ then they’ll do it.”

  7. Looks like long term trouble with more closures, endless ‘variants’, trillions in needless spending, tens of thousands flooding through the border who refuse vaccination and inflation rearing it’s ugly head. Hope we survive.

  8. JOE SMITH You wrote:

    “Sky is falling again. Time to shut down the churches, restaurants, bars and schools for the little people. No kids sports for another year. High end restaurants and parties for existing and former political leaders are exempted from restrictions.”

    YES, PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF HAVE MADE IT SO THE RECENT DELTA, DELTA-PLUS, AND LAMBDA VARIANTS ARE BEATING THE VACCINES AND THUS WE ARE REPLAYING THE SAME SONG THAT WE DID 3 TIMES LAST YEAR. SO THAT IS CORRECT, BUT THIS IS NO CHICKEN LITTLE STORY, 600,000 PEOPLE DEAD, AND MORE THAN 10 MILLION PEOPLE DISABLED BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF. THAT IS NOT FICTION, THAT IS REALITY You wrote:

    “As an aside, what a surprise, the leaky masks have failed us again….”

    IF EVERYONE BOUGHT THE RIGHT MASKS, OR WERE USING THE RIGHT MASKS THE RIGHT WAY, YOU COULD COMPLAIN IT WAS A MASK ISSUE, RIGHT? BUT WHAT EVIDENCE DO YOU HAVE WHEN USING THE RIGHT MASKS NOR NOT FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS CAUSES MORE INFECTIONS? YOU DON’T HAVE ANY SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT YOUR COMMNET AT ALL. JUST LIKE THE ANTI-VAXXERS LIKE TO DO, MAKE UP A STORY ABOUT HOW THE VACCINES HURT YOU WITH NO SCIENCE TO SUPPORT IT.

  9. CA PATRIOT You wrote:

    “Bless your heart StevenG: you seem like the perfect pawn for propaganda.. Keep Believing..

    – “the Surge Is Normal”.. when it’s setting records.”

    THE SURGE IS NOT NORMAL, IT WAS CAUSED BY ALLOWING INCREASINGLY RISKY BEHAVIOR TO RETURN WHEN THE VACCINES WERE NOT YET ADMINISTERED, AND SO MANY REFUSE TO BE VACCINATED. AND THAT REMOVING THE SIMPLEST MEANS TO PREVENT INFECTION, MASKING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING, IT WAS GUARANTIED TO INCREASE INFECTION. BUT I NEVER SUPPORTED THIS, IT WAS AN UNNATURAL SURGE CAUSED BY PEOPLE NOT CONDUCTING THEMSELVES RESPONSIBLY. You wote:

    “– “Border influx – Not A Crisis..”

    I DO NOT ARGUE THERE IS A BORDER CRISIS, IN FACT THE NYTIMES REPORT YOU CITED DATED APRIL 29,2021 IS ACCURATE BECAUSE IT DEMONSTRATED THAT THE AGENCY THAT HAS BEEN UNDERFUNDED BY THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSES SINCE THE 1980S WAS SIMPLY NEVER ABLE TO HANDLE NORMAL TIMES, LET ALONE THE COVID PANDEMIC. BUT THAT IS NOT THE “FAULT” OF THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION, IT HAS BEEN AN INTENTIONAL DESIGN SO THAT BUSINESSES COULD GET ILLEGAL WORKERS TO HIRE, THUS UNDERPAYING AND EXPLOITING ILLEGAL LABOR. SO, IF YOU’RE GOING TO TRY TO BLAME ANYONE, I AGREE THAT BOTH THE DEMS AND THE REPS ARE BOTH GUILTY.

    BUT IN THE END, YOU’RE STILL NOT DOING ANYTHING REGARDING THE CURRENT COVID WORLDWIDE ATTACK. THAT’S WHAT IT IS. AND YOU ARE SIMPLY AGREEING WITH SOCIAL DARWINISM, THAT IF PEOPLE ARE NOT EDUCATED, NOT GIVEN THE TOOLS TO PREVENT THEIR OWN DEMISE, PROVIDED UNEQUAL TREATMENT REGARDING HEALTHCARE, AND THEY ARE THE POOR OR UNDESIRED, LET THEM SUFFER. AND DIE. RIGHT?

  10. Lol, looks like someone is getting caught up in Covid Panic-Porn and click-bait journalism..
    Delta, Tri-Delta, Delta Gamma, Lambda, Kappa Delta.. might be time for movie night –
    ‘Animal House’ style.
    Just remember..
    Panicked, Hopeless, and Fearful is no way to go through life, son.

    “..Vaccination is widely available in the United States and the unvaccinated have chosen that status. They’ve made their own decisions and assumed the resulting dangers, just like people who smoke, eat too much, ride motorcycles, or go rock-climbing.”

    “COVID-19 has been an unpleasant ordeal for the entire planet, but perhaps not so awful as the Policies Inflicted on us in the name of public health.
    It’s time to move beyond pandemic panic to rebuild our prosperity, raise our kids, and reclaim our freedom.
    If the control freaks don’t like that, well, they’re another affliction we can do without.”

  11. Thank you for being here CA PATRIOT and thank you for not using all caps.

    On another thought, that other guy who writes here to drown out real discussion writes in ALL CAPS and it hurts my eyes so I can’t really read it. I try to just skim by and everyone else should also. I did see he’s now claiming that somehow I caused the delta, lambda, and other viruses to “beat vaccines”. He’s definitely giving a dummy like me a lot of credit. Somehow I can now “beat vaccines” whatever that nonsensical statement even means.

  12. CA PATRIOT You wrote:

    “Lol, looks like someone is getting caught up in Covid Panic-Porn and click-bait journalism..
    Delta, Tri-Delta, Delta Gamma, Lambda, Kappa Delta.. might be time for movie night –
    ‘Animal House’ style.”

    HAVING WORKED IN A BIOHAZARD LEVEL 4 LAB WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER IN MEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION, AND EYE WITNESSED THE TERRIBLE IMPACT OF THESE KINDS OF DISEASES IN PERSON, I AN JUSTLY INTIMIDATED. YOU WOULD FEEL FEAR AFTER SEEING LAB ANIMALS SUFFER HORRIBLY TO LEARN HOW DISEASES WORK, AND HEAR THE CRYING OF THEM. AND ALSO BEING A PERSON THAT HAS HAD TO SEE LOVED ONES DIE IN FRONT OF THEM MORE THAN 3 TIMES. SO WHEN YOU WROTE:

    “Just remember..

    Panicked, Hopeless, and Fearful is no way to go through life, son.”

    FIRST YOU COULD NEVER CALL ME SON, EVER. SECOND I AM PROBABLY OLDER THAN YOU BY QUITE A LOT. AND AGAIN IF YOU HAVE BEEN THORUGH MY LIFE TO SEE WHAT I HAVE EXPERIENCED, YOU WOULD NOT BE SO SECURE You wrote:

    ““..Vaccination is widely available in the United States and the unvaccinated have chosen that status. They’ve made their own decisions and assumed the resulting dangers, just like people who smoke, eat too much, ride motorcycles, or go rock-climbing.”

    SO YOU ARE SAYING THAT THESE PEOPLE WHO NOT ONLY POSE A RISK TO THEMSELVES BUT OTHERS ARE ALLOWED TO DAMAGE INNOCENT VICTIMS. MAYBE WE SHOULD ROUND UP PEOPLE AND GIVE THEM THE VACCINE? BUT IT IS A NONSTARTER, THE VACCINES ARE BECOMING STALE AND WILL SOON NOT WORK AT ALL. You wrote:

    ““COVID-19 has been an unpleasant ordeal for the entire planet, but perhaps not so awful as the Policies Inflicted on us in the name of public health.”

    I HATE TO SAY THIS, BUT MAYBE IT WOULD BE KARMA THAT YOU GET INFECTED WITH EITHER COVID OR SOME OTHER VIRUS THAT DOES NOT KILL YOU, BUT MAKES YOUR REMAINING LIFE SO MISERABLE YOU WOULD CHOSE THE ALTERNATIVE. You wrote:

    “It’s time to move beyond pandemic panic to rebuild our prosperity, raise our kids, and reclaim our freedom.”

    PERHAPS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THIS REALITY:

    “Freedom and safety are at odds with each other, but also need each other

    Freedom is being able to think, say, and do what you want – to live your life as you please. Safety is being protected from harm – to live your life without fear of danger.

    Though people may uphold freedom as an ultimate virtue, it’s limited in a society. You can’t have absolute freedom because it takes away from the safety and the freedom of others. If anyone could do whatever they wanted, and they chose to hurt and kill, that restricts someone else’s freedom to live as they please.

    But you also can’t have absolute safety. That would require monitoring and limiting the actions of everyone, submitting to a protective but also authoritative body. Restricting actions limits freedom, but it also limits safety because you become vulnerable to whoever you trust for protection.

    Absolute freedom and absolute safety don’t exist in the real world. They rely on each other. Freedom needs safety to be free, and safety needs freedom to be safe.

    Within the structure of a society, an ideal government holds the authority and responsibility of balancing the two – giving as much freedom and as much safety as possible to as many people as possible.”

    YOUR ONLY ACCEPTABLE APPROACH IS ABSOLUTE FREEDOM, BUT THAT WILL INFRINGE ON THE FREEDOM OF OTHERS. THAT IS WHERE THE LINES MUST BE DEFINED AND THUS THE PUBLIC SAFETY IN MANY SITUATIONS CAN AND DO OVERRIDE FREEDOM. You wrote:

    “If the control freaks don’t like that, well, they’re another affliction we can do without.”

    DONALD TRUMP AND HIS KIND ARE THE TRUE AUTHORITARIANS, THEY ATTACKED ON JAN 6 TO OVERTURN THE VOTERS CHOICE OF THE 2020 ELECTION, AND IT IS REALLY FUNNY THAT YOU CLAIM TO BE AGAINST AUTHORITARIANISM. YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE THE GROUP THAT WANTS TO BE IN CONTROL, BUT COVID HAS CONTROL OVER THE WORLD.

  13. “I HATE TO SAY THIS, BUT MAYBE IT WOULD BE KARMA THAT YOU GET INFECTED WITH EITHER COVID OR SOME OTHER VIRUS THAT DOES NOT KILL YOU, BUT MAKES YOUR REMAINING LIFE SO MISERABLE YOU WOULD CHOSE THE ALTERNATIVE.” — Steven Goldstein

    You “hate to say” something but you go ahead and say it anyway? For someone who is always harping about the truth it appears you’ve posted a lie, the only question being: were you lying to CA Patriot or yourself?

    “Karma?” The self-proclaimed purveyor of science speaks of Karma? What’s next for angry and outraged Steven, Voodoo?

    Wishing misery on another human? A complete stranger? My, your moral code is certainly confusing. You go apoplectic over insulting language but approve of, and engage in, rabid hatred?

    Despite my ugly proclivity to insult you, the humanitarian buried deep within my soul feels compelled to urge you to protect yourself from your keyboard lunacy. Get yourself a straitjacket; it will compliment your mask and other protective gear, and allow you some time to really think, instead of simply reacting.

  14. PHU TAN ELLI,

    I NEVER SAID I WAS A SAINT, NO ONE SHOULD BE EXPECTED TO BE TREATED LIKE YOU DO TO ME EVER. BUT EVEN YOU SAID THIS:

    “Despite my ugly proclivity to insult you, the humanitarian buried deep within my soul feels compelled to urge you to protect yourself from your keyboard lunacy. Get yourself a straitjacket; it will compliment your mask and other protective gear, and allow you some time to really think, instead of simply reacting.”

    MAYBE THE READERS HERE UNDERSTAND THAT AFTER MORE THAN A YEAR OF YOUR PERSONAL INSULTS AND ATTEMPTS TO DISCREDIT ME, IT WAS NOT TO BE EXPECTED. IN ANY EVENT COVID IS IN CONTROL OF THE WORLD, AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE NOT HELPING THE PROBLEM. YOU ARE MAKING IT WORSE. MAKING IT MORE LIKELY TO HURT OR KILL OTHERS. SO YES, MY PATIENCE IS BROKEN, AND YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE 600,000 AMERICANS DEAD AND 10 MILLION DISABLED MEANT YOUR ACCOUNTABILITY MUST BE SETTLED.

  15. “YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE 600,000 AMERICANS DEAD AND 10 MILLION DISABLED MEANT YOUR ACCOUNTABILITY MUST BE SETTLED.” — Steven Goldstein

    You mad scientist, you. You’ve just gain-of-functioned me from an outraged but otherwise harmless commenter into a wanton killer. Thank you. My imagination goes wild!

  16. PHU TAN ELLI You wrote:

    “You mad scientist, you. You’ve just gain-of-functioned me from an outraged but otherwise harmless commenter into a wanton killer. Thank you. My imagination goes wild!”

    FIRST, NO ONE IS A HARMLESS COMMENTER, THAT IS FICTION, AN ANONYMOUS POSTER CAN AND DOES MAKE SERIOUS DAMAGE ALL THE TIME. THAT GOES TO SHOW HOW LITTLE RESPONSIBILITY YOU TAKE FOR YOUR ACTIONS.

    SECOND, YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS HAVE DONE THE FOLLOWING:

    TOLD PEOPLE OVER AND OVER AGAIN NOT TO WEAR MASKS OR SOCIAL DISTANCE.

    TOLD PEOPLE FICTION ABOUT THE RISKS OF SPREADING COVID.

    IN EFFECT SUPPORTING THOSE THAT DO NOT GET VACCINATED.

    AND PERSONALLY INSULT THOSE THAT EVEN THOUGH UNDERSTAND THE LIMITATIONS OF THE VACCINES, ACTUALLY GOT IT ANYWAY.

    AND FINALLY WHEN CONFRONTED WITH YOUR OWN HISTORY, YOU TRY TO SAY IN EFFECT “SO WHAT” , YOU ACTUALLY IN EFFECT TOLD THOSE THAT AGREE WITH YOU” YOU ALL ARE FOOLISH TO LISTEN TO ME AT ALL”

    AND JUST TO CLARIFY, I DIDN’T SAY YOU WERE A “WANTON KILLER” BUT YOU REALLY DID ENCOURAGE A LOT OF PEOPLE TO ACT IN RECKLESS DISREGARD OF THEIR OWN SAFETY. THAT IS A VERY CLEAR DEFINITION OF YOUR ACTIONS.

  17. “YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS HAVE DONE THE FOLLOWING:” — Steven Goldstein

    I’ve never told anyone how to protect themselves from COVID, never invented any COVID statistics, never encouraged or discouraged anyone regarding vaccinations, and have no friends who participate on SJI (or any other local site). These are all lies that you may or may not have heard from one of the voices in your head, but they are nevertheless lies, and you, Mr. Goldstein, are a liar.

  18. PHU TAN ELLI, I don’t really read the idiotic rantings by the “ALL CAPS” clown.
    It does seem for him the 4+ years of Biased Media conditioning..
    continual Gaslighting and Hyping the “IF THIS STORY IS TRUE” hit piece click-bait article,
    He may be suffering from a Chronic case of TDS..

    For some folks Brainwashing takes awhile to DETOX..
    But for some there is NO Return to Normalcy…
    Luckily he is just “shooting” off with his keyboard..

  19. PHU TAN ELLI YOU TRIED TO CLAIM:

    “I’ve never told anyone how to protect themselves from COVID, never invented any COVID statistics, never encouraged or discouraged anyone regarding vaccinations, and have no friends who participate on SJI (or any other local site). These are all lies that you may or may not have heard from one of the voices in your head, but they are nevertheless lies, and you, Mr. Goldstein, are a liar.”

    HERE IS SOME OF YOUR WORK FROM SJI CA MASK MANDATE CONTINUED UNTIL JUNE 15 DESPITE CDC GUIDANCE

    PHU TAN ELLI May 19, 2021 @ 1:34 pm
    “This four-week period will give Californians time to prepare for this change…” — Dr. Mark Ghaly

    If we get to it quickly four weeks should be enough time for us to figure out how to free ourselves of our masks… but when will we free ourselves from the insults of the likes of Dr. Ghaly?”

    HERE IS AN ENTRY YOU MADE IN THE SJI ARTICLE DR CODY ON COVID ANNIVERSARY WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE THE SAME ARTICLE:

    “PHU TAN ELLI Feb 25, 2021 @ 3:52 pm

    Historical death rate in the US for 2020, though marginally higher than in the decades previous, was lower than the rate for the first four of the last seven decades. It is likely that decreases in cigarette smoking, improved vehicle safety (brakes, belts, bags), and vastly improved emergency medical care (paramedics, trauma centers, etc.) played a big part in the tide turning in the 1990s, but considering the oldest Baby Boomers are just now reaching average life expectancy ages, common sense says the rate will be on the increase for the next twenty years — EVEN IF EVERYONE STAYS HOME AND HIDES!”

    And:

    PHU TAN ELLI Feb 28, 2021 @ 11:44 am

    That she and so many in government did not hesitate to deny their countrymen the right to attend their respective houses of worship is a disgrace: to our educational system, our nation’s Founders, and the sordid history of religious persecution that inspired the amendment’s protections.”

    And:

    “PHU TAN ELLI Mar 2, 2021 @ 5:03 pm
    “Recommendation to wear a surgical mask when outside the home among others did not reduce, at conventional levels of statistical significance, incident SARS-CoV-2 infection compared with no mask recommendation.” — DANMASK-19 [Danish Study to Assess Face Masks for the Protection Against COVID-19 Infection]

    If masks offer no significant protection to wearers, then:
    — we should not be surprised by the absence of evidence of benefit for mask-mandated, locked-downed Californians.
    — we should take note that, despite the inefficacy of their protective masks and their daily interactions with reckless and irresponsible strangers in and outside private homes, infection rates among first responders are low.
    — the big surge coincided with the closing up of homes (due to cold weather) and firing up of heaters (forced air units probably acting as super-spreaders).
    — we should consider, all political considerations aside, acting in response to what the virus tells us, not the experts.”

    I AM DOING MORE RESEARCH, AND I THINK YOU WILL BE SURPRISED THAT I CAN BACK UP MY STATEMENTS, YOU ARE TRYING TO BE THE LIAR HERE. THE FACTS ARE YOU WERE AGAINST MASKS AT THE VERY LEAST, AND I WILL FIND MORE EVIDENCE TO PROVE YOU WERE ENCOURAGING UNSAFE BEHAVIOR FOR AS LONG AS COVID HAS BEEN A CRISIS.

  20. “I AM DOING MORE RESEARCH,” — Steven Goldstein

    Keep at it, you still have not produced anything supporting your absolute lie that I told others how to protect themselves from COVID, fudged or misrepresented COVID statistics, or encouraged or discouraged anyone regarding vaccinations.

  21. PHU TAN ELLI

    HOW ABOUT THIS YOU WROTE AS WELL FROM THE SJI ARTICLE TITLED SCC EXEC VIGOROUS STATEWIDE QUARANTINE WOULD BETTER SERVE PEOPLE THAN MERE WARNINGS, YOU WROTE:

    “PHU TAN ELLI Dec 20, 2020 @ 10:32 am

    Here’s a radical thought: What if, instead of telling the public what to do despite their unfamiliarity with the virus, our health officials had admitted they didn’t have recommendations to offer other than to treat the virus as if it were a deadly flu? COMMON SENSE AND GROWN-UP RESPONSIBILITY WOULD’VE DICTATED AN INCREASE IN PREVENTATIVE HYGIENE (WASHING HANDS, NO TOUCHING FACE), INTOLERANCE FOR THE SYMPTOMATIC (IN THE WORKPLACE AND AT SOCIAL GATHERINGS), AND AN ADDED LAYER OF CIRCUMSPECTION IN EVERYDAY TASKS AND TRAVELS. Such advice, which the American people are quite capable of handling, WOULD’VE PROVED AT LEAST AS EFFECTIVE AS ANYTHING PRODUCED BY OUR PANICKED LEADERS IN HEALTH AND GOVERNMENT, WITHOUT DEMOLISHING TRUST, RUINING THE ECONOMY, OR INVITING POLITICAL EXPLOITATION.”

    BUT IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT WHEN MASK MANDATES AND SOCIAL DISTANCING AND EVEN SERVICE RESTRICTIONS WERE IN PLACE INFECTION RATES WENT DOWN, AND ALL OTHER STEPS HAVE PROVEN TO INCREASE INFECTIONS AND ACCELERATE THE VARIANTS. THUS, YOUR SUGGESTIONS ARE A PUBLIC DANGER, AND YOU HAVE NOT PROVEN ANYTHING BUT JUST TYPE OUT OPINIONS WITH NO EVIDENCE. YOU LITERALLY STATED THAT YOU WANTED NO IMPLEMENTATION OF MASKS. LET ALONE ANY OTHER PREVENTATIVE MEASURE, THUS YOU HAVE PERSONALLY HELPED COVID DO DAMAGE TO US ALL.

  22. PHU TAN ELLI

    HOW ABOUT THIS YOU WROTE AS WELL FROM THE SJI ARTICLE TITLED SCC EXEC VIGOROUS STATEWIDE QUARANTINE WOULD BETTER SERVE PEOPLE THAN MERE WARNINGS, YOU WROTE:

    “PHU TAN ELLI Dec 20, 2020 @ 10:32 am
    Hysteria, even in the face of the unknown, ceased being a productive group response when our ancestors could no longer take to the trees. HAD IT BEEN AVOIDED THE EARLY PHASE OF THE PANDEMIC WOULD’VE REVEALED WHERE VULNERABILITIES EXISTED AND WHERE THEY DIDN’T, and would certainly have prevented Emmy award winning Governor Cuomo’s nursing home catastrophe (the result of his panicked reaction to the panic over a hospital bed shortage that never materialized). Schools wouldn’t have been needlessly (and harmfully) closed, malls would’ve stayed open (though the crowds would’ve self-thinned), businesses (even those without political influence) would’ve remained in operation, AND CAUTION-DEFICIENT YOUNG ADULTS WOULD’VE FILLED THE BARS, TRADED GERMS, SPREADING AMONG THEMSELVES THE VIRUS AND IMMUNITY.

    BUT IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT WHEN MASK MANDATES AND SOCIAL DISTANCING AND EVEN SERVICE RESTRICTIONS WERE IN PLACE INFECTION RATES WENT DOWN, AND ALL OTHER STEPS HAVE PROVEN TO INCREASE INFECTIONS AND ACCELERATE THE VARIANTS. THUS, YOUR SUGGESTIONS ARE A PUBLIC DANGER, AND YOU HAVE NOT PROVEN ANYTHING BUT JUST TYPE OUT OPINIONS WITH NO EVIDENCE. YOU LITERALLY STATED THAT YOU WANTED NO IMPLEMENTATION OF MASKS. LET ALONE ANY OTHER PREVENTATIVE MEASURE, THUS YOU HAVE PERSONALLY HELPED COVID DO DAMAGE TO US ALL.

  23. I looked at the SCC dashboards and the profile for the number of cases in Santa Clara county so far looks exactly like it did last year at this time with regard to people testing positive and number of tests. Deaths are a lot less than last year thankfully. Just why are we panicking again? Seems to be more of a seasonal thing we once again have no control over.

  24. JOE SMITH You wrote:

    “looked at the SCC dashboards and the profile for the number of cases in Santa Clara county so far looks exactly like it did last year at this time with regard to people testing positive and number of tests.”

    AND YOU THINK THAT IS A SIGN OF IMPROVEMENT? JUST UNDERSTAND THIS, THAT WAS A TIME WHERE THE FIRES LOWERED THE CASES BECAUSE IT FORCED EVERYONE TO WEAR A MASK TO LEAVE HOME. HOWEVER, IF YOU LOOK AT THE TRAJECTORY, YOU CAN SEE HOW WE ARE GOING TO START HAVING ANOTHER SPIKE OF INFECTION. AND REMEMBER ANYONE INFECTED AND HOSPITALIZED RUNS THE RISK OF EITHER MAKING OTHERS INFECTED, OR THEY ARE AT PERSONAL RISK THEMSELVES. THIS IS NOT A “TOLERABLE” SITUATION, BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE, RIGHT? You wrote:

    “Deaths are a lot less than last year thankfully. Just why are we panicking again? Seems to be more of a seasonal thing we once again have no control over.”

    THAT IS EXACLTY WHY WE SHOULD BE CAREFUL, AS YOU SAID WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER WHAT IS HAPPENING. AGAIN YOU ARE ALSO NOT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THAT THE INFECTIONS CREATE VARIANTS, AND THAT LAMBDA IS NOT A VARIANT CONTROLLED BY THE VACCINES, AND IT IS A SERIOUS THREAT TO THE US NOW. EVEN FORBES ON AUGUST 10 THE ARTICLE TITLED “It Is Time To Pay Close Attention To The Lambda Variant Now Devastating South America WRITTEN BY William A. Haseltine THE REPORT STATED:

    “Next, the researchers tested mutations against the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. As shown in the figure below, the seven-amino-acid deletion from positions 246-253, L452Q, and F490S all convey contribute to neutralization escape (Figure 2). NOTABLY, L452Q AND F490S INDIVIDUALLY ESCAPE NEUTRALIZATION BETWEEN 1.22 AND 1.38 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVELY, WHEREAS IN TANDEM, THE COMBINATION ESCAPES 1.62 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVELY. The only Lambda mutation the abrogates neutralization by a monoclonal antibody (4A8) here specific to the N terminal domain is the 246-253 mutation that lies entirely within that domain (Figure 3).” And:

    “Dr. Gregory Poland of the Vaccine Research Group at the Mayo Clinic notes that “ANY TIME A VARIANT IS IDENTIFIED AND DEMONSTRATES THE CAPACITY TO RAPIDLY SPREAD IN A POPULATION, YOU HAVE TO BE CONCERNED.” THE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF COVID-19 IN SOUTH AMERICA TELLS US WHAT WE CAN EXPECT IF LAMBDA, IN ADDITION TO DELTA, GAINS WIDE CIRCULATION IN THE US. WE ARE FOREWARNED TO PREPARE FOR A DOUBLE ONSLAUGHT.”

    SO YES, THERE IS A GOOD SIGN THAT WE ARE HEADING INTO A VARIANT THAT THE VACCINES HAVE NO IMPACT ON IF THE LAMBDA VARIANT IS 1.62 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE, THAT MEANS NEARLY 2/3RDS OF THE VACCINE IS NOT GOING TO DO A THING FOR YOU. STOP TRYING TO IGNORE THE WARNING SIGNS.

  25. JOE SMITH You wrote:

    “looked at the SCC dashboards and the profile for the number of cases in Santa Clara county so far looks exactly like it did last year at this time with regard to people testing positive and number of tests.”

    AND YOU THINK THAT IS A SIGN OF IMPROVEMENT? JUST UNDERSTAND THIS, THAT WAS A TIME WHERE THE FIRES LOWERED THE CASES BECAUSE IT FORCED EVERYONE TO WEAR A MASK TO LEAVE HOME. HOWEVER, IF YOU LOOK AT THE TRAJECTORY, YOU CAN SEE HOW WE ARE GOING TO START HAVING ANOTHER SPIKE OF INFECTION. AND REMEMBER ANYONE INFECTED AND HOSPITALIZED RUNS THE RISK OF EITHER MAKING OTHERS INFECTED, OR THEY ARE AT PERSONAL RISK THEMSELVES. THIS IS NOT A “TOLERABLE” SITUATION, BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE, RIGHT? You wrote:

  26. JOE SMITH You wrote:

    “Deaths are a lot less than last year thankfully. Just why are we panicking again? Seems to be more of a seasonal thing we once again have no control over.”

    THAT IS EXACTLY WHY WE SHOULD BE CAREFUL, AS YOU SAID WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER WHAT IS HAPPENING. AGAIN YOU ARE ALSO NOT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THAT THE INFECTIONS CREATE VARIANTS, AND THAT LAMBDA IS NOT A VARIANT CONTROLLED BY THE VACCINES, AND IT IS A SERIOUS THREAT TO THE US NOW.

  27. JOE SMITH You wrote:

    EVEN FORBES ON AUGUST 10 THE ARTICLE TITLED “It Is Time To Pay Close Attention To The Lambda Variant Now Devastating South America WRITTEN BY William A. Haseltine THE REPORT STATED:

    “Next, the researchers tested mutations against the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. As shown in the figure below, the seven-amino-acid deletion from positions 246-253, L452Q, and F490S all convey contribute to neutralization escape (Figure 2). NOTABLY, L452Q AND F490S INDIVIDUALLY ESCAPE NEUTRALIZATION BETWEEN 1.22 AND 1.38 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVELY, WHEREAS IN TANDEM, THE COMBINATION ESCAPES 1.62 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVELY. The only Lambda mutation the abrogates neutralization by a monoclonal antibody (4A8) here specific to the N terminal domain is the 246-253 mutation that lies entirely within that domain (Figure 3).” And:

    “Dr. Gregory Poland of the Vaccine Research Group at the Mayo Clinic notes that “ANY TIME A VARIANT IS IDENTIFIED AND DEMONSTRATES THE CAPACITY TO RAPIDLY SPREAD IN A POPULATION, YOU HAVE TO BE CONCERNED.” THE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF COVID-19 IN SOUTH AMERICA TELLS US WHAT WE CAN EXPECT IF LAMBDA, IN ADDITION TO DELTA, GAINS WIDE CIRCULATION IN THE US. WE ARE FOREWARNED TO PREPARE FOR A DOUBLE ONSLAUGHT.”

    SO YES, THERE IS A GOOD SIGN THAT WE ARE HEADING INTO A VARIANT THAT THE VACCINES HAVE NO IMPACT ON IF THE LAMBDA VARIANT IS 1.62 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE, THAT MEANS NEARLY 2/3RDS OF THE VACCINE IS NOT GOING TO DO A THING FOR YOU. STOP TRYING TO IGNORE THE WARNING SIGNS.

  28. “THUS, YOUR SUGGESTIONS ARE A PUBLIC DANGER, AND YOU HAVE NOT PROVEN ANYTHING BUT JUST TYPE OUT OPINIONS WITH NO EVIDENCE. YOU LITERALLY STATED THAT YOU WANTED NO IMPLEMENTATION OF MASKS. LET ALONE ANY OTHER PREVENTATIVE MEASURE, THUS YOU HAVE PERSONALLY HELPED COVID DO DAMAGE TO US ALL.” — Steven Goldstein

    Despite your considerable efforts you have yet to provide a single example in which I directed others how to protect themselves from COVID, fudged or misrepresented COVID statistics, or encouraged or discouraged anyone regarding vaccinations. Commenting, questioning, and opining is what the comments section of this site is for, but you, in your twisted, Chicken Little brain, see this natural, human behavior as detrimental. Here’s a simple message for you: no one other than you mistakes the comments made here for medical advice.

    No amount of homework on your part is going to change the fact that you posted a lie about me (and others on this board). You did it because hysteria comes natural to you, as it does to all sheep.

  29. It would be SO helpful to readers to not just give the percentage increase, but the actual number of patients. There is a big difference between 10 patients to 20 patients – compared to 100 patients to 200 patients.

    Also, of course Santa Clara County is doing better – we have a high vaccine rate and did everything we could do at this point. It’s time to move on! We did it, and don’t need the mandates.

  30. It would also be a service to focus some of the stats on children, too. There is a renewed hysteria across the country, and people mixing up COVID for RSV or kids in the hospital have both, and doctors report RSV is what is causing the hospital visits, not COVID. Rates of RSV and other illnesses in kids will rise this year, and have been, because of how we kept kids away from each-other for so long.

    Like journalists need to ask more questions and stop just accepting everything these public health officials are saying because when real journalism is done, there are a lot more layers. I have one kid in daycare who has been there since February and there have literally been ZERO issues. ZERO. A 100+ kids from many households in one location. Stop the fear mongering!!!

  31. OPINIONS ARE OK,

    JUST UNDERSTAND WE NOW ONLY HAVE 71 ICU BEDS AVAILABLE IN THE COUNTY. IS THAT SHOWING WE ARE DOING BETTER?

    AND THE WAVE ISN’T REALLY HERE YET.

    WE ARE NOT IN THE POSITION YOU THINK WE ARE IN.

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