Covid Becomes Third Leading Cause of Death in Santa Clara Co.

With at least 643 fatalities attributed to Covid-19 so far in 2020, the virus is projected to be the third leading cause of death in Santa Clara County.

“Let’s not forget the countless others who have loved ones in the hospital, and the healthcare workers trying to keep them alive as we speak,” county Supervisor Cindy Chavez said. “A simple family meal may seem harmless until it is too late. Please protect the ones you love by staying home and staying safe.”

Covid-19 deaths as of now lag behind only cancer and heart disease, which are projected to be the top two killers in Santa Clara County this year.

In mid-November—a week before Thanksgiving—an average of three people died per day due to Covid-19, according to county staff. A month later, that average increased to nearly six people per day. The county’s seven-day average positivity rate as of Dec. 13 was 7.7 percent, the highest since the pandemic began in March. That’s compared to 3.4 percent on Nov. 19, one week before Thanksgiving Day, and 1.3 percent on May 27.

County officials released the “grim milestone” as they issued another plea to residents to stay home, and resist the urge to celebrate Christmas Day and the New Year with friends and family. Public health experts worldwide have determined that Covid-19 spreads quickly when individuals gather with others from outside their households.

“This is not the data any of us wanted to share but it is the reality of where we are in this pandemic,” county Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said at a press conference earlier this week. “The numbers do not lie. We have now seen how Thanksgiving gatherings fueled the spread of the virus and we must slow it down now before it completely overwhelms our health systems. We are nearly at the breaking point.”

Nationwide, Covid-19 has taken more than 327,000 lives, according to Johns Hopkins University.

On Dec. 22, the Associated Press reported that 2020 is on track to see more deaths than any year in U.S. history. Deaths nationwide—from all causes—are expected to top 3 million for the first time. In 2019, total U.S. deaths numbered about 2.85 million, according to the AP report, which cites data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After the official tally of deaths in 2020 is counted in the coming months, the number could amount to a 15 percent increase in fatalities from 2019.

Worldwide, Covid-19 has killed or contributed to the deaths of 1.7 million people, according to Johns Hopkins University.

County officials continue to urge residents to wear face coverings when in public and avoid gatherings with people outside their household.

15 Comments

  1. The lock down haven’t worked. The number of deaths “attributed” to COVID-19 doesn’t tell the whole story.

    One thing is for certain, the small and medium sized businesses were damaged beyond repair by the poor decisions of Dr Cody and Dr Smith.

    Politicians, like Dr Smith, are a joke. They lack a rigid backbone, character and compassion. Spend, Spend, Spend is all he knows.

  2. Again, our intrepid heroes at SJI leave out many things important that would bring some kind of context or understanding to the story.

    They give us the big, bad, scary number of 643 but not numbers for ANY other means of death.

    Does SC county’s numbers similar to national or worldly numbers?

    Why is it so difficult to give readers complete information?

  3. I just saw that only 2,000,000 doses of vaccine were delivered and administered so far on CNN.

    Everyone said there would be 20,000,000 by the end of the month.

    If this trend continues, the projections made are not even going to be close. they barely reached 10% of the projection in December.

    If it urns out that the production is that slow or the supply chains cannot achieve even 50% of the projection, the vaccination program will double in time length, and that is if the vaccines prove safe and effective.

    Imagine if only say 25,000,000 people get vaccinated by July of next year and only 50,000,000 by the end of the year? The Movie Contagion predicted this problem, and Trump and the like simply said, of we got this we just spend enough and we can do better.

    It looks like that even if 2 more vaccines come on the market the best we might achieve is 100,000,000 people vaccinated by the end of 2021, Since there are 330,000,000 people in the U.S. that means it will be at least 2 years before we can approach enough people to START returning to normal, right?

  4. > Since there are 330,000,000 people in the U.S. that means it will be at least 2 years before we can approach enough people to START returning to normal, right?

    WRONG!

    Just for starters, probably around thirty percent of the population already has natural immunity.

    But, no one really knows. Anthony Fauci doesn’t know. Gavin Newsom doesn’t know. Sara Cody doesn’t know.

    The hysterical, fearful, moronic, partisan, jabber-womyn of daytime TV don’t know.

  5. SJOUTSIDETHEBUBBLE you wrote:

    “Just for starters, probably around thirty percent of the population already has natural immunity.”

    What PROOF do you have to support this? When in fact we aren’t even monitoring the general public. I am sorry but your just arguing wishful thinking and we cannot base our actions on that kind of approach, that is what NASA did in the Challenger and the Columbia debacles. So this cannot be a sound basis to move forward your wrote:

    “But, no one really knows. Anthony Fauci doesn’t know. Gavin Newsom doesn’t know. Sara Cody doesn’t know.”

    But as long as the condition is like this (https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/dashboard-hospitals.aspx#capacity):

    “As of today we are still at only 9% ICU bed availability, that’s with the “Surge” additions.

    Lets just face it, that we are not making much progress, and it looks like we are going to be in the CODE BLUE order through the winter.

    But what else can be done? What can we do that will reduce hospital utilization WHILE increasing risk of spread of COVID?

    We cannot just magically increase the ICU beds and resources can we?

    Will someone please give us an answer? You wrote:

    “The hysterical, fearful, moronic, partisan, jabber-womyn of daytime TV don’t know.”

    Interesting, I am not a Womyn nor discussing anything but the facts we are living in. Again you are like me VERY frustrated that our lives are in no way close to returning to what it was in January 2020.

  6. > “Just for starters, probably around thirty percent of the population already has natural immunity.”

    > What PROOF do you have to support this?

    A. I said “probably”. I really don’t have to prove “probably”, especially on an entertainment blog.

    [Sorry, Jennifer and Dan, but SJI is really an entertainment website. Just like YouTube (“YouTube” actually bans “news”). There is no warranty on the “news” provided here, and customers believe it or not at their own risk.]

    B. I heard a doctor on a podcast assert the claim of thirty percent natural immunity.

    C. This is consistent with my knowledge of how immunology works. The body generates antibodies associated with any number of “active” molecules on a the surface of a virus. Different people produce different antibodies to the same virus.
    The COVID-19 virus likely has “active” molecules that are common to other non-COVID-18 viruses. People can generate immunity from exposure to similar or related viruses.

  7. SJOUTSIDETHEBUBBLE you wrote:

    “A. I said “probably”. I really don’t have to prove “probably”, especially on an entertainment blog.

    OMG,

    you did say “probably” but that means you really don’t know. You wrote:

    [Sorry, Jennifer and Dan, but SJI is really an entertainment website. Just like YouTube (“YouTube” actually bans “news”). There is no warranty on the “news” provided here, and customers believe it or not at their own risk.]”

    This web page is posting the exact news that was published in the San Jose Spotlight, that claims to be an “independent news production” And in fact this page in the about section claims it is:

    “About San Jose Inside

    San Jose Inside provides the best behind-the-scenes coverage of local politics in Silicon Valley. We take the stories that have become overlooked or poorly told and hold them up to light for greater inspection.

    Providing a fresh and diverse mix of opinion, breaking news and investigative reports, San Jose Inside wants to inform while also encouraging political debate, discussion and change in our city and county.

    Started in 2005 by former San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery, San Jose Inside is now a subsidiary of the weekly newspaper Metro, independently owned and operated.”

    So to classify it an entertainment is the same as when FOX news used that defense in court for a lawsuit. The court did make the determination “legally” that it was NOT a news organization, but “entertainment” You then wrote:

    “B. I heard a doctor on a podcast assert the claim of thirty percent natural immunity.”

    HEARD A DOCTOR? And what does 30% natural immunity mean? So, you have 30% the immunity necessary to prevent infection, but without the other 70% you don’t have immunity at all. You wrote:

    “C. This is consistent with my knowledge of how immunology works. The body generates antibodies associated with any number of “active” molecules on a the surface of a virus. Different people produce different antibodies to the same virus.

    The COVID-19 virus likely has “active” molecules that are common to other non-COVID-18 viruses. People can generate immunity from exposure to similar or related viruses.

    But this is called a NOVEL virus for a reason, it has NO connection with any other virus. In fact there is NO SUCH THING as COVID 18. WOW that makes no sense.

  8. As of today we are still at only 7% ICU bed availability, that’s with the “Surge” additions.

    Lets just face it, that we are not making much progress, and it looks like we are going to be in the CODE BLUE order through the winter.

    But what else can be done? What can we do that will reduce hospital utilization WHILE increasing risk of spread of COVID?

    We cannot just magically increase the ICU beds and resources can we?

    Will someone please give us an answer?

  9. Steven Goldstein:

    SJI is ‘independently owned and operated’. Great. But by who?

    For being a news source they seem to be awfully shy as to their staff.

    They frequently put out stories by ‘the newsroom’ and ‘the fly’.

    They repeatedly ignore tips regarding news stories that they, themselves, have reported on.

    It’s not so much a news source but propaganda. If we find out who owns and operates, then it may become clear.

  10. > But this is called a NOVEL virus for a reason, it has NO connection with any other virus. In fact there is NO SUCH THING as COVID 18.

    Really?

    Any virologists or immunologists want to agree with Mr. Goldstein?

  11. SJOUTSIDETHEBUBBLE you wrote:

    “ But this is called a NOVEL virus for a reason, it has NO connection with any other virus. In fact there is NO SUCH THING as COVID 18.

    Really?

    Any virologists or immunologists want to agree with Mr. Goldstein?”

    Actually, just try to just google COVID 18, you won’t find any articles with it. Just sayin.

    And when William Ashbless your comments are good. I was implying actually that the San Jose Spotlight and Inside seem to be operated by the same people. Many news articles are copied in both publications.

    But it is all in the realm of “Alternative Facts” right? The both “market” themselves and independent news resources.

    Perhaps that is what SJOUTSIDETHEBUBBLE is promoting?

  12. LIVE FREE OR DIE!!!

    Man, this is so bogus what is happening.
    Numbers are false, whole thing is a sham. Doesn’t mean Covid is not real. Just govt and numbers way off. I mean, we shut down the entire country for what, .08% death rate? We need to stop driving cars, bicycles, skateboarding, fatty foods, working, living, etc. and just sit in our homes and do nothing. That will be the safest place for us all!

  13. Steven Miller,

    Please show us how off the numbers are from a reputable source?

    It is crazy that people make that kind of statement so much in social media, and no one bothers to call the claims out. This is the threat of MISINFORMATION.

    In any case we are still at 8% ICU surge capacity, and the only way it improves is that patients are DYING.

    No one from the beginning except a small few really understood the danger we are STILL in, and it is not going away for at least a year.

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