COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Cases in Santa Clara County 

Over the past seven days, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced 20 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 244 in Santa Clara County. Over that same period, the County reported 1,325 new cases (an average of 189 cases per day), bringing our total number of confirmed cases to 17,103.


As of yesterday, there were 139 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 and an additional 5 hospitalized patients under investigation. Of these hospitalizations, 49 were in the ICU. The current share of hospital beds with COVID-19 positive or suspected patients is 5.68% (down from 6.74% the week prior).


Based on the most recent 7 days with full testing data, there have been an average of 6,028 tests performed each day with an average positivity rate of 3.52%.


More data can be found through the Public Health Department’s Data Dashboards.


State of California Announces New COVID-19 Framework

Yesterday, the State unveiled its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a new COVID-19 risk and reopening framework that is based entirely on data that demonstrates the spread of coronavirus among residents. The plan establishes a four-tier system in which counties must show consistent success in stemming the transmission of the virus before allowing businesses greater flexibility to reopen and group activities to resume. The criteria for each tier will be uniform for all 58 counties and based on daily case and testing positivity rates. The tiers, which the State has color coded for reference, are as follows:


  • Tier 1, widespread transmission (purple): Many nonessential indoor business operations must be closed. Counties in this tier have more than seven new COVID cases per day per 100,000 residents and/or a coronavirus test positivity rate of more than 8%. The County of Santa Clara is currently in this tier.
  • Tier 2, substantial transmission (red):  Some nonessential indoor business operations remain closed. Counties in this tier have between four and seven new COVID cases per day per 100,000 residents and/or a coronavirus test positivity rate of between 5% and 8%.
  • Tier 3, moderate transmission (orange):  Some indoor business operations can open with modifications. Counties in this tier have 1 to 3.9 new COVID cases per day per 100,000 residents and/or a coronavirus positivity rate of between 2% and 4.9%
  • Tier 4, minimal transmission (yellow):  Most indoor business operations can open with modifications. Counties in this tier have less than one new COVID case per day per 100,000 residents and a coronavirus positivity rate of less than 2%.


To learn more about these tiers as well as the impact of this new framework on the reopening of in-person instruction at schools, see here.  Also, see the attached document for more information about the activities and businesses associated with different tiers.


It is important to note that local requirements can be stricter than these State requirements, as determined by the county health officer.  For example, under the State’s new framework, beginning on August 31, hair salons and barbershops may open indoors with modifications, but those operations must also comply with Santa Clara County’s existing Mandatory Directives on Personal Care, which impose density limitations for indoor operations, social distancing requirements, and requirements for face coverings.


To move forward to a less restrictive tier, counties must meet both the criteria for the next tier for two consecutive weeks and also certain health equity measures.  Typically, at a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 21 days before moving forward. The one exception is for counties starting in the purple tier (widespread risk) who have met the criteria for a less restrictive tier the prior week. For the September 8, 2020 assignment, these counties do not need to remain in the Purple Tier 1 for three weeks. For all subsequent assessments, a county must remain in a tier for three weeks and meet the criteria to advance. A county can only move forward one tier at a time, even if metrics qualify it for a more advanced tier.


If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will move backwards and be assigned a more restrictive tier. The State will calculate seven-day averages every Tuesday; the averages will be based on data from a full week earlier to provide counties time to report up-to-date information.


Appointment-Based Testing Locations – Walk-up:

Milpitas Sports Center – Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, 95035

    - Monday, August 31 (Reservations open now)

Mountain View – Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, 94041

    - Tuesday, September 1 (Reservations open now)

Cupertino – Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, 95014

    - Wednesday, September 2 (Reservations begin Sunday)

Campbell – Orchard City Banquet Hall, 1 W. Campbell Ave, Campbell, 95008

    - Thursday, September 3 (Reservations begin Monday)

Los Altos Hills – Los Altos Hills Council Chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Rd, Los Altos Hills, 94022

    - Friday, September 4 (Reservations begin Tuesday)


 August 28, 2020

Contact: Media Relations
County of Santa Clara Emergency Operations Center / Public Health Department

Statement of the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Regarding the State of California’s New COVID-19 Regulatory Framework

Under the new framework announced by the State of California earlier today, hair salons and barbershops that follow the safety guidelines put in place by the county and state will be allowed to open for indoor operations effective Monday, August 31, 2020.

Indoor malls, which the state previously closed in Santa Clara County, can also reopen under the State’s new framework, but only at 25% capacity.

 We continue to evaluate the State’s new framework and its impact on our county, and we will provide additional information as it becomes available. The Santa Clara County Health Officer’s local Risk Reduction Order and related directives remain in effect and include directives that all 
hair salons and barbershops and shopping malls must follow as they resume indoor operations: