20 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Santa Clara County


SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — There are now 20 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Santa Clara County after six more cases were announced Thursday.

The new patients are three men and three women, health officials said.

Breakdown of the 20 cases:

  • Four are related to travel
  • Nine had contact with a known case
  • Seven had no known contact

The Santa Clara County Department of Health said the risk to the community is increasing.

Officials provided recommendations to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. For employers:

  • Suspend Nonessential Employee Travel
  • Cancel Large Meetings
  • Do Not Require Doctors Notes (to not overload the health system)
  • Consider Telecommuting
  • Stagger Start and End Times

“I know it is a big change but this is what we need to do to slow the spread.”

The biggest changes are to postpone or cancel large events and mass gatherings, which include concerts, conferences and sporting events.

Although the Sharks game Thursday night wasn’t canceled, the Sharks encourage sick people to stay home and promised the SAP Center is always thoroughly cleaned.

They are not recommending closing schools at this time.

Officials are reminding the community to practice good hygiene: wash your hands and don’t touch your face.

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