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Santa Clara County Hit Hard by Coronavirus

Santa Clara County has been the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area since the first cases were reported, with nearly 550 cases as of March 27th. Kaiser Permanente executive Stephen M. Parodi reports a surge in patients, saying that "Almost half of the hospital is filled with either COVID confirmed or persons under investigation,” in an interview with JAMA. Although the hospital has already set up tents to test patients before they enter the healthcare facility, it has been difficult to keep up with the patient demand. In fact, officials from the City of San Jose estimate that within the next 3 months, the county may see up to 2,000 deaths. The numbers, however, are a rough estimate and are much higher than those predicted by other sources. Nevertheless, it is important to continue enforcing preventative measures, such as shelter-in-place orders.

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