Coronavirus: Santa Clara County passes 30,000 cases on eve of new limited curfew

California counties reported 13,095 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, on the eve of a statewide coronavirus curfew imposed amid a surge that has thrown the majority of the Bay Area back into the state’s most restrictive lockdown measures.

The state now has had 1,092,354 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The number of new cases on Friday was the fifth-most ever reported in a single day, bringing the state’s seven-day average of new cases to 10,923, the highest average since the start of the pandemic. The true number of infections in the state is likely higher as some people, including asymptomatic spreaders, go untested.

Santa Clara County reported the most new cases in the Bay Area on Friday, with 394 cases bringing its total since the start of the pandemic to 30,025, the most in the region. The county also reported four new deaths for a total of 463. Alameda County reported 296 new cases and four deaths for a total of 27,223 cases and 499 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

Contra Costa County reported 232 new cases and one death for a total of 22,191 cases and 257 deaths. San Francisco County reported 210 new cases and no new deasths, for a total of 14,251 cases and 156 deaths. San Mateo County reported 110 cases and one death, for a total of 12,988 cases and 169 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

New cases began surging in mid-October, but deaths, seen as a lagging indicator of the spread of the virus, had remained mostly flat. However, the number of fatalities has been increasing in recent days, and on Friday counties reported 85 COVID-19 fatalities. The state has a seven-day average of 60 new deaths, a 50 percent increase from the previous week.

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The surge, and worries about a further increase in new cases as people gather and even travel across county or state lines for Thanksgiving, pushed Gov. Gavin Newsom to announce a limited coronavirus curfew in counties in the state’s most restrictive purple tier, which indicates the virus is widespread in a community. The curfew goes into effect Saturday night and puts a stop to all non-essential travel, work and gatherings between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties are currently in the purple tier and subject to the new curfew, which expires Dec. 21. San Francisco County, currently in the red tier, could regress to the purple tier as early as Sunday, health officials warned, which would leave San Mateo and Marin counties as the only Bay Area counties in the red tier.

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