By Sharon Bernstein
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California’s Santa Clara County, the technology hub hit hard by some of the first American cases of the coronavirus, dramatically slowed the illness with early and aggressive shelter-at-home rules, public health officer Sara Cody said on Tuesday.
The county of about 2 million people, located south of San Francisco, was initially on track to develop an estimated 50,000 cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus ravaging communities across the globe, by May 1. It now may have just 2,500 to 12,000, Cody told a meeting of the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors.
The number of cases has gone from doubling every three days in early March, to now doubling approximately every two weeks, she said.
“The trend is exactly what we want to see,” Cody said. “We are slowing things down.”