Silicon Valley health officials have no immediate plans to weaken strict home stay rules in accordance with the relaxation of government mandates across the state of Gavin Newsom, saying he cannot take that step without increasing the risk of public safety.
The most populous region in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Clara County, is the center of California’s original coronavirus pandemic. And while disease rates have not soared to disaster levels, they remain stable, and even a small increase in disease transmission will increase risks to vulnerable populations, said Dr. Sara Cody, a major architect of the country’s first regional shelter. order on the spot.
“We haven’t arrived yet,” Cody told Santa Clara County Board of Trustees on Tuesday.
Cody said many people asked why Santa Clara County could not begin to weaken home-stay orders, taking action that Newsom allowed, such as allowing some retail businesses to only open for roadside pickup, which was implemented in Los Angeles County on Friday.
But Cody described Santa Clara County as very balanced. This outbreak is stable – does not appear to grow dramatically or decrease significantly. For every one infected person, the average person infects one other person. If that number, known as the basic reproduction rate, rose slightly to 1.1 or 1.2, it would cause a significant increase in deaths, Cody said.
Cody said he wanted to get the reproduction number below 1 before reducing the order to stay at home.
“The conditions are completely unchanged in our area. … We suddenly have no vaccine. We have exactly the same conditions as we experienced in March,” Cody said. “If we are really calm, we will seeing the return of cases, hospitalization, and the rapid return of death, is very obtuse. “
Cody said he wanted to reopen the community for various reasons, “but we need to do it in a safe way. So our goal, once again, is to go slow, to ensure that it’s safe. “
Health workers reject the idea that government officials must choose between public health and the economy.
“Trying to choose between health and economy is the wrong choice. Because unless we make our community safer, and convince everyone that it’s really safe, and they and their family members and their customers are not at risk, I don’t think we will see [economic] the results we like, “Cody said.
He also warned that the pandemic disgusted disproportionately and caused death among colored communities, especially among Latinos in Santa Clara County. “The only tool we have at the moment, to protect vulnerable people, is to reduce community transmission,” he said.
Cody’s comments came when California seemed to take a different path in reopening.
Newsom said on Tuesday it would allow restaurants to reopen for dinner services, as well as other types of limited businesses, such as pet care and shopping centers for roadside pickup, in countries certified as meeting country benchmarks for tackling the pandemic. Butte and El Dorado districts in Northern California are two of the first 58 states of California that have met the state’s requirements to reopen additional businesses.
Newsom expressed support for more stringent measures taken in large countries with larger coronavirus problems. For example, an overnight stay in Los Angeles County will “with all certainty“Extended for the next three months, the director of county public health, Barbara Ferrer, said Tuesday.
“The worst mistake we can do is to get rid of the facepiece and make ourselves uncomfortable that this virus has left or is taking summer vacation or is on extended leave or a deep vacation,” Newsom said. “It’s not. It’s still ferocious. It’s still very, very deadly.”
Newsom said efforts to reopen the community would be meaningless if the disease spread rapidly and people felt they would eat and shop life-threatening. “All this is meaningless if the customer does not feel safe. And nothing matters … if employees don’t feel safe and don’t want to go back to work, “Newsom said.
The San Francisco Bay Area has maintained the most stringent home stay order in the state, refusing to relax orders as many as allowed by the governor. San Francisco is considering Monday to allow some retail businesses, selling items such as books, flowers, music, art supplies, toys and sewing equipment to be opened for roadside pickup.
Times staff writers Patrick McGreevy and Colleen Shalby contributed to this report.