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COVID-19 Death Toll Continues to Mount in Santa Clara County

The horrendous toll that COVID-19 is taking on Santa Clara County continues unabated.

The county is reporting Friday the deaths of 12 additional people as a result of the virus. The county logged five deaths on Thursday, eight on Wednesday, and an almost unfathomable 24 on Tuesday. Reporting that last number to the Board of Supervisors, a despairing Dr. Sara Cody, the county’s health officer, broke down and had to halt her briefing before composing herself to finish.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases in the county is 1,170, more than four times the high during the summer surge. A little over 100 people have required hospitalization over the past 24 hours, and almost all of the county’s staffed ICU beds are taken up, with just available in the entire county.

—Chloe Veltman and Jon Brooks

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