The County of Santa Clara Public Health is recommending that persons at higher risk stay home and away from crowded social gatherings of people as much as possible. Information about risk factors for COVID-19 infection is evolving, but the best evidence available makes clear that risk of severe illness begins to increase at age 50 for those who contract COVID-19, and increases with age (i.e., an 80-year-old person is at greater risk than a 70-year-old person). The highest risk group are persons age 80 and over. Persons with underlying health conditions also are likely at higher risk for severe disease, including persons with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or chronic lung diseases like COPD, as well as those who are immunocompromised.

On the evening of March 9 th , County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody officially announced the issuance of a legal Order requiring cancellation of mass gatherings (public or private) consisting of more than 1,000 persons and published new recommendations to help protect the community from COVID-19. The order goes into effect at 12 a.m. on March 11 th .

Read the full County order .