Alameda County reports first death from COVID-19, while virus claims three more lives in Santa Clara County

The Alameda County Public Health Department on Monday announced the county’s first death caused by the novel coronavirus. County health officials said in a news release that the person who died was an elderly person with underlying conditions that placed them at greater risk of serious illness and was hospitalized.

The person who died didn’t have a history of travel or a known contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, so they likely contracted the disease via a community-acquired transmission, according to the county.

Health officials said Alameda County has 112 coronavirus cases as of Monday, with evidence of widespread community transmission. They reminded residents that the county’s shelter-in-place order and social distancing restrictions for essential activities and businesses remain in effect.

In Santa Clara County, the death toll rises to 13, as confirmed cases climb to 321, with 116 people hospitalized.

Three more people died in Santa Clara County from the COVID-19 coronavirus and 19 additional confirmed cases were reported Monday evening. The new death toll Monday was 13 and confirmed cases rose to 321 as residents statewide continue to work from home and shelter in place.

According to county data, as of 5 p.m. Sunday, nine men and four women had died. Four of the deaths were people between 81 and 90 years old. Two deaths were in people 71 to 80 years old, four deaths were in people 61 to 70 years old, two deaths were in people 51 to 60 years old and one death was in a person 41 to 50 years old.

Of those infected, 116 people are hospitalized, 91 people are assumed to have contracted the disease through community transmission and 28 cases were associated with international travel. The county also said eight of the deaths were in people with preexisting conditions and five were in those without preexisting conditions.

The city of San Jose and Santa Clara County supervisors will decide Tuesday whether they will put up $2 million each for an over $11 million financial assistance program for low-income, homeless and housing insecure residents.

The county sheriff’s office announced Monday that a prisoner at the county’s main jail tested positive for the coronavirus and a San Jose police officer may have been exposed.

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