New COVID-19 numbers from the South Bay could indicate a
drop in hospitalizations in the coming weeks.
Test positivity, one of the key indicators, is now slowly trending
down in the South Bay and statewide.
“It’s an amazing thing because test positivity rate gives
you an idea of, and is an early indicator of how we’re doing as a community,”
said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, UCSF infectious disease specialist.
Out of thousands of tests in Santa Clara County, that test
positivity rate has gone from a monthly high of 4.2% to around 3.6% on the
“Ten percent is kind of a threshold that many people use as
an index for badness,” Chin-Hong said. “Below five is even better, in fact some
have proposed that below five is a number you can think about reopening schools.”
But doctors say that more testing is still needed, without
delays in results.
Santa Clara County says it’s doing five times the amount of
testing as healthcare providers.
“They have the same access to resources that we do…they’re
not keeping pace with our current system, which is causing it to overflow in a
sense,” said Todd Naffziger, Santa Clara County public information officer.
Before a county can be taken off the watch list, Chin-Hong
said it also has to have a decrease in case rates per 100,000 people and a
decrease in hospitalizations. It would also need to increase hospital and ICU
capacity, among other indicators.
“If Santa Clara County continues to improve, you’ll see some
of the other indicators drop,” Chin-Hong said.
Source: NBC Bay Area