Last content update: 5/6/2021
COVID-19 Variant Report
This dashboard provides the cumulative count of COVID-19 variants that have been identified and reported in Santa Clara County to date.
Since the start of the pandemic, multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2 have appeared. Most do not have significant health impacts, but some may affect COVID-19 transmission, disease severity, testing, treatment, or vaccine effectiveness.
Following CDC classifications and definitions, the term variant of interest (VOI) is used to describe a new variant that is being monitored to learn more about its impact on health. The term variant of concern (VOC) is used to describe a variant that has already been found to have a significant impact on health, such as being more contagious, more likely to cause severe illness, or less responsive to vaccines or treatment. As CDC and others discover and designate new variants, they will be added to this dashboard. As more information becomes known about particular variants, their designations as VOI or VOC may change.
Known Variants of Concern in Santa Clara County
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Known Variants of Interest in Santa Clara County
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Last updated on May 06, 2021. This dashboard is updated every Thursday, but please note that there is a lag in the data of up to a month or more due to the time required for laboratories to sequence and report variant cases to the Public Health Department.
Source: California Reportable Disease Information Exchange; the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department receives notification of case reports determined to be variants of interest/concern from multiple sources including routine genomic surveillance conducted through County of Santa Clara Public Health Lab, the California Department of Public Health, academic partners, and commercial laboratories.
Data included in this dashboard only represent cases reported or known to the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department. As a result, variant case counts presented in this dashboard do not represent the total number of infections due to variant strains that may be circulating in Santa Clara County. Cases reported in this dashboard are preliminary and are subject to change upon further investigation. The West Coast variants (B.1.427 and B.1.429), which are VOCs and number more than 1,000 in Santa Clara County, are not included in this dashboard at this time.
For more information on which variants the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is tracking and on the number of cases per variant reported across California, see the CDPH website on Tracking Variants.
Where to find more Information
- CDPH - Tracking Variants
- CDC - Variants of the Virus that Causes COVID-19
- CDC – SARS-CoV-2 Variant Classifications and Definitions
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