County of Santa Clara Releases Race/Ethnicity Data on Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

For Immediate Release​

April 22, 2020

Santa Clara County, CA – The Public Health Department will release new data​ today about race and ethnicity of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County on its data dashboard.

As of April 21, 2020, there are 1,962 confirmed cases and 94 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Santa Clara County.  Among these 1,962 cases, the race/ethnicity breakdowns of cases are as follows:​

  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 22.5%
  • African American/Black: 2.0%
  • Hispanic/Latinx: 35.9%
  • White, Non-Hispanic: 18.9%
  • Other: 3.9%
  • Unknown: 16.7%

​"We are committed to providing the public with accurate and timely information that can be used to inform public action to protect residents and patients," said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County Health Officer.  "The Public Health Department has a long-standing commitment to advancing racial and health equity grounded in partnership with community leaders and members."​

The Public Health Department has been actively working to confirm the race/ethnicity of as many confirmed cases of COVID-19 as possible.  As is true at the State level and across all counties, race/ethnicity data is not available for significant portion of cases due to reporting processes.  At present, the race/ethnicity of 17% of the cases remain unknown, which could significantly change the percentage in each racial/ethnic category. 

The County recognizes that social determinants of health, including race/ethnicity, employment, and income may significantly affect the distribution of cases and the severity of cases across the community.  The County and its community partners are actively working together to support and provide needed resources to communities who may be more vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19 through multiple strategies.  

Visit the County of Santa Clara COVID-19 website for frequent updates.

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