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Coronavirus: Fifth death, 17 new cases confirmed in Santa Clara County

SANTA CLARA COUNTY – Public health officials on Tuesday confirmed a fifth death from COVID-19 in Santa Clara County.

The number of confirmed cases in the county also grew by 17, bringing the total to 155.

The most recent individual to die from the respiratory disease was described as a man in his 50s. He was hospitalized on March 9 and died Tuesday, according to the county Public Health Department. It was not immediately clear if he had any underlying medical issues.

“The Public Health Department expresses our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” the agency said in a statement.

The new cases were announced a day after the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the county doubled from two to four, and the same day as seven Bay Area counties, including Santa Clara, instituted a shelter-in-place mandate to stop the spread of the disease.

Earlier in the day, neighboring San Mateo County announced 22 new cases of the disease, upping the total there to 64. The county has recorded one coronavirus-related death.

Statewide, 472 people have tested positive for the virus and 11 have died, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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