Northern California Official Doesn’t Expect “Any Sports Games Until at Least Thanksgiving”

California officials expect there to be several more months of certain social distancing policies, and warn that lifting the strict rules too early could worsen the health crisis. As a result, management officials in Santa Clara County, home of the San Jose Sharks, are now talking about sports potentially returning by Thanksgiving.

On Tuesday, Dr. Jeffrey Smith, Santa Clara County executive officer, told the county’s Board of Supervisors that he did not expect there would be “any sports games until at least Thanksgiving, and we’d be lucky to have them by Thanksgiving. This is not something that’s going to be easy to do.”

However, according to the Los Angeles Times, there may be initial signs of improvement beginning to show in California. For the first time, the state has seen a drop in the number of new cases reported for consecutive days.

Coronavirus cases in California (LA Times)

In addition, Silicon Valley health officials are now expressing more confidence that the shelter-in-place order implemented March 16 is working to curb the spread of the virus. Instead of projecting 50,000 coronavirus cases by May 1, the stay-at-home order may limit the number of cases in Santa Clara County to 2,500 to 12,000, according to a new estimate.

The main model used by the White House and pretty much everyone else was updated Wednesday to show far fewer projected US deaths from Covid-19 — down to 60,415 people by August, from the 82,000 the model showed on Tuesday (which was already lower than previous projections).

Long-Term Caution

Most officials are warning that it will still take some time. In fact, it’s unlikely the new coronavirus will be completely eradicated, and the disease could become seasonal, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS this week.

The public should realize that coronavirus cases are likely to rise when stay-at-home orders are eased, officials said.

“There will definitely be individuals who will get sick. And because there are individuals who get sick, there will be individuals who die after the order is released, unless we come up with a foolproof immunization, which is highly unlikely,” said Dr. Jeffrey Smith, Santa Clara County executive officer.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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