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Straight from the Coroner’s Office – Causes of Death in Santa Clara County, 2020

Under the California Public Records Act, I requested, from the Medical Examiner Coroner’s office, the data showing cause for all manner of deaths in Santa Clara County for January 1, 2020 – December 23, 2020 (I made the request on Dec 23). The ME-C pointed out that they only have “information on deaths that fall under ME-C jurisdiction, not all deaths that take place in Santa Clara County fall under the jurisdiction of the ME-C office.”

I have listed some interesting facts regarding Covid-19 deaths here. Draw your own conclusions.

  • Number of Mortalities where Cause of Death is listed as Covid-19:
    734 (Feb 6 – Dec 23, 2020)
  • Number of Mortalities where Covid-19 was listed as the sole cause without other Significant Conditions:
    20
  • ⁃ 81 yr old Asian male, Mar 15
    ⁃ 66 yr old Caucasian male, Mar 17
    ⁃ 82 yr old Caucasian male, Mar 20
    ⁃ 72 yr old Asian male, Mar 20
    ⁃ 65 yr old Hispanic female, Mar 21
    ⁃ 73 yr old Asian male, Mar 22
    ⁃ 80 yr old Asian male, Mar 23
    ⁃ 56 yr old Hispanic female, Mar 23
    ⁃ 74 yr old Caucasian female, Apr 1
    ⁃ 56 yr old Hispanic male, Apr 8
    ⁃ 71 yr old Black male, Apr 9
    ⁃ 54 yr old Asian male, May 11
    ⁃ 64 yr old Asian male, Jul 20
    ⁃ 44 yr old Hispanic male, Aug 11
    ⁃ 53 yr old Caucasian female, Aug 11
    ⁃ 89 yr old Asian male, Sep 17
    ⁃ 31 yr old Hispanic female, Oct 5
    ⁃ 59 yr old Hispanic female, Oct 30
    ⁃ 45 yr old Hispanic female, Nov 17
    ⁃ 76 yr old Hispanic female, Dec 3
  • Number of Covid-19 Deaths listed with Co-Morbidities and/or Other Significant Conditions:
    714
  • Frequently Listed Co-Morbidities and/or Other Significant Conditions:
    ⁃ Congestive Heart Failure
    ⁃ Heart Disease
    ⁃ Hypertension (high blood pressure)
    ⁃ Diabetes
    ⁃ Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke)
    ⁃ Renal/Kidney disease
    ⁃ Obesity
    ⁃ Alzheimer’s Dementia
    ⁃ Parkinson’s disease
    ⁃ Cancers (various)
    ⁃ Cirrhosis, due to hepatitis or chronic alcoholism
    ⁃ Hyperlipidemia (abnormally high concentrations of fats in the blood)
    ⁃ Asthma (only when occurring with other significant conditions)
  • Youngest to die from Covid-19:
    ⁃ 27 yr old Hispanic male, Mar 9, Cause – “Sudden unexpected death in the young,” Significant Conditions – “Molecular evidence of SARS-COV-2 (COVID- 19); Parainfluenza 3 virus positive; Cardiac genetic variants of unknown significance”
    ⁃ 30 yr old Asian male, Dec 22. Cause – “COVID-19 Complicating Intracranial Hemorrhage.” Other Significant Conditions – “Acute Respiratory Failure, Hypothyroidism”
    ⁃ 31 yr old Hispanic male, Mar 22, Cause – Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)/diffuse alveolar damage (DAD) including pulmomary thrombi COVID-19, Other – “Dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, extreme obesity
    ⁃ 31 yr old Hispanic male, Aug 13, Obesity
    ⁃ 31 yr old Hispanic male, Oct 5, No other cause listed

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4 Comments

  1. Lisa Lisa

    Thank you Karen! These are definitely eye opening facts.😘

    • KarenGough KarenGough

      You’re welcome. 🙂

  2. RU RU

    can you share the original report shared by Coroners office ?

    • KarenGough KarenGough

      Yes, I will email it to you.

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