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Bay Area COVID-19 update: counties, cities implement aggressive mitigation measures


In an attempt to mitigate the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus, or Covid-19, Bay Area counties have acted aggressively in the past week. Most school districts have suspended in-person classes and local governments have issued either strong recommendations or prohibitions on gatherings of 50 or more people. City services across the region are being limited to essential needs and most city-run event and activity spaces have been shuttered.

We’ve provided updates for each county with links to health departments for public access to the most current information in their area.   

Alameda County

The county health department is still reporting seven confirmed cases, which is unchanged since Saturday.

Contra Costa County

The county reported an additional four cases Saturday afternoon, bringing the total to 29. Gatherings of more than 100 people have been prohibited countywide.

Concord declared a local state of emergency, which is expected to be ratified by council members by March 24 unless an emergency is called. Part of the measure calls for cancellation of all city-sponsored programs, events, classes and activities through May 1. City facilities, including Centre Concord, Willow Pass Center and Concord Community Pool have been closed to the public. The Todos Santos Plaza farmers’ market has also been canceled until May 1.

NIH – NIAID A 3D print of Covid-19, or 2019 novel coronavirus particle.

Marin County

The first two cases of community transmission Covid-19 infection in Marin County were confirmed Saturday, bringing the total number to five. Officials Saturday issued new guidance for cleaning of community spaces and reported success with their drive-through testing facility pilot program where more than 100 residents have since been referred. 

Napa County

As of Sunday, there are still no reports of confirmed cases in Napa County.

San Francisco

An additional nine confirmed Covid-19 cases were announced Sunday, bringing the total up to 37. Among the newest cases are two UCSF healthcare workers who are in self-quarantine.

The city and county have enacted aggressive measures to protect vulnerable residents and slow the spread. Only essential city services are being provided, though social distancing is required in those settings. 

The Golden State Warriors community foundation organization pledged to donate $1 million to a disaster relief fund related to the virus. 

Testing is available with clinician referral and results are being returned within two days.

Health department updates are being provided online.

San Mateo County

As of Sunday morning, San Mateo County has reported 31 confirmed cases and one coronavirus-related death.

Dr. Scott Morrow, the county’s health officer, issued a legal order prohibiting public and private gatherings of 50 or more people until April 6. The order addresses all gatherings in “confined or enclosed indoor or outdoor space, such as restaurants, bars, theaters, event centers and boats.”

Redwood City declared a local public health and safety emergency Thursday. All public libraries and community centers, except Fair Oaks Community Center, have been closed  through March 31. City Hall will only be available to visitors by appointment.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV or Covid-19).

Santa Clara County

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases continues to substantially grow. As of Sunday, Santa Clara County is reporting 114 cases and two deaths. 

Santa Cruz County

Health officials issued an update Saturday with a total of seven confirmed cases across Santa Cruz County. Social distancing guidance includes a recommendation to avoid non-essential gatherings of 50 or more people, with cancellations strongly urged. The county’s most recent guidance can be accessed here.  

Solano County

The county health department is reporting six confirmed Covid-19 cases as of 2 p.m. Sunday. A “warm line” has been established to answer the public’s coronavirus-related questions by calling 707-784-8988. 

Sonoma County

Sonoma County Saturday reported the first case of coronavirus contracted by community spread, bringing the county’s total to four, including two presumptive cases originated from the Grand Princess cruise ship. A Rohnert Park Health Center worker is among those who have tested positive, Mayor Joe Callinan said.

The Santa Rosa City Schools district is suspending in-person classes, canceling after-school activities and city child care services for a three-week period.

The public can call 211 for further coronavirus information.

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