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Bay Area COVID-19 update: all counties now under shelter orders, blood banks need donations, BottleRock postpones

As of Wednesday, all nine Bay Area counties are under either shelter-in-place or shelter-at-home orders. The directives are legally enforceable — it’s a misdemeanor to violate or fail to adhere to the orders that largely mandate all people, adults and children, remain at home and avoid all group settings for up to three weeks.

Similar extreme measures are being considered in cities and counties throughout the country as the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, bears down on all fifty of the nation’s states.

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

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the latest executive order that extends the eligibility period for social safety programs, such as Medi-Cal and CalFresh. The governor Tuesday relaxed restrictions on commercial truck drivers who transport supplies and equipment necessary to combat and treat coronavirus.

State lawmakers have written a letter asking for a moratorium on evictions trials during the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

The state of California is now providing centralized information about the evolving situation on a dedicated website.

Several utility companies, private and public, have committed to not suspending service for nonpayment during the next 30 to 60 days. Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and PG&E are among the utility companies offering temporarily protected services.


The East Bay Regional Park District remains open, in part. The district has closed public bathrooms, water fountains and visitor centers through at least April 7 but the parks and trails remain open.

The Capitol Corridor train, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit and BART have all announced trip cancellations or otherwise reduced schedules as a result of reduced ridership related to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent shelter orders. AC Transit is maintaining its regular schedule, excepting supplemental school service.

Blood banks are desperately calling on healthy donors to “turn out in force” in the face of a critical shortage.

The Napa Valley BottleRock music festival has been postponed until October due to concern surrounding the virus and large gatherings.


  • Confirmed Cases: 865
  • Deaths: 16
  • Recoveries: 0


  • Confirmed Cases: 9,345
  • Deaths: 150
  • Recoveries: 106

*California and U.S. totals according to John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center as of Wednesday at 8:40 p.m.

Alameda County

  • Confirmed Cases: 31
  • Deaths: 0
  • Recoveries: 0

*According to Alameda County Department of Public Health as of 5:13 p.m. Tuesday.

Alameda Meals on Wheels needs help in the form of financial donations due to increased demand, officials said in statement.

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District closed all its facilities, classes and programs until April 13.

Contra Costa County

  • Confirmed Cases: 41
  • Deaths: 0
  • Recoveries: 0

*According to Contra Costa Health Services as of 1:25 p.m., Wednesday

Marin County

  • Confirmed Cases: 15
  • Deaths: 0
  • Recoveries: 0

*According to Marin Health and Human Services as of Tuesday.

Napa County

  • Confirmed Cases: 0
  • Deaths: 0
  • Recoveries: 0

The county announced a shelter-at-home order that will be effective as of midnight Friday. In the order, it is written:

“Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.”

*According to Napa County Health and Human Services as of Tuesday.

San Francisco

  • Confirmed Cases: 51
  • Deaths: 0
  • Recoveries: 0

*According to San Francisco Department of Public Health as of Wednesday at 10 a.m.

City officials ordered additional directives Wednesday establishing a “moratorium on routine medical appointments and elective surgeries.” The order also “classifies pharmacies and cannabis dispensaries as essential services that may remain open” during the widespread three-week shelter-in-place order.

Mayor London Breed formalized a declaration Tuesday that speeds the process of hiring necessary health workers. She also announced a moratorium on evictions from small and medium-sized commercial businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officials have agreed to rescind tickets issued for street sweeping violations Tuesday. The agency subsequently revised the policy and relaxed several other enforcement rules for the duration of the shelter-in-place order.

San Mateo County

  • Confirmed Cases: 80
  • Deaths: 1
  • Recoveries: 0

*According to San Mateo County Health as of Wednesday.

Santa Clara County

David Benbennick/Wikimedia Commons Highlight of Santa Clara County, Calif.
  • Confirmed Cases: 175
  • Deaths: 6
  • Recoveries:

*According to Santa Clara County Public Health as of Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Santa Clara County announced its sixth coronavirus-related death. The victim was a man in his 60s who had been hospitalized since March 5.

Solano County

  • Confirmed Cases: 8
  • Deaths: 0
  • Recoveries:

*According to Solano County Department of Public Health as of Wednesday at 2 p.m.

The county issued a shelter-at-home health and directive order effective Wednesday and through April 7, “or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, amended.”

Sonoma County

  • Confirmed Cases: 8
  • Deaths: 0
  • Recoveries: 0

*According to the County of Sonoma as of Wednesday at 5:24 p.m.

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