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COVID-19 morning update: SF numbers spike, cannabis advocates push to keep all regional dispensaries open

The latest developments around the region related to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, as of Thursday morning include:

  • Solano County became the last county in the Bay Area to issue a shelter-in-place order limiting all non-essential movement. The order will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 7 and is subject to change.
  • The county of Marin Health and Human Services recommended that grocery and other retail stores selling essential items reserve a time for seniors-only shopping to help protect them from contracting the novel coronavirus.
  • The Pittsburg Unified School District extended its school closure through the scheduled end of its spring break, April 17. Classes are tentatively scheduled to resume April 20.
  • Santa Cruz, Monterey, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties have said that marijuana dispensaries are considered “essential businesses” under the widespread shelter-in-place mandates enacted this week, but advocates are urging governments to ensure they continue to operate throughout the state and region.
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As of Thursday at 9:30 a.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases in the greater Bay Area region:

  • Alameda County: 31 cases (31 at last check Wednesday)
  • Contra Costa County: 41 cases (41 on Wednesday)
  • Marin County: 15 cases (11 on Wednesday)
  • Monterey County: 2 cases (0 on Wednesday)
  • Napa County: 0 cases (0 on Wednesday)
  • San Francisco County: 70 cases (51 on Wednesday)
  • San Mateo County: 80 cases, 1 death (80 cases, 1 death on Wednesday)
  • Santa Clara County: 175 cases, 6 deaths (175 cases, 6 deaths on Wednesday)
  • Santa Cruz County: 14 cases (13 on Wednesday)
  • Solano County: 8 cases (8 on Wednesday)
  • Sonoma County: 8 cases (8 on Wednesday)
  • Statewide: 598 cases, 13 deaths (unchanged from Wednesday)
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