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Bay Area COVID-19 update: SF acquires a million masks, Napa County enforces shelter compliance

Congress is still hashing out details Tuesday of a federal economic stimulus bill aimed at easing the financial crisis related to the COVID-19 outbreak and mass shutdowns of businesses across the country.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) said in a Tuesday morning briefing that the state is seeing a higher and more rapid apex projection than originally anticipated. According to the state’s analysis he presented, data shows the number of cases doubling approximately every three days. New York has so far been the epicenter of the virus spread.


Confirmed Cases: 1,733
Deaths: 27
Recoveries: 0

Source: California Department of Public Health as reported Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


Confirmed Cases: 45,548
Deaths: 592

Source: John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center COVID-19 tracking tool as of Tuesday at 8:57 a.m.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus impact map Friday, March 20, 2020 as tracked by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Alameda County

Confirmed Cases: 112
Deaths: 1
Recoveries: 0

Source: The Alameda County Public Health Department as of Monday at 7:45 p.m.

Alameda County announced Monday its first death related to the virus. According to the press release, the victim was elderly and had underlying health conditions that put them at high risk. Officials believe the person was exposed by “community-acquired transmission.”

City of Berkeley

Confirmed Cases: 10
Deaths: 0
Recoveries: 0

Source: The City of Berkeley as of Monday at 10:30 a.m. Berkeley reports separately from Alameda County.

Contra Costa County

Confirmed Cases: 71
Deaths: 1
Recoveries: 0

Source: Contra Costa Health Services as of Monday at 12:23 p.m.

The county has established three sites that will accept personal protective equipment donations Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The PPE will be distributed to healthcare providers countywide.

They are asking both businesses and residents for eye protection, antibacterial wipes, disinfecting wipes, N-95 masks, surgical masks, and disposable medical gowns. They stress that masks need to be in unopened containers.

The donation centers are located in Hercules, Pleasant Hill and Antioch. Additional information can be found on the county website.

First responders and healthcare workers with proof of employment can now make an appointment to be tested at a drive-through testing facility if they can’t obtain a test through their employer. A screening hotline will be operational between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily at 925-570-0978. Those seeking a test are asked to call that number to determine if criteria is met first.

Nik Wojcik/SFBay 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Marin County

Confirmed Cases: 47
Deaths: 0
Recoveries: 0

Source: Marin Health and Human Services as of Monday at 8:14 p.m.

Officials said Monday in a press release that five people in the county are being hospitalized due to COVID-19 illness. Of the 47 total confirmed cases, 14 patients are 65 years or older, two are 0 to 18 years old and the remainder of the patients are between 19 and 64 years old.

Napa County

Confirmed Cases: 2
Deaths: 0
Recoveries: 0

Source: Department of Health and Human Services as of Sunday.

The county’s first two confirmed cases were both announced Sunday just hours apart. The patients are under legal order to isolate and their close contacts have been told to self-quarantine.

The Napa County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with other law enforcement agencies in the county to create a task force that will enforce the shelter-at-home and social distancing orders in the region.

San Francisco

Confirmed Cases: 152
Deaths: 0
Recoveries: 0

Source: San Francisco Department of Public Health as of Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Another 21 positive COVID-19 cases were announced Tuesday morning. City leaders have been able to acquire one million masks and have expedited the hiring of dozens of nurses. An emergency shelter has been established to help keep the homeless population off the street as the outbreak grows.

San Mateo County

Confirmed Cases: 161
Deaths: 1
Recoveries: 0

Source: San Mateo County Health Department as of Tuesday at 8:54 a.m.

The number of confirmed cases grew in San Mateo County by nearly 20 people since Monday.

The Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrison reinforced Monday the need to socially distance after crowds were reported at beaches and parks over the weekend. Morrison said:

“I believe the virus is growing at an exponential rate in our county. Unless everyone does their part and follows the County’s Shelter-in-Place order and the Governor’s Safer at Home order, we will be facing an Italy-type catastrophe very soon. These orders are not recommendations, they are rules to be followed.”

Santa Clara County

Confirmed Cases: 321
Deaths: 13
Recoveries: 0

Source: Santa Clara County DepartmentPublic Health as of Sunday at 5 p.m.

The number of confirmed cases is expected to increase significantly after the county updates its totals Tuesday.

Officials with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that three deputies tested positive between since Sunday. One deputy is reportedly being hospitalized but is in stable condition while the other two are quarantining in their homes.

The U.S. District Court in San Jose was shut down Monday evening until April 7 after it was discovered that a recent visitor is currently being treated for COVID-19.

David Benbennick/Wikimedia Commons Highlight of Santa Clara County, Calif.

Solano County

Confirmed Cases: 21
Deaths: 0
Recoveries: 0

Source: Solano Public Health as of Monday at 1:30 p.m.

The county reported Monday that seven new patients, including one Vallejo police officer, were identified and seven of the 21 total confirmed are being hospitalized. They did not provide statuses for people being treated in hospitals.

Renters in Benicia can rest a little easier in this difficult time with an order signed Sunday that stays non-payment evictions. The order issued by City Manager Lorie Tinfow holds renters responsible for back payment within 60 days of May 31 unless the order expires later.

Sonoma County

Confirmed Cases: 27
Deaths: 1
Recoveries: 1

Source: County of Sonoma as of Tuesday at 9:20 a.m.

Interim Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundrai Mase issued an order to close all parks in the county. The order is in response to crowds over the weekend and is effective as of Tuesday at midnight.

In a statement, Dr. Mase said:

“Allowing crowded conditions in parks is not in our best interest during this health crisis. The best action we can take is to stay close to home and limit our outdoor time to our yards and neighborhoods.”

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