Bay Area businesses are preparing to partially reopen as five counties move toward the state’s second phase of allowing more storefront, curbside pickup and delivery services.
Most retail stores will be allowed to reopen to provide allowed services under amended public health orders. Many counties have issued health guidelines for retailers to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers.
Customers will still not be allowed into stores, and health and city officials remind the public that stay-at-home orders are still in effect except for essential trips.
Santa Clara County is the only Bay Area county that will not yet attempt a partial reopening.
Dr. Sara Cody, the county’s public health officer, said Tuesday to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors that conditions in the county are the same compared to March, and that if the county eased on restrictions, there will be a rise in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Contra Costa County Health Officer Chris Farnitano this week extended the amount of time people must stay in isolation after a person shows signs of Covid-19 symptoms or a person who tests positive and shows no signs of symptoms.
People tested positive for Covid-19 will now need to stay in isolation for 10 days instead of seven days.
Farnitano said in a statement the change is being made based on new guidance from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention about long the persons remains infectious with the virus:
“Based on our latest understanding, we want people with COVID to remain isolated a little bit longer in order to reduce the chance of infecting others.”
Starting on Monday, Marin County will begin to allow motorized access to county-operated parks, trails and allow vehicles to park nearby.
Marin’s County Public Health Officer Matthew Willis drafted a new public health order that will supersede the April 29 order. County officials recommend for the public to verify the status of a park and any remaining restrictions in local jurisdictions.
There are still several parks with vehicle restrictions; a list can be found on the county’s website.
The Napa County Board of Supervisors Thursday submitted a Covid-19 variance report to the state that allows counties to reopen more retail businesses, including dine-in restaurants, at a quicker pace than counties with a higher rates of Covid-19 infections and death rates.
The California Department of Public Health has so far listed 22 counties that have been granted permission to move further along in the state’s second phase of reopening. No Bay Area counties have yet been given permission.
The county reported an additional 15 Covid-19 cases and zero new deaths Saturday.
Asians and Latinx residents in the county each make up 33 percent of the death rate related to Covid-19, according to data from the county.
Residents aged between 71 to 80 and 81 to 90 make up 29 percent and 20 percent of deaths reported in the county. Eighty-nine percent of the people who have so far died from the virus had one or more underlying health conditions.
Confirmed Cases: 410
Source: Solano Public Health as of Friday at 4:30 p.m. The county does not report data on Saturdays and Sundays.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article inaccurately reported the Orange County death toll as 105, which instead was the number of new positive cases. The text has since been revised to reflect the 86 deaths reported as of Saturday, May 16, 2020.
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay. He covers transportation and City Hall. He has spent over a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Jerold is a native in the city and frequently takes public transit everywhere he goes. Email tips to [email protected]