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Covid-19 update: Bay Area counties inch toward reopening amid fears of new outbreaks after protests

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Counties across the Bay Area are starting to reopen, although the region is generally moving slower than in other parts of the state. Local leaders have diverted much attention away from the Covid-19 pandemic, at least publicly, while they contend with the fallout of George Floyd’s death and resulting protests that have taken destructive and violent turns in several instances in the past week.

New outbreaks of the virus are a concern with sustained protests across the nation. Despite many attendees wearing facial coverings and physically distancing themselves from others, the large gatherings and police use of tear gas, which causes people to cough, increases risk of spread. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said Monday that people should expect new outbreaks over the coming weeks.       

U.S.

  • Confirmed Cases: 1,831,806
  • Deaths: 106,180

Source: John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center Covid-19 global tracking tool as of Friday at 6:32 p.m.

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California

  • Confirmed Cases: 117,215
  • Deaths: 4,305

Source: John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center Covid-19 global tracking tool as of Friday at 6:32 p.m.

California Department of Public Health California reopening map by county as of Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
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Alameda County

  • Confirmed Cases: 3,515
  • Deaths: 97

Source: Alameda County Public Health Department as of Tuesday with data reported through Monday.

Alameda County expanded free Covid-19 testing access with the launch of a new facility in West Oakland. The site will operate for a four-week period on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.     

Contra Costa County

  • Confirmed Cases: 1,506
  • Deaths: 37

Source: Contra Costa Health Services as of Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Beginning Wednesday, county residents will again be able to shop inside many retail stores, go back to work in offices, use childcare services and gather in small outdoor groups of “loved ones.” The revised order announced in a press release Tuesday is possible due to stabilizing Covid-19 case and hospitalization rates. All eight of the county’s hospitals have also attested having to 30-day supplies of personal protective equipment and sufficient capacity to take on additional patients.   

Nik Wojcik/SFBay Sun Valley Mall in Concord, Calif. parking lot empty and barricaded during Covid-19 pandemic on Sunday, April 26, 2020

According to the statement, residents will be able to visit libraries for curbside pickup and be permitted to protest in groups of 100 people or less. However, a countywide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. was also issued Tuesday in response to vandalism and looting incidents over the past week. 

The new health order will permit religious services to resume, with limits and modifications, as of June 15. 

Marin County

  • Confirmed Cases: 506
  • Deaths: 17

Source: Marin Health and Human Services as of Tuesday.

Parking lots at county parks, open spaces and beaches will be reopened to the public Tuesday, superseding the May 15 order as the area loosens Covid-19 restrictions. However, not all facilities are available for public use just yet. Playgrounds, picnic areas and gyms — areas with shared equipment and potential for excessive gatherings — remain off limits until further notice.

The county’s face covering order is also still in effect.

Napa County

  • Confirmed Cases: 113
  • Deaths: 3

Source: Department of Health and Human Services as of Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

San Francisco

  • Confirmed Cases: 2,587
  • Deaths: 43

Source: San Francisco Department of Public Health with data reported through Saturday. 

Ching Wong/SFBay Protesters hold up during a Justice for George Floyd rally at City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, June 1, 2020. (Ching Wong/SFBay.ca)

San Mateo County

  • Confirmed Cases: 2,188
  • Deaths: 84

Source: San Mateo County Health Department with data reported through Monday.

Jesse Garnier/SFBay SFBay Covid-19 dashboard highlighting cumulative cases in San Mateo County, Calif. as of Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Santa Clara County

  • Confirmed Cases: 2,819
  • Deaths: 143

Source: Santa Clara County Public Health Department as of Tuesday. 

Santa Clara County is making a significant jump Friday in its loosening of Covid-19 restrictions. Residents will be permitted to shop inside retail stores, drop children off at childcare providers and summer camps, eat at restaurants in outdoor settings and attend religious and cultural events with limitations.   

Solano County

  • Confirmed Cases: 547
  • Deaths: 22

Source: Solano Public Health as of Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Sonoma County

  • Confirmed Cases: 566
  • Deaths: 4

Source: County of Sonoma with data as of Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. 

Sheriff Mark Essick walked back a decision not to enforce the county’s stay-at-home order. In a joint statement with Board of Supervisors President Susan Gorin, Essick showed a unified front on the issue, saying he would again enforce the health order within reason. The county will also be exploring some Covid-19 restrictions that can be loosened, the statement said. 

Global

  • Confirmed Cases: 6,376,822
  • Deaths: 380,205

Source: John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center Covid-19 global tracking tool as of Tuesday at 6:33 p.m.

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