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As U.S. Covid-19 cases climb past 2 million, and the Bay Area surpasses 17,000 cases amid continuing outbreaks, more counties continue to loosen restrictions to permit outdoor dining, religious services and the reopening of indoor malls and retail.

San Francisco on Monday plans to allow most indoor retail stores and malls to open. Both the Westfield Shopping Centre and Stonestown Galleria announced they will reopen on Monday.

Santa Clara county officials reported this week of an outbreak of Covid-19 cases at construction sites and are closely monitoring the situation.

U.S.

  • Confirmed Cases: 2,074,082
  • Deaths: 115,402

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

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California

  • Confirmed Cases: 149,701
  • Deaths: 5,070 deaths
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Alameda County

  • Confirmed Cases: 4,216
  • Deaths: 109

Source: Alameda County Public Health Department as of Saturday with data reported through Friday.

Alameda County Friday announced plans to allow all retail, outdoor dining, outdoor fitness, outdoor museums and limited religious services starting on June 19.

Dr. Erica Pan, the county’s public health officer, said in a statement:

“The indicators we monitor to determine if we should continue moving forward through reopening are stable or improving.”

Pan added that the county will continue to have more cases but the increase in hospitalizations and case rate in May have stabilized.

The county will follow state guidelines to limit capacity for indoor retail and outdoor activities, like religious services, which can hold services for up to 100 people or less than 25 percent of the building capacity, whichever is lower. 

Alameda County still has the highest number of confirmed cases in the Bay Area.

Contra Costa County

  • Confirmed Cases: 1,921
  • Deaths: 44

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

County officials this week announced that the state has granted the county a variance that allows officials to open more businesses.

A timeline by Contra Costa Health Services will allow hair salons and barber shops to reopen on June 17. Additionally, indoor dining, bars, gyms, fitness centers and some indoor entertainment can open on July 1.

The county warns that the timeline could change if Covid-19 conditions worsen.

Marin County

  • Confirmed Cases: 697   
  • Deaths: 17

Source: Marin Health and Human Services as of Saturday.

Napa County

  • Confirmed Cases: 183
  • Deaths: 3

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

  San Francisco

  • Confirmed Cases: 2,906
  • Deaths: 44

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

Mayor London Breed Friday announced that $1.65 million from The City’s Soda Tax will be used to provide emergency relief for residents struggling during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Funds from the tax will specifically focus on supporting low-income residents, seniors, pregnant and breast feeding woman and undocumented immigrants.

The Mayor’s Office said funding will be used by the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market to purchase produce and non-perishable foods for community groups who are distributing meals to community members.

Additionally, funds from the tax will continue to support the San Francisco Unified School District in distributing food to students.

San Mateo County

  • Confirmed Cases: 2,553
  • Deaths: 99

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

The county’s Board of Supervisors voted this week to ask the state for a variance to allow for indoor dining, hair salons and gyms to reopen.

Santa Clara County

  • Confirmed Cases: 3,157
  • Deaths: 150

Source: Santa Clara County Public Health as of Saturday.

County public health officials are reminding the public to remain vigilant as more businesses sectors in the Bay Area and in the county are reopening. This week, construction workers were found to have Covid-19 at construction sites, including at four sites in the county.

Officials said the largest outbreak occurred at a construction site in Mountain View where there were 10 confirmed cases and 30 cases of possible exposure to the virus.

Dr. Sara Cody, the county’s public health officer, said in a statement that the new cases are a stark reminder that the Bay Area is still in the midst of a pandemic:

“With additional sectors reopening, it is vital that everyone carefully follow social distancing protocols to ensure that workers are safe. This includes keeping physical distance and wearing a face covering.”

Solano County

  • Confirmed Cases: 657
  • Deaths: 23

Source: Solano Public Health as of Friday at 4:30 p.m. The county does not report data on Saturdays and Sundays.

Sonoma County

  • Confirmed Cases:722
  • Deaths: 4

Source: County of Sonoma with data as of Friday at 9:15 p.m. 

Global

  • Confirmed Cases: 7,764,977
  • Deaths:   429,666

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

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Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn covers transportation and City Hall in San Francisco. Jerold is a San Francisco native who works out of City Hall and rides Muni every single day to work. Email: jerold@sfbay.ca. Twitter: @Jerold_Chinn

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