ALAMEDA COUNTY — The East Bay has reported 21 new coronavirus deaths this week, 27 if you include the 6 deaths reported by Contra Costa County on Sunday.
The deaths were taken from health department statistics released by Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
In addition to the deaths, California reported on Friday that it crossed the threshold of 200,000 confirmed cases.
While the spike in deaths here in the East Bay is concerning, it will not impact the easing of coronavirus restrictions, According to Alameda County, Bay Area Health Officers are using the following indicators to measure progress against COVID-19:
- Whether the total number of cases and hospitalizations is flat or decreasing
- Whether there is sufficient hospital bed and surge capacity
- Whether there is an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for all health care workers
- Whether testing, especially for vulnerable populations or those in high risk settings or occupations is available
- Whether there is sufficient capacity to investigate all COVID-19 cases and trace all of their contacts, and support isolation and quarantine
On Thursday, more than 100,000 new coronavirus tests were performed in California, the highest number in a single day. Of course, with increased testing comes increased cases. The rate of positive tests in California over the past week is 6.1 percent, according to the East Bay Times.
Incredibly, 9 states report positive test rates over 10 percent. Those states are Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Texas in the west; and the southeastern states of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Alabama.
If you're thinking of making summer vacation plans, some states require you to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival, so check with the state you plan to visit in advance of making reservations or traveling.
Alameda County's current health order went into effect on June 19 and covers the following —
Physical distancing, face coverings, and Site-Specific Protection Plans apply for all settings.
- Permitted indoor/outdoor, including malls
- Stores must limit capacity to 50% of normal maximum capacity or the number of people who can
- maintain a distance of 6 feet from each other at all times, whichever is lower
- Stores may move goods outside for display or sales if local permits allow
- ACPHD recommends continuing curbside and delivery services as much as possible
Religious and Cultural Ceremonies:
- Limited to fewer than 100 people or 25% of the building/area capacity, whichever is lower
- Permitted indoors or outdoors; ACPHD strongly recommends a limit of 25 participants
- ACPHD strongly recommends continuing virtual services
- Food and beverage sales/distribution are discouraged
- Local guidance includes recommended modifications for common practices to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission
First Amendment Events:
- Outdoor in-person political gathering or protest permitted
- Everyone should wear face coverings and stay 6 feet apart
- Outdoor seating arrangements limited to 6 people per table, all from same household or Social Bubble
- Tables must be 6-feet apart
- Entertainment events not allowed
- Restaurant must comply with relevant laws, regulations and permitting requirements
- Takeout and delivery options strongly encouraged
- Alameda County is not a Variance County at this time, and restaurants seeking a Temporary Catering Permit to serve alcohol outdoor from the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control may experience delays
- Wineries with on-site restaurants may do tastings with food pairings outdoors
- Brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, and wineries that do not provide sit-down meals themselves can contract with another vendor to do so. The alcohol must be sold in the same transaction as a meal
- Bars must remain closed to the public, but may provide pickup/takeaway service with the sales of bona fide meals. These meals may be provided by an affiliate restaurant or by a food service provider that partners with the bar. Alcohol and meal delivery must occur in the same transaction at the same location
Outdoor Fitness Classes:
- Limited to 12 people at a time, spaced at least 6 feet apart at all times
- Person-to-person contact prohibited
- Sharing equipment is prohibited
Outdoor Museums, Outdoor Historical Sites, and Publicly Accessible Gardens:
- Members of the public may not access any indoor components of site
- Humans should maintain six feet physical distance from one another at all times
- Common water facilities should not be used
- Signage must be posted to tell people to avoid entering if they have a fever or cough
- Colleges may resume non-contact training activities with strict physical distancing
- Must be in stable groups of 12 or fewer
- Participants limited to only one group/activity
Southern California continues to lead the state in coronavirus infections. Los Angeles County has reported 91,577 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Alameda County has the most cases in the Bay Area with 5,493 including 69 new cases reported on Friday. Contra Costa County has reported 2,676 including 92 new cases on Friday.
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