5 New Coronavirus Deaths In County, 11 This Week

Bea Karnes

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY — Five new coronavirus deaths in Contra Costa County were announced on Thursday, bringing the total for the week thus far to 11. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 55 people in the county have lost their lives to the newly emerged virus.

The majority of the victims, 31, were white; while 6 were Asian; and just 4 were black.

Only one person who died was under the age of 50.

Contra Costa health officials are reopening the county in phases. As of Wednesday, the following are open or allowed:

  • Athletic Fields
  • Automobile & Bicycle Repair
  • Campgrounds, RV Parks & Outdoor Recreation Facilities
  • Car Washes
  • Child Care & Summer Camps
  • Construction
  • Dental Care
  • Dog Parks
  • Financial Institutions
  • Funeral Homes, Mortuaries & Cemeteries
  • Gas Stations
  • Golf Courses
  • Government Services
  • Grocery & Other Food Stores
  • Hair Salons & Barbershops
  • Healthcare, Pharmacies & Medical Supply
  • Libraries (curbside pickup)
  • Logistics & Warehousing Facilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Office Workplaces (telework strongly encouraged)
  • Outdoor Businesses
  • Outdoor Museums, Exhibit Spaces & Drive-in Theaters
  • Outdoor Dining, Take Out & Delivery
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools
  • Parks (including picnic & BBQ areas)
  • Places of Worship (indoor & outdoor)
  • Public & Private Transportation Services
  • Real Estate
  • Residential & Commercial Maintenance Services
  • Retail Stores & Retail Supply Chain Businesses
  • Shooting & Archery Ranges
  • Skate Parks
  • Small Group Gatherings (outdoors)
  • Tennis & Pickleball Courts
  • Utilities
  • Veterinary Care & Groomers

On July 1, the following are allowed to reopen:

  • Bars
  • Gyms, Fitness Centers & Personal Training
  • Hotels (for tourism & individual travel)
  • Indoor Dining
  • Indoor Museums
  • Limited Indoor Leisure (arcades, billiards, bowling, etc)
  • Personal Services Not Involving the Face (nail salons, body wax)

On July 15, the following are allowed to reopen:

  • Movie Theaters & Card Rooms
  • Personal Services Involving the Face (skin care, facial wax)

The following are still closed or prohibited by state order: playgrounds, basketball courts, soccer, youth sports, larger gathering venues (nightclubs, conventions, concerts & live audience sports).

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This article originally appeared on the Walnut Creek Patch