Alameda County Pauses Coronavirus Reopening; Union City Cases

Bea Karnes

UNION CITY, CA — Alameda County hit the pause button Monday on loosening coronavirus restrictions as cases here surge, and hospitalizations across the Bay Area increase.

In a release to the public Monday afternoon, the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency said, "we are seeing unfavorable trends for cases and hospitalizations. Alameda County’s case rate per 100,000 people has increased from 63.2 to 71.1 over the past 7 days. Daily hospitalizations were decreasing through June 22nd , but since then we have seen a daily increase in hospitalizations."

Union City is contributing to the increase. On Monday, it was reported that 189 cases have been confirmed in Union City since the start of the pandemic, up from 141 cases on June 8.

In order to continue opening, Alameda County must be able to demonstrate to the state health department that we are beating coronavirus. County health officials rely on the following data indicators to measure progress against the pandemic:

  1. rates of new cases and hospitalizations
  2. hospital inpatient bed capacity and surge capacity
  3. testing capacity
  4. disease containment capacity
  5. supply of personal protective equipment for health care providers.

"We are concerned by the increase in local cases, disproportionate impact on communities of color, local impact of the outbreak at San Quentin State Prison, and the alarming disease trends we see in counties that have opened at a faster rate," the county reports.

An outbreak at San Quentin has sent prisoners to hospitals in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. Across the Bay Area, there are 340 people currently in the hospital with COVID-19 complications.

"As the pandemic evolves, we will need to remain flexible and nimble in our response. We all play a part in safely reopening our communities and protecting people at high risk for COVID-19 infection and death," the county reports.

Alameda County is not alone in seeing a spike in cases and hospitalizations. Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a news conference on Monday that the state is monitoring outbreaks, has already ordered some restrictions, and may impose more in the near future.

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CA’s response to #COVID19 is based on science. That’s why we asked counties that are experiencing high transmission and positivity rates to close down bars & toggle back re-openings. We will continue to monitor counties across the state & take appropriate action when necessary.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 29, 2020

Statewide, California is approaching 6,000 deaths, with the official tally now 5,935. The death toll in Alameda County is 133.

Worldwide, there have been more than a half million deaths attributed to coronavirus, with almost 126,000 of those deaths in the United States.

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This article originally appeared on the Union City Patch