East Bay: 21 Coronavirus Deaths This Week, Health Officers Say

Bea Karnes

CONTRA COSTA 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, as Bay Area Health Officers are using the following indicators to measure progress against COVID-19:

  1. Whether the total number of cases and hospitalizations is flat or decreasing
  2. Whether there is sufficient hospital bed and surge capacity
  3. Whether there is an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for all health care workers
  4. Whether testing, especially for vulnerable populations or those in high risk settings or occupations is available
  5. 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.

Contra Costa County's current health order has approved the reopening or allows the following —

  • 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).

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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This article originally appeared on the Walnut Creek Patch