San Mateo County Reports 81 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 Death

Gideon Rubin
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SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA — San Mateo County Health reported 81 additional coronavirus cases Friday.

The latest report brings the countywide case count to 11,710.

The county reported one additional coronavirus-related fatality Friday, bringing its COVID-19 death toll to 162.

There were 24 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in San Mateo County as of Friday, of which seven were being treated in intensive care units.

Elsewhere in the Bay Area and beyond, Berkeley middle and high schools have the option to reopen Monday if they have a plan and follow guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19, city officials said Thursday.

Berkeley's health officer is giving the OK because of lower case rates along with healthy choices, according to city officials.

Elementary schools were given the choice to reopen Oct. 13. On March 17, all schools closed when a health order went into effect.

Berkeley schools were given the OK to reopen their middle and high schools on Monday, but school officials have no plans to do that yet, a school district spokeswoman said Friday.

However, next week three elementary schools are opening to small groups of students and in late November, the size of those groups may increase, spokeswoman Trish McDermott said.

Elementary schools were given the OK last month to reopen, but none have done so.

Middle schools and high schools were given the OK Thursday because COVID-19 case rates are down due in part to healthy habits, health officials said, but the school board has not set a reopening date.

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There have been 960,098 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 17,885 coronavirus-related deaths in California as of Friday afternoon according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The United States had 9,707,096 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 235,761 coronavirus-related fatalities as of Friday afternoon.

There have been 49,169,630 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,240,344 deaths reported globally as of Friday afternoon.

— Bay City News contributed to this report

This article originally appeared on the San Mateo Patch