Bay Area coronavirus updates | Tuesday, March 17

This image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow) — also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19 — from a patient in the U.S. Image via NIAID-RML

The latest developments related to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, around the region as of Tuesday morning include:

  • Residents are experiencing the first day of an extraordinary shelter-in-place order to limit gatherings and travel in most of the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin and Santa Cruz counties and the city of Berkeley through at least April 7.
  • City leaders around the region, including San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, are asking residents to comply with the orders while reassuring them that essential services such as police and health care will be maintained and key businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, veterinary offices, gas stations and banks will also remain open.
  • Transportation agencies around the region, including Golden Gate Transit and Golden Gate Ferry, are cutting back on scheduled routes as many people stay home.
  • Religious services, including public masses at churches in the Catholic Diocese of Oakland, have been suspended.
  • The chief judge of the federal trial courts in the Northern District of California ordered that federal courthouses will be closed to the public until May 1 and most court functions will be postponed or conducted telephone or video.
  • As of Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases in the greater Bay Area region:
    • Alameda County: 24 cases — includes 3 NEW since yesterday
    • Contra Costa County: 34 cases
    • Marin County: 11 cases
    • Monterey County: 0 cases
    • Napa County: 0 cases
    • San Francisco County: 40 cases
    • San Mateo County: 64 cases, 1 death
    • Santa Clara County: 138 cases, 4 deaths
    • Santa Cruz County: 9 cases
    • Solano County: 9 cases
    • Sonoma County: 6 cases
    • Statewide: 392 cases, 6 deaths

CONTACT: County Health Departments, State Health Department

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