Bay Area coronavirus updates | Fri., Mar. 27

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

  • A sixth Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputy has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The deputy is at home and sheriff’s officials are investigating who else may have been exposed to the virus including staff and inmates.
  • Sonoma County Public Defender Kathleen Pozzi said about 200 non-violent offenders who were waiting for trials on misdemeanor offenses have been released by the county’s superior court judges and they will return to court at a later date.
  • A Berkeley firefighter tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus and is recovering at home. The firefighter tested positive Wednesday, and the city’s Public Health Division is working to reach out to anyone who may have been in contact, including the firefighter’s colleagues.
  • Daly City’s Seton Medical Center began accepting up to 220 novel coronavirus patients Wednesday as the California Health and Human Services Agency attempts to bolster the state’s health care capacity.
  • The Concord City Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance that outlaws rent increases and evictions based on inability to pay rent, thanks to income lost because of COVID-19 coronavirus-based job cutbacks.
  • As of Friday at 9:30 a.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases in the greater Bay Area region (“+” number added since last check Thurs., Mar. 26):
    • Alameda County: 178 cases (+43), 4 deaths (+2)
    • Contra Costa County: 131 cases (+23), 1 death
    • Marin County: 65 cases (+5)
    • Monterey County: 27 cases (+3), 1 death
    • Napa County: 8 cases (+2)
    • San Francisco County: 279 cases (+56), 3 deaths (+1)
    • San Mateo County: 239 cases (+44), 5 deaths
    • Santa Clara County: 542 cases (+83), 19 deaths (+1)
    • Santa Cruz County: 32 cases (+7)
    • Solano County: 34 cases (+3)
    • Sonoma County: 49 cases (+10), 1 death
    • Statewide: 3,006 cases (+471), 65 deaths (+12)

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