Bay Area coronavirus updates | Friday, Mar. 19

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

  • As of Friday at 9:30 a.m., officials have confirmed the following cases in the greater Bay Area region, with new cases noted with +:
    • Alameda County: 35 cases (+4 since yesterday)
    • Contra Costa County: 42 cases (+1), 1 death (+1)
    • Marin County: 16 cases (+1)
    • Monterey County: 2 cases (+2)
    • Napa County: 0 cases (+0)
    • San Francisco County: 76 cases (+6)
    • San Mateo County: 100 cases (+20), 1 death
    • Santa Clara County: 189 cases, 6 deaths (+14)
    • Santa Cruz County: 14 cases
    • Solano County: 10 cases (+2)
    • Sonoma County: 11 cases (+3)
    • Statewide: 675 cases (+77), 16 deaths (+3)
  • Starting Monday, BART is ending train service at 9 p.m., three hours earlier than the current schedule, as the transit agency figures out how to deal with ridership levels that have declined by 90 percent amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the resulting region-wide shelter-in-place order. Most passengers will board buses through the rear door and fares will not be collected under operational changes announced by the Valley Transportation Authority to promote social distancing and lessen the spread of coronavirus.
  • In an effort to quantify and combat hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders stemming from people’s reaction to the novel coronavirus pandemic, a coalition of civil rights groups has set up a web page at www.asianpacificpolicyandplanningcouncil.org/ where victims can report such incidents.
  • Express lane tolls on Bay Area freeways are being suspended through at least April 7 due to a dramatic decline in traffic caused by the shelter-in-place order that took effect this week to address the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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