Bay Area coronavirus updates | Thursday, Mar. 19

Laboratories at academic medical centers like UCSF, UC Davis, and UCLA — as well as companies like Verily — are racing to catch up to the novel coronavirus.

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

  • As of Thursday at 9:30 a.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases (data is from last check Wednesday night) in the greater Bay Area region:
    • Alameda County: 35 cases (per Alameda County Health Public Dept. Wed afternoon)
    • Contra Costa County: 41 cases
    • Marin County: 15 cases
    • Monterey County: 2 cases
    • Napa County: 0 cases
    • San Francisco County: 70 cases
    • San Mateo County: 80 cases, 1 death
    • Santa Clara County: 175 cases, 6 deaths
    • Santa Cruz County: 14 cases
    • Solano County: 8 cases
    • Sonoma County: 8 cases
    • Statewide: 675 cases, 16 deaths (per Cal State Dept of Public Health)
  • Due to shelter-in-place restrictions, San Francisco Bay Ferry service will reduce service: Richmond, Harbor Bay and South San Francisco service is suspended, and only limited service will be offered on the Vallejo and Alameda/Oakland routes that connect to downtown San Francisco. In addition, weekend ferry service and routes to Pier 41 in San Francisco and Mare Island have been suspended.
  • Santa Clara County officials, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, the San Francisco 49ers, Comcast and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation announced plans Thursday to contribute several million dollars to local non-profit organizations that are supporting vulnerable population groups during the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • Solano County became the last county in the Bay Area to issue a shelter-in-place order limiting all non-essential movement. The order will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 7 and is subject to change.
  • The county of Marin Health and Human Services recommended that grocery and other retail stores selling essential items reserve a time for seniors-only shopping to help protect them from contracting the novel coronavirus.
  • The Pittsburg Unified School District extended its school closure through the scheduled end of its spring break, April 17. Classes are tentatively scheduled to resume April 20.
  • Santa Cruz, Monterey, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties have said that marijuana dispensaries are considered “essential businesses” under the widespread shelter-in-place mandates enacted this week, but advocates are urging governments to ensure they continue to operate throughout the state and region.

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