Update: Bay Area coronavirus developments

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 Friday morning include:

  • San Mateo County’s health officer has issued a legal order banning mass gatherings of 250 or more people because of the spreading coronavirus, which has infected 20 people in that county.
  • Many colleges and universities and school districts around the region have canceled in-person classes for several weeks, including in San Francisco, West Contra Costa and Berkeley.
  • BART ridership has plummeted this week, down as much as 35 percent, as a result of people working from home and avoiding crowds to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • As of Friday morning, officials have confirmed the following number of cases in the greater Bay Area region:
    • Alameda County: 7 cases
    • Contra Costa County: 17 cases
    • Marin County: 3 cases
    • Monterey County: 0 cases
    • Napa County: 0 cases
    • San Francisco County: 18 cases
    • San Mateo County: 20 cases
    • Santa Clara County: 66 cases, 1 death
    • Santa Cruz County: 7 cases
    • Solano County: 6 cases
    • Sonoma County: 3 cases

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