Bay Area coronavirus updates | Fri., May 22

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

  • The coronavirus crisis may deplete Hayward’s $36 million in General Fund reserves in one year unless spending slows and sales tax and other key revenues improve from recent levels, city officials said Thursday. So far, Hayward fire personnel including firefighters and the city manager have agreed to give up planned pay raises. The mayor and members of the City Council are reducing their salaries by 2 percent for the next fiscal year and planning to cut their budgets for travel and other expenses by 50 percent.
  • San Francisco elected officials on Thursday joined the owners of The Stud, the city’s oldest LGBTQ bar, to discuss the historic venue’s closing after 55 years in the face of the coronavirus. Despite a fundraiser and weekly online drag shows, the bar’s owners say a loss of revenue due to the stay-at-home order is forcing them to close the doors at the 399 Ninth St. Location.
  • Martinez officials decided Thursday to hold off on a plan approved Wednesday night to close Main Street downtown to vehicle traffic on weekends as soon as this weekend, saying Thursday that they will wait until the county’s coronavirus-related health order allows for more extensive retail business and restaurant operation.
  • As of Friday at 3 p.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases in the greater Bay Area region (“+” number added since last check Thurs., May 21):
    • Alameda County: 2,708 cases (+99), 90 deaths
    • Contra Costa County: 1,259 cases (+25), 36 deaths
    • Marin County: 352 cases (+9), 14 deaths
    • Monterey County: 362 cases (+7), 8 deaths
    • Napa County: 96 cases (+1), 3 deaths
    • San Francisco County: 2,320 cases (+122), 40 deaths (+3)
    • San Mateo County: 1,783 cases (+45), 76 deaths (+1)
    • Santa Clara County: 2,492 cases, 138 deaths
    • Santa Cruz County: 186 cases (+12), 2 deaths
    • Solano County: 449 cases (+14), 19 deaths (+1)
    • Sonoma County: 444 cases (+11), 4 deaths
    • Statewide: 88,444 cases (+2,247), 3,630 deaths (+88)

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