Bay Area coronavirus updates | Fri., May 8

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

  • The Sonoma County Health Officer on Thursday amended the county’s shelter-in-place health order to allow some retail stores such as bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, and clothing stores to reopen for curbside pickup and delivery. The change in the order went into effect Friday at 12:01 a.m.
  • Oakland city officials on Thursday announced an additional five miles of streets that will receive soft closures to motor traffic to help support physical distancing during the COVID-19 coronavirus response. The city launched the program on April 10 to support physical distancing for travel on foot, wheelchair and bicycle, and has since performed soft closures on about 20 miles of roadways, city officials said.
  • The upcoming Toyota/Save Mart 350 race weekend at Sonoma Raceway is canceled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, NASCAR and track owner Speedway Motorsports announced on Friday.
  • Sonoma County health officials have expanded free drive-through coronavirus testing to include health care workers and first responders with or without symptoms, symptomatic people over 65 years old, symptomatic people with underlying health conditions, and all essential workers with or without symptoms.
  • 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 7):
    • Alameda County: 1,961 cases (+44), 70 deaths (+3)
    • Contra Costa County: 1,014 cases (+15), 29 deaths
    • Marin County: 255 cases (+8), 14 deaths
    • Monterey County: 250 cases (+3), 6 deaths
    • Napa County: 78 cases, 2 deaths
    • San Francisco County: 1,853 cases (+47), 33 deaths (+1)
    • San Mateo County: 1,397 cases (+20), 56 deaths
    • Santa Clara County: 2,290 cases (+9), 128 deaths (+1)
    • Santa Cruz County: 140 cases (+1), 2 deaths
    • Solano County: 342 cases (+5), 7 deaths
    • Sonoma County: 292 cases (+6), 3 deaths
    • Statewide: 62,512 cases (+1,898), 2,585 deaths (+81)

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