Bay Area coronavirus updates | Mon., May 18

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

  • Bay Area jurisdictions slightly relaxed the region’s COVID-19 coronavirus shelter-in-place order Monday, allowing multiple industries to resume operations and retail businesses to offer storefront pick-up. Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties and the city of Berkeley announced the modifications to the order after multiple indicators showed recent progress toward curbing the spread of the virus.
  • Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery, a Pleasanton-based chain that had locations around the West Coast and as far away as Chicago, announced Sunday that it is going out of business after 33 years, an apparent victim of the novel coronavirus health emergency. It’s last day of operation would be Tuesday, the company said in an announcement posted Sunday on its website.
  • Three additional new COVID-19 coronavirus testing sites will open in San Francisco, all aimed at serving people in the some of the city’s neediest areas, Mayor London Breed announced Monday. The new sites, which open this week, include a mobile testing site, one at City College of San Francisco and another to serve the city’s Bayview and Hunters Point communities.
  • The off-Broadway company San Francisco Playhouse announced on Sunday that its remaining productions of the 2019-2020 season will be suspended, to keep its performers, staff and audiences safe from the COVID-19 coronavirus. San Francisco Playhouse’s presentations were scheduled for July 1-Sept. 12.
  • As of Monday at 2 p.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases in the greater Bay Area region (“+” number added since last check Sat., May 16):
    • Alameda County: 2,457 cases (+38), 83 deaths
    • Contra Costa County: 1,155 cases (+34), 33 deaths
    • Marin County: 317 cases (+30), 14 deaths
    • Monterey County: 341 cases (+19), 8 deaths
    • Napa County: 92 cases (+9), 3 deaths
    • San Francisco County: 2,131 cases (+77), 36 deaths
    • San Mateo County: 1,671 cases (+69), 66 deaths
    • Santa Clara County: 2,453 cases (+50), 135 deaths
    • Santa Cruz County: 163 cases (+6), 2 deaths
    • Solano County: 410 cases, 16 deaths
    • Sonoma County: 387 cases (+23), 4 deaths
    • Statewide: 80,430 cases (+3,637), 3,302 deaths (+98)

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