Bay Area coronavirus updates | Tue., May 26

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

  • Some bars, wineries, distilleries and breweries across the state will be able to sell alcohol to-go during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Businesses that primarily sell alcohol and do not have their own kitchens will now be allowed to sell beverages to-go in sealed containers as long as they partner with a food-providing business and sell alcoholic beverages in conjunction with a meal.
  • An emergency order streamlining the process to allow dine-in restaurants and retail shops in Benicia to reopen using outdoor space such as parking lots, sidewalk areas and public plazas was issued Friday by City Manager Lorie Tinfow. The city said it is also developing a program that could allow using parking spaces for alfresco dining and shopping spots. Business owners need to complete and submit a form to the city for approval.
  • Santa Clara County officials announced Monday an expansion of the county’s coronavirus testing capacity, adding two pop-up locations in Mountain View and San Jose and drive-thru testing at four existing sites in Milpitas, Morgan Hill and San Jose.
  • Marin County has issued guidelines intended to let childcare businesses and summer camps make plans to safely reopen and accept children of non-essential workers starting June 1. Steps mandated by the county and approved by county public health officer Dr. Matt Willis to prevent the transmission of novel coronavirus include social distancing, hand-washing, face covering, surface cleaning and disinfecting.
  • As of Tuesday at 2 p.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases in the greater Bay Area region (“+” number added since last check Mon., May 25):
    • Alameda County: 2,986 cases (+112), 93 deaths
    • Contra Costa County: 1,353 cases (+17), 37 deaths
    • Marin County: 417 cases (+14), 14 deaths
    • Monterey County: 413 cases (+42), 8 deaths
    • Napa County: 109 cases (+8), 3 deaths
    • San Francisco County: 2,399 cases (+13), 40 deaths
    • San Mateo County: 1,904 cases (+71), 82 deaths (+6)
    • Santa Clara County: 2,675 cases (+23), 139 deaths
    • Santa Cruz County: 200 cases, 2 deaths
    • Solano County: 455 cases, 20 deaths
    • Sonoma County: 515 cases (+15), 4 deaths
    • Statewide: 96,733 cases (+2,175), 3,814 deaths (+19)

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