Bay Area coronavirus updates | Fri., July 31

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

  • A Petaluma firefighter who tested positive last week for the COVID-19 coronavirus is expected to rejoin the Petaluma Fire Department next week, fire officials said Thursday. The firefighter, who the department did not identify, tested positive for the coronavirus July 23 after developing mild symptoms on July 19 during a 48-hour shift. He immediately quarantined himself, according to the fire department. In addition, 14 crew members were quarantined after having immediate, prolonged contact with the affected firefighter before he tested positive. The crew members received COVID-19 tests Tuesday and all 14 tested negative.
  • A Larkspur man told Marin County park rangers this week that he was assaulted for telling a jogger on the Gertrude Ord Trail to put on a face covering to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The 59-year-old Larkspur man was walking on the trail with his wife in the area of Phoenix Lake in Ross around 10 a.m. Wednesday when they encountered the jogger coming toward them from the opposite direction. The man told the jogger to put on a coronavirus mask before getting closer. The jogger subsequently shoved the man to the ground and continued running, according to Marin Municipal Water District spokeswoman Jeanne Mariani-Belding.
  • Passenger traffic in June at Oakland International Airport was up more than 100 percent compared with May, but demand for air travel nationwide is again showing signs of weakening, airport officials said Friday. The number flyers jumped 141 percent in June to about 255,000, compared with about 106,000 in May. While the increase was a good sign, the June total was still only 21 percent of a year ago, according to airport officials.
  • As of Friday at 3 p.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases around the greater Bay Area region (“+” number added since last check Thurs., July 30):
    • Alameda County: 11,131 cases, 182 deaths
      • Totals include Berkeley Health Department data
    • Contra Costa County: 7,670 cases (+93), 119 deaths (+3)
    • Marin County: 4,933 cases (+59), 64 deaths
      • Totals include San Quentin State Prison
    • Monterey County: 4,542 cases (+15), 26 deaths
    • Napa County: 888 cases (+23), 8 deaths
    • San Francisco County: 6,575 cases (+152), 59 deaths (+1)
    • San Mateo County: 5,469 cases (+71), 119 deaths (+1)
    • Santa Clara County: 9,913 cases (+182), 191 deaths (+1)
    • Santa Cruz County: 1,109 cases (+33), 4 deaths
    • Solano County: 3,570 cases (+108), 37 deaths
    • Sonoma County: 2,842 cases (+94), 32 deaths (+1)
    • Statewide: 493,588 cases (+8,086), 9,005 deaths (+96)

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