Bay Area coronavirus updates | Thurs., July 16

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

  • San Francisco Unified School District’s fall semester will start with distance learning, but students could return to school gradually in phases once the data shows it’s safe, Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews said Wednesday.
  • Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, launched an online survey Wednesday, asking constituents for suggestions of federal action to support public health and the economy during the pandemic. The Coronavirus Relief and Recovery Survey can be found at and will be closed July 24.
  • As San Jose public schools get ready for the fall semester, nearly all school districts in the city have sent surveys to determine how parents and students want to return to school. Eleven out of the 12 school districts have asked their stakeholders, which include parents, students and other education experts, whether they prefer in-person teaching, online learning or a hybrid of the two.
  • Dignity Health, the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers and KNBR announced the launch of a public health initiative Thursday to donate 200,000 co-branded masks to communities across northern California. The Giants and 49ers plan to produce masks co-branded with Dignity Health’s logo that will be distributed to fans of both teams as well as underserved Bay Area communities, front-line employees, hospital workers and community organizations like food banks and affordable housing advocates.
  • As of Thursday at 3 p.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases around the greater Bay Area region (“+” number added since last check Wed., July 15):
    • Alameda County: 8,627 cases (+149), 154 deaths
    • Contra Costa County: 5,233 cases (+93), 93 deaths (+1)
    • Marin County: 3,968 cases (+79), 41 deaths (+2)
    • Monterey County: 2,983 cases (+148), 18 deaths
    • Napa County: 578 cases (+17), 4 deaths
    • San Francisco County: 4,860 cases (+164), 51 deaths (+1)
    • San Mateo County: 4,333 cases (+79), 114 deaths
    • Santa Clara County: 7,046 cases (+95), 176 deaths (+3)
    • Santa Cruz County: 706 cases (+103), 3 deaths
    • Solano County: 2,407 cases (+94), 31 deaths
    • Sonoma County: 1,979 cases (+38), 16 deaths
    • Statewide: 356,178 cases (+8,544), 7,345 deaths (+118)

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