Bay Area coronavirus updates | Thurs., July 23

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

  • Santa Cruz County Public Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel announced Thursday that the county has been flagged by the state for a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, with shutdowns of many types of indoor businesses and activities imminent. The county was flagged Wednesday after passing 100 cases per 100,000 residents and is currently over 850 cases countywide, according to Newel. More than 500 of those cases occurred in the last two weeks.
  • Marin County residents are allowed to use reusable shopping bags again as long as they carry them or leave them in a shopping cart and then bag their own items at the checkout, county officials said Wednesday. Marin County Public Health updated Appendix A of its shelter-in-place order for the coronavirus pandemic to remove the reusable bags ban installed March 31, according to a county news release.
  • 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 22):
    • Alameda County: 9,869 cases (+226), 173 deaths (+2)
      • Totals include Berkeley Health Department data
    • Contra Costa County: 6,425 cases (+223), 102 deaths
    • Marin County: 4,504 cases (+76), 50 deaths (+2)
      • Totals include San Quentin State Prison
    • Monterey County: 3,726 cases (+181), 22 deaths (+1)
    • Napa County: 711 cases (+26), 8 deaths (+1)
    • San Francisco County: 5,564 cases (+15), 55 deaths (+2)
    • San Mateo County: 4,885 cases (+109), 114 deaths
    • Santa Clara County: 8,533 cases (+212), 181 deaths (+1)
    • Santa Cruz County: 878 cases (+30), 4 deaths (+1)
    • Solano County: 3,070 cases (+203), 35 deaths
    • Sonoma County: 2,300 cases (+59), 22 deaths
    • Statewide: 425,616 cases (+12,040), 8,027 deaths (+157)

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