Bay Area coronavirus updates | Wed., July 29

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

  • A saliva-based COVID-19 test will be available for two days starting Wednesday in Berkeley with the aim of increasing the speed and availability of testing, city officials said Tuesday. People will be able to swab their own mouth while under supervision at a kiosk at San Pablo Park, 2800 Park St. Appointments are available online at
  • All available tickets to the Oakland Zoo sold out for Wednesday, the first day the zoo has been open to the public since closing amid COVID-19 shelter orders in March. Attendance was limited to 2,500 people, one-third of its capacity, to be sure visitors were safe amid the pandemic, zoo’s officials said.
  • The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance establishing administrative fines for violating public health orders related to the novel coronavirus, including not wearing face coverings, social distancing and improper gatherings. For health order violations involving non-commercial activities, the fine is $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second and $500 for each additional violation within one year of the initial violation. For violations involving commercial activity, the amount is $250 for a first violation, $500 for a second and $1,000 for each additional violation within one year of the initial violation.
  • As of Wednesday at 3 p.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases around the greater Bay Area region (“+” number added since last check Tue., July 28):
    • Alameda County: 10,633 cases, 181 deaths
      • Totals include Berkeley Health Department data
    • Contra Costa County: 7,714 cases (+410), 109 deaths (+1)
    • Marin County: 4,817 cases (+42), 61 deaths (+2)
      • Totals include San Quentin State Prison
    • Monterey County: 4,288 cases (+148), 26 deaths (+2)
    • Napa County: 860 cases (+44), 8 deaths
    • San Francisco County: 6,197 cases (+132), 57 deaths (+1)
    • San Mateo County: 5,306 cases (+108), 118 deaths
    • Santa Clara County: 9,612 cases (+397), 187 deaths (+3)
    • Santa Cruz County: 1,030 cases (+50), 4 deaths
    • Solano County: 3,388 cases (+105), 36 deaths
    • Sonoma County: 2,662 cases (+45), 31 deaths (+7)
    • Statewide: 475,305 cases (+8,755), 8,715 deaths (+197)

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