Bay Area coronavirus updates | Wed., July 8

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

  • Santa Clara County published a new online dashboard Tuesday that will track COVID-19 testing by large health care systems and clinics. The dashboard shows the rate and count of tests done by each health care system in the past week.
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that Napa County has been added to the state’s list of counties being monitored for rises in confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases.
  • A 2020-2021 Walnut Creek general fund operating budget of about $79 million, down almost $12 million from last year and more than $12 million less than what was originally anticipated for this coming year before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, was approved late Tuesday night by the Walnut Creek City Council. The newly adopted 2020-21 budget includes cutting 19.25 full-time-equivalent job positions, mostly from the city’s arts and recreation programs, all but one — a vacant police lieutenant’s spot — currently filled.
  • After an initial denial over the Independence Day weekend, state officials approved Santa Clara County’s request to reopen more businesses under a new health order set to take effect next Monday. As of Tuesday morning, the county’s 35-page application to verify it met certain criteria was added onto the California Department of Public Health’s list of counties with approval.
  • As COVID-19 coronavirus infections increase in Contra Costa County, health officials on Tuesday reiterated the rules requiring wearing a face covering (face shield, mask or bandanna) within 6 feet of another person who is not a member of that person’s household, except in “very limited, industry-specific situations” as outlined by the state Department of Public Health.
  • 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 7):
    • Alameda County: 7,245 cases (+358), 142 deaths (+2)
    • Contra Costa County: 4,241 cases (+149), 86 deaths
    • Marin County: 3,016 cases (+111), 26 deaths (+1)
    • Monterey County: 2,270 cases (+31), 17 deaths
    • Napa County: 453 cases (+5), 4 deaths
    • San Francisco County: 4,071 cases (+51), 50 deaths
    • San Mateo County: 3,743 cases (+51), 111 deaths
    • Santa Clara County: 5,552 cases (+74), 165 deaths
    • Santa Cruz County: 503 cases (+2), 3 deaths
    • Solano County: 1,826 cases (+86), 27 deaths (+2)
    • Sonoma County: 1,487 cases (+21), 14 deaths (+2)
    • Statewide: 289,468 cases (+11,694), 6,559 deaths (+111)

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