Bay Area coronavirus updates | Fri., Aug. 7

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

  • Following a spirited debate, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized administrative enforcement of public health order violations on Thursday. Effective immediately, under an “urgency ordinance,” county personnel may fine individuals and businesses for violations like holding a large gathering, not wearing a mask or not following physical distance guidelines in a business.
  • Recent issues with the California Department of Public Health’s electronic reporting system have led in San Francisco to temporarily suspend posting some COVID-19 data online, city officials said Thursday. Counties across the state announced underreported COVID-19 case numbers early this week due to a glitch in the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE) disease reporting system. In response, CDPH has directed all laboratories to report positive COVID test results directly to county health departments until the issue is fixed.
  • The San Francisco Unified School District and the United Educators of San Francisco announced Friday that they reached a tentative agreement for distance learning for the upcoming school year. The memorandum of understanding between the two parties was necessitated by the COVID-19 coronavirus that is preventing much of the state from starting fall semester classes in person.
  • The agreement requires students to have no less than two hours of “daily live interaction” with a “certified district employee,” who will also supervise students during the school day. Teachers will be available to speak with students via computer during their normal seven hours as outlined in their contracts.
  • As of Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases around the greater Bay Area region (“+” number added since last check Thurs., Aug. 6):
    • Alameda County: 12,785 cases (+649), 204 deaths (+11) (Totals include Berkeley Health Department data)
    • Contra Costa County: 8,760 cases (+228), 136 deaths (+2)
    • Marin County: 5,257 cases (+58), 78 deaths (Totals include San Quentin State Prison)
    • Monterey County: 5,156 cases (+36), 35 deaths
    • Napa County: 1,046 cases, 9 deaths (1,007 cases, 9 deaths on Thursday)
    • San Francisco County: 7,326 cases (39), 64 deaths (+1)
    • San Mateo County: 5,978 cases (+87), 120 deaths
    • Santa Clara County: 11,336 cases (+208), 196 deaths
    • Santa Cruz County: 1,229 cases (+16), 4 deaths
    • Solano County: 3,959 cases (+75), 39 deaths (+1)
    • Sonoma County: 3,358 cases (+150), 44 deaths (+2)
    • Statewide: 538,416 cases (+8436), 10,011 deaths (+142)


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