Bay Area coronavirus updates | Tues., Aug. 11

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

  • With area laboratories overwhelmed by a growing volume of COVID-19 coronavirus testing leading to “significant delays” in test result returns, Contra Costa Health Services is beefing up its lab capacity, and is opening two new testing centers this week in West County, health officials said Tuesday. This comes as the community spread of the coronavirus continues, especially in Contra Costa County’s communities of color, according to Dr. Erika Jenssen of Contra Costa Health Services.
  • The Pac-12 Conference announced Tuesday that it has postponed all sports through the end of 2020 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The Pac-12 CEO Group unanimously voted to postpone the fall sports calendar after consulting with the conference’s Medical Advisory Committee over concerns for player and coach safety. Pac-12 officials also said they would consider a return of postponed sports in spring 2021 if conditions improve. The University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University are the two Bay Area schools in the Pac-12.
  • The San Francisco Public Library began rolling out its SFPL To Go program on Monday and Tuesday, offering front door service for cardholders to pick up and return materials. The program marks the library’s reopening since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Library officials hope to expand it to more locations next month, but for now the service will be offered at the Main Library, starting Monday, and the Excelsior Branch, starting Tuesday. Future locations will include the Mission Bay, Eureka Valley, Merced and Marina branches. Other locations could also open up, depending on the availability of workers, as many library staff members are currently deployed as disaster workers.
  • As of Tuesday at 5 p.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases around the greater Bay Area region (“+” number added since last check Mon., Aug. 10, unless otherwise noted):
    • Alameda County: 13,664 cases (+446), 205 deaths (totals include Berkeley Health Department data)
    • Contra Costa County: 9,787 cases (+383), 146 deaths (+5)
    • Marin County: 5,384 cases, 81 deaths (totals include San Quentin State Prison)
    • Monterey County: 5,494 cases (+48), 37 deaths (+2)
    • Napa County: 1,129 cases (+55), 11 deaths
    • San Francisco County: 7,692 cases (+69), 67 deaths
    • San Mateo County: 6,431 cases (+113), 122 deaths (+2)
    • Santa Clara County: 12,962 cases (+268), 207 deaths (+2)
    • Santa Cruz County: 1,287 cases (+44), 6 deaths
    • Solano County: 4,338 cases (+64), 41 deaths
    • Sonoma County: 3,753 cases (+83), 50 deaths (+3)
    • Statewide: 574,411 cases (+12,500), 10,468 deaths (+109)

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