The cautious optimism that sprung to life after two days of no deaths and a trend of lower hospitalizations from COVID-19, came crashing down Tuesday after California saw it’s second deadliest day of the pandemic and numbers across the board ticked upward.
The Bay Area, which had no reported deaths over the weekend, had 116 on Tuesday, bringing our total up to 406. Hospitalizations in the Bay Area had seen a steady decline for the past two weeks, but Alameda County has nearly twice the number of patients in hospital beds and intensive care units as any other county in the Bay Area, and overall, hospitalizations were up by almost 15 percent.
The numbers were even more grim in Southern California. You can find the details from the Bay Area and around the state here.
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As Santa Clara County begins to slowly reopen starting Friday, it will require residents to wear face coverings whenever in a business, even open-air businesses, and on public transportation. San Jose, however, is considering ratcheting up the face covering orders by requiring all interactions to be masked whenever residents are in public places. — Maggie Angst, 7:19 a.m.
After Gov. Gavin Newsom revised criteria for allowing counties to reopen, it appears that Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano and Contra Costa counties all fall within the green zone. There’s not enough publicly available data for Alameda County, but officials there are reviewing the new standards. It doesn’t mean, however, that the counties will be throwing open the doors just yet. — John Woolfolk, 6:30 a.m.
Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 testing is lagging behind, probably because the word of the free testing sites hasn’t reached enough of the community, especially Spanish- and Vietnamese-speaking communities and those without internet access. The county’s goal is to perform 4,000 tests a day, and they are far from that number. — Fiona Kelliher, 5 a.m.
Coronavirus Live Updates: COVID-19 in the Bay Area, Wednesday May 20