Coronavirus Live Updates: COVID-19 in the Bay Area, Wednesday May 20

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.

Stay up to date with the virus’ spread with our Bay Area county-by-county map and our California-wide map.

Resources:

How to tell if you may have COVID-19
If you believe you have the virus, here’s what to do
How to get groceries without going to the supermarket
Here are tips for staying safe as you go to the grocery store
These Bay Area restaurants are offering delivery or takeout
If you are laid off or have hours cut in the crisis, here’s how to apply for state support
These Bay Area companies are hiring during the coronavirus crunch

Live updates:

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.

 

 

Source: mercurynews
Coronavirus Live Updates: COVID-19 in the Bay Area, Wednesday May 20