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LATEST July 9, 3:50 p.m. California health officials announced updated case numbers Thursday, noting the state was nearing 300,000 cases. In total there are now 296,499 cases across the state, with 6,711 recorded fatalities.
There are currently 6,126 hospitalized, with 1,752 of those in the ICU. An additional 1,695 suspected cases are also hospitalized.
July 9, 2:20 p.m. More than 1,000 TSA employees, most of whom are screening officers, have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Washington Post reported. Six employees and one contractor have died.
Locally, four cases were reported at San Francisco International Airport and seven cases were reported at San Jose International, all of which were in screeners. No cases have been reported at Oakland International.
July 9, 1:10 p.m. San Francisco Mayor London Breed has tested negative for the coronavirus after being exposed to an infected person at an event.
“I’m continuing to follow @SF_DPH’s guidance, which includes taking another test next week, since we know it can take a while between being exposed and testing positive,” she tweeted. “Thank you to everyone for the kind words and positive thoughts.”
July 9, 12:45 p.m. During a Thursday press conference, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state officials stated that potential wildfire evacuees will have to abide by physical distancing and mask-wearing protocols.
Office of Emergency Services director Mark Ghilarducci stated that evacuation centers will have temperature checks, a mandatory mask-wearing policy and no buffet-style setups for meals. Meals will instead be distributed to individuals directly, and some evacuees may be put in hotels as opposed to shelters.
Newsom announced that the state’s seven-day-average for percentage of positive COVID-19 tests ticked up to 7.3% on Thursday, up from 7.1% Wednesday. The state reported 7,031 new cases over the past 24 hours, and the seven-day average for new daily cases is 8,043.
July 9, 10:55 a.m. Golden Gate Transit announced Thursday it will make additional bus schedule changes on July 12 to match the agency’s low ridership levels.
All service on Routes 2, 8, 38A, 40X, 58, 72X, 74, 76, 92, and 101X will be suspended, and service on Routes 4, 18, 24, 27, 38, 54, and 56X will be “reduced.”
July 9, 9:15 a.m. The rate of positivity is the number of people who have tested positive divided by the total number of tests administered. It’s a key metric in measure the spread of the coronavirus and when cases are spiking, it can reveal that the surge in cases can’t solely be explained by increased testing. California is implementing record numbers of tests and the 14-day average is nearly 100,000 tests a day. The state’s positivity rate is also going up and stands at 7.1% as of Thursday morning. Two weeks ago it was 5.1% and a month ago 4.7%.
July 9, 7:40 a.m. San Francisco Mayor London Breed shared on Twitter Wednesday night that she was tested for COVID-19 after being exposed to the virus at an event.
“Today, I was informed that recently I attended an event that was also attended by an individual who was aware that they had tested positive for COVID-19,” Breed wrote. “Following consultation with the Department of Public Health, I’ve taken a COVID-19 test and am waiting for the results.”
She added: “I am taking all precautions suggested by the Department of Public Health for those who have a moderate to low exposure to COVID, including practicing strict masking and social distancing practices, and limiting any public events for the next 10 days.”
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July 9, 7:15 a.m. Indoor dining is no longer allowed in Napa after the county landed on the state’s watch list due to increased transmission of the coronavirus.
This news isn’t surprising, as county health officials warned earlier this week that cases were rising and they would likely be added to the state’s monitoring program.
According to the California Department of Public Health, Napa is experiencing elevated transmission due to family and community gatherings and increased spread in particular “among the Latino population within crowded household settings and disproportionate impact on agricultural workers.”
The county gave restaurants permission to begin serving diners indoors more than a month ago, and now businesses will be required to offer takeout and outdoor seating only.
The California Department of Public Health created the watch list to monitor counties that experience significant changes in COVID-19 infection rates, an increase in hospitalizations, outbreaks in congregate settings or a rise in community transmission at workplaces. Counties on the list are working with the state to identify the causes for any worrisome trends and next steps to mitigate the virus spread.
The watch list posted online Wednesday features 26 counties. Other Bay Area counties include Contra Costa, Marin and Solano.
Sonoma County is reportedly close to being added to the watch list but hasn’t been included yet. “An initial communication from county health officials to elected supervisors Tuesday night saying the county had been notified it was on the state’s watch list proved incorrect,” according to the Press Democrat. Instead, the county is partway through a monitoring period that public health officials expect will lead to placement on the watch list as early as Friday.”
Counties on the list for more than three days are required to close indoor operations at businesses such as restaurants, bars, movie theaters and museums.
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