Coronavirus: Alameda County pauses reopening, cites increasing hospitalization rate

The Alameda County Public Health Department is pulling back a
request to the county’s Board of Supervisors to support a
Variance Attestation that would allow the county to move into the
next phase of reopening.

A press release from Alameda County’s Office of Emergency
Services announced increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization
rates have compelled the county to temporarily pause its reopening
plans.

Alameda County has recorded 5,762 coronavirus cases since the
beginning of the pandemic, the most of any Bay Area county. The
county has added more than 700 cases to its count over the last
seven days and has also recorded 13 additional deaths, bringing the
COVID-19 death toll in Alameda County to 133.

“We are concerned by the increase in local cases,
disproportionate impact on communities of color, local impact of
the outbreak at San Quentin State Prison, and the alarming disease
trends we see in counties that have opened at a faster rate,” the
release said.

The next phase of reopening in Alameda County was set to allow
indoor restaurant dining, salons and barbershops, pools and pro
sports without fans to resume operations. It’s unclear how the
county’s decision to pull back its support for a Variance
Attestation will impact the Oakland A’s, who planned to begin
working out at the Coliseum in preparation for the 2020 regular
season on Friday.

“Pro sports without fans” will have to wait, but the A’s
could be allowed to hold practices and training sessions because
“outdoor fitness” is permitted in the county.

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Alameda County’s announcement followed a
similar decision made by Contra Costa County
on Monday, which
said it is halting plans to reopen businesses such as bars, gyms
and indoor restaurant dining.

The Office of Emergency Services noted Alameda County’s case
rate per 100,000 residents has increased from 63.2 to 71.1 over the
past seven days and said the hospitalization rate has also
increased over the last week.

The release said this week “will be critical for assessing the
impact of activities authorized to
resume in Alameda County on June 19, and we will continue to
closely monitor our data to inform next
steps regarding reopening and attestation.”

On June 19, Alameda County allowed retail, outdoor dining,
outdoor museums, religious and cultural ceremonies, outdoor fitness
and summer schools to reopen.

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Coronavirus: Alameda County pauses reopening, cites
increasing hospitalization rate