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County tightens face mask rules, halts indoor worship services after COVID-19 uptick

CCHS: 8% of local tests have come back positive for coronavirus

Due to the continued rise of new novel coronavirus cases in Contra Costa County, the Contra Costa health director has issued an update to the Shelter in Place order affecting indoor activities and enhancing the use of facial coverings.

According to the latest data, 8.04% of COVID-19 tests administered over the past seven days came back positive. Under the variance received by the county from the state of California allowing for the reopening of many businesses, the 8% rate of positive results could trigger a review of the variance.

As a result, new guidelines are being issued. Beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, indoor worship services will be temporarily prohibited. Outdoor activities, such as worship services or social protesting are still allowed but participants must follow health guidelines for facial coverings and social distancing.

Outdoor dining is still allowed, however under the new guidelines, patrons must keep their facial coverings on at all times, with the exception of when they are eating or drinking. Masks should be worn when ordering, waiting for food, etc. The new order also provides additional guidance to businesses that serve alcohol with meals.

Extended family social bubbles may continue to meet but, similarly, must use face coverings with the exception of when they are eating or drinking.

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The community is encouraged to follow these guidelines to assist with reducing the number of positive cases being seen in Contra Costa County and prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Further information on the health order can be found at www.coronavirus.cchealth.org.

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County tightens face mask rules, halts indoor worship services after COVID-19 uptick

CCHS: 8% of local tests have come back positive for coronavirus

Uploaded: Sun, Jul 12, 2020, 7:42 am
Updated: Sun, Jul 12, 2020, 5:36 pm

Due to the continued rise of new novel coronavirus cases in Contra Costa County, the Contra Costa health director has issued an update to the Shelter in Place order affecting indoor activities and enhancing the use of facial coverings.

According to the latest data, 8.04% of COVID-19 tests administered over the past seven days came back positive. Under the variance received by the county from the state of California allowing for the reopening of many businesses, the 8% rate of positive results could trigger a review of the variance.

As a result, new guidelines are being issued. Beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, indoor worship services will be temporarily prohibited. Outdoor activities, such as worship services or social protesting are still allowed but participants must follow health guidelines for facial coverings and social distancing.

Outdoor dining is still allowed, however under the new guidelines, patrons must keep their facial coverings on at all times, with the exception of when they are eating or drinking. Masks should be worn when ordering, waiting for food, etc. The new order also provides additional guidance to businesses that serve alcohol with meals.

Extended family social bubbles may continue to meet but, similarly, must use face coverings with the exception of when they are eating or drinking.

The community is encouraged to follow these guidelines to assist with reducing the number of positive cases being seen in Contra Costa County and prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Further information on the health order can be found at www.coronavirus.cchealth.org.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Darlene Gayler
Alamo
on Jul 12, 2020 at 12:18 pm
Darlene Gayler, Alamo
on Jul 12, 2020 at 12:18 pm
5 people like this

This is ridiculous. The health officer is making up rules as he goes along. As they test more, more cases will be found. At this rate we will never resume any normalcy.


Thomas Moore
Alamo
on Jul 12, 2020 at 2:31 pm
Thomas Moore, Alamo
on Jul 12, 2020 at 2:31 pm
27 people like this

First, the County health order required that only churches provide the name and contact information of everyone who attended their services. Not bars, not restaurants, not protests, only churches were required to provide the names and addresses of all who attended. This is clearly a violation of free expression of religion as it is seeking to intimidate people in not going to church services, and requiring the priests/ministers to violate confidentiality privileges in providing information on their parishioners.

After priests, ministers, and parishioners complained, the County retaliated by now forbidding any inside church services. The County is allowing thousands of protesters to march in close proximity today and yell and spread the virus with no restrictions, but will not allow 10 members of a church worship together in person.

Why isn't the media covering this story? Why isn't this the lead story on the news? Where is the outrage from us residents? If you care about freedom of religion, please get this story and facts out there, so the truth can not come out, and we can recall all the members of the Board of Supervisors who authorized this illegal behavior.


Member
Danville
on Jul 13, 2020 at 10:12 am
Member , Danville
on Jul 13, 2020 at 10:12 am
9 people like this

To wear face mask at a table except when eating and drinking is beyond ridiculous! They always said wash your hands (as if we didn’t know that before) and don’t touch your face. Constantly removing and putting back on the mask while at the table will definitely mean one will touch their face substantially more. How is that a sensible recommendation???


Danville resident 30 plus years
Danville
on Jul 13, 2020 at 10:55 am
Danville resident 30 plus years, Danville
on Jul 13, 2020 at 10:55 am
3 people like this

Around 8am today I was on my daily walk which takes me through Osage park.
There was a group of teen girls....guessing 50 to 75. They had lacrosse sticks and equipment. It appeared to be the start of some "camp". I didn't see any masks or social distancing.
And we wonder why the number of cases are increasing in this county.


Member
Danville
on Jul 13, 2020 at 11:21 am
Member , Danville
on Jul 13, 2020 at 11:21 am
14 people like this

I’m not saying COVID is not real, but people need to realize this pandemic was and is a great opportunity for insurance fraud. When a hospital that is financially hurt can get $32,000 per patient if the patient has COVID, versus $5,000 per patient for non covid illness, the temptation must be high.
And counties and states report increases in positive individuals... so what? Look at the numbers- two days ago total reported cases in US was 61,719 and total deaths 731. That is 2 in 10,000 people of new cases and 2.2 dead per million population.
Then yesterday 58,349 total new cases and 380 new dead - in US, not CA or other state. So, with a US population of 328.2 million, again, math speaks - 1.7 For every 10,000 people newly infected and 1.1 new dead for every 1 million people.
I cannot understand why people blindly listen to the corrupted politicians and figure out for themselves.
80,000 people died of the common flu in 2018 and nobody put out any alerts. Now people wait for the government to tell when to wash their hands, when to wear face covering, when to leave the house. This indeed is the herd effect on how a population can be controlled because the population stopped thinking for themselves.
Wordometers.info/coronavirus/#countries


Another resident of Danville
Danville
on Jul 13, 2020 at 11:58 am
Another resident of Danville, Danville
on Jul 13, 2020 at 11:58 am
5 people like this

Just use your common sense in the interest of the greater good, public health, and your own safety. We know the virus is real and that it is hideously dangerous and that it spreads rapid fire. The most dangerous situations where the virus spreads are indoor gatherings; and it has hit viciously among church congregations and indoor social and work gatherings. Just follow public health guidelines, wear your masks, and realize that the sooner we all comply will be the sooner everything will get better and the economy will get back on its feet. It's all up to following the rules and actually giving a damn about one another.


Thomas Moore
Alamo
on Jul 13, 2020 at 1:10 pm
Thomas Moore, Alamo
on Jul 13, 2020 at 1:10 pm
18 people like this

@another resident of Danville:

Want to explain how allowing 10 parishioners to attend church services inside, where they social distance away from each other, wear masks, no hand shaking or singing, is more dangerous than allowing thousands of protesters to mingle in close proximity and yell and shout, spreading the virus? Why did our Contra Costa County Supervisors require ONLY churches to provide the name and addresses of all who attended their indoor services, but not require restaurants, bars, salons, grocery stores, marijuana dispencaries, or any other entity to provide this information? California Evidence Code actually has a privilege that limits priests,minister,clergy from divulging things to anyone including the government, while no such privilege applies to restaurants, bars, salons, grocery stores, marijuana dispencaries, etc.

Fact is the Bay Area, including Contra Costa County, has such far left politicians that they are threatened by those who value attending church services, and seek retribution and inequality protection of the law against those with religious beliefs. Is was no accident when President Obama said Republicans "cling to their guns and religion". Why is that statues of Father Serra and other religious leaders have been vandalized and attacked, with no criminal charges being filed, but yet the District Attorney of Contra Costa County, Diane Becton, filed enhanced hate crime charges against two people who painted over the BLM emblem in Martinez?

Why isn't the media covering this issue? Could it be because a poll found that 92% of those who work full time in media are registered Democrats?

When is Contra Costa County DA Becton going to file charges against those protesters who did not wear masks or follow the county required social distancing rules at their protests?

This is the problem when one political party controls the state, their leaders feel they can do whatever they want, despite Constitutional violations.


Another resident of Danville
Danville
on Jul 13, 2020 at 3:51 pm
Another resident of Danville, Danville
on Jul 13, 2020 at 3:51 pm
5 people like this

Thomas Moore. Please why all the anger? Just follow the guidelines, wear your mask, and think about the common good and the public health. This isn't a political issue. It's a worldwide public health issue where everyone needs to cooperate with the rules that are designed to protect one another. The sooner we all get on board, the sooner the economy will start up again.


Resident of Danville
Danville
on Jul 13, 2020 at 4:04 pm
Resident of Danville , Danville
on Jul 13, 2020 at 4:04 pm
11 people like this

Respectfully, if you don’t think for one minute that this is a political and/or fear of liability issue, you’ve simply been watching too much television. The containment of the virus was initially all about reducing hospital admits and has now turned in to attempting the impossible task of stopping the spread. This is all about CYA at this point and waiting for a vaccine so the liability is then taken out of the hands of the politicians and put back in to our own hands where it should have always been. It’s about personal responsibility and I surely don’t need politicians directing mine. Wash your hands, do not touch your face, cover your cough and please stay home if you don’t feel well. It’s. That. Simple.


Chris
San Ramon
on Jul 15, 2020 at 11:59 am
Chris, San Ramon
on Jul 15, 2020 at 11:59 am
9 people like this

If people want to compare the 80k deaths from the flu to the 136k deaths from COVID they should keep in mind that they are comparing a year's worth of flu data to 4 1/2 months of COVID data. They should also keep in mind that the flu spreads the most from October to March so a second wave of COVID during these months could occur just as it did for swine flu in 2009.


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