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Contra Costa County part of new stay-at-home order to take effect here Sunday

6 Bay Area health officers get out ahead of state COVID plan to implement 'inevitable' restrictions sooner

Contra Costa and Alameda are among five Bay Area counties to announce a new health order to take effect in the coming days, getting out ahead of the state's hospital ICU capacity-based plan to instead implement similar restrictions sooner on the local level.

The new restrictions on businesses, gatherings and other activities will be similar to those outlined by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, which under the governor's plan would've been triggered Bay Area-wide once ICU capacity dips below 15%.

But health officers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties and the city of Berkeley see that threshold -- and associated restrictions -- as "inevitable" in their jurisdictions, so they have opted to implement a localized state-at-home order sooner rather than wait until ICU capacity reaches that critical level.

Locally, the health order will take effect Sunday in Contra Costa County and on Monday in Alameda County. The restrictions are scheduled to remain in place until Jan. 4.

"Rising hospitalization rates across the region threaten not only our community members with severe COVID-19, but anyone who may need care because of a heart attack, stroke, accident, or other critical health need," Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss said in a statement. "By acting together now we will have the greatest impact on the surge and save more lives."

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"We are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations here in Contra Costa County and across our region," added Contra Costa County Health Officer Dr. Christopher Farnitano. "The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in our county has doubled in just the past couple of weeks, and we are at risk of exceeding our hospital capacity later this month if current trends continue."

Editor's note: Read the full story here

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Contra Costa County part of new stay-at-home order to take effect here Sunday

6 Bay Area health officers get out ahead of state COVID plan to implement 'inevitable' restrictions sooner

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Fri, Dec 4, 2020, 1:46 pm
Updated: Fri, Dec 4, 2020, 5:39 pm

Contra Costa and Alameda are among five Bay Area counties to announce a new health order to take effect in the coming days, getting out ahead of the state's hospital ICU capacity-based plan to instead implement similar restrictions sooner on the local level.

The new restrictions on businesses, gatherings and other activities will be similar to those outlined by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, which under the governor's plan would've been triggered Bay Area-wide once ICU capacity dips below 15%.

But health officers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties and the city of Berkeley see that threshold -- and associated restrictions -- as "inevitable" in their jurisdictions, so they have opted to implement a localized state-at-home order sooner rather than wait until ICU capacity reaches that critical level.

Locally, the health order will take effect Sunday in Contra Costa County and on Monday in Alameda County. The restrictions are scheduled to remain in place until Jan. 4.

"Rising hospitalization rates across the region threaten not only our community members with severe COVID-19, but anyone who may need care because of a heart attack, stroke, accident, or other critical health need," Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss said in a statement. "By acting together now we will have the greatest impact on the surge and save more lives."

"We are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations here in Contra Costa County and across our region," added Contra Costa County Health Officer Dr. Christopher Farnitano. "The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in our county has doubled in just the past couple of weeks, and we are at risk of exceeding our hospital capacity later this month if current trends continue."

Editor's note: Read the full story here

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Tom
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Danville
on Dec 4, 2020 at 8:37 pm
Tom, Danville
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on Dec 4, 2020 at 8:37 pm
10 people like this

I expect we are going to see compliance with this latest authoritarian decree to be less than the last one. We have a relative in the ICU with covid. We are personally affected by this disease. Yet every day we fear it less and less.

These lockdowns need to end. Life has a purpose and it includes taking risks while we pursue our individual forms of happiness.


Reader
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Danville
on Dec 5, 2020 at 2:47 pm
Reader, Danville
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on Dec 5, 2020 at 2:47 pm
2 people like this

After tomorrow, we are ordered not to get together outside, even distanced, with anyone not living in our homes. To quote Lisa Hernandez, Berkeley public health director, “If you have a social bubble, it is now popped.” The statement is cruel. If you want to ensure that people sneak around, you couldn’t do a better job.


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