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The 3 big reasons for Bay Area’s coronavirus surge, according to health experts

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California reported more than 8,000 new coronavirus cases on Monday, a single-day record that was 25% more than the previous high set last week. In the Bay Area, several counties are pausing reopening plans amid local spikes in cases and troubling jumps in the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19.

In San Francisco, the rate of cases is at 5.9 per 100,000 residents, nearing the marker of concern, according to health officer Dr. Tomás Aragón. Hospitalizations increased 49% during a short period of time. “Because this has increased so rapidly over this short period of time, we’re actually in the red here,” Aragon said.

What’s behind the surge in statewide cases and hospitalizations, and are the same forces at work in the Bay Area? Health reporter Erin Allday discussed the recent trends in an episode of The Chronicle’s Fifth and Mission podcast, and while she emphasized that it’s hard to say just how much we know right now, health officials are citing three main reasons.

A prison guard wears a mask at the main gate to San Quentin State Prison on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

1. Prison outbreaks.

San Quentin State Prison has more than 1,000 active cases of the coronavirus, and the numbers continue to climb.

There were no coronavirus cases at San Quentin until the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation decided to transfer 121 incarcerated men from the California Institute for Men in Chino on May 30. At the time, the Chino facility was the site of one of the state’s deadliest prison outbreaks.

A Chronicle investigation by reporters Megan Cassidy and Jason Fagone found that many of the transferred men weren’t tested for the coronavirus up to a month before they were put on crowded buses. Some began feeling sick right after getting to San Quentin, and several were found to be positive upon arrival.

A team of health experts have recommended that the prison population be reduced by at least half, arguing that it’s nearly impossible to socially distance within a prison, especially one like San Quentin. If the situation isn’t managed, the outbreak could have “dire implications” for the Bay Area, they noted.

The front doors of the Millbrae Skilled Care on Thursday, June 25, 2020 in San Mateo, Calif. The facility had one of the biggest outbreaks of the coronavirus within the county with over 100 people infected and 16 dead.

2. Nursing homes.

Nursing homes have been hot spots for the virus from the pandemic’s outset, and nationwide are accounting for about 40% of deaths. “We’re still seeing those outbreaks,” said Allday. “When they happen they tend to really affect the case counts in counties.”

Thirteen residents of a skilled nursing facility in Concord have died with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, according to state data. In Sonoma County, 40 people have been infected in senior care and nursing homes since the start of June and one person has died, officials said.

Groups of people gather by Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA to celebrate Juneteenth on June 19, 2020.

3. Social gatherings.

Contact tracing in some counties indicates that many infections are occurring during indoor gatherings of friends and family, including funerals and birthday and graduation parties.

“A lot of health officers are reporting cases from social gatherings, from people meeting up with friends and family,” Allday said. “And that comes from that fatigue that we’re feeling, people are eager to socialize, eager to get out… What we’re seeing are clusters of cases that are associated with one family gathering, and it’ll be across generations. So that’s something that’s really troubling.”

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SMYRNA (July 8, 2020) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is announcing 69 additional positive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Delaware, as of 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Two new deaths were also reported. In addition, 63 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, 12 of whom are critically ill.

A total of 517 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 21 to 104 years old. Of those who have died, 273 were females and 244 were males. A total of 249 individuals were from New Castle County, 92 were from Kent County, and 176 were from Sussex County.

The most recent deaths announced today ranged in age from 74 to 94. One individual was female and one was male. One individual was a resident of New Castle County and one was a resident of Sussex County. One individual had underlying health conditions.

To protect personal health information, DPH will not confirm specific information about any individual case, even if other persons or entities disclose it independently.

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics* cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, include:

  • 12,531 total positive cases
  • New Castle County cases: 5,626
  • Kent County cases: 1,795
  • Sussex County cases: 5,008
  • Unknown County: 102
  • Females: 6,899; Males: 5,614; Unknown: 18
  • Age range: 0 to 104
  • Currently hospitalized: 63; Critically ill:12 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.)
  • Delawareans recovered: 6,901
  • 117,674 negative cases**
    *Data are provisional and subject to change.
    **Data on negative cases are preliminary, based on negative results reported to DPH by state and commercial laboratories performing analysis.

Delaware is considering patients fully recovered seven days after the resolution of their symptoms. Three days after symptoms resolve, patients are no longer required to self-isolate at home; however, they must continue to practice strict social distancing for the remaining four days before returning to their normal daily routine.

Additional demographic data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, including race/ethnicity, more age-specific data and rates information by ZIP code, can be found on the Division of Public Health’s My Healthy Community data portal.

Information about testing events, including community testing sites and free-standing sites operated by the health care systems and hospitals, will be listed on the testing section of the Delaware coronavirus website at: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/. Please note for saliva-based testing events that while long-term care facilities are listed on the Curative registration site, they are not community-based testing sites. The long-term care facility registrations are not open to the public nor to family members of long-term care residents.

If you are sick with any of the following symptoms, stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, loss of smell or taste. Other symptoms such as headache or digestive symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or lack of appetite) have been identified as potential symptoms related to COVID-19 and may prompt further screening, action or investigation. If you are sick and need essential supplies, ask someone else to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy to get what you need.

If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, make sure to distance yourself from others, particularly vulnerable populations. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions – including serious heart conditions, chronic lung conditions, including moderate to severe asthma, severe obesity and those who are immunocompromised, including through cancer treatment – may have a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Individuals who have complaints about individuals violating public gathering restrictions should contact state or local law enforcement. Concerns that a business may be violating operating restrictions should be directed to: HSPContact@delaware.gov. Questions related to business re-openings or operations as businesses reopen should go to COVID19FAQ@delaware.gov.

Individuals with questions about COVID-19 should call Delaware 2-1-1, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211, or email info@delaware211.org. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov. Questions regarding unemployment claims should be emailed to: UIClaims@delaware.gov.

In addition, the Division of Public Health asks any Delaware health care, long-term care, residential, or other high-risk facility with questions or concerns to email: DPH_PAC@delaware.govor call the DPH Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 and press ext. 2.

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

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SMYRNA (July 8, 2020) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is announcing 69 additional positive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Delaware, as of 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Two new deaths were also reported. In addition, 63 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, 12 of whom are critically ill.

A total of 517 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 21 to 104 years old. Of those who have died, 273 were females and 244 were males. A total of 249 individuals were from New Castle County, 92 were from Kent County, and 176 were from Sussex County.

The most recent deaths announced today ranged in age from 74 to 94. One individual was female and one was male. One individual was a resident of New Castle County and one was a resident of Sussex County. One individual had underlying health conditions.

To protect personal health information, DPH will not confirm specific information about any individual case, even if other persons or entities disclose it independently.

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics* cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, include:

  • 12,531 total positive cases
  • New Castle County cases: 5,626
  • Kent County cases: 1,795
  • Sussex County cases: 5,008
  • Unknown County: 102
  • Females: 6,899; Males: 5,614; Unknown: 18
  • Age range: 0 to 104
  • Currently hospitalized: 63; Critically ill:12 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.)
  • Delawareans recovered: 6,901
  • 117,674 negative cases**
    *Data are provisional and subject to change.
    **Data on negative cases are preliminary, based on negative results reported to DPH by state and commercial laboratories performing analysis.

Delaware is considering patients fully recovered seven days after the resolution of their symptoms. Three days after symptoms resolve, patients are no longer required to self-isolate at home; however, they must continue to practice strict social distancing for the remaining four days before returning to their normal daily routine.

Additional demographic data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, including race/ethnicity, more age-specific data and rates information by ZIP code, can be found on the Division of Public Health’s My Healthy Community data portal.

Information about testing events, including community testing sites and free-standing sites operated by the health care systems and hospitals, will be listed on the testing section of the Delaware coronavirus website at: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/. Please note for saliva-based testing events that while long-term care facilities are listed on the Curative registration site, they are not community-based testing sites. The long-term care facility registrations are not open to the public nor to family members of long-term care residents.

If you are sick with any of the following symptoms, stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, loss of smell or taste. Other symptoms such as headache or digestive symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or lack of appetite) have been identified as potential symptoms related to COVID-19 and may prompt further screening, action or investigation. If you are sick and need essential supplies, ask someone else to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy to get what you need.

If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, make sure to distance yourself from others, particularly vulnerable populations. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions – including serious heart conditions, chronic lung conditions, including moderate to severe asthma, severe obesity and those who are immunocompromised, including through cancer treatment – may have a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Individuals who have complaints about individuals violating public gathering restrictions should contact state or local law enforcement. Concerns that a business may be violating operating restrictions should be directed to: HSPContact@delaware.gov. Questions related to business re-openings or operations as businesses reopen should go to COVID19FAQ@delaware.gov.

Individuals with questions about COVID-19 should call Delaware 2-1-1, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211, or email info@delaware211.org. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov. Questions regarding unemployment claims should be emailed to: UIClaims@delaware.gov.

In addition, the Division of Public Health asks any Delaware health care, long-term care, residential, or other high-risk facility with questions or concerns to email: DPH_PAC@delaware.govor call the DPH Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 and press ext. 2.

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

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