By Oakland Voices Staff Report
Bay Area public health officers announced plans today to extend shelter-in-place orders through the end of May to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Shelter in place slowed down coronavirus’ spread and prevented hospitals overcrowding, officials said.
“Hospitalizations have leveled, but more work is needed to safely re-open our communities. Prematurely lifting restrictions could easily lead to a large surge in cases,” according to a joint statement from Health Officers from six Bay Area counties — Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara — and the City of Berkeley.
Cases in the Bay Area continue to rise. Alameda County Public Health Department reported nearly 1,500 cases, including 430 in Oakland. Two-thirds of Oakland’s COVID-19 cases are in East Oakland, where residents lack access to testing.
The new order will keep some restrictions and ease “specific restrictions for a small number of lower-risk activities,” according to the statement. Officials issued the nation’s first COVID-19 shelter-in-place order on March 16. On March, 31, officials extended the order through to May 3. Officials will release specifics later this week.
Last week, Bay Area journalists reported that the first death occurred here in the region early than officials had believed.
UPDATE: 4/30/2020 – See Oakland Voices for updated story or read the Full order.