Bay Area shelter-in-place order extended through May

The Bay Area shelter-in-place order set to expire on May 3 will be extended until the end of the month of May. (Rasheed Shabazz for Oakland Voices)

By Oakland Voices Staff Report

Updated Oakland Voices COVID-19 Coverage

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.

The statewide order is still in place. Governor Gavin Newsom announced today plans for revision but did not suggest when the March 19 stay at home order would be lifted.


UPDATE: 4/30/2020 – See Oakland Voices for updated story or read the Full order.

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