The Bay Area Regional Stay-At-Home Order goes into effect today. This will result in temporary closures in order to avoid enacting the state’s stricter Stay at Home restrictions.
Last week, the State announced it will use regional availability of intensive care unit (ICU) beds. When a region’s ICU capacity is less than 15 percent, the state would close all sectors besides essential operations and retail. The regional order prohibits private gatherings.
The order continues the reversal of reopening plans to slow the spread of COVID-19. Oakland, especially the flatlands and Latinx communities, has been most impacted in terms of positive cases. Older residents have died due to the coronavirus. The rise in hospitalizations also impacts health care workers and hospital systems.
“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 joint statement from the region’s health officers.
- Outdoor dining (take-out, pick-up, and delivery would still be permitted)
- Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
- Indoor recreational facilities
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Personal care services
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums
- Movie theaters
- Bars, breweries, and distilleries
- Family entertainment centers
- Cardrooms and satellite wagering
- Limited services not
Other sectors that can remain open, but would require additional modifications and masking include: outdoor recreation facilities, retail and shopping centers, hotels, offices, places of worship, and professional sports events with no audiences.
Hospitalizations rising in Bay Area
The state’s order expands the Bay Area region to include Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, as well as counties not included among the March shelter-in-place order: Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma.
The Regional order is in response to the nationwide surge in cases and increased hospitalizations. If Intensive Care Units (ICU) reach capacity, communities will be unable to staff nurses and physicians and provide care.
The COVID-19 percentage of patients in hospital beds is rising. Alameda County had 227 hospitalizations, as of December 5, the most for a single day since the pandemic began.
The Order “instructs Californians to stay at home as much as possible and to stop mixing between households.” Sc
Oakland has 11,489 COVID-19 cases, according to the Alameda County COVID-19 dashboard. Alameda County has 32,545 cases, and 522 deaths attributed to coronavirus. California has had over 1 million cases since the coronavirus outbreak. There are 1,341,700 cases as of December 6 and 19,876 people have died.
New app provides updates on possible COVID-19 exposure
This morning, Governor Gavin Newsom announced CA Notify. The app provides alerts if someone you come into close contact with to tests positive for COVID-19. The website gives an example of two people with “Exposure Notifications” turned on and they come into contact with each other for over 15 minutes. Using Bluetooth, the phones will exchange randomly generated, anonymous “keys” that will provide an alert of one of them later is exposed.
“Your privacy is protected as your identity is not known and your location is not tracked,” according to the app website.
Every Monday and Thursday, Rasheed Shabazz and Momo Chang produce the Oakland ‘Rona Roundup, COVID-19 related stories impacting the Town.