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Coronavirus updates: Another Bay Area county delays next stage of reopening

LATEST June 29, 6:45 p.m. Stanford University announced its plan for the 2020-2021 academic year on Monday in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Only half of undergraduate students will be allowed on campus at a given time, with freshmen and sophomores allowed on campus for fall and summer quarters, and juniors and seniors allowed on campus during the winter and spring quarters. No student is required to be on campus at any time, and most classes will be taught online.

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June 29, 3:25 p.m. Alameda became the latest Bay Area county to announce it will pause its plans for further reopening amid a recent uptick in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

In a statement released Monday, the county noted that hospitalizations had been declining through June 22, but have started trending back upwards over the past week.

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June 29, 12:25 p.m. San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Bishop has tested positive for COVID-19, team president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi announced Monday.

Zaidi says Bishop has mild symptoms and is improving, and was left off the team’s initial roster as he quarantines.

June 29, 10:45 a.m. Contra Costa County announced Monday it is delaying the reopening of bars, some personal services, indoor dining, gyms and fitness centers, museums, and hotels for tourism.

The county had previously planned to permit these sectors to resume business on July 1, but is now waiting to release a new date when the COVID-19 outbreak “is better contained,” officials said in a statement.

“The seven-day average number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the county has increased by 75% from June 15 to June 29,” the county said. “The seven-day average number of newly identified COVID-19 cases has increased from 38 a day to 87 a day. The percentage of COVID-19 tests that came back positive has also increased from 4% to 6%. This suggests the change is not simply due to more testing, but a true increase in community spread.”

San Francisco announced a pause in its reopening timeline on Friday and businesses previously scheduled to reopen today — including hair salons, zoos, tattoo parlors, massage establishments, nail salons, and outdoor bars — will not resume business until a to-be-determined date.

S.F. Mayor London Breed cited an uptick in cases as the reason for the delay in reopening.

June 29, 8:45 a.m. The number of coronavirus cases in inmates at San Quentin prison in Marin County grew to 1,011 Monday morning.

The state’s oldest correctional facility has seen 968 new cases in the last two weeks alone, according to data from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This means roughly 29% of the prison’s population of 3,507 inmates has tested positive.

“We are closely monitoring and quickly responding to positive cases of COVID-19 in state prisons, including at San Quentin,” CDCR Press Secretary Dana Simas said in a statement Monday. “Additionally, we are working closely with California Correctional Health Care Services (court-appointed Federal Receiver) as well as public health agencies and stakeholders for the safety and security of our incarcerated population, staff, and communities.”

San Quentin didn’t have a single case of coronavirus last month, but cases began popping up in early June after a mismanaged transfer of inmates from the California Institution of Men in Chino in late May. An outbreak has exploded in recent weeks.

CDCR said in a statement last week that inmates were tested for COVID-19 before the transfer, but some tested positive after their arrival. A San Francisco Chronicle investigation reported the men “were not tested for the coronavirus for up to a month before they were bused by the dozens.”

The inmates were moved out of the Chino facility due to major outbreak and “to reduce density in living quarters and protect our most vulnerable population,” CDCR said in statement.

June 29, 8:30 a.m. Marin County is allowing several sectors to reopen with social distancing measures in place. The list includes campgrounds and RV parks, driving schools, hair salons and barbershops, outdoor vehicle-based gatherings, picnic and barbecue areas and restaurants with indoor seating.

For more information on what’s open in Marin County, visit MarinRecovers.com.

June 29, 8:10 San Francisco is not moving into the next phase of reopening Monday after Mayor London Breed announced a plan Friday to delay reopening higher-risk businesses due to a rise in new cases.

Hair salons, barbers, museums, zoos, tattoo parlors, massage establishments, nail salons, outdoor swimming and outdoor bars were slated to resume business June 29, but now will remain closed until an undisclosed future date.

“COVID-19 cases are rising throughout CA,” Breed stated in a tweet Friday. “We’re now seeing a rise in cases in SF too. Our numbers are still low but rising rapidly. As a result, we’re temporarily delaying the re-openings that were scheduled for Monday. Yesterday we saw 103 cases. On June 15, when we first reopened outdoor dining and in-store retail, we had 20.

“At our current rate, the number could double rapidly. If that continues & we don’t intervene, we’ll be at such a high number that our only option would be to shut down. This is why it is important to follow protective health measures and utilize the tools we already have. Everyone needs to wear face coverings, maintain social distance, and practice good hygiene.”

June 29, 8:05 a.m. San Francisco Unified School District is handing out 8,800 free thermometers Monday at 19 school sites where free meals are distributed. Find more details at SFUSD.edu.

June 29, 7:45 a.m. The number of COVID-19 cases at San Quentin Prison in Marin County exploded after a mismanaged transfer of inmates to the state’s oldest correctional facility.

In the past two weeks, the prison has reported 931 cases alone and as of Monday morning there were 974 cases in inmates, according to data from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The prison has the highest number of cases in the California system. The California Institution of Men in Chino had 518 cases as of Monday and the entire system has reported a total of 4,798 cases with 2,545 currently active.

The prison didn’t report any infections until inmates from the California Institution of Men in Chino were transferred to San Quentin in late May.

CDCR said in a statement that inmates were tested for COVID-19 before the transfer, but some tested positive after their arrival. A San Francisco Chronicle investigation reported the men “were not tested for the coronavirus for up to a month before they were bused by the dozens.”

The inmates were moved out of the Chino facility due to major outbreak and “to reduce density in living quarters and protect our most vulnerable population,” CDCR said in statement.

The testing rate at San Quentin is four times the state average, CDCR Press Secretary Dana Simas said in a statement last week. The prison has completed 1,108 tests and “completed mandatory testing of all staff.”

Coronavirus in the greater Bay Area: Links you need

COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS

Alameda County: Find the latest COVID-19 numbers and health order.

Contra Costa County: Find the latest COVID-19 numbers and health order.

Lake County: Find the latest COVID-19 numbers and health order.

Marin County: Find the latest COVID-19 numbers and health order.

Monterey County: Find the latest COVID-19 numbers and health order.

Napa County: Find the latest COVID-19 numbers and health order.

San Benito County: Find the latest COVID-19 numbers and health order.

San Francisco County: Find the latest COVID-19 numbers and health order.

San Mateo County: Find the latest COVID-19 numbers and health order.

Santa Clara County: Find the latest COVID-19 numbers and health order.

Santa Cruz County: Find the latest COVID-19 numbers and health order.

Solano County: Find the latest COVID-19 numbers and health order.

Sonoma County: Find the latest COVID-19 numbers and health order.

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