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Coronavirus updates: More cases and deaths reported in Bay Area over the weekend

LATEST, April 6, 11 a.m. San Francisco reported Monday morning that 14 individuals with ties to Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Of the confirmed cases, 11 are staff and three are residents.  Of staff, eight have worked in patient-care positions and three have not.

Owned and operated by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Laguna Honda is a long-term care facility in the Forest Hill neighborhood.

April 6, 10:45 a.m. The Santa Clara Convention Center started treating COVID-19 patients over the weekend. The event center has been turned into a temporary hospital and the first two patients arrived over the weekend.

The so-called “field respite center” has been outfitted with beds and supplies delivered by the National Guard and can serve up to 250 people.

“Utilizing the Convention Center as a Field Respite Center backstops hospitals and other care providers preparing for a surge in COVID-19 cases,”  Dr. Jennifer Tong, the branch director for the Health Care Surge team within the Santa Clara County Emergency Operations Center, said in a statement. “This is another important tool that we now can use in our fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”

April 6, 10:25 a.m. Oakland is opening a drive-thru testing site at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center at 10th Street for essential workers, Mayor Libby Schaaf said Monday.

People eligible for testing will include healthcare, grocery, food bank and homeless outreach workers.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed also announced the city is opening a new drive-thru testing site for frontline healthcare workers at Pier 30/32 on Monday. The site will be able to conduct up to 200 tests per day by week’s end and provide results in 24 to 48 hours.

“There’s a national shortage of testing supplies, but we’re doing everything we can to ramp up capacity and prioritize those most in need,” Breed said in a statement.

Testing will initially be prioritized for first responders and city health care workers with symptoms of COVID-19 who are currently quarantined and kept away from both work and their families.

April 6, 9:55 a.m. California is loaning 500 state-owned ventilators to other states such as New York, where hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

“In times of crisis, it’s more important than ever we are the UNITED States of America,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “I know, if the tables were turned, other states would be there for us.”

Newsom said the state is continuing to prepare and secure equipment to “keep our fellow Californians healthy while standing with other states in their moments of need.”

While most people with the coronavirus have only mild or moderate symptoms, it can cause more severe illness in some, including pneumonia — an infection that can cause the lungs to fill with fluid, making it difficult to breathe. That’s where the ventilators come in.

These breathing machines are a critical need across the country. The Society of Critical Care Medicine estimates about 960,000 COVID-19 patients in the U.S. might need a ventilator. There are currently only about 200,000 machines available.

April 6, 9:40 a.m. San Francisco’s Muni transportation agency is cutting its bus service to only 17 of the most-needed lines. The agency already eliminated underground trains and replaced them with buses. Read the full story.

April 6, 9 a.m. San Francisco reported its ninth death related to COVID-19 Monday morning. Details on the patient weren’t released.

The county also announced 15 more cases, increasing the total to 583.

San Mateo County went from 555 cases on Sunday to 579 cases on Monday morning. The fatality total remains 13.

April 6, 7:27 a.m. Cases of COVID-19 climbed over the weekend with with Alameda, San Francisco and San Mateo counties all reporting more than 500 cases and Santa Clara more than 1,200. The nine-county Bay Area now has more than 3,600 cases and 89 deaths.

Alameda County went from 416 cases on Friday to 539 confirmed cases on Sunday. The county’s death toll remains 12. Contra Costa County reported 79 new cases on Saturday and Sunday and one additional death. The county has 386 cases and six deaths.

San Francisco County saw an uptick from 497 cases on Friday to 568 on Sunday; the death count went from seven to eight.

San Mateo jumped from 486 cases on Friday to 555 on Sunday. The number of fatalities remains 13. Santa Clara County continues to have the most cases in the nine-county Bay Area and as of Sunday the infected patient total was 1,207 and deaths 39. COVID-19 fatalities in California crossed the 300 mark over the weekend. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 350 people have died in the state after contracting the coronavirus as of Monday morning.

Marin County saw 10 new cases and one additional death over the weekend; the county has 141 cases and seven deaths. Sonoma County saw only seven more cases with a total of 107. One person has died in the county.

Napa and Solano counties didn’t report increases in cases.

The database reports California has 15,158 confirmed cases of COVID-19. That puts the state behind New York (123,160), New Jersey (37,505) and Michigan (15,718). Louisiana trails California with 13,010 cases.

On Saturday, Los Angeles County reported 28 more coronavirus deaths, its biggest single-day increase yet.

Cumulative cases in the greater Bay Area (due to limited testing these numbers reflect only a small portion of likely cases):

ALAMEDA COUNTY: 539 confirmed cases, 12 deaths*

For more information on Alameda County cases, visit the public health department website.

*Number excludes infected patients in city of Berkeley, which has its own health department and 27 cases.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: 386 confirmed cases, 6 deaths

For more information on Contra Costa County cases, visit the public health department website.

LAKE COUNTY: 0 confirmed cases

For information on Lake County and coronavirus, visit the public health department website.

MARIN COUNTY: 141 confirmed cases, 7 deaths

Fore more information on Marin County cases, visit the public health department website.

MONTEREY COUNTY: 62 confirmed cases, 2 deaths

For more information on Monterey County cases, visit the public health department website.

NAPA COUNTY: 20 cases, 2 deaths

For more information on Napa County cases, visit the public health department website.

SAN BENITO COUNTY: 23 confirmed cases, 2 deaths

For more information on San Benito County cases, visit the public health department website.

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY: 568 confirmed cases, 8 deaths

For more information on San Francisco County cases, visit the public health department website.

SAN MATEO COUNTY: 555 confirmed cases, 13 deaths

For more information on San Mateo County cases, visit the public health department website.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY: 1,207 confirmed cases, 39 deaths

Fore more information on Santa Clara County cases, visit the public health department website.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: 69 confirmed cases, 1 death

For more information on Santa Cruz County cases, visit the public health department website. 

SOLANO COUNTY: 73 confirmed cases, 1 death

For more information on Solano County cases, visit the public health department website.

SONOMA COUNTY: 107 confirmed cases, 1 death

For more information on Sonoma County cases, visit the public health department website.

In California, 348 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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