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Alameda County health officer updates board on stay-at-home order; extension likely

Dr. Moss: 'My best guess is it will be continued'

California's COVID-19 stay-at-home order for the Bay Area is likely going to continue beyond Friday, an Alameda County public health official said earlier in the week.

"My best guess is it will be continued," Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss told the Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting Tuesday.

But Moss said hopefully it will just be days later when the stay-at-home order is lifted. The order must be lifted for the Bay Area as a whole and whether it is lifted is based on the availability of intensive care beds in the region.

In Alameda County, the availability of intensive care unit beds is well above what state officials want to see before lifting the order, but the Bay Area's capacity was just at 7.9% as of Sunday.

Capacity must meet or exceed 15% before the stay-at-home order will be lifted, county health officials said.

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The officials expected to hear from the state later in the week about the projections for ICU bed capacity. California health officials determine when the region meets or exceeds the 15% capacity threshold based on a state formula. Those updates were pending as of press time Wednesday.

Moss said that when Alameda County comes off the state's stay-at-home order, it will likely go back on the purple tier of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which provides the strictest guidelines for economic activity in the county.

The rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the county appeared to have leveled off after mid-December, Moss said. But he suspects cases will rise again because of holiday gatherings.

Hospitalizations have also leveled off in recent days as a change in hospitalizations trail a change in the number of cases.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, 53,714 people in Alameda County had tested positive for the coronavirus and 656 people had died due to COVID-19. Those numbers include figures reported by the city of Berkeley, which has its own public health department.

Countywide as of Monday, 424 people were in the hospital with COVID-19 and 109 were in intensive care. Just over 25% of intensive care beds were occupied by people with the coronavirus, according to public health data.

As of Sunday, 131 ICU beds were available in the county, public health officials said.

Vaccination for the coronavirus is moving ahead, with 40% of doses administered so far. That compares with about 35% statewide.

Colleen Chawla, director of the county's Health Care Services Agency, told the board that vaccinating people has been challenging logistically.

It's not as easy as setting up a large vaccination clinic, she said. Health officials must choose people to vaccinate based on the priority list established by the state.

Doses of the vaccine continue to arrive in the county in shipments of 2,000 to 3,000 one to two times per week, Chawla said. As of Sunday, the county had received 60,075 doses.

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Alameda County health officer updates board on stay-at-home order; extension likely

Dr. Moss: 'My best guess is it will be continued'

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California's COVID-19 stay-at-home order for the Bay Area is likely going to continue beyond Friday, an Alameda County public health official said earlier in the week.

"My best guess is it will be continued," Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss told the Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting Tuesday.

But Moss said hopefully it will just be days later when the stay-at-home order is lifted. The order must be lifted for the Bay Area as a whole and whether it is lifted is based on the availability of intensive care beds in the region.

In Alameda County, the availability of intensive care unit beds is well above what state officials want to see before lifting the order, but the Bay Area's capacity was just at 7.9% as of Sunday.

Capacity must meet or exceed 15% before the stay-at-home order will be lifted, county health officials said.

The officials expected to hear from the state later in the week about the projections for ICU bed capacity. California health officials determine when the region meets or exceeds the 15% capacity threshold based on a state formula. Those updates were pending as of press time Wednesday.

Moss said that when Alameda County comes off the state's stay-at-home order, it will likely go back on the purple tier of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which provides the strictest guidelines for economic activity in the county.

The rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the county appeared to have leveled off after mid-December, Moss said. But he suspects cases will rise again because of holiday gatherings.

Hospitalizations have also leveled off in recent days as a change in hospitalizations trail a change in the number of cases.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, 53,714 people in Alameda County had tested positive for the coronavirus and 656 people had died due to COVID-19. Those numbers include figures reported by the city of Berkeley, which has its own public health department.

Countywide as of Monday, 424 people were in the hospital with COVID-19 and 109 were in intensive care. Just over 25% of intensive care beds were occupied by people with the coronavirus, according to public health data.

As of Sunday, 131 ICU beds were available in the county, public health officials said.

Vaccination for the coronavirus is moving ahead, with 40% of doses administered so far. That compares with about 35% statewide.

Colleen Chawla, director of the county's Health Care Services Agency, told the board that vaccinating people has been challenging logistically.

It's not as easy as setting up a large vaccination clinic, she said. Health officials must choose people to vaccinate based on the priority list established by the state.

Doses of the vaccine continue to arrive in the county in shipments of 2,000 to 3,000 one to two times per week, Chawla said. As of Sunday, the county had received 60,075 doses.

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Willy
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Old Towne
on Jan 7, 2021 at 9:31 am
Willy, Old Towne
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on Jan 7, 2021 at 9:31 am
12 people like this

More political BULL! Open the economy NOW!


Pleasanton Parent
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 7, 2021 at 1:16 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
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on Jan 7, 2021 at 1:16 pm
7 people like this

Sorry, this is just getting luny at this point.

All you're doing is pitting people against one another and absolving the government of coming up with an effective realistic plan (maybe one they themselves may actually adhere to) - instead its cases are getting worse it must be because people aren't wearing masks.....blame the people (no provided evidence around transmission or mask adherence....) just must be....


Guillermo M.
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Downtown
on Jan 7, 2021 at 2:03 pm
Guillermo M., Downtown
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on Jan 7, 2021 at 2:03 pm
16 people like this

“A three week shutdown.” That’s what we were told last March. There is NO science to back up closing outdoor dining while allowing crowds of thousands to mingle in big box stores. Businesses, families, entire towns & states are being led into bankruptcy, foreclosures and decay. All for a “flu” with a 99.7% chance of survival.

I weep for our youth & our future.


Jake Waters
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Birdland
on Jan 10, 2021 at 8:40 am
Jake Waters, Birdland
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on Jan 10, 2021 at 8:40 am
2 people like this

NBC Bay Area news sums up Newsom’s lost connection with reality, small businesses, and the middle class. His elitism is on display. Our dyslexic winegrower is the typical Democrat of today, and plainly tells you where this state is going. He must be recalled.

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