Coronavirus updates: ‘Social bubbles’ now allowed in this Bay Area county

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Coronavirus updates: ‘Social bubbles’ now allowed in this Bay Area county
  • Alameda County is allowing “social bubbles” beginning June 6. People must wear masks and remain outside.

    Alameda County is allowing “social bubbles” beginning June 6. People must wear masks and remain outside.

    Photo: Imgorthand/Getty Images

Photo: Imgorthand/Getty Images

Alameda County is allowing “social bubbles” beginning June 6. People must wear masks and remain outside.

Alameda County is allowing “social bubbles” beginning June 6. People must wear masks and remain outside.

Photo: Imgorthand/Getty Images

LATEST, June 8, 11:30 p.m. The World Health Organization said Monday that individuals who contract the coronavirus but don’t show symptoms aren’t propelling the spread of COVID-19.

“From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” said Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the emerging diseases and zoonosis unit for the WHO. “They’re following asymptomatic cases. They’re following contacts. And they’re not finding secondary transmission onward. It’s very rare.”

June 8, 10:30 a.m. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk partially reopened Saturday for pedestrians and diners.

Boardwalk spokesman Kris Reyes said restaurants and retail would be open for “guests to walk around, shop, eat, and sit much like they would on the Santa Cruz Wharf.” Rides and attractions, however, are still closed.

Reyes did offer a potential reopening date window for such attractions, however, telling KSBW those may open “a few days after” June 12.

June 8, 10:15 a.m. Winery tasting rooms may now open in Sonoma and Napa counties, following an easing of restrictions related to the coronavirus. In Napa, officials stated that bars (including tasting rooms) as well as casinos, hotels, pro sports, museums and TV and film production may reopen as of June 5. Gyms, which had been included in the state plan for reopening, will not open in Napa County at this time.

In Sonoma County, restrictions were similarly lifted on wineries on June 6. Also allowed to reopen in the county are hair salons and restaurants, as long as social-distancing procedures are followed.

June 8 9:30 a.m. After confirming more than 2,190 new cases of the coronavirus Sunday, the state of California has now recorded more than 130,000 COVID-19 cases since the outbreak began.

On Friday, the state broke its record for the most newly confirmed cases in a single day, with 3,603 new positive tests.

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The apparent surge in new cases, however, comes as testing becomes more widely available. As UCSF epidemiologist George Rutherford told SFGATE recently, positive test rates don’t reflect the full picture.

“As testing increases, we’re going to catch more of the asymptomatic cases, which we know make up a significant number of infections,” he said. “What I walk around with in my head, based on data from China, is that 35 percent of infections are asymptomatic and another 25 percent are very mild, often so mild they may not come to medical attention. So that’s 60 percent of infections that can go completely undetected.”

June 8, 9:00 a.m. Hundreds of unsheltered individuals residing in San Francisco’s District 10 — which includes the Bayview, Hunter’s Point, the Dogpatch and Potrero Hill — showed up to be tested for the coronavirus over the weekend in a pop-up testing effort organized by UCSF and the United Council of Human Services.

Visitors were given the option of two tests: the swab test for COVID-19 and an antibody test to see if they may have already had the virus. They were also given a hot meal — barbecue — and access to veterinary care for pets. They did not need to show symptoms to be tested, though if they tested positive they were relocated to a hotel room to quarantine.

“We think this model between an academic institution and the community can come up with new ways to support people through this pandemic,” Dr. Margot Kushel, director of the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, told The Chronicle over the weekend.

June 8, 8:00 a.m. A modification to Alameda County’s shelter-in-place order went into effect Monday allowing so-called “social bubbles.”

A “social bubble” is defined as a group of 12 or fewer people from different households that should be maintained for a minimum of three weeks.

Members are still encouraged to wear face coverings at all times and practice social distancing. The social bubble should still only meet outdoors and agree to follow all the same rules.

Alameda is now also allowing childcare, extracurricular activities for children and some businesses to resume.

Read more about Alameda County’s order here.

Over the weekend, many counties also opened up in restaurant dining  and hair salons. Here’s a look at where dining and hair salons are open and closed across the Bay Area:

Outdoor dining at restaurants

Counties where outdoor dining is allowed: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma

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Counties where outdoor dining is not allowed: Alameda, San Francisco

Indoor dining at restaurants

Counties where indoor dining is allowed: Napa, Solano, Sonoma

Counties where indoor dining is not allowed: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara

Barbershops/hair salons

Counties where barbershops and hair salons are open: Napa, Solano, Sonoma

Counties where barbershops and hair salons are not open: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara

To see the full lists of what’s open in your area, visit your county’s public health department website (linked below) for more information.

Coronavirus in the greater Bay Area: A county-by-county snapshot

ALAMEDA COUNTY: 3,874 confirmed cases, 101 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing

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

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: 1,668 confirmed cases, 39 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, outdoor dining, swimming pools, outdoor religious services.

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

LAKE COUNTY: 30 confirmed cases

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools

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

MARIN COUNTY: 589 confirmed cases, 17 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, outdoor dining, outdoor religious services.

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

MONTEREY COUNTY: 732 confirmed cases, 10 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools

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

NAPA COUNTY: 141 cases, 3 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls, schools and hair salons

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

SAN BENITO COUNTY: 107 confirmed cases, 2 deaths

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What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools

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

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY: 2,747 confirmed cases, 43 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing

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

SAN MATEO COUNTY: 2,330 confirmed cases, 88 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, outdoor dining, swimming pools, outdoor religious services.

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

SANTA CLARA COUNTY: 2,942 confirmed cases, 144 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities; retail and manufacturing, pet grooming, outdoor dining

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

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: 234 confirmed cases, 2 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools

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

SOLANO COUNTY: 566 confirmed cases, 23 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: All “low-risk” businesses that can comply with physical distancing guidelines; received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls, schools, and hair salons

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

SONOMA COUNTY: 653 confirmed cases, 4 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls, schools, and hair salons.

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



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