Coronavirus order limits burials in the Bay Area, stops construction

Apr 2, 2020 12:35 AM ET

Health officials in six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area extended an order to stay at home to slow the spread of the corona virus until May 3, for example, restricting residential construction projects and the number of people who can attend funerals, new restrictions.

Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County’s health officer, said the Bay Area’s strict arrangement to stay at home works, but takes more time.

“I want to say that: the incredible sacrifice everyone has made, I believe it starts to curve. But it’s not enough and it’s not long enough in place, so we have to stay tuned, we just have to stay tuned, ”said Cody at a press conference. “I think it is starting to make a difference and it gives our hospitals more time.

The districts that expand the contract are San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa and Marin.

“Although the previous arrangement has effectively reduced the transmission rate of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it is not enough,” said health officials in a statement. “The number of positive cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19 has increased significantly, which is beginning to drain resources in healthcare. Health officials have found that more and stricter social distancing is needed to slow the rate of spread, prevent deaths, and prevent the health system from becoming overwhelmed. “

“Extending the order to stay at home should reduce the number of sick patients seeking care at the same time, giving us more time to procure more medical care for providers who will provide people with COVID-19. The extension will allow doctors and nurses to treat the sick better and save countless lives, ”said Dr. Chris Farnitano, Health Officer of the Contra Costa County, in a statement.

The first order, which maintained the residents as much as possible, was issued on March 16 and expired on April 7. It is designed to complement Governor Gavin Newsom’s nationwide order of March 19.

“I want to make it very clear what overall goal we want to achieve,” said Dr. Sara Cody, health officer for Santa Clara County. “The goal is to reduce the average number of contacts that each of us has with each other as much as possible.”

The officials explained the language as essential business activities:

The use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas and similar recreation areas is prohibited. These areas must be closed to public use.
The use of common public leisure facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools and rock faces is prohibited. These facilities must be closed for recreational purposes.
Sports where people have to share a ball or other equipment must be restricted to people in the same household.
Major companies must develop a social distancing protocol before April 3.
Most construction work – residential and commercial buildings – is prohibited.
Funerals are limited to a maximum of 10 people
The definition of “essential companies” is expanded to include service providers that enable transactions in residential areas (notaries, title companies, brokers, etc.). Funeral homes and cemeteries; Moving companies, rental car companies and hailing services that enable especially essential activities.
Major companies that continue to operate only need to reduce operations to their essential components.

Michel Moore, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, said Los Angeles can extend its own rules until May.

In LA County, officials reported seven more deaths on Monday, for a total of 44 – the highest concentration in the state.

The order of counties in the Bay Area comes as coronavirus cases continue to increase in Northern California.

Alameda County reported 283 confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven virus-related deaths on Monday. Nineteen people were registered in the city of Berkeley, which has its own public health department.

In Marin County, fatalities rose to four after three more were reported this week. Two men in the sixties and one woman in the nineties died, the county spokeswoman, Laine Hendricks, said.

As of Monday, the county had reported at least 99 cases, the majority of which were between 50 and 64 years old.

In Los Angeles County, officials reported seven more deaths on Monday, for a total of 44 – the highest concentration in the state.

Police chief Michel Moore said The city can extend its own rules for staying at home until May.

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