BERKELEY, CA — Alameda County health officials announced no new coronavirus related deaths on Monday, with the overall toll still at 162.
There were just 19 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in the county on Monday.
The declining numbers are significant. Alameda County is currently on the state’s “Watch List” and the way to get removed is to have important key statistics headed down. Only then will the county be allowed to reopen schools, fully open businesses, and more.
For perspective, Los Angeles County reported 3,160 new cases on Monday, Orange County had 560, and San Diego County had 453.
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Here in Berkeley, there have now been 324 cases confirmed since the beginning of the pandemic.
The state announced a significant change on Monday, allowing barbershops, hair salons and nail salons to operate outdoors. Here is the state guidance for businesses.
In other coronavirus news….
A new coronavirus testing site will open this week that will accommodate 500 people each day, and the results will be available in 15 minutes. Make an appointment online before making the drive.
Have you ever dined at the venerable Cliff House in San Francisco? The 157-year-old restaurant may be the latest coronavirus victim.
Contra Costa County is laying off another 25 workers because of cuts forced by coronavirus-ravaged budgets.
The statewide death toll is now 7,713, according to Johns Hopkins University, with confirmed cases approaching 400,000.
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This article originally appeared on the Berkeley Patch