As the virus continued to spread and threaten the 39.7 million residents of the state, new figures compiled by this news agency show that 30,754 people reportedly have COVID-19 and 1,146 died, compared to 29,348 cases confirmed and 1050 deaths at the end of Friday.
The news came just hours after it was reported that state health officials had found COVID-19 cases in dozens of nursing homes in the Bay Area.
Surprising state figures show that 34 nursing homes in seven counties in the Bay Area have confirmed cases of coronavirus. Of the 1,224 qualified nursing homes in California, 261 reported one or more COVID-19 cases on Friday from a resident or staff member.
But nurses and medical workers aren’t the only essential workers getting sick across the state.While much of California has taken up a position behind closed doors, sheltering in an effort to reduce the spread of the deadly coronavirus, others have taken a front line position.
Daycare workers, police, grocery clerks, service station attendants, firefighters, community advocates, journalists, nurses, doctors, bus drivers – all jobs considered essential for life outdoors. The Mercury News sat down with some of them to tell their stories.