Bay Area Cases, County Death Updates, May 12

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San Mateo county officials on Tuesday reported the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in a single day in nearly three weeks.

On Tuesday, nine deaths were reported, bringing the death toll in the county to 65, the third highest in the bay area, behind the counties of Santa Clara (129) and Alameda (74). Health officials in Alameda County recorded three more deaths on Tuesday, and one death was reported in San Francisco.

Alameda County also had 32 more positive tests, bringing its total during the pandemic to 2,133, the second highest in the Bay Area behind Santa Clara County (2,341 before Tuesday). San Mateo County reported 33 additional positive tests, bringing the county’s case count to 1,497, the third highest in the Bay Area.

Contra Costa County confirmed 18 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and rose to 1066. The 18 occurred after no new cases were registered on Monday. The county also said 18 people were hospitalized for the virus, two fewer than the day before.

Santa Clara County did not update its totals until 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.

According to updated data from the county health department dashboard, eight of the nine deaths recently reported in San Mateo county were over the age of 60, while one was between the ages of 50 and 60. In San Mateo County, all but 65 out of 65 who have died from the virus are 60 years of age or older.

In Alameda County, 54 of the 74 (73%) who died were at least 71 years old, officials said. Just over half (39) were women. African Americans died at almost double the rate (8.6 deaths per 100,000 people), as did whites (4.7 per 100,000) and more than double the rate of Hispanics (4.2 per 100 000), said health officials.

San Francisco’s death toll remained at 35 after adding one to its tally on Monday. Authorities have reported 23 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the city to 1,977.

San Francisco tests its residents at almost double the rate of its neighboring counties in the Bay Area. Her positive test rates have gone from an average of 10.9% a month ago to 3.8% in the past two weeks, while expanding the test to all essential workers, regardless of symptoms.

Confirmed cases in the 10-county bay region crossed the 10,000 mark on Monday, when the total number was around 70,000 statewide, according to data compiled by the news agency.

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