Alameda County added to state watch list for surveillance

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Alameda County has become the 30th County in California on the state watch list due to growing concerns over the new coronavirus pandemic, health officials said on Sunday.”While Alameda County has the highest number of counties in the Bay Area counties, the county case rate is the third highest in the Bay Area and less than half the overall rate California cases, “said a statement released by county health spokesperson Neetu Balram.

State places counties on watch list if they exceed thresholds for certain criteria, including significant changes in COVID-19 infection rates, increased hospitalizations, and availability of beds and ventilators in USI.

In the past two weeks, Alameda County has recorded an average COVID-19 case rate of 104 positive results per 100,000 population. The threshold to place on the list is 100 cases per 100,000, according to the State Department of Public Health.

Alameda county officials reported 240 cases on Saturday for a total of 7,725 cases, according to data compiled by this news agency. The county also reported a death on Saturday for a total of 148 deaths since the start of the pandemic earlier this year.

“The magnitude of the change is greater than what would be expected as a result of the substantial expansion of the county’s tests,” the statement said.

He added that after three consecutive days on the list, the county was subject to state restrictions and enforcement. The increase in the number of cases can be attributed to the lack of face covers and the remoteness and continued transmission among at-risk individuals in qualified nursing homes, front-line workplaces and more.

California registered a total of 318,706 cases after 1,539 positive results were reported on Sunday, according to the news agency’s coronavirus tracker.

Alameda County officials said the situation had been affected “by the accelerated reopening in the region and the state, as our residents often live, work and recreate beyond the county’s borders.”

State health officials said on July 1 that counties on the watch list should close indoor operations of restaurants, wine tastings, cinemas, zoos and museums, and entertainment centers family for at least three weeks.

Alameda officials said they plan to seek state approval to allow county health workers to determine which activities could continue, as they do not pose significant risks to the community.

According to the statement, Alameda officials hope to continue their outdoor dining and outdoor zoo activities on the watch list.

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