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As California coronavirus infections and deaths fall, Bay Area sees localized uptick

Alameda and Santa Clara counties showed above-average new coronavirus case and death numbers in new figures Sunday, an alarming local uptick amid a slow-down in infections across California.

According to data compiled by this news organization, public health officials in Alameda County reported 113 new cases, well above the 7-day average of 69.29 new cases. Officials also reported six new deaths, also above the rate of 2.86 daily deaths in the past week.

Santa Clara County officials recorded 129 positive infections, above the 7-day average of 100.57. Officials also reported three new deaths from the coronavirus, about the same as the 7-day average of 3.14.

But since peaking in July, both new cases and hospitalizations in California have gone down throughout August and September. The state’s seven-day new case average has decreased from 3,201 on Friday to 3,147 on Saturday after 2,953 new cases were reported across the state. Death rates — which peaked in August as people who fell ill over the summer passed away — have also dropped after officials reported 47 deaths from the coronavirus on Saturday, below the average 77 for the past week.

In the Bay Area overall — where there have been a total of 104,905 coronavirus infections and 1,554 deaths — there were 551 new cases and 9 deaths in the latest figures. The 7-day average infection rate was about 465.

By contrast to the well-populated South and East Bays, the North Bay counties of Solano, Marin, Napa and Sonoma reported the least new infections and no new deaths in the Bay Area. Officials reported 84 new deaths, below the average 111.29, putting the four-county region at a total of 22,770 coronavirus infections and 325 deaths.

Contra Costa County also reported no new deaths but new infections surged to 90 in the figures, a slight uptick from the 7-day average, which rose to 83.86.

San Francisco — which has had a total of 11,414 cases and 107 deaths — reported 54 new cases and no new deaths. The average number of infections this week in San Francisco was 48.29.

San Mateo County also reported no new deaths but 81 new cases, well above the 7-day average of 52 cases a day. A total of 10,207 people have been infected with coronavirus in San Mateo County, and 152 people have died.

Much of the Bay Area still remains in the “red” tier in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s color-coded reopening system, with San Francisco becoming the first to enter the moderate “orange tier” last Tuesday. Contra Costa and San Mateo Counties are closest in the Bay Area to allowing indoor dining, opening places of worship and movie theaters to reopen at a limited capacity.

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