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LAST, March 12, 2 p.m .: Four firefighters from San Jose tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier in the day, only one of the city’s 700 firefighters tested positive.

Two other firefighters show symptoms, KGO reports and are being tested. More than 70 other SJFD firefighters are on paid leave and self-quarantine.

March 12, 12:30 p.m .: President Donald Trump has said it is possible to suspend domestic travel to states with large coronavirus outbreaks, such as California and Washington.

“Is this a possibility? Yes, if someone gets a little out of control, if an area gets too hot, “said Trump, according to the New york times, when asked if he would consider these types of restrictions on domestic travel.


The Times says the president has not developed further.

March 12, 10:50 a.m .: At least 50 members of the San Jose Fire Department are quarantined after a firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19. This firefighter is treated in hospital, another firefighter is tested for the virus, while the 50 or so other employees of the SJFD monitor their condition at home.

Three TSA officers at Mineta San Jose International Airport were also tested positive for COVID-19. Airport officials said Wednesday that 42 other TSA officers who may have been exposed were also on paid leave.

Governor Gavin Newsom said at a press conference Thursday morning that the total number of COVID-19 cases in California has increased to 198. More than half of these cases are in the Bay Area.

Newsom released an executive order Thursday that:

  • Orders Californians to cancel gatherings of more than 250 people
  • Prepares the state to “requisition goods” (including hotels and medical facilities) for use as temporary residences or quarantine areas
  • Eliminates the week-long waiting period for those filing unemployment or disability claims following COVID-19
  • Delays tax deadline of 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time due to virus

March 12, 10:08 a.m .: As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continued to increase in the Bay Area on Thursday, officials have stepped up efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

Four new cases of COVID-19 were detected in San Francisco, bringing the total number to 6 to 10 am Thursday. Two of the new patients were treated in hospital and two were isolated at home, reported KRON. Three of them are suspected of having contracted the virus through spread in the community and one person has been in close contact with a known case, according to KRON.


Two new cases have also been detected in San Mateo County; the public health service has updated its website to reflect 17 cases in the county at 9:32 a.m. (vs. 15 Wednesday), but did not immediately provide details of the two new patients.

Santa Clara County, the county with the most confirmed cases in the Bay Area – 48, Thursday morning – declared a state of emergency and ordered the cancellation of all mass rallies for three weeks. The mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, did the same in San Francisco. So far, the biggest impact of cancellations of large gatherings has been on sporting events.

Californians can expect more cancellations to come, as Governor Gavin Newsom published statewide guidelines advise people to cancel even small social gatherings where people cannot stand at least six feet apart.

Many private schools in the Bay Area have closed out of caution, but K-12 public schools remained largely open. Lakeshore Elementary in San Francisco is the only exception so far; the school will close for at least two weeks after four students and a number of adult family members said they had respiratory illness, the school district announced on Wednesday. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Lakeshore.

Most colleges and universities in the Bay Area have only adopted online education so far.

ALAMEDA COUNTY

Confirmed cases: 3 residents

For more information on Alameda County cases, visit public health service website.

COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA

Confirmed cases: 10 residents, 3 people of unknown residence treated in Contra Costa hospitals

For more information on Contra Costa County cases, visit public health service website.

MARIN COUNTY

Confirmed cases: 3 residents, 1 patient of unknown residence

For more information on Marin County cases, visit public health service website.

NAPA COUNTY

Confirmed cases: 0 residents, 2 patients treated in Napa, then transferred outside the county

For more information on Napa County cases, visit public health service website.

SAN MATEO COUNTY

Confirmed cases: 17 cases, at least 8 patients of unknown residence treated at the San Mateo County Hospital

For more information on the San Mateo County cases, visit public health service website.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY

Confirmed cases: 48 residents

Related deaths: 1

This county has the most confirmed cases in the bay area. As of March 8, health officials had identified 43 in total: eight were related to travel, 14 were in close contact with a known case and 21 had contracted the virus through unspecified community transmission.

A woman died on March 9 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. She was hospitalized for several weeks, officials said.

For more information on the Santa Clara County cases, visit public health service website.

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY

Confirmed cases: 14 cases, 3 patients outside the county treated in SF hospitals

For more information on the San Francisco County cases, visit public health service website.

SOLANO COUNTY

Confirmed cases: 6 cases, at least one of which is non-resident

A Solano County resident was the first case of “unknown origin” in the United States and was infected with a virus with no travel history or contact with another known case. She first arrived at North Bay VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville on February 15 and was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center three days later before being tested.

Two health workers from North Bay VacaValley Hospital were also infected with the virus. One is a resident of Solano County; the other lives in Alameda county.

For more information on Solano County cases, visit public health service website.

SONOMA COUNTY

Confirmed cases: 2 residents, 1 patient of unknown residence

For more information on Sonoma County cases, visit public health service website.

DEATH IN CALIFORNIA: 4

Four deaths from coronavirus in California have been reported.

The first occurred in Placer County on March 4. Placer County Health Department said the deceased was an elderly county resident with underlying health conditions. The patient was presumed positive on Tuesday March 3 in a Californian laboratory and was probably exposed on a Princess cruise ship that traveled from San Francisco to Mexico from February 11 to 21, health officials said. The patient was being treated in isolation at Kaiser Permanente Roseville.

The second death in California, the first in the Bay Area, was reported in Santa Clara County on March 9. A woman in her 60s died on Monday at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, the first death from the new coronavirus in the Bay Area. The woman was hospitalized for several weeks, said Santa Clara County health officials.

Sacramento County announced on March 10 that a woman in her forties in an assisted living facility died of a corornavirus. It was the first death in the county and the third in California. Health officials said the patient had an underlying medical condition and “died of complications” related to the pneumonia-like virus.

Los Angeles County announced the fourth death on March 11: a woman who had traveled extensively (including a stopover in South Korea) and who visited Los Angeles from outside the city.

It was previously thought that the death of a 72-year-old man from Sunnyvale was linked to COVID-19, but test results confirmed that the man did not have the virus.

Amy Graff and Alix Martichoux are digital editors at SFGATE. Send them by e-mail: agraff@sfgate.com, alix.martichoux@sfgate.com.

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