Bay Area's two-day break without COVID-19 deaths ends

Bay Area's two-day break without COVID-19 deaths ends

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The Bay Area's two-day hiatus from coronavirus-related deaths ended Tuesday with a considerable thud, when San Mateo County health officials added nine more fatalities to the list.

The deaths were the first in the county since Friday and the most added in any one day there since the pandemic began. They also marked the first deaths reported anywhere in the Bay Area since May 16.

The 48 hours without a reported death marked the Bay Area's longest stretch without one since the earliest days of the pandemic in March.

San Francisco health officials did not report any deaths in their Tuesday morning updates and have not reported any new ones since Friday. San Francisco has not recorded more than two deaths in a single day since May 5.

San Mateo County and San Francisco were the only two jurisdictions to report their updates before 11 a.m. The statistics are updated through Monday night. Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties were expected to update their totals later Tuesday.

Santa Clara County has recorded the most Bay Area deaths with 135 and Alameda County has the second-most with 83.

San Mateo County's 75 deaths through Monday night were the Bay Area's third-most. Three of every four victims have been over 80 years old, and only one victim has been under 50, according to health officials. White residents have comprised 64% of the deaths.

San Francisco has recorded 36 deaths and Contra Costa County 33. In San Francisco, 22 of the victims (61%) have been over 81 years old; none of them have been under 41. All but two of the 36 had underlying conditions, and health officials said they are unsure about the other two.

San Francisco also confirmed 48 more cases of COVID-19, its highest single-day increase since May 10. Doctors have diagnosed 2,179 residents with the novel coronavirus during the pandemic; the city has shown a spike over the past five days, with the numbers increasing each day since the county added a pandemic-low five new cases last Thursday.

Fifty-nine percent of those diagnosed in the city have been male, and 45% have caught the virus through community contact. The virus has hit the Latino and Hispanic population hard, with 43% of the cases in San Francisco coming from that demographic.

San Mateo County added 16 more cases on Tuesday and has recorded 1,687. Daly City (297, 18%), Redwood City (220, 13%) and South San Francisco (9%) have seen the bulk of the cases there.

San Mateo County also said 55 people were in the hospital, including 35 in the intensive-care unit, because of the virus. The county has 49% of its regular hospital beds available, as well as 97% of its surge beds and 93% of its ventilators.

Santa Clara had diagnosed 2,470 cases and Alameda County 2,457 through Sunday night, the Bay Area's two highest totals. San Mateo County added 16 more cases on Tuesday and has recorded 1,687. Contra Costa County has diagnosed 1,155.

The rest of the Bay Area -- Solano, Sonoma, Marin, Santa Cruz and Napa counties -- had combined to confirm 1,295 cases through Sunday night.

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