Santa Clara, San Mateo and 4 other counties issue stay-at-home order

Six Bay Area counties instituted a shelter-in-place order today (March 16) in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, said San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

(Read San Mateo County’s order and Santa Clara County’s order.)

The order will apply to residents in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Marin counties through at least April 7.

Non-essential gatherings and travel will be banned as part of the order, which also directs residents to work from home or stop working unless they provide an “essential service” like those in the health care industry
and law enforcement officers.

Essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, veterinary offices, gas stations and banks will also remain open under the order.

“The most important thing you can do is remain home as much as possible,” Breed said in a Twitter post. “There is no need to rush out for food or supplies as these stores will remain open.”

The order will affect roughly 6.7 million people in the six counties. Homeless residents are exempt from the order but are advised to seek shelter.

Public health officials around the Bay Area have confirmed at least 270 cases of the virus, including three deaths. The number of cases is likely much higher, though, due to a dearth of testing kits.
— Bay City News

10 Comments

  1. Thank you, Daily Post, for your non-sensational, well-informed coverage of this crisis. I can’s stand watching the TV news and seeing all of the screaming headlines and attempts to upset people. Thank you for avoiding that.

  2. All this is going to do is extend the crisis and bankrupt many small businesses. Shelter in place should apply to the elderly (like me) and anyone else in an unalterable living arrangement with elderly. We can’t just shut down the economy and expect people to pay their mortgages and other fixed obligations. When this order is lifted, guess what: the virus will continue to proliferate exponentially as before. The is unnecessary for the bulk of the population under 60, many of whom will get the virus, recover, and be done with it sooner rather than later. Critical testing and medical care should be predominately targeted for the elderly, who have at least one chance in 20 of dying. That’s the curve that should be flattened.

  3. All this is going to do is extend the crisis and bankrupt many small businesses. Shelter in place should apply to the elderly (like me) and anyone else in an unalterable living arrangement with elderly. We can’t just shut down the economy and expect people to pay their mortgages and other fixed obligations. When this order is lifted, guess what: the virus will continue to proliferate exponentially as before. The is unnecessary for the bulk of the population under 60, many of whom will get the virus, recover, and be done with it sooner rather than later. Critical testing and medical care should be predominately targeted for the elderly, who have at least one chance in 20 of dying. That’s the curve that should be flattened.

  4. Since my doctor appointments are already starting to be canceled because I’m over 65, what about those who are under 65, but have medical issues too? Like those with autoimmune diseases, cancer, etc.? It appears to be based on age more than anything else. And now there’s news that we could actually be charged with a misdemeanor if we don’t follow it? Really? A little heavyhanded I think. Guess this is our new “normal” indefinitely.

  5. Since my doctor appointments are already starting to be canceled because I’m over 65, what about those who are under 65, but have medical issues too? Like those with autoimmune diseases, cancer, etc.? It appears to be based on age more than anything else. And now there’s news that we could actually be charged with a misdemeanor if we don’t follow it? Really? A little heavyhanded I think. Guess this is our new “normal” indefinitely.

  6. We are trying to keep the spread of this infection under control. If we let it spread as far as it has gone in Italy, where there are more sick people than the medical system can handle we are going to lose a lot of people. That is a much more catastrophic problem than forcing people to stay at home for a while. And yes I know this will be hard but not as hard as more people going into respiratory failure than our heathcare system can handle. And sure 80% of us wil be just fine when we get this. It is the 20% of us older folks the young can infect that is the problem.

    The US is currently the least tested major nation in the word. For example, S Korea tests more than twice as many people in any given day than than the US has been able to test in all three months since we knew this was coming. The fact that we still do not have the capacity to test forces us to quarantine people cause we just do not have a handle on how widespread this infection is at the present time. With luck testing will be available soon and being forced stay in place will not be our only options. But that is where we are at the moment.

  7. I’d like to know how this started. And why were our representatives in Congress like Anna Eshoo spending so much time on impeachment when could have headed off the coronavirus by closing our borders to anyone from China. She was too obsessed with impeaching Trump to protect the health of her constituents. Now it’s too late. Needless deaths will occur. She is the ranking member of the committee that could have dealt with it in November and December. She has no excuse. We need a Democrat to primary her.

  8. The flu has been in full swing since September and 19 people have died from it in our county (SCC). We need to be taking measures to protect ourselves from the COVID-19 virus and the flu virus that comes around every year.

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