UPDATE: 147 Confirmed Cases Of Coronavirus In Contra Costa County – 16 More Than Yesterday

March 27, 2020 13:14 pm · 39 comments

Contra Costa is now reporting 147 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the county, which is 16 more than yesterday.

One person (a Contra Costa man in his 70s with underlying health conditions who recently traveled outside the country) has died from the coronavirus in the county, according to the health department.

The health department does not release any further details, including the cities of those infected, or the number of people currently hospitalized.

mitch March 27, 2020 at 1:32 PM

16 more? When is this exponential growth going to take place?

We have been self isolating for 12 days now. Got to figure, if it was going to happen, it would have happened by now.

Just stop March 27, 2020 at 1:57 PM

That’s the exact dangerous rhetoric we don’t need in this situation. How many of those are hospitalized….this tells you nothing’s when we aren’t testing people.

You would think we could at least get our Hospital staff the correct PPE but we can’t even do that. People are crowding stores, going to the beach. Just stay home, watch tv, clean your house, do laundry, take a nap. It’s really not that difficult.

eyeseeyou March 27, 2020 at 2:18 PM

2-14 days dude..in some instances even longer. hang in there. you’re doing all of us a favor, thank you!

Sign from Above March 27, 2020 at 2:23 PM

Let’s see……..Maybe, just maybe, the exponential growth is not where you expect it BECAUSE “We have been self isolating for 12 days now.”

If you only knew something about epidemiology, you would know that your statement “if it was going to happen, it would have happened by now.” is false!

Please don’t spread uneducated and misleading opinions.

Mitch March 27, 2020 at 2:26 PM

You didn’t answer my question, when is the exponential growth taking place?

Time for us to get back to work, not everyone has a cushy corporate gig or government job.

Neal Robinson March 27, 2020 at 2:29 PM

Reported on this site March 20th contra costa had 46 cases so we have tripled in a week.

Mitch March 27, 2020 at 2:37 PM

It’s everywhere, it’s been everywhere, and the testing is catching up.

3X as many cases doesn’t really say anything without context.

Reason March 27, 2020 at 3:17 PM

There is a long turnaround, 10-14 days, for test results in many cases. Be prepared for many ore confirmed cases when results come back.

Another Teacher March 27, 2020 at 3:48 PM

My dad has stage 4 cancer, melanoma metastasized to his lungs and intestines. He has had a “bad cold” for a week now, with bad coughing, etc. but no fever. They won’t test him because he has no fever.

A co-worker of mine has been sick for three weeks. Her mother just tested positive for Covid. They live together, but they won’t test the daughter, even though she’s been ill, because she doesn’t have a high-enough fever.

The exponential growth isn’t there because people aren’t allowed to get tested.

james March 27, 2020 at 3:55 PM

Self isolating?Where?People aren’t going to work and liking it,but its a crowded and crappy around the city as always.Its not spreading because its not spreasding.Saying self isolation is the reason is dnegerous rhetoric.Bad for society ,and bad for people with jobs that pay taxes.Im just glad im self employed and can sit back and laugh till Nov 4th,when its all over.This is only making me money.Anyone self isolating is good liitle sheep…proud o ya..glad you’re not out and about possibly procreating.

Hoover March 28, 2020 at 10:38 AM

The hope is that we don’t see a spike. Due to the practice of sheltering the Bay Area has seen a pattern of cases that are 60% less than other heavily hit areas. The outcome hopefully is that we can spread out the cases over a longer period of time so that we don’t inundate the health system. This has been proven elsewhere whereas the opposite has been proven as well in Italy, Spain and now NY. Hopefully businesses and consumers will use the stimulus assistance wisely and charitably to help all those that are worried about subsisting through these months.

JJ March 27, 2020 at 1:34 PM

Is it just me, or does this feel like positive news? It’s not going up astronomical amounts. Newsom claims CA is testing “10,000+” a day…. and CA number are climbing, but at a seemingly stable place.
This number brings me more peace than panic.

Lambie March 27, 2020 at 1:46 PM

Good news, no additional deaths 😊
If we didn’t shelter at home, it would be worse.

The Mamba March 27, 2020 at 1:46 PM

Interesting that the number of new infections is coming down, hopefully that’s a sign we got the social distancing thing down early enough here in the County. I guess the other possibility is that there were less tests given yesterday

Bert March 27, 2020 at 1:50 PM

The numbers are only going up slightly because we are doing the shelter in place. If we hadn’t they would be much higher. This is good – what we are doing in working!

Concordejet March 27, 2020 at 2:23 PM

Personally I think the number are just very useless to me because there are people that are wanting to go get a test even though you do not need it the problem with getting tested is that the fact that you are going to be on that data and that’s why the keeps going up then that is going up we don’t know whether those people are negatives or positive or recovery it did not show it’s only means the number is going up whether people are going in for tests for low risk or high-risk. If one person goes in for a test scene where he see wants to go get the testing or really needs to get that testing then that person will be on a data

addlepate March 27, 2020 at 2:58 PM

Say what??? Grammar exists for a reason. I would like to know your thoughts but your posts are so difficult to understand.

Old Fart March 27, 2020 at 6:26 PM

@addlepate Sadly, I’ve seen this before. Punctuation is often the first thing to go, followed by general cognitive deterioration and descent into madness.

Dorothy March 27, 2020 at 2:37 PM

Cases will keep going up until there is enough testing to find all the cases. We are not there yet. The fact that CCC has only had 1 death so far is the good news so far.

Stay safe, stay home.

PESFG March 27, 2020 at 2:50 PM

I think the reason why the shelter in place order has somewhat worked and only one (r.i.p) person has died and the increase in cases is not big, according to some, is due to the weather. Once the weather starts to get warmer and the official school year comes to a close, is probable that we will see the numbers grow even more because people will no longer want to be coop up in their homes. I think most people as of now are not very worried because they see this as staycation and a time to catch up on whatever they need to do and it may also be probable that up to this point their finances have not really been hit, but this all may change in a month or two.

925chick March 27, 2020 at 3:31 PM

This is the outcome we want – we are flattening the curve. If you look at the US map on the John Hopkins site, since we were one of the areas (Bay Area) that started the shelter in place early on, the West Coast looks much better than the Eastern half of the US. They waited too long. We could have been New York if we waited too.

Old Fart March 27, 2020 at 6:29 PM

@925chick Everything is speculative at this point, but your analysis makes sense to me.

Joe March 27, 2020 at 4:11 PM

@Mitch you sound like a spoiled brat. Suck it up like a big boy and deal with it like the rest of us. The numbers haven’t went up due to people self isolating and social distancing. Not sure if you’re trolling or just slow…

james March 27, 2020 at 5:20 PM

Nice try Joe,how big of a check did they promise you for being a professional BSer?Have you tried to cash it yet?

MoJo March 27, 2020 at 5:08 PM

This is useless information without knowing how many total tests are being conducted. 16 more than yesterday means nothing. Maybe they only tested 16 people or maybe 16 tested positive out of 3000? Need some context here before any conclusions can be drawn.

The Fearless Spectator March 27, 2020 at 6:00 PM


Old Fart March 27, 2020 at 6:30 PM

MoJo is correct.

james March 27, 2020 at 10:24 PM

When is the exponential growth going to take place dr. Jeppesen…hello,doctor???Nobody will answer the simplest of questions,it;’s
” shut up and stay worried,how dare you tell people to relax”

Lambie March 27, 2020 at 5:21 PM

Thankfully I haven’t had any symptoms.
I would probably never get tested because my temperature 🤒 is normally low. This morning my basal temperature was 96.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Sometimes it is lower than that.

CM March 27, 2020 at 6:07 PM

I’ve read that a person infected with this coronavirus can infect 2 to 2.5 people. (It’s much more infectious than flu or even other coronaviruses.) Many infectious people are asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms. Left to his own devices an asymptomatic person wouldn’t be home in bed. He’d be out in society infecting two people. Those two give it to four others. Those four give it to eight….

Me March 27, 2020 at 6:09 PM

With a 14 day incubation period, people currently infected were infected prior to the shelter in place. So, we won’t see if the shelter in place has flattened the curve yet.

Bob March 28, 2020 at 12:09 AM

Spot on

Sideline March 27, 2020 at 6:28 PM

All this makes absolutely no sense.
Numbers are misleading.
Are we comparing apples to apples? I think not; We past Italy and now the USA is #1. Why are we being compared to Italy? What is the size and population of Italy compared to the US?

Wait a minute March 27, 2020 at 10:02 PM

Italy has around 60 million people. U.S. has around 330 million. I was just talking to my kids tonight about not taking headlines at face value and to always do some digging for the facts. Our country should not be compared to Italy when the population is not similar at all.

CalOldBlue March 27, 2020 at 8:39 PM

The county’s numbers have gone up between 16% and 26% each of the past 6 days. The average percent rise is 19%. This is much better than the nation as a whole, where the daily increases have run from between 20% and 36%, with an average daily rise of 28%.

Starting at 147, a 16% rise (smallest than seen for the past week) puts the County at almost 23,000 cases at the end of April.

If you assume a 19% daily rise, the number at the end of April is 54,000.

If you assume our worst case of 26%, the end of April number explodes to 380,000.

It is early in the ramp-up here. That’s just one more month. Your typical flu season lasts longer.

Are you feeling lucky?

Really Old Person March 27, 2020 at 9:13 PM

I appreciate not being given specific location etc; however I do believe we should be told all of the statistics i.e. 151 cases, #hospitalized, #quarantined at home, # recovered plus total # tested and # tested negative. The whole picture, not just the OMG we’re all going to get the virus and die.

james March 27, 2020 at 9:58 PM

Next time they show a chart of this on a map of the USA ,why don’t they overlap it with one showing the common flu….you would freak out(you alarmists that is) the normal people would see this is nothing but hype because of a newly named flu.
boo hoo hoo.??

Hanne Jeppesen March 28, 2020 at 12:51 AM

James, I was pointing out that Joe’s main point, as adults we should be able to be in somewhat quarantine for a few weeks without complaining. You called it BS, on that point you and Joe disagree. I agree his words were somewhat harsh, but then so are yours. You cannot post a comment without insulting someone. If you can’t aim it at one person, you do it by group. As in “you liberal’s or lefties” as if we all think alike, even if we identify as liberals or democrats. I don’t take pills. I do chill at night with a nice glass of chardonnay.

FPN March 28, 2020 at 1:53 AM

They are now saying the virus causes red eyes.

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