Contra Costa to Postpone COVID-19 Reopening Timeline – Gyms, Indoor Dining, Indoor Leisure Activities, Bars, Hotels, More To Remain Closed

June 29, 2020 11:11 am · 28 comments

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) will delay the opening of businesses and activities previously planned for July 1.

The following information is from Contra Costa Health Services:

The county is closely monitoring recent data showing COVID-19 activity increasing in the community, as it is statewide and throughout the country.

On Sunday, Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended that Contra Costa County, along with several other counties in the state, not reopen bars. The county’s timeline had previously cleared bars, personal services not involving close contact with the face, indoor dining, gyms and fitness centers, limited indoor leisure activities and museums, and hotels for tourism and individual travel to reopen July 1.

With the sharp rise in community spread and hospitalizations, it does not make sense at this time to open additional business sectors that could further accelerate community transmission. These businesses and activities will remain closed in Contra Costa until county data indicate that the spread of the virus has slowed, as measured by at least a week of stable case numbers, hospitalizations and percent of tests that are positive. Trends will be monitored and evaluated daily.

The seven-day average number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the county has increased by 75% from June 15 to June 29. (Claycord note: 38 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Contra Costa County)

The seven-day average number of newly identified COVID-19 cases has increased from 38 a day to 87 a day. The percentage of COVID-19 tests that came back positive has also increased from 4% to 6%. This suggests the change is not simply due to more testing, but a true increase in community spread.

We are also seeing a shift with more young people testing positive. In June, 55 percent of people testing positive in Contra Costa were 40 years and younger, compared to 38 percent for that group in April. It’s a sign that younger people are playing a major role in driving the increase in new cases and potentially infecting vulnerable individuals.

Many people who carry and spread the virus have no symptoms themselves. That is why it’s important for everyone to avoid social gatherings, observe physical distancing and wear masks or face coverings when around others.

Widespread testing is necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can safely reopen the economy. Testing is the only way to find out if you are carrying the virus and interrupt its spread. People can spread the virus without knowing they are sick.

While Contra Costa have seen an increase in the numbers of people being tested over the past several weeks, we highly encourage everyone who lives and works in the county to get tested, even if they have no symptoms.

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JMS June 29, 2020 at 11:17 AM

Thank you. Still too many people not wearing masks stay healthy

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It's A Me June 29, 2020 at 11:23 AM

So, indefinitely.

What about when the federal CARES act ends at the end of July? The extra 600$ is what is keeping people afloat, and it’s ending at the 25th or 26th of July due to the way UI is handled. The State’s UI isn’t enough to keep people from defaulting on their bills and housing situations. My S.O. is only getting 120$ per week from the state and has just only been extended for 13 weeks.

Getting “a new job” for those who are furloughed is also damn nigh impossible. My husband and I both, while he is furloughed, we’ve both looked for work only to be told we’re “over qualified” or “underqualified”, or businesses are not hiring. Those that are stating we’re overqualified are places that are like Target, Safeway etc.

My husband works at an arcade, I work as a photographer. Both of us are in the service industry and we don’t know how we’re going to make it. And yes we’ve been searching for work, have applied also to countless WFH, and even things like open retail stores and grocery.

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TraumaRx June 29, 2020 at 12:43 PM

How is working at a arcade or being a photographer overqualified for a position. There are plenty of jobs out there so stop relying on the government to bail you out.

Chuckie’s Wife June 29, 2020 at 12:51 PM

@TraumaRX – that is incredibly callous and uncaring of you. You should be ashamed of yourself. And obviously, you’ve never been unemployed and had to look for a job. How very fortunate for you.

“Overqualified” is often used by a prospective employer to say “you’re too old”. But since we supposedly don’t have age discrimination in CA, you’re just “overqualified”. And yes, someone working in an Arcade or at a Photographers can be overqualified if they have years of experience and the job they’re applying for is entry-level. In that case, the prospective employer is concerned that the applicant will take the job out of desperation and jump ship as soon as times are better and the employee can get better pay.

It's A Me June 29, 2020 at 12:54 PM

I’m *not* relying on the government to bail me out, genius.

We have applied to various positions across the board, WFH, grocery stores, essential businesses.

We have been told that either “you are over qualified for this position” from the companies or “you do not have enough experience” for this position. That’s how. I want to work, I have been applying constantly and consistently. It’s even more difficult when you have a 13% unemployment rate.

Original G June 29, 2020 at 1:16 PM

Being “over qualified” or “underqualified” means same as it did before all this started. Yes they need someone, . . . but it’s not gonna be you.

As to their being plenty of jobs out there, not so much. To be employed during newsom’s shutdown you need a skill set that is “essential” in some way.

If nothing else, while laid off, people should be looking around to see who are working and what skills they have learned which makes them essential. Then look into which of those skills could be learned from a local junior college.

Having unique skill set in the medical field is one.
In my case am skilled industrial electrician with decades experience.

Learned my skills from program that eventually became ETEC program at Los Medanos College over the hill in Pittsburg.
https://www.losmedanos.edu/careeradvancement/
Industrial electricians are still in short supply.

It's A Me June 29, 2020 at 1:28 PM

@ Chuckie’s Wife & Original G

Thank you both very much. I have been shifting my applications toward Graphic Design and Social Media. I have some experience with these but a lot of people are applying. I am still trying though but I’m still very concerned about the end of July.

Ideally we’d add additional experience of jr. colleges but a lot of them are also currently closed. DVC I believe is actually not allowing campus presence and many campuses, even ETEC it seems isn’t having in-present courses until December or January.

I am specifically looking to add coding into my repertoire since it is helpful for photographers to understand coding if companies wish to have a photographer who understands IT.

TraumaRx June 29, 2020 at 2:30 PM

The vast majority of people are tired of paying for people who didn’t make smart investments in finances or education. There is no reason why people should be living paycheck to paycheck with the abundance of opportunities in this country to get ahead. Don’t use this pandemic as an excuse of why you can’t make it. You’ve had a whole lifetime to get ahead. Like I said stop relying on someone else to bail you out and just go and do what it takes to succeed.

Lizzee June 29, 2020 at 3:08 PM

Well, count me OUT of the “vast majority,” then. I want my tax dollars to go toward supporting my fellow men and women. Ensuring people have a reasonable standard of living is one of the key functions of a civilized society. Otherwise, we might as well still live in the trees.

It's A Me June 29, 2020 at 3:36 PM

@RxTrauma

Yeah you didn’t even bother reading anything that was said. Our jobs and careers were stable we both had positions in highly competitive and desired locations. We both chose degrees where “you’ll be required”. I worked in advertising and commercial photography. The virus screwed us and the government is refusing to allow our industries to reopen.

And btw, medical and hospitals are laying off people as well. You have no idea what you’re talking about.

Captain Bebops June 29, 2020 at 11:25 AM

I just came back from Nob Hill and they are charging for bags again. Bet you still can’t bring your own. So the bags pile up in your garage or you wind up throwing them in the garbage which they claimed they wanted to avoid in the first place.

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Aunt Barbara June 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Safeway Countrywood is charging too, for a flimsy little plastic for 10 cents. No paper bags availiable, but checker said you can bring your own. we’ll see how long that lasts. rip off!
Very disappointed in the rotting produce there,

Will June 29, 2020 at 11:32 AM

For God’s sake enough of this shutdown crap. Open everything back up, NOW. Destroying the economy over a virus which 99.7% who get it either experience no symptons or recover is stupid. This is 100% a Plandemic-19 aimed at preventing a 2nd Trump Administration. My apologies go out to any business owners and employees whose lives have been destroyed by the Plandemic-19. Even I didn’t think the left would destroy their own economies just to spite Donald Trump.

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Nick June 29, 2020 at 12:18 PM

Will, so according to your logic the rest of the world is hell bent on preventing a 2nd Trump administration? The rest of the world is in on this so called Pandemic sham just to stop Trump from getting a second term?

Gittyup June 29, 2020 at 6:18 PM

@NIck The question is not whether there is a pandemic … worldwide. The question is whether the manner in which we have been required to respond to it by largely liberal authorities is reasonable or not.

Mitch June 29, 2020 at 11:36 AM

We have always known the confirmed tested positive was a relatively small portion of the people who had the disease and were asymptomatic. Understated by 30x-80x minimum.

% of tests that came back positive seems spurious when testing is opt in, and not randomized.

We are being taken for a ride, and now we don’t even have an end date to stop the targeted destruction to specific sectors of our economy.

This county needs new leadership, from top to bottom.

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WC Resident June 29, 2020 at 2:13 PM

@Mitch – The multiplier from confirmed cases to community cases has not been established. My guess is that it’s closer to 2.5 than 30, much less 80. That’s based on that the virus seems to be very contagious but also has not been spreading that quickly. In April and May the numbers for CC county were fairly steady. That tells me the community numbers were not exploding as you would expect were the multiplier were in the 30 to 80 range.

I agree that the testing is not randomized. What also has been irritating is that the county refuses to tell us what portion of the testing is of symptomatic people with the test conducted to confirm COVID-19 vs. asymptomatic people regardless of why they were tested. If we knew the numbers and test results for asymptomatic people that would be closer to the randomized sample.

A true randomized sample is very hard because the virus’ impact on the community is not symmetrical. It’s affecting lower-income people much more than the middle or upper class. It sweeps through nursing homes making for awful numbers in that community. The replication rate varies a lot from community to community and yet people want a one-size-fits all number.

We already have a targeted re-opening in progress. We never shut down businesses that were deemed essential.

You claim that the county needs new leadership, from top to bottom. What exactly could a new leadership do that’s better than what the current people are doing?

The leadership, regardless of who it is, will be making choices where all outcomes are bad.

Eh June 29, 2020 at 11:41 AM

Sooo…. This rise has nothing to do with the peeps who went out for protesting? 🤣

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Aunt Barbara June 29, 2020 at 12:01 PM

It has everything to do with that, but Gavin the punisher cannot see through his tunnel vision.

Gittyup June 29, 2020 at 11:44 AM

The objective now is not to flatten the curve so much as it is to avoid the possibility that the medical profession will have to begin choosing who they save and who they let go, if they aren’t already doing that. With demands on the system, the resources will be stretched thin, and, of course, those at the end of life will not be favored over those at the beginning of life … or, those supporting numerous children over the childless. Or, who is sicker and might not benefit with treatment, anyway. I’m sure this is not something they want to admit they do, but if it is not possible to “save” everyone, they will have to decide who gets the limited resources. So, I’d protect myself, if I were you.

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Luis June 29, 2020 at 11:44 AM

THANK YOU GOVERNOR!!!
we should all stay indoors!!! THE VIRUS is not gone!!!
people dont follow 6ft guidance!!!

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It's A Me June 29, 2020 at 11:47 AM

No, it’s only affecting everything that was supposed to open July1st-onward.

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The Observer June 29, 2020 at 11:53 AM

The County reported 166 new cases today, more than double the 81 reported yesterday. Yes, the number of tests went up, but not nearly enough to account for the increase in cases. The situation isn’t looking good for July.

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Original G June 29, 2020 at 11:54 AM

So did newsom’s shelter in place, that almost killed our state’s economy, actually flatten the curve or did it just shift the curve to later in the year ? ?

Beach goers on southern CA already gave newsom a wake up call as to how they view blanket SIP. Procedures and the delay in implementing protections for our elderly in high density settings caused unnecessary deaths, just as happened in NY.

Targeted geographic closures and masking should have been the norm from day one.

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RANDOM TASK June 29, 2020 at 1:01 PM

wait …HOTELS …..does this mean the hidden newscum bum hotels will have to stop
he and the sf mayor have been running these hotels in sf from sleazy 8 to 4 star abodes …..
placing those bums in those hotels with the promise of oh private democrat funding will be paying for this

well turns out that was false as they are also providing booze and drugs and cigarettes at no cost to the bums

which private people can not legally do …..so yeah the city taxpayers are paying …..

best part is the democrat media has put a gag order on reporting this to the public ….

so newsum are the tax payers going to still have to pay for the bums ….or does your new next other edict not apply once again to those you deem exempt through sanctuary

this state is a joke …..slapping and brow beating american hard working and non criminal citizens …while allowing everyone else to frolic and do as they please …..the very definition of bias
and or gavin is your fascism showing again

i find it utterly embarrassing that this is allowed to go on …..
a media black out as the state imposes fascism ….where are the repubs of this state we would vote for you if you stood up to the pelosi carnival train running this state into the ground …..as well as business and actual american citizens who want better than this

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PESFG June 29, 2020 at 1:11 PM

Life must continue. I have to commute an hour away and I encounter reckless, angry drivers, who have no concern for who they may kill or injure, and there are no cops to stop them nor are we, nor they, forced to stay home in order to save lives. Anything can happen at any moment that could cause us injuries or death whether at home or out of it. This SIP is not only hurting us all financially but is also affecting those with disabilities or those who have an uncomfortable living arrangement and so on. This SIP could lead to other problems that may not even be related to this new disease. People need to get out and perhaps we can begin to develop herd immunity.
I guess only those not wearing a mask nor keeping 6ft distance while destroying everything are except from any and all restrictions.

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SGV June 29, 2020 at 2:53 PM

Is everyone forgetting that the entire reason we shut down the economy and stayed home was to “flatten the curve SO that hospitals could get prepared for handling multiple cases at once?” The initial guidance was for 3 weeks and was extended to 45 days. Think that curve got flattened? YES it did. Think hospitals are up to speed yet? Yes they are. Staying home was never to get rid of the virus and the only folks who should remain at home currently are very high risk, at any age. I listened to the entire Newsom conference today waiting for someone to ask about what effect the PROTESTORS and rioters had on these new numbers. Silence. I believe he said the ICU beds were 13% full statewide….Is that correct? Anytime we are out shopping even in a strip mall where you’re shopping outdoors in close quarters with people you should have a mask on. Other than that, OPEN the economy with the appropriate precautions.

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Lizzee June 29, 2020 at 4:17 PM

I hate that I was right. Ugh.

“we highly encourage everyone who lives and works in the county to get tested, even if they have no symptoms.”

Why would anyone get tested now? The county has gone out of its way to disincentivize individuals from stepping forward. From the two-week minimum house arrest if you test positive, to the threat of walking back reopening, it’s seemingly to everyone’s personal advantage to stay far far away from testing centers. If you’re asymptomatic, you have everything to lose from getting tested– relative freedom to sort of live, the illusion of health, the ability to earn an income if you CAN work legally.

You get nothing but pain if you test positive. Which is a shame, because it’s overall in the collective interest to get as many tested as possible. To isolate the problem so it can be managed.

I got tested mid-last month (negative). What I got in exchange was three days of anxiety, lots of stress trying to figure out how to feed me and my husband for at least ten days with limited fridge space, etc. There’s absolutely no guidance online about what you can and can’t do under isolation and quarantine. Can you still get contactless food delivery if you’re out of anything? How much daily harassment do you get from the health dept? What do you do if [insert any question]?

Plus, I caught more than the occasional stinkeye from my husband since my decision put him in jeopardy as well. It wasn’t a fun time and I’m not eager to repeat it 😉

Not only that, I thought I’d be relieved that I was healthy. When I got the results, all I could think was that I was back where I started. That this horrible nightmare was still continuing. At least if I’d been positive, I’d know the virus part would eventually end one way or another.

Bleh. If I have to get tested again, I’ll do it. If it remains voluntary, I won’t. It’s just too damned stressful.

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