Three Gulf counties registered the highest number of new coronavirus infections since the pandemic began on Saturday, as the rise in COVID-19 in California continued and public health officials imposed new restrictions to slow the spread.
The cities of Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco recorded the most new cases since the news organization began tracking data on coronavirus infection in April, a worrying development that officials say could require a new blockade. The Gulf region registered 2,281 new cases of the virus and six new deaths for a total of 149,004 cases and 1,962 deaths.
The new cases came a day after the counties of San Mateo and San Francisco were moved from the “red”
Santa Clara County registered 747 new cases on Saturday for a total of 33,732, the most it has registered since the start of the pandemic, and did not report any new deaths to be added to a total of 476. On Saturday, county officials released new restrictions on in the light of the growing volume of cases and introduced a ban on all professional, collegiate and high school sports events.
Officials also issued a mandatory quarantine for travelers in the region of more than 150 miles and new restrictions on indoor business capacity.
The restrictions came just hours after returning from San Francisco and San Mateo counties, both of which recorded record numbers on Saturday. San Francisco, which was chosen as the state model for coronavirus prevention, registered 256 new cases out of a total of 15,342.
As a result of the new restrictions, some of the city’s famous landmarks will be closed again. The deYoung Museum in San Francisco and the Legion of Honor Museum are closed and will remain closed for the next few weeks to comply with the new restrictions just months after they recently opened to the public.
The San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts – which runs deYoung and the Legion of Honor – has announced a range of virtual events and podcasts to continue to serve art seekers in the Gulf region. The Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Museum of Art, is also closed and offers online events. And the California Academy of Sciences and Exploratorium are also closed.
So far, 160 people in the city have died from the virus. Officials did not register any new deaths on Saturday.
In San Mateo County, officials on Saturday reported 441 new cases – the most in a single day for the county – a total of 14,148. One hundred and seventy people died in the county from the virus, but officials did not report any new deaths on Saturday.
Well-known parks and reserves in the county, which have been closed and shut down due to pandemics and historic fires, are likely to see new restrictions in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.
In the rest of the Gulf region, the number of cases is also increasing, albeit less dramatically.
In the eastern Gulf, Alameda County registered 259 new cases and six new deaths for a total of 29,116 cases and 511 deaths. Contra Costa County has registered 324 new cases and no new deaths for a total of 23,895 cases and 261 deaths.
The counties of Sonoma, Napa, Solano and Marin in the North Bay together reported 254 new cases and no new deaths for a total of 32,771 cases and 384 deaths.