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Ten people have died due to the COVID-19 coronavirus in the Bay Area, including eight in Santa Clara County where the outbreak has been most severe, the latest data from county officials show. 

One death has been reported in Contra Costa County and one in San Mateo County where the number of positive cases is second only to Santa Clara County. 

Here’s how the counties rank by the number of coronavirus deaths as of 9:30 a.m., March 20.1. Santa Clara County — 82. Contra Costa County — 13. San Mateo County — 14. Alameda County — 05. Marin County — 06. Napa County — 07. San Francisco — 08. Solano County — 09. Sonoma County — 0Gov. Gavin Newsom told all Californians on March 19  to shelter in place to try to limit the spread of the virus. The order may be the strictest measure in the nation. 

“We have, I believe, the capacity to meet this moment, but not unless we change our behaviors and do what is necessary to meet this moment,” Newsom said. 

“Let’s bend the curve together,” Newsom said, “Let’s not regret. Let’s not dream of regretting, go back and say, ‘you know we coulda, woulda, shoulda.’ Not when the data all points to where I think most of us know we’re going.”  

SourceCounty governments, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom 

Keith Burbank is currently a fulltime reporter covering Alameda County and Oakland news for Bay City News. He has also worked on the Data Points project for Local News Matters, finding trends and stories about the region through data. In 2019, he was a California Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, producing a series about homeless deaths in Santa Clara County. He worked as a swing shift editor for the newswire for several years as well. Outside of journalism, Keith enjoys computer programming, math, economics and music.