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The latest developments around the region related to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, as of Thursday evening include:

Millbrae’s City Council will not move forward with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for certain businesses in the city, including outdoor dining, after a councilmember floated the idea during a council meeting on Wednesday.

Councilmember Anders Fung requested that the council discuss the idea that proof of vaccination be required for both indoor and outdoor dining, fitness centers and entertainment venues citywide.

Fung said he had heard from community members, especially families with young children and seniors, who were nervous about going out to restaurants or mass gatherings, not knowing whether people around them were vaccinated.

“People want to put this pandemic behind all of us,” Fung said. “This mandate is not about penalizing anyone or putting pressure on local businesses. It is about being an advocate to our people that it’s time for everyone to vaccinate as quickly as possible because this is the responsible thing to do.”

However, councilmembers were not ready to explore such a mandate, citing several reasons, such as a need to support businesses by not adding further restrictions.

The city of Santa Rosa will pay nearly $10,000 in penalties to the state’s workplace safety agency as part of a settlement over the death of a police detective due to COVID-19 complications.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued four citations to the city after investigating the March 31, 2020, death of police Detective Marylou Armer, 43, after she contracted COVID-19 and the agency determined the city did not have proper workplace safety measures in place.

Cal/OSHA originally sought $32,000 in penalties, citing the city for improper record keeping, violating the Santa Rosa Police Department’s respiratory safety equipment protocol and improperly managing employees with COVID-19 symptoms.

The citations were ultimately downgraded after city officials argued that Armer’s infection and death occurred at a time when the nature of the virus was still unknown, and that Sonoma County public health officials had not even issued safety protocols for employers until the day Armer died.

As of Thursday, at 5:30 p.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases around the greater Bay Area region:

Alameda County: 112,702 cases, 1,323 deaths (112,531 cases, 1,322 deaths on Wednesday) (Totals include Berkeley Health Department data)

Contra Costa County: 93,687 cases, 914 deaths (93,462 cases, 911 deaths on Wednesday)

Marin County: 16,762 cases, 218 deaths (16,729 cases, 218 deaths on Wednesday) (Totals include San Quentin State Prison)

Monterey County: 47,566 cases, 566 deaths (47,498 cases, 566 deaths on Wednesday)

Napa County: 12,147 cases, 85 deaths (10,842 cases, 85 deaths on Wednesday)

San Francisco County: 48,956 cases, 606 deaths (48,876 cases, 605 deaths on Wednesday)

San Joaquin County: 92,675 cases, 1,619 deaths (92,675 cases, 1,619 deaths on Wednesday)

San Mateo County: 50,451 cases, 603 deaths (50,352 cases, 603 deaths on Wednesday)

Santa Clara County: 139,294 cases, 1,753 deaths (139,016 cases, 1,753 deaths on Wednesday)

Santa Cruz County: 19,054 cases, 211 deaths (18,897 cases, 210 deaths on Wednesday)

Solano County: 43,194 cases, 280 deaths (43,194 cases, 280 deaths on Wednesday)

Sonoma County: 38,812 cases, 372 deaths (38,740 cases, 372 deaths on Wednesday)

Statewide: 4,387,926 cases, 67,187 deaths (4,380,566 cases, 67,001 deaths on Wednesday)

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