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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:

All BART employees and contractors will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or prove their full vaccination status by mid-December under a policy the agency’s board adopted Thursday.

The policy — drafted by Board Directors Rebecca Saltzman, Lateefah Simon, Bevan Dufty and Janice Li — will require the full vaccination of BART’s employees and board members by Dec. 13, save for those who have a valid medical or religious exemption.

The board also voted as part of the vaccination policy to direct BART General Manager Bob Powers to implement a vaccination requirement for the agency’s contractors and bargain with the agency’s labor unions to determine how employees who decline to get vaccinated will be handled.

“By adopting this policy today, nobody is getting fired tomorrow,” Li said. “No one is being forced to get the vaccine, but this policy states that being vaccinated is a condition of employment.”

Contra Costa County announced Thursday that it will partially lift its indoor mask requirements Nov. 1 for small, fully vaccinated settings.

The health order will allow fully vaccinated people to remove their masks indoors in settings with fewer than 100 people that are not open to the general public like offices, gyms, occupational vehicles, religious gatherings and college classes.

Those present in such settings must confirm their full vaccination status with the host or business, must gather on a regular basis and should not attend if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

“This will allow vaccinated people to feel safe removing their masks at the office and when they’re working out at the gym,” county Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano said. “Of course, people in these places can keep wearing masks if that makes them feel more comfortable.”

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

Alameda County: 116,697 cases, 1,365 deaths (116,252 cases, 1,356 deaths on Wednesday) (Totals include Berkeley Health Department data)

Contra Costa County: 97,446 cases, 981 deaths (97,308 cases, 967 deaths on Wednesday)

Marin County: 17,314 cases, 221 deaths (17,285 cases, 221 deaths on Wednesday) (Totals include San Quentin State Prison)

Monterey County: 48,470 cases, 586 deaths (48,450 cases, 586 deaths on Wednesday)

Napa County: 12,732 cases, 102 deaths (12,715 cases, 102 deaths on Wednesday)

San Francisco County: 51,283 cases, 644 deaths (51,225 cases, 645 deaths on Wednesday)

San Joaquin County: 97,412 cases, 1,702 deaths (97,412 cases, 1,702 deaths on Wednesday)

San Mateo County: 52,099 cases, 618 deaths (52,055 cases, 618 deaths on Wednesday)

Santa Clara County: 143,644 cases, 1,821 deaths (143,425 cases, 1,821 deaths on Wednesday)

Santa Cruz County: 19,771 cases, 217 deaths (19,705 cases, 216 deaths on Wednesday)

Solano County: 45,035 cases, 312 deaths (45,035 cases, 312 deaths on Wednesday)

Sonoma County: 40,253 cases, 400 deaths (40,231 cases, 398 deaths on Wednesday)

Statewide: 4,565,279 cases, 70,010 deaths (4,561,319 cases, 69,862 deaths on Wednesday)


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