The latest developments around the region related to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, as of Thursday evening include:
Nurses and other health care workers held protests across the Bay Area on Thursday to call for increased workplace protections amid the region’s deluge of COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant.
Members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and the Caregiver Healthcare Employees Union held protests in San Francisco, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Marin and Alameda counties to call on health care providers to expand their nursing staffs.
Protesting workers said they’re being stretched too thin, with too few nurses and caregivers available to care for the influx of patients suffering from COVID and other ailments.
“They keep saying there’s a shortage of nurses; I don’t think there’s a shortage of nurses,” said Valerie Delgado, a nurse at Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland Medical Center. “I think there’s a shortage of nurses that want to work in the hospital under these conditions that are forced upon us.”
The protests were part of a national day of action by National Nurses United.
Presiding Judge Theodore C. Zayner ordered public counters closed Wednesday at Santa Clara County Superior Court and limited public access inside the courthouse through the end of January.
Effective immediately, the order cited the sharp rise of COVID-19 cases within the county and its impact on staffing levels at the court.
“Our Court is experiencing a significant number of employee absences, creating staffing shortages across all departments of the Court,” Zayner said. “I want to strongly emphasize that these measures have become necessary due to diminished staffing levels, and not for lack of safety, healthy or sanitary conditions within the courthouses themselves. We appreciate your patience through this challenging time during what we anticipate will include temporary limitations upon in-person courthouse access.”
As of Thursday, at 5:30 p.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases around the greater Bay Area region:
Alameda County: 173,001 cases, 1,563 deaths (169,181 cases, 1,561 deaths on Wednesday) (Totals include Berkeley Health Department data)
Contra Costa County: 138,852 cases, 1,083 deaths (135,720 cases, 1,078 deaths on Wednesday)
Marin County: 25,298 cases, 228 deaths (24,752 cases, 228 deaths on Wednesday) (Totals include San Quentin State Prison)
Monterey County: 55,491 cases, 653 deaths (55,083 cases, 653 deaths on Wednesday)
Napa County: 16,547 cases, 108 deaths (16,303 cases, 108 deaths on Wednesday)
San Francisco County: 80,280 cases, 694 deaths (79,335 cases, 694 deaths on Wednesday)
San Joaquin County: 118,755 cases, 1,947 deaths (118,755 cases, 1,947 deaths on Wednesday)
San Mateo County: 74,669 cases, 638 deaths (73,990 cases, 638 deaths on Wednesday)
Santa Clara County: 218,660 cases, 1,951 deaths (219,940 cases, 1,951 deaths on Wednesday) (Case data revised by county)
Santa Cruz County: 26,699 cases, 235 deaths (25,651 cases, 232 deaths on Wednesday)
Solano County: 57,641 cases, 363 deaths (52,436 cases, 361 deaths on Wednesday)
Sonoma County: 56,555 cases, 422 deaths (54,566 cases, 421 deaths on Wednesday)
Statewide: 6,296,907 cases, 76,804 deaths (6,188,867 cases, 76,683 deaths on Wednesday)
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