Alameda County covid-19 cases surpass 1,000; Santa Rita Jail cases nearly double

The number of confirmed cases of covid-19 in Alameda County now tops 1,000, according to the Alameda County Public Health Office.

Alameda County has 1,007 confirmed cases of covid-19, along with 39 deaths, according to the county’s covid-19 statistics released on Thursday morning. (See below: Covid-19 cases by Alameda County city.)

Alameda County beatOakland, with 242 confirmed cases, and Hayward with 190, continue to have the most cases in the county. Because both  have free public testing sites, the increased availability of testing may be skewing each city’s numbers upward, county health officials said.

The demographic with the most confirmed cases in the county continues to be Latinos, with 228 cases, followed by Caucasians and Asians. The statistic, however, is incomplete. More than 300 cases in the county are listed as “unknown.”

Furthermore, county residents between the ages of 51-60 are the most affected demographic with 178 cases, followed closely by those 31- and 40-years old at 174.

Also concerning is a large jump in the number of cases at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, which now stands at 27. Fears that an outbreak at the jail, with large numbers of inmates, often in close quarters, has been a great concern to county officials.

On Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases at the jail stood at 15. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office reported on Monday that six of those inmates have recovered from covid-19.

While the sheriff’s office has released more than 600 inmates over the past month to lessen the chances that the infection will spread, the Alameda County public defender and activists have urged for more.

On Thursday, activists attempted to block the streets around the Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland in order to pressure authorities to release additional inmates at Santa Rita Jail.

COVID-19 CASES BY CITY
OAKLAND            242  +17
HAYWARD           190  +4
UNINC ALCO       130  +5
FREMONT              83
SAN LEANDRO     59  +1
PLEASANTON       48  -1
UNION CITY          47  +3
BERKELEY             39  +1
LIVERMORE          29  +1
ALAMEDA              26  +1
DUBLIN                  20
PIEDMONT            10
ALBANY               <10
EMERYVILLE      <10
OTHERS                  44+