A spike in new coronavirus cases in Alameda County over the past month led to an inauspicious milestone on Friday after the number of residents testing positive surpassed 10,000 on Friday. Alameda County is the first in the Bay Area to pass the threshold.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 10,214 Alameda County residents have contracted the virus, along with 178 deaths, as of Friday.
Spread of the virus and increased testing in Oakland also pushed the city’s total over 4,000 cases on the same day. Oakland is set to overtake Hayward as the Alameda County city with the highest rate of cases per 100,000 residents.
COVID-19 CASES BY CITY – thru July 24
OAKLAND 4,026 +168 920.9**
HAYWARD 1,484 +29 921.6
EDEN AREA*** 606 +29 876.5
FREMONT 560 +41 238.5
SAN LEANDRO 527 +17 580.9
LIVERMORE 427 +12 464.4
BERKELEY 350 +5 281.0
UNION CITY 312 +11 412.4
CASTRO VALLEY 290 +9 444.3
NEWARK 238 +6 483.8
PLEASANTON 214 +4 263.2
ALAMEDA 158 +2 197.2
DUBLIN 110 +2 168.7
FAIRVIEW 84 +2 783.2
EMERYVILLE 48 +1 399.9
ALBANY 28 143.0
PIEDMONT 23 +1 199.4
Santa Rita Jail 172
**Rate per 100,000 residents.
***Eden Area includes unincorporated Ashland, Cherryland, Hayward Acres, San Lorenzo.
As the numbers increase, many specific metrics continue to tell a consistent story about the corornavirus in Alameda County.
Latino residents continue to make up roughly half the total number of cases in the county. But Black residents, who make up a smaller percentage of the county’s population, continue to suffer from high rates of mortality.
Yet, despite the rapid increase in new cases, the rate of hospitalizations and admissions to Intensive Care Units (ICUs), two metrics that health officials closely watch, remain somewhat stable.
Although the number of hospitalizations have risen over the past month, the number of those in ICUs has remained flat. It’s a notable development since Alameda County, like most municipalities, has a limited number of ICU beds available at any one time.
Meanwhile, testing continues. Hayward announced on Friday that it will move its successful testing site from Cal State East Bay to the Skywest Golf Course near Hesperian Boulevard, starting on Aug. 3.
A new testing in site in Alameda that opened this week was temporarily closed after a liability insurance issue arose. The first day of the Alameda location yielded nearly 1,000 tests given.