SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA — San Mateo County Health reported 53 additional coronavirus cases Tuesday.
The latest report brings the countywide case count to 9,950.
The county reported no additional coronavirus-related fatalities Tuesday, leaving its COVID-19 death toll at 150.
There were 32 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in San Mateo County as of Tuesday, of which nine were being treated in intensive care units.
Elsewhere in the Bay Area and beyond, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday enacted new protections for commercial rental tenants who can prove financial hardship directly tied to COVID-19-related causes, but opted to not expand existing protections for residential renters beyond those already in place.
The supervisors unanimously approved adding commercial renter protection to a Sept. 22 urgency ordinance that already provides some protection for residential renters who have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic and can prove it.
San Mateo County’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a resolution to contract for up to $5 million to increase COVID-19 testing.
Since March, the county has partnered with Verily, Alphabet Inc.’s life sciences research organization that launched the Project Baseline program to provide free COVID-19 testing.
The original resolution, adopted March 24, allowed the county to contract with entities providing COVID-19 related services for a maximum of $500,000, paid from the county’s federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.
The amended resolution increases the agreement threshold to $5 million as the county aims to increase testing to over 1,000 tests daily, up from the previous daily average of 600 to 700 tests.
Contra Costa County moved out of the state’s most restrictive coronavirus reopening tier Tuesday, allowing some businesses like gyms and restaurants to resume operating indoors with limited capacities.
Contra Costa was one of the last remaining counties in the greater Bay Area remaining in the in the Widespread tier, also frequently denoted as Tier 1 or the purple tier, due to an elevated rate of new cases.
“The credit really belongs to the residents of Contra Costa, who have adapted to the new normal and modified their lifestyles to reduce the spread of COVID in the county,” said county Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano.
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There have been 814,062 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 15,717 coronavirus-related deaths in California as of Tuesday afternoon according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The United States had 7,180,411 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 205,774 coronavirus-related fatalities as of Tuesday afternoon.
There have been 33,484,488 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,004,129 deaths reported globally as of Tuesday afternoon.
— Bay City News contributed to this report
This article originally appeared on the San Mateo Patch