County Health Officials Postpone July 1 Reopening Timeline
Contra Costa Health Services announced Monday that the planned reopening of businesses set for July 1 will be delayed due to a continuing spike in the number of new coronavirus cases.
According to data on the county’s coronavirus site www.coronavirus.cchealth.org the seven day average of new COVID-19 cases has increased from 38 per day to 87 per day. Additionally, the number of positive COVID-19 tests has gone from 4% to 6%, indicating that the increasing numbers are not simply the result of more testing.
The seven-day average number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Contra Costa County showed a rise of 75% from June 15-Jume 29.
While the number of tests administered in the county is up, county health officials are asking all residents to be tested, as testing is needed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Since many people can carry and spread the virus without showing any symptoms, testing is the best way to determine if a person has COVID-19 and slow the spread. There are now eight testing centers in Contra Costa County. To make an appointment for a test either call 1-844-421-0804 or visit cchealth.org/coronavirus.
For those businesses that are open, the best way to support them is by maintaining good social distancing and wear facial coverings while waiting in line or inside a business.
In a similar vein, with the 4th of July weekend coming up, residents are again asked to avoid large social gatherings, maintain proper social distancing, and continue to mask and follow good hygiene to prevent further transmission of the virus.