OAKLAND (KPIX) – Alameda County has the most coronavirus cases in the Bay Area and now it has more hospitalizations than it ever had during this entire pandemic. Could a second lockdown be on the way?
Alameda County Interim Public Health Director Nicholas Moss says cases have somewhat stabilized but all options are on the table.READ MORE: San Francisco DA Boudin Files Charges Against SF Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Sexual Assault, Threats
âWe certainly are always considering whether or not to take steps like that, to move backwards,â Dr. Moss explains.
With Alameda County on the Californiaâs Monitoring List, itâs working jointly with the California Department of Public Health to flatten the curve. With the highest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began, any ease of restrictions is on pause.
âIâm really still very concerned about our hospitalizations and so until we see some stabilization there, I think itâs too early to talk about reopening,â says Moss.
The Alameda County Public Health Department released a graph of the relationship between easing of restrictions and increases in COVID-19 cases. Each time another business sector is allowed to open, comes another spike.READ MORE: Los Gatos School Teacher Convicted Of Molesting Students Sued By Victim's Family
âI think itâs not so much a story of any one sector but rather any place where people have had to return to work where they couldnât remote,â says Moss.
Add social gatherings, and thatâs how Dr. Moss says most of the community transmissions are occurring.
Alameda County residents like Richard Colbert are in no rush to see more businesses open anytime soon.
âItâs greater than just one person, itâs greater than just me. Kind of help everybody with this situation.â Peter says, âUltimately at the end of the day itâs about human beings lives and medical science,â says Colbert.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: 'Non-Specific' Online Threat Shuts Down San Francisco State Campus
While many of the staff members from San Quentin live in Alameda County, Dr. Moss says there is no evidence of community transmission stemming from that outbreak.