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Updates: Sonoma becomes third Bay Area county to move into late Stage 2

SF Gate logo SF Gate 4 days ago Amy Graff, Eric Ting, Alyssa Pereira

LATEST, May 22, 3:40 p.m. Here's a rundown of new cases and deaths reported Friday in counties around the Bay Area. This list will be updated as more counties make announcements.

—San Francisco reported three new deaths and 122 new cases.. The total number of cases is 2,320 and the death toll is 40.

—San Mateo reported one new death and 45 new cases. The total number of cases is 1,783 and the death toll is 76.

—Alameda reported 99 new cases to increase its total to 2,708. The death toll remains 90.

—Contra Costa reported 25 new cases to increase its total to 1,259. The death toll remains 36.

—Marin reported 17 new cases to increase its total to 369. The death toll remains 14.

—Napa reported one new case to increase its total to 96. The death toll remains three.

—Sonoma reported 11 new cases to increase its total to 444. The death toll remains four.

—Solano reported one new death and six new cases. The total number of cases is 455 and the death toll is 20.

—Santa Clara reported 54 new cases to increase its total to 2546. The death toll remains 138.

May 22, 2:30 p.m. Sonoma County received clearance from state officials to move into "late Stage 2" of California Gov. Gavin Newsom's reopening plan on Friday, becoming the third Bay Area county to do so.

In late Stage 2, counties can reopen dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools with physical distancing measures. To move deeper into the second stage of the reopening plan, a county must formally apply for a regional variance and demonstrate it meets certain criteria. Napa and Solano counties were already in late Stage 2 prior to Friday.

Click here to see where the other six Bay Area counties stand in the state criteria to move into late Stage 2.

May 22, 1:00 p.m. San Francisco will reopen public and private summer camps on June 15 with strict health and safety modifications, Mayor London Breed announced in a virtual roundtable Friday with San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg and Department of Children, Youth and Their Families Executive Director Maria Su. The program replaces the emergency childcare program, offered to frontline workers, which ends June 5.

Read more from SFGATE Editor Alyssa Pereira here.

May 22, 12:00 p.m. After receiving a formal warning from the United States Justice Department over church closures, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said his state is "weeks away" from allowing in-person religious services to resume.

A group of federal attorneys wrote a letter to Newsom warning him that prolonged church closures likely violate the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment due to the fact that similar non-religious businesses are receiving the green light to reopen in Stage 2.

Click here to read more.

It is unclear why San Francisco saw a spike in reported cases, but three new testing sites opened in underserved areas earlier in the week. However, when using the city's case tracker by date, it appears most of the 122 new cases were assigned to previous days, making it possible the spike was the result of a testing backlog.

May 22, 8:00 a.m. Santa Clara is the last county to enter Stage 2 of California's four-stage reopening plan and is reopening retail with curbside pickup and manufacturing Friday.

Under an amended local stay-at-home order, the county is also allowing several outdoor activities to resume including car parades, outdoor museums, historical sites, and publicly accessible gardens.

“In collaboration with local and regional partners, we are taking measured steps to enable businesses and activities to reopen safely,” said County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody. “We will continue to closely monitor each of the indicators, as well as other data, to assess how COVID-19 is circulating in our community. These data about the health and safety of residents will guide us as we gradually reopen more activities without eroding the significant progress we have made to date.”

Retail with curbside pickup is now open in all nine Bay Area counties.

Read Santa Clara County's new order in effect today.

Coronavirus in the greater Bay Area: A county-by-county snapshot

ALAMEDA COUNTY: 2,708 confirmed cases, 90 deaths

What's open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing

For more information on Alameda County, visit the public health department website.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: 1,259 confirmed cases, 36 deaths

What's open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing

For more information on Contra Costa County, visit the public health department website.

LAKE COUNTY: 12 confirmed cases

What's open beyond essential businesses:

Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools

For information on Lake County, visit the public health department website.

MARIN COUNTY: 369 confirmed cases, 14 deaths

What's open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing

Fore more information on Marin County, visit the public health department website.

MONTEREY COUNTY: 355 confirmed cases, 8 deaths

What's open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing

For more information on Monterey County, visit the public health department website.

NAPA COUNTY: 96 cases, 3 deaths

What's open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools

For more information on Napa County, visit the public health department website.

SAN BENITO COUNTY: 64 confirmed cases, 2 deaths

What's open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, restaurants, shopping malls

For more information on San Benito County, visit the public health department website.

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY: 2,320 confirmed cases, 40 deaths

What's open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing

For more information on San Francisco County, visit the public health department website.

SAN MATEO COUNTY: 1,783 confirmed cases, 76 deaths

What's open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing

For more information on San Mateo County, visit the public health department website.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY: 2,546 confirmed cases, 138 deaths

What's open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities; retail and manufacturing

Fore more information on Santa Clara County, visit the public health department website.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: 168 confirmed cases, 2 deaths

What's open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing

For more information on Santa Cruz County, visit the public health department website. 

SOLANO COUNTY: 455 confirmed cases, 20 deaths

What's open beyond essential businesses: All "low-risk" businesses that can comply with physical distancing guidelines; received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools

For more information on Solano County, visit the public health department website.

SONOMA COUNTY: 444 confirmed cases, 4 deaths

What's open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools

For more information on Sonoma County, visit the public health department website.

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