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Bay Area Sees Purple – Governor Pulls Emergency Brake To Slow COVID Spead


Governor Gavin Newsom reported coronavirus cases have doubled in California over the last 10 days, causing the state to pull an “emergency brake” moving most counties to the most restrictive tier in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said in a press conference Monday. “California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet, faster than what we experienced at the outset of the pandemic or even this summer.”

As of last week, 13 counties were in the purple tier. Now, on Monday, Newsom announced 41 counties, or 94 percent of California, is in the purple tier. Newsom and Dr. Mark Ghaly typically share tier updates on Tuesday afternoon, but officials said the shocking announcement could not wait another day.

“You can see the purple, all up and down the state,” said Newsom.

In the Bay Area, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Napa and Solano counties will go backward into the purple tier, the state’s most restrictive, effective Tuesday. San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties will move back into the red tier, the second-most restrictive.

The adjusted average daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Contra Costa has doubled in recent weeks, rising from 4.3 per 100,000 population on Oct. 16 to 9.2 on Nov. 16.

The average daily percentage of COVID-19 tests that return positive in Contra Costa has also increased sharply, from 1.9% on Oct. 16 to 3.6% on Nov. 16.

Health officials are also closely monitoring the number of people hospitalized in Contra Costa because of COVID-19, as a large surge in patients could overwhelm the local healthcare system. There were 21 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Contra Costa on Oct. 16, compared to 48 on Nov. 16.

To prevent unnecessary illness and death, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) is urging residents to take the safety requirements seriously and consider what they can do to reduce the risk of infection to themselves and their families – such as wearing face coverings whenever they leave home.


    • No kidding. People are hurting. People are tired. More people will die as a result, but that’s apparently our nature. The wave of evictions and bankruptcies is still approaching. No more Papa Murphy in WC or Alamo. The food lines are starting to resemble depression era scenes, just with better trucks.

  1. Not holding out a lot of hope for a successful resolution here. Barricaded child with nuclear weapons capabilities, citizenry that still supports him, science discarded in favor of voodoo and The Swamp alive and well. I’m afraid the only thing America will be Number One in is deaths.

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