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Seven Bay Area Counties in Lockdown Under ‘Unprecedented’ Shelter-in-Place Order Over Coronavirus

In California, there are a total of 392 total cases, 6 deaths; 68 total deaths in the U.S.

By Katy Grimes, March 17, 2020 7:26 am

‘A bad flu season is 80,000 dead. We’ve got about 18,000 dead from influenza this year; we have 100 from corona.’


Seven Bay Area counties announced Monday unprecedented shelter-in-place restrictions, confining millions of residents to their homes for three weeks over the spreading coronavirus.  The only allowable exceptions are essential work, to purchase food or other necessities.

However, there are no such orders for the large homeless population living in squalor on the streets.

California Globe asked Dr. Drew Pinsky if the virus could be the epidemic that spreads through the homeless population. Pinsky said it absolutely could and has been one of his biggest concerns as the homeless are immunocompromised, and will be vulnerable to bad outcomes.

“The new orders by health officers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties appear to be the most aggressive public response to coronavirus anywhere in the U.S. so far,” the San Jose Mercury News reported. “The directives are criminally enforceable and go well beyond Monday’s stepped-up calls for increased ‘social distancing’ from the nation’s capital, evoking lockdowns in parts of hard-hit Europe.”

Health officers in the seven counties issued the orders.

“History will not forgive us for waiting an hour more,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, whose city is the most populous in the Bay Area and the epicenter of the area’s outbreak. “This is our generation’s great test, our moment to stand tougher as a community. Amid our collective fears, we will find our uncommon courage.”

San Francisco’s police chief said the order will be enforced, but there are no details on how.

According to the California Department of Public Health, as of March 15, 2020, 6 p.m. there are a total of 392 positive cases and 6 deaths in California (including one non-California resident). California has conducted 8,316 tests as of Sunday.

Ages of all confirmed positive cases:

  • Age 0-17: 6 cases
  • Age 18-64: 246 cases
  • Age 65+: 135 cases
  • Unknown: 5 cases

24 – Cases of positive tests related to federal repatriation flights

368 – Cases not related to repatriation flights

The Center for Disease Control reports 68 U.S. deaths:

  • Total cases: 3,487
  • Total deaths: 68

Dr. Drew said last week that the news media should be “held accountable” for the damage they’re doing to people’s lives and the economy by over-hyping the virus, the Washington Times reported.

“A bad flu season is 80,000 dead. We’ve got about 18,000 dead from influenza this year; we have 100 from corona,” Dr. Pinsky told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith in an interview.

“Which should you be worried about, influenza or corona, 100 versus 18,000? It’s not a trick question,” he continued. “Look, everything that’s going on, with New York cleaning the subways and everyone using Clorox wipes, and get your flu shot, which should be the other message, that’s good, that’s a good thing. So I have no problems with the behaviors.”

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5 thoughts on “Seven Bay Area Counties in Lockdown Under ‘Unprecedented’ Shelter-in-Place Order Over Coronavirus

  1. Shocking. Crazy. So this is where the insanity of CA’s leadership ends, by throwing up its hands and then going into the fetal position. They won’t look at facts — as usual — and clearly have no idea what they are doing. This martial law and curfew is not enforceable, of course, but I guess the good liberals will obey and the “non-partisan” criminals will run wild? Or does someone like Sam Liccardo, mayor of San Jose, think the police will enforce curfew of regular citizens and look the other way for the criminals he has embraced?

  2. 03/18/2020
    From the DESK-

    By JohnRHernandez@NDMC-INTERNATIONAL 2020 (c)

    “I have seen all sides of California’s story and what I continue to see is an unsustainable ecosystem but not irreparable if the proper measures are not taken to heart. Some may feel disgust at what I may say others simply reject it as rubbish. At some point an ecosystem may become so disrupted that it begins to break down despite the best measures and intentions. What I advice is to look at the paradigm and if the measures you have taken meet your limit of acceptance continue on your path. I suggest at some point it may become necessary to take serious measures. In my opinion the image I see in my mind of the streets in some of your cities is beyond gruesome. I can only offer this thought; the patients have taken over the Asylum!”JRH-NDMC-INTERNATIONAL 2020 (c)

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