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SJ County now has 57 COVID hospitalizations
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An additional 10 people in a 24-hour period were hospitalized in San Joaquin County due to the severity of their COVID-19 illness.

There were a record 57 people hospitalized as of 1:15 p.m. Friday. An additional person died to bring the number of deaths to 48. The surge in hospitalization underscores the reason why Gov. Gavin Newsom mandated Californians wear face masks in a number of indoor public locations as well as specific outdoor situation in a bid to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The number of cases has gone up slightly since Friday. There is now about 900 people with the virus out of 760,000 county residents. More than 1,000 people have recovered.

About have of all cases are in Stockton that went from 766 a week prior to 991 on Friday.

Manteca in the past week has gone from 140 to 168 known cases in the past week after jumping 15 the week prior. Those numbers include those who have the virus but are not hospitalized, those who are hospitalized, and those that have recovered.

Tracy went from 160 last week to 186 Friday, Lathrop from 63 to 72, and Ripon from 21 to 23.

The mask rule is intended to allow more businesses and social activities to reopen while reducing the amount of COVID-19 that is spread.

Under the state mandate, you should wear masks:

-- Inside or in line to enter indoor public spaces.

-- In hospitals, pharmacies, medical clinics or other healthcare offices.

-- While waiting for and riding public transportation, taxis or ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. Drivers should also wear masks.

-- In work places that require interacting with the public, where food is prepared, packaged or delivered, or when sharing common spaces such as elevators and hallways.

-- In office settings where people cannot physically distance.

— While outside if it's not possible to stay six feet away from others.

The following people are exempt from wearing masks:

— Children age 2 and younger.

-- People with medical, mental health or developmental issues that prevent it.

-- People who are deaf or have hearing loss and those who communicate with them if seeing someone's mouth is essential.

-- Workers who would violate workplace safety rules by wearing one.

-- People eating and drinking at restaurants.

-- People swimming, walking, hiking, biking, running or doing other outdoor activity where they can stay 6 feet (1.8 meters) from others.

-- People in jails and prisons.


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