Photo Courtesy KPIX Channel 5
Photo Courtesy KPIX Channel 5

East Oakland residents are being urged to avoid social gatherings because they are leading to a surge in COVID-19 cases. On Friday, public health officials warn the number of positive COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing there partly due to the large parties and gatherings at Lake Merritt.

The surge has been directly related to parties and social gatherings and, of specific concern, are large gatherings at Lake Merritt, according to the leaders citing data released this week by Roots Community Health Center, which is based in East Oakland.

The health center reported in July that 40 percent of the positive cases in Oakland were due to large gatherings and parties.

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