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Total coronavirus cases:
• 39,567 in California, including 1,530 deaths.
• 7,048 in the Bay Area, including 243 deaths.
• 871,285 in the U.S., including 50,066 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 20,982; New Jersey with 5,426; Michigan with 2,977; Massachusetts with 2,360 and Pennsylvania with 1,724. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 2.7 million in the world, with more than 191,000 deaths. More than 748,000 people have recovered.
Coronavirus cases by city: For detailed maps and new city-by-city Bay Area data, check out The Chronicle’s Coronavirus Tracker. To get regular updates on our coverage, sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.
Latest developments from today:
9:13 a.m. DMV waives penalties, extends deadlines: The Department of Motor Vehicles will waive late fees and penalties for vehicle registrations while extending expiring identification cards, officials said. Identification cards that expired on or after March 4 will be valid through June 22. The requirement to submit a transfer of ownership within 10 days of a vehicle transfer was suspended for 60 days, as were temporary operating permits that expired on or after March 4. Motor carrier permits that were due to expire in March, April and May were extended to June 30.
9:08 a.m. Subdued Ramadan begins amid coronavirus outbreak: Muslims worldwide began Ramadan on Friday with dawn-to-dusk fasting, but many will have to forgo the communal prayers and family gatherings that make the holy month special, as authorities maintain lockdowns aimed at slowing the coronavirus pandemic. The Associated Press reports that many are also weighed down by anxiety about the pandemic and widespread job losses.
8:43 a.m. Clashing rules vex Californians who seek recreation during pandemic: Every county, city, park district and water agency has its own interpretation of the state’s stay-at-home order and how it should be implemented. As a result, closures of park and recreational sites across the state have been haphazard. Those looking to engage in outdoor activities are often confronted by a clashing series of regulations.
8:39 a.m. 422 new coronavirus deaths in New York: The state reported 422 more deaths from COVID-19 as the number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus decreased and officials started monitoring how fast the pandemic’s impact will diminish, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “It’s dropping somewhat but it’s still devastating news,” Cuomo said while announcing the new deaths at a news conference.
8:37 a.m. San Francisco announces new coronavirus death as more cases are confirmed: A 22nd person in San Francisco has died of COVID-19 while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 1,340, according to the Department of Public Health.
8:36 a.m. Coronavirus deaths in U.S. surpass 50,000: The number of people in the United States who have died of COVID-19 reached 50,031 Friday morning, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Some 870,000 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., the most of any country and about four times as many as Spain, the second hardest-hit nation. Nearly 81,000 Americans have recovered from the disease.
8:17 a.m. Not all news is bad during pandemic: On the bright side, there are senior sing-alongs in Oakland, and there’s St. Pancake’s Day in your kitchen. Read more here.
8:11 a.m. Biden says Trump could try to postpone election over coronavirus: Former Vice President Joe Biden blasted President Trump for working to block emergency funding for the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service, which would handle tens of millions of ballots this fall. Biden said it’s evidence that Trump already is trying to “undermine” the election and make it more difficult for Americans to vote. Going further, Biden predicted without evidence that Trump will attempt to postpone the election altogether.
8:09 a.m. California suspends unemployment certifications: The state temporarily suspended its unemployment “certification” requirement to ensure people continue receiving benefits as the high volume of claims paralyzes the agency’s system and jeopardizes filing claims by newly unemployed people. Those receiving unemployment benefits normally have to answer questions online every two weeks to continue receiving benefits. State Labor Secretary Julie Su directed the Employment Development Department to suspend the certification requirement for weeks ending March 14 through May 9.
7:49 a.m. Don’t use hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine without supervision, FDA pleas: Food and Drug Administration officials on Friday urged people not to use hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 treatment outside of hospitals or clinical trials because they can cause abnormal heart rhythms. “We would like to remind health care professionals and patients of the known risks associated with both hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine,” officials said in a statement. “Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have not been shown to be safe and effective for treating or preventing COVID-19.”
7:41 a.m. California cities expect layoffs from financial losses during pandemic: The state’s 482 cities say they will collectively lose $6.7 billion over the next two years because of the coronavirus pandemic, prompting layoffs and furloughs for public workers and potential cuts to basic services such as sanitation, public safety and housing. But that estimate, compiled by the League of California Cities, assumes the stay-at-home order lifts by June 1 — an unlikely scenario. Read more here from the Associated Press.
7:35 a.m. Road restrictions during coronavirus crisis old hat in Berkeley: If you think Oakland and San Francisco’s recent moves to close selected neighborhood streets to through traffic during the coronavirus crisis feel familiar, there’s a reason: Berkeley has been doing it for at least 50 years.
7:26 a.m. Nursing homes biggest spreaders of coronavirus in Italy: At least 44% of new coronavirus infections this month in Italy occurred in nursing homes or long-term care facilities, according to the Superior Institutes of Health. Also, the average number of people who will get COVID-19 from a single infected person — the so-called R0 — is now under 1 nationwide for the first time, the Associated Press reports. It started out between 2 and 3 in hard-hit parts of the north, where the epicenter of Europe’s pandemic erupted Feb. 21.
7:22 a.m. Two more deaths in San Mateo County as confirmed coronavirus cases near 1,000: Two more people died in San Mateo County of COVID-19 as the number of cases increased to 989, according to health officials. The county has recorded 41 deaths.
7:02 a.m. Social media use increases amid pandemic: The use of social media apps during the coronavirus pandemic has increased, claiming 24% of all mobile app usage from adults in the United States, Axios reports. That’s up from 21%.
6:55 a.m. How did we get to this point? Check out The Chronicle’s timeline of key events in the coronavirus pandemic.
6:47 a.m. Stocks rise again: The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 100 points, with rebounding oil prices an encouraging factor.
6:46 a.m. Coronavirus canceled fertility treatments, but Bay Area residents hope to restart them: For patients dealing with infertility, the process of starting a family can feel largely out of their control, but the novel coronavirus has added an extra layer of uncertainty. Read more here.
6:17 a.m. New timeline leaves many to wonder if they had flu or coronavirus: It’s a nagging question for the millions of California residents. Were those flu symptoms — dry cough, fever, chills — as far back as December actually the coronavirus? There have been hints that the virus may have been circulating in the Bay Area weeks before the outbreak took off in early March, but due to a lack of testing there was no way to know for sure. The discovery of three unrelated at-home deaths from COVID-19 in Santa Clara County — and in particular, one death in the first week of February — provide that proof. Read more here.
6:06 a.m. Don’t inject or ingest disinfectant, says maker of Lysol and Dettol: Reckitt Benckiser, which produces Lysol and Dettol, urged people not to inject or ingest disinfectants after President Trump suggested health officials consider the idea. “As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route),” the company said in a statement. “As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information.” Read more here.
Developments from Thursday:
11:55 p.m. U.S. approaching 50,000 coronavirus deaths: Nearly 50,000 coronavirus-related deaths had been reported in the U.S. as of late Thursday night, according to Johns Hopkins University’s online tracker. The U.S. had confirmed 49,963 deaths from COVID-19 and will likely reach the grim milestone Friday morning. The global death toll was 190,890 late Thursday night, per Johns Hopkins data, with more than 2.7 million cases of the coronavirus reported worldwide.
10:55 p.m. California temporarily suspends charge for grocery bags: Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Thursday that suspends the state’s 10-cent charge for grocery bags and allows grocery stores and other retailers to provide single-use plastic bags for 60 days as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The order also pauses in-store recycling of beverage bottles and cans and suspends requirements for recycling centers to be open for a minimum number of hours. The changes are aimed at protecting workers at stores and recycling centers from being exposed to the virus by handling reusable bags or recyclable containers, the order states.
9:27 p.m. Family of first U.S. coronavirus victim in shock: The father of a 57-year-old San Jose woman who died in early February — the first known U.S. victim of the coronavirus, officials said this week — described to The Chronicle how his family is trying to navigate life without her and amid stay-home orders.
9:20 p.m. Sonoma County to expand testing, starting with health care workers: Health workers in Sonoma County will have access to drive-through coronavirus testing whether or not they display symptoms beginning Saturday, the county announced. Testing will be conducted in the parking lot of the county public health laboratory in Santa Rosa, requires an appointment and applies to any worker at a health care facility who has contact with patients, including medical, front desk, janitorial and security staff. The county soon plans to expand testing for first responders, people over age 65 and people with virus symptoms, officials said.
9:04 p.m. Sonoma County reports wave of new cases: Officials in Sonoma County reported 22 new cases of the coronavirus Thursday, a one-day 11.3% increase, to bring the county’s total to 216. Of those cases, 121 are active, 93 people have recovered and two people have died, according to the county’s website.
8:50 p.m. Cases among state health care workers surpass 4,000: Local health departments have reported 4,153 confirmed cases of the coronavirus among California health care workers, the state’s public health department said Thursday. That reflected a one-day increase of 276 cases, or 7.1%.
8:26 p.m. California Rep. Maxine Waters’ sister dying of COVID-19: Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, said ahead of a vote on the House floor for the $480 billion stimulus package that her family has been affected by the coronavirus. “I’m going to take a moment to dedicate this legislation to my dear sister who is dying in a hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, right now, infected by the coronavirus,” Waters said, according to CNN. Sen. Kamala Harris expressed her condolences on Twitter, where she wrote, “Awful news. (Rep. Maxine Waters), we are keeping your sister and your entire family in our prayers during this difficult time.”
8:00 p.m. Slack workers to stay home through Sept. 1: San Francisco software company Slack will keep work-from-home policies through Sept. 1, HR executive Robby Kwok wrote in a blog post. It will continue paying contractors and hourly workers who cannot work remotely through that time. Slack was among the Bay Area tech companies that ordered employees home because of coronavirus concerns well before local and state shelter-in-place mandates required it.
7:33 p.m. Alameda County issues reminders for observing Ramadan amid shelter-in-place: In an online letter, Alameda County officials ask residents to “continue to stay home and modify your observance of Ramadan to protect yourself and those you love from COVID-19.” The letter notes mosques must remain closed due to the shelter-in-place order and residents should avoid leaving home to distribute food to charity or visit others. It states some mosques are offering virtual services during the Muslim holy month, which begins Thursday, and that “suspension of in-person gatherings is not a suspension of worship..”
7:24 p.m. Napa vintner Dario Sattui pledges to return $1.2 million small business loan: The owner of Calistoga winery Castello di Amorosa learned this week that he would be receiving a $1.2 million loan from the federal Paycheck Protection Program to help with payroll for his 135 employees. He’s decided to return it, following the lead of national restaurant chains like Ruth’s Chris Steak House that have returned loans from the program after it quickly ran out of funding for small businesses.
7:15: Job cuts loom at Presidio of San Francisco: The economic repercussions of the coronavirus are being felt in an unexpected location: San Francisco’s Presidio, where 20% of the 350-person staff could be laid off in the coming month. Jean Fraser, the Trust’s CEO, said that one-fifth of the Presidio’s business and residential tenants were unable to pay their rent in April — a percentage “that potentially could grow in May.” John King’s full report.
7:09 p.m. California has cleared its pending backlog of coronavirus tests: The California Department of Public Health said that as of Wednesday, all 482,097 coronavirus tests that have been conducted in the state have reported results. It is the first time since the department began sharing daily testing figures in mid-March that it has reported no testing backlog. At its worst, California had nearly 60,000 pending tests because of a backlog at labs processing the tests. As of yesterday, there were 7,200 pending tests. The agency did not immediately respond to a question about how it was able to clear the backlog. But there is often a lag time between when labs process tests and when they report them to the state. Labs have been steadily increasing their capacity, and testing supplies have become more available in recent days.
7 p.m. Marin County official estimates 95 percent of residents still susceptible to virus: Marin County health officer Dr. Matt Willis said in a video update that officials estimate 95 percent of the county’s population is still vulnerable to the coronavirus. Willis said the county is not yet actively pursuing antibody testing — which could indicate if a person who has been infected has developed some immunity to the virus — because the reliability of available tests is undetermined. Willis, who previously tested positive for the virus and has recovered, said he did have a test that “showed a strong signal of the long-term protective antibodies” but “it’s still not clear what that means for me in terms of my level of protection.” As of Thursday, Marin County had tested 3,017 residents for the virus with 209 testing positive, per its online tracker.
6:15 p.m. BART orders 300,000 masks: Once BART has enough for its employees, it will distribute some to offers to hand out to riders as necessary. Read the full story on the Bay Area’s compliance with new mask rules here.
6:31 p.m. San Francisco might have had thousands of infections by March 1, report says: A model created at Northeastern University estimates that San Francisco may have had 9,300 people infected with the coronavirus as of March 1, the New York Times reported. San Francisco officials confirmed the city’s first case on March 5. The model from the Network Science Institute at Northeastern suggests the virus was spreading undetected much earlier. The Times report notes the 9,300 number is a median estimate and the true number of infections might have been significantly higher or lower.
6:16 p.m. East Oakland to open walk-up testing site: Mayor Libby Schaaf announced during a Thursday town hall that officials will open a walk-up testing site in East Oakland through a partnership with Roots Community Clinic, CORE and Verily, along with resources from the state. Schaaf said the location was selected to help ease health disparities between communities. The mayor will announce more details in the coming days, she said. There were 366 cases of the coronavirus in Oakland as of Thursday.
6:03 p.m. Napa County expands testing capacity through private partnership: County officials announced a partnership with CORE, a nonprofit, and Verily, a health company that is an arm of Google parent Alphabet, that will help the county ramp up testing capability. Testing will be prioritized for first responders, health care workers and symptomatic people. The county’s goal is to scale up to 200 tests per day with the new partnership.
5:29 p.m. Santa Clara County health officer appearing on CNN now: Dr. Sara Cody, county health officer, will be on CNN at 5:30 p.m. to discuss COVID-19 with Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta as part of the network’s “Facts and Fears Town Hall.”
5:21 p.m. Bay Area ICU cases, hospitalizations decline: There were 167 confirmed COVID-19 patients in ICUs in the nine Bay Area counties Wednesday, equaling the area’s second-lowest one-day total this month, according to state data reviewed by The Chronicle. The lowest total was 163 confirmed ICU cases on April 15. The overall number of confirmed hospitalized patients declined to 397 on Wednesday, also equaling the second-lowest one-day total in the Bay Area. Statewide, there were 1,204 confirmed ICU cases on Wednesday, a one-day decrease of 1.2%, and 3,343 hospitalized cases, down 0.4% from the previous day.
5:15 p.m. Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin residents can access drive-through testing starting Monday: Residents of Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin who show one or more symptoms of the coronavirus or are in certain vulnerable populations can access drive-through testing at the Alameda County Fairgrounds starting Monday, the cities announced. Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare will operate the testing site, which will be open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or while supplies last, per a news release from Stanford Health. The site can perform 150 tests per day.
5:10 p.m. Marin County projects multi-million dollar budget shortfall: County officials are projecting a General Fund shortfall of $7 to $11 million in 2020-2021 without federal stimulus money, but they are trying to get some of the funding that’s available through the CARES Act. “The allocation of federal stimulus funds will be necessary for us to maintain vital community services next year,” county budget manager Bret Uppendahl said in a statement.
4:59 p.m. Hospitals begin to resume non-emergency surgeries: Hip replacements and even certain heart procedures postponed during California’s shelter-in-place order are being rescheduled and even completed at at least one Bay Area hospital, as others create plans to do the same. Read the full story here.
4:53 p.m. San Francisco to set up trailers, RVs for homeless at temporary site: The city’s Human Services Agency announced it has leased 29 RVs and will receive 91 trailers from the state that it plans to set up at Seawall Lot 34 to provide temporary shelter for District 10 residents who are living on the streets or in shelters. The area is located on Pier 94 near the India Basin. The site, which will include law enforcement patrols, medical care, meals and other services, will be ready in mid- to late-May at the earliest, officials said.
4:51 p.m. Three people die of COVID-19 at Excell Health Care Center in East Oakland: The deaths at Excell bring Alameda County’s known nursing home deaths to 14. Read the full story here.
4:45 p.m. California has paid more than $3 billion to workers impacted by the coronavirus: The Employment Development Department said the unemployment insurance payments included $600 per week in federal money being paid to each unemployed worker between March 29 and the end of July.
4:34 p.m. Twenty-two Santa Rita Jail inmates recovered from COVID-19: The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office reported that 22 inmates at Santa Rita Jail have recovered after testing positive for COVID-19. There are still eight active cases among inmates and two among staff. Three other inmates who tested positive are no longer in custody.
4:31 p.m. Rep. Katie Porter of Irvine, a rising Democratic star, is also a single mother trying to keep her kids on track in the coronavirus age: The pandemic is providing Porter an even greater opportunity to shine, starting with the viral video of how she convinced the director of the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention last month to provide free COVID-19 tests for all Americans — live on C-SPAN. Read the latest from Chronicle political writer Joe Garofoli.
4:23 p.m. United flight attendants must wear face coverings: United Airlines flight attendants will be required to wear face coverings or masks while on duty beginning Friday, according to CNN. Flight attendants can wear their own face coverings or ones provided by United, which is the first major U.S. airline to adopt the requirement, CNN reported.
4:15 p.m. Grocery delivery company Instacart to hire 250,000 new shoppers: The San Francisco company said the hiring surge is to meet skyrocketing demand during the pandemic and to bring back same-day delivery. The company is hiring in California and elsewhere and said it has hired 300,000 new shoppers since last month. Click here for a list of companies hiring in the Bay Area.
3:53 p.m. Solano County reports fourth death: Officials in Solano County reported the county’s fourth death from COVID-19. The county has confirmed 191 total cases of the coronavirus with 17 cases active, according to its online tracker. Solano County has nine patients hospitalized as of Thursday.
3:45 p.m. What it’s like when your family gets coronavirus: It began with an odd complaint that food was too salty. Then another family member got a headache, and a third got a sore throat. Pooja Bhatia, a features editor at The Chronicle, writes about the strange experience of having the coronavirus in her home.
3:35 p.m. Sunlight, heat detrimental to virus, U.S. official says: Researchers have discovered that hotter temperatures, higher humidity and sunlight are detrimental to the coronavirus found in saliva droplets on surfaces and in the air, said Bill Bryan, director of science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security, during a White House press conference. “We know that summer-like conditions are going to create an environment where the transmission can be decreased, and that’s an opportunity for us to get ahead,” Bryan said.
3:32 p.m. Anti-coronavirus drug in doubt: A leaked study of remdesivir, an antiviral drug Foster City’s Gilead is testing as a COVID-19 treatment, casts doubt on the medicine’s effectiveness. The company has pushed back on reading too much into the results, however.
3:25 p.m. Congress approves nearly $500 billion in additional coronavirus spending: The measure contains $250 billion in further aid to small businesses, as well as $100 billion for hospitals and national testing, the Associated Press reported.
3:20 p.m. Google plans to cut its marketing budget by up to half for the second part of the year, report says: CNBC reported that the move comes after CEO Sundar Pichai said last week the search giant would significantly slow down its pace of hiring for the rest of the year due to the pandemic.
3:21 p.m. Pelosi slams McConnell call for states to declare bankruptcy rather than seek federal coronavirus cash: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi assured mayors Thursday that she would insist on state and local funding in Congress’ next coronavirus relief bill, and she criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for suggesting that Congress would allow states to declare bankruptcy, rather than provide them with federal funds. Read the full story here.
3:12 p.m. City reports 24 cases at Casa Quezada: 22 residents and two staff members have been infected with the coronavirus at a 51-resident supportive housing facility in San Francisco’s Mission district as of Thursday, city officials reported. The first resident tested positive on April 13, and after that, officials tested all 71 residents and staff. Casa Quezada serves formerly homeless people with special needs.
3:05 p.m. Second confirmed case at SF homeless shelter in Mission District: A second person has tested positive for the coronavirus at Division Circle Navigation Center in the Mission District. The city has moved 48 residents out of the navigation center and into hotel rooms where they can isolate and quarantine, according to San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management. The city’s Department of Public Health is testing the remaining 59 guests and working on moving them into hotel rooms, too. The city will temporarily close the shelter once all of the guests are moved out.
3:01 p.m. Stanford students seek worker protections: A Stanford student group highlighted its demands Thursday for the university to provide pay and other benefits to all campus workers through the end of the spring quarter in mid-June. The group, Stanford Students for Workers’ Rights, held a virtual press conference to express its frustration. Read the full story here.
2:59 p.m. Santa Clara County reports one additional death, cases near 2,000: County health officials reported one additional death and 28 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the totals to 95 deaths and 1,987 cases. Of those, at least 357 cases and 31 deaths are linked to long-term care facilities.
1:55 p.m. Alameda County announces additional death as cases reach 1,350: A 46th person in Alameda County has died of COVID-19 as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 1,350, health officials said.
1:47 p.m. Governor thanks California doctors headed to New York: Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed his “debt of gratitude” to 14 doctors from California who on Thursday flew to New York to help with the coronavirus pandemic. The group will join two UC Davis doctors already working with New York City’s hospital system. Another group of 20 doctors and nurses from UCSF also went to New York, where the outbreak has overwhelmed the health system. “Again it’s the spirit of our times, the spirit of this moment,” Newsom said at his daily briefing.
1:31 p.m. Details on coronavirus relief recipients to come from Fed: The Federal Reserve announced that it will detail the companies who receive small-business loans through the CARES Act. The listings will include amounts borrowed and interest rates charged, as well as overall costs, revenue and fees for each company.
1:18 p.m. Dow ekes out gain: After a turbulent day on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 39 points at 23,515.26. The market flipped between gains and losses, reacting to jobless filings and results of a Gilead drug trial that dragged the Foster City company’s shares down more than 4%.
12:56 p.m. Newson responds to McConnell’s comments on federal aid to states: Gov. Gavin Newsom said he hopes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks back his comments that states and cities should pursue pandemic relief through bankruptcy rather than from the federal government. “I hope and expect he’ll take back his comments,” Newsom said, adding they were offensive.
12:45 p.m. Should older people go shopping during the pandemic? Answers to this and other questions frequently asked by older people and their loved ones are here.
12:19 p.m. Number of hospitalized and ICU coronavirus patients decline as state records deadliest day: Gov. Gavin Newsom said the number of coronavirus patients in the state’s hospitals and intensive care units decreased for the first time Wednesday into Thursday as the state recorded its deadliest day. State officials recorded 115 deaths on Wednesday. “Yesterday was the deadliest day for this virus in the state,” Newsom said Thursday during a news conference.
12:11 p.m. Over 22,000 people signed up to volunteer on new website: Gov. Gavin Newsom said more than 22,000 people signed up to help in some capacity on a new website state officials launched to organize volunteers.
12:10 p.m. U.S. sends 90,000 swabs to state: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that 90,000 of 100,000 swabs that President Trump pledged to send California this week are en route.
12:08 p.m. Debt collectors can’t pluck CARES Act checks: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that debt collectors can’t pluck checks from the CARES Act meant to offer economic relief. Newsom said he signed an executive order that applies to collectors who have already intercepted checks. The order does not extend to people who owe child care or spousal support, he said.
12:07 p.m. Student loan providers to offer 90-day payment forbearance: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that 21 of 24 student loan providers in California committed to a 90-day forbearance on loan payments, offering more than 1.1 million Californians relief amid the coronavirus pandemic.
12:05 p.m. Gap isn’t paying rent: A month after furloughing a majority of its store staff in the U.S. and Canada because of the coronavirus, Gap Inc. disclosed Thursday that it stopped paying rent in April for stores that were closed in the two countries.
11:59 a.m. Poll finds few trust president on coronavirus info: Few Americans regularly look to or trust President Trump as a source of information on coronavirus, according to a new poll from the Associated Press and the University of Chicago. Just 28% of Americans say they’re regularly getting information from Trump about the coronavirus and only 23% say they have high levels of trust in what the president is telling the public. Another 21% trust him a moderate amount.
11:41 a.m. Contra Costa announces another coronavirus death: A 23rd person in Contra Costa County has died of COVID-19 as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the county grew to 770, according to health officials.
11:07 a.m. Coronavirus cases among aircraft carrier’s sailors surpass 800: A total of 840 sailors from the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Navy said Thursday. The entire crew has been tested, with almost 4,100 negative results and 88 recovered. More than 4,200 sailors have been moved off the ship. Two more sailors were released from U.S. Naval Hospital Guam and four remained hospitalized. The Navy’s response to the outbreak on board became a national story after The Chronicle obtained a letter the ship’s former captain sent to superiors pleading for help. The captain, Santa Rosa native Brett Crozier, was later fired and the interim Navy secretary resigned after making critical comments about the captain to the ship’s crew.
10:52 a.m. Early remdesivir data shows no benefits for coronavirus patients, report says: New data released about the antiviral medicine remdesivir from Gilead Sciences shows the drug does not speed the improvement of patients with COVID-19 or stop them from dying, STAT reports. The Foster City company told CNBC that the report contained “inappropriate characterizations” and that the study’s findings were “inconclusive.”
10:36 a.m. Alameda County, Berkeley lease hotel for homeless: The 113-bed La Quinta Inn will serve as an “isolation site” for asymptomatic homeless people who have not tested positive for the coronavirus. Officials acted after being alarmed by a cluster of cases at San Francisco’s largest shelter this month. The state leases two other hotels in Oakland for about $186 a room per day. Berkeley City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley said her city has positive tests of “some asymptomatic unhoused people,” but she did not specify how many.
10:19 a.m. Marin officials concerned about child abuse: The number of calls to a child abuse and neglect hotline in Marin County has decreased from last year’s weekly average of 23 calls to as few as eight calls in a recent week, health officials said. The decrease is a trend across the state, which worries officials. “Everything we know from our experience is that child abuse goes up in times of crisis,” said Bree Marchman, the county’s child welfare director.
10:12 a.m. Small businesses not ‘in queue’ might not get latest federal aid: Banking industry groups say the more than $300 billion set aside to replenish the federal emergency loan program for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic is likely already all spoken for. Banking industry groups tell the Associated Press the volume of applications already sent to the Small Business Administration makes it likely that much, if not all, the new money will go to those already in the queue.
10:07 a.m. Inside San Francisco’s coronavirus operations center: Moscone South was completed last year as the flagship of the city’s interconnected convention center along Howard Street, but with conferences canceled or postponed, the glassy structure has been transformed into the closest thing to a functioning seat of government the city now has. Read more here.
10:02 a.m. Group tries to halt California’s plan to help undocumented: Two people being represented by the Center for American Liberty and a law firm have filed an emergency petition to the California Supreme Court, asking officials to stop Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to give $75 million to nonprofits that will help undocumented persons.
9:57 a.m. People afraid to go to the hospital during pandemic: Sick people are avoiding hospitals because they’re worried about COVID-19 exposure or they’ve heard that only COVID-19 patients are being admitted. Read more here.
9:42 a.m. Judge rules churches can’t hold in-person services during pandemic: A federal judge said he will deny a bid by three Southern California churches to hold in-person church services during the pandemic, saying that government’s emergency powers trump what in normal times would be fundamental constitutional rights.
9:35 a.m. U.N. chief says pandemic fast becoming human rights crisis: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the coronavirus pandemic is “a human crisis that is fast becoming a human rights crisis.” The U.N. chief said in a video message that there is discrimination in the delivery of public services to tackle COVID-19 and there are “structural inequalities that impede access to them.”
9:09 a.m. At least 1 million people exposed to coronavirus in New York City: As many as 1 million people in the city may have been exposed to the coronavirus, the city’s health commissioner said. More than 142,000 people in the city have tested positive for the virus, “but that really is, I think, the tip of the iceberg,” Dr. Oxiris Barbot said.
9 a.m. UPS employees seek hazard pay, safety measures: The number of packages handled by UPS employees has increased significantly as the coronavirus pandemic encouraged people to shop online, CNN reports, citing online sales numbers and anecdotes from workers. The workload prompted some employees to create a petition for all employees to receive hazardous pay as they increase their risk of becoming infected. The petition also alleges UPS has not supplied sufficient protective gear to its employees or taken safety procedures to reduce the risk for employees.
8:50 a.m. Rallies at state Capitol banned due to coronavirus: The California Highway Patrol is temporarily barring rallies at the state Capitol and other state facilities because of the pandemic. The change in policy came after hundreds of protesters gathered on the Capitol grounds in Sacramento on Monday, many without wearing masks or following recommendations to remain more than 6 feet apart to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
8:46 a.m. New York records 438 more coronavirus deaths: Another 438 people in New York state died of the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, adding the number is still high and not decreasing as fast as officials would like.
8:45 a.m. Oakland adds free coronavirus testing for county workers: Oakland expanded its free coronavirus testing to anyone who is working or volunteering in Alameda County and has symptoms as well as to people who may have been exposed, officials said. Appointments are required and can be scheduled here.
8:31 a.m. Concern grows after Africa’s 43% jump in coronavirus cases: Africa registered a 43% jump in reported COVID-19 cases in the past week, highlighting a warning from the World Health Organization that the continent of 1.3 billion could become the next epicenter of the global outbreak. The surge in infections on the continent is almost certainly under-reported and even higher in reality, say medical experts.
8:17 a.m. San Mateo County records eight new cases: Eight more people in San Mateo County have tested positive for the coronavirus, increasing the number of cases to 966, health officials said.
8:16 a.m. San Francisco confirms 69 new coronavirus cases: Sixty-nine more people in San Francisco have tested positive for the coronavirus, growing the number of known cases to 1,302, according to the Department of Public Health.
8:12 a.m. What should you do if you feel anxious or stressed while sheltering in place? Answers to that and other frequently asked questions about mental health can be found here.
8:08 a.m. New home sales plunge as virus hits: U.S. new home sales fell 15.4% in March as a winding down in the middle of the month due to the coronavirus began to rattle the breadth of the housing market. The decline was expected, though economists say it will grow much worse as the country struggles with the shutdown.
8:06 a.m. Most Americans would share virus test results on phone app, poll finds: Sixty-eight percent of people in the United States recently surveyed said they would be willing to share their COVID-19 test results on a smartphone app, according to a poll conducted by KFF Health Tracking. Eighty-one percent of people who identify as Democrats said they would be willing while 57% of those who identified as Republicans said they would be willing. The poll was conducted from April 15 to Monday.
8 a.m. Pandemic creates global food crisis: The world has never faced a hunger emergency like this, experts tell the New York Times.
7:57 a.m. U.S. adds cameras at Mexico border during pandemic despite drop in crossings: The Trump administration has been quietly adding military surveillance cameras at the U.S.-Mexico border in response to the coronavirus pandemic, though fewer people appear to be crossing illegally. It’s the latest move as operations at the border have become increasingly militarized and secretive, the Associated Press reports.
7:48 a.m. San Jose police to launch ad campaign: San Jose police plan to air public service announcements Thursday about domestic violence and child sexual abuse. The videos produced with a grant from YWCA Silicon Valley will be posted on the social media channels of San Jose police and the women’s organization. Authorities said they will target more ads in areas where they record spikes in reported abuse.
Our first video in a series aimed at stoping the spread of domestic violence & child sexual abuse during COVID-19. The SJPD/@ywcasv collaboration is an example of how responding officers and community partners can work together to encourage reporting and support survivors. pic.twitter.com/bVzG0X2LPg
— San Jose Police Dept (@SanJosePD) April 23, 2020
7:44 a.m. Oakland school to give away 100 tomato plants: Students and families who go to Sankofa Elementary School in Oakland on Thursday morning to pick up a meal can also pick up a tomato plant. Officials will hand out 100 tomato plants, donated by the UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, in 1-gallon pots that were supposed to be part of an annual plant sale. The sale was canceled due to COVID-19 safety concerns, Oakland school officials said.
7:34 a.m. Workers at risk as loads increase for recyclers: Recycling loads have increased, which means more objects and materials for workers to touch. The sanitation industry is worried. Read more here.
7:23 a.m. Target workers plan “sickout”: A group that claims to be made up of Target employees is encouraging others to join a mass “sickout” demonstration planned for May 1, which marks International Workers Day. The employees corralled by Target Workers Unite are demanding better working conditions. “At Target the foot traffic and guest behavior have been atrocious, putting us at needless risk when greater safety measures are required to ensure social distancing. Workers nor guests have been required to wear masks,” the group said in a statement.
7:22 a.m. Warren’s brother dies from coronavirus: The oldest brother of Sen. Elizabeth Warren died on Tuesday in Oklahoma about three weeks after testing positive for coronavirus, the Boston Globe reports.
My oldest brother, Don Reed, died from coronavirus on Tuesday evening. He joined the Air Force at 19 and spent his career in the military, including five and a half years off and on in combat in Vietnam. He was charming and funny, a natural leader. https://t.co/b8m0xKzAmM
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 23, 2020
7:11 a.m. Smartphone apps aid in tracing and tracking coronavirus infections: Your phone soon might know if you have spent time near someone with the COVID-19 virus. That’s the premise behind new apps that developers worldwide are racing to write to aid in contact tracing — finding and alerting people who’ve been exposed to the coronavirus so they can break the chain of transmission, such as by getting tested and quarantining themselves. Read more here.
6:44 a.m. Drugs studied in Bay Area could lessen coronavirus deaths: Two drugs being studied by Bay Area doctors for use in fighting coronavirus infections may keep more COVID-19 patients alive and out of the hospital if proved effective. Read more here.
6:37 a.m. Stopping coronavirus a challenge at crowded U.S. meat plants: Daily reports of giant meat-processing plants closing because workers tested positive for the coronavirus have called into question whether slaughterhouses can remain virus-free. According to experts, the answer may be no. Read more here.
6:33 a.m. Stocks rise slightly: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.7% as the pace of job loss slowed.
6:24 a.m. Walmart and Nextdoor connect team up for neighbor program: Walmart and Nextdoor announced a program Thursday to connect people in a neighborhood who need help getting essential items with people who want to offer assistance. The launch of the program comes as some Walmart stores throughout the country start implementing one-way aisles to reduce contact among customers and employees.
6:13 a.m. DACA recipients, foreign students excluded from relief program: The Trump administration is barring most international students and all students who entered the U.S. illegally from receiving emergency college grants approved by Congress as part of nearly $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued the restriction in new guidelines released Tuesday telling colleges how to distribute more than $6 billion in grants meant to help students cover unexpected costs triggered by the pandemic. Read more here.
5:32 a.m. 4.4 million new applications for unemployment: Another 4.4 million people in the United States applied for unemployment insurance last week, according to the Labor Department. The continued spike in joblessness coincides with what some economists are calling the worst global recession since the Great Depression. “It’s really mind-boggling for economists to see numbers of this magnitude,” said Scott Anderson, Bank of the West’s chief economist. Read more here.
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