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Total coronavirus cases:
• 265,974 cases in California, including 6,378 deaths.
• 29,692 in the Bay Area, including 606 deaths.
• More than 2.8 million in the U.S., including over 129,000 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,206; New Jersey with 15,211; Massachusetts with 8,183; Illinois with 7,020; and Pennsylvania with 6,753. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 11.4 million in the world, with more than 535,000 deaths. More than 6.2 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
2:59 p.m. ICE to boot foreign students: International students attending U.S. colleges must leave the country if their school conducts classes only online amid the coronavirus pandemic, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced. The new guidelines for the fall semester apply to students who are in the U.S. on F-1 or M-1 student visas. As of Sunday, 8% of U.S. colleges are planning to operate fully online this fall, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
2:02 p.m. California records another day of record hospitalizations: The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in California rose on Sunday for the 17th straight day, to a record 5,790. That is up by more than 2,000 from two weeks earlier. For more data and analysis, see The Chronicle’s coronavirus tracker.
1:42 p.m. San Francisco unveils free Tenderloin testing site: A new pop-up site will begin offering free walk-through coronavirus testing to Tenderloin residents on Tuesday, San Francisco health officials announced in a Monday press release. City health officials partnered with GLIDE, a local social services organization, to set up the Tenderloin Neighborhood Testing Site in the parking lot of its 330 Ellis Street location. The site will test residents on Tuesdays, and will be open for registration on Thursdays and Fridays.
1:41 p.m. Experts urge WHO to take risks of airborne virus transmission seriously: In an open letter to the World Health Organization, a group of 239 scientists from 32 countries urges the agency to acknowledge the threat of aerosols in the spread of the coronavirus. The document, which was published by the Oxford Academic scientific journal on July 6, said, “There is significant potential for inhalation exposure to viruses in microscopic respiratory droplets (microdroplets) at short to medium distances (up to several meters, or room-scale), and we are advocating for the use of preventive measures to mitigate this route of airborne transmission.” A spokesperson from the WHO maintained that the evidence for transmission via microscopic particles the air is insufficient.
1:34 p.m. Newsom addresses San Quentin surge: Gov. Newsom addressed the unprecedented spike in San Quentin State Prison in a press conference Monday, which has reported 1,391 total positive tests (including 13 now-released inmates) since its first infection just over a month ago. He said that the state has plans to reduce San Quentin’s prison population from 4,051 to 3,092 in the next three weeks, by expediting probation and parole processes for inmates. “I am going through, individual by individual,” Newsom said, to “make sure they responsibly move people out with a deep sense of urgency.”
1:33 p.m. If MLB can’t handle coronavirus tests, how are games supposed to be played?: It didn’t take long. Two days into the restart of Major League Baseball’s “season,” the system was already breaking down due to coronavirus testing, writes Chronicle columnist Ann Killion .
1:07 p.m. Strong day for stocks: Investors apparently weren’t that concerned with the coronavirus Monday as the Dow Jones industrial average jumped 1.8% to 26,287.03. The S&P 500 went up 1.6%, the Nasdaq soared 2.2% and the Russell 2000 rose 0.8%.
12:54 p.m. Bay Area hospitals receiving SoCal patients: Hard-hit Southern Californian hospitals have begun transferring patients to Bay Area hospitals with lower caseloads, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a press conference Monday. Newsom said that Imperial County, which has seen the highest spike in new infections and hospitalizations statewide in recent weeks, is among those counties initiating transfers to the Bay Area.
12:29 P.M. Newsom says “the damage that this virus can do is still in front of us”: Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged that the mortality rate has decreased statewide in a press conference Monday. Newsom said that the trend toward positive tests among younger people may explain the drop in coronavirus deaths, but also cautioned that the current spikes in infections and hospitalizations can be “lagging indicators” for a future increase. “Let me remind you: the damage that this virus can do is still in front of us,” Newsom said.
12:18 p.m. Hospitalizations increase by 50%: The number of hospitalized coronavirus patients increased by 50% statewide over the past two weeks, Gov. Newsom said in a Monday press conference. The increase in patients represents 8% of total hospital beds being used statewide. Additionally, Newsom said, the number of ICU beds taken by coronavirus patients rose by 39%, occupying 15% of the total ICU beds in the state.
12: 14 p.m. Spike in state positive test rate: The rate of Californians who tested positive increased to 6.8%, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a press conference Monday. Just last week, the rate was 5.6%, after holding study at 4.9% for several weeks.
12:09 p.m. Newsom announced 23 total counties on state watchlist: Four new counties have been added to the state’s coronavirus watchlist, bringing the total to 23, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a press conference Monday. In the Bay Area, Contra Costa and Marin counties were added to the list this week, while Santa Clara County was taken off. Solano County remains on the watchlist after being added last week.
12:02 p.m. 188 SoCal farmworkers in shared housing test positive: 188 of the 216 agricultural workers staying at the Villa Las Brisas housing facility in Oxnard tested positive for the coronavirus last week, according to a Monday AP report. Ventura County health officials told the AP that the dormitory-style accommodation had “proactively engaged” with the county to begin following new hygiene protocols in April.
12:01 p.m. Giants’ Zaidi says club has averted testing snafu that forced others to delay workouts: Call it luck, foresight or a little of both, but the Giants have not been forced to delay or cancel workouts because of the coronavirus testing snafu that has frustrated and angered other teams, including the A’s. “Everybody out on the field for us, all those players, have completed intake screening,” president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told The Chronicle on Monday. “We had everybody report before Friday. It sounds like from what I’ve read that some of the tests from Friday, which were intake tests for some teems, have not come back yet.” Read the story here.
11:45 a.m. California Assemblywoman tests positive: California Assemblywoman Autumn Burke tested positive for the coronavirus July 4 after receiving notice of an exposure to the virus, according to a Monday tweet from the Los Angeles County representative. In her tweet, Burke wrote that she and her daughter “have no symptoms, but will be remaining in quarantine until released by a doctor.”
11:37 a.m. Sonoma State University cancels hospitalization contract: Sonoma State University canceled its contract with Sonoma County to use dormitory beds to quarantine coronavirus patients, according to a letter obtained by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The university, which has opened its campus to local hospitals since the beginning of the outbreak, plans to reopen to students Aug. 10.
11:30 a.m. A’s at-risk reliever Jake Diekman blasts delays with MLB test results: After two days of delays with MLB’s coronavirus testing program, A’s reliever Jake Diekman, who is at-risk because of his history of ulcerative colitis, has considered opting out of the planned 60-game season. Diekman told The Chronicle on Monday that he and his wife, Amanda, discussed him stepping back once the testing snafus became apparent this weekend, but he’d still prefer to play. Read the full story by Susan Slusser.
10:54 a.m. Trump-linked lobbyists helped clients claim coronavirus aid: A watchdog group identified forty lobbyists with ties to President Trump who helped clients obtain more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, according to an Associated Press report. The AP, citing the work of the watchdog group Public Citizen, found Trump campaign donors and fundraisers among the lobbyists, as well as five former administration officials whose work may violate Trump’s own ethics policy.
10:26 a.m. Harvard classes will be online all school year: Harvard University will offer all of its 2020-2021 academic classes for remote instruction to mitigate coronavirus risks, school officials announced Monday. The Harvard Gazette reports that the university will allow 40 percent of its undergraduate students to return to campus with restrictions, giving freshmen priority in the fall, and seniors priority in the spring, officials said. The university’s tuition remains unchanged.
10:15 a.m. Racial inequities found in coronavirus infections, deaths: Black and Latino people are three times as likely to become infected with the coronavirus than white people and nearly twice as likely to die, according to CDC data the New York Times published Sunday. The data, which the Times filed a lawsuit to obtain, provides demographic details for 640,000 coronavirus infections in 974 counties nationwide. It showed that in the U.S., Black and Latino people are more likely to work in essential service roles that put them at risk of infection, and they are also more likely to have comorbidities that lead to the disease’s most serious complications.
9:27 a.m. Confirmed bubonic plague case in China: Health officials announced that a resident of the Inner Mongolia region in China was diagnosed with the bubonic plague, according to a New York Times report. The disease, which killed tens of millions of people in the Middle Ages, has been found to still infect rodents like marmots in the region. According to the Times, the Bayunnur city health commission cautioned residents against hunting, eating or transporting rodents, and put in place plague prevention measures for the rest of the year.
9:13 a.m. Contra Costa back on the state watch list: State health officials once again added Contra Costa County to its 24-county watch list for coronavirus spikes on Monday. The county, which was removed from the watch list July 3, is “experiencing elevated disease transmission and increasing hospitalization,” according to the California Department of Public Health website. Since the beginning of the outbreak, Contra Costa County has reported 3,662 confirmed cases and 81 deaths. Three other Bay Area counties are also on the state watch list: Marin, Solano and Santa Clara.
7:19 a.m. Stocks up after long weekend: The Dow index rose 1.4% in early trading, buoyed by a rally in Chinese stock markets. Uber was up almost 5% after saying it would buy Postmates for $2.65 billion.
6:50 a.m. Bay Area students facing turbulent summer job market adapt on the fly: The employment turbulence sparked by COVID-19, beyond impacting permanent workers, includes college and high school students accustomed to gaining job experience and earning income over the summer. Many companies across the country, including notable Bay Area firms such as Yelp and StubHub, canceled internships. Read the full story by Ron Kroichick.
6:39 a.m. Outbreak at San Quentin underscores California’s cruel treatment of prisoners: In a little more than a month since an ill-fated prisoner transfer to San Quentin State Prison, nearly 1,400 incarcerated people and 165 employees have been infected with the coronavirus. The spread of the virus is a shameful failure by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The Chronicle’s Otis R. Taylor Jr. explains why in his new column.
6:21 a.m. What can we do to save the restaurant industry? Do we support the restaurants and bars that are reopening with outdoor seating? Tip 50%? People want to know what we can do to prevent, in the worst case, a total depletion of restaurant culture in our towns and cities thanks to the pandemic. Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho answers some of these questions.
6:10 a.m. Coronavirus and the race to save homeless people in SF: Before the coronavirus crisis hit earlier this year, nearly 600,000 people were already on America’s streets every night — a quarter of them in California, which has only 12% of the nation’s population overall. But with unemployment at a historic low amid a booming economy, Gov. Gavin Newsom and mayors including San Francisco’s London Breed were crafting plans to potentially shelter or house every homeless person in the state. But that was before the coronavirus. Now the fight is simply to keep those on the street from dying, and from seeing the homeless population proliferate to unimaginable numbers. Read the full story by Kevin Fagan.
Updates from Sunday, July 5:
7:24 p.m. Monterey, Sacramento counties report highest new-case figures: Monterey County recorded 124 new cases on Sunday and Sacramento County recorded 232. Both figures were the highest-ever for those counties.
6:30 p.m. Broadway star Nick Cordero dies: After a battle with COVID-19 that kept him in the hospital for more than 90 days, the Tony Award-nominated star Nick Cordero has died in Los Angeles, People.com reported.
4:04 a.m. CBS News says White House won’t approve Fauci appearances: With coronavirus cases rising in 40 states and nationwide record increases, CBS’ “Face the Nation,” wants viewers to hear from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, to get “the facts about the virus,” anchor Margaret Brennan said on the show Sunday. “But we have not been able to get our requests for Doctor Fauci approved by the Trump administration in the last three months. And the CDC not at all,” she said. “We will continue our efforts.” Fauci is known for his straight talk that often veers from President Trump’s spin.
3:48 p.m. Call for WHO to incorporate evidence on indoor air risk: Two hundred and thirty-nine scientists in 32 countries are calling on the World Health Organization to revise its recommendations on coronavirus spread, in light of evidence that small respiratory particles can linger and float in inside air and infect people, the New York Times reports. WHO has long held that the coronavirus is spread primarily by large respiratory droplets that fall quickly to the floor. The researchers plan to publish their letter in a scientific journal next week.
3:30 p.m. There’s proof that closing down bars works: As authorities close drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections, experts say sound science backs the move as a way to curtail spread of the coronavirus. In the words of one study, it comes down to the danger of “heavy breathing in close proximity,” the Associated Press reports.
3:22 p.m. Heavy traffic closes parking lots at East Bay parks: In the face of heavy visitor traffic over the holiday weekend, officials blocked off entrances to three parks after parking areas filled: Lake Chabot and Point Pinole regional parks, and Sunol Regional Wilderness, officials said. A fire on adjacent land caused evacuation of Mission Peak Regional Preserve. Park managers across the Bay Area said that 80% to 90% of visitors followed social distance and mask protocols. Read the story here.
3:01 p.m. Mexico tops 30,000 COVID-19 deaths: Mexico has overtaken France as the country with the fifth-highest death toll since the coronavirus outbreak began. Mexico reported 523 more confirmed coronavirus deaths Saturday, bringing the nation’s total to 30,366 for the pandemic. About 200 street vendors briefly blocked major avenues in downtown Mexico City on Saturday, demanding they be allowed to sell again amid the coronavirus pandemic.
2:42 p.m. New data shows Black, Latino people 3 times more likely to be infected: Black and Latino residents of the United States have been three times as likely as their white neighbors to become infected with the coronavirus, and twice as likely to die, according to new government data analyzed by the New York Times. Earlier numbers had shown a disproportionate impact, but the new data reveals a more complete picture of a pattern that spans age groups in nearly 1,000 urban, suburban and rural counties nationwide.
2:27 p.m. Trump switches next rally to outside: President Trump is set to hold another campaign rally Saturday; but unlike his recent indoor Tulsa event, which defied federal health guidelines and ended with a smaller than hoped-for turnout and a coronavirus outbreak among staff and Secret Service agents, this one will be outside, the Trump campaign said. The rally will be at Portsmouth International Airport in New Hampshire.
2:16 p.m. Again a record day for California hospitalizations: The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 shot up again, to 5,669 patients across California, state health officials reported Sunday. It marked the 16 consecutive day of record high hospitalization numbers, and reflected an increase of 74 from a day earlier. The patients in intensive care numbered 1,711, also up from the previous day.
1:58 p.m. Remdesivir going to areas of need, official says: The government is working to “surge” the drug remdesivir for COVID-19 patients in “areas that most need it,” Food And Drug Commissioner Stephen Hahn said Sunday. He told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the drug produced by Gilead Sciences of Foster City is still available and the Health and Human Services department is distributing the government’s supply. “We have been in touch with the states and the localities to surge remdesivir to the areas that most need it,” he said. “We are receiving that feedback and then shipping remdesivir so it’s available for people who need it.”
1:34 p.m. SoCal beaches eerily empty: Most of Southern California’s world-famous beaches were closed for the Fourth of July holiday amid coronavirus spikes, and televised images showed vast swaths of deserted white sand. But not everyone got the memo, especially the surfers out to ride bombing waves as the summer’s largest south swell slammed the shore, the Orange County Register reports. Police and lifeguards shooed away people and called surfers from the water, but busy surf spots still saw dozens on the water.
12:45 p.m. Reopening schools decisions spark fraught debate: Wrenching decisionmaking over how to resume school amid pandemic fallout — school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols — is sparking highly emotional debate. Tempers are flaring among parents and administrators, as record numbers of COVID-19 cases are reported each day, the Associated Press reports.
12:31 p.m. Santa Clara County records another death, more cases: Santa Clara County reported another 206 cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, and one more COVID-19 related death. The county’s cases so far number 5,273, and the death toll now stands at 161 lives lost
12:09 p.m. Marin County closes indoor dining for at least 3 weeks: Reversing course, Marin County is banning restaurant indoor dining for at least three weeks starting at midnight Sunday. County health officials in a written statement Sunday cited lack of improvement in COVID-19 numbers after the county was added to the state’s coronavirus watch list on Friday. Only a week ago, restaurants were allowed to offer inside seating for the first time since March. Outdoor dining and take-out is still allowed as long as restaurants follow COVID-19 health precautions. The county said state strike teams will “help patrol restaurants and other businesses that refuse to comply.” Read the story here.
11:39 a.m. Long weekend shows pandemic fears, regulations: Many, though not all, celebrations have been muted this holiday weekend. Bars in dozens of cities were shuttered, fireworks canceled. In Miami, Los Angeles and other coastal cities, pristine beaches sat largely untouched, as they did in Galveston, Texas, where 93-degree heat did not change an official closure. Still some people gathered, including crowds at President Trump’s speeches at Mount Rushmore and in Washington. At a parade in Eagar, Ariz., firearms far outnumbered masks.
11:25 a.m. Iran mandates face masks: Iran on Sunday instituted mandatory mask-wearing as fears mount over newly spiking reported deaths from the coronavirus, even as its public increasingly shrugs off the danger of COVID-19.
11:16 a.m. Austin, Houston-area leaders seek stay-home power: Leaders in two of Texas’ biggest cities are calling on the governor to empower cities to order residents to stay home as the state’s continued COVID-19 surge tests hospital capacity. Austin Mayor Steve Adler told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that hospitals are facing a crisis and that ICUs could be overrun in 10 days. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo says a stay-at-home order is needed.
10:55 a.m. Testing delay keeps some A’s players from workout: The A’s pitchers and catchers were working out Sunday but a delay in coronavirus testing results temporarily kept some position players from joining the first full-squad workout of summer training camp.
10:35 a.m. It’s all about positivity these days: The new buzzword “positivity” refers to the percentage of total coronavirus tests that come back positive. WHO set a 14-day positivity rate of 5% or below as a standard for reopening. California’s standard is 8% or below over seven days. Read about the ins and outs of positivity here.
10:20 a.m. WHO says Saturday saw world’s biggest single-day increase: The World Health Organization said member states reported more than 212,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world on Saturday, the highest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic. WHO said more than 60% of the confirmed cases reports were in the Americas, including the United States and Brazil.
10:09 a.m. A’s return is a logistical dance: An exercise in logistics was the underpinning for the A’s first full-squad workout day of an unusual summer training camp. Staggered workout times were timed to when some players leave the Coliseum, others stretch on the field and still others arrive, according to safety precautions mandated by Major League Baseball during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the story here.
9:48 a.m. Undocumented restaurant workers hit hardest by pandemic: The restaurant business depends heavily on undocumented labor, and those workers — who are ineligible for unemployment benefits and federal stimulus checks and have difficulty getting health insurance and loans — have been hit the hardest by the pandemic. About a third of California undocumented workers are in the industry, data shows. Read The Chronicle’s story here.
9:36 a.m. More cases, but average deaths drop in Bay Area: Even as cases of the coronavirus have climbed again, the average number of deaths per day from COVID-19 dropped in the Bay Area by 14% from May to June. Statewide, average daily deaths fell by about 8%. Infectious-disease specialists attribute the trend partly to drugs that control COVID-19 better than before, but more to the fact that most recent COVID-19 victims have been young people who are less likely to develop serious complications. Read The Chronicle’s story here.
9:27 a.m. Santa Clara County confusion over state directives: Morgan Hill restaurant owners and city officials said they were left scrambling and confused after officers from the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control told businesses along the city’s main commercial strip Friday that they could no longer offer outdoor dining. Read the story.
9:07 a.m. FDA chief won’t second Trump’s virus claim: Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn is declining to back up President Trump’s false claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are “harmless.” Hahn tells CNN and ABC that he’s “not going to get into who is right and who is wrong,” but that government data clearly show “this is a serious problem.” He adds that “any case is tragic” and people should practice social distancing and wear a mask. Trump on Saturday said the U.S. was testing too much and falsely asserted that “by so doing, we show cases, 99% of which are totally harmless.”
8:56 a.m. Face masks rule: It’s not very comfortable, but the science is clear: Wearing face masks helps reduce the spread of the virus, more than other steps. If enough people wear masks consistently — experts and studies peg the magic number to be at least 80% of the population — it will significantly slow transmission. Read The Chronicle’s story.
8:44 a.m. SF rate of positive cases rises: San Francisco’s rate of positive tests for the coronavirus is only about 3%, but it was 1% just three weeks ago. Statewide, the positive test rates are up from just over 4% two weeks ago to 7%. S.F.’s hospitalizations had been dropping steadily for two months, but now the city has as many COVID-19 patients in hospitals as in early May. State hospital numbers are up about 60% from two weeks ago; Bay Area hospitalizations have more than doubled. Read the story here.
8:32 a.m. Protests so far don’t seem to have clusters: Health experts say no coronavirus clusters have yet been directly attributed to the protests in California that exploded at the end of May following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody, but public health officials have identified a few cases tied to them. The rise in cases appears tied more to people resuming work and socializing, increased testing and failure to wear masks and social distance, The Chronicle’s Erin Allday reports.
8:25 a.m. Curve was bent, now bends the other way — up: Just a few weeks after people came out of their homes again for something approaching normal life, the California outbreak is swelling all over again. Noting early success here against the coronavirus, infectious disease experts say the Bay Area and California may still be the nation’s success story, the best our huge, heterogenous, divided nation can hope for: constant vigilance and the political will to slow down and take stock when the virus begins to rear up. Read the story here.
8:15 a.m. School district employee who allegedly coughed on baby is out: A South Bay school district employee who allegedly coughed on an infant in a San Jose yogurt shop no longer works for the district, the superintendent said. “The Oak Grove School District’s highest priority is the safety of our students and the well-being of all of the children in the community we serve,” Superintendent José Manzo wrote Saturday in a statement. “We do not tolerate conduct from any employee that compromises any child’s safety.” Read the story here.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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