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Total coronavirus cases:
• 1,197,801 cases in California, including 19,132 deaths
• 149,004 cases in the Bay Area, including 1,961 deaths
• More than 13.2 million in the U.S., including more than 266,000 deaths. Other states with the highest death tolls are New York with 34,514; Texas with 21,788; Florida with 18,442; New Jersey with 16,965; Illinois 12,838 and Massachusetts with 10,676. Click on the Chronicle’s Coronavirus Tracker for a state by state case count and tally of deaths.
• More than 62 million in the world, with more than 1.4 million deaths. More than 39 million people have recovered.
Latest updates from today:
9:23 p.m. San Francisco’s indoor businesses close at noon tomorrow but exact timing for San Mateo closures unclear: San Francisco’s restrictions on indoor activities take effect at noon on Sunday. Many San Mateo indoor businesses must also close Sunday, though exactly when is unclear. A county spokesperson, Michelle Durand, told The Chronicle by email that the state did not specify the closure time, and “in the absence of a definitive implementation time, we suggest businesses err on the side of caution and all day tomorrow follow the purple tier restrictions.” Both San Francisco and San Mateo County entered the state’s purple tier of coronavirus restrictions on Saturday.
6:50 p.m.: San Francisco and Santa Clara County report record number of new cases: San Francisco and Santa Clara County both reported record-breaking cases Saturday. San Francisco had 256 new coronavirus cases; the last time the city reported more than 200 cases in a day was on July 30 when it had 226 cases. Santa Clara reported 747 cases Saturday. The last time the county reported more than 700 new cases in a day was on August 10 when it had 740 cases.
6:29 p.m. S.F. Archbishop says lawsuit is possible over closures: With houses of worship restricted to outdoor services only in purple-tier counties — a designation that now includes San Francisco and San Mateo — San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he plans to confer with lawyers and potentially pursue legal action, calling the restrictions “blatant discrimination” and pointing to the Supreme Court’s recent decision barring restrictions on religious services in New York. “Catholics in San Francisco are absolutely committed to public safety in conducting worship services,” he said in a statement. “Our protocols require masks, social distancing, sanitation and ventilation. But the government still chooses to treat worship as less important than shopping for shoes.”
6:03 p.m. Bay Area health officers say they could enact strict measures like Santa Clara County: Health officers from four Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley expressed support Saturday for Santa Clara County’s new health order restricting certain activities, including a 14-day quarantine for returning travelers. The health officers said that they “may also have to take similar actions soon in order to preserve remaining regional hospital capacity.”
5:26 p.m. U.S. records over 200,000 daily cases for first time: There were 205,557 new cases recorded across the nation on Saturday. To put it in perspective, that’s about 6 in every 10,000 Americans recording a positive test on Saturday.
5:25 p.m. U.S. records 4 million cases and counting for November: The country surpassed the 4 million mark for new cases in November on Saturday, more than doubling October’s tally of 1.9 million cases, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. Public health experts worry that December might break that record with millions of Americans traveling for the long Thanksgiving weekend and packing stores for Black Friday. The U.S. still continues to lead the world in the number of cases with over 13 million cases and counting since the start of the pandemic.
5:23 p.m. National hospitalizations dip for the first time in 17 days, but number may be misleading: The number of reported hospitalizations in the U.S. was just below 90,000 on Saturday, breaking a 17-day streak of breaking records. But the tally may be misleading as many county health departments did not report data on Thursday and Friday due to Thanksgiving break. Experts expect numbers to fluctuate over the next few days because of the holiday.
5:10 p.m. Bay Area counties report record number of cases: The nine Bay Area counties together reported 2,027 new cases by Saturday afternoon — a new daily high for the region, according to data reported by county health departments and compiled by The Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. That number doesn’t even include data from Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties, which either hadn’t yet reported the day’s new cases or don’t report on weekends. The previous single-day high was 1,836 on Aug. 14, back when the state was clearing backlogs from its summer computer glitch.
4:25 p.m. How Santa Clara County order affects college sports: Stanford and San Jose State’s football and basketball teams will not be able to play or practice at home for the next several weeks under a revised health order issued by Santa Clara County public health officials Saturday. Read the story here.
2:55 p.m. LA County public health director urges people to stay home: Los Angeles County’s temporary stay at home order bans all private and public gatherings with people from more than one household, except for faith-based services and protests, said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director. The stay-at-home order begins Monday and will last until at least Dec. 20. “Please do not gather with people outside your household,” Ferrer said. “We are really trying to ensure that for the next three weeks we are doing everything we can to get the surge to decrease. We can still turn it around, but it will take significant collective action.” The daily rate of positive tests had reached 7.4% — double what it was two weeks ago, Ferrer said.
2:05 p.m. S.F. museums once again go dark: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, de Young Museum, Legion of Honor and Asian Art Museum are among the prominent galleries that will temporarily close to the public as the city falls into the most restrictive purple tier of the state’s economic reopening plan. Most of the museums reopened in September or October. “The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our highest priority, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our galleries at a future date,” Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco said in a statement.
1:46 p.m.: 49ers will have to find a new short-term home: The 49ers will be unable to practice at their team facility or host their next two home games at Levi’s Stadium based on revised coronavirus directives announced by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department on Saturday. The directives, which also affect the Stanford and San Jose State teams, will temporarily prohibit all recreational activities at the professional, college and youth level that “involve physical contact or close proximity to persons outside one’s household, including all contact sports.” Read the story here.
1:35 p.m. Santa Clara County issues strict new restrictions: The county, already in the state’s most-restrictive purple coronavirus tier, “strongly discouraged” all leisure travel and required a 14-day quarantine for people re-entering the county after venturing more than 150 miles away. Contact sports are also barred. Cardrooms are also closed and stores will be limited to 10% capacity indoors (grocery and drug stores can continue to maintain 25% capacity). Read the story here.
1:30 p.m. Golden Gate Park observation wheel to suspend operations: SkyStar Observation Wheel, the 150 ft tall observation wheel located in Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse, will temporarily suspend operations effective Sunday, after health officials announced San Francisco entered the state’s purple tier. “Our priority is public safety and stopping the spread,” said San Francisco Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg.
1:20 p.m. California hospitalizations continue alarming rise: The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 nearly doubled in two weeks, rising from 3,531 on Nov. 13 to 6,972 on Friday, the latest figure available. In the Bay Area, 724 people were hospitalized on Friday with the disease, up dramatically from 385 two weeks earlier.
1:11 p.m. San Francisco, San Mateo sent to purple tier, triggering curfew and shutdowns: Nearly all businesses must cease indoor operations and both counties will get a curfew starting Monday night. Eight Bay Area counties are now in the most-restrictive purple tier of state coronavirus rules; only Marin County is not. Read the story from Erin Allday.
10:08 a.m. Virus surge strains Bay Area test sites: With the coronavirus surging throughout the Bay Area, many test sites are being overrun with people worried that they may have contracted the disease. Many of the sites are booked for a week or two ahead and only accepting appointments from essential workers, those who have been in contact with someone exposed to the virus or people with symptoms. Read the whole story here.
Updated from Friday, Nov. 27:
6:19 p.m. Coronavirus death toll rising in South Dakota: The 39 deaths South Dakota reported Friday means that the state now has had more people die from the coronavirus in November than in every other month of the combined. The state, which was a refuge from the coronavirus in the early months of the pandemic, has now reported 888 deaths, with 463 coming in November.
4:41 p.m. Los Angeles County issues severe new restrictions: Officials will issue a temporary health order extending Monday through Dec. 20 that prohibits private gatherings, sets lower occupancy limits at various businesses, and requires face coverings for most outdoor recreational activities. Playgrounds and card rooms will also be shut down. The public health department confirmed 24 new deaths and 4,544 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The county’s five-day average of new cases is 4,751.
3:16 p.m. S.F. officials warn city soon may drop into purple tier: Mayor London Breed and San Francisco emergency officials on Friday again warned that the city is expected to soon revert to California’s purple, most restrictive, tier in the reopening blueprint. “When this happens, some activities must suspend operations or reduce capacity,” and the 10 p.m.-5a.m. curfew on nonessential activity must be observed, the Department of Emergency Management tweeted Friday. Officials posted a graph showing the city at the very cusp of tipping into the purple tier, based on its coronavirus metrics. Breed tweeted that residents need “to get ready” for purple tier restrictions that include suspension or capacity limits on indoor activities including fitness, theaters, worship and museums as well as some outdoor family entertainment. The city expected to slide back to the purple tier this week, but it did not happen.
3:10 p.m. Nine states see remarkable, grim statistic: In nine U.S. states, more than 1 in 1,000 people have now died of coronavirus-related causes, the Washington Post reports, as daily COVID-19 deaths nationwide are climbing to levels not seen since early in the pandemic. On Friday, South Dakota became the latest to hit this grim marker, with others on the cusp.
3:02 p.m. College hockey league adjusts: The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has made changes to its 2020-21 schedule because of a positive COVID-19 test and quarantine requirements for the entire Colorado College team. The coronavirus infection has forced the Tigers to delay the start of their season to later in December. The conference will still begin its pod season on Tuesday at the University of Nebraka Omah’s Baxter Arena.
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— Robert Garcia (@RobertGarciaLB) July 27, 2020
2:57 p.m. Colleges reassess how to do coming semester: Some colleges and universities are rethinking plans for next semester amid the coronavirus surge. A growing number will offer only virtual learning, but others are assessing how they would bring students back, perhaps by adjusting testing protocols, introducing new screening systems and eliminating spring breaks to discourage students from traveling to help keep campuses open.
2:51 p.m. Holiday anticipation tempered by grief: For thousands of Americans who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus, it’s beyond difficult to summon holiday joy this year. Unbridled grief has settled over the nation as hospitals fill and more than 2,000 are added to the country’s daily death toll. By Christmas, the dead will likely number more than 300,000. Read the story from The Chronicle’s Jill Tucker.
2:40 p.m. United Airlines pre-positioning vaccine doses: United Airlines is running extra charter flights to position doses of drug company Pfizer’s as yet unapproved coronavirus vaccine, according to the Wall Street Journal. The flights are part of Pfizer’s plan to distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible if it gets approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
2:30 p.m. Santa Clara County crackdown results in dozens of fines: Santa Clara County’s stepped-up enforcement of coronavirus health guidelines during as the holiday shopping season kicked off found “few large crowds” on Black Friday, but fined 76 business violators by noon, county officials said. The main violations were failure to submit and post proper social distancing protocols for the public. Compliance staff will continue monitoring busy shopping areas to ensure mask-wearing, social distancing and compliance on capacity rules and the 10 p.m.- 5 a.m. curfew. People can report violations at www.sccCOVIDconcerns.org.
2:22 p.m. Despite pleas to stay home, travelers are in the air: More than a half-million people flew on Thanksgiving day alone even as government and health experts continued pleading with people to avoid travel as the coronavirus surges nationally. Data from the Transportation Security Administration shows nearly 1 million people travelled each day of this week ahead of Thanksgiving.
2:16 p.m. U.S. soars past 13 million cases: The country has confirmed 13,047,202 cases since the start of the pandemic, as of Friday afternoon, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. While the U.S. registered more than 103,000 cases and more than 1,100 deaths on Thursday, experts warn that the numbers do not reflect the actual toll of the virus because many states did not report data on Thanksgiving. Public health officials also expect to see a surge in the coming weeks, as people continue to travel for the holiday weekend despite pleas to stay home.
2:02 p.m. Drugs linked to psychiatric disturbances: Chloroquine and a related compound, hydroxychloroquine, have been associated with psychiatric disturbances and suicidal behavior after being given to COVID-19 patients, the European Union’s drug rgulator warned Friday, according to Politico. The drugs were among the first put forward as possible coronavirus treatments, famously touted without evidence by President Trump. Clinical studies have shown the drugs, used for malaria and autoimmune illness, are not effective against the virus. The European Medicines Agency’s safety committee has recommended that the product information include warnings about the mental disturbances.
1:53 p.m. Don’t expect this year to get better, Fauci says: Thanksgiving could well be just the start of a dark holiday season as the surge in coronavirus cases persists or even worsens through December, January and February, Dr. Anthony Fauci told USA Today in an interview published Friday. “If the surge takes a turn of continuing to go up and you have the sustained greater than 100,000 infections a day and 1,300 deaths per day and the count keeps going up and up … I don’t see it being any different during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays than during Thanksgiving,” the nation’s top infectious disease expert said. Fauci warned consistently throughout the second half of summer that nation needed to get its infection rate down dramatically to avoid this very scenario when colder weather arrived.
1:36 p.m. CDC projects big jump in deaths: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly forecast projects that the nation’s death toll from COVID-19 will increase to as many as 321,000 lives lost by Dec. 19 as the coronavirus continues running rampant nationwide. The number of U.S. deaths stood at more than 264,000 as of Friday afternoon. The CDC prediction based on three dozen national models foresees 10,600 to 21,400 newly recorded deaths just in the week ending Dec. 19.
1:25 p.m. Vaccine could arrive in 10 days for hospitals in England: The National Health Service has alerted hospitals in England to prepare for the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine as soon as Dec. 7. Health care workers will be in the front of the line for the first deliveries of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, according to a report by the Guardian. Because the vaccine risks instability if moved too much, it cannot be delivered to adult care facilities at this time. “The original plan was to do care homes first. But once the vaccine gets to us it can’t be used in the community, so only NHS staff will be able to have it, at least initially,” a senior hospital executive told the publication.
1:12 p.m. Some blood types linked to lower risk for virus, study confirms: A large study has added evidence to the theory that people with type O or Rh−negative blood may be at slightly lower risk for coronavirus infection and severe COVID-19 illness. A study of 225,556 Canada residents found the risk of a positive test result was 12% lower and the risk of death was 13% lower in people with blood group O compared to those with A, AB, or B, according to the study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
1:02 p.m. SF launches app-based contact tracing: San Francisco residents who test positive for the coronavirus now will get a text message notifying them of their results and advising them to immediately isolate from others. As of Friday, they will be asked to use the state’s confidential virtual assistant program to report whether they have COVID-19 symptoms or need assistance to isolate, and who they have had close contact with in recent days. The new system, part of the California Connected program, is meant to make contact tracing more efficient as cases climb in San Francisco.
12:27 p.m. California church goes back to Supreme Court hoping for more friendly reception: A California church that lost a Supreme Court challenge in May to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s restrictions on in-person attendance is trying again — this time, before a newly composed court that seems more likely to go along. When South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista (San Diego County) first argued that Newsom’s orders violated freedom of religion, the court refused to intervene in a 5-4 decision. That was before liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died and was replaced by President Trump’s appointee, religious conservative Amy Coney Barrett. Read the story here.
12:18 p.m. Trump schedules first live television interview since losing election: Outgoing President Trump will appear on the Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” on Sunday at 10 a.m. Eastern. The network said the live phone interview with Maria Bartiromo is expected to cover the election, developments with a coronavirus vaccine, and the decision to pardon Michael Flynn.
12:15 p.m. WHO advises stay active at home: The World Health Organization is urging people to stay active while staying at home. Its new guidelines recommend between 150 and 300 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week for adults, or 75 to 150 minutes weekly if the activity is vigorous. Children and teens should get 60 minutes of aerobic exercise a day, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, who delivered the message Friday from an exercise bike.
12:01 p.m. Los Gatos hosts testing pop-up Monday: Los Gatos and Santa Clara County are offering coronavirus tests by appointment on Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Adult Recreation Center on Main Street, across from the library. No insurance is required.
11:51 a.m. Most infections occur among younger adults: Although older adults are said to be the most vulnerable to serious illness from the coronavirus, most of the California infections are in the 18-49 age group, state health department data shows. As of data released Friday, there have been 698,204 cases in the 18-49 age group, compared to 341,764 among Californians over 50, which included 121,832 individuals 65 or older. Among children 17 and younger, the state has confirmed 130,355 cases.
11:43 a.m. No place to cook a turkey: A massive food giveaway in Houston encountered person after person who turned down free turkeys because they had no facilities to cook them, Mayor Sylvester Turner said Friday. “That was the most disheartening aspect” of the Thanksgiving food distribution to those in need, Turner told CNN. He said many were embarassed to be standing in food lines and that it was “unconscionable” Washington has not stepped up with a new aid package to help bridge them over to better economic times.
11:22 a.m. Disney to lay off 4,000 more: The Walt Disney Co. announced plans to lay off 4,000 more theme parks workers in California and Florida due to the pandemic’s impact, the Associated Press reported. Disney announced the plan in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Thanksgiving eve, saying 32,000 employees will be terminated in the first half of fiscal year 2021, which began last month. Disney earlier announced termination of 28,000 workers. The SEC filing said another 37,000 were put on furlough due to the pandemic. Disney’s Florida theme parks reopened in the summer, but lack of state approval has kept Disneyland in Southern California closed.
11:15 a.m. Rams’ tests lead to canceled practice: The Los Angeles Rams canceled practice Friday after two members of the organization received coronavirus test results that require further testing. The Rams said in a statement they held their meetings virtually “out of an abundance of caution.” The team didn’t disclose the identities or jobs of the two people whose tests were in question.
11:09 a.m. Federal coronavirus aid funneled to other accounts: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has funneled nearly $400 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to state agencies to help pay for operations, allowing them to return some of their original budget allocations to the state treasury. Ducey’s office touts the move as prudent to help avoid a severe fiscal crunch, but it stretches federal rules on how states can use the federal dollars, the Arizona Capitol Times reported.
10:54 a.m. Many students doing worse as letter grades return: When the coronavirus forced a switch to remote learning in the spring, many U.S. school districts dropped letter grades from report cards, guaranteed A’s or otherwise ensured that performance during the pandemic would not count against students. Many this fall have returned to their normal grading policies, and some large districts across the nation now see more students failing than in past years, with the most vulnerable experiencing the biggest declines, the New York Times reports.
10:46 a.m. Stocks rise again: In a shortened post-holiday trading day, all four major stock market indexes rose Friday, although not dramatically. The Nasdaq was up 0.9%, the Russell 2000 0.6%, the S&P 500 0.2% and the Dow Jones industrial average 0.1%.
10:37 a.m. Black Friday draws hundreds to Santa Clara County malls despite risks: In spite of warnings that the county would strictly enforce its health orders aimed at curbing coronavirus spread on Black Friday, hundreds of people — all seemingly wearing masks — clambered across South Bay malls in search of bargains. Few seemed perturbed by the surge, with mall traffic picking up after an uncharacteristically slow start. Read the story by The Chronicle’s Bryan Mena and Nora Mishanec.
10:32 a.m. U.S. hospitalizations nearly double in a month: The number of COVID-19 patients being treated in hospitals across the country reached 90,000 on Friday, nearly doubling October’s numbers, according to a tally by Reuters. The rate of hospitalizations is the highest since the pandemic began. With the Transportation Security Administration reporting that nearly 6 million Americans traveled by air from Friday to Wednesday, public health officials worry that holiday gatherings will propel that number higher in the coming weeks and push hospitals beyond capacity.
10:20 a.m. Ho, ho, no. SantaCon organizers say, ‘Stay home’: The organizers of SantaCon, the annual ad hoc gathering of people in Santa suits bar-hopping in downtown San Francisco, will not promote the event this year. In a website post, they say that due to the pandemic they are supporting “Santa’s effort to discourage large in-person gatherings.” The unofficial event usually occurs in major U.S. cities on the weekend following Thanksgiving. Organizers say the best course of action is to, “stay home and stay safe.” Read the story here.
9:28 a.m. U.S. has logged more than 263,000 coronavirus deaths: More than 263,000 Americans now have lost their lives to COVID-19, with the nation embarking on what’s anticipated to be a brutal winter of rising caseloads, according to data from Johns Hopkins University researchers as of Friday morning. California is closing on 2,000 coronavirus deaths, with fatalities standing at 19,024 on Friday morning. The Bay Area has lost 1,952 lives to the virus.
9:21 a.m. Biden faces complex landscape at WHO: President-elect Joe Biden appears ready to rejoin the World Health Organization that President Trump abruptly quit to the surprise of many in his own administration. But Biden will inherit a fractured relationship, and must quickly make decisions about how to overhaul the global health body that even staunch supporters say is in dire need of change, the New York Times reports.
9:15 a.m. How to help out during pandemic hunger wave: Food banks across the Bay Area have been working overtime to help the hundreds of thousands of people who are food insecure, many of whom have fallen into hardship because of the pandemic. Find out how you can help in the holiday season.
8:56 a.m. Safe? Available? Side effects? All about the vaccines: Few things on the planet are being watched more closely than the development of vaccines for the coronavirus, which has killed 1.4 million people and infected 61 million worldwide. Three drug companies with promising results are on the march toward what they hope will be vaccine approvals. With caveats swirling about trials, dosing, storage, side effects and the months before shots are widely available to the public, The Chronicle provides a rundown on what you need to know about coronavirus vaccines.
8:46 a.m. S.F. renters finally get some leverage: Apartment vacancy rates have more than doubled since last year in the San Francisco rental market, as many tenants have deserted the market during the pandemic. Not only do renters suddenly have more options, but the spike in supply has caused prices to plummet and put them in a rare position of power in the historically competitive market, analysts say. Read the full story here.
8:26 a.m. Longstanding rivalry with a very different veneer: A Cal and Stanford football rivalry steeped in tradition, history and pomp and circumstance, might not feel anything like a Big Game during Friday’s meetup at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. The coronavirus forced many of the game’s weeklong traditions to be adapted into virtual versions, like Cal’s pregame rally and Stanford’s Big Game countdown, or be abandoned altogether. Read more here.
8:15 a.m. True number of infections in U.S. approaching 100 million, researchers say: The actual number of coronavirus infections in the U.S. could be close to 100 million so far, a government model shows — dramatically more than the recorded number of fewer than 13 million. Through the end of September, only “1 of every 2.5 hospitalized infections and 1 of every 7.1 non-hospitalized illnesses” actually were reported, according to estimates in the study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists who factored in that most cases are mild or asymptomatic. Under this ratio, CDC’s estimate puts infections thus far at more than 95 million.
7:53 a.m. Amazon to give $500 million in bonuses: Amazon says it will hand out more than $500 million in one-time bonuses for its frontline employees working during the pandemic holiday season. Full-time employees in the U.S. will receive a bonus of $300, and part-time staff will get $150, the online retailer said in a blog post Thursday.
7:45 a.m. Tech gains lead rise on Wall Street: Stock indexes rose, led by tech gains, as investors remained encouraged by progress in getting a coronavirus vaccine approved and distributed. The S&P 500 rose 0.3% and is on track for its third weekly gain in the past four weeks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which earlier this week crossed 30,000 for the first time, rose 0.2%. The Nasdaq, which has a heavy weighting of technology stocks, gained 1%.
7:40 a.m. Colorado governor in quarantine: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is quarantining after he said he was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced. He said in a tweet that he was tested Wednesday night after learning of his exposure and the results were negative.
7:30 a.m. A Black Friday like none before: After months of slumping sales, Black Friday arrived as a small beacon of hope. As stores opened their doors on the usually busiest shopping day of the year, early morning mall parking was easy to find in some places, the usual crazy lines were absent. and just a trickle of shoppers strolled through Macy’s in Manhattan, The Associated Press reports. Many retailers beefed up safety protocols, moved their doorbuster deals online and ramped up curbside pickup options.
7:19 a.m. Burnout fears for Bay Area health workers: Doctors, nurses and other health care workers are dealing with unprecedented levels of stress as they brace for a what are likely to bring the pandemic’s worst weeks so far. Though Bay Area hospitals have never been overwhelmed, the health workers already are exhausted from anxiety and challenging work conditions. Many fear burnout could be a factor in Bay Area preparedness for this wave of patients. Hospitalizations rose nearly 40% over just the past week, with several Bay Area hospitals anticipating capacity levels in two or three weeks. Read the story here.
6:41 a.m. San Francisco is having a parklet moment. Here are 11 cool ones to check out right now: At least 300 of the structures have been erected along San Francisco streets since the coronavirus reached pandemic stage in March, according to the city’s Shared Spaces program. The number continues to grow, a construction boom fueled by restaurants and bars that otherwise might not be able to survive. Economic reality dictates that most parklets are more about function than flair, which is fine. But this doesn’t mean all parklets look alike. Check out urban design critic John King’s 11 favorites here.
6:28 a.m. Virus will cut California’s tourism dollars in half by year’s end: Nearly 40% of California jobs lost during the coronavirus pandemic are in the hospitality and leisure industries, and revenue from travel spending will fall by more than half this year. Those are among several sobering figures to emerge in recent reports commissioned by the state’s tourism bureau, Visit California. The state’s tourism economy — typically the most robust in the country — has cratered during the past eight months. As a result, 2020 travel revenue is expected to plummet 54% by year’s end. Read the full story from The Chronicle’s Gregory Thomas here.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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- Coronavirus live updates: California breaks daily caseload record, deaths rise in 5 Bay Area counties
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- Coronavirus live updates: Uptick from frat parties threatens UC Berkeley’s return-to-campus plans
- Coronavirus live updates: California, Bay Area hospitalizations hit new highs
- Coronavirus live updates: California death toll from COVID-19 surpasses 7,000
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