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Total coronavirus cases:
• 389,736 cases in California, including 7,719 deaths
• 41,920 in the Bay Area, including 702 deaths.
• More than 3.7 million in the U.S., including 140,255 deaths. The five other states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,495; New Jersey with 15,706; Massachusetts with 8,431; Illinois with 7,488; and Pennsylvania with 7,022. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 14.5 million in the world, with more than 606,000 deaths. More than 8.1 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
2:07 p.m. Twelve dead, 127 infected in coronavirus outbreak at Walnut Creek nursing home: Twelve residents at Manor Care Health Services on Tice Valley Boulevard have died from COVID-19, according to data from the California Department of Public Health, and 127 residents and staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus. The outbreak marks the second deadliest in Contra Costa County. Ninety residents have been infected, including 24 residents with active cases on Monday, and 37 health care workers have tested positive.
1:55 p.m. Triple-digit case increase in Contra Costa County: One additional COVID-19 death and 125 more cases of the coronavirus were reported Monday in Contra Costa County, according to data compiled by The Chronicle. In total, the county has recorded 99 deaths and 5,731 cases. Meanwhile, Alameda County recorded 14 new cases and San Mateo County added 43 new cases on Monday.
1:40 Stock markets climb, led by tech: The Nasdaq rose 2.5% to close at 10,767.09, led by Amazon which jumped 7.9%. The Dow Jones industrial average traded 8.92 points higher to 26,680.87 and the S&P 500 hit 3,251.84, turning positive for 2020 with a 0.6% gain on the year.
1:03 p.m. Community Foods Market temporarily closes after employee tests positive for coronavirus: Fearing other workers were exposed to the virus, CEO Brahm Ahmadi decided to shutter the West Oakland grocery store Monday for a deep cleaning and review of safety protocols. Community Foods Market plans to update the public on Facebook by 6 p.m. Wednesday regarding next steps and a potential reopening date.
12:28 p.m. State averaging 91 deaths per day: Gov. Newsom said the state has averaged 91 daily new COVID-19 deaths over the last 14 days. Newsom called each death devastating and said: “Our heart goes out to those families.”
12:15 p.m. Rate of people testing positive for the coronavirus holds at 7.4%: The rate of people testing positive for the coronavirus in California over the last two week held at 7.4%, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday. Newsom said about 8,911 people tested positive every day, on average over the last week. The number of hospitalizations increased 16% over the last two weeks and the number of people in intensive care unit beds increased 12% over the last two weeks.
9:55 a.m. CIF delays start of all high school sports; football will end in April: The California Interscholastic Federation — the governing body for high school athletics in the state — on Monday announced a modified schedule for its sports, all of which will be delayed one to four months by the coronavirus pandemic. Football will finish by April 17, basketball in mid-June and baseball, softball and track and field are set to conclude the high school sports season in the last week of June.
9:37 a.m. Groups sue over hotel mandate: Hotel groups are suing San Francisco over a law passed this month that mandates daily room cleanings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The suit, being filed Monday in San Francisco Superior Court, seeks an injunction to void the Healthy Buildings ordinance, which hotel groups say endangers workers by exposing them to surfaces that may be contaminated. Read the full story by Roland Li.
9:23 a.m. Missouri governor says kids should return to school, deal with getting sick: Mike Parson, governor of Missouri, said students should return to school where they will likely get sick with the coronavirus before going home to “get over it.” In an interview Friday, Parson suggested keeping kids out of schools and away from activities will create more long-term problems for the state than the “virus will ever think about creating.” “Kids are the least likely to have a problem with this,” Parson said. “These kids have got to get back to school. They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will, and they will when they go to school, they’re not going to the hospitals, they’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices, they’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.”
8:02 a.m. Is Universal Basic Income gaining currency? The idea of UBI has long been one for science fiction and the platforms of fringe political candidates. The coronavirus pandemic has moved it into the mainstream as a way to help people stay afloat during the crisis — and maybe after. On the Fifth & Mission podcast, reporter Jason Fagone talks about his exploration of what it could mean not only to people who’ve been hurt by inequality, but to the cities where they live. Click here to listen.
7:09 a.m. Coronavirus vaccine test in the UK offers hope: An experimental coronavirus vaccine in an early British trial prompted a protective immune response in hundreds of people who received it, the Associated Press reports. Oxford University scientists found the vaccine “produced a dual immune response in people aged 18 to 55,” according to the report, which cited research published Monday in a medical journal. Larger trials to further assess the vaccine remain underway.
6:55 a.m. When will Bay Area schools reopen for in-person instruction? A new order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday will require most districts across the state to begin the school year with remote learning until certain thresholds are met in each county. In the Bay Area, all counties except San Mateo are on the state’s coronavirus watch list, which means most school districts won’t be allowed to reopen campuses for in-person instruction. The Chronicle’s Kellie Hwang breaks down what we know right now.
6:52 a.m. Finding ‘something new’ in Bay Area’s pandemic-withered job market: Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump told unemployed Americans last week to “find something new” rather than trying to cling to the careers they had before the coronavirus struck. That is proving easier said than done. Read the full story by Chase DiFeliciantonio.
6:33 a.m. Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital workers start strike: Hundreds of workers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, including nurses, started a strike Monday morning that is expected to last five days. The hospital employees have worked without a contract for more than a year, according to union officials. Hospital management has proposed benefit cuts and increased insurance costs while also forcing employees to grapple with insufficient personal protective equipment and “unsafe” staffing levels, union officials said. The workers plan to strike until Friday. Read more here.
6:36 a.m. Bay Area’s contact tracers struggle amid coronavirus surge: Bay Area county health departments ramped up contact tracng in April and May to handle the laborious process. But the recent surge in cases has made the task much harder, because there are more people to contact and it takes longer to be tested and get results. Read the full story by Carolyn Said.
6:20 a.m. Tensions between parents, teens over virus precautions: “My friends are having sleepovers, ordering food, and going places. I feel left out,” says one Petaluma 13-year-old, voicing sentiments that are felt by many stuck-at-home teens across the Bay Area. Experts say that for parents, empathy is important. Read the story here.
Updates from Sunday, July 19:
10:15 p.m. Sonoma County reports another death: Sonoma County on Sunday evening reported its 20th death attributed to the coronavirus. The victim was not identified. The county now has recorded 2,169 positive cases of the virus, up 48 from Saturday. The number of people who were infected but are identified as fully recovered increased to 1,229, which is 253 more than on Saturday.
9:09 p.m. Kern County cases soar to new record: Kern County reported 719 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, by far its highest total. The previous high, 495 cases, came on Saturday. The county is not on the state monitoring list — which would trigger the automatic shutdown of many indoor businesses — but that could change soon, according to the Bakersfield Californian.
5:40 p.m. Well over half of San Quentin inmates got coronavirus: The toll of the coronavirus on San Quentin’s prison population is staggering: 2,031 prisoners have gotten the virus, about 58% of the prison’s population of 3,525 — and that does not count the 37 prisoners with infections who have been released. Active infections are ticking down as the virus slows its rampage — 945 prisoners are currently infected, versus 1,086 cases listed as “resolved.” Twelve inmates have died of the virus, and 234 staff have tested positive.
4:24 p.m. NFL players voice safety concerns: NFL players publicly pleaded with the league on Sunday to address several health and safety concerns on the eve of training camp. The league has informed teams that training camps will open this week even though discussions with the players’ union regarding testing for the coronavirus and other health and safety protocols are ongoing. Rookies for Houston and Kansas City are set to report Monday and rookies for other teams are due on Tuesday. Players for all teams are scheduled to report by July 28.
4:17 p.m. Russian ambassador denies vaccine-stealing charges: Russia’s ambassador to Britain has rejected allegations that his country’s intelligence services sought to steal information about a coronavirus vaccine. Andrei Kelin said in a BBC interview broadcast Sunday that there was “no sense” in the allegations made last week by the United States, Britain and Canada.
4:13 p.m. FDA approves faster testing method: The Food and Drug Administration has given emergency approval to a new approach to coronavirus testing that combines test samples in batches instead of running them one by one, speeding up the process. The FDA said Saturday that its emergency use authorization allows Quest Diagnostics to use its COVID-19 test with pooled samples. It is the first test to be authorized to be used in this way.
4:09 p.m. Marin County infections go up: Marin County recorded another 39 cases of the coronavirus Sunday, bringing its total since the start of the pandemic to 4,207.
4:02 p.m. San Mateo County jump leads Bay Area to another hospitalization record: The number of Bay Area COVID-19 patients rose to 679, another record, on Saturday, according to the state’s hospital data analyzed by The Chronicle. The biggest driver was San Mateo County, where hospitalizations rose from 60 on Friday to 67 on Saturday. San Mateo had hoped to remain the only Bay Area county to avoid the state’s watch list, so indoor services can stay open, but that seems unlikely; San Mateo is expected to join the watch list this week.
3:32 p.m. Political debate over masks rages: Even as evidence has mounted for months on face masks to deter coronavirus infections, the political mask debate still dominated Sunday talk shows. President Trump told Fox News he’s a “believer” in masks, but not a nationwide mandate: “I leave it up to the governors.” Among others commenting, Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado defended his new mask mandate on ABC’s “This Week,” where Arkansas’ Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he’d waited before issuing his last week because it was “not popular” Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi, where the virus is surging, said that he would not issue one, and Ohio’s GOP Gov. Mike DeWine said on “Meet the Press” that he wouldn’t rule it out.
3:05 p.m. Los Angeles is ‘on the brink’ of new stay-home order: With coronavirus cases and hospitalizations at record levels in the past week, Los Angeles is “on the brink” of a new stay-at-home order, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Sunday. “A lot of things went wrong,” Garcetti said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He faulted a lack of national leadership in failing to stem the pandemic, and said the city reopened too quickly and called for patience in reopening businesses. Los Angeles County has seen more than 150,000 coronavirus cases.
2:49 p.m. San Quentin cases dip again: San Quentin State Prison, site of the California prison system’s worst coronavirus outbreak, reported Sunday that 945 inmates have active infections, registering another daily drop. The past few days have seen the number of active cases decline. On Friday, the prison reported 1,118 cases among inmates. The prison has seen 410 new cases over the past 14 days, officials reported.
2:38 p.m. Safari economy crushed by pandemic: Coronavirus travel restrictions mean that safari tourism in African nations has suddenly vanished, taking millions of jobs with it and jeopardizing a billion-dollar industry that underpins a symbiotic human-wildlife ecosystem — the private conservancy — that is essential to wildlife conservation, the Washington Post reports.
2:22 p.m. White House strategy to make states take virus burden: During a critical period for the coronavirus outbreak, the White House focused daily on a “state authority handoff,” in what would become an effort to escape blame for the crisis, with officials convincing themselves the outbreak was fading and that they had given state governments all the resources they needed to contain what remained, a New York Times investigation reports. Administration infectious disease expert Dr. Deborah Birx was described as a source of upbeat news for the president and his aides.
2:11 p.m. Santa Clara County adds 156 cases: Santa Clara County recorded another 156 cases of the coronavirus, bringing its total infections since the start of the pandemic to 7,456 cases.
1:49 p.m. Florida daily cases surpass 12,000: Florida on Sunday reported a daily increas of more than 12,000 new coronavirus cases, the fourth time it’s topped that number. News of 12,478 additional cases and 87 deaths comes as Gov. Ron DeSantis resists implementing a statewide mask mandate, saying Saturday the state would not be “prosecuting people” who refuse to wear face coverings, CNN reported.
1:40 p.m. Masks required in Melbourne: After a one-day respite, coronavirus cases in the Australian state of Victoria have risen again. Masks will be mandatory by Wednesday in metropolitan Melbourne and nearby Mitchell for people who leave home to exercise or buy essential goods. Health officials on Sunday recorded 363 new cases in the past 24 hours.
1:20 p.m. Battling for control of Caltrain money before tax measure even goes to voters: A handful of state, congressional and local lawmakers say that an effort by San Francisco and Santa Clara County officials to control funds from a November sales tax measure for Caltrain, could mean “Caltrain never sees a dime.” The lawmakers including Peninsula Democratic Reps. Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo issued a statement saying a state law requires “that if the ballot measure passes, the tax money go to Caltrain.” With ridership plummeting during the pandemic, Caltrain is fighting to survive.
12:32 p.m. Global death toll tops 600,000: The number of lives taken by COVID-19 around the world has reached 603,000 as of Sunday, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University researchers. Globally, more than 14.3 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed.
12:19 p.m. Wrong-way numbers for Trump: President Trump faces a significant challenge in his bid to win reelection in November, a Washington Post-ABC News poll indicates, with former vice president Joe Biden holding a double-digit lead nationally and the president’s approval ratings crumbling amid a spreading coronavirus pandemic and a weakened economy. The poll shows Biden leading Trump 55% to 40% among registered voters, reflecting a marked decline in the president’s fortunes during the pandemic.
12:09 p.m. State hospital numbers stable: California hospitals are caring for 6,899 COVID-19 patients, state health officials reported Sunday, with 1,921 in intensive care. The hospitalizations represent another record high, although a small tick up from the 6,894 the state reported a day earlier. The state reported a seven-day average number of new cases at 9,127 per day, compared to 8,664 for the previous seven-day period.
11:58 a.m. Alameda and Contra Costa counties continue up with case counts: Alameda County reported another 127 coronavirus cases, and Contra Costa County added 68, as the Bay Area struggled to get its growing outbreak under control. The newly confirmed cases brought Alameda County’s total count so far to 9,237 cases, the Bay Area’s highest total, and Contra Costa County’s to 5,606.
11:46 a.m. Laxity during outbreak at Southern California detention center: Even as the coronavirus ripped through one of the largest immigration detention centers in the country, Otay Mesa in Southern California, the private company managing it prevented staff from wearing face masks. Cleaning supplies were lacking. Symptomatic detainees were mixed with others. The Associated Press reports on lapses at detention centers holding people, not criminals, awaiting immigration hearings.
11:15 a.m. Trump continues efforts to undermine Fauci: President Trump called Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, an “alarmist” who provided faulty information in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. His remarks, in a Fox News interview that aired Sunday, were the latest in an administration effort to discredit Fauci, even as Trump and other officials deny the campagin is happening. “I don’t know that he’s a leaker,” Trump said. “He’s a little bit of an alarmist. That’s OK. A little bit of an alarmist.”
10:59 a.m. Trump again dismisses virus concerns: As hospitals in some parts of the country stagger under spiking coronavirus infections, President Trump dismissed concerns, telling Fox News in an interview that aired Sunday that “many of those cases shouldn’t even be cases.” While COVID-19 has claimed more than 140,000 lives, Trump asserted, “Many of those cases are young people that would heal in a day.” He added, “They have the sniffles and we put it down as a test.” Young people make up an increasing share of new cases, but the virus affects all age groups. Trump also falsely claimed the U.S. has “one of the lowest mortality rates in the world” from the virus. The United States ranks eighth-worst for its its fatality rate.
10:33 a.m. US deaths climb above 140,000: The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 continues to climb with the dogged resurgence of the coronavirus. The nation had lost 140,255 lives to the illness as of Sunday morning.
10:27 a.m. San Francisco adds to infection count: San Francisco has recorded another 86 cases of the coronavirus, bringing its total thus far to 5,202 cases as of Sunday.
10:14 a.m. Bloomberg assails Trump’s ‘most destructive’ move against CDC: Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted as “unconcionable” and borderline criminal the Trump administration’s sidelining of the Centers for Disease Control in gathering, analyzing and reporting national coronavirus data. It’s not a mere bureaucratic adjustment, he wrote Sunday in a Bloomberg News opinion piece: “It’s much worse than that. This change is so reckless — make no mistake: people will die as a result — it borders on criminality.”
9:49 a.m. Wealth gap hits hard in places of worship: Much as the pandemic has worsened societal inequalities, it is also widening the divide among religious institutions. Small mosques, synagogues and churches are struggling, while larger and wealthier houses of worship are bringing in more money from well-off donors than ever before. Read the story here.
9:39 a.m. The meaning of essential is not just about a job: Women and people of color are disproportionately represented in low-paying jobs on the frontlines of the coronavirus. Their work, and everyday risks, make life possible for the rest of us, often with lifestyles beyond the reach of these workers. Read Ryan Kost’s reflections on his own mother and the world of the essential employee, and how to honor these backbone-of-society workers.
9:19 a.m. Open, closed or in between?: Experts believe a fine line exists to balance economic recovery with protecting public health, but a consistent and effective coronavirus policy has so far eluded Bay Area and California public health officials looking at the landscape of bars and barbershops, schools and beyond. The spiraling case and hospitalization counts, and the dizzying adjustments to county and state sheltering orders, underscore the challenge. Read the story here.
8:53 a.m. Head of NIH says masks not optional: Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, on Sunday emphatically called for face coverings to curb the coronavirus spread and said it was “bizarre” the issue had become political. “I don’t want anyone to think we take masks as optional,” he said removing his mask to speak on NBC’s “Meet the Press” while noting no one was within 10 feet. Asked about President Trump’s comment, science to the contrary, that mask wearing wouldn’t work, Collins said an alien would be “totally astounded, puzzled, amazed” that such a basic health strategy had become a divisive, political issue.
8:30 a.m. Bay Area grapples with coronavirus scofflaws: With plenty of new, and changing, health rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Bay Area officials are grappling with how and who should enforce these state and county regulations. It’s a work in a progress and counties are coming up with their own plans as complaints flow in about everything from illegal parties to businesses and churches flouting the rules. Read the story here.
8:09 a.m. Military sends teams to help California hospitals: Teams of military doctors, nurses and other health care specialists are being deployed to eight California hospitals facing staffing shortages amid a record-breaking surge of coronavirus cases across the state. The Air Force, at California’s request, assigned 160 people to increase capacity in intensive care units.
Updates from Saturday, July 18:
5:30 p.m. Bay Area hospitalizations have more than tripled in a month: The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the Bay Area reached a new high of 672 on Friday, according to a Chronicle analysis of the latest state data. That’s more than triple the pandemic-era low of 220 on June 18. Contra Costa County (89 patients) and Sonoma County (38 patients) both reached record highs on Friday.
4:59 p.m. San Mateo County braces for potential shutdown of indoor services: San Mateo County is the last in the Bay Area not to join the state’s watch list, but that may change early next week — meaning indoor hair salons, churches, gyms and more would need to close, and schools would be required to use distance learning. Read the full story here.
4:33 p.m. Cases at San Quentin dip: Prisoners at San Quentin currently infected with the coronavirus numbered 997 as of Saturday, a drop from 1,118 on Friday, prison officials reported. The prison has seen 452 new cases over the past 14 days, and has reported recorded 12 deaths so far from COVID-19.
4:23 p.m. Study shows older kids do spread virus: A large new study from South Korea finds that children younger than 10 transmit to others much less often than adults do, but the risk is not zero. And those between the ages of 10 and 19 can spread the virus at least as well as adults do. The findings suggest that as schools reopen, communities will see clusters of infection take root that include children of all ages, several experts cautioned, the New York Times reports.
4:11 p.m. Democrats’ convention will be a mini version: The Democratic National Convention, which was once expected to draw 50,000 people to Milwaukee, may now involve just 300 — including news media, security and party workers — with coronavirus-era plans still far from settled a month before the convention, the New York Times reports. Every aspect of the four-day event has been scaled back, including the hours of speeches that were to entertain delegates and guests gathered to nominate Joe Biden as the party standard bearer against President Trump.
3:49 p.m. Cars race without spectators: Sonoma Raceway was back Saturday with what was likely the Bay Area’s biggest sporting event in months, but without a roar from a crowd. Spectators were banned during the NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, an amateur competition that was to draw about 1,000 drivers, mechanics and crew members, for souped-up car races. The raceway canceled most events this year, but track attorneys concluded the races Saturday could go on with just participants attending, and everyone wearing masks and following social distance prtocols. Read the story here.
3:19 p.m. Biden shifts on health care in face of the coronavirus. The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping part of former Vice President Joe Biden’s platform as he prepares to face President Trump in November. The Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli reports that Biden lately talks about increasing his plans to the New Deal-era proportions of President Franklin Roosevelt. Biden said the pandemic’s economic fallout might “eclipse what FDR faced.” “Because of this COVID crisis, I think people are realizing, ‘My Lord, look at what is possible,’ ” Biden said at a recent fundraiser. “ ‘Look at the institutional changes we can make.’ ” Read the story here.
3:10 p.m. Infection has reached 14 million people around globe: The coronavirus on Saturday passed another tragic numeric milestone, with the total number of cases climbing to more than 14.1 million, according to tracking by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
3 p.m. Virus rampage wreaks havoc on rural areas: The coronavirus has torn through a small Oregon community where farmers grow potatoes, onions and grains. In Umatilla County, the rate of people testing positive for COVID-19 is about 16%. The World Health Organization recommends the rate stay below 5%. For comparison, California’s rate is a bit above 7%. The Oregon community is just one rural area battling a new health enemy with limited resources, the Associated Press reports.
2:40 p.m. Santa Clara County reports triple-digit jump in cases: Santa Clara County officials reported another 169 coronavirus cases, for a total of 7,300 as of Saturday.
2:18 p.m. Bay Area death toll reaches 700: The Bay Area now has recorded 700 deaths attributable to COVID-19, after counties reported new fatalities on Saturday. The bitter milestone comes as new infections continue to pour in, the statistics fueled both by more testing and by a higher rate of positive tests. The Bay Area’s toll represents nearly 1 in 10 of California’s COVID-19 deaths, which number 7,620.
2:13 p.m. California sees another 1,341 cases: California health officials recorded another 1,341 coronavirus cases, along with 8 lives lost to COVID-19 as of midday Saturday. Bay Area counties together reported 523 new cases, with 3 additional deaths.
2:06 p.m. Emergency rooms flooded in US hot spots: A fast-rising rising tide of new coronavirus cases is flooding emergency rooms in parts of the United States, with some patients moved into hallways and nurses working extra shifts to keep up with the surge, the Associated Press reports. Intensive care units are full in some locales. A Texas physician says the situation is worse than after Hurricane Harvey, which swamped Houston with floodwaters in 2017. Texas reported more than 10,000 confirmed cases Friday for the fourth consecutive day.
1:51 p.m. Hospitals’ COVID-19 patient load increasing: Hospitals in California have 6,894 COVID-19 patients, continuing a two-week upward trend, with 1,930 of them in intensive care as the state’s coronavirus surge continues, state health officials reported Saturday. Week over week new cases are rising, as is the rate of tests that return positive results.
1:18 p.m. Santa Clara County offers coronavirus tests at pop-up sites: Santa Clara County announced additional free, walk-up coronavirus test sites this week, at the county Service Center Auditorium and San Jose High School in San Jose, and at South County Annex in Gilroy. No appointments or doctor’s notes are needed for the nasal swab tests.
1:03 p.m. Administration tries to nix billions in relief funding: The Trump administration is trying to block billions of dollars for states to conduct testing and contact tracing in the upcoming coronavirus relief bill, the Washington Post is reporting, citing people involved in the talks. The administration is also trying to block billions that GOP senators want for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and for the Pentagon and State Department to address the pandemic at home and abroad, the Post’s sources said Saturday. Some GOP lawmakers are trying to push back and the the numbers were in flux, the Post said.
12:49 p.m. San Mateo adds cases: San Mateo has reported another 58 cases of the coronavirus, bringing its total since the start of the pandemic to 4,465. The county is the only one in the Bay Area that is not currently on California health officials’ watch list for fast rising caseloads, COVID-19 hospitalizations or rates of tests coming back positive. But county officials anticipate the state will tap the county for monitoring this week.
12:20 p.m. Escalation prompts Bay Area worries about supplies: Bay Area health officials are on alert as record-shattering coronavirus numbers raise concerns once more about the lack of personal protective equipment available to keep frontline workers safe. San Francisco is “experiencing some issues in terms of obtaining (protective equipment), likely due to the increased national demand,” Dr. Grant Colfax, S.F. public health director, told reporters this week. Facilities in the city and some Bay Aea counties do not have a month’s supply on hand. San Mateo County facilities said they had a two-week supply. Read the story here.
12:15 p.m. New federal guidelines to say no retest needed after recovery: In new guidelines, the Trump administration will recommend that people who have tested positive for the coronavirus shouldn’t get retested to prove they no longer have the disease, testing coordinator Brett Giroir says. He said those retests are “medically unnecessary.” For “the great majority of people who are diagnosed who are just sick at home,” getting retested is “clogging up the system,” Giroir said in a call with reporters Thursday. As more tests are conducted, complaints have arisen about long turnaround times to process results.
12:01 p.m. UN chief warns of ‘famines of historic proportions’: United Nations Secretary General António Guterres warned Saturday that “COVID-19 is shining a spotlight” on the injustice of economic inequality and warned of growing ripple effects on poverty and wealth inequality. “Entire regions that were making progress on eradicating poverty and narrowing inequality have been set back years in a matter of months,” he said in a speech honoring Nelson Mandela’s legacy “One hundred million more people could be pushed into extreme poverty and we could see famines of historic proportions.”
11:45 a.m. Sandinistas die while government downplays virus: Dozens of fiercely loyal members of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front party — mayors, judges, police officials, council members and bureaucrats — have died over the past two months, the New York Times reports. All are thought to be victims of the coronavirus, though few have been acknowledged as such. The fatalities have highlighted a more widespread outbreak than the government has publicly acknowledged, in a nation where there has been no encouragement of wearing masks or social distancing measures.
10:30 a.m. Fauci says the young don’t care if they get infected: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, stressed Saturday that young people “understandably, innocently but not correctly” are driving the pandemic surge by “not caring” if they themselves get infected. In an interview on the WebMD video series “Coronavirus in Context,” Fauci said, “By allowing yourself to get infected or not caring if you do get infected, you are propagating a pandemic.” In a social responsibility message he persistently stresses, he said, “It doesn’t end with you. The chances are you’re going to infect someone else, who will then infect someone else, and then someone who’s vulnerable.”
10:19 a.m. Boat captain at Fisherman’s Wharf driven away by restrictions: The only fishing boat in Fisherman’s Wharf that sold to the public — with hundreds of customers lining up at Pier 47 for inexpensive halibut, black cod and the like — is looking for a new harbor after the Port of San Francisco has halted its retail fish sales. Read The Chronicle’s story here.
10:06 a.m. White House assault has chilling effect on virus scientists: The character assault by some top White House advisers on Dr. Anthony Fauci signifies President Trump’s hostility toward medical expertise, with a chilling effect among the government scientists public health professionals fighting the pandemic, the Washington Post reports, citing administration officials and health experts. The rancor between the scientific community and a White House determined to resuscitate the economy and secure a second term for Trump threatens to further undermine the U.S. response,
9:46 a.m. John Lewis called for urgent fix to end health inequality: Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights hero who died Friday, decried the coronavirus pandemic’s disproportionate impact on minority communities. “In the wake of this deadly virus, we should admit we have fallen short. Health inequality is once again costing lives on a scale that no one can ignore,” the Georgia Democrat said in comments to a May 27 House committee hearing on on the topic. “I believe in my heart of hearts that if we put ego and ideology to the side, we will find a way to fix the underlying flaws in our health system that result in communities of color bearing the disproportionate burden of a global health crisis. … Every minute, every second matters to those who expect us to speak up and speak out on their behalf.”
9:21 a.m. Murder rate defies pandemic’s drop in crime: The coronavirus pandemic has been accompanied by a drop in Bay Area crime as trains ran empty, shopping districts closed and tourism took a timeout. But even as robberies, rapes and auto burglaries fell in the largest cities, homicides crept up 14% over the first half of 2020, a Chronicle analysis found. Some of the increase can be traced to a big jump in killings in Vallejo. Read The Chronicle’s story.
9:16 a.m. Fremont school district launches online teacher training: Fremont Unified School District has posted training sessions online for teachers looking to get a jump start on techniques for teaching better remotely as the district works out schedules and logistics for how to launch the school year with distance learning. As with school districts throughout most of the Bay Area, Fremont Unified won’t be able to start in-person instruction, under the new state order, until its county, Alameda, has been off the state’s coronavirus watch list for 14 days.
9:07 a.m. California order on schools leaves swath of questions: With Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new distance-learning order as the school year rapidly approaches, many teachers and families still have more questions than answers about how to conduct remote learning in a way that ensures all students can participate and benefit academically. The problem is especially vexing in that the spring experiment with online learning was widely viewed as disastrous. Read The Chronicle’s story here.
8:59 a.m. Congress back to wrangle over new aid package Monday: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging Congress to quickly enact a new pandemic relief package targeting hardest-hit swaths of the economy, as lawmakers race to stand up federal aid amid the ongoing coronavirus spike and persistent severe unemployment. Two former Fed leaders on Friday praised efforts by the Fed and Congress to help Americans, but said they should do more given the severity of the shock to the economy.
8:36 a.m. Virus fundraising humanitarian knighted: In history’s first known social-distance knighting,Queen Elizabeth stood 6 feet away from Tom Moore, a 100-year-old World War II veteran and coronavirus fundraiser, while tapping him on the shoulder with her father’s sword in the courtyard at Windsor Castle.
8:27 a.m. Astounding estimate from Iran: Iran’s president Saturday estimated as many as 25 million of the nation’s 81 million people could have been infected with the coronavirus since the outbreak started, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. President Hassan Rouhani cited a new Iranian Health Ministry study for the dramatic number. By comparison, the U.S. has had more than 3.6 million cases. Officials have not explained the basis for the high estimates and the study has not been made public, the Associated Press reports.
8:21 a.m. It takes research, but you can get into the parks: Amid the Summer of COVID-19 and the strangest year ever for national parks, there is a series of hidden portals into Yosemite and other national parks in California that can save your summer vacation. Tom Stienstra has some tips for accessing the coveted spots.
8:10 a.m. A signature issue for mail-in voting in virus times: As California prepares for a massive vote-by-mail election Nov. 3, spurred by coronavirus concerns, election officials are grappling with the fact that many ballots were rejected in the March 3 primary because the signature on the vote-by-mail envelope didn’t match the one on the voter registration card. Many young people never learned or don’t use cursive writing, and older voters signatures may have changed over the years. Read the story here.
8 a.m. Proposed compromise throws lifeline to Caltrain: Officials in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties have set new conditions to approve a November sales tax measure for Caltrain, the Peninsula rail line that’s facing financial ruin with plummetting coronavirus-era ridership. Under the proposed compromise obtained by The Chronicle, all funds generated by the 1/8 cent sales tax would go back to the county in which they are collected. The money would be deposited in an account controlled by the county’s transit agency, which would then have the authority to give all of it — or a fraction of it — to Caltrain. 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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