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Total coronavirus cases:
• 45267 in California, including 1,787 deaths.
• 7,726 in the Bay Area, including 271 deaths.
• 1,002,498 in the U.S., including 57,266 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 22,668; New Jersey with 6,044; Michigan with 3,407; Massachusetts with 3,003 and Connecticut with 2,012. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 3 million in the world, with more than 211,000 deaths. More than 894,000 people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
1:26 p.m. Stocks stumble: After early gains evaporated, stocks ended slightly lower Tuesday. The losses were led by companies that have been investor favorites,including Microsoft, Apple and Amazon. Companies that stand to benefit from economies reopening were up. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 32 points to close at 24,100.55, a loss of just 0.1%.
1:18 p.m. More cases on Navy destroyer Kidd: The destroyer Kidd arrived at Naval Base San Diego on Tuesday as the Navy said 64 sailors tested positive for the coronavirus. About two thirds of the crew have been tested, two have been medically evacuated and 15 were transferred for monitoring. On the Theodore Roosevelt, only one sailor remains hospitalized among 940 active cases. Thirteen Navy ships have had one or more active cases while in port and now have zero, the Navy said; none at sea have active cases.
1:08 p.m. Santa Clara County announces three more virus deaths: Three more people in Santa Clara County died of COVID-19 and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 2,122, health officials said. The county has recorded 106 deaths.
1:04 p.m. Uber reportedly considers mass layoffs: Uber, one of San Francisco’s largest employers, could cut around 20% of its 27,000 employees, tech website The Information reported. Nearly a third work at Uber’s S.F. headquarters. Separately, Uber’s chief technology officer Thuan Pham has resigned, the publication said. Uber is in the midst of completing a massive new headquarters next to Chase Center, the Golden State Warriors Arena.
12:59 p.m. More than 7 in 10 Bay Area business leaders want shelter-in-place lifted in next 30 days: A Bay Area Council survey of 178 CEOs and executive leaders between April 21 and April 27 found that 71% of respondents supported lifting the restrictions within the next 30 days. The remaining 29% supported shelter in place for two months or longer.
12:54 p.m. California records 44 more coronavirus deaths: Fifty-four more people in California died of COVID-19 on Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, and more than 1,500 more cases of the coronavirus were confirmed as the number of people hospitalized slightly increased. “It’s still too many,” Newsom said at his daily briefing Tuesday. “Just gives you a sense, again, we are not out of the woods.”
12:46 p.m. Large companies getting help are exempted from curbs on executive compensation: A Federal Reserve program to provide hundreds of billions in emergency aid to large corporations will not require them to save jobs or limit payments to executives and shareholders, the Washington Post reports. The central bank will buy up to $500 billion in bonds issued by large companies, which will be exempt from Congress requirements on other relief recipients to save jobs and limit dividends, executive compensation and stock buybacks.
12:34 p.m. Businesses to reopen in phases, Newsom says: Nonessential manufacturers and retailers offering curbside pickup would reopen before personal care facilities like hair salons and gyms, under four phases Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined Tuesday to guide California’s emergence from coronavirus restrictions. The first reopenings could be weeks away, he said. “Highest risk activities,” such as convention halls that host concerts and other entertainment venues, would reopen last.
12:17 p.m. State considering starting school year as soon as July: Gov. Newsom announced that officials are considering starting the next school year as early as late July or August. “We have made no decisions,” Newsom said at his daily briefing, adding that officials “recognize there’s been a learning loss.” Read more.
12:13 p.m. Trump to declare meat plants critical infrastructure: President Trump is aiming to stave off a shortage of chicken, pork and other meat in U.S. stores by declaring meat processing critical infrastructure, the Associated Press reports. He was expected to sign an executive order Tuesday using the Defense Production Act to keep production plants open, despite recent closures forced by coronavirus outbreaks.
12:06 p.m. State conducting an average of 20,000 tests a day: Officials across California are conducting an average of 20,000 coronavirus tests a day, inching toward a goal of 25,000 daily tests by the end of April, Gov. Gavin Newsom said. State officials said earlier they hope to eventually conduct 60,000 to 80,000 daily tests.
11:58 a.m.: Bay Area’s Quantum won’t give back federal loan: San Jose-based Quantum is among a handful of publicly traded companies hanging on to its loan from the federal program meant to aid coronavirus-wracked small businesses. Some companies have given theirs back, but Quantum said its head count of 550 in the U.S. is below the 1,250 that allowed it to qualify, the Washington Post reported. The loan “is saving American jobs at Quantum — without it we would most certainly be forced to reduce head count,” the company told the Post. Quantum has a market valuation of just under $160 million. Its stock closed Monday at $4 a share.
11:41 a.m. Fauci says he’s ‘almost certain’ virus will return in the fall: Top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said he is “almost certain” the coronavirus will return in the fall, NBC News reports. “In my mind, it’s inevitable that we will have a return of the virus or that maybe it never went away,” Fauci said during an interview Tuesday with The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
11:27 a.m. Chinese spending lags economic reopening: As China’s coronavirus outbreak ebbs, companies and officials have made big strides in restarting its economy. But even as factories are humming again, the tougher task of empowering financially strapped consumers to resume spending is evident, the New York Times reports.
11:17 a.m. Trump says he’ll sign order on liability in food chain: President Trump said Tuesday that he plans to sign an executive order to address “liability problems” in the food supply chain, although he did not provide details on what the order will entail. News accounts report that Trump made the announcement during an Oval Office meeting with Florida’s governor. Some of the nation’s largest meat-processing companies have closed plants in recent weeks after coronavirus outbreaks among workers.
11:06 a.m.: New survey finds 41.5% reporting their families have lost work or related income: More than 4 in 10 adults say the coronavirus has cost their families work hours or work-related income, according to a survey by the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Of those, 42% say their families can’t pay rent, mortgage or utilities, struggled to buy food or skipped needed medical care in the prior month. The numbers were higher among those in poverty and among blacks and Latinos.
10:59 a.m. Flattening fashion curve but feeling ready for finery again: After weeks of self-imposed fashion blah, former Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik finds she’s not quite ready to give up the baubles and bling while cowering in fear of a virus.
10:51 a.m. U.S. case count passes 1-million mark: In the latest sobering milestone, the United States on Tuesday recorded more than 1 million coronavirus cases for the first time. The nationwide number of confirmed infections stood at 1,002,498, with 57,266 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
10:45 a.m. Dozens more cases confirmed in densely packed apartment buildings. Seventy coronavirus cases have been confirmed across 35 single-room occupancy hotels in San Francisco, according to Department of Public Health data provided to The Chronicle. It is a troubling statistic in buildings where people who would likely otherwise be homeless live close together and share common spaces like kitchens and bathrooms.
10:37 a.m. U.S. nears 1 million coronavirus cases: The coronavirus spread had reached 994,625 people nationwide as of Tuesday morning, at least in confirmed cases, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University, with 56,749 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
10:32 a.m. Russia to keep lid on through May 11: Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that he will extend a national nonworking period until May 11 and ordered the government to come up with a package of new measures to soften the economic impact, the Washington Post reports. He left it up to regional authorities to decide when and how to exit as of May 12.
10:10 a.m. TripAdvisor reportedly is closing SF office, laying off about a quarter of staff: The travel company TripAdvisor is cutting 600 U.S. jobs and 300 people around the world, Bloomberg is reporting. The Needham, Mass., company is closing its San Francisco and Boston offices, the news agency said.
10:07 a.m. Eleven residents at Vallejo nursing facility test positive: Eleven residents at a skilled nursing facility in Vallejo have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said. Several staff members, fewer than 11, at the Windsor Vallejo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center have also tested positive, according to the state Department of Public Health.
9:57 a.m. San Mateo County issues over 600 weekend parking citations on coast: San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies ticketed 604 vehicles for violating coronavirus-related no-parking restrictions on Highway 1 and nearby surface streets and beaches on Saturday and Sunday. They also issued more than 1,000 warnings, as “a large influx of vehicle traffic began” around noon despite county orders to stay at home. They issued 1,088 verbal warnings to people violating shelter-in-place orders at the coast.
9:39 a.m. Adviser says White House carefully looking at new stimulus checks: Presidential economic adviser Kevin Hassett told reporters at the White House on Tuesday that the Trump administration is “studying very carefully” the possibility of more stimulus payments beyond the one-time $1,200 checks sent to many Americans, the Washington Post reports. Hassett raised the possibility of payments included in the next round of pandemic economic legislation.
9:33 a.m. New York records 335 more deaths: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that 335 more COVID-19 deaths were recorded in New York on Monday, and the state confirmed 900 more coronavirus cases.
9:28 a.m. Newsom to reveal new details of reopening plan: Gov. Gavin Newsom at his noon briefing Tuesday was set to reveal the latest details about plans to reopen the state’s economy. Newsom hinted on Monday he would address schools and businesses, as the state remains weeks away from changes to stay-at-home orders.
9:16 p.m. EDD now accepting applications for federal unemployment benefits: The California Employment Development Department has begun accepting applications for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, designed for the self-employed or those who didn’t work enough to get regular state unemployment or whose state benefits ran out. EDD began accepting applications Tuesday morning. Apply at edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Online.htm.
9:00 a.m. Dubai walks tightrope as new normal emerges: The desert nation of United Arab Emirates, where foreigners make up 90% of the population, is embarking on a new normal of disinfection gates, temperature checks and social-distance monitors at supermarkets, as its cavernous malls and restaurants reopen while coronavirus cases spike.
8:44 a.m. Architecture, design tackle new ways of gathering: Architects who create the spaces where people voluntarily gather are thinking about changed paradigms to accommodate experience and safety after the coronavirus crisis eases. John King reports on the dilemma, which also faces designers rethinking how hospitals should function or what offices might look like when workers return.
8:30 a.m. San Francisco confirms 44 new cases: Forty-four more people in San Francisco have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the number of known cases to 1,468, according to the Department of Public Health.
8:24 a.m. San Jose mayor waves the flag for hospital workers: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo joined fire and police officials Tuesday morning to thank and welcome workers arriving at Kaiser Permanente San Jose for their 24-hour shift.
8:15 a.m. Students sue UC and Cal State systems: Students demanding fee refunds for services they didn’t use this semester as the coronavirus shuttered campuses are suing the University of California and California State University systems, the Associated Press reports. The federal court suits filed Monday in Los Angeles and Oakland seek refunds for amenities like health facilities, and student association dues.
7:59 a.m. H-1B visa holders in danger of losing legal status: Hundreds of thousands of guest workers, many of them tech industry H-1B visa holders crucial to supporting offices working remotely, telehealth services and students learning at home, could lose their legal status by the end of June, Bloomberg reports. Layoffs and furloughs due to the coronavirus threaten their status because H-1B workers can only remain in the U.S. for 60 days without being paid.
7:49 a.m. San Mateo County records seven new deaths: Seven more people in San Mateo County have died of COVID-19 as the county’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 1,099, health officials said. The county has recorded 48 deaths.
7:43 a.m. Oakland schools have provided over 1 million meals: Oakland school officials have handed out 1,084,589 meals to students and families in need since the pandemic closed schools March 16. The millionth was on Monday, the Oakland Unified School District says, with “grab and go” meals distributed every Monday and Thursday.
7:29 a.m. These nightmares are not metaphorical: The horrors of COVID-19, and the surreal ways it has upended daily life, are infecting dreams and exposing feelings of fear, loss, isolation and grief that transcend culture, language and national boundaries — in what experts say is a rare experience of “collective dreaming,” the Associated Press reports.
7:16 a.m. Officials in 6 Northern California counties ask Newsom to let them reopen: Elected officials in six counties — Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba — petitioned Gov. Gavin Newsom for authority to start reopening their economies. The letter from 14 mayors and Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Red Bluff, and Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, seeks “local authority to implement a careful and phased reopening of our local economy.” Chico, the region’s largest city, was absent from the letter.
7:05 a.m. Companies seek to avoid liability if workers get sick: As companies start planning their reopenings, business groups are pushing Congress to limit liability from potential lawsuits filed by workers and customers infected by the coronavirus, the Associated Press reports. Lawsuits already are surfacing, against cruise companies, Walmart and others.
6:57 a.m. Rare inflammatory illness in children probed: Doctors in Britain, Italy and Spain have been warned to look out for a rare inflammatory condition in children that is possibly linked to the new coronavirus. Britain’s Paediatric Intensive Care Society cited an increase over the past three weeks in the number of children with “a multi-system inflammatory state requiring intensive care.”
6:47 a.m. Schumer pushes state and local aid, warns of mass layoffs: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer predicts “massive layoffs” by state and local governments that employ public safety, transportation and other crucial workers unless Washington delivers federal aid. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested state bankruptcies would be a better option. In an MSNBC interview Tuesday, Schumer also said he’ll pursue oversight hearings into the administration’s handling of coronavirus response.
6:37 a.m. Stocks rise for second day: The Dow Jones industrial average was up 1.4% as investors watched the prospects of the easing of coronavirus restrictions. Though most of the Bay Area extended shelter-in-place orders, other regions of the country are set to allow some businesses to reopen.
6:30 a.m. S.F. to enable employees to access medical reimbursement funds: Mayor London Breed’s administration has found a way to get the $138 million stuck in hard-to-access medical reimbursement accounts back to the employees who earned the money in the first place, The Chronicle’s Heather Knight reports. The city will enable all 104,000 account holders to request money their accounts be released to them.
6:15 a.m. Science is invaluable but it’s messy: Research into the coronavirus is happening at an unprecedented clip, but rapid studies reveal the shortcomings of science as the public and policymakers searching for quick answers try to make sense of the deadly pandemic, and face confusion and contradiction, The Chronicle’s Kurtis Alexander reports.
6:03 a.m. Not just a respiratory illness, infection attacks nearly all organs: Reports from around the world are showing that the coronavirus, primarily known to cause respiratory illness, also can affect almost all of the body’s primary organs, including the heart, kidneys and brain, The Chronicle’s Erin Allday reports.
5:55 a.m. New poll shows big support for restrictions to slow coronavirus: Americans overwhelmingly support state-imposed restrictions on businesses and the size of public gatherings to slow COVID-19’s spread. They also back a temporary halt to immigration into the country, as ordered by President Trump, to deal with the crisis, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll.
5:49 a.m. Global markets slide up: After a mixed session in Asia, stock markets turned up Tuesday as governments inch toward letting businesses reopen and central banks step in with still more support for ailing economies. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225, after surging Monday, edged 0.1% lower Tuesday.
5:41 a.m. Brazil looks like a burgeoning hot spot: Brazil is emerging as potentially the next big hot spot for the coronavirus amid President Jair Bolsonaro’s insistence that it is just a “little flu” and that there is no need for the sharp restrictions that have slowed COVID-19 elsewhere. Some hospitals in Latin America’s biggest country are at a breaking point, with signs that a growing number of victims are now dying at home.
5:30 a.m. What we can learn from the the first victim: The Santa Clara County woman who was the first known U.S. fatality of the coronavirus died from a ruptured heart. On the Fifth & Mission podcast, health reporter Erin Allday talks about how that frightening information could be useful in learning more about how the virus attacks otherwise healthy people. Click here to listen.
Developments from April 27:
10:48 p.m. Washington state easing some outdoor restrictions: Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday that Washington will partially reopen some outdoor recreational activities starting Tuesday, May 5. Fishing, hunting, golf and day use of state parks and some state public lands will be allowed under a series of guidelines including social distancing, use of face coverings and recreating only with others from the same household. “If we see a sharp uptake in the number of people who are getting sick or are not following appropriate steps, then we won’t hesitate to scale this back again,” Inslee said in a statement. “This is not a return to normal.”
10:28 p.m. Alameda to introduce ‘Slow Streets’ closures this week: The city of Alameda will temporarily close off two streets to car traffic starting Thursday to prioritize physical activity and distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Monday. The closures, totaling 1.2 miles of street, will involve Pacific Avenue between Grand and Oak streets and Versailles Avenue between Central Avenue and Fernside Boulevard. Residents and emergency vehicles will still have access to the streets while others are encouraged to use alternate routes. The “Slow Streets” initiative follows similar programs in Oakland, San Francisco and Emeryville.
9:58 p.m. Harvard will prepare for possibility of remote learning this fall, official says: Harvard provost Alan Garber wrote in an online letter Monday that the university will be open for fall semester but that some or all classes could be conducted online. Garber wrote the goal is to resume on-campus activity “as quickly as possible” but that “because most projections suggest that COVID-19 will remain a serious threat during the coming months, we cannot be certain that it will be safe to resume all usual activities” by fall. “Consequently, we will need to prepare for a scenario in which much or all learning will be conducted remotely,” he wrote.
9:29 p.m. Report: New Zealanders rush for fast food after lockdown eases: Long lines formed at McDonald’s drive-thru locations in New Zealand early Tuesday after the country eased strict lockdown measures after five weeks, the New Zealand Herald reported. New Zealand somewhat eased its lockdown late Monday, allowing schools to reopen and about 400,000 residents to return to work but still encouraging people to mostly stay at home. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that while data indicates New Zealand has curbed transmission of the coronavirus, “We are not out of the woods.”
8:51 p.m. Influential model now projects 74,000 U.S. deaths by August: The number of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 will reach 74,073 in mid-July before trailing off, according to latest projections by a model at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. That number assumes social distancing measures “until infections minimized and containment implemented,” according to the IHME model, which has been cited repeatedly in White House briefings. As of Monday evening, the U.S. had confirmed 56,245 deaths from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University’s online tracker.
8:41 p.m. Libraries are closed, but digital checkouts are booming: The digital shift long predicted by libraries is finally here, with long waitlists for popular titles. In San Francisco, “The Plague” by Albert Camus has 45 copies on loan with 186 people waiting. Read the full story here.
8:32 p.m. Study shows 96% of L.A. County could be infected if physical distancing ends: Researchers believe 96% of Los Angeles County residents will have been infected by August 1 if physical distancing measures are reduced to pre-pandemic levels, according to a study released late last week by county officials. If current physical distancing measures are maintained, 11% of the population could become infected by August 1, and if measures are increased, 5% could be infected by then.
8:30 p.m. Golfing in Napa County — with conditions: Napa County’s amended shelter-in-place order issued last week allows use of golf courses and driving ranges by county residents, with some stipulations. Among them: No groups larger than two, no sharing equipment, no rented carts, no lessons, no flag sticks, no bunker rakes or ball washers and no physical interaction with staff during check-in. Courses must also lift cups one inch above the putting surface “to ensure that there is no retrieval of ball from cup” and designate a supervisor to enforce guidelines aimed at preventing spread of the coronavirus. The county’s new order took effect April 22.
8:01 p.m. Curve in Los Angeles ‘beginning to flatten,’ mayor says: Los Angeles County and city both reported about a 5% increase in new coronavirus cases Monday, with the 900 new cases in the county falling below an average one-day increase of 969 over the past week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a news conference. “These case numbers suggest that the curve really is beginning to flatten,” Garcetti said. Garcetti also said of new hospitalizations related to the coronavirus: “The trend is a positive one. It’s slowly leveling off.” Los Angeles County surpassed 20,000 confirmed cases of the virus Monday.
7:35 p.m. Marin County discovers ‘cluster’ of asymptomatic cases, official says: Marin County reporting 12 new cases of the coronavirus over the weekend was “due to a cluster of cases among essential workers,” deputy health officer Dr. Lisa Santora said in a video update. “Notably, they were all asymptomatic, with a known exposure to a COVID-19 case,” Santora said. “This cluster reminds us of the importance of staying vigilant — we can spread COVID-19 even without symptoms.” Marin County has reported 224 total confirmed cases of the virus.
7:22 p.m. Cal Maritime Academy could start face-to-face classes in late May: While other public colleges in California plan to continue remote learning at least through the summer, the Cal Maritime Academy in Vallejo hopes to begin in-person classes in late May, in addition to holding its annual summer training cruise. Read the full story here.
7:19 p.m. JetBlue to require face coverings for travelers: Travelers on JetBlue will be required to wear face coverings starting May 4, the airline announced, reportedly making it the first U.S. major airline with that policy. Face coverings will be required at all stages of travel — including check-in, boarding, in-flight and deplaning — following CDC guidelines for guarding against the coronavirus, per a JetBlue release. Crew members are also required to wear face coverings for work.
7:14 p.m. SF fails to meet deadline of leasing enough hotel rooms for homeless: San Francisco was supposed to lease 8,250 hotel rooms by Sunday for the homeless, front-line workers and other at-risk groups. On Monday, the city had leased far fewer — just 2,741 rooms, more than 1,000 of which were empty or inactive. Read the full story here.
6:56 p.m. Solano County reports surge of new cases: Officials in Solano County reported 27 new cases of the coronavirus Monday, bringing the county’s total to 226. The county had not reported new cases the previous two days as it does not update its online tracker on weekends. Solano County has 44 active cases with nine patients hospitalized as of Monday, per its website.
6:42 p.m. NBA delays possible reopening date for practice facilities: The NBA has pushed back its possible reopening date for some practice facilities until May 8 and could extend it again, the Associated Press reported. The additional time was needed to ensure the threat of the coronavirus can be mitigated and players can safely train in the facilities.
6:15 p.m. Workers with hours cut can get $600 a week in aid: The federal benefit of $600 per week is not just for people who have been laid off during the coronavirus pandemic. In California, people with their hours reduced — even by as little as 10% — can get the subsidy, though not many have sought it so far, according to the Los Angeles Times.
5:52 p.m. Food banks see jump in need as food insecurity skyrockets: The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley have seen unprecedented need as food insecurity skyrockets during the pandemic. Leslie Bacho, director of Second Harvest, said the organization served 40% more food this month compared to last year, and hotline calls have jumped from roughly 180 each day to more than 1,000 per day, including many people who have never before sought food assistance. “It’s just been a tremendous ramp-up in our services,” Bacho said.
5:35 p.m. Online grocery shopping soon available for CalFresh recipients: Recipients of CalFresh, the program federally known as SNAP, will be able to purchase groceries online from Walmart or Amazon starting tomorrow, said Becky Gershon of the California Association of Food Banks. She encouraged people impacted by the pandemic to apply for CalFresh, which will provide an EBT card with benefits to purchase food. People of any age can apply online and the interview process has been waived.
5:22 p.m. California opens unemployment applications on Tuesday for self-employed residents: The state posted additional information on the program, which provides up to 39 weeks of federally funded benefits. Here’s what you need to know.
5:14 p.m. San Francisco says ‘not to use’ N95 masks with valves: The city updated its face covering guidelines on Monday to put N95 respirators with a built-in exhalation valve — the ones widely used during the Northern California wildfires — in the same “what not to use” category as Halloween and ski masks. Because masks with holes or one-way valves allow droplets out, putting others nearby at risk, they do not comply with the city mandate. Regular N95 masks are still acceptable. For more information, read The Chronicle’s FAQ on masks.
4:54 p.m. Nearly 100 cases, five deaths at San Jose nursing home: As of Monday, 69 residents and 30 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 and five residents have died in an outbreak at Canyon Springs Post-Acute, a spokesman said. Sixteen people — 8 staff and 8 residents — have recovered. The first case was confirmed on March 27.
4:17 p.m. Where is California’s coronavirus equipment going? Gavin Newsom aides give details: In response to prodding from legislators, the Newsom administration unveiled a website Monday detailing which counties are getting millions of pieces of personal protective equipment purchased by the state. The lawmakers didn’t get everything they asked for, however. Chronicle Sacramento reporter Dustin Gardiner has the story.
4:10 p.m. CDC expands list of potential coronavirus symptoms: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its list of possible symptoms of the coronavirus. In addition to cough, difficulty breathing and fever, the potential symptoms now include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste or smell. Symptoms can appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus, the CDC says.
4 p.m. Sonoma County will issue updated shelter-in-place order this week, official says: Susan Gorin, chair of Sonoma County’s board of supervisors, said in a video update the county expects to issue an updated shelter-in-place order later this week. Sonoma County’s current shelter-in-place order expires May 3. Gorin also said a new public health order could allow residents more access to county parks.
4:00 p.m. California suspends summer bar exam: The California Supreme Court postponed the scheduled July bar exam Monday for about 8,000 law school graduates hoping to begin their legal careers but refused to cancel it, saying it would try instead to conduct a first-ever online exam in September. Read the full story here.
3:55 p.m. 116 new cases among health care workers in California: Coronavirus infections among state health care workers rose to 4,709 on Sunday, up from 4,593 a day earlier, the California Department of Public Health said Monday. Twenty-four health care workers have died.
3:45 p.m. Los Angeles sees one-day high in hospitalized patients for April: There were 1,887 confirmed hospitalized COVID-19 patients reported in Los Angeles County on Sunday, a one-day high this month for the state’s hardest-hit county, according to state data reviewed by The Chronicle. The previous high was 1,863 hospitalized patients on April 23. Los Angeles County reported 588 confirmed COVID-19 patients in ICUs on Sunday, down 5.9% from a peak of 625 confirmed ICU cases on April 20.
3:41 p.m. Bay Area ICU cases tick back upward: After reaching an April low on Saturday at 161, the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in ICUs reported in the nine Bay Area counties crept back upward to 166 on Sunday, according to state data reviewed by The Chronicle. The overall number of confirmed hospitalized patients in the Bay Area also increased slightly to 374 from the monthly low of 36. Statewide, there were 3,372 confirmed hospitalized patients reported Sunday, a one-day 1.4% increase, and 1,185 confirmed ICU cases, an increase of one case.
3:29 p.m. Los Angeles County reports 900 new cases, 29 new deaths: Los Angeles County has been hard-hit by the coronavirus, accounting for nearly half the cases in California and more than half the deaths in the state. Monday’s new case and death numbers are lower than those for last week, when new cases generally ran more than 1,000 per day and daily deaths were mostly well above 40.
3:15 p.m. Lawsuits ask high court to stop transfers from California prisons to ICE detention centers: It’s part of an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 among prisoners. Read the full story here.
3:10 p.m. U.S. health officials lay out testing guidelines: The Trump administration on Monday laid out a blueprint for testing that includes three components: robust diagnostic testing, monitoring systems that proactively test high-risk people in congregate settings and rapid response programs to track, trace and isolate positive cases. More than 5.4 million tests have been completed in the country.
2:16 p.m. City needs two or three times more testing to consider relaxing measures: Dr. Grant Colfax said San Francisco needs two to three times as much testing as it currently has before it begins to relax public health orders. Other metrics that health officials are watching for include a significant reduction of the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients over two weeks, ensuring hospitals maintain surge capacity and having sufficient personal protective equipment.
2:02 p.m. San Francisco police report continued drop in crime: Violent crime dropped 19% and property crime dropped 24% last week compared to the week before, according to SFPD Chief Bill Scott. Burglaries remain a challenge, but police have made arrests and the district attorney’s office has charged some suspects with looting. Police had few complaints about violations of health orders, including face masks, over the weekend and have been “very successful” in getting voluntary compliance, Scott said.
1:49 p.m. 30 new cases confirmed in Alameda County: The number of people in Alameda County confirmed to have the coronavirus reached 1,498 after 30 more people tested positive, according to health officials.
1:48 p.m. Contra Costa confirms 3 new cases: Three more people in Contra Costa County have tested positive for the coronavirus, increasing the total to 820, health officials said.
1:47 p.m. Los Angeles County announces 29 new deaths, 900 new cases: Twenty-nine additional people in Los Angeles County have died of COVID-19, and 900 new coronavirus cases were confirmed, officials said. The county has recorded 942 deaths and 20,417 positive tests.
1:43 p.m. SF mayor says FEMA did not confiscate protective equipment from city after all: Mayor London Breed on Friday said a shipment of personal protective equipment was confiscated by FEMA and diverted to another location, but on Monday she issued a correction, saying the third-party supplier gave incorrect information. It is unclear what actually happened to the shipment. FEMA, which denied the allegation, is investigating the third-party supplier. “Providing the incorrect information is not only irresponsible, but it’s also very dangerous,” Breed said.
1:07 p.m. NBA camps to open May 8 at earliest: The NBA pushed back plans to reopen practice facilities for at least one week, and cautioned that the new target is not set in stone. The Associated Press reports that the rules will be very different: Players will wear face masks except when they are working out, staff members will don masks and gloves at all times, and workouts will be limited to four players at a time.
1:03 p.m. Stocks rise: The Dow Jones industrial average was up nearly 1.5% and the Nasdaq composite index rose 1.1%.
12:46 p.m. Texas to reopen economy: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he will let the state’s stay-at-home order expire Thursday. Restaurants, movie theaters and stores will be able to reopen at significantly reduced capacity.
12:30 p.m. San Francisco to close streets in Golden Gate Park and McLaren Park: The city will close John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park and John F. Shelley Drive in John McLaren Park to cars early Tuesday for the duration of the city’s stay-at-home order, officials said. The street closures are meant to ensure there is sufficient space for people at parks to practice social distancing, city officials said. JFK Drive will be closed from Kezar Drive to Transverse Drive.
12:29 p.m. Small businesses’ aid applications crash federal website: The Small Business Administration’s website crashed as business owners flooded it with applications for the $310 billion second round of the Paycheck Protection Program. The first $342 billion round was depleted in 13 days and there were widespread complaints around confusing terms and large businesses receiving millions of dollars in aid.
12:26 p.m. Deaths increase by 45 in California as confirmed cases rise with testing increase: Another 45 people in California died of COVID-19 on Sunday as officials confirmed 1,300 more coronavirus cases with increased testing, Gov. Gavin Newsom said. “Tragic, again, human beings,” Newsom said of the deaths. “But encouraging sign nonetheless,” he added, compared to record-high death tallies the state recorded last week.
12:21 p.m. State has doled out $4.4 billion in unemployment: California has distributed $4.4 billion in unemployment insurance payments, signing roughly 4.3 million checks, since March 15, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, calling it an “unprecedented amount of money.”
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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