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Total coronavirus cases:
15,824 in California, including 3,721 in the Bay Area.
356,942 cases in the U.S., with 10,335 deaths, including 92 in the Bay Area and 372 in California. The five other states with the highest death tolls are: New York with 4,758, New Jersey with 917, Michigan with 617, Louisiana with 512, and Washington state with 343. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
More than 1.3 million in the world with more than 73,000 deaths. More than 275,000 people have recovered.
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Breaking news developments from today:
3:05 p.m. Trump, Biden have spoken about coronavirus pandemic: President Trump said at a news conference Monday he had spoken “just a few minutes ago” with former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden. “We had a really wonderful, warm conversation,” Trump said. “It was a very nice conversation. We talked about pretty much this. This is what we talked about. This is what everyone’s talking about. This is what they want to talk about. He gave me his point of view and I fully understood that. We just had a very friendly conversation. Lasted probably 15 minutes. It was really good. It was really good, really nice. I think it was very much. So I appreciate his calling.”
2:59 p.m. Trump thanks Apple, Salesforce: At a press briefing Monday, President Trump thanked Apple for producing what he said was 1 million face shields per week for health workers. They are the “highest level of quality and safety,” the president said. Trump also thanked Salesforce for providing millions of pieces of personal protective equipment for medical workers, including masks, gowns, suits and face shields.
2:57 p.m. 3M donating 166.5 million masks: President Trump said 3M will donate 55.5 million high-quality face masks per month for the next three months to aid with coronavirus response. Trump said the 166.5 million total masks will go to front-line health-care workers. “The 3M saga ends very happily,” Trump said. “We’re very proud to be dealing now with 3M.” Trump had previously criticized the manufacturing giant over exporting of medical supplies.
2:50 p.m. USNS Comfort now to be used for coronavirus patients: President Trump said at a White House briefing that the hospital ship USNS Comfort will now receive patients with the coronavirus from New York and New Jersey. The Navy hospital ship was originally supposed to receive patients who do not have the virus to allow New York-area hospitals to focus on treating coronavirus patients. Trump also said Monday that 3,000 public health personnel have been deployed to the New York area to work at the Comfort and the temporary hospital at the Javits Center in New York City.
2:40 p.m. Philz Coffee to reopen cafes: San Francisco’s Philz Coffee, which has over 30 cafes in the Bay Area, will open its locations for mobile-only service on April 8. The company originally closed all of its outposts, including cafes in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Diego, on March 17, following the Bay Area’s shelter in place order.
2:33 p.m. SF officials change course, will send homeless to hotel rooms instead of shelters: In a change of plans, San Francisco officials said they will no longer move homeless residents into the recently-opened Moscone West shelter, but instead into hotel rooms. That means the city will need an expected 4,500 hotel rooms instead of the originally-projected 3,500. Moscone West opened last week as a temporary shelter with nearly 400 beds to help “thin out” the city’s homeless shelters. “We are now shifting gears at Moscone West,” said Trent Rhorer, director of the Human Services Agency. He called the space a “relief valve on the back end of our system” where people who complete their quarantine period or test negative can go to free up space in hotels. Moscone West will hold 200 people in partitioned spaces. The city now plans to reduce the population of homeless people on the street or living in shelters by moving the most vulnerable — those older than 60 or with underlying health conditions — into hotel rooms. So far, 150 people have been moved to hotels and another 40 are expected to move today.
2:36 p.m. Four new cases at SF’s Laguna Honda Hospital over the weekend. A total of 16 people have tested positive for the new coronavirus at Laguna Honda, SF’s 780-bed nursing home. Of the infected, 14 are in “good condition,” said Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the Department of Public Health. The other two are in “fair condition” and have been transferred to other hospitals for acute care. Over the past few days, Colfax said that there was also one patient who needed to be transferred to San Francisco General Hospital for an undisclosed reason. That patient was then was returned to Laguna Honda for quarantine once they stabilized. An outbreak at Laguna Honda is considered a worst-case scenario for San Francisco, as the huge facility primarily houses people who are elderly, frail, and have underlying health conditions. Colfax says he expects cases to continue to climb at the facility.
2:30 p.m. San Jose nursing home has 20 confirmed cases: Canyon Springs Post-Acute Care in San Jose has 14 residents and six staff members who have tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesman for the nursing facility said Monday. Test results are pending for 16 others at the facility. There have also been eight residents and eight staff who tested negative for the virus. One resident has been hospitalized since last week, the spokesman said. The facility has not reported any deaths related to the virus. Residents who have tested positive are staying in an isolated area at the facility, the spokesman said. Staff who tested positive are self-isolating at their homes.
2:18 p.m. S.F. crime dropping: San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said overall crime dropped 31% last week as the shelter-in-place order forces people inside. There have been no reported hate crimes, Scott said. Police have issued two citations and 26 warnings, which were given to four non-essential businesses and 22 people who did not follow social distancing guidelines. “We saw a lot of good social distancing over this weekend, the rain probably helped as many people were not outside,” Scott said. Police have increased patrols around the city and continue to educate people about the shelter-in-place order, especially in areas where unsheltered people tend to congregate.
2:17 p.m. Court leaders vote to eliminate bail in some cases, conduct remote hearings: California judicial leaders, in their latest round of emergency orders to help courts cope with the coronavirus, voted Monday to eliminate bail for defendants charged with misdemeanors and most nonviolent felonies and to allow pretrial proceedings to be conducted remotely, with a defendant’s consent. The temporary measures, which also included limits on home foreclosures, are intended “to preserve rights and ultimately preserve lives,” Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said at the teleconference of the state Judicial Council, which she chairs. The measures are to remain in effect until 90 days after the end of the state of emergency ordered by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The statewide rollback of cash bail is one of several pending efforts to reduce the populations of county jails, where crowded conditions increase the risk of exposure to the virus. State lawmakers voted in 2018 to eliminate bail and allow local judges to determine when a newly arrested defendant was safe to release, but the measure was put on hold, and its fate placed before the voters, when bail bond companies qualified a referendum for the November ballot. Stay tuned for updates to this story at SFChronicle.com.
1:55 p.m. Shuttered S.F. hospital could reopen: A large hospital in Laurel Heights that closed last year will be available if need be to treat people with the coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday. It’s the former California Pacific Medical Center on California Street that has been empty since Sutter Health opened a more modern facility on Van Ness Avenue. Buildings on the original campus — slated to become an upscale residential development — could hold 290 beds if a surge in COVID-19 materializes in coming months, Mayor London Breed said at a press briefing Monday.
1:47 p.m. SF hospitals increase available ICU beds by 91%: Dr. Colfax, director of public health, said San Francisco hospitals increased the city’s intensive care unit beds from 277 to 530, a 91% increase, in order to meet the expected need as COVID-19 continues spreading. The number of regular acute care hospital beds in the city has increased 52%, from 1,055 beds to more than 1,600, Colfax said. Hospitals increased surge capacity by repurposing areas normally used for other purposes like outpatient surgery and opening previously closed units. In addition, St. Francis Memorial Hospital plans to open a new unit dedicated solely to COVID-19 patients with an eventual 40-bed capacity with 8 ICU beds. “These extra beds will make a big difference,” Colfax said. “However, there are still plausible scenarios that a large surge could overwhelm even those resources.”
1:45 p.m. Stay off crowded buses, mayor advises: Muni riders are accustomed to squeezing onto crowded buses but Mayor London Breed said at a Monday press conference that they should resist that instinct and instead make sure there’s room to follow social distancing protocols and stay 6 feet away. “If you see that a bus is crowded and you cannot practice proper social distancing, don’t get on the bus,” she said. “If the bus seems too crowded, get off the bus. We need to take steps to keep our drivers safe and keep passengers safe too.”
1:42 p.m. More than 80 San Franciscans hospitalized with COVID-19, half in ICU: Dr. Grant Colfax, the city’s director of public health, said during a news conference that 83 out of the city’s 583 cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized. Of those, nearly half are in intensive care. Colfax said officials are working to prepare hospitals for an expected surge of cases. “We need to be as ready as we possibly can,” he said.
1:39 p.m. Muni drivers will be eligible for COVID-19 testing: In an effort to keep Muni buses running, transit operators will be able to be tested at a new testing center that’s opening for city workers, Mayor London Breed said during a Monday press conference. “One of the main reasons we’ve had to reduce service is there’s a lot of uncertainty around. We want to give our drivers some certainty.” Muni plans to reduce service to just 17 of its usual 68 routes by Wednesday because too few operators are reporting to drive buses.
1:37 p.m. San Francisco, San Mateo County extend property tax deadline to May 4: The original deadline was April 10 and has been extended as people continue to shelter in place. Other Bay Area counties have not extended deadlines but encourage taxpayers to apply to have their penalties waived after the due date. More details can be found here.
1:34 p.m. Two homeless residents with COVID-19 exposed 19 others at shelter: Mayor London Breed said on Monday that two homeless individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 after staying at MSC South Shelter came into contact with 19 other homeless residents who have since moved to the shelter recently opened at Moscone West. Those 19 individuals are being moved into hotel rooms where they will quarantine. After photos of the Moscone West shelter came under criticism, Breed also said officials will be adding partitions between residents and decreasing the shelter’s capacity so residents can spread out more. The shelter will now be used for people who have recovered or tested negative to free up space in hotels, she said.
1:28 p.m. AC Transit worker in Emeryville tests positive for COVID-19: AC Transit said Monday it’s temporarily shifting its Emeryville-based bus lines to other divisions after an employee in Emeryville tested positive for COVID-19 Friday. The agency activated its environmental remediation plan, which included closing the division to employees in order to disinfect the entire facility, said spokesman Robert Lyles in a statement Monday. Bus lines are operating on schedules similar to Sunday services, the agency said. The bus lines will operate in other divisions for one week.
1:24 p.m. San Francisco legal group urges Gov. Newsom to release some prisoners: The Bar Association of San Francisco penned a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom urging him to follow guidance by medical professionals to accelerate the release of elderly and medically vulnerable inmates in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The request comes amid concerns that COVID-19 could spread rapidly to vulnerable inmates, staff and others within the densely populated corrections system. “We believe the temporary, but immediate measures recommended by the medical health experts in the enclosed letter will best allow our entire community to remain safe during this emergency,” the letter said.
1:17 p.m. Dow rockets 7.7%: The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 22,679.99, up 7.7%, its fifth-highest daily percentage rise in history. The 1,627.46-point gain was the third-highest increase ever. The number of cases in hard-hit countries and regions seemed to be the signal driving traders’ optimism.
1:12 p.m. Nearly 50 test positive at Orinda nursing facility: Forty-nine people at an Orinda nursing facility — 27 residents and 22 staffers — have tested positive for COVID-19, health officials said Monday. Four residents of the Orinda Care Center were hospitalized. Another resident, who most recently was on hospice care and also tested positive for the virus, died on Sunday, said Will Harper, a spokesman for the county’s health department. Health officials said on Friday that 24 residents and three staffers had tested positive, prompting officials to investigate and declare the cluster at the senior facility an outbreak. Officials did not know the cause of death of the person who died over the weekend, but confirmed the person had tested positive for the virus and died at the facility. Read the full story here.
12:55 p.m. Oakland nonprofit launches $1.4 million fundraising effort: The Oakland Public Education Fund announced Monday a joint effort with the city’s school district to raise $1.4 million to support the most vulnerable students during the coronavirus closures. The money will help purchase food for families, distance learning equipment and materials to ensure classrooms are safe for students to return. The fund has already raised $400,000 from an anonymous donor to kick off the effort. For more information, go to oaklandedfund.org.
12:43 p.m. Lady Gaga organizes all-star telecast honoring health care workers: Paul McCartney, Elton John, Lizzo, Billie Eilish and other stars will appear as part of the “One World: Together at Home” special, which will air simultaneously on NBC, ABC and CBS at 5 p.m. on April 18. The telecast will be hosted by late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert. The lineup for the show is being curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, who is helping raise money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, organized by the World Health Organization. Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Kacey Musgraves, J Balvin, Keith Urban, Alanis Morissette, Lang Lang, Andrea Bocelli and Billie Joe Armstrong are also slated to appear. The special will also air on several cable networks, as well as digitally on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Yahoo, Twitch, Amazon Prime Video, Apple Music and several other services.
12:39 p.m. Half of state’s COVID-19 patients under age 49: Half of the more than 15,000 Californians diagnosed with COVID-19 have been under age 49, Gov. Gavin Newsom said at his daily briefing.
12:27 p.m. British leader in ICU: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. Johnson’s office said he is conscious and does not require ventilation at the moment. Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital late Sunday, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.
12:24 p.m. 4% increase overnight in ICU beds filled: Gov. Gavin Newsom said 1,085 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care units across the state and 2,509 remain hospitalized. Both numbers represent roughly 4% increases from Sunday’s reported totals.
12:17 p.m. California secures 4,613 bed sites toward goal of adding 50,000: Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state has secured 4,613 specific bed sites as officials expand the number of beds with a goal of adding 50,000. Newsom said the state is on schedule to meet the anticipated surge in May. The state’s initiative to bolster the numbers of health care workers reached more than 81,000 applications on Monday, less than a week since the initiative was announced. “It’s one thing to have the beds, it’s another to have the personnel,” Newsom said.
12:01 p.m. Baby born prematurely dies in Louisiana: A baby girl who survived one day after being born prematurely in Louisiana died Monday after her mother got the coronavirus and was placed on a ventilator, the Associated Press reported. East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark blamed the mother’s COVID-19 infection for forcing her into labor and said both he and a state epidemiologist agreed that the child’s death should be counted as a coronavirus fatality. Officials are still investigating whether the newborn had COVID-19.
11:58 a.m. San Mateo County might halt evictions of small businesses: The county’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider banning evictions of small commercial tenants impacted by the coronavirus pandemic for nonpayment of rent, county officials said in a release. The county banned the eviction of residential renters two weeks ago.
11:45 a.m. More online learning jobs: Juni Learning, a San Francisco educational technology startup, is hiring university students for over 200 remote, part-time jobs teaching computer science and math to kids. See The Chronicle’s complete list of who’s hiring despite the coronavirus pandemic — or because of it.
11:34 a.m. Resident of Orinda nursing facility with outbreak dies of virus: The seventh person to die of COVID-19 in Contra Costa County was a resident at a nursing facility in Orinda where health officials have identified an outbreak, officials said. The person, whose identity has not been disclosed, had previously been in hospice care, said Will Harper, a spokesman for the county’s health department. Harper said the resident died Sunday. Although the person had the virus, Harper said he did not know if they died of the virus, considering they were already in end-of-life care. It remained unclear where the person was when they died. Health officials said Friday they identified the cluster of cases at Orinda Care Center when at least 27 individuals — 24 residents and three staffers— tested positive for the coronavirus.
11 a.m. Wisconsin primary postponed: Gov. Tony Evers issued an order delaying Tuesday’s presidential primary election until June, the Associated Press reports. A court challenge is expected.
10:48 a.m. PG&E bankruptcy entangled by coronavirus pandemic: Lawyers for fire victims are seeking permission to send a letter to those with claims, asking them not to vote to approve PG&E’s bankruptcy exit plan until questions about the victims’ trust are resolved. The pandemic’s roiling of financial markets has put the value of PG&E stock, which will fund part of the trust, into question.
10:46 a.m. 10,000 COVID-19 deaths in U.S.: Approximately 10,335 people have died in the United States of the disease while 347,003 people have been confirmed to have the infection caused by the virus, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Globally, 1,309,439 people have tested positive for the virus and 273,546 have recovered.
10:17 a.m. Dow rises above 22,000: Continuing its momentum this morning, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 5.7% to 22,257.57 with the trading day halfway over. If the stock index stays at that level, it would be the fourth-highest percentage gain, beating a record set just a month ago. The all-time record was 11.4% on March 24.
10:03 a.m. Testing available for San Francisco’s first responders: San Francisco has opened a test facility today for city employees involved on the front lines of the response to COVID-19 — first responders including health care workers, police officers and firefighters. Appointments are required and the first employees tested will be those in quarantine or self-isolation, though the aim is to ramp up rapidly. The testing will take place at Piers 30-32, and the aim is to test as many as 200 people daily by the end of the week, with results available in 24 to 48 hours.
9:54 a.m. Allstate to give customers money as fewer people drive: Car insurer Allstate will give its customers 15% back based on their monthly premium in April and May as the number of drivers dwindles because of stay-at-home orders. “As society works together to slow the spread of COVID-19, there are more people at home, driving less and having fewer accidents,” officials said in a statement. The insurance company is also offering identity protection, payment relief and extended coverage.
9:58 a.m. Two at San Francisco homeless shelter test positive for COVID-19, supervisor says: Two individuals at a homeless shelter in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood have tested positive for COVID-19, Supervisor Matt Haney, whose district includes the area where the shelter sits, said Monday. The individuals were guests at the MSC South Shelter, the largest such facility in the city. Haney said Department of Homelessness officials announced the development Monday morning. “This is a disaster, and getting more dangerous by the hour. No more delay. Move people into hotel rooms, NOW,” Haney said in a tweet. Following news of the first confirmed homeless person staying at a city shelter testing positive last week, Haney and four other supervisors said they planned to introduce an emergency ordinance on Tuesday requiring that at least 1,000 hotel rooms be used for unhoused people currently in settings like shelters. “It’s been 3 weeks, and yet not a single homeless person or person in a shelter has been proactively moved into a hotel room in SF by the city,” Haney said Monday.
9:44 a.m. Fine for social distance order violators increased to $1,000 in New York: People in New York who don’t practice social distancing in accordance with a state-mandated rule could be fined up to $1,000, a $500 increase from the previous maximum fine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, calling the persistent issue “an enemy we have underestimated since day one.” “It’s my way of saying this is serious,” Cuomo said during a news conference when asked about people who are still congregating for funerals and recreational activities. Authorities in the Bay Area have not disclosed much information about enforcing social distancing policies, but San Francisco police started issuing citations late last week, Chief Bill Scott said.
9:37 a.m. Donation center to reopen in Contra Costa County: Health officials in Contra Costa will again accept donations of protective equipment and supplies Monday and Tuesday. Potential donors can drop off eye protection, antibacterial and disinfecting wipes, N95 and surgical masks, and waterproof gowns by going to San Ramon City Hall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. “This donation center is open for a limited time, so we encourage you to take advantage of this donation opportunity,” officials said.
9:09 a.m. Number of coronavirus deaths in New York just shy of 4,800: New York has recorded 4,758 coronavirus deaths as the total of confirmed cases soared to 130,689 with 8,685 new cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. The state has approximately 16,837 patients in the hospital, 4,504 of whom are in intensive care unit beds. Meanwhile, 13,366 patients have been discharged. “While none of this is good news, the flattening — possible flattening — of the curve is better than the increases that we have seen,” Cuomo said.
9:08 a.m. Navy chief blasts Capt. Crozier as ‘too naive or too stupid’ in speech to sailors: Acting Secretary of Navy Thomas Modly addressed sailors aboard the Theodore Roosevelt and ripped their former commanding officer for how he handled the outbreak of coronavirus on the aircraft carrier, calling Capt. Brett Crozier “too naive or too stupid” to helm the ship, according to a recording of the speech obtained by The Chronicle. Many have called Crozier, who has since tested positive with coronavirus, a hero for his actions in prioritizing his sailors’ lives over the chain of command. Hundreds of sailors cheered Crozier as he left the ship.
9:01 a.m. Santa Rita Jail population down to roughly 2,000: The number of inmates at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin was further reduced to 2,033, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. A week ago the inmate population stood at 2,149.
9 a.m. Ninth death, nearly 600 cases in San Francisco: A ninth person in San Francisco has died of COVID-19 as 15 more cases of the virus were confirmed, increasing the total tally of cases to 583, according to the Department of Public Health.
8:52 a.m. NYC official says virus victims could be temporarily buried in parks: Officials in New York City could soon start “temporary interment” by using city parks for burials, said City Council member Mark Levine. This “is a contingency NYC is preparing for BUT if the death rate drops enough it will not be necessary,” Levine, who oversees a part of the city that includes Washington Heights, West Harlem and the Upper West Side, said in a tweet. If the situation escalates to a point where city officials must use parks to temporarily bury victims, Levine said trenches would be dug for 10 caskets in a line.
8:50 a.m. Bay Area museums discuss layoffs, furloughs and more: From salary cuts and furloughs to exhibition cancellations and permanent layoffs, the institutions charged with preservation and interpretation of our culture are planning to make many of the hard choices faced by for-profit businesses, according to details shared with The Chronicle. Read more about how they’re handling the coronavirus fallout.
8:42 a.m. 24 new cases confirmed in San Mateo County: The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Mateo County grew Monday to 579 as officials announced 24 new cases.
8:34 a.m. California to send 500 ventilators to national stockpile: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday morning the state will loan 500 ventilators it owns to the Strategic National Stockpile inventory to try to help states hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak like New York. “California is stepping up to help our fellow Americans in New York and across the country who are being impacted the hardest right now by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Newsom said in a statement. “We still have a long road ahead of us in the Golden State — and we’re aggressively preparing for a surge — but we can’t turn our back on Americans whose lives depend on having a ventilator now. We’re meeting this moment with compassion. I know that if the tables were turned and we were experiencing a hospital surge, other states would come to our aid and provide ventilators just as we are today.” Read the full story by Alexei Koseff.
8:26 a.m. Oakland to open drive-through COVID-19 test site for service providers: Oakland will soon have a new drive-through COVID-19 testing site for health care workers, grocery store and food bank employees and homeless outreach workers, city officials said. Mayor Libby Schaaf is expected to announce more details about the site at a news conference later Monday morning.
8:23 a.m. Coronavirus’ impact on military grows: The Pentagon says the number of COVID-19 cases in the active duty force topped 1,000 over the weekend, the Associated Press reports. There are a total of 1,132 confirmed cases as of Monday morning. The total was 978 on Friday. There also have been 303 cases among members of the National Guard. Among the military services, the Navy has the most cases, with 431. That includes more than 150 among the crew of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.
8:19 a.m. British Open canceled: Golf’s oldest championship will not be played for the first time since 1945, the Associated Press reports. The tournament with a purse of $10.75 million was to be played July 16-19 in Sandwich, England.
8:11 a.m. Oakland’s mom-and-pop shops struggle during pandemic: Cashiers, cooks and hairstylists often live paycheck to paycheck, and working from home is not an option, Otis Taylor writes here.
7:59 a.m. Man arrested for coughing on gas pump while referencing COVID-19: Police in Yuma, Ariz., arrested a 23-year-old man from Winterhaven, Calif., on suspicion of unlawful use of infectious biological substance for coughing on a gas pump handle while referencing COVID-19, authorities said. Yuma officers received numerous reports Saturday evening of a social media video that showed the man, whose identity was not released, coughing while referencing the virus. Authorities tracked down the man, who told police in an interview he got the idea from other social media videos he had seen, officials said. Police said the man did not show symptoms for COVID-19. “Please remember that social distancing along with the use of gloves and disinfectant during this crisis is an important defense against COVID-19,” Yuma police officials said.
7:43 a.m. Supervisors slam Moscone Center layout for homeless: San Francisco Supervisors Dean Preston and Hillary Ronen blasted the layout of the Moscone Center after a news agency published images depicting mats laid out on the floor, separated by squares on the floor, with a folding chair next to each pad and a pillow atop it. The images were in a story by Street Sheet, which is published by the Coalition on Homelessness. “To be very clear here, the Mayor’s plan is to move healthy homeless people from shelters to this, instead of to hotel rooms. Find me one public health professional who thinks that is a good idea,” Preston said in a tweet. Ronen also disapproved of the layout, writing on Twitter, “This is deeply deeply wrong. We won’t stop fighting to make this right.” Preston and Ronen are among a group of supervisors who plan to introduce an emergency ordinance on Tuesday requiring that at least 1,000 hotel rooms be used for unhoused people currently in settings like shelters. City officials said earlier the Moscone Center would have nearly 400 beds to function as an overflow shelter.
7:40 a.m. India stops exports of COVID-19 remedy Trump touts: Nearly half of the supply of hydroxychloroquine to the U.S. comes from makers in India, a flow that has now been abruptly stanched after the Asian nation banned exports of all forms of the malaria drug touted by President Trump as a “game changer” for treating the coronavirus, Bloomberg News reports. India’s export ban on the drug is aimed at ensuring it has enough supply for domestic use after the American president’s endorsement sparked global stockpiling of the medication. While Trump said that the U.S. has secured 29 million choloroquine or hydroxychloroquine pills for its medical stockpile and American drugmakers like Mylan NV have re-started production of the tablets to meet U.S. needs, the India ban will likely push prices of the medication up in the short term, while limiting available supply in the long term. The active chemical compound needed to make the drug is also mainly supplied through Indian channels and is now banned for export too.
7:29 a.m. Muni announces which bus lines will remain active: Cutbacks to Muni bus service in San Francisco are being rolled out in phases over the next three days. Officials advised riders to expect delays Monday and even seek out other options. The following lines will be suspended Tuesday due to low ridership and other options nearby: 2 Clement, 3 Jackson, 5 Fulton, 7 Haight, 10 Townsend, 21 Hayes and 31 Balboa. On Wednesday, service will be further reduced to the city’s 17 most-used bus lines. The following lines will remain in service with “some modifications,” officials said: N Judah Bus; L Taraval Bus; T Third Bus; 1 California; 8 Bayshore; 9 San Bruno; 14 Mission; 14R Mission Rapid; 19 Polk; 22 Fillmore; 24 Divisadero; 25 Treasure Island; 29 Sunset; 38 Geary; 38R Geary Rapid; 44 O’Shaughnessy; and 49 Van Ness/Mission. Muni Metro and light rail operations have already been shut down.
6:42 a.m. Stocks rise on hopes of containment: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 4% at the start of trading as death rates from COVID-19 slowed in some of the hardest-hit countries and regions.
6:40 a.m. Inmate population in San Francisco down to 766: The number of inmates in San Francisco County Jail was reduced to 766 over the weekend, nearly half of what it was in mid-January, District Attorney Chesa Boudin said. The inmate population stood at 1,238 on Jan. 21 before officials reduced it to 1,097 on March 4 when city officials declared a state of emergency. “Healthcare professionals demanded we drastically reduce the jail population, so we listened,” Boudin said in a tweet.
6:29 a.m. Riverside County requires residents to wear face masks: Days after recommending that people wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Southern California county went a step further and ordered all residents to cover their faces when leaving home. Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the top health officer in Riverside County, said “not everybody’s getting the message” about social distancing while in public, so officials were forced to “change from saying that you should to saying that you must.” The order issued over the weekend also prohibits all gatherings except for family members living in the same home.
6:08 a.m. Early missteps delayed response at Laguna Honda: Since the start of the pandemic, the prospect of an outbreak at Laguna Honda has been a worst-case scenario for San Francisco’s Department of Public Health, which owns and operates the nursing home. Most of the home’s 750 residents are frail and elderly, and the virus has taken a particularly heavy toll on people who are older and have compromised immune systems. Over the past two weeks, The Chronicle interviewed a dozen people with connections to the home. They said the city’s response to the crisis has been spotty, secretive and slow, leaving the facility porous to the outside world for weeks and dangerously unprepared for disaster. Read the full story by Jason Fagone and Trisha Thadani.
5:57 a.m. State of emergency to be declared in Japan: A state of emergency will be declared for Tokyo and six other prefectures in Japan as early as Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly announced Monday. According to several news reports, Abe said the country would also launch a roughly $1 trillion — or 108 trillion yen — stimulus package that will include payouts to households in need and support for businesses.
5:46 a.m. Poll finds half of Americans extremely worried about COVID-19: Americans in overwhelming numbers are actively avoiding others as much as possible and taking additional steps to protect themselves from the coronavirus, according to a survey from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that shows how concerns about infection have grown sharply in the past six weeks. Half of Americans now say they are extremely or very worried that they or a family member will be infected by the virus. That compares with 31% who said the same in mid-March and 22% who said so in February. Another 34% are somewhat worried, while just 16% say they are not worried. Confronted by the seriousness of the pandemic, Americans are more likely than they were in mid-March to report taking protective steps. Today, 94% of Americans say they are staying away from large groups, up from 68%. Somewhat fewer, though still an overwhelming majority, 86%, say they are avoiding other people as much as possible.
Breaking news developments from April 5:
11:42 p.m. Patients rush to join tests of drug made by Bay Area’s Gilead: Coronavirus patients around the world have been rushing to join studies of remdesivir, made by Gilead Sciences of Foster City, since the studies opened in hospitals in the last few weeks, the Associated Press reports. Remdesivir is an experimental drug that’s shown promise against some earlier coronaviruses, preceding the current one that causes COVID-19. Interest has been so great that the U.S. National Institutes of Health is expanding its study, which has nearly reached its initial goal of 440 patients. Gilead Sciences is ramping up its own studies, and has announced it is donating its supply — which could mean more than 140,000 patient courses — for compassionate use, expanded access and clinical trials.
11:13 p.m. Navy Secretary who dismissed Capt. Brett Crozier to visit ship: Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who said it was his decision to remove Capt. Brett Crozier from command of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, was scheduled to address its crew on Monday afternoon in Guam, The Chronicle reports. Crozier, a Santa Rosa native, was dismissed after his letter pleading for assistance for a coronavirus outbreak on the ship became public. Modly was among officials who said Crozier had erred in copying numerous people on the letter, going outside the chain of command. Crozier also won wide praise, however, for acting on behalf of his crew, hundreds of whom gave him a rousing send-off after his dismissal. The the crew was instructed to be respectful during Modly’s visit, The Chronicle reported. Crozier has since tested positive for the coronavirus.
10:59 p.m. China reports rise in asymptomatic cases: The National Health Commission of China said it identified 78 new asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus Sunday, compared to 47 the previous day, Reuters reported. People who can carry and transmit the virus but show no symptoms have become a source of concern for countries as they attempt to slow the virus’ spread. Last week, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said up to 25 percent of people infected with COVID-19 may show no symptoms. At a White House press briefing Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S.’s top infectious disease expert, said the number of infected people with no symptoms could be “somewhere between 25 and 50 percent,” though he clarified that was an estimate.
10:40 p.m. Boston officials recommend overnight curfew: Mayor Marty Walsh said Boston health officials are recommending a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Monday to guard against the spread of coronavirus. In a news conference Sunday, Walsh said the Boston Public Health Commission was issuing a curfew advisory for at least the next three weeks for everyone except essential workers. “We have seen too many unnecessary trips in the evening and social distancing problems,” he said. Walsh also recommended that all residents wear a face covering outside. Boston reported 259 new cases of the virus Sunday, its largest single-day increase, and has seen 511 new cases in the last two days, Walsh said.
10:12 p.m. Members of Congress figuring out how to work remotely: Rep. Mike Thompson is growing a beard. Rep. Zoe Lofgren is cooking something new every night. Rep. Jared Huffman is doing yoga with his wife and daughter. They spend lots of time with their constituents online. Many in the Bay Area congressional delegation and their staffers say the pandemic has them working even harder now, with nearly every legislative priority replaced by coronavirus issue. Constituent work is near an all-time high. Days are filled with conference calls, Zoom roundtables and Facebook Live town halls. Read The Chronicle’s account by Tal Kopan on how Bay Area members of Congress are working in the new world of the pandemic.
9:50 p.m. United Nations chief warns of domestic violence surge during pandemic: Secretary General António Guterres warned Sunday that women and girls face a “horrifying global surge in domestic violence” during the coronavirus pandemic. Lockdowns and movement restrictions as well as economic and social stresses tied to the outbreak have dramatically increased the numbers of women and girls facing abuse in almost all countries, a U.N. statement said. “For many women and girls,” Guterres said, “the threat looms largest where they should be safest: in their own homes.” He called on nations to step up measures to support victims, including by declaring domestic shelters as essential services and making sure abusers are prosecuted.
9:43 p.m. All but three African countries have reported COVID-19 cases: South Sudan has reported its first case of COVID-19, becoming the 51st of 54 countries in Africa with a confirmed case, according to the Associated Press. The infected person is a United Nations worker who arrived from Netherlands on Feb. 28, the AP reported. Lesotho and the island countries of Comoros and Sao Tome and Principe are the only three countries in Africa with no reported COVID-19 cases. Among countries in Africa, South Africa has the most confirmed cases with 1,655 and has reported 11 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
9:30 p.m. Giuliani said to advise Trump on potential COVID-19 treatment: Rudolph W. Giuliani, whose last prominence was as President Trump’s unpaid private attorney in the impeachment scandal, now has cast himself as a personal science adviser to the president on potential coronavirus treatment, the Washington Post reports. He told the newspaper he has spoken to Trump by phone, specifically touting the use of an anti-malarial drug that has shown some early promise in treating COVID-19, but whose effectiveness has not yet been proved. Trump has publicly encouraged use of the unproven drug, hydroxychloroquine.
9:04 p.m. Salesforce donates protective equipment to New York state: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says the San Francisco company has donated a planeload of personal protective equipment including goggles, face shields and protective suits to New York to assist the state’s coronavirus response. On Twitter, Benioff posted photos and video clips of a National 747 cargo plane being unloaded. He thanked “partners” the Alibaba Group, a tech company based in China. New York has recorded by far the most cases and deaths from COVID-19 among U.S. states.
8:57 p.m. Washington to pass along more 400 unneeded ventilators: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the state will return more than 400 ventilators it received from the federal government, so they can go to New York and other states battling the coronavirus. The Democratic governor in a statement Sunday said his statewide stay-at-home order and weeks of social distancing have led to slower rates of infections and deaths. The state had more than 7,984 confirmed cases of the virus as of Sunday and 343 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. New York had more than 123,160 confirmed cases and 4,159 deaths. Washington officials said the state still expects increased COVID-19 hospitalizations, and recently purchased more than 750 ventilators that are expected to arrive over the next several weeks when Washington may need them most.
8:34 p.m. Airlines cut service to New York area: Several major airlines have dramatically cut back flights to and from New York City as the region battles the spread of the coronavirus, Reuters reports. American Airlines announced Sunday it will reduce flights from New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports and New Jersey’s Newark airport to a total of 13 per day, down from an average of 271 per day in April 2019, according to Reuters. United previously said it would reduce its flights to the area from 157 to 17 per day and JetBlue said it would reduce its flight schedule by as much as 80 percent. New York has been the U.S. state hardest-hit by the coronavirus pandemic with more than 123,000 confirmed cases and 4,159 deaths as of Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University tracking.
8:27 p.m. San Francisco delays property-tax deadline to May 4. San Francisco has pushed back the deadline for paying the second installment of this year’s property taxes without a penalty from April 10 until May 4, the first business day after San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order ends. “Taxpayers who are unable to pay by this date for reasons related to COVID-19 should submit a request for a penalty waiver request online,” the city’s Treasury and Tax Collector says on its website. Although the April 10 deadline is state law, a provision says a county can waive penalties for an individual taxpayer if a late payment “is due to reasonable cause and circumstances beyond the taxpayer’s control.” Taxpayer and business groups last week urged Gov. Gavin Newsom to delay the property tax deadline statewide. In a statement, the California State Association of Counties said that delaying any payments beyond April 10 “for individuals or businesses that can pay, will tip local governments into insolvency at a time when our residents need us the most. Counties will use all existing authority to cancel penalties and other charges for homeowners, small businesses, and other property owners that are unable to pay their property taxes due to circumstances caused by COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis.”
7:47 p.m. Lake County reports its first case: Lake County reported its first case of the coronavirus Sunday. The patient appears to have contracted it through contact with an individual at an out-of-county workplace and there is no evidence yet of community spread, according to a Lake County statement. The patient is isolated and “doing well” and officials are working to identify close contacts, the statement said.
7:40 p.m. Embassies open as State Department hit by coronavirus, report says: The U.S. has recorded 154 cases of the coronavirus worldwide among employees of its State Department, according to a New York Times report. Aw well, more than 3,500 State Department employees, mostly overseas, have COVID-19 symptoms and are in self-isolation, the newspaper said, while all but two of the 171 U.S. embassies and 87 consulates around the world remain open. The department has brought more than 38,000 U.S. citizens and their relatives back to the U.S., including about 6,000 diplomats and family members; another 22,000 U.S. citizens are waiting to return home, the newspaper reported.
7:20 p.m. Atrocious exceptions marred a good week for East Bay parks: Most people have been complying with East Bay park closures and stay-at-home orders intended to stop spread of the coronavirus, according to the manger of the nation’s largest regional park district. Dismal exceptions involve homeless people abusing closed restrooms, and trail users tossing litter that is piling up. Read Tom Stienstra’s update on the park situation during the coronavirus pandemic here.
7:03 p.m. First patients arrive at temporary hospital in Santa Clara: The temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients in Santa Clara’s convention center received its first patients Sunday. Two patients arrived at the federal medical station, which can accept up to 250 patients with non-emergency symptoms, according to a Santa Clara County news release. The facility is operated via a state of California contract. “Utilizing the Convention Center as a Field Respite Center backstops hospitals and other care providers preparing for a surge in COVID-19 cases,” Dr. Jennifer Tong, an official with Santa Clara County’s emergency operations center, said in the release. “This is another important tool that we now can use in our fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”
6:47 p.m. Grand Princess leaves San Francisco Bay: The Grand Princess cruise ship has left San Francisco Bay, where it had been moored since mid-March, and was sailing west of the Golden Gate on Sunday. Nearly 650 crew members of the formerly coronavirus-stricken ship completed a 14-day quarantine Saturday. The Associated Press reported the ship was off to sea for several days of routine operations, then would temporarily dock at Port of San Francisco next week to onload provisions before sailing to its next destination. Last month, the ship was stranded off the California coast for six days before docking at the Port of Oakland to off-load passengers and crew, who then were taken to locations around the country to quarantine.
6:25 p.m. California could eliminate bail for lower-level offenses: The state’s Judicial Council is weighing an emergency order to set bail at $0 for lower-level offenses, to ease the impact of the coronavirus on legal systems. The council is to meet Monday to consider temporary rules including holding criminal and juvenile proceedings by video or phone to expedite hearings as courts operate with reduced workforces, the Associated Press reported. The proposal to lower bail to $0 for misdemeanors and lower-level felonies is aimed at reducing jail populations to curb the spread of COVID-19 and is expected to be approved, AP reported.
5:50 p.m. Trump says he would wear face covering ‘if I thought it was important’: President Trump was asked at his Sunday briefing if his wife Melania has encouraged him to wear a face covering since in a tweet she encouraged people to take seriously the Centers for Disease Control recommendations to do so. Trump said: “I would wear one. I just generally am not in a … Would you like me to wear one right now answering your question? That would be a little awkward, I guess. No, I mean, again, I would wear one if I thought it was important. She likes the idea of wearing it, yeah, she does. A lot of people do. Again, it’s a recommendation and I understand that recommendation and I’m OK with it.” Reporters also asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, why he did not wear a face mask at the briefing. “There are a couple of reasons,” Fauci said. “One of them is that part of the — in fact, the major reason to wear a face mask is to protect you from infecting you. I had my test yesterday and it’s negative.”
5:34 p.m. New blood tests for COVID-19, and immunity, under development in Bay Area: New blood tests to determine who has had the coronavirus and who might be immune to it are being developed in the Bay Area. Gov. Gavin Newsom said one of the tests may be rolled out this week. Such testing is expected to let people know when they can safely leave home and return to work. Chronicle Staff Writer Michael Cabanatuan has the story.
5:25 p.m. Trump says he likes ‘concept’ of more direct stimulus payments: Asked about the idea of including more direct payments to U.S. citizens in another coronavirus relief bill, President Trump said Sunday: “I like the concept of it. I think it’s good. We’re talking about a different way of doing it, but I like the concept.” An initial $2 trillion coronavirus relief measure included direct payments of up to $1,200 for individuals. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said last week she favors another stimulus bill with additional direct payments and expanded unemployment. Trump said Sunday the initial round of direct payments should be delivered within “a couple of weeks.”
5:13 p.m. Trump: U.S. nearing “horrific point” in coronavirus deaths: President Trump said Sunday the U.S. can “see light at the end of the tunnel” in its response to the coronavirus, and Vice President Mike Pence said there are “glimmers of progress.” Earlier Sunday, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams likened the upcoming week to a “Pearl Harbor moment” and “9/11 moment” in terms of the virus’ impact on the U.S. in an interview with “Fox News Sunday.” Trump at a White House briefing was asked how to reconcile the disparate statements. “I don’t think they’re so different,” Trump said. “I think we all know that we have to reach a certain point and that point is going to be a horrific point in terms of death. But it’s also a point at which things are going to start changing. We’re getting very close to that level right now and the next week and a half, two weeks, are going to be — I think they’re going to be very difficult. At the same time, we understand what they represent and what that time represents. And hopefully we can get this over, because this is a very horrible thing for the world.”
5:04 p.m. Apple to make over a million face shields for medical workers: Apple is aiming to provide up to 1 million face shields per week to medical workers, CEO Tim Cook announced Sunday. In a video posted on Twitter, Cook said the company-wide effort to design, produce and ship the shields will see more than 1 million shipped by week’s end, and another million the following week. Shipments were delivered to Kaiser hospital facilities in the Santa Clara Valley the past week with “very positive” feedback from doctors, Cook said. There are 15 Kaiser facilities in Santa Clara County; Cook did not clarify which received the protective gear. Apple’s face shield is adjustable and can be assembled in two minutes, he said. Apple also said it’s donated over 20 million N95 masks to organizations in need.
4:51 p.m. Birx: Officials hopeful large metro outbreaks are stabilizing: Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the U.S. coronavirus response, said Sunday officials are seeing “hopeful signs” in hard-hit countries Italy and Spain. Italy reported a decrease in coronavirus-related intensive care numbers Saturday. Spain also reported a decrease in deaths. Birx said at a White House briefing that those numbers are “giving us hope of what our future could be.” She stated, “We’re very hopeful that over the next week, although we’ll see a rising number of cases of people who lose their lives to this illness, we’re also hopeful to see a stabilization of cases across these large metro areas where the outbreak began several weeks ago,” Birx said.
4:45 p.m. Don’t file a tax return? Here’s a new way to get stimulus payment: TurboTax has created a “minimum” online tax return that certain people can use for free to get a $1,200 federal stimulus payment from the federal government, the Mountain View company announced in a blog post Saturday. Most Americans eligible for the payment will get it automatically based on their 2019 or 2018 tax returns. But about 15% of households don’t have to file a tax return, usually because their income is below the filing threshold or it comes only from Social Security. The IRS announced Wednesday that it will automatically send payments to non-filers who receive Social Security or railroad retirement benefits. But people who have no income, or income from other sources such as Supplemental Security Income, still need to file a return to get a payment. “In partnership with the IRS, TurboTax volunteered to create an innovative solution to help this group easily get their stimulus payment,” the TurboTax Stimulus Registration, the company said. Users simply answer a few questions and then choose to receive their payment via direct deposit or check.”
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