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Total coronavirus cases:
• 46,416 in California, including 1,868 deaths.
• 7,833 in the Bay Area, including 277 deaths.
• 1 million in the U.S., including 58,355 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 3.1 million in the world, with more than 217,000 deaths. More than 928,000 people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
9:02 am. Elon Musk jumps aboard reopen wagon: Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears to have had his fill of coronavirus-related restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. He posted a tweet Wednesday reading, “FREE AMERICA NOW.” Earlier he tweeted praise of Texas beginning to reopen its economy, and also posted, “Give people their freedom back.”
8:55 a.m. Majority of Americans need breaks from news of the coronavirus news: Nearly three quarters of Americans say they need to take breaks from COVID-19 news, according to a Pew Research Center survey. About half of those surveyed said they found it difficult to discern true and false information about the pandemic and 64% said they had seen news that appeared to be fabricated.
8:49 a.m. Confirmed coronavirus cases in San Francisco near 1,500: The number of people in San Francisco reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus reached 1,490, according to the Department of Public Health.
8:41 a.m. What it’s like working in SF General’s emergency room: An emergency room nurse at San Francisco General faces potential contact with coronavirus patients each time she goes to work. And she must constantly confront her own fears of a surge in the days and weeks ahead. The Chronicle’s Trisha Thadani reports on life in the ER.
8:31 a.m. Gilead says remdesivir hit goals in government trial: Foster City’s Gilead said its drug remdesivir proved effective against the coronavirus in a government-sponsored trial that looked at a 5-day drug course for patients severely ill with COVID-19. The company said results show, “the potential for some patients to be treated with a 5-day regimen, which could significantly expand the number of patients who could be treated with our current supply of remdesivir.”
8:20 a.m. Confirmed coronavirus cases in San Francisco near 1,500: The number of people in San Francisco who have tested positive for the coronavirus reached 1,490, according to the Department of Public Health.
8:13 a.m. Anti-vaxxers attack vaccine not even developed yet: A coronavirus vaccine is still months or years away, but groups that peddle misinformation about immunizations are already taking aim, potentially eroding confidence in what could be humanity’s best chance to defeat the virus, the Associated Press reports. Unsubstantiated claims already made by vaccine opponents include smears against Dr. Anthony Fauci and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
8:03 a.m. San Mateo confirms 37 more cases: Thirty-seven more people in San Mateo County tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the number of known cases to 1,136, health officials said.
7:58 a.m. A flag for a resilient city, now more than ever: A new San Francisco flag designed by a Mission District resident is starting to take off, with its symbolism-rich phoenix waving in more than a dozen San Francisco neighborhoods, and orders for dozens more in hand. The Chronicle’s Peter Hartlaub describes what’s going on.
7:47 a.m. How relationships can survive shelter-in-place: On the Fifth & Mission podcast, columnist Tony Bravo — a newlywed himself — reports back from his survey of assorted Bay Area couples, where he learned about how marriages and relationships can work during these unusual times. Click here to listen.
7:42 a.m. Eighteen residents at Vallejo nursing facility infected: Eighteen residents at a skilled nursing facility in Vallejo have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the state Public Health department. Infection was also confirmed in an unspecified number of staff members, only described as fewer than 11, at the Windsor Vallejo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
7:31 a.m. New research finds toe lesions a possible sign of coronavirus infection in kids: Frostbite-like patches showing up on young people’s toes, typically a rather harmless rash, may indicate hidden coronavirus infection, research indicates. Sometimes manifesting with a burning sensation, the inflammation usually disappears on its own, and patients were asymptomatic of COVID-19, the Washington Post reports.
7:21 a.m. Finest minds gather in Bay Area army to fight coronavirus: An academic army has assembled in the Bay Area — home to one of the highest concentrations of Nobel laureates and advanced degrees — in a hub of historic and virtually unheard of research activity, to defeat the coronavirus. Read what the thousands of scientists, researchers and scholars, have alerady produced and what they are up to.
7:08 a.m. Massive Bay Area studies announced: UCSF and Stanford University on Wednesday are announcing two studies that will begin in May and are among the nation’s first large-scale, long-term coronavirus research projects. They will follow 7,500 health care workers and general public members who tested negative for the virus, potentially shaping California’s phased reopening of the economy. The Chronicle’s Catherine Ho reports.
7:01 a.m. Costco to require face coverings: Shoppers and employees at Costco will be required to cover their faces to impede spread of the coronavirus, starting on Monday, officials said. Children younger than 2 years old and individuals who cannot cover their faces due to medical conditions are exempt from the requirement.
6:56 a.m. Stocks leap on drug hopes: Two studies showing positive results for remdesivir, an antiviral drug, lifted Gilead shares. The market as a whole rallied on the news, with the Dow up 1.5%, as hopes for a successful coronavirus treatment buoyed prospects for the economy.
6:48 a.m. Navy to widen probe of aircraft carrier with virus outbreak: The Navy will conduct a legal investigation into circumstances around the coronavirus-infected aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, which effectively delays a decision on reinstating its fired captain, the Associated Press reports, citing U.S. officials.
6:23 a.m. Food delivery finally being allowed for low-income recipients of food aid: Online ordering and food delivery that’s been a lifeline for many during the coronavirus pandemic, has not been available to people relying on public food assistance, low-income people who had to personally shop at stores with their benefit cards. But now that requirement, which increased their risks of contagion, is starting to change, The Chronicle’s Carolyn Said reports.
6:15 a.m. Economy worst since Great Recession: The U.S. economy shrank at a 4.8% annual rate from January through March, as the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country and began triggering a new recession that’s ending the longest expansion on record, Commerce Department data show. It’s the sharpest fall since the depths of the massive recession a decade ago, and analysts say the worst is to come.
6:07 a.m. CDC data indicate COVID-19 deaths much higher than reported: In seven states hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, total overall death rates are nearly 50 percent higher than normal indicating that new virus is likely killing more people than official counts reflect, the New York Times reports, citing new death statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
6:00 a.m. Boeing to slash workforce by 10%, slow plane production: Boeing has started to cut about 10% of its workforce and will slow production of some planes. The workforce is being reduced through employees leaving, attrition and layoffs, the company’s president and chief executive Dave Calhoun said in a statement.
5:55 a.m. Overloaded website greets Pandemic Unemployment Assistance applicants: It took patience and perseverance on an overloaded — and not intuitive — California Employment Development Department website, but self-employed workers and others were finally able Tuesday to apply for federally funded unemployment benefits. The Chronicle’s Kathleen Pender reports.
5:40 a.m. No automatic A’s for S.F. school kids: The San Francisco school board abandoned a pandemic-inspired plan to give middle and high schol students automatic A’s on their transcripts this semester, on grounds it would complicate college admissions and would not accurately reflect students’ progress. They adopted a credit/no credit policy instead, allowing students make up work in the summer for credit. Read more from Jill Tucker in The Chronicle.
Updates from April 28:
11:48 p.m. Trump issues order to keep meat processing plants open: President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that requires meat and poultry processors to continue operations, stating plant closures “threaten the continued functioning of the national meat and poultry supply chain, undermining critical infrastructure” amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some meat processors have closed plants due to health concerns following outbreaks among workers, with one labor union Tuesday reporting there have been 20 deaths among meatpacking and food processing workers. The order, which invokes the Defense Production Act, states the federal government will “take all appropriate action” to ensure processors continue operating in line with guidance issued by CDC and OSHA.
10:34 p.m. Los Angeles signs deal to secure 24 million N95 masks: Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a news conference Tuesday the city of Los Angeles has signed an agreement with Honeywell to buy 24 million N95 masks to be used by frontline workers responding to the coronavirus. The city will pay 79 per cents per mask and distribute and sell them to first responders and hospitals at cost, Garcetti said. The city will receive 100,000 masks in May, 500,000 by July and up to 1.2 million per month by November, according to Garcetti, who said: “These will be life savers, quite literally.”
9:48 p.m. Toilet paper shortages in US are relenting, report says: Nearly half (48 percent) of U.S. grocery stores were out of toilet paper for some part of the day April 19 — but that was down from 73 percent of stores being out of stock at any point April 12, Reuters reported, citing data from tracker NCSolutions. Toilet paper was one of the earliest products to vanish from shelves amid outbreak of the coronavirus, and demand remains 27% higher than before the pandemic, according to the report. A retail consultant told Reuters shelf stock of toilet paper at some stores last week approached normal levels.
9:10 p.m. Contra Costa County official says new health order coming Wednesday: Anna Roth, health director for Contra Costa County, said the county will issue its updated shelter-in-place order Wednesday. Addressing county supervisors on Tuesday, Roth said the new order, which will last through May, may not include “as many changes as people want” regarding restrictions aimed at preventing spread of the coronavirus. “But I believe that with our screening we’re going to be putting in place and with the shared dashboard that we’re going to be creating with the rest of the Bay Area that we will be able to rapidly move towards a new future state.”
8:10 p.m. Sonoma County ramping up testing: Public health officer Dr. Sundari Mase said in a virtual town hall that Sonoma County is hoping to build capacity to do widespread community testing for the coronavirus “in the next several weeks.” Sonoma County tested more than 450 health care workers at drive-through sites over the weekend and plans to expand that service next to first responders. Mase said the county is waiting on an order of 100,000 testing swabs from the manufacturer and that state officials plan to open two new testing sites in the county next week. Sonoma County’s goal is to eventually conduct 600-to-800 tests per day, Mase said.
8 p.m. SF Art Institute to stay open: The board of trustees at the San Francisco Art Institute voted to keep the school open, albeit with limited academic offerings. The Art Institute, founded in 1871, announced last month that it would not admit new students in the fall, sparking speculation the school might close. But support from “potential partners and charitable organizations … and protests by students, faculty, alumni and staff,” according to a news release, persuaded the board to stay open.
7:45 p.m. Sonoma County loosens restrictions on parks: Residents of Sonoma County will be allowed to use parks near their homes for walking, jogging, hiking and biking starting Wednesday, according to a modified health officer order. Driving to parks is still not allowed and parking lots, restrooms, playgrounds, picnic areas, sports courts and beaches will remain closed. Visitors are instructed to carry a face covering and wear it if they come within six feet of others. Sonoma County closed its parks March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Health officer Dr. Sundari Mase said in a statement the amended order “lets residents use their local parks while minimizing the likelihood of unsafe crowding.”
7:15 p.m. United, American airlines will distribute masks to travelers: United Airlines will begin making face masks available to customers starting in early May, in line with CDC recommendations for guarding against spread of the coronavirus, according to the airline’s website. United is also requiring all flight attendants to wear face coverings while working. American Airlines said it will begin distributing face masks and sanitizing wipes or gels to customers “as supplies and operational conditions allow” starting in early May, and masks will be required for flight attendants starting May 1. JetBlue on Monday announced it will require travelers to wear face coverings starting May 4.
6:54 p.m. Self-employed struggle to apply for California benefits: A slow website and confusing instructions bedeviled applicants for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a new program which lets the self-employed tap into federal funding to replace their lost income. Gov. Gavin Newsom said it wasn’t surprising that the brand-new program had teething pains. Read the story here.
6:47 p.m. San Mateo County to reopen some parks: The San Mateo County Parks Department will reopen trails in 13 of its 23 parks on Monday, May 4, with visitors required to carry face coverings, hike single file on narrow trails and keep six feet apart from others, according to a county news release. Playgrounds, picnic areas, campgrounds and visitor centers will remain closed, a limited number of parking lots will reopen and road parking will be prohibited, per the release. County parks have been closed since March 27 due to the coronavirus pandemic. A complete list of parks facilities scheduled to reopen May 4 can be found at SMCoParks.org.
6:28 p.m. New shelter-in-place order will be issued Wednesday, Marin County official says: Marin County public health officer Matt Willis said in a virtual Board of Supervisors meeting that a new shelter-in-place order for the county will be issued Wednesday at noon. The six Bay Area counties and city of Berkeley announced Monday that shelter-in-place orders will be extended through May and new health orders will “largely” keep current restrictions in place. Willis did not give specifics of the new order in Tuesday’s meeting but said: “There will be some changes, so we’re not simply just extending the shelter-in-place as it has been. It’s going to be relaxed in some areas.”
5:32 p.m. San Francisco considers postponing tax on empty storefronts: With most retail stores closed because of shelter-in-place orders, San Francisco is rethinking its tax on empty storefronts. Supervisor Aaron Peskin is introducing legislation to postpone the tax’s implementation by nearly a year. Read the story here.
5:30 p.m. Dog tests positive for coronavirus in U.S., report says: A pug in North Carolina may be the first dog in the U.S. to test positive for the coronavirus, according to an NBC News report. The dog was part of a Duke University study in which members of a household in Chapel Hill, N.C., were tested for the virus, according to NBC News. The mother, father, son and pug tested positive for the virus while a daughter, a cat and another dog tested negative, NBC reported.
5:25 p.m. California schools face devastating budget cuts due to coronavirus crisis: Schools are looking at a loss in revenue of $1,400 per student — or more, state education experts said Tuesday. The state is heading into what could be a severe recession, the loss could be closer to $2,000 per student — a 15% reduction from the current funding level of $13,000. Read the story here.
5:05 p.m. Solano County reports new cases: Officials reported 23 new cases of the coronavirus in Solano County, increasing the county’s total to 249. Solano County has reported 50 new confirmed cases over the past two days, representing a 25.1% increase. The county had 56 active cases with 12 patients hospitalized as of Tuesday, according to its online tracker.
5:02 p.m. Hundreds of Bay Area health care workers lose pay as hospitals suffer losses: Stanford Health Care has 14,000 employees, most of whom had to make an unwelcome choice on Monday: take a 20% pay cut for 10 weeks or use paid time off. Nearly everyone took the time off, said president and CEO David Entwistle. Read the story here.
4:50 p.m. Los Angeles County death toll reaches 1,000: Officials in Los Angeles County reported 59 additional coronavirus deaths Tuesday, bringing the county’s death toll to 1,000. “With over 400 deaths from COVID-19 occurring among nursing home residents, the pandemic has amplified the cracks in our society, including the care and protection of people who are older and medically fragile,” said county public health director Barbara Ferrer in a statement. Los Angeles County also reported 597 new coronavirus cases, increasing its total to 20,976 confirmed cases.
4:30 p.m. Bay Area airports adjust control tower hours: Air traffic controller hours at multiple Bay Area airports are being temporarily shortened by the Federal Aviation Administration in an effort to reduce potential exposure to the coronavirus among staff, the FAA announced. San Jose International Airport (6 a.m.-11 p.m.), Napa County Airport (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), Hayward Executive Airport (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Sonoma County Airport (7 a.m.-5 p.m.) are among those adjusting air traffic control hours, according to the FAA. The FAA said in a statement it “expects the adjustments will not have any operational effects” and that the approximately 100 airports affected “have seen a significant reduction in flights” amid the pandemic.
4:12 p.m. SF releases data on hotel rooms acquired for people affected by coronavirus: San Francisco’s online coronavirus tracker now includes data on hotel rooms and other sheltering options the city is securing to temporarily house homeless residents, frontline workers and other vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the tracker, the city has secured 2,741 hotel rooms with 2,156 ready for use and 1,026 occupied as of Tuesday. The city also has 195 congregate beds ready for use, with 48 occupied, and 348 congregate beds and 120 RV units being prepared for use in its alternative housing program, according to the tracker.
3:50 p.m. California residents sue Newsom over stay-at-home order, reports say: Two residents of Sacramento County have filed a federal lawsuit challenging Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order aimed at guarding against spread of the coronavirus, the Los Angeles Times reported. The lawsuit alleges that Ron Givens, an instructor with the Sacramento Gun Club, and Christine Bish, a real estate agent and Republican candidate for Congress, were unconstitutionally denied permits to protest outside the state Capitol, the Los Angeles Times reported.
3:40 p.m. Ticketmaster to provide refunds to certain concerts: After being sued by a would-be concert-goer, major promoter Live Nation, which owns Ticketmaster, has agreed to provide refunds when events are postponed by the coronavirus for 60 days or more. Read the story here.
3:37 p.m. Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa counties report new cases: Officials in Contra Costa County reported 23 new coronavirus cases of the coronavirus Tuesday. The county has confirmed 842 total cases and has 27 patients hospitalized, according to its online tracker. Alameda County reported 12 additional cases, bringing its total coronavirus cases to 1,533, with 81 patients hospitalized as of Tuesday. Napa County reported two new cases, bringing its total to 66 confirmed cases.
2:46 p.m. How can California improve confidence in elections? Count the vote faster: That’s the conclusion of a report by national elections experts into how to ease the potential for partisan divide over the legitimacy of elections, especially as the coronavirus pandemic threatens to disrupt voting in November. Chronicle politics writer John Wildermuth reports.
2:30 p.m. New San Francisco program offers free taxi rides for essential workers: Launched by San Francisco Department of the Environment, the “Essential Worker Ride Home” program will reimburse up to 10 taxi rides per month — up to $70 a ride — for essential workers who walk, bike, or take public transit to their jobs. The program aims to compensate for service cuts in San Francisco’s mass transit systems, while providing a boost for the city’s beleaguered taxi industry.
2:28 p.m. Should California brace for a meat shortage? Not exactly, say industry experts. Disruptions to many processing plants, in some cases because of coronavirus outbreaks among workers, mean that pork chops, steaks and other products are moving through the supply chain more slowly than usual. Prices may increase, but here’s why you shouldn’t be alarmed — and definitely shouldn’t hoard meat. Read the story here.
2:25 p.m. . UC, CSU students file lawsuits over spring-term campus fees: Two students at Northern California schools filed class-action lawsuits against the University of California and California State University systems, seeking a refund of campus fees in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the story here.
1:41 p.m. SF federal prosecutors charge Michigan man in COVID-19 wire fraud scheme: A Michigan man is accused of an online scam targeting people trying to buy N95 masks during the coronavirus pandemic. Federal authorities in San Francisco charged Rodney L. Stevenson II, 24, of Muskegon, Mich., with wire fraud in a Feb. 27 to at least April 15 website scheme, a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday states. “Stevenson capitalized on the consumers’ desperate attempts to purchase the N95 masks so as to protect against contracting the virus,” officials wrote.
1:36 p.m. Google’s revenue grows despite coronavirus: Alphabet, parent company of Google, reported a 13% revenue increase, to $41.2 billion in the first quarter compared to last year. But the Mountain View tech giant reported a “significant slowdown” in advertising in March after a strong January and February. The company has paused hiring in most positions.
1:31 p.m. How Nancy Pelosi is staying safe during coronavirus pandemic: The House speaker takes measures to protect herself on the job, including wearing a scarf over her face in the Capitol halls. Precautions are more challenging to arrange for the more than 430 of her colleagues who must gather together to pass bills. House leaders said Tuesday lawmakers would not reconvene next week as earlier planned,Washington correspondent Tal Kopan reports.
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. US 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. US 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.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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