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Total coronavirus cases:
13,962 in California, including 3,498 in the Bay Area.
324,068 cases in the U.S., with 9,180 deaths, including 88 in the Bay Area and 324 in California. The five other states with the highest death tolls are: New York with 4,159, New Jersey with 846, Michigan with 540, Louisiana with 409, and Washington state with 318. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
More than 1.2 million in the world with more than 67,999 deaths. More than 256,000 people have recovered.
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Breaking news developments from today:
12:18 Queen Elizabeth asks people to stay resolute in slowing the spread of coronavirus: For just the fifth time during her 68 year reign as the United Kingdom’s matriarch, Queen Elizabeth II took to the television airwaves to address the British people, and the world, encouraging everyone to stay resolute in their self-isolation to prevent the spread of coronavirus. “I want to thank those of you who are staying home. Together we are tackling this disease,” she said. “I want to reassure you, if we remain united and resolute we will overcome it.” The Queen, 93, referenced the first time she made a broadcast to the British nations, in 1940 when she and her sister Margaret addressed the children who had been displaced by war. “Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones,” she said. “But today as then, deep down, we know it is the right thing to do.” The Queen did did not provide an update on the condition of her son, Prince Charles, who has tested positive for COVID-19.
11:43 a.m. San Francisco COVID-19 cases continue to rise: San Francisco reported 39 additional cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing total cases to 568.
11:16 a.m. Tom Brokaw’s daughter watching the health of SFFD fighters during the pandemic: Dr. Jennifer Brokaw, daughter of broadcaster Tom Brokaw, has come on board as the San Francisco Fire Department’s physician, where her job is to oversee the health of the city’s 1,788 firefighters. “She was thrown right into the ring of fire and is doing an amazing job,” said SFFD spokesman Lt. Jonathan Baxter. Brokaw joined the department in late February, just as the coronavirus was emerging in the Bay Area.
10:50 a.m. Warriors sending $1,000 checks to staff laid off during pandemic: The Golden State Warriors are making good on their promise to help workers laid off during the pandemic. Over the weekend, the Warriors Foundation began sending $1,000 checks to most of the 1,500 part-time, game-day workers employed the Chase Center and the Kaiser Arena in Santa Cruz, where the Warriors’ farm team plays. Only workers at Warriors’ games are eligible.
10:37 a.m. Bay Area man dies from COVID-19 after waiting hours for ambulance in Florida, family says: A South San Francisco man died late Saturday night from COVID-19 after waiting more than 4 hours for an ambulance from the Coral Princess cruise ship, the latest in a string of vessels to get infected by the coronavirus while at sea. Wilson Maa had spent two years planning and saving for the South America voyage with his wife, Toyling, and several lifelong friends. It was a dream vacation that turned deadly after passengers were unable to catch flights from their original destination, Buenos Aires, which closed its borders on March 19. The ship spent two weeks stranded at sea, unable to dock at any port until it arrived in Miami, Florida, with 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board, including Maa. He waited more than four hours Saturday for an ambulance to take him to Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami, where he passed away, his wife and daughter said. Interviewed from the ship’s sick bay Saturday, Toyling coughed through a surgical mask while crews hand-pumped a ventilator for her husband. Toyling is still on the ship waiting for an ambulance, according to her daughter Julie. Spokespeople for the Coral Princess were unavailable for comment.
10:35 a.m. Louisiana could run out of ventilators, ICU beds this week: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said that his state could run out of ventilators and ICU beds by the end of the week as the coronavirus continues to spread through the Gulf Coast state. Speaking on CNN Sunday morning, Edward said, “Every day we get new information that informs our modeling. We now think it’s probably around the 9th of April before we exceed our ventilator capacity based on the current number on hand and that we’re a couple of days behind that on ICU bed capacity being exceeded,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” As of Sunday morning Louisiana has 12,496 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has reported 409 deaths from the virus.
10:22 a.m. SF nurse ill with COVID-19 after attending Miami festival: A San Francisco nurse is seriously ill with COVID-19 after attending the popular Winter Party festival in Miami. Mike Schultz, a nurse at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, has been intubated in the intensive care unit at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston for more than two weeks, according to a GoFundMe page and social media posts. At least 9 attendees have tested positive for COVID and at least two people have died, according to organizers.
10:20 a.m. Who takes care of the front line workers’ kids?: What do you do when you’re an essential worker like a doctor or paramedic required to report to your job, but your kids’ schools and aftercare programs have shut due to the coronavirus outbreak? The YMCA of San Francisco, founded in 1853 (two decades before the cable cars!), has an answer: Pop-Up YKids. Chronicle columnist Heather Knight tells the story.
9:35 a.m. Navy captain removed from carrier tests positive for COVID-19: Capt. Brett Crozier, the Navy captain removed from command of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, tested positive for the coronavirus. Two Naval Academy classmate of Crozier’s told the newspaper that he became symptomatic before he was removed from the ship. Crozier was relieved of command after an email he wrote about the poor conditions on the ship was leaked to The San Francisco Chronicle. In his Saturday briefing President Donald Trump said: “He shouldn’t be talking that way in a letter. I thought it was terrible what he did.”
9:17 a.m. Should Bay Area parents pay for child care they can’t use right now?: Like many working parents, Bethany Hendrickson O’Connell found a bit of novelty in the first week of sheltering in place. She took long walks with her 4-year-old son, Charlie, worked in five-hour stints for her nonprofit job, and joined Charlie’s preschool class for “letter share day” on Zoom. Then came the grenade in her inbox: an email from Charlie’s school in Berkeley, asking parents to pay April’s tuition bill — or at least make a donation — for a service they couldn’t use. As Bay Area parents shelter in place they’re faced with a serious question: Do they continue to pay for childcare they can’t use?
8:45 a.m. Secretary of Defense backs firing of Bay Area Navy Captain: U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Sunday defended the firing of U.S. Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, saying it was a “chain of command” issue focused on the “trust and confidence in the captain of the ship.” Crozier, a Santa Rosa native, was relieved from his command last week after sending a letter to Navy officials pleading for help and warning of the dire situation on board. At the time, more than 100 sailors aboard his nuclear aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, were infected with the coronavirus, which docked in Guam following an outbreak among the crew of more than 4,000. Esper said the decision to fire Crozier ultimately rested with Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. “He came and briefed me the night before,” Esper told ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos Sunday. “The morning of, he sat down and talked to me. I listened to the recommendations of the CNO, the chief of naval operations, and General Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It was the Secretary Modly’s call and I told him I would support it.”
8:24 a.m. SF coronavirus crisis on its way to becoming a financial crisis: Numbers tell the story of the coronavirus crisis in San Francisco — most sobering are the more than 500 people who have been infected and the billion-dollar-plus budget deficit facing the city. But there are some numbers below the radar that have drawn a dour conclusion from San Francisco’s controller, the city’s top money man. “This is not simply a health emergency — this is now almost certainly a recession,” San Francisco Controller Ben Rosenfield said. The Chronicle’s Phil Matier shares some startling numbers.
7:48 a.m. Surgeon General warns of worst week to come: Surgeon General Jerome Adams spoke frankly Sunday as he alerted Americans of the worsening fallout from the new coronavirus, warning “this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly. … This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized,” Adams said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that.”
7:38 a.m. Trump administration delayed initial response to outbreak: It took the Trump administration one month from the time it learned of the coronavirus outbreak in late December to impose the country’s initial travel restrictions, according to a Reuters investigation. Though President Trump has said his decision on Jan. 31 to ban travel from China “saved many lives,” several government agencies and officials spent weeks arguing about how to handle the outbreak, including how to best screen for sick travelers and the economic impact that any restrictions would have, Reuters reported.
7:31 a.m. What’s missing in Bay Area’s battle against coronavirus? Data: In San Francisco — where more than 500 people have tested positive and eight have died from COVID-19 — public health officials have released little more than basic statistics on the spread of the coronavirus for months, despite calls for more information on how the pandemic is affecting local communities and hospitals. San Francisco isn’t the only county in California that has tightly restricted certain information about coronavirus cases. But researchers and politicians say these restrictions go too far, impeding the public’s ability to understand the scope of the unprecedented health crisis and adequately respond. The Chronicle’s Joaquin Palomino and Cynthia Dizikes have more on this report.
7:09 a.m Navy Captain chose to protect his crew from coronavirus over his career: His decision surprised no one who knows him.Navy Capt. Brett Crozier’s unorthodox plea for help to protect thousands of sailors from the coronavirus infecting his aircraft carrier last week got the attention of his superiors before there was any loss of life or critical case of the illness. A day after it came to light, more than half of the crew of the Theodore Roosevelt was set to be off-boarded in Guam and sent into isolation in individual hotel rooms. For Crozier, a 50-year-old career naval officer who grew up in Santa Rosa, ensuring the safety of the nearly 5,000 sailors on his ship was his priority — more so even than his own career, which he may have sacrificed as a result. Read The Chronicle’s report by Matthias Gafni and Joe Garofoli on Crozier, who was relieved of his command.
6:50: a.m. Jerusalem’s Palm Sunday march scaled back due to coronavirus: A small group of Franciscan monks and Roman Catholic faithful took to the streets of Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter in the Old City Sunday to distribute olive branches after the traditional Palm Sunday procession was cancelled due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus, reports the Associated Press. Palm Sunday celebrations start the Holy Week leading up to Easter. Worshipers traditionally carry palm fronds and olive branches and march from the top of the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem’s Old City. While thousands of pilgrims usually participate in the march, this year was limited to a handful of participants. Clerics and faithful went door to door often throwing the branches to Christians looking on from their balconies.
6:46 a.m. Bay Area nursing homes struggle to slow coronavirus spread: News broke Friday that 27 people at an Orinda nursing home had tested positive for the coronavirus. One day later, the total at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital climbed to 14. By now, it’s clear nursing homes are a treacherous frontier in the effort to slow the virus. The Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick has the report.
6:30 a.m. Biden floats possibility of “virtual” Democratic Convention: Former Vice President Joe Biden said the Democratic Convention — recently delayed until August — may be held virtually if the coronavirus pandemic remains a threat later this year. “I think we should be thinking about that right now,” Biden told ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos Sunday. “We may not be able to put 10, 20, 30,000 people in one place and that’s very possible.” Biden, who has criticized Trump’s handling of the crisis, said he has not spoken to President Trump about the coronavirus.
6:27 a.m. U.S. “wasted” months before preparing for virus pandemic: As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment. A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated Press shows federal agencies waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers.
6:21 a.m. These Bay Area doctors are educating the public and becoming social media stars: Word that the Bay Area may be flattening the coronavirus curve swept across the nation this week thanks in part to a few UCSF physicians who’ve become social media stars of sorts, taking to Twitter to help educate the public about the frightening and evolving outbreak while adding commentary and a little levity along the way. Read Michael Cabanatuan’s report in The Chronicle.
6:07 a.m. Pope to mark Easter without crowds: In an unprecedented event, Pope Francis will mark Easter Sunday without the usual crowds that pack the Vatican for the holiday each year. The pope will hold all Holy Week and Easter liturgies without public attendance, according to the Prefecture of the Papal Household, the office responsible for distributing tickets to faithful who attend liturgies held by the Pope.
5:55 a.m. Trump warns of “a lot of death”: President Trump on Saturday warned Americans that “there will be a lot of death” in the U.S. as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country. “This will be probably the toughest week,” Trump said during a White House press briefing Saturday. But the president said he hopes Americans may still be able to gather for Easter services next Sunday and said he considered relaxing social distancing regulations. “It’s something we should talk about,” Trump said. “But somebody did say that, ‘Well, then you’re sort of opening it up to that little, you know, do we want to take a chance on doing that when we’ve been doing so well?’ ”
Breaking news developments from April 4:
11:15 p.m. Holidays will be the same, but different: The eight days of Passover start Wednesday and bring the first major religious spring holidays during the thick of the coronavirus pandemic and its shelter-in-place orders. Stay-home directives mean people can’t come together as normal for Passover, Easter on April 12 and the first night of Ramadan on April 24. Passover will be a test of sorts on how to adapt religious ceremonies to life under the coronavirus, Tony Bravo reports.
11:00 p.m. New Zealand prime minister rebukes “idiots” ignoring lockdown: Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand, had sharp words Saturday for people who flout the country’s lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic. “While compliance has been generally strong, there are still some who I would charitably describe as idiots,” Ardern told reporters. She specifically cited a 38-year-old man who was arrested “after being seen on a video online coughing at people in a supermarket.” New Zealand imposed a one-month lockdown on March 24, instructing residents to stay home, except for essential needs, and shutting down nonessential services. The country had 1,039 cases of the coronavirus as of Saturday night, according to Johns Hopkins University data, and reported one death.
10:45 p.m. Federal judge panel rejects bid for inmate releases to stem coronavirus: The federal three-judge panel that previously set a population cap for the California prison system has rejected a bid by activists to require further inmate releases to slow Covid-19’s spread behind bars. The order filed Saturday evening noted the panel had originally been convened to address a different issue, and thus the judges did not have authority to consider the request at hand. The earlier issue the panel addressed was prisoners’ lack of access to adequate medical and mental health care. The judges, each from a different federal court, said that advocates could instead take the COVID-19 release question to their individual courts, which could then potentially order other safety measures. If those measures proved inadequate to protect prisoners, the three-judge panel could reconsider a release order. The prison system reports 60 confirmed coronavirus cases statewide: 47 staff members, and 13 inmates mainly at the prison in Los Angeles County.
10:22 p.m. Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey reportedly dies from coronavirus complications: Tom Dempsey, whose 63-yard field goal in 1970 set an NFL record that stood until 2013, has died at 73 of complications from the coronavirus, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. Dempsey contracted the virus during an outbreak at a retirement home in New Orleans where at least 15 residents have now died, according to the Times-Picayune. Dempsey, who was born without toes on his right foot, played 11 seasons in the NFL and made his record-setting kick with the New Orleans Saints. Three other kickers matched the distance before Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos broke the record with a 64-yard field goal in 2013.
10:17 p.m. Gilead to donate 1.5 million doses of experimental drug remdesivir: Foster City-based Gilead Sciences said it will donate 1.5 million individual doses of its experimental coronavirus drug, remdesivir, “to treat patients with the most severe symptoms of COVID-19.” The doses could treat more than 140,000 patients and will be available for compassionate use, expanded access and clinical trials, Chairman and CEO Daniel O’Day wrote in an open letter posted online Saturday. Remdesivir, an injectable antiviral, has been used to treat more than 1,700 patients on a “compassionate use” basis, Gilead said. The company last week said it would transition to “expanded access” programs that would allow hospitals or physicians to apply for emergency use of the drug for multiple severely ill patients at a time. The letter states remdesivir “is still an investigational medicine and has not been approved by regulatory authorities anywhere” and that multiple clinical trials are underway. It states Gilead aims to produce more than 500,000 treatment courses by October and more than 1 million by the end of the year.
9:34 p.m. More men than women dying from COVID-19, data shows: Data from states that report COVID-19 fatalities by gender shows more men are dying from the virus than women, the Washington Post reported. The Post found that 30 of the 37 states that show gender-specific data saw more confirmed cases in women than men. Yet men accounted for the majority of deaths in New York City and in all 13 states that break down the COVID-19 deaths by gender, the Post reported. California has not reported fatalities by gender, but it does report gender-specific data for confirmed cases. As of Friday, the majority of the state’s 12,026 confirmed cases were males (51.6%). The Post report cited research that women’s bodies may be better at fighting infection due to hormones and differences in genes based on the presence of two X-chromosomes.
9:15 p.m. Newsom signs order expanding child care access for essential workers: Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday moved to facilitate child care and development programs for essential workers’ children by waiving eligibility and program restrictions that prevent some from accessing those services. Priority will be for health care professionals, first responders, law enforcement and grocery employees. The governor’s executive order, aiming to ease concerns for essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic, calls for the departments of Education and Social Services to develop guidance by Tuesday on enrollment and protocols such as physical distancing and food safety for child care settings. The order also allows the two departments to share data to identify students who are eligible for the pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which draws on federal “flexibility” during the coronavirus pandemic.
8:20 p.m. Employee tests positive at Burlingame assisted living facility: One employee and five residents at the Atria Burlingame have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an Atria statement. The assisted-living facility confirmed its first case of the virus on March 15. Two of the residents who tested positive have died. Two residents have also tested negative and three employees tested negative, Mike Gentry, senior vice president of care, said in a statement. The Atria Burlingame is among multiple Bay Area facilities that have been affected by the virus.
7:35 p.m. San Jose State students get options for spring grading: Students at San Jose State can choose to have their courses that are graded from A to F instead use a credit/no credit system for the spring term this year, the university said in a campus message Saturday. University President Mary Papazian enacted the policy recommended by the Academic Senate Executive Committee. Students will be able to petition to change courses to credit/no credit during or after the semester. “While grades and grading are an important part of higher education, they are meant to measure one’s ability to learn, not one’s ability to manage a crisis,” said a statement from the university, where students have been on remote instruction due to the coronavirus pandemic.
7:15 p.m. Italy reports decrease in COVID-19 intensive care patients: The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Italy — which has been one of the world’s most dramatic coronavirus centers — fell Saturday for the first time since the onset of the outbreak, Reuters reported. The 3,994 ICU patients was down from 4,068 on Friday. The country also recorded its lowest daily increase in new cases in nearly two weeks, Reuters reported, though officials cautioned against relaxing lockdown measures. Italy had recorded 15,362 deaths from COVID-19 as of Saturday evening, according to Johns Hopkins University, the most of any country. It had 124,632 confirmed cases, in third place after the U.S. and Spain.
7:00 p.m. No time for cabin fever, governor says: Just because California so far has not seen “worst-case progressions” of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom warned Saturday, “We cannot allow cabin fever to set in.” In an online news conference, he added, “We cannot allow people to start congregating in big queues along our parks and beaches. We’ve kept numbers below the worst-case progressions so far — but recognize that we aren’t out of the woods.”As the number of cases in the state continued to increase, Newsom reminded residents Saturday that maintaining physical distance from others is the key to keeping the virus in check.
6:30 p.m. Napa County extends shelter-at-home order until April 30: Napa County’s order directing residents to shelter at home will continue through April 30, roughly tracking the pandemic-caused directives of other Bay Area counties. The new order, which went into effect Friday, includes closure of playgrounds and other shared recreational facilities and requires essential businesses to implement physical distancing protocols, such as limiting the number of people simultaneously inside a business. Seven other Bay Area counties have extended their stay-at-home orders through May 3 while Solano County’s goes until April 30.
6:20 p.m. S.F. General Hospital has “slighty elevated” usage of key paralytic drugs: San Francisco General Hospital is using two paralytic drugs for COVID-19 patients “at slightly elevated rates,” a spokesman said Saturday, but the hospital’s need is “not acute at the moment.” NBC Bay Area reported the hospital is running short on the paralytics cisatracurium and rocuronium. “There’s a nationwide shortage of those two drugs,” said S.F. General spokesman Brent Andrew. “We don’t have an unusually high number of patients on ventilators right now. So we’re going through it at slightly elevated rates but not numbers that are out of scale.” Andrew said San Francisco General has 26 patients on ventilators, which is “not out of scale with typical.” Of those, 11 are COVID-19 patients. Oveall, the hospital has 23 COVID-19 patients, including 13 in intensive care. Paralytic drugs are sometimes used to help keep intubated patients from resisting the breathing tubes, with hospitals quickly using their supplies as COVID-19 patients need that equipment, an NPR report noteds Saturday.
5:55 p.m. Golden Gate Park turns 150 with muted celebration: It wasn’t the birthday party San Francisco wanted for its beloved Golden Gate Park. The Ferris wheel wasn’t spinning and there wasn’t any birthday cake or balloons, The Chronicle’s Steve Rubenstein reports. But at least the 150th birthday bash, while canceled on Saturday in the park itself, had a virtual acknowledgement. The park’s birthday website offered up footage from old rock performances in the park and a message from a virtual Mayor London Breed. And thousands of San Franciscans did stroll the park, one by one, commanded by large signs to maintain a 6-foot separation.
5:21 p.m. Marin County reports one additional death: Officials in Marin County reported six new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 137 confirmed cases. The county also reported its seventh death from COVID-19. The county has tested 1,435 people and has 16 patients hospitalized, according to its daily update Saturday.
5:13 p.m. Alameda County reports surge in cases: Officials in Alameda County reported 94 new coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 537 confirmed cases. That includes 27 in Berkeley, which has its own health department. The new numbers mark a 21 percent one-day increase. The county has recorded 12 deaths from COVID-19.
5:05 p.m. Lake Berryessa to temporarily close to public: All public areas at Lake Berryessa will close until further notice, the federal Bureau of Reclamation announced Saturday. Day use, rest rooms and boat launching will close as of Sunday at the popular recreation area, and campgrounds and overnight lodging on Monday. The bureau’s announcement said the closures comply with an order from Napa County health officials and a request by the Board of Supervisors.
4:50 p.m. Santa Clara County eyes long-term care facilities: Santa Clara County will closely monitor long-term care facilities with known or suspected cases of COVID-19, the county said Saturday in issuing long-term facility guidelines. The guidelines came in the wake of Friday’s news that seven residents and four staff members tested positive at Canyon Springs Post-Acute Care in San Jose. The county said it has supplied personal protective equipment to Canyon Springs and will provide coronavirus-related support to all nursing homes, and skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in the county.
4:40 p.m. Study adjusts its death toll projection downward: The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington is projecting fewer COVID-19 deaths in California than it forecast a week ago. The institute’s study still projects California’s worst impact will be on April 26, but anticipates 119 deaths statewide that day instead of 148, its earlier projection. It projects a decline to 16 on June 1 (compared to last week’s projection of 22 on June 1) and zero beginning June 25, an earlier cessation than the earlier projected July 4 zero-day. Nationwide, the study projects the worst impact will be on April 16, with 2,644 deaths, compared to a previously projected peak of 2,341 deaths on April 14. Projections can vary based on social distancing impacts, officials say.
4:30 p.m. South Bay telethon will benefit low-income residents: Elected officials and nonprofit and business leaders have planned a fundraising telethon for 7 p.m. Saturday to support low-income residents with financial assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. The telethon will be hosted by and viewed on NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48, and livestreamed at NBCbayarea.com. It will raise money for Silicon Valley Strong, a fund centralizing resources for those hard-hit during this time, under a partnership between government, nonprofit and private groups.
4:11 p.m. Santa Rita Jail inmate tests positive for COVID-19: An inmate at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin has tested positive for the coronavirus, the first inmate case reported there, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. In a news release Saturday, the sheriff’s office said the inmate is recovering in the jail’s medical unit and in stable condition. The inmate previously was housed in a two-person cell, and had limited contact with others, the statement said. Areas with potential exposure are being cleaned and sanitized, and inmates quarantined under monitoring by medical staff. Officials are identifying staff and inmates who might have had contact with the infected person.
4:00 p.m. Stanford antibody test close to FDA approval, Newsom says: Stanford Medicine has developed an antibody test to indicate whether a person has developed some immunity to the coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a briefing Saturday. Newsom said the test was “hours” from being approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Charity Dean of the California Department of Public Health said the serologic, or blood-based, test could determine if a person has been infected and developed antibodies to the virus. People with immunity could theoretically interact with others without risk of catching or spreading the virus. “We’re very excited that this is a California homegrown test that is going to be rolled out in the next week for actual use on Californians,” Dean said.
3:45 p.m. Santa Clara County sees 54 new cases: Officials in Santa Clara County reported 54 new cases of the coronavirus Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 1,148 confirmed cases. Officials also reported one additional death. Santa Clara County has recorded 39 deaths from COVID-19. The county had 287 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, according to its website.
3:31 p.m. Contra Costa County reports jump in cases: Officials in Contra Costa County on Saturday reported 46 new cases of the coronavirus, an increase of 15 percent from Friday. The county reports on its website that it has 353 confirmed cases countywide; the county has tested 4,929 people and has 31 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.
3:22 p.m. Queen Elizabeth II to address UK on coronavirus: Queen Elizabeth II will deliver a rare address to the UK and the Commonwealth regarding the coronavirus. The recorded broadcast will be broadcast Sunday. The BBC reported it will be the fifth televised address the queen has made. The queen’s son, Prince Charles, who recently tested positive for the virus, announced last week he was “on the other side” of the illness. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in isolation after testing positive.
3:05 p.m. Officials watching Pennsylvania, Colorado, Washington D.C.: Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House’s coronavirus response, said officials are hoping mitigation efforts can slow spread of the coronavirus in areas of concern in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Washington D.C. “We’re watching them because they are starting to go on that upside of the curve,” Birx said at a White House briefing Saturday. “We’re hoping and believing that if people mitigate strongly, the work that they did over the last two weeks will blunt that curve and they won’t have that same upward slope and peak that New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and part of Rhode Island are having. The next two weeks are extraordinarily important … This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not be going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe. And that means everybody doing six feet distancing, washing your hands.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, said avoiding subsequent outbreaks in concentrated areas is critical. “We’ve got to make sure we don’t have multiple waves of peaks,” Fauci said. “That’s going to be the answer to the question of when we can start pulling back. Because if you keep having multiple peaks and different waves that’s going to make it very difficult.”
2:37 p.m. Trump says captain’s letter to sound alarm about coronavirus on Navy ship “not appropriate”: In response to a question about Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, a Santa Rosa native who was relieved of command of the Theodore Roosevelt this week after sounding the alarm about an outbreak of the coronavirus on the ship, President Trump criticized Crozier’s actions in a press conference Saturday. Trump first referenced a decision some have criticized to allow sailors from the ship to go ashore last month in Vietnam, though Navy officials have defended stopping there and said the source of the outbreak is undetermined. “But more importantly, he wrote a letter,” Trump said. “The letter was a five-page letter, from a captain. And the letter was all over the place. That’s not appropriate. I don’t think that’s appropriate. And these are tough people, these are strong people. I thought that looked terrible, to be honest with you. Now, they made their decision. I didn’t make the decision. The Secretary of Defense was involved and a lot of people were involved. I thought it was terrible what he did, to write a letter. I mean, this isn’t a class on literature. This is a captain of a massive ship that’s nuclear-powered, and he shouldn’t be talking that way in a letter. He can call and ask and suggest. But he stopped in Vietnam, a lot of people got off the boat, they came back and they had infections. And I thought it was inappropriate for the captain of a ship.” Crozier was relieved of his command on Thursday, three days after writing a letter to superiors — obtained exclusively by The Chronicle — in which he pleaded for resources to remove crew members from the ship. On Friday, Crozier was cheered by hundreds of sailors from his ship as he left following his dismissal.
1:58 p.m. Trump says sports will return ‘sooner rather than later’: Asked whether he believed professional sports would be back in session by August, President Trump said he wants “fans back in arenas … by whenever we’re ready. As soon as we can, obviously. I can’t tell you a date, but I think it’s going to be sooner rather than later.” Read Ann Killion’s column on Trump’s hope to resume sports soon.
1:56 p.m. Laguna Honda case total rises to 14: An 11th staff member at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Department of Emergency Management. That boosts the hospital’s total of confirmed cases to 14, including three residents.
1:46 p.m. U.S. brings home Americans stuck overseas: President Trump said his administration has secured the safe return of 40,000 Americans who were stuck abroad. They returned from 75 different countries on 400 flights, he said.
1:39 p.m. 1,000 military personnel to deploy to NYC: Speaking at the daily briefing of the White House’s coronavirus task force, President Trump said, at his direction, 1,000 military personnel will be deploying to assist in New York City, where the president said they are needed the most. Additional resources are being sent to other coronavirus hot spots such as New Jersey.
1:17 p.m. Newsom not expecting regular NFL season: Asked about whether the NFL would be back in the fall with fans, Gov. Gavin Newsom said: “I’m not anticipating that happening in the state.” He added that decisions would be made on the basis of facts and the advice of health experts.
1:16 p.m. Brazil unprepared, government warns: Brazilian health officials grappling with the coronavirus outbreak issued a stark warning about a lack of hospital beds, masks, testing devices and trained staff across Latin America’s largest nation. A Health Ministry report said Brazil can currently carry out 6,700 COVID-19 tests a day, but that it will need to process as many as 30,000-50,000 tests daily during the peak of the outbreak, expected in June. This latest assessment of the public health care system raises serious questions about its capacity to face the outbreak in a country of nearly 210 million. It also calls for the maintenance of quarantine measures in states that are most badly hit, challenging President Jair Bolsonaro’s more laid-back approach to the virus.
1:08 p.m. 300,000 cases in U.S.: The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. stands at 300,915, according to Johns Hopkins University. That’s about 175,000 more than in Spain, which has the second most cases in the world.
1:33 p.m. Six COVID-19 cases at SF veterans hospital: Six veterans have tested positive at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. That includes two in-patients and four out-patients, according to data from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. A total of 2,184 veterans across the country have tested positive, as of Friday, and 78 have died. The latest numbers can be found here.
12:29 p.m. 11% increase in California’s ICU patients: Gov. Gavin Newsom said the number of people in intensive-care units in California rose 10.9% overnight, to 1,008. The number of people hospitalized in the state is 2,300, he said.
12:27 p.m. State’s new website helps with supply donations: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a new website dedicated to providing information to businesses abd individuals who want to donate supplies. Supplies sought include ventilators, surgical masks, hand sanitizer and goggles. The governor said he feels like a “full-time operator” fielding calls and text messages from people asking for information on how to help. Also, Newsom said over 79,000 health care workers have signed up at healthcorps.ca.gov to help with COVID-19 response.
12:11 p.m. California has tested 126,000: More than 126,000 individuals have been tested for COVID-19 in the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday at the start of his daily briefing. He said he hopes that number will increase five-fold in the coming weeks. Results are still pending on 13,000 of the tests. “We have substantially reduced that backlog,” Newsom said.
12:05 p.m. Another cruise ship with COVID-19 victims docks in Miami: The Coral Princess, with 1,020 passengers and 878 crew members, was in limbo for days awaiting permission to dock. At least seven passengers and five crew members have tested positive for the coronavirus. Two have died on the ship, the Associated Press reports.
11:38 a.m. Alameda County EMTs could be furloughed: Alameda County’s contracted 911 ambulance provider may soon furlough EMTs and paramedics despite a potential surge in coronavirus cases. An official with the contractor, Denmark-based Falck, said they are still hoping to prevent the furloughs. Read more of The Chronicle exclusive here.
11:35 a.m. Grand Princess crew’s quarantine over, ship to sail, then return to SF: Nearly 650 crew members of the Grand Princess completed their 14-day quarantine, ending a nearly month-long period of self-isolation that began when the cruise ship was struck with the coronavirus. The cruise line said the crew members can finally leave their staterooms and roam around the ship as long as they wear personal protective equipment and stay at least 6 feet from each other. The ship will leave San Francisco Bay and sail out to sea for several days of routine marine operations, the Associated Press reports. Early next week, the ship will dock temporarily at the Port of San Francisco to stock up on provisions. The cruise line was still working out a plan on where it will go next.
10:59 a.m. In Puerto Rico, old hurricane relief now helpful: The suspected mismanagement of essential supplies during Hurricane Maria has turned out to be a boon for Puerto Rico as it fights a rise in the coronavirus cases, the Associated Press reports. Health Secretary Lorenzo Gonzlez said Saturday that officials discovered a cache of personal protective equipment at a hospital that remains closed since the Category 4 storm hit in 2017. Puerto Rico has reported 18 deaths, including that of a nurse, and more than 450 confirmed cases, including police officers who have demanded more personal protective equipment.
10:42 a.m. Nearly 10,000 Americans have recovered: According to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University, 9,853 people in the U.S. have recovered from COVID-19. Can you get it again if you already had it? Here is what we know about coronavirus immunity.
10:31 a.m. Another resident at Laguna Honda Hospital tests positive: A total of 10 staff members and three residents at the nursing home have now tested positive, according to a news release Saturday from the Department of Public Health. Seven of the 10 staff members have been in patient-care positions. All 13 people are in good condition, according to the release.
9:41 a.m. San Francisco tops 500 confirmed cases: City health officials announced one additional death and 32 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed, increasing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the city to eight and total positive cases to 529.
9:34 a.m. Bay Area is best at sheltering in place: Data compiled by location-tracking app Foursquare suggests that when it comes to sheltering in place, Bay Area residents have been particularly compliant. Through March 27, the latest data available, the number of Bay Area residents heading into workplaces has declined by 72%. Read more here.
9:17 a.m. UCSF doctors rising stars on Twitter: Word that the Bay Area may be flattening the coronavirus curve swept across the nation this week thanks in part to a few UCSF physicians who’ve become social media stars of sorts, taking to Twitter to help educate the public about the frightening and evolving outbreak while adding commentary and a little levity along the way. Read more here.
8:54 a.m. Health care workers losing jobs: Tens of thousands of medical workers across the U.S. are suddenly out of work as operating rooms and doctor’s offices go dark, casualties of urgent calls to prioritize coronavirus patients at overwhelmed hospitals and of the economic waves the crisis is churning. Even as hospitals scrounge for professionals to treat people with COVID-19, others are on the sidelines as elective procedures, diagnostics and appointments are canceled or postponed. “I certainly never thought there would be a day as a nurse that I would be filing for unemployment, so it’s quite surreal for all of us,” said Jess Poole, a nurse anesthetist in the Pittsburgh area.
8:43 a.m. 1,000 ventilators donated to New York from China: The ventilators were scheduled to arrive on Saturday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at his daily briefing. Cuomo thanked Alibaba co-founders Jack Ma and Joe Tsai for the donation, as well as the Chinese government.
8:22 a.m. BART ridership way down: BART stations with the largest ridership drops between March 3 and March 31 saw decreases of 96-97%, according to a tweet from the transit agency. They included stations in Lafayette, West Dublin, Rockridge, Orinda and the Embarcadero in San Francisco. The stations showing the lowest drops from the coronavirus pandemic saw a reduction of 80 to 85%. They include Coliseum Station in Oakland, Pittsburg, Richmond, Fruitvale in Oakland and South Hayward.
8:13 a.m. Bay Area caregivers face physical, financial peril: While doctors and nurses have been on the front lines fighting for patients infected with the coronavirus, other caregivers have played an instrumental role in helping the elderly and infirm stay out of an already overburdened medical system. That comes with personal risks for some home health aides. Others have had to stop working to protect their clients. Chase DiFeliciantonio reports the story here.
8:02 a.m. ‘Light at end of tunnel’ in Spain: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Snchez says that his nation ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic is “starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.” Snchez said that if the current slowdown of the outbreak continues then Spain is on course to reduce its cases of COVID-19. Current numbers show Spain has 124,000 cases of coronavirus (only the U.S. has more) and over 11,000 deaths. Strict stay-at-home measures helped Spain reduce its rate of contagion that was over 20% last week to 6% on Saturday, the Associated Press reports.
7:58 a.m. The ethics of which patients get ventilators, and how hospitals will decide: The model for determining who gets the needed resources if the system is overwhelmed uses a point system to assess patients’ likelihood of survival, Carolyn Said reports. Some of its considerations resemble those already used to allocate transplant organs. It calls for triage teams of a doctor, nurse and database manager to allocate resources, thus avoiding doctors having to make bedside decisions on the fly. “It’s an incredibly emotionally difficult decision if you are taking care of a patient to also think about ‘Do I give this resource to someone else?’” said Dr. Douglas White, chair of ethics in critical care medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.
7:51 a.m. UK coronavirus hospital death toll up 20% in one day: The United Kingdom’s hospital death toll from the coronavirus rose by 20% to 4,313, Reuters reports. A total of 183,190 tests have been given, with 41,903 positive results.
7:38 a.m. East Bay congressman slams Trump: Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, a former presidential candidate, took a swipe at the president’s leadership during the coronavirus crisis in a tweet.
Holy smokes. Watching @realDonaldTrump it’s pretty clear we are not going to get through this because we have presidential leadership. We are going to get through this because of you. Your resilience. Your faith. Your humanity.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) April 3, 2020
7:21 a.m. Looking into grocery delivery options during the pandemic? Check out The Chronicle’s directory to help you order produce, meat and pantry goods during shelter in place. Also, here’s a list of Cnet’s best options for having healthy food delivered.
7:05 a.m. Medical supply marketplace frustrates states: Governors across the U.S. have described in unbelievable terms the dog-eat-dog global marketplace they have to navigate in pursuit of protective gear for medical workers, the Associated Press reports. Cutthroat suppliers, shady middlemen, phantom shipments, prices soaring by the hour. That has led many to call on the Trump administration to centralize the purchases, so far to no avail. “It is the greatest frustration,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican who heads the National Governors Association.
6:19 a.m. Unemployment system overwhelmed: Many Americans seeking unemployment benefits are finding more frustration than relief, the Associated Press reports. State websites and phone lines across the country have been overwhelmed with applicants — causing sites to crash, phone lines to ring busy and much-needed payments to be delayed. While many states are doing their best to respond — adding staff, updating technology and streamlining the process — it’s tough to keep up with the pace of demand. About 10 million people applied for unemployment benefits in the two weeks ended March 27.
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5:47 a.m. Pink tested positive for COVID-19: In a pair of tweets, the singer said she and her 3-year-old son were displaying symptoms two weeks ago, and she tested positive after accessing tests through a primary care physician. Her family had already been sheltering at home and continued to do so, she said. They were tested again “just a few days ago,” and were negative. The Grammy Award-winning artist called for free and widespread testing and announced she’s donating $1 million to coronavirus-related relief funds.
5:35 a.m. U.S. might fly Americans home from Russia: The U.S. Embassy in Russia says it is trying to arrange a charter flight to repatriate Americans but warns it could be the last flight for some time. A planned Aeroflot flight to New York was canceled while on the taxiway Friday. Russia has banned all international airline flights, including those bringing Russians back to their homeland, in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Embassy spokeswoman Rebecca Ross advised Americans that if the charter flight happens “this will likely be the final charter opportunity to depart Russia.” Russia has reported 4,731 coronavirus infections and 44 deaths.
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