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Total coronavirus cases:
• 22,416 in California, including 634 deaths.
• 4,864 in the Bay Area, including 133 deaths.
• 530,006 in the U.S., including 20,608 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 8,672; New Jersey with 2,183; Michigan with 1,384; Louisiana with 806; and Massachusetts with 686. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 1.7 million in the world, with more than 110,000 deaths. More than 412,000 people have recovered.
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Latest developments from today:
9:50 a.m. “SNL” returns with Tom Hanks as surprise host: “Saturday Night Live” returned from a month-long hiatus with Tom Hanks as the host and cast members appearing in videos from their homes. Hanks, who recovered after testing positive for COVID-19 last month, called himself the “celebrity canary in the coal mine for coronavirus.” “It’s good to be here,” Hanks said. “But it’s also very weird to be here hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ from home.” A Concord native, Hanks announced on March 11 that he and wife Rita Wilson had contracted the virus, but have said their health has improved.
9:28 a.m. Trump says Easter is “much different” amid shelter in place: President Donald Trump on Sunday said this Easter will be “much different than others” as Americans shelter in place to fight COVID-19. “It’s a plague on our country like nobody’s ever seen,” Trump said during a brief Easter address from the White House. “But we’re winning the battle, we’re winning the war. We’ll be back together in churches, right next to each other.”
9:20 a.m. San Francisco cases increase by 15: San Francisco reported a total of 872 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths Sunday — an increase of 15 cases and 1 death in the past 24 hours, according to data provided by the city’s Department of Public Health.
9:10 a.m. Bangladesh reports 139 new cases in 24 hours: Bangladesh has recorded four deaths and 139 cases of the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Officials in the South Asian nation, located east of India, say the country’s death toll is at 34, with 621 confirmed cases. Almost half of the cases have been reported in the capital of Dhaka. The country of 160 million people is expected to remain in a nationwide lockdown until April 25.
9:05 a.m. New York sees a flattening of its curve: New York state recorded 758 deaths Saturday — down from 783 Friday and 777 on Thursday — and appears to be flattening the curve, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Sunday. There have been a total of 9,385 deaths across New York. “It’s all reinforcing the same thing, a flattening of all these numbers,” he said. “You’re not seeing a great decline in the numbers but you’re seeing a flattening.” The governor said he hopes businesses and schools reopen as soon as possible but that, “we need to be smart in the way we re-open.”
8:50 a.m. Spain allowing some workers to return to jobs on Monday: Spain has reported its lowest daily growth in confirmed coronavirus infections in three weeks as it prepares to loosen its strict lockdown measures and let some workers return to their jobs on Monday — allowing workers in industry and construction to return to their jobs after a two-week shutdown of economic activities other than health care and the food industry. Spanish health authorities have reported 4,167 confirmed new cases over the past 24 hours. The country’s total is at 166,019, second only to the United States. Deaths in Spain have reached a total of 16,972, with 619 new fatalities confirmed since Saturday. More than 60,000 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in Spain. Those who can work from home are strongly encouraged by authorities to continue doing so. Retail shops will remain closed other than supermarkets, fruit stands, bakeries, butchers, newsstands and pharmacies.
8:44 a.m. Fifty crew members test positive on French Navy vessel: The French aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle returned to its base in the southern port of Toulon on Sunday after some 50 members of its crew and some aboard an escort frigate contracted the new coronavirus. The French Defense Ministry says the entire crew of some 1,700 sailors will be tested and confined for 14 days in various military quarters in the region. Same for air crews aboard the vessel and those on the frigate, according to a report by the Associated Press. The ministry says the carrier cut short by about 10 days a nearly three-month mission in the central Mediterranean then in the Atlantic and North Sea. The source of the infection was not immediately known.
8:20 a.m. One model projects California coronavirus deaths will peak Wednesday. But it’s not that simple: If the country’s most popular coronavirus model proves accurate, California will reach the peak of its outbreak this Wednesday, on what would have been tax day. On that day, according to the model designed by scientists at global health research center in Seattle, 66 people will die in California. But that’s just one projection, and it differs substantially from the forecast developed by California’s disease modeling team, which predicts a peak in mid- or late May, and a slow falling off through June. The disparate predictions can breed confusion and frustration among Californians. But disease models, for all that they’re useful in making policy decisions and preparing for disaster, are not meant to predict the future, public health and infectious disease experts say. The Chronicle’s Erin Allday writes that no one can say for certain when the worst of the outbreak will be over — or when the next one may come.
8:10 a.m. UK Prime Minister thanks doctors, nurses for life-saving efforts: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked first responders for saving his life after being released from the hospital Sunday. “It is hard to find words to express my debt,” Johnson said in a video posted to his Twitter account. The prime minister, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 last month and spent several days in the ICU, also urged British residents to continue to shelter in place. “I thank you, because so many millions and millions of people across this country have been doing the right thing,” he said. “Millions going through the hardship of self-isolation.”
7:57 a.m. Former British Prime Minister calls for global coordination in fight against coronavirus: Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, said Sunday morning that the world’s nations need to work together to thwart the spread and persistence of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Brown said, “It can’t just be a national effort. If we’re going to prevent a second and third line of this in the developing countries … we need to act globally as well.” Brown said that nations shouldn’t be competing for medical supplies, but rather working in consolidation to amass supplies for the world. “We need to look at the areas where cooperation can work,” he said. “You’ve got to be able to say we’ll do whatever it takes.”
7:37 a.m. Israel closes ultra-Orthodox areas in Jerusalem: Israel has closed largely ultra-Orthodox areas of Jerusalem in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, particularly in highly-populated areas where infection rates are high. The restrictions landed on the same day that the government issued an order requiring people to wear masks in public. The country has reported 10,878 coronavirus cases and 103 deaths.
7:32 a.m. Bay Area parents blast the lack of teaching at many schools during coronavirus closures: Parents in many districts, including Mill Valley, San Francisco and Tracy, are frustrated and angry that until now districts have only officially offered links to online sites and optional educational activities to complete rather than actual instruction. Yet in other districts and at many private schools, students are attending classes online every day, interacting with peers and their teachers, studying the Civil War or discussing “Jane Eyre.” “We know this is the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond in an online town hall. “There is no playbook for this.” Jill Tucker’s Chronicle report explores the issue.
7:17 a.m. Some Chinese cities issue border restrictions: Chinese cities along the border with Russia said they plan to enforce border restrictions and quarantine measures for people arriving from abroad, after the number of imported cases hit a record high Saturday. Officials announced 99 new infections on April 11, nearly double the 46 cases announced the previous day. All but two of the new cases were people who traveled from abroad, many Chinese nationals returning from Russia, officials said.
7:08 a.m. Coronavirus deaths continue to climb around the world: The number of coronavirus infections and deaths continued to climb around the world Sunday. Dutch officials reported 1,188 new infections in 24 hours, taking the total to 25,587. There have been 2,737 deaths in the Netherlands. In Iran, the death toll grew by 117 cases, bringing the total to 4,474 deaths, according to Reuters. It has 71,686 cases of the new coronavirus. Meanwhile, British officials said the death toll in England topped 10,000 on Sunday.
6:59 a.m. Isolated and dying, patients get help connecting with their families from palliative caregivers: It is a wrenching dilemma that thousands of terminally ill patients and their families are facing right now in the Bay Area and across the country as hospitals restrict visitors and citizens isolate themselves at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many of those patients are dying alone in hospitals that have restricted who, if anyone, may be in the same room during their final hours. Chronicle reporter Peter Fimrite reports on this sad situation, and how palliative caregivers are helping these patients connect with their families.
6:46 a.m. Behind-the-scenes stories of sailors on the coronavirus-stricken carrier: Conversations with more than a dozen sailors on the Navy aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, and their family members, along with the photographs, text messages, social media posts and videos they provided, offer an intimate glimpse of how a now notorious outbreak of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, aboard the nuclear-powered ship has played out over the past two weeks. Read Matthias Gafni’s Chronicle report here.
6:34 a.m. N.J. Governor doesn’t want to ‘pour gasoline on fire’ in rush to open state: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on CNN Sunday morning that he’s not focused on opening his state back up, at the moment. “I fear if we open up too early … that we could be pouring gasoline on the fire, inadvertently,” Murphy said during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. “Job number one is to put the fire out.” Murphy then said the next focus will be on opening up the state, but cautioned that a timeline is in flux as data reports change daily. As of Sunday morning, New Jersey had 58,151 confirmed cases with 2,183 deaths. Murphy also put out a plea for a national, non-partisan post-mortem reflection on the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to improve for the future.
6:27 a.m. Dr. Fauci says U.S. should focus on “rolling re-entry”: Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said it’s possible that shelter-in-place and social distancing regulations may be lifted next month. But the U.S. should focus on a slow, “rolling re-entry” period to transition back into normal life, Fauci said Sunday. “It’s not going to be a light switch,” Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “It’s going to be depending on where you are in the country, the nature of the outbreak that you already experienced and the threat of an outbreak that you may not have experienced.” Fauci also said re-entry is “not going to be one size fit all.”
6:21 a.m. Bay Area’s poor bear brunt of shutdown: Low-income people in the Bay Area face more than just the loss of a job during the shelter in place period. For anyone already on the economy’s fringes, the challenges thrown up by the measures to contain the pandemic will only compound as the months pass. It’s not just the present that poses a daunting hurdle — it’s the future. When the pandemic ends, their crises won’t. Read more about how the area’s low income people are faring in a Chronicle report by Lizzie Johnson and Kevin Fagan.
6:18 a.m. Pope Francis calls for unity in historic Easter address: Standing in a nearly-empty St. Peter’s Basilica, with only his closest associates, Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated a historic Easter mass, calling for unity during the coronavirus pandemic. with only his closest associates, Pope Francis on Easter Sunday called for unity during the coronavirus pandemic. “The whole world is suffering and needs to be united in facing the pandemic,” said the Pope, who thanked first responders and addressed people directly affected by the pandemic. The Pope also called for “an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.”
5:55 a.m. UK Prime Minister released from hospital: United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who tested positive for the coronavirus last month, has been discharged from the hospital, a spokesperson said Sunday. Johnson, 55, announced his diagnosis on March 27 and said he was self-isolating in his Downing Street apartment. He was taken to the hospital 10 days later, after his symptoms worsened, and spent several days in the ICU, according to news reports.
Latest developments from March 11:
11:17 p.m. Pentagon to produce millions of N95 masks: The Department of Defense will produce millions of N95 masks as its first project under the Defense Production Act that President Trump issued to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews said Saturday. His statement said the $133 million project will “increase domestic production capacity of N95 masks to over 39 million in the next 90 days.” The masks are used to protect medical workers and first responders dealing with coronavirus patients. Announcement of the contract awardees for the project is anticipated in the coming days, Andrews said.
11:05 p.m. IRS deposits first economic stimulus payments: Internal Revenue Service officials on Saturday announced the deposit of the first payments into taxpayers’ bank accounts from the new federal stimulus package that is meant to temper the strain of coronavirus impacts. “We know many people are anxious to get their payments; we’ll continue issuing them as fast as we can,” IRS officials said on Twitter. The IRS expects to launch a tool next week that allows taxpayers to check the status and deposit dates of their payments.
10:55 p.m. Queen Elizabeth sends rare audio Easter message: Queen Elizabeth released an audio Easter-eve message from Windsor Castle to reassure the United Kingdom as Easter Sunday celebrations and in-person services are canceled by coronavirus restrictions. “We know that coronavirus will not overcome us,” the queen said in what is believed to be her first such Easter message. “This year Easter will be different for many of us, but by keeping apart we keep others safe. But Easter isn’t canceled. Indeed we need Easter as much as ever.”
10:22 p.m. Cases up sharply across Navajo reservation: Coronavirus cases spiked Saturday on the nation’s largest Native American reservation, the Navajo Nation said. In a statement, Navajo leaders said case numbers on the 27,000-square-mile reservation across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah jumped by 101 Saturday, increasing the total to 698, with 24 deaths. A 57-hour weekend curfew is in effect, with violators facing the possibility of up to 30 days incarceration and/or a $1,000 fine.
10:11 p.m.. Venezuela quarantine extended: Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro on Saturday announced he has extended a nationwide quarantine for another 30 days to prevent spread of the coronavirus in the crisis-stricken nation, the Associated Press reports. Officials say 175 people in Venezuela have fallen ill and nine have died from the virus in the nation, which is seen as vulnerable due to its rampant malnutrition and poor condition of hospitals.
9:55 p.m. Many Trump administration voices warned of threat: The New York Times chronicles how an array of figures inside the Trump administration — from top White House advisers to experts in the cabinet departments and intelligence agencies — identified the coronavirus threat throughout January. They sounded alarms and made clear the need for aggressive action as President Trump repeatedly played down the seriousness of the virus, focused on other issues and batted away warnings from senior officials, the Times reported Saturday.
9:30 p.m. The tests that will reopen society: Widespread testing will be used to reopen society, experts say, nd especially critical will be expansion of diagnostics and antibody tests known as serologic tests. As debates gain steam worldwide about using results of antibody tests to put people back to work, Chronicle writers Catherine Ho and Mallory Moench show us what this snapshot of our future is all about.
9:00 p.m. With no fine dining, fine wines can be a good deal: Feeling the pinch of having to shutter due to coronavirus shelter-in-place rules, many Bay Area restaurants are finding cash-flow potential by selling treasures from their pricey wine collections, The Chronicle’s Esther Mobley reports. For customers with disposable income, it’s a precious chance to buy wines that aren’t often available at retail — and at much lower prices than is typical at the restaurants.
8:55 p.m. Kansas Supreme Court strikes down effort for in-person church services: A day before Easter Sunday, the Kansas Supreme Court struck down a GOP-led legislative effort that would have allowed in-person church services despite the state’s stay-at-home order and ban on gatherings of more than 10 people to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Washington Post reports. The court ruled on Saturday evening that the Republican-led legislative council did not have authority to overturn Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide stay-home order, so her restrictions stand.
8:30 p.m. Trump ally dies of COVID-19: Stanley Chera, a New York real-estate developer and friend of President Trump — whom the president is said to have been describing during White House briefings when he talked of a friend suffering from the coronavirus — has died from complications related to the disease, three people familiar with his death told the New York Times on Saturday. Trump did not name his friend when talking to reporters, but people close to the president said it was Chera he had been describing, the Times reported.
7:55 p.m. Curry surprises UCSF health care workers flying to New York: Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry sent a video send-off message Saturday to 20 UCSF doctors and nurses flying to New York City to fill in with crucial hospital coronavirus needs. Curry lauded the group’s “sacrifice and selflessness … to serve people, and go above and beyond.” Curry said he was praying for UCSF health professinals’ health and safety and added, “We are all trying to do our part to stop the spread of this virus, but we couldn’t do it without the work and the sacrifice of people like you.”
7:30 pm. Lessons of past epidemic inform today’s crisis: A history lesson seems to scream across the century, from the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, to the Bay Area in the grip of the coronavirus today. The message: Don’t give up the fight too soon, The Chronicle’s Peter Hartlaub reports. The Bay Area back then was initially seen as a national success story, but became a cautionary tale after the city let down its guard and the illness came roaring back in less than two months.
7:15 p.m. Fund to help Bay Area residents: Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation officials have launched an emergency “Rapid Response Fund” to help Bay Area residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will help “families that can’t wait for government assistance in a few weeks — they are suffering and in jeopardy now,” said foundation chair Bette Felton. The fund will help with key needs, such as food distribution, financial assistance, shelter and emergency housing, and support for essential workers, officials said.
6:25 p.m. California deaths top 600: As tragic coronavirus milestones pile up around the globe, deaths continue to creep upward in California, surpassing 600 on Saturday. The state has confirmed 22,263 COVID-19 cases and 630 deaths. Globally, more than 1.7 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 108,000 deaths, according to statistics compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
6:10 p.m. Texas abortion clinics seek Supreme Court help to continue medication procedures: Abortion clinics in Texas asked the Supreme Court on Saturday to step in to allow certain abortions to continue during the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reports. In an emergency motion, the clinics asked justices to overturn a lower-court order and allow abortions when they can be performed using pill medication. Gov. Greg Abbott last month barred non-essential medical procedures so that medical resources can go to treating coronavirus patients.
5:48 p.m. Sheriffs’ group opposes $0-bail order for low-level crimes: The California State Sheriffs’ Association is speaking against a coronavirus-spurred rule from the Judicial Council of California that temporarily sets bail at $0 for certain low-level misdemeanors and felonies. Sheriff David Livingston, the association president, argued in a statement on the group’s Facebook page Saturday that the “one-size-fits-most” approach will jeopardize public health by “releasing mentally ill individuals to the community without proper planning and services and releasing people who may be homeless, unable or unwilling to comply with stay at home orders, or drug-addicted and at risk of overdose.”
5:35 p.m. Nursing students have trouble joining new health corps: Nursing students are encounting substantial obstacles when they try to join the California Health Corps established by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 30 order to fortify the state’s cornoavirus-fighting efforts. Two nursing education groups outlined their concerns in a letter Friday to the state Consumer Affairs department, a copy of which was obtained by The Chronicle. Read Ron Kroichick’s story here.
5:25 p.m. Los Angeles County extends shelter in place: Los Angeles County’s stay-home order has been extended to May 15. “Every day we get closer to being on the other side of this crisis thanks to everyone following the #SaferAtHome orders, which has been extended to May 15,” county public health officials tweeted on Friday. “Let’s keep working on this together! What we are doing is working to slow the spread of #COVID19”
5:14 p.m. Data indicate 1 in 10 middle-aged COVID-19 hospital patients don’t survive: The coronavirus is killing about one in 10 hospitalized coronavirus patients who are middle-aged, according to preliminary data collected by Allscripts from health care facilities in 43 states. The data — covering only those who are hospitalized with the illness — also show that male patients are 1.3 times as likely as women to die, “even when controlling for age and the most common chronic diseases,” the Washington Post reported. The coronavirus kills 4 in 10 hospitalized patients older than 85, according to the data.
5:00 p.m. Santa Clara County cases up by 82: Eighty-two new coronavirus cases were announced in Santa Clara County on Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 1,566 cases. County public health officials also announced one more death in the Bay Area’s hardest hit county, for cumulative COVID-19 fatalities of 51.
4:30 p.m. Wyoming becomes 50th state under disaster declaration: President Trump on approved a major disaster declaration for Wyoming, making federal emergency aid available as the state deals with coronavirus impacts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced. The addition of Wyoming means that every state is now covered by a federal declaration.
4:05 p.m. New York nursing homes absorb nearly 2,000 deaths: As Bay Area nursing homes see a jump in Covid-19, the New York region, far surpassing California’s overall case numbers, has seen nearly 2,000 deaths among nursing home residents, the New York Times reports in what it says is a conservative count. Thousands more are sick. A Chronicle tally, also a presumed undercount, has found 380 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the Bay Area, and at least 15 deaths.
3:41 p.m. Tough toll on Mardi Gras group in New Orleans: Members of the Zulu krewe, a renowned group that sponsors Mardi Gras parades and balls, have paid a heavy price during the pandemic. Four of the fraternal organization’s members are reported to have died from coronavirus-related complications, and two others have also died since the pandemic began, though it’s not known if their deaths were caused by the virus, the Associated Press reported Saturday. An additional 20 have tested positive.
3:09 p.m. Richmond boy has birthday for the ages: Nico Medeiros was turning 9. His grandmother and parents asked if cops and firefighters could swing by. Three engines and a squad car showed up, sirens wailing and horns honking. Read the story here.
2:59 p.m. Mount Diablo’s beacon to be lit on Sundays: Each Sunday starting on Easter, the Eye of Diablo — a beacon atop Mount Diablo — will be lit “to honor our heroes in this global pandemic struggle, to pay our respects to the dead and those suffering, to lift our eyes to higher ground and the light and be reminded of the healing power of nature and our Mount Diablo, and to bring our communities together during this difficult time,” Ted Clement, Executive Director of Save Mount Diablo, said in a statement. Installed in 1928, the beacon was restored seven years ago and also is lit on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The Sunday lighting will last until the crisis ends.
1:37 p.m. Coronavirus devastates job market for soon-to-be grads: Soon-to-be college graduates, after three-plus weeks of adapting to shelter-in-place orders and the sudden transition to online classes, are starting to realize the challenges of diving into a devastated job market. Ron Kroichick reports the story here.
1:28 p.m. Cases on aircraft carrier surge to 550: The U.S. Navy said Saturday that 550 crew members of the carrier Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for the coronavirus. That marked 103 new cases over Friday’s reported total of 447. The Navy said in a release that 92% of the ship’s crew has been tested for COVID-19 with 3,673 results returning negative, and 3,696 sailors have been moved ashore. The ship’s outbreak was first brought to light in a letter by Capt. Brett Crozier, who was dismissed by acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Reaction to the decision led to Modly’s resignation.
1 p.m. U.S. surpasses 20,000 deaths: The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has moved past 20,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. eclipsed 10,000 deaths from the virus on Monday, then passed 20,000 six days later. The U.S. surpassed Italy earlier Saturday as the country with the most deaths from the virus.
12:52 p.m. Alameda County sees 40 new cases: Officials in Alameda County reported 40 new cases of the coronavirus and one additional death. The county has confirmed 806 total cases of the virus and 21 deaths. That includes 36 cases and one death in the Berkeley, which has its own health department. Nearly 2 in 5 cases in the county (319 total) are people age 20 to 44.
12:46 p.m. France reports second straight daily drop in COVID-19 deaths: Officials in France said coronavirus-related deaths decreased for a second consecutive day Saturday, Bloomberg News reports. France also reported its lowest number of intensive-care patients, 6,883, in a week. The country has reported 130,727 total cases of the virus, fourth most after the U.S., Spain and Italy, according to Johns Hopkins University data, and 13,832 deaths.
12:28 p.m. Disney World to furlough 43,000 more: Disney World in Orlando will allow them to keep their benefits for up to a year in what is the largest wave of furloughs since the theme park resort closed in mid-March because of the coronavirus spread. With 77,000 workers, Disney World is the largest single-site group of workers in the nation.
12:06 p.m. Report claims White House ordered no-bid FEMA contract: The White House ordered FEMA to grant a defense contractor a $96 million no-bid contract to make personal protective equipment, ProPublica reports. The deal represents about two-thirds of the $140 million FEMA has spent on COVID-19 response.
11:54 a.m. Contra Costa records two additional deaths: Health officials in Contra Costa County reported the county’s 10th and 11th deaths from COVID-19. The county also reported 19 new cases of the coronavirus, increasing its total to 530. There are 37 patients hospitalized, per the county’s online tracker.
11:35 a.m. Archbishop drops holy water from plane over New Orleans: The archbishop of New Orleans sprinkled holy water from a World War II-era biplane high above the city in an unusual Good Friday blessing for those affected by the coronavirus. The open-air plane carried Archbishop Gregory Aymond, 70, from the Lakefront Airport to Kenner, to Gretna, to the French Quarter over 25 minutes, The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate reported.
11:29 a.m. Coronavirus cases at Bay Area nursing homes rise to at least 380: There are 380 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the region, and at least 15 deaths have occurred there, according to a new Chronicle tally. This is likely an undercount because some counties still aren’t releasing data about how the virus is spreading through the care facilities with highly vulnerable residents. Health experts and public officials say the widespread testing shortage is preventing nursing homes and county health departments from effectively fighting the crisis.
11:17 a.m. Santa Clara County officials dispute whistle-blower’s story: Public health officials in Santa Clara County disputed allegations by an anonymous whistle-blower in a Los Angeles Times story (see 7:34 a.m. below). The county officials said all staff and health workers at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center are screened for fever and flu-like symptoms before entering and are instructed to stay home if they have symptoms. “We take these concerns, and all such matters seriously and the concerns will be thoroughly investigated and any appropriate actions taken,” they said in the statement.
10:30 a.m. U.S. Postal Service reportedly under financial strain amid pandemic: A Washington Post report found U.S. Postal Service financial issues have “worsened dramatically” as the agency projects it will lose $2 billion a month through the coronavirus recession. A $2.2 trillion federal coronavirus relief bill originally included a $13 billion grant to the USPS, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin blocked the grant and a $10 billion loan to the Cares Act to buoy the USPS was included instead, the Post reported. Without the loan, lawmakers were informed the USPS could be “financially illiquid” by Sept. 30, per the report.
10:18 a.m. Santa Cruz police issue $1,000 fines for shelter-in-place violations: Police in Santa Cruz fined seven people $1,000 each for an apparent out-of-town group visit, according to the police department’s Twitter. Santa Cruz police chief Andrew Mills posted a photo of the seven people sitting on a curb outside of a 7-11 with the caption: “7 visitors came from Fremont to get some ‘essential’ drinks. Essentially, they were all given $1,000 tickets for SIP violations. If you are not from Santa Cruz and you put our community at risk, you will get a ticket.” The Santa Cruz Police main Twitter account added: “Everyone should know by now that this is not the time to meetup and party. Officers cited seven $1000 tickets for #ShelterInPlace Violations to help these guys remember their time in Santa Cruz.”
10:03 a.m. Chino prison has 25 confirmed cases among inmates: The California Institution for Men in Chino (San Bernardino County) has reported 25 cases of the coronavirus among inmates, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation website tracker. That is out of 50 inmates who have been tested at the facility, per the CDCR. There have been 508 inmates tested for the virus in the state prison system with 40 testing positive. There are also 72 confirmed cases among CDCR employees, including 19 cases at the California Institution for Men, per the CDCR website, which specifies that staff cases are self-reported.
9:37 a.m. Unlikely that California has “herd immunity” to coronavirus: The theory goes like this: California has fewer COVID-19 cases than hard-hit places like New York because the coronavirus has spread throughout the state undetected since the fall and most Californians are now immune. But public health experts say there’s a far more probable explanation for California’s comparatively smaller case load: The state’s early shelter-in-place orders have so far prevented many Californians from being exposed to the coronavirus. Read more here.
9:01 a.m. 60 new cases in San Francisco: Officials in the city announced 60 new cases of the coronavirus Saturday morning. The Department of Public Health has reported 857 total cases from a total of 7,308 test results received for COVID-19, the department said.
8:55 a.m. U.S. surpasses Italy for most deaths from COVID-19: The U.S. has recorded the most deaths of any country as a result of the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The U.S. has recorded at least 19,701 deaths after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state saw 783 additional deaths from the virus Friday. Italy has totaled 18,849 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins’ online tracker. (Update: This entry has corrected the total number of U.S. coronavirus deaths. Italy has since overtaken the U.S. again.)
8:53 a.m. Concerns over federal mortgage assistance program: The Cares Act lets homeowners with a federally guaranteed mortgage to postpone payments for up to 12 months if they have a financial hardship related to the coronavirus. That’s a huge relief for borrowers, but it’s creating big concerns for mortgage servicing companies, Kathleen Pender reports.
8:47 a.m. New York curve “continuing to flatten,” Cuomo says: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference Saturday that the curve of coronavirus cases in the hardest-hit state in the U.S. is “continuing to flatten.” Cuomo said New York recorded 783 additional deaths Friday, bringing its total to 8,627 deaths from the virus. However, Cuomo said: “The number of hospitalizations appears to have hit an apex and the apex appears to be a plateau.” New York state had 174,489 confirmed cases as of Saturday morning, per Johns Hopkins University data.
8:24 a.m. Isolation hits deeper for San Franciscans who live alone: So much dialogue about the coronavirus pandemic has been about its effect on families, but the conversation about isolation hasn’t always highlighted the people experiencing it more potently: those who live alone. Read more here.
7:41 a.m. New York City closes public schools for rest of academic year: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Saturday that public schools in New York City will remain closed through the end of the academic year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The closures are affecting about 1.1 million students, per the New York Times. Have questions about schools in the Bay Area? Answers can be found here.
7:34 a.m. Report: Whistle-blower said management kept quiet about outbreak at Santa Clara County hospital: An anonymous whistle-blower complaint alleges management at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose did not adequately respond to an outbreak of cases of the coronavirus among hospital staff, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. According to the Times, six staff with ties to the same medical-surgical unit at the hospital developed symptoms of COVID-19, including four who tested positive and one, a woman in the nurse staffing office, who died March 19. The whistle-blower complaint alleges, “Management is not communicating confirmed positive cases — information that would enable potentially-exposed/infected staff to take extra precautionary measures to not affect their loved ones at home and elsewhere,” the Times reported. Santa Clara County runs the hospital and has begun an investigation.
6:56 a.m. South Korea uses wristbands to enforce coronavirus quarantine: In a controversial step, South Korea’s government says it will strap electronic wristbands on people who defy self-quarantine orders as it tightens monitoring to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
6:52 a.m. Spain records lowest one-day death toll since March 23: Spain, which has recorded the second-most coronavirus cases in the world behind the U.S., saw its lowest daily death toll since March 23 on Saturday with 510 additional deaths, according to reports. Spain has reported 16,353 total deaths from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data. It the third-highest count after Italy and the U.S.
6:45 a.m. More people watching wildlife online: Many nature webcams in California are seeing record traffic and interest, Gregory Thomas writes. People braced against the coronavirus pandemic are looking for virtual escapes from the doldrums of life indoors.
6:42 a.m. Olympics official indicates 2021 Games not a guarantee: Toshiro Muto, chief executive for the Tokyo Olympics, expressed uncertainty about whether the Games will take place next summer after a year’s delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Associated Press. “I don’t think anyone would be able to say if it is going to be possible to get it under control by next July or not,” Muto told reporters. “We certainly are not in a position to give you a clear answer.” The 2020 Olympic Games were postponed last month until next July.
6:34 a.m. Some good pandemic news: The Associated Press reports there has been a seismic drop in crime worldwide during the coronavirus pandemic. In Chicago, for example, drug arrests have plummeted 42% in the weeks since the city shut down, compared with the same period last year.
6:12 a.m. U.K. scientist says coronavirus vaccine could be ready by September: A vaccine for the coronavirus could be developed as early as September, a British scientist told The Times of London. Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at Oxford University who is leading an effort to develop a vaccine, told The Times she is “80% confident” her team’s vaccine will work. Some medical experts have said developing a vaccine for the coronavirus could take at least 12 to 18 months.
6:10 a.m. Bay Area health system under pressure: Hospitals are a business, too, and the coronavirus is threatening them, columnist and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown writes.
6:06 a.m. Report says Avenatti released from jail due to coronavirus concerns: Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Trump, was released from federal jail in Manhattan after his lawyers said Avenatti was at risk for contracting the coronavirus because he had pneumonia last year, CNN reports. Avenatti was convicted in February of attempting to extort money from Nike. He must return to custody in 90 days.
6:03 a.m. 14 new cases in San Mateo County: Officials in San Mateo County reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus late Friday, increasing the county’s total to 652 positive cases.
6 a.m. British leader making “very good progress” in recovery from COVID-19: Prime Minister Boris Johnson is making “very good progress” in his recovery from the coronavirus, a spokesperson said, according to Reuters. Johnson’s office said in a statement Friday he has begun taking “short walks, between periods of rest.” Johnson was moved out of intensive care Thursday.
5:59 a.m. Expert says U.S. daily death toll probably at its peak: Dr. Chris Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, tells CNN the country likely saw the pandemic’s peak Friday when more than 2,000 Americans died from the coronavirus. Murray and the UW team created the model the White House uses to gauge the peak of coronavirus cases.
5:46 a.m. Coronavirus crisis taxing NYC’s 911 system: As New York City staggered through its deadliest week of the pandemic, its emergency response system and army of operators, dispatchers and ambulance crews is being pushed to the brink, the Associated Press reports.
5:44 a.m. Foundation’s drive brings $627,000 to Bay Area nonprofits: The San Francisco Foundation awarded a second round of grants totaling $377,000 to 62 organizations from its SFF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The fund has made a total of $627,000 in grants to nonprofits since its launch three weeks ago, according to a release from the foundation. Click here to donate or apply for emergency funding.
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