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Total coronavirus cases:
• 35,864 in California, including 1,329 deaths.
• 6,752 in the Bay Area, including 230 deaths.
• 826,248 in the U.S., including 45,153 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 18,653; New Jersey with 4,520; Michigan with 2,468; Massachusetts with 1,809 and Pennsylvania with 1,357. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 2.5 million in the world, with more than 179,000 deaths. More than 651,000 people have recovered.
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Latest developments from today:
10:26 a.m. Social distancing measures could last through 2021 in Britain: Physical-distance mandates could remain in place in the U.K. for at least another year without a vaccine for COVID-19, the country’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty said at a press conference on Wednesday. “It is going to take a long time and I think we need to be aware of that,” he said.
10:10 a.m. 777 Navy sailors of USS Theodore Roosevelt now have tested positive: The Navy reports that 777 sailors from the coronavirus-wracked USS Theodore Roosevelt have been infected with the coronavirus while 3,919 have tested negative. Six sailors are hospitalized at a Naval hospital in Guam. As of Wednesday morning, 63 sailors have recovered and 4,196 have been moved ashore.
10:04 a.m. SF Flower Mart reopens: In a quirk of California’s stay-at-home rules, flower growers could operate, but key distributors like SF Flower Mart couldn’t, leading to flowers getting dumped. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, the wholesale flower market has gotten permission to reopen, but there’s no in-person flower buying: Orders must be placed in advanced and picked up at the curb.
9:58 a.m. U.S. death toll surpasses 45,000: The latest stark reminder of the coronavirus’ human toll reveals that COVID-19 has taken 45,153 lives nationwide as of Wednesday. The overall U.S. cases recorded stood at 826,248, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
9:48 a.m. Napa County strongly recommends face masks: On a day when much of the Bay Area is required to start wearing face masks in many situations, Napa County officials announced its own new rules. The county is making a “strong recommendation” that everyone, including essential services workers, wear face coverings when in public or in shared spaces to curb the spread of COVID-19.
9:11 a.m. Trout season opener in Eastern Sierra delayed until May 31. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife delayed Sunday’s opening day of trout season in the Eastern Sierra to May 31, in the latest outdoor fallout from the pandemic. Separately, county officials from rural areas warned that closed campgrounds and lodging mean no place to stay for out-of-town visitors, and that travel from urban areas would violate of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order.
9:03 a.m. Netflix gets good news as people hunker down inside: Netflix gained 16 million global subscribers during the first three months of the year, as people sheltering at home decided the streaming service is essential, and latched onto the company’s vast video library. The Los Gatos company more than doubled the quarterly growth it predicted in January. Read more.
8:59 a.m. Barr gives nod to legal action if states go “too far” with coronavirus restrictions: Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department would support legal action against states that continue strict social distancing mandates even after coronavirus cases start subsiding in those states. In an NPR interview, Barr called some current stay-home orders “burdens on civil liberties” and said that if they continued his department would side against the state if lawsuits are filed.
8:49 a.m. Cuomo says meeting with Trump was “very productive”: New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that President Trump in their meeting Tuesday had promised to “work very hard” to get congressional legislation providing federal aid to cities fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The president also said he would waive New York’s sizeable match for FEMA coronavirus-related emergency spending, Cuomo said at his daily briefing.
8:30 a.m. World hunger may double: The number of people facing acute food insecurity could nearly double this year to 265 million due to the economic fallout of COVID-19, the United Nations’ World Food Programme says.
8:19 a.m. Another person dies in SF of COVID-19: Officials have recorded a 21st COVID-19 death in San Francisco. The the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen to 1,233, officials said.
8:09 a.m. 11 more deaths in San Mateo County: San Mateo County has recorded an additional 11 deaths from COVID-19, and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 958, health officials said. The county’s total death tally is 39.
8:03 a.m. Pork processor shuts down Iowa plant: Tyson Foods is suspending operations at its pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa, because too many workers are staying home due to the coronavirus outbreak, Market Watch is reporting. Tyson had kept the plant open in recent days over the objections of the mayor and other local officials. Its 2,800 workers will be asked to come to the plant for COVID-19 testing.
7:48 a.m. Intimidation in Russia against those who relay coronavirus truths: Medical workers across Russia increasingly decry lack of protective equipment and say coronavirus is raging among hospital and clinic staff members, the Washington Post reports. But Russian authorities appear to be stepping up intimidation of anyone speaking out, in the latest example of how the need for public facts can collide with authoritarian controls.
7:19 a.m. China dismisses lawsuit from Missouri as absurd: The state of Missouri is suing China, saying it’s to blame for the coronavirus — which President Trump has repeatedly called the “Chinese virus” — pandemic. Chinese officials dismissed the suit as “very absurd” and having “no factual and legal basis at all, the Associated Press reports. The suit Missouri’s top state prosecutor announced Tuesday alleges Chinese officials are to blame for the pandemic that has wrecked the global economy and sickened some 2.5 million people.
6:59 a.m. “Use it or lose it” health spending in jeopardy? Workers who set aside money from their paychecks in so-called flexible spending accounts for health expenses are wondering if they could lose this tax-favored advantage because of the pandemic. With doctors, dentists and hospitals postponing non-emergency visits and procedures, patients can’t use the accounts as they might. Kathleen Pender explains the situation.
6:45 a.m. Stocks see burrito bounce: The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 400 points as oil prices recovered and corporate earnings news gave investors a sense of the transformed economy. Among the winners was Chipotle, whose digital sales rose 81% in the most recent quarter.
6:36 a.m. Environmental lessons from coronavirus on Earth Day’s 50th birthday: Environmental leaders believe the U.S. pandemic response is a trial run for the battle against climate change. With evidence of the crucial role of science in coronavirus mitigation, the question is whether those lessons can be adapted to the fight against global warming. Politics will undoubtedly play a part, The Chronicle’s Peter Fimrite reports.
6:20 a.m. Chinese agents behind coronavirus disinformation in U.S.: United States intelligence agencies have assessed that Chinese operatives helped push pandemic disinformation across platforms, including March falsehoods that the entire U.S. was going on lockdown with troops on the strets, the New York Times reports. Officials find the techniques alarming because the disinformation showed up as texts on many Americans’ cellphones, a tactic many reportedly had not seen before.
6:15 a.m. A pretty good Earth Day in a lot of ways: The coronavirus has kicked off an unplanned grand experiment that changing Earth as people stay home across the globe: Smog has stopped choking New Delhi, the air from Boston to Washington records nitrogen dioxide down 30%, animals are showing up in unusual places and times — coyotes in downtown Chicago, a puma the streets of Santiago, Chile. The Associated Press gives an Earth Day snapshot.
5:55 a.m. Get your face masks on: Starting Wednesday, counties across the Bay Area ar enforcing mandates to wear face coverings in some public settings following health orders against spread of the coronavirus. Face coverings are required in public buildings, essential businesses, like a bank, health clinic, grocery store or pharmacy, and on public transit. Read The Chronicle’s rundown.
5:42 a.m. Bay Area “crushed” the curve vs. other hot spots, analysis shows: Many thought the Bay Area was going too far with early, aggressive moves to curb the coronavirus spread, but new Chronicle analysis shows the region achieved a flattened or what one researcher called a “crushed” curve compared to hard-hit U.S. areas. Read The Chronicle’s deep dive into COVID-19’s path around the nation and how the Bay Area led the responses.
Developments from April 21:
10:08 p.m. Marin County has recorded 200 confirmed cases: Health officials reported the 200th coronavirus case in Marin County on Tuesday. Of those cases, 50 are active, 140 people have recovered and 10 people have died from COVID-19, according to Marin County’s website. In Sonoma County, officials reported 10 new cases of the virus on Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 192 confirmed cases. Napa County reported six new cases to increase its total to 54.
9:58 p.m. Contra Costa, Solano counties report additional deaths: Contra Costa County health officials reported two new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 22 deaths. The county has confirmed 749 coronavirus cases, with 34 patients hospitalized as of Tuesday. Officials in Solano County reported the county’s third COVID-19 death. Solano County has reported 181 confirmed coronavirus cases with 30 cases active and nine people hospitalized as of Tuesday.
9:30 p.m. First known U.S. death was much earlier, officials confirm: A person who died at home in Santa Clara County on Feb. 6 was infected with the coronavirus at the time of death, a stunning discovery that makes that individual the first recorded COVID-19 fatality in the United States, according to autopsy results released by public health officials late Tuesday. That death — three weeks before the first fatality was reported in the U.S., in Washington state on Feb. 28 — adds to increasing evidence that the virus was in the country far earlier than once thought. Read the full story by Matt Kawahara and Erin Allday here.
7:32 p.m. Sonoma County plans to ramp up testing: Sonoma County health officer Dr. Sundari Mase said in a virtual town hall Tuesday the county plans to increase testing for the coronavirus starting this weekend. Mase said Sonoma County received 5,000 swabs through an Amazon order and expects another shipment of 5,000 soon, and “as a result of that we can start doing much more widespread testing,” starting with about 200 tests per day this weekend. Mase said initial priority will be on symptomatic and asymptomatic health care workers, followed by symptomatic first responders and essential workers. Mase said the county plans to eventually test all symptomatic residents and, “I’m hoping we’ll be there soon.”
7:19 p.m. Air Canada to suspend all flights to U.S.: Air Canada announced it will suspend service to the U.S. after April 26 due to the U.S. and Canada agreeing to extend restrictions at their border for another 30 days. Air Canada said it will resume U.S. service on May 22 barring further government restrictions. The airline said in a statement it has reduced its overall flight schedule by more than 90 percent since March 16 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
6:59 p.m. Marin County approves waiving property tax penalties amid pandemic: The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to allow the county’s finance director to waive property tax penalties resulting from coronavirus-related delays, county officials said in a statement. The decision applies to property taxes due April 10 that became delinquent during the shelter-in-place order due to individual economic hardship related to the shutdown, county officials said. The waiver would allow until June 10 for those property taxes to be paid without penalty. As of April 20, nearly $30 million in property taxes was delinquent in the county, according to the county’s statement. For answers to your questions about tax deadlines and stimulus checks, read this story.
6:38 p.m. Latinos account for ‘disproportionate’ rate of COVID-19 deaths in 18-64 age range, partial state data shows: Latinos account for 59% of COVID-19 deaths among ages 18-49, and 43.3% of deaths among ages 50-64, which by far represents the highest rates in those age groups, according to race and ethnicity-based data released by the California Department of Public Health. The state has compiled partial demographic data for 91% of deaths, public health officials said. Seventy percent of deaths in California have occurred in people aged 65 and older, an age group in which white residents account for 40.2% of the deaths. The state health department stated that “Latinos are dying at disproportionately high rates” among adults age 18-64. It also stated that black Californians are “overrepresented” in death rates for adults 18 and older. Black residents account for 12% of deaths in the state but just 6% of the population, state public health officials said.
5:46 p.m. Cuomo says he and Trump discussed testing: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he and President Trump discussed the roles of state and federal government in ramping up coronavirus testing during a Tuesday meeting at the White House. Cuomo said the two agreed states should process tests, decide who and where to test, and perform contact tracing for positive cases. The federal government should ensure companies that manufacture tests have the supply chain of swabs, vials and chemicals needed to increase production, Cuomo said in a news conference. Cuomo said New York state is performing an average of 20,000 tests per day right now and wants to double that to 40,000 per day.
5:37 p.m. Food to be handed out at homeless camps: The Salvation Army will be handing out 1,400 meals at 40 homeless camps — two meals per person — in San Francisco Wednesday as part of a new program called MealsinPlaceSF, created in partnership with the city Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. The meals will be delivered daily, Monday through Saturday, for 30 days, and then re-evaluated for extension, said Salvation Army spokeswoman Jennifer Byrd. Salvation Army’s street counseling teams will be leading the effort, and they are looking for volunteers to help. To volunteer, go to: volunteer.usawest.org
5:08 p.m. Former Stanford president dies from COVID-19: Donald Kennedy, a neurobiologist who served as president of Stanford for 12 years, has died of COVID-19, the university announced Tuesday. Kennedy, who became Stanford’s eighth president in 1980, died at Gordon Manor, a residential care home in Redwood City where he had lived for the past two years, the university said in a statement. He was 88. Kennedy also served as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 1977 to 1979 and as editor-in-chief of “Science” journal from 2000 to 2008, per the release. He suffered a serious stroke in 2015. “As we mourn the loss of Don Kennedy, we also salute his enormous contributions to Stanford and to our country,” said Stanford president Marc Tessier-Lavigne in a statement.
4:46 p.m. New hope for business loans: Bay Area small businesses were hoping to get a lifeline from the Paycheck Protection Program, but the money ran out before some heard back from their banks. Now they’re hoping for a second chance, as Congress replenishes the program’s funding. Read the story here.
4:30 p.m. City leaders, activists scramble for places to safely house San Francisco’s homeless. Supervisor Rafael Mandelman introduced a resolution Tuesday urging San Francisco officials to turn empty parking lots into sanctioned encampments where homeless people could set up their tents at least six feet apart. Meanwhile, the city began repopulating the San Francisco biggest homeless shelter on Monday, which was emptied two weeks ago after dozens of people tested positive for the virus.
4:16 p.m. Santa Clara County reports five additional deaths: The coronavirus death toll in Santa Clara County is now 88 after officials reported five additional deaths on Tuesday. Of the fatalities, two-thirds have been people age 71 or older and 89 percent have had one or more underlying health conditions, according to the county’s website. Officials reported 27 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 1,946 cases.
4:15 p.m. Neflix adds adds 15.8 million new subscribers: The Los Gatos streaming giant benefited in the first quarter as much of the world was stuck at home. But the company said in a letter to shareholders “we expect viewing to decline and membership growth to decelerate as home confinement ends, which we hope is soon.”
4:10 p.m. Immigration ban impact limited: President Trump’s move to ban those seeking permanent residency from immigrating to the United States for 60 days amid the coronavirus pandemic is seen by some as a political move to rally his base. It won’t affect those seeking to move here temporarily for work, like H-1B visa holders, however. Read the story here.
4:02 p.m. Santa Rita Jail reports one new inmate case: One additional inmate at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of people who have tested positive at the jail to 35. Of those, 16 inmates and two staff/contractors are active cases, 14 inmates have recovered, two inmates who recovered are no longer in custody and one inmate who tested positive was released from custody, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office website.
3:55 p.m. Coronavirus testing will soar — by June — with new Kaiser lab: A $14 million Kaiser lab in Berkeley is expected to increase testing by thousands a day — a key development needed for the state to lift shelter-in-place restrictions. Read the story here.
3:51 p.m. San Francisco Board of Supervisors passes moratorium on rent increases: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an emergency ordinance Tuesday that temporarily bars landlords from increasing rent until the moratorium is lifted. The pause on rent increases may be extended in 60 day increments by the Board of Supervisors as tenants continue to recover from the emergency.
3:22 San Francisco Board of Supervisors passes some of the strongest protections in country for essential employees: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an emergency ordinance Tuesday that gives employees of grocery stores, drug stores and delivery companies extra protections during the global pandemic. Protections under the legislation include forcing on-demand delivery companies to provide protective equipment to workers, or reimburse them for the cost. The emergency ordinance will remain in effect for 60 days and could be renewed by the board during the public health crisis.
3:16 p.m. Shelter-in-place violators — from beachgoers and businesses to a trumpet player — vary by county: Law enforcement agencies across the region have fielded thousands of complaints since the orders took effect March 17 across most of the Bay Area. In San Mateo County, the Sheriff’s Office issued more than 650 verbal warnings and more than 300 written warnings over the weekend, officials said. Read the full story by Michael Cabanatuan.
3:14 p.m. Trump will suspend immigration for 60 days: After sending a late night Tweet with few details, President Trump said during a White House news conference on Tuesday that he will “pause” immigration for 60 days. The policy will only apply to people seeking permanent residency, including those receiving green cards, but will not apply to those entering the country on a temporary basis. Trump said he thinks the suspension will help conserve hospital resources and protect jobs for U.S. citizens laid off during the pandemic. “We must first take care of the American workers,” he said. The administration will re-evaluate extending or modifying the policy based on the economic situation at the end of 60 days.
3:10 p.m. Museum of the African Diaspora launches online auction: The museum launched Diaspora Unite!: Artists of African Descent for MoAD, an online auction that kicked off Tuesday, April 21 to help them stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis. Read the story.
3:01 p.m. Senate passes more than $480 billion relief package: The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a $484 billion COVID-19 relief package that includes increased funding for the Paycheck Protection Program as well as billions in support for small businesses, hospitals and COVID-19 testing, President Trump said during a White House news conference. The House is expected to vote on the bill this week.
2:56 p.m. San Francisco nursing home has one of the largest Bay Area coronavirus outbreaks: At least 67 people at Central Gardens Convalescent, a Western Addition senior living facility, have tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the largest outbreak in a San Francisco nursing home. The facility and the San Francisco Department of Public Health learned of the first positive case on March 30, but the outbreak only became public late last week. Read the story here.
2:08 p.m. CDC director predicts even more dire COVID-19 outbreak in winter: With states now moving to reopen their economies, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Tuesday that a second wave of the coronavirus will be far more dire because it is likely to coincide with the start of flu season, the Washington Post reports. Robert Redfield, in an interview with the newspaper, said “There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through.”
2:04 p.m. Trump immigration ban in doubt: Law professors doubt whether the president’s plan to stop all immigration will hold up when tested in court. Here are the legal concerns.
2:01 p.m. More Roosevelt carrier sailors test positive after first testing negative: The number of Theodore Roosevelt sailors who tested positive for coronavirus jumped by 32, totaling 710, the Navy announced Tuesday. The number of negative tests dropped to 3,872, while 42 sailors have since recovered from their illness. Another sailor was hospitalized Tuesday, totaling nine being cared for at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. However, the one sailor who was in the ICU was no longer in intensive care, the Navy said.
2:00 p.m. Data breach may have exposed 8,000 applicants’ details: Nearly 8,000 small business owners may have had their personal information exposed to other applicants in a breach of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, the Washington Post reported. The Small Business Administration, which runs the program, said in a statement that it has addressed the issue.
1:53 p.m. Georgia mayors alarmed by governor’s plan to reopen: Mayors Keisha Bottoms of Atlanta and Van Johnson of Savannah are voicing concern and confusion about Gov. Brian Kemp’s announcement that some businesses could reopen this week. Johnson told CNN that he was “completely blindsided, extremely disappointed, very, very confused and really disturbed.” Bottoms said in an ABC interview that the decision could put lives at risk and she will continue to tell Atlanta residents to “stay home, follow the science and exercise common sense.”
1:32 p.m. Solano County expands testing at drive-through Fairfield site: Solano County residents with COVID-19 symptoms who are older than 65 or have underlying medical conditions can get tested at a drive-through center in Fairfield starting Wednesday, health officials said. The locale was previously reserved just for first-responders and health care and essential workers. Tests are available by appointment and can be scheduled by calling (707) 784-8655.
1:20 Oil market collapse drags stocks down again: The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 630 points to close Tuesday at 23,019, a drop of nearly 2.7%, as the historic plunge in oil prices continued. The S&P 500 fell 3%.
1:12 p.m. Trump is said to back off on part of immigration ban: President Trump is expected to announce Tuesday evening a temporary pause in issuance of most green cards, but backed off of plans to also halt guest worker programs that bring in farm laborers, high-tech employees and others using special visas, the New York Times is reporting. The green card suspension would close the United States to tens of thousands of people seeking to join family members or accept employment during the coronavirus crisis, the Times said, citing a person familiar with the president’s plans. Trump tweeted late Monday that he intended to “suspend immigration.”
1:00: Lawmakers and White House strike a deal, Senate to vote quickly: The Senate was expected to vote approval Tuesday on agreement that was struck by the White House and Congress for a $484 billion relief package, news accounts said. The package would replenish a depleted loan program for coronavirus-distressed small businesses and provide additional money for hospitals and coronavirus testing.
12:53 Tony Bennett calls on all whose hearts are in S.F. to sing it out: Tony Bennett is asking Bay Area residents to open their doors and windows for a mass singalong to his signature “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” to honor coronavirus frontline workers. The idea dreamed up by city protocol chief Charlotte Mailliard Shultz is to occur at noon on Saturday. The 93-year-old Bennett first performed the most famous song about S.F. at the Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian Room in 1961.
12:41 p.m. Concert fan sues Ticketmaster over promised refund for postponed concet: A Bay Area rock fan who plunked down nearly $600 in February for tickets to see Rage Against the Machine in Oakland this week is suing Ticketmaster for a policy shift that withholds refunds to him and others whose entertainment plans have been put on hold by the coronavirus. Read the story here.
12:31 p.m. California conducting more than 14,500 coronavirus tests a day: Officials in California are testing more than 14,500 people a day for the coronavirus, aiming to reach 25,000 daily tests by the end of the month, Gov. Gavin Newsom said at his daily briefing Tuesday.
12:25 p.m. 60 more Californian deaths from coronavirus: Sixty more deaths were recorded Monday in California, marking a 5% increase, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases increased as well, by 7.4%, while the number of persons in hospitals with COVID-19 increased by 3.3% and the number of patients in intensive care unit beds increased by 3.8%, Newsom said at his daily briefing.
12:16 p.m. State promotes coronavirus volunteerism through new website: California launched a Californians for All website to organize volunteers who want to offer their time to assist others in some capacity during the coronavirus pandemic — whether by delivering meals, checking on seniors or helping neighbors with groceries, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced. “We want you to volunteer, we want you to participate,” Newsom said during a news conference.
12:08 p.m. Thirsty man accused of breaking into San Mateo assisted living facility: Coronavirus fears sweeping the long-term care industry apparently didn’t deter a would-be thief from breaking into a San Mateo assisted living facility, according to police reporting. Police, who said the man told them he was thirsty and was after a drink, booked Melvin Gonzalez-Gochez, 20, on suspicion of burglary in the early-Monday morning break-in at Atria Park Assisted Living Facility. The facility has not reported any coronavirus cases, unlike many in the Bay Area.
11:58 a.m. S.F. defers business fees: San Francisco will defer collection of business registration fees for four months to provide support during the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor London Breed and Treasurer José Cisneros announced Tuesday. Also deferred to Sept. 30 will be collection of unified license fees, which include certain charges paid by restaurants, convenience stores, many small retailers, hotels, tour operators, and other businesses.
11:44 a.m. Milwaukee poll workers, voters test positive: Milwaukee health officils reported Tuesday that least seven residents testing positive for the coronavirus since Wisconsin’s April 7 elections either stood in line or worked the polls that day, after the state Supreme Court ordered the the election held over objections from the governor and public health officials, the Washington Post reports. Officials have not established whether they contracted the virus in their activities on Election Day.
11:30 a.m. State’s small businesses confirm dramatic harm from pandemic. More than 9 in 10 California small business owners report harm from the cornavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. Four of every 10 have laid off, furloughed or cut hours or salaries of employees. The California results come from a national survey April 7-10 by Chesapeake Beach Consulting for Small Business Majority.
11:10 a.m. Nurses protest at White House: About 30 registered nurses demanding more personal protective equipment for themselves and their patients, stood in front of the White House on Tuesday, reading the names of health-care workers who have died fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Wearing masks and standing 6 feet apart, they held up photographs deceased health professionals from around the country, the Washington Post reports.
10:41 a.m. Bay Area universities receive tens of millions in grants from federal coronavirus stimulus: UC Berkeley, San Jose State and San Francisco State each landed more than $28 million in grants from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed last month by Congress. Read the story here.
10:36 a.m. Alameda County announces 43rd death: A 43rd person in Alameda County has died of COVID-19 as the county’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 1,239, health officials said.
10:22 a.m. Trump signals deal on new stimulus package: President Trump tweeted encouragement for passage of a new stimulus package to help coronavirus-hammered businesses and hospitals, seeming to indicate Tuesday that a deal has been reached on Capitol Hill. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer earlier said that was the case with only a few tiny details to be addressed. Trump foreshadowed yet more federal aid, tweeting, “After I sign this Bill, we will begin discussions on the next Legislative Initiative with fiscal relief.”
9:55 a.m. S.F. Unified now distributing 120,000 free meals per week: In school districts throughout the Bay Area, nutrition programs have quickly shifted their distribution models to provide an ongoing source of wholesome meals to children. In San Francisco, with 120,000 meals a week now being distributed, families can pick up meals twice per week from 18 distribution sites, and some students with special needs get their food delivered.
9:50 a.m. Global toll passes 2.5 million cases In the latest grim milestone of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of cases worldwide has passed the 2.5 million mark, standing at 2,501,156 as of Tuesday morning, with more than 171,000 deaths, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University.
9:25 a.m. S.F. to close some streets to help social distancing: San Francisco transportation officials will temporarily close several streets to cars to open up more outdoor space for pedestrians and cyclists maintaining physical distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials said Tuesday that starting this week, up to three streets — they didn’t specify which — could be closed for multiple blocks. Several will be added each week, with parts of 17th Street and Ortega Street cited as good candidates.
8:51 a.m. California air pollution makes coronavirus impact worse: The coronavirus is proving deadlier for people living with dirty air, bad news for California, one of the nation’s most polluted states. The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air” report released Tuesday indicates that the U.S. top metro areas for year-round particle pollution are all in California; including Bakersfield, Fresno, the Los Angeles region and the Bay Area, Kurtis Alexander reports.
8:34 a.m. New York sees nearly 500 more coronavirus deaths: Another 481 people in New York died of COVID-19 Monday, maintaining a fairly flat trend in the nation’s hardest hit state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
8:25 a.m. 15 new cases in San Francisco: San Francisco has recorded an additional 15 cases of the coronavirus, health officials said Tuesday. City officials have confirmed 1,231 cases and recorded 20 deaths due to COVID-19.
8:20 a.m. National Spelling Bee nixed this year: For the first time since World War II, the National Spelling Bee has been canceled. Postponement had been announced in March, but the cancelation came, Scripps National Spelling Bee organizers said Tuesday, because there is “no clear path to safely set a new date in 2020” in light of the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s eighth graders who would have competed won’t have a chance to come back for the contest in June of 2021.
8:10 a.m. Germany cancels Oktoberfest beer festival: Germany’s massive tourist-attracting Oktoberfest is the latest mass gathering to fall victim to coronavirus fears. Officials announced the beer festival, scheduled to start Sept. 19, has been canceled, Reuters reports.
8:05 a.m. 15 new cases in San Mateo County: Fifteen more people in San Mateo County have tested positive for the coronavirus, increasing the number of cases there to 935, according to health officials.
8:00 a.m. California loan recipients paid federal fines in the past: Two California companies that previously tangled with federal regulators over inflated financial results are among recipients of the coronavirus-spurred federal loan program aimed at helping small businesses, the Associated Press reports. San Jose’s Quantum Corp., which got a maximum $10 million loan, paid a $1 million penalty last December over allegations that accounting errors led to overstated revenues. Barrone Bio Innovation of Davis — which got a loan worth $1.7 million — paid $1.8 million in 2016 after the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged its CEO inflated financial results to hit projections that it would double revenues during its first year as a public company, AP reported.
7:37 a.m. At least 75 huge companies said to receive $300 million in small-business loans: At least 75 publicly traded companies, some with market values over $100 million, were among the recipients of millions of dollars from a relief fund created by Congress to help small businesses that are struggling amid the pandemic, the Associated Press reports. AP said the 75 companies received a combined $300 million in loans.
7:30 a.m. Spain’s running of the bulls canceled: The running of the bulls in Pamplona has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, Spanish officials said. Also canceled is the July San Fermín festival, which includes the bulls’ chase, Pamplona officials said in a statement.
7:20 a.m. Trump to “make funds available” for oil and gas: As oil traded in negative territory Tuesday, President Trump tweeted that he will provide aid for the oil and gas industries. “I have instructed the Secretary of Energy and Secretary of the Treasury to formulate a plan which will make funds available so that these very important companies and jobs will be secured long into the future!” he tweeted.
7:00 a.m. Push for all-mail-in election in S.F.: City elections officials are finding a least a quarter of San Franciscans who host and staff election polling places are flat out refusing to participate in November as fear of the coronavirus hangs on. S.F. Democratic Party Chair David Campos on Tuesday planned to ask Mayor London Breed, the board of supervisors and elections officials to make the election all vote-by-mail, The Chronicle’s Heather Knight reports.
6:52 a.m. Trump administration said to plan big regulation rollback: President Trump’s administration is planning a sweeping effort in the coming days to repeal or suspend federal regulations on businesses, in a move advisers see as a way to boost the coronavirus-sunk economy, the Washington Post is reporting. The White House initiative is expected to feature suspended regulations for small businesses, the newspaper said, citing two people familiar with the planning
6:35 a.m. Oil sinks Dow again: Cratering demand for oil is spooking the markets, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling another 500 points Tuesday morning after a similar drop Monday.
6:33 a.m. Schumer says deal reached on new stimulus package: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said lawmakers and White House negotiators have reached a deal for a second stimulus package to help small businesses and hospitals weather the coronavirus pandemic. He said the Senate could vote on the bill as early as Tuesday. “There is still a few more I’s to dot and T’s to cross, but we have a deal and I believe we’ll pass it today,” Schumer said on CNN. However, a Senate GOP leadership aide told the Washington Post the deal was close but not yet final as it awaited final sign-off from GOP leaders.
6:19 a.m. Sen. Harris blasts Trump’s plan to suspend immigration: Sen. Kamala Harris ripped into President Trump’s Twitter announcement that he will suspend immigration over coronavirus concerns; she said he’s refused “to take this crisis seriously from day one.” The California Democrat, considered a potential running mate for presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, tweeted, “His abandonment of his role as president has cost lives. And now, he’s shamelessly politicizing this pandemic to double down on his anti-immigrant agenda.”
6:13 a.m. Pediatricians struggle to adapt practices to pandemic: Pediatricians who provide front-line care are struggling to adjust the new reality: crashing revenue, terrified parents and a shortage of protective equipment, from gloves and goggles thermometer covers, while having to care for potentially infected patients who may show no symptoms, Kaiser Health News reports.
6:00 a.m. Trump order halting immigration still being drafted: Trump administration officials on Tuesday morning were scrambling to finalize an executive order suspending immigration after President Donald Trump announced the move in a late-night tweet, citing coronavirus concerns, CNN reports. They hoped to have it ready for Trump’s signature in the next few days. CNN cited an administration official saying it will be a “temporary 120 days or so” halt on “some” work visas.
5:50 a.m. Poll shows most still jittery about virus risks: Most Americans expect no immediate easing of the the coronavirus health risks, as President Trump and others urge reopening the economy quickly. A majority say it could be June or later before holding larger gatherings with be safe, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll. Fifty-four percent rate the president negatively for his handling of the outbreak but 72 percent rate their own governors positively for the way they have dealt with the crisis.
5:41a.m. S.F. public defender sues ICE over coronavirus safety in California prisons: The San Francisco public defender and a coalition of attorneys including the ACLU are suing Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release roughly 600 immigrants from two California detention facilities, alleging cramped and unsanitary conditions amid the coronavirus concerns. The class action lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco, over conditions in the Yuba County Jail and Mesa Verde Detention Facility. Read The Chronicle’s story.
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