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Total coronavirus cases:
• 55,708 in California, including 2,253 deaths.
• 8,709 in the Bay Area, including 311 deaths.
• More than 1.1 million in the U.S., including more than 68,000 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 24,892; New Jersey with 7,910; Michigan with 4,053; Massachusetts with 4,004 and Pennsylvania with 2,838. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 3.5 million in the world, with more than 249,000 deaths. More than 1.1 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
2:55 p.m.: UCSF finds 2.1% of people have active infections in study of area within Mission District: As part of a study on how the novel coronavirus is impacting the Latinx community, UCSF and the Latino Task Force for COVID-19 found 2.1% of workers and residents had active coronavirus infections in a densely populated, Latinx neighborhood within the Mission District. The study found an active infection rate of 6.1% among workers in the area and 1.4% among residents. The testing reached an estimated 55% of residents in the study area.
2:46 pm. Dave Greenfield, keyboard player in British punk band The Stranglers, dies of COVID-19: The musician, who wrote the music to the band’s most popular song, “Golden Brown,” died after contracting the virus while in the hospital for heart problems, according to the band’s official website and the Associated Press. He was 71.
2:47 p.m. Santa Clara County records 2 additional deaths: County health officials recorded two COVID-19 deaths and 18 new coronavirus cases on Monday. Santa Clara County now has 2,244 confirmed cases and 117 deaths in total.
2:33 p.m. Nursing home in Vallejo reports nearly 100 cases of coronavirus: As of 11 a.m. Monday morning, 23 staff and 76 residents tested positive for the coronavirus at the Windsor Vallejo Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, said Jayleen Richards, the Solano County public health administrator.
2:27 p.m. Congress should ban lawmakers from sleeping in offices amid coronavirus, Jackie Speier says: It’s bad enough that staffers can walk in on members of Congress who are in their pajamas because they’re sleeping in their offices, the San Mateo Democrat says. But now the coronavirus has added another reason to keep Capitol Hill buildings from being turned into “homeless shelters” for lawmakers. Chronicle Washington correspondent Tal Kopan has the story.
2:12 p.m. UCSF to start testing and tracing training program for state employees: UCSF will begin a program on Thursday which aims to train state employees in testing and tracing to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The university’s experts in public health will work with the state’s 58 county health departments to train up to 3,000 people a week through the beginning of July, according to a statement by Jennifer O’Brien, UCSF’s assistant vice chancellor of public affairs.
2:09 p.m. California becomes first state to borrow to pay unemployment benefits during crisis: California’s unemployment insurance fund has run out of money, according to the Wall Street Journal. However, as Chronicle columnist Kathleen Pender has written, people receiving unemployment benefits won’t notice a difference because when a fund runs dry, states can borrow from the federal government to keep benefits flowing.
1:58 p.m. Oakland program pairs healthy volunteers with neighbors at risk of coronavirus: The low-risk volunteers act as outdoor surrogates for folks who shouldn’t leave their homes. Volunteers can register at www.oaklandatrisk.com, the website for Oakland at Risk Match, which was opened in March by a group of working moms. Columnist Otis R. Taylor Jr. reports the story here.
1:31 p.m. Mayor says SF may re-implement fines for parking violations related to street cleaning: After giving residents a break during the pandemic if they can’t move their cars for street cleaning, Mayor London Breed said the city may clamp down again. Breed said those who are able-bodied and are not under quarantine must still move their cars for the street cleaners, who sometimes must skip entire blocks because vehicles are in the way. Officials will monitor the situation this week, Breed said. “Do us a favor and let’s all join in keeping our neighborhoods clean — and that involves making sure you move your car for street cleaning,” Breed said.
1:24 p.m. San Francisco may close popular park if behavior doesn’t change: After a weekend rush of sunbathers at Dolores Park, one of San Francisco’s liveliest and most popular parks, Mayor London Breed warned that the city may have to close it off if people do not respect social distancing protocols. She said officials will monitor behavior at the park this week and will decide whether the park should remain open.
1:05 p.m. Merola Opera Program canceled: The Merola Opera Program, a summer training regimen and performance festival that represents the first stage of the San Francisco Opera Center’s training wing for young artists, won’t happen this year — the first time in its 63-year history. Read more here.
12:47 p.m. With 39 new deaths, California stabilizing, governor says: Thirty-nine more people in California died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours as the number of people in hospitals decreased by 1% and patients in intensive care units increased by 0.9%, Gov. Gavin Newsom said. “We are really starting to see some stabilization,” he said.
12:47 p.m. State shuts down 80 businesses opened as bars: State officials have investigated 81 businesses that opened as bars or restaurant bars, shutting down all but one, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
12:45 p.m. Lawsuit seeks to clean up the Tenderloin: UC Hastings School of Law sued San Francisco in federal court Monday, seeking to force the city to clean up the beleaguered Tenderloin neighborhood amid concerns over the coronavirus. Read more here.
12:39 p.m. TheatreWorks delays season: Previously scheduled to start in July, the season is now scheduled to begin three months later with Madhuri Shekar’s “Queen” (Oct. 10-Nov. 1), followed by “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” (Dec. 2-27), an addition to the season since the original February announcement. “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” is no longer a part of the roster. Read the full story here.
12:27 p.m. NHRA’s Sonoma drag races postponed: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and Sonoma Raceway announced Monday that this summer’s Sonoma Nationals have been postponed indefinitely. In a joint statement, the NHRA and Sonoma Raceway said a makeup date for the July 24-26 event has not yet been determined. Anyone who has purchased a ticket for the event can either use it when the event is rescheduled, get a full refund (minus any service charges) or receive a credit for the price of the ticket plus a 20% credit toward attending the 2021 event at Sonoma. A decision on what to do need not be made until 30 days after the rescheduled date for this year’s Sonoma Nationals is announced.
12:18 p.m. Some retailers could reopen this week, Newsom says: Nonessential retailers such as bookstores and music shops throughout California may be able to open soon for pickup orders once they execute modifications that state officials plan to release on Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday while announcing that state officials would also allow certain counties to open other sectors of their economies if they meet criteria set by the state. Chronicle Sacramento reporter Alexei Koseff has the story.
12:17 p.m. State conducting about 25,000 daily coronavirus tests: State officials throughout California have conducted an average of 25,000 daily coronavirus tests over the past seven days, Gov. Gavin Newsom said. The state has conducted or received reports of more than 750,000 tests.
12:14 p.m. UCSF, UCLA to help state bolster tracing efforts: UCSF and UCLA will start a virtual academy to recruit and train a cohort of “disease detectives” that will bolster the state’s tracing efforts, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday. State officials at the county level, who already trace diseases, are working to train more than 3,000 people a week with a goal of 10,000 workers a week during the first phase and 20,000 during a second phase. The first training, which includes a 20-hour course and in-person training, will start Wednesday, Newsom said.
12:12 p.m. Despite coronavirus obstacles, UCSF on track to raise $5 billion: Despite new challenges facing fundraising campaigns in the Bay Area due to the coronavirus pandemic, UCSF said it is still moving forward with an ambitious plan it launched in 2017 aimed at raising $5 billion to address rising health care costs and tackle complex health and science initiatives. Read the whole story here.
12:04 p.m. Salvation Army volunteers feed SF’s homeless: Scores of volunteers are delivering 1,400 boxed lunches a day to homeless encampments in San Francisco on behalf of the Salvation Army. Every day, volunteers gather at the organization’s local headquarters at 850 Harrison St., load the cardboard boxes into a fleet of cars and spread out, looking for encampments. Read the full story here.
12:01 p.m. Orange County restaurant defies stay-at-home order, fills up quickly: A restaurant in Orange County reached capacity when it defied the stay-at-home order by reopening, reports NBC Los Angeles. In Northern California, another restaurant announced it would open Friday in El Dorado County in defiance of the state order, according to a local news report.
11:56 a.m. Two Orange County beaches OK to reopen: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration has approved the reopening of beaches in two cities, Laguna Beach and San Clemente, in Orange County days after he ordered the county’s entire coast shut down due to large crowds. The state Natural Resources Agency said the cities submitted plans with measures to avoid overcrowding and enable physical distancing. Read more here.
11:44 a.m. Contra Costa announces two more cases: Two more people in Contra Costa County have tested positive for the coronavirus, increasing the number of confirmed cases to 947, according to health officials. Do you want to be tested? See a list of testing sites here.
11:43 a.m. Two testing sites to open in Santa Clara County: Two coronavirus testing sites will open in Santa Clara County later this week as part of an initiative to open 80 new sites throughout the state, officials announced Monday. County health officials are scheduled to discuss the testing sites at an afternoon news conference.
11:17 a.m. Reopening schools will be logistical nightmare: For school officials across California, getting teachers and students back into classrooms with the coronavirus still circulating in communities is a high-stakes challenge and a logistical nightmare. Read the full story here.
11:09 a.m. France confident U.S. will join vaccine pledge: French president Emmanuel Macron said he is confident that the United States will join a global pledge for research to find a vaccine against the new coronavirus. World leaders, organizations and banks on Monday pledged to give $8 billion during a videoconference summit hosted by the European Union. The U.S., along with Russia, were notably absent from the event, the Associated Press reports.
10:45 a.m. SF makes free testing available to all workers who leave home: San Francisco is now making free COVID-19 tests available to any worker who must leave their home and interact with the public, regardless of whether they present symptoms of a coronavirus infection. Anyone working in San Francisco who can’t do their job from home is eligible for a free COVID-19 test at a city testing site without a doctor’s note. This includes employees working at outdoor businesses, like plant nurseries and car washes, who were allowed to return to work Monday following the latest round of regional health orders.
10:44 a.m. Sen. Harris calls for more accurate death counts: Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday called for more accurate death counts to further understand the pandemic’s impact. “I said it after Hurricane Maria and I’m saying it now: we need an accurate death count. It’s critical to understanding COVID-19’s impact,” Harris said in a tweet. “In 2018, I passed a bill to study and ensure this — but until that study is finished, FEMA needs to establish protocols for this pandemic, now.”
10:37 a.m. Journey cancels summer tour: The group’s summer tour planned to include three Northern California performance dates. No rescheduled tour dates have been announced. Read the full story by Joshua Kosman.
10:03 a.m. U.S. coronavirus daily deaths projected to reach 3,000, report says: The number of Americans projected to die in a single day from the coronavirus is expected to reach 3,000 by early June, according to the New York Times, which cited a Trump administration internal document it obtained. The estimates were based on modeling by the Centers for Disease Control, the report says. About 1,750 are dying from COVID-19 each day now, the Times reports.
9:45 a.m. Rent is due, many in Bay Area don’t know what to do: Thousands of Bay Area renters are facing rapid changes and growing uncertainties. Many tenants are abruptly leaving town as jobs dry up, leaving roommates on the hook for large sums of rent. Read the full story here.
9:42 a.m. Lime lays off about 80 employees: San Francisco’s Lime laid off 13% of its employees — about 80 workers — last week. “It is my hope and belief that as the world gets back to normal and we restart our service, that we will meet again — as riders, as friends, and maybe even again as colleagues,” CEO Brad Bao wrote in a memo to employees.
9:34 a.m. Big, rare change for Supreme Court: The coronavirus pandemic has forced the tradition-bound court into big changes. Starting Monday, the justices are hearing arguments by telephone for the first time. You can listen here as the court hears 10 cases over the next six days, including President Trump’s bid to keep certain financial records private.
9:25 a.m. Pandemic sports fix on the way from Korea: ESPN will broadcast games from South Korea’s Korea Baseball Organization, starting with the league’s opener Tuesday. Plans call for six games per week, the network announced.
9:07 a.m. Carnival cruises to resume: Carnival Cruise Line said Monday it plans to resume sailing some voyages as early as August. “We will use this extended pause to continue to identify and implement additional protocols so we can safely welcome you back soon,” officials said in a statement.
9:06 a.m. Amazon engineer quits, perhaps losing $1 million, to protest firings of whistle-blowers: An Amazon engineer in Vancouver quit in protest of recent firings of whistle-blowers who have decried the company’s working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. “I quit in dismay at Amazon firing whistle-blowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of COVID-19,” Tim Bray, who most recently served as vice president and had been a distinguished engineer at Amazon Web Services, wrote in a blog post. “With big-tech salaries and share vestings, this will probably cost me over a million (pre-tax) dollars, not to mention the best job I’ve ever had, working with awfully good people. So I’m pretty blue.”
8:49 a.m. Woman arrested for licking hands and touching groceries: A woman in South Carolina was arrested after she licked her hands and touched items at a sandwich shop, authorities said. The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that 38-year-old Shenir Gibson Holliday was arrested on suspicion of aggravated breach of peace and food tampering for the incident at Sub Station II in Sumter, S.C., last week.
8:42 a.m. NFL won’t play outside U.S. because of pandemic: The NFL is moving its five games scheduled for London and Mexico City this season back to U.S. stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reports.
8:12 a.m. San Francisco reports 22 new coronavirus cases: Twenty-two additional coronavirus cases were confirmed in San Francisco, increasing the number of confirmed cases to 1,624, according to the Department of Public Health.
8:08 a.m. What are we allowed to do now? On the Fifth & Mission podcast, Chronicle reporter Dominic Fracassa explains where you can go and what you can do under the complicated new shelter-in-place rules. He also talks about how health officials will know if we’re successfully staving off a coronavirus resurgence. Click here to listen.
7:54 a.m. San Mateo County announces 48 new cases: Forty-eight more people in San Mateo County have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the number of confirmed infections there to 1,281, according to health officials. The county has recorded 51 deaths.
7:47 a.m. Guatemalan migrants scorned over coronavirus when they return home: Migrants returning from the United States were once considered heroes in Guatemala, where the money they send back to their hometowns is a mainstay of the economy. But since the coronavirus pandemic hit, migrants in town after town have been mistreated, run off or threatened by neighbors who fear they will bring the virus back with them, the Associated Press reports.
7:43 a.m. Yuba, Sutter counties start reopening: Yuba and Sutter counties started allowing some low-risk businesses to open Monday under a new health order that eases stay-at-home restrictions. The neighboring counties join Modoc County in starting to reopen in defiance of the governor’s order. They also issued a health order requiring the use of face coverings, officials said.
7:34 a.m. J. Crew files for bankruptcy protection: The New York company’s financial struggles underscore the coronavirus’ toll on the retail sector. All 497 J. Crew and subsidiary Madewell stores will continue to operate, though many had to be temporarily closed because of the virus. As part of the bankruptcy restructuring terms, lenders will convert $1.65 billion in debt into equity and the company will get $400 million in new financing.
7:32 a.m. Stocks drop: Airlines led the markets down Monday following investor Warren Buffett’s revelation that he had sold his stakes in the troubled industry. Gains by tech stocks kept overall losses to 0.8% in morning trading.
7:21 a.m. Supermarket shopper wears KKK hood as face mask: The mayor of a Southern California city condemned a photo taken over the weekend of a man wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood at a supermarket. “Many thanks to all who stepped forward to curtail this sad reminder of intolerance,” said Mayor John W. Minto of Santee (San Diego County) in a statement. “Santee, its leaders, and I will not tolerate such behavior. Santee and its citizens are great, and this particular individual’s actions are not representative of us as a people and a wonderful city.”
7:14 a.m. Security guard shot and killed over face mask? A security guard shot and killed at a Flint, Mich., store might have been killed in a dispute over a face mask, NBC News reports. The father of eight was shot in the head Friday while working at a Family Dollar.
6:58 a.m. We may never know how many recover from coronavirus in Bay Area: Many of California’s largest counties, including most in the Bay Area, are not providing recovery data, and counties define what it means to be “recovered” in different ways. Read the full story here.
6:10 a.m. Stricken nursing home held deadly secret, felt ‘like Twilight Zone’: Staff and families of patients at a skilled nursing home in Hayward provide a terrifying picture of how the coronavirus spread through the 99-bed facility without a word to the public. Read more here.
5:48 a.m. Donor gives Santa Cruz hospital $1 million for bonuses: A donor sent an anonymous note to a Santa Cruz hospital and $1 million to give employees bonuses, the Associated Press reports. Full-time employees at Dominican Hospital will get $800 and part-timers $600.
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