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Total coronavirus cases:
• 81,036 in California, including 3,259 deaths.
• 11,073 in the Bay Area, including 390 deaths.
• More than 1.5 million in the U.S., including 90,194 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 28,339; New Jersey with 10,439; Massachusetts with 5,797; Michigan with 4,915; and Pennsylvania with 4,515. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 4.7 million in the world, with more than 317,000 deaths. More than 1.7 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
5:56 p.m. Pelosi says ‘morbidly obese’ Trump should not be taking hydroxychloroquine: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, discussing President Trump’s use of hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that: “He’s our president, and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and his, shall we say, weight group. … He’s morbidly obese, they say. So I think it’s not a good idea.”
“I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group, and in his, shall we say, weight group: ‘Morbidly obese,’ they say,” says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Pres. Trump’s revelation he is taking hydroxychloroquine. pic.twitter.com/0ImjpEjg9q
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 19, 2020
5:51 p.m. How scientists track the coronavirus: Laboratory sleuths at universities and laboratories around the Bay Area are using the virus’ genome to construct a microbial family tree — and they are using that information to plot the contagion’s wide-ranging path of destruction from person to person and place to place. Read the full story here.
5:47 p.m. Nineteen new cases, no more deaths in Santa Clara County: Health officials confirmed 19 new cases of the coronavirus and no additional deaths in Santa Clara County on Monday. There are now 2,470 cases, 135 deaths and 90 people currently hospitalized in the county.
5:29 p.m. Twelve new cases in Solano County: Health officials reported 12 new cases of the coronavirus and no new deaths in Solano County on Monday, bringing the totals to 424 cases and 16 deaths. Seventeen people are currently hospitalized.
5:21 p.m. Los Angeles County reports 18 more deaths, hundreds more cases: Health officials reported 18 more people have died from COVID-19 and 477 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Los Angeles County as of Monday. There are now 1,839 deaths and 38,451 cases in the county.
5:20 p.m. Statewide health care worker cases continue to climb: Health officials reported 82 more cases of coronavirus and one additional death among the state’s health care workers on Monday, according to the California State Department of Public Health. There are now 8,330 confirmed cases and 47 deaths.
5:08 p.m. Four Los Angeles County children have COVID-linked inflammatory syndrome, 21 more cases scrutinized: Four children in hard-hit Los Angeles County have been diagnosed with Pediatric Inflammatory Multi-system Syndrome that is linked to a coronavirus infection, and 21 other possible cases are being evaluated, according to the Los Angeles Times. Dozens of cases have occurred in New York, with several children dying. In the Bay Area, the only known similar case was a six-month-old baby who was diagnosed with Kawasaki syndrome in March and has now recovered.
4:56 p.m. GOP doubles down on fight against mail voting, despite California win: Republican Mike Garcia won a nearly all-mail congressional runoff election in California last week, but GOP leaders are nonetheless fighting efforts to expand voting by mail nationwide. On Monday, Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, accused Democrats of using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to file lawsuits that would “destroy the integrity of our elections.” Read the full story by Chronicle political writer John Wildermuth here.
4:01 p.m. YMCA’s Bay Area layoffs exceed 3,500: YMCA of Silicon Valley laid off 1,657 workers — the third-highest Bay Area cuts for one organization to date — in addition to 1,920 layoffs at other Bay Area YMCAs. The nonprofit’s recreation centers are closed but it is providing services like childcare to essential workers and is raising money for coronavirus relief. Read the full story here.
4:41 p.m. Bay Area retailers reopen for pickup, but few visit: There were few Monday shoppers in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury and Glen Park retail districts. Business owners told The Chronicle that they’re hopeful business will pick up, but many concerns around safety and costs remain. Read the full story here.
4:16 p.m. San Francisco chief economist predicts high unemployment to continue: “It would not surprise me if we saw 10-15% unemployment through September,” Ted Egan, the city’s chief economist, said at a nightlife summit conducted via Zoom. Best-case scenarios would see the economy recovering by the end of 2021, he said, but reaching full employment again could also stretch into 2023 or 2024.
3:55 p.m. San Francisco chief economist describes ‘very severe shock to the local economy’: Ted Egan, the chief economist of San Francisco, told the San Francisco Entertainment Commission’s 2020 Nightlife Summit (held via Zoom) that about 18% of San Francisco’s labor force has filed for unemployment over the past two months. We’ve “never had (the) unemployment rate that high,” Egan said, adding that records have gone back to the 1960s.
3:53 p.m. San Francisco accounted for 661 of Airbnb’s 1,900 global layoffs: The home-sharing startup confirmed the local layoffs in a state Employment Development Department filing. Airbnb cut around a quarter of its total staff as travel activity plunged. The Chronicle has confirmed over 118,000 Bay Area layoffs to date, with around 10,000 in the tech sector.
3:41 p.m. SF mayor says city will be “national model” in reopening: Mayor London Breed, addressing participants in the San Francisco Entertainment Commission’s 2020 Nightlife Summit, said the city would be watched by others in how it restarts its economy. “We will be called a national model in how we open things up. … I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to getting my hair done and my nails,” Breed told attendees of the 11th annual summit, held virtually for the first time.
3:37 p.m. Eleven deaths reported at Vallejo nursing home: Eleven residents have died from COVID-19 in the wake of an outbreak at Windsor Vallejo Care Center, according to Jayleen Richards, a Solano County spokesperson. In total, 99 residents and 32 staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus. Read the full story here.
3:32 p.m. U.S. cases top 1.5 million: The U.S. accounts for nearly one-third of global coronavirus cases, with more than 1,504,000 recorded infections, according to the tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The virus death toll in the U.S. has passed 90,000 — about 28% of the global total of more than 317,500 deaths.
3:27 p.m. Alameda County reports 32 new cases: Health officials confirmed 32 new cases of the coronavirus in Alameda County on Monday, with no new deaths. There are now 2,457 cases and 83 deaths in the county.
3:20 p.m. Eleven new cases in Contra Costa County: Health officials reported 11 new cases of the coronavirus in Contra Costa County on Monday, bringing the total to 1,155 cases and 33 deaths. Sixteen people are currently hospitalized, officials said.
3:17 p.m. Square to allow most employees to work from home permanently: The San Francisco tech company is implementing the same permanent work-from-home policy as Twitter, which has the same CEO, Jack Dorsey. The company doesn’t have a timeline for when it will reopen its offices, but the vast majority of workers can stay home permanently, aside from some roles like office security or in-office operations. Square said it doesn’t plan to change its leases, which include a major office in Oakland’s Uptown Station, at this time.
2:55 p.m. Outbreak linked to Mendocino County livestreamed church service: Health officials have found at least three new coronavirus cases, including the pastor, linked to a livestreamed Redwood Valley (Mendocino County) church service on Mother’s Day in which some people sang in person at the church. One is a Mendocino County resident and two are from Lake County. Separately, a Mother’s Day service in Butte County that was held in violation of shelter-in-place orders has triggered scrutiny after one churchgoer tested positive; the 180 attendees have been told to self-quarantine.
2:50 p.m. ‘Breathtaking’ drop in home sales: Home sales dropped 37% in the Bay Area in April, but prices held steady as sellers shied away from price cuts. Showings are more difficult now with coronavirus restrictions.
2:35 p.m. Will California allow more virtual visits between pets and vets? While many states have allowed veterinary clinics to use telemedicine for routine pet appointments during the coronavirus pandemic, California has largely limited the practice. Is the state willing to loosen some restrictions? Read more here.
2:34 p.m. U.S. health secretary slams World Health Organization: Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services, sharply criticized the WHO’s response to the pandemic in a video statement on Monday. “We must be frank about one of the primary reasons this outbreak spun out of control,” he said. “There was a failure by this organization to obtain the information that the world needed and that failure cost many lives.” The health organization’s leaders have defended their organization in response to similar criticism from the White House.
2:17 p.m. Two more cases in Napa County: Two more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Napa County since numbers were last reported Saturday, health officials said Monday, bringing the total to 92 cases and three deaths. Additionally, 200 people were awaiting test results, 69 were being monitored after having close contact with a case and 43 people have recovered.
2:01 p.m. As testing increases in Santa Clara county, a higher percentage of people test negative: The percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Santa Clara County was 9% near the beginning of the pandemic when the county averaged 600 tests per day, but it has since dropped to 1% or 1.5% with roughly 1,600 tests per day, said Dr. Sara Cody, health officer. “That is a very significant improvement for us in our county,” she said.
1:50 p.m. Giants, A’s could be back on the field in June: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that pro sporting events could be permissible by mid-June — without spectators — if the rate for new coronavirus positives remains well-controlled. Major League Baseball was put on hold in mid-March, two weeks before Opening Day, and nearly two months of the schedule have been lost. Read the full story here.
1:40 p.m. Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine: President Trump said at a restaurant roundtable that he has been taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for a few weeks, according to tweets from CNN reporter Daniel Dale. But the Food and Drug Administration has said the drug has “not been shown to be safe and effective for treating or preventing COVID-19,” and warned against its use outside of clinical settings because it can cause heart problems. The president, who had previously promoted hydroxychloroquine, is tested daily for the coronavirus and not known to be positive.
1:25 p.m. Verily begins antibody study in Bay Area: Verily, the life sciences arm of Google parent company Alphabet, announced Monday it is starting a COVID-19 antibody study in the Bay Area. Local residents who have been tested for COVID-19, regardless of the test result, can sign up, though not all will be selected. Verily, which operates COVID-19 test sites in California and 12 other states, is conducting the study with the Duke Clinical Research Institute to learn more about COVID-19 antibodies and immunity.
1:22 p.m. Three new testing sites open in San Mateo County: Free testing is available at new sites in Daly City, San Mateo and East Palo Alto, according to San Mateo County health officials. No doctor’s note, symptom screening or medical insurance is needed. The sites, each open two days per week, are capped at 250 appointments per day and people must register online.
1:14 p.m Stocks see best day in a month amid vaccine hope: The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 911 points, or 3.9%. The S&P 500 gained 3.2% and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 2.4%. The Dow and S&P 500 had their biggest one-day gains since April 8. The Nasdaq posted its best rally since April 29. Shares of Moderna, based in Cambridge, Mass., rose 20% after it reported positive results in early tests of its coronavirus vaccine.
12:31 p.m. California sees 41 deaths in last 24 hours: Forty-one more people in California died of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, Gov. Newsom said. That’s a one-day increase of 1.3%, according to state numbers. California has recorded 3,302 COVID-19 deaths. The number of persons hospitalized and in intensive care unit beds with the infection increased by .4% and .7%, respectively, Newsom said.
12:22 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom eases reopening requirements for California counties: California is relaxing its criteria for counties that want to reopen their economies faster than the state during the coronavirus pandemic, after local leaders complained that the original requirements were too difficult to meet. The Chronicle’s Alexei Koseff has the story.
12:19 p.m. In-person retail and sporting events without fans could be weeks away, Newsom says: Gov. Newsom said Monday that professional sporting events could be allowed without spectators as early as the first week of June as long as the trend line tracking the rate of new positive cases holds. The statewide modifications, which Newsom said would be weeks away, would also allow in-person retail and haircuts. They are different from regional variances, which allow for counties to forge ahead further into the second phase of reopening ahead of the state’s pace if they meet a set of criteria. The state has recorded a 7.5% decline in hospitalizations over the last two weeks and a 8.7% decline in the number of intensive care unit patients.
12:10 p.m. Alameda school board shortens school year: Alameda students will get an extra six days of summer vacation after the school board voted to end the school year on May 29. Instead of teaching, staff and administrators will focus on training and preparation for the next school year and whatever modifications need to be made to address mitigation of the coronavirus. Read the full story here.
12:08 p.m. State officials conducted nearly 60,000 coronavirus tests in the last 24 hours: State officials conducted 57,000 coronavirus tests in the last 24 hours as the number of people who’ve been tested reached 1.3 million, Gov. Newsom said. “We are making real progress on our testing,” Newsom said.
12:07 p.m. California now has 24 counties reducing stay-at-home orders: Twenty-four counties across California have self-attested to further reduce stay-at-home orders beyond the state’s modifications, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday.
11:51 a.m. SF supervisor announces amendment to support City College of SF: San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar on Monday announced a charter amendment to support City College of San Francisco, calling it a “critical” part of the city’s economic recovery plan. Mar said during a news conference that he plans to introduce the amendment at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting. He said the investment will help support the “unprecedented” number of unemployed persons in the city due to the coronavirus pandemic.
11:31 a.m. Salesforce’s future includes mandatory masks, temp checks, constant cleaning: The tech company, which is San Francisco’s largest private employer, will make big changes when offices are allowed to reopen. Architects told The Chronicle that while they expect to work from home to be a permanent fixture, offices are not obsolete. Read the full story by Roland Li.
10:27 a.m. Alameda County authorities to test new inmates at Santa Rita Jail: Sheriff’s deputies at the Santa Rita Jail will test all new inmates for the coronavirus within two days of arriving, authorities said Monday. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, which runs the jail, said the measure will enable officials to “better understand how and why people are coming into the jail with the virus.”
10:20 a.m. Santa Clara County joins other Bay Area counties allowing curbside retail: Santa Clara County on Monday joined other Bay Area counties allowing curbside retail with a new health order following what health officials called “sustained progress on several key indicators regarding containment of COVID-19.” The new order, issued by the health officials from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, as well as the city of Berkeley, will also allow manufacturing, warehousing and logistical operations that support retail to resume.
9:55 a.m. Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Oakland start fund for artists: The Kenneth Rainin Foundation and Oakland city officials on Monday launched a relief fund with $625,000 for artists in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The fund, with the support of several individuals and organizations, will offer grants of up to $2,000. Visit its site to learn more.
9:48 a.m. San Francisco to open 3 new testing sites this week: Three new COVID-19 testing locations will open in San Francisco this week, including the city’s first mobile testing site in the Tenderloin, officials said Monday. Taken together, the new sites will allow the city to process hundreds of additional tests per day, particularly in communities where health and economic disparities have left residents particularly vulnerable. Read the full story by Dominic Fracassa.
9:47 a.m. Oakland police accused of stopping 2 workers at hand-washing station: Two members of United Front Against Displacement filling hand-washing stations in Oakland over the weekend were stopped by police and accused of driving a stolen car, according to the group. The alleged incident unfolded around 5 p.m. Saturday in the area of Wood Street and West Grand Avenue where United Front Against Displacement has maintained hand-washing stations since the beginning of the stay-at-home order, organizer Dayton Andrews said. “First they told them to put their hands in the air then (that) they were driving a stolen car,” Andrews said. Other members of the group arrived and authorities ran the car’s license plate and VIN number, concluding it was not a stolen vehicle, Andrews said. “They said, ‘It’s not stolen, we are going to let them go, sorry,’ and drove off,” Andrews said. Oakland police did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the incident. The group plans to hold a demonstration at 5 p.m. Monday in front of Oakland City Hall.
8:46 a.m. Uber slashes 3,000 jobs, closes 40 offices: As millions of people worldwide stay home during the coronavirus pandemic, Uber is cutting 3,000 more jobs, the company said Monday. Along with the 3,700 positions it cut two weeks ago, the San Francisco ride-hailing company is laying off 25% of its staff. Uber also is closing some 40 offices, including the Pier 70 office in San Francisco that worked on self-driving technology. The location will be consolidated with its forthcoming Mission Bay headquarters next to Chase Center, Uber officials said. The company also will move its Asian headquarters out of Singapore to an unspecified new location. Read the full story by Carolyn Said.
8:28 a.m. San Mateo County confirms 69 new cases: Sixty-nine new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in San Mateo County, increasing the number of cases to 1,671, according to health officials.
8:13 a.m. So … can you get it through your shoes? On the Fifth & Mission podcast, Sam Whiting reports back after consulting the experts on some of the strange — and a few plausible — myths circulating about the coronavirus and how it spreads. Click here to listen.
7:56 a.m. San Francisco confirms 40 new cases: Forty more cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in San Francisco, bringing the number of cases to 2,131, according to the Department of Public Health.
7:52 a.m. Premier League to return to small-group training Tuesday: Shareholders for soccer clubs in England’s top league voted unanimously to return to small-group training, league officials said Monday. The league issued a statement on the vote.
7:17 a.m. Aircraft carrier reaches ‘milestone’: Sailors assigned to the virus-stricken Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier on Monday started simulating being at sea while remaining moored at Naval Base Guam to test critical operations, according to the Navy. Capt. Carlos Sardiello called the development a “major milestone” for the ship and crew. The announcement follows news on Friday that five sailors aboard the ship had tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time. Former commanding officer Capt. Brett Crozier was fired after sending out a memo calling for help from Navy officials, which was first reported by The Chronicle.
6:56 a.m. Coronavirus vaccine shows encouraging early results: The first coronavirus vaccine to be tested in people “was generally safe and well tolerated,” manufacturer Moderna said Monday, based on the results from the first eight people. The people who received two doses each developed antibodies. Read the full story.
6:48 a.m. Salesforce, Pinterest join Cleo’s task force on working parents: San Francisco parenting benefits provider Cleo announced a coalition Monday that includes Bay Area tech companies and venture capital firms and will focus on supporting working parents during and beyond the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story by Sarah Feldberg.
6:40 a.m. Stocks surge on vaccine, reopening hopes: The Dow Jones industrial average shot up nearly 3% as trading began. Car factories in Michigan reopened with safety measures, bringing tens of thousands back to work. Shares of Moderna, a Cambridge, Mass., company, rose 34% on encouraging test results for a vaccine it is developing.
6:38 a.m. East Bay Congressman rips Trump official’s remarks on CDC testing: Over the weekend, senior White House official Peter Navarro, who oversees the national Defense Production Act, said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “let the country down” on coronavirus testing early in the outbreak. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton, sent out a tweet early Monday noting the health agency’s response reflects back on President Trump because the agency is a part of his administration. “Is the CDC a foreign entity now? They are a part of (Trump’s) government,” Swalwell said in a tweet. “If they failed us, he failed us.”
6:37 a.m. Small businesses say SF’s new curbside sales won’t change much: Even as San Francisco stores are eager to reopen and kick-start a battered economy — census data showed retail sales plummeting in April — many business owners still have questions about safety for their staff and customers, given the shortage of personal protective equipment. Mandates for physical distancing, mask-wearing, health and safety plans and limits on the number of employees add to the challenges that the city’s businesses face. Read the full story from Shwankia Narayan and Rusty Simmons.
6:33 a.m. Immigration courts in ‘chaos,’ with coronavirus effects to last years: Hundreds of thousands of cases in feederal immigration courts are being delayed by the pandemic. The courts, which are run by the Justice Department, have been closed for health reasons in the same way that much of U.S. public life has been on hold. But many of those who work in the system say the Trump administration has handled the shutdown in an especially haphazard manner, increasing the stress on judges and attorneys in addition to immigrants and making it harder for the courts to bounce back. Read the full story from Tal Kopan.
6:25 a.m. What restaurants will look like after the shelter-in-place: As communities prepare to ease stay-at-home restrictions, The Chronicle imagined what changes restaurants may look like going forward. Learn more about the potential future of dining.
6:14 a.m. US poised to record 90,000 virus deaths: The United States has recorded 89,564 COVID-19 deaths and confirmed 1,486,742 cases of the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
12:00 a.m. US auto plants begin reopening: Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler will rev up U.S. vehicle assembly plants Monday following a two-month coronavirus shutdown, Reuters reports. The auto industry, with nearly 1 million employees and accounting for some 6% of U.S. economic activity, will reopen with new worker safety measures including temperature checks, face masks and shields and deep-cleaned facilities.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
- Coronavirus live updates: California to release an estimated 8,000 inmates to curb outbreaks
- Coronavirus live updates: Santa Clara County pauses plan for indoor gatherings — not yet
- Coronavirus live updates: Santa Clara Unified delays schools’ return to in-person classes
- Coronavirus live updates: Sonoma County to close indoor restaurants, bars on Monday
- Coronavirus live updates: As state monitoring list swells, only two Bay Area counties are not on it
- Coronavirus live updates: Bay Area hospitalizations hit new record as cases across state soar
- Coronavirus live updates: Santa Clara Unified schools delay return to in-person classes
- Coronavirus live updates: Nearly 800 Santa Rosa hospital workers to go on strike
- Coronavirus live updates: Bay Area hospitalizations hit record high, deaths reported across region
- Coronavirus live updates: California is testing more than 100,000 people a day as pandemic rages
- Coronavirus live updates: Napa’s BottleRock music festival officially canceled
- Coronavirus live updates: Bay Area hospitalizations reach another record high
- Coronavirus live updates: No cookie-cutter approach in California for getting kids back to school
- Coronavirus LIVE updates: UK deaths hit 45,053 as study shows skin rash is ‘the only symptom for some’
- Coronavirus live updates: Pandemic gives way to huge resurgence in Bay Area home sales
- Coronavirus live updates: United could furlough 36,000, Bay Area accounts for 1 in 6 airline employees
- Coronavirus live updates: Spike in South Lake Tahoe cases prompts emergency meeting
- Coronavirus live updates: SF mayor, supervisor test negative after exposure
- Coronavirus live updates: California’s total case count exceeds 300,000
- Coronavirus live updates: Contra Costa County bans indoor church services as positive test rate grows
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