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Total coronavirus cases:
• 82,007 in California, including 3,296 deaths.
• 11,249 in the Bay Area, including 402 deaths.
• More than 1.5 million in the U.S., including 90,369 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 28,339; New Jersey with 10,439; Massachusetts with 5,862; 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 4.8 million in the world, with more than 319,000 deaths. More than 1.8 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
1:37 p.m. Universal testing at Laguna Honda leads to discovery of small outbreak: Eight more people have tested positive at Laguna Honda, San Francisco’s largest skilled nursing facility, for a total of 29 cases since March, said Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the city’s health. Universal testing of all staff and residents led to four positive cases: two staff members and two residents. An additional four residents tested positive — after previously testing negative during the first round of universal testing — when they were retested as part of a contact tracing investigation into the South 2 ward. Positive staff were sent home to self-isolate and positive residents were sent to a COVID-19 designated unit. The infected people are all in “good condition,” Colfax said.
1:22 p.m. SF health officer says virus ‘has no timeline’: Dr. Grant Colfax, director of health in San Francisco, said officials hope measures like face coverings, hand washing and social distancing will prevent viral transmission even as restrictions loosen. Still, progress in reopening will be slow. “We are in the second inning of a long game,” Colfax said. “Most scientists expect this long game is going to be with us for 18 to 24 months.”
1:19 p.m. Stocks slide: Stocks closed lower Tuesday, with major indexes snapping their three-day upward swing. The Dow Jones industrial average shed 390 points to close at 24,207, a loss of 1.6%. The broader S&P 500 lost 1% and the Nasdaq composite index was down 0.5%.
1:15 p.m. UC freezes some staff salaries with $1.2 billion in losses expected: Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system, sent a letter to colleagues Monday noting a systemwide freeze on salaries for certain staff employees, as well as a voluntary pay cut of 10% for current chancellors and herself. The UC system expects $1.2 billion in losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Monday’s letter came after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state would cut UC funding for the 2020-21 school year by 10%, or $372 million. Read the full letter.
1:11 p.m. San Francisco officials to discuss summer childcare options: Mayor London Breed said she will discuss potential childcare and summer camp options with other city officials so they can address questions from parents anxious to get their kids out of the house. Officials will discuss “transitioning kids into a place where we can allow in some cases, some summer activities,” Breed said.
1:05 p.m. San Bernardino County inmate dies of COVID-19 complications: An inmate at the California Institution for Men in San Bernardino County died Monday of apparent COVID-19 complications, officials said. Prison officials said in a statement the “exact” cause of death had not yet been determined. The individual died at an outside hospital.
12:40 p.m. James Taylor, Jackson Browne tour postponed till 2021: The two musicians were scheduled to embark on their first tour together this year, with a stop next week at San Francisco’s Chase Center. But in a joint announcement, Taylor and Browne said they’ve moved their entire concert to next year due to the pandemic. In March, Browne, 71, announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Read the full story.
12:22 p.m. SFO to resume flights to Europe, Japan in June: San Francisco International Airport will resume nonstop air service to Europe and additional flights to Japan in June, airport officials said Tuesday. Flights expected to return include three All Nippon Airways flights per week to Tokyo-Narita, one weekly Swiss International Air flight to Zurich and three weekly Lufthansa flights to Munich. The airlines will start the trips on different dates.
12:12 p.m. California records 32 more deaths: Thirty-two more people in California died of COVID-19 on Monday, and 1,365 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, increasing the number of cases in the state to 81,795, according to state data.
12:07 p.m. Teen in Maryland dies of infection: A 15-year-old in Maryland died after becoming infected with COVID-19. Symptoms included an inflammatory syndrome associated with the coronavirus that’s specifically afflicting children, the Associated Press reports. The fatality marked the first pediatric death from the coronavirus in the state.
11:58 a.m. Heart attack patients at Kaiser hospitals decrease: The number of heart attack patients admitted to Kaiser hospitals during the pandemic in Northern California decreased by nearly half of the expected number of patients, according to a Kaiser study released Tuesday. Researchers examined the rate of adults in the hospital system before and after the first reported COVID-19 death in early March. The findings support anecdotal reports of physicians seeing fewer patients with acute medical conditions, including heart attacks, officials said.
11:32 a.m. Contra Costa County confirms 37 more cases: Thirty-seven more cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Tuesday in Contra Costa County, increasing the number of cases to 1,192, according to health officials.
11:09 a.m. Willy California donates 100 face coverings to Vallejo firefighters: Athleisure company Willy California donated 100 cloth face coverings to the Vallejo Fire Department, city officials said.
10:44 a.m. Alameda County reports three more deaths: Three more people in Alameda County died of COVID-19 and 65 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, increasing the number of known cases to 2,522, according to health officials.
10:20 a.m. California prisons reopen doors to inmates from county jails: Early in the pandemic, California stopped bringing new prisoners to its 34 state prisons from county jails. The move was made to relieve overcrowded conditions that spread the coronavirus. But this week, the state is resuming intake at all but three prisons, which are dealing with large COVID-19 outbreaks. Prisoner advocates have warned that resuming intake will place people in harm’s way. A CDCR spokeswoman said, “It’s going to be a very measured process with operations, public health and health care experts working together.”
9:34 a.m. Bay Area to receive more than $700 million for transit, Trump says: President Trump said the Bay Area will receive more than $700 million in federal funds to support San Francisco International Airport, Muni and BART. “This money will aid in economic recovery!” Trump said in a tweet. The announcement seemed to catch many local officials off guard. Read the story here.
I am proud to announce the San Francisco Bay Area will receive over $700M in federal funds to support continued operations and support workers at @flySFO Intl Airport and for transit on @sfmta_muni & @SFBart. This money will aid in economic recovery!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2020
9:32 a.m. US-Canada border to remain closed to non-essential travel until mid-June: The United States and Canada will keep the border closed to non-essential travel until June 21, the Associated Press reports.
8:38 a.m. San Francisco confirms nearly 50 new cases: San Francisco confirmed 48 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the number of known cases to 2,179, according to the Department of Public Health.
8:24 a.m. Greenhouse gas emissions on track for record drop amid coronavirus outbreak: The latest and most detailed study yet on the pandemic’s impact on climate pollution, released Tuesday by the research group Global Carbon Project chaired by Stanford University’s Rob Jackson, finds that the Earth will see up to a 7% decrease in carbon dioxide this year. The dip is five times the decline in emissions in 2009, when the Great Recession choked the world’s economy, and double what it was in 1992, after the fall of the Soviet Union. Read the full story by Kurtis Alexander.
8:01 a.m. Who are you calling elderly? Many Americans over 65 are bristling at being lumped together as “elderly” and being advised — sometimes condescendingly by their own adult children — to take extreme coronavirus precautions. On the Fifth & Mission podcast, reporter Ryan Kost talks about the issue and interviews one older American — his mother Barb — who pushed back on some nagging from her son. Click here to listen.
7:17 a.m. San Mateo County announces 9 deaths: Nine more people in San Mateo County died of COVID-19 and the number confirmed coronavirus cases reached 1,687, health officials said. The county has recorded 75 deaths from COVID-19.
6:53 a.m. States expected to lose National Guard workers’ help in June, report says: More than 40,000 members of the National Guard helping states with their pandemic responses are expected to end their deployment on June 24, Politico reports. A National Guard spokesperson told the news outlet that the deployment could be extended in the coming weeks. The decision to pull back on June 24 would reportedly leave thousands of men and women one day short of the 90-day threshold to qualify for early retirement and education benefits.
6:51 a.m. Older adults push back on staying safe by staying isolated: As the Bay Area moves to reopen, experts and older adults say age shouldn’t be the only consideration when deciding who leaves home or returns to work. The broad range of “65 years and older” doesn’t differentiate between those who are healthy and fully self-sufficient and the very vulnerable. Moreover, it exacerbates existing tensions between generations. Read the full story by Ryan Kost.
6:45 a.m. Muni reinstates 9R line: Muni has restored service on the 9R-San Bruno line, which will operate weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., as the San Francisco transit agency gradually returns to full service during the cornonavirus outbreak. Muni is also adding buses and running them more often on the 8-Bayshore, 14R Mission Rapid, 22 Fillmore, 38R Geary Rapid, 49 Van Ness/Mission, N Bus and T Bus lines.
6:32 a.m. Stocks dip after rally: Following Monday’s 900-point gain, the Dow Jones industrial average fell slightly in early trading. Walmart shares jumped on strong online sales.
6:31 a.m. Undocumented immigrants can start applying for pandemic relief: Undocumented immigrants throughout California can start applying this week to receive up to $1,000 in pandemic relief, according to the state’s Department of Social Services. Adults who qualify for the aid can receive up to $500 while households can receive up to $1,000. Visit this site to view a list of nonprofits picked by the state to help individuals apply.
6:20 a.m. Confirmed cases around the world reach 4.8 million: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world Tuesday morning reached 4,829,232, according to Johns Hopkins University. In total, 319,031 people have died of COVID-19. The United States has confirmed 1,508,957 cases and accounted for 90,369 deaths.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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