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Total coronavirus cases:
• 319,356 cases in California, including 7,026 deaths.
• 34,521 in the Bay Area, including 641 deaths.
• More than 3.2 million in the U.S., including 134,777 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,343; New Jersey with 15,525; Massachusetts with 8,310; Illinois with 7,369; and Pennsylvania with 6,897. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 12.6 million in the world, with more than 564,000 deaths. More than 6.9 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
9:03 p.m. Bay Area COVID-19 hospitalizations hit new records: The number of patients with COVID-19 in Bay Area hospitals has increased for the sixth day straight, hitting a new all-time high of 567 patients, according to state data released Saturday. Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties reported increases. San Francisco’s patient count held steady while Marin and Napa counties recorded minor dips.
5:45 p.m. Indoor businesses may shut down next week in Sonoma County: State health officials are expected to order Sonoma County indoor businesses to shut down as soon as Monday if the county’s coronavirus numbers do not improve, officials said. The county was added to the state’s watch list on Friday due to increased hospitalization and rising cases. The state restrictions, which would be in place until at least July 22, would force restaurants, wineries, bars, movie theaters, zoos and museums to close, although outdoor dining, outdoor wine tasting and restaurant take-out would still be permitted.
4:30 p.m. Contra Costa County’s case count jumps by 143: Contra Costa County saw another triple-digit jump in its coronavirus cases, reporting 143 new infections Saturday. That brought its total confirmed cases so far to 4,605. The county reported one additional death, bringing its total fatalities since the start of the pandemic to 89.
4:26 p.m. Alameda County adds dozens of new cases: Alameda County reported another 52 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, bringing its total to date to 7,725 cases. The county also recorded another COVID-19 deaths, bringing its fatality toll to 148.
4:16 p.m. Fremont schools to start academic year learning from home: Fremont plans to begin the school year next month with students doing distance learning from home. As schools throughout the Bay Area and nation grapple with how to keep their students and staff safe with the coronavirus pandemic still raging, Fremont’s school board voted 3-2 Friday to start the school year with virtual instruction; classrooms will remain off limits until Alameda County reports no new cases of the coronavirus for seven days. Read the story here.
3:57 p.m. San Jose schools reassessing after teachers put foot down on return: San Jose Unified School District officials are “reassessing the details of returning students to their classrooms” after teachers resisted going back to in-person instruction as early as Aug. 12, saying that would put teachers’ health at risk during the pandemic. “Teachers do not feel that it is safe to return to teaching in person and, in large majority, they are unwilling to do so at this time,” said a letter Friday from the San Jose Teachers Association to the San Jose Unified School District. Read the story here.
3:25 p.m. Contra Costa County bans indoor services: Contra Costa County is banning indoor church services as more than 8% of coronavirus tests in the county come back positive, officials said Saturday. Effective 11:59 p.m. Sunday, the change comes after the county’s seven-day average number of new cases rose from 38 on June 8 to 146 on July 8, while the hospitalizations rose from 17 to 54. The positive tests indicate rapid spread and “that the community must take immediate steps to prevent our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed,” county health officials said in a new order. Outdoor church services are allowed, with social distancing and face mask protocols, and at outdoor restaurants everyone must wear masks except during the act of eating or drinking. Read the story here.
3:09 p.m. Trump finally wears mask: President Trump, the nation’s foremost holdout on face coverings to prevent spread of the coronavirus, finally donned a navy blue face mask in front of cameras Saturday. Video showed the president and a clatch of military officials and aides, all in masks, striding purposefully through empty halls of Walter Reed military medical center where the president was to meet patients. Trump told reporters it was appropriate to wear a mask around surgery patients and injured soldiers — though health experts and government officials are telling the public to wear them as a general practice. CNN reported that aides had to beg and badger him to do it, as Trump has resisted the strong advice on masks even from the government’s top experts.
2:59 p.m. Growing pressure on governors to mandate face coverings: Governors across the country are facing increasing pressure to pass statewide mask requirements and mount a more coherent pandemic response as coronavirus cases soar to record levels, daily deaths rise and hospitals in the South and West face a crush of patients, the Washington Post reports. A growing chorus of local officials and health experts warn of infections coninuing out of control unless governors issue public health measures that apply to everyone.
2:49 p.m. CDC documents say full school reopening is ‘highest risk’: Federal materials for reopening schools, shared the week President Trump demanded weaker guidelines to do so, said fully reopening schools and universities remained the “highest risk” for the spread of the coronavirus, the New York Times reports. The 69-page document obtained by The New York Times was intended for federal public health response teams deploying to hot spots nationwide, and appears to have circulated the same week that Vice President Mike Pence announced the CDC would release new guidelines in the coming week, and the administration did not want them to be “too tough.”
2:39 p.m. Fair that’s not a fair, but tastes like it, in Marin County: With the annual county fair canceled in Marin County due to the pandemic, organizers put together at least a taste of it this weekend: a drive-through food fair, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, continuing next Friday through Sunday. Corndogs, funnel cake, kettle corn, strawberry lemonade and the like are available, served to cars, at the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium parking lot in San Rafael.
2:28 p.m. Let’s see how the magic works: “The Most Magical Place on Earth” has reopened after nearly four months, with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are reopening Saturday, while Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will follow four days later, all in Florida where huge surge of coronavirus cases is occurring.
2:17 p.m. GOP suits over California mail-ballot election are gone: Three Republican lawsuits seeking to block Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to send mail-in ballots to every active California voter this fall have disappeared, victims of a Democratic bill that the governor has signed into law. Legal challenges by the Republican National Committee and state party and individual GOP politicians had charged that Newsom’s pandemic emergency powers didn’t include the right to change state election rules. Read the story here.
1:59 p.m. Another record for COVID-19 patients: Californians hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 numbered 6,357 as of Friday, another day that shattered previous records, state health officials reported Saturday. The number rose from 6,171 patients, itself a record, a day earlier. The number of patients in intensive care was 1,806, the officials said Saturday.
1:36 p.m. Sens. Feinstein and Harris say don’t kick out foreign students: California’s two U.S. senators are calling on federal immigration officials not to send home foreign students who take only online courses as universities reduce in-person classes due to the pandemic. “Some of the smartest students from around the world come to the United States to study, teach and research. International students should be welcomed and encouraged to remain here to complete their studies, not threatened with deportation during a pandemic,” Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris wrote Friday to U.S. immigration authorities. Some universities are suing to block the Trump administration’s effort to force foreign students taking only online courses to leave the country.
1:08 p.m. California reports upward trend in positive test results: The rate coronavirus test results that come back positive, a key indicator of community spread, has trended upward in California over the past 14 days, state health officials reported Saturday. Nearly 5.3 million tests have been conducted statewide, including an increase of 99,958 in the most recently recorded 24 hours. The state data shows new cases over seven days averaged 8,228 per day in the past week, compared with an average daily 6,902 new cases the previous week.
12:59 p.m. Santa Clara County health chief issues plea: Dr. Sara Cody, the health officer of Santa Clara County and a leader in Bay Area coronavirus response initiatives, is pleading with residents “to take action together” on safety precautions to turn around escalating coronavirus numbers. With nearly 2,000 COVID-19 diagnoses in the past two weeks, “The numbers in our county are not going in the right direction,” she said in a video shared Saturday on social media. “The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is growing every day. … Several may even die. They are our neighbors and our friends.” She added that “nobody wants to shut things down again,” and urged people to stay home as much as possible, wear face coverings outside the house and maintain social distance.
12:36 p.m. Getting most needy homeless off streets in panemic remains challenge: SF public health officials have been focused on getting 237 of the sickest street people — the homeless, drug addicted and mentally ill — into shelter during the pandemic. So far 111 have been permanently houses, 68 still need housing, 11 have died and 37 are in temporary shelter. Read the story here.
12:22 p.m. California prison workers sent to San Quentin: California’s prison system is forcing Sacramento-area correctional officers and mental health care nurses to transfer to San Quentin State Prison, the site of the system’s largest COVID-19 outbreak, the Sacramento Bee reports. The mental health care nurses are worried for their safety and fear they could carry the virus back to Folsom and Ione prisons where they normally work. said Eric Soto, president of the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians. As reported in a Chronicle investigation, the runaway San Quentin outbreak stemmed from transfer of inmates from Chino.
12:09 a.m. Brazil’s president cloistered in 1st week with virus: After months in which Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro downplayed COVID-19 by flouting social distancing recommendations and mostly shunning masks, both coronavirus precautions became part of his cloistered life this week at the presidential residentce in Brasilia. He’s been holding virtual meetings and said he feels well, the Associated Press reports.
12:05 p.m. NY on the downside worries about turnaround: The number of New Yorkers hospitalized with the coronavirus fell to the lowest point in nearly four months, state officials said Saturday. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo is predicting a new increase in cases amid outbreaks in other states. “The only question is how far up our rate goes,” Cuomo said in a radio interview.
11:57 a.m. SF’s Wells Fargo said to be preparing huge cuts: Wells Fargo & Co., the largest employer among U.S. banks, is preparing to cut thousands of jobs starting later this year, Bloomberg reports, potentially setting a bleak precedent for an industry that’s been resisting mass layoffs as the coronavirus pandemic worsens.
10:12 a.m. Hope for avoiding virus outbreaks in schools: Many countries are pushing ahead with plans for full-time, full-capacity, in-person school, after having largely avoided school coronavirus outbreaks during more tentative reopenings in the spring. From Belgium to Japan, schools are abandoning certain measures like alternate-day schedules or extra space between desks, the Washington Post reports. Those experiences may offer hopeful guidance to societies elsewhere, but experts note most of the reopenings are in their early stages, and much remains unknown about the interaction between children, schools and the virus.
9:59 a.m. Waste shift a byproduct of pandemic: The coronavirus has brought a struggle for the eco-conscious Bay Area, as people balance health needs with traditional environmental priorities. Consumption of single-use plastics like takeout containers, bags and gloves is up, and plastic bags that had started to disappear from litter are piling up again. Read the story here.
9:52 a.m. Oakland schools to phase into classrooms in September: Oakland schools will begin phasing in classroom instruction as soon as September, although the transition will depend on the ability to keep students safe during the coronavirus pandemic, district officials say. The first phase of distance learning will last up to four weeks, during which teachers and staff will be trained to safely implement classroom instruction, officials said Friday. Read the story here.
9:26 a.m. Tips for vacation planning amid closures, price hikes: It’s a complicated time for vacation planning, with many destinations closed and 100%-booked cabins and campgrounds across California. People are scrambling wildly for where they can go. Tom Stienstra has some ideas, as well as suggestions on how to travel and make things go smoother. Read his story here.
9:18 a.m. Expected upturn in deaths has begun after earlier slide : The seven-day rolling average for daily reported COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. has increased from 578 two weeks ago to 664 on July 10 — below the heights hit in April but an upswing expected with cases surging again, an Associated Press analysis finds. Daily reported deaths increased in 27 states over that time period, but the majority of those states are averaging under 15 new deaths per day. California is averaging 91 reported deaths per day while Texas is close behind with 66.
9:08 a.m. Back to school online but SF still doesn’t know how: Distance learning in San Francisco public schools “was pretty much a failure” this spring, school board President Mark Sanchez says. But when school resumes Aug. 17, the 55,000 kids will be learning on screens from teachers who’ve been given no additional guidance from the district — everything from instructional hours to serving the neediest children — on how to make virtual education successful. “We are struggling,” Sanchez says. Read Heather Knight’s story here.
8:34 a.m. SF cleaning standard sparks controversy: Hotel groups are objecting to San Francisco’s new hotel and office cleaning rules, the strictest standard in the country. It mandates multiple daily cleanings and the disinfection of common areas in hotels and office buildings over 50,000 square feet, plus daily hotel room cleanings. Groups representing hotel owners say it’s too big a financial burden for an industry devastated by the collapse of travel, will expose workers to more health risks and delay hotel reopenings. Read the story here.
8:23 a.m. Inequality marks huge surge in Africa, India: South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have doubled in just two weeks to a quarter-million, and India on Saturday saw its biggest daily spike as its infections passed 800,000. The surging cases are raising sharp concerns about unequal treatment in the pandemic — the wealthy hoard medical equipment and use private hospitals and the poor crowd into overwhelmed public facilities.
8:15 a.m. Pandemic puts resources for homeless, drug, mental health programs at risk: Mental health and drug addiction resources have been delayed or put on hold as the state health department shifts to pandemic costs, with dramatic budget cuts to come. Officials now have to weigh pandemic problems like joblessness and flailing businesses with longtime challenges: homelessness, drug use, mental illness and a housing shortage. Read the story here.
7:55 a.m. Fears of COVID-19 tsunami among homeless find surprising reality: Experts feared COVID-19 would rip through homeless populations like a tsunami with no way to stop it. Those fears have fallen flat, so far, as the homeless in San Francisco and elsewhere contract it at about the same rate as others — 3.6% testing positive among S.F.’s homeless compared with 3% in the general population. Apparently, isolating people in hotels and thinning out shelters, and the fresh air outside have helped. Read the story from Kevin Fagan.
7:45 a.m. Property boom before the coronavirus storm: The total assessed value of taxable property in all Bay Area counties except Contra Costa hit $1.72 trillion as of Jan. 1 — up $108 billion or a healthy 6.7% over last year. The value reflects a number of huge pre-pandemic construction projects that added to Bay Area wealth — but growth could slow significantly this year as demand for office space slows, home sales plunge and inflation subsides.
Updates from Friday, July 11:
9:43 p.m. Outdoor dining must close in Alameda County, per new California rules: Under stricter rules released Thursday by state health officials, outdoor dining is now prohibited in Alameda County, officials said Friday. The county’s health order had already approved outdoor dining, but restaurants, wineries and bars can now only offer drive-through or pick-up service, according to state rules. Outdoor dining can resume, however, as soon as the state approves Alameda County for a variance, which it plans to apply for next week.
8:42 p.m. Parking bans, traffic restrictions at Lake Merritt aim to reduce crowds: Oakland officials on Friday pushed their “Give the Lake a Break” campaign urging people to avoid crowding at Lake Merritt in order to reduce coronavirus transmission. Officials will close roads and restrict parking around the lake from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. People are encouraged to use the city’s Slow Streets program or visit a less-populated park to get fresh air this weekend.
8:02 p.m. Five dead, 66 infected in Marin County nursing home outbreak: Five residents have died and 66 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in an outbreak at Marin Post Acute in San Rafael, according to the facility and health officials. In total, 49 residents and 17 staff members have tested positive at the 170-bed skilled nursing facility. Read more here.
7:34 p.m. State hospitalizations grow to new high: Forty-five more patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized across California, state health officials reported Friday, bringing the total number to 6,171 patients — a new all-time high. After the number of COVID-19 patients in California surged past 6,000 for the first time this week, it remained above that threshold for the third day in a row on Friday.
4:52 p.m. Health officials release mandatory rules for Santa Clara County public transit: Riders and personnel on Santa Clara County public transit must wear face coverings and stay at least six feet apart and transit agencies must provide hand sanitizer and conduct regular cleanings under a new mandatory directive released Friday by county health officials. The mandate goes into effect Monday. Agencies must restrict the number of passengers, use spacing tools and post signage to facilitate physical distancing and proper hygiene on board trains and buses.
4:29 p.m. Massive increase in San Mateo County since June: San Mateo County data reflects an average daily number of new coronavirus cases that rose by 72% between last month and this. In the first nine days of July, the county averaged 62 new cases a day, compared with 36 in June. Read about the Bay Area’s surge here.
4:22 p.m. Texas outbreak far worse than ever: Texas is seeing urgent calls for field hospitals, cars lined up for hours at testing sites and boarded up bars — like the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, but worse. Records for COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations are set almost daily, and the state that launched one of America’s fastest reopenings is in retreat. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday extended a statewide disaster order first issued in March, and is telling the public to brace for what’s ahead.
4 p.m. Trump sinks to all-time low in approval ratings on virus: Support for President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has hit an all-time low, a new survey indicates, with a similarly substantial majority of Americans also disapproving of his response to widespread racial unrest. An ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday reports that a record 67 percent of respondents now disapprove of “the way Donald Trump is handling the response to the coronavirus,” while only 33 percent approve.
3:50 p.m. More than 5,800 total cases in California prisons: California prisons have confirmed 5,841 cases of the coronavirus so far, including 2,319 active cases, and 31 deaths as of Friday, according to the state corrections department. At San Quentin State Prison, home to the system’s largest outbreak, seven inmates have died, 1,336 people have active infections and 309 people have recovered. Of the state’s total cases, 864 were reported in the last 14 days, officials said.
3:44 p.m. Rely on heat to kill the virus? Not so fast: Early hopes that the coronavirus would show seasonal tendencies and slow down during summer months have gone unfulfilled, with newly reported cases in the U.S. reaching their highest levels in July, and climbing. Harsh reality vanquished speculation that was fueled when President Trump promoted a laboratory study, not peer reviewed, with promising results and suggested that heat and humidity could be a factor in reducing transmission rates.
3:27 p.m. Alabama polling places cannot require masks: Alabama’s elections chief said Friday that he is telling local officials that they cannot require voters to wear masks at polling places during Tuesday’s election. Several cities and counties have local mandates to wear masks in public places after Alabama saw a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. It can be “strongly recommended” but “it cannot be required,” Secretary of State John Merrill said he told county election officials.
2:57 p.m. Judge blocks Louisiana mask rule: A state judge on Friday blocked a Louisiana city from enforcing a masking requirement issued by the mayor in hopes of fighting the spread of the new coronavirus. District Judge Craig Marcotte issued the restraining order in a lawsuit filed by five Shreveport businesses, The Shreveport Times reported. The businesses owners said they could lose customers because of the mayor’s order.
2:51 p.m. Pennsylvania passes 1,000 mark in single-day cases: Confirmed coronavirus infections in Pennsylvania hit over 1,000 on Friday in the state’s highest one-day mark since May, with state health officials blaming the rising numbers on crowded bars and out-of-state travel to virus hot spots.
2:33 p.m. Santa Clara County offering 3 free testing pop-up sites next week: People can get a free coronavirus test with no appointment, symptoms or insurance next week in San Jose and Gilroy, Santa Clara County officials announced Friday. Testing, by nasal swab, is especially encouraged for people with no symptoms who work essential jobs or interact regularly with the public. The Service Center Auditorium and Independence High School in San Jose will offer testing 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. The South County Annex in Gilroy is open 1-6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 18.
2:26 p.m. Good times for the snack world: When times are bad, we turn to chocolate: it was the most popular candy during the past three months of the pandemic, Nielsen’s sales data shows. Americans bought nearly $3.7 billion worth of the sweet standby, a 6.3 percent jump from a year ago. Sales of salty snacks increased by almost 20 percent to more than $9 billion, especially potato chips, tortilla chips and popcorn.
2:16 p.m. Case numbers climb in 3 more Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties reported significant increases in coronavirus infections on Friday. Alameda County confirmed 78 new cases, bringing its total so far to 7,485; Contra Costa County reported 103 new cases for a tally to date of 4,460; and Santa Clara County officials recorded 185 new cases, bringing the total to 5,863.
2:06 p.m. SF holds up on barbers, tattoo shops, salons, gyms and pools: San Francisco officials said Friday that many businesses — including barber shops, tattoo parlors, hair salons, manicurists, museums, gyms and pools — won’t be allowed to reopen Monday, as the city had planned, so public health professionals have time to monitor the coronavirus surge sweeping the region. But the zoo is opening and shoppers can again break out the reusable bags. Read the story here.
1:54 p.m. Bay Area hospitalizations hit new high: Jumps in numbers of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Contra Costa, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties brought the Bay Area total to 550 patients, state health officials said Friday — a new high after a five-day increase. Nine new patients were hospitalized in Contra Costa County for a record total of 77. Three were hospitalized in San Francisco, bringing its total to 76, and five more patients brought the total to 112 in Santa Clara County.
1:49 pm San Francisco Zoo to open Monday: City officials gave the San Francisco Zoo a green light to open Monday and Tuesday for zoo members and Wednesday to the general public, following postponement of the planned June 29 reopening date due to local coronavirus spikes. Zoo director Tanya Peterson had expressed frustration about the $30,000-per-day cost to feed 2,000 animals with no revenue coming in. On Friday, she said she spoke for zoo animals and staff in recounting, “how thrilled we all are to welcome back our members and visitors next week.” Operations will be adjusted for safety, with capacity restricted to 50% of normal, and indoor exhibits closed.
1:39 p.m. South Carolina bars to close starting Saturday night: South Carolina’s governor said Friday that the sale of all alcoholic drinks in restaurants and bars would be banned beginning Saturday night, out of concern regarding coronavirus spread among young people. Nevada’s governor said the state would close bars in some counties starting at 11:59 p.m. Friday, including Las Vegas and Reno bars that don’t serve food.
1:31 p.m. Hong Kong shuts down schools: Hong Kong, lauded for its aggressive handling of the coronavirus outbreak, is confronting a third wave of infections and on Friday shut down its school system, while reporting 38 new cases. The city of 7 million has reported more than 1,400 cases and just seven deaths during the outbreak, with widespread use of face masks credited with helping contain the virus.
1:25 p.m. Stocks up on recovery, treatment hopes: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 1.4%, closing at 26,075.30. News that Gilead’s remdesivir antiviral drug reduced deaths in a study buoyed the markets and lifted recovery-related stocks. Outbreaks in Mexico and Hong Kong limited the market’s optimism, however.
1:19 p.m. Do women follow health guidelines better than men?: It turns out that women women nationwide are more likely to perceive COVID-19 as a threat and follow public health guidelines, according to a John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health online study. It showed a significantly greater proportion of women practiced frequent hand washing and social distancing. Read the story here about what else we learned from the first major COVID-19 conference, hosted virtually by Bay Area HIV/AIDS leaders.
1:08 p.m. Medical group speaks out on Trump threat to cut funding if schools don’t open: A medical association that the White House has cited in its press to reopen schools is pushing back against President Trump’s repeated threats to cut federal funding if schools don’t open this fall. In a joint statement with educator groups, the American Academy of Pediatrics on Friday said decisions should be made by health experts and local leaders, and that more money is neede to reopen safely during the pandemic.
12:45 p.m. ‘Everybody is frantic,’ Santa Clara County official says: With daily coronavirus cases nearly tripling over last month in Santa Clara County, its top executive on Friday called for more aggressive leadership from the top: “I’m frantic. Everybody is frantic. The public health officer is frantic. Because there is no leadership from the top and we are not going to be able to control this regionally or locally.” Jeffrey Smith, the county executive, told The Chronicle that Gov. Gavin Newsom should call for a statewide ban on all indoor activity given the “overwhelming crisis.” Read the story here.
12:37 p.m. Trump arrives in virus-blasted Florida: President Trump made it to the critical battleground state of Florida on Friday to raise campaign cash and tend to his base supporters’ interests. But his efforts to relaunch travel after a hiatus caused by a surge in coronavirus cases hit a new snag as his campaign canceled a weekend rally in New Hampshire, citing a tropical storm threatening the area.
12:24 p.m. Fauci tells major COVID-19 conference US has ‘very serious problem’: Living with the coronavirus until a vaccine is developed will require unprecedented community engagement and onerous individual sacrifices for the common good, global infectious disease experts said Friday at the first major conference on COVID-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, said “my own country is in the middle, right as we speak, of a very serious problem.” Read the whole story here
12:05 p.m. Newsom to release of some 8,000 inmates: An estimated 8,000 inmates will be eligible for release from California prisons by the end of August in a bid to reduce spread of the coronavirus following outbreaks at several facilities including San Quentin, state prison officials announced Friday. The move, coming amid pressure from lawmakers and advocates, will add to the state’s reduction of about 10,000 persons since the start of the pandemic, the Corrections and Rehabilitation department said in a release. All individuals will be tested for COVID-19 within seven days of release. Inmates will be eligible under specific criteria. Read the latest here.
11:53 a.m. A bad trend at UC Berkeley and elsewhere: There’s an outbreak of coronavirus cases tied to fraternity parties, and the surge is threatening colleges’ plans to reopen for the fall. On the Fifth & Mission podcast, reporter Ron Kroichick talks about what campuses will look like, and how many students might opt out entirely. Click here to listen.
11:47 a.m. Alameda County seeking state permission to open Oakland Zoo: Alameda County next week will ask California health officials for a variance to allow the Oakland Zoo to reopen, officials said Friday, following last week’s news that the zoo is at risk of closing permanently. Alameda County is one of only two counties that hasn’t yet received a state variance to move faster on reopening its economy. The county also wants to begin allowing restaurants serve alcohol outdoors; but health officials said they are not looking to move faster on opening large sectors of the economy while the coronavirus is surging across the state. Alameda County has reported 7,407 cases so far, the most in the Bay Area.
11:33 a.m. Fauci says Trump claim ‘obviously not the case’: Dr. Anthony Fauci said President Trump’s recent claim that 99% of coronavirus cases in the US are “totally harmless” is “obviously not the case.” Fauci told the Financial Times in an interview published Friday that he didn’t know why Trump made the false and dangerous statement. “I’m trying to figure out where the president got that number,” Fauci said. He speculated that Trump was told that “the general mortality is about 1 per cent. And he interpreted, therefore, that 99 per cent is not a problem, when that’s obviously not the case.”
11:21 a.m. No indoor gatherings yet for Santa Clara County: Officials in Santa Clara County had planned to allow resumption of indoor gatherings of up to 20 people, but said Friday that people will have to wait a while longer. Due to the county’s increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, indoor gatherings will not yet be allowed. Up to 60 people may gather outside as long as social distancing protocols are followed, the county said.
11:04 a.m. Fauci says vaccine must be shared among nations: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said Friday the development of a coronavirus vaccine must be for the benefit of all countries, calling it a “responsibility to the entire planet.” That responsibility is “not just to the individual country that’s making the vaccine,” he said during a virtual presentation at the COVID-19 Conference ahead of the AIDS 2020 Virtual Meeting.
10:59 a.m. Berkeley Bowl workers test positive: Multiple workers at both Berkeley Bowl locations have tested positive for the coronavirus and are now in isolation, the general manager of the store told The Chronicle. The stores remain open. Read the story here.
10:55 a.m. SF, San Mateo County case numbers continue up: San Francisco recorded another 171 cases of the coronavirus on Friday, bringing its total so far to 4,316 cases; and San Mateo County reported 59 new infections, for a total of 3,846 cases to date.
10:49 a.m. Trump administration presses FDA to reverse on hydroxychloroquine: White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is leading a Trump administration effort demanding the Food and Drug Administration reverse course and grant a second emergency authorization for hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, the Washington Post reports. Navarro, armed with a controversial new study on the drug, which President Trump has long touted and even took himself as a possible preventive measure. Scientists have widely criticized the new study, by Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System, as flawed. The FDA just weeks ago revoked its emergency authorization for hydroxychloroquine after major studies found it was not effective for COVID-19.
10:38 p.m. Latinos dying of COVID-19 are younger than their counterparts, study says: More than a third of Latinos who’ve died of COVID-19 were younger than 65, compared to 13% of white people who have died, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Friday. The study analyzed the data of 10,647 people in 16 public health jurisdictions. Most who died were older than 65 and had underlying health conditions, according to the report.
10:27 a.m. US military cases surging: In one month, cases in the U.S. military have more than doubled, according to Pentagon data, a disturbing surge that mirrors a similar trend seen across the country. On Friday, Pentagon statistics reported 16,637 cases in the entire military, the New York Times reports. On June 10, that number was just 7,408. Three people have died since March, including a sailor on the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, which returned to port in the United States earlier this week.
10:10 a.m. Posey opts out of season: Giants catcher Buster Posey said Friday he will opt out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic because he does not want to endanger the health of twins he and his wife have adopted. The twin girls born Friday are healthy, but their immune systems will be weakened because they were born two months premature, he said. Read the story here.
9:45 a.m. Santa Clara County says no indoor gatherings yet: Santa Clara County announced Friday that increased COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations mean indoor gatherings will not be allowed yet, overriding plans in an earlier order that would have allowed up to 20 people to gather indoors. Outdoor gatherings of up to 60 people still are OK, with social distancing measures, the county said. Businesses must fill out and provide the county an online checklist ensuring safety protocols are in place “to ensure business can be conducted in as safe a manner as possible,” health officials said in a statement. Many businesses have reopened, and the county’s new order effective July 13 allows others to resume, including hair and nail services and gyms. Note: An earlier version of this post indicated a county order had allowed 20 people to gather indoors. That order was planned but had not yet gone into effect.
9:20 a.m. Blood type seen as factor in vulnerability: Infectious disease specialists say the coronavirus is especially cruel to people with type A blood, which apparently lacks certain compounds that help fight it off. People with type A blood have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and suffering complications, a study published June 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine found. Read more here.
9:06 a.m. Florida has record deaths: After Florida appeared to flatten the coronavirus curve in the spring, with theme parks shuttered, beaches closed and residents staying home, it’s almost as if that never happened: the state reported 120 deaths in one day on Thursday, the highest number since the previous record of 113 in early May. Bars, restaurants and gyms began reopening in May — too soon, critics said — and weeks later, the state saw an alarming surge in cases.
9:01 a.m. Posey still grappling with decision: Giants catcher Buster Posey, missed his second straight workout Thursday and third overall in the past week, is still “dealing with a personal decision,” manager Gabe Kapler said, after indicating last weekend he might opt out of the 2020 seaso due to coronavirus concerns. Read the story here.
8:51 a.m. Latin America and the Caribbean major hot spots: Several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean now have one of the highest per capita infection rates and absolute number of cases in the world, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. He said Thursday that a 9.1% contraction in GDP is expected this year in the region, which would be the “largest in a century.”
8:38 a.m. Catholic Church among biggest winners of pandemic relief: The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups, an Associated Press review of federal data found. The church’s haul may have reached $3.5 billion, making a global religious institution with more than a billion followers among the biggest winners in the U.S. government’s pandemic relief efforts. In Orange County, where a sparkling glass cathedral estimated to cost over $70 million recently opened, diocesan officials at the complex received loans worth at least $3 million, AP reported.
7:23 a.m. As coronavirus ravages inmate fire crews, state forced to hire more firefighters: The seemingly impossible task of gearing up for fire season in the midst of a surging pandemic fell with full force on California Thursday, prompting Gov. Gavin Newsom to lay out the state’s battle plan. He announced the hiring of 858 seasonal firefighters to replace prison crews whose ranks were cut in half after several of those inmates tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting a quarantine at 12 Northern California conservation camps. Read the full story.
7:05 a.m. Stocks flat, Gilead rises: The Dow Jones industrial average dropped slightly in early trading. Gilead shares rose after the company released data that showed its remdesivir antiviral drug reduced death rates among severely sick COVID-19 patients.
6:58 a.m. El Dorado County to create task force after South Lake Tahoe spike: Supervisors in El Dorado County held an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss how to best address a spike of coronavirus cases in South Lake Tahoe. In the end, though, supervisors did not implement any new changes but instead agreed to create a task to examine the situation, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reports. Cases in South Lake Tahoe have increased significantly since the end of May. The region, which is part of El Dorado County, had 75 confirmed cases by June 22. By Wednesday, that number had grown to 137 cases, accounting for nearly half of the cases in the entire county, according to health officials.
6:44 a.m. SF’s homeless population at greater risk for multiple reasons: San Francisco Department of Public Health data show an uptick in deaths among the homeless, a result not of the virus itself but a side effect: The crisis has interrupted vital medical services and programs and closed shelters, leaving people who are already difficult to reach further isolated. Read the full story by Lizzie Johnson.
6:30 a.m. Surge in cases among young people threatens colleges’ reopening plans: The behavior of many college kids — congregating, partying, defying authority — qualifies as perfectly appropriate for people their age in normal times. But it also underscores the challenge for college and public health officials in persuading young adults to follow guidelines to help control the virus. Read the full story by Ron Krochick.
6:18 a.m. Why is the Bay Area seeing more delays in coronavirus testing and results? In countries that are managing the virus better, patients typically get test results back within a day. But that’s fairly rare in the Bay Area these days. Learn why in this story by Catherine Ho.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
- Coronavirus live updates: Some Bay Area schools cleared to reopen
- Coronavirus live updates: California hospitalizations fall below 3,500
- Coronavirus live updates: Alameda County businesses confused by health guidance
- Coronavirus live updates: Bay Area sees highest number of COVID-19 deaths in a day
- Coronavirus live updates: Alameda County sees highest 1-day death toll, now will allow indoor haircuts
- Coronavirus live updates: Alameda County record highest daily death toll, now will allow indoor haircuts
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