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Total coronavirus cases:
• 307,499 cases in California, including 6,893 deaths.
• 33,317 in the Bay Area, including 638 deaths.
• More than 3 million in the U.S., including 133,885 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,251; New Jersey with 15,332; Massachusetts with 8,243; Illinois with 7,309; and Pennsylvania with 6,812. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 12 million in the world, with more than 557,000 deaths. More than 6.6 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
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.
Updates from Thursday, July 9:
7 p.m. Green Day among bands that received PPP loans: Green Day is among the bands that received large loans from the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program created to help small businesses, according to data released by the U.S. Small Business Administration The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame pop-punk trio from the East Bay joins a small group of platinum-selling acts that received between $350,000 and $1 million in funding to support their crews due to postponed tours. The list includes Eagles, Guns N’ Roses, and Pearl Jam. More details here.
4:50 p.m. Acting president of Bolivia says she tested positive for virus: Jeanine Añez Chavez, the interim president of Bolivia, said she has tested positive for coronavirus via a brief video posted on Twitter on Thursday. The senator who came to power last year after a military coup removed President Evo Morales said she is fine and will continue to work in quarantine.
4:42 p.m. Case explosion, by the numbers: It took 124 days from the date of the first reported case in California for the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to reach 100,000, according the data collected from the counties by The Chronicle. It took 29 days for the total to grow over 200,000. And now, 14 days later, California has exceeded 300,000 cases. The current number is 300,319.
4:30 p.m. Florida surpasses 4,000 coronavirus deaths: Health officials confirmed 8,948 new cases of COVID-19 and 120 deaths on Thursday, marking the highest number of deaths recorded in the state in a 24-hour period. A total of 4,009 people have died in Florida, according to state data.
4:10 p.m. Oakland tenants protest inspections, landlord later cancels them: Residents of 444-28th St. said the tours by investors violated local health orders and put tenants at risk of getting the coronavirus. Landlord Mosser Capital said Thursday afternoon it would cancel the rest of the tours this week.
2:55 p.m. Texas daily death toll hits triple-digits: State health officials reported 105 new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, marking the first time the death toll has hit triple digits. The number also marked a record high for the third day in a row in the state, following 98 deaths reported on Wednesday and 60 on Tuesday. A total of 2,918 people have died in Texas, according to state data.
2:30 p.m. Orange County reports nearly 1,300 cases, 26 deaths in a single day: For the second day in a row, Orange County health officials reported roughly 1,300 new cases of the coronavirus, but the death toll jumped dramatically with 26 people reported dead. So far today, California has reported 3,500 new cases and 49 deaths. The state is on its way toward a third straight day with more than 100 deaths.
1:30 p.m. Cases rise among SF General Hospital workers: Coronavirus infections among health care workers at San Francisco General Hospital are increasing at a rapid rate, raising concerns about workplace conditions and testing procedures. Read the full story by Mallory Moench.
1:05 p.m. Stocks drop amid ongoing virus concerns: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.4% and the S&P 500 dropped 0.6% as concerns about fast-rising number of coronavirus cases continue.
1 p.m. Bohemian Grove retreat canceled: The annual top-secret Bohemian Grove gathering of all-male political and business titans, which normally takes place in mid-July, has been is canceled this year due to safety precautions for the coronavirus pandemic, according to Sam Singer, a spokesman for the private club. The event takes place in a 2,700-acre wooded compound in Monte Rio.
12:51 p.m. SF officials announce mobile testing site in Mission District: A mobile coronavirus testing facility is moving to the Latino Task Force Resource Hub in San Francisco’s Mission District, city officials said Thursday. The move is intended to provide more resources to the city’s Latino community, which has been ravaged by the virus: Latinos make up 50% of San Francisco’s reported cases of COVID-19, though they make up just 15% of the city’s population. The testing site will operate on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The resource hub is located at 701 Alabama St.
12:45 p.m. Fauci says coronavirus pandemic is ‘worst nightmare’: Dr. Anthony Fauci says the coronavirus pandemic is a public health official’s worst nightmare because of the sly, efficient way the disease spreads. Read the story here.
12:37 p.m. Rate of people testing positive in California hits 7.3%: The two-week and seven-day averages of people testing positive for the coronavirus throughout the state hit 7.3%, Gov. Newsom said. The average number of new cases per day over the last week reached 8,043.
12:30 p.m. Wear a mask, Cal Fire chief pleads: Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter urged people to wear face coverings as the state enters “peak wildfire season,” which increases the likelihood of infernos forcing evacuations and emergency sheltering during the pandemic. Porter said firefighters are expected to wear face coverings as well. Cal OES director Mark Ghilarducci and Gov. Gavin Newsom both said the state has developed numerous changes to keep people safe: from altering how some evacuees will be sheltered to how emergency meals will be distributed. “This is a partnership that also includes all of you,” Ghilarducci said during a news conference, encouraging people to get familiar with evacuation routes near their homes and have emergency plans. “It’s not just a government issue.”
12:25 p.m. WHO concedes coronavirus is airborne: The World Health Organization issued an updated scientific brief on coronavirus transmission Thursday, acknowledging the threat of aerosols. WHO made the change after it received an open letter put forward by 239 researchers in 32 countries that accused the agency of ignoring evidence that microscopic particles are released during exhalation that remain aloft in the air and travel further than the established 6-foot physically distancing guidelines set for indoor spaces such as offices, markets, restaurants, stores, and other businesses. Read a more detailed story on aerosol transmission by Aidin Vaziri.
12:20 p.m. SF mayor, supervisor test negative one day after exposure: San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Shamann Walton tested negative for the coronavirus, both said Thursday. The mayor and Walton were tested Wednesday after being exposed to an infected person at a public event. Health officials said the person who exposed Breed and Walton was aware of being infected. Both elected officials will have to be tested again next week because “it can take a while between being exposed and testing positive,” Breed tweeted Thursday. Read the full story by Dominic Fracassa.
11:51 a.m. Fauci urges states to shut back down: Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, said on a Wall Street Journal podcast Thursday: “Any state that is having a serious problem, that state should seriously look at shutting down.” The US set a world record for most new coronavirus infections in one day, with 60,000 reported Wednesday.
11:45 a.m. LA County security guard charged with murder after fight over mask: A security guard who worked at a market in Gardena (Los Angeles County) was charged with murder after he allegedly shot a man who entered the store without a mask, leading to a fight between the pair, prosecutors said. Umeir Corniche Hawkins is accused of shooting Jerry Lewis, 50, as he walked away after the two fought, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Hawkins and his wife, Sabrina Carter, were also both charged with one count of possession of a handgun by a felon.
11:31 a.m. California Legislature delays return to the Capitol: State Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood (Los Angeles County), announced Thursday that the Legislature would extend its summer recess by two weeks, after at least half a dozen people who work in the Capitol tested positive for the coronavirus. The Legislature, which was initially set to return Monday, will now resume session on July 27. “Our staff has been working diligently to adjust the legislative calendar to accommodate committee hearings and full session schedules as appropriate,” Atkins and Rendon said in a statement. “We will continue to do the people’s work under rules and procedures to minimize the opportunity for spread of infection to the fullest extent possible.” Two lawmakers are among those who were recently infected: Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Marina Del Rey (Los Angeles County), said Monday that she was exposed to the virus at the Capitol last month. Assemblyman Tom Lackey, D-Palmdale (Los Angeles County), was hospitalized on Sunday because of complications from COVID-19.
11:28 a.m. Embattled Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier returns to San Diego: After six months deployed amid a coronavirus outbreak that killed a sailor, the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier returned to its home port in San Diego on Thursday. More than 1,000 sailors tested positive for the coronavirus, including former Capt. Brett Crozier, who was removed from his command after he sent a letter to Navy superiors asking for an immediate evacuation of the warship as the virus spread. “The crew of TR persevered displaying uncommon fortitude and tenacity in the face of uncertainty to meet expectations in a crisis,” said Capt. Carlos Sardiello, commanding officer of the warship. “This recovery of the ship and the crew on deployment is a testament to the professionalism of the young men and women of the TR who turned a potentially demoralizing downward spiral into a symbol of inspiration and hope against adversity.”
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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