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Total coronavirus cases:
• 292,291 cases in California, including 6,720 deaths.
• 31,813 in the Bay Area, including 629 deaths.
• More than 3 million in the U.S., including over 131,666 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,219; New Jersey with 15,229; Massachusetts with 8,198; Illinois with 7,026; and Pennsylvania with 6,754. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 11.8 million in the world, with more than 545,000 deaths. More than 6.4 million people have recovered.
Resources on COVID-19 and California’s reopening: Use our interactive page to track the state and Bay Area’s reopening by county. For detailed maps and new city-by-city Bay Area data, check out The Chronicle’s Coronavirus Tracker. To get regular updates on our coverage, sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.
Latest updates from today:
5:57 p.m. San Bernardino County sees record deaths: San Bernardino County recorded 21 deaths on Wednesday — marking the second time it recorded more than 11 deaths. The 21 topped the previous high of 18 from May 13.
5:55 p.m. Twenty-six of 58 California counties on watchlist: Twenty six counties — making up well over three-quarters of the California population — are now on a state watch list for missing one or more targets to safely lift shelter-in-place restrictions. Most of those are now required to shut down or delay opening certain indoor businesses and all bars. Four Bay Area counties are being monitored: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa and Solano. Read the full story here.
5:50 pm. Texas resumes executions after a 5-month hold: Inmate Billy Joe Wardlow was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday for a 1993 fatal shooting, ending the state’s five-month delay in lethal injections due to the coronavirus pandemic. He was the first inmate in Texas to be executed since Feb. 6.
5:48 p.m. California records highest number of deaths in a day: California counties recorded 146 deaths on Wednesday, breaking a record for the most deaths in a 24-hour-period set on May 19 with 122, according to data collected by The Chronicle. Several counties have yet to report their numbers so the total may rise.
5:45 p.m. L.A. County records its highest daily coronavirus death toll in a month: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported at least 60 new coronavirus-related deaths Wednesday. Long Beach recorded one additional death. The combined total of 61 cases marks the highest single-day death toll in the county since June 2.
4:15 p.m. SoCal COVID patients fill Bay Area beds: Overflowing hospitals in Southern California are sending COVID-19 patients in need of critical care to the Bay Area for treatment, where record numbers of local patients are already putting the health care system under strain. Read the story here.
4:12 p.m. Study of 17 million confirms common COVID-19 risk factors: A new large scale study out of England confirms what many public health experts already suspected. Older people, men, Black and South Asian people, and those with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for death from COVID-19. The paper was published Wednesday by Nature Research and is the largest study of its kind according to its authors.
3:54 p.m. Trump rally led to Tulsa coronavirus surge, says health official: President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa June 20 “likely contributed” to a surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday. Tulsa County reported 261 confirmed new cases on Monday, a one-day record high. The rally drew approximately 6,200 spectators.
3:48 p.m. San Francisco’s beloved cable cars a victim of pandemic: The city’s three cable car lines, a worldwide symbol of San Francisco, will not climb halfway to the stars, or at all, until there is a vaccine, city transit director Jeffrey Tumlin said. It’s not possible to retrofit the 19th-century vehicles with Plexiglas barriers or other protective measures.
2:59 p.m. Second day of more than 100 COVID-19 deaths: According to a Chronicle analysis of public health agency reports, Wednesday saw a second consecutive day of more than 100 deaths from COVID-19. It’s the first time that grim milestone has been met since the outbreak began.
2:38 p.m. Newsom pushes toward reopening schools: Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to push to reopen California schools this fall, even as coronavirus cases are surging across the state with just weeks to go before classes are set to resume in many districts. Read the full story here.
2:30 p.m. UC Berkeley uptick threatens plans for return to classes: UC Berkeley has seen “a notable increase in UC Berkeley students testing positive” the coronavirus over the last week — most related to fraternity parties — which calls into question plans for the fall return to campus, university health officials said in a Wednesday email to the campus community. Campus Health Services recorded 47 cases in a week, compared to a total of 23 before that since the start of the pandemic, the email said. The majority “stem from a series of recent parties connected to the CalGreek system” and secondary spread to smaller gatherings, where people have not followed guidelines to wear face masks, maintain social distance and limit group sizes. “At the rate we are seeing increases in cases, it’s becoming harder to imagine bringing our campus community back in the way we are envisioning,” the officials wrote.
2:18 p.m. “Scream inside your heart,” Japanese amusement park says: Japan’s theme park association is discouraging people from screaming on rides, since the coronavirus is spread primarily by large respiratory droplets released when people cough, sneeze or, yes, shriek. To demonstrate proper thrill ride etiquette, two executives at the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park released a YouTube video that shows them wearing masks and riding their park’s Fujiyama roller coaster in silence. The video recommends: “Please scream inside your heart.”
2:05 p.m. Three counties report rising numbers: Alameda County reported 368 new cases on the coronavirus Wednesday, a figure that included previously unreported totals from Tuesday. Contra Costa County recorded 149 new cases, and Santa Clara County had 74 additional cases. The new confirmed cases bring Alameda County’s tally so far to 7,245, Contra Costa County’s to 4,241, and Santa Clara’s to 5,552.
1:34 p.m. Mixed day for stocks: Travel-related companies took a hit Wednesday on Wall Street, but United Airlines recovered from earlier steep losses to close down less than 1% on news that it will send layoff warnings to nearly half of its U.S. staff. But tech companies were up — Twitter jumped more than 7%, Apple rose more than 2% and Amazon added nearly 3%. The Dow Jones industrial average held on to a gain of less than 1%, adding 177 points to close at 26,067.
1:28 p.m. DoorDash admits to violating S.F. cap on restaurant delivery fees, promises refunds: Numerous San Francisco restaurants trying to survive on takeout service during the pandemic have also quietly been dealing with an unexpected financial hurdle: 30% commission fees from DoorDash, even though the city capped fees at 15% from food delivery apps in April. Read the the story here.
1:22 p.m. Rate of positive tests increases to 7.1%: The rate coronavirus tests returning a positive result in California grew to 7.1% over two weeks, a roughly 39% increase from two weeks ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. “I’ve made this point before, I’ll make it today: Every decimal point is a point of concern,” Newsom said during a news conference. “We have the capacity to move that number down by our individual behavior, by wearing masks, by practicing the hand-washing and physical distancing and social distancing that’s required of all of us at this moment.”
1:09 p.m. Brooks Brothers bankruptcy leads to another Union Square closure: The latest blow to San Francisco’s Union Square was delivered by Brooks Brothers on Wednesday when the 202-year-old company filed for bankruptcy protection. Citing coronavirus impacts, the retailer said it’s permanently closing 51 stores, including its Union Square location. Stores at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, Livermore, Gilroy, Petaluma and Napa are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus but were not on the permanent closure list. more here.
12:49 p.m. State monitoring 26 counties: California health officials are now monitoring 26 counties for high rate of new infections, positive tests or increasing hospitalizations, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. Newly added to the watch list were Napa, San Benito and Yolo counties.
12:43 p.m. California adds more than 11,000 new cases: Health officials in California confirmed 11,694 more cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, although that’s not just a one-day increase, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. In terms of cases recorded it’s among the largest single-day numbers during the pandemic, but Newsom cautioned that the number included a backlog from labs in Los Angeles County. The seven-day average, which Newsom noted in a daily news conference, of people testing positive was 8,116.
12:38 p.m. California to receive nearly 200 federal workers: One hundred and ninety federal Health and Human Services workers will come to California to aid in the coronavirus response as hospitalizations increased nearly 50% over past two weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday. The health workers will be used to strengthen field medical teams, Newsom told a news conference.
12:27 p.m. SF health officials tell schools to require masks, distancing for everyone: San Francisco health officials released guidelines Wednesday on how to reopen city schools, with a strong recommendation that all students and teachers wear masks and stay six feet apart. San Francisco Unified officials are working on the plan for the fall, acknowledging it’s unlikely all students will be able to return given the staffing, facility and other conditions required to get nearly 60,000 students back in classrooms by Aug. 17.
12:19 p.m. California has millions of masks in inventory, sent some to 4 states: State officials have an inventory 232 million procedure masks and 46 million N95 masks, beyond millions of masks that have been distributed, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. He announced that the state has distributed some masks to four unspecified states that needed them. “We’ve never been better positioned,” Newsom said. Many parts of the country are experiencing shortages of protective equipment as the virus spread ramps up again.
12:13 p.m. California Health Corps draws thousands of applications: California’s program to enlist nurses, specialists and other health care professionals to help out with pressing coronavirus needs “exceeded all our expectations,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. The program drew 35,000 online applications from people with valid medical licenses in fields of need, the governor told a news briefing. The state has deployed 741 of them to nursing facilities, correctional institutions and other health sites, he said.
11:50 a.m. Napa County added to state watch list: Health officials added Napa County to the state watch list Wednesday for elevated transmission of the coronavirus, driven by increases from family and community gatherings and crowded Latino households. State officials noted a disproportionate impact on agricultural workers. The state wants to see progress in enforcement and public education regarding social distancing, face coverings and hand hygiene; increased bilingual investigators and contact tracers; and surveillance testing of skilled nursing facilities and vineyard farmworkers, among other steps, the state website states.
11:41 a.m. State adds Sonoma County to watch list: California health officials added Sonoma County to the list of counties being closely monitored for an accelerating increase in coronavirus hospitalizations, according to a county supervisor. Susan Gorin, chair of the board of supervisors, said in a Facebook post that the state notified county officials that Wednesday was the county’s first day on the list “as having a greater than 10% increase in the three day average hospitalization rate for COVID positive patients.” State officials had not added the county to the public list of counties being monitored by late Wednesday morning.
11:35 a.m. Stanford drops 11 varsity sports: Stanford — home to the nation’s most successful college athletic department — announced Wednesday that it will eliminate 11 varsity sports after the 2020-21 academic season. The coronavirus pandemic played a role in the decision, but cost was behind the move, the university said. Cuts include fencing, squash, field hockey, synchronized swimming and other sports. Read the story here.
11:23 a.m. Santa Clara embraces ‘risk reduction’: Santa Clara County’s new health order is meant to allow as much business and other activities to resume as possible on Monday, as long as people can stay socially distant and practice other protective measures, county officials said Wednesday. Read the story here.
11:09 a.m. Bay Area increases in case counts: San Francisco reported another 46 cases of the coronavirus Wednesday and San Mateo County had 51 new cases. The confirmed cases brought San Francisco’s total since the start of the pandemic to 4,066 and San Mateo County’s to 3,743.
10:50 a.m. US surpasses 3 million cases: Three million people in the United States now have been infected with the coronavirus, in a tragic milestone reached Wednesday as states continued to battle a resurgence of the insidious virus. Tracking by Johns Hopkins University recorded the count of confirmed cases, but health officials have said that because of inadequate testing and mild cases unreported, the real number is about 10 times higher — almost 10% of the U.S. population.
10:38 a.m. New York schools will not fully reopen: Schools in the nation’s largest public school system, serving students online during the pandemic, will not fully reopen in September, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday. Classroom attendance will instead be limited to only one to three days a week in an effort to continue to curb the coronavirus outbreak. The mayor’s release of his plan capped weeks of intense debate among elected officials, educators and public health experts over how return students safely to school.
10:16 a.m. United could furlough 36,000 workers: United Airlines, which has a West Coast hub at SFO, said it could furlough as many as 36,000 workers in October, when a federal aid package runs out. It was not clear how many local workers would lose their jobs, but the Bay Area accounted for about a sixth of United’s workforce before the pandemic struck. Read the story here.
10:10 a.m. Schools must open, federal officials say: A parade of top federal officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, pushed President Trump’s all-out campaign to fully reopen the nation’s schools, saying Wednesday that full reopening in the fall is integral to the nation’s overall recovery. After Trump the same day bashed the school-reopening guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as too harsh, CDC Director Robert Redfield said those guidelines “are not meant to be prescriptive.” He said the guidelines “are really based on the sound public health and the safety” of students, but he also stressed the coronavirus has mostly spared children “significant illness.” Officials stressed back-to-school as an economic imperative, with parents needing to get back to work, and emphasized the health benefits of children having access to mental health services and nutrition at schools. “We think it’s absolutely imperative that every state and territory in this country … take steps … to get kids back in the classroom to the fullest extent possible,” Pence said. “We really believe that every state has the ability to do that.” What was not clarified was how all schools could manage the cost and practicalities of physical distancing at schools. Pence said the CDC will provide updated guidance on schools next week.
9:40 a.m. Giants resume workouts: The Giants said they would resume workouts at Oracle Park on Wednesday after their latest batch of coronavirus tests all came back negative. The team canceled Tuesday’s workouts when they did not receive the results of maintentance tests administered Saturday, part of a breakdown in the system over the Fourth of July weekend. Read the story here.
9:06 a.m. Nation conducting more than half a million tests a day: Health officials throughout the United States are conducting an average of 620,000 daily coronavirus tests, said Adm Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services. Giroir at a briefing of the White House coronavirus task force lauded state officials for meeting and in some instances exceeding coronavirus testing goals.
8:59 a.m. Reuse protective equipment, Pence says: Amid reports that personal protective equipment for medical workers on the COVID-19 front lines is running low again, Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that guidance is forthcoming on reusing supplies. “We are encouraging health care workers to use some of the best practices we learned,” he told a news briefing, “to preserve and reuse the PPE supplies.” Low supplies are being reported as the virus resumes its rapid spread, and a doctors’ association says physicians’ offices have had to close due to lack of masks and supplies.
8:49 a.m. Pence says military will deploy to help virus-stricken areas: Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the federal government will deploy “active-duty medical personnel” to areas that continue to be ravaged by the coronavirus “just to make sure that those deciated doctors and nurses and hospital workers have the relief that they need.” He made the comment at a briefing of the White House coronavirus task force.
8:38 a.m. Another San Quentin inmate dies of coronavirus complications: A 60-year-old inmate at San Quentin died Tuesday at an area hospital from what officials said appeared to be COVID-19 complications. David Reed had been on the state’s death row since 2011, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The prison currently has 1,304 active coronavirus cases.
8:12 a.m. Coronavirus has Muni on the ropes: San Francisco’s love-it-or-hate it transit system is in big trouble with ridership way down and revenue plunging during the pandemic. On the Fifth & Mission podcast, transportation reporter Rachel Swan talks about how the city will probably lose 40 of its 68 bus lines permanently, and cable cars won’t run until there’s a vaccine. Click here to listen.
8:08 a.m. Trump threatens to cut funding over schools: President Trump in a tweet Wednesday threatened to cut federal funding to states that don’t fully reopen schools in the fall, ratcheting up his political framing of the issue. As school districts across the country grapple with how to resume school while keeping kids safe from coronavirus infection, Trump wrote,“The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!”
7:55 a.m. SF students unlikely to be in classrooms in fall: It looks increasingly likely that few if any San Francisco students will be back full-time in classrooms this fall, but families won’t know for sure until the end of July, less than three weeks before the first day of school. Reopening to all students will be virtually impossible by Aug. 17, given staffing, facilities and coronavirus safety challenges, administrators and community planners say. Read The Chronicle’s story here.
7:39 a.m. Texas surpasses 10,000 new cases in single day: Texas reported a record high of 10,028 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, crossing a sobering milestone rarely seen since the pandemic first hit the U.S. It was an alarming measure of COVID-19’s swift resurgence nationwide and the failures of the country’s response. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott aggressively began one of America’s fastest reopenings in May but has begun reversing course in recent weeks.
7:30 a.m. Bartenders are dealt a hard blow: The coronavirus and its resulting shutdown have transformed few professions as dramatically as bartending.California bars were among the first businesses that Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered closed, even before the Bay Area’s first-in-the nation, stay-home orders. Read The Chronicle’s story about bartenders adapting and faring since then.
7:23 a.m. Tech stocks lead markets up: The Dow, up 0.6% in early trading, rose above 26,000 again. Apple and Alphabet rose, as did work-from-home stocks like Zoom and Slack.
7:10 a.m. Number of inmates infected in state prisons nears 2,500: The number of inmates in California prisons with active coronavirus cases reached 2,308, most of them at San Quentin, according to Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation numbers. To date, 29 inmates throughout the state have died of COVID-19. More than 3,000 confirmed cases have been “resolved,” the prison system’s website states.
7:05 a.m. Gilroy garlic farm on alert after two infections: Christopher Ranch, the nation’s largest garlic producer, had imposed physical distancing in fields and processing facilities, required its 1,000 employees to wear masks, and checked them for symptoms. But last month one employee, and then another, tested positive for the coronavirus. The massive ranch immediately quarantined and tested dozens of people. Read the story here.
6:49 a.m. Trump calls CDC guidelines for schools ‘very impractical’: President Trump said Wednesday that he disagrees with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidelines for reopening schools, and called them “very tough” and “expensive.” In an early morning tweet he wrote, “While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things.” He, added, “I will be meeting with them!!!” He did not specify who or when.
6:36 a.m. Farms mostly keep a lid on virus, fear remains: With relatively low coronavirus numbers so far, California’s huge farm industry — with workers outside, unlike the hard-hit meatpacking sector — appears fairly well-positioned to withstand the virus. Farms are taking protective steps. But there are some outbreaks, including at least 188 people infected in a Ventura County farmworker housing facility. Fear remains as use of carpools, tight living spaces and other outside activities affect risk. Read the story here.
6:21 a.m. Pandemic life on the streets: While concerns about the coronavirus have prompted communities to provide hotel rooms and trailer parks for homeless people, a hard reality persists: The majority of the homeless are sleeping outside, either jammed together on crowded streets or hunkered down in RVs or tents away from downtowns. Attempts to wear masks and keep social distancing are sketchy at best. The invisible viral killer preys on weakened immune systems. Read The Chronicle’s snapshot portraits of life on the streets during the pandemic.
6:13 a.m. Brazil’s president touts hydroxychloroquine for his infection: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he is confident he will swiftly recover from the coronavirus by taking hydroxychloroquine, the drug that President Trump touts but that has not been proven effective against COVID-19. Bolsonaro said he tested positive for the new coronavirus on Tuesday after months of downplaying its severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. He claimed hydroxychloroquine helped his fever of Monday to subside by Tuesday.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
- Coronavirus update: India overtakes Russia with third-largest outbreak, Spain reimposes lockdown
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 12-13
- ‘The Biggest Monster’ Is Spreading. And It’s Not the Coronavirus.
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 22-23
- COVID in California: No San Francisco children currently hospitalized for COVID
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 10-11
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Sept. 26-27
- U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 700,000 Despite Wide Availability of Vaccines
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 20-21
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 18-19
- Global coronavirus cases have surpassed 126,000, while more than 1,000 infected people have recovered in Italy
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 24-25
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 23-24
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 27-28
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 29-30
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 31-June 1
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 6-7
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 8-9
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 14-15
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 16-17
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