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Total coronavirus cases:
• 687,215 cases in California, including 12,550 deaths
• 81,953 in the Bay Area, including 1,091 deaths
• More than 5.7 million in the U.S., including more than 178,000 deaths. Other states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,918; New Jersey with 15,953; Texas with 11,911; Florida with 10,580 and Massachusetts with 8,961. Click on the Chronicle’s Coronavirus Tracker to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 23.9 million in the world, with more than 820,000 deaths. More than 15.3 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. Information on Bay Area school reopenings can be found here. Find Bay Area COVID-19 testing sites that don’t require doctor referrals in our interactive map. To get regular updates on our coverage, sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.
Latest updates from today:
5:02 p.m. Alameda County businesses confused by advice to go outside, stay inside: The East Bay county is allowing some personal-service businesses to reopen for outdoor operations Friday. But many salon owners and beauticians question the wisdom of such a move, given the wildfire smoke blanketing the region — which only adds to the challenges of giving haircuts or facials outdoors.
2:55 p.m. Bay Area experts disagree with ‘misdirected’ CDC guidance on coronavirus testing: Contrary to recent guidelines put forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bay Area health experts are encouraging people with possible coronavirus exposure to still seek testing, even if they do not have symptoms. Read the whole story here.
1:21 p.m. Tech boosts stocks again: More blowout earnings from big tech companies pushed the markets higher Wednesday, with the S&P 500 index setting another record. San Francisco’s Salesforce soared 26% after its profit far surpassed Wall Street expectations. The Dow Jones industrial average, which Salesforce will join next week, posted a small gain, 0.3%. San Jose’s Adobe, up more than 9%, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, up more than 3.5%, helped the rally. The S&P closed up 1%, the Nasdaq climbed 1.7%.
12:52 p.m. Port of San Francisco provides coronavirus rent relief: More than a third of the port’s business tenants, many of them struggling with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, are eligible for rent forgiveness under a program approved by the Port Commission. Restaurants, retailers and maritime businesses like the fishers and crabbers hurt by the Pier 45 fire are among those who stand to benefit.
11:51 a.m. Salesforce to lay off 165 workers in San Francisco, around 1,000 overall: The city’s largest private employer reported record-high revenue of $5 billion last quarter, but said it is reallocating resources. Tech companies have moved to cut costs during the pandemic even as business has been resilient compared other sectors.
10:37 a.m. ‘Lemony Snicket’author, illustrator donate to SF schools: Illustrator Lisa Brown and husband Daniel Handler, best known as the author of the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” book series, offered a $10,000 matching donation to Spark SF Public Schools to fight systemic inequalities caused or made visible by the COVID-19 pandemic. The SFUSD parents sent a tweet for others to donate for the match by Aug. 30.
10:33 a.m. Coronavirus case puts California Senate on hold at crucial time: The California Senate halted proceedings Wednesday because of a positive test for the coronavirus, pausing work during legislators’ pivotal final week in session. Read the full story here..
7:42 a.m. “Double-dip” recession warning: Kansas City Federal Reserve President Esther George told CNBC she worried about a “double-dip recession” caused by a resurgence in the coronavirus. Stocks continued to mostly rise, with the Dow flat and the Nasdaq and S&P 500 up in early trading.
6:44 a.m. NYC mayor urges teachers to hold classes outdoors: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio asked educators to consider holding classes outside to help the lower the risk of transmission as the city scrambles to prepare for the first day of school on Sept. 10, The Washington Post reports. City officials promised an in-person start to the school year, but have faced a backlash from educators deeply worried about safety. New York said it would offer programs to make it easy for schools to apply for permits to close streets and reserve other outdoor public spaces for outdoor education.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 25:
9:30 p.m. First Lady Melania Trump expresses sympathy for COVID-19 victims in Republican National Convention speech: In her speech from the White House’s Rose Garden, Mrs. Trump acknowledged “the invisible enemy COVID-19.” “My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one, and my prayers are with those who are ill or suffering,” she said.
7:20 p.m. Alameda County is using 70% of its ICU capacity, including for 69 COVID-positive patients, as of Sunday, the most recent data for which data is available. That is down from 73 COVID-positive patients, and 71% ICU capacity, on Thursday. ICU occupancy includes COVID and non-COVID patients. The number of COVID-19 patients in the county’s ICUs are stabilizing, according to county hospital data. (A previous version of the live blog incorrectly stated that COVID ICUs in Alameda County are spiking, but in fact they are stabilizing and have declined slightly since a previous peak.)
6:13 p.m. Hayes Street will close to cars every weekend to help businesses gutted by the pandemic: Joining Grant Avenue, Valencia Street and Castro Street, Hayes Street will now be closed to traffic on Saturdays and Sundays in an effort to bring new life into a neighborhood where a reported 20 businesses have closed permanently during the pandemic. The full launch begins Labor Day weekend. Read the story here.
5:55 p.m. Novato to start enforcing health, safety code violations related to COVID-19: Novato city officials announced Tuesday they will start enforcing health and safety code violations of Marin County’s public health orders currently in place for businesses because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Novato will focus on education to ensure compliance with health orders in place to keep our community safe,” Novato city officials said in a statement. “Citations will only be considered after all education and voluntary compliance efforts have failed.” City officials said “egregious violators” could be issued citations immediately, and those who repeatedly violate the order will be subject to “increased penalties,” officials said.
5:25 p.m. Hawaii, other U.S. Islands become hotspots: Despite their remoteness, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have seen alarming increases in recent coronavirus cases, the New York Times reports. And while it has an overall low case count and has reported fewer than 50 deaths, Hawaii has seen one of the biggest increases in case numbers compared to other states in the past two weeks.
3:32 p.m. SF business owners plead with City Hall for reopening help: About 150 San Francisco small business owners, flanked by their would-be customers, demanded immediate financial relief and specific reopening plans outside under stay-home orders due to the pandemic detailed financial hardship that have some businesses on the verge of complete collapse. Read the story here.
3:16 p.m. Cities, states fear loss of critical FEMA dollars for virus: City and state leaders voiced fears Tuesday that the Trump administration may cease reimbursing them for masks and other personal protective equipment, which they said could tear new holes in their budgets and threaten public health, the Washington Post reports. In a letter Tuesday, seven groups representing state, city and county leaders joined first responders to slam FEMA for a “troubling pattern of shifting costs and responsibilities onto states and localities when they can least afford it.”
3:05 p.m. Political gap among parents on back-to-school: Parents are stressed and anxious about the coronavirus and the school year. But there’s a large political divide, a new survey for The New York Times shows. Democrats are more reluctant to send their children to school than Republicans are, and are more worried about their families becoming infected. Republicans are also more likely to say teachers should work in person, according to the survey.
2:51 p.m. CDC excludes asymptomatic people from testing guidelines: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly modified its coronavirus testing guidelines this week to exclude people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 — even if they have been recently exposed to the virus. Experts questioned the revision, pointing to the importance of identifying infections in the brief window immediately before the onset of symptoms, when many individuals are thought to be most contagious, the New York Times reports.
2:47 p.m. U.S. death toll tops 178,000: Deaths from COVID-19 across the United States reached 178,129 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University researchers.
2:43 p.m. New cases in Contra Costa, Santa Clara counties: Contra Costa reported 254 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing its total so far to 13,123 cases. Santa Clara County confirmed another 155 cases for a total of 16,306 to date.
1:39 p.m. More Wall Street records: Stocks pushed gradually higher, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq composite hitting record highs Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average inched down 0.2%. Mixed data on the economy slowed the gains, with consumer confidence unexpectedly dropping, contrary to forecasts from economists, and sales of new homes accelerating faster than they had expected. The S&P was up 0.4% at 3,443.62, the Nasdaq finished up 0.8% at 11,466.47. The Dow closed at 28,248.44.
It is with deep sadness that I share that my mother, Gaby O’Donnell, has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. My brother and I are heartbroken. Our mother was the kindest and most compassionate person we’ve ever known.
— Robert Garcia (@RobertGarciaLB) July 27, 2020
1:30 p.m. Alameda County to open outdoor pools, salons: Alameda County starting Friday will permit limited outdoor business and activities, while schools must continue distance learning. A new health order allows outdoor public pools to open, with restrictions including capacity limits and distancing requirements. Hair and nail salons, barbershops, skin care services and non-medical massage may operate outdoors, and wineries may provide tastings outside without a meal.
12:35 p.m. COVID hospitalizations, ICU admissions continue declining in state: COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped 19% and ICU use has declined 18% over the last two weeks, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said Tuesday. “All in all, these are numbers that continue to show stabilization of COVID-19 transmission in our communities and its impact on our hospitals is improving.”
12:21 p.m. Two more reinfection cases reported: Two cases of people reinfected with the coronavirus were reported in Europe on Tuesday, a day after a man in Hong Kong was confirmed to have been infected a second time. The New York Times reports that in all three cases, researchers compared genetic material from both rounds of infection to confirm new infection. Data for the new cases announced by European researchers have not been published in any form as yet.
12:07 p.m. The 49ers will open season without onsite fans: Nineteen days ahead of their season opener, the 49ers announced Tuesday that they will begin the 2020 season without spectators at home games because of the coronavirus pandemic. The team, in a statement, left open the possibility of allowing fans at Levi’s Stadium later in the season. The 49ers open Sept. 13 at home against Arizona.
11:58 a.m. COVID-19 spurs quicker timetable to close SF jail: San Francisco’s crumbling, seismically unsafe County Jail on Bryant Street will close its doors for good Sept. 5. The timetable is months ahead of schedule due to urgency related to the coronavirus’ threat to people in tight quarters. For years the jail was plagued by decaying infrastructure and frequent sewage overflows. Read the details here.
11:44 a.m. Hopeful trend seen due to mask-wearing: The number of Americans newly diagnosed with the coronavirus is falling — a development experts say is at least partly due to more mask-wearing — even as the outbreak still claims nearly 1,000 lives nationwide each day. About 43,000 new cases are reported daily, down 21% from early August. It’s “profoundly hopeful news,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious-diseases expert at the UC San Francisco, who credits the public’s growing understanding of how the virus spreads, more mask-wearing and, possibly, an increasing level of immunity.
10:45 a.m. SFO to open closed section of International Terminal: San Francisco International Airport will open the shuttered portion of its International Terminal next week, restoring more gates to operation to accommodate the return of some flights postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The airport on Sept. 1 will reopen Concourse A in the terminal, which houses 15 gates, according to SFO.
10:39 a.m. Coronavirus in the classroom? New UCSF study calculates the odds: There’s a relatively high chance of spreading coronavirus when you gather groups of children together in schools, even if they’re not showing symptoms. Read the whole story here.
10:33 a.m. Virus is not going away yet: Reports of new cases have dropped considerably since late July, when the U.S. averaged well over 60,000 per day but case numbers remain persistently high, a New York Times database shows. There is no evidence the virus is going away anytime soon — despite President Trump’s comment aired at the GOP convention Monday: “We just have to make this China virus go away, and it’s happening.” More than 40,000 new coronavirus cases and at least 500 new coronavirus-related deaths were reported Monday in the United States.
10:20 a.m. SF, San Mateo add more cases: San Francisco reported another 45 cases of the coronavirus, bringing its total to 8,981 since the start of the pandemic. San Mateo County confirmed another 118 cases — the county’s first single-day, triple-digit rise since Aug. 16 — for a total of 7,788 cases so far. San Mateo County also recorded that two more residents lost their lives to the virus, bringing the county’s death toll to 130 in all.
10 a.m. American Airlines warns of layoffs for 19,000: American Airlines says unless federal help arrives it will lay off or involuntarily furlough 19,000 employees as of Oct. 1, CNN is reporting. The airline says 12,500 employees agreed to early retirement or buyout packages, and another 11,000 to voluntary furloughs for October. Even still, according to a Tuesday letter from the company to employees, “approximately 19,000 of our team members will be involuntarily furloughed or separated from the company on October 1, unless there is an extension” of federal help.
9:47 a.m. Marin County flattens the curve: Marin County has flattened the curve of new coronavirus cases, Marin County Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. “We have flattened the curve. The second large wave has flattened in July and is now on its way down. That seems to be a reliable pattern of improvement,” he said.
9:39 a.m. Trump Jr., says father ‘acted quickly’ on pandemic: At a GOP Convention that gave scant focus to the ongoing perils of the coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump Jr. portrayed his father as a hero who “quickly took action” as the virus started to spread, although President Trump in fact significantly downplayed the virus and said it was going away. “There’s more work to do, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” Trump Jr. said. He attacked Democrats for “trying to sneak a tax break for millionaires and Democrat states into the COVID relief bill.”
9:15 a.m. FDA chief apologizes for overstating plasma treatment that Trump hailed: Responding to an outcry from medical experts, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn on Tuesday apologized for overstating the life-saving benefits of treating COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma. Scientists and medical experts pushed back against the claims about the treatment after President Trump said Sunday the FDA would issue emergency authorization for convalescent plasma, raising suspicions of political motivation on the eve of the Republican political convention.
9:08 a.m. A haven during pandemic is now blackened: Lake Berryessa was a bucolic spot that saw a big upsurge of day-trippers and other Californians eager for a driveable vacation spot during the pandemic. Now all but the eastern portion of the Napa County getaway locale has been turned to black and ashy swaths of land, a victim of the raging LNU Complex fires. Read the story here.
8:53 a.m. Rapid testing at SFO for employees, flight crews: San Francisco International Airport announced it’s offering COVID-19 testing with rapid results — in less than an hour — for employees at the airport and flight crews. It’s the first airport in the country to offer rapid testing, which is not yet available for passengers. The testing is being conducted by Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, which operates SFO’s health clinic.
8:36 a.m. Pandemic pushes up Tahoe home prices: The COVID-19 pandemic has stoked a real estate boom throughout the Tahoe region, propelled by thousands of workers fleeing the broader Bay Area. Freed from the shackles of 9-to-5 office work, white-collar workers are seeking mountain homes near open space and tranquility. And they have the money to pay for it. Read the story here.
8:29 a.m. Muni Metro light rail closed after employee’s COVID-19 infection: The Muni Metro light rail has been closed once again — two days after a much-anticipated reopening — following multiple equipment failures and an employee in the transit system’s control center testing positive for COVID-19. “Rail service today was unacceptable, and I apologize to our riders,” transportation director Jeffrey Tumlin tweeted thread Monday night.
7:40 a.m. Stocks fluctuate near record highs: Shares traded in a narrow range as investors digested progress in U.S.-China trade talks and the latest coronavirus case numbers. While still high compared to most of the world, the U.S. reported new cases under 40,000 again Monday after Sunday’s count showed an apparent deceleration in the pandemic.
6:45 a.m. USC sees COVID outbreak: Dozens of students at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles have tested positive for the coronavirus, in what university health officials called “an alarming outbreak.” A total of 43 students, all living off campus, tested positive in the past seven days and 100 people who had contact with them are under quarantine. USC resumed classes last week, mostly online, but some students are living in nearby off-campus housing.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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