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Total coronavirus cases:
• 520,657 cases in California, including 9,515 deaths
• 56,184 in the Bay Area, including 847 deaths.
• More than 4.6 million in the U.S., including 154,578 deaths. Other states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,710; New Jersey with 15,836; Massachusetts with 8,638; Illinois with 7,714; and Pennsylvania with 7,223. 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 18.1 million in the world, with more than 690,000 deaths. More than 10.7 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:
6:51 a.m. Trump’s comment on deaths draws Dem outrage: Democrats seized Tuesday on President Trump’s reaction to U.S. coronavirus deaths reaching 1,000 a day — “It is what it is,” he said in a TV interview — to portray him as callous and uninterested in reining in the pandemic. “Seeing how incredibly incapable this man is should terrify us all,” one lawmaker, Rep. Bobby L. Rush, D-Ill., tweeted.
6:45 a.m. Stocks flat after tech rally: The Dow and Nasdaq saw small drops in early trading after tech companies led the indices up Monday. Congress continued to haggle over a new coronavirus relief bill.
6:29 a.m. Newsom voices cautious optimism on state turnaround: It appears Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reinstatement of statewide shutdowns for much of the economy may be working, with signs that California’s coronavirus outbreak is slowing as case counts and hospitalizations drop and despite a rising death toll. Newsom and experts credit the pause on reopening. Read the story here.
Updates from Monday, Aug. 3:
6:08 p.m. California leaving elementary-school reopenings largely up to counties: Many elementary schools across the Bay Area could be eligible to receive waivers to reopen for in-person learning, even if their county hasn’t hit state benchmarks in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, under guidelines the state released late Monday. Read the story.
5:18 p.m. Bay Area hospitalizations fall: The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the nine-county Bay Area fell from 770 on Saturday to 758 on Sunday, according to the latest state data. Hospitalizations in San Francisco fell from 105 to 98 over that time period. Hospitalizations statewide rose slightly, from 6,362 on Saturday to 6,383 on Sunday.
1:14 p.m. Good day for stocks: Tech stocks led the way again Monday, with the Nasdaq rising 1.5% and the Russell 2000 1.8%. The Dow Jones industrial average went up 0.9% and the S&P 500 0.7%.
12:58 p.m. Newsom says out-of-state quarantine not necessary: When asked why California didn’t institute a two-week quarantine order for visitors entering the state from hotspots, Governor Gavin Newsom said in a press conference Monday that past infection declines proved that such an order isn’t needed to curb the spread. “The key is when you do come into the state, that you abide by the rules that our health officers put in place,” Newsom said, but added, “we’ll consider that if we feel that it is necessary, critical, and important.”
12:30 p.m. Newsom on eviction moratorium: State legislators are working to pass a new set of renter protection measures before the State Judicial Council’s April eviction moratorium expires August 14th, Governor Gavin Newsom said in a Monday press conference. Newsom said that legislators are working on longer-term measures for renters beyond rent delays. “We have been working for a number of weeks to see how we can’t find common ground,” he said.
12:31 p.m. Newsom addresses California’s first teen death: The total number of deaths continued to increase last week across the state, including a teenager in Fresno County. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the teen’s death is a “sober reminder of how deadly this disease is.”
12:25 p.m. California watch list now includes 38 of 58 counties: Gov. Gavin Newsom noted that San Mateo County’s inclusion last week on the state coronavirus watch list brought the number of California counties to 38 out of of 58. He noted that the “vast majority” of the state population lives in an area under close watch by the state.
12:23 p.m. Percentage of people testing positive, hospitalizations both decrease: The percentage of people who tested positive for the coronavirus dropped from 7.5% to 7% in the last 14 days, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday. Hospitalizations also modestly decreased, but Newsom advised caution. “We want to see more of this kind of data coming in before we feel confident,” he said. Read the story here.
12:20 p.m. Philanthropies add $6.5 million to state Central Valley effort: A coalition of philanthropies have raised an additional $6.5 million to the state’s $52 million in aid to address the Central Valley coronavirus surge, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a news conference Monday. These funds will provide essential supplies, food, rent and other utilities to the communities of color disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus.
12:06 p.m. Two more deaths, 67 new cases in Contra Costa County: Health officials in Contra Costa County reported 67additional cases and two more deaths Monday, bringing the total number of cases and deaths to 8,033 and 127, respectively.
10:52 a.m. More than 200 new cases in SF, San Mateo County: San Mateo County health officials reported an increase of 139 cases on Monday, but no additional deaths. Meanwhile, San Francisco officials reported an increase of 105 cases, also with no additional deaths.
10:01 a.m. Two more deaths in the Bay Area: Two people in the Bay Area who were infected with the coronavirus have died and 244 more people have tested positive, officials for the California Department of Public Health said Monday. The Bay Area death toll from COVID-19 has now reached 841 and the number of infections stands at 55,419.
8:47 a.m. Trump says Nevada is ‘using Covid to steal the state’ with mail-in ballots: President Trump responded Monday on Twitter to Nevada state lawmakers’ Sunday decision to mail ballots to all registered voters ahead of the November election. “In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state. Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court!” the president wrote, retweeting a photo of Trump supporters protesting the decision posted by GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. Sunday’s vote in Nevada followed seven other states that are transitioning to mail-in votes to prevent the spread of coronavirus on election day. Last Thursday, Trump suggested delaying the election to avoid mail-in voting. The suggestions was widely shot down by Democrats and Republicans.
8:14 a.m. How will restaurants survive? Justin Phillips, co-host of the Extra Spicy podcast, wrote about how restaurants are adjusting in The Throughline. On the Fifth & Mission podcast, he talks about the strategies the battered industry is trying during the pandemic and what restaurants could do on the other side of it, knowing that dining out might never return to what it used to be. Click here to listen.
7:11 a.m. Rent is coming due in California: ‘Two weeks to avoid complete catastrophe’: The California Legislature has less than a month left in its pandemic-shortened session to deal with one of the state’s worst economic crises in decades, and there’s no greater emergency than what to do about the rent. Read the full story by Alexei Koseff.
6:43 a.m. Bay Area residents mostly wear masks and follow coronavirus rules. But there’s a big exception: Across the Bay Area, mask-wearing appears to have risen sharply since California’s mask mandate took effect in mid-June. But pockets of noncompliance remain — especially in outdoor parks, where people gather with friends. Read the full story by Anna Kramer.
6:21 a.m. Steps restaurants can take when commandeering parking spaces: Restaurants are converting parking spaces to dining patios in cities across the Bay Area, and many aren’t focused on aesthetics. With local governments’ blessing, they’re trying to survive the coronavirus-ravaged times in which we live. The Chronicle’s urban design critic John King has some thoughts on how parklets could be improved.
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 2:
9:43 p.m. Two new deaths, 58 new cases in Sonoma County: Daily new cases in Sonoma County reached a record 111 on Saturday, but Sunday saw significantly fewer new cases — 58. With two more deaths reported, the county has now seen a total of 39 deaths from COVID-19.
8:55 p.m. Two San Quentin inmates die, likely due to COVID-19: Orlando Romero, a 48-year-old inmate on death row, died on Sunday — and while the cause of death has not yet been determined, officials say it appears to be from complications related to COVID-19. A second inmate died Sunday, but officials aren’t releasing the person’s identity to protect privacy. This brings the total number of San Quentin deaths during the coronavirus to 21.
8:50 p.m. SF’s Tenderloin to receive wider pedestrian areas, play spaces amid pandemic: Work will begin this week on the Jones Street project, which will extend from O’Farrell Street to Golden Gate Avenue. It will include an additional five to eight feet of walking space, adjacent to the sidewalk borrowed from the streets and protected from traffic with concrete barriers or parked cars. The Chronicle’s Megan Cassidy has the story.
6:27 p.m. Over 300 new cases in Santa Clara County: A day after reporting a record 410 new cases, Santa Clara County recorded 313 new cases on Sunday — still a high total for the county, where daily new cases have rarely been above 300 in recent weeks. The county has not recorded any new deaths since Friday.
6:20 p.m. Lord & Taylor files for bankruptcy protection: Department store chain Lord & Taylor has filed for bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reported, becoming the latest retail victim of the pandemic, which compounded the industry’s existing woes.
5:53 p.m. Bay Area hospitalizations fall again: The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the nine-county Bay Area dropped to 770 on Saturday, down from 782 on Friday. The region’s peak was 815 last Tuesday.
3:49 p.m. Pac-12 players signing letter include three from Cal, one from Stanford: Citing academic, economic, health and racial injustices, Pac-12 football players threatened Sunday not to play this year, a season already in jeopardy because of the coronavirus pandemic. Three Cal players, one Stanford player and one Oregon player from Oakland are among the 13 signatories of the letter. Read the full story here by The Chronicle’s Rusty Simmons.
2:31 p.m. California hospitalizations fall: The number of COVID-19 patients in Bay Area hospitals fell from 6,459 on Friday to 6,362 on Saturday.
12:00 p.m. Fed’s Kashkari suggests fresh lockdown: The surging U.S. savings rate means the country can afford to support Americans laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic, while a “hard” lockdown could deliver a faster economic recovery, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” He said Americans are saving more, and as a result there would be less need to borrow from abroad to finance additional fiscal aid. Read more from Bloomberg News here.
11:51 a.m. Pandemic impacts Muslim holiday: Muslims worldwide marked the Eid al-Adha holiday amid a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of this year’s celebrations. Around the world, Muslims gathered with relatives or at home. The last days of the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia was dramatically impacted with as few as 1,000 pilgrims allowed compared to last year’s 2.5 million. Read more from the Associated Press.
11:39 a.m. Car sales surge as Bay Area shifts away from transit: The pandemic has made many Bay Area residents, who might normally prioritize the environment, avoid transit and ride-hailing services and buy cars instead. Car sales have slumped in California and nationally, but the Bay Area and other transit-centric hubs are seeing a rise in sales as people flock to “COVID cars.” The Chronicle’s Anna Kramer reports the story here.
10:36 a.m. Pandemic emptied downtown SF; will it ever boom again? Empty towers. Quiet streets. Struggling cafes. The pandemic has turned downtown San Francisco into a ghost town. A nearly decade-long boom that fueled record low unemployment and the highest average real estate prices in the country has come to an abrupt end. Read more from The Chronicle’s Shwanika Narayan and Roland Li
10:22 a.m. Group of Pac-12 football players won’t play without changes: Twelve Pac-12 football players from nine schools say they will not play until concerns about playing during the pandemic and other racial and economic issues in college sports are addressed. “We believe a football season under these conditions would be reckless and put us at needless risk,” they said in a release. The players posted a statement Sunday on The Players’ Tribune in which they also called for “eliminating lavish salaries and facility expenditures to preserve all sports.”
9:57 a.m. Why we still can’t track spread of coronavirus in Bay Area: As California struggles to squash a swelling outbreak, infectious disease and public health experts are increasingly concerned about how little they know about this pandemic. How sick are those who get infected? How likely are they to die? Where, exactly, are they being exposed to the virus? The Chronicle’s Erin Allday reports the story here.
9:48 a.m. San Francisco coronavirus cases exceed 6,800: San Francisco recorded 88 new infections on Saturday, raising the city’s total to 6,811 with 61 deaths. No new deaths were reported.
8:54 a.m Early in pandemic, frantic doctors traded tips across oceans: Amid the chaos of the pandemic’s early days, doctors who faced the first coronavirus onslaught reached across oceans and language barriers in an unprecedented effort to advise colleagues trying to save lives in the dark. The Associated Press reports that, without a playbook to follow and no time to wait for research, YouTube videos describing autopsy findings and X-rays swapped on Twitter and WhatsApp spontaneously filled the gap.
8:29 a.m. Coronavirus cases top 100,000 in ‘losing battle’ in Philippines: Infections in the Philippines surged past 100,000 Sunday in a troubling milestone after medical groups declared that the country was waging “a losing battle” against the virus and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital. The Associated Press has more here.
8:18 a.m. Who’s first in line for COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision. Not everybody’s going to like the answer. Read more from the Associated Press here.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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— Robert Garcia (@RobertGarciaLB) July 27, 2020
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