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Total coronavirus cases:
• 723,110 cases in California, including 13,396 deaths
• 88,294 in the Bay Area, including 1,189 deaths
• More than 6.1 million in the U.S., including more than 186,000 deaths. Other states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,957; New Jersey with 15,945; Texas with 12,779; Florida with 11,187 and Massachusetts with 9,060. 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 26.1 million in the world, with more than 865,000 deaths. More than 17.3 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
3:35 p.m. Fifteen Marin County schools cleared to open on Sept. 8: Citing improving COVID-19 case data, Marin County’s public health officer Dr. Matt Willis has approved 15 schools’ applications to resume in-person instruction for transitional kindergarten through sixth grade as early as Sept. 8, the county announced Thursday. Noting progress in recent months, Willis said in a statement, “We’re at a critical juncture, and our ability to get kids back into school is up to all of us. It’s not time to relax our protective measures.”
3:22 p.m. Tennessee governor says vaccine acceptance is personal choice: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday would not say whether he would be vaccinated against COVID-19 when a vaccine becomes available. Public health departments are being told to prepare to distribute COVID-19 vaccines as early as Nov. 1. and Lee told a news conference the state is working on a distribution plan. But the Republican called a decision to vaccinate a personal choice.
3:05 p.m. ‘Coronasomnia’ emerges as virus disrupts sleep: Physicians and researchers are seeing signs the coronavirus is damaging people’s sleep. They say “Coronasomnia” could prove to have profound ramifications — creating a massive new population of chronic insomniacs grappling with depression and other health problems as the pandemic heightens stress and upsets routines.
2:56 p.m. Indiana U calls on frats and sororities to close: Officials at Indiana University on Thursday encouraged fraternity and sorority houses at the Bloomington campus to close because of the “increasingly alarming” positivity rate among students that has forced three-quarters of Greek houses to quarantine, the Washington Post reports. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, said sending college students home after an outbreak erupts on campus is “the worst thing you could do.”
2:50 p.m. Contra Costa infections rise by more than 100: Contra Costa County reported another 101 coronavirus cases Thursday, bringing its total so far to 14,212 cases.
2:37 p.m. Alameda County sees 21 deaths, biggest daily toll reported: Alameda County on Thursday recorded 21 more lives lost to COVID-19, its biggest one-day death reported toll so far, marking a significant increase when combined with the 17 deaths announced on Wednesday. That brings the cumulative death toll for the county to 295. The county also confirmed 157 new coronavirus cases Thursday, bringing its total to date to 18,852.
2:35 p.m. Alameda County to allow indoor haircuts starting Friday: Alameda County joined seven other Bay Area counties to allow indoor salons in compliance with the state’s new tiered reopening system. Only San Francisco is limited haircuts to outdoor services.
2:30 p.m. France unveils $118 billion recovery plan: Facing resurgent coronavirus infections, France announced a $118 billion recovery plan Thursday aimed at creating jobs, saving businesses and yanking the country out of its worst economic slump since World War II. It includes money to manufacture medical supplies in French factories, develop hydrogen energy, help museums and cinema and train youth for jobs.
2:18 p.m. Alameda County cracks down on pandemic food pop-up: Alameda County health officials have shut down one of the Bay Area’s pandemic-born food pop-ups, perhaps signalling tolerance is waning for the ranks of unemployed cooks selling homemade wares in legal gray areas. Chef Mona Leena Michael, who sold Palestinian comfort food on an Emeryville sidewalk for 20 minutes each Friday, said she was told by Alameda County health inspectors to shut down after “a neighbor” reported her illegal operation.
2:07 p.m. You can go inside for a haircut, but not mall shopping in LA County: Los Angeles County is keeping its shopping malls shuttered while allowing barbershops and hair salons to operate indoors again with certain restrictions, under the state’s new reopening blueprint, the Los Angeles Times reports. Los Angeles County has confirmed more than 244,000 coronavirus cases, compared to 88,032 across the Bay Area.
1:51 p.m. Hospitals poised to defy US decision for use of blood plasma to treat COVID-19: Dozens of major hospitals across the U.S. are considering ignoring a federal approval of broader emergency use of blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat the disease, in favor of dedicating their resources to a gold-standard clinical trial that could help settle the science for good, Kaiser Health News reports. The response comes amid concerns that the Trump administration pressured the FDA into approving broader use of convalescent plasma. A National Institutes of Health panel’s statement countered FDA’s decision, saying that the therapy was not yet proven.
1:15 p.m. US faces WWII-level debt situation: A surge in government borrowing in the face of the pandemic recession has put the United States in a position it has not seen since World War II: In order to pay off its national debt this year, the country would need to spend an amount nearly as large as its entire annual economy. The amount of U.S. government debt has grown to nearly outpace the size of the nation’s economy in the 2020 fiscal year and is set to exceed it next year, the Congressional Budget Office said on Wednesday.
1:11 p.m. Stocks get clobbered, especially tech: After lots of gains, the stock market got its comeuppance Thursday, with the Nasdaq plunging 5%, the S&P 500 3.5%, the Russell 2000 3.2% and the Dow Jones industrial average 2.8%.
1:06 p.m. Pfizer chief says vaccine effectiveness should emerge by end of October: Pfizer expects to know whether its vaccine is effective by the end of October, and would apply immediately for approval if it is, CEO Albert Bourla told a trade group Thursday. His remarks come as a handful of companies race to develop a vaccine and as scientists worry that the Trump administration is pushing for premature approval before the Nov. 3 presidential election.
12:58 p.m. A coronavirus vaccine before Election Day — is it hype?: A letter from federal health officials telling states to be ready to distribute a coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 1 — two days before the election — has aroused suspicion among public health experts as to Trump administration political motives and potential vulnerability of science-based agencies, the FDA and CDC, to pressure from President Trump. White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany gave assurances Thursday that Trump “will not in any way sacrifice safety” when it comes to a vaccine.
12:47 p.m. Hospitalizations in state continue slide: The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout California was down to 3,604 as of Wednesday, state health officials reported Thursday. Of those 1,119 were in intensive care. Another 967 hospital patients were suspected to have COVID-19, but their cases had not been confirmed.
12:40 p.m. Alameda schools drop online program seen as sexist, racist: Nearly 1,000 students in the Alameda school district may have to wait two weeks for a complete online education after the district cut ties with a popular online learning program that parents complained used sexist and racist content. Lessons from Acellus Learning Accelerator, used by thousands of schools nationwide, provided economic justifications for slavery, imagery that compared Harriet Tubman to a burglar, and content that depicted dolls as “woman-hating,” according to a petition filed by parents Sunday. Read the full story here.
12:10 a.m. NYC restaurants can’t open yet, Cuomo says: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he won’t let New York City reopen its restaurants for indoor dining until the city has a plan to monitor and ensure they’re following regulations for coronavirus prevention. The governor says he thinks restaurants should open in New York City, but the state doesn’t have enough personnel to monitor the city’s 27,000-plus eateries.
12:05 p.m. Trump administration’s eviction ban faces legal hurdles: The Trump administration’s new ban on evictions of tenants who can’t pay rent due to pandemic hardships faces a slew of legal and political challenges, The Hill reports, and those could undercut an unorthodox attempt to save tens of millions Americans from homelessness. The eviction ban issued Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a groundbreaking test of the CDC’s power that experts say will undoubtedly prompt several legal challenges.
11:49 a.m. Saga of Pelosi’s hair appointment continues: The owner of a San Francisco salon where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got her hair done indoors in violation of city pandemic rules denied, in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, that she had “set up” the Democrat as Pelosi alleged. The denial by owner Erica Kious followed a Wednesday statement from a lawyer for the stylist who did Pelosi’s hair, saying Kious herself authorized Pelosi’s visit while making “vitriolic and incendiary comments” about the speaker and blaming Pelosi for forcing salon closures during the pandemic. Read the latest here.
11:32 a.m. A’s Mengden tested positive: The A’s announced that right-hander Daniel Mengden was placed on the COVID-19 injury list Thursday after testing positive at Houston last week. Mengden, who is from Houston, is asymptomatic, according to general manager David Forst, and he is self-isolating at his home.
11:15 a.m. CDC reports 80-fold increase in prescriptions of drug that Trump touted: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that new prescriptions from specialists for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine increased 80-fold in March, after President Trump touted the drugs without evidence as a coronavirus treatment. Prescriptions numbered 1,143 in February and then 75,569 in March, which was 80 times more than in March of last year. The drugs are approved for autoimmune diseases and malaria, CDC’s article said, adding, “Earlier this year, they were widely reported to be of potential benefit in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19; however, current data indicate that the potential benefits of these drugs do not outweigh their risks.”
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
10:48 a.m. SF, San Mateo County each add 79 new cases: San Francisco reported another 79 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing its total as of Thursday to 9,696. San Mateo County also confirmed 79 more cases, for a total of 8,390 since the pandemic began.
9:52 a.m. Nearly 1 in 5 Californians say they know someone who lost life to COVID-19: Nineteen percent of California adults say they know a person who has died from COVID-19, according to an Aug. 21-26 tracking poll from the Oakland-based California Health Care Foundation and Ipsos. Sixty-one percent of those polled said they “strongly support” stricter shelter-in-place rules if they would prevent more deaths.
9:30 a.m. COVID-19 kills more cops than any other cause: Joe Biden was right when he claimed more police officers have died this year from COVID-19 than have been killed on patrol, according to data from two nonprofits that monitor law enforcement fatalities, the Officer Down Memorial Page and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. On-the-job coronavirus infections were responsible for a least 100 officer deaths, more than all other causes combined, the Washington Post reports, with non-COVID-19 fatalities down year over year.
8:48 a.m. Macy’s loses $431 million, sales fall 36%: Macy’s got more people to shop on its website and app in the past three months, but not enough to make up for plummeting sales inside its department stores. The company reported a second quarter loss of $431 million. Online sales were up 53%, and Macy’s said it attracted 4 million new online customers as people stayed home during the pandemic. But sales sank 61% inside its stores, which reopened in June after closing due to the pandemic.
8:38 a.m. Trump blasted for odd recommendation to vote twice: President Trump is facing a backlash for urging North Carolinans to vote by mail and then try to vote again in person to test the mail-in ballot system in the Nov. 3 election. With an avalanche of coronavirus-wary Americans expected to vote by mail, Trump has sought to undermine mail-in systems as fraud-prone. North Carolina’s attorney general, Democrat Josh Stein, said was outrageous for Trump to suggest that people “break the law in order to help him sow chaos in our election.”
8:30 a.m. United scales back layoffs, but numbers still big: United Airlines plans to furlough 16,370 employees in October, a smaller number than it predicted in July because thousands of workers agreed to leave as the travel industry faces a slow recovery from the pandemic, the airline said Wednesday. Airline officials had outlined 36,000 potential furloughs in July. Since then, thousands of workers took early retirement, buyouts, or long-term leaves of absence.
8:18 a.m. Fauci says vaccine unlikely for October: Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday dampened hopes, fueled by an election-minded President Trump, for a coronavirus vaccine as soon as October. In a CNN interview Fauci said it was “unlikely, not impossible” that testing and protocols could produce a vaccine in October; he suggested a somewhat stronger possibility for November or December. He said he had faith that independent boards and public data would ensure the data-driven government agencies approve only science-based, safe vaccines.
8:07 a.m. Summer holiday backslides inform Labor Day warnings: Some Bay Area beaches and parks will be closed over Labor Day weekend as officials discourage the large gatherings that led to spikes in new coronavirus cases following both Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The stakes are high: business and school reopenings over the next few months could be reversed if infection rates and hospitalizations tick up. Read The Chronicle’s story here.
7:50 a.m. Cal State Chico linked to outbreak: A week after California State Chico began its fall semester, 464 coronavirus cases were reported in the Chico area — and 78% are among people between the ages of 18 and 24, Butte County health officials said Wednesday. Chico State started fall classes Aug. 24 with 90% of classes online. On Monday, the university transitioned to 100% online.
7:04 a.m. Transit locales are great option for testing, study says: The key to slowing high infection rates among low-income Latinos could be in access to free, convenient coronavirus testing at transportation hubs in the Bay Area and beyond, a UCSF study shows. Researchers offered free, walk-up testing in August at the 24th and Mission BART and Muni plaza, testing an average 100 people an hour, with demand soaring. Read the story here.
6:36 a.m. Stocks mixed on jobless news: The Dow Jones industrial average was flat in early trading, while the Nasdaq index fell 1.7%, suggesting a retreat from tech stocks which have rallied recently. A decline in new jobless claims may be buoying the broader stock market.
6:00 a.m. 881,000 newly jobless: Unemployment claims fell below 1 million a week for the second time since the onset of the pandemic, but remained stubbornly high. Businesses may now be shedding jobs in anticipation of a tough fall and winter, economicsts said.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
- Coronavirus live updates: Solano County reports its first death, all nine Bay Area counties now have fatalities
- Italy to increase testing, records lowest daily death toll with 525 fatalities
- Coronavirus update: Russian President Putin met doctor who has coronavirus, Spain records huge daily death toll
- Coronavirus latest: US suffers highest daily death toll
- Spain coronavirus death toll hits 10,000 as a record 950 die in 24 hours in Europe’s highest daily death toll
- U.S. Coronavirus Cases Doubled in Just Five Days as Daily Death Toll Increasing Exponentially
- Coronavirus update: Spain and Italy record lower daily deaths as hopes rise for COVID-19 containment
- Spain Flattens the Curve as Country Records Smallest Increase in Cases Since Start of Outbreak, Daily Death Toll Falls
- Italy unveils plans for ENDING lockdown: Health minister announces 'phase two' will involve more testing and continued social distancing - as nation records its lowest daily death toll for two weeks
- Over 1 lakh coronavirus cases across globe in last 36 hours, death toll crosses 3,00,000
- Coronavirus live updates: U.S. sees biggest jump in confirmed cases, 26,400 in a day
- Coronavirus live updates: ‘Greatest test that we have faced since the formation of the United Nations’
- Coronavirus live updates: Cuomo says New Yorkers ‘still on our way up the mountain’ as cases rise
- Coronavirus live updates: CA sees 17% jump in ICU patients; China lying about cases, report says
- Coronavirus live updates: Pray at home — about one-third of Sacramento County cases tied to churches
- Coronavirus live updates: California deaths top 200, total cases approach 10,000 in state
- Coronavirus live updates: ‘You’re scared’ — Nurse with COVID-19 is one of dozens afflicted in state
- Coronavirus live updates: UN report says COVID-19 is ‘attacking societies at their core’
- Coronavirus live updates: UC system to ease 2020 admissions requirements; no more SAT, letter-grades
- Coronavirus live updates: Nearly 500 cases in San Francisco, 3 more dead in San Mateo County
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