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Total coronavirus cases:
• 731,335 cases in California, including 13,643 deaths
• 89,360 in the Bay Area, including 1,205 deaths
• More than 6.1 million in the U.S., including more than 187,000 deaths. Other states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,982; New Jersey with 15,978; Texas with 13,300; Florida with 11,750 and Massachusetts with 9,100. 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 26.4 million in the world, with more than 871,000 deaths. More than 17.5 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
3:10 p.m. Bay Area startups connect families, teachers for learning pods amid pandemic: In an attempt to meet growing demands for so-called “pandemic pods,” startup companies in the Bay Area are launching learning pods, where they match teachers looking for work with families who want small groups of children to continue taking classes during school closures. Read Roland Li’s report for The Chronicle.
2:45 p.m. State hospitalizations fall below 3,500: The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in California fell to 3,413 patients on Friday, according to data released Saturday by the California Department of Public Health.
12:38 p.m. Mexican states running out of death certificates: The coronavirus has hit Baja California and other Mexican states so hard that they have run out of death certificates, the Associated Press reports. The government is printing a million new forms for distribution. Mexico has the world’s fourth-highest rate of COVID-19 deaths, with 623,090 reported cases and 66,851 deaths as of Friday.
11:28 a.m. Marin County moves to Tier 2 for reopening: Marin County has been cleared to take a significant step forward in reopening Sept. 8 when its risk is downgraded from “widespread” to red or “substantial.” Schools can reopen for in-person instruction on Tuesday, Sept. 22, and malls, businesses, gyms, personal care services, restaurants, movie theaters and places of worship will be allowed to reopen indoors at reduced capacities.
10:27 a.m. Former Italian leader hospitalized with coronavirus: Silvo Berlusconi, 83, has been admitted to a Milan hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier in the week. The former prime minister is listed in stable condition and was hospitalized as a precaution with “an early stage lung infection,” his doctor reported.
9:04 a.m. Bay Area counties reopen again: Businesses across the Bay Area have a new reopening timetable thanks to the state’s new color-coded system for determining who is eligible and when. Calfornia leaders, business owners and the general public hope it works better than the last aborted reopening effort. Read the full story here.
Friday, Sept. 4
6 p.m. Uptown Nightclub will not reopen, club cites COVID-19 impact: Officials with the Uptown Nightclub in Oakland announced Friday afternoon the club will not reopen after being closed for six months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Club officials called the decision to shutter “heartbreaking” and one that they “put off as long as we possibly could… With no date in sight when having live entertainment will be safe, we just cannot afford to continue to pay our rent and other expenses with no income in the foreseeable future,” club officials said in a Facebook announcement Friday. “The Uptown was never a financial investment for us — it was always a labor of love and the dividends it paid are measured in the wonderful friendships that sprung from the shared love of music.”
5 p.m. Inside Lands drew 3.2 million viewers during two-day virtual festival: Inside Lands, the two-day virtual festival produced by Berkeley’s Another Planet Entertainment in place of this year’s canceled Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, attracted more than 3.2 million unique viewers, according to a data report by Twitch. “When you look at streaming numbers for other events of this type, it is massive,” said Allen Scott, head of concerts and festivals at Another Planet. Read the full story here.
3:27 p.m. Fauci declines to embrace Trump’s ‘rounding the corner’ view: Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said Friday, “I’m not sure what he means,” in reference to President Trump’s comment that the country is rounding the corner on the pandemic. Some states are doing well, Fauci said in a CNN interview, but he added, “Our concern right now is that there are a number of states … starting to have an uptick” in cases. He mentioned the Dakotas, Montana, Michigan and Minnesota. He said he’s concerned about the holiday weekend, and repeated that people must wear maks, stay outside, avoid crowds and keep social distance.
3:18 p.m. Research developing on virus and vaping connection: Doctors and researchers are now starting to pinpoint the ways in which smoking and vaping seem to enhance the virus’s ability to spread from person to person, infiltrate the lungs and spark some of COVID-19’s worst symptoms, the New York Times reports.
3:10 p.m. Trump says US rounding the corner: President Trump insisted the country is rounding the corner on the coronavirus despite new projections Friday that the number of COVID-19 deaths nationwide could rocket to 410,000 by the end of the year, up from more than 187,000 now. Asked by a reporter at the White House about the projection from University of Washington researchers, Trump did not square it with his optimistic view but repeated his frequent claim that the numbers would be far higher without his leadership.
2:58 p.m. McConnell says voting by mail will be fine: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., struck a very different tone Friday on mail-in voting than President Trump, assuring a constituent that no matter how they vote their vote will be counted. “I don’t think people ought to worry about their vote not counting,” McConnell said Friday. “And I would encourage people … You can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail. President Trump has repeatedly cast voting by mail as a recipe for fraud.
2:25 p.m. Ikea buys beleaguered Market Street mall: In the midst of a pandemic, a troubled mall project in San Francisco has a new owner, through a deal that could rejuvenate a stretch of Market Street where retail revenue has plummetted during the coronavirus crisis. IKEA’s parent company has purchased the long-vacant 6X6 shopping center, in a rare retail expansion for Mid-Market. Read the story here.
2:10 a.m. Alameda, Contra Costa counties report more cases: Alameda County reported another 125 coronavirus cases Friday, bringing its total to date to 18,977 cases. Contra Costa confirmed 199 cases for a total of 14,411 cases to date.
1:30 p.m. Stocks fall again: After a rocky day of trading, the Dow index closed down 0.6% and the Nasdaq fell 1.3%, continuing Thursday’s sell-off. Apple, after falling steeply Thursday, ended the day up slightly, keeping its value above $2 trillion.
1:24 p.m. LA County sees more home deaths: In the first six months of the year, there were 330 more home deaths in Los Angeles County than in a typical year, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis, an anomoly that some experts suspect reveals an undercount in COVID-19 deaths that are oficially recorded. In April alone, the home death count jumped by nearly 60% over April of last year, the Times said.
12:28 p.m. Pandemic pushes millions of young adults to live with family: A majority of 18- to 29-year-olds now live with their parents — since the start of the coronavirus pandemic early this year — surpassing the previous peak during the Great Depression era, a Pew Research Center analysis finds. The study released Friday finds that in July, 52% of young adults resided with a parent, up from 47% in February, as the pandemic’s economic woes hit young people hard.
12:29 p.m. SF drive-in theater coming to Fort Mason: San Francisco is set to get its first pandemic drive-in theater at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture on Sept. 18. The pop-up theater billed as Fort Mason Flix is to be in the parking lot on the northern waterfront of the city, hosting classic films six days a week through Oct. 18. Initial offerings include “The Matrix,” “Xanadu,” “Frozen” and “Purple Rain.”
11:59 a.m. SF now has closed 25 streets to traffic: San Francisco has authorized repurposing of 25 streets so far for pedestrian, dining and other non-traffic uses that give businesses a chance to earn income outside while pandemic restrictions keep inside activities off limits. In an online article, Mayor London Breed said recent closures in Hayes Valley and North Beach soon will be followed by several more, including portions of Golden Gate and Galvez avenues, and Taraval and Stevenson streets.
11:46 a.m. Unemployment drops to 8.4%: U.S. unemployment dropped sharply in August from 10.2% to a still-high 8.4%, with about half the 22 million jobs lost to the coronavirus outbreak recovered so far, the government said Friday in one of the last major economic reports before Election Day. The 1.4 million jobs employers added last month were the fewest since hiring resumed in May. An increasing share of Americans reported their jobs are gone for good, the Labor Department report says. Economists view the data as evidence that further improvement is going to be sluggish and uneven.
11:34 a.m. Pac-12 looks to return by January: Pac-12 officials are increasingly optimistic about a return to football competition after the conference reached an agreement on rapid-response coronavirus testing for its student-athletes. The deal with the Quidel Corporation is expected to allow up to daily testing, with testing machines delivered to Pac-12 athletic departments by the end of the month.
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
11:15 p.m. SF, San Mateo County case counts continue up: San Francisco recorded another 59 coronavirus cases for a total, as of Friday, of 9,755 cases. San Mateo County confirmed another 62 cases, bringing its total to 8,452.
11:01 a.m. Biden scores Trump for ‘chaotic mismanagement’ of coronavirus crisis: In a blistering rebuke of President Donald Trump’s pandemic management, Democratic rival Joe Biden on Friday said “it’s almost like he doesn’t care,” that Americans other than the rich are suffering, small businesses are shut down “en masse,” and economic inequities “have only worsened under this presidency.” Biden told a news briefing, “He just doesn’t see it.” He added that “Chaotic mismangement of the pandemic is still holidng us back,” from economic recovery. “All pain and suffering stems from President Trump’s failure to lead.”
10:55 a.m. Biden calls Trump mockery of mask wearing ‘idiotic’: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday said, “I don’t get it. It’s hard to respond to something so idiotic,” after President Trump said Biden “has some big issues” because he sometimes leaves his face mask dangling from his ear when speaking. “I listen to scientists. This is not a game,” Biden said, mentioning projections tens of thousands more COVID-19 deaths by year’s end.
10:35 a.m. Pelosi and Mnuchin reach tentative deal on relief package: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, have informally agreed to pursue a clean, short-term stopgap measure to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month, according to news accounts citing sources in both parties. That means the continuing resolution needed to keep the government open past Sept. 30 would not be booged down by policy riders, significantly lowering the odds of a shutdown leading up to the crucial Nov. 3 elections.
9:54 a.m. Dentistry curtailed for San Quentin inmates: California’s workplace safety regulator has ordered San Quentin’s dental clinic to cease many of its operations, citing practices that have “contributed to the spread” of COVID-19 in the state prison. The state Occupational Safety and Health order comes after a massive coronavirus outbreak at the Marin County facility, which has infected more than 2,200 prisoners and 277 employees and killed 26 prisoners and one correctional sergeant.
9:45 a.m. Dinner with an out-of-this-world view: The financially strapped Chabot Science and Space Center has suffered loss of tens of thousands of visitors during the pandemic. It decided to auction off the universe, offering, for a minimum bid of $1,000, a romantic dinner for two inside the planetarium — safe from the usual tourist hordes and kids on field trips. Read the story here.
9:20 a.m. Don’t count on a movie date this weekend: A scorching Labor Day weekend would seem a great time to take refuge in an air conditioned movie theater, but in the Bay Area, you’ll have to head to Napa. The state’s color-coded blueprint allows indoor movies in red-category counties: only San Francisco and Napa County fit the bill in the Bay Area, and San Francisco doesn’t yet allow theaters to open. Napa does, and at least one, the Century Napa muiltiplex ,is open with up to 25% capacity or 100 people allowed inside. Masks are required when not eating popcorn or drinking soda.
9:11 a.m. Russia publishes vaccine test results: Russian scientists on Friday published first results from early trials of a vaccine approved last month amid criticism that it had only been minimally tested. In a Lancet report, vaccine developers said the vaccine appeared to be safe and to prompt an antibody response in all 40 people tested in the study’s second phase, noting however that participants were only followed for 42 days and there was no placebo or control vaccine used. One part of the safety trial included only men and the study mostly involved people in their 20s and 30s.
9 a.m. Great news for fans of live drag shows: With creative pandemic-era logistics, live drag performances are back, with shows in a variety of settings ranging from sidewalk stages to windows. In the past month, in-person drag events have started up throughout the city. Read The Chronicle’s story.
8:57 a.m. Some restaurants are going extra safety mile: While Bay Area restaurants are to follow strict coronavirus guidelines on masks and social distancing, some go further for their clientele. The Chronicle offers a safety checklist to help diners navigate differing approaches, such as using counter service to limit interactions between employees and customers, or maintaining contact tracing logs. Some restaurants meet a good number of points on that list.
8:46 a.m. Pandemic etiquette can be tricky for restaurant patrons: With a slew of new health and safety mandates, the experience of eating out has become a tensely choreographed ballet among diners, chefs and staff. The Chronicle’s Justin Phillips reports on what’s acceptable — and what’s not — with top local industry professionals providing guidelines and recommendations.
8:23 a.m. SF police gyms are open while other gyms must stay closed: San Francisco police officers and other city employees have been able to use a dozen gyms during the pandemic while private gyms have been closed for months. That’s because San Francisco’s health order allows departments to decide what is an “essential function.” The double standard rankles private gym owners and is another coronavirus-related frustration experienced by San Francisco business owners who complain of arbirtray and confusing health orders.
8:13 a.m. Americans are not wearing masks: Use of face masks is declining from a peak in early August, according to health metrics institute researchers at the University of Washington. “Declines are notable throughout the Midwest, including in some states such as Illinois and Iowa with increasing case numbers,” the researchers said Friday. National coronavirus testing rates also have been dropping. “Increasing mask use remains an extraordinary opportunity for the US,” the researchers wrote, and could save 122,000 lives by year’s end — a 30% reduction in the expected COVID-19 deaths.
8:01 a.m. Slow recovery seen in jobs uptick: Employers continued to bring back furloughed workers last month, but at a far slower pace than in the spring, and millions of Americans remain out of work. The U.S. economy added 1.4 million jobs in August, the Labor Department said Friday, down from 1.7 million in July and down sharply from the 4.8 million added in June. Payrolls are still more than 11 million jobs below their pre-pandemic level.
7:57 a.m. Pelosi hair flap unlikely to sway voters: Undecided voters in battleground states — the people who will determine who wins the election — don’t care whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “set up” by a San Francisco hair salon owner, as she alleges, or whether she blithely ignored pandemic rules on indoor business closures in the city she has represented for 33 years, The Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli reports. Voters are worried about the pandemic and their jobs and their health care and whether their kids can get a decent education at Zoom school. Read the analysis here.
7:34 a.m. Projection sees 410,000 U.S. deaths by year’s end: The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic could reach more than 410,000 by the end of the year — an increase of 225,000 lives lost, according to the latest forecast from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. “Because of seasonality and declining vigilance of the public,” the researchers projected U.S. deaths will reach nearly 3,000 a day in December, and without further government intervention, the toll could rise to 620,000 by Jan. 1. Increased mask use has the potential, however, to hold the cumulative death toll at 288,000 by year’s end, the forecast said.
6:47 a.m. Stocks see-saw after Thursday rout: The markets struggled to regain equilibrium after Thursday’s rout. Apple regained some of the $180 billion in value it lost, a record for a single day’s loss, then fell back in early trading. Volatility soared.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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