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Total coronavirus cases:
• 33,874 in California, including 1,225 deaths.
• 6,565 in the Bay Area, including 211 deaths.
• 787,752 in the U.S., including 42,359 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 18,653; New Jersey with 4,520; Michigan with 2,468; Massachusetts with 1,809 and Pennsylvania with 1,357. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 2.4 million in the world, with more than 170,000 deaths. More than 651,000 people have recovered.
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Latest developments from today:
8:51 a.m. California air pollution makes coronavirus impact worse: The coronavirus is proving deadlier for people living with dirty air, bad news for California, one of the nation’s most polluted states. The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air” report released Tuesday indicates that the U.S. top metro areas for year-round particle pollution are all in California; including Bakersfield, Fresno, the Los Angeles region and the Bay Area, Kurtis Alexander reports.
8:34 a.m. New York sees nearly 500 more coronavirus deaths: Another 481 people in New York died of COVID-19 Monday, maintaining a fairly flat trend in the nation’s hardest hit state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
8:25 a.m. 15 new cases in San Francisco: San Francisco has recorded an additional 15 cases of the coronavirus, health officials said Tuesday. City officials have confirmed 1,231 cases and recorded 20 deaths due to COVID-19.
8:20 a.m. National Spelling Bee nixed this year: For the first time since World War II, the National Spelling Bee has been canceled. Postponement had been announced in March, but the cancelation came, Scripps National Spelling Bee organizers said Tuesday, because there is “no clear path to safely set a new date in 2020” in light of the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s eighth graders who would have competed won’t have a chance to come back for the contest in June of 2021.
8:10 a.m. Germany cancels Oktoberfest beer festival: Germany’s massive tourist-attracting Oktoberfest is the latest mass gathering to fall victim to coronavirus fears. Officials announded the beer festival secheduled to start Sept. 19, has been canceled, Reuters reports.
8:05 a.m. 15 new cases in San Mateo County: Fifteen more people in San Mateo County have tested positive for the coronavirus, increasing the number of cases there to 935, according to health officials.
8:00 a.m. California loan recipients paid federal fines in the past: Two California companies that previously tangled with federal regulators over inflated financial results are among recipients of the coronavirus-spurred federal loan program aimed at helping small businesses, the Associated Press reports. San Jose’s Quantum Corp., which got a maximum $10 million loan, paid a $1 million penalty last December over allegations that accounting errors led to overstated revenues. Barrone Bio Innovation of Davis — which got a loan worth $1.7 million — paid $1.8 million in 2016 after the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged its CEO inflated financial results to hit projections that it would double revenues during its first year as a public company, AP reported.
7:37 a.m. At least 75 huge companies said to receive $300 million in small-business loans: At least 75 publicly traded companies, some with market values over $100 million, were among the recipients of millions of dollars from a relief fund created by Congress to help small businesses that are struggling amid the pandemic, the Associated Press reports. AP said the 75 companies received a combined $300 million in loans.
7:30 a.m. Spain’s running of the bulls canceled: The running of the bulls in Pamplona has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, Spanish officials said. Also canceled is the July San Fermín festival, which includes the bulls’ chase, Pamplona officials said in a statement.
7:20 a.m. Trump to “make funds available” for oil and gas: As oil traded in negative territory Tuesday, President Trump tweeted that he will provide aid for the oil and gas industries. “I have instructed the Secretary of Energy and Secretary of the Treasury to formulate a plan which will make funds available so that these very important companies and jobs will be secured long into the future!” he tweeted.
7:00 a.m. Push for all-mail-in election in S.F.: City elections officials are finding a least a quarter of San Franciscans who host and staff election polling places are flat out refusing to participate in November as fear of the coronavirus hangs on. S.F. Democratic Party Chair David Campos on Tuesday planned to ask Mayor London Breed, the board of supervisors and elections officials to make the election all vote-by-mail, The Chronicle’s Heather Knight reports.
6:52 a.m. Trump administration said to plan big regulation rollback: President Trump’s administration is planning a sweeping effort in the coming days to repeal or suspend federal regulations on businesses, in a move advisers see as a way to boost the coronavirus-sunk economy, the Washington Post is reporting. The White House initiative is expected to feature suspended regulations for small businesses, the newspaper said, citing two people familiar with the planning
6:35 a.m. Oil sinks Dow again: Cratering demand for oil is spooking the markets, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling another 500 points Tuesday morning after a similar drop Monday.
6:33 a.m. Schumer says deal reached on new stimulus package: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said lawmakers and White House negotiators have reached a deal for a second stimulus package to help small businesses and hospitals weather the coronavirus pandemic. He said the Senate could vote on the bill as early as Tuesday. “There is still a few more I’s to dot and T’s to cross, but we have a deal and I believe we’ll pass it today,” Schumer said on CNN. However, a Senate GOP leadership aide told the Washington Post the deal was close but not yet final as it awaited final sign-off from GOP leaders.
6:19 a.m. Sen. Harris blasts Trump’s plan to suspend immigration: Sen. Kamala Harris ripped into President Trump’s Twitter announcement that he will suspend immigration over coronavirus concerns; she said he’s refused “to take this crisis seriously from day one.” The California Democrat, considered a potential running mate for presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, tweeted, “His abandonment of his role as president has cost lives. And now, he’s shamelessly politicizing this pandemic to double down on his anti-immigrant agenda.”
6:13 a.m. Pediatricians struggle to adapt practices to pandemic: Pediatricians who provide front-line care are struggling to adjust the new reality: crashing revenue, terrified parents and a shortage of protective equipment, from gloves and goggles thermometer covers, while having to care for potentially infected patients who may show no symptoms, Kaiser Health News reports.
6:00 a.m. Trump order halting immigration still being drafted: Trump administration officials on Tuesday morning were scrambling to finalize an executive order suspending immigration after President Donald Trump announced the move in a late-night tweet, citing coronavirus concerns, CNN reports. They hoped to have it ready for Trump’s signature in the next few days. CNN cited an administration official saying it will be a “temporary 120 days or so” halt on “some” work visas.
5:50 a.m. Poll shows most still jittery about virus risks: Most Americans expect no immediate easing of the the coronavirus health risks, as President Trump and others urge reopening the economy quickly. A majority say it could be June or later before holding larger gatherings with be safe, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll. Fifty-four percent rate the president negatively for his handling of the outbreak but 72 percent rate their own governors positively for the way they have dealt with the crisis.
5:41a.m. S.F. public defender sues ICE over coronavirus safety in California prisons: The San Francisco public defender and a coalition of attorneys including the ACLU are suing Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release roughly 600 immigrants from two California detention facilities, alleging cramped and unsanitary conditions amid the coronavirus concerns. The class action lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco, over conditions in the Yuba County Jail and Mesa Verde Detention Facility. Read The Chronicle’s story.
Developments from April 20:
12:03 a.m. Additional cases at state prison in Chino: There are now 64 confirmed cases of the coronavirus among inmates at the California Institution for Men in Chino, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation website. That accounts for half of 128 confirmed inmate cases in the state’s prison system. Officials announced the first virus-related death of an inmate in the system at the Chino facility on Sunday.
11:45 p.m. Italy records drop in active cases, report says: The number of active coronavirus cases in Italy fell Monday for the first time since the country’s outbreak began, BBC News reported. Italy had 108,237 people being treated in the hospital or recovering at home, 20 fewer than the previous day, according to BBC News. According to Johns Hopkins University data, Italy has confirmed 181,228 total cases of the virus, third-most among countries after the U.S. and Spain, and 24,114 deaths, second-most after the U.S.
11:30 p.m. Report: Ferrari’s employee testing system could aid in reopening: Automaker Ferrari has introduced a voluntary testing system for workers aimed at curbing entry of the coronavirus into its facilities when it resumes production, Reuters reports. In the system, workers, their families and Ferrari suppliers take blood tests to screen for the virus and are given an app that alerts them if they have come into contact with another member who has contracted the virus, per the report. The system is being “closely watched” by manufacturers in the U.S. and Europe that are shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Reuters.
10:45 p.m. Global flight capacity reportedly down nearly 75%: Airlines have cut total capacity to 29.8 million seats per week amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to travel data provider OAG, which wrote on its website Monday “nearly three-quarters of global capacity has been cut.” International flight capacity has fallen from an average of 5.9 million seats to half a million seats per week, according to OAG. The site noted that dropping below 30 million seats per week in total domestic and international capacity could “represent close to the bottoming out of the capacity crisis.”
9:58 p.m. Bay Area universities receive millions through CARES Act: UC Berkeley ($30.4 million), San Jose State ($28.7 million) and San Francisco State ($28.7 million) were among Bay Area universities that received large federal grants through the coronavirus stimulus package, according to a full list of allocations. The bill included about $14 billion in funding for higher education institutions with grant amounts based largely on the schools’ number of Pell Grant recipients. Other Bay Area schools to receive grants included UC Santa Cruz ($19.3 million), CSU East Bay ($14.6 million), Sonoma State ($9 million), Stanford ($7.3 million), University of San Francisco ($7.2 million), City College of San Francisco ($7 million), Academy of Art University ($3.7 million), Santa Clara University ($3.5 million) and St. Mary’s in Moraga ($2.5 million). At least 50% of the grants must be used for emergency financial aid for students. Click here for more.
9:15 p.m. More than 3,500 cases among state health care workers: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases among health care workers in California has increased by 43.3% over the last week, according to data from the state public health department. There were 2,501 confirmed cases in health care workers as of April 12; local health departments reported 3,584 confirmed cases as of April 19. The totals include workers exposed to the virus on the job and elsewhere such as through travel or family contacts.
8:58 p.m. ‘One World’ concert draws nearly 21 million viewers: About 20.7 million people watched TV broadcasts of the “One World: Together at Home” concert supporting health care workers battling the coronavirus pandemic, according to Nielsen data. The concert aired on 30 networks Saturday and also drew 4.9 million interactions across social media, Nielsen reported. It raised more than $127 million to support organizations responding to the pandemic.
8:55 p.m. Union Square hotel closed until mid-May: The Handlery Union Square Hotel has temporarily suspended operations due to the COVID-19 crisis, the hotel’s website says. It is scheduled to re-open in mid-May. Many other hotels in San Francisco are also closed; it’s increasingly unusual for a hotel to remain open. Some are housing homeless people.
8:10 p.m. Bay Area counties update case counts: Officials in Solano County reported 11 new cases of the coronavirus Monday, bringing the county’s total to 180 cases. Of those, 35 cases are active, per the county’s online tracker. Marin County has seen 199 total cases after officials reported four new cases on Monday. Sonoma County reported one new case, increasing its total to 182 cases with 93 active. Napa County also reported one new cases, bringing its total to 48.
7:45 p.m. Lawsuits claim Wells Fargo and other banks unfairly processed applications for federal loans, report says: Lawsuits filed in federal court allege that Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank and Bank of America prioritized businesses seeking big loans over smaller companies applying for aid through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, Politico and other other outlets reported. The suits were filed on behalf of small business owners Sunday. U.S. Bank, the only bank to comment to Politico on the litigation, said the claim had no merit.
7:30 p.m. Marin County’s health officer outlines pillars for easing restrictions: Marin County health officer Dr. Matt Willis listed four factors the county will weigh in lifting elements of its shelter-in-place order during a virtual town hall Monday night. Willis said the first is being able to test symptomatic people, trace contacts who might have been exposed and follow up with infected residents, and that the county has formed a team of 30 people for that work. Other necessities are a monitoring system for potential surges, capacity of hospital systems to handle surges and community participation in mitigation practices such as wearing face coverings. “Those are conditions that we are very close to meeting presently,” Willis said.
7:21 p.m. Trump says he will temporarily suspend immigration: In a Monday night tweet, President Trump said he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration to the U.S. “in light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens.” No other details were immediately available.
In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2020
6:48 p.m. Oakland Mayor advocates for federal stimulus money for cities: In her daily update, Mayor Libby Schaaf said she has joined other mayors in calling on leaders to include direct aid to cities like Oakland in the next federal stimulus package. Oakland did not make the population cut-off in the last package. Schaaf said the city will be facing an 80 million deficit in 14 months, which “means likely cuts to services.” Schaaf also mentioned that 381 homeless people have been moved into the city’s two hotels.
5:50 p.m. San Mateo County issues hundreds of warnings for shelter-in-place violations: The San Mateo County sheriff’s department issued more than 650 verbal warnings and more than 300 written warnings for violations of the county’s shelter-in-place order over the weekend, according to a department news release. The department also issued four formal citations — three in Half Moon Bay and one in El Granada — and more than 300 parking violation notices, per the release. “Most people seemed to be aware of the health orders but decided to take the chance in coming out to the beaches and complied with the verbal warnings,” the release said.
5:40 p.m. Hospitalizations for confirmed and suspected cases fall in Bay Area: The number of people in Bay Area hospitals with COVID-19 or suspected of having the illness has declined over the past few weeks, a sign that early and aggressive social restrictions appear to have calmed the spread of the virus, public health experts said. State data reviewed by The Chronicle show that the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the nine-county Bay Area fell from a high of 471 on April 7 to 403 on April 19. The number of people in the hospital with symptoms consistent with the respiratory disease dropped from 360 to 203. Read the story here.
5:23 p.m. Several states in South take steps toward reopening: South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Monday he was restoring access to public beaches and allowing some stores previously closed due to the coronavirus pandemic to reopen following social distancing practices. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced businesses including gyms, bowling alleys and salons can reopen Friday following certain health precautions and that theaters, social clubs and dine-in restaurants will be allowed to reopen April 27. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced that with the state’s stay-at-home order expiring April 30, most businesses will be allowed to reopen May 1, with some slated to reopen April 27.
5:10 p.m. Study says virus is more widespread, less fatal than reported in Los Angeles County: Coronavirus infection rates are much higher but the fatality rate is lower than reported totals reflect in Los Angeles County, according to preliminary results of a study conducted by county health officials and USC researchers. An early round of antibody testing suggests about 4.1% of the county’s adult population has antibodies to the virus, indicating that between 221,000 and 442,000 adults in the county have been infected, according to a news release. About 8,000 confirmed cases had been reported to the county at the time of the study, the release states. Los Angeles County had confirmed 1,491 cases of the virus and 617 deaths as of Monday.
4:45 p.m. Santa Rita Jail now has 16 active cases among inmates: One additional inmate has tested positive for the coronavirus at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, giving the jail 16 active cases among inmates and two among staff/contractors, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department reported. According to the department’s website, 12 inmates who tested positive for the virus have recovered and three others have recovered and are no longer in custody. There are 1,775 inmates at the jail as of Monday, down from 2,597 on March 1.
4:18 p.m. Spain surpasses 200,000 cases: More than 200,000 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Spain, making it the second country after the U.S. to reach that number, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Spain has recorded 20,852 deaths from the virus, third-most after the U.S. and Italy, according to Johns Hopkins data. However, Spain’s health emergency chief said Monday the rate of new infections “is falling a lot,” Reuters reported.
4:10 p.m. Bay Area ICU cases hold steady: The number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in ICUs in the nine Bay Area counties was 170 on Sunday, compared to 171 five days earlier, according to state data reviewed by The Chronicle. The overall number of confirmed hospitalized patients was 403 on Sunday, a decrease of 6.7% from five days earlier but up from 391 confirmed cases reported Saturday. Statewide, there were 1,196 ICU cases reported Sunday, a one-day increase of 2.8%, and 3,257 confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized, a one-day 1.9% increase.
3:55 p.m. Santa Clara County nears 2,000 cases: Officials in Santa Clara County reported 41 new cases of the coronavirus Monday, bringing the county’s total to 1,922 confirmed cases. Officials also reported six additional deaths, increasing the county’s death toll to 83. There are 189 coronavirus patients hospitalized in Santa Clara County, according to its online tracker.
3:53 p.m. United Airlines loses $2.1 billion in first quarter: The Chicago company, which has a major Bay Area hub, reported the first major loss among airlines. First quarter revenue dropped 17% from the prior year to $8 billion. The company previously cut flights by about 90 percent in May and expects to receive $5 billion in government assistance through the Cares Act. United also applied for a separate $4.5 billion loan from the government. Read more.
3:50 p.m. Ohio prison is largest single source of cases in U.S., report says: There are 1,937 cases of the coronavirus linked to the Marion Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio, making it the largest single source of infections in the U.S., according to a New York Times database. The number accounts for 15 percent of all cases reported in the state of Ohio, according to the New York Times, which lists Marion County as having the highest infection rate of any county in the U.S. with 3,172 cases per 100,000 people.
3:39 p.m. Los Angeles County reports spike in cases, citing testing backlog: Officials in Los Angeles County reported 1,491 new cases of the coronavirus Monday, but said 1,191 of the cases were from a backlog of tests received from one lab. “Today’s dramatic increase in case counts should not cause undue alarm,” officials said in a release. Los Angeles County has reported 13,816 cases of the virus with 617 deaths, including 13 additional deaths reported Monday.
3:22 p.m. Oakland’s school district boosts fundraising goal: Oakland Unified School District, in partnership with the Oakland Public Education Fund and the city, has raised more than $1.5 million for its COVID-19 Relief Fund to support Oakland students and families struggling due to the coronavirus crisis. The fund is now raising an additional $2.5 million to keep offering food and cash assistance, as well as laptops and internet access to all high school juniors and seniors.
3:21 p.m. IRS announces deadline for some child stimulus payments: People who receive Social Security, railroad retirement and veterans benefits who have qualifying dependent children and did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return should go to the IRS Non-Filer web tool by Wednesday and enter basic information to receive the $500 per eligible child payment added to their $1,200 economic impact payment. If the IRS does not receive this information by Wednesday, adults who fall into this category of taxpayers will still get $1,200 each automatically paid the same way as their federal benefits, but they will have to wait to get the $500 child payment when they file their 2020 tax return next year. For more info, click here.
2:39 p.m. ‘So far, so good’ in Golden Gate Park on 4/20: After officials pleaded with marijuana enthusiasts not to gather at Golden Gate Park this year, Police Chief Bill Scott said that things are “so far, so good” as of midday Monday. “So far things are going really, really well,” Scott said. “I’d like to thank everyone for that but remind everyone to please keep this momentum going. This is literally a matter of life or death, and I don’t think I’m being melodramatic when I say that.”
2:37 California legislators want more information from Newsom on coronavirus spending: California lawmakers of both political parties have a message for Gov. Gavin Newsom on the state’s coronavirus response: Start sharing full details about what you’re spending. Tensions between Newsom’s administration and lawmakers hung over a hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, as Assembly members questioned why they haven’t received more information or been consulted on how the state is spending money to fight the virus. The hearing was the Assembly Budget Committee’s first oversight review of how California agencies are spending an estimated $7 billion in emergency expenses due to the pandemic. Read more here.
2:30 p.m. SFPD has issued 16 citations, 67 formal warnings: Police Chief Bill Scott said during a news conference Monday that his department has issued 16 citations for violations of the shelter-in-place order, including seven businesses and nine people. In addition, police have issued 67 formal admonishments and hundreds more informal warnings.
2:28 p.m. Violent crimes up, property crime down in San Francisco last week: Police Chief Bill Scott said there was a 25% drop in total crimes last week compared to the week before, meaning there were 142 fewer crimes committed. At the same time, there was a spike in violent crimes driven by 11 additional robberies and two additional assaults, Scott said. Police have stepped up patrols in areas where businesses have been vandalized and burglarized. The district attorney’s office has charged multiple suspects with looting.
2:19 p.m. Muni begins bringing back services: Jeffrey Tumlin, director of SFMTA, announced on Monday that the agency will bring back portions of four Muni lines beginning April 25 in response to community feedback and ridership data. The lines include 5 Fulton, 12 Folsom, 28 19th Avenue and 54 Felton. These buses help transport people to essential work, including hospitals, Tumlin said. The 9 San Bruno, N bus and L bus will also increase frequency in response to crowding on those buses. See more details here.
2:11 p.m. Man released on court-ordered $0 bail policy accused of carjacking someone near Santa Rita Jail: Authorities arrested a man Sunday accused of carjacking someone and attempting to carjack a second victim within an hour of being released from Santa Rita Jail under a new court policy that set bail for some crimes at $0 in an effort to reduce jail populations during the coronavirus outbreak. Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said Rocky Music was initially arrested Sunday morning by Oakland police. About 12 hours later on Sunday evening, he was released from Santa Rita Jail due to the new policy. Within 40 minutes, Music carjacked someone near the Dublin BART station, drove to San Ramon and tried to carjack someone else at a gas station before fleeing on foot, Kelly said. “He’s now back in custody we do not believe he is going to qualify for emergency bail again,” Kelly said.
2:10 p.m. Face masks distributed to SF neighborhoods: The Human Rights Commission helped distribute 1,000 face coverings in the Western Addition on Monday and this week will continue handing out coverings in the Tenderloin, Bayview, Excelsior and other neighborhoods, according to director Sheryl Davis. The commission is working with multiple organizations to educate vulnerable populations about social distancing and face coverings, distribute food and laptops to school children. “When one part of the city is hurting, we are all hurting,” Davis said.
2:04 p.m. Alameda County deputies exposed to virus test negative: Three sheriff’s deputies in Alameda County were exposed to the coronavirus while helping a shooting victim last week, but they have since tested negative for the coronavirus, officials said. “While doing an X-ray of his body, they noticed fluid in his lungs. The doctor was suspicious that it was possibly COVID-19 so they conducted a COVID test, which came back positive,” Kelly said of the man who was shot. “This is the first time that we’ve encountered COVID-19 in a shooting victim where we are dealing with obviously serious trauma, blood, chaotic crime scene and trying to decipher all that, and trying to keep ourselves safe.”
1:59 p.m. San Francisco ZIP code data reveal inequity, health disparities: A quarter of positive COVID-19 cases in the city are among the Latino population, although the Latino community makes up only 15% of San Francisco’s population, Dr. Grant Colfax, director of health, said during a news conference. This trend is confirmed by a map of COVID-19 infections, which shows the Mission District has the most cases. More than 80% of people hospitalized are Latino, Colfax said. He said the trend likely reflects close living quarters, multi-family and multi-generational homes, that make social distancing difficult.
1:42 p.m. Facebook blocking anti-quarantine protest organizers: Protesters seeking an end to stay-at-home orders have used Facebook to organize in-person gatherings. Politico.com reports that Facebook has removed protest messages in California and two other states. Conservatives have blasted the decision. Facebook said those state governments informed them that the events were against their laws.
1:36 p.m. Salvation Army delivers food to San Francisco homeless camps: Mayor London Breed said the city has partnered with the Salvation Army to deliver 1,300 meals each day to hundreds of people living in homeless encampments at 40 locations in San Francisco. San Francisco Unified School District is also feeding children and the city’s food bank has opened 13 pop-up locations. “Our goal is to make sure that no one is deprived of food during this pandemic,” Breed said.
1:22 p.m. Massachusetts becomes coronavirus hot spot: Massachusetts is drawing the concern of federal officials and promises of aid from hard-hit New York as the state’s death toll prepares to double in less than a week, the Associated Press reports.
1:18 p.m. Golden Gate Bridge closes parking lots: Parking lots for the Golden Gate Bridge have been closed for the duration of the shelter-in-place orders, the bridge district announced Monday. The bridge’s bike and pedestrian paths remain open but bridge officials say that the number of visitors has been low during the shelter-in-place. Signs and bridge security officers are reminding visitors to stay home and practice social distancing.
1:16 p.m. Stocks struggle on oil woes: The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 2%, partly because oil futures prices plunged because of a lack of demand during the coronavirus pandemic. ExxonMobil and San Ramon’s Chevron both fell more than than 4%.
1:11 p.m. Navy update on aircraft carrier infection numbers: As of Monday, 678 sailors from the Theodore Roosevelt docked in Guam have tested positive for the coronavirus, 3,904 negative, and 6% of the crew has yet to be tested, according to the Navy. Eight sailors have been hospitalized due to infections, one dying and another in the intensive care unit.
12:49 p.m. San Francisco releases map with COVID-19 cases by ZIP code: San Francisco health officials on Monday released a map of confirmed COVID-19 infections by ZIP code. “What it reflects is the existing health disparities and inequality that existed within our city before COVID-19, which is why we continue to focus on protecting our most vulnerable residents,” Mayor London Breed said in a tweet. The 94110 ZIP code in the Mission District and Bernal Heights has the most cases in the city with 166. Read the full story here.
12:45 p.m. Newsom wants to reopen economy, but science will determine timing: Gov. Gavin Newsom said state officials “share exactly the same desires and goals to reopen the economy and address all these systemic challenges” as protesters who are calling for an end to California’s stay-at-home order, but science will determine the timing. “We must have a health-first focus,” Newsom said. Protesters were expected in Sacramento on Monday, and events were held across the country over the weekend. President Trump, who has repeatedly floated ideas of reopening the government, has offered support for some of these rallies, which are in direct conflict with national health orders.
12:39 p.m. Google Wi-Fi hotpots to be rolled out first week of May: Gov. Newsom said the 100,000 Wi-Fi hotspots that Google pledged to plant throughout the state will be rolled out during the first week of May.
12:28 p.m. California death total tops 1,200: With 42 more deaths from the coronavirus confirmed Sunday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that the state’s total reached 1,208. “We are not seeing that downward trend we need to see to provide more clarity on that roadmap to recovery,” he said at his briefing. The numbers of people in hospitals (3,257) and intensive care units (1,196) slightly increased in the state, he said.
12:21 p.m. 70,000 California students to get tech for distance learning: Some 70,000 laptops and tablets are headed out to California students this week as the coronavirus outbreak forces schools to teach remotely, said Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the state’s first lady. Gov. Gavin Newsom later provided details on the program.
12:04 p.m. 201 confirmed coronavirus deaths in Bay Area: The nine-county region passed a grim milestone with its 201st confirmed death from COVID-19. More than 1,100 have died in the state and more than 40,000 in the country.
11:47 a.m. Oil price goes negative: Oil prices plunged below zero in afternoon trading Monday as demand for energy collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic and traders don’t want to get stuck owning crude with nowhere to store it. Benchmark U.S. crude plummeted to negative $3.70 per barrel by 11:15 a.m. PDT. Much of the drop was chalked up to technical reasons — the May delivery contract is close to expiring so it was seeing less trading volume, which can exacerbate swings.
11:39 a.m. Contra Costa reports two more COVID-19 deaths as cases increase: Two more people in Contra Costa County have died of COVID-19, raising the county’s total to 22, and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 707, health officials said.
11:28 a.m. Robberies down in Oakland during pandemic: But, columnist Otis R. Taylor Jr. assures us, thieves are still working the streets. They work methodically, taking their time and even making small talk with victims. “It was so professionally executed,” a victim said.
11:24 a.m. Alameda County announces 27 new cases: Alameda County officials confirmed 27 more cases of the coronavirus, increasing the total to 1,191.
11:19 a.m. Bay Area coalition urges Newsom to aid immigrants: A coalition of more than 140 elected officials across the Bay Area on Monday called on Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature to establish long-term financial relief for the 2.5 million undocumented immigrants living in California. “Undocumented immigrants are woven deeply into the fabric of our communities — caring for and providing essential services that power California every single day,” the coalition said in a letter to the governor. “But they have been cut out of the essential safety net that all of us depend on to stay strong.”
11:13 a.m. Oil prices plummet to historic lows: Stocks are slipping in afternoon trading on Wall Street, as the price of oil cratered to historic lows, making it cheaper than bottled water. Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery plummeted to a record low below $1.50 per barrel, a 90% drop in just one day.
11:02 a.m. 39 more test positive for the coronavirus at Fremont drive-through: Thirty-nine people tested positive for the coronavirus during the second week of testing at a drive-through site in Fremont, officials said. A total of 768 people were tested last week and an additional 114 people were screened out of the testing process, Fremont officials said Monday. Among the people tested, 314 were essential service workers.
10:48 a.m. WHO expects worse days ahead: Tedros Adhanom, head of the World Health Organization, warns that “the worst is yet ahead of us” in the coronavirus crisis.
10:45 a.m. Rise in poisonings from cleaners during pandemic: Accidental poisonings from cleaners and disinfectants are up about 20% in the first three months of this year, and researchers believe it’s related to the coronavirus pandemic.
10:38 a.m. Americans load up on frozen pizza: Adweek reports that Americans are buying nearly twice as much frozen pizza during the pandemic. Can you get the coronavirus from touching or eating food? Answers to that and other frequently asked questions about food can be found here.
10:34 a.m. Caltrans to allow food trucks at rest stops: To help truckers hauling essential goods get hot meals, Caltrans is allowing food trucks to set up shop at rest areas. Rest areas only offer vending machines and many truckers say they’re not allowed to walk up to drive-through windows at fast-food restaurants. Get a permit for a rest area food truck here.
Hundreds of miles behind a wheel & the rest area only has vending machines for essential workers?https://t.co/ZxzCkq5Iyg@CAgovernor @GavinNewsom @Cal_OES @CA_Trans_Agency #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/VhtVXAo8On
— Caltrans HQ (@CaltransHQ) April 18, 2020
10:17 a.m. Counties hit hardest by the coronavirus: Other than counties in the New York City area, the epicenter of the country’s outbreak, these five counties have been hit the hardest, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University: Cook County in Illinois (21,272 confirmed cases), Wayne County in Michigan (13,692), Los Angeles County (12,349), Miami-Dade County in Florida (9,460) and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania (9,214). The county with the most cases in the Bay Area remains Santa Clara County (1,870).
9:48 a.m. School districts debate grading during coronavirus closures: Educators across the Bay Area and state have responded to the pandemic with a range of grading systems, with many opting for pass/fail or credit/no credit. Teachers want to reward students who continue to work hard, yet the idea of failing any student this semester raises legal and ethical questions, officials say. Jill Tucker reports on the story here.
9:42 a.m. Coaches’ pay cut to help university with pandemic expenses: Highly paid football and men’s basketball coaches are among those taking voluntary pay cuts to help Syracuse University in New York state cope with the drain of financial resources due to the new coronavirus pandemic. The Associated Press reports that Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud announced the austerity moves in a letter Monday to students and faculty. He said the university has been hit with more than $35 million in unplanned expenses and unrealized revenue.
9:29 a.m. Trump, Congress near deal on small business, hospital aid: The Trump administration and Congress expect an agreement Monday on an aid package of up to $450 billion to boost a small-business loan program that has run out of money and add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing, the Associated Press reports.
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