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Total coronavirus cases:
• 474,100 cases in California, including 8,729 deaths
• 50,472 in the Bay Area, including 785 deaths.
• More than 4.2 million in the U.S., including 147,588 deaths. The five other states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,645; New Jersey with 15,804; Massachusetts with 8,536; Illinois with 7,608; and Pennsylvania with 7,131. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 16.7 million in the world, with more than 661,000 deaths. More than 9.8 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:
9:34 a.m. More than 50,000 have tested positive in Bay Area, 785 dead: New data released by local health officials shows that San Francisco recorded 132 new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday for a total of 6,197, while San Mateo County had 108 people test positive for the virus, bringing the total to 5,306. More than 50,000 people in the Bay Area have now been infected and 785 have died.
7:18 a.m. Shares rise ahead of Fed meeting: The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.3% ahead of a meeting of a key Federal Reserve committee. The Fed is expected to leave interest rates unchanged as the economy struggles with the effects of the pandemic.
6:45 a.m. Modoc County, last COVID-free CA county, confirms first 2 cases: Two people in Modoc County have tested positive for the coronavirus, public health officials announced Tuesday. Modoc was the last of California’s 58 counties to confirm cases of the virus.
6:36 a.m. One street in SF’s Tenderloin has been cleaned up during the pandemic: More than 300 tents were taken down in the Tenderloin, and 500 homeless people moved into hotel rooms leased by the city. Another 1,400 to 1,500 homeless from all around the city who were either in shelters or tents were moved into hotel rooms as well, bringing the total number in hotels to about 2,000. The total cost is about $250 a night per room, which comes to $500,000 a night or about $15 million a month. The city hopes to recover 75% of the hotel costs through federal coronavirus emergency funds. Chronicle columnist Phil Matier has the full story.
6:18 a.m. Bay Area counties to buy hotels for homeless people, but timeline is tight: The Homekey program, created in the recently passed state budget, will give California cities and counties $600 million to build on another state initiative that has moved thousands of homeless people into hotel rooms during the coronavirus pandemic. But there’s a catch: The money must all be spent by the end of the year, turning a typically prolonged development process into a sprint. Read the full story by Alexei Koseff.
Updates from Tuesday, July 28:
5:30 p.m. Dominican University to offer contact tracing class: Twenty students in a public health class at Dominican University of California will be trained in contact tracing this semester, according to Marin County health officials. Contact tracing is a key tool used to prevent transmission of the coronavirus. After being trained, the students will potentially be able to conduct supervised contact tracing. “What better partnership could there be than a university and a public health department to build a new workforce that responds to this pandemic?” said Dr. Lisa Santora, county health officer. “To be able to partner with Dominican and show there’s critically needed employment in public health, we can provide opportunities for students to meaningfully contribute to a pandemic response.”
4:55 p.m. New cases in East Bay counties: Alameda County recorded 87 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total to 10,633 cases. Contra Costa added 149 new cases for 7,304 in total.
4:26 p.m. Roughly 500 active cases at San Quentin State Prison: There were 502 active cases of the coronavirus at San Quentin State Prison as of Tuesday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Officials have confirmed 2,166 cases and 19 deaths in the prison population since the outbreak began. Nearly 1,600 inmates have recovered.
3:55 p.m. Quarantine, social bubbles will greet students on campus: UC Berkeley and other Bay Area colleges are setting strict rules for students who live on campus. Move-in days will be staggered, meals prepackaged, and contact with other students limited.
3:47 p.m. Bay Area tops 50,000 cases: The number of coronavirus cases in the Bay Area surged past 50,000 on Tuesday afternoon, according to data compiled by The Chronicle. Nearly 500 new cases brought the total to 50,039 total cases during the pandemic. There have been 775 deaths in the Bay Area in total.
2:49 p.m. Oakland, East Oakland disproportionately impacted by virus: The positive test rate in some neighborhoods in Oakland and East Oakland is more than triple Alameda County’s average 4.96% rate of positive tests, said Dr. Noha Aboelata of Roots Community Health Center during a Tuesday briefing. In one east Oakland zip code, the positive test rate was 16.6% and in deep east Oakland it stood at 15.5%. “Once again, Oakland, and especially East Oakland, look much different than the rest of the county,” Aboelata said. She encouraged people to wear masks and stay home as much as possible, especially those older than 65.
2:25 p.m. Marin County extends eviction moratorium through September: Marin County’s ban on evictions was extended through Sept 30 as .the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic continue, the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday. This is the county’s fourth extension of the ban, which was first passed in March, and aligns with a state order.
2:11 p.m. $100 for not wearing a mask? Contra Costa County on Tuesday approved fines for individuals and businesses that violate coronavirus health orders, including by not wearing a mask. Read the story here.
1:50 p.m. Free masks for everyone? Fremont Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna has joined Sen. Bernie Sanders in proposing a bill that would send three free face masks to every American through the mail to combat the coronavirus. The story is here.
1:30 p.m. Record 101 patients hospitalized in San Francisco: The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in San Francisco reached an all-time high of 101 on Monday, according to state data released Tuesday. In Alameda County, 10 more patients were hospitalized for a total of 198 as the county nears a record set late last week. There were 771 COVID-19 patients across the Bay Area on Monday, up 21.8% from two weeks ago.
1:15 p.m. Markets slip on weak earnings, uncertainty: The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 0.77% to close at 26,379.49. Shares of 3M fell nearly 5% after the maker of N95 masks posted a profit that was less than analysts had expected and said there were too many unknowns to forecast results for the current quarter. McDonald’s stock lost 2.5% after earnings plunged by more than two-thirds from a year earlier. The failure of Congress to agree on a new aid package added to the market uncertainty.
12:48 p.m. California will track coronavirus’ toll on LGBTQ community: Months after advocates warned that the coronavirus pandemic could take a severe toll on LGBTQ people, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration is telling health professionals to track the disease’s impact on the community. The story is here.
12:11 p.m. Coronavirus cases down among Black people, but deaths remain high: The coronavirus rate was 6.4% among Black people in California during May — but that has declined to 4.3%, California’s Secretary of Health and Human Services Mark Ghaly said Tuesday. At the same time, the death rate among Black people stands at 8.5%.
11:21 a.m. BART, UCSF to offer testing at 24th St. Mission station: UCSF will offer free coronavirus testing at the 24th Street Mission BART station in San Francisco on Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for three weeks. The program aims to test more Latinos. Others backing the program are BART, the Latino Task Force on COVID-19, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Priority will be given to workers in the 24th and Mission area, commuters and BART employees. Read the full story here.
9:55 a.m. Twitter account of president’s son suspended for doctor’s false claims about virus: Donald Trump Jr.’s Twitter account was suspended after he posted a video of a doctor making false claims about cures for the coronavirus and saying people “don’t need masks” to prevent the spread of the virus, according to a CNN report. President Trump reportedly retweeted multiple versions of the video.
8:05 a.m. A report from San Quentin’s Death Row: On the Fifth & Mission podcast, Jarvis Masters, a condemned inmate and COVID-19 sufferer, talks with reporter Jason Fagone about what he calls the “incompetence” that led San Quentin to become California’s worst coronavirus hot spot. He also describes life on death row as the coronavirus swept through it, with almost daily calls of “man down.” Click here to listen.
7:04 a.m. Shares fall on stimulus wrangling: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 0.5% as Congress continued to debate a new relief package. Big cuts to unemployment payments appear likely, which some economists fear may hurt prospects for recovery.
6:37 a.m. San Francisco won’t cite Catholic archdiocese after church wedding: It appears San Francisco officials won’t take further action against the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco following revelations that Saints Peter and Paul Church in North Beach hosted a wedding in early July, after which at least 10 attendees tested positive for the coronavirus, including the newlywed couple, two guests said. Read the full story by Dominic Fracassa.
6:19 a.m. Should I isolate my newborn? Move to the Bay Area for college? Stories of pandemic risk, hard choices: The coronavirus pandemic has forced many tough decisions, demanding that we weigh medical, financial and personal risks against needs and benefits. We spoke with four people in the Bay Area about how they approach difficult choices. Read the full story by Annie Vainshtein.
6:14 a.m. Humans are notoriously bad at assessing their risk. In a pandemic, that’s a problem: Now, as reopening has begun, life has become more expansive but in many ways far more complicated and confusing. Put simply, it can be hard to know what to do. In part, experts say, that’s because humans are notoriously bad at assessing their own risk. Read the full story by Annie Vainshtein.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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
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