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Total coronavirus cases:
• 346,351 cases in California, including 7,247 deaths
• 37,692 in the Bay Area, including 667 deaths.
• More than 3.4 million in the U.S., including 136,807 deaths. The five other states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,350; New Jersey with 15,525; Massachusetts with 8,325; Illinois with 7,388; and Pennsylvania with 6,911. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 13.3 million in the world, with more than 580,000 deaths. More than 7.2 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
10:26 a.m. Oklahoma governor infected: Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that he’s the first governor in the United States to test positive for the coronavirus and that he is isolating at home. Stitt, 48, said he felt “a little achy” on Tuesday and sought a test. Stitt has backed one of the country’s most aggressive reopening plans, resisted any statewide mandate on masks and rarely wears one himself.
10:17 a.m. SF and San Mateo case counts continue upward: San Francisco recorded another 56 coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing its total since the start of the pandemic to 4,696. San Mateo County added 86 new cases to its tally, bringing the total so far to 4,254.
10 a.m. SF schools confirm online fall start: San Francisco public schools will begin the fall semester Aug. 17 with distance learning only, district Superintendent Vincent Matthews confirmed Wednesday in an email to families and staff. “We hope to provide a gradual hybrid approach,” combining online and in-person instruction “when science and data suggest it is safe to do so,” he wrote. A plan for improving distance learning and supporting families and students will be presented at the school board meeting July 28.
9:50 a.m. Ferry Building cafe shutters: Belgian-inspired bakery Vive La Tarte has permanently closed its Ferry Building kiosk. Vive La Tarte opened the Ferry Building site in 2018, creating a viral sensation with its tacro, a flaky taco-croissant hybrid. Foot traffic was a struggle even before the coronavirus ravaged the restaurant industry, the owner said.
9:30 a.m. Pandemic could send 130 million more people into chronic hunger: More people in the world are going hungry, the United Nations says, and the COVID-19 pandemic could tip at least 130 million more into chronic hunger by the end of this year. The U.N.’s annual study estimates that almost 690 million people went hungry in 2019 – up by 10 million from 2018, and by nearly 60 million in five years.
9:12 a.m. Lure of federal loan draws odd requests: The Small Business Administration has been inundated with calls from people claiming to run odd businesses in odd places, all attracted by the prospect of a quick $10,000 advance on a government loan, the Washington Post reports, citing someone with direct knowledge of the program. Suspicious requests from Chicago are so numerous that SBA is on alert for red flags such as applicants with just enough employees to qualify for the maximum payment.
8:42 a.m. Prevailing wisdom wanes for fall economic recovery: The resurgence of coronavirus infections threatens to choke a projected recovery and push the country back into a recessionary spiral with long-term damage on workers and businesses, the New York Times reports, unless Congress reconsiders the scale of needed federal aid. Forecasting gloomy months ahead, Delta Air Lines said Tuesday it was cutting back plans to add flights in August, and big banks said they were setting aside billions of dollars to cover anticipated losses as customers fail to pay loans in thecoming months.
8:33 a.m. Kids swim at SF private school pool despite local ban: Swimming pools remain closed in San Francisco, officials say, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, but a permit from the city allows summer swim clubs to swim at the St. Ignatius High School campus pool, according to KPIX 5.
8:26 a.m. What’s open in the new shutdown? On the Fifth & Mission podcast, health reporter Erin Allday explains why California has taken a U-turn in its reopening plans and what’s still open after Gov. Gavin Newsom demanded that a host of activities come to a halt in the midst of a new coronavirus surge. Click here to listen.
8:22 a.m. Walmart and Sam’s Club to require face coverings: Walmart and Sam’s Club will require shoppers to wear face coverings starting on Monday to “help bring consistency across stores and clubs,” executives said Wednesday. About two thirds of the giant retailers’ more than 5,000 stores and clubs are in places where governments mandate face coverings, a company release said. “We know this is a simple step everyone can take for their safety and the safety of others in our facilities,” company officials said in a statement.
8:12 a.m. Eviction moratorium continues in Contra Costa County: Contra Costa supervisors on Tuesday extended a moratorium on evictions of residents and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic through Sept. 30. They also extended a moratorium on certain residential rent increases. “The economic impact our residents face has not subsided,” said board Chair Candace Andersen.
7:54 a.m. Caltrain looks doomed after SF supes’ move: Caltrain, facing financial ruin as it runs a near-empty commuter rail line along the Peninsula, may have to shut down altogether. Officials made the grim prediction Tuesday after the S.F. Board of Supervisors declined to introduce a 1/8-cent sales tax measure for the Nov.3 ballot — a $100 million-a-year lifeline that also needed an OK from four transit boards and San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The S.F. decision effectively scuttled it. Read the story here.
7:39 a.m. San Quentin accounts for more than half of cases in California penal system: San Quentin State Prison had 1,302 active cases of the coronavirus as of Wednesday morning, accounting for more than half of the 2,291 current cases across the state’s prison system. Statewide, the prisons have had 35 COVID-19 deaths with 10 of them recorded at San Quentin.
7:29 a.m. SF voters need to mail ballots on time: With California depending on mail-in ballots to help ease voting during the pandemic, San Francisco’s record is weak heading to the Nov. 3 election. The city’s voters in the March primary were the second-worst in the state for turning their ballots in on time. More than 9,100 saw their ballots go uncounted either because they weren’t postmarked by Election Day March 3, or did not arrive by the March 6 deadline, a state study shows. Read the story here.
7:16 a.m. Placer County church to defy order: A church in Rocklin (Placer County) plans to offer services this weekend in defiance of the state’s coronavirus closures. Pastor Greg Fairrington of Destiny Christian Church said in a Facebook video message that his mandate as a pastor is to obey the word of God. He claimed government data behind the shutdown is “not supported factually,” and said, “We will be having church and if you are in the area we want you to come to church.”
7:07 a.m. SF crime continues drop during reopening: Crime has continued dramatically downward in San Francisco during the pandemic even as partial reopening has begun, city data show. In one particular pandemic silver lining, violent crimes have decreased during shelter-in-place compared to the same time last year, the Police Department’s crime statistics dashboard shows. Read the story on what crimes are up, and what’s down here.
7:01 a.m. Stocks continue vaccine rally: Reaction to progress in vaccine testing by Massachusetts firm Moderna lifted shares, particularly reopening-linked sectors like airlines and cruise lines. Goldman Sachs reported strong earnings driven by a rise in trading revenue.
6:47 a.m. Virus worse, Trump rating down, poll shows: Fifty-nine percent of likely voters in six battleground states say the coronavirus pandemic is getting worse, up from 55% two weeks earlier, according to a CNBC/Change Research poll released Wednesday. President Trump’s job approval rating hit a record low of 45% among likely voters in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, the poll showed. Overall, 45% of battleground voters said businesses and other institutions are reopening too quickly.
6:22 a.m. Top Trump advisor savages Dr. Fauci: Peter Navarro, the White House trade adviser, unleashed the harshest Trump administration critique yet of Dr. Anthony Fauci on the coronavirus outbreak: He “has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on,” Navarro wrote in a Tuesday night USA Today opinion article, listing areas where he disagreed with Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. A White House spokesman Wednesday tweeted that the article was “Navarro’s alone” and had not gone through normal White House clearance. President Trump himself has said Fauci “is a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes” as Trump continues encouraging reopening amid a coronavirus upswing.
6:15 a.m. SF prepares for online learning inevitability: They have not prnounced it officially, but opening San Francisco’s schools to students and staff in August is not feasible, district officials say. Given that a haircut is still considered unsafe and a trip to the mall not allowed, it’s all but certain the district’s 53,000 students — like others in the Bay Area and the state — will learn from afar at least at first. Read the story here:
Updates from Tuesday, July 15:
9:55 p.m. California’s daily case count hits new record high: The state’s daily caseload surged past 10,000 cases for the first time Tuesday with a record-high 10,532 new cases reported in a single day, according to data compiled by The Chronicle. The state’s previous record was set last Thursday with 9,870 cases. There are now 346,007 cases of the coronavirus in California and 7,237 deaths. High daily case counts in Los Angeles County and the Bay Area contributed to the state’s spike.
8:18 p.m. Death toll climbs in five Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties reported additional COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, according to data compiled by The Chronicle. Four more people died from COVID-19 in Alameda County, bringing the total to 152 deaths; two more people died in Contra Costa County for a total of 92 deaths; five more deaths were reported in Marin County for 38 total; two more people are dead in San Mateo County for a total of 114; and three more died in Santa Clara County for 170 total.
7:20 p.m. Contra Costa County school district to begin year with distance learning: The Mt. Diablo Unified School District announced Tuesday it will begin the school year with distance learning due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Board of Education made the decision unanimously at a Monday meeting and plans will be finalized in the coming weeks. The plan “will allow for selective phasing into classroom environments only when and where the highest standards of health and safety can be achieved,” district officials said.
6:42 p.m. More younger people testing positive in Marin County, health officer says: In the last month, more young adults between 19 and 34 years old have tested positive for the coronavirus in Marin County than any other age group, health officer Dr. Matt Willis told the county’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. This marks a shift since the beginning of the pandemic when seniors more often fell ill, he said, and is likely related to transmission among the workforce. “The majority of cases currently are in that younger age group,” Willis said. Another stark trend in the data shows that 78% of the county’s cases were among the Latino population, which accounts for just 16% of the population.
6:14 p.m. Four employees at San Jose Trader Joe’s test positive for coronavirus: Four employees at Trader Joe’s on Prospect Road in San Jose tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, spokesperson Kenya Friend-Daniel said Tuesday. “We are aware that there was close contact outside of the store and we feel transmission did not occur inside the location,” she said in a statement. “All these crew members reported they did not have symptoms while at work.” The store was cleaned overnight Monday in addition to daily cleaning. None of the employees had worked since last Wednesday or before, and they did not work after receiving tests last week.
5:42 p.m. Hospitalizations in California continue to soar: The number of COVID-19 patients in California’s hospitals has surged to an all-time high of 6,745, state health officials reported Tuesday. With steady growth, the number has increased 12.6% in the last week. An additional 1,400 patients are hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19.
5 p.m. San Mateo County extends Great Plates food delivery program: Low-income seniors and others at high risk for COVID-19 in San Mateo County can continue to receive free meals through the Great Plates delivery program through Aug. 9, officials said Tuesday. The program, scheduled to end July 10, got a roughly month-long extension as the coronavirus pandemic and resulting shutdown continue.
4:13 p.m. Pandemic’s tax challenges: For those without internet access, filing taxes or an extension by the delayed July 15 deadline is a challenge, because many options for getting free tax help or even the required forms have been closed off by the pandemic. Here’s how the IRS and taxpayers are dealing with the most challenging tax season ever.
3:20 p.m. Cases skyrocket in Los Angeles County: Health officials reported 4,244 new cases of the coronavirus in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, marking the highest case increase in a day and bringing the total to 140,307 cases and 3,894 deaths. Seventy-three more people died, one of the highest death counts in a day, although the sharp jump may reflect a lag in reporting over the weekend, officials said. There are 2,103 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county. “Today’s numbers are alarming and unfortunately are the result of many businesses and individuals not adhering to the basic public health requirements of distancing and wearing face coverings,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health.
3:15 p.m. Trump calls the coronavirus “China virus”: During a news conference on Tuesday, President Trump again called the coronavirus the “China virus,” a term that critics have called racist, xenophobic and harmful to Asian Americans. At another point during his remarks, Trump called it “the plague pouring in from China” and said his administration holds China “fully responsible for concealing the virus and unleashing it upon the world.” Reported incidents of racism against Asian Americans have been on the rise since the pandemic began.
3 p.m. Santa Clara County reports more than 100 new cases: County public health officials reported 192 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the county’s case total to 6,725 cases. The county announced three more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the county’s death total to 170 deaths. “We express our heartfelt condolences to their loved ones,” county officials said on Twitter.
2:26 p.m. San Mateo County reports 26 new cases: San Mateo County officials recorded another 26 cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the county’s total number to date to 4,168. The county reported two additional deaths, bringing its fatality toll so far to 114.
2:15 p.m. Moderna vaccine shows immune reaction: Moderna’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine provoked immune responses in all 45 healthy volunteers in an ongoing early-stage study, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. No serious side effect were seen, but more than half of participants reported mild or moderate reactions such as fatigue, headache, chills, aches or pain at the injection site. These were more likely to occur after the second dose and in people who got the highest dose, the team reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.
2:08 p.m. No events on Philadelphia public sites until 2021: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced on Tuesday that the city will not allow large public events until Feb. 28 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. All festivals, parades, fairs, flea markets and carnivals on public grounds will be canceled until 2021.
2:03 p.m. LA almost at point of ‘going to red’: The coronavirus dangers looming over Los Angeles are pushing the city toward its highest threat level and an imminent shutdown of the city, officials said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “While the city of Los Angeles’ COVID-19 threat level remains at orange, we are on the border of going to red,” the highest level of shutdown, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday night. “It is up to all of us that we don’t.”
1:58 p.m. South Africa’s ‘gravest crisis in the history of our democracy’: South Africa now has surpassed the UK in its number of confirmed coronavirus cases, and has the world’s eighth highest number of confirmed cases with 298,292. President Cyril Ramaphosa this week said the country is now “confronted by the gravest crisis in the history of our democracy.”
1:52 p.m. State to push health insurers to pay for testing: California will issue new regulations requiring health insurance companies to pay for coronavirus testing for most patients, a move state health officials hope will lead to more testing as cases soar. Read the story here.
1:38 p.m. White House said to order hospitals to bypass CDC in reporting virus data: The White House ordered hospitals to start sending coronavirus patient information to a database in Washington, D.C., and bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ther traditional collector of public health data, the New York Times reports. The move has alarmed health officials who fear the data may be altered for political advances. The instructions, expected to start Wednesday, were revealed in a document posted this week on the Department of Health and Human Services’ website, the Times wrote.
1:33 p.m. Stocks make more gains: Wall Street indexes rose after another day of volatility. Losses by big banks and California’s tightened restrictions on coronavirus-era reopenings put an initial damper on markets before they turned around to extend their gains. The Dow added 557 points to close at 26,642.59, a gain of more than 2%. The S&P 500 was up more than 1% and the Nasdaq composite climbed nearly 1%.
1:28 p.m. Bay Area hospitalizations jump to record high: Surging past 600 for the first time, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the Bay Area reached an all-time high of 633 patients as hospitals saw jumps in eight counties, according to state data released Tuesday. Contra Costa, Solano and San Mateo counties each reported five new patients, San Francisco nine more patients and Santa Clara 10 new patients. The increase amounted to a 6.6% jump in a single day, and the ninth consecutive day of increases region-wide.
1:18 p.m. California vintners frustrated by rollback of winery reopenings: The new state restrictions on indoor wine tastings, announced Monday along with other indoor business closures, have left many vintners in Napa, Sonoma and beyond confused and angry, especially since there’s no evidence of wineries being responsible for coronavirus outbreaks among visitors. Read the full story.
1:14 p.m. Parking enforcement resuming in San Mateo: Authorities in San Mateo plan to resume enforcing parking regulations on Wednesday, city officials said. Enforcement of metered and residential permit-parking areas and street cleaning parking will return. But signed two-hour parking limits in neighborhoods will not be enforced, city officials said in a Facebook post Tuesday. “We understand that the evolving health orders mean that many of our residents are home more than expected,” officials said. “We hope this easement of enforcement in neighborhood two-hour limit zones makes your #WFH life or your stay at home efforts a little easier.”
1:08 p.m. GOP said to be looking outdoors for convention in Florida: With coronavirus cases surging in Florida, Republicans are planning to move the three nights of their national convention from an indoor arena to an outdoor venue in Jacksonville, the New York Times is reporting. But it’s still unclear how many people will be allowed to attend the events, people familiar with the discussions told the Times.
1 p.m. Campfires on the way out, in wildlands across state: Facing the double-barreled threat of wildfire danger and the coronavirus pandemic, public land managers overseeing some of California’s most popular parks are moving to ban campfires outside of designated fire rings — in some cases, through the end of the summer. Read Tom Stienstra’s story withe the details here.
12:50 p.m. BART future even darker than previously revealed: With the coronavirus depressing ridership already, BART could lose $975 million over three years, forcing deep cuts that would permanently change the way Bay Area workers commute. “We need help,” General Manager Bob Powers said Tuesday at a virtual rally, presenting a far more pessimistic view than had been public previously. Along with other major transit agencies, BART is seeking $36 billion in emergency funding from the federal government.
12:36 p.m. Contra Costa County up by triple digits: Contra Costa County reported 171 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing its total since the start of the pandemic to 5,023.
12:29 p.m. Feds rescind rule seeking to expel thousands of international students: The Trump administration on Tuesday backed down on a new rule that would have forced thousands of foreign students to leave the country or transfer if they took all-online classes in the fall. A judge in Boston was to hear arguments Tuesday, after Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit challenging the rule, when the government announced it was rescinding it.
12:05 p.m. California’s 14-day day average of tests surpasses 100,000 tests: California averaged 105,000 daily coronavirus tests over the last two weeks, state Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said Tuesday, noting the remarkable jump since late March and early April, when the state averaged about 2,000 daily tests. Ghaly called testing vital to the state’s pandemic response.
12:12 p.m. Scientists/educators defend Fauci: Two leading science and education groups are jumping to defend and promote Dr. Anthony Fauci in the face of a White House-led effort to “discredit and diminish” him, as the Infectious Diseases Society of America put it. “The only way out of this pandemic is by following the science,” the organization said. “If we have any hope of ending this crisis, all of America must support public health experts, including Dr. Fauci, and stand with science.” The Association of American Medical Colleges said it was “extremely concerned and alarmed by efforts to discredit” Fauci, “an independent and outspoken voice for truth as the nation has struggled to fight the coronavirus pandemic.” The campaign has emerged as President Trump pushes for schools to fully reopen despite cautionary guidance from government and other health experts.
11:45 a.m. US-Canada border closure said to be set for extension: Canada and the United States are set to extend a ban on non-essential travel that was imposed to fight the coronavirus outbreak, although a final decision has not been taken, two Ottawa sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
11:04 a.m. Winchester Mystery House closed again: San Jose’s Winchester Mystery House closed to the public again Tuesday. It had reopened Monday, the same day that Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new state guidelines closing several categories of indoor businesses. Tours of the famed mansion thus are shut down again. Read the details here.
10:59 a.m. Stanford, USF, Santa Clara, others sue Trump administration: Stanford, USF, Santa Clara and St. Mary’s College are among 20 western schools filing the latest legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new policy that targets foreign students during the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. District Court suit filed Monday in Eugene, Ore., seeks to block the requirement that international students leave the U.S. if their schools offer all-online classes this fall. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who filed a similar lawsuit last week on behalf of the Cal State and community college systems, filed a motion Tuesday seeking to “immediately block” the policy while litigation proceeds.
10:42 a.m. Former CDC directors blast Trump administration for politicizing pandemic: Four former heads of the CDC accused the Trump administration Tuesday of imperiling public health and lives by undermining CDC coronavirus response recommendations. In an op-ed in the Washington Post they wrote, “We cannot recall over our collective tenure a single time when political pressure led to a change in the interpretation of scientific evidence,” but, they said, the Trump administration has “cast public doubt” on CDC guidance relying on just such science. They specifically called out Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and said she “characterized the CDC guidelines as an impediment to reopening schools quickly rather than what they are: the path to doing so safely.”
10:24 a.m. Cases in India skyrocket: India, which has the third-most coronavirus cases after the U.S. and Brazil, was rapidly nearing 1 million cases with a jump of more than 28,000 reported Tuesday. It now has more than 906,000, having accumulated more than 100,000 in just four days. India’s nationwide lockdown has largely ended, but the recent spikes led several big cities to reimpose partial lockdowns.
10:18 a.m. SF and San Mateo cases still climbing: San Francisco saw another 50 new cases of the coronavirus, officials reported Tuesday, bringing its total so far to 4,640. San Mateo County added 123 new cases, for a total of 4,168 coronavirus cases recorded to date.
10:08 a.m. Burger Boogaloo canceled this year: Organizers of the two-day Burger Boogaloo concert announced Tuesday the festival is off for this year. Initially the summer concert was postponed to Halloween weekend due to the coronavirus outbreak, but now will be held until July 10-11, 2021. The lineup remains the same. Read the details here.
10:03 a.m. Quarantine violators in Queensland could get 6 months in jail: Officials in the Australian state of Queensland said anyone caught violating coronavirus quarantines could face up to six months in jail. The current fines for breaking a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine for some visitors or lying about their whereabouts “appears not to be enough” in some cases, Queensland state Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.
9:36 a.m. Global spread infects 13 million people: The world now has recorded more than 13.1 million coronavirus cases as the indidious virus continues its global march, with a death toll of more than 574,000 individuals, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University researchers. The United States accounted for more than 3.3. million of the cases as of Tuesday, with more than 574,000 lives lost.
9:25 a.m. Louis’ Restaurant closing: San Francisco’s legendary Louis’ Restaurant announced it will close permanently as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The restaurant, located above the historic Sutro Baths on Point Lobos Avenue with stunning ocean views, was in operation for 83 years, serving up classic American fare like eggs Benedict, burgers and clam chowder with a side of sourdough bread. Read the story here.
9:01 a.m. California rejected more than 100,000 mail-in ballots: In an indicator of the need for outreach and education on the state’s mail-in ballot plan for November, California election officials rejected more than 100,000 mailed ballots in the March primary, data obtained by the Associated Press shows. The most common problem, by far, was missing the mailing deadline. In a step to avoid spread of the coronavirus, ballots are being mailed to every registered voter for the Nov. 3 election, and to be counted, ballots must be postmarked — or dropped off at a vote center or elections office — on or before Election Day.
8:43 a.m. Education secretary flips on local-control school philosophy: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ posture on school reopening — pushing President Trump’s demand for in-person classes under threat of losing federal funding — is diametrically opposite her longtime local-control stance. As the nation’s leading education official she’s championed policies of local and parental control, freeing states of federal mandates, loosening rules and encouraging schools to “rethink education” outside brick-and-mortar buildings, the New York Times reports.
8:30 a.m. Will schools reopen in the fall? Getting kids back in class is at the top of the Trump administration agenda, but California districts, one by one, are announcing that they’ll stick to distance learning in the fall. On the Fifth & Mission podcast, education reporter Jill Tucker talks about the latest in a rapidly changing situation. Click here to listen.
8:12 a.m. Giroir says virus corner being turned, or not: Adm. Brett Giroir, a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, voiced optimism Tuesday that some coronavirus indicators are improving nationwide, like hospitalizations and ventilator use, and cases leveling off in some places; but he added, “this doesn’t mean we’ve turned the corner.” “None of us feel comfortable. Nobody is doing a victory lap,” he said in an NBC “Today” interview. “We’re still very concerned … because even though we’re turning the corner on the current outbreak … we won’t see the benefit in hospitalizations and deaths for another couple of weeks.”
7:56 a.m. Cardrooms closed, casinos open: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order Monday closing bars and indoor restaurants, movie theaters and other entertainment venues includes cardrooms but not casinos. Cardrooms, which allow betting on poker and other card games, are regulated by the state. But casinos in California can be operated only by Indian tribes, which are considered sovereign governments and are exempt from most state laws. The cardroom industry, however, contends that the governor has the authority to shut down casinos — and should.
7:49 a.m. Santa Rita Jail inmates infected: Five inmates at Santa Rita Jail have COVID-19 and 45 people in custody have recovered, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said. Nine others who had COVID-19 recovered and no longer in the jail, and 13 who tested positive but had not recovered were released. Coronavirus cases also include siix staff or contractors at the jail, which currently houses 1,856 inmates.
7:39 a.m. Biden focuses on virus in targeting Texas: Democratic presitential contender Joe Biden is trying to parlay concern about the coronavirus into support in traditionally red Texas, where his campaign is debuting its first TV ad. The 60-second spot makes no mention of President Trump but seeks to portray Biden as an empathetic leader locked in on the challenge of the pandemic.
7:26 a.m. Administration eyes extendeed benefits: Senior Trump administration officials have begun signaling their willingness for a narrow extension of the enhanced unemployment benefits helping tens of millions of jobless Americans hurt by the pandemic, the Washington Post reports. The federal $600-per-week increase to unemployment expires in less than two weeks. Many economists warn that loss of this huge federal stimulus could hinder the economic recovery and deprive millions of a vital financial lifeline.
7:11 a.m. No more bars even outside: Bars that could serve patrons outdoors as California pursued recent reopening steps have to turn back the clock now. Gov. Gavin Newsom cracked down on indoor operations for restaurants and some other businesses Monday, but for bars, there’s no drinking outside either. Health officials have zeroed in on bars’ lack of physical distancing or customer face coverings, as a major potential source of coronavirus infection. Read the story here.
6:58 a.m. Get out there and ‘find something’: A new White House-backed ad campaign aims to encourage people who are unemployed or unhappy in their jobs or careers to go out and “find something new.” Spearheaded by Ivanka Trump and a White House advisory board, the opening ad in the “Find Something New” campaign beginning Tuesday features ordinary people sharing their stories. A companion website provides links to training and resources.
6:42 a.m. Stocks flat: The Dow and S&P 500 indexes were down slightly and the Nasdaq was flat in early trading Tuesday. Bank earnings reports showed weakness in consumer spending as shoppers pulled back in the face of the pandemic.
6:37 a.m. Global sharing plan for vaccine may give rich people an edge: Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but a global initiative to make that happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles and leave fewer doses for the poor, the Associated Press reports. Activists warn that without stronger accountability, vaccines will be hoarded by rich countries in an unseemly race to inoculate their populations first.
6:28 a.m. SF proposal would give workers more protections: Employees in S.F. who can’t work because they have COVID-19 or have been exposed to the coronavirus would receive beefed-up protections under an emergency plan introduced by Supervisor Hillary Ronen. Ronen said it seeks to protect low-wage workers — many of them essential — who hestiated to get tested for the coronavirus out of fear of losing their jobs. Read the story here.
6:16 a.m. Will your Bay Area school be online, in-person or both? Some expect to start the school year fully online — the model that the Los Angeles and San Diego unified districts announced Monday. Others say they will reopen full-time to all students with health measures in place. The rest fall somewhere in between, using a hybrid model of both in-person and distance learning, often with students in class part of the day or week. Read the full story on school reopenings here.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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