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Total coronavirus cases:
• 29,410 in California, including 1,051 deaths.
• 6,014 in the Bay Area, including 196 deaths.
• 701,610 in the U.S., including 37,055 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 17,134; New Jersey with 3,840; Michigan with 2,227; Massachusetts with 1,404 and Louisiana with 1,213. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 2.2 million in the world, with more than 154,000 deaths. More than 569,000 people have recovered.
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Latest developments from today:
9:50 p.m. UCSF offers free testing for all California counties: UC San Francisco will allow all 58 California counties to use its COVID-19 sample analysis, indefinitely, according to university officials. The announcement comes just over a week after UCSF began offering free testing to all Bay Area counties’ public health departments. “This development has been made possible by the recent expansion of UCSF’s COVID-19 test processing capacity at a new UCSF diagnostic laboratory adjacent to the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub,” officials said.
9:09 p.m. Staff member at SF’s Jewish Home & Rehab Center tests positive: A staff member at San Francisco’s Jewish Home & Rehab Center has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to facility officials. “We have been preparing for this and have promptly responded to this using our established protocols,” center officials said. “It is important to note that this staff member has NOT been providing care/service to our COVID-19 positive patients.”
8:55 p.m. Breed clashes with supervisors over homeless response: The pandemic has given San Francisco Mayor London Breed broad powers and made her the face of the crisis. But city supervisors and homeless advocates said the executive branch could have moved faster to aid the homeless, thereby helping to stave off infection in shelters. The Chronicle’s Trisha Thadani has the story.
8:48 p.m. Psychiatric patient at SF General tests positive for coronavirus, other patients exposed: A man admitted to the Psychiatric Emergency Services unit of San Francisco General Hospital exposed other patients to the coronavirus before hospital officials determined that he had COVID-19. Read the full story here.
6:35 p.m. More than 800 COVID-19 complaints filed in Fremont, and property crime is up: Fremont police said they have received 802 complaints, averaging 28 per day, since March 16 related to non-compliance with social social distancing in parks, non-essential businesses and churches continuing to operate. Police have issued several formal warnings but no citations. While overall crime has decreased, property crime is up 30% with spikes in commercial burglaries and auto theft, according to Fremont police.
5:50 p.m. Newsom, Clinton to speak about combating pandemic: Gov. Gavin Newsom will be one of several guests to discuss COVID-19 with former President Bill Clinton in a conversation that will be aired at 1:45 p.m. ET Saturday. The talk is hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative University, which will post the discussion on its social media accounts.
5:47 p.m. Computer programs tell hospitals when they’ll be overwhelmed: Two computer programs that can predict whether, and when, doctors and hospitals will be flooded with COVID-19 patients have been created at Stanford University. The programs, designed by computer engineers, use demographic information to predict when a given county will see surges in infected persons and when a given hospital will run out of hospital beds and supplies. Read Chronicle reporter Steve Rubenstein’s story here.
5:45 p.m. One Medical offering tests for people without symptoms: One Medical, a national primary care provider based in San Francisco, has begun offering coronavirus testing for people without symptoms. It has capacity to do about 2,000 tests per day in the Bay Area. Read the full story here.
5:36 p.m. BART to reduce, cancel Early Bird Express bus routes: BART plans to discontinue six Early Bird Express bus routes and reduce service for another six, officials said Friday. The changes begin Monday, April 27. Ridership has dropped 90% on these routes because of the shelter-in-place order. See a full list of affected routes here.
5:30 p.m. Santa Clara County ‘strongly urges’ residents to wear face coverings: Santa Clara County stopped short of issuing a health order to require face masks like San Francisco and other Bay Area counties. Instead, health officers on Friday issued expanded guidance “strongly urging” people to wear face coverings when performing essential duties in public. “We anticipate significant voluntary compliance,” officials wrote in a statement. Click here to read The Chronicle’s guide to masks.
5 p.m. Bay Area theater company produces Zoom-specific play: Queer Cat Productions’ “Felix B. Love Is Not Alone!” is one of the first scripted, narrative-driven works of local theater to be written specifically for Zoom in the coronavirus era. The first of three interactive episodes premiered Thursday, April 16. Successive episodes will air weekly though April 30. Read the Chronicle’s review here.
4:18 p.m. California job-loss numbers reflect early move to shelter in place: Detailed unemployment figures for the month of March are out, and they show that the Bay Area took an early hit to employment by ordering residents to stay home.
4:17 p.m. S.F attorney sues over California’s coronavirus ban on religious gatherings: Harmeet Dhillon wants to know why California lets coffee shops and marijuana dispensaries stay open while banning religious services. The state says the coronavirus won’t stay away from mass gatherings just because they’re religious. Chronicle politics reporter John Wildermuth has the story.
3:58 p.m. All U.S. states and territories under major disaster declaration, marking first time in history: President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for American Samoa on Friday, marking the first time in U.S. history that all states and territories are under a disaster declaration. There are 33,000 National Guard members deployed and 5,500 active duty military personnel, including 716 medical professionals, deployed to nine states, said Vice President Mike Pence during a White House news briefing.
3:48 p.m. San Mateo County issues order requiring face masks: San Mateo County has joined several others in the Bay Area in requiring nose and mouth coverings of cloth, fabric, or other soft material when residents go grocery shopping, patronize essential businesses or stand in line. The order, like those in San Francisco and some other counties, will take effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday, but won’t be enforced until Wednesday.
3:46 p.m. 80 million Americans have received stimulus payments, Trump says: President Trump said during a White House news briefing that 80 million Americans have received direct deposit stimulus payments as of Friday. People who have not received their money can go to IRS.gov to provide direct deposit information.
3:39 p.m. Federal judge refuses to release large number of California prisoners: A federal judge refused Friday to order California prison officials to release large numbers of inmates or impose social-distancing requirements as protections against the coronavirus, saying the state has acted “reasonably” so far by freeing several thousand prisoners ahead of schedule and taking steps to expand housing and improve sanitation. Read the whole story here.
3:38 p.m. Stanford study suggests many more infections in Santa Clara County than reported: A team of Stanford University scientists testing for coronavirus antibodies have found an infection rate as much as 85 times higher than the number of reported cases in Santa Clara County, the region with the most COVID-19 patients in Northern California. The researchers tested 3,330 Santa Clara County residents ages 19 to 64 on April 3 and 4. Results revealed between 48,000 and 81,000 people were infected in Santa Clara County in early April, when only 1,094 cases had been reported. Read more here.
3:37 p.m. Four more deaths in Santa Clara County: County health officials reported that four more people have died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 73 on Friday. There were 37 additional confirmed cases for a total of 1,870. There are 309 cases and 17 deaths linked to the county’s long-term care facilities.
3:36 p.m. U.S. Department of Agriculture announces $19 billion relief program for farmers, ranchers: A $19 billion relief program announced Friday by Sec. Sonny Purdue of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help farmers and ranchers who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Farmers and ranchers will receive $16 billion in direct payments from the program, and the department will purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat to distribute through food banks.
3:23 p.m. Marin County issues mandatory mask order: Marin County officially released a health order that requires people to wear masks when inside public spaces, in common areas of buildings, seeking health care, riding public transit and working at essential businesses. The order takes effect at midnight and will be enforced Wednesday, April 22. Children under 12 are exempt. People exercising outdoors do not need to wear a mask but should carry one with them. (Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly described the timing of the order. It takes effect tonight and will be enforced on Wednesday.)
3:11 p.m. Tom Steyer, four ex-California governors to advise Gov. Gavin Newsom on path back from coronavirus crash: Newsom tapped every living ex-governor of the state, his chief of staff and billionaire environmental activist Steyer for a task force that will recommend recovery strategies for a variety of regions and industries. Chronicle Sacramento reporter Alexei Koseff has the story.
2:26 p.m. State reports 181 more health care workers infected: State health officials reported 181 additional cases among health care workers, bringing the total to 3,155. This marks a 6% increase from the 2,974 cases reported on Thursday.
2:05 p.m. Oakland school district confirms two cases among distribution volunteers/employees: Two people involved in the food and device distribution programs for Oakland school children have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Oakland Unified School District. The district will not disclose which sites they worked at. Both people were asymptomatic when working, and then within days of their last school visit began feeling ill and later tested positive. Neither have been to a school in more than week. The sites where the infected individuals worked were deep cleaned and reopened. Additional cases among food distribution staff “will not be unexpected,” the district said.
2:16 p.m. Alameda County issues health order requiring face masks: Joining other Bay Area counties, including San Francisco, Alameda County health officer Dr. Erica Pan issued an order requiring people to wear face coverings beginning at midnight Friday. Enforcement will begin April 22. Face coverings, which can be homemade, should be worn at essential businesses, when seeking health care and on public transportation. The order does not apply to children under 12 or people when they are walking, running or biking. Wearing a mask does not replace physical distancing and staying at home, which are also still required.
1:59 p.m. Muni director says stay off system if you can: Jeffrey Tumlin, director of SFMTA, again reminded the public that only essential workers and people completing essential trips should ride Muni. Anyone with a different option — walking, biking, driving to their destination — should do that instead. Transit riders must wear face coverings beginning at midnight tonight to protect the health of other riders and Muni operators.
1:58 p.m. San Francisco crime still down, though burglaries persist: Crime in the city is down 25% since last week, said Police Chief Bill Scott, continuing a reduction in crime since the quarantine began. The department has issued nine citations and multiple warnings to individuals and businesses who break the stay-at-home order, but the majority of people are compliant. Scott said burglaries remain a challenge, but the department has made several arrests and the district attorney’s office has charged those suspects with looting.
1:56 p.m. California records 1,000th death from COVID-19: With Los Angeles County reporting 40 new deaths from the disease, the state’s total stood at 1,021. Nearly 200 of them have been in the Bay Area. Los Angeles has more than half of the total deaths. It has reported 537 and 11,391 confirmed cases.
1:49 p.m. San Francisco will fence off Golden Gate Park for 4/20: San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who has emphatically told revelers to stay indoors for 4/20, said in a briefing Friday afternoon that the city would fence off Golden Gate Park. Police officers will be out in force to prevent anyone from gathering at Hippie Hill or other grassy aresa known for the annual celebration of marijuana.
1:46 p.m. Cal State system suspends standardized testing requirement: The 23-campus California State University system announced it will suspend the use of SAT and ACT exams as a factor in determining academic eligibility for the 2021-22 school year. “This temporary change will ensure equitable access to the university, and should provide some measure of relief to prospective students and their families,” Chancellor Timothy P. White said in a statement. University of California officials announced a similar decision on April 1.
1:38 p.m. Newsom administration not releasing $1 billion California contract for coronavirus masks: Lawmakers have questions about the state’s well-publicized contract for 200 million masks a month from a Chinese company. They’re not getting many answers. Chronicle Sacramento reporter Dustin Gardiner has the story.
1:24 p.m. San Francisco offers reduced-fare taxi trips for vulnerable residents: Seniors and people with disabilities will be able to sign up for a program that offers up to three reduced-price taxi rides per month, Mayor London Breed said during a news conference. Taxi rides will be 20% of the regular fare for members of the program, which is available for people who need to take essential trips but fear riding the bus and have mobility challenges.
1:18 p.m. San Francisco requiring face coverings: Mayor London Breed said during a news conference that people in San Francisco will be required to wear face coverings beginning at midnight tonight. People must wear them standing in line outside grocery stores, inside essential businesses and while working in essential functions — but not for exercise or while driving your car. It does not apply to children 12 and younger. (Correction: An earlier version of this post said the face mask requirement will begin Wednesday. That’s when the city plans to begin enforcing it. The order takes effect at midnight tonight.)
1:10 p.m. Markets rise: The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 3% for the day and 2% for the week after several volatile days. Hope for COVID-19 treatments appeared to spur the markets higher.
1:09 p.m. Ousted captain of stricken Navy ship “well and in good spirits”: More than two weeks after former Theodore Roosevelt commanding officer Capt. Brett Crozier was removed from his post and tested positive for coronavirus, the Santa Rosa native remains quarantined in a Guam residence in good health. Read more here.
1:06 p.m. California chief justice says courts lack info on jail conditions during coronavirus outbreak: Despite gaining unprecedented authority over local courts during the coronavirus outbreak, California’s chief justice says she and other judicial leaders still lack information on conditions in county jails and the impact of the virus on everyone in the justice system — defendants, victims and the public. Read the full story here.
12:57 p.m. Newsom asks governors not to play politics as different states resume life before others: Gov. Gavin Newsom said people entering California from other states for essential business are subjected to orders that state has implemented to slow the spread of the coronavirus, adding that it is concerning some states may ease their restrictions before others but the spread of the virus must continue to be considered. “As it relates to the governors, the advice is: do the right thing, don’t play politics, don’t do the expedient — think about not just the short term but the long term,” Newsom said.
12:49 p.m. Petaluma ice cream company to close due to the coronavirus: Considered the nation’s first organic ice cream chain, Three Twins was sold nationwide in grocery stores and from its own scoop shops. On Friday, founder and CEO Neil Gottlieb said the company would cease operations immediately because the business had required an infusion of capital even before the pandemic, and that option was no longer available.
12:41 p.m. More than 3,500 cases in state’s senior care, nursing facilities: Gov. Gavin Newsom said more than 3,500 people have tested positive for the coronavirus at senior care and skilled nursing facilities in the state, including one in Tulare County, where 157 had tested positive. “I just cannot impress upon folks more — this knows no geography, it knows certainly no party, it knows no region,” Newsom said. “This is impacting all of us.”
12:37 p.m. Gig-work law loosened for musicians, though coronavirus has decimated gigs: With ironic timing, unions, independent musician groups and legislators have arrived at new language that lets most musicians keep playing gigs as independent workers. The update to AB5, California’s gig-work law, comes as most opportunities to perform have been shut down by the coronavirus emergency.
12:36 p.m. Stay-at-home orders enforced in Santa Rosa: Police in Santa Rosa have begun ticketing violators of stay-at-home orders, Police Chief Rainer Navarro announced in a YouTube video. The citations come with fines of up to $1,000 and could land you in jail for up to six months, Navarro said.
12:31 p.m. Veterans who didn’t file taxes can now get stimulus payment automatically: The U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS announced Friday that they are working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to make sure that veterans and their families who did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return but receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments will receive their economic impact payments automatically. The IRS has previously said that people who did not file a return but are receiving Social Security, railroad retirement and Supplemental Security Income benefits can get their payments automatically, the same way they receive their other benefits.
12:22 p.m. Former governors among group exploring economic recovery: Former governors Jerry Brown, Pete Wilson, Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as former presidential candidate Tom Steyer, will lead a group formed to develop a strategy to help California recover from a recession induced by the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday. “It is in the how we recover that I think, ultimately, we will be judged and judge ourselves,” Newsom said.
12:07 p.m. California sees highest number of deaths in a day: Gov. Gavin Newsom said a record 95 more people died of COVID-19 from Thursday to Friday, increasing the total number of deaths to 985. Newsom pleaded with people to continue practicing social distancing.
12:05 p.m. 3.1 million Californians have filed for unemployment since March 12: Gov. Gavin Newsom said 3.1 million have applied for unemployment insurance in the state since March 12, declaring the state is in a pandemic-induced recession. “These are sober and challenging times,” Newsom said.
12:04 p.m. Judge rejects demand to increase social distancing and reduce population in California prisons: A federal judge has denied an emergency request to depopulate California’s overcrowded state prisons and boost social distancing in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Siding with state lawyers, U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar ruled Friday that the prison system has already taken “numerous and significant” steps to reduce viral spread, adding that some social distancing measures “might prove impossible to implement given the need for inmate-staff interactions and in light of security concerns.” Attorneys for prisoners have said the state isn’t doing enough and must release or relocate large numbers of inmates, particularly those who are elderly or medically vulnerable to the virus.
12:02 p.m. San Francisco’s Camp Mather cancels season over coronavirus concerns: Camp Mather, the San Francisco-owned family camp west of Yosemite National Park, will not operate this year because of the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department announced Friday.
11:53 a.m. Major League Soccer won’t play in May: The North American pro soccer league announced that operations will continue to be halted at least through June 8 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
11:52 a.m. More than 900 cases on French ship: The French Navy is investigating how the coronavirus infected more than 900 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, which is undergoing a lengthy disinfection process since returning to its home base in Toulon five days ago. One person remains in intensive care and some 20 others hospitalized, Navy spokesman Commander Eric Lavault told the Associated Press.
11:48 a.m. Texas loosening restrictions on retailers: Texas plans to cut back on some restrictions implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus as early as next Friday when a “Retail-To-Go” system will go into effect and allow retail outlets in the state to reopen under the condition they deliver items to customers’ cars, homes or other locations. Gov. Greg Abbott also said in a statement schools will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year and certain restrictions on surgeries will be loosened.
11:39 a.m. Swift shows nixed: Taylor Swift is canceling all of her performances and appearances for the rest of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
11:36 a.m. Fremont police warn residents of scams: Authorities in Fremont are warning residents of scammers who ask people for their bank information, send phony emails trying to obtain personal information, pitch frauds through robocalls and use social media trying to obtain information or money. Among the tips offered: Don’t be rushed (scammers rush you, legitimate people don’t), check it out (research facts) and talk to someone you trust before you act.
11:32 a.m. Five new cases in Napa County: Five more people in Napa County have tested positive for the coronavirus, increasing the total in the county to 44, officials said Friday.
11:19 a.m. Coronavirus cases spike in Africa: The head of the World Health Organization says he’s concerned by a recent jump in COVID-19 cases across Africa. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says in the last week there has been a 51% increase in cases and a 60% jump in deaths. He says due to a lack of testing “it’s likely the real numbers are higher than reported.” Tedros says WHO and partners are working to boost Africa’s testing capacity and that 1 million test kits would be rolled out across the continent starting next week.
11:13 a.m. Comic-Con San Diego canceled: The San Diego Comic-Con has been canceled for the first time in its 50-year history due to the coronavirus outbreak, organizers said Friday. People who purchased entry badges can request a refund or transfer them to next summer, when the gathering is expected to return.
11 a.m. Bay Area officials warn some N95 masks not effective against coronavirus spread: Bay Area health care professionals are warning residents who stockpiled disposable N95 respirators during the wildfires that not all face masks are created equal when it comes to slowing the transmission of the coronavirus. While standard N95 respirators can reduce the wearer’s exposure to 95% of airborne particles, masks with built-in exhalation valves pose a potentially serious issue. Read the whole story here.
10:53 a.m. Poll finds fewer Americans concerned about the coronavirus, but concerns still high: The number of people in the United States who are “very concerned” they or someone they know will contract COVID-19 decreased this week while the number of people who reported not being very concerned increased, FiveThirtyEight.com reports. But the number of people who reported being very concerned still remains high, with 33.7% saying they are very concerned and 37.8% somewhat concerned.
10:28 a.m. Trump blames WHO for misleading or lying about coronavirus threat: In a series of tweets, President Trump on Friday accused World Health Organization officials of ignoring an email from Taiwanese health officials in late December that the coronavirus could be transmitted between humans.
….in January and February, as the Virus spread globally? Why did the W.H.O. wait as long as it did to take decisive action? Lanhee Chen, Hoover Institution Fellow @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020
10:23 a.m. Contra Costa face mask order is coming: Following Marin County health officer Matt Willis’ announcement Thursday of a new health order to wear masks when leaving home, Contra Costa County health officer Dan Peddycord confirmed to The Chronicle that health orders to be announced Friday will impose requirements to wear face coverings in public.
10:22 a.m. Can’t find your stimulus payment? The IRS has expanded its list of frequently asked questions for a web portal it opened Wednesday called Get My Payment. The online tool lets people who are required to file a 2019 or 2018 tax return to track the status of their payment. They can also enter bank account information, if they didn’t put it on their return, for direct deposit of the payment, which is up to $1,200 per income-eligible adult and $500 per dependent younger than 17.
10:15 a.m. Trump tweets “liberate” states, Cuomo not amused: In a series of tweets, President Trump said “LIBERATE” Virginia, Michigan and Minnesota and criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for complaining more than “doing.” Trump also said in a tweet “The States have to step up their TESTING!” Asked about the tweets during a news conference, Cuomo said he had applauded the president for what he had done but that the statistics that guided the states’ responses were based on projections from federal officials. “He should read the reports he issues,” Cuomo said.
10:09 a.m. New York report shows COVID-19 crisis at nursing homes: There are 19 of the care facilities in the state that have recorded at least 20 deaths each, the Associated Press reports.
9:29 a.m. Hydroxychloroquine shortage worries patients: A shortage of hydroxychloroquine, a drug in demand for the coronavirus even though its impact is uncertain, worries Californians who need it for other afflictions.
9:27 a.m. Pro-Trump protesters push back on stay-at-home orders: In places like Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia, small-government groups, supporters of President Trump, anti-vaccine advocates, gun rights backers and supporters of right-wing causes have united behind a deep suspicion of efforts to shut down daily life to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Associated Press reports that as their frustration with life under lockdown grows, they’ve started to openly defy the social distancing rules in an effort to put pressure on governors to ease them.
9:11 a.m. Oakland creates task force to address racial disparities in pandemic: With African American residents of California dying of COVID-19 at twice the rate of white residents — a trend that’s occurring nationally — Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf formed an emergency task force to tackle racial impacts of the pandemic. The group, co-chaired by Schaaf, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, East Bay state Assemblyman Rob Bonta and Dr. Tony Iton, vice president of the California Endowment, will help direct services and make decisions to prioritize the health of people of color, low-income residents, the elderly, the formerly incarcerated, the homeless, and people with disabilities. Inaugural members include Congresswoman Barbara Lee, La Clinica de la Raza CEO Jane Garcia and Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson.
9:06 a.m. Martinez refinery to go idle: The Marathon refinery in Martinez will go idle on April 27 for an unknown period of time due to a decreased demand for supply, officials said. The news was first reported by KQED. Employees will continue working and be reassigned to tasks “necessary to support our idle status and eventual return to normal operations,” Marathon officials said. “It is our intent to return to normal operations once demand levels support doing so,” officials said.
9 a.m. Dance company’s film raising money for San Francisco schools: “For Our Students, for Our Schools,” a 17-minute film featuring nine Robert Moses’ Kin dancers — all performing from where they’re sheltering in place — is now available to viewers with a donation of at least $25 to the nonprofit Spark SF Public Schools. Robert Moses’ Kin is asking for donations by Monday, hoping to raise at least $56,000, or $1 for every student in the San Francisco Unified School District. Read more here.
8:58 a.m. San Francisco announces three additional coronavirus deaths: The deaths pushed the total in the city to 20, and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases grew to 1,058, health officials said.
8:56 a.m. Two more shelter residents in San Francisco test positive: Two additional residents at San Francisco’s largest shelter have tested positive for the coronavirus, city officials said. In total, 95 residents of the Multi-Service Center South have now tested positive. City officials said earlier all residents have been moved to hotels, isolation, quarantine or shelter-in-place sites. Ten staffers have also tested positive.
8:43 a.m. Number of daily deaths in New York remains in the hundreds: Another 630 people in New York died of COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, announcing the number of daily deaths has flattened much like the number of COVID-19 patients arriving at hospitals, which has hovered around 2,000 a day in the state for a few weeks. “That is still breath-taking,” Cuomo said.
8:42 a.m. Trump’s lawyer among inmates released: Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, was among inmates released from a federal prison in upstate New York in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. He will serve the rest of his sentence from home.
8:36 a.m. Bay Area trains, buses struggle to cope with pandemic: As the Bay Area shut down, and transit riders moved away from BART and Muni in droves, the agencies scrambled to redesign themselves on a dime to serve the small but critical population that needs them. Read more here.
8:08 a.m. Fremont acts to reduce crowds at Mission Peak: A popular area and trail at the Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Fremont has been closed, officials said. The Stanford Avenue staging area has been fenced off, according to the East Bay Regional Park District. The park entrance at Ohlone College remains open.
7:52 a.m. San Mateo announces 30 new cases: Thirty more people in San Mateo County have tested positive for the coronavirus, growing the number of cases to 797, officials said.
7:32 a.m. Controversial pastor wants your stimulus check: A preacher who has been slammed for holding church services in hard-hit Louisiana during the pandemic wants you to donate your stimulus check to evangelists who “haven’t had an offering in a month,” The Hill reports.
7:28 a.m. Get drunk, get well? Mike Sonko, governor of the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi, sent out COVID-19 care packages that include small bottles of Hennessy cognac. He justified it by saying the alcohol is a “throat sanitizer,” CNN reports.
7:22 a.m. President’s approval rating drops during pandemic: President Trump’s job approval rating, now 43%, has slipped six percentage points since mid-March, from 49% to 43%, a new Gallup poll finds. The 49% tied his personal best.
7:18 a.m. Coronavirus slowing, but not in shelters, nursing homes: Aggressive social distancing efforts have had success in the Bay Area, where the coronavirus outbreak appears to be ebbing and the health care system has not been overrun. But the public health response that has won accolades from across the nation has struggled to protect the most vulnerable residents, in particular people in nursing homes and who are homeless, say infectious disease and public health experts. Read more here.
6:57 a.m. “Problem getting worse” in San Francisco’s troubled Tenderloin: While many San Francisco neighborhoods are far quieter than usual as people shelter in place in their homes, the Tenderloin looks more crowded and dirty. Many sidewalks are packed with tents, garbage and people milling around in close proximity. Read more here.
6:49 a.m. Theranos founder’s trial postponed: The criminal trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reports. The trial will begin Oct. 27 instead of July 28. Holmes faces two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and nine counts of wire fraud and could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
6:45 a.m. Stocks rocket: The Dow Jones industrial average shot up more than 500 points, moving past 24,000, as the markets took in the promise of remdesivir, an experimental treatment for COVID-19. A report from Stat News said the drug from Foster City’s Gilead had proven effective in an early trial in Chicago.
6:44 a.m. John’s Grill sues insurance company: The owner of John’s Grill in San Francisco filed a suit against Hartford Insurance, alleging the insurance company denied it covers the restaurant’s business losses since the stay-at-home orders forced it to close. “I did not want to file a lawsuit. But John’s Grill has been part of the fabric of old San Francisco since 1908, and as the guardian of this institution which I took over from my immigrant parents, I made sure we had insurance to protect the restaurant and our family of employees,” owner John Konstin said in a statement.
6:33 a.m. Warriors’ Curry says he was first NBA player tested: In an essay for Time magazine, Warriors star Stephen Curry says he was the first NBA player to be tested for the coronavirus, and he tested negative.
6:27 a.m. Hearst Foundations to give $50 million to help organizations: The Hearst Foundations will grant a total of $50 million to more than a hundred organizations across the United States that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundations are independent of the Hearst Corp., which owns The Chronicle. Read more here.
6:04 a.m. San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, camp canceled: The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest has been canceled, organizers said. Officials said they hope the festival, which was scheduled to occur in August, can return next summer. Additionally, officials canceled a summer jazz camp that was planned for June. “Our mission is to bring community together through music. We are committed to evolving to new ways to accomplish that while also adapting our plans to return Summer Fest in 2021 stronger than ever,” the festival’s executive director Brendan Rawson said.
5:57 a.m. Wuhan death toll much higher: China’s official death toll from the coronavirus pandemic jumped sharply Friday as the hardest-hit city of Wuhan announced a major revision that added nearly 1,300 fatalities. The new figures resulted from an in-depth review of deaths during a response that was chaotic in the early days. They raised the official toll in Wuhan by 50% to 3,869 deaths, the Associated Press reports.
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