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Total coronavirus cases:
15,247 in California, including 3,666 in the Bay Area.
337,971 cases in the U.S., with 9,654 deaths, including 89 in the Bay Area and 350 in California. The five other states with the highest death tolls are: New York with 4,159, New Jersey with 917, Michigan with 617, Louisiana with 477, and Washington state with 343. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
More than 1.2 million in the world with more than 70,000 deaths. More than 260,000 people have recovered.
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Breaking news developments from today:
10:03 a.m. Testing available for San Francisco’s first responders: San Francisco has opened a test facility today for city employees involved on the front lines of the response to COVID-19 — first responders including health care workers, police officers and firefighters. Appointments are required and the first employees tested will be those in quarantine or self-isolation, though the aim is to ramp up rapidly. The testing will take place at Piers 30-32, and the aim is to test as many as 200 people daily by the end of the week, with results available in 24 to 48 hours.
9:54 a.m. Allstate to give customers money as fewer people drive: Car insurer Allstate will give its customers 15% back based on their monthly premium in April and May as the number of drivers dwindles because of stay-at-home orders. “As society works together to slow the spread of COVID-19, there are more people at home, driving less and having fewer accidents,” officials said in a statement. The insurance company is also offering identity protection, payment relief and extended coverage.
9:58 a.m. Two at San Francisco homeless shelter test positive for COVID-19, supervisor says: Two individuals at a homeless shelter in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood have tested positive for COVID-19, Supervisor Matt Haney, whose district includes the area where the shelter sits, said Monday. The individuals were guests at the MSC South Shelter. Haney said Department of Homelessness officials announced the development Monday morning. “This is a disaster, and getting more dangerous by the hour. No more delay. Move people into hotel rooms, NOW,” Haney said in a tweet. Following news of the first confirmed homeless person staying at a city shelter testing positive last week, Haney and four other supervisors said they planned to introduce an emergency ordinance on Tuesday requiring that at least 1,000 hotel rooms be used for unhoused people currently in settings like shelters. “It’s been 3 weeks, and yet not a single homeless person or person in a shelter has been proactively moved into a hotel room in SF by the city,” Haney said Monday.
9:44 a.m. Fine for social distance order violators increased to $1,000 in New York: People in New York who don’t practice social distancing in accordance with a state-mandated rule could be fined up to $1,000, a $500 increase from the previous maximum fine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, calling the persistent issue “an enemy we have underestimated since day one.” “It’s my way of saying this is serious,” Cuomo said during a news conference when asked about people who are still congregating for funerals and recreational activities. Authorities in the Bay Area have not disclosed much information about enforcing social distancing policies, but San Francisco police started issuing citations late last week, Chief Bill Scott said.
9:37 a.m. Donation center to reopen in Contra Costa County: Health officials in Contra Costa will again accept donations of protective equipment and supplies Monday and Tuesday. Potential donors can drop off eye protection, antibacterial and disinfecting wipes, N95 and surgical masks, and waterproof gowns by going to San Ramon City Hall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. “This donation center is open for a limited time, so we encourage you to take advantage of this donation opportunity,” officials said.
9:09 a.m. Number of coronavirus deaths in New York just shy of 4,800: New York has recorded 4,758 coronavirus deaths as the total of confirmed cases soared to 130,689 with 8,685 new cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. The state has approximately 16,837 patients in the hospital, 4,504 of whom are in intensive care unit beds. Meanwhile, 13,366 patients have been discharged. “While none of this is good news, the flattening — possible flattening — of the curve is better than the increases that we have seen,” Cuomo said.
9:08 a.m. Navy chief blasts Capt. Crozier as ‘too naive or too stupid’ in speech to sailors: Acting Secretary of Navy Thomas Modly addressed sailors aboard the Theodore Roosevelt and ripped their former commanding officer for how he handled the outbreak of coronavirus on the aircraft carrier, calling Capt. Brett Crozier “too naive or too stupid” to helm the ship, according to a recording of the speech obtained by The Chronicle. Many have called Crozier, who has since tested positive with coronavirus, a hero for his actions in prioritizing his sailors’ lives over the chain of command. Hundreds of sailors cheered Crozier as he left the ship.
9:01 a.m. Santa Rita Jail population down to roughly 2,000: The number of inmates at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin was further reduced to 2,033, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. A week ago the inmate population stood at 2,149.
9 a.m. Ninth death, nearly 600 cases in San Francisco: A ninth person in San Francisco has died of COVID-19 as 15 more cases of the virus were confirmed, increasing the total tally of cases to 583, according to the Department of Public Health.
8:52 a.m. NYC official says virus victims could be temporarily buried in parks: Officials in New York City could soon start “temporary interment” by using city parks for burials, said City Council member Mark Levine. This “is a contingency NYC is preparing for BUT if the death rate drops enough it will not be necessary,” Levine, who oversees a part of the city that includes Washington Heights, West Harlem and the Upper West Side, said in a tweet. If the situation escalates to a point where city officials must use parks to temporarily bury victims, Levine said trenches would be dug for 10 caskets in a line.
8:50 a.m. Bay Area museums discuss layoffs, furloughs and more: From salary cuts and furloughs to exhibition cancellations and permanent layoffs, the institutions charged with preservation and interpretation of our culture are planning to make many of the hard choices faced by for-profit businesses, according to details shared with The Chronicle. Read more about how they’re handling the coronavirus fallout.
8:42 a.m. 24 new cases confirmed in San Mateo County: The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Mateo County grew Monday to 579 as officials announced 24 new cases.
8:34 a.m. California to send 500 ventilators to national stockpile: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday morning the state will loan 500 ventilators it owns to the Strategic National Stockpile inventory to try to help states hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak like New York. “California is stepping up to help our fellow Americans in New York and across the country who are being impacted the hardest right now by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Newsom said in a statement. “We still have a long road ahead of us in the Golden State — and we’re aggressively preparing for a surge — but we can’t turn our back on Americans whose lives depend on having a ventilator now. We’re meeting this moment with compassion. I know that if the tables were turned and we were experiencing a hospital surge, other states would come to our aid and provide ventilators just as we are today.” Read the full story by Alexei Koseff.
8:26 a.m. Oakland to open drive-through COVID-19 test site for service providers: Oakland will soon have a new drive-through COVID-19 testing site for health care workers, grocery store and food bank employees and homeless outreach workers, city officials said. Mayor Libby Schaaf is expected to announce more details about the site at a news conference later Monday morning.
8:23 a.m. Coronavirus’ impact on military grows: The Pentagon says the number of COVID-19 cases in the active duty force topped 1,000 over the weekend, the Associated Press reports. There are a total of 1,132 confirmed cases as of Monday morning. The total was 978 on Friday. There also have been 303 cases among members of the National Guard. Among the military services, the Navy has the most cases, with 431. That includes more than 150 among the crew of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.
8:19 a.m. British Open canceled: Golf’s oldest championship will not be played for the first time since 1945, the Associated Press reports. The tournament with a purse of $10.75 million was to be played July 16-19 in Sandwich, England.
8:11 a.m. Oakland’s mom-and-pop shops struggle during pandemic: Cashiers, cooks and hairstylists often live paycheck to paycheck, and working from home is not an option, Otis Taylor writes here.
7:59 a.m. Man arrested for coughing on gas pump while referencing COVID-19: Police in Yuma, Ariz., arrested a 23-year-old man from Winterhaven, Calif., on suspicion of unlawful use of infectious biological substance for coughing on a gas pump handle while referencing COVID-19, authorities said. Yuma officers received numerous reports Saturday evening of a social media video that showed the man, whose identity was not released, coughing while referencing the virus. Authorities tracked down the man, who told police in an interview he got the idea from other social media videos he had seen, officials said. Police said the man did not show symptoms for COVID-19. “Please remember that social distancing along with the use of gloves and disinfectant during this crisis is an important defense against COVID-19,” Yuma police officials said.
7:43 a.m. Supervisors slam Moscone Center layout for homeless: San Francisco Supervisors Dean Preston and Hillary Ronen blasted the layout of the Moscone Center after a news agency published images depicting mats laid out on the floor, separated by squares on the floor, with a folding chair next to each pad and a pillow atop it. The images were in a story by Street Sheet, which is published by the Coalition on Homelessness. “To be very clear here, the Mayor’s plan is to move healthy homeless people from shelters to this, instead of to hotel rooms. Find me one public health professional who thinks that is a good idea,” Preston said in a tweet. Ronen also disapproved of the layout, writing on Twitter, “This is deeply deeply wrong. We won’t stop fighting to make this right.” Preston and Ronen are among a group of supervisors who plan to introduce an emergency ordinance on Tuesday requiring that at least 1,000 hotel rooms be used for unhoused people currently in settings like shelters. City officials said earlier the Moscone Center would have nearly 400 beds to function as an overflow shelter.
7:40 a.m. India stops exports of COVID-19 remedy Trump touts: Nearly half of the supply of hydroxychloroquine to the U.S. comes from makers in India, a flow that has now been abruptly stanched after the Asian nation banned exports of all forms of the malaria drug touted by President Trump as a “game changer” for treating the coronavirus, Bloomberg News reports. India’s export ban on the drug is aimed at ensuring it has enough supply for domestic use after the American president’s endorsement sparked global stockpiling of the medication. While Trump said that the U.S. has secured 29 million choloroquine or hydroxychloroquine pills for its medical stockpile and American drugmakers like Mylan NV have re-started production of the tablets to meet U.S. needs, the India ban will likely push prices of the medication up in the short term, while limiting available supply in the long term. The active chemical compound needed to make the drug is also mainly supplied through Indian channels and is now banned for export too.
7:29 a.m. Muni announces which bus lines will remain active: Cutbacks to Muni bus service in San Francisco are being rolled out in phases over the next three days. Officials advised riders to expect delays Monday and even seek out other options. The following lines will be suspended Tuesday due to low ridership and other options nearby: 2 Clement, 3 Jackson, 5 Fulton, 7 Haight, 10 Townsend, 21 Hayes and 31 Balboa. On Wednesday, service will be further reduced to the city’s 17 most-used bus lines. The following lines will remain in service with “some modifications,” officials said: N Judah Bus; L Taraval Bus; T Third Bus; 1 California; 8 Bayshore; 9 San Bruno; 14 Mission; 14R Mission Rapid; 19 Polk; 22 Fillmore; 24 Divisadero; 25 Treasure Island; 29 Sunset; 38 Geary; 38R Geary Rapid; 44 O’Shaughnessy; and 49 Van Ness/Mission. Muni Metro and light rail operations have already been shut down.
6:42 a.m. Stocks rise on hopes of containment: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 4% at the start of trading as death rates from COVID-19 slowed in some of the hardest-hit countries and regions.
6:40 a.m. Inmate population in San Francisco down to 766: The number of inmates in San Francisco County Jail was reduced to 766 over the weekend, nearly half of what it was in mid-January, District Attorney Chesa Boudin said. The inmate population stood at 1,238 on Jan. 21 before officials reduced it to 1,097 on March 4 when city officials declared a state of emergency. “Healthcare professionals demanded we drastically reduce the jail population, so we listened,” Boudin said in a tweet.
6:29 a.m. Riverside County requires residents to wear face masks: Days after recommending that people wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Southern California county went a step further and ordered all residents to cover their faces when leaving home. Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the top health officer in Riverside County, said “not everybody’s getting the message” about social distancing while in public, so officials were forced to “change from saying that you should to saying that you must.” The order issued over the weekend also prohibits all gatherings except for family members living in the same home.
6:08 a.m. Early missteps delayed response at Laguna Honda: Since the start of the pandemic, the prospect of an outbreak at Laguna Honda has been a worst-case scenario for San Francisco’s Department of Public Health, which owns and operates the nursing home. Most of the home’s 750 residents are frail and elderly, and the virus has taken a particularly heavy toll on people who are older and have compromised immune systems. Over the past two weeks, The Chronicle interviewed a dozen people with connections to the home. They said the city’s response to the crisis has been spotty, secretive and slow, leaving the facility porous to the outside world for weeks and dangerously unprepared for disaster. Read the full story by Jason Fagone and Trisha Thadani.
5:57 a.m. State of emergency to be declared in Japan: A state of emergency will be declared for Tokyo and six other prefectures in Japan as early as Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly announced Monday. According to several news reports, Abe said the country would also launch a roughly $1 trillion — or 108 trillion yen — stimulus package that will include payouts to households in need and support for businesses.
5:46 a.m. Poll finds half of Americans extremely worried about COVID-19: Americans in overwhelming numbers are actively avoiding others as much as possible and taking additional steps to protect themselves from the coronavirus, according to a survey from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that shows how concerns about infection have grown sharply in the past six weeks. Half of Americans now say they are extremely or very worried that they or a family member will be infected by the virus. That compares with 31% who said the same in mid-March and 22% who said so in February. Another 34% are somewhat worried, while just 16% say they are not worried. Confronted by the seriousness of the pandemic, Americans are more likely than they were in mid-March to report taking protective steps. Today, 94% of Americans say they are staying away from large groups, up from 68%. Somewhat fewer, though still an overwhelming majority, 86%, say they are avoiding other people as much as possible.
Breaking news developments from April 5:
11:42 p.m. Patients rush to join tests of drug made by Bay Area’s Gilead: Coronavirus patients around the world have been rushing to join studies of remdesivir, made by Gilead Sciences of Foster City, since the studies opened in hospitals in the last few weeks, the Associated Press reports. Remdesivir is an experimental drug that’s shown promise against some earlier coronaviruses, preceding the current one that causes COVID-19. Interest has been so great that the U.S. National Institutes of Health is expanding its study, which has nearly reached its initial goal of 440 patients. Gilead Sciences is ramping up its own studies, and has announced it is donating its supply — which could mean more than 140,000 patient courses — for compassionate use, expanded access and clinical trials.
11:13 p.m. Navy Secretary who dismissed Capt. Brett Crozier to visit ship: Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who said it was his decision to remove Capt. Brett Crozier from command of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, was scheduled to address its crew on Monday afternoon in Guam, The Chronicle reports. Crozier, a Santa Rosa native, was dismissed after his letter pleading for assistance for a coronavirus outbreak on the ship became public. Modly was among officials who said Crozier had erred in copying numerous people on the letter, going outside the chain of command. Crozier also won wide praise, however, for acting on behalf of his crew, hundreds of whom gave him a rousing send-off after his dismissal. The the crew was instructed to be respectful during Modly’s visit, The Chronicle reported. Crozier has since tested positive for the coronavirus.
10:59 p.m. China reports rise in asymptomatic cases: The National Health Commission of China said it identified 78 new asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus Sunday, compared to 47 the previous day, Reuters reported. People who can carry and transmit the virus but show no symptoms have become a source of concern for countries as they attempt to slow the virus’ spread. Last week, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said up to 25 percent of people infected with COVID-19 may show no symptoms. At a White House press briefing Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S.’s top infectious disease expert, said the number of infected people with no symptoms could be “somewhere between 25 and 50 percent,” though he clarified that was an estimate.
10:40 p.m. Boston officials recommend overnight curfew: Mayor Marty Walsh said Boston health officials are recommending a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Monday to guard against the spread of coronavirus. In a news conference Sunday, Walsh said the Boston Public Health Commission was issuing a curfew advisory for at least the next three weeks for everyone except essential workers. “We have seen too many unnecessary trips in the evening and social distancing problems,” he said. Walsh also recommended that all residents wear a face covering outside. Boston reported 259 new cases of the virus Sunday, its largest single-day increase, and has seen 511 new cases in the last two days, Walsh said.
10:12 p.m. Members of Congress figuring out how to work remotely: Rep. Mike Thompson is growing a beard. Rep. Zoe Lofgren is cooking something new every night. Rep. Jared Huffman is doing yoga with his wife and daughter. They spend lots of time with their constituents online. Many in the Bay Area congressional delegation and their staffers say the pandemic has them working even harder now, with nearly every legislative priority replaced by coronavirus issue. Constituent work is near an all-time high. Days are filled with conference calls, Zoom roundtables and Facebook Live town halls. Read The Chronicle’s account by Tal Kopan on how Bay Area members of Congress are working in the new world of the pandemic.
9:50 p.m. United Nations chief warns of domestic violence surge during pandemic: Secretary General António Guterres warned Sunday that women and girls face a “horrifying global surge in domestic violence” during the coronavirus pandemic. Lockdowns and movement restrictions as well as economic and social stresses tied to the outbreak have dramatically increased the numbers of women and girls facing abuse in almost all countries, a U.N. statement said. “For many women and girls,” Guterres said, “the threat looms largest where they should be safest: in their own homes.” He called on nations to step up measures to support victims, including by declaring domestic shelters as essential services and making sure abusers are prosecuted.
9:43 p.m. All but three African countries have reported COVID-19 cases: South Sudan has reported its first case of COVID-19, becoming the 51st of 54 countries in Africa with a confirmed case, according to the Associated Press. The infected person is a United Nations worker who arrived from Netherlands on Feb. 28, the AP reported. Lesotho and the island countries of Comoros and Sao Tome and Principe are the only three countries in Africa with no reported COVID-19 cases. Among countries in Africa, South Africa has the most confirmed cases with 1,655 and has reported 11 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
9:30 p.m. Giuliani said to advise Trump on potential COVID-19 treatment: Rudolph W. Giuliani, whose last prominence was as President Trump’s unpaid private attorney in the impeachment scandal, now has cast himself as a personal science adviser to the president on potential coronavirus treatment, the Washington Post reports. He told the newspaper he has spoken to Trump by phone, specifically touting the use of an anti-malarial drug that has shown some early promise in treating COVID-19, but whose effectiveness has not yet been proved. Trump has publicly encouraged use of the unproven drug, hydroxychloroquine.
9:04 p.m. Salesforce donates protective equipment to New York state: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says the San Francisco company has donated a planeload of personal protective equipment including goggles, face shields and protective suits to New York to assist the state’s coronavirus response. On Twitter, Benioff posted photos and video clips of a National 747 cargo plane being unloaded. He thanked “partners” the Alibaba Group, a tech company based in China. New York has recorded by far the most cases and deaths from COVID-19 among U.S. states.
8:57 p.m. Washington to pass along more 400 unneeded ventilators: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the state will return more than 400 ventilators it received from the federal government, so they can go to New York and other states battling the coronavirus. The Democratic governor in a statement Sunday said his statewide stay-at-home order and weeks of social distancing have led to slower rates of infections and deaths. The state had more than 7,984 confirmed cases of the virus as of Sunday and 343 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. New York had more than 123,160 confirmed cases and 4,159 deaths. Washington officials said the state still expects increased COVID-19 hospitalizations, and recently purchased more than 750 ventilators that are expected to arrive over the next several weeks when Washington may need them most.
8:34 p.m. Airlines cut service to New York area: Several major airlines have dramatically cut back flights to and from New York City as the region battles the spread of the coronavirus, Reuters reports. American Airlines announced Sunday it will reduce flights from New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports and New Jersey’s Newark airport to a total of 13 per day, down from an average of 271 per day in April 2019, according to Reuters. United previously said it would reduce its flights to the area from 157 to 17 per day and JetBlue said it would reduce its flight schedule by as much as 80 percent. New York has been the U.S. state hardest-hit by the coronavirus pandemic with more than 123,000 confirmed cases and 4,159 deaths as of Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University tracking.
8:27 p.m. San Francisco delays property-tax deadline to May 4. San Francisco has pushed back the deadline for paying the second installment of this year’s property taxes without a penalty from April 10 until May 4, the first business day after San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order ends. “Taxpayers who are unable to pay by this date for reasons related to COVID-19 should submit a request for a penalty waiver request online,” the city’s Treasury and Tax Collector says on its website. Although the April 10 deadline is state law, a provision says a county can waive penalties for an individual taxpayer if a late payment “is due to reasonable cause and circumstances beyond the taxpayer’s control.” Taxpayer and business groups last week urged Gov. Gavin Newsom to delay the property tax deadline statewide. In a statement, the California State Association of Counties said that delaying any payments beyond April 10 “for individuals or businesses that can pay, will tip local governments into insolvency at a time when our residents need us the most. Counties will use all existing authority to cancel penalties and other charges for homeowners, small businesses, and other property owners that are unable to pay their property taxes due to circumstances caused by COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis.”
7:47 p.m. Lake County reports its first case: Lake County reported its first case of the coronavirus Sunday. The patient appears to have contracted it through contact with an individual at an out-of-county workplace and there is no evidence yet of community spread, according to a Lake County statement. The patient is isolated and “doing well” and officials are working to identify close contacts, the statement said.
7:40 p.m. Embassies open as State Department hit by coronavirus, report says: The U.S. has recorded 154 cases of the coronavirus worldwide among employees of its State Department, according to a New York Times report. Aw well, more than 3,500 State Department employees, mostly overseas, have COVID-19 symptoms and are in self-isolation, the newspaper said, while all but two of the 171 U.S. embassies and 87 consulates around the world remain open. The department has brought more than 38,000 U.S. citizens and their relatives back to the U.S., including about 6,000 diplomats and family members; another 22,000 U.S. citizens are waiting to return home, the newspaper reported.
7:20 p.m. Atrocious exceptions marred a good week for East Bay parks: Most people have been complying with East Bay park closures and stay-at-home orders intended to stop spread of the coronavirus, according to the manger of the nation’s largest regional park district. Dismal exceptions involve homeless people abusing closed restrooms, and trail users tossing litter that is piling up. Read Tom Stienstra’s update on the park situation during the coronavirus pandemic here.
7:03 p.m. First patients arrive at temporary hospital in Santa Clara: The temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients in Santa Clara’s convention center received its first patients Sunday. Two patients arrived at the federal medical station, which can accept up to 250 patients with non-emergency symptoms, according to a Santa Clara County news release. The facility is operated via a state of California contract. “Utilizing the Convention Center as a Field Respite Center backstops hospitals and other care providers preparing for a surge in COVID-19 cases,” Dr. Jennifer Tong, an official with Santa Clara County’s emergency operations center, said in the release. “This is another important tool that we now can use in our fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”
6:47 p.m. Grand Princess leaves San Francisco Bay: The Grand Princess cruise ship has left San Francisco Bay, where it had been moored since mid-March, and was sailing west of the Golden Gate on Sunday. Nearly 650 crew members of the formerly coronavirus-stricken ship completed a 14-day quarantine Saturday. The Associated Press reported the ship was off to sea for several days of routine operations, then would temporarily dock at Port of San Francisco next week to onload provisions before sailing to its next destination. Last month, the ship was stranded off the California coast for six days before docking at the Port of Oakland to off-load passengers and crew, who then were taken to locations around the country to quarantine.
6:25 p.m. California could eliminate bail for lower-level offenses: The state’s Judicial Council is weighing an emergency order to set bail at $0 for lower-level offenses, to ease the impact of the coronavirus on legal systems. The council is to meet Monday to consider temporary rules including holding criminal and juvenile proceedings by video or phone to expedite hearings as courts operate with reduced workforces, the Associated Press reported. The proposal to lower bail to $0 for misdemeanors and lower-level felonies is aimed at reducing jail populations to curb the spread of COVID-19 and is expected to be approved, AP reported.
5:50 p.m. Trump says he would wear face covering ‘if I thought it was important’: President Trump was asked at his Sunday briefing if his wife Melania has encouraged him to wear a face covering since in a tweet she encouraged people to take seriously the Centers for Disease Control recommendations to do so. Trump said: “I would wear one. I just generally am not in a … Would you like me to wear one right now answering your question? That would be a little awkward, I guess. No, I mean, again, I would wear one if I thought it was important. She likes the idea of wearing it, yeah, she does. A lot of people do. Again, it’s a recommendation and I understand that recommendation and I’m OK with it.” Reporters also asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, why he did not wear a face mask at the briefing. “There are a couple of reasons,” Fauci said. “One of them is that part of the — in fact, the major reason to wear a face mask is to protect you from infecting you. I had my test yesterday and it’s negative.”
5:34 p.m. New blood tests for COVID-19, and immunity, under development in Bay Area: New blood tests to determine who has had the coronavirus and who might be immune to it are being developed in the Bay Area. Gov. Gavin Newsom said one of the tests may be rolled out this week. Such testing is expected to let people know when they can safely leave home and return to work. Chronicle Staff Writer Michael Cabanatuan has the story.
5:25 p.m. Trump says he likes ‘concept’ of more direct stimulus payments: Asked about the idea of including more direct payments to U.S. citizens in another coronavirus relief bill, President Trump said Sunday: “I like the concept of it. I think it’s good. We’re talking about a different way of doing it, but I like the concept.” An initial $2 trillion coronavirus relief measure included direct payments of up to $1,200 for individuals. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said last week she favors another stimulus bill with additional direct payments and expanded unemployment. Trump said Sunday the initial round of direct payments should be delivered within “a couple of weeks.”
5:13 p.m. Trump: U.S. nearing “horrific point” in coronavirus deaths: President Trump said Sunday the U.S. can “see light at the end of the tunnel” in its response to the coronavirus, and Vice President Mike Pence said there are “glimmers of progress.” Earlier Sunday, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams likened the upcoming week to a “Pearl Harbor moment” and “9/11 moment” in terms of the virus’ impact on the U.S. in an interview with “Fox News Sunday.” Trump at a White House briefing was asked how to reconcile the disparate statements. “I don’t think they’re so different,” Trump said. “I think we all know that we have to reach a certain point and that point is going to be a horrific point in terms of death. But it’s also a point at which things are going to start changing. We’re getting very close to that level right now and the next week and a half, two weeks, are going to be — I think they’re going to be very difficult. At the same time, we understand what they represent and what that time represents. And hopefully we can get this over, because this is a very horrible thing for the world.”
5:04 p.m. Apple to make over a million face shields for medical workers: Apple is aiming to provide up to 1 million face shields per week to medical workers, CEO Tim Cook announced Sunday. In a video posted on Twitter, Cook said the company-wide effort to design, produce and ship the shields will see more than 1 million shipped by week’s end, and another million the following week. Shipments were delivered to Kaiser hospital facilities in the Santa Clara Valley the past week with “very positive” feedback from doctors, Cook said. There are 15 Kaiser facilities in Santa Clara County; Cook did not clarify which received the protective gear. Apple’s face shield is adjustable and can be assembled in two minutes, he said. Apple also said it’s donated over 20 million N95 masks to organizations in need.
4:51 p.m. Birx: Officials hopeful large metro outbreaks are stabilizing: Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the U.S. coronavirus response, said Sunday officials are seeing “hopeful signs” in hard-hit countries Italy and Spain. Italy reported a decrease in coronavirus-related intensive care numbers Saturday. Spain also reported a decrease in deaths. Birx said at a White House briefing that those numbers are “giving us hope of what our future could be.” She stated, “We’re very hopeful that over the next week, although we’ll see a rising number of cases of people who lose their lives to this illness, we’re also hopeful to see a stabilization of cases across these large metro areas where the outbreak began several weeks ago,” Birx said.
4:45 p.m. Don’t file a tax return? Here’s a new way to get stimulus payment: TurboTax has created a “minimum” online tax return that certain people can use for free to get a $1,200 federal stimulus payment from the federal government, the Mountain View company announced in a blog post Saturday. Most Americans eligible for the payment will get it automatically based on their 2019 or 2018 tax returns. But about 15% of households don’t have to file a tax return, usually because their income is below the filing threshold or it comes only from Social Security. The IRS announced Wednesday that it will automatically send payments to non-filers who receive Social Security or railroad retirement benefits. But people who have no income, or income from other sources such as Supplemental Security Income, still need to file a return to get a payment. “In partnership with the IRS, TurboTax volunteered to create an innovative solution to help this group easily get their stimulus payment,” the TurboTax Stimulus Registration, the company said. Users simply answer a few questions and then choose to receive their payment via direct deposit or check.”
4:35 p.m. Trump says “I’m not a doctor” as he touts potential coronavirus drug: President Trump on Sunday continued to tout the potential effects of the drug hydroxychloroquine in treating the coronavirus. “Again, you have to go through your medical people, get the approval. But I’ve seen things that I sort of like. What do I know? I’m not a doctor. I’m not a doctor. But I have common sense.” When a reporter later tried to ask Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S.’s top infectious disease expert, about use of the drug against COVID19, Trump stepped forward and intervened. “You don’t have to ask the question,” Trump said. “We’ve answered that question 15 times.” The FDA has issued an emergency use authorization to allow hydroxychloroquine donated to the Strategic National Stockpile to be distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible. However, the FDA specifies on its website there are currently no FDA-approved medical countermeasures for COVID-19.
4:15 p.m. Trump sends well wishes to Britain’s Boris Johnson: President Trump opened a news conference on Sunday by acknowledging the hospitalization of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson due to ongoing coronavirus symptoms. “All Americans are praying for him,” Trump said. “He’s a friend of mine. He’s a great gentleman and a great leader … I’m hopeful and sure that he’s going to be fine. He’s a strong man, strong person.” Johnson’s hospitalization was reportedly a “precautionary step.”
4:10 p.m. Passengers from cruises said to face domestic flight ban: People disembarking from cruise ships in U.S. ports could be banned from transferring to commercial domestic flights, according to CNN. They would still be allowed to take charter flights within the U.S., the network said, citing an unnamed administration official. Cruise ship lines could arrange for charter flights for their passengers.
3:50 p.m. Scotland medical official resigns after reportedly defying lockdown rules: Scotland’s chief medical officer, Dr. Catherine Calderwood, resigned after acknowledging she twice visited her second home amid a national coronavirus lockdown, the BBC reported Sunday. Calderwood had earlier issued a statement “apologizing unreservedly” for traveling during the restrictions. “I did not follow the advice I’m giving to others,” Calderwood said. “I’m truly sorry for that.” The BBC reported Calderwood later issued another statement saying “justifiable focus” on her trips could distract from Scotland’s response to the pandemic.
3:30 p.m. Muni to close majority of its bus lines this week: The SFMTA will shut down all but 17 of its 68 Muni bus lines this week, with an estimated 40 percent of its operators expected to stay home due to the coronavirus outbreak. The cuts come a week after San Francisco’s fleet of Muni light rail trains were replaced by buses. Despite the shelter-in-place order, bus lines are still serving about 100,000 passengers a day— many of them essential workers like nurses, cooks dishwashers and security guards, said SFMTA Director of Transportation Jeffrey Tumlin. Tumlin on Sunday said transportation officials are ironing out which lines will remain open, and prioritizing lines that serve hospitals and areas where riders have few alternatives. Tumlin said 5 workers have contracted COVID-19, and many others are members of vulnerable populations. “Tomorrow will be a mess,” Tumlin said: Many drivers are out but implementation of the new plan will not begin until Tuesday, with the full-roll out starting Wednesday. SFMTA is expected to lose about $200 million this quarter, Tumlin said, but added the agency is striving to goal is to avoid any layoffs or unpaid furloughs.
3:27 p.m. Santa Clara County reports 59 new cases: That brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the hard-hit county to 1,207. Santa Clara County has reported 39 deaths.
2:42 p.m. Tiger at Bronx Zoo tests positive: A 4-year-old Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19, in what is believed to be the first confirmed infection of an animal in the U.S. The tiger, Nadia, developed a dry cough and a decrease in appetite, and was tested out of an abundance of caution, the Wildlife Conservation Society said Sunday. Officials said Nadia, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions had developed a dry cough and all are expected to recover.
“Our cats were infected by a person caring for them who was asymptomatically infected with the virus or before that person developed symptoms,” a WCS statement read. “Appropriate preventive measures are now in place for all staff who are caring for them, and the other cats in our four WCS zoos, to prevent further exposure of any other of our zoo cats.”
2:26 p.m. San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts to serve as shelter: The landmark structure in the Marina will start housing 20 to 25 people as soon as the end of this week, with more to come — as many as 162, according to local Supervisor Catherine Stefani. People will be screened for the coronavirus each time they enter and there will be a curfew, Stefani said in a message shared on social media.
2:09 p.m. California health worker infections near 200: Across the state, 197 health care workers have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to figures released Sunday. That’s up from 174 cases in health care workers reported Saturday.
1:49 p.m. SF General reports new cases of COVID-19: San Francisco General Hospital has reported 2 additional cases of COVID-19 patients, bringing the total number of cases in the hospital to 25. Of the 25, 15 are in the Intensive Care Unit, according to a spokesperson for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. As of Sunday, the Bay Area has 3,560 reported cases of the virus, with 88 deaths related to the virus.
1:41 p.m. SF’s battle with HIV/AIDS shaped today’s coronavirus response: Before there was coronavirus and a city shut down, there was an AIDS crisis and a city struggling to keep up with a mounting death toll. Nearly 40 years may separate the two crises. But San Francisco’s response to AIDS then informs how the world is tackling a new pandemic today. Chronicle reporter Ryan Kost writes about this here.
1:35 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson taken to hospital: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to a hospital, 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19, reported several media organizations including the Associated Press and the Times in London. A spokesperson close to the prime minister has said it is not an emergency situation. Johnson, who was the first major elected world leader to test positive for the virus, was admitted to the hospital on the same day Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II addressed the nation on television for just the fifth time during her 68 year reign. She urged all people to stay home to help stop the spread of the virus.
1:08 p.m. Bay Area COVID-19 cases rise above 3,500: The Bay Area added 120 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the region’s total to more than 3,500. San Francisco added 39 new cases while several counties updated their reported cases: Alameda County reported 29; Contra Costa County, 33; San Mateo County, 17; and Sonoma County, 2. Contra Costa County also reported one death for a total of 88 in the Bay Area. Marin, Napa, Santa Clara and Solano counties did not have updates as this time.
12:55 p.m. What can Bay Area residents expect after stay-home orders are lifted?: Whether it’s a month from now or two or three, when the Bay Area finally emerges from its long collective isolation, the world everyone re-enters may look dramatically different from the one left behind. The Chronicle’s Erin Allday writes about what that future might look like.
12:50 p.m. Fauci warns that COVID-19 could return again as a seasonal virus: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a leading member of President Trump’s coronavirus task force, said there’s a good chance COVID-19 could return again as a seasonal epidemic. “Unless we get this globally under control there’s a very good chance it assumes a seasonal nature,” Fauci said during a Sunday appearance on CNN. “We need to be prepared, that since it’s unlikely it will be completely eradicated from the planet, that there will be a resurgence. Hopefully if in fact we do see that resurgence we will have interventions … that we do not have now.”
12:18 p.m. Queen Elizabeth asks people to stay resolute in slowing the spread of coronavirus: For just the fifth time during her 68 year reign as the United Kingdom’s matriarch, Queen Elizabeth II took to the television airwaves to address the British people, and the world, encouraging everyone to stay resolute in their self-isolation to prevent the spread of coronavirus. “I want to thank those of you who are staying home. Together we are tackling this disease,” she said. “I want to reassure you, if we remain united and resolute we will overcome it.” The Queen, 93, referenced the first time she made a broadcast to the British nations, in 1940 when she and her sister Margaret addressed the children who had been displaced by war. “Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones,” she said. “But today as then, deep down, we know it is the right thing to do.” The Queen did did not provide an update on the condition of her son, Prince Charles, who has tested positive for COVID-19.
11:43 a.m. San Francisco COVID-19 cases continue to rise: San Francisco reported 39 additional cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing total cases to 568.
11:16 a.m. Tom Brokaw’s daughter watching the health of SFFD fighters during the pandemic: Dr. Jennifer Brokaw, daughter of broadcaster Tom Brokaw, has come on board as the San Francisco Fire Department’s physician, where her job is to oversee the health of the city’s 1,788 firefighters. “She was thrown right into the ring of fire and is doing an amazing job,” said SFFD spokesman Lt. Jonathan Baxter. Brokaw joined the department in late February, just as the coronavirus was emerging in the Bay Area.
10:50 a.m. Warriors sending $1,000 checks to staff laid off during pandemic: The Golden State Warriors are making good on their promise to help workers laid off during the pandemic. Over the weekend, the Warriors Foundation began sending $1,000 checks to most of the 1,500 part-time, game-day workers employed the Chase Center and the Kaiser Arena in Santa Cruz, where the Warriors’ farm team plays. Only workers at Warriors’ games are eligible.
10:37 a.m. Bay Area man dies from COVID-19 after waiting hours for ambulance in Florida, family says: A South San Francisco man died late Saturday night from COVID-19 after waiting more than 4 hours for an ambulance from the Coral Princess cruise ship, the latest in a string of vessels to get infected by the coronavirus while at sea. Wilson Maa had spent two years planning and saving for the South America voyage with his wife, Toyling, and several lifelong friends. It was a dream vacation that turned deadly after passengers were unable to catch flights from their original destination, Buenos Aires, which closed its borders on March 19. The ship spent two weeks stranded at sea, unable to dock at any port until it arrived in Miami, Florida, with 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board, including Maa. He waited more than four hours Saturday for an ambulance to take him to Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami, where he passed away, his wife and daughter said. Interviewed from the ship’s sick bay Saturday, Toyling coughed through a surgical mask while crews hand-pumped a ventilator for her husband. Toyling is still on the ship waiting for an ambulance, according to her daughter Julie. Spokespeople for the Coral Princess were unavailable for comment.
10:35 a.m. Louisiana could run out of ventilators, ICU beds this week: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said that his state could run out of ventilators and ICU beds by the end of the week as the coronavirus continues to spread through the Gulf Coast state. Speaking on CNN Sunday morning, Edward said, “Every day we get new information that informs our modeling. We now think it’s probably around the 9th of April before we exceed our ventilator capacity based on the current number on hand and that we’re a couple of days behind that on ICU bed capacity being exceeded,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” As of Sunday morning Louisiana has 12,496 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has reported 409 deaths from the virus.
10:22 a.m. SF nurse ill with COVID-19 after attending Miami festival: A San Francisco nurse is seriously ill with COVID-19 after attending the popular Winter Party festival in Miami. Mike Schultz, a nurse at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, has been intubated in the intensive care unit at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston for more than two weeks, according to a GoFundMe page and social media posts. At least 9 attendees have tested positive for COVID and at least two people have died, according to organizers.
10:20 a.m. Who takes care of the front line workers’ kids?: What do you do when you’re an essential worker like a doctor or paramedic required to report to your job, but your kids’ schools and aftercare programs have shut due to the coronavirus outbreak? The YMCA of San Francisco, founded in 1853 (two decades before the cable cars!), has an answer: Pop-Up YKids. Chronicle columnist Heather Knight tells the story.
9:35 a.m. Navy captain removed from carrier tests positive for COVID-19: Capt. Brett Crozier, the Navy captain removed from command of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, tested positive for the coronavirus. Two Naval Academy classmate of Crozier’s told the newspaper that he became symptomatic before he was removed from the ship. Crozier was relieved of command after an email he wrote about the poor conditions on the ship was leaked to The San Francisco Chronicle. In his Saturday briefing President Donald Trump said: “He shouldn’t be talking that way in a letter. I thought it was terrible what he did.”
9:17 a.m. Should Bay Area parents pay for child care they can’t use right now?: Like many working parents, Bethany Hendrickson O’Connell found a bit of novelty in the first week of sheltering in place. She took long walks with her 4-year-old son, Charlie, worked in five-hour stints for her nonprofit job, and joined Charlie’s preschool class for “letter share day” on Zoom. Then came the grenade in her inbox: an email from Charlie’s school in Berkeley, asking parents to pay April’s tuition bill — or at least make a donation — for a service they couldn’t use. As Bay Area parents shelter in place they’re faced with a serious question: Do they continue to pay for childcare they can’t use?
8:45 a.m. Secretary of Defense backs firing of Bay Area Navy Captain: U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Sunday defended the firing of U.S. Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, saying it was a “chain of command” issue focused on the “trust and confidence in the captain of the ship.” Crozier, a Santa Rosa native, was relieved from his command last week after sending a letter to Navy officials pleading for help and warning of the dire situation on board. At the time, more than 100 sailors aboard his nuclear aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, were infected with the coronavirus, which docked in Guam following an outbreak among the crew of more than 4,000. Esper said the decision to fire Crozier ultimately rested with Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. “He came and briefed me the night before,” Esper told ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos Sunday. “The morning of, he sat down and talked to me. I listened to the recommendations of the CNO, the chief of naval operations, and General Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It was the Secretary Modly’s call and I told him I would support it.”
8:24 a.m. SF coronavirus crisis on its way to becoming a financial crisis: Numbers tell the story of the coronavirus crisis in San Francisco — most sobering are the more than 500 people who have been infected and the billion-dollar-plus budget deficit facing the city. But there are some numbers below the radar that have drawn a dour conclusion from San Francisco’s controller, the city’s top money man. “This is not simply a health emergency — this is now almost certainly a recession,” San Francisco Controller Ben Rosenfield said. The Chronicle’s Phil Matier shares some startling numbers.
7:48 a.m. Surgeon General warns of worst week to come: Surgeon General Jerome Adams spoke frankly Sunday as he alerted Americans of the worsening fallout from the new coronavirus, warning “this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly. … This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized,” Adams said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that.”
7:38 a.m. Trump administration delayed initial response to outbreak: It took the Trump administration one month from the time it learned of the coronavirus outbreak in late December to impose the country’s initial travel restrictions, according to a Reuters investigation. Though President Trump has said his decision on Jan. 31 to ban travel from China “saved many lives,” several government agencies and officials spent weeks arguing about how to handle the outbreak, including how to best screen for sick travelers and the economic impact that any restrictions would have, Reuters reported.
7:31 a.m. What’s missing in Bay Area’s battle against coronavirus? Data: In San Francisco — where more than 500 people have tested positive and eight have died from COVID-19 — public health officials have released little more than basic statistics on the spread of the coronavirus for months, despite calls for more information on how the pandemic is affecting local communities and hospitals. San Francisco isn’t the only county in California that has tightly restricted certain information about coronavirus cases. But researchers and politicians say these restrictions go too far, impeding the public’s ability to understand the scope of the unprecedented health crisis and adequately respond. Live updates: Raiders trailing Seahawks 27-3 in London
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