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Total coronavirus cases:
• 70,996 in California, including 2,876 deaths.
• 10,110 in the Bay Area, including 368 deaths.
• More than 1.3 million in the U.S., including more than 80,600 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 26,988; New Jersey with 9,340; Massachusetts with 5,108; Michigan with 4,584; and Pennsylvania with 3,832. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 4.2 million in the world, with more than 288,000 deaths. More than 1.4 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
6:35 a.m. UCSF analysis: Smoking makes COVID-19 worse: COVID-19 patients who smoke have double the risk of the disease progressing as non-smokers, UCSF tobacco researchers found, and when it worsens, current or former smokers are more likely to suffer acute conditions or die. The analysis of studies of more than 11,000 COVID-19 patients, by noted smoking researcher Stanton Glantz, was published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
6:18 a.m. A new online world for Cal State campuses: Students at the 23-campus California State University system woke up Wednesday to the momentous reality that their school plans for the fall have been upended: Officials have decided Cal State will offer nearly all instruction online in fall semester due to concerns about spread of the coronavirus.
6:11 a.m. Manafort released from federal prison over virus concerns: President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, convicted in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, has been released from federal prison to serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement due to concerns about the coronavirus.
6:05 a.m. Americans are on the move again: Millions more U.S. residents left their homes last week, according to a New York Times analysis of cell phone data, even as public health officials warn that easing restrictions on public life too soon could spark a surge of coronavirus cases that could quickly spiral out of control. About 25 million more people went out on an average day last week than during the preceding six weeks.
5:54 a.m. EU expert warns of extremists usng pandemic as expansion tool: The European Union’s counterterrorism official is warning that extremists are using the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to spread their message, and potentially attacks. A confidential briefing obtained Wednesday by the Associated Press cautioned that right-wing extremists and Islamic militants “could view attacks on medical personnel and facilities as highly effective, because these would generate a massive shock in society.”
5:45 a.m. Guidance document shows how CDC experts’ thinking differed from that of White House managers: Advice from the top U.S. disease control experts on how to safely reopen businesses and institutions during the coronavirus pandemic was more detailed and restrictive than the plan released by the White House last month, according to the 63-page CDC document obtained by The Associated Press. The guidance, which was shelved by Trump administration officials, also offered recommendations to help communities decide when to shut facilities down again during future flareups of COVID-19.
Updates from May 12:
11:51 p.m. Pence keeping distance from Trump after aide tested positive, White House says: Vice President Mike Pence “has made the choice to keep his distance for a few days” from President Trump in the wake of Pence’s press secretary testing positive for the coronavirus, White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Tuesday, according to Reuters. Pence was not present for Trump’s news conference Monday. A Twitter post from Pence’s account Tuesday read: “Good meeting of @WhiteHouse Coronavirus Task Force today,” with a photo that included Pence, Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci at a table wearing masks.
11:18 p.m. More cases in South Korea: Officials in South Korea reported 26 new cases of the coronavirus but for now do not plan to reinstate strict social distancing after an outbreak of cases linked to nightclubs in Seoul, according to the Associated Press. Nightclubs in the Seoul area have temporarily closed and South Korea has delayed reopening schools following the spike in cases, the AP reported.
10:50 p.m. Thailand logs no new cases in 24 hours: For the first time since March 9, Thailand reported no new cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, Reuters reports. Thailand has confirmed 3,017 total cases of the virus and 56 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
10:30 p.m. Alameda County agrees with Tesla on reopening plan: Alameda County said Tesla can begin to move beyond basic functions at its Fremont plant this week after health officials reviewed the company’s plan for reopening and recommended added safety measures. County health officials said in a statement if Tesla “includes these updates, and the public health indicators remain stable or improve, we have agreed that Tesla can begin to augment their Minimum Business Operations this week in preparation for possible reopening as soon as next week.” Alameda County will work with Fremont police to verify that Tesla is adhering to distancing protocol and that “agreed upon health and safety measures are in place for the safety of their workers as they prepare for full production,” the county’s statement said.
9:50 p.m. Sonoma County reports 21 new cases: Officials in Sonoma County confirmed 21 new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, the county’s largest one-day increase in nearly three weeks. Health officer Dr. Sundari Mase said in a virtual town hall Tuesday that it would be “too soon to say” if the county is seeing any increase in cases due to easing of its stay-at-home order. Sonoma County has reported 333 total cases with 151 active as of Tuesday, according to its website.
9:40 p.m. Cases climb in Russia: Russia has now reported the second-most cases of the coronavirus after only the United States, with 232,243 confirmed cases as of Tuesday night, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Russia on Tuesday reported 10,899 new cases in the last 24 hours, its 10th consecutive day with more than 10,000 new cases, according to BBC reports.
9:34 p.m. USA Gymnastics postpones premier events until 2021: The U.S. Gymnastics Championships and other events scheduled for 2020 will be postponed until next year, USA Gymnastics announced Tuesday, citing guidance from health experts amid the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Championships will be rescheduled for June 3-6, 2021, while a new date for the Olympic Trials will be announced soon, the organization said.
9:10 p.m. Arizona says it’s ready to host major league sports: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said professional sports can resume in the state without fans and with health guidelines starting Saturday. Ducey said at a news conference he has spoken with leaders of some professional leagues and “they all know they are welcome.” Arizona’s stay-at-home order expires Friday, with Ducey announcing that some operations including gyms and pools will be allowed to re-open Wednesday with social distancing and other guidelines.
9 p.m. Bay Area hospital cases continue decline: The number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the nine Bay Area counties has decreased or stayed level for 15 consecutive days, down 28.1% in that time from 374 on April 26 to 269 reported Monday, according to state data reviewed by The Chronicle. Santa Clara County has registered a 50% drop in that time. The number of confirmed ICU cases in the Bay Area has fallen 28.9% over the same period to 118 reported Monday. Solano County reported 10 confirmed ICU cases Monday, its highest one-day total since at least April 1.
8:25 p.m. San Jose projects 2020-21 budget shortfall of nearly $72 million: City officials project that San Jose faces a general fund budget shortfall of $71.6 million for the 2020-21 fiscal year due to impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a city release. City manager Dave Sykes said in a statement that San Jose will have to address “unprecedented revenue losses.” The city plans to balance its $4.1 billion operating budget through limited new revenue sources, “strategic use” of reserves and spending reductions including cutting 103 positions, though the release states no layoffs are anticipated due to a high position vacancy rate.
8:22 p.m. Seventh California county approved for quicker reopening: After meeting certain criteria, Amador County was approved by the state to move more quickly through Phase 2 of California’s reopening plan. The county joins six others that got the green light earlier Tuesday.
8:15 p.m. Six new cases in Marin County: Health officials reported six new confirmed coronavirus cases in Marin County on Tuesday, bringing the total to 271 cases. Of those, 219 have recovered, 48 were hospitalized and 14 have died.
8:12 p.m. Sonoma County to revise health order this week, official says: Dog grooming, car washes and outdoor museums will be among businesses allowed to resume when Sonoma County revises its shelter-in-place order, county health officer Dr. Sundari Mase said Tuesday, in keeping with new state guidance announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Mase said in a virtual town hall she expects to issue a revised order “in the next couple days” and “we are aligning completely with the governor.” Sonoma County does not meet all state criteria to reopen more quickly due in part to its rate of new coronavirus cases, Mase said.
7:56 p.m. Mendocino and Lake Counties to get state-sponsored testing sites: New state-sponsored coronavirus testing sites will soon be available in Lake and Mendocino Counties, according to state Senator Mike McGuire. More details will be released soon, McGuire said, calling it an “all hands on deck partnership” between state and local authorities. Mendocino County tweeted: “Thank you for helping our community get testing capacity!!”
7:43 p.m. Sonoma County seeing high case rate in Latino residents: Latino residents account for 59% of confirmed coronavirus cases in Sonoma County for which officials have racial data, according to the county’s website. Dr. Sundari Mase called the rate “surprising” in a virtual town hall Tuesday. “I think that we might have some large clusters in family groups that could be driving some of that,” Mase said. “But we’re going to be looking into what are the other reasons why we’re seeing this, because it is a little bit of a surprising finding.”
7:32 p.m. YBCA launches Artist Power Center: Constructed as a free comprehensive one-stop support system for artists of all practices, the Artist Power Center launched Tuesday, May 12, and includes daily one-on-one phone consultation support, a community forum page and a continuously updated resource list detailing funding opportunities and sources of emergency relief. Read the story here.
7:18 p.m. Amended Sonoma County order allows residents limited beach access: Parks, trails and beaches on the Sonoma County coast will be closed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily but open to nearby residents for physical activity outside those hours starting on Wednesday under an amended parks order issued by the county health officer. When open, beaches can be used only for running, walking, cycling, water sports or other physical activity, while sunbathing and other “sedentary” activities are prohibited, per the order. All visits to coastal parks and beaches must originate from one’s home and cannot involve driving as coastal parking areas will remain closed, the order states.
6:58 p.m. Sonoma County expanding parks access: Sonoma County is easing restrictions on parks by reopening some parking lots and sports facilities starting Wednesday, the county announced. The updated parks order allows park managers to open tennis and basketball courts and other shared sports facilities to individuals or members of the same household provided visitors practice social distancing and wear face coverings. Coastal parking areas remain closed but coastal residents can walk or bike to nearby parks during limited hours, the county said. Playgrounds, dog parks, picnic areas and outdoor gym equipment will remain closed.
6:51 p.m. Oakland creates economic recovery task force, launches website outlining food resources: Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a daily video update on Twitter that Oakland officials have created an Economic Recovery Council that will focus on equitable, safe ways to reopen businesses. In addition, the city created a web page with comprehensive information for seniors and families about when, where and how to access food resources.
6:44 p.m. Los Angeles will reopen ‘gradually,’ mayor says: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a statement Tuesday responding to health director Barbara Ferrer asserting that the county would extend shelter-in-place guidelines for another three months. “While the City’s Safer at Home order will remain in place beyond May 15, we will also continue to adjust the order gradually — to safely allow more activities, more businesses to operate, and more Angelenos to get back to work,” Garcetti’s statement said. He added the city “will keep taking measured steps toward a new, safer reality in the days and weeks ahead.”
6:35 p.m. Northern California nursing home reports 14 deaths: Fourteen residents of Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center have died from COVID-19, according to a Tuesday update from Covenant Care. In total, 100 residents and 49 staff members at the Stanislaus County facility have tested positive.
5:50 p.m. Projected US deaths rise again in one model: The United States is projected to record more than 147,000 deaths due to the coronavirus through August in the latest revision of a model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at University of Washington. Tuesday’s new projected total marks an increase of nearly 10,000 deaths from two days ago. The IHME site states changes are due to a combination of updated data, including on testing and movement of residents, and relaxing of distancing restrictions.
5:35 p.m. Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approves first basic income program for youth transitioning out of foster care: The board on Tuesday allocated $900,000 to the country’s first basic income program for youth transitioning out of foster care, a population that’s been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Under the plan sponsored by Supervisor Dave Cortese, young adults ages 21-24 unconditional cash payments of $1,000 a month from June 2020 through May 2021.
5:25 p.m. Four more California counties allowed to speed up reopening: Lassen, Nevada, Placer and Shasta counties have received state approval to reopen more quickly after meeting certain readiness criteria, state officials said. Butte and El Dorado Counties were also approved earlier Tuesday to move more quickly through Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, state officials said.
5:23 p.m. Stanford researchers are developing a test that can diagnose the coronavirus from spit: The researchers hope to get FDA approval for the test, as their counterparts at Rutgers University in New Jersey have done. Read the story here.
5:22 p.m. Santa Clara County hospitals testing a potential coronavirus treatment: As part of a national study, three hospitals are transfusing plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 into gravely ill people who haven’t. They hope the antibodies in the plasma can save lives. Read the story here.
5:20 p.m. LA County health officer clarifies shelter-in-place comments: After saying earlier Tuesday that Los Angeles County will “with all certainty” extend its Safer-at-Home order for another three months, county health director Barbara Ferrer later issued a clarifying statement. “While the Safer at Home orders will remain in place over the next few months, restrictions will be gradually relaxed under our 5-stage Roadmap to Recovery, while making sure we are keeping our communities as safe as possible during this pandemic,” Ferrer’s statement read. “We are being guided by science and data that will safely move us forward along the road to recovery in a measured way.”
5:15 p.m. Stanford could remain ‘fully remote’ in fall: In an email to the campus community, Stanford officials acknowledged that undergraduate instruction might remain entirely online for the fall quarter. The email, from Provost Persis Drell and three vice provosts, outlined the abundant challenges of returning to campus while the coronavirus remains a threat. Stanford expects “some degree of remote instruction will continue … If ongoing public health concerns prevent undergraduate residential programs in the fall, instruction could be delivered fully remotely.” School officials also told students they probably will need to wear face coverings “regularly.”
5:06 p.m. Fourth SF arrestee tests positive during booking: A fourth person tested positive for the coronavirus during the booking process at San Francisco’s county jail, according to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office. The person was given a rapid test on Tuesday morning that returned positive results within four hours, officials said. Two of the four positive cases have been released, officials said, and all were isolated from the rest of the jail population.
5:02 p.m. Santa Clara County reports 28 new cases: Officials in Santa Clara County reported one additional death from COVID-19 and 28 new coronavirus cases onTuesday. The county has confirmed 2,364 coronavirus cases and 130 deaths, according to its online tracker.
4 p.m. Solano County reports one new death: One additional person has died from COVID-19 in Solano County, bringing the county’s total to 11 deaths, officials reported. Solano County has reported 388 total cases of the virus, with nine new cases confirmed Tuesday.
3:55 p.m. New website for mortgage, rent relief: Four federal agencies have launched a consolidated website for people having trouble paying their mortgage or rent as a result of the coronavirus. The site, www.cfpb.gov/housing, has information about mortgage relief under the Cares act, protections for renters and information on avoiding COVID-19 related scams. It also has lookup tools for homeowners to see if their mortgage is federally backed, and for renters to see if their unit is financed by FHA, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac. Federal backing may give them special protection.
3:49 p.m. Former co-owner of Different Fur Studios dies from COVID-19: Susan Skaggs, who co-owned Different Fur Studios for almost 20 years and shaped the San Francisco studio’s success died Saturday in Beaumont, Calif., after contracting COVID-19 in hospice care. She was 80. Skaggs worked with a wide range of artists, from the Bay Area rock act Primus to jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. “There’s a reason that almost every recording studio that thrived in the Bay Area ’60s is gone and that Different Fur is still here,” said Patrick Gleeson, the founder of Different Fur Studios. “Susan was the den mother and without her it might have not happened.” Read the full obituary here.
3:27 p.m. Newsom releases guidelines for reopening California restaurants: The 12-page document includes thorough disinfecting protocols, social distancing requirements and other recommendations. Local restaurant owners were relieved to see some flexibility in the guidelines, though counties can add more restrictions on top of them. Read the story here.
3:25 p.m. Student loan interest rates drop to record lows: Interest rates on federal student loans will drop by 1.779% percentage points for new loans disbursed between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The new interest rates will be 2.75% on undergraduate federal direct stafford loans, 4.3% on graduate federal direct Stafford loans and 5.3% on federal direct Plus loans for graduate students and parents, according to Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Savingforcollege.com The previous record low rate on federal student loans was set in 2005, when interest rates were as low as 2.875%. These rates are fixed for the life of the loan.
3:04 p.m. California fighter jets to salute first responders in flyover: Fighter jets with the California Air National Guard will do a flyover on Wednesday to honor first responders across the state and the Bay Area, authorities said. The jets, which will leave around 10 a.m. from a Fresno air base, will pass over hospitals and fly low over the Capitol.
2:47 p.m. Napa County reports two new cases: Health officials reported two additional cases of coronavirus in Napa County on Tuesday, bringing the total for the county to 81 cases and three deaths as of Tuesday. Officials are monitoring 96 people who had close contact with a positive case, and 36 people have recovered.
2:30 p.m. Contra Costa County urges schools to host virtual graduation: Health officials urged schools in Contra Costa County to celebrate seniors with online graduation ceremonies instead of in-person events to prevent spread of the coronavirus. However, the county has issued guidelines for schools to host drive-through or socially distanced ceremonies with fewer than 25 students.
2:22 p.m. Fourteen new cases in Contra Costa County: Health officials reported 14 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Contra Costa County on Tuesday, bringing the county’s total case count to 1,066. Eighteen people are currently hospitalized and a total of 32 people have died, officials said.
2:18 p.m. SF nearing 100,000 unemployment filings Speaking at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors Meeting, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said “nearly 100,000 San Franciscans” have filed for unemployment since mid-March, when the first stay-home orders went into effect. Breed’s remarks came as she introduced a bond measure that will fund public-works projects intended to rebuild city infrastructure while creating jobs.
2:15 p.m. Top researchers in S.F. split up coronavirus studies: The top scientists at a prominent San Francisco research laboratory have taken charge of two new biomedical institutes designed to beat back the COVID-19 epidemic by finding drugs, therapies and ways to spark the human immune system to fight off the disease. Dr. Melanie Ott, a senior investigator with Gladstone, will lead the new Institute of Virology, which will study the coronavirus and search for therapies against future infectious diseases. Dr. Alexander Marson, will head up the other new lab, called the Gladstone-UCSF Institute of Genomic Immunology, which will try to develop the next-generation of cell therapies. It is a partnership with UC San Francisco. Read Peter Fimrite’s full report here.
2:10 p.m. New York investigating about 100 cases of illness linked to coronavirus in children: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that New York has about 100 children suffering from an inflammatory illness that has been linked to the coronavirus, and three have died. The symptoms are similar to Kawasaki disease or toxic shock syndrome.
2:03 p.m. Bay Area, California would reap billions under House Democrats’ coronavirus bill: Facing dire budget shortfalls because of the coronavirus pandemic, California and the Bay Area could get more than $50 billion from the federal government to help — if House Democrats have their way. Chronicle Washington correspondent Tal Kopan has the details.
1:58 p.m. Alameda County reports 33 new cases: Health officials reported 33 new cases of the coronavirus in Alameda County on Tuesday, bringing the total to 2,133 cases. Seventy-four people have died.
1:48 p.m. Easing up would spark ‘brisk return’ of deaths, health officer says: COVID-19 numbers have stabilized in Santa Clara County and hospitals have plenty of capacity, county health officer Dr. Sara Cody told county supervisors Tuesday. But she said, “We’re not quite there yet,” in terms of reopening, as rapid work continues on contact tracing and case investigation infrastructure. She warned of a “brisk return” of hospitalizations and deaths if the county eases up on restrictions too soon.
1:44 p.m. Rent breaks for a decade? California legislators chart path out of coronavirus: State Senate leaders proposed a massive economic relief package on Tuesday to guide California through its coronavirus budget woes by encouraging residents to prepay their future state income taxes, and offering struggling tenants more than a decade to make up the rent they owe. Chronicle Sacramento reporter Alexei Koseff has the story.
1:30 p.m. Cal State system to stay online for fall: CSU announced Tuesday it will offer a”majority of instruction” online for the fall term. San Francisco State said Tuesday it would have “predominantly remote instruction.” Chancellor Timothy White told a Board of Trustees meeting that the bustling campus environment “sadly just isn’t in the cards now,” the Los Angeles Times reported. The Chronicle previously reported that San Jose State would offer nearly all courses online in the fall.
1:22 p.m. Fauci warns Senate against ‘cavalier’ approach regarding kids: Dr. Anthony Fauci in Senate testimony Tuesday replied with a warning to Sen. Rand Paul’s challenge about keeping kids home from school given their low coronavirus infection rates. Much is unknown, Fauci said, “And we really better be very careful, particularly when it comes to children, because … we’re seeing things about what this virus can do that we didn’t see from the studies in China or in Europe.” He noted emerging cases of virus-infected kids who also get an inflammatory syndrome. “I think we better be careful, if we are not cavalier in thinking that children are completely immune to the deleterious effects.”
1:12 Stocks turn lower on uncertainty: Markets fell Tuesday as investors debated whether the lifting of lockdowns around the world will drive an economic rebound or lead to more coronavirus infections. Stocks closed broadly lower, erasing some of the gains from last week. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 457 points to close at 23,764.78, a loss of 1.9%. The S&P 500 was down more than 2%.
12:49 p.m. Safety of ventilators probed in Russia after fires: Russian health officials on Tuesday announced an investigation into the safety of ventilators at two hospitals, where fires in intensive care units for coronavirus patients killed six people over the past four days.
12:44 p.m. West Virginia governor offers grim predictions for any second wave: Republican Gov. Jim Justice is warning of disastrous consequences if coronavirus cases spike as his state looks to the most aggressive phase its reopening around Memorial Day weekend. He struck the somber note while saying the state must continue lifting restrictions on businesses.
12:38 p.m. California records 77 more deaths: Seventy-seven more deaths from COVID-19 were recorded Monday in California, as 1,443 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, Gov. Newsom said. “This disease is taking lives on a daily basis,” he said.
12:28 p.m. Butte, El Dorado counties can extend reopening measures: Gov. Newsom said that Butte and El Dorado counties can move deeper into the second phase of reopening their economies following coordination with state officials. Newsom said two other counties are also expected to get the green light as the state talks to more than 20 counties about variations from overall restrictions.
12:25 p.m. Pharmacies can start testing for the coronavirus, Newsom says: Pharmacies throughout the state now will be able to test for the coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday, stating he’d issued an executive order enabling the move. The shift follows earlier reporting by The Chronicle that unlike other states, California did not permit testing by pharmacies.
12:20: p.m. Contradicting Trump, Fauci says Obama not responsible for lack of vaccine: Sen. Mitt Romney, the former GOP presidential candidate, asked Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday about President Trump’s suggestion that former President Barack Obama was responsible for the lack of a coronavirus vaccine. Fauci told a Senate hearing: “Certainly President Obama — nor President Trump — are not responsible for not having a vaccine.” Romney, R-Utah, said he had been surprised by the suggestion.
12:13 p.m. California surpasses 1 million coronavirus tests: State officials have conducted more than 1 million coronavirus tests, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday. Officials conducted more than 41,000 tests over 24 hours, bringing the total to about 1,033,000, Newsom said at his daily briefing.
12:07 p.m. Napa County announces testing for general public: Napa County will provide coronavirus testing for all residents or workers 18 and older, by appointment, the county announced. Those interested should complete an online assessment and schedule an appointment at this link.
11:59 a.m. LA to extend shelter-in-place order through July: Los Angeles County will “with all certainty” extend its shelter-in-place for the next three months, the county’s health officer said at a Board of Supervisors meeting, the Los Angeles Times reports.
11:48 a.m. ‘Monk’ back with short film about living in pandemic: Tony Shalhoub has revived his beloved Monk character for the pandemic times. Adrian Monk, the OCD-afflicted S.F. private investigator with a cleanliness obsession, returns in a short film for the Peacock streaming service showing how the virus-fearing Monk is faring during the pandemic. Shalhoub also revealed he and his wife have recovered from the coronavirus.
11:42 a.m. Genentech and foundation pledge $42 million in aid: Genentech and the Genentech Foundation on Tuesday pledged to donate $42 million to help with the coronavirus pandemic’s long-term effects. The money will go to government organizations, health systems, schools and patient and community groups, the company said in a press release.
11:36 a.m. Facebook says it’s removed 2.5 million posts selling masks, medical gear: Facebook has removed more than 2.5 million posts offering masks, sanitizers, disinfecting wipes and COVID-19 testing kits since March 1 in its anti-misinformation initiative, the company said Tuesday. The social media company said it put “warning labels” on 50 million posts about COVID-19 in April alone based on its fact-checking.
11:28 a.m. Record US budget deficit recorded: The federal budget deficit widened to a record $738 billion in April, as the government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic led to massive levels of new spending and sharply lower tax collections, the Treasury Department said on Tuesday.
11:22 a.m. UC Berkeley seeks East Bay residents for study: Residents in 11 East Bay communities can volunteer to participate in a UC Berkeley study trying to learn more about the spread of the coronavirus and whether Bay Area social distance strategies have had effects. Visit this site to learn more about the study and how to participate.
11:16 a.m. Democrats unveil $3 trillion aid package: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, providing nearly $1 trillion for states and cities, “hazard pay” for essential workers and new cash payments to individuals. The House is to vote as soon as Friday, but Senate leaders and White House have indicated they’re in no rush.
11:09 a.m. Three Santa Clara County hospitals join national plasma study: Hospital staff at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, O’Connor Hospital and St. Louise Regional Hospital will participate in a national convalescent plasma study, health officials said Tuesday. Researchers are studying whether plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 can help reduce deaths and the number of people on ventilators and in intensive care.
11:01 a.m. BART seeks $600 million, calls for federal transit aid: BART General Manager Robert Powers is joining leaders of the nation’s largest transit agencies and labor unions, calling for $33 billion in stimulus funding to keep public transportation running and support economic recovery. BART needs at least $600 million, he said.
10:57 a.m. ‘Hamilton’ coming to a screen near you: Disney Plus will release the film of the original production of “Hamilton” 15 months ahead of schedule, after the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellation of the nationwide theatrical run, creator Lin-Manuel Miranda announced. The film stars Miranda and the musical’s principals, including Bay Area’s Daveed Diggs.
10:50 a.m. SF leaders seek $438 million bond to kick-start city’s economy: Mayor London Breed was set to introduce a bond for the November ballot on Tuesday to provide $438.5 million for mental health and homelessness facilities, parks and street repairs in San Francisco. The “2020 Health and Recovery Bond,” would invest in job-creating public works projects during historic unemployment related to the coronavirus.
10:43 a.m. California community colleges sue Betsy DeVos: State community colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz and five other colleges sued the U.S. Education secretary on Monday, claiming she is illegally excluding countless students from getting billions of dollars of federal coronavirus relief aid. Undocumented students are among those hurt, Ortiz said. Read the story here.
10:38 a.m. Tesla is ordered to halt production: Alameda County officials have told Tesla to stop producing cars at its Fremont factory, a violation of local health orders. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has combatively decried the orders on Twitter.
10:33 a.m. Uber reportedly seeking boost in delivery business: Uber is looking to acquire food-delivery rival Grubhub, according to multiple reports which have sent Grubhub shares soaring. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi recently discussed the prospect of consolidation in the food-delivery business in an earnings call.
10:23 a.m. Bay Area surpasses 10,000 coronavirus cases: The Bay Area as of Tuesday has recorded 10,031 cases of the coronavirus, health officials reported, passing the 10,000 milestone for the first time. The death toll in the Bay Area stands at 366.
10:08 a.m. Twitter employees can work from home permanently, report says: Twitter employees received a go-ahead to work from home for as long as they want even after stay-at-home orders are scaled back. “If our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen,” Twitter said in a statement. “If not, our offices will be their warm and welcoming selves, with some additional precautions, when we feel it’s safe to return.”
9:30 a.m. ‘If you think that we have it completely under control, we don’t,’ Fauci says: Dr. Anthony Fauci said the coronavirus is not under control, with COVID-19 hospitalizations decreasing in some states while other areas see a spike in cases. “If you think that we have it completely under control, we don’t,” Fauci told a Senate hearing, replying to a question from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. “We are going in the right direction but the right direction does not mean we have, by any means, total control of this outbreak.” He voiced hopes for a better status by late summer and early fall.
9:21 a.m. Golden Gate Ferry adds more Larkspur to SF service: As demand inches up — and social distancing restrictions remain— Golden Gate Ferry is adding service on San Francisco-Larkspur runs: seven round trips on that route on weekdays, in addition to its morning and evening service from Sausalito and Tiburon. Weekend service is suspended until further notice.
9:05 a.m. CDC to offer states guidance on reopening ‘soon’: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will “soon” release guidance on reopening state economies, Director Robert Redfield told a Senate hearing Tuesday. He did not provide a specific. The CDC reportedly had written an extensive guide that was shelved by White House officials.
8:45 a.m. Fauci wary of ‘outbreak you may not be able to control’: As states move to ease coronavirus restrictions, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday he worries that any disregard for safety guidelines will create “a real risk you will trigger an oubreak you might not be able to control … not only leading to some suffering and death that could be avoided, but could even set you back on the road to trying to get economic recovery.” He told a Senate hearing, “It would almost turn the clock back rather than going forward.”
8:35 a.m. San Mateo County announces 9 additional deaths: Nine more people in San Mateo County died of COVID-19 as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 1,497, health officials said. The county has recorded 65 deaths.
8:30 a.m. Stocks surrender gains: The Dow fell following an early jump to show a slight gain. The Nasdaq turned positive after dipping into the red. A new report showed consumers spending less and saving more, a major reversal of a decades-long trend.
8:25 a.m. Jack Dorsey donates $15 million to SF relief fund: Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey is giving $15 million to San Francisco’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. The donation more than doubles the fund’s $11.3 million raised to date. Dorsey’s donation will be be evenly divided between food security, housing access, and small businesses and worker support, officials said Tuesday.
8:20 a.m. What does restarting sports look like? On the Fifth & Mission podcast, Chronicle columnist Ann Killion talks about the future of sports in a post-pandemic world. With billions of dollars at stake, teams, leagues and players are eager to get back to work. But can the risk be mitigated? Click here to listen.
8:16 a.m. Death count ‘almost certainly’ is higher than known, Fauci says: The nation’s death toll from COVID-19 very likely reflects an undercount, Dr. Anthony Fauci told a Senate hearing Tuesday. “Almost certainly it’s higher,” he said, noting that many in New York, for example, have died at home and are not included. The nation’s known COVID-19 deaths number more than 80,800, according to Johns Hopkins tracking.
8:08 a.m. San Francisco confirms 23 new cases: Twenty-three more cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in San Francisco, bringing the number of cases to 1,977, according to the Department of Public Health.
7:57 a.m. US hopes to conduct about 50 million monthly tests by September: Health officials hope the United States can conduct 40 to 50 million monthly tests by September, Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health and human services, told a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday.
7:50 a.m. Thousands still getting sick as reopening begins: Even as President Trump urges getting the economy back up and running, an Associated Press analysis shows thousands of people are getting sick from COVID-19 on the job, uderscoring the high stakes for communities nationwide as they gradually loosen restrictions on business.
7:40 a.m. Fauci says at least 8 vaccine candidates being developed: The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told a Senate committee Tuesday that health officials are developing at least eight COVID-19 vaccine candidates. Fauci warned that there is a possibility some of the vaccines have negative consequences. “Hopefully our research efforts, together with the other public health efforts, will get us quickly to an end to this terrible ordeal that we are all going through,” Fauci said.
7:27 a.m. ‘Not nearly enough’ testing, Alexander says: Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn, opening a highly anticipated health committee hearing Tuesday on the nation’s coronavirus response, said, “what our country has done so far in testing is impressive, but not nearly enough.” Alexander chaired the hearing remotely, and star witness Dr. Anthony Fauci, and other senators and witnesses also participated via video.
7:10 a.m. UCSF team provides vital assistance for Navajo nation: Fourteen nurses and seven doctors from UCSF are treating COVID-19 patients in the sprawling Navajo nation reservation, which has the second-highest coronavirus infection rate per capita in the United States. They are supporting local providers in overburdened hospitals and battling the virus in a community particularly vulnerable to its spread. Read more.
6:59 a.m. Let Tesla reopen, Trump says: President Trump entered the fray Tuesday over Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s spat with Alameda County over reopening the automaker’s plant in Fremont. Trump tweeted Tuesday morning: “California should let Tesla & @elonmusk open the plant, NOW. It can be done Fast & Safely!”
6:45 a.m. Where you can support local food stores: For people eager to help sustain local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, The Chronicle’s food reporters have compiled a searchable grocery delivery database of stores across the Bay Area offering delivery or pickup, and that report little or no shortages on key pantry items like eggs, hand sanitizer and toilet paper.
6:35 a.m. How California restaurants can start opening their doors: Gov. Gavin Newsom at his briefing on Tuesday is expected to offer details on how restaurants can emerge from coronavirus shutdowns and what requirements they must meet to allow diners inside again.
6:29 p.m. Sports as leader of national guidelines?: Without a cohesive federal policy on shuttering and reopening the country, professional sports leagues might end up setting de facto national guidelines, The Chronicle’s Ann Killion writes. Sports after all cross all kinds of boundaries: The top four leagues — NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball — are headquartered in blue states and red states, hot spots and relatively calm spots.
6:19 a.m. Wave of fraud tied to pandemic: Investigators with the Department of Homeland Security are leading a nationwide crackdown into a rampant wave of criminal fraud, much of it involving medical and protective equpment, that has emerged amid the upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic. The department has opened over 370 cases and so far arrested 11 people, and officials say they are just scratching the surface.
6:11 a.m. Most French schools resume: Youngsters in France are starting back to class as the majority of preschools and primary schools reopen this week with modifications, the Associated Press reports. No more than 10 students will be allowed in preschools and 15 in other classrooms. Students will be required to maintain physical distance, and teachers will wear face masks.
6:02 a.m. Trump credits himself for governors’ approval ratings: President Trump on Tuesday tweeted that “every Governor who has sky high approval on their handling of the Cornoavirus, and I am happy for them all, could in no way have gotten those numbers, or had that success, without me and the Federal Governments help.” Numerous governors have criticized administration’s haphazard pandemic response, including on lack of testing and protective equipment. The president insisted: “From Ventilators to Testing, we made it happen!”
5:44 a.m. Obama should shut mouth, McConnell says: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that former President Barack Obama “should keep his mouth shut,” instead of criticizing President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, the Washington Post reports. McConnell’s comment during an online campaign event Monday, came after Obama’s widely reported remarks to his supporters in a phone call.
5:31 a.m. UC chief says it’s time to drop SAT, ACT: High school juniors and seniors bound for the University of California would no longer take the college-entry-required SAT or ACT tests, under a proposal by UC President Janet Napolitano. The idea comes as education is grappling with the upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic. She recommends UC replace the tests with a newly created admissions test by 2025 or ditch standardized testing for good.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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