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Total coronavirus cases:
• 33,623 in California, including 1,211 deaths.
• 6,497 in the Bay Area, including 201 deaths.
• 776,513 in the U.S., including 41,575 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 18,454; New Jersey with 4,496; Michigan with 2,468; Massachusetts with 1,706 and Pennsylvania with 1,348. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 2.4 million in the world, with more than 169,000 deaths. More than 643,000 people have recovered.
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Latest developments from today:
3:39 p.m. Los Angeles County reports spike in cases, citing testing backlog: Officials in Los Angeles County reported 1,491 new cases of the coronavirus Monday, but said 1,191 of the cases were from a backlog of tests received from one lab. “Today’s dramatic increase in case counts should not cause undue alarm,” officials said in a release. Los Angeles County has reported 13,816 cases of the virus with 617 deaths, including 13 additional deaths reported Monday.
3:22 p.m. Oakland’s school district boosts fundraising goal: Oakland Unified School District, in partnership with the Oakland Public Education Fund and the city, has raised more than $1.5 million for its COVID-19 Relief Fund to support Oakland students and families struggling due to the coronavirus crisis. The fund is now raising an additional $2.5 million to keep offering food and cash assistance, as well as laptops and internet access to all high school juniors and seniors.
3:21 p.m. IRS announces deadline for some child stimulus payments: People who receive Social Security, railroad retirement and veterans benefits who have qualifying dependent children and did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return should go to the IRS Non-Filer web tool by Wednesday and enter basic information to receive the $500 per eligible child payment added to their $1,200 economic impact payment. If the IRS does not receive this information by Wednesday, adults who fall into this category of taxpayers will still get $1,200 each automatically paid the same way as their federal benefits, but they will have to wait to get the $500 child payment when they file their 2020 tax return next year. For more info, click here.
2:39 p.m. ‘So far, so good’ in Golden Gate Park on 4/20: After officials pleaded with marijuana enthusiasts not to gather at Golden Gate Park this year, Police Chief Bill Scott said that things are “so far, so good” as of midday Monday. “So far things are going really, really well,” Scott said. “I’d like to thank everyone for that but remind everyone to please keep this momentum going. This is literally a matter of life or death, and I don’t think I’m being melodramatic when I say that.”
2:37 California legislators want more information from Newsom on coronavirus spending: California lawmakers of both political parties have a message for Gov. Gavin Newsom on the state’s coronavirus response: Start sharing full details about what you’re spending. Tensions between Newsom’s administration and lawmakers hung over a hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, as Assembly members questioned why they haven’t received more information or been consulted on how the state is spending money to fight the virus. The hearing was the Assembly Budget Committee’s first oversight review of how California agencies are spending an estimated $7 billion in emergency expenses due to the pandemic. Read more here.
2:30 p.m. SFPD has issued 16 citations, 67 formal warnings: Police Chief Bill Scott said during a news conference Monday that his department has issued 16 citations for violations of the shelter-in-place order, including seven businesses and nine people. In addition, police have issued 67 formal admonishments and hundreds more informal warnings.
2:28 p.m. Violent crimes up, property crime down in San Francisco last week: Police Chief Bill Scott said there was a 25% drop in total crimes last week compared to the week before, meaning there were 142 fewer crimes committed. At the same time, there was a spike in violent crimes driven by 11 additional robberies and two additional assaults, Scott said. Police have stepped up patrols in areas where businesses have been vandalized and burglarized. The district attorney’s office has charged multiple suspects with looting.
2:19 p.m. Muni begins bringing back services: Jeffrey Tumlin, director of SFMTA, announced on Monday that the agency will bring back portions of four Muni lines beginning April 25 in response to community feedback and ridership data. The lines include 5 Fulton, 12 Folsom, 28 19th Avenue and 54 Felton. These buses help transport people to essential work, including hospitals, Tumlin said. The 9 San Bruno, N bus and L bus will also increase frequency in response to crowding on those buses. See more details here.
2:11 p.m. Man released on court-ordered $0 bail policy accused of carjacking someone near Santa Rita Jail: Authorities arrested a man Sunday accused of carjacking someone and attempting to carjack a second victim within an hour of being released from Santa Rita Jail under a new court policy that set bail for some crimes at $0 in an effort to reduce jail populations during the coronavirus outbreak. Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said Rocky Music was initially arrested Sunday morning by Oakland police. About 12 hours later on Sunday evening, he was released from Santa Rita Jail due to the new policy. Within 40 minutes, Music carjacked someone near the Dublin BART station, drove to San Ramon and tried to carjack someone else at a gas station before fleeing on foot, Kelly said. “He’s now back in custody we do not believe he is going to qualify for emergency bail again,” Kelly said.
2:10 p.m. Face masks distributed to SF neighborhoods: The Human Rights Commission helped distribute 1,000 face coverings in the Western Addition on Monday and this week will continue handing out coverings in the Tenderloin, Bayview, Excelsior and other neighborhoods, according to director Sheryl Davis. The commission is working with multiple organizations to educate vulnerable populations about social distancing and face coverings, distribute food and laptops to school children. “When one part of the city is hurting, we are all hurting,” Davis said.
2:04 p.m. Alameda County deputies exposed to virus test negative: Three sheriff’s deputies in Alameda County were exposed to the coronavirus while helping a shooting victim last week, but they have since tested negative for the coronavirus, officials said. “While doing an X-ray of his body, they noticed fluid in his lungs. The doctor was suspicious that it was possibly COVID-19 so they conducted a COVID test, which came back positive,” Kelly said of the man who was shot. “This is the first time that we’ve encountered COVID-19 in a shooting victim where we are dealing with obviously serious trauma, blood, chaotic crime scene and trying to decipher all that, and trying to keep ourselves safe.”
1:59 p.m. San Francisco ZIP code data reveal inequity, health disparities: A quarter of positive COVID-19 cases in the city are among the Latino population, although the Latino community makes up only 15% of San Francisco’s population, Dr. Grant Colfax, director of health, said during a news conference. This trend is confirmed by a map of COVID-19 infections, which shows the Mission District has the most cases. More than 80% of people hospitalized are Latino, Colfax said. He said the trend likely reflects close living quarters, multi-family and multi-generational homes, that make social distancing difficult.
1:48 p.m. Muni to restore some service starting Saturday: Muni, which cut service to a bare-bones network of 17 lines, will restore some routes to ensure access to health care facilities and give customers in Chinatown and the southeastern neighborhoods of San Francisco better access to essential services. Modified service will be restored on the 5 Fulton and 28 19th Avenue lines, and segments of the 12 Folsom/Pacific and 54 Felton are also being restored. Additionally, more frequent service will be offered on the 9 San Bruno, 38R Geary Rapid, 714 BART Early Bird Shuttle, and the L and N buses. More information is available at sfmta.com.
1:42 p.m. Facebook blocking anti-quarantine protest organizers: Protesters seeking an end to stay-at-home orders have used Facebook to organize in-person gatherings. Politico.com reports that Facebook has removed protest messages in California and two other states. Conservatives have blasted the decision. Facebook said those state governments informed them that the events were against their laws.
1:36 p.m. Salvation Army delivers food to San Francisco homeless camps: Mayor London Breed said the city has partnered with the Salvation Army to deliver 1,300 meals each day to hundreds of people living in homeless encampments at 40 locations in San Francisco. San Francisco Unified School District is also feeding children and the city’s food bank has opened 13 pop-up locations. “Our goal is to make sure that no one is deprived of food during this pandemic,” Breed said.
1:22 p.m. Massachusetts becomes coronavirus hot spot: Massachusetts is drawing the concern of federal officials and promises of aid from hard-hit New York as the state’s death toll prepares to double in less than a week, the Associated Press reports.
1:18 p.m. Golden Gate Bridge closes parking lots: Parking lots for the Golden Gate Bridge have been closed for the duration of the shelter-in-place orders, the bridge district announced Monday. The bridge’s bike and pedestrian paths remain open but bridge officials say that the number of visitors has been low during the shelter-in-place. Signs and bridge security officers are reminding visitors to stay home and practice social distancing.
1:16 p.m. Stocks struggle on oil woes: The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 2%, partly because oil futures prices plunged because of a lack of demand during the coronavirus pandemic. ExxonMobil and San Ramon’s Chevron both fell more than than 4%.
1:11 p.m. Navy update on aircraft carrier infection numbers: As of Monday, 678 sailors from the Theodore Roosevelt docked in Guam have tested positive for the coronavirus, 3,904 negative, and 6% of the crew has yet to be tested, according to the Navy. Eight sailors have been hospitalized due to infections, one dying and another in the intensive care unit.
12:49 p.m. San Francisco releases map with COVID-19 cases by ZIP code: San Francisco health officials on Monday released a map of confirmed COVID-19 infections by ZIP code. “What it reflects is the existing health disparities and inequality that existed within our city before COVID-19, which is why we continue to focus on protecting our most vulnerable residents,” Mayor London Breed said in a tweet. The 94110 ZIP code in the Mission District and Bernal Heights has the most cases in the city with 166. Read the full story here.
12:45 p.m. Newsom wants to reopen economy, but science will determine timing: Gov. Gavin Newsom said state officials “share exactly the same desires and goals to reopen the economy and address all these systemic challenges” as protesters who are calling for an end to California’s stay-at-home order, but science will determine the timing. “We must have a health-first focus,” Newsom said. Protesters were expected in Sacramento on Monday, and events were held across the country over the weekend. President Trump, who has repeatedly floated ideas of reopening the government, has offered support for some of these rallies, which are in direct conflict with national health orders.
12:39 p.m. Google Wi-Fi hotpots to be rolled out first week of May: Gov. Newsom said the 100,000 Wi-Fi hotspots that Google pledged to plant throughout the state will be rolled out during the first week of May.
12:28 p.m. California death total tops 1,200: With 42 more deaths from the coronavirus confirmed Sunday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that the state’s total reached 1,208. “We are not seeing that downward trend we need to see to provide more clarity on that roadmap to recovery,” he said at his briefing. The numbers of people in hospitals (3,257) and intensive care units (1,196) slightly increased in the state, he said.
12:21 p.m. 70,000 California students to get tech for distance learning: Some 70,000 laptops and tablets are headed out to California students this week as the coronavirus outbreak forces schools to teach remotely, said Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the state’s first lady. Gov. Gavin Newsom later provided details on the program.
12:04 p.m. 201 confirmed coronavirus deaths in Bay Area: The nine-county region passed a grim milestone with its 201st confirmed death from COVID-19. More than 1,100 have died in the state and more than 40,000 in the country.
11:47 a.m. Oil price goes negative: Oil prices plunged below zero in afternoon trading Monday as demand for energy collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic and traders don’t want to get stuck owning crude with nowhere to store it. Benchmark U.S. crude plummeted to negative $3.70 per barrel by 11:15 a.m. PDT. Much of the drop was chalked up to technical reasons — the May delivery contract is close to expiring so it was seeing less trading volume, which can exacerbate swings.
11:39 a.m. Contra Costa reports two more COVID-19 deaths as cases increase: Two more people in Contra Costa County have died of COVID-19, raising the county’s total to 22, and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 707, health officials said.
11:28 a.m. Robberies down in Oakland during pandemic: But, columnist Otis R. Taylor Jr. assures us, thieves are still working the streets. They work methodically, taking their time and even making small talk with victims. “It was so professionally executed,” a victim said.
11:24 a.m. Alameda County announces 27 new cases: Alameda County officials confirmed 27 more cases of the coronavirus, increasing the total to 1,191.
11:19 a.m. Bay Area coalition urges Newsom to aid immigrants: A coalition of more than 140 elected officials across the Bay Area on Monday called on Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature to establish long-term financial relief for the 2.5 million undocumented immigrants living in California. “Undocumented immigrants are woven deeply into the fabric of our communities — caring for and providing essential services that power California every single day,” the coalition said in a letter to the governor. “But they have been cut out of the essential safety net that all of us depend on to stay strong.”
11:13 a.m. Oil prices plummet to historic lows: Stocks are slipping in afternoon trading on Wall Street, as the price of oil cratered to historic lows, making it cheaper than bottled water. Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery plummeted to a record low below $1.50 per barrel, a 90% drop in just one day.
11:02 a.m. 39 more test positive for the coronavirus at Fremont drive-through: Thirty-nine people tested positive for the coronavirus during the second week of testing at a drive-through site in Fremont, officials said. A total of 768 people were tested last week and an additional 114 people were screened out of the testing process, Fremont officials said Monday. Among the people tested, 314 were essential service workers.
10:48 a.m. WHO expects worse days ahead: Tedros Adhanom, head of the World Health Organization, warns that “the worst is yet ahead of us” in the coronavirus crisis.
10:45 a.m. Rise in poisonings from cleaners during pandemic: Accidental poisonings from cleaners and disinfectants are up about 20% in the first three months of this year, and researchers believe it’s related to the coronavirus pandemic.
10:38 a.m. Americans load up on frozen pizza: Adweek reports that Americans are buying nearly twice as much frozen pizza during the pandemic. Can you get the coronavirus from touching or eating food? Answers to that and other frequently asked questions about food can be found here.
10:34 a.m. Caltrans to allow food trucks at rest stops: To help truckers hauling essential goods get hot meals, Caltrans is allowing food trucks to set up shop at rest areas. Rest areas only offer vending machines and many truckers say they’re not allowed to walk up to drive-through windows at fast-food restaurants. Get a permit for a rest area food truck here.
Hundreds of miles behind a wheel & the rest area only has vending machines for essential workers?https://t.co/ZxzCkq5Iyg@CAgovernor @GavinNewsom @Cal_OES @CA_Trans_Agency #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/VhtVXAo8On
— Caltrans HQ (@CaltransHQ) April 18, 2020
10:17 a.m. Counties hit hardest by the coronavirus: Other than counties in the New York City area, the epicenter of the country’s outbreak, these five counties have been hit the hardest, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University: Cook County in Illinois (21,272 confirmed cases), Wayne County in Michigan (13,692), Los Angeles County (12,349), Miami-Dade County in Florida (9,460) and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania (9,214). The county with the most cases in the Bay Area remains Santa Clara County (1,870).
9:48 a.m. School districts debate grading during coronavirus closures: Educators across the Bay Area and state have responded to the pandemic with a range of grading systems, with many opting for pass/fail or credit/no credit. Teachers want to reward students who continue to work hard, yet the idea of failing any student this semester raises legal and ethical questions, officials say. Jill Tucker reports on the story here.
9:42 a.m. Coaches’ pay cut to help university with pandemic expenses: Highly paid football and men’s basketball coaches are among those taking voluntary pay cuts to help Syracuse University in New York state cope with the drain of financial resources due to the new coronavirus pandemic. The Associated Press reports that Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud announced the austerity moves in a letter Monday to students and faculty. He said the university has been hit with more than $35 million in unplanned expenses and unrealized revenue.
9:29 a.m. Trump, Congress near deal on small business, hospital aid: The Trump administration and Congress expect an agreement Monday on an aid package of up to $450 billion to boost a small-business loan program that has run out of money and add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing, the Associated Press reports.
9:23 a.m. Singapore suffers after early success fighting coronavirus spread: Singapore reported a record 1,426 new coronavirus cases on Monday, mostly among foreign workers, pushing its total of confirmed infections to 8,014, the highest in Southeast Asia. The Associated Press reports it’s a massive increase from just 200 infections on March 15, when its outbreak appeared to be nearly under control. About 3,000 cases have been reported in the past three days.
8:59 a.m. Crime drops in New York City during pandemic: Crime was down 19.9% in the city in March, the New York Times reports. Calls to complain about loud TVs were up 42%.
8:48 a.m. New York records another 478 deaths: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state confirmed 478 deaths from the coronavirus Sunday. He said that although it appeared the worst of the virus’ outbreak had passed, the road ahead remained unclear. “The question now is, assuming we are off the plateau,” Cuomo said, “how long is the descent and how steep is the descent.“
8:35 a.m. San Francisco announces 59 new cases: Fifty-nine additional people in San Francisco have tested positive for the coronavirus as the total of cases reached 1,216, health officials said.
8:14 a.m. Parents rewrite rules on screen time during shutdown: In tech-saturated San Francisco, where many parents impose strict limits on screen time for young children, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on household rules. Read more in Sarah Feldberg’s story here.
8:11 a.m. 82 new cases in San Mateo County: Officials in San Mateo County announced 82 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, increasing the number in the county to 920.
8:07 a.m. U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico to remain restricted for 30 more days: The United Sates, Mexico and Canada agreed Monday to extend restrictions on nonessential travel through the country’s borders for 30 more days, according to the Department of Homeland Security. “As President Trump stated last week, border control, travel restrictions, and other limitations remain critical to slowing the spread of #coronavirus and allowing the phased opening of the country,” acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf wrote on Twitter.
7:48 a.m. Doing good instead of doing politics: The statewide stay-at-home order has put a stop to most traditional knock-on-doors campaigning, but volunteers can still be pointed toward campaign-led community service. “We’re all trying to figure out creative ways to connect with voters, who understandably aren’t too interested in hearing about politics right now,” said one GOP candidate’s strategist. Chronicle politics writer John Wildermuth’s story is here.
7:33 a.m. Hong Kong spread contained: For the first time in more than seven weeks, Hong Kong did not report a single new case of COVID-19 on Monday, the Associated Press reports.
7:19 a.m. Gardening blooms during coronavirus lockdowns: People around the world are turning to gardening to take their minds off the pandemic, Reuters reports. W. Atlee Burpee & Co., a U.S. seed company, has sold more seed than any at any other time in its 144-year history.
7:08 a.m. Facebook launches COVID-19 county-level map: Facebook published a map on Monday that depicts estimated percentages of people with COVID-19 symptoms. The map, which uses aggregated data from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, does not demonstrate confirmed coronavirus cases. Researchers at the school conducted surveys to collect self-reported descriptions of symptoms.
7 a.m. In coronavirus landscape, moving San Francisco’s homeless to hotels is a puzzle: Homeless people and their advocates for weeks have called for the city to lease enough hotel rooms to take in the vast majority of the city’s 8,000-strong homeless population to check the spread of the coronavirus. But the people who make that happen say it’s dizzyingly more complicated than just booking rooms and writing checks. Kevin Fagan and John King report more here.
6:55 a.m. Markets open lower: Stocks are lower on Wall Street as momentum from last week’s rally fades and oil prices collapse. Crude prices are plummeting amid concerns that storage facilities were close to being full. Energy sectors stocks are taking the worst of the selling. Read more here.
6:44 a.m. Most Americans leaving home once a week, poll says: Nearly half of the people who responded to a CivicScience poll in the United States said they leave their house once a week, not including trips to work, Axios.com reports. Forty-two percent of the 2,562 respondents said they leave home once a week while 26% said twice a week, 13% three times and 19% more than four times a week.
6:24 a.m. Spike in cases in India as lockdown eased: India recorded its biggest single-day spike in coronavirus cases on Monday as the government eased one of the world’s strictest lockdowns to allow some manufacturing and agricultural activity to resume, the Associated Press reports.
6:19 a.m. 40,000 dead in U.S.: The latest information on coronavirus cases compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows the country has nearly 760,000 confirmed cases and has reported 40,683 deaths. Some 70,000 Americans have recovered.
6:13 a.m. Plastic waste piles up during pandemic: The coronavirus has set back efforts to combat plastic pollution, as environmentally conscious Bay Area residents are forced to abandon their good habits while efforts on the state level to reduce waste face uncertainty. Dustin Gardiner reports the story here.
Latest developments from Sunday:
11:59 p.m. Additional deaths at Santa Clara County long-term care facilities: Health officials on Sunday reported coronavirus-related deaths at long-term care facilities have risen to 26 in Santa Clara County. That includes 24 at skilled nursing sites and two at independent living facilities. The long-term care facilities’ death tally has doubled from 13 in the county since this past Tuesday. Those locations have had 338 confirmed coronavirus cases, 313 of them at skilled nursing homes, according to the county’s online tracker.
11:45 p.m. 6 in 10 voters worry restrictions will be lifted too soon: Almost 60 percent of U.S. voters are concerned that loosening stay-at-home coronavirus restrictions too soon will lead to more COVID-19 deaths, a national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found. The poll released Sunday said strong majorities of Democrats and independents were more worried about the coronavirus than the economy, but almost half of Republicans were more concerned about the restrictions’ effect on the economy.
11:32 p.m. UNICEF seeks $92 million to help kids: The U.N. children’s agency is appealing for an additional $92.4 million to lessen the coronavirus pandemic impacts on children in the Middle East and North Africa, a conflict-battered region with the highest number of children in need anywhere, the Associated Press reports. Yemen is a top concern following five years of civil war. Two million of its children are malnourished, AP said.
11:23 p.m. Chile to provide go-back-to-work cards: Chile is set to become the first country to issue “immunity cards,” starting Monday, to those who have recovered from the coronavirus, allowing holders to return to work, despite questions about whether those who have recovered are in fact immune, how long any immunity might last, and the accuracy of antibody tests, the New York Times reports.
11:15 p.m. Coronavirus hits Afghani presidential palace: At least 20 staff members working in Afghanistan’s presidential palace have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Reuters, forcing President Ashraf Ghani to isolate himself. The news agency said it’s unclear if the 70-year-old leader has reported feeling sick or been tested. But Ghani, who has stomach problems, has since halted in-person contact with most of his staff.
10:47 p.m. Shake Shack returning $10 million federal loan: Restaurant chain Shake Shack will return a $10 million loan it received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program. The program intent ostensibly was to buoy small businesses hurting during the coronavirus pandemic but larger businesses could apply. Shake Shack, with nearly 8,000 employees at 189 restaurants, received a loan after learning that restaurants with 500 or fewer employees per location were eligible, a statement from founder Danny Meyer and CEO Randy Garutti said. But the company then secured funding “needed to ensure our long term stability through an equity transaction in the public markets,” they said. “We’re thankful for that and we’ve decided to immediately return the entire $10 million PPP loan we received last week to the SBA so that those restaurants who need it most can get it now.”
10:40 p.m. New research showing more cases with no symptoms: A flood of new research suggests that far more people have had the coronavirus without any symptoms, fueling hope that it will turn out to be much less lethal than originally feared, the Associated Press reports. That would make it impossible to know who around you may be contagious, which complicates decisions about returning to work, school and normal life amid silent virus carriers.
10:30 p.m. Los Angeles to furlough city workers: Mayor Eric Garcetti said Los Angeles city employees must take 26 furlough days in the coming fiscal year, the equivalent of a 10% percent pay cut, to counter the city’s devastating financial blow from the coronavirus shutdown. “I do not take that step lightly,” Garcetti said in a State of the City address Sunday. Police officers and firefighters will be among exceptions. Los Angeles is bracing for a hit worse than the 2008 recession, he said. “There’s no way to sugarcoat this. This is bigger, and it will hurt more.”
10:21 p.m. Coronavirus moves reduce in-person voting opportunities: To reduce gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, election officials across the country are eliminating polling places or scaling back in-person voting opportunities — which is raising concerns among voting rights groups and some Democrats about potential disenfranchisement, the Associated Press reports. Nevada for instance will have just one polling place per county for its June primary.
10:10 p.m. New Zealand to ease lockdown restrictions after next week: Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand will extend strict lockdown measures through April 27 before loosening to allow some economic activity but still require people to mostly stay at home. Ardern said New Zealand has 0.48 coronavirus transmission rate — the number of people to whom each infected person passes the virus — compared to an “overseas” rate of 2.5. The country has reported 1,440 cases and 12 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
10 p.m. Agreement on new stimulus expected Monday: The Trump administration and Congress expect an agreement Monday on up to $450 billion to boost a small-business loan program that has run out of money and add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing, the Associated Press is reporting. President Trump said Sunday the parties are “very close to a deal.” The package is expected to be voted on in Congress and signed by week’s end.
9:42 p.m. Global cases reach 2.4 million: The world tally for reported coronavirus cases surpassed 2.4 million on Sunday, and the death toll rose to more than 165,200. The United States has by far the globe’s highest number of cases, at 759,467 as of Sunday, with 40,679 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tracking.
9:33 p.m. Amazon using thermal cameras to check workers for fevers: Amazon has installed thermal cameras at its facilities to screen employees for fevers as a way of guarding against the coronavirus, CNN reports. Virus cases have been reported at Amazon facilities in states including California, Washington and New York, prompting some warehouse employees to call for walkouts over safety measures.
9:11 p.m. Call for Las Vegas Strip to reopen in mid-to-late May: Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox is calling for reopening the Las Vegas Strip tourist hub in mid-to-late May if Nevada hits certain benchmarks shutdown benchmarks. On the company’s website, Maddox suggests reopening parts of the state economy under reduced occupancy, physical distancing and wearing of face coverings. If Nevada achieves increased testing capacity and hospitalization rates below national averages, the Strip should reopen with “extensive safety measures” later in May, he said. Nevada reported 3,728 coronavirus infections and 158 deaths as of Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
9 p.m. Ramadan curfew will be earlier in Lebanon: Lebanon’s Interior Ministry announced a one-hour shortening of the nighttime curfew, two days before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Curfew was imposed last month in an effort to slow spread of the coronavirus. It now will start at 8 p.m. During Ramadan, observant Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.
8:47 p.m. Europe surpasses 100,000 deaths: The coronavirus death toll in Europe surpassed 100,000 on Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Italy had recorded the most deaths among European countries with 23,660 as of Sunday night and Spain had the most cases with 198,674. After the U.S., the countries with the highest reported death counts are Italy, Spain, France, the U.K. and Belgium.
8:15 p.m. Protesters rally against Washington’s stay-at-home order: About 2,500 people protested at Washington’s state capitol Sunday against the state’s stay-at-home order, Reuters reported. They clustered closely, defying state and federal guidelines against large gatherings, with many not wearing face coverings. Police did not issue citations. Gov. Jay Inslee said on Twitter: “I support free speech. But crowd counts or speeches won’t determine our course. This isn’t about politics. It can only be about doing what is best for the health of all Washingtonians.”
8:10 p.m. Cuomo says New York is on the other side: The coronavirus death toll in New York dropped again, a sign Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday means the state is “on the other side of the plateau,” that physical distancing is working. Cuomo said 507 people died Saturday, down 33 from the previous day and by 271 since last Monday. “We showed that we can control the beast and when you close down, you can actually slow that infection rate, but this is only halftime,” he said, urging people to continued social distancing.
7:59 p.m. Antibodies blood tests raise alarms: The federal government is being faulted by public health officials and scientists for greenlighting coronavirus antibody tests too quickly and without adequate scrutiny, the New York Times is reporting. The tests are widely viewed as crucial to assessing the coronavirus spread and restarting the economy. The government has allowed about 90 companies, many based in China, to sell tests but subsequently warned that some are making false claims about their products, while health officials have found others deeply flawed.
7:41 p.m. Communitiy-wide testing planned in Bolinas and part of Mission: The coastal town of Bolinas and 4 square blocks in the Mission are set to do mass testing for the coronavirus, which will provide UCSF researchers a better understanding of patterns of infection, including among asymptomatic people, to inform mitigation. Read The Chronicle story by Mallory Moench here.
7:21 p.m. A tent camp in Kezar Stadium? Haight-Ashbury advocates for the homeless are pushing San Francisco to turn Kezar’s parking lot into a legal site for as many as 100 properly separated tents, as the coronavirus pandemic crowds more city streets with homeless in tents. The site could offer access to restrooms and hot showers in the pavilion, where the 49ers used to have locker rooms. Read the story by Sam Whiting here.
7:09 p.m. Marin County records cases at 10 care facilities: Ten residential care and skilled nursing facilities in Marin County have reported coronavirus cases, a daily update from county officials shows. Twenty-three cases are residents in the facilities and 20 are staff. Overall, Marin County reported six new cases of the virus Sunday, bringing its total to 195, with three patients hospitalized.
6:59 p.m. Far-right activists reportedly use Facebook to organize anti-quarantine protests: Three conservative, pro-gun activists and brothers are behind large Facebook groups that have called for protests against social distancing in New York, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania, the Washington Post is reporting. A spokesman told the Post Facebood did not removed the groups partly because states have not outlawed them, and the organizers urged drive-in protests in keeping with social-distance requirements. The spokesman said Facebook has removed protest organizers in other cases, including in California. President Trump has fanned anti-quarantine protests with his comments; he said Sunday that protesters have “cabin fever” and “want their life back.”
6:35 p.m. Model finds California past its peak in deaths: California reached its peak in coronavirus-related deaths last Thursday, according to an oft-cited model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. State health officials reported 95 deaths Thursday, a one-day record. The model from the institute at the University of Washington predicts California will not see another day with that many deaths, though its projections for Friday and Saturday were below actual totals reported by state officials. The model shows deaths in California reaching zero by mid-May.
5:50 p.m. Guidelines for resuming normal hospital activities: Before hospitals resume elective and non-coronavirus procedures, they must ensure they can address COVID-19 surges, have adequate supplies and have a plan for conserving supplies, the top Medicare and Medicaid official said Sunday. Guidelines for a return to normal activity, Seema Verma told White House reporters, also require that hospitals can screen patients and health care workers for the virus, and employ social distancing and appropriate cleaning. “Every state and local official has to assess the situation on the ground,” Verma said.
5:30 p.m. Pence says testing capacity is there for states to begin reopening: Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that coronavirus testing capacity now exists “that would allow any state in America” to begin reopening, “if they’ve met the other criteria — 14 days of consistent declines and strong hospital capacity so that the system would not be overwhelmed in the event of a flare-up.” Robust testing capacity is among federal guidelines for reopening states, and some state leaders have said they need consderably more capacity before they can safely reopen.
5:17 p.m. First inmate death at California prison: State officials on Sunday announced the first coronvirus-related death of a prisoner in California’s 35-prison system. The inmate was at California Institution for Men in Chino, where 59 other inmates tested positive for the coronavirus. Statewide, 115 prisoner cases have been confirmed.
5:05 p.m. Trump defends his tweets that said to “liberate” states: President Trump was asked Sunday if he was inciting violence with his tweets calling to “liberate” states, with protesters then demanding an end to state shutdowns against the coronavirus. “No … I’ve seen interviews of the people — these are great people,” Trump said at his daily briefing. “They’ve got cabin fever. They want to get back. They want their life back.” Trump tweeted “liberate” in all capital letters in reference to Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia on Friday.
4:50 p.m. U.S. scientists, doctors at WHO said to have relayed earliest progress of virus: More than a dozen U.S. researchers, physicians and public health experts, from the CDC and elsewhere, were working full time at the World Health Organization as the novel coronavirus emerged late last year, the Washington Post is reportng, and they sent the Trump administration real-time information about its spread in China. Citing U.S. and international officials, the Post says senior Trump-appointed health officials also consulted regularly with the WHO as the crisis unfolded. The report is at odds with President Trump’s claim that the WHO failed to relay the extent of the threat, causing U.S. spread of the virus.
4:36 p.m. Federal officials to require nursing home reporting: The government now will require nursing homes to report to patients and their families any coronavirus cases in the patient’s nursing home. Seema Verma, the Medicare and Medicaid administrator, said nursing homes also must report any cases directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It’s important that patients and their families have the information that they need,” Verma said at the White House daily briefing Sunday. California has just started disclosing its nursing home cases.
4:19 p.m. Pence says progress seen in major metro areas: Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that coronavirus-stricken major metropolitan areas “continue to stabilize and even see progress.” The hard-hit regions of New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island “all appear to be past their peak,” the Detroit area is “stable” and New Orleans “is the most stable of all areas where we had a major metropolitan outbreak,” Pence said at the White House daily briefing. He said officials continue to watch Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia for potential COVID-19 increases.
4:05 p.m. Oakland police plan sideshow crackdown: Oakland police said they would be geared up Sunday night to issue tickets, impound vehicles and make arrests for illegal automotive stunt shows. Oakland police frequently crack down on these so-called sideshows but say the coronavirus crisis and stay-home rules provide extra incentive. “With COVID-19, gatherings put all of our community at risk,” the department said on Twitter.
3:45 p.m. Bay Area hospitalizations reach April low: The nine Bay Area counties had 391 confirmed COVID-19 patients in hospitals as of Saturday, the area’s lowest one-day total in April, according to state data released Sunday and reviewed by The Chronicle. The previous low was 397 cases reported April 1. Intensive care units had 167 confirmed COVID-19 patients Saturday, up from a low of 163 Wednesday but marking a 9.3 percent decrease from one week earlier. Statewide, ICUs saw a 0.9% decrease in confirmed COVID-19 patients to 1,163 on Saturday, while hospitalized cases decreased by 0.8% to 3,196.
3:50 p.m. NYC mayor wants to know — is Trump telling city to “drop dead”: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio invoked a famous tabloid headline from the 1970s in renewing his call for President Trump to send federal dollars to the coronavirus-ravaged city. “What’s going on — cat got your tongue?” de Blasio asked at a press briefing. “Are you going to save New York City, are are you telling New York City to drop dead?” President Gerald Ford’s refusal to provide aid when the city faced bankruptcy in 1975 drew a memorable Daily News headline: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.”
3:21 p.m. Second SF inmate tests positive: A second inmate in a San Francisco jail has tested positive for the coronavirus, San Francisco Sheriff Paul Miyamoto said Sunday. Both of the patients were asymptomatic, but were flagged because of new protocol that tests everyone who is housed at the jails at the time of booking. After efforts to reduce jail populations to slow the spread of the virus, San Francisco had just 725 people in custody on Sunday, a historic low and down 36% from the January average.
3:16 p.m. 51 workers positive at huge Safeway distribution hub: At Safeway’s distribution hub in Tracy, 51 workers have tested positive for the coronavirus and one has died. The hub serves a huge swathe of northern California, and the crisis could mean delays in stocking shelves in some stores. Read the full story here.
2:39 p.m. Coronavirus shuts down hiking, biking, boating on Peninsula: New levels of closures were ordered this weekend at parks on the Peninsula, with 15 county parks, 13 open-space preserves, four state parks and three boat ramps shut down to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In San Mateo County, only a handful of city-operated parks were left open for recreation and health officials ordered residents to restrict their exercise to within 5 miles of home. Read more here.
2:15 p.m. British education secretary dismisses claims that prime minister fumbled coronavirus response: British Education Secretary Gavin Williamson on Sunday defended Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s response to the coronavirus, following reports that Johnson missed five key emergency meetings in the early stages of the outbreak, before getting sick with the virus himself. An investigation by the Sunday Times claimed the British government missed several opportunities to lessen the impact of the pandemic — criticism that Williamson rejected during a press conference Sunday. There are more than 16,000 coronavirus cases in Britain.
2:02 p.m. Minnesota cases rise above 2,300: Minnesota has reported 143 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 13 additional deaths. The new cases bring the total confirmed in Minnesota to 2,356 since testing began in early March, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Health officials said Sunday a total of 134 people have died in Minnesota from the virus.
1:51 p.m. D.C. confirms 127 more cases: Washington D.C. health officials announced Sunday morning that 127 positive new COVID-19 infections had been identified, bringing the total up to 2,793, with five new deaths for a total of 96.
1:41 p.m. French PM suggests people need to “learn to live with the virus”: France’s prime minister warned Sunday that the nation’s residents will need to “learn to live with the virus” after the country lifts its lockdown, reported the Associated Press. People will probably be required to wear masks in public transport, and those who can work from home should continue doing so, even after France starts easing confinement rules May 11, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said. And he suggested that no one should be planning faraway summer vacations.
1:20 p.m. More than 3,500 health care workers test positive for virus: An estimated 3,523 health care workers across the state have tested positive for the coronavirus, the California Department of Public Health said Sunday. The numbers increased by 153 from Saturday. The tally includes on-the-job exposures and exposures during travel and through close family contact, the Department of Health said.
1:13 p.m. Alameda County reports 50 new cases: Alameda Country reported on Sunday its total confirmed cases of coronavirus has reached 1,164, an increase of 50 cases. The county has reported 42 deaths.
1:03 p.m. Hockey’s “Great One” believes sports will return soon: Wayne Gretzky is optimistic the NHL will be able to resume at some point this summer. “The Great One” told the Associated Press on Sunday he’s hopeful hockey and other sports will be able to come back from the coronavirus pandemic and serve as a positive sign that conditions are improving. “I really believe somehow, someway, that the leadership in this country and in Canada, that we’re going to figure this out,” Gretzky said. “And I really believe that we’ll see hockey and some sort of other sports in June, July and August, albeit in a different way, but I really see it coming to fruition.”
12:45 p.m. Bay Area reports nearly 200 deaths: California reported 30,985 coronavirus cases and 1,152 deaths as of Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Bay Area reported 6,307 cases and 199 deaths.
12:25 p.m. Nearly 700 sailors test positive for coronavirus: 672 crewmembers aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Navy said Sunday. An estimated 94% of the crewmembers on board have been tested so far, the Navy said. About 3,910 have tested negative. Eight Sailors are being treated for COVID-19 symptoms in the U.S. Naval Hospital in Guam. One is in the ICU due to shortness of breath. The commander of the nuclear aircraft carrier, Capt. Brett Crozier, of Santa Rosa, was relieved of his duties earlier this month after pleading with U.S. Navy officials for immediate resources to allow isolation of his entire crew amid cramped and dangerous conditions.
12:05 p.m. Contra Costa reports 8 new cases: Contra Costa County reported eight new cases and 1 death Sunday, totaling 693 cases and 20 deaths. The Bay Area has reported 6,249 cases, including 198 deaths.
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