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Total coronavirus cases:
• 41,313 in California, including 1,615 deaths.
• 7,220 in the Bay Area, including 252 deaths.
• 906,551 in the U.S., including 52,042 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 21,411; New Jersey with 5,683; Michigan with 3,085; Massachusetts with 2,556 and Illinois with 1,795. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 2.8 million in the world, with more than 197,000 deaths. More than 796,000 people have recovered.
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Latest developments from today:
9:05 a.m. California will have to borrow to pay unemployment benefits: Within the next couple of weeks, California’s unemployment insurance fund — which was the most insolvent state fund coming into the coronavirus crisis — will run out of money. It’s vying with New York and Ohio to be the first state fund to go negative since the last recession. Kathleen Pender reports the story here.
8:58 a.m. Small businesses’ lawsuit claims shelter-in-place is unconstitutional: A group of nonessential small businesses in Southern California sued Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state officials in federal court, saying they should be allowed to stay open while abiding by federal guidelines for social distancing. The suit filed by San Francisco-based Dhillon Law Group — which also is part of a lawsuit against Newsom for providing checks to unemployed undocumented immigrants — claims the governor’s order will inflict widespread economic damage.
8:49 a.m. California’s ‘island of romance’ a ghost town during pandemic: When the gates to Santa Catalina Island were all but locked to lovers and pretty much everybody else last month, it may have saved the 4,000 residents from a coronavirus outbreak, but it destroyed an economy based almost solely on tourism. The oceanfront city of Avalon, whose picturesque beauty has sold millions of postcards, has been turned into a ghost town, the Associated Press reports.
8:13 a.m. Giants, A’s help with protective equipment: The Bay Area’s pro baseball teams are partnering with NBC Sports and Timbuk2 to produce 50,000 masks and bandannas. Timbuk2 is reopening its Mission District bag-manufacturing facility to transform 10,000 T-shirts from the teams into face coverings that will be donated to community groups in hopes of reserving more N95 respirators for medical workers. Read the full story here.
8:07 a.m. Earnhardt race car to be auctioned to fund coronavirus relief: NASCAR team owner Richard Childress is auctioning off one of racing legend Dale Earnhardt’s cars to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts, the Charlotte Observer reports. It’s the first time Childress has sold or given away an original Earnhardt No. 3 car from his personal collection.
7:47 a.m. Bennett to lead sing-along for coronavirus frontline workers: Tony Bennett is asking Bay Area residents to come together for a mass sing-along to his signature tune, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” at noon today in honor of the frontline workers responding to the pandemic. Residents are expected to simultaneously flock to their windowsills, stoops and backyards to join the 93-year-old crooner in singing the most famous San Francisco song, which Bennett first performed at the Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian Room in 1961. Read more here.
7:49 a.m. Officer arrested after fatal shooting during coronavirus enforcement: A police officer in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a civilian while enforcing coronavirus restrictions, a fellow officer told the Associated Press. The shooting Friday evening sparked protests in Mogadishu that continued Saturday with crowds of angry young men burning tires and demanding justice. Anger has been growing among some residents over alleged abuses by security forces, including beatings, while enforcing virus-related restrictions.
7:43 a.m. Coronavirus threat greater for smokers: Smoking or vaping can increase your risk of becoming infected, the World Health Organization has warned. Here’s how.
7:14 a.m. India’s Muslims face stigma, blame for coronavirus surge: India’s government is blaming an Islamic missionary meeting for a surge in coronavirus cases, triggering a wave of violence, business boycotts and hate speech toward Muslims that experts warn could worsen the pandemic in the world’s second-most populous country. Read more from the Associated Press here.
6:53 a.m. Some still flock to Sausalito despite coronavirus sheltering: The popular waterfront town in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge stands to lose millions of tourist dollars because of the coronavirus, but visitors still stream in for respite or exercise, which has caused tumult on NextDoor. Read more here.
6:43 a.m. US not part of WHO global pandemic effort: World leaders pledged support Friday as the World Health Organization announced what it calls a “landmark collaboration” to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Missing from the initiative: the United States. Read more from Reuters here.
6:39 a.m. What coronavirus testing will look like in coming weeks: California is processing some 16,000 tests per day with plans to ramp up to as many as 80,000 per day as a condition for reopening the economy. Medical professionals will stick a 5-inch metal-and-plastic swab down the throats and into the nostrils of thousands of people at hundreds of drive-through testing sites, hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters and jails. Read the full story here.
6:28 a.m. Church leaders lobby governor for essential status: Ministers and bishops of more than 200 churches lobbied Gov. Gavin Newsom for essential status on Friday, saying the comfort they provide to families of the sick and dying is just as important as treatment by mental health professionals. The petition led by bishops Sean S. O’Neal of the California-Nevada Church of God and Samuel Santana of Iglesia de Dios Region Suroeste requests permission to provide spiritual support using proper precautions but does not seek to reopen churches.
5:34 a.m. Sri Lanka reimposes curfew after coronavirus surge: Sri Lanka has reimposed a countrywide 24-hour curfew after a surge in the number of coronavirus cases, most of them navy sailors who were searching for those evading quarantine, the Associated Press reports. The 46 new infections on Friday were the highest in a day for the Indian Ocean island nation, which has confirmed 420 cases of the virus, including seven deaths. Sri Lanka partially lifted a monthlong curfew on Monday during daytime hours in more than two-thirds of the country.
5:26 a.m. Pandemic near end in China? For the 10th straight day, China reported no new deaths from the coronavirus. Twelve new cases were reported on Saturday, 11 of them brought from overseas and one local transmission in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang bordering on Russia, according to the National Health Commission.
5:23 a.m. WHO says no to ‘immunity passports’: The World Health Organization is cautioning against the idea of “immunity passports.” It says there is no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected against a second infection. The concept of “immunity passports” or “risk-free certificates” has been floated as a way of allowing people protected against reinfection to return to work but the Geneva-based U.N. health agency says in a scientific brief released Saturday that more research is needed.
Developments from Friday:
9:35 p.m. Surge of strokes in coronavirus patients in 30s, 40s, doctors say: Some hospitals in the United States are reporting a surge of strokes in young and middle-aged patients with coronavirus, according to the Washington Post. Some medical centers, such as Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, are seeing more patients in their 30s or 40s who have the coronavirus and exhibited few symptoms, but still experienced or died from severe strokes.
8:47 p.m. San Francisco Unified School District adds five new pick-up sites for free meals: The district announced Friday it has partnered with five community organizations to add new sites where San Francisco’s kids can get free meals while schools are closed. The new organizations where food will be provided are Chinatown YMCA, Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, St. Paul of the Shipwreck, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and The Village. For information on school lunch programs and other school-related developments around the Bay Area, see The Chronicle’s question-and-answer page on schools.
8:39 p.m. San Francisco researchers seek recovered COVID-19 patients to donate plasma: San Francisco General Hospital and UC San Francisco researchers are seeking people who recovered from COVID-19 to participate in a study by donating blood plasma. The plasma would be transfused into a patient to find out if COVID-19 antibodies could help treat the disease.
8:34 p.m. World’s “tech capital” strains under unemployment load: California Labor Secretary Julie Su acknowledged that the state that is home to Silicon Valley has “multiple antiquated systems” running unemployment benefits. To compensate for technical limitations, the state has been increasing staffing and is now waiving the requirement that those who have lost jobs certify their status every two weeks to keep receiving payments. Chronicle personal finance columnist Kathleen Pender explains the problem — and what the new efforts mean.
8:28 p.m. Kaiser study finds coronavirus people of all ages can land in the hospital: A study of 1,300 Northern California Kaiser patients who tested positive for the coronavirus found that nearly a third were hospitalized and almost one in 10 ended up in intensive care — and younger and middle-aged adults were almost as likely to be admitted as people 60 and over. The analysis is among the first large studies of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United States, and the first in California. Read the full story here.
7:33 p.m. California experts question legal basis for Barr’s plan to challenge coronavirus shelter orders: Conservatives rallying against state governors’ shelter-in-place orders have found an ally in President Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, who has described shelter-in-place orders as “disturbingly close to house arrest.” But any federal efforts to force states to open up will have a tough time succeeding, legal experts told The Chronicle. Read legal reporter Bob Egelko’s story here.
6:56 p.m. Feds charge two with robbing a Walgreens while coughing, claiming infection: Two San Francisco women entered a Walgreens near Civic Center without masks and stuffed items into bags, while coughing and claiming to have the coronavirus, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. Read the full story here.
6:42 p.m. Solano County extends shelter-in-place order until May 17: Solano County health officials have extended the shelter-in-place order that requires people to stay home except for essential activities until May 17, citing the need to keep the health care system from being overwhelmed. There were 199 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four deaths in the county as of Friday.“This extension is necessary to continue to slow the rate of spread of the virus, to allow for additional testing and to continue working with the healthcare community to ensure the hospital and healthcare systems do not become overwhelmed,” county officials said. Other Bay Area counties are also expected to extend their shelter-in-place orders (Napa did so this week, with an open-ended extension).
5 p.m. BroadwaySF cancels programming through August: BroadwaySF is postponing “The Band’s Visit,” “Spamilton,” “Mean Girls,” “My Fair Lady” and the concert performance of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” due to continued concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The delay, announced Friday, means the Golden Gate Theatre and the Orpheum Theatre will stay dark at least through August.
4:59 p.m. California does not release death figures at nursing homes: Some counties, including Santa Clara, release the number of deaths and infections at nursing homes, which have been hard-hit by the coronavirus. But California does not, though a state health official told The Chronicle it plans plans to do so ““in the future.” Read the full story here.
4:27 p.m. Health worker infections rise to 4,322: That figure is up from 4,153 that the state reported on Thursday. California also reported 22 deaths statewide among health care workers.
3:45 p.m. Health officials plan to hold SF convention in October: In a sign of optimism about where the coronavirus pandemic may stand in the fall, the American Public Health Association will hold its annual convention in San Francisco in October. Not everyone is as sanguine: Some tech companies have said they will avoid in-person events through next year.
3:43 p.m. Swab shortage holds up coronavirus testing in California: Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday that a critical global shortage of nasal swabs is the primary factor impeding the state from hitting its target to test between 60,000 and 80,000 people daily in order to reopen its economy. Read the full story here.
3:40 p.m. Berkeley restaurant to close permamently: 35-year-old Lalime’s in Berkeley announced its closure via its Facebook page, adding to the growing list of permanent restaurant closures. Owners Cindy and Haig Krikorian thanked many of their regulars and colleagues by name and pointed to the economic impact of the coronavirus as the reason for closing.
3:33 p.m. Delivery apps add worker health benefits: A move by DoorDash and other companies to provide telemedicine and other health-related benefits to delivery workers highlights a tension gig companies face: Workers, customers and public officials are clamoring for more protections for frontline delivery personnel, but the companies are still eager to keep paying them as independent contractors without normal employee benefits.
3:20 p.m. FDA says therapeutic trials are underway: Food and Drug Administration commissioner Stephen Hahn said during a White House news conference Friday that 72 ongoing trials of therapeutics are currently underway in the United States under FDA oversight. No therapies have been approved to treat the coronavirus, but Hahn said, “we are leaving no stone unturned in finding treatments for COVID-19.”
3:10 p.m. Trump takes no questions in White House briefing: Vice President Mike Pence announced that as of Friday morning, 5.1 million Americans had been tested for the coronavirus. In an unusual move, President Trump walked out of the briefing room without taking questions from journalists. Federal press conferences on the coronavirus response often go on for a few hours, but this one lasted just over 20 minutes.
2:49 p.m. US to send ventilators to countries across globe, Trump says: President Trump said in a Friday White House news conference that the United States is sending ventilators to Mexico, Honduras, Indonesia, Spain, France, and perhaps Germany, “should they need it,” Trump said.
2:44 p.m. SF long-term care facilities have 113 cases: Dr. Grant Colfax, director of health, said there are 113 confirmed cases of COVID-19 linked to long-term care facilities in San Francisco, and he did not know the number of deaths. Major outbreaks have been reported at Laguna Honda and Central Gardens Post Acute. Colfax said if a resident has an address outside of San Francisco, that case would be reported in that county of residence — suggesting that the true number of positive cases in the city’s longterm care facilities could be even higher.
2:35 p.m. Bay Area Book Festival looks to rebound with #Unbound: After the cancellation of this year’s in-person event, the Bay Area Book Festival is carrying on through with #Unbound, a series of live and prerecorded panel discussions on the festival’s YouTube channel the weekend of May 1-3.
2:16 p.m. San Francisco police cite additional business: Chief Bill Scott said the city has issued 17 citations, including eight businesses and nine people, for shelter-in-place violations. “I’d like to thank the people of San Francisco for complying, by and large, when officers interact with them,” he said. Scott also said that the California Highway Patrol has reported an 87% increase in drivers speeding more than 100 mph.
2:13 p.m. California State Fair canceled: The Cal Expo board announced on Friday that it has decided to cancel this year’s California State Fair, which was scheduled to take place in Sacramento July 17 to August 2. It marks the first time the fair has been canceled since World War II.
2:11 p.m.: UC online high school shows growth: UC Scout, an online high school program run by the University of California, has seen daily use of its course material increase 234 percent since shelter-in-place orders went into effect, according to UC officials. The program offers college prep courses to California public school students and teachers for free. UC Scout, which started in 2012, recently completed a state-funded, $4 million upgrade, expanding its selection of courses.
1:52 p.m. Homeless, SRO cases 10% of San Francisco total: Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the city’s public health department, said during a news conference that 10% of San Francisco’s coronavirus cases are people who are homeless or live in single-room occupancy hotels. That is 134 of the city’s total 1,340 cases confirmed on Friday. These cases included those infected at MSC South, the city’s largest homeless shelter, and Casa Quezada, a supportive housing facility.
1:45 p.m. Breed says extension of shelter-in-place order ‘very likely’: As people wonder when their lives can return to normal, Mayor London Breed hinted at an extension of San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order, which ends May 3. “The likelihood that that will happen is very likely,” Breed said about an extended order. “What that means is another few weeks or even a month of asking you all to comply and to remain at home and to continue to follow the social-distancing orders that we put forth.” Read the full story here.
1:37 p.m. Two more deaths in Alameda County: Two additional people in Alameda County died of COVID-19. The total of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 1,401, according to health officials. The county has recorded 48 deaths.
1:35 p.m. Breed describes challenges acquiring supplies: Mayor London Breed said acquiring personal protective equipment for medical workers has been one of the “most frustrating things to deal with” during the pandemic. An order of medical gowns that was on the way to San Francisco was diverted to France by suppliers in China, some shipments were diverted by FEMA to other U.S. locations, and other times items have been confiscated and “put on the market for the highest bidder,” Breed said.
1:20 p.m. Stocks post solid gains: Markets rose Friday, but not enough to offset losses during the week. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 260 points to close at 23,775, a gain of more than 1%. Oil futures, which had pulled stocks down when they went negative, appear to be stabilizing. U.S. crude for June delivery rose 2.7% to close at $16.94 per barrel.
1:17 p.m. California health care worker deaths: A total of 22 of the state’s health care workers have died from COVID-19 as of Friday, according to the California Health and Human Services Agency. That number is folded into the total daily death count reported by the California Department of Public Health.
1:08 p.m. Newsom urges caution outdoors over warm weekend: Gov. Gavin Newsom urged people to think twice before heading to beaches and parks over the weekend, which is expected to deliver sunshine throughout the state and warmth in some areas. “I want to encourage people to do their best through this difficult weekend, where your temptation is higher to want to experience our natural beauty, just to again consider the impact of those decisions,” he said.
1:05 p.m. SF General staff has 13 coronavirus cases: Thirteen staff members at San Francisco General Hospital have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to data provided to The Chronicle. There were six positive staff members a week earlier. It is unclear which departments these staff members worked in.
1:04 p.m. France plans for second wave of coronavirus: France plans to keep thousands of newly built intensive care units ready for a second wave of virus cases, even though the first wave is now receding, the Associated Press reports. Health authorities say France doubled its number of intensive care beds to more than 10,000 as the virus raced across the country.
12:58 p.m. Outbreak at Redwood City assisted-living facility: Ten people have died of COVID-19 at the Gordon Manor assisted-living facility in Redwood City. Former Stanford University President Donald Kennedy lived at the facility and died Tuesday in the outbreak made public on Friday. Read the story here.
12:55 p.m. Coronavirus at 522 of state’s care facilities: Gov. Gavin Newsom said that 522 skilled nursing facilities and senior care centers across the state have had at least one person infected with COVID-19. Over 2,700 staffers and patients currently have the coronavirus, Newsom said.
12:53 p.m. Authorities close Walmart store after deaths: Health officials ordered the immediate closure of a Walmart in suburban Denver after three people connected to the store died after being infected with the coronavirus and at least six employees tested positive. The Tri-County Health Department said the store didn’t adhere to social distancing requirements.
12:33 p.m. State pays for 56,000 hotel room nights for caregivers: Gov. Gavin Newsom said California officials have procured 56,000 hotel room nights for health care workers. The costs will be completely reimbursed as part of a relief program for frontline workers.
12:29 p.m. California confirms 93 more deaths, some stats continue stabilizing: The state reported 93 more Californians died of COVID-19 Thursday as the number of hospitalizations remained stagnant and persons in intensive care units increased by 1%, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, calling the statistical stability “good news” but cautioned the number of deaths and a 5% increase in the number of people who tested positive “should be sobering and cautionary statistics.”
12:25 p.m. Navy recommends Capt. Crozier be given his ship back: Capt. Brett Crozier should be restored to command of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy’s top officials recommended Friday, according to the New York Times. But Defense Secretary Mark Esper has asked for more time to consider whether to sign off on the reinstatement of the Santa Rosa native. Crozier was fired for sending a fraught email to commanders pleading for faster action to protect his crew from a coronavirus outbreak, officials familiar with the investigation said Friday.
12:18 p.m. Sacramento State, United Airlines to help check on older people: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that students at Sacramento State and workers at United Airlines call centers will be among a cohort that will check on older residents throughout California as part of the state’s latest move to bolster wellness and outreach efforts. People also can call a “Friendship Line” if they want to talk to someone at 888-670-1360. “You just need someone to talk to, that’s the line to call,” Newsom said.
12:16 p.m. Uber Eats cuts off deliveries to Treasure Island: In a move that Supervisor Matt Haney says is “retaliation” for San Francisco’s emergency limits on the commissions food delivery services can charge restaurants, Uber has told customers in Treasure Island it can’t serve them. San Francisco imposed a 15% cap on restaurant commissions, as restaurateurs complained of high fees from delivery apps.
12:09 p.m. Newsom unveils partnership to deliver meals to seniors: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a partnership between local governments, FEMA and the restaurant and hospitality industries to deliver three meals a day, seven days a week to the state’s older residents who need assistance. The Home Meals for Older Californians program is the first of its kind in the nation and will see local restaurants producing the food.
11:54 a.m. UC Berkeley study challenges Stanford estimates on fatality rates: Researchers at UC Berkeley estimate the fatality rate in New York City and Santa Clara County can be no less than 0.5% or one of every 200 people who become infected. The study, which reached the conclusion by extrapolating a comparison of deaths in Italy since January with ones from the past five years, contrasted the findings of a Stanford study posted online last week that estimated the fatality rate to be between 0.1% and 0.2%.
11:50 a.m. France spends $7.6 billion to save Air France: The French government announced a “historic” $7.6 billion aid package to save the airline.
11:38 a.m. Farms to destroy nearly 2 million chickens due to staffing shortages: Coronavirus-related staffing shortages at chicken processing plants will lead farms in Maryland and Delaware to destroy nearly 2 million chickens, the Baltimore Sun reports. Plants are unable to keep pace with the number of birds that are ready for harvest. They had been placed into poultry houses as chicks several weeks ago.
11:36 a.m. Contra Costa announces 16 new cases: Sixteen more people in Contra Costa County have tested positive for the coronavirus, growing the number of known cases to 786, health officials said.
11:33 a.m. Images of the coronavirus pandemic: Check out this visual essay on the pandemic by Chronicle photographers.
11:29 a.m. Coronavirus? Economic free fall? Things can always get worse: As the world descends into panic and hysteria, former Chronicle staff writer Carolyn Jones invokes her dear departed mother, Barbara Jones: She could withstand pretty much anything with a shrug and a smile and a ‘Que sera, sera!’ Read more here.
11:26 a.m. White House says it has given California $33.4 billion in loans, more in pandemic response: FEMA committed $1.05 billion to California while 112,967 small businesses in the state received $33.4 billion worth of loans, a White House official said. Additionally, federal officials have sent the state 170 ventilators, 1.1 million N95 masks, 2.6 million surgical masks, 412,017 medical gowns, 7,006 coveralls, 504,442 face shields and 1.7 million gloves.
11:17 a.m. Trump says he was not serious about ingesting disinfectant: President Trump says his comments suggesting people can ingest disinfectant to fight COVID-19 was an attempt at sarcasm. Trump noted Thursday that researchers were looking at the effects of disinfectants on the virus and wondered aloud if they could be injected into people, saying the virus “does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.” But speaking to reporters in the Oval Office on Friday, Trump insisted his comments were misconstrued. “I was asking the question sarcastically to reporters like you, just to see what would happen,” Trump said.
11:05 a.m. Newsom waives gym class requirements and budget deadlines during coronavirus school closures: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Thursday that gives school districts some breathing room in terms of meeting state mandates during coronavirus closures. The order waives state laws dictating a set time spent on physical education as well as the requirement to conduct physical fitness testing this spring. Read more here.
11:03 a.m. Hundreds of masks, sanitizer bottles coming to Tenderloin: The poverty-aid nonprofit Code Tenderloin will hand out 500 masks and 300 bottles of hand sanitizer for free Friday in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. The distribution will begin at 144 Taylor St. at 2 p.m., said Del Seymour, head of the organization, which got the supplies with donations from Supervisor Matt Haney’s office and Baltimore-based developer War Horse Cities.
11:01 a.m. Diary of Bay Area parent’s so-called homeschool life: San Francisco parent and writer Rachel Levin recounts a day playing teacher to her kids, Oren, 8, and Hazel, 11, as she and her husband work from home and shelter in place.
10:53 a.m. Pelosi slams McConnell, Trump comments: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday said comments by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week show how “the Republicans reject science and reject governance.” She told reporters: “Speaking of Mitch, what’s gotten into him? … The president is saying people should inject Lysol into their lungs, and Mitch is saying states should go bankrupt.”
10:48 a.m. For many Bay Area families, coronavirus rewriting the roles: During the shutdown, one multigenerational family has drawn even closer, spending days in the backyard. For another family with divorced parents, where before there might have been disagreements over parenting and difficulties over relationships, when the pandemic swept away routines, it took the friction, too. Read more here.
10:20 a.m. Santa Clara County announces three new deaths as cases surpass 2,000: Three more people in Santa Clara County have died of COVID-19 while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 2,018, health officials said. The county has recorded 98 deaths.
10:19 a.m. CBO forecasts $3.7 trillion deficit: The Congressional Budget Office says that coronavirus aid and the likely recession will cause the federal deficit to reach $3.7 trillion this year. The 2020 budget deficit will explode after four coronavirus response bills passed by Congress and signed by President Trump promise to pile more than $2 trillion onto the $24.6 trillion national debt in just the remaining six months of the current fiscal year, according to the CBO. That’s more than double the deficit record set during President Barack Obama’s first year in office.
10:13 a.m. Navy decision on Capt. Crozier’s fate expected: The decision on Capt. Brett Crozier’s future is expected to be made today, as the Chief of Naval Operations plans to brief Defense Secretary Mark Esper on the Navy’s findings on the handling of the Theodore Roosevelt coronavirus outbreak, a Pentagon spokesman said. Crozier was relieved of command of the aircraft carrier after writing a letter in which he pleaded for help to contain the spread of the coronavirus on the ship. The Navy’s decision would come less than a week before the Navy’s repopulation plan will begin on the vessel, The Chronicle has learned.
9:58 a.m. Trump signs new stimulus package: President Trump has signed a nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid package into law, the latest effort to stimulate the economy and help hospitals. It is the fourth coronavirus relief bill Congress has passed, for a cumulative total of $2.4 trillion for businesses, testing and treatment, and direct payments to individuals and the unemployed, the Associated Press reports.
9:53 a.m. One quarter of adults say household is suffering job loss: One of every four American adults says someone in the household has lost a job to the coronavirus pandemic, but the vast majority expect those former jobs will return once the crisis passes, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
9:46 a.m. Another Navy ship stricken: A second U.S. Navy ship, the Kidd, has been hit by an outbreak of coronavirus, with at least 18 cases on the destroyer, CNN is reporting, citing a Navy official.
9:40 a.m. Georgia goes ahead with reopening: Barber shops, nail salons, gyms and a few other businesses have reopened in Georgia as the governor eased a month-long shutdown, even as coronavirus cases in the state continued to rise, and despite warnings from health experts of a potential new surge of infections.
9:13 a.m. DMV waives penalties, extends deadlines: The Department of Motor Vehicles will waive late fees and penalties for vehicle registrations while extending expiring identification cards, officials said. Identification cards that expired on or after March 4 will be valid through June 22. The requirement to submit a transfer of ownership within 10 days of a vehicle transfer was suspended for 60 days, as were temporary operating permits that expired on or after March 4. Motor carrier permits that were due to expire in March, April and May were extended to June 30.
9:08 a.m. Subdued Ramadan begins amid coronavirus outbreak: Muslims worldwide began Ramadan on Friday with dawn-to-dusk fasting, but many will have to forgo the communal prayers and family gatherings that make the holy month special, as authorities maintain lockdowns aimed at slowing the coronavirus pandemic. The Associated Press reports that many are also weighed down by anxiety about the pandemic and widespread job losses.
8:43 a.m. Clashing rules vex Californians who seek recreation during pandemic: Every county, city, park district and water agency has its own interpretation of the state’s stay-at-home order and how it should be implemented. As a result, closures of park and recreational sites across the state have been haphazard. Those looking to engage in outdoor activities are often confronted by a clashing series of regulations.
8:39 a.m. 422 new coronavirus deaths in New York: The state reported 422 more deaths from COVID-19 as the number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus decreased and officials started monitoring how fast the pandemic’s impact will diminish, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “It’s dropping somewhat but it’s still devastating news,” Cuomo said while announcing the new deaths at a news conference.
8:37 a.m. San Francisco announces new coronavirus death as more cases are confirmed: A 22nd person in San Francisco has died of COVID-19 while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 1,340, according to the Department of Public Health.
8:36 a.m. Coronavirus deaths in US surpass 50,000: The number of people in the United States who have died of COVID-19 reached 50,031 Friday morning, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Some 870,000 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., the most of any country and about four times as many as Spain, the second hardest-hit nation. Nearly 81,000 Americans have recovered from the disease.
8:17 a.m. Not all news is bad during pandemic: On the bright side, there are senior sing-alongs in Oakland, and there’s St. Pancake’s Day in your kitchen. Read more here.
8:11 a.m. Biden says Trump could try to postpone election over coronavirus: Former Vice President Joe Biden blasted President Trump for working to block emergency funding for the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service, which would handle tens of millions of ballots this fall. Biden said it’s evidence that Trump already is trying to “undermine” the election and make it more difficult for Americans to vote. Going further, Biden predicted without evidence that Trump will attempt to postpone the election altogether.
8:09 a.m. California suspends unemployment certifications: The state temporarily suspended its unemployment “certification” requirement to ensure people continue receiving benefits as the high volume of claims paralyzes the agency’s system and jeopardizes filing claims by newly unemployed people. Those receiving unemployment benefits normally have to answer questions online every two weeks to continue receiving benefits. State Labor Secretary Julie Su directed the Employment Development Department to suspend the certification requirement for weeks ending March 14 through May 9.
7:49 a.m. Don’t use hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine without supervision, FDA pleas: Food and Drug Administration officials on Friday urged people not to use hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 treatment outside of hospitals or clinical trials because they can cause abnormal heart rhythms. “We would like to remind health care professionals and patients of the known risks associated with both hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine,” officials said in a statement. “Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have not been shown to be safe and effective for treating or preventing COVID-19.”
7:41 a.m. California cities expect layoffs from financial losses during pandemic: The state’s 482 cities say they will collectively lose $6.7 billion over the next two years because of the coronavirus pandemic, prompting layoffs and furloughs for public workers and potential cuts to basic services such as sanitation, public safety and housing. But that estimate, compiled by the League of California Cities, assumes the stay-at-home order lifts by June 1 — an unlikely scenario. Read more here from the Associated Press.
7:35 a.m. Road restrictions during coronavirus crisis old hat in Berkeley: If you think Oakland and San Francisco’s recent moves to close selected neighborhood streets to through traffic during the coronavirus crisis feel familiar, there’s a reason: Berkeley has been doing it for at least 50 years.
7:26 a.m. Nursing homes biggest spreaders of coronavirus in Italy: At least 44% of new coronavirus infections this month in Italy occurred in nursing homes or long-term care facilities, according to the Superior Institutes of Health. Also, the average number of people who will get COVID-19 from a single infected person — the so-called R0 — is now under 1 nationwide for the first time, the Associated Press reports. It started out between 2 and 3 in hard-hit parts of the north, where the epicenter of Europe’s pandemic erupted Feb. 21.
7:22 a.m. Two more deaths in San Mateo County as confirmed coronavirus cases near 1,000: Two more people died in San Mateo County of COVID-19 as the number of cases increased to 989, according to health officials. The county has recorded 41 deaths.
7:02 a.m. Social media use increases amid pandemic: The use of social media apps during the coronavirus pandemic has increased, claiming 24% of all mobile app usage from adults in the United States, Axios reports. That’s up from 21%.
6:55 a.m. How did we get to this point? Check out The Chronicle’s timeline of key events in the coronavirus pandemic.
6:47 a.m. Stocks rise again: The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 100 points, with rebounding oil prices an encouraging factor.
6:46 a.m. Coronavirus canceled fertility treatments, but Bay Area residents hope to restart them: For patients dealing with infertility, the process of starting a family can feel largely out of their control, but the novel coronavirus has added an extra layer of uncertainty. Read more here.
6:17 a.m. New timeline leaves many to wonder if they had flu or coronavirus: It’s a nagging question for the millions of California residents. Were those flu symptoms — dry cough, fever, chills — as far back as December actually the coronavirus? There have been hints that the virus may have been circulating in the Bay Area weeks before the outbreak took off in early March, but due to a lack of testing there was no way to know for sure. The discovery of three unrelated at-home deaths from COVID-19 in Santa Clara County — and in particular, one death in the first week of February — provide that proof. Read more here.
6:06 a.m. Don’t inject or ingest disinfectant, says maker of Lysol and Dettol: Reckitt Benckiser, which produces Lysol and Dettol, urged people not to inject or ingest disinfectants after President Trump suggested health officials consider the idea. “As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route),” the company said in a statement. “As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information.” Read more here.
Developments from Thursday:
11:55 p.m. U.S. approaching 50,000 coronavirus deaths: Nearly 50,000 coronavirus-related deaths had been reported in the U.S. as of late Thursday night, according to Johns Hopkins University’s online tracker. The U.S. had confirmed 49,963 deaths from COVID-19 and will likely reach the grim milestone Friday morning. The global death toll was 190,890 late Thursday night, per Johns Hopkins data, with more than 2.7 million cases of the coronavirus reported worldwide.
10:55 p.m. California temporarily suspends charge for grocery bags: Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Thursday that suspends the state’s 10-cent charge for grocery bags and allows grocery stores and other retailers to provide single-use plastic bags for 60 days as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The order also pauses in-store recycling of beverage bottles and cans and suspends requirements for recycling centers to be open for a minimum number of hours. The changes are aimed at protecting workers at stores and recycling centers from being exposed to the virus by handling reusable bags or recyclable containers, the order states.
9:27 p.m. Family of first U.S. coronavirus victim in shock: The father of a 57-year-old San Jose woman who died in early February — the first known U.S. victim of the coronavirus, officials said this week — described to The Chronicle how his family is trying to navigate life without her and amid stay-home orders.
9:20 p.m. Sonoma County to expand testing, starting with health care workers: Health workers in Sonoma County will have access to drive-through coronavirus testing whether or not they display symptoms beginning Saturday, the county announced. Testing will be conducted in the parking lot of the county public health laboratory in Santa Rosa, requires an appointment and applies to any worker at a health care facility who has contact with patients, including medical, front desk, janitorial and security staff. The county soon plans to expand testing for first responders, people over age 65 and people with virus symptoms, officials said.
9:04 p.m. Sonoma County reports wave of new cases: Officials in Sonoma County reported 22 new cases of the coronavirus Thursday, a one-day 11.3% increase, to bring the county’s total to 216. Of those cases, 121 are active, 93 people have recovered and two people have died, according to the county’s website.
8:50 p.m. Cases among state health care workers surpass 4,000: Local health departments have reported 4,153 confirmed cases of the coronavirus among California health care workers, the state’s public health department said Thursday. That reflected a one-day increase of 276 cases, or 7.1%.
8:26 p.m. California Rep. Maxine Waters’ sister dying of COVID-19: Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, said ahead of a vote on the House floor for the $480 billion stimulus package that her family has been affected by the coronavirus. “I’m going to take a moment to dedicate this legislation to my dear sister who is dying in a hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, right now, infected by the coronavirus,” Waters said, according to CNN. Sen. Kamala Harris expressed her condolences on Twitter, where she wrote, “Awful news. (Rep. Maxine Waters), we are keeping your sister and your entire family in our prayers during this difficult time.”
8:00 p.m. Slack workers to stay home through Sept. 1: San Francisco software company Slack will keep work-from-home policies through Sept. 1, HR executive Robby Kwok wrote in a blog post. It will continue paying contractors and hourly workers who cannot work remotely through that time. Slack was among the Bay Area tech companies that ordered employees home because of coronavirus concerns well before local and state shelter-in-place mandates required it.
7:33 p.m. Alameda County issues reminders for observing Ramadan amid shelter-in-place: In an online letter, Alameda County officials ask residents to “continue to stay home and modify your observance of Ramadan to protect yourself and those you love from COVID-19.” The letter notes mosques must remain closed due to the shelter-in-place order and residents should avoid leaving home to distribute food to charity or visit others. It states some mosques are offering virtual services during the Muslim holy month, which begins Thursday, and that “suspension of in-person gatherings is not a suspension of worship..”
7:24 p.m. Napa vintner Dario Sattui pledges to return $1.2 million small business loan: The owner of Calistoga winery Castello di Amorosa learned this week that he would be receiving a $1.2 million loan from the federal Paycheck Protection Program to help with payroll for his 135 employees. He’s decided to return it, following the lead of national restaurant chains like Ruth’s Chris Steak House that have returned loans from the program after it quickly ran out of funding for small businesses.
7:15: Job cuts loom at Presidio of San Francisco: The economic repercussions of the coronavirus are being felt in an unexpected location: San Francisco’s Presidio, where 20% of the 350-person staff could be laid off in the coming month. Jean Fraser, the Trust’s CEO, said that one-fifth of the Presidio’s business and residential tenants were unable to pay their rent in April — a percentage “that potentially could grow in May.” John King’s full report.
7:09 p.m. California has cleared its pending backlog of coronavirus tests: The California Department of Public Health said that as of Wednesday, all 482,097 coronavirus tests that have been conducted in the state have reported results. It is the first time since the department began sharing daily testing figures in mid-March that it has reported no testing backlog. At its worst, California had nearly 60,000 pending tests because of a backlog at labs processing the tests. As of yesterday, there were 7,200 pending tests. The agency did not immediately respond to a question about how it was able to clear the backlog. But there is often a lag time between when labs process tests and when they report them to the state. Labs have been steadily increasing their capacity, and testing supplies have become more available in recent days.
7 p.m. Marin County official estimates 95 percent of residents still susceptible to virus: Marin County health officer Dr. Matt Willis said in a video update that officials estimate 95 percent of the county’s population is still vulnerable to the coronavirus. Willis said the county is not yet actively pursuing antibody testing — which could indicate if a person who has been infected has developed some immunity to the virus — because the reliability of available tests is undetermined. Willis, who previously tested positive for the virus and has recovered, said he did have a test that “showed a strong signal of the long-term protective antibodies” but “it’s still not clear what that means for me in terms of my level of protection.” As of Thursday, Marin County had tested 3,017 residents for the virus with 209 testing positive, per its online tracker.
6:15 p.m. BART orders 300,000 masks: Once BART has enough for its employees, it will distribute some to offers to hand out to riders as necessary. Read the full story on the Bay Area’s compliance with new mask rules here.
6:31 p.m. San Francisco might have had thousands of infections by March 1, report says: A model created at Northeastern University estimates that San Francisco may have had 9,300 people infected with the coronavirus as of March 1, the New York Times reported. San Francisco officials confirmed the city’s first case on March 5. The model from the Network Science Institute at Northeastern suggests the virus was spreading undetected much earlier. The Times report notes the 9,300 number is a median estimate and the true number of infections might have been significantly higher or lower.
6:16 p.m. East Oakland to open walk-up testing site: Mayor Libby Schaaf announced during a Thursday town hall that officials will open a walk-up testing site in East Oakland through a partnership with Roots Community Clinic, CORE and Verily, along with resources from the state. Schaaf said the location was selected to help ease health disparities between communities. The mayor will announce more details in the coming days, she said. There were 366 cases of the coronavirus in Oakland as of Thursday.
6:03 p.m. Napa County expands testing capacity through private partnership: County officials announced a partnership with CORE, a nonprofit, and Verily, a health company that is an arm of Google parent Alphabet, that will help the county ramp up testing capability. Testing will be prioritized for first responders, health care workers and symptomatic people. The county’s goal is to scale up to 200 tests per day with the new partnership.
5:29 p.m. Santa Clara County health officer appearing on CNN now: Dr. Sara Cody, county health officer, will be on CNN at 5:30 p.m. to discuss COVID-19 with Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta as part of the network’s “Facts and Fears Town Hall.”
5:21 p.m. Bay Area ICU cases, hospitalizations decline: There were 167 confirmed COVID-19 patients in ICUs in the nine Bay Area counties Wednesday, equaling the area’s second-lowest one-day total this month, according to state data reviewed by The Chronicle. The lowest total was 163 confirmed ICU cases on April 15. The overall number of confirmed hospitalized patients declined to 397 on Wednesday, also equaling the second-lowest one-day total in the Bay Area. Statewide, there were 1,204 confirmed ICU cases on Wednesday, a one-day decrease of 1.2%, and 3,343 hospitalized cases, down 0.4% from the previous day.
5:15 p.m. Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin residents can access drive-through testing starting Monday: Residents of Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin who show one or more symptoms of the coronavirus or are in certain vulnerable populations can access drive-through testing at the Alameda County Fairgrounds starting Monday, the cities announced. Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare will operate the testing site, which will be open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or while supplies last, per a news release from Stanford Health. The site can perform 150 tests per day.
5:10 p.m. Marin County projects multi-million dollar budget shortfall: County officials are projecting a General Fund shortfall of $7 to $11 million in 2020-2021 without federal stimulus money, but
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