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Total coronavirus cases:
• 31,512 in California, including 1,175 deaths.
• 6,313 in the Bay Area, including 199 deaths.
• 755,533 in the U.S., including 41,379 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 19,428; New Jersey with 4,362; Michigan with 2,308; Massachusetts with 1,560 and Louisiana with 1,296. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 2.3 million in the world, with nearly 165,000 deaths. More than 611,000 people have recovered.
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Latest developments from Sunday:
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.
11:50 a.m. White House health official says immunity is possible but still unknown: Dr. Deborah Birx said Sunday it’s possible that people infected with the coronavirus may build immunity to the illness once they recover but that it’s too early to tell. “These are questions that we still have scientifically,” Dr. Birx said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday. “I will tell you, in most infectious diseases, except for HIV, we know that when you get sick and you recover and you develop antibodies, that that antibody often confers immunity. We just don’t know if it’s immunity for a month, immunity for six months, immunity for six years.”
11:12 a.m. Judge rules in favor of Kansas churches holding service despite state orders: A federal judge signaled that he believes there’s a good chance that Kansas is violating religious freedom and free speech rights with a coronavirus-inspired 10-person limit on in-person attendance at religious services or activities and he blocked its enforcement against two churches that sued over it, according to the Associated Press. The ruling from U.S. District Judge John Broomes in Wichita prevents the enforcement of an order issued by Gov. Laura Kelly against a church in Dodge City in western Kansas and one in Junction City in northeast Kansas. The judge’s decision will remain in effect until May 2.
11:05 a.m. Coronavirus cluster at Safeway distribution center in Tracy: Fifty-one workers at Safeway’s distribution center in Tracy have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Associated Press. This would be the largest known outbreak at a grocery company.
10:53 a.m. Free coffee, from a gorilla arm: Ben Ramirez, got the idea to offer free coffee to his North Beach neighbors through his apartment window to cheer folks up, but he had a problem. There didn’t seem to be a safe, socially distant way to hand the paper coffee cups through the open window. And then his 5-year-old son, Luca, came up with the answer: Why not use the fake mechanical gorilla arm that came with his Halloween costume? Read about it in Steve Rubenstein’s latest report of good news in the Bay Area.
10:41 a.m. Randy Newman pens a pandemic anthem: Randy Newman has a musical message for people during the coronavirus pandemic: “Stay Away.” It’s the title to a new song by the Oscar-winning musician, full of messages on how to survive this plague. But the mood isn’t necessarily dour, Newman says the song was inspired by wanting to ensure he and his wife would have many more years together.
10:07 a.m. Caltrans will partly close Highway 101 at Alemany to rebuild overpass: At a time when coronavirus concerns have led to the shutdown of all but essential construction in the Bay Area, Caltrans will start work on its $35 million rebuild of the Alemany Boulevard overpass at Highway 101 this week — three months ahead of schedule.
9:55 a.m. San Francisco reports 20 new cases: San Francisco County reported 20 additional coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing the total to 1,157. There were no additional deaths. There are 30,872 California cases and 1,151 deaths. The Bay Area has reported 6,249 cases and 198 deaths.
9:50 a.m. U.S. reported first virus death 50 days ago: It’s been 50 days since the U.S. reported its first coronavirus death, on Feb. 28. The victim was a man in his 50s who died at a hospital in Kirkland, Washington, near Seattle, health officials said. Since that date, the U.S. has had nearly 40,000 deaths.
9:46 a.m. Coronavirus complicating the global drug trade: Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing economies, closing borders and severing supply chains in China that traffickers rely on for the chemicals to make such profitable drugs as methamphetamine and fentanyl, reports the Associated Press. One of the main suppliers that shut down is in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global outbreak.
9:31 a.m. Big Sur icon faces existential question during coronavirus crisis: For nearly 60 years, the Esalen Institute has looked out from Big Sur’s famous bluffs over the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean — a front-row view of the edge of the world. That effect is fundamental to the mystique of Esalen, the countercultural institution that has served as a gathering place for knowledge seekers and thought leaders concerned with questions surrounding the human condition. Now in the time of the coronavirus pandemic, Esalen’s unique experiences have suddenly been thrown into question.
9:20 a.m. Medical volunteers to help at NYC hospitals: More than 1,400 medical workers have volunteered to assist in nursing homes and hospitals across New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. Volunteers will spread out across 40 hospitals and 40 nursing homes, CNN reported.
9:05 a.m. Trump says some states will re-open Monday: President Trump said Texas and Vermont will allow certain businesses to reopen Monday while Montana will begin lifting restrictions Friday. The states will still follow certain precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, according to Trump, who has called for a nation-wide reopening for several weeks. Meanwhile, some governors, including California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom, have said they will not prematurely re-open their states until more testing is done.
8:53 a.m. Pope calls for global unity amid pandemic: Pope Francis on Sunday called for solidarity and equity for when the world begins to recover from the coronavirus. Francis said that moving forward without global unity or excluding certain groups from recovering would lead to “an even worse virus.” The pope celebrated holy mass in a nearly empty church a few blocks away from the Vatican — his first time leaving in more than one month.
8:51 a.m. Bay Area experts offer advice on helping animals cope: If it seems like the strain you’re feeling over the coronavirus pandemic is hitting your pets, too, it may not be just in your head. Scientists have found that our furry friends, especially dogs and cats, intuitively know how we’re feeling. The Chronicle’s Aidin Vaziri talked to experts who explain how our pets are changing during the pandemic.
8:43 a.m. Italian official says it’s too early to lift restrictions: An Italian health official said it’s too early for the country to start its second phase of re-entry as the country continues to fight against the coronavirus. “We have to wait until we can count the number of new cases on one hand, not the four-digit growth that we are having,” Prof. Walter Ricciardi told SKYTG 24 on Sunday. He backed a plan by Italy’s health minister, which calls for continued social distancing and more diagnostic testing, among other factors.
8:38 a.m. SFO workers still on the job despite coronavirus risks: Many workers are still on the job at San Francisco International Airport, facing potential exposure to the coronavirus to keep the facility running at a fraction of its normal capacity. Read Chronicle reporter Chase DiFeliciantonio’s report that shares what these workers do to stay safe.
8:25 a.m. Europe tops 1 million confirmed cases: The European Center for Disease Control says the continent now has more than 1 million confirmed cases and almost 100,000 deaths from the new coronavirus. According to a tally posted on the ECDC website Sunday, Spain had the most cases in the region with 191,726 and listed Italy as having the most deaths in Europe, with 23,227. According to the report, Europe accounts for almost half the global case load and more than half the total deaths.
8:20 a.m. The coronavirus in the Bay Area, by the numbers: The Chronicle has compiled a statistical snapshot of some ways the coronavirus pandemic has changed our economy and the way we live in the Bay Area and across the country — from the number unemployment claims to the average number of hours we’re spending streaming content online.
8:10 a.m. UK to continue lockdown as death toll climbs: The United Kingdom will continue its lockdown as the country’s death toll continues to climb, a senior minister said Sunday. “The facts and the advice are clear at the moment that we should not be thinking of lifting of these restrictions yet,” Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove told Sky News. Britain reported 596 COVID-19 deaths Sunday, raising the total to 16,000 the fifth highest in the world.
8:05 a.m. Pence blames governors low testing numbers: Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that 150,000 coronavirus tests are being conducted daily across the U.S. but that governors are to blame for testing numbers not being higher. “If states around the country will activate all of the laboratories that are available in their states, we could more than double that overnight,” the vice president told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Pence also said the country has sufficient testing for states to begin the re-opening process, in line with White House guidelines released last week.
7:45 a.m. Bay Area residents struggle to shut off work when coronavirus makes home the office: One of the hazards of working from home during the shelter in place orders? Knowing when to stop working. Chronicle reporter Tony Bravo writes about how some Bay Area people are coping with that work/life divide, and how others are working while tending to children.
7:31 a.m. California virus test has lagged, but that’s changing: After months of backlogs and shortages, there are signs that access to coronavirus testing in California is improving for many people with symptoms — a dramatic change from just a few weeks ago when countless sick patients were denied tests, even in emergency rooms. Read The Chronicle report for more details on where testing sites are popping up.
7:28 a.m. Neiman Marcus to file for bankruptcy: The retail giant Neiman Marcus is expected to file for bankruptcy as soon as this week, Reuters reported Sunday. The Dallas-based company temporarily shut down all 43 of its locations due to the coronavirus outbreak, along with an estimated 24 Last Call stories and two Bergdorf Goodman stores in New York.
7:16: In this pandemic’s limbo, the only thing certain is more uncertainty: As we have had to learn over the past weeks, questions about life during this pandemic are not always matched with simple answers. Indeed, the biggest question we face may be this: Is a lack of knowledge all that we’ll really know for a very long time? Kitty Morgan, The Chronicle’s deputy managing editor for features, says the answer is, “probably.”
7:12 a.m. COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes are a concern around the world: Officials in Slovakia say they will test all employees in the country’s nursing homes — about 40,000 people — for the coronavirus because of the growing number of people infected in these facilities. It comes as cities across the U.S., including in the Bay Area, battle outbreaks in their nursing homes, where the virus can pose deadly to vulnerable residents at these facilities. In London, a group known as the National Care Forum estimates thousands of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes are not included in the country’s official figures. The group believes 4,040 people have died after contracting the virus in British nursing homes.
7:05 a.m. Broadway actor gets right leg amputated after virus complications: Broadway actor Nick Cordero had his right leg amputated after suffering complications from the coronavirus, the Associated Press reported Sunday. A Tony award-nominatd actor, Cordero was hospitalized in the ICU at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on March 31 and has been unconscious and on a ventilator since contracting the virus.
6:58 a.m. It’s been a month, how has shelter in place changed the Bay Area? One month after the shelter in place orders the Bay Area and California are in a much different place. More than 6,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus and nearly 200 have died, but the curve was relatively flat — meaning the rate of new cases and deaths did not climb as quickly and as high as many feared. But what has changed in that time? The Chronicle’s Sarah Ravani has the report.
6:54 a.m. Spain reports lowest daily death total in weeks: Spain has reported its lowest daily death total for confirmed coronavirus victims in nearly a month as the country contains a savage outbreak that has killed more than 20,000 people there, reports the Associated Press. Spanish health officials said Sunday another 410 people have died in the last 24 hours. That is the lowest daily death toll since March 22. It takes the total to 20,453 virus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. Spain also reported 4,218 confirmed new cases, pushing the total to 195,944 — second only to the United States.
6:35 a.m. Navajo Nation requires members to wear masks: The Navajo Nation will require everyone on its reservation to wear masks in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus. In a statement late Friday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said members should buy masks or make their own to wear when they go out in public, the Washington Post reported. Nearly 2,000 tribe members on the reservation in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, have tested positive for the virus and 44 members have died, according to health officials.
6:25 a.m. Testing efforts to begin in the Mission District: Health officials in San Francisco will launch efforts this week to test thousands of residents in the Mission District. The campaign, a collaboration between UCSF, the Latino Task Force for COVID-19, the Department of Public Health and others, will test an estimated 5,700 residents who live between South Van Ness and Harrison Streets from Cesar Chavez to 23rd Street, Mission Local reported. The campaign begins April 23 and is expected to last four days.
6:23 a.m. Government expects another $300 billion in stimulus relief: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday morning on CNN that the federal government is coordinating $300 billion in stimulus for small business loans and funds allocated to stimulate the economy and help the medical sector. He expects the bill to be signed this week. New York Senator Chuck Schumer also said on CNN Sunday morning he believes the bill could be agreed upon by the Senate and Congress this week. This would follow a previous allocation of $349 billion for stimulus relief, in cluding small business loans.
6:00 a.m. Cases in South Korea fall to single digits: The number of new coronavirus cases in South Korea fell into single digits over the weekend, officials said Sunday. Only eight new cases were diagnosed Saturday, the Washington Post reported.
Latest developments from April 18:
11:54 p.m. Pakistan mosques open for Ramadan: As Pakistan’s daily reported case numbers inch upward, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government buckled to pressure from religious clerics and refused to order mosques closed during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, the Associated Press reports. Pakistan recorded 7,993 confirmed cases on Sunday, an increase of 514. The virus has claimed 159 lives.
11:48 p.m. Back to the beach in Florida: Photos and videos showed people dotting Florida’s shoreline, closer than six feet apart, on Saturday, a day after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis gave the go-ahead for local governments to reopen beaches as they saw fit. On the day that Florida reported 58 COVID-19 deaths — its highest daily toll since the pandemic began — DeSantis told reporters Floridians need to get exercise outdoors, the Washington Post reported. #FloridaMorons trended on Twitter.
11:30 p.m. National Park Week goes virtual to celebrate: It’s National Park Week, but with national park sites all around the country closed to varying degrees, the National Park Service is serving up online fare to help people celebrate their national treasures. From home, you can still journey to the parks through virtual tours, scavenger hunts, trivia contests and junior ranger programs, with a different theme each day of the week, National Parks Traveler reports.
11:05 p.m. Civil rights panel urges feds to address hate crimes, racial disparities during pandemic: The federal Commission on Civil Rights is calling on the federal government “to remain vigilant in enforcing civil rights laws” during the coronavirus pandemic, citing reports of hate crimes and civil rights violations regarding voting, prisoners and Native American communities. In a six-page statement Friday, the panel singled out the Environmental Protection Agency for essentially suspending “their entire enforcement activity” in new COVID-19 guidance. In saying, it will “consider the circumstances, including the COVID-19 pandemic, when determining whether an enforcement response is appropriate,” EPA’s guidance “directly communicates to the regulated community that their compliance is merely voluntary” on clean air and water rules, the commission said. With public health at risk, the civil rights implications of detrimental environmental conditions must not be ignored, the statement said.
10:16 p.m. Virginia youth detention center has outbreak: Coronavirus has erupted in a juvenile detention center in Virginia with 25 kids testing positive, accounting for a quarter of all cases reported at youth facilities nationwide, the Associated Press reports. Children’s rights and health experts have called on Gov. Ralph Northam to release as many children as possible from centers, including the newly hit Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center, housing kids from 11 years old to 20.
9:43 p.m. Pork processor under pressure to close: More than a dozen Iowa elected officials are imploring Tyson Fresh Meats to close its Waterloo pork processing plant, saying the coronavirus is spreading among workers and is endangering both employees and the surrounding community, the Associated Press reported. Mayors, county officials and state legislators signed the letter to Tyson.
9:35 p.m. Contamination at CDC laboratory faulted for bad tests: Sloppy lab practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention caused contamination that rendered the nation’s first coronavirus tests ineffective, federal officials confirmed Saturday. Two of the three CDC laboratories in Atlanta that created the coronavirus test kits violated their own manufacturing standards, resulting in the agency sending tests that did not work to nearly all of the 100 state and local public health labs, the New York Times and other news outlets reported.
9:20 p.m. Surge in Singapore: Singapore has reported a daily record of 942 coronavirus infections that saw its total surge to 5,992. The sharp one-day spike in the tiny city-state of nearly 6 million people is the highest seen in Southeast Asia, the Associated Press reports. The number of cases more than doubled this past week amid an upsurge among foreign workers staying in crowded dormitories.
9:13 p.m. Nations issue plea for united response: Thirteen countries including Britain, Brazil, Italy and Germany are calling for global cooperation to lessen the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In a joint statement the group committed to “work with all countries to coordinate on public health, travel, trade, economic and financial measures in order to minimize disruptions and recover stronger.” They said key transport hubs should stay open and stressed the critical role of the scientific community in providing guidance to governments, according to the Associated Press.
8:55 p.m. COVID-19 patients said to suffer kidney failure in significant numbers: A surge in coronavirus patients experiencing kidney failure is causing a shortage of dialysis machines, supplies and fluids required to provide care, according to a New York Times report. Less known than the respiratory aspect of COVID-19, is that 20% to 40% of coronavirus patients in intensive care experienced kidney failure and required emergency dialysis, according to kidney specialists’ estimates cited by the Times.
8:37 p.m. “This is killing our community,” Magic says: Former NBA stars Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley, along with Sean Diddy Combs, pleaded with black people to take the coronavirus seriously and improve their own health to better withstand it. Noting COVID-19’s disproportionate death toll among African Americans, they spoke on a CNN program with Don Lemon highlighting the issue. “We gotta do what we’re supposed to do,” Johnson said. “Stay at home. Social distancing.” Barkley said he’s moderated his eating and drinking and is working out at home to stay healthy during shelter-at-home rules.
8:09 p.m. Fremont police could put your photo on Twitter if you don’t stay apart: Fremont Police so far are not citing people for social-distance violations, but apparently hope to make headway through bad behavior photos on Twitter. Police on Saturday posted a photo — too distant to see the faces, however — of a group playing volleyball at William Hopkins Junior High School. “This is definitely not social distancing or allowed,” under new coronavirus rules, the police tweet said. “Please help us by following the rules and sheltering at home. Taking a walk, hike or jog is allowed, but organized sports at the local Jr High is not.”
7:49 p.m. Contact tracing will be the new reality: When the Bay Area finally emerges from sheltering in place, contact tracing to learn who has been exposed to the coronavirus will be the first line of defense against a new outbreak. The tracing will require an army of trained workers — possibly thousands across the Bay Area and even more statewide — who will help make sure that infectious people are kept separate from others. Read the story by Erin Allday and Carolyn Said.
7:16 p.m. Push in Maryland to lift coronavirus restrictions: A caravan of vehicles swarmed Annapolis streets Saturday, with activists demanding a halt to Maryland’s restrictions against the coronavirus, the Washington Post reports. And a group of Republican politicians is encouraging Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to reopen businesses, schools and churches in the rural areas they represent first, even if urban areas must remain closed.
6:55 p.m. Millions of dollars worth of protective equipment went from the U.S. to China: U.S. manufacturers shipped face masks and other protective medical equipment worth millions to China in January and February, with encouragement from the federal government, according to a Washington Post review of economic data and internal government documents. Those exported items’ value jumped more than 1,000% compared to the previous year’s shipments, the Post found, noting the move underscored the Trump administration’s failure to recognize and prepare for the pandemic threat.
6:35 p.m. Rep. Barbara Lee to host Facebook Live on coronavirus: Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, plans a Facebook Live discussion with Van Jones, political commentator and CEO of REFORM Alliance, at 3 p.m. Wednesday.Viewers can submit questions to them by filling out this Google Doc. They will focus on how the coronavirus is impacting communities of color and people in the criminal justice system.
5:55 p.m. Hundreds of Nevada protesters call for lifting stay-home order: Demonstrators at the State Capitol in Carson City demanded Saturday that Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak reopen the state’s economy and lift a stay-at-home order, the Associated Press reports. News media video showed protesters waving U.S. flags and signs such as “Stop the Tyranny.” The protests follow President Trump’s encouragement of lifting state restrictions, with his Friday tweets including “Liberate Michigan! and “Liberate Minnesota!”
5:38 p.m. Brazil protesters denounce pandemic lockdown: Hundreds of people protested coronavirus lockdown measures in Brazilian states. About 100 vehicles in Rio de Janeiro caused temporary shut down of Copacabana Beach, the Associated Press reports. The protests came a day after President Jair Bolsonaro, a fierce critic of the stay-home measures because of their economic harm, fired his health minister who had been promoting isolation measures.
5:21 p.m. Lady Gaga kicks off remote coronavirus concert: Seated behind a white piano in a sunny room, Lady Gaga kicked off the “One World: Together at Home” coronavirus event. It aired Saturday from performers’ remote locations on multiple TV stations and Youtube to honor first responders and those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. “I care so much about all of the medical workers that are putting their lives at risk for us right now,” Gaga said. “I pray for them everyday, and I’m also thinking about all of you that are at home who are wondering when all of this is going to be different. What I’d like to do tonight … is just give you the permission to, for a moment — smile, though your heart is breaking.” Gaga transitioned into an upbeat version of “Smile.” Stevie Wonder, with his own remote performance of “Lean on Me,” and Paul McCartney with “Lady Madonna,” followed next to lead off the star-studded cast.
5:00 p.m. Many Bay Area preschools are open: While schools remain shuttered to protect kids during the coronavirus pandemic, many preschools and childcare centers are open, including facilities in Richmond and Antioch planning to reopen Monday. Approximately 90 child-care programs, most in homes, in San Francisco are operating, The Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick reports. That’s permitted under shelter-in-place orders, provided the programs serve only children of workers in “essential businesses.”
4:35 p.m. Bay Area residents are up for face masks: The five-county mask mandate has Bay Area residents busily making, procuring and donning face masks, and not just because they fear enforcement fines. “Maybe it’s overkill but it’s better to be safe and to respect what’s happening,” said one man who mused about making his out of a T-shirt.” Read the report by The Chronicle’s Steve Rubenstein.
4:16 p.m. Wondering what to wear while shut in?: Sweats or gym shorts? Springsteen T-shirt or PJs? The Chronicle’s Tony Bravo gave it some thought and checked out an online fashion presentation by San Francisco clothing company Betabrand to consider what’s in vogue for the shelter-in-place lifestyle — including the ultimate coronavirus accessory, the face mask.
4 p.m. San Francisco nursing home among hardest hit: Central Gardens Convalescent in San Francisco is among the hardest hit skilled nursing facilities in the Bay Area, according to a report released Saturday by the California Department of Public Health. The facility has 62 coronavirus cases: 36 patients and 26 staff members.
3:55 p.m. U.S. is borrowing without precedent: The government and corporations are taking on trillions of dollars of debt to offset the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, the Washington Post reports. Economists say this record borrowing will leave the economy more vulnerable than before the crisis began. The Post says the federal government is on its way this year to spending $4 trillion more than it collects, a budget deficit roughly twice as large relative to the economy as in any year since 1945.
3:12 p.m. Los Angeles County reports highest number of deaths: LA County reported 81 new deaths from the coronavirus on Saturday, its highest figure yet, and 642 new cases. The county has 576 deaths — nearly half of California’s total — and 12,021 cases of COVID-19. “Today marks a very sad milestone for our county,” Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, said in a statement.
2:35 p.m. 215 more health care workers infected: California reported Saturday that 3,370 health care workers have tested positive for the coronavirus, up from 3,155 the day before.
1:50 p.m. East Bay counties announce new coronavirus cases and deaths: New reports show Alameda County is up to 1,114 cases and 41 deaths. Contra Costa County has 685 cases and 19 deaths.
1:19 p.m. Oakland community leader dies from coronavirus: Entrepreneur Terry Blanchard, 56, has died. He was known for his big heart and for mentoring at-risk youth, KTVU reports. His wife has recovered from the disease.
1:03 p.m. State procures 15,999 hotel rooms to shelter homeless: Standing outside a Motel 6 in Campbell, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a partnership with Motel 6 to expand Project Roomkey, his initiative to shelter homeless people who are particularly exposed to the coronavirus. The state had already secured 10,974 rooms (with 38% already in use) and Motel 6 added another 5,025, surpassing the state’s goal of 15,000 and setting aside 47 motel buildings in 19 counties. In all, California has 108,000 unsheltered homeless people, the highest concentration per capita in the nation. Read the full story here.
12:58 p.m. State monitoring nursing homes and assisted-living sites: COVID-19 breakouts have hit three Tulare County nursing home sites, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, situations that “would break your heart when you learn more about them.” He added that the pandemic is not just an urban problem. The state is monitoring 400 similar facilities with positive cases across the state, with 3,500 staff and patients in those sites.
12:38 p.m. Stimulus payment questions answered: Are dead people getting stimulus checks? Can banks take the federal Cares Act money to offset a debt? Kathleen Pender answers these and other reader questions about the stimulus payments.
12:31 p.m. Newsom announces 87 new coronavirus deaths in California: The governor said the state recorded 87 new deaths, bringing the total to 1,072. Additionally the state saw a 1.3 % rise in people hospitalized and a 0.1 % drop in ICU patients, while the total number of cases in the state rose by 5.3%, he said during a briefing in Campbell. “We’ve certainly flattened the curve, the question is when are we going to see it decline,” the governor said.
12:30 p.m. Will coronavirus force baseball to clean up its act? Baseball players spit a lot, and that presents the sport with a unique challenge as it develops plans to return to action after the pandemic. “There is a lot of saliva exchanged in baseball,” said Dr. George Rutherford, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the UCSF School of Medicine. “It’s like a high school dance when I think about it.” Read Susan Slusser’s story on baseball’s hygiene problem here.
12:06 p.m. San Francisco kids will be taught on TV: To help kids learn during the pandemic, the San Francisco Unified School District has created a one-hour TV show for prekindergarten through second grade. “SF Loves Learning” will air on KTVU Plus at 2 p.m. weekdays through June 2. The content will be created by San Francisco public school educators and guests and will include a daily lesson plus “wiggles and dance,” the district announced.
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