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Total coronavirus cases:
• 48,841 in California, including 1,945 deaths.
• 7,979 in the Bay Area, including 282 deaths.
• More than 1.04 million in the U.S., including 61,187 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 23,477; New Jersey with 6,771; Michigan with 3,670; Massachusetts with 3,405 and Pennsylvania with 2,386. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 3.2 million in the world, with more than 228,000 deaths. More than 993,000 people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
9:54 a.m. Humboldt sheriff says he won’t enforce a beach ban: Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said he would not enforce a potential beach closure order expected to be announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday. “As Sheriff, I am the protector of constitutional rights in Humboldt County,” Honsal said in a statement. “If an order is issued that I believe violates our constitutional rights, I will not enforce it.”
“As Sheriff, I am the protector of constitutional rights in Humboldt County,” he said, “and if an order is issued that I believe violates our constitutional rights, I will not enforce it.”
— HumCoSO (@HumCoSO) April 30, 2020
9:52 a.m. US crackdown on ethanol-based hand sanitizer hurts supply: As demand for hand sanitizer soars, manufacturers are finding the going tougher as the Trump administration tightens rules on use of the corn-based alcohol, Reuters reports.
9:25 a.m. New York City to close subway for four hours overnight to clean: The New York City subway will stop running for four hours overnight to be cleaned every night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced, calling it “an extraordinary effort.” The city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority will stop trains between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Essential workers will be given alternative transportation, Cuomo said.
9:11 a.m. Report claims Trump administration pushing to blame China: Senior officials within the Trump administration have been pushing U.S. intelligence agencies to find evidence to support an unsubstantiated theory that the coronavirus originated in a government lab in Wuhan, China, the New York Times reports.
8:58 a.m. Slow streets program to start in Alameda: The East Bay city on Thursday will close certain streets for the duration of the region’s stay-at-home order as part of a slow streets pilot program. “By limiting automobile traffic on these streets, the City will create more places for our community to safely walk, run, bike, scooter and roll, in alignment with its Vision Zero efforts to provide safer streets for all,” city officials said in a statement, referencing the movement to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries. Visit this website for more information.
8:34 a.m. San Mateo County confirms 41 more cases: Forty-one more people in San Mateo County have tested positive for the coronavirus, increasing the number of cases to 1,177, health officials said.
8:32 a.m. County trails, US Forest campgrounds to open slowly through summer: Closed since late March, parks in Sonoma and San Mateo counties will start reopening trails this week, with a caution to the public to avoid clustering amid fear of spreading the coronavirus. Meanwhile, on the eve of the summer recreation season, the U.S. Forest Service said it could begin reopening California campgrounds starting in May. The trail openings in Sonoma and San Mateo counties are the first break from complete shutdowns in both areas. Read more from Tom Stienstra here.
8:24 a.m. San Francisco announces two more deaths: Two more people in San Francisco have died of COVID-19 and nine more people have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the number of known cases to 1,499, according to the Department of Public Health. Officials have recorded 25 deaths.
8:19 a.m. Macy’s to open 68 stores on Monday: Macy’s plans to reopen 68 stores in states that have reduced stay-at-home orders, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company’s chief executive, Jeff Gennette, told the newspaper that he hopes to open all of the company’s roughly 775 stores in six weeks.
8:03 a.m. Why not close JFK Drive to cars forever? On the Fifth & Mission podcast, Marta Lindsey of the pedestrian advocacy group Walk SF talks about why she’s hopeful that the streets in Golden Gate and McLaren parks that have been closed to cars during shelter-in-place will stay closed when the crisis ends. Click here to listen.
7:39 a.m. Federal recreation sites in California to remain closed through mid-May: Most developed recreation sites will remain closed through May 15, federal forest officials said Thursday. Trails, trailheads and general forest areas remain open for use but people are encouraged to check with local National Forests for updates and more information, officials said.
7:23 a.m. Amazon worker in Tracy dies from coronavirus: An Amazon employee in Tracy died of COVID-19, a company spokeswoman said. The man, whose identity was not immediately released, last worked April 1 and did not have symptoms. It was not clear when the man died but company officials said they learned of his death earlier this week. “We are saddened by the loss of an associate at our site in Tracy, California. His family and loved ones are in our thoughts, and we are supporting his fellow colleagues in the days ahead,” spokeswoman Kristen Kish said.
7:22 a.m. LA to offer free coronavirus testing for all: Anyone who lives in Los Angeles will be given access to free coronavirus testing, the city’s mayor said Wednesday. It is the first U.S. city to do so. Read more from the Washington Post here.
7:11 a.m. US intel agencies conclude coronavirus not man-made or altered: U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the new coronavirus was “not man-made or genetically modified” but say they are still examining whether the origins of the pandemic trace to contact with infected animals or an accident at a Chinese lab. The statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the clearinghouse for the web of U.S. spy agencies, comes as President Trump and his allies have touted the as-yet-unproven theory that an infectious disease lab in Wuhan, the epicenter of the Chinese outbreak, was the source of the global pandemic that has killed more than 220,000 worldwide. Read more from the Associated Press here.
6:43 a.m. UCSF study finds potential drugs for treating the coronavirus: A global team of scientists led by UCSF has discovered a range of existing drugs and experimental compounds that block the new coronavirus in lab tests, revealing some of the virus’ key weaknesses for the first time. Their findings point to possible treatments for COVID-19, according to a paper released Thursday in the journal Nature. Read the full story here.
6:39 a.m. Man dumps medical masks onto Highway 880: An unknown man dumped boxes full of blue medical masks onto Highway 880 south of Whipple Road near Union City on Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. In social media posts, authorities asked people to never get out of their cars on a highway. Caltrans cleared the debris and masks. It remained unclear who dumped the masks.
6:35 a.m. Stocks drop: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 1% following the release of the latest unemployment report, which showed greater job loss than expected. In another indicator of the economic toll of the pandemic, consumer spending in the first quarter shrank by 7.6%, the most in 40 years.
6:13 a.m. Bay Area group aims to outdo Washington in coronavirus help for small businesses: A group of top Bay Area attorneys, Silicon Valley philanthropists, community lenders and UC Berkeley law students is trying a new way to help small-business owners frustrated by the federal government’s struggles in distributing coronavirus relief efficiently. Members of the California Small Enterprise Task Force are volunteering their time to help small businesses navigate the bureaucracy and to create a $1 billion investment fund that would direct money to mom-and-pop businesses more equitably than the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program, perhaps as soon as mid-May. Read the full story here.
5:44 a.m. Nearly 4 million in US filed for unemployment last week: Another 3.83 million people in the United States filed for unemployment last week, according to the Labor Department. A total of 30.3 million have filed for unemployment in the past six weeks. Read more here.
Updates from April 29:
11:40 p.m. Chino prison surpasses 100 inmate cases: The California Institution for Men in Chino (San Bernardino County) has now had 110 inmates test positive for the coronavirus, per the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation website. That accounts for more than half of 214 confirmed cases among inmates in the state’s prison system and is out of 273 inmates who have been tested at the Chino prison. Los Angeles County (91) and the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo (8) are the only other state prison facilities where more than two inmates have tested positive, according to the CDCR tracker.
9:09 p.m. California will close all beaches, state parks starting Friday, report says: Gov. Gavin Newsom intends to announce Thursday that all beaches and state parks in California will be closed effective Friday, FOX 11 in Los Angeles reported, citing a bulletin that says it will be sent to police chiefs throughout the state. According to a copy of the bulletin published by FOX 11, the decision was made after “well-publicized media coverage of overcrowded beaches this past weekend” that violated state shelter-in-place guidelines. Newsom on Monday cited crowds at some southern California beaches as an example of “what not to do” if the state is to continue combating spread of the coronavirus and eventually ease stay-at-home measures.
8:35 p.m. Santa Clara OKs additional funds for small business grants: Santa Clara’s city council has allocated an additional $300,000 to a city program providing grants to small businesses and nonprofits during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a city news release. The program started with $500,000 in available funding, of which $460,000 has been awarded through 65 grants, the city said. Grants of up to $5,000 or $10,000 are available to qualified businesses in Santa Clara with no more than 25 full-time employees to be used for payroll expenses or lease payments.
7:15 p.m. Baseball Hall of Fame delays Class of 2020 induction: The Baseball Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction ceremony until July 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller will be inducted July 25, 2021, along with anyone elected to the Class of 2021, marking the first induction since 1949 to combine multiple classes, according to a Hall of Fame statement.
6:52 p.m. More than 5,000 cases among California health care workers: As of Tuesday, there had been 5,015 confirmed cases of the coronavirus reported in state health care workers, according to the California Department of Public Health. This refers to on-the-job exposures and other exposures, such as travel and close family contact. It marked a one-week increase of 29.4% from 3,877 cases on April 21. There have been 28 deaths confirmed among health care workers, state public health officials said.
6:34 p.m. Bay Area counties release new case counts: Marin County reported nine new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, increasing its total to 235 confirmed cases, and one additional death, marking the county’s 13th from COVID-19. Contra Costa County confirmed 23 new coronavirus cases, increasing its total to 862 cases. Napa County confirmed one new coronavirus case to bring its total to 67.
6:24 p.m. Nearly 2 in 5 deaths in Santa Clara County linked to long-term care facilities: Santa Clara County reported one new death related to the coronavirus, increasing its total to 107. Of those deaths, 41 have been linked to long-term care facilities, including 39 reported at skilled nursing facilities and two at independent living facilities, according to the county’s website. There have been 416 cases of the virus in the county’s long-term facilities, accounting for 19.5% of its total confirmed cases, according to county data.
5:58 p.m. Shelter in place reduced Sonoma County virus transmission by 75%, one model says: Modeling by Imperial College London suggests that Sonoma County has reduced transmission of the coronavirus by 75% through sheltering in place and other mitigation efforts including social distancing and contact tracing, according to results shared by the county. The modeling initially projected mitigation would reduce transmission in the county by half. Susan Gorin, chair of the county’s Board of Supervisors, said in a video update the results indicate “we have greatly reduced the projected surge and have successfully flattened the curve.”
5:50 p.m. Rural Modoc County is planning to set aside state shelter-in-place orders and open for business Friday: The county’s Board of Supervisors approved the move this week, putting it in line to be the first county in California to allow nonessential shops and services to operate since stay-at-home directives emerged after the coronavirus outbreak. Other counties in the north state, weary of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s restrictions, are expected to follow suit. Read Kurtis Alexander’s report here.
5:45 p.m. Los Angeles will offer free coronavirus testing to all residents: Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference the city of Los Angeles is now offering free coronavirus testing to all residents regardless of whether or not they show symptoms. Los Angeles is the first major U.S. city to offer free testing to all symptomatic and asymptomatic residents, Garcetti said. People showing symptoms and frontline workers will still receive priority, according to the city’s testing website.
5:27 p.m. US death toll surpasses 60,000: The number of deaths related to the coronavirus in the U.S. passed 60,000 on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, which lists the total at 60,853. The U.S. reached 50,000 deaths from the virus five days ago.
5:08 p.m. Sausalito to restrict parking in downtown lots: Sausalito will close downtown parking lots on weekends and holidays after seeing an influx of visitors last weekend in spite of shelter-in-place orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Sausalito police statement. Sausalito residents, downtown merchants and their employees who display parking permits will be allowed to park in metered street spaces without charge. Sausalito police will regularly enforce illegal parking in restricted residential areas and will also start issuing citations for non-essential travel and safe-distancing violations that carry a fine of $500, per the statement.
4:51 p.m. Solano County records fifth death: Officials in Solano County reported the county’s fifth death related to the coronavirus Wednesday. The county also confirmed five new coronavirus cases, bringing its total to 254. Of those, 55 cases are active and 12 patients are hospitalized, according to the county’s online case tracker.
4:36 p.m. Santa Cruz County blocks beach activity during peak hours: After people crowded onto Santa Cruz beaches last weekend, the county health officer is expected to issue new restrictions banning activity at beaches between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. starting this weekend. The Sheriff’s Office dealt with “numerous issues” this weekend, according to a county press release. Water-based activities like swimming and surfing are still allowed, and people doing so can cross the beach to get to the water.
4:30 p.m. State chief justice gives local courts extension to hold criminal trials: California’s chief justice on Wednesday gave local courts another 30-day extension of their legal deadline to hold criminal trials, bringing the total extension to 90 days. Criminal defendants normally have the right to go to trial within 60 days of the date they are arraigned and plead not guilty. On March 23, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who also chairs the state Judicial Council, issued an order lengthening that deadline by 60 days, during the coronavirus pandemic, for trials that had not yet begun.
4:06 p.m. Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference cancels in-person event in favor of virtual event: Dreamforce, the biggest annual tech event in San Francisco and the world’s biggest software conference, has been canceled in favor of a virtual gathering, Salesforce said. The company is similarly canceling the rest of its in-person events for 2020.
3:45 p.m. Amtrak donates extra food to shelters and food banks nationwide, including in Oakland: Amtrak cut train service in response to reduced demand during the coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in surplus food from shuttered dining cars. The rail system is now donating that food to shelters and pantries throughout the nation, including Operation Dignity in Oakland.
3:40 p.m. Coronavirus and courts: A state appeals court ruled Wednesday that an order for California courts to eliminate bail for all but the most serious charges was not binding on a county’s judges, who can still require defendants to post bail or hold them without bail. Read the story here.
3:38 p.m. Alameda County records two additional deaths: Alameda County officials reported two new deaths related to the coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the county’s total to 57. The county reported 26 new cases to bring its total to 1,568 confirmed cases. Cities with the highest rate of cases per 100,000 population include Hayward (193.8), Newark (111.8), Oakland (103.6) and San Leandro (101.4), according to the county’s online tracker.
3:30 p.m. Bay Area ICU cases down nearly 30% from April peak: There were a reported 149 confirmed COVID-19 patients in intensive care units in the nine Bay Area counties on Tuesday, a 29.7% drop from three weeks earlier, when the area reached its peak with 212 ICU cases on April 7, according to state data reviewed by The Chronicle. The number of confirmed hospitalized Bay Area patients was reported at 367 for a second consecutive day, matching the area’s lowest April total. Statewide, confirmed hospitalized cases rose by 1.2% to 3,495, while confirmed ICU patients increased by five cases to 1,186.
2:05 p.m. Giants offer ticket refunds, credit: Fans with Giants tickets for April and May will be refunded or credited, the team announced Wednesday. Holders of season, suite, group and premium tickets can choose an account credit and a 5% bonus based on the face value for any impacted games for 2020 or 2021 purchases. Or they can choose a refund for the impacted games. Single game holders can receive a full refund or a credit that could be used for 2021 tickets at exclusive preferred pricing levels. Read the story here.
2:01 p.m. Coronavirus in prisons: California state prison officials reported 194 COVID-19 cases among inmates Wednesday and said they have a plan to house bunked prisoners in groups of eight, separated by at least 6 feet from other groups. Read the story here.
1:58 p.m. SF police issue 19 citations, 86 warnings: Police Chief Bill Scott said the majority of San Franciscans have complied with shelter-in-place orders, but police have issued several citations and warnings in the past few days. In total since the shelter-in place order began, police have issued 19 citations to 10 businesses and nine individuals, and 86 formal warnings to 52 businesses and 34 people.
1:55 p.m. Demonstrators clamor for democracy: As the coronavirus slows in Hong Kong, pro-democracy protesters are back despite social distancing rules that limit public gatherings to four people. They chanted at a luxury mall, the latest in a string of small but determined protests, as the city’s daily virus cases have dwindled to single digits for over two weeks.
1:47 p.m. Britain’s death toll jumps when nursing homes added in: Britain’s official death toll from the coronavirus has jumped to more than 26,000, after deaths in nursing homes were added to the daily total for the first time. The government says 3,811 more people died after testing positive for the coronavirus than had been previously reported. The death toll now stands at 26,097, up from the 21,678 announced Tuesday.
1:41 p.m. Coronavirus and the elderly: For Bay Area seniors, and others susceptible to coronavirus, the common view is that for the next year or two, life will become about the fundamentals: shelter, food and only necessary outings. Read the whole story here.
1:36 p.m. Breed tells non-San Franciscans — city hotel rooms are not for you: Mayor London Breed said Wednesday that people who do not live in San Francisco are showing up seeking housing in hotel rooms and RVs secured by the city for vulnerable residents and front-line workers. “No one from other cities should be coming to San Francisco expecting they’re going to get prioritized over the people who are here — we have enough challenges with trying to provide services and support to our existing residents,” she said at a news conference.
1:26 p.m. Government temporarily shuts big banks out of PPP lending: The government temporarily prevented big banks from accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program so small lenders and their small business customers would have a chance to get PPP loans. Between 1 and 11:59 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday, the Small Business Administration was only accepting loans from lenders “with asset sizes less than $1 billion … to ensure that all eligible small businesses have access to this funding to sustain their businesses and keep their employees on payroll” the SBA and Treasury Department said.
1:18 p.m. Facebook’s advertising demand fell in March: The Menlo Park tech giant reports it “experienced a significant reduction in the demand for advertising, as well as a related decline in the pricing of our ads, over the last three weeks” of March. In April, advertising revenue was “approximately flat” compared to the previous year. That’s down from 17% year-over-year growth in the first quarter between 2019 and 2018. Facebook said capital expenditures this year would total $14 billion to $16 billion, down from a prior estimate of up to $19 billion.
1:10 p.m. Dow rises more than 500 points: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 2.2% to close at 24,633.86. The Federal Reserve is continuing to hold interest rates near 0% in a bid to lift the economy.
1:02 p.m. Trump effort aims to drastically cut vaccine development time: The Trump administration is organizing a massive effort to cut the time needed to develop a coronavirus vaccine by as much as eight months, aiming to make enough doses for most Americans by year’s end, Bloomberg reports. “Operation Warp Speed” will pull together drug companies, government agencies and the military, and shift financial risk from drug companies to taxpayers, two sources told Bloomberg.
12:54 p.m. California records another 78 coronavirus deaths: Seventy-eight more Californians died of COVID-19 Tuesday, Gov. Newsom said. He said the number of people infected with the coronavirus who are hospitalized or in intensive care units increased modestly.
12:47 p.m. CalFresh can now be used to shop online: People across the state can use the CalFresh food benefits program to shop online starting with Amazon and Wal-Mart, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday at his daily briefing. He said state officials hope to expand the list of websites where people can shop.
12:43 p.m. Heirs should return dead people’s stimulus payments: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that stimulus payments to dead people should be returned, but experts say the language of the Cares Act isn’t clear and they may be able to keep the money. Read The Chronicle’s story by Kathleen Pender.
12:39 p.m. How the coronavirus crisis will affect presidential transition: On the It’s All Political podcast, David Marchick, director of the Center for Presidential Transition, tells Chronicle political reporter Joe Garofoli that the pandemic presents unprecendented challenges for a presidential transition — even from a first Trump administration to a second — and we may not be prepared to meet them. Click here to listen.
12:35 p.m. Children and families who receive food aid at school can get up to $365: Children and families who are eligible to receive free or reduced price meals in school can now receive up to $365 through a pandemic program, Gov. Newsom announced. Roughly 3.8 million children are eligible for free or reduced breakfast and lunch, Newsom said.
12:25 p.m. RVs and trailers to shelter the homeless in SF: Pier 94 in San Francisco’s Bayview neighorhood will be used to park 120 trailers and RVs in a couple of weeks to house vulnerable homeless people who need sheltering during the coronavirus crisis. Read the story here.
12:20 p.m. New partnership between farmers and food banks: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a partnership Wednesday to connect farmers with food banks across the state to distribute up to 21 million pounds of produce and food monthly. The partnership, which includes the federal government and philanthropists, will help deal with the roughly 50% decrease in demand ranchers are seeing, while food banks record spikes in need.
12:10 p.m. Gilead shares reflect good news on drug: After Dr. Anthony Fauci called results from two clinical trials of remdesivir “quite good news,” Bay Area drugmaker Gilead Science’s shares rose 6% on the news. Fauci said results of the drug’s trials suggested that treatments for COVID-19 could “block this virus.”
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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