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Total coronavirus cases:
• 31,685 in California, including 1,177 deaths.
• 6,455 in the Bay Area, including 199 deaths.
• 761,991 in the U.S., including 40,724 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 18,298; New Jersey with 4,362; Michigan with 2,391; Massachusetts with 1,706 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 2.4 million in the world, with more than 167,000 deaths. More than 639,000 people have recovered.
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Latest developments from today:
10:34 a.m. Caltrans to allow food trucks at rest stops: To help truckers hauling essential goods get hot meals, Caltrans is allowing food trucks to set up shop at rest areas. Rest areas only offer vending machines and many truckers say they’re not allowed to walk up to drive-through windows at fast-food restaurants. Get a permit for a rest area food truck here.
10:17 a.m. Counties hit hardest by the coronavirus: Other than counties in the New York City area, the epicenter of the country’s outbreak, these five counties have been hit the hardest, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University: Cook County in Illinois (21,272 confirmed cases), Wayne County in Michigan (13,692), Los Angeles County (12,349), Miami-Dade County in Florida (9,460) and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania (9,214). The county with the most cases in the Bay Area remains Santa Clara County (1,870).
9:48 a.m. School districts debate grading during coronavirus closures: Educators across the Bay Area and state have responded to the pandemic with a range of grading systems, with many opting for pass/fail or credit/no credit. Teachers want to reward students who continue to work hard, yet the idea of failing any student this semester raises legal and ethical questions, officials say. Jill Tucker reports on the story here.
9:42 a.m. Coaches’ pay cut to help university with pandemic expenses: Highly paid football and men’s basketball coaches are among those taking voluntary pay cuts to help Syracuse University in New York state cope with the drain of financial resources due to the new coronavirus pandemic. The Associated Press reports that Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud announced the austerity moves in a letter Monday to students and faculty. He said the university has been hit with more than $35 million in unplanned expenses and unrealized revenue.
9:29 a.m. Trump, Congress near deal on small business, hospital aid: The Trump administration and Congress expect an agreement Monday on an aid package of up to $450 billion to boost a small-business loan program that has run out of money and add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing, the Associated Press reports.
9:23 a.m. Singapore suffers after early success fighting coronavirus spread: Singapore reported a record 1,426 new coronavirus cases on Monday, mostly among foreign workers, pushing its total of confirmed infections to 8,014, the highest in Southeast Asia. The Associated Press reports it’s a massive increase from just 200 infections on March 15, when its outbreak appeared to be nearly under control. About 3,000 cases have been reported in the past three days.
8:59 a.m. Crime drops in New York City during pandemic: Crime was down 19.9% in the city in March, the New York Times reports. Calls to complain about loud TVs were up 42%.
8:48 a.m. New York records another 478 deaths: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state confirmed 478 deaths from the coronavirus Sunday. He said that although it appeared the worst of the virus’ outbreak had passed, the road ahead remained unclear. “The question now is, assuming we are off the plateau,” Cuomo said, “how long is the descent and how steep is the descent.“
8:35 a.m. San Francisco announces 59 new cases: Fifty-nine additional people in San Francisco have tested positive for the coronavirus as the total of cases reached 1,216, health officials said.
8:14 a.m. Parents rewrite rules on screen time during shutdown: In tech-saturated San Francisco, where many parents impose strict limits on screen time for young children, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on household rules. Read more in Sarah Feldberg’s story here.
8:11 a.m. 82 new cases in San Mateo County: Officials in San Mateo County announced 82 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, increasing the number in the county to 920.
8:07 a.m. U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico to remain closed for 30 more days: The United Sates, Mexico and Canada agreed Monday to extend restrictions on nonessential travel through the country’s borders for 30 more days, according to the Department of Homeland Security. “As President Trump stated last week, border control, travel restrictions, and other limitations remain critical to slowing the spread of #coronavirus and allowing the phased opening of the country,” acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf wrote on Twitter.
7:48 a.m. Doing good instead of doing politics: The statewide stay-at-home order has put a stop to most traditional knock-on-doors campaigning, but volunteers can still be pointed toward campaign-led community service. “We’re all trying to figure out creative ways to connect with voters, who understandably aren’t too interested in hearing about politics right now,” said one GOP candidate’s strategist. Chronicle politics writer John Wildermuth’s story is here.
7:33 a.m. Hong Kong spread contained: For the first time in more than seven weeks, Hong Kong did not report a single new case of COVID-19 on Monday, the Associated Press reports.
7:19 a.m. Gardening blooms during coronavirus lockdowns: People around the world are turning to gardening to take their minds off the pandemic, Reuters reports. W. Atlee Burpee & Co., a U.S. seed company, has sold more seed than any at any other time in its 144-year history.
7:08 a.m. Facebook launches COVID-19 county-level map: Facebook published a map on Monday that depicts estimated percentages of people with COVID-19 symptoms. The map, which uses aggregated data from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, does not demonstrate confirmed coronavirus cases. Researchers at the school conducted surveys to collect self-reported descriptions of symptoms.
7 a.m. In coronavirus landscape, moving San Francisco’s homeless to hotels is a puzzle: Homeless people and their advocates for weeks have called for the city to lease enough hotel rooms to take in the vast majority of the city’s 8,000-strong homeless population to check the spread of the coronavirus. But the people who make that happen say it’s dizzyingly more complicated than just booking rooms and writing checks. Kevin Fagan and John King report more here.
6:55 a.m. Markets open lower: Stocks are lower on Wall Street as momentum from last week’s rally fades and oil prices collapse. Crude prices are plummeting amid concerns that storage facilities were close to being full. Energy sectors stocks are taking the worst of the selling. Read more here.
6:44 a.m. Most Americans leaving home once a week, poll says: Nearly half of the people who responded to a CivicScience poll in the United States said they leave their house once a week, not including trips to work, Axios.com reports. Forty-two percent of the 2,562 respondents said they leave home once a week while 26% said twice a week, 13% three times and 19% more than four times a week.
6:24 a.m. Spike in cases in India as lockdown eased: India recorded its biggest single-day spike in coronavirus cases on Monday as the government eased one of the world’s strictest lockdowns to allow some manufacturing and agricultural activity to resume, the Associated Press reports.
6:19 a.m. 40,000 dead in U.S.: The latest information on coronavirus cases compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows the country has nearly 760,000 confirmed cases and has reported 40,683 deaths. Some 70,000 Americans have recovered.
6:13 a.m. Plastic waste piles up during pandemic: The coronavirus has set back efforts to combat plastic pollution, as environmentally conscious Bay Area residents are forced to abandon their good habits while efforts on the state level to reduce waste face uncertainty. Dustin Gardiner reports the story here.
Latest developments from Sunday:
11:59 p.m. Additional deaths at Santa Clara County long-term care facilities: Health officials on Sunday reported coronavirus-related deaths at long-term care facilities have risen to 26 in Santa Clara County. That includes 24 at skilled nursing sites and two at independent living facilities. The long-term care facilities’ death tally has doubled from 13 in the county since this past Tuesday. Those locations have had 338 confirmed coronavirus cases, 313 of them at skilled nursing homes, according to the county’s online tracker.
11:45 p.m. 6 in 10 voters worry restrictions will be lifted too soon: Almost 60 percent of U.S. voters are concerned that loosening stay-at-home coronavirus restrictions too soon will lead to more COVID-19 deaths, a national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found. The poll released Sunday said strong majorities of Democrats and independents were more worried about the coronavirus than the economy, but almost half of Republicans were more concerned about the restrictions’ effect on the economy.
11:32 p.m. UNICEF seeks $92 million to help kids: The U.N. children’s agency is appealing for an additional $92.4 million to lessen the coronavirus pandemic impacts on children in the Middle East and North Africa, a conflict-battered region with the highest number of children in need anywhere, the Associated Press reports. Yemen is a top concern following five years of civil war. Two million of its children are malnourished, AP said.
11:23 p.m. Chile to provide go-back-to-work cards: Chile is set to become the first country to issue “immunity cards,” starting Monday, to those who have recovered from the coronavirus, allowing holders to return to work, despite questions about whether those who have recovered are in fact immune, how long any immunity might last, and the accuracy of antibody tests, the New York Times reports.
11:15 p.m. Coronavirus hits Afghani presidential palace: At least 20 staff members working in Afghanistan’s presidential palace have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Reuters, forcing President Ashraf Ghani to isolate himself. The news agency said it’s unclear if the 70-year-old leader has reported feeling sick or been tested. But Ghani, who has stomach problems, has since halted in-person contact with most of his staff.
10:47 p.m. Shake Shack returning $10 million federal loan: Restaurant chain Shake Shack will return a $10 million loan it received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program. The program intent ostensibly was to buoy small businesses hurting during the coronavirus pandemic but larger businesses could apply. Shake Shack, with nearly 8,000 employees at 189 restaurants, received a loan after learning that restaurants with 500 or fewer employees per location were eligible, a statement from founder Danny Meyer and CEO Randy Garutti said. But the company then secured funding “needed to ensure our long term stability through an equity transaction in the public markets,” they said. “We’re thankful for that and we’ve decided to immediately return the entire $10 million PPP loan we received last week to the SBA so that those restaurants who need it most can get it now.”
10:40 p.m. New research showing more cases with no symptoms: A flood of new research suggests that far more people have had the coronavirus without any symptoms, fueling hope that it will turn out to be much less lethal than originally feared, the Associated Press reports. That would make it impossible to know who around you may be contagious, which complicates decisions about returning to work, school and normal life amid silent virus carriers.
10:30 p.m. Los Angeles to furlough city workers: Mayor Eric Garcetti said Los Angeles city employees must take 26 furlough days in the coming fiscal year, the equivalent of a 10% percent pay cut, to counter the city’s devastating financial blow from the coronavirus shutdown. “I do not take that step lightly,” Garcetti said in a State of the City address Sunday. Police officers and firefighters will be among exceptions. Los Angeles is bracing for a hit worse than the 2008 recession, he said. “There’s no way to sugarcoat this. This is bigger, and it will hurt more.”
10:21 p.m. Coronavirus moves reduce in-person voting opportunities: To reduce gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, election officials across the country are eliminating polling places or scaling back in-person voting opportunities — which is raising concerns among voting rights groups and some Democrats about potential disenfranchisement, the Associated Press reports. Nevada for instance will have just one polling place per county for its June primary.
10:10 p.m. New Zealand to ease lockdown restrictions after next week: Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand will extend strict lockdown measures through April 27 before loosening to allow some economic activity but still require people to mostly stay at home. Ardern said New Zealand has 0.48 coronavirus transmission rate — the number of people to whom each infected person passes the virus — compared to an “overseas” rate of 2.5. The country has reported 1,440 cases and 12 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
10 p.m. Agreement on new stimulus expected Monday: The Trump administration and Congress expect an agreement Monday on up to $450 billion to boost a small-business loan program that has run out of money and add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing, the Associated Press is reporting. President Trump said Sunday the parties are “very close to a deal.” The package is expected to be voted on in Congress and signed by week’s end.
9:42 p.m. Global cases reach 2.4 million: The world tally for reported coronavirus cases surpassed 2.4 million on Sunday, and the death toll rose to more than 165,200. The United States has by far the globe’s highest number of cases, at 759,467 as of Sunday, with 40,679 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tracking.
9:33 p.m. Amazon using thermal cameras to check workers for fevers: Amazon has installed thermal cameras at its facilities to screen employees for fevers as a way of guarding against the coronavirus, CNN reports. Virus cases have been reported at Amazon facilities in states including California, Washington and New York, prompting some warehouse employees to call for walkouts over safety measures.
9:11 p.m. Call for Las Vegas Strip to reopen in mid-to-late May: Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox is calling for reopening the Las Vegas Strip tourist hub in mid-to-late May if Nevada hits certain benchmarks shutdown benchmarks. On the company’s website, Maddox suggests reopening parts of the state economy under reduced occupancy, physical distancing and wearing of face coverings. If Nevada achieves increased testing capacity and hospitalization rates below national averages, the Strip should reopen with “extensive safety measures” later in May, he said. Nevada reported 3,728 coronavirus infections and 158 deaths as of Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
9 p.m. Ramadan curfew will be earlier in Lebanon: Lebanon’s Interior Ministry announced a one-hour shortening of the nighttime curfew, two days before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Curfew was imposed last month in an effort to slow spread of the coronavirus. It now will start at 8 p.m. During Ramadan, observant Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.
8:47 p.m. Europe surpasses 100,000 deaths: The coronavirus death toll in Europe surpassed 100,000 on Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Italy had recorded the most deaths among European countries with 23,660 as of Sunday night and Spain had the most cases with 198,674. After the U.S., the countries with the highest reported death counts are Italy, Spain, France, the U.K. and Belgium.
8:15 p.m. Protesters rally against Washington’s stay-at-home order: About 2,500 people protested at Washington’s state capitol Sunday against the state’s stay-at-home order, Reuters reported. They clustered closely, defying state and federal guidelines against large gatherings, with many not wearing face coverings. Police did not issue citations. Gov. Jay Inslee said on Twitter: “I support free speech. But crowd counts or speeches won’t determine our course. This isn’t about politics. It can only be about doing what is best for the health of all Washingtonians.”
8:10 p.m. Cuomo says New York is on the other side: The coronavirus death toll in New York dropped again, a sign Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday means the state is “on the other side of the plateau,” that physical distancing is working. Cuomo said 507 people died Saturday, down 33 from the previous day and by 271 since last Monday. “We showed that we can control the beast and when you close down, you can actually slow that infection rate, but this is only halftime,” he said, urging people to continued social distancing.
7:59 p.m. Antibodies blood tests raise alarms: The federal government is being faulted by public health officials and scientists for greenlighting coronavirus antibody tests too quickly and without adequate scrutiny, the New York Times is reporting. The tests are widely viewed as crucial to assessing the coronavirus spread and restarting the economy. The government has allowed about 90 companies, many based in China, to sell tests but subsequently warned that some are making false claims about their products, while health officials have found others deeply flawed.
7:41 p.m. Communitiy-wide testing planned in Bolinas and part of Mission: The coastal town of Bolinas and 4 square blocks in the Mission are set to do mass testing for the coronavirus, which will provide UCSF researchers a better understanding of patterns of infection, including among asymptomatic people, to inform mitigation. Read The Chronicle story by Mallory Moench here.
7:21 p.m. A tent camp in Kezar Stadium? Haight-Ashbury advocates for the homeless are pushing San Francisco to turn Kezar’s parking lot into a legal site for as many as 100 properly separated tents, as the coronavirus pandemic crowds more city streets with homeless in tents. The site could offer access to restrooms and hot showers in the pavilion, where the 49ers used to have locker rooms. Read the story by Sam Whiting here.
7:09 p.m. Marin County records cases at 10 care facilities: Ten residential care and skilled nursing facilities in Marin County have reported coronavirus cases, a daily update from county officials shows. Twenty-three cases are residents in the facilities and 20 are staff. Overall, Marin County reported six new cases of the virus Sunday, bringing its total to 195, with three patients hospitalized.
6:59 p.m. Far-right activists reportedly use Facebook to organize anti-quarantine protests: Three conservative, pro-gun activists and brothers are behind large Facebook groups that have called for protests against social distancing in New York, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania, the Washington Post is reporting. A spokesman told the Post Facebood did not removed the groups partly because states have not outlawed them, and the organizers urged drive-in protests in keeping with social-distance requirements. The spokesman said Facebook has removed protest organizers in other cases, including in California. President Trump has fanned anti-quarantine protests with his comments; he said Sunday that protesters have “cabin fever” and “want their life back.”
6:35 p.m. Model finds California past its peak in deaths: California reached its peak in coronavirus-related deaths last Thursday, according to an oft-cited model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. State health officials reported 95 deaths Thursday, a one-day record. The model from the institute at the University of Washington predicts California will not see another day with that many deaths, though its projections for Friday and Saturday were below actual totals reported by state officials. The model shows deaths in California reaching zero by mid-May.
5:50 p.m. Guidelines for resuming normal hospital activities: Before hospitals resume elective and non-coronavirus procedures, they must ensure they can address COVID-19 surges, have adequate supplies and have a plan for conserving supplies, the top Medicare and Medicaid official said Sunday. Guidelines for a return to normal activity, Seema Verma told White House reporters, also require that hospitals can screen patients and health care workers for the virus, and employ social distancing and appropriate cleaning. “Every state and local official has to assess the situation on the ground,” Verma said.
5:30 p.m. Pence says testing capacity is there for states to begin reopening: Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that coronavirus testing capacity now exists “that would allow any state in America” to begin reopening, “if they’ve met the other criteria — 14 days of consistent declines and strong hospital capacity so that the system would not be overwhelmed in the event of a flare-up.” Robust testing capacity is among federal guidelines for reopening states, and some state leaders have said they need consderably more capacity before they can safely reopen.
5:17 p.m. First inmate death at California prison: State officials on Sunday announced the first coronvirus-related death of a prisoner in California’s 35-prison system. The inmate was at California Institution for Men in Chino, where 59 other inmates tested positive for the coronavirus. Statewide, 115 prisoner cases have been confirmed.
5:05 p.m. Trump defends his tweets that said to “liberate” states: President Trump was asked Sunday if he was inciting violence with his tweets calling to “liberate” states, with protesters then demanding an end to state shutdowns against the coronavirus. “No … I’ve seen interviews of the people — these are great people,” Trump said at his daily briefing. “They’ve got cabin fever. They want to get back. They want their life back.” Trump tweeted “liberate” in all capital letters in reference to Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia on Friday.
4:50 p.m. U.S. scientists, doctors at WHO said to have relayed earliest progress of virus: More than a dozen U.S. researchers, physicians and public health experts, from the CDC and elsewhere, were working full time at the World Health Organization as the novel coronavirus emerged late last year, the Washington Post is reportng, and they sent the Trump administration real-time information about its spread in China. Citing U.S. and international officials, the Post says senior Trump-appointed health officials also consulted regularly with the WHO as the crisis unfolded. The report is at odds with President Trump’s claim that the WHO failed to relay the extent of the threat, causing U.S. spread of the virus.
4:36 p.m. Federal officials to require nursing home reporting: The government now will require nursing homes to report to patients and their families any coronavirus cases in the patient’s nursing home. Seema Verma, the Medicare and Medicaid administrator, said nursing homes also must report any cases directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It’s important that patients and their families have the information that they need,” Verma said at the White House daily briefing Sunday. California has just started disclosing its nursing home cases.
4:19 p.m. Pence says progress seen in major metro areas: Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that coronavirus-stricken major metropolitan areas “continue to stabilize and even see progress.” The hard-hit regions of New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island “all appear to be past their peak,” the Detroit area is “stable” and New Orleans “is the most stable of all areas where we had a major metropolitan outbreak,” Pence said at the White House daily briefing. He said officials continue to watch Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia for potential COVID-19 increases.
4:05 p.m. Oakland police plan sideshow crackdown: Oakland police said they would be geared up Sunday night to issue tickets, impound vehicles and make arrests for illegal automotive stunt shows. Oakland police frequently crack down on these so-called sideshows but say the coronavirus crisis and stay-home rules provide extra incentive. “With COVID-19, gatherings put all of our community at risk,” the department said on Twitter.
3:45 p.m. Bay Area hospitalizations reach April low: The nine Bay Area counties had 391 confirmed COVID-19 patients in hospitals as of Saturday, the area’s lowest one-day total in April, according to state data released Sunday and reviewed by The Chronicle. The previous low was 397 cases reported April 1. Intensive care units had 167 confirmed COVID-19 patients Saturday, up from a low of 163 Wednesday but marking a 9.3 percent decrease from one week earlier. Statewide, ICUs saw a 0.9% decrease in confirmed COVID-19 patients to 1,163 on Saturday, while hospitalized cases decreased by 0.8% to 3,196.
3:50 p.m. NYC mayor wants to know — is Trump telling city to “drop dead”: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio invoked a famous tabloid headline from the 1970s in renewing his call for President Trump to send federal dollars to the coronavirus-ravaged city. “What’s going on — cat got your tongue?” de Blasio asked at a press briefing. “Are you going to save New York City, are are you telling New York City to drop dead?” President Gerald Ford’s refusal to provide aid when the city faced bankruptcy in 1975 drew a memorable Daily News headline: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.”
3:21 p.m. Second SF inmate tests positive: A second inmate in a San Francisco jail has tested positive for the coronavirus, San Francisco Sheriff Paul Miyamoto said Sunday. Both of the patients were asymptomatic, but were flagged because of new protocol that tests everyone who is housed at the jails at the time of booking. After efforts to reduce jail populations to slow the spread of the virus, San Francisco had just 725 people in custody on Sunday, a historic low and down 36% from the January average.
3:16 p.m. 51 workers positive at huge Safeway distribution hub: At Safeway’s distribution hub in Tracy, 51 workers have tested positive for the coronavirus and one has died. The hub serves a huge swathe of northern California, and the crisis could mean delays in stocking shelves in some stores. Read the full story here.
2:39 p.m. Coronavirus shuts down hiking, biking, boating on Peninsula: New levels of closures were ordered this weekend at parks on the Peninsula, with 15 county parks, 13 open-space preserves, four state parks and three boat ramps shut down to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In San Mateo County, only a handful of city-operated parks were left open for recreation and health officials ordered residents to restrict their exercise to within 5 miles of home. Read more here.
2:15 p.m. British education secretary dismisses claims that prime minister fumbled coronavirus response: British Education Secretary Gavin Williamson on Sunday defended Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s response to the coronavirus, following reports that Johnson missed five key emergency meetings in the early stages of the outbreak, before getting sick with the virus himself. An investigation by the Sunday Times claimed the British government missed several opportunities to lessen the impact of the pandemic — criticism that Williamson rejected during a press conference Sunday. There are more than 16,000 coronavirus cases in Britain.
2:02 p.m. Minnesota cases rise above 2,300: Minnesota has reported 143 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 13 additional deaths. The new cases bring the total confirmed in Minnesota to 2,356 since testing began in early March, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Health officials said Sunday a total of 134 people have died in Minnesota from the virus.
1:51 p.m. D.C. confirms 127 more cases: Washington D.C. health officials announced Sunday morning that 127 positive new COVID-19 infections had been identified, bringing the total up to 2,793, with five new deaths for a total of 96.
1:41 p.m. French PM suggests people need to “learn to live with the virus”: France’s prime minister warned Sunday that the nation’s residents will need to “learn to live with the virus” after the country lifts its lockdown, reported the Associated Press. People will probably be required to wear masks in public transport, and those who can work from home should continue doing so, even after France starts easing confinement rules May 11, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said. And he suggested that no one should be planning faraway summer vacations.
1:20 p.m. More than 3,500 health care workers test positive for virus: An estimated 3,523 health care workers across the state have tested positive for the coronavirus, the California Department of Public Health said Sunday. The numbers increased by 153 from Saturday. The tally includes on-the-job exposures and exposures during travel and through close family contact, the Department of Health said.
1:13 p.m. Alameda County reports 50 new cases: Alameda Country reported on Sunday its total confirmed cases of coronavirus has reached 1,164, an increase of 50 cases. The county has reported 42 deaths.
1:03 p.m. Hockey’s “Great One” believes sports will return soon: Wayne Gretzky is optimistic the NHL will be able to resume at some point this summer. “The Great One” told the Associated Press on Sunday he’s hopeful hockey and other sports will be able to come back from the coronavirus pandemic and serve as a positive sign that conditions are improving. “I really believe somehow, someway, that the leadership in this country and in Canada, that we’re going to figure this out,” Gretzky said. “And I really believe that we’ll see hockey and some sort of other sports in June, July and August, albeit in a different way, but I really see it coming to fruition.”
12:45 p.m. Bay Area reports nearly 200 deaths: California reported 30,985 coronavirus cases and 1,152 deaths as of Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Bay Area reported 6,307 cases and 199 deaths.
12:25 p.m. Nearly 700 sailors test positive for coronavirus: 672 crewmembers aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Navy said Sunday. An estimated 94% of the crewmembers on board have been tested so far, the Navy said. About 3,910 have tested negative. Eight Sailors are being treated for COVID-19 symptoms in the U.S. Naval Hospital in Guam. One is in the ICU due to shortness of breath. The commander of the nuclear aircraft carrier, Capt. Brett Crozier, of Santa Rosa, was relieved of his duties earlier this month after pleading with U.S. Navy officials for immediate resources to allow isolation of his entire crew amid cramped and dangerous conditions.
12:05 p.m. Contra Costa reports 8 new cases: Contra Costa County reported eight new cases and 1 death Sunday, totaling 693 cases and 20 deaths. The Bay Area has reported 6,249 cases, including 198 deaths.
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 House this week. This would follow a previous allocation of $349 billion for stimulus relief, including 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.
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