The Chronicle began covering the coronavirus crisis before the first cases were reported in the Bay Area and a pandemic was declared. We reorganized the newsroom to dedicate nearly every resource to stories focusing on the health and economic disasters. Every day we have published live updates to reflect the most critical local, national and global updates on COVID-19, and this news is free of charge in an effort to keep our community safe and informed.
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Updates from Wednesday, May 20:
11:50 p.m. New cases in Sonoma County: Officials in Sonoma County reported 22 more cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, equaling the county's largest one-day increase. The county has confirmed 433 total cases, with 225 of those active, according to its online tracker .
11:10 p.m. Global cases surpass 5 million: More than 5 million people worldwide have contracted the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The global death exceeded 328,000 as of Wednesday night and nearly 1.9 million people have recovered, per Johns Hopkins' online tracker. The U.S. has confirmed by far the most cases (1,551,853) and deaths (93,439) among countries.
10:54 p.m. Solano County receives state approval to move ahead with reopening: The approval from the California Department of Public Health allows dine-in restaurants, schools, shopping malls and other businesses to resume operations. The approval makes Solano the second Bay Area county allowed to advance further into stage two of the state's plan to reopen from coronavirus restrictions. Napa County is the only other Bay Area county to also have this approval.
10:29 p.m. CDC tries to quantify spread of the coronavirus: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a huge study of the prevalence of the coronavirus antibodies in people in 25 metropolitan areas, an effort to provide long-awaited insight into the way the virus is spreading and its presence in communities. The study plans to test 325,000 people by fall 2021, the Washington Post reports.
10:22 p.m. Alabama city down to just 4 ICU beds: The city of Montgomery, Ala., has a severe shortage of intensive care unit beds, Mayor Steven Reed said Wednesday. The coronavirus pandemic has "maxed out" the city's health care infrastructure, with some acute care patients diverted to hospitals nearly an hour and a half away. Reed told reporters only four ICU beds were available across all four of Montgomery's hospitals.
10:14 p.m. Nasty fingerpointing escalates between US and China: Rising tensions between the United States and China brought fresh mudslinging Wednesday as a dispute over responsibility for the coronavirus pandemic spills into new forums such as Taiwan. The feud swung from Taipei to Beijing to the Internet, where an animated "credibility test " on Chinese state TV's Twitter feed mocked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. President Trump then lashed China for a "worldwide killing" from COVID-19.
10:05 p.m. Fifth Oakland police employee tests positive: A fifth employee of the Oakland Police Department has tested positive for the coronavirus, police spokeswoman Johnna Watson told The Chronicle Wednesday night.
9:44 p.m. Celebrated LGBT bar to shutter longtime location: The Stud, one of San Francisco's most celebrated LGBT bars, known for welcoming a diverse and alternative crowd, is shutting its current location . The collective that operates the bar, the city's oldest, continually operating queer bar, intends to search for a new location with plans to reopen once bars are allowed to operate again. In the meantime, The Stud will continue its online operations. A press conference Thursday will detail plans for the bar in a post-coronavirus landscape.
9:31 p.m. Back to school with 'major changes' for SF kids on Aug. 17: Public school kids in San Francisco will be back in session "in some form" on Aug. 17, district Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews said Wednesday. A decision on just how is expected by mid-July. "We are still in the process of planning what that will look like. Given current guidance from public health and education officials, we are considering a variety of approaches and scenarios, all of which will require major changes in how we deliver instruction in order to minimize health risks for our students and staff and their families," Matthews told The Chronicle .
9:20 pm. Colorado lawmaker says Senate needs to forego holiday to stay and work: Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said Wednesday that the Senate should be working on coronavirus legislation for the American people, and he will formally object if GOP leadership tries to adjourn for a weeklong Memorial Day break. "This is no time to go home," Gardner told reporters. GOP leadership however has been in no hurry to enact an additional aid package.
8:42 p.m. More easing up in Japan: Japan's economy minister says experts have approved a government plan to lift a coronavirus state of emergency in Osaka and neighboring Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures where the infection is deemed slowing, while keeping it in place in the Tokyo region and Hokkaido. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had alerady lifted the measure last week in all but eight of the 47 Japanese prefectures.
8:30 p.m. Russia sees largest death toll in a day: Russia reported more than 8,700 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and more than 130 deaths, marking its largest single-day death count. The country's coronavirus headquarters recorded 8,764 new cases in 84 regions, bringing the total case count to 308,705. Nearly half had no symptoms. The death toll stood at 2,972 on Wednesday.
8:20 p.m. SF superintendent sees unprecedented funding cuts coming to schools: The economic strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to cost the San Francisco Unified School District tens of millions of dollars in funding, Superintendent Vincent Matthews said Wednesday at a meeting with parents. "The cuts that are coming are like nothing I've ever seen," Matthews said. "If we are going to bring students back in some way, shape or form, we are going to need more dollars."
8:10 p.m. Study says social distancing 1 week earlier would have saved thousands of lives: If the United States had begun imposing social distancing measures one week earlier than it did in March, about 36,000 fewer people would have died in the coronavirus outbreak, according to new estimates from Columbia University disease modelers. City lockdowns two weeks earlier than most people started staying home, would have avoided about 83 percent of the nation's deaths.
7:56 p.m. San Francisco students will not return to school this summer: San Francisco schools Superintendent Vincent Matthews said students "will not be in brick and mortar buildings this summer." Any summer programs or classes would be remote or digital-based, he said. No decisions have been made about what school will look like in the fall, but the start date remains Aug. 17.
7:47 p.m. Online misinformation targets potential vaccine: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, told the Washington Post Wednesday he is concerned that the name of "Operation Warp Speed" to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus is leading to misconceptions. "People don't understand that, because when they hear 'Operation Warp Speed,' they think, 'Oh, my God, they're jumping over all these steps and they're going to put us at risk,'" Fauci said. The Post reports that some online activists who have clamored to resume economic activity now align themselves with anti-vaccine proponents preemptively foreswearing a vaccine.
6:59 p.m. Teacher-PTA coalition pleads for school funds to reopen safely: California's schools will not have enough money to safely reopen their doors to students under the governor's proposed budget, the Education Coalition of nine K-12 teachers' unions and PTAs said Wednesday. In an open letter to state policymakers, the group asked for resources to add staff and create a safe learning environment with smaller class sizes in line with social distancing guidelines, school disinfection and other needs "to open schools safely and on time."
6:46 p.m. Island businesses take huge hit: A University of Hawaii and Chamber of Commerce survey of 623 Hawaii businesses showed more than a third had no revenue last month. Revenues in 2020 are forecast to sink 65% in the tourism dependent state. The numbers are similarly ugly for hotels. Statewide, unemployment is estimated at between 25% and 35%.
6:37 p.m. Deadly speedsters create havoc on light-traffic roads: The rate of fatal U.S. automobile crashes jumped dramatically in March, even as miles driven plummeted due to coronavirus stay-home orders. The National Safety Council said Wednesday that preliminary figures indicate an "alarming" 14% jump in the number of fatal crashes per 100 million miles driven, compared with March of 2019. Anecdotal reports cite an increase in reckless driving due to nearly traffic-free highways during shutdowns.
6:20 p.m. Marin County reports more cases: Marin County reported 7 more cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the county's case total to 343, according to Marin Health & Human Services data. No new deaths were reported on Wednesday.
6:13 pm. Nursing homes widely cited for infection control lapses prior to coronavirus outbreak: Before COVID-19 killed thousands of nursing home residents, about 4 in 10 homes inspected were cited for infection control problems, though state inspectors classified most of those issues as not severe, according to a government watchdog report Wednesday. In California, the Government Accountability Office report found, among 1,258 nursing homes surveyed 2013-17, only 76 had no violations cited, and 802 were cited in multiple consecutive years for infection prevention and control deficiencies.
5:55 p.m. CDC says infection 'does not spread easily' on surfaces: The CDC website now describes ways the coronavirus "does not spread easily," including on contaminated surfaces and contact with animals. It "may be possible" for people to contract it by touching a contaminated surface and then the own mouth, nose, or eyes, but that's not considered "the main way the virus spreads," the agency says. Transmission is mainly from respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, and between people with less than six feet between them.
5:44 p.m. Yosemite National Park could reopen soon, but with new rules: In a video call this week, Yosemite officials laid out a draft plan to reopen the park as soon as June. The plan would limit the number of cars permitted to drive in each day and require visitors to reserve their entry tickets in advance, to allow people more room to spread apart and prevent spread of the coronavirus.
5:35 p.m. Pence enjoys Florida burger joint without mask: Vice President Mike Pence dined in an Orlando restaurant with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, neither of them wearing a face covering and not appearing to maintain six feet of distance, photos from the Associated Press show. Restaurant patrons in Florida are not required to wear face coverings. At a separate Florida event with health workers, Pence was photographed with a face mask on, but not maintaining 6 feet distance.
5:28 p.m. Carrier docked after virus outbreak heads back to sea: Almost two months after it docked in Guam amid a spiraling outbreak of coronavirus that led to the removal of its commanding officer after he sounded alarms, the carrier Theodore Roosevelt set sail to resume its mission, the Navy said Wednesday. The ship left the island on Thursday morning Guam time to conduct carrier qualification flights. Read The Chronicle's story .
5:19 p.m. Guidelines for entertainment industry coming soon: Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that his office will be announcing guidelines for the reopening of film, television and commercial production on Monday. As many as 53 of 58 of California's counties would be eligible for some aspect of that reopening, but Los Angeles — the center of the nation's entertainment business — won't be ready for "a few weeks, " he said. Read The Chronicle's story.
5:02 p.m. Biggest single-day increase in new cases worldwide: The World Health Organization starkly warned Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over following the globe's biggest one-day increase in cases so far, 106,000 recorded in 24 hours. WHO Director Gen. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the virus was spreading in poorer countries, just as wealthier nations were emerging from lockdown.
4:44 p.m. City backs down on rent policy: Shortly after The Chronicle reported on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's plan to continue collecting rent on commercial spaces it leases, despite the coronavirus's devastating impact, the agency's transportation director, Jeffrey Tumlin, said it would explore rent forgiveness .
4:35 p.m. Painted circles in Dolores Park grass are latest social distancing tool: The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department painted circles in Dolores Park and Marina Green on Wednesday as a reminder for park-goers to keep 6 feet between them, the department said. The pilot program is based on a similar initiative in New York City. The popular S.F. parks have continued to see large sunny-day numbers during the pandemic.
4:30 p.m. Congress members work easier loan terms for embattled small businesses: House and Senate lawmakers are preparing new legislation to make it easier for the government to forgive emergency loans to small businesses slammed by the coronavirus pandemic after a lobbying blitz urging the relief. The bills would give companies more time to use Paycheck Protection Program funding, allowing flexibility to rehire workers later this year instead of by June.
4:24 p.m. Solano County reports 2 new deaths: Two additional people have died due to the coronavirus in Solano County, increasing the county's toll to 18, officials reported. The county has reported 11 of those deaths since May 11. County officials also confirmed five new cases of the virus Wednesday for an updated total of 435 .
4:16 p.m.. Toll rises in California prisons: The state prison system now reports 911 coronavirus cases among inmates with six deaths, all six at the California Institution for Men in Chino (San Bernardino County). The deceased had medical conditions or age that made them especially vulnerable, inmates' lawyers said in a court filing. Of the 600 active cases reported at Chino, about 200 arose in the last week. The California Institution for Women in Corona (Riverside County) reports 108 cases.
4:11 p.m. Health worker cases rise: Local health departments in California reported an additional 228 cases of the coronavirus among health care workers as of Tuesday. State officials recorded 8,633 cases of the virus and 46 deaths among state health workers.
4:06 p.m. Shortages persist on front lines of crisis: Frontline health care workers still experienced shortages of critical equipment for protection from the coronavirus into early May — including nearly two-thirds who cited insufficient supplies of the face masks that filter out most airborne particles, a Washington Post-Ipsos poll found. Roughly 8 in 10 reported wearing one mask for an entire shift, and more than 7 in 10 had to wear the same mask more than once.
3:56 p.m. UC Berkeley chief details economic toll: UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ said the campus has lost $49.3 million this semester because of the coronavirus pandemic, and 2020-21 fiscal year losses are expected between $150 million and $250 million. "These losses hit at the heart of our enterprise," Christ told a UC Board of Regents meeting Wednesday. Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed 10% budget cut to UC campuses means a $42 million cut for UC Berkeley next fiscal year.
3:48 p.m. Churches tell Newsom they're pushing ahead with services on May 31: More than 1,200 pastors in California directed a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom Wednesday, with their "Declaration of Essentiality for Churches" petition and their plan to resume in-person church services beginning May 31. The letter said Newsom's "significant efforts" to protect health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic "overlooked the essential and critical nature" of religious assemblies. The petition says the "remaining threat of COVID-19 is outweighed by the severe restrictions upon the free exercise of our religion that we deem 'essential.' "
3:38 p.m. Bay Area ICU cases decline: The number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in intensive care in the nine Bay Area counties dropped to 105 on Tuesday, the lowest total since at least April 1, according to state data reviewed by The Chronicle. The number hospitalized fell to 256 from 263 a day earlier, which had marked a 14% jump. Statewide, 3,047 hospitalizations were reported Tuesday, a one-day 0.8% decrease, while ICU cases dipped by 0.7% to 1,068.
3:30 p.m. Restaurants in Napa, San Benito counties reopen: Cleared for sit-down dining, some restaurants in Napa and San Benito counties have reopened their dining rooms . Diners can expect smartphone menus, clear plastic barriers and other changes.
3:27 p.m. Free testing for asymptomatic Santa Clara County residents: For the first time, any Santa Clara County resident can get a free coronavirus test even without symptoms, county officials said Wednesday. Testing sites, located at PAL Stadium and the county fairgrounds, have capacity to test several hundred people per day. Appointments are required for Verily's Project Baseline .
3:23 p.m. San Francisco's Coinbase goes ' remote first ' : The cryptcocurrency company Coinbase will allow almost all employees to choose to work from home . Coinbase cited 6-foot separation rules as a reason for the change, as its San Francisco headquarters wouldn't fit its current employees. Twitter and Square have made similar policy changes, while tech giants Facebook and Google will have most employees working at home through the end of the year.
3:19 p.m. Devastated SoMa restaurant must pay full rent as of July. Its landlord? The city of SF: The owner of Green Papaya in the Fifth and Mission Parking Garage closed his Vietnamese restaurant temporarily because business relies on convention-goers from the shuttered Moscone Center, also owned by the city. That's why he was so surprised to receive a letter saying his $11,000 rent would be due in July , and back rent by the end of the year.
3:11 p.m. California's medical surge sites, alternate care facilities to begin closing: S everal hospitals and alternate care sites set up in California to meet an expected surge of COVID-19 cases will begin to shut down next month, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services said. Seton Hospital in Daly City is to end its role by June 30. The San Mateo County Event Center and Craneway Pavilion in Contra Costa County will enter a ramped-down status to be available for surge capacity in the event of a new wave.
3:03 p.m. Nearly 124,000 sign up for Covered California through special enrollment period: After the state health insurance marketplace extended sign-ups outside of its usual annual timeframe, nearly 124,000 people took advantage of the chance to gain insurance. Health plans offered through the marketplace include free screening and testing for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or worried about exposure to the coronavirus.
2:50 p.m. Legal skirmish erupts in wake of AP exam snafu: The College Board is battling back against a class-action lawsuit that accuses the nonprofit organization of breach of contract, gross negligence and other violations in its handling of the online Advanced Placement exams last week. Read the whole story here .
2:39 p.m. Senate leader backs housing bills: State Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins endorsed a legislative package Wednesday to address the housing shortage by boosting construction of duplexes, small apartments and affordable units, even as a coronavirus-related economic downturn has dried up public funding for new projects. A group of Democrats developed the legislation after S.F. Sen. Scott Wiener's contentious effort for denser housing around public transit and in wealthy suburbs failed to pass.
2:22 p.m . Americans worried about 2nd wave, but partisan divide grows : Strong concern about a second wave of coronavirus infections is reinforcing widespread opposition to reopening public places, a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds, even as many state leaders step up efforts to lift public health restrictions. Yet support for such restrictions to control the virus' spread has been eroded over the past month by a widening partisan divide — Democrats more cautious than Republicans who line up more with President Trump's "open up our country" mantra.
2:15 p.m. Solano County seeks state go-ahead to reopen more quickly: Solano County submitted revised paperwork to the California Department of Public Health outlining readiness to meet safety criteria for expanded reopening under the state's Phase 2 guidance — including for shopping malls, swap-meets, dine-in restaurants and schools "all with social distancing modifications." Officials are "confident the county meets the criteria necessary" and anticipate satate approval, a county statement said.
2:05 p.m. Santa Clara County records one more death: Another person in Santa Clara County has died of COVID-19 and 13 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, health officials said. The county has confirmed 2,492 cases and recorded 138 COVID-19 deaths.
1:50 p.m. Two new cases in Napa County, no more deaths: Health officials reported two new cases of the coronavirus and no additional deaths in Napa County on Wednesday. The county now has 94 cases, three deaths and 44 people recovered.
1:29 p.m. Los Angeles County reports 57 more deaths, more than 1300 new cases: Fifty-seven more people have died from COVID-19 and 1,324 more people have been infected with the coronavirus in Los Angeles County, health officials reported Wednesday. The county has seen 1,970 die and totaled 40,857 cases.
1:25 p.m. Stocks post solid gains: Investor favorites Facebook, Apple and Amazon helped pull the market higher Wednesday, erasing the losses of a day earlier. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 369 points to close at 24,576, a gain of more than 1.52%.
1:21 p.m. Alameda County reports 38 new cases, two more deaths: Health officials reported 38 new cases of the coronavirus and two additional COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday in Alameda County, bringing the totals to 2,560 cases and 88 deaths.
12:57 p.m. Tesla drops complaint against Alameda County: Tesla dropped its federal lawsuit against Alameda County on Wednesday, according to court documents. The company filed the suit, which alleged county officials overstepped federal and state coronavirus restrictions when it halted Tesla from resuming production at its Fremont plant, earlier in May.
12:39 p.m. San Francisco Pride announces lineup for 50th anniversary: Parade and other celebrations for the milestone have been canceled amid coronavirus concerns, but the festival and its partner organizations are hosting a slate of online programming the last weekend in June — with at least one event expected to happen outside of a web screen. Read the full story by Lily Janiak.
12:36 p.m. UC leader expects open campuses in fall: University of California President Janet Napolitano said all 10 UC campuses will open to some extent for the fall term. "Let me be very clear: Every campus will be open and offering instruction, so all UC students can continue to make progress toward earning their degree," Napolitano said Wednesday during a UC regents meeting. "The question is, how much of that instruction will be in person versus how much will be done remotely? … I anticipate most if not all of our campuses will operate in some kind of hybrid mode." She added that she expects final decisions by mid-June.
12:10 p.m. California records 102 more deaths: California recorded 102 more COVID-19 fatalities on Tuesday, according to state numbers, which was a sharp jump from Monday's count of 32. The state had 2,262 new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, increasing the total number of known cases in the state to 84,057. The state has recorded 3,436 COVID-19 deaths.
11:47 a.m. UCSF to send additional health care workers to combat surge in the Navajo Nation: On Thursday, five physicians and 13 nurses from UCSF will travel to the Navajo Nation and join a team of health care workers from the medical center who have been treating the ongoing surge there. According to the Navajo Department of Health, there have been 4,153 confirmed coronavirus cases and 144 COVID-19 deaths on the reservation.
11:37 a.m. New York City will offer free coronavirus tests at the city's 169 nursing homes: Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would start a "two-week blitz" to provide up to 3,000 tests a day to residents and employees at the care facilities. It will also provide staff to replace nursing home employees who test positive for the virus. About 3,000 residents of nursing homes in the city have died of COVID-19.
11:32 a.m. Contra Costa County confirms 17 new cases: Seventeen more cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Contra Costa County, bringing the number of known cases to 1,209, health officials said.
11:29 a.m. SF inmate recovers from infection: A person in custody at a San Francisco jail has recovered from COVID-19 and tested negative for the virus, city officials said Thursday.
11 a.m. San Leandro police to restrict parks over Memorial Day weekend: The use of all barbecues, picnic tables, play structures and other park amenities associated with group activities will be restricted in San Leandro over Memorial Day weekend, authorities said Wednesday. While outdoor activities like walking and exercise will be permitted, some parking areas will be limited, according to San Leandro police. Read the alert from police to learn more about the restrictions.
10:40 a.m. Bay Area restaurant closures keep piling up: Here is a running list of businesses that have permanently closed since the Bay Area's shelter-in-place orders began on March 17.
10:36 a.m. Oakland students to receive laptops, internet access for free next school year: Oakland Unified School District met its fundraising goal of $12.5 million to help close the "digital divide" by equipping every public school student in the city with a computer and internet access next school year, officials said Wednesday. Donations included $10 million from Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey and $700,000 from Zynga founder Mark Pincus, who contribution helped district officials reach their goal.
10:15 a.m. BottleRock invites fans to relive festival's best moments: This weekend would have kicked off the eighth year of BottleRock Napa Valley, Wine Country's premiere music festival. But since that event has been postponed till October, festival organizers plan to launch a weekly online series that will present a combination of archive footage and new content. Learn more about the new series and relive highlights from past festival's.
9:59 a.m. State superintendent of schools lays out future of classrooms: California school districts will make their own decisions on when and how to reopen, state Superintendent of Schools Tony Thurmond said Wednesday. But all 1,000 of them will meeting Thursday to listen to "guidance" from the state Department of Education, Thurmond said during a news briefing. Students and teachers are likely to be required to wear masks and schools will have plenty of hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations, he said.
9:21 a.m. San Francisco records additional COVID-19 death: A 37th person in San Francisco has died of COVID-19, according to the Department of Public Health. The city confirmed six new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the number of cases to 2,185.
8:50 a.m. Some of California's state parks reopen parking lots: Parking lots at some of California's 27 state parks are reopening, including a handful of parks in Sonoma County. The lots, which were closed to discourage crowds during shelter-in-place orders, can be found at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, Austin Creek State Recreation Area, Jack London State Historic Park, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and Trione-Annadel State Park. Some lots are also open at the following Santa Cruz County state parks: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and Wilder Ranch State Park.
8:12 a.m. Santa Clara County requires face coverings: Santa Clara County, which hadn't required people to wear masks or other face coverings like other Bay Area counties, now mandates them for people working in or visiting businesses.
8:06 a.m. Songs of the coronavirus shutdown: All over the Bay Area, professional musicians are entertaining and consoling their neighbors with performances on porches, rooftops and sidewalks. On the Fifth & Mission podcast , Heather Knight talks to concert cellist Saul Richmond-Rakerd about what's brought him and his instrument outdoors. He also offers a sampling of shelter-in-place music recorded in the last week. Click here to listen .
7:18 a.m. SF's economy might not fully recover until 2023: San Francisco's chief economist is warning that the city may not see employment return to pre-pandemic levels for two years or more. Read the full story by Phil Matier.
7:16 a.m. Experts perplexed by high death rate in SF's Asian American community: The coronavirus has taken a grim toll on San Francisco's Asian American community, which accounts for half of the fatalities from COVID-19 and has a high death rate among those who have tested positive for the disease. Eighteen of the 36 people who had perished from COVID-19 in San Francisco as of Sunday were Asian American, even though the group makes up just over a third of the city's population. Read the full story by Joaquin Palomino.
6:38 a.m. Retailers' results lift stocks: Strong results from Lowe's and Target despite the pandemic helped boost the stock markets. The Dow index rose 1.3% in early trading.
6:29 a.m. Confirmed cases worldwide near 5 million: The number of coronavirus cases confirmed around the world reached 4,922,137, while the number of people who have died of COVID-19 increased to 323,855, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States has recorded 91,938 fatalities and confirmed 1,528,661 cases.
6:26 a.m. Trump threatens to withhold funding to Nevada over vote-by-mail ballots: President Trump on Wednesday threatened to "hold up funds" to Nevada, which plans to host an all-mail election for its June primary. "State of Nevada 'thinks' that they can send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S," Trump said in a tweet. "They can't! If they do, 'I think' I can hold up funds to the State. Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections." He sent a similar tweet about withholding funds from Michigan over mail-in voting.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak fired back later in the morning with his own tweet: "For the President to threaten federal funding in the midst of a pandemic over a state exercising its authority to run elections in a safe and legal manner is inappropriate and outrageous."
For the President to threaten federal funding in the midst of a pandemic over a state exercising its authority to run elections in a safe and legal manner is inappropriate and outrageous.
— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) May 20, 2020
6:17 a.m. Tulare County — with 101 new cases — votes to reopen gyms, malls, churches: Supervisors in Tulare County in the San Joaquin Valley voted to open everything in phases 2 and 3 — churches, movie theaters, gyms and shopping malls — even as its health department reported 101 new cases, the Visalia Times Delta reported. The supervisors' decision came a day after Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was unlikely to give the county authority to speed up reopening because of a number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Tulare County nursing homes.
6:15 a.m. Trump again blames China for virus: President Trump once again spent his morning berating China on Twitter, accusing the country of causing the pandemic with "incompetence." "Some wacko in China just released a statement blaming everybody other than China for the Virus which has now killed hundreds of thousands of people," Trump tweeted. It was not clear who Trump was referring to. "Please explain to this dope that it was the 'incompetence of China', (sic) and nothing else, that did this mass Worldwide killing!"
U pdates from Tuesday, May 19:
11:15 p.m. NFL official says cases expected if season proceeds: The NFL is planning for a 2020 season with the expectation that some of its personnel will contract the coronavirus, its chief medical officer Allen Sills said, according to the Washington Post. "We fully well expect that we will have positive cases that arise because we think that this disease will remain endemic in society," Sills said. Sills said the NFL has a "broad agreement" with its players union on safety measures including testing and protocols for positive cases, the Post reported .
10:32 p.m. More cases in Marin, Solano counties: Marin County officials reported seven new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday for a total of 336 confirmed cases. Officials in Solano County reported six new cases, bringing the county's total to 430. Napa County reported no new cases.
10:28 p.m. Twenty new cases in Sonoma County: Officials in Sonoma County reported 20 new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, increasing the county's total to 411 . Health officer Sundari Mase said in a virtual town hall the county expects to see more cases due to relaxed shelter-in-place rules and is testing all symptomatic and asymptomatic contacts of known cases. Mase said the county "in the last week" has seen more instances of community transmission — cases in people with no known contact to an infected individual or other exposures such as travel.
10:18 p.m. Santa Clara County reports two new deaths: Two more people have died of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, officials announced. The county has confirmed 137 deaths due to the virus and 2,483 total cases, including 15 new cases reported Tuesday.
10:10 p.m. Bay Area sees one-day jump in hospital cases: The number of confirmed coronavirus patients in hospitals in the nine Bay Area counties was reported at 263 on Monday, a one-day increase of 33 cases, or 14.3%, from Sunday, according to state data reviewed by The Chronicle. However, it remained lower than any one-day total reported by the Bay Area from April 1 to May 14. The number of confirmed cases in intensive care units in the Bay Area rose by six to 112 on Monday. Statewide, there were 3,073 confirmed hospital cases Monday, a one-day increase of 1.2%, while confirmed ICU cases stayed level at 1,076.
8 p.m. Justice department warns of discrimination in California's restrictions on religious services: In a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom, U.S. Justice Department attorneys said they are concerned that California's reopening plans, which prohibit in-person religious services during Phase 2, demonstrate faith-based discrimination. "We believe that the Constitution calls for California to do more to accommodate religious worship, including in Stage 2 of the Reopening Plan," the letter says.
7:55 p.m. Amid coronavirus conerns, $1.2 million rent dispute erupts between A's and Oakland Coliseum landlords: The A's are deferring a $1.2 million rent payment for use of the Oakland Coliseum that was due April 1, according to a letter a team attorney sent to the stadium's governing body. Coliseum Authority says it will demand payment. Read the story here.
7:50 p.m. State approves Napa County to reopen dine-in restaurants: Dine-in restaurants other businesses in Napa County can resume operations after state officials on Tuesday approved the county's petition to push ahead the next phase of reopening. Schools in Napa County are able to reopen starting June 1, according to the county. The county is waiting for guidance from the state about whether summer camps and other programs can resume. Businesses can reopen immediately. Read the story here.
4:55 p.m. Santa Clara University hopes to reopen campus in fall: Santa Clara University plans to offer in-person classes as much as possible in the fall quarter, school president Kevin F. O'Brien and provost Lisa Kloppenberg said in a letter to the campus community posted Tuesday. The letter indicated Santa Clara is considering a "hybrid" format, with some instruction offered in person and other instruction delivered online, based on the class or day of the week.
4:50 p.m. Fourth Oakland Police Department employee tests positive: A fourth member of the Oakland Police Department tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday night, the department reported Tuesday. The employee, whose position was not disclosed, last worked on May 14 and is recovering in self-quarantine.
4:07 p.m. Stimulus ' checks ' ? Try cards instead: The IRS is now putting some coronavirus relief payments on debit cards to speed up getting the money out — though fees are something to watch out for. Read the story here.
3:37 p.m. San Francisco and Berkeley allow sport fishing on party boats with new rules: Leading up to the Memorial Day weekend, health officials in San Francisco and Berkeley are allowing party boats to host recreational anglers for salmon fishing — with some new rules meant to facilitate distancing and cleanliness aboard the vessels. Rules for recreational fishing remain a patchwork around the Bay Area. Read the story here.
3 p.m. Sacramento County gets state go-ahead to reopen more quickly: The California Department of Public Health approved Sacramento County's request to move further into Phase 2 of reopening, county officials announced . Dine-in restaurants, small offices, child care, outdoor gyms and small retailers can re-open when the county amends its order on or before Friday. Church and special ceremonies are limited to drive-through services and outdoor gatherings can have a maximum of 10 people.
2:45 p.m. Eleven more inmates recovered at Santa Rita Jail: Eleven more inmates infected with the coronavirus at Santa Rita Jail have recovered, bringing the total to 44 recovered inmates, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. There are now four active cases among inmates and no active cases among staff.
2:39 p.m. Oakland mayor says Lake Merritt restrictions working: Mayor Libby Schaaf said during a Tuesday interview with ABC7 New s that new restrictions implemented last weekend at Lake Merritt worked to prevent crowds. "That did have the desired effect. Most of the neighbors reported to us that they saw about a 50% thinning out of crowds at the lake, and no more mass gatherings," Schaaf said. Last week, the city banned vendors, food trucks and parking adjacent to the lake.
2:20 p.m. Pandemic could push millions of people into poverty, World Bank warns: David Malpass, president of the World Bank Group, said on a media call Tuesday that COVID-19 pandemic could inflict severe health and economic damage on developing countries. "Our estimate is that up to 60 million people will be pushed into extreme poverty — that erases all the progress made in poverty alleviation in the past three years," Malpass said. The organization is financing emergency programs in 100 countries, he said.
1:37 p.m. Universal testing at Laguna Honda leads to discovery of small outbreak: Eight more people have tested positive at Laguna Honda, San Francisco's largest skilled nursing facility, for a total of 29 cases since March, said Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the city's health. Universal testing of all staff and residents led to four positive cases: two staff members and two residents. An additional four residents tested positive — after previously testing negative during the first round of universal testing — when they were retested as part of a contact tracing investigation into the South 2 ward. Positive staff were sent home to self-isolate and positive residents were sent to a COVID-19 designated unit. The infected people are all in "good condition," Colfax said.
1:22 p.m. SF health officer says virus 'has no timeline': Dr. Grant Colfax, director of health in San Francisco, said officials hope measures like face coverings, hand washing and social distancing will prevent viral transmission even as restrictions loosen. Still, progress in reopening will be slow. "We are in the second inning of a long game," Colfax said. "Most scientists expect this long game is going to be with us for 18 to 24 months."
1:19 p.m. Stocks slide: Stocks closed lower Tuesday, with major indexes snapping their three-day upward swing. The Dow Jones industrial average shed 390 points to close at 24,207, a loss of 1.6%. The broader S&P 500 lost 1% and the Nasdaq composite index was down 0.5%.
1:15 p.m. UC freezes some staff salaries with $1.2 billion in losses expected: Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system, sent a letter to colleagues Monday noting a systemwide freeze on salaries for certain staff employees, as well as a voluntary pay cut of 10% for current chancellors and herself. The UC system expects $1.2 billion in losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Monday's letter came after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state would cut UC funding for the 2020-21 school year by 10%, or $372 million. Read the full letter.
1:11 p.m. San Francisco officials to discuss summer childcare options: Mayor London Breed said she will discuss potential childcare and summer camp options with other city officials so they can address questions from parents anxious to get their kids out of the house. Officials will discuss "transitioning kids into a place where we can allow in some cases, some summer activities," Breed said.
1:05 p.m. San Bernardino County inmate dies of COVID-19 complications: An inmate at the California Institution for Men in San Bernardino County died Monday of apparent COVID-19 complications, officials said. Prison officials said in a statement the "exact" cause of death had not yet been determined. The individual died at an outside hospital.
12:40 p.m. James Taylor, Jackson Browne tour postponed till 2021: The two musicians were scheduled to embark on their first tour together this year, with a stop next week at San Francisco's Chase Center. But in a joint announcement, Taylor and Browne said they've moved their entire concert to next year due to the pandemic. In March, Browne, 71, announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Read the full story.
12:22 p.m. SFO to resume flights to Europe, Japan in June: San Francisco International Airport will resume nonstop air service to Europe and additional flights to Japan in June, airport officials said Tuesday. Flights expected to return include three All Nippon Airways flights per week to Tokyo-Narita, one weekly Swiss International Air flight to Zurich and three weekly Lufthansa flights to Munich. The airlines will start the trips on different dates.
12:12 p.m. California records 32 more deaths: Thirty-two more people in California died of COVID-19 on Monday, and 1,365 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, increasing the number of cases in the state to 81,795, according to state data.
12:07 p.m. Teen in Maryland dies of infection: A 15-year-old in Maryland died after becoming infected with COVID-19. Symptoms included an inflammatory syndrome associated with the coronavirus that's specifically afflicting children, the Associated Press reports. The fatality marked the first pediatric death from the coronavirus in the state.
11:58 a.m. Heart attack patients at Kaiser hospitals decrease: The number of heart attack patients admitted to Kaiser hospitals during the pandemic in Northern California decreased by nearly half of the expected number of patients, according to a Kaiser study released Tuesday. Researchers examined the rate of adults in the hospital system before and after the first reported COVID-19 death in early March. The findings support anecdotal reports of physicians seeing fewer patients with acute medical conditions, including heart attacks, officials said.
11:32 a.m. Contra Costa County confirms 37 more cases : Thirty-seven more cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Tuesday in Contra Costa County, increasing the number of cases to 1,192, according to health officials.
11:09 a.m. Willy California donates 100 face coverings to Vallejo firefighters: Athleisure company Willy California donated 100 cloth face coverings to the Vallejo Fire Department, city officials said.
10:44 a.m. Alameda County reports three more deaths: Three more people in Alameda County died of COVID-19 and 65 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, increasing the number of known cases to 2,522, according to health officials.
10:20 a.m. California prisons reopen doors to inmates from county jails: Early in the pandemic, California stopped bringing new prisoners to its 34 state prisons from county jails. The move was made to relieve overcrowded conditions that spread the coronavirus. But this week, the state is resuming intake at all but three prisons, which are dealing with large COVID-19 outbreaks. Prisoner advocates have warned that resuming intake will place people in harm's way. A CDCR spokeswoman said, "It's going to be a very measured process with operations, public health and health care experts working together."
9:34 a.m. Bay Area to receive more than $700 million for transit, Trump says : President Trump said the Bay Area will receive more than $700 million in federal funds to support San Francisco International Airport, Muni and BART. "This money will aid in economic recovery!" Trump said in a tweet. The announcement seemed to catch many local officials off guard. Read the story here.
I am proud to announce the San Francisco Bay Area will receive over $700M in federal funds to support continued operations and support workers at @flySFO Intl Airport and for transit on @sfmta_muni & @SFBart . This money will aid in economic recovery!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2020
9:32 a.m. US-Canada border to remain closed to non-essential travel until mid-June: The United States and Canada will keep the border closed to non-essential travel until June 21, the Associated Press reports.
8:38 a.m. San Francisco confirms nearly 50 new cases: San Francisco confirmed 48 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the number of known cases to 2,179, according to the Department of Public Health.
8:24 a.m. Greenhouse gas emissions on track for record drop amid coronavirus outbreak: The latest and most detailed study yet on the pandemic's impact on climate pollution, released Tuesday by the research group Global Carbon Project chaired by Stanford University's Rob Jackson, finds that the Earth will see up to a 7% decrease in carbon dioxide this year. The dip is five times the decline in emissions in 2009, when the Great Recession choked the world's economy, and double what it was in 1992, after the fall of the Soviet Union. Read the full story by Kurtis Alexander.
8:01 a.m. Who are you calling elderly? Many Americans over 65 are bristling at being lumped together as "elderly" and being advised — sometimes condescendingly by their own adult children — to take extreme coronavirus precautions. On the Fifth & Mission podcast, reporter Ryan Kost talks about the issue and interviews one older American — his mother Barb — who pushed back on some nagging from her son. Click here to listen .
7:17 a.m. San Mateo County announces 9 deaths: Nine more people in San Mateo County died of COVID-19 and the number confirmed coronavirus cases reached 1,687, health officials said. The county has recorded 75 deaths from COVID-19.
6:53 a.m. States expected to lose National Guard workers' help in June, report says: More than 40,000 members of the National Guard helping states with their pandemic responses are expected to end their deployment on June 24, Politico reports. A National Guard spokesperson told the news outlet that the deployment could be extended in the coming weeks. The decision to pull back on June 24 would reportedly leave thousands of men and women one day short of the 90-day threshold to qualify for early retirement and education benefits.
6:51 a.m. Older adults push back on staying safe by staying isolated: As the Bay Area moves to reopen, experts and older adults say age shouldn't be the only consideration when deciding who leaves home or returns to work. The broad range of "65 years and older" doesn't differentiate between those who are healthy and fully self-sufficient and the very vulnerable. Moreover, it exacerbates existing tensions between generations. Read the full story by Ryan Kost.
6:45 a.m. Muni reinstates 9R line: Muni has restored service on the 9R-San Bruno line, which will operate weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., as the San Francisco transit agency gradually returns to full service during the cornonavirus outbreak. Muni is also adding buses and running them more often on the 8-Bayshore, 14R Mission Rapid, 22 Fillmore, 38R Geary Rapid, 49 Van Ness/Mission, N Bus and T Bus lines.
6:32 a.m. Stocks dip after rally: Following Monday's 900-point gain, the Dow Jones industrial average fell slightly in early trading. Walmart shares jumped on strong online sales.
6:31 a.m. Undocumented immigrants can start applying for pandemic relief: Undocumented immigrants throughout California can start applying this week to receive up to $1,000 in pandemic relief, according to the state's Department of Social Services. Adults who qualify for the aid can receive up to $500 while households can receive up to $1,000. Visit this site to view a list of nonprofits picked by the state to help individuals apply.
6:20 a.m. Confirmed cases around the world reach 4.8 million: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world Tuesday morning reached 4,829,232, according to Johns Hopkins University. In total, 319,031 people have died of COVID-19. The United States has confirmed 1,508,957 cases and accounted for 90,369 deaths.
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