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 Thursday, March 12:
8:50 p.m. Berkeley Unified School District to close all schools: District officials will close the preschools, elementary and middle schools, as well as B_erkeley Adult School, starting on Monday, March 16. All high school classes will be closed starting Friday, March 13 "so that high school staff can have time to work on options for students to do home learning while they are away from school," said Superintendent Brent Stephens. District officials said they hope to re-open schools after spring break, on Monday, April 6.
8:40 p.m. San Jose Sharks part-time employee tests positive: A part-time employee at SAP Center in San Jose has tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to a statement released by the San Jose Sharks. The employee is under self-quarantine and is "recovering and feeling better," officials said. The employee is receiving care from medical professionals.
8:20 p.m. PG&E offers pandemic relief: PG&E said Thursday it would offer a "moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment, effective immediately" due to the coronavirus pandemic and would also offer flexible payment plans to those affected. The moratorium applies to both residential and business customers. The utility, which serves a large portion of Northern California and other parts of the state, also said its workers would use "social distancing" practices like avoiding handshakes and wearing gloves while working in customers' homes.
8:20 p.m. San Mateo Union High School District schools to close through at least March 27: District Superintendent Kevin Skelly announced in a statement that the decision was made at a school board meeting on Thursday. The closure will close effective Monday, March 16 and "enter a phase where we will deliver at-home learning to our students," Skelly said.
8:13 p.m. San Francisco to announce ban on gatherings of more than 250: San Francisco Mayor London Breed and city health officials will issue another public health order Friday mandating the cancellation of any non-essential public or private gathering of 250 or more people. The order reflects the urgency of the growing global health crisis: On Thursday, the city prohibited all events drawing 1,000 or more people.
7:40 p.m. Canadian Prime Minister's wife tests positive for coronavirus: Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to Associated Press reports.
7:36 p.m. Seven Glen Park students with respiratory illness to be tested, school community to self-quarantine: Although San Francisco Unified School District announced today it will close all schools Monday, the district said it will immediately close Glen Park Elementary after it learned that seven students from the school reported respiratory illness. The department of public health is investigating and testing the children for COVID-19. All Glen Park families and staff were instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. There are no confirmed cases at Glen Park or any SFUSD school.
7:10 p.m. Tamalpais Union High School District to close schools: The district is the latest to announce it will close its schools starting Friday. Officials plan to reopen schools on March 30. There are no known cases among the district's staff or students, but district officials said a proactive approach to containment was "the most responsible action." Students will conduct online assignments, facilities will be closed and sports/extra-curriculars will be canceled.
7:04 p.m. Diocese of San Jose to close schools: The diocese announced that all schools will close from March 13 to March 27 "out of an abundance of caution," according to a statement. Each school has developed "distance learning plans" that will start Monday. Events, sports and community gatherings will be cancelled and parents and students will not have access to school facilities. There are no confirmed cases at any diocesan school.
6:49 p.m. Walt Disney Family Museum employee tests positive: An employee at The Walt Disney Family Museum, located in San Francisco's Presidio, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement. The employee's relative tested positive on Monday, and the museum closed on Friday, March 6. The infected employee is "doing well" and quarantined at home, and public health officials are working to notify others who may have been exposed. The museum will stay closed until March 20.
6:26 p.m. Sonoma sheriff suspends county jail visits: The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said in-person inmate visitation, except legal visits, at county jails will be temporarily suspended "until further notice," effective 7 p.m. Thursday. Regular non-contact visits will continue and be evaluated daily. "We realize the ability to maintain positive relationships with loved ones will be challenged. We have not made this decision lightly, but under the circumstances and in consultation with medical experts, we believe it is the best way to safeguard the health of those in our custody, the staff responsible for their caretaking, and the community," a statement said.
6:00 p.m. San Mateo County bans gatherings of 250 or more: Dr. Scott Morrow, the county's health officer, issued a legal order prohibiting mass gatherings of 250 or more people, beginning at 11:59 p.m. Friday. The order will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, or until it is amended by the county or state health officer. The order order applies to public and private gatherings, with the exception for houses of worship, museums, malls, hospital and medical facilities, and the normal operations of hotels and airports, county officials said.
5:48: Alameda County reports new cases, first evidence of community spread in county: Public health officials said the county has reported four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county's total to 7 cases. Two of the new cases are the first that are indicative of community transmission, and the other two are linked to known confirmed cases.
5:40 p.m. West Contra Costa Unified School District closes all schools for 3 weeks: District officials announced that all of its schools will be closed for three weeks beginning on Monday, March 16. District officials will move up spring break from the week of April 6 to the week of March 30, and classes will resume on Monday, April 6. The district serves more than 30,000 students in Richmond, Kensington, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Pinole, El Sobrante and Hercules.
5:21 p.m. Cases surge in Washington state: The state reports 457 cases, including 270 in King County and 108 in Snohomish County, and 31 deaths, according to new information released by public health officials. One of the cases is a state public health employee. Yesterday, the state had 366 cases and 29 deaths.
5:06 p.m. Santa Clara County reports 18 new cases: The county recorded 18 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 66, according to public health officials. Of those, 31 are hospitalized, one has recovered, one has died. In terms of transmission, officials said eight are travel-associated, 19 were close contacts of known cases and 16 were community transmission.
5:03 p.m. Two more cases in San Joaquin County: Public health officials in San Joaquin County confirmed two additional cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to three. The announcement comes on the same day that the county declared a local public health emergency.
5 p.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints suspends gatherings: Church leaders said in a statement that all public gatherings of church members would be suspended worldwide "until further notice." That includes conferences, worship services and other activies. Leaders were instructed to conduct essential meetings using technology.
4:38 p.m. City of Millbrae cancels non-essential functions: The city said in a statement that it has postponed public events at city facilities and canceled non-essential city commission meetings through March 31 due to coronavirus concerns, according to a statement. Recreational sports programs and Boys and Girls Clubs will continue. The city will re-evaluate in two weeks and remains in communication with county and state officials.
4 p.m. Contra Costa County Library programs canceled through end of month: Starting Friday, all programs and events — including community use of meeting rooms in county-owned facilities — will be canceled through March 31, county library officials said. All 26 community libraries will remain open for regularly scheduled hours, officials said.
3:19 p.m. SF school officials announce closure: San Francisco's 113 schools — serving 54,000 students — will shut down for three weeks starting Monday to curb the spread of the coronavirus as the city struggles to prevent a surge in cases, district officials said.
3:07 p.m. Ting to introduce bill to stop evictions: As cities including San Francisco move to ban evictions of tenants who cannot pay their rent due to a loss of income from the new coronavirus, Assemblyman Phil Ting said he would introduce a bill to impose a similar moratorium on evictions and foreclosures statewide. "We already have a homeless crisis. We can't let it get worse," he tweeted. His office said they are still crafting the language of the measure.
3:00 p.m. California releases coronavirus cases data: The California Department of Public Health released the following data breakdown of cases of the new coronavirus in the state. More than 11,100 people are self-monitoring who returned to the United States through San Francisco International Airport or Los Angeles International Airport, officials said.
The state said it has 198 positive cases of the coronavirus. This figure does not include passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship currently docked at the Port of Oakland, officials said. Four people have died.
Here's a breakdown by age of the confirmed cases:
• 0 — 17 years old : 4 cases
• 18 — 64 years old: 113 cases
• 65 years old and above: 79 cases
• Age unknown: 2 cases
• 24 cases: Patients who tested positive who were "related to federal repatriation flights"
• 174 cases: Patients who tested positive that were not related to repatriation flights
• 60 cases are travel-related
• 43 cases are person-to-person
• 44 cases are community transmission
2:50 p.m. Details released on where TSA employees worked: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo released more information on the three TSA employees at San Jose's airport who tested positive for the coronavirus. They worked at Terminal B, at checkpoint B, on evening shifts. Two performed screenings including patting down passengers, checking bags, operating the x-ray, and monitoring the body scanner; one checked documents. Each had a different last day of work: February 21, February 26, and March 2.
2:42 p.m. San Jose tracking 80 fire department officials who may have been exposed to COVID-19: San Jose officials said they are tracking 80 fire department personnel who may have been exposed to COVID-19 after four firefighters tested positive. Out of the 80, 16 have returned to work, 52 remain on leave while in quarantine and four tested positive.
2:36 p.m. Chronicle sources say SF schools to close for 2 weeks : San Francisco Unified School District officials are expected to announce the move at 3 p.m. in an effort to combat the coronavirus spread. The announcement will come a day after district officials said they would keep schools open.
2:23 p.m. State senator calls for state, federal moratorium on evictions: Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, issued a statement saying people should be focusing on their personal and community's health, but instead they're dealing with lost wages and failing businesses. "That is why I'm calling on both California and the federal government to immediately place an emergency moratorium on evictions — for both renters and businesses — as well as home foreclosures," Wiener said. "We're all in this together, and as we move through this emergency, we need to support each other and give people leeway to focus exclusively on keeping healthy."
2:18 p.m. Trump's travel ban on Europe creates panic for travelers from Bay Area: The confusing announcement Wednesday night set off fear and panic for many Bay Area residents in Europe, and some are still scrambling to get back before the travel ban hits 9 p.m. Friday.
2:13 p.m. Oakland A's p odcast on MLB shutdown: Oakland A's beat reporter Susan Slusser discusses what to make of Major League Baseball's suspension of spring training and the start of the season.
2:11 p.m. Bay Area has 120 cases of COVID-19: The following is a breakdown of coronavirus cases throughout the Bay Area by county, according to The Chronicle's Coronavirus Tracker . The Chronicle tracker includes only cases of people who have tested positive for coronavirus — there are almost certainly many more cases among California residents who have not been tested. The tracker may not match case counts from the California Department of Public Health due to 24-hour lags in reporting at the state level.
Contra Costa: 16
Santa Clara: 48
San Francisco: 18
San Mateo: 20
2:03 p.m. SFJAZZ postpones shows until next month: The all-ages music venue in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood will cancel all shows and education events from now until April 5.
2:01 p.m. SF Academy of Sciences closes until end of March: San Francisco's Academy of Sciences said Thursday it planned to close down through the end of the month to help prevent the potential spread of coronavirus. "We have no reported incidents and no infections, but if we're supposed to contribute to defeating this community spread, we thought it would be the responsible thing to do," said Ike Kwon, the academy's COO. Kwon is also a commissioner on the Treasure Island Development Authority. He said all of the facility's staff would be paid as normal. Some essential staff will remain on duty to care for the animals that live at the academy.
1:55 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom applauds Disney shutdown: "Late last night, California put out a new policy on mass gatherings and engaged in deep conversations with Disney and other companies about how to meet it," Newsom said. "Using that policy, Disney made the right call in the interest of public health and agreed to shut down their California parks. Expect more announcements like this shortly."
1:42 p.m. SF issues public health order limiting visitors to long-term care facilities: Mayor London Breed and San Francisco health officials issued a public health order prohibiting all non-essential visitors to long-term care facilities. The order is intended to protect the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, who are among the most vulnerable to getting seriously ill and die if they contract coronavirus. Similar measures have been in place since March 7 at Laguna Honda and San Francisco General hospitals, which are operated by the city.
1:41 p.m. More than 2,000 people have disembarked from Grand Princess: Princess Cruises officials said 2,042 people had disembarked the Grand Princess cruiseliner as of 11:40 a.m. Thursday. Cruise officials said they are still determining plans for the crew quarantined.
1:32 p.m. Disneyland Resort to close through end of March: Disneyland Park and Disneyland California Adventure will be closed starting Saturday, officials said. Disneyland Resort hotels will remain open until Monday while Downtown Disney will remain open. Resort officials said they will continue to pay cast members during the closure.
1:20 p.m. Holy Names University in Oakland to move classes online: Holy Names University in Oakland plans to move its classes online starting Monday, school officials said. The campus will remain open and students can stay in residence halls.
1:15 p.m. NCAA cancels March Madness: NCAA officials canceled remaining the national men's and women's basketball tournaments.
1:14 p.m. California senator demands more tests from vice president: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, urging the Trump Administration to issue national guidelines on health directives and immediately expand rapid testing for anyone who thinks they might have been exposed to the coronavirus. "It has become more and more clear that this disease won't disappear anytime soon, yet testing in the United States lags far behind other nations, many of which can test tens of thousands of people at no cost to the patient," Feinstein wrote. "I am very concerned that individuals infected with the coronavirus may not show symptoms for several days, yet are able to infect others," she added.
1:08 p.m . Los Angeles records 3 new cases: Officials in Los Angeles County announced three new cases of the virus, increasing the county's total to 32. Two of the three new cases have an unknown origin, officials said.
1:05 p.m. Dow disaster: Stocks fell again Thursday, despite promises of a federal recovery plan. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 10%, the worst single-day drop since 1987, crashing to close at 21,200.62.
12:52 p.m.: SF school board to issue update on schools status this afternoon: After a nearly three-hour emergency meeting on the coronvirus Thursday morning, the San Francisco Unified school board emerged tight-lipped about whether city schools will close in response to the increase of cases across the region. The district said it would issue a statement later in the afternoon. The school board called the meeting after officials decided Wednesday evening to close Lakeshore Elementary for the next 14 days after learning four students were suffering from a respiratory illness.
12:48 p.m. Nation's largest concert promoters cancel shows. Concert promoters Live Nation and AEG said Thursday they'll cancel scheduled concerts until at least April because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to multiple reports. The companies are the nation's largest concert promoters.
12:47 p.m. Berkeley promoter Another Planet postpones all concerts through March: Berkeley-based promoter Another Planet Entertainment, which books concerts at nearly a dozen Northern California venues and stages the annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park, has postponed all its shows for the remainder of March. Affected venues include the Bill Graham Civic, Fox Theater Oakland, the Independent, the New Parish, Chase Center, Reno's Grand Sierra Theatre and the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa.
12:38 p.m. UC Berkeley cancels Cal Day: UC Berkeley has canceled Cal Day, its popular campus-wide open house and festival for new and prospective students and the community. The annual event was scheduled for April 18.
12:33 p.m . Trump says travel ban to California a possibility, per report: President Trump said he may restrict travel to areas of the United States where the coronavirus becomes "too hot," including California and Washington state, according to the New York Times. A reporter asked Trump if he was considering restricting travel to the states and the president said it had not been discussed before adding, "Is it a possibility? Yes, if somebody gets a little bit out of control, if an area gets too hot."
12:20 p.m. Bernie Sanders calls for collective effort to combat virus spread: Bernie Sanders, the Democratic senator from Vermont who is running for president, called for greater support of workers and health officials as the nation copes with the coronavirus pandemic. "It will be easy to feel like we are in this alone, or that we must only worry about ourselves and let everyone else fend for themselves. That would be a very dangerous mistake," Sanders said.
12:15 p.m. Major League Baseball suspends spring training, delays start of season: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Thursday that spring training games have been suspended and the start of the season is delayed by two weeks in response to COVID-19, according to a statement. The league will continue to evaluate ongoing events in the coming weeks.
12:09 p.m. East Palo Alto takes action on virus: East Palo Alto will close the city's senior center for at least one week and is making arrangements to deliver meals to seniors who ate at the facility. The city is also cutting the number of public gatherings of more than 50 people and those that include vulnerable populations.
12:08 p.m. Oakland mayor addresses Grand Princess cruise ship still at port: "The duration has changed but the mission is the same — to ensure the safety of Oakland residents and reunite stranded loved ones with their families," said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. "I support extending the stay of the Grand Princess because the operation has proven to be safe, meticulous, and at no risk to our residents. We will support the effort to repatriate as many crew members as possible — they are mostly low-income, low-wage, foreign nationals, and true to our Oakland values we will extend the same courtesy and care to crew as passengers."
12:01 p.m. 76 San Jose firefighters possibly exposed: The San Jose Fire Department identified 76 firefighters possibly exposed to COVID-19 and placed them on leave, said Erica Ray, a city public information manager. One firefighter tested positive, officials previously announced. The infected man worked shifts between Feb. 22 and March 2, during which time he visited multiple sites. County health officials are responsible for contact tracing.
12:00 p.m. Los Angeles closes City Hall to public: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he will close Los Angeles City Hall to all non-city employees. Planned events and large gatherings were also canceled.
11:59 a.m. Grateful Dead' s Bob Weir reschedules tour: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, the Grateful Dead guitarist's latest side project, have rescheduled the remainder of their March tour dates due to rising COVID-19 concerns. "The health and wellbeing of our live music community is of the utmost importance," the group, which also features bassist Don Was and Primus drummer Jay Lane, said in a statement.
11:43 a.m. SF gives city workers advances on sick time, vacation: In an effort to curb coronavirus spread, San Francisco city employees will be allowed early access to sick time and vacation time to make it easier for people to leave work. This extends to people who are vulnerable or caring for someone who is at risk of being infected with the virus. Amid a growing global pandemic, Mayor London Breed "strongly encouraged" the private sector to follow suit when it comes to giving employees greater flexibility to stay home.
11:39 a.m. Broadway theaters to suspend performances: Shows in New York City will be called off through April 12 after the state's governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced a ban on all gatherings with 500 or more people.
11:36 a.m. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony postponed: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony, scheduled for May 2 at Cleveland's Public Hall, has been postponed due to the coronavirus. "The health and safety of our fans and visitors is our highest priority," officials said. "Given recent news regarding coronavirus and the urging by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine regarding large public gatherings, we have made the decision to postpone the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Induction Week festivities until later this year."
11:30 a.m. Marin Country Day School announces temporary closure: MCDS will close starting Friday through March 20. "In the interim, we will clean and disinfect our entire campus. Teachers will have a remote working day tomorrow to plan for distance learning activities that will begin on Monday," said Katherine Dihn, head of school, in an email sent to parents and guardians.
11:29 a.m. New York bans gatherings of more than 500 people: Following similar measures in California, the state of New York has banned gatherings with 500 or more people, according to the Associated Press. The ban will go into effect Friday.
11:27 a.m. Newsom says Grand Princess to remain at Port of Oakland through Sunday: Gov. Gavin Newsom said the Grand Princess will remain at the Port of Oakland as officials work to disembark the last batch of passengers and crew members who have to be repatriated to foreign countries, such as South Korea, Japan and the Philippines.
11:21 a.m. Not everyone at Elk Grove senior home tested for coronavirus: Three residents at the Carlton Senior Living facility in Elk Grove tested negative for COVID-19, said spokeswoman Jessica Arnold. County health officials conducted the tests on those deemed most at-risk after a resident of the nursing home in their 90s died this week due to coronavirus. There are more than 100 residents at the nursing home, which has canceled events, requested residents to stay in their apartments and banned visitors as part of a 14-day isolation period. Arnold said she did not know why the county did not test all the residents, but that it was not up to her. "We're doing everything we can to prevent (spread)," Arnold said.
11:18 a.m. Baseball season likely to be suspended: ESPN reported Thursday that after a call with owners, MLB is expected to suspend spring training and will "likely" delay the start of the regular season.
11:15 a.m. Trump, Pence decline to be tested after contact with official with COVID-19: Despite reports that a Brazilian official who met with President Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House said Thursday that Trump will not be tested. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met the Brazilian official, a press aide, over the weekend, when a delegation from the country traveled to the president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. According to NBC News, Brazil's presidential palace confirmed that the aide in question has tested positive for the virus.
11:06 a.m. Health and Human Services official says all in Elk Grove assisted living center to be tested: Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the state's Health and Human Services, said he "expects" all individuals at the facility in Elk Grove — where a person in their 90s died of COVID-19 — will be tested for the virus to ensure they are safe, as well as to better understand how people are infected.
11:02 a.m. California has only 8,200 tests: Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state is distributing 8,227 tests to labs throughout the state. State health officials are also discussing centralizing testing sites, he said.
11:01 a.m. San Jose mayor says city doesn't have enough tests: Mayor Sam Liccardo said "no" when asked whether the city has received enough testing kits from the federal government to adequately respond to the amount of testing needed. "Frankly, we need test kits more than words," Liccardo said. "We need testing, because the only way that you can mitigate the spread of a pandemic is to test at dramatically higher levels, so you can identify folks who are infected, get them to self isolate and stop the spread."
11:00 a.m. NHL officially suspends season: The NHL announced it has suspended all games.
10:55 a.m. Travel ban having clear impact on SFO: President Trump's Wednesday ban on many travelers from Europe is having a clear affect on SFO, where European routes account for 15% of international passenger traffic. Here's what you need to know about the ban and the latest air travel developments. (Correction: an earlier version of this update misstated the European share of traffic at SFO.)
10:51 a.m. Newsom said more people have tested positive from the Grand Princess: Gov. Gavin Newsom said more people — in addition to the original 21 positive cases — have tested positive for COVID-19 from the Grand Princess cruise ship. "That information is coming in real time," he said. "That is all i know." On Wednesday, 511 additional people were taken off the cruise ship at the Port of Oakland. Officials hope to disembark an additional 476 by the end of Thursday. The crew of 1,075 will remain on board.
10:46 a.m. San Jose firefighter tests positive: City Manger Dave Sykes said, "We have a firefighter that has been tested positive with coronavirus and may have exposed other firefighters. I can also confirm we are gathering info on a second employee that may have tested positive with coronavirus." City officials are doing a deep cleaning of fire facilities, and firefighters who were possibly exposed have been placed on leave. All fire station visits and non-essential contacts with the community have been suspended. Fire stations remain fully operational and the city has backfilled with other staff.
10:43 a.m. San Jose mayor wants more info on infected TSA workers: Officials did not release new information about the infected TSA employees at San Jose's airport, but Mayor Sam Liccardo called on TSA to release information about when and where the employees were working in the airport. "I'm encouraging TSA strongly to come forward with that info so we can ensure the public knows everything they need to know," Liccardo said. "We critically need to ramp up the scale of testing. … This is a national crisis. It needs to be a dramatic ramp up." The airport has implemented extra deep cleaning of security check-points and high traffic areas "that meets and exceeds the CDC's guidelines," an airport official said.
10:40 a.m. Nearly 200 cases in California: Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a news conference that 198 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19. A fourth death occurred Wednesday in Los Angeles, he said. Officials are working to centralize testing sites to increase capacity throughout the state. Newsom said he hopes the sites open next week. Stanford, UCLA , UC San Diego and the City of Hope clinics are testing now.
10:35 a.m. Biden lays out own plan on coronavirus: In a news conference, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is running for president, laid out a plan and called for a collective effort to fight the outbreak. "Whether or not you're affected or know someone who is infected of have been in contact with an infected person, this is going to require a national response, not just from our elected leaders, but from all of us," he said. "We must — all of us — follow the guidelines from health officials and take appropriate action to protect ourselves, and it's going to mean making some radical changes in our personal behavior. … We will lead by science." Here is more info on Biden's plan .
10:32 a.m. Italy death tolls grows to more than 1,000: Coronavirus deaths rose Thursday to more than 1,000 in Italy, with cases in Europe's worst-hit country passing 15,000.
10:21 a.m. San Francisco Symphony cancels upcoming tour: The symphony was planning to tour Europe and perform at Carnegie Hall.
10:14 a.m. Four new COVID-19 cases in San Francisco: Four new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in San Francisco, according to the city's Department of Public Health. Two are hospitalized and two are isolated at home, officials said. One of the people had close contact with a confirmed case, while the others did not recently travel to a country with COVID-19 cases and did not have close contact with any confirmed COVID-19 individuals. The total number of confirmed cases in the city now stands at 18.
9:59 a.m. California LGBTQ Leadership Summit postponed: Although the event only had 150 participants scheduled to attend Friday in Sacramento, Equality California and the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus decided to postpone after Gov. Gavin Newsom advised against any public events with 250 people or more .
9:45 a.m. SF Board of Education meets in closed session: The school board is meeting with representatives from the city and county's Department of Public Health to discuss the district's response to the novel coronavirus. Public schools were not ordered to shutter as of Thursday morning.
9:43 a.m. No coronavirus cases reported in SF jails: The Department of Public Health's Jail Health Services has not received reports of any coronavirus cases in San Francisco county jails as of Thursday, according to the county sheriff's office. "We screen every person for infectious diseases as part of the jail booking process, which is part of our usual process. In addition, we have instituted enhanced screening and isolation procedures to rapidly identify and separate any person with concerning symptoms," said Dr. Lisa Pratt, medical director for Jail Health Services.
9:37 a.m. Iranian authorities dig mass graves for coronavirus victims: Officials in Iran have excavated two large trenches the length of football fields to accommodate for the number of people killed by the coronavirus, according to The Washington Post. Iran has reportedly recorded 10,000 cases of the virus and 429 deaths.
9:30 a.m. DNC moves Biden-Sanders debate to Washington D.C.: The Democratic National Committee has moved the primary presidential debate between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, which was previously scheduled to take place Sunday in Phoenix, to the nation's capital due to coronavirus concerns, according to multiple reports.
9:24 a.m. State basketball championships canceled: In a statement Thursday morning, the California Interscholastic Federation said it has called off the state championship games scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Sacramento.
9:18 a.m. Canadian Prime Minister self-quarantines at home after wife's flu-like symptoms: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is self-isolating in his home after his wife exhibited flu-like symptoms, according to the Associated Press.
9:13 a.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set to vote on emergency coronavirus bill: The San Francisco representative wrapped up her news conference after announcing the House will vote today on emergency coronavirus legislation, including free testing, nutrition support and more. "It's about putting families first," Pelosi said.
8:50 a.m. MLS suspends season for 30 days: Don Garber, commissioner of Major League Soccer, said the league's teams and officials were "united" in deciding to suspend games for 30 days.
8:45 a.m. Brazilian official tests positive after being with Trump, Pence, reports say: The New York Times is reporting a Brazilian official tested positive for COVID-19 several days after being spending the weekend at Mar-a-Lago with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
8:18 a.m. Speaker Pelosi says even an ' elbow bump ' could be unwise: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, urged people to avoid physical contact. "Forget any physical contact. Bow, eastern style," she said
8:03 a.m. Second Utah Jazz player tests positive for COVID-19: A second player on the NBA's Utah Jazz, Donovan Mitchell, tested positive for COVID-19, according to ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski. NBA officials suspended the season Wednesday night after the first Utah Jazz player, Rudy Gobert, tested positive for the virus.
7:50 a.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to present emergency coronavirus bill: The San Francisco representative said the House will vote today on emergency coronavirus legislation, including free testing, nutrition support and more. "It's about putting families first," Pelosi said.
7:22 a.m. NHL tells teams not to practice Thursday: National Hockey League officials said in a statement Thursday that clubs were "advised not to conduct morning skates, practices or team meetings today." The San Jose Sharks previously said they planned to play home games without fans after Santa Clara County banned all events with 1,000 people or more.
7:09 a.m. Congress shutting U.S. Capitol, House and Senate office buildings to public: Congress officials plan to shut the U.S. Capitol, House and Senate office buildings to the public through the end of March amid coronavirus concerns.
7:06 a.m. Market rout continues: After the resumption of trading following a 7% drop in stock prices triggered a 15-minute automatic halt, the Dow Jones industrial average moved down another two percentage points for a 2,000-point loss, matching the historic fall stocks took Monday as the expanding impact of the coronavirus on global business became clear.
7:04 a.m. San Francisco closes elementary school where 4 students might have COVID-19: San Francisco Unified School District officials said four Lakeshore Elementary School students and some of their relatives are being investigated for COVID-19, prompting the district to close the school for two weeks. The city's board of education called an emergency closed-session meeting to consult with head of public health, officials said.
6:40 a.m. Moms 4 Housing call for end to stop evictions during outbreak: Moms 4 Housing, the group of homeless mothers who refused to leave a West Oakland home they were occupying, plans to hold a protest Thursday morning at Alameda County court to demand officials stop evictions for two weeks. The group garnered attention in January after they refused to leave a vacant home home they had moved into, calling attention to the Bay Area's housing crisis. The women were evicted but later reached an agreement to buy the house. Alameda County has not announced an eviction stoppage, but officials last week in San Jose and San Francisco proposed such measures.
6:35 a.m. Stocks plunge morning after Trump announces travel restrictions: The Dow dropped sharply again Thursday, crashing below 22,000, a level it has not seen since August 2017. The stock markets halted trading automatically for 15 minutes following a 7% drop.
6:09 a.m. COVID-19 cases around the world swell to nearly 128,000: The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 reached 127,749 and 4,717 deaths Thursday morning, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
6:05 a.m. Princess Cruises halts trips for 60 days: The cruise company that operates two virus-stricken ships, the Grand Princess and Diamond Princess, said it will stop its global ship operations for 60 days. Company officials said the decision will affect trips that were scheduled to depart March 12 to May 10.
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- ‘Dangerous time’: Some Bay Area hospitals close to running out of ICU beds as death tolls near records
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- Bay Area housing to get $1 billion investment from union pension fund as financing dries up
- Bay Area’s soaring coronavirus cases could ‘overwhelm our local health care system,’ experts warn
- Bay Briefing: More skepticism of virus restrictions second time around — even as cases shatter records
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- QR Code check-ins may save Sydney as Gladys Berejiklian lashes some venues as 'absolutely hopeless'
- Travel bubbles could see some states open their borders to each other but millions of holidaymakers are likely to miss out - here's who should start planning their next interstate vacation
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- New Yorkers fleeing to Florida amid the pandemic have turned Palm Beach into the Hamptons of the South with the median age 'dropping faster than SpaghettiOs from a toddler’s highchair'
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