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Total coronavirus cases:
• 421,028 cases in California, including 8,043 deaths
• 44,799 in the Bay Area, including 731 deaths.
• More than 3.9 million in the U.S., including 142,942 deaths. The five other states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,526; New Jersey with 15,707; Massachusetts with 8,468; Illinois with 7,540; and Pennsylvania with 7,077. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 15 million in the world, with more than 620,000 deaths. More than 8.5 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
7:07 p.m. State hospitalizations continue climbing: The number of COVID-19 patients in California’s hospitals reached a record 7,170 people on Tuesday, state health officials reported Wednesday. State-wide hospitalizations are up 17.5% in the past two weeks. The number has increased for the past six days in a row.
7 p.m. Three Bay Area counties record triple-digit caseload: Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Solano counties each recorded triple-digit increases in coronavirus cases on Wednesday, according to data compiled by The Chronicle. In Contra Costa County, 129 new cases brought the total to 6,202; in Santa Clara County, 275 new cases were reported for a total of 8,321; and Solano County reported 125 new cases, bringing the total to 2,982.
5:45 p.m. Four more deaths in Alameda County: Four additional people died from COVID-19 in Alameda County, bringing the total to 171 deaths as of Wednesday, according to data compiled by The Chronicle. The county recorded five deaths the day before. In Marin County, one more person died Wednesday for a total of 48 deaths.
3:58 p.m. Unemployment benefits set to drop: Unless Congress acts soon, a $600-a-week boost to unemployment insurance payments will go away on July 31. Here’s why those without jobs aren’t likely to see the full $600, even if Congress comes to an agreement. Read the story here.
2:53 p.m. Another condemned San Quentin inmate dies, virus suspected: John Beames, 67, an inmate at San Quentin State Prison, died Tuesday at a hospital from “what appears to be complications related to COVID-19,” the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Wednesday. Beames is the eighth condemned inmate to die from a suspected case of COVID-19. The massive outbreak at San Quentin State Prison has infected 2,092 inmates — including 857 with active infections on Wednesday — and killed 14 inmates. Beames was convicted of first-degree murder in Tulare County in 1995.
2:45 p.m. Ferry Building closure further threatens its status as a local food oasis: Even before the city forced the main hall to close Wednesday, the coronavirus had already raised big questions about the future of the Ferry Building. The pandemic came right when its tenant makeup had already started dramatically changing. Read our in-depth story here.
2:14 p.m. Marin County lifts reusable shopping bag ban: Shoppers in Marin County can once again bring reusable bags to the store as long as they bag their own items, county officials said Wednesday. Many grocery chains and health officials banned reusable bags when the pandemic hit, fearing that they could be a means of viral spread. “Recent studies have shown that virus transmission through reusable bags is a much lower risk than originally believed, and the risk is even lower if shoppers are the only ones to touch the bags,” Marin County health officials said in a statement.
2:03 p.m. San Mateo County ‘faring better’ than other Bay Area counties, local leaders say: San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy said during a news briefing that the area remains off the state’s watch list because it is “faring better” than other counties in the region that were ordered to pull back on reopening. Still, depending on how the county’s coronavirus numbers shift, that could change. “(Health officer) Dr. Morrow does believe that we’re in a pretty good position here that doesn’t warrant the type of measure of closing more businesses down,” Callagy said. “I think if you look at the metrics, we are close on many of them, but doing very well on others. … The totality of the circumstances have to be taken into consideration.”
1:46 p.m. A New York-like situation is ‘plausible’ in SF, health official says: San Francisco could face a “New York-like” situation late in the summer or early fall, the city’s health director warned Wednesday. Answering a question about what lessons health officials learned from New York’s surge, Dr. Grant Colfax said that more people become sick and die when sophisticated, well-resourced health systems like New York’s get overwhelmed. He noted that it’s impossible to take “adequate” care of everyone. “When we talk about the curve and our surge, I’m very concerned that as cases increase, it’s plausible we could get in a New York-like situation in the late summer or early fall — that’s why everyone needs to do their part to flatten the curve,” Colfax said. Health officials have learned that flattening the curve is possible with hygiene, social distancing, staying at home and face coverings. “I just hope that we can do that before a massive surge,” he said.
1:33 p.m. Grim figures cloud California’s fight against coronavirus: It was a bad day for California’s fight against the coronavirus. First, the state surpassed New York for the highest number of aggregate cases in the country. Then, Gov. Gavin Newsom reported a record number of new daily cases, with 12,807 Californians testing positive Wednesday. All told, the rate of people testing positive over the last week increased to 7.6% in California, which Newsom called a cause for “concern.” On Tuesday, 115 people died of COVID-19 across the state. Read the full story.
1:26 p.m. SF mayor announces testing expansion: San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Wednesday announced an expansion of the city’s testing offerings. Capacity will be increased at an existing site, the city will launch two mobile pop-up sites and another site will be erected in a undetermined location in the southeast of the city. A site at the Embarcadero for essential workers will have 400 new testing slots a day, while the two mobiles sites — one that is expected to roll out this week and the second next week — will go to neighborhoods currently affected by the virus and test up to 250 people a day, Breed said. Officials expect to open the new site in August to begin conducting 500 in August. Breed urged residents to practice social distancing and wear face coverings, adding that the city can’t test its way out of the current surge.
1:15 p.m. Stocks close in positive territory: Wall Street recorded gains Wednesday ahead of earnings reports from Tesla and Microsoft, as investors assessed new trade tensions with China. Major averages were up less than 1%: The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 27,005.84, the Nasdaq at 10,706.13 and the S&P 500 at 3,276.02.
1:12 p.m. Hospitalizations in Bay Area climb to new high: The number of COVID-19 patients in Bay Area hospitals surged to a record 747 on Tuesday, according to state data released Wednesday, marking the seventeenth consecutive day the number has grown. Five new patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Alameda County for a total of 176. And eight more people were hospitalized in Contra Costa County for a record total of 101. Marin, Napa and Santa Clara counties each reported two more hospitalizations, and San Francisco and San Mateo counties each hospitalized one additional patient.
12:56 p.m. California is the state with the most coronavirus cases: In a grim distinction, the number of people in California who are infected with the coronavirus exceeded New York’s total of 413,595 on Wednesday for the first time, making California the state with the most infections.
12:55 p.m. Seattle school district suggests all-online learning for the fall: Seattle Public Schools is recommending all schools conduct remote, online instruction in the fall, The Seattle Times reports, citing an email from a top district official that the newspaper obtained. The recommendation marked a change of plans for one of the largest public school districts in the nation.
12:18 p.m. State officials have distributed nearly 300 million masks: State officials have distributed 297 million procedure masks to frontline workers over the last few months, Gov. Newsom said, announcing a new contract to procure more than 100 million more masks. As of Wednesday, Newsom said the state had an inventory of 111 million N95 masks and about 147 million procedure masks in storage.
12:08 p.m. Nearly 13,000 test positive for virus: Gov. Gavin Newsom reported that 12,807 people in California tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday, the highest number of confirmed cases in a day in the state. The rate of people testing positive over the last week increased to 7.6%, which Newsom called a cause of “concern.” The state has averaged 90 daily COVID-19 deaths and 9,420 new cases a day cases over the last week, Newsom said. Also on Tuesday, 115 people died of COVID-19.
12:06 p.m. Ferry Building closes under coronavirus orders: With San Francisco on the state watch list, indoor malls have had to close again. And now the city has ruled that the Ferry Building is a mall, forcing 26 shops inside the market hall to close. A handful of businesses with exterior doors can stay open for curbside pickup, and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market will continue.
10:30 a.m. Cases across the globe hit 15 million: The number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus across the world reached 15,008,046 as of Wednesday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University.
9:44 a.m. California passes New York for most cases in U.S.: California reported the highest number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. Wednesday, according to one prominent tracking database, providing a grim tally that highlights the rapid spread of infections. Read the story here.
9:22 a.m. Bay Area health care workers prioritize help over praise: Friends and colleagues held a vigil Tuesday in Oakland for Janine Paiste-Ponder, a 59-year-old nurse who died of COVID-19 after treating patients for the disease. On the Fifth & Mission podcast, reporter Mallory Moench talks about health care workers who say they appreciate being called heroes, but they feel more like sacrificial lambs as they cry in vain for hospital executives to do more to protect them. Click here to listen.
7:20 a.m. California expected to soon pass New York in total cases: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday morning in California reached 409,049 cases as of Wednesday morning, according to The Chronicle’s tracking of numbers. New York, which has led the nation in infections since the early days of the pandemic, reported 412,889 total cases as of Tuesday. (Correction: This item previously had an incorrect total number of cases in New York.)
6:53 a.m. Shares flat at open: The Dow was barely in the positive in early trading as some tech stocks saw investors selling to take profits. Pfizer was up 3.6% on news that the U.S. government committed to pay nearly $2 billion on vaccine purchases if the company’s candidate drug proves effective.
6:48 a.m. Testing site to open in Alameda: A new coronavirus testing site is scheduled to open Wednesday morning in Alameda, city officials said. The site at The Research Park at Marina Village, which will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., plans to return test results within 15 minutes on site. The testing will be free for people who can present proof of insurance, as well as people who do not have insurance but have government-issued identification.
6:52 a.m. BART workers get a raise despite huge losses: BART’s ridership is only 12% of what it was before the coronavirus pandemic, and the transit agency is facing a projected loss of $975 million over the next three years. Nonetheless, the transit agency’s workers got a small raise on July 1. Chronicle columnist Phil Matier has the full story.
6:36 a.m. United Airlines extends mask requirements: United Airlines will require customers to wear a face covering at airports, including at service counters and kiosks as well as the airline’s gates and baggage claim areas, company executives said Wednesday. Customers who don’t comply may be refused travel and banned from flying on the airline “at least while the mask requirement is in place,” officials said. The new rule starts Friday. Only children younger than 2 will be exempt from the face covering requirement.
6:29 a.m. U.S. pays Pfizer $1.95 billion to develop vaccine: United States officials on Wednesday announced a $1.95 billion contract with Pfizer and a German biotechnology company its working with to produce and deliver the first 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to Americans. The government will also have the ability to acquire 500 million additional doses under the deal, according to Health and Human Services officials. Pfizer is working with BioNTech, the German company, to develop the vaccine. Phase 1/2 clinical trials were underway for the vaccines.
6:20 a.m. Child care is on the verge of collapse in the Bay Area: Many child care programs across the state have closed their doors permanently. Others opened reluctantly, fearing that a long-term closure would drive them out of business. Many are on the edge, unable to pay the rent and lacking money to buy snacks or cleaning supplies to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Read the full story by Rachel Swan.
Updates from Tuesday, July 21:
8:40 p.m. Eleven residents dead at Marin Post Acute: Six more residents have died in a coronavirus outbreak at Marin Post Acute, a 170-bed skilled nursing facility in San Rafael, bringing the total death count to 11 as of Tuesday, according to data from the California Department of Public Health. In total, 66 residents and 20 staff members have tested positive. Eleven residents had active infections on Tuesday.
8:31 p.m. Cases jump by triple-digits in three Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties each reported triple-digit increases in coronavirus cases on Tuesday, according to data compiled by The Chronicle. Contra Costa County reported 186 new cases for a total of 5,931; San Mateo County confirmed 110 new cases for a total of 4,674; and Santa Clara County’s 251 new cases brought the total to 8,046.
8:24 p.m. Fourteen more deaths recorded in Bay Area: Five Bay Area counties reported additional COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, according to data compiled by The Chronicle. Five more people died in Alameda County, bringing the total death toll to 167; three more people died in Contra Costa County for a total of 102 fatalities; four more deaths in Marin County brought the total to 47; one more person died in San Francisco, bringing the total to 53 deaths; and one more death in Solano County brought the total to 35.
8:17 p.m. More than 7,000 Californians hospitalized: The number of COVID-19 patients in California surged past 7,000 for the first time on Monday, hitting a new record of 7,091 patients, state health officials reported Tuesday. The number jumped more than 18% in two weeks.
6:24 p.m. California sets new record for most cases in a day: The state saw another record-breaking day of new cases, exceeding 11,000 for the first time on Monday, according to data collected by The Chronicle from all 58 counties. Counties reported a total of 11,405 cases on Monday, smashing a previous record set July 14 for 10,921. On Tuesday, with many counties yet to report, the number of new cases surpassed 9,900.
5 p.m. Study finds coronavirus may have been much more prevalant in Bay Area, early on: A study published by the CDC Tuesday found only 1% of people in the Bay Area had previously been infected with the coronavirus as of the end of April. That percent is certainly higher now, though it’s still a small fraction of the population that has been infected. In fact, coronavirus infections may have been 10 times higher in Bay Area. Read the story here.
3:14 p.m. Marin County approves health order fines: Marin County on Tuesday became the latest Bay Area county to authorize fines for residents and businesses that violate coronavirus health orders. The Marin County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance calling for fines of $25 to $500 for individuals, and fines of $250 to $10,000 for businesses that do not follow public health orders. Read the story here.
2:33 p.m. Conservative group sues over California ban on most in-person schools: A conservative legal foundation filed suit Tuesday to overturn Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order barring schools in most of the state from bringing students into classrooms in the fall. The suit accuses Newsom of arbitrarily depriving children of their right to an education and argues that he has no constitutional right to make that decision. The story is here.
2:29 p.m. Trump “ok with” more testing: President Trump, who has blamed increased coronavirus testing for making the nation look bad by showing more cases, on Tuesday took a different tack. “I’m ok with it,” if the health professionals and doctors advise that more testing is needed to curtail the outbreak, he said at his first White House briefing in several weeks. Trump has repeatedly, and despite evidence to the contrary, blamed hte upsurge in cases on increased testing, even though data shows the rate of positive results also is up.
2:14 p.m. Pence defends open-up advice to states: Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday defended the Trump administration’s guidance to states on ramping their economies back up amid the growing pandemic, saying it was based on the best information at the time. He said a spike in recent cases shouldn’t mean more shutdowns. “We really believed that was essential, that every American take these steps, and so that we would prevent our hospitals … from being overwhelmed,” Pence said at a South Carolina roundtable on reopening schools this fall.
1:57 p.m. UC Berkeley closes door on in-person classes for fall: UC Berkeley will begin the fall semester Aug. 26 with remote instruction as Bay Area coronavirus cases continue climbing, school officials announced Tuesday in a statement sent to faculty and staff. UC Berkeley earlier had said nearly all classes would be available online but had stopped short of limiting classes to remote instruction only. Read the story here.
1:51 p.m. Fauci says we’re on track for year-end vaccine: “I certainly still believe that,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said when asked Tuesday if his projection still holds that a viable coronavirus vaccine will be available in a matter of several months. “I believe we will have a vaccine we will be able to start distributing to people in this country,” by year’s end or early 2021, he said in a CNN interview. “The timetable … luckily and fortunately has really worked out ok,” he said in reference to “the good news” that several vaccine candidates will soon enter advanced trial phases.
1:40 p.m. California budget rides on Congress’ race to pass coronavirus bailout: California’s hopes for heading off fiscal disaster are riding on the Senate as it takes up what is likely to be the final coronavirus stimulus bill before the election. The story is here.
1:30 p.m. State officials plead for public cooperation as state infections soar: As reporting by California counties Tuesday brought the state’s total coronavirus cases to 401,513 thus far, public health officials pleaded with residents to take shelter-in-place measures seriously. “I don’t overread into the significance of that number,” Mark Ghaly, state health and human services secretary, told a briefing. “I look at every day to do better and do more with our response.” California’s death toll edged up to 7,787, and the Bay Area saw monthly averages of daily increases in coronavirus cases more than twice what they were last month. Read the story here.
1:16 p.m. Bay Area hospitalizations spike to all-time high: The number of COVID-19 patients in Bay Area hospitals reached a record 728 on Monday as seven counties recorded increases, according to state data released Tuesday. The biggest jumps were in Alameda County, where 12 new patients brought the total to 171, and Santa Clara County, where hospitals took in 11 more patients for 168 in all. Contra Costa and Sonoma counties each hospitalized five more patients.
1:15 p.m. Mixed results for stocks: On a day when tech stocks faltered, blue chips had strong gains. Earnings from Coca Cola and Philip Morris beat Wall Street forecasts and helped boost the Dow Jones industrial average. It added 160 points to close at 26,840.68, a gain of 0.6%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq slipped 0.8%.
1:02 p.m. California surpasses 400,000 infections: California has reached another dramatic milestone in the coronavirus rampage, counting 400,784 cases of the deadly virus as of Tuesday midday. The state is on the heels of New York, the state with the nation’s leading coronavirus tally, at 412,889. While New York’s infection rate has waned, California’s is still resurgent. New York, however, has seen 32,218 COVID-19 deaths in all, while California’s death toll stood significantly lower, at 7,786 on Tuesday.
12:29 p.m. SF agreement reached on business tax reform: San Francisco Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors announced Tuesday that they’ve agreed on a business-tax reform measure to go before voters on the November ballot. If the measure passes, San Francisco would be able to unlock hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue that’s been collected, but remains off-limits and unspent because of ongoing legal disputes. It includes a combination of lower rates for some sectors and higher taxes for others. Read the story here.
12:16 p.m. New York and New Jersey expand travel restrictions to 31 states: Travelers from more than three-fifths of the country will be subject to a two-week quarantine upon arrival in New York and New Jersey, Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Phil Murphy said Tuesday. Another 10 states were added to the quarantine list, which already includes California and now totals 31 states that are deemed a threat due to surging coronavirus infections. Minnesota was removed from the list
11:58 a.m. Supplemental weekend meal program ending in Santa Clara: The city of Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Unified School District announced that with the school year starting Aug. 17, the weekly family food distribution for the weekends will be ending. The last three dates of Healthy Meals Santa Clara will be July 23, July 30 and Aug. 6. Santa Clara Unified will continue to provide meals to students through its regular meal service.
11:40 a.m. Florida has nation’s highest virus death toll: Florida’s skyrocketing coronavirus death rate is now higher than any other state, edging out Texas, which has about 25% more people. Florida recorded another 134 deaths Tuesday, bringing its daily average for the past week to 115, topping the 112 deaths a day Texas has reported during that time, Associated Press statistics show.
11:35 a.m. CDC data indicate infections more than 10 times higher than reported: Reported coronavirus cases vastly underestimate the true number of infections, U.S. government data published Tuesday suggest, echoing results from a smaller study last month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study says true COVID-19 rates were more than 10 times higher than reported cases in most U.S. regions from late March to early May. It is based on COVID-19 antibody tests performed on routine blood samples in 16,000 people in 10 U.S. regions.
11:27 a.m. Marin County will fine health-order scofflaws: People and businesses who violate pandemic health orders — such as those closing businessess and banning gatherings — will face fines in Marin County. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed on fines for individuals ranging from $25 to $500, and for businesses from $250 to $10,000.
11:17 a.m. Despite wide differences, lawmakers vow new virus spending plan by end of next week: White House officials and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco said Tuesday their goal is to reach an agreement on a new coronavirus stimulus plan by the end of next week, in the face of looming expiration of expanded unemployment benefits. Numerous differences remain, and some of President Trump’s spending priorities were met Tuesday with bipartisan resistance. Numerous Senate Republicans have dismissed White House demands such as a payroll tax cut.
10:51 a.m. Study shows state lapses in critical virus information: Most states are failing to report critical information needed to track and control COVID-19, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the nonprofit Resolve to Save Lives, which is led by former CDC director Tom Friedan. The review of COVID-19 data that is used for policy decisions on mask-wearing and opening schools and businesses finds inconsistent and incomplete state data in the absence of a national strategy to fight the pandemic.
10:25 a.m. LinkedIn lays off 960: LinkedIn workers are the latest pandemic economic victims. The professional networking service, which is headquartered in Sunnyvale and has a large office in San Francisco, is cutting 6% of its global workforce. The layoffs are a sign that the general economic downturn is hitting tech companies beyond those involved in pandemic-ravaged sectors like travel.
10:04 a.m. SF and San Mateo County continue upswing: San Francisco reported an additional death from COVID-19 and added 58 coronavirus cases Tuesday to its total so far. Santa Clara County recorded another 123 cases, for a total of 4,674 since the start of the pandemic.
9:55 a.m. Bay Area nurse dies of COVID: An Oakland nurse caring for COVID-19 patients died after contracting the disease, one of more than 100 health care workers across California who have lost their lives to the virus. Read the story here.
9:15 a.m. President returns to the briefing room: As coronavirus cases spike nationwide, President Trump has decided to take to the podium again, with a briefing set for Tuesday. His once-daily, free-wheeling appearances to wax on about all things coronavirus ended after he mused about ingesting toxic disinfectant to treat the virus. His poll numbers plunging, he told reporters Monday that his briefings are “a great way to get information out to the public.”
9:02 a.m. Fauci says he’s a realist, not an alarmist: Dr. Anthony Fauci, responding to President Trump’s characterization of him as a “bit of an alarmist” on the coronavirus pandemic, said, “I consider myself a realist, as opposed to an alarmist.” The top U.S. infectious disease expert made the comments Monda to Maria Shriver in an Instagram Live interview.
8:49 a.m. Trump takes startling mask turn: President Trump tweeted a photo of himself wearing a face mask with the words: “Many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!” Trump has resisted wearing a mask and just Sunday, he continued his skepticism, despite the recommendations of health experts, saying that to mandate masks would infringe on personal freedom.
8:37 a.m. Hang onto handrail and don’t worry: San Francisco International Airport now has installed “self-cleaning UV lights” on the handrails on some escalators, officials announced Tuesday as the airport tries to boost travelers’ confidence in taking to the skies again. In a Twitter post, SFO said the UV technology provides disinfection & protection against the COVID-19. “Hold on with confidence,” a sign on the escalator states.
8:25 a.m. Feds say Chinese hackers went after vaccine companies: The Justice Department on Tuesday accused two Chinese hackers of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars of trade secrets from companies across the world and more recently targeting firms developing a vaccine for the coronavirus. Federal prosecutors say the hackers stole information that they knew would be of interest to the Chinese government.
8:19 a.m. Economic drain continues: About a quarter of Americans say they have lost savings during the pandemic and about as many have lost income, according to the latest COVID Response Tracking Study, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. About 2 in 10 report losing a job and roughly another 2 in 10 say they have put themselves at risk of exposure to the virus for work.
8:07 a.m. High school outbreak spreads in Kentucky: A coronavirus outbreak at a southeastern Kentucky school has spread to 38 people, the Associated Press reports. The outbreak spread to 18 football players at Hazard Independent High School, three coaches and 17 family members and close contacts as of Monday, Kentucky River District Health Department Director Scott Lockard said.
7:51 a.m. Anxiety growing for ER doctors, UCSF study shows: Emergency room doctors are increasingly stressed out over lack of personal protective equipment and the ability to accurately diagnose COVID-19 cases quickly, a UCSF study published Tuesday reveals. ER physicians, in San Francisco, Fresno and several other cities studied, reported their anxiety increasing to moderate or severe levels during the first surge of the pandemic in late March and early April, Read the story here.
7:36 a.m. EU adopts massive stimulus plan: European Union leaders on Tuesday agreed to a landmark spending package to rescue their economies from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic. The $857 billion stimulus agreement, spearheaded by Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Emmanuel Macron of France, sent a strong signal of solidarity while exposing deep fault lines in a bloc reshaped by Britain’s exit. Much of the money will be in grants to member nations hit hardest by the pandemic.
7:22 a.m. Theodore Roosevelt sailor’s death came after removal from isolation: The death of a sailor who was infected in a coronavirus outbreak on the USS Theodore Roosevelt was caused by severe anoxic brain injury, cardiac arrest and COVID-19 sepsis, according to a Navy report obtained by The Chronicle. The report also revealed that Charles Robert Thacker Jr., had been taken out of isolation and to the Guam Naval base’s emergency room in the days before his death, before a return to isolation later the same day. Read The Chronicle’s story here.
7:07 a.m. California poised to overtake New York as leader in infections: With coronavirus cases nearing 400,000, California appears on track to surpass New York as the state with the most coronavirus infections, after leading the country in aggressive shelter-in-place measures and helped dampen the spread of the virus this spring. California has reported more than 398,000 cases, while New York, where the virus has tapered off, has had just over 412,000. However, California has far fewer cases per 100,000 residents: 1,000 to New York’s 2,124. Read the story here.
6:56 a.m. Shares rise on earnings, stimulus hope: The Dow index rose 0.99% in early trading on strong earning reports from IBM and Coca-Cola. A big European Union stimulus package moved forward, as investors watched for action from Washington.
6:47 a.m. Goodbye shaggy mops and ragged nails: Californians desperate for haircuts and manicures will get some relief under new state permission for outdoor barber and salon services. Gov.Gavin Newsom made the concession a week after ordering personal care services to be shuttered again in most of the state amid a surge in coronavirus cases. Read the story here to find out what’s allowed and what’s not with the outdoor services.
6:31 a.m. A third of Americans think deaths are fewer: Nearly three quarters of Americans say the behavior of their fellow citizens is making the pandemic worse, according to new Axios-Ipsos polling. The survey released Tuesday also finds that 31 % of Americans think the actual death toll from the pandemic is less than what is being officially reported. Most Republicans (59%) feel that way, while 61% of Democrats believe there are more deaths than reported.
6:21 p.m. Lawmaker says San Quentin health overseer should be fired: A court-appointed receiver in charge of the state prisons’ health care, J. Clark Kelso, should be fired for approving the transfer of inmates that led to San Quentin’s deadly COVID-19 outbreak, state Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, said in an interview. But no shakeup seems to be in the works, The Chronicle’s Bob Egelko reports.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
- Coronavirus live updates: Los Angeles County reports more than 500 new cases in daily count
- Coronavirus slowing in Bay Area? Experts track data to see whether shelter in place is working
- New rules: No playgrounds, picnics or dog parks until May 3 in 6 Bay Area counties
- Six Bay Area counties extend coronavirus school closures to May 4
- Coronavirus live updates: Nearly 500 cases in San Francisco, 3 more dead in San Mateo County
- Coronavirus Update: Bay Area Health Officials Extend Stay-At-Home Order To May 3, Add Restrictions
- Coronavirus live updates: U.S. sees biggest jump in confirmed cases, 26,400 in a day
- Coronavirus live updates: ‘Greatest test that we have faced since the formation of the United Nations’
- Coronavirus live updates: ‘You’re scared’ — Nurse with COVID-19 is one of dozens afflicted in state
- Coronavirus live updates: UN report says COVID-19 is ‘attacking societies at their core’
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