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Total coronavirus cases:
• 75,369 in California, including 3,082 deaths.
• 10,513 in the Bay Area, including 385 deaths.
• More than 1.4 million in the U.S., including more than 86,288 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 27,841; New Jersey with 10,138; Massachusetts with 5,482; Michigan with 4,825; and Pennsylvania with 4,422. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 4.5 million in the world, with more than 306,000 deaths. More than 1.6 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from Friday:
4:07 p.m. Bay Area hospitalizations resume downward march: The number of people hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the nine-county Bay Area fell to 265 on Thursday, according to The Chronicle’s analysis of the latest state data. Hospitalizations — a closely watched metric — have been generally declining over the past few weeks, though they had ticked up slightly to 275 on Wednesday, from 269 on Tuesday. The number of Bay Area residents in the intensive care unit also fell, from 119 on Wednesday to 109 on Thursday.
3:58 p.m. California schools fear disaster in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus budget: Education advocates are anticipating a repeat of the mass layoffs, pay reductions and program cuts that hit schools during the last recession a decade ago. Chronicle Sacramento reporter Alexei Koseff has the story.
3:59 p.m. JCPenney files for bankruptcy: JCPenney has become the latest major retailer to file for bankruptcy protection amid the pandemic. The Texas company said it hopes the move will “better position JCPenney for the long-term,” and that some stores are reopening, and all open stores will offer “contact-free curbside pickup service.”
3:34 p.m. SFO employees make hundreds of masks for airport workers: A volunteer team of nine employees have made 500 face masks for the “airport community,” according to a tweet from San Francisco International Airport. “This volunteer effort has helped free up N95 and surgical masks for our frontline and public-facing employees,” the airport said.
3:20 p.m. Report says TSA to check passengers’ temperatures at some airports: Officials with the Transportation Security Administration are preparing to start checking passengers’ temperatures at about a dozen airports, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The new screening procedure — which was sourced to “people familiar with the matter” in the Journal’s report — could start as early as next week. It’s unclear which airports could implement the screening measures, but sources told the Wall Street Journal that the plan could change.
3:18 p.m. Some inmates can seek earlier release from prison: After a federal judge called the practice “appallingly cruel,” San Francisco’s top U.S. prosecutor said Friday his office will no longer require defendants pleading guilty during the coronavirus pandemic to wait at least 180 days before seeking release if they later become seriously or terminally ill in prison. Read the whole story here.
3:13 p.m. Five sailors aboard Roosevelt carrier retest positive for COVID-19: Five sailors aboard the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in Guam have retested positive for COVID-19 after quarantining for the disease, and they have been removed from the embattled warship a second time, the Navy announced Friday. The news raises questions about whether the massive vessel with nearly 5,000 sailors can safely return to sea. It also adds uncertainty to the broader understanding of the virus’ ability to reinfect people, effective quarantine requirements and the accuracy of testing.
2:43 p.m. State health care worker infections rise: As of May 14, local health departments have reported 7,977 confirmed positive coronavirus cases among health care workers, marking an increase of 225 cases from the day before, according to data released Friday by the California Department of Public Health. Two additional deaths among health care workers were also reported Friday, bringing the total in the state to 44.
2:03 p.m. Los Angeles County reports nearly 50 more deaths: Forty-seven more people have died from COVID-19 and 962 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus, Los Angeles County health officials reported Friday, bringing total counts to 1,755 deaths and 36,259 cases.
1:56 p.m. Gilead winding down remdesivir studies by end of May, per report: Gilead Sciences Inc. is expected to wind down its clinical studies of remdesivir treatment for COVID-19 patients by the end of the month, according to a report from Reuters. Nearly 8,000 patients are enrolled in the Gilead studies involving the antiviral drug, which the FDA authorized for emergency use after showing early promise.
1:43 p.m. US warns of nursing homes taking patients’ stimulus checks: Some nursing homes have allegedly forced Medicaid patients to give their stimulus check to the facility, according to an alert issued by the Federal Trade Commission. Assisted living and skilled nursing facilities may not seize Medicaid patient stimulus checks, the FTC said, and anyone who falls victim to this should file a complaint with their state’s attorney general. The commission said multiple states have received reports about this issue but did not name those states.
1:34 p.m. Marin County to ease some parking restrictions: Marin County will loosen parking restrictions at some recreational areas ahead of new rules that will permit people to drive to parks and trailheads to “enjoy a hike, just like pre-pandemic times,” officials said Friday. The new rule is slated to go into effect Monday. Some coastal areas and parks that encourage congregating will remain off limits, county officials said.
1:30 p.m. No new cases or deaths in Napa County: Five more COVID-19 patients were confirmed to be recovered in Napa County, health officials said Friday, and no new cases and no more deaths were reported. The county has reported a total of 87 cases, three deaths and 42 recoveries.
1:30 p.m. Oakland teacher to appear on Ellen Degeneres Show: An Oakland teacher whose act of reading to students virtually has recently garnered attention is scheduled to appear on the Ellen Degeneres Show on Friday afternoon, school officials said. Peter Limata, a first grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School, will appear on the show scheduled for 4 p.m. Read the story here.
1:15 p.m. Little change for stocks: Stocks closed modestly higher Friday after a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street. Optimism over the gradual reopening of businesses was kept in check by more dismal data on the economy, including a record 16% drop in retail sales in April. The Dow Jones industrial average added 60 points to close at 23,685.42.
1:14 p.m. Survey finds nearly 20% of Bay Area employers will switch to fully remote workforce: Nearly one-fifth of employers in the Bay Area are planning a fully remote workforce as stay-home orders are reduced and the economy reopens, according to a Bay Area Council survey of 123 chief executives and company leaders. The survey suggests 84% of workers are working from home now.
1:09 p.m. Sixteen deaths at Stanislaus County nursing home: Two more residents have died from COVID-19 at Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, bringing the total death toll to 16, the company said Thursday. A total of 100 residents and 50 staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus.
1:03 p.m. Coronavirus outbreak at women’s prison: An outbreak of COVID-19 has flared up in San Bernardino County at the California Institution for Women, one of 34 prisons owned by the state. Prison officials reported Friday that 46 prisoners at the women’s prison have tested positive for the new coronavirus. The facility is about 5 miles from the site of the largest state prison outbreak so far, the California Institution for Men, where more than 400 prisoners have been infected, along with 51 staff, and five prisoners have died, including Melford Henson, a 65-year-old nonviolent offender.
1 p.m. Coronavirus and the law: Courts are closed and big law firms are cutting payrolls and staff, but the coronavirus hasn’t diminished the need for lawyers in the Bay Area. Read more about how the pandemic is impacting the legal world here.
12:54 p.m. California extends cuts to insurance premiums: Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara extended his previous order directing insurance companies to return partial insurance premiums to consumers and businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Insurance will review all premium adjustments to ensure they are fair and adequate and reflect policyholders’ reduced risk. The order now includes May in addition to March and April and applies to private passenger automobile, commercial automobile, workers’ compensation, commercial multi-peril, commercial liability and medical malpractice.
12:50 p.m. US begins ‘warp speed’ vaccine push as studies ramp up: President Trump vowed to use “every plane, truck and soldier” to distribute COVID-19 vaccines he hopes will be ready by year’s end, as he formally unveiled an ambitious project dubbed “Operation Warp Speed.”
12:43 p.m. Rap icon E-40 donates hand sanitizer to prisons: Bay Area rapper E-40 said in a social media post that he donated 1,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to the Lompoc and San Quentin prisons.
12:36 p.m. Alameda County announces three more deaths: Three more people in Alameda County died of COVID-19 and 66 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, bringing the number of cases to 2,300, according to health officials.
12:33 p.m. Crisis averted, hospital ship leaves LA: Seven weeks ago, a Navy hospital ship pulled into Los Angeles to provide relief amid fears the city might become the next epicenter for the coronavirus pandemic. But Los Angeles hasn’t been overrun with virus cases, and on Friday the massive vessel named Mercy left after treating just 77 patients.
12:26 p.m. Contra Costa, Alameda counties to allow curbside retail with new order: Health officials in Contra Costa and Alameda counties plan to issue a new health order on Monday that would permit curbside retail.
12:19 p.m. State approves $23 million for temporary jobs, training: The state Employment Development Department on Friday announced the release of $23 million that will be used for temporary jobs and job training for people affected by the pandemic. The money, which comes from two Department of Labor grants, will be used to temporarily hire 600 unemployed workers and offer employment and job‑training services to 2,590 workers.
12:08 p.m. Contra Costa confirms 11 new cases: Eleven more coronavirus cases were confirmed in Contra Costa County, bringing the number of cases to 1,100, health officials said.
12:07 p.m. In crowded California prisons, COVID-19 takes the vulnerable: Mel Henson had been serving time in state prison for DUI. He was to be released by the end of the year, but in the overcrowded prison system, where prisoners sleep in dorms, share toilets and walk narrow halls, the 65-year-old contracted the coronavirus. He died last month without seeing friends and family. Jason Fagone reports more here.
11:57 a.m. Grand Canyon reopens amid coronavirus concerns: Tourists appeared ready to roam the Grand Canyon again after it partially reopened Friday, despite objections from Navajo officials and others that it could hurt efforts to control the coronavirus.
11:36 a.m. White House sticks with test reputed to produce false negatives: The White House still has confidence in a rapid COVID-19 test it has been using, despite new data suggesting the test may return false negatives, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Friday. The Food and Drug Administration chief said earlier Friday his agency has provided the White House new guidance after data suggested that the Abbott Laboratories test used daily by President Trump and others may be inaccurate. “We’ve got to get to the bottom of it, but we still have confidence in the test or we wouldn’t have it on the market,” Azar told Fox Business Network.
11:25 a.m. Majority feel God is telling humans to shape up: The coronavirus has led almost two-thirds of American believers of all faiths to feel that God is telling humanity to change how it lives, a new poll finds. With death and economic destruction rattling the globe, the findings of the poll by the University of Chicago Divinity School and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research indicate that people may also be searching for deeper meaning in the devastating outbreak.
11:19 a.m. Harvard and MIT engineers working on mask that alerts people of virus: Bioengineers at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing a face mask that they hope to equip with a sensor that lights up when a person infected with COVID-19 breathes, coughs or sneezes, Business Insider reports.
11:14 a.m. Contra Costa to allow vehicle-based gatherings: People in Contra Costa County can congregate outdoors for gatherings and services, starting Tuesday, as long as they stay inside vehicles, under a health order issued Friday. The change offers new options for religious organizations and for schools planning graduation ceremonies, officials said. “We must remain cautious, but the time has come for some controlled community gatherings,” Board of Supervisors Chair Candace Andersen said in a statement.
10:59 a.m. Woman survives coronavirus — at age 108: A 108-year-old woman in New Jersey could be the nation’s oldest coronavirus survivor, USA Today reported. Sylvia Goldsholl has lived through two pandemics — she was 6 during the Spanish flu outbreak. A survivor in Spain is 113, the newspaper reported.
10:35 a.m. China uses trade weapon to silence virus criticism: Trying to silence criticism over the coronavirus pandemic, China is deploying a well-used weapon — trade sanctions. The move to block some imports of Australian beef is the first time Beijing has used access to its huge markets as leverage in its campaign to deflect blame for the outbreak, the Associated Press reported.
10:28 a.m. Shutdown causing deaths, Trump says, calling for country to reopen: President Trump on Friday said that the news media has covered coronavirus fatalities but those cases reflect “a tiny percentage” of cases, adding that shutdowns cause deaths too. “I’ve lost friends, many of us have lost friends,” Trump said before adding: “The vast majority — many people don’t even know they have it.” He said he wants schools to resume in the fall and businesses to reopen and posited that shutting down the country causes death, suicide, massive depression and drug abuse.
10:21 a.m. Can pets get the coronavirus? Is it safe to walk a dog? Here is what Bay Area pet owners need to know.
10:06 a.m. Trump hopes to have coronavirus vaccine by year’s end: President Trump on Friday said he hopes a vaccine for the coronavirus will be developed “by the end of the year” and he announced an initiative dubbed “Operation Warp Speed” to have a vaccine by January.
10:02 a.m. Coronavirus will test how important athletes’ health is to big business of sports: As sports contemplate a return to the field, almost all plan to begin without fans. But how will they keep athletes safe? Read more from Ann Killion.
9:47 a.m. As tensions rise, Texas to lift more rules: Few states are rebooting quicker from the coronavirus pandemic than Texas, where stay-at-home orders expired May 1. But on the cusp of even more restrictions ending Monday, including gyms being cleared to reopen, a political confrontation is growing over attempts by big cities to keep some guardrails in place.
9:42 a.m. ‘Slow streets’ aren’t going away: In the month since Oakland began closing some neighborhood streets to through traffic, a move replicated by other cities across the country, a core truth of the “slow streets” movement has become clear — the more exuberant claims for the program might be overstated, but its benefit to nearby residents is very, very real. John King reports the full story here.
9:13 a.m. For drummer, coming out of coronavirus coma was like escaping ‘hell’: Being the drummer for thrash metal legends Death Angel, Will Carroll was used to crowds cheering after a show. But inside the California Pacific Medical Center on March 30, the Bay Area rocker received a standing ovation just for opening his eyes. He had woken up from a 12-day coma after testing positive for coronavirus. Kevin L. Jones reports the full story here.
8:58 a.m. Twitter CEO gives $10 million to supply Oakland students with computers, internet: Twitter and Square chief executive Jack Dorsey said Friday he will donate $10 million to Oakland’s initiative to close the divide between students who have technology for remote learning and those who don’t. “$10mm to give EVERY single child in Oakland access to a laptop and internet in their homes, closing the digital divide,” Dorsey wrote in a tweet. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf thanked Dorsey on Twitter.
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) May 15, 2020
8:57 a.m. Proposed budget full of pain: On the Fifth & Mission podcast, Sacramento bureau reporter Alexei Koseff talks about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised budget plan, which has cuts meant to close a projected $54 billion deficit. “Everyone is going to feel it because there are cuts in every facet of life,” Koseff says. “The government touches on everything.” Click here to listen.
8:51 a.m. Hard-hit Santa Clara County offers free tests for all: Santa Clara County, which has been infected the most among the Bay Area’s nine counties, is offering free coronavirus tests to everyone, including those without symptoms. The 19 testing locations are listed here. The county has confirmed nearly 2,400 cases and 134 deaths.
8:40 a.m. Roosevelt sailors test positive after recovering: Five sailors on the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in Guam have tested positive for the coronavirus after recovering from the disease, CNN reported.
8:27 a.m. San Mateo County records additional death: Another person in San Mateo County died of COVID-19 and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 1,575, according to health officials. The county has recorded 66 deaths.
8:18 a.m. What sports can learn from Spanish flu pandemic: In 1918, the year of the last pandemic to shut down much of the world, the global sports calendar was mostly erased. But the primary driver of cancellations was World War I. More lives were lost to the virus than to the war. Ann Killion reports more here.
7:59 a.m. Barber has coronavirus after violating order to close shop: A Kingston, N.Y., barber who violated health orders by remaining open during the pandemic has been infected by the coronavirus, health officials in Ulster County said in a statement. Anyone who went to barbershop in the past three weeks is urged to seek testing.
7:49 a.m. Russian woman infected by coronavirus a second time: Russian doctors say they are treating a woman who may have contracted coronavirus for the second time after recovering from it, the Associated Press reported. The woman was discharged from a hospital and tested negative for it in early April. But two weeks later she started having respiratory symptoms again and tested positive for the virus for the second time.
7:33 a.m. San Francisco announces additional death as confirmed cases surpass 2,000: A 36th person in San Francisco has died of COVID-19 and 27 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, bringing the number of known cases to 2,026, according to the Department of Public Health.
7:24 a.m. House to vote on $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill: Democrats began pushing Congress’ biggest coronavirus relief bill yet toward expected House passage Friday, a $3 trillion behemoth they said a beleaguered country badly needs but that Republicans called a bloated election-year wish list. The bill was sure to go nowhere in the GOP-led Senate, let alone reach President Trump’s desk, where a promised veto awaited.
6:50 a.m. Coronavirus or not? Here is what to do if symptoms show up.
6:39 a.m. Large-scale vaccine testing expected by July: Having a COVID-19 vaccine by January is “a stretch goal,” but the head of the National Institutes of Health is gearing up for a master experiment to rapidly tell if any really work. At least four or five possible vaccines “look pretty promising” and one or two will be ready to begin large-scale testing by July with others to follow soon, NIH Director Francis Collins said.
6:31 a.m. Stocks fall on retail sales report: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 0.7% as the markets opened. A sharp drop in retail sales in April highlighted the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on consumer spending.
6:19 a.m. Coronavirus ravages Bayview: When the coronavirus came to San Francisco’s Bayview, it attacked the heart of the historically black neighborhood: the elders. Lizzie Johnson reports the story here.
6:03 a.m. Simple score tells whether the coronavirus is rising or falling: As the Bay Area inches toward reopening, a single number that defines the state of the coronavirus outbreak is gaining new status. The R0 — the reproduction value, pronounced R-naught — is an epidemiological number that represents how many people an infected individual will transmit the virus to. Erin Allday’s story is here.
5:53 a.m. US pilot jailed in Singapore for breaking quarantine order: An American cargo pilot who admitted to “poor judgment” in breaking a quarantine order to buy medical supplies became the first foreigner imprisoned in Singapore for breaching its restrictions meant to curb the coronavirus, his lawyer said Friday. FedEx pilot Brian Dugan Yeargan, 44, of Alaska, was sentenced to four weeks after he pleaded guilty to leaving his hotel room for three hours to buy masks and a thermometer, defense lawyer Ronnie Tan said.
5:27 a.m. Retail sales plummeted in April: Retail and food services sales dropped 22% last month compared to April 2019, a new Census Bureau survey of businesses found. The number was down 16% from March. Consumers shifted spending to essentials and many stores had to close under health orders.
Updates from Thursday:
11:46 p.m. Restaurants reopen in Sydney: Cafes, restaurants, pubs and places of worship in Sydney were allowed to reopen Friday to up to 10 people with distancing enforced as the Australian state of New South Wales lifts some coronavirus restrictions. Household visits can involve five people at a time and children can return to playgrounds as the state aims to reopen schools by May 25, per the Sydney Morning Herald.
11:33 p.m. Brazil surpasses 200,000 cases: Brazil reported 13,944 new cases of the coronavirus Thursday, a record one-day high for the hardest-hit country in Latin America, according to reports. Brazil has confirmed 203,165 cases of the virus, the world’s sixth-highest total, and 13,999 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
11:10 p.m. Wuhan testing for asymptomatic cases: The Chinese city of Wuhan, center of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, is testing all of its 11 million residents to determine the reach of cases without symptoms. According to Reuters, Wuhan last weekend reported its first new cluster of cases since lifting lockdown measures April 8 and has recently found between several and more than a dozen asymptomatic cases each day. Wuhan has tested about 3 million of its residents for the virus since April, Reuters reported.
10:49 p.m. Cal football plans in flux: Cal football head coach Justin Wilcox said Thursday the program hasn’t made plans to hold its preseason camp out-of-state due to safety restrictions related to the coronavirus but has “discussed the idea of that if it becomes necessary.” Wilcox said the program is “fully intent on playing this season” but that: “How we get to that point changes daily.” Read the story here.
10 p.m. Sonoma County reports 14 cases: Officials in Sonoma County confirmed 14 more cases of the coronavirus Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 351. The county has reported 39 of its cases in the last three days, a 12.5% increase from Monday. Sonoma County has 147 active cases, while 200 people have recovered and four have died, according to its website.
9:51 p.m. Whole Foods employees in Mill Valley have tested positive: Multiple employees of a Whole Foods store in Mill Valley have tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesperson for Whole Foods confirmed. The spokesperson did not specify the number of cases but said in an email “the diagnosed Team Members … are in quarantine” and “a professional deep cleaning and disinfection” has been performed at the location. The Marin Independent Journal reported that six workers at the Mill Valley store and at least two other Whole Foods workers in Marin County have tested positive for the virus.
9:42 p.m. Alameda County could loosen restrictions on businesses next week: Health officials in Alameda County, which has not yet followed the state in reopening curbside retail and some manufacturing, have indicated the county might allow some business operations to resume next week. In a Tuesday statement about Tesla, health officials noted next Monday marks two weeks since the county last amended its health order and said: “Provided that the data shows progress with our COVID-19 indicators during this two week period, we would allow additional approved activities for local businesses, including Tesla, as previously planned.” In a separate statement Wednesday, health officials said: “Because of the hard sacrifices of our local businesses, we anticipate another phase of reopening as early as next week.”
9:36 p.m. Sonoma, Napa, Solano counties seek waivers to reopen to go to Phase 2: Sonoma County is joining Solano and Napa Counties in asking Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office to grant them an advancement to Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for containing coronavirus, saying the mandated benchmarks from the governor set the bar unreasonably high. Read the full story here.
9:16 p.m. Four more cases in Marin County: Health officials reported four new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total to 279 cases in Marin County. Three people are currently hospitalized and 14 people have died of COVID-19.
8:44 p.m. San Francisco city employees face possible hike in health plan costs: San Francisco is considering approving higher health care rates for more than 47,000 city employees and early retirees starting in July, but workers say they can’t afford to pay more during a pandemic and an economic recession. Read the full story here.
8:21 p.m. New York Stock Exchange trading floor to reopen May 26: Stacey Cunningham, the president of the NYSE, said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that the exchange will reopen its premises on the day after Memorial Day “to a subset of floor brokers” who will wear masks and practice social distancing. People entering the building will also be required to “avoid public transportation” and get their temperature checked.
7:15 p.m.: 15-minute coronavirus test may report false negatives: The FDA issued an alert Thursday evening saying the Abbott ID Now test — the test that can diagnose the coronavirus within 15 minutes — may generate inaccurate results. The agency cited early data indicating the test, which has been deployed at a number of Bay Area urgent care clinics, may report false negatives. The FDA said the test can continue to be used, but that negative results may need to be confirmed with a second diagnostic test.
5:45 p.m. Two additional deaths in Solano County: Officials in Solano County reported two more deaths related to the coronavirus Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 14. The county has reported seven of those deaths in the last four days. County officials also confirmed 11 new coronavirus cases, bringing the county’s case total to 408.
5:40 p.m. Homelessness in US could climb by 45% due to unemployment: A study conducted by Columbia University professor Dr. Brendan O’Flaherty estimated that homelessness in the United States could grow between 40 and 45% this year because of coronavirus-related unemployment, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
5:29 p.m. Sonoma County amends order to allow more businesses, childcare to open: Sonoma County health officials amended the stay-at-home order to allow an expanded list of businesses to reopen, including childcare for non-essential workers, officials said Thursday. The new guidelines, which align with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Phase 2 plan, allow shopping mall retailers to conduct curbside or delivery service. Car washes, offices for those who cannot telework, botanical gardens, outdoor museums, landscapers, residential and commercial cleaners and more can reopen. The order goes into effect Friday and requires social distancing guidelines remain in place.
5:28 p.m. Carnival cruise company announces layoffs, other reductions: Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise company, said Thursday it will enact “a combination of layoffs, furloughs, reduced work weeks and salary reductions” companywide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Carnival CEO Arnold Donald said in a release the measures are “necessary, given the current low level of guest operations.” The Associated Press reported that employees in Florida, California and Washington state will be most affected by the measures, with Carnival planning to eliminate 820 positions and furlough more than 500 others in Florida alone.
5:10 p.m. California unemployment payments top $12 billion: The state Employment Development Department said it has processed 4.7 million claims since March 14 and paid out $12.3 billion in benefits. Last week the numbers were 350,687 claims processed and $3.4 billion paid in benefits. The payments include a mix of federal and state insurance funds.
5:05 p.m. Marin Health officer to issue new order Friday with reopening details: Dr. Matt Willis, the Marin County health officer, is expected to release an updated shelter-in-place order on Friday with clear instructions and guidelines for reopening curbside retail and manufacturing businesses on Monday, county officials said. Each business must create a site-specific protection plan in order to open.
4:58 p.m. Muni service to increase, 9R bus route to return: Several Muni bus routes will run more frequently starting Saturday, SFMTA announced Thursday. The following bus lines will run every 10 minutes or less: 8 Bayshore, 14R Mission Rapid, 22 Fillmore, 38R Geary Rapid, 49 Van Ness/Mission, N and T buses. The 9R San Bruno Rapid bus will resume weekday service starting Monday.
4:50 p.m. Oakland tightens restrictions at parks, including Lake Merritt: In response to overcrowding, no vendors are allowed near Oakland parks and no parking will be allowed on weekends along streets adjacent to Lake Merritt, Oakland officials said Thursday. The rules are in place starting Friday and ending May 31. City park ambassadors will rove the park to enforce social distancing and face covering rules. People can still walk, jog and bike but should avoid group gatherings.
4:33 p.m. YMCAs lay off 1,920 in Bay Area: With fitness centers closed under shelter-in-place orders, two YMCA organizations in the Bay Area have laid off 1,920 workers. See The Chronicle’s Bay Area Layoff Tracker for more news.
4:26 p.m. Napa County seeks state approval to reopen dine-in restaurants, more businesses: The county Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a report from Dr. Karen Relucio, Napa County health officer, that outlined certain criteria that she said indicate that the county is ready to reopen more businesses. If approved by the California Department of Public Health, the county could be among the first in the Bay Area to move further into Phase 2 by reopening dine-in restaurants, retailers for in-store service and other businesses. Nineteen California counties have already been approved to move forward.
4:14 p.m. San Mateo County adding test sites: Two new coronavirus testing sites will open next week in East Palo Alto and Daly City on a rotating schedule, San Mateo County officials announced. Research company Verily will operate test sites at the San Mateo County Event Center on Mondays and Tuesdays, at the old Serramonte High School campus in Daly City on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at the YMCA in East Palo Alto on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning May 18, the county said. Testing is free and available to anyone who has made an appointment in advance, county officials said.
4:04 p.m. Two more deaths among state health care workers: There were 42 COVID-19 deaths confirmed among California health care workers as of Wednesday, an increase of two from the previous day, the state’s health department reported. Officials reported an additional 256 cases of the virus among health care workers, bringing the state’s total to 7,752 and marking a one-day increase of 3.4%.
3:50 p.m. Former A’s manager hospitalized with virus, report says: Art Howe, the former Oakland A’s manager, is in intensive care after testing positive for the coronavirus, a Houston TV station reported. Howe, 73, told KPRC2 he first felt symptoms May 3 and was hospitalized on Tuesday. Howe managed the A’s from 1996 to 2002.
3:40 p.m. Santa Clara County reports two additional deaths: Two more people have died from COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, which has now reported 134 deaths. Officials also confirmed 15 new cases of the virus, bringing the county’s total to 2,391 cases.
3:36 p.m. More than half of infected aircraft carrier’s crew returns to ship: More than 2,900 sailors have moved aboard the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier stuck in Guam since an outbreak of the coronavirus crippled the ship, the Navy said Thursday. That’s more than half of the crew; others are still getting over the virus on the island. More than a quarter of the sailors who tested positive for the virus have now recovered, the Navy said.
3:30 p.m. Bay Area hospital cases rise for first time in more than two weeks: The number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the nine Bay Area counties increased by six cases to 275 on Wednesday, ending a stretch of 16 straight days in which that total dropped or stayed level, according to state data reviewed by The Chronicle. The number of confirmed ICU cases in the area also rose by three to 119. Statewide, 3,261 confirmed hospitalizations were reported Wednesday, a one-day 1.2% drop, while total confirmed ICU cases increased 2.2% to 1,099. For more state and local data, see The Chronicle’s coronavirus tracker.
3:19 p.m. Monterey Jazz Festival postponed: The annual three-day event will be put on hold — the first time in its 63-year history — until Sept. 24-26, 2021. Read the full story here.
2:48 p.m. California deaths top 3,000: California has recorded 3,031 deaths from COVID-19. It is the state with the eighth-highest number of coronavirus deaths, after New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Connecticut.
2:24 p.m. New repayment option for Fannie, Freddie loans: Homeowners who were allowed to halt payments on a mortgage backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac because of a coronavirus hardship have a new option for paying back the missed payments. The Cares Act lets them defer payments for up to one year, but the payments are not forgiven. Under the new repayment option, borrowers who can resume making their normal monthly mortgage payment can defer making their missed payments until the home is sold, refinanced, or at loan maturity. This is similar to a program that was already being offered on loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration.
2:16 p.m. Contra Costa County health officer extends isolation time required for COVID-19 patients: Dr. Chris Farnitano, county health officer, issued new guidance on Thursday that requires coronavirus patients to remain isolated for 10 days instead of 7 after the onset of symptoms or a positive test. The updated order also expands the definition of close contacts to anyone within six feet of that person for at least 15 minutes during the infectious period. The county has increased its contact tracing staff from 14 to 75 people.
2:05 p.m. Napa County reports two new cases: Health officials reported that two more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Napa County, bringing the total case count to 83 on Thursday. Three people have died and nearly 3,000 people have been tested, with 48 awaiting results.
1:47 p.m. LA announces 51 more COVID-19 deaths: Fifty-one more people in Los Angeles County have died of COVID-19, as nearly 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, health officials said Thursday. The county has recorded 1,709 COVID-19 deaths and confirmed 35,329 coronavirus cases.
1:45 p.m. Prices for beef and pork escalate: The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on America’s meat supply chain, and the effects have finally caught up to the higher-end meat purveyors, too. While the Bay Area is not in danger of running out of meat, consumers should expect much higher prices. Read the full story by Esther Mobley.
1:29 p.m. NASA reports air pollution down 22% in Bay Area, 31% in LA: NASA reported a decline in nitrogen dioxide compared to previous years across western cities as residents sheltered in place. San Diego and Tijuana’s emissions fell 25%, while Phoenix saw a 16% drop and Las Vegas had a 10% reduction.
Data from @NASA’s Aura satellite show a decrease in the air pollutant NO2 over the Southwest U.S. compared to the average, likely related to #COVID19 shutdowns, including a ~31% decrease in L.A., a ~22% decrease in San Francisco and ~16% in Phoenix.https://t.co/xVU5nEvGap pic.twitter.com/28rKjKjmWg
— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) May 14, 2020
1:16 p.m. Stocks end day on higher note: The stock market closed higher than they started after a choppy day, ending a two-day losing streak. The erratic trading occurred as hopes for a quick economic recovery collide with concerns that moves to reopen the economy could backfire if carried out too quickly. Energy stocks did well after the price of crude oil bounced up 9%. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 377 points to close at 23,625.34, a gain for more than 1.5%.
1:12 p.m. Humboldt County gets OK to reopen more quickly: Humboldt County was approved by the California Department of Public Health to reopen shopping malls, dine-in restaurants and schools with modifications, bringing the total to 19 counties in California approved to move more quickly through Phase 2.
1:03 p.m. Alameda County announces three more deaths: Three additional people in Alameda County have died of COVID-19 while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 2,234, health officials said Thursday. The county has recorded 79 total deaths due to COVID-19.
12:43 p.m. Rep. Khanna sides with local officials in Tesla dispute: Rep. Ro Khanna said he supports county officials who have been responding to Elon Musk’s plans to reopen his company’s manufacturing plant in Fremont, which is in Khanna’s district. “I believe they, along with the governor, have done a good job with coming to an accommodation that protects workers’ rights but will make sure that Tesla doesn’t leave the state,” the Democrat told reporters Thursday. “I didn’t appreciate the way that Musk tried to bully public officials. I don’t think that is a long-term successful strategy, and I’m going to continue to support listening to public health officials and supporting our governor and mayor in the approach they’ve taken.”
12:27 p.m. Gov. Newsom’s plan to close California’s huge budget gap during pandemic: California would cancel billions of dollars in program expansions, temporarily limit tax credits and borrow from special funds to close a multibillion-dollar deficit that has opened up during the coronavirus pandemic, under a revised budget plan the governor unveiled Thursday. The state would also try to cut government workers’ pay by 10%. The Chronicle’s Alexei Koseff has the story.
12:25 p.m. Day 75 of outbreak in New York: The state reported another 157 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. He also said 110 children have been reported sick with a coronavirus-related inflammatory sickness.
12:11 p.m. Small business loans didn’t make it to those who need them: Almost 75% of small businesses applied for help from a federal loan program designed to keep workers employed during the coronavirus pandemic, but only 38% of small businesses received any money, according to results from a U.S. Census Bureau survey released Thursday. The survey showed that nearly two-thirds of small businesses in Arkansas, Maine and Oklahoma received loans, among the highest rates in the nation. Trailing the rest of the nation was California, where just over a fifth of small businesses received the emergency loans.
12:07 p.m. Vatican to resume services: The Vatican is planning to check the temperatures of worshipers before they enter its basilicas for Sunday Mass in new hygiene measures announced ahead of the resumption of liturgical celebrations. The churches on Monday will resume public masses for the first time in over two months, following a detailed hygiene and security protocol that prohibits anyone with a fever or who has been in contact with a COVID-19 patient from attending Mass. The Vatican hasn’t said when Pope Francis would preside over his first post-lockdown celebration in St. Peter’s.
12:05 p.m. Contra Costa County confirms 9 more cases: Nine more cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Contra Costa County, increasing the number of known cases to 1,089, health officials said.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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