Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Tuesday, Nov. 17, and a second promising vaccine has emerged in the race to find a coronavirus cure. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that the state is “pulling an emergency brake” on reopening across the state. That means 41 out of 58 counties are now in the most restrictive purple tier, including six Bay Area counties.
Newsom said this is the fastest increase of cases since the pandemic began. While he did not announce a new shelter-in-place order, he is considering a curfew.
“Every age group, every racial demographic, in every part of the state we are seeing case rates increase and positivity rates increase as well,” Newsom said. “It is no longer concentrated in just a handful of counties. We are seeing community spread broadly throughout the state of California.”
Read more from Erin Allday and Dustin Gardiner.
• With most counties moving to more restrictive tiers, indoor dining will be banned in all Bay Area counties except for San Mateo.
• UC Davis received reports that a student living in an off-campus fraternity tested positive for coronavirus the day after the frat may have held a party.
• A Stanford study using cell phone mobility data from major cities including San Francisco shows stay-at-home policies help reduced the rate of infection.
• This Chronicle interactive project shows how the U.S. compares to the rest of the world in coronavirus cases.
Gov. Gavin Newsom apologized on Monday for attending a birthday party this month at French Laundry in Napa County, which had more people in attendance than he has advised Californians to mingle with during the pandemic.
“As soon as I sat down at the larger table, I realized it was a little larger group than I had anticipated,” Newsom said during a news conference. “I made a bad mistake. Instead of sitting down, I should have stood up and walked back out to my car.”
The apology comes at a time that cases are surging across the state, prompting the governor to issue new restrictions in many counties. Newsom has urged residents to rethink their holiday plans, but some think his advice may fall on deaf ears after the incident. And the backlash has been swift and bipartisan, Alexei Koseff writes.
Good news for a change
Pharmaceutical company Moderna announced Monday that early clinical trial data analysis shows its coronavirus vaccine is 94.5% effective, a week after Pfizer announced its vaccine is 90% effective.
This is great news for infectious disease experts, who had estimated vaccines would be 50% to 70% effective.
“To have two Mondays in a row, wake up to this wonderful news that both work really well, at 90% and 95% effectiveness in these interim results of these two trials, is thrilling,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease physician at UCSF.
But despite the hopeful news, experts say the public needs to remain vigilant about safety protocols. Read more from Catherine Ho about when the vaccines might come to the Bay Area.
• San Francisco’s free coronavirus testing services are becoming stressed apparently due to residents getting tested in preparation for Thanksgiving travel.
• No doctor’s referral needed: Here’s a map of coronavirus testing sites across the Bay Area.
No more competitive edge
The tradition of prospective home buyers writing “love letters” to the sellers may be no longer.
In response to the Black Lives Matter movement and growing awareness of fair housing laws, the California Association of Realtors has provided its members new guidance on writing or accepting letters that could appear to be discriminatory or perceived as revealing a protected status.
The response has been mixed, with supporters arguing that prospective home buyers from a different cultural or ethnic background from the seller could be at a disadvantage, while critics say knowing more about the buyer could ensure a property is left in good hands rather than being sold off to a house flipper.
Still, most sellers will be looking into a would-be buyer regardless of a letter, and at the end of the day, it’s mostly about the money, writes J.K. Dineen.
Around the Bay
• End of wildfire season? The arrival of rain has fire and weather officials hopeful that the wildfires may be behind us after a record-breaking season.
• Going public: Airbnb announced on Monday it will go public after the long-anticipated filing that had been delayed by the pandemic.
• Actually affordable: An Oakland pilot program aims to provide housing support to educators in an effort to lure teachers into the city.
• Staggering rates everywhere: This new interactive project from the Chronicle shows how the opioid crisis is touching all parts of San Francisco.
• Know your rights: Here’s how to file an appeal if your claim for unemployment benefits was rejected by the state.
• Potential hazard: A barge sank in the Petaluma River on Sunday, prompting officials to act quickly to prevent any possible petroleum leaks. Also: Three men were rescued on Sunday after their boat capsized during a cruise to Alcatraz Island. And: A sea lion found at a Corte Madera car dealership is being nursed back to health.
• A bumpy ride: BART might lose up to 40% of its staff as the board is set to vote Thursday on a retirement incentive plan. Also: Heather Knight writes about the Great Highway closure that is now at risk with traffic increasing in surrounding neighborhoods.
• COVID possible: Arik Armstead, 49ers defensive lineman, was placed on the reserve/COVID list on Monday because he either tested positive or was in close contact with an infected person. Also: Well-known sports bar owner Ricky Ricardo, who ran Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill in San Leandro, has passed away.
Food can be a very powerful tool. And Simileoluwa Adebajo, owner of San Francisco’s only Nigerian restaurant, Eko Kitchen, hopes hers can make a difference.
Adebajo has teamed up with Oakland’s Jollof Kitchen to give away free food in an attempt to spread awareness not only about Nigerian culture, but also about a police unit in her home country that is known for torturing and killing civilians, according to Amnesty International.
They’ve worked to educate the public at a number of events near Lake Merritt, and hope to host more, Justin Phillips writes.
• Tosca Cafe, the 101-year old restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach, has reopened and is now taking reservations.
• Instead of cooking your Thanksgiving dishes, Soleil Ho is encouraging Bay Area residents to purchase their meals and help keep the restaurant industry afloat.
• Here’s a list of Bay Area spots where you can pick up a pumpkin, pecan or sweet potato pie to finish off your Thanksgiving feast.
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