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LATEST, March 19, 6:40 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday night that the shelter-in-place order already in effect in the Bay Area and Los Angeles County will now be extended to the entire state and its 40 million residents.
The order allows for essential businesses—such as banks, grocery stores, pharmacies, food banks and gas stations—to remain open. Restaurants can also remain open for delivery and pickup only. Bars are among the non-essential businesses that will close.
Individuals can also leave their houses to take a walk or go for a jog so long as they are practicing the requisite precautions when coming into contact with another individual.
Newsom did not state how long the order will remain in effect.
March 19, 6:00 p.m. A group of Kaiser Permanente nurses gathered outside Kaiser’s facility on O'Farrell and St. Joseph's streets in San Francisco on Thursday night to protest the relaxing of equipment standards.
The nurses have been asked to re-use protective gear intended for one-time uses, such as masks and gloves, as supplies grow scarce nationwide.
Protesters chanted, “When nurses aren’t safe, the patients aren’t safe” and held signs calling on Kaiser to provide more protection for health care workers on the front lines.
March 19, 2:52 p.m. Governor Gavin Newsom requested a hospital ship from the U.S. Navy Thursday afternoon, stating that based on state projections, he estimates 56% of California’s population — 25.5 million people — will become infected with the coronavirus over eight weeks this spring. As he stated in the letter, “our case rate [in California] is doubling every four days.”
Newsom asked the Trump Administration to place the ship at the Port of Los Angeles.
"This resource will help decompress the health care delivery system to allow the Los Angeles region to ensure that it has the ability to address critical acute care needs, such as heart attacks and strokes or vehicle accidents, in addition to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases,” Newsom wrote.
A spokesperson for Newsom later clarified that the estimate did not take into account mitigation efforts .
March 19, 2:40 p.m. BART will further reduce service beginning on Monday, the agency announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon. Based on data on ridership — which has declined by 90% — BART will only provide service between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays. Train frequency will remain the same.
Then, beginning next Saturday, March 28, BART will cut weekend hours down to 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Weekend trains had previously run 6 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and 8 a.m. to midnight on Sunday.
"This decision is being made now because all 9 counties in the Bay Area have shelter in place orders and our ridership has plummeted 90%," BART General Manager Bob Powers said in a statement . "We are taking a data-driven approach to these decisions to ensure as few people as possible are impacted. These are extraordinary times and we did not take this decision lightly. Our system operates using public dollars and we have an obligation to make financially sound decisions about service levels."
March 19, 2:20 p.m. Santa Clara County reported 14 new cases Thursday afternoon. The county total is now 189.
Contra Costa County Medical Center reported it is closing the hospital to visitors due to concerns around COVID-19.
In addition, Tesla announced it will suspend production at its Fremont factory at the end of the day Monday.
March 19, 1:45 p.m. A member of the San Jose Police Department has tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Thursday afternoon.
“He was one of our reserve officers,” said San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia. “I have spoken to him personally. He is at home. He has been at home since being diagnosed almost a week ago. He's not feeling great but we're hopeful he's on the mend. His quote to me was that it feels like the flu.”
Tom Saggau, a spokesperson for the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, said new protocols are being taken to limit the spread of the virus among other officers, their families and other officers.
March 19, noon. San Francisco Mayor London Breed said at a noon press conference the number of infected patients in the city has risen to 70. Breed asked residents to follow the shelter-in-place order issued Monday requiring people to stay at home except for essential needs such as to get food or go to the doctor.
“This is not a time for gatherings,” Breed said. “We are discouraging dinner parties and play dates.”
Breed announced the city has relocated its Emergency Response Center to the Moscone Center and departments are working together to make sure the city is prepared and coordinating with hospitals.
“We are here to ensure the city is prepared to face any challenge that comes our way,” Breed said.
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said that since the order went into effect, residents have generally done a good job of following it. “Our primary mission is to have compassion, common sense and voluntary compliance,” Scott said. “If all else fails we have a legal order to enforce. We’ve seen an overall tremendous response from the people of S.F., and we appreciate it.”
If you want updates about the city’s COVID-19 response, you can text “COVID19SF” TO 888-777.
March 19, 10:50 a.m. San Mateo County’s number of infected patients increased from 80 to 89 on Thursday morning, officials announced.
San Francisco’s count had increased to 70 cases as of late Thursday morning.
March 19, 9:45 a.m. UC San Francisco announced Thursday it’s working to increase COVID-19 testing capacity in coming weeks.
Since March 9, UCSF Health has been testing about 60 to 100 inpatients a day with a test using “a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique” that’s similar to the one administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“PCR allows scientists to detect very small amounts of virus in a sample obtained with a swab from a patient's nose and throat,” UCSF said in a statement . “The technique depends on the availability of special substances known as reagents ("ree-AY-gents"), which are in very short supply nationwide, as are the swabs used to obtain patient samples. UCSF is making every effort to ensure we have a robust and reliable supply chain for all the materials we need to maintain and expand our testing capacity.”
UCSF is expanding its laboratory and as long as the medical center has access to testing reagents, it is on track to increase testing capacity to as many as 1,000 inpatients and symptomatic outpatients per day over the next few weeks.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and CZ Biohub are helping support the effort.
March 19, 7:30 a.m. Three residents of the Atria Burlingame assisted living facility in San Mateo County tested positive for COVID-19, according to ABC 7 . The facility is now closed to visitors and the three residents are all hospitalized. KRON 4 reports that two additional residents are under hospital quarantine. San Mateo County Health Department and CDC are investigating the situation.
Atria Burlingame wasn’t immediately available for comment on this story.
Where cases have been confirmed in the greater Bay Area:
ALAMEDA COUNTY: 35 confirmed cases
Fore more information on Alameda County cases, visit the public health department website.
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: 42 confirmed cases
For more information on Contra Costa County cases, visit the public health department website.
LAKE COUNTY: 0 confirmed cases
For information on Lake County and coronavirus, visit the public health department website .
MARIN COUNTY: 25 confirmed cases
Fore more information on Marin County cases, visit the public health department website.
MONTEREY COUNTY: 4 confirmed cases
For more information on Monterey County cases, visit the public health department website.
NAPA COUNTY: 0 cases
For more information on Napa County cases, visit the public health department website .
SAN BENITO COUNTY: 5 confirmed cases, 1 death
For more information on San Benito County cases, visit the public health department website .
SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY: 70 confirmed cases
For more information on San Francisco County cases, visit the public health department website.
SAN MATEO COUNTY: 89 confirmed cases, 1 death
For more information on San Mateo County cases, visit the public health department website.
SANTA CLARA COUNTY: 189 confirmed cases, 6 deaths
Fore more information on Santa Clara County cases, visit the public health department website .
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: 14 confirmed cases
For more information on Santa Cruz County cases, visit the public health department website.
SOLANO COUNTY: 10 confirmed cases
For more information on Solano County cases, visit the public health department website.
SONOMA COUNTY: 8 confirmed cases
For more information on Sonoma County cases, visit the public health department website.
In California, 17 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported, according to the CDPH.
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