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Total coronavirus cases:
• 17,216 in California, including 3,941 in the Bay Area.
• 378,289 cases in the U.S., with 11,830 deaths, including 426 in California, 198 in the Bay Area. The five other states with the highest death tolls are: New York with 5,489, New Jersey with 1,003, Michigan with 727, Louisiana with 512, and Washington state with 383. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 1.4 million in the world with more than 80,000 deaths. Nearly 300,000 people have recovered.
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Breaking news developments from today:
4:35 p.m. Tracking the spread of diseases from animals to humans: When the novel coronavirus made its way late last year from a bat to a human in Wuhan, China, as many scientists think it did, it was just the latest virus to make such a jump. Diseases that come from animals, which include SARS, Ebola and HIV/AIDS — some of the most serious health problems the world has faced — are on the rise. A United Nations report estimates that one such disease pops up every four months. A growing body of research is tying the increase to society’s unrelenting intrusion into the planet’s wild places. It’s a disruption that is reducing biodiversity and the health of natural ecosystems, and in doing so, stirring up and mutating deadly viruses. The latest study to draw the connection, published Tuesday by researchers at UC Davis, finds that the animals passing along the viruses are indeed those that humans are exploiting or encroaching upon, through hunting, trade or simply moving into their habitat. Read more here.
4:31 p.m. California stem-cell advocates plead for mail-in signatures to put measure on ballot: With the coronavirus pandemic having all but ended public gathering of signatures to put initiatives on the California ballot, backers of a proposed November bond measure to keep the state’s stem-cell research institute in business are taking the unusual step of asking people to send in their signatures through the mail. The Chronicle’s Dustin Gardiner has the story.
4:35 p.m. Birx: Do not buy antibody tests online: U.S. coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx instructed Americans not to buy antibody tests available online “that have not been validated.” Birx said at a White House briefing the U.S. is working with companies to develop accurate antibody tests that could be used to determine if people have been infected by the virus and may have developed some immunity. “But until we get those, if you see them on the internet, do not buy them until we can give you a test that’s reliable for all Americans,” Birx said. “We are working very hard to have that happen and bring that to the American public.” Birx said some tests currently available may have low specificity and give a false result.
4:27 p.m. Birx: Lower infection rates on west coast shaping national response: Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the U.S. coronavirus response, said at a White House briefing Tuesday that the U.S. is able to funnel supplies to areas of the country hardest-hit by the coronavirus in part because of low infection rates in California, Washington and Oregon. Birx said New York state is averaging seven cases of the virus per 1,000 people, including a rate nearly twice that in New York City, followed by New Jersey (four cases per 1,000 people) and Louisiana (three). Birx said states on the west coast are averaging lower rates including California at less than .5 cases per 1,000 people. “It’s those states where there’s large populations, because of the enormous work that they’re doing to prevent expansion and spread of the virus, it’s allowing resources to go to these states and these communities and these counties that need more support,” Birx said.
4:20 p.m. California education chief discusses closing of public K-12 schools: “While our school campuses are closed for this year, school is not out for California students,” Tony Thurmond, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction, said Tuesday at an online town hall. He conceded that relying on remote teaching for public school students will be difficult, and that “there’s been flexibility of every front you can imagine. … This is the biggest challenge we have ever faced.” But Thurmond emphasized a series of new efforts, including the procurement of more than 150,000 computers and other devices to help students in need. The virtual town hall came as districts in the Bay Area made it official that doors will not reopen this school year.
4:15 p.m. Pence corrects destinations of ventilators loaned by California: At Tuesday’s White House coronavirus briefing, Vice President Mike Pence corrected where the 500 ventilators loaned by California to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile will be distributed. Of the total, 100 ventilators will go to New York, 100 to New Jersey, 100 to Illinois, 50 to Maryland, 50 to Washington D.C., 50 to Delaware and 50 to Nevada. On Monday, Pence had said most of the ventilators would go to Maryland, Delaware and Nevada.
4 p.m. Emergency COVID-19 hospital to open in former Richmond WWII shipyard: The Craneway Pavilion, next door to the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front Historical Park Visitor Education Center in Richmond, has been converted to an overflow hospital to serve up to 250 COVID-19 patients. The Craneway Pavilion, a former Ford plant, produced tanks during WWII; the Richmond marina was then a shipyard where women built war ships. “The Craneway played an essential part in winning World War II,” said Richmond Mayor Tom Butt. “Today it is being repurposed to fight another global war.”
3:51 p.m. California health care worker infections reach 269: The number of health care workers in California who have tested positive for the coronavirus has risen to 269, the state health department reported on Tuesday. That’s up from 212 a day earlier, and more than double the figure of 127 reported six days ago, on April 1.
3:46 p.m. Trump says he didn’t see memo reportedly warning of pandemic: President Trump said he did not see at the time a memo written by trade adviser Peter Navarro that the New York Times reported warned of potential impacts to the U.S. of a coronavirus pandemic. The New York Times reported the memo, written in late January, said lack of preparation would leave the U.S. “defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil.” Trump was asked about the memo in his Tuesday news conference. “I didn’t see them, but I heard he wrote some memos talking about pandemic,” Trump said. “I didn’t see them. I didn’t look for them either. But that was about the same time as I felt that we should do it, that was about the same time that I closed it down.” Trump was referring to subsequent travel bans on China and certain parts of Europe. He was later asked about making comments in the ensuing weeks that compared the virus to the seasonal flu. “I’m a cheerleader for this country,” Trump said. “I don’t want to create havoc and shock and everything else.”
3:30 p.m. San Mateo County shutters parks: As park managers in the Bay Area dial in the protocols for public access during the coronavirus pandemic, San Mateo County is shutting down all 23 of its parks until further notice. “The decision to close parks is not easy, especially now when people are looking for outdoor experiences, but the safety of San Mateo County residents must always be a priority,” said San Mateo County Parks director Nicholas Calderon.
3:26 p.m. Trump says he had ‘no role’ in Acting Navy Secretary Modly resigning: President Trump said at his Tuesday briefing he had “no role” in the resignation of Thomas Modly, the acting secretary of the Navy, on Tuesday. Modly resigned a day after apologizing for criticizing Capt. Brett Crozier, the former commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, in a speech to the ship’s crew. “I had no role in it,” Trump said. “I’ve heard — I don’t know him — but I’ve heard he was a very good man. The whole thing was very unfortunate.” Trump reiterated that Crozier “should not have written a letter.” Crozier wrote asking for help with an outbreak of the coronavirus on the ship. “He didn’t have to be Ernest Hemingway,” Trump said. “He made a mistake. But he had a bad day. And I hate seeing bad things happen. The man made a mistake. But you know, shouldn’t be writing letters. You’re in the military, you’re the captain of a great ship and you shouldn’t be writing letters and sending them to many people and then it gets out to the media. The question is how did it get out to the media? So there’s a lot of bad things happening there.” Trump was asked what should happen now to Crozier. “Well, they’re going to look at that,” Trump said. “I think the secretary of defense, you know Mark Esper, he’s very capable. And I think he’s looking at that right now. They’re going to just take it under regular Navy channels to see what they want to do. But he made a mistake, he shouldn’t have done that. And your secretary probably shouldn’t have said quite what he said. He didn’t have to resign, but he felt it would be better for the country. I think it will end quickly.”
3:17 p.m. Trump says U.S. will put ‘a hold’ on funding to WHO: President Trump said the U.S. will put “a very powerful hold” on money going to the World Health Organization. In a news conference, Trump said the WHO “criticized” a U.S. travel ban on China and “could’ve called it months earlier,” in reference to the coronavirus pandemic. “They would have known,” Trump said. “And they should have known. And they probably did know. So we’ll be looking into that very carefully.” (Update, 3:48 p.m.: Trump later softened his language on restricting funding to the WHO. “I’m not saying I’m going to do it,” Trump said. “But we’re going to look at it.” Trump reiterated his stance that the WHO “called it wrong” and said the WHO “seem to err always on the side of China.”)
3:15 Emergency protection for service workers proposed in S.F.: Employers would be required to give additional ongoing protection to San Francisco workers under emergency legislation introduced Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors. It would apply to services such as grocery stores, drug stores and food delivery services, and employers would need to provide gloves and masks while also being required to pay for time spent by employees who need to do things like clean their vehicles after the conclusion of a delivery shift. The measure, which aims to protect workers from being exposed to the coronavirus, was introduced by Supe. Matt Haney and has eight co-sponsors.
3:06 p.m. Coronavirus having ‘disproportional’ effect on African Americans, Trump says: President Trump said U.S. data shows the coronavirus pandemic is having a “disproportional” impact on African Americans. “We’re doing everything in our power to address this challenge — it’s a tremendous challenge, it’s terrible — and provide support to African-American citizens of this country, who are going through a lot. But it’s been disproportional, they’re getting hit very, very hard.” Trump did not provide specifics. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S.’s top infectious disease expert, also said the virus has had an “increased” impact on African Americans. “Unfortunately, when you look at the predisposing conditions that lead to a bad outcome with coronavirus, the things that get people into ICUs that require intubation and often lead to death, they are just those very comorbidities that are unfortunately disproportionately prevalent in the African-American population,” Fauci said. “So we’re very concerned about that. It’s very sad. It’s nothing we can do about it right now, except to try to give them the best possible care to avoid those complications.”
2:55 p.m. Emergency measure introduced to rent hotel rooms for S.F. homeless: An emergency ordinance that would require San Francisco to lease 7,500 private hotel rooms this month to provide shelter for homeless people was introduced at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors hearing and was co-sponsored by a majority of the 11 board members. The proposed ordinance would include 750 rooms for first responders who have been exposed to the coronavirus. Mayor London Breed’s administration has already leased several thousand rooms but has resisted anything so sweeping: “We are moving forward with getting our vulnerable residents into hotel rooms,” said Andy Lynch, Breed’s deputy communications director. “We will continue to adapt to meet this challenge as it evolves.” More on the issue is here.
2:57 p.m. Workers laid off from San Francisco’s Tartine petition for job security: The union that’s been organizing Tartine workers launched an online petition asking San Francisco’s famed bakery to promise to rehire employees who were laid off because of the coronavirus. As with other Bay Area restaurants, Tartine has been forced to shrink operations and shutter its dining rooms. Days before shelter in place began, workers were celebrating over their vote to join the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
2:55 p.m. U.S. accumulating ventilators, Trump says: President Trump said at a White House briefing the U.S. expects to add 110,000 ventilators to its national supply by the end of June. “These are ones that we’re building for the most part,” Trump said. “And we have, as you know, great companies building them — Ford, General Motors, G.E.” Trump said the U.S. expects to add 2,200 additional ventilators by April 13 and another 5,500 by May 4, 12,000 by May 18, 20,000 by June 1 and 60,000 by June 29. “I don’t think we’ll need them,” Trump said. “Hopefully we won’t need them.”
2:33 p.m. Paris bans outdoor exercise during daytime: Officials in Paris have banned exercise outside between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., starting Wednesday, in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the BBC reported. France has the fourth-most confirmed cases of the coronavirus of any country, with 110,048, and has reported 10,328 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said the new restriction is aimed at limiting outdoor exercise to “when the streets are generally at their quietest,” per the BBC.
2:18 p.m. SF opens Field Care Clinic to expand health-care response: A temporary Field Care Clinic opened Tuesday to provide added medical services amid the coronavirus pandemic, the office of Mayor London Breed announced. The clinic is adjacent to the Southeast Health Center in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood and will provide patients with primary care, urgent care and screening for COVID-19, per the release. “Our proactive approach allows us to continue providing health care to residents who need it while also preserving hospital beds for patients with coronavirus,” Breed said in a statement. The clinic is set up in a tent on Armstrong Street and has capacity to treat up to 100 patients daily, with a smaller tent serving as an alternative testing site for potential coronavirus patients. Patients at the clinic can be insured or uninsured and do not need to be enrolled in the San Francisco Health Network, per the release. The city said it could open up to three additional Field Care Clinics near existing hospitals or as stand-alone sites if needed.
2:11 p.m. Santa Clara County reports 61 new cases: Officials in Santa Clara County reported 61 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the hard-hit county’s total to 1,285 confirmed cases. The county also reported one additional death and has recorded 43 deaths from COVID-19. According to the county’s online tracker, 56 percent of confirmed cases are in the 31-to-60 age range and 52 percent of confirmed cases are male. Seventy-two percent of the county’s deaths have occurred in patients in the 61-to-90 age range and 67 percent are male patients.
2:05 p.m. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigns after blasting captain of coronavirus-infected ship: Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement that he had accepted acting Secretary Thomas Modly’s resignation Tuesday morning, the day after Modly apologized for having criticized former Roosevelt commanding officer Capt. Brett Crozier to the carrier’s crew.
1:55 p.m. Liberty Mutual to offer auto premium refunds: Liberty and Safeco insurance companies are the latest to confirm their customers will get a break on their April and May premiums, as shelter-in-place orders reduce driving. Mileage driven is a big factor in California premiums, so drivers might save money by calling their insurers for a discount, if one isn’t automatically offered, The Chronicle’s Kathleen Pender writes.
1:50 p.m. 50th SF Pride still on, but will probably look different: The San Francisco Pride parade and celebration is still scheduled for the weekend of June 27, but “will almost certainly look very different than we originally envisioned,” organizers said in a statement Tuesday. Unprecedented measures may be taken to ensure the celebration happens, Fred Lopez, interim executive director for San Francisco Pride, said in a newsletter, and organizers are working to abide by the city’s COVID-19 shelter-in-place order. “We at SF Pride are realistic that this year’s historic anniversary may look very different from what we had hoped for, and all options are on the table,” Lopez said, adding that organizers are working with City Hall “to continually assess the outlook for gatherings like ours in the months to come.” Read the full story here.
1:45 p.m. Four residents and nine staffers at Pleasant Hill assisted living facility test positive: Three residents at an assisted living facility in Pleasant Hill have tested positive for the coronavirus and are hospitalized while another resident who tested positive was discharged from a hospital, county health officials said. Nine staffers at Carlton Senior Living on Cleaveland Road have also tested positive, said Karl Fischer, a spokesman for Contra Costa Health Services. The newly confirmed cases mark the second outbreak at an assisted living facility in the county. Health officials said earlier they were investigating an outbreak at an Orinda center were 27 residents and 22 staffers had tested positive for the coronavirus.
1:34 p.m. Jack Dorsey commits $1 billion to coronavirus relief: The CEO of Square and Twitter said he would move $1 billion of his equity in Square, or about 28% of his wealth, to a limited liability corporation to fund relief for people in need due to the coronavirus pandemic. His first donation is $100,000 for America’s Food Fund, which provides meals.
1:30 p.m. France surpasses 10,000 deaths as global infections climb: The number of coronavirus deaths in France reached 10,328 Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. French national health director Jerome Salomon told reporters the country was “in the epidemic’s ascendant stage. … We have not yet reached the peak,” according to the Associated Press. The number of cases around the world is poised to surpass 1.5 million as officials had recorded 1,412,103 cases by midday Tuesday.
1:25 p.m. Supreme Court postpones hearings for this term, including Trump tax case: The Supreme Court, while continuing to issue rulings, has postponed its remaining hearings this term because of the coronavirus. Some of the unheard cases are time-sensitive, including attempts by House Democrats and New York prosecutors to obtain President Trump’s financial records. But whatever urgency those cases have is apparently outweighed by the court’s unwillingness to allow cameras that would enable the public to view the hearings. Unless the court changes its rules, cases not heard in the current term, scheduled through the end of June, will be put off until the next term that runs from October through June 2021. Read the full story from The Chronicle’s legal writer, Bob Egelko.
1:15 p.m.: Dow slips on oil price decline: A big rally on Wall Street lost steam on Tuesday afternoon, undercut in part by another plunge in the price of oil. The Dow couldn’t hold on to earlier gains, slipping slightly to close at 22,654, down just 26 points, a loss of 0.12%.
1:07 p.m. Cruise ship back in S.F. for resupply: The Grand Princess, the cruiseliner whose passengers were quarantined in the Port of Oakland after the ship was swept by the coronavirus and then eventually disembarked, has returned to San Francisco after heading briefly out to sea with just crew members on board. It is docked at Pier 35 for resupply before sailing out the Golden Gate again, officials say.
12:56 p.m. Extra toilets added to busy S.F. streets: What city officials call “high-need locations” are about to get fully staffed portable toilets and stations for hand-washing, a high priority as officals try to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor London Breed announced in a statement. The first will be installed Wednesday by the Public Works Department in areas including the Tenderloin, Castro, Bayview, Mission and South of Market. Each sanitary outpost comes with a round-the-clock attendant from Urban Alchemy, a job-training nonprofit, and is in addition to the city’s staffed toilets already in place.
12:50 p.m. United plans further SFO cuts: United, long the largest carrier out of San Francisco International Airport, is cutting flights further. Starting Sunday, it will operate 50 daily flights to 37 destinations, down from 65 flights to 40 destinations, executive Greg Hart said in a memo to airline employees. It is also slashing its LAX operations by nearly two-thirds. At one point, in late 2018, United announced that its expanded SFO operation saw more than 300 daily flights; at that time, the airline employed 14,000 people in the Bay Area.
12:38 p.m. 1,108 Californians in intensive care unit beds, Newsom says: California hospitals now house 2,611 coronavirus patients, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday, and 1,108 people in intensive care unit beds. Newsom said those totals represent roughly 2% and 4% increases from Monday, respectively.
12:28 p.m. Navy acting Secretary Modly offers resignation after blasting ship’s captain, reports say: The acting secretary of the Navy offered his resignation Tuesday after his handling of the coronavirus outbreak on the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier prompted sharp criticism, news outlets reported. The story is here.
12:17 p.m. Bay Area schools will not reopen this academic year: Schools in six Bay Area counties will remain shuttered through the rest of the academic year. The announcement by officials on Tuesday means nearly 1 million kids in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Marin, San Mateo and San Francisco counties will not return to classrooms before the fall.
11:53 a.m.: Laguna Honda cases rise from 14 to 16: One more resident and one more staff member tested positive at Laguna Honda Hospital, bringing the total number of confirmed cases there to 16. Twelve of the cases are staff members and four are residents, according to Tuesday’s advisory from the Department of Emergency Management. Nine of the 12 staff members have been in patient-care positions, the advisory said.
11:40 a.m. Facebook awarding $15 million in grants for Bay Area small businesses: The tech giant said 50% of the grants will be prioritized for minority, women and veteran-owned businesses. Facebook is partnering with Ureeka to distribute the grants. More information is available at facebook.com/grantsforbusiness.
11:35 a.m. Two new deaths in Alameda County as more cases are confirmed: Two more people died of COVID-19 in Alameda County while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the county increased to 634.
11:10 a.m. California deaths reach 400: Based on reports released by county health departments Tuesday morning, there are now 400 virus-related deaths in California. Los Angeles County has the highest number at 147, followed by Santa Clara County with 42. The Bay Area total stands at 105.
11:05 a.m. Physical distance compliance has helped curb impact in Santa Clara County: Santa Clara County now projects its coronavirus cases could be under 12,000 and as low as 2,500, down from earlier projections of 50,000, a number that might have been reached had officials taken no mitigation measures, county health officer Dr. Sara Cody told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Cody credited the stay-home orders in the Bay Area with helping reduce the expected case numbers as projected from current rates of infection. Cody cautioned that limited testing capacity limits the projections, as officials only count tests they have conducted and confirmed. “They are only estimates and lots of factors are in play,” Cody said. “Most important is our continued collective ability to maintain shelter in place.” Moving beyond shelter-in-place rules, she said, will occur only after officials ensure hospitals can care for patients’ full needs, increase testing abilities, bolster case investigations and see cases settle down, among other steps “Even though this has been incredibly confusing and disruptive and chaotic, I think that together these models show us that we have prevented deaths and we have prevented hospitalizations and we have given our hospitals time to prepare,” Cody said.
10:35 a.m. Trump sidelines Pentagon watchdog who was to lead stimulus oversight panel: President Trump moved on Tuesday to oust the head of a new watchdog panel that Congress charged with overseeing how his administration spends the $2 trillion package for coronavirus pandemic relief, numerous news organizations reported. Glenn Fine, who was acting Defense Department inspector general, was picked by an umbrella group of federal inspectors general to lead the oversight group, the New York Times reported. But Trump now has named Sean O’Donnell, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general, to the acting DOD inspector general post that Fine held, effectively negating Fine’s appointment to the coronavirus oversight panel, Politico reported. Fine will go back to being the principal deputy inspector general at the Pentagon.
10 a.m. Pride parade in Boston canceled, postponed until next year: The pride parade in Boston that was scheduled for June to celebrate its 50th anniversary has been canceled and postponed until next year because of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers and city officials said Tuesday. Officials set June 12, 2021, as the new date for the celebration.
9:40 a.m. San Francisco supervisors push for hotels for homeless: Supervisors Matt Haney, Dean Preston, Hillary Ronen, Aaron Peskin and Shamann Walton will sponsor an emergency ordinance to mandate city-sponsored housing for the homeless in hotels. The supervisors have clashed with Mayor London Breed, who had sought to mostly house residents of single-room occupancy hotels, where they live communally and struggle to maintain a safe physical distance, in tourist hotels.
9:30 a.m. COVID-19 deaths surpass 100 in the Bay Area: One hundred and five COVID-19 patients in the Bay Area have died, according to The Chronicle’s tracker of all cases and deaths in California. The region topped 100 deaths Tuesday morning when San Mateo County officials announced eight more people had died of COVID-19, increasing that county’s fatality total to 21. View more coronavirus numbers in the Bay Area here.
9:05 a.m. Eight new deaths in San Mateo County: Eight more COVID-19 patient deaths have been recorded in San Mateo County as the total number of confirmed cases grew to 589, officials said Tuesday.
9:00 a.m. U.N. estimates loss of 195 million jobs in second quarter: The equivalent of 195 million full time jobs could be erased by the coronavirus across the world in the second quarter of 2020, according to the United Nations’ labor organization. International Labour Organization officials said accommodation and food services, manufacturing, retail and business and administrative activities are among the most at-risk sectors. “Workers and businesses are facing catastrophe, in both developed and developing economies,” said Guy Ryder, the agency’s director-general. “We have to move fast, decisively, and together. The right, urgent, measures, could make the difference between survival and collapse.”
8:52 a.m. San Francisco tops 600 coronavirus cases: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in San Francisco increased to 622 after 39 new cases were confirmed. Officials have recorded nine COVID-19 deaths.
8:40 a.m. China reports no new COVID-19 deaths: China reported no coronavirus deaths for the first time since the pandemic began and a decrease in new cases, Reuters reported. The development was announced Tuesday, a day before Wuhan, where the virus emerged, was expected to lift its lockdown. The New York Times reported last week that American intelligence officials have warned the White House since February that China has vastly understated its coronavirus numbers.
8:30 a.m. New York City’s grim milestone: More people have died from the coronavirus in New York City than perished in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center. The Associated Press reports that the virus has killed at least 3,202 people in the city, according to a new count released by city health officials Tuesday. The deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil killed 2,753 people in the city and 2,977 overall, when hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Penn.
8:13 a.m. New York state records deadliest day with 731 coronavirus deaths: The state of New York saw a record 731 COVID-19 deaths from Monday to Tuesday, increasing the state’s total number of coronavirus fatalities to 5,489, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
8:00 a.m. Projection shows California could hit peak use of coronavirus resources in a week: California’s peak use of resources for coronavirus patients will come April 14 when there will be need for a projected 4,869 hospital beds, 798 intensive care unit beds and 678 ventilators, says a new analysis released Tuesday by University of Washington researchers. Single-day coronavirus deaths will peak on April 17 when 70 patients could die, according to the projections from the university’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which was recently cited by White House officials. On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state was preparing for an anticipated peak that state statistical models indicate will come sometime in May.
7:40 a.m. Surgeon General sounds more positive note: Surgeon Gen. Jerome Adams on Tuesday applauded California and Washington state for enacting social distancing early and providing a “blueprint for how we deal with this in the rest of the country.” He said, “I’m seeing mitigation work.” Speaking on ABC’s Good Morning America, Adams said that if Americans keep practicing social distancing this month, “we can start to slowly reopen in some places.” While he struck an optimistic tone, Adams when asked did not back off of his earlier statement likening the virus impact of this week to a “9-11 moment.”
7:12 a.m. Crew member on Navy ship in New York tests positive: A crew member aboard the USNS Comfort, which is in New York to help with the coronavirus response, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Navy. The individual tested positive Monday, is in isolation and has not had contact with patients, Navy officials said in a statement. Others who had contact with the crew member have been tested and will remain in isolation as they await test results. “There is no impact to Comfort’s mission, and this will not affect the ability for Comfort to receive patients. The ship is following protocols and taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of all crewmembers and patients on board,” Navy officials said.
7:04 a.m. Biden argues against any delay in November election: Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumed Democratic nominee to run against President Trump, says even the coronavirus pandemic should not delay the election in November. Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show, Biden said “we cannot delay or postpone” the November election, whether in-person voting is possible or not.
6:40 a.m. San Francisco announces volunteer network to help seniors, disabled: San Francisco has formed a citywide volunteer network to help seniors and people with disabilities with chores like shopping for groceries or picking up prescriptions during the shelter-in-place orders. A new program matches volunteers with those who need assistance. Additionally, the Department of Disability and Aging Services helpline is now available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to connect seniors and adults with disabilities with services, including food assistance and home care needs at (415) 355-6700. Information about volunteer opportunities is at sf.gov/covid19volunteer.
6:44 a.m. Dow roars again: Optimism continued to reign on Wall Street as the Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 3.4% at the opening of trading Tuesday. Traders continued to take heart in signs that the coronavirus pandemic might be easing.
6:35 a.m. Coronavirus hits plastics progress: Six Bay Area counties now are requiring grocery stores to ban reusable bags, pausing the environment-friendly policy that did away with single-use plastic bags, due to cornoavirus health concerns. In their shelter-in-place orders extended to May 3, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties required chains such as Safeway and Whole Foods and local stores to ban reusable bags and to offer single-use plastic and paper bags. San Francisco was among the first cities in the country to ban single-use plastic bags in 2007. Read The Chronicle’s story from Shwanika Narayan here.
6:10 a.m. U.S. poised to surpass 11,000 deaths: As the toll continues to climb, 10,993 COVID-19 patients in the United States have died, while the number of those infected nationwide grew to 368,449 by early Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Globally more than 1.3 million people were confirmed to have the virus and more than 76,000 have died. More than 292,000 people have recovered.
6 a.m. In Jan. 29 memo, a top Trump aide warned about U.S. toll: Trump administration officials were starkly warned by President Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, in a memo dated Jan. 29, that the coronavirus could cost the United States trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans at risk of illness or death, the New York Times reports. The warning is the highest-level alert known to have circulated inside the West Wing as the administration was taking its first substantive steps to confront the crisis, and during a period when Mr. Trump was playing down the risks to the United States, the newspaper repports. Trump later said no one could have predicted such a devastating outcome.
5:50 a.m. Drive less, get a break on insurance: One positive repurcussion from the huge drop-off in traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic is a break on auto insurance premiums for drivers. The Chronicle’s Kathleen Pender reports that motorists may be able to get a premium discoiunt just by requesting one from their insurance companies, since in California the number of miles a person drives is one of the top factors that goes into auto premiums. Allstate, California’s fourth-largest auto insurer, and American Family Insurance are among those who already have said they will give customers refunds. Read Kathleen Pender’s story here.
5:35 a.m. Inside a San Francisco COVID-19 unit: At St. Francis Memorial Hospital, which opened the city’s first dedicated COVID-19 unit on Monday, just entering a room in the 48-bed unit is a risk. Red stop signs mark every closed door, carrying warnings: Don’t eat. Don’t drink. Don’t enter without protective gear. Read what reporter Mallory Moench and photojournalist Gabrielle Lurie learned when they went inside to understand how the hospital is preparing for more patients.
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