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Total coronavirus cases:
• 69,325 in California, including 2,778 deaths.
• 9,934 in the Bay Area, including 354 deaths.
• More than 1.3 million in the U.S., including more than 80,600 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 26,988; New Jersey with 9,340; Massachusetts with 5,108; Michigan with 4,584; and Pennsylvania with 3,832. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 4.1 million in the world, with more than 286,000 deaths. More than 1.4 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
7:40 a.m. Fauci says at least 8 vaccine candidates being developed: The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told a Senate committee Tuesday that health officials are developing at least eight COVID-19 vaccine candidates. Fauci warned that there is a possibility some of the vaccines have negative consequences. “Hopefully our research efforts, together with the other public health efforts, will get us quickly to an end to this terrible ordeal that we are all going through,” Fauci said.
7:27 a.m. ‘Not nearly enough’ testing, Alexander says: Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn, opening a highly anticipated health committee hearing Tuesday on the nation’s coronavirus response, said, “what our country has done so far in testing is impressive, but not nearly enough.” Alexander chaired the hearing remotely, and star witness Dr. Anthony Fauci, and other senators and witnesses also participated via video.
7:10 a.m. UCSF team provides vital assistance for Navajo nation: Fourteen nurses and seven doctors from UCSF are treating COVID-19 patients in the sprawling Navajo nation reservation, which has the second-highest coronavirus infection rate per capita in the United States. They are supporting local providers in overburdened hospitals and battling the virus in a community particularly vulnerable to its spread. Read more.
6:59 a.m. Let Tesla reopen, Trump says: President Trump entered the fray Tuesday over Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s spat with Alameda County over reopening the automaker’s plant in Fremont. Trump tweeted Tuesday morning: “California should let Tesla & @elonmusk open the plant, NOW. It can be done Fast & Safely!”
6:45 a.m. Where you can support local food stores: For people eager to help sustain local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, The Chronicle’s food reporters have compiled a searchable grocery delivery database of stores across the Bay Area offering delivery or pickup, and that report little or no shortages on key pantry items like eggs, hand sanitizer and toilet paper.
6:35 a.m. How California restaurants can start opening their doors: Gov. Gavin Newsom at his briefing on Tuesday is expected to offer details on how restaurants can emerge from coronavirus shutdowns and what requirements they must meet to allow diners inside again.
6:29 p.m. Sports as leader of national guidelines?: Without a cohesive federal policy on shuttering and reopening the country, professional sports leagues might end up setting de facto national guidelines, The Chronicle’s Ann Killion writes. Sports after all cross all kinds of boundaries: The top four leagues — NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball — are headquartered in blue states and red states, hot spots and relatively calm spots.
6:19 a.m. Wave of fraud tied to pandemic: Investigators with the Department of Homeland Security are leading a nationwide crackdown into a rampant wave of criminal fraud, much of it involving medical and protective equpment, that has emerged amid the upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic. The department has opened over 370 cases and so far arrested 11 people, and officials say they are just scratching the surface.
6:11 a.m. Most French schools resume: Youngsters in France are starting back to class as the majority of preschools and primary schools reopen this week with modifications, the Associated Press reports. No more than 10 students will be allowed in preschools and 15 in other classrooms. Students will be required to maintain physical distance, and teachers will wear face masks.
6:02 a.m. Trump credits himself for governors’ approval ratings: President Trump on Tuesday tweeted that “every Governor who has sky high approval on their handling of the Cornoavirus, and I am happy for them all, could in no way have gotten those numbers, or had that success, without me and the Federal Governments help.” Numerous governors have criticized administration’s haphazard pandemic response, including on lack of testing and protective equipment. The president insisted: “From Ventilators to Testing, we made it happen!”
5:44 a.m. Obama should shut mouth, McConnell says: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that former President Barack Obama “should keep his mouth shut,” instead of criticizing President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, the Washington Post reports. McConnell’s comment during an online campaign event Monday, came after Obama’s widely reported remarks to his supporters in a phone call.
5:31 a.m. UC chief says it’s time to drop SAT, ACT: High school juniors and seniors bound for the University of California would no longer take the college-entry-required SAT or ACT tests, under a proposal by UC President Janet Napolitano. The idea comes as education is grappling with the upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic. She recommends UC replace the tests with a newly created admissions test by 2025 or ditch standardized testing for good.
Updates from May 12:
11:55 p.m. Sonoma County to weigh easing park restrictions: Sonoma County supervisors will give input on potential reopening of some parks amenities including parking lots and restrooms as well as “low-risk” activities like volleyball, kayaking and dirt-biking at a Tuesday meeting, according to a meeting agenda. County health officer Dr. Sundari Mase is considering easing more parks restrictions after reopening inland parks to foot and bicycle traffic April 28 led to “no significant issues” of overcrowding, per the agenda. Officials are also considering reopening inland and coastal boat launch ramps, the agenda states. Organized sports, use of picnic areas and campgrounds and “high-touch” activities would remain closed.
10:58 p.m. Wuhan to conduct city-wide testing: Wuhan city in China will test its 11 million residents for the coronavirus over a 10-day period after a cluster of new cases was reported over the weekend, according to Reuters. All districts in Wuhan, center of China’s initial outbreak, were told to submit testing plans by Tuesday, per the report. Wuhan reported its first new case of the virus in over a month on Sunday and five new cases Monday.
10:45 p.m. Case surges center around meat processing facilities, prisons, report says: The 15 U.S. counties that recorded the highest per-capita rates of new coronavirus infections between April 28 and May 5 all include either meat or poultry processing plants or state prisons, the Associated Press reported. Trousdale County in Tennessee, where more than 1,200 people have tested positive for the virus at a correctional facility, and Nobles County in Minnesota, where hundreds of workers at a pork plant have tested positive, topped the list, according to the AP.
10:06 p.m. Bay Area nears 10,000 confirmed cases: The nine Bay Area counties reported a total of 9,943 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Monday night. Santa Clara (2,341), Alameda (2,101) and San Francisco (1,954) recorded the most cases. Alameda County reported the highest number of new cases among Bay Area counties on Monday with 35.
9:46 p.m. China reports one new case: China reported one new case of the coronavirus on Tuesday after two days of double-digit increases that prompted warnings from officials, the AP reported. On Monday, a small cluster of five new cases was reported in Wuhan city, where the virus first emerged, according to the BBC. The cases were from the same residential compound in Wuhan, which on Sunday had reported its first new case in more than a month, per the BBC.
8:50 p.m. Fauci to warn Senate on dangers of reopening early, report says: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S.’s top infectious disease expert, plans to tell the U.S. Senate that reopening the country too quickly risks “multiple outbreaks throughout the country” that could lead to “needless suffering and death,” the New York Times reported. Fauci is scheduled to testify remotely on Tuesday before the Senate’s Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He will caution against ignoring criteria for infection rates and hospital capacity that states are urged to meet before reopening in the White House’s “Opening Up America Again” plan, per the Times.
8:23 p.m. Accelerated vaccine effort underway, WHO official says: Seven or eight “top” candidates for a coronavirus vaccine have been identified and experts are “accelerating” work on them, the World Health Organization’s director-general said Monday, according to the AP. The official said 40 countries have pledged $8 billion for research, treatment and testing that could help speed development of a vaccine. Health experts have said creating a vaccine could take 12 to 18 months.
8:17 p.m. How will plaintiffs prove where they caught coronavirus? Workers may want to bring cases against their employers if they become sick with COVID-19. But showing that they caught the coronavirus at the workplace “is very tricky in these cases,” said Robert Rabin, a Stanford law professor whose specialty is lawsuits for personal injuries. Read the full story here.
7:54 p.m. Chino state prison reports fifth inmate death: Five inmates have died from COVID-19 at the California Institution for Men in Chino (San Bernardino County), where 396 inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Of that total, 322 inmates remain in custody with active cases, 63 have recovered and six were released with active cases, per the CDCR website.
7:27 p.m. United adds policy for fuller flights: United Airlines announced it will allow travelers on flights expected to be closer to full capacity to rebook on a different flight or receive travel credit starting next week and continuing through June. With air travel decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, United said 85% of its flights are less than half full. A packed United flight to the Bay Area over the weekend, however, was documented by a UCSF cardiologist and widely viewed on Twitter.
6:54 p.m. One new case at Santa Rita Jail: There are 14 active cases of the coronavirus among inmates at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where Alameda County Sheriff’s officials attributed an increase in reported cases over the weekend to expanded testing. Of 167 total inmates tested, 50 have tested positive, 115 have tested negative and two are awaiting results, according to the sheriff’s office. Of the 50 positive cases, 33 inmates recovered and are still in custody, two recovered and have been released and one was released after testing positive.
6:40 p.m. State test sites in Sonoma County to double capacity: Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County’s health officer, said test sites in Santa Rosa and Petaluma opened recently with the state and health company OptumServe will increase capacity to be able to test a total of 520 people per day for the coronavirus starting May 18. Mase said Sonoma County needs to test 750 people per day as one benchmark for further reopening and would reach that mark with the county’s drive-thru testing site also able to conduct 250 daily tests.
6:16 p.m. One additional death in Contra Costa County: Officials reported one new death in Contra Costa County from COVID-19, increasing the county’s total to 32. There have been 1,048 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the county, including one reported Monday.
6:07 p.m. Solano County reports three new deaths: Three additional people have died due to the coronavirus in Solano County, officials reported Monday. Solano County has reported 10 total deaths and 379 confirmed cases of the virus. There were 46 active cases with 13 patients hospitalized as of Monday, the county reported.
6:02 p.m. LA County to reopen beaches to some activities: Beaches in Los Angeles County will reopen Wednesday for active recreation such as swimming, surfing, running and walking, the county announced. Lying or sitting on the sand will not be allowed, coolers and canopies are still prohibited and parking lots, piers and boardwalks will remain closed. Face coverings will be required outside of the water and visitors will have to maintain a 6-foot distance from others, according to the county’s Department of Beaches and Harbors.
5:37 p.m. Navy’s coronavirus response to be evaluated: The Pentagon’s inspector general will evaluate the Navy’s response to coronavirus outbreaks on its vessels, according to a Department of Defense press release. An outbreak on the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt led to the dismissal of Santa Rosa native Capt. Brett Crozier by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who later resigned. U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) issued a statement saying the evaluation “will help get to the bottom of the deeply troubling reports about a bungled Navy response that resulted in nearly a quarter of the crew on the USS Theodore Roosevelt testing positive for the virus.”
5:28 p.m. Nearly 97% of SF tenants paid May rent in apartment owner survey: The vast majority of San Francisco residential tenants continued to pay their rent in May, despite steep layoffs and soaring unemployment, according to a survey of San Francisco Apartment Association members. Read the full story here.
5:14 p.m. Revised Stanford study estimates 2.8% infection rate in Santa Clara County: The revised study by Stanford University scientists found that an estimated 2.8% of residents in Santa Clara County — or about 54,000 people — were infected with the coronavirus in early April, much higher than about 1,100 reported cases at that time. The researchers tested about 3,330 county residents for coronavirus antibodies on April 3 and 4. They had released a version of the study in mid-April that estimated up to 81,000 residents were infected at that time; the revised estimate is more precise.
4:43 p.m. UC Berkeley project examines racial disparities of virus impact: A new “heat map” of demographic coronavirus data by state shows higher rates of infections and deaths in black and Latino populations than in the general population in many U.S. states. The Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, which complied the map, said in a statement that racial data is missing for some states, but “a picture is beginning to emerge showing the disproportionate state-by-state impacts of this pandemic.” States with high disparity in death rates include Kansas, Michigan and Louisiana, while Texas, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania show low disparity in death and infection rates, per the map.
4:27 p.m. Warriors laid off 1,720 event staff at Chase Center: The layoffs, which were reported in a new state filing but occurred in March, are the largest to date at a single Bay Area location during coronavirus. The Warriors said the vendors can return to work when the arena reopens, but it isn’t clear when that will happen. Read the full story here.
4:16 p.m. Californians wary of returning to restaurants, gyms, poll finds: Most Californians would not be comfortable going to a restaurant or gym even with spacing precautions right now, according to a new Emerson College/Nexstar poll. Nearly 65% of Californians surveyed answered no on restaurants and 74% said no on gyms, the poll found. About 55% said they would feel comfortable going to a beach or park with spacing enforced.
4:01 p.m. Sonoma County reports fourth death: A fourth person in Sonoma County has died due to the coronavirus, health officials reported. Sonoma County has confirmed 309 total cases of the virus with no new cases reported Monday, according to its online tracker.
3:51 p.m. Bay Area hospitalizations continue decline: The number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the nine Bay Area counties fell to 281 on Sunday and has decreased or stayed the same every day since April 26, according to state data reviewed by The Chronicle. Hospitalizations in the area have declined 24.9% in that time. Statewide, 3,248 confirmed hospital cases were reported Sunday, a one-day rise of 0.9%. The Bay Area reported 126 confirmed ICU cases on Sunday, a one-day drop of two cases, while the state recorded a 2.7% drop to 1,301 ICU cases. For more data, see The Chronicle’s coronavirus tracker.
3:44 p.m. People who want direct deposit for their stimulus check should sign up by Wednesday morning: People who want their checks to be deposited straight into their bank accounts, rather than getting a check in the mail, should enter their information in the online “Get My Payment” tool by Wednesday at noon, the IRS says. For more information on who can use the tool and how, click here.
3:42 p.m. Alameda County Sheriff’s Office responds to Tesla reopening: After Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced his company restarted production on Monday, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement it has notified Tesla it can only maintain basic operations and is working with the company to create a safety plan for reopening. Tesla is expected to submit a plan later Monday, officials said. “We are addressing this manner using the same phased approach we use for other businesses which have violated the Order in the past, and we hope that Tesla will likewise comply without further enforcement measures,” the sheriff’s office said.
3:35 p.m. Two additional deaths among state health care workers: Two more California health care workers have died due to the coronavirus, bringing the state’s total to 40 as of Sunday, public health officials reported. There have been 7,211 confirmed cases of the virus among California health care workers, officials reported.
3:29 p.m. Napa County reports third death: A third person has died from COVID-19 in Napa County, health officials reported Monday. The county has a total of 79 confirmed cases with no new cases reported since Saturday. Ninety-one people are being monitored after having close contact with a positive case, and 36 people have recovered.
3:30 p.m. Bay Area hiring drops by a quarter since February, analysis says: Hiring for new positions dropped by 25.3% in the Bay Area between February and April, compared with a 21% dip in hiring nationally according to data from jobs website LinkedIn analyzed by Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies.
3:26 p.m. SF offers discounts on water, sewer bills during pandemic: The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission said Monday that some customers enduring financial hardship because of the pandemic can apply for discounts to their water and sewer bills. Residential customers can apply to get up to 15% off their water bills and 35% off sewer bills if their household income is under 200% of the San Francisco area median income, or $236,800 for a family of four. The agency set up a website where customers can apply. The discounts will apply to an estimated 10,000 to 17,000 households, or between 12% and 20% of the agency’s customers.
3:20 p.m. SF supervisors to vote Tuesday on resolution commending Navy Capt. Brett Crozier: San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani has sponsored a resolution commending the actions of Capt. Brett Crozier, a Santa Rosa native who is the former commanding officer of the coronavirus-striken Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, “for his courageous leadership.” As first reported by The Chronicle in April, Crozier wrote a letter pleading for assistance from Navy commanders to help him evacuate his warship before sailors would die from the spreading virus. “Capt. Crozier has set an example of leadership, courage, loyalty and integrity for a generation of service members, San Franciscans, and Americans,” the proposed resolution reads.
3:16 p.m. UCSF doctor expresses alarm about his packed United flight to SFO after treating COVID-19 patients in New York: Dr. Ethan Weiss, a UCSF cardiologist who spent several weeks treating COVID-19 patients in New York City, said he was shocked to fly home Saturday on a packed United Airlines flight. Read the full story here.
3:07 p.m. Santa Clara County reports seven new cases, no additional deaths: Health officials on Monday reported seven new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 2,341 cases and 129 deaths. No COVID-19 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.
2:35 p.m. Face coverings required at LAX: Los Angeles International Airport began requiring passengers to wear face coverings on Monday. San Francisco International Airport has a similar requirement, which has been in place for several weeks, and major airlines are generally requiring face coverings aboard flights.
2:26 p.m. Homeless residents make up 8% of positive cases in San Francisco, one dead: Dr. Grant Colfax, director of San Francisco health, said 156 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus reported being homeless. These cases represent 8% of the city’s total cases. One homeless person in the city is known to have died from COVID-19 complications, Colfax said.
2:08 p.m. Police monitored SF parks this weekend, informally warned 138 people: Police officers patrolled 25 parks in San Francisco this weekend, including popular Dolores Park, where they gave out masks and issued 138 informal warnings asking people to social distance or wear a face covering, said Chief Bill Scott. “They complied on the spot. That’s what we’re seeing by and large,” Scott said. Since the initial public health order, police have issued 23 citations and 105 formal warnings, Scott said, noting that police remain focused on education before enforcement, and the majority of people are in compliance. Read the full story here.
1:59 p.m. Trump says Pence has tested negative: Vice President Mike Pence tested negative yesterday and today, President Trump said in a press conference Monday. The vice-president has sharply reduced his interactions with others after a key aide tested positive last week. President Trump added that he has not seen the vice-president in person since then.
1:51 p.m. SF health official outlines five guidelines for businesses: Dr. Grant Colfax, director of San Francisco’s health department, said there are at least five key guidelines for businesses to follow to keep workers and customers safe during the pandemic. These include: creating a health and safety plan, ensuring social distancing and face covering, providing proper equipment and cleaning materials, marking off six-foot spaces where customers should stand, cleaning high-touch surfaces, and ending self-service of food or handling produce without purchasing it.
1:43 p.m. ‘I don’t think the system broke down at all,’ Trump says of White House infections: President Trump said the White House staffer who tested positive for the coronavirus had tested negative the day before and that administration officials have been conducting regular tests. “I don’t think the system broke down at all,” Trump said. “It’s the hidden enemy.”
1:39 p.m. SF repurposes hotel rooms to quarantine homeless, others who test positive: Mayor London Breed said hundreds of hotel rooms that were originally designated for frontline workers will instead be used for homeless people, SRO residents and others who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are unable to self-quarantine. “We have not used as many of those hotel rooms as we anticipated,” Breed said, referring to the rooms for health care and public safety workers. “The good news is we are able to repurpose those hotels.” Read the full story here.
1:30 p.m. SF mayor says city will follow local health officials on reopening: San Francisco Mayor London Breed sought to clarify why the city is waiting until May 18 to allow certain businesses to sell merchandise via curbside pickup. Gov Gavin Newsom allowed cities to relax such restrictions on May 8, but Breed said San Francisco’s more cautious approach was rooted in “the advice of the public health officials, here in our city and in our region, as it relates to the data we’re seeing.”
1:28 p.m. San Mateo County allows highly regulated gatherings of up to 200 vehicles: County residents will be allowed to gather in large groups of vehicles starting at 11:59 p.m. Monday, with the intent of allowing schools to host modified graduation ceremonies, according to the San Mateo County health officer. Many regulations will be in place, however. Only guests invited by the event host can attend, the gathering can last no more than three hours, people in each car must be from the same household and masks are required when car windows are open.
1:29 p.m. MLB season will need to protect players like Oakland A’s pitcher: Jake Diekman is among the at-risk players Major League Baseball must consider in any proposal to start its season. The pitcher spoke with Chronicle report Susan Slusser about the need for frequent testing, how positive results would be handled and other obstacles. Read the full story.
1:18 p.m. Inmates at LA jail tried to infect themselves with COVID-19: Inmates at a Los Angeles County jail tried to deliberately infect themselves with COVID-19, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Monday. Twenty-one inmates tested positive for the coronavirus after they allegedly shared a cup of water and a mask. Inmates and prisoners across the state have been released in greater number than usual in recent weeks due to concerns about the coronavirus spreading through vulnerable populations that cannot physically distance as health experts recommend.
1:15 p.m. Tesla restarts car production in Fremont despite Alameda County’s ban: The company continued building cars over the weekend in defiance of county health orders after it sued the county on Saturday, according to a Tesla employee. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tesla is working with public health officials and said he’s “confident” Tesla and California’s relationship will continue despite Elon Musk’s vow to move out of the state.
1:05 p.m. Stocks have mixed results: The Dow Jones industrial average fell about half a percent Monday to close at 24,221.99. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq composite rose about three-quarters of a percent and the S&P 500 was essentially flat.
12:39 p.m. Alameda County Sheriff’s Office calls $0 bail a ‘fail’: The Sheriff’s Office‘s official Twitter account took aim at a statewide order that eliminates bail for low-level suspects during the pandemic, saying the change has allowed serial offenders to commit more crimes. The tweet highlighted the case of Waseen Abuhwaidi, who authorities said has been arrested seven times during shelter-in-place orders on suspicion of: assaults, stolen vehicles, thefts and trespassing in multiple cities. Abuhwaidi was most recently arrested on suspicion of robbery and carjacking, officials said, and he is held in lieu of $200,000 bail.
12:32 p.m. San Francisco school district to perform welfare check on 54,000 students: The San Francisco Unified School District intends to contact every one of its 54,000 students’ families to do a wellness check, officials said Monday. Information will be recorded in the same form across all 119 schools “so that the district can assess the needs of students and their families and better support families in coordination with service providers,” district officials said in a news release.
12:30 p.m. Newsom says Tesla may be able to resume operations next week: Gov. Newsom said in his Monday news conference that he expects Tesla will be able to resume operations at its Alameda County plant next week. “My belief and hope and expectation is as early as next week they will be able to resume,” Newsom said.
12:19 p.m. California records 25 more deaths: Twenty-five more people in California died in the last 24 hours of COVID-19 as state officials confirmed 1,250 new coronavirus cases, Gov. Newsom said. The number of persons with COVID-19 in hospitals and intensive care units continued to fluctuate but remained stable, Newsom said, noting the 25 fatalities were “devastating” but a “far cry” from the start of last week.
12:11 p.m. State officials distributed 11 million procedural masks on Friday: State officials distributed 11 million procedural masks on Friday alone, Gov. Newsom said.
12:08 p.m. California, pact of western states seek $1 trillion in relief from feds: The western pact of states that includes California will request about $1 trillion in aid from the federal government, Gov. Newsom said. “This is the requirement of this moment,” Newsom said.
12:06 p.m. State has distributed $13.1 billion in unemployment claims: State officials have distributed $13.1 billion in unemployment claims to people struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic since mid-March, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday. Since March 12, 4.5 million people in the state have filed for unemployment insurance or pandemic unemployment assistance.
11:59 a.m. Alameda County to launch four new testing sites: Officials in Alameda County announced four new coronavirus testing sites expected to open this week as part of an effort to address inequity in testing. The sites will be located in East Oakland, Ashland Cherryland and Hayward, county officials said.
11:51 a.m. Group tries to occupy Marriot Hotel in San Francisco: An activist group tried to occupy several rooms in a Marriot Hotel in San Francisco on Monday to draw attention to empty rooms that could potentially be used to house homeless people. The act of civil disobedience started when members of POOR Magazine tried to book a hotel room for a filmmaker. While a manager showed the group a room, they told the manager, “we are not leaving,” said Tiny Gray-Garcia, one of the magazine’s co-founders. The manager told the group that using empty hotel rooms to house people who don’t have a home was up to the mayor, not hotel officials, she said. Police arrived and told the group that arrests would be made if they did not leave. Gray-Garcia said they cooperated because the group’s members could not risk arrest. “We left in peace like we came,” Gray-Garcia said. “It’s actually mind-numbing and terrifying that they would guard empty rooms — that that’s a thing when people don’t have a roof.”
11:03 a.m. Two arrested in LA following violent clash with Target employee over masks: Two people were arrested in Los Angeles after they allegedly assaulted a Target employee who confronted them for not wearing face coverings inside of a store, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
10:45 a.m. San Mateo County releases cases by city: San Mateo County is now providing a breakdown of cases by city and that information has been added to The Chronicle’s Virus Tracker. Cities in the county with the most cases to date are San Mateo with 330, Daly City with 280 and Redwood City with 199.
10:05 a.m. Contra Costa County seeks donations for COVID-19 patients: Health officials in Contra Costa County are accepting donations of new pillows, blankets, shower shoes and clean sweatshirts for people in need who’ve tested positive for COVID-19. Donations can be dropped off this week at the Pleasant Hill Library from Tuesday through Thursday. More information on items to donate can be found here.
9:40 a.m. SF mayor encourages domestic violence victims to seek help: San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Monday encouraged victims of domestic and family violence to seek help during shelter-in-place orders. “As we continue to stay home to keep our city healthy and safe many people are unfortunately facing an increased risk of domestic or family violence,” Breed said in a video posted on her Twitter account. “You can get help right now.” Breed said people in immediate danger should call 911 and others can visit the city’s website of call a national domestic hotline at 800-799-7233.
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) May 11, 2020
9:28 a.m. White House recommends testing all nursing home residents, staff, report says: White House officials on Monday recommended that all nursing home residents and staff be tested for the coronavirus in the next two weeks, the Associated Press reports. Vice President Mike Pence made the recommendation Monday morning during a video conference call with governors, according to the AP, which obtained a recording of the call. Read the AP report.
9:07 a.m. Mendocino County sheriff warns of phony letter ordering coronavirus tests: Authorities in Mendocino County on Monday warned of a fake letter purportedly from government officials telling state assistance recipients that coronavirus testing was mandatory. Benefits would be temporarily suspended for persons who do not get tested by June 1, the letter claimed. A Riverside County official received the letter, which was dated May 6, over the weekend, but the state Department of Public Health confirmed it was fake, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The agency posted a copy of the letter on Twitter.
— Mendocino Sheriff (@MendoSheriff) May 11, 2020
8:24 a.m. San Mateo County confirms 39 more cases: Thirty-nine more people in San Mateo County have tested positive for the coronavirus, increasing the number of known cases to 1,464, according to health officials.
8:06 a.m. San Francisco announces additional death: A 35th person in San Francisco has died of COVID-19, and 11 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, bringing the total to 1,954, according to the Department of Public Health.
8:00 a.m. Suing to save the Tenderloin: On the Fifth & Mission podcast, Rhiannon Bailard, executive director of operations for Hastings Law School, explains why Hastings has joined residents and business owners in suing the city to force it to find housing for the homeless and stop brazen, open-air drug dealing, as well as clean the filthy streets and sidewalks. The work has taken on additional importance during the coronavirus outbreak. Click here to listen.
7:03 a.m. Checklist for Bay Area to reopen: When six Bay Area counties announced that they are extending stay-home orders through the end of May, they also revealed benchmarks they will use to determine when it is safe to reopen the region. The Chronicle is analyzing both publicly available data and information that has not been shared by county websites to do an ongoing update on how each Bay Area county is progressing toward meeting these markers. Read the full story on the checklist.
6:55 a.m. Trump begins work week saying he deserves more credit: President Trump spent part of his morning hours Monday slamming the news media for not reporting what he called “great credit” that his administration has received for its response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Great credit being given for our Coronavirus response, except in the Fake News,” Trump said in a tweet. “They are a disgrace to America!”
6:54 a.m. Food trucks the future of food going forward? In a restaurant landscape constantly being reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic, San Francisco’s dining scene could soon look very much as it did in the 2010s during the peak of the Bay Area food truck craze. Read the full story from Justin Phillips.
6:52 a.m. British government urges people to wear face coverings: Government officials in the United Kingdom said people should wear face coverings in tight spaces like buses and subway trains, the Associated Press reported. The guidance is simply a recommendation and people who do not follow it will not be penalized.
6:50 a.m. Innkeeper couple wait out pandemic on East Brother island: If the coronavirus pandemic weren’t wreaking havoc around the world, it would be a particularly lovely spring to visit this scrappy mound of windswept rock 1,000 feet off Richmond’s Point San Pablo. As it happens, it is a particularly lovely spot to shelter in place for Tiffany Danse and Tyler Waterson. The sole residents of this tiny island, the couple are halfway through a two-year post as innkeepers at the nonprofit East Brother Light Station Bed & Breakfast. Read the full story from Sarah Feldberg.
6:44 a.m. California Democrats hoping to flip Arizona blue must now switch gears: The coronavirus pandemic has dashed Democrats’ plans to flip Arizona, as the pandemic sidelined an army of supporters who could have provided Arizona Democrats with one of the most powerful ways to convince voters to support them: face-to-face campaigning. Read columnist Joe Garofoli’s latest story.
6:38 a.m. Stocks drop to start the week: U.S. stocks fell Monday morning following global markets, according to news reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 220 points lower and the S&P 500 gained 0.8%, according to CNBC.
6:37 a.m. Will the coronavirus destroy smallest wineries? As shelter-in-place orders are extended in the Bay Area, wineries such as Honrama Cellars are shifting from emergency response mode to long-term planning mode. “I’m expecting it to be at least two years before things are back to normal,” said Miriam Puentes, who runs Honrama with her husband, Juan. Restrictions will eventually ease, but will tourists return to Wine Country? Moreover, will the typical business model for the small California family winery even make sense anymore? Read the full story from Esther Mobley.
6:29 a.m. Coronavirus pandemic brings federal funds to Oakland to fight homelessness: At an Oakland City Council meeting in December, Lara Tannenbaum, manager of the city’s community housing services, laid out a five-year plan to end homelessness. The plan’s price tag of $123 million annually caused me to gasp. Five months later, that actually sounds like a bargain. Chronicle columnist Otis R. Taylor Jr. explains why.
5:44 a.m. U.S. poised to surpass 80,000 deaths: The United States has 1,329,799 confirmed coronavirus cases and 79,528 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, 4,126,154 coronavirus cases have been confirmed and 283,055 people have died of COVID-19.
12:06 a.m. South Korea reports 35 new cases: Officials in South Korea reported an additional 35 cases of the coronavirus Monday, the country’s second day in a row with more than 30 new cases. Concerns about a possible second wave of the virus have led to the closures of clubs and other nightlife spots in the Seoul area.
12:01 a.m. Face coverings required on Amtrak: Passengers riding on Amtrak trains and in stations must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths beginning Monday. The masks can be removed when customers are eating in designated areas or are seated alone or with a travel companion. Small children are exempt.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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