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Total coronavirus cases:
• 561,037 cases in California, including 10,378 deaths
• 62,098 in the Bay Area, including 912 deaths.
• More than 5 million in the U.S., including 162,851 deaths. Other states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,760; New Jersey with 15,849; Massachusetts with 8,709; Texas with 8,852; Florida with 8,109 and Illinois with 7,822. Click on the Chronicle’s Coronavirus Tracker to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 19.8 million in the world, with more than 731,000 deaths. More than 12.1 million people have recovered.
Resources on COVID-19 and California’s reopening: Use our interactive page to track the state and Bay Area’s reopening by county. For detailed maps and new city-by-city Bay Area data, check out The Chronicle’s Coronavirus Tracker. Information on Bay Area school reopenings can be found here. Find Bay Area COVID-19 testing sites that don’t require doctor referrals in our interactive map. To get regular updates on our coverage, sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.
Latest updates from today:
7:02 a.m. Avalanche of overtime hits SF Sheriff’s Office: San Francisco Senior Deputy Sheriff Michael Borovina Jr. logged 3,133 hours of overtime last year, netting him nearly $318,000 on top of his almost $128,000 base salary, according to municipal salary data. He ended up the highest overtime earner among all city employees in 2019. In fact, nineteen of the top 20 overtime earners among San Francisco city employees in the last fiscal year came from the Sheriff’s Office. A personnel shortage is partly to blame and the dilemma is expected to deepen in coming years, as a budget shortfall brought on by the coronavirus pandemic will likely stall new hires. Read the full story by Dominic Fracassa.
6:31 a.m. More young people now getting coronavirus: In six Bay Area counties, people in their 30s or younger make up the largest proportion of cases. In San Francisco, for instance, 18-to-40-year-olds represent 48% of all cases; in Santa Clara County, 20-39-year-olds represent 39% of all cases. Anecdotally, the region’s medical clinics are reporting a major uptick in younger people coming in with COVID-19 symptoms like shortness of breath, fever and cough. Read the full story by Catherine Ho.
6:16 a.m. California executions on hold, but coronavirus killing San Quentin inmates: The death penalty has long been one of the most polarizing issues in criminal justice, fiercely defended by some victims groups and assailed by a wide range of reformers. But now that the virus is blowing up that uneasy stalemate, an already broken system is facing an unprecedented crisis, and everyone with a stake in the process — family members of victims, prisoners fighting for their freedom, attorneys who have invested years in their cases — is sorting through the wreckage. Read the full story by Jason Fagone and Megan Cassidy.
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 9:
10:40 p.m. Sonoma County struggles with high case counts: The number of new coronavirus cases in Sonoma County rose to a new record, 125, on Saturday, before dropping to a still-high 114 on Sunday. Prior to this weekend, the county’s single-day high for new cases was 116 on July 12. No new deaths were reported in the county over the weekend.
10:26 p.m. California Health Officer abruptly resigns: The resignation of Dr. Sonia Angell, California’s public health officer, announced Sunday and effective Monday, comes less than a week after state officials revealed that a problem with a computer system had resulted in an undercounting of new coronavirus cases since July 25. Read the full story here.
8:00 p.m. Reopened Georgia high school has 9 cases: A Georgia high school that recently made news for suspending two students who posted pictures of crowded hallways that went viral on social media has reported a cluster of new coronavirus cases. According to a Washington Post story, the North Paulding High School principal told school families that six students and three staff members had tested positive for the virus. The school will close Monday for two days of deep cleaning, and announce Tuesday whether in-person classes will be able to resume on Wednesday.
7:13 p.m. San Francisco hospitalizations drop by more than 25% in a week: The number of people hospitalized with coronavirus complications in San Francisco fell to 77 on Saturday, according to a Chronicle analysis of the latest state data. That’s down from 105 a week earlier. Across the nine-county Bay Area, hospitalizations fell from 770 to 657 over the same time period.
7:04 p.m. State hospitalizations drop for sixth day: The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in California dropped for the sixth straight day, to 5,636 on Saturday. That is down from 6,362 a week earlier.
6:49 p.m. Twelfth condemned man on San Quentin’s Death Row dies of coronavirus complications: Pedro Arias, 58, was pronounced dead on Sunday. The death of Arias, who spent more than 30 years on Death Row, comes as a massive outbreak at San Quentin continues to claim victims: It has sickened more than 2,100 incarcerated people and killed 25 inmates. The virus has additionally infected 261 staff members there, and claimed the life of one.
5:05 p.m. San Quentin prison sergeant dies: Sgt. Gilbert “Bobby” Polanco, 55, a veteran sergeant at San Quentin, died Sunday morning after a weeks-long battle with COVID-19. He is the first employee at the prison to have died from the disease, which has also killed 24 San Quentin inmates. Read Chronicle reporter Megan Cassidy’s story here.
4:56 p.m. First California cardroom reopens: Shaded from the blazing sun by canopies and refreshed by fans, gamblers have returned to a newly reopened outdoor cardroom in Tracy. The Chronicle’s Rusty Simmons has the story.
4:23 p.m. Georgia school shifts to online after outcry over photos and virus outbreak: A Georgia high school plans to start the week with all classes shifting online after nine students and staff tested positive for the coronavirus following the opening of school last week. North Paulding High School made headlines soon after students returned to school Aug. 3 when photos showed hallways crowded with students, and many of them not wearing masks.
4:16 p.m. Ventura County church defies coronavirus court order, holds services: A church in Newbury Park held indoor worship services Sunday despite a judge’s restraining order saying the gatherings were a menace to public health. Minor scuffles among rival demonstrators erupted outside the Godspeak Calvary Chapel where the pastor led services despite county coronavirus health orders, the Los Angeles Times reports.
4:05 p.m. Behind the scenes, emphasis on politics: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows no longer holds a daily 8 a.m. meeting that includes health professionals to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the Washington Post reports in a behind-the-scenes look at pandemic operations. Instead, aides told the Post, Meadows meets with politically oriented aides; their focus regarding the virus is more on convincing the public that President Trump has the crisis under control than on methodically planning ways to contain it. Meadows has repeatedly questioned the scientific consensus that wearing masks helps thwart the virus’ spread, the Post reports.
3:47 p.m. Alameda County sees new cases: Alameda County reported an additional 121 cases of the coronavirus Sunday, bringing its total case count to 13,199 to date, the Bay Areas highest toll. The county reported no new deaths.
3:39 p.m. Santa Clara County case numbers increase: Santa Clara County recorded another 267 cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, along with one additional death. The county now has confirmed 11,954 cases since start of the pandemic, and 205 deaths.
3:29 p.m. How the world let the elderly die: The U.S. has the world’s largest COVID-19 death toll, with many lives lost in long-term-care facilities, but European countries still lead the world in per capita deaths, partly because of lapses at their nursing homes, the New York Times reports. Tens of thousands of older people died — casualties not only of the virus, but of more than a decade of ignored warnings in Europe that nursing homes were vulnerable. Spanish prosecutors are investigating cases of residents abandoned to die. In Sweden, overwhelmed emergency doctors have acknowledged turning away elderly patients.
3:18 p.m. Santa Clara County adds pop-up test sites: Santa Clara County health officials are offering free, no-appointment coronavirus tests at two additional sites this week, starting Tuesday: At the Overfelt High School gym in San Jose, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; and at South County Annex on Wren Avenue in Gilroy, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The testing is intended for people without symptoms of COVID-19.
2:46 p.m. California woman refusing mask in store, warns of ‘Freedom to Breathe Agency’ suit: In a TikTok video gone viral, a woman claiming to be from the “Freedom To Breathe Agency” is seen warning an Orange County grocery worker that the worker personally could be sued for requiring face coverings. The store supervisor told BuzzFeed News the confrontation occurred after she approached the woman about the store mask policy Thursday. The Justice Department has listed Freedom to Breathe as a fake, not a government agency.
2:37 p.m. More than 2,000 kids deported: More than 2,000 unaccompanied children have been expelled since March under an emergency rule by the Trump administration, which has cited the coronavirus in refusing to provide them protections under federal anti-trafficking and asylum laws, the Associated Press reports. Lawyers and advocates sharply criticize the administration for using the global pandemic as a pretext to deport children to places of danger.
2:29 p.m. Cuomo calls Trump virus relief orders ‘laughable’: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday dismissed President Trump’s new executive orders as “laughable” and another chapter in the federal government’s botched response to the coronavirus. The Democrat criticized Trump’s demand that states pay a quarter of $400 weekly unemployment insurance benefits he was proposing. That would likely cost New York state $4 billion, “an impossibility,” Cuomo told reporters, stating, “The concept of saying to states, ‘you pay 25 percent of the insurance,’ is just laughable. ”
2:10 p.m. San Quentin adds cases, but overall trend is down: San Quentin state prison saw 59 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 14 days, but its overall count of active infections in custody has dropped to 158 inmates, from a high of 1,635 just over a month ago, prison officials report. The prison had seen a rampant outbreak after infected prisoners were transferred in from other state facilities.
1:59 p.m. Federal prisons have 1,383 inmates currently infected: The federal Bureau of Prisons reported Sunday that at its facilities nationwide — among a total population of more than 142,000 — 1,383 inmates and 571 staff members currently are infected with the coronavirus. In all, 111 federal inmates and one staff member have died from COVID-19.
1:47 p.m. Nine test positive at Georgia school where photo showed packed hallway: Nine coronavirus cases have emerged at the Georgia high school that drew national attention last week when students posted pictures and videos of students without masks in tightly packed hallways, according to a letter sent to parents over the weekend. Six students and three staff members at North Paulding High School have reported testing positive for the virus, according to the letter, which was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
1:25 p.m. Contact tracers in state impeded by fear: Contract tracers’ ability to reach people exposed or infected with the coronavirus has been overwhelmed by people’s fear and reluctance to cooperate when they are called about their exposures. The New York Times reports that in Los Angeles, tracers have found many decline to participate because they are worried about wage loss, deportation or stigmatization. During one week in July, more than a third of calls to people who tested positive went unanswered, and more than half of those who did pick up refused to provide at least one close contact.
1:11 p.m. Dreams of public internet meet the coronavirus: The coronavirus pandemic has cast a spotlight on San Francisco’s glaring digital divide. The question is: How do we close it? Read the story by Greg Thomas.
12:19 p.m. Britain reports 1,000 cases in a day: Britain has recorded more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections in a day for the first time since late June. Government statistics say 1,062 new cases of COVID-19 were reported for the 24 hours ending Sunday morning. Britain has seen a gradual rise in coronavirus infections since it began lifting lockdown restrictions in mid-June. The next stage of reopening, which was due to begin Aug. 1, is on hold for at least two weeks.
12:07 p.m. New Zealand’s success story: New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days without community transmission of COVID-19, NZ Herald reports. The nation relied on three types of mitigation: border controls to stop COVID-19 from entering the country; a lockdown and physical distancing; and case-based controls using testing, contact tracing and quarantine.
11:55 a.m. Contra Costa County case totals increase: Contra Costa County has recorded another 160 cases of the coronavirus, and officials report that one more person has died. The county now has confirmed 9,182 cases in all, and a total of 139 fatalities.
11:44 a.m. Catholic schools struggle to survive: With pandemic challenges gripping schools nationwide, Roman Catholic educators face an extra challenge — trying to forestall a wave of school closures that has no end in sight, the Associated Press reports. Financial and enrollment problems have forced more than 140 Catholic schools to close across the nation this year, officials say, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s high school alma mater, the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore. Leaders warn hundreds more will likely close without federal support.
11:30 a.m. Herd immunity hard to come by: Seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, experts believe that in the hardest-hit parts of the U.S., such as New York City, only about 20% of people have been exposed to the virus and are possibly immune. In the Bay Area, it’s probably under 10% — even after the recent surge in cases. For perspective, the 1918 influenza pandemic took three years to dissipate through herd immunity, in the era before vaccines. Read the more details on herd immunity from Erin Allday.
11:19 a.m. SF protesters demand ICE stop transfers of people during pandemic: Protesters marching down Market Street this weekend as part of a statewide campaign to shut down ICE detention centers called for an end to transfer of people among detention facilities, and investigation of the role of prisons and jails in spreading the coronavirus. Read the story.
11:12 a.m. AARP jumps on Trump statement about tax that funds Social Security: President Trump’s vow to defer payroll taxes by executive order for coronavirus relief and seek to “terminate the tax” if he’s re-elected, drew immediate objection from AARP, the powerful lobby and watchdog group that looks out for older Americans. Many lawmakers “agree that a payroll tax suspension raises a number of problems — including potentially for employers who will need to repay taxes they have collected from employees but have not been forwarded to the U.S. Treasury,” AARP Vice President Nancy LeaMond said in a statement. “This approach does not provide needed help to families out of work.” She added, “Social Security is more crucial than ever as Americans face the one-two punch of the coronavirus’s health and economic consequences. But, this approach exacerbates people’s already-heightened fears and concerns about their financial and retirement security.”
10:55 a.m. CDC says hospitalized kids need ICU at same rate as adults: Most children infected with the coronavirus have mild or no symptoms, but they still “can have severe illness requiring hospitalization and intensive care,” a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds. Latino and Back children are much more at risk for symptoms, the study of patients in 14 states found, with Latino children about eight times as likely as white children to be hospitalized. Among those hospitalized, about 1 in 3 was admitted to intensive care, similar to the adult patterns.
10:27 a.m. Trump’s plan for jobless aid requires states to buy in: President Trump’s promise of $400 a week in new jobless benefits requires states, already hard-pressed in coping with the pandemic, to provide $100 of that $400; and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday on CNN that the administration doesn’t yet know if states will buy in. The way the program is envisioned, he said, “For a 100 bucks add-on we will put in 300 dollars.” He said the administration will be finding out Sunday and Monday if states are up for it. Trump’s executive order also faces legal questions.
10:01 a.m. SF, Sonoma County cases continue rise: San Francisco has recorded another 116 cases of the coronavirus. Sonoma County has confirmed an increase of 125 cases. Neither county reported additional deaths.
9:45 a.m. Businesses crater in SF: A San Francisco Chamber of Commerce analysis of credit card transactions reveals that only 465 of the 2,790 storefront businesses that were open before the pandemic were open in July. Those open were doing only a fraction of their earlier business, and “remain unsure about their future,” said chamber President and CEO Rodney Fong. Read Phil Matier’s story.
9:29 a.m. White House adviser tries to clean up Trump statement on Social Security tax: President Trump said Saturday that he will defer payroll taxes and if re-elected he would extend the deferral “beyond the end of the year and terminate the tax.” But White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday said that is not what he meant. The tax funds Social Security and Medicare. Kudlow, pressed by Dana Bash in a CNN interview, said: “I think he meant the deferral would be forgiven. … I think he was saying that the savings on the deferral will be permanent. He did not mean he’s eliminating the Social Security tax.”
9:01 a.m. Pelosi calls Trump orders ‘unconstitutional slop’: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that President Trump’s new COVID-19 relief executive orders stand on questionable legal grounds and fall far short of pandemic aid Americans desperately need. “It was unconstitutional slop,” the San Francisco Democrat said in a Fox News interview. “These are illusions,” she added. “The kindest thing I can say is he doesn’t know what he’s talking about or, something is wrong there. Something is very, very wrong there.”
8:50 a.m. Bay Area futurist weighs in on tech solutions: Paul Saffo, Bay Area futurist and technology forecaster, foresees a home test for the coronavirus using saliva or urine, with PCR (polymerase chain reaction) technology. It could come in the next two years, he suggests. Read more about his take on what’s possible and what’s sci-fi in The Chronicle’s Throughline feature.
8:32 a.m. Trump orders on virus said to be unworkable: Top congressional Democrats on Sunday criticized President Trump’s new executive actions on the coronavirus as weak and unworkable, while Trump administration officials defended the president’s moves and said they were necessary because Democrats wouldn’t compromise on a broad coronavirus relief package.
8:22 a.m. Herd immunity tempting but dangerous: Herd immunity is a tempting concept as the United States endures the prolonged coronavirus pandemic with all its economic and social fallout. But it’s a dangerous goal that would sacrifice tens of thousands of lives nationwide, especially among people of color, public health experts say. Without the aid of a vaccine, herd immunity may not even be possible with this virus. Read the story from Erin Allday here.
It is with deep sadness that I share that my mother, Gaby O’Donnell, has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. My brother and I are heartbroken. Our mother was the kindest and most compassionate person we’ve ever known.
— Robert Garcia (@RobertGarciaLB) July 27, 2020
8:10 a.m. U.S. coronavirus cases reach 5 million: Confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surpassed 5 million, the highest in the world, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The case total worldwide is nearly 20 million, with nearly 12 million recovered.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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