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Total coronavirus cases:
• 586,136 cases in California, including 10,650 deaths
• 65,296 in the Bay Area, including 931 deaths.
• More than 5.1 million in the U.S., including 164,537 deaths. Other states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,787; New Jersey with 15,890; Texas with 9,222; Massachusetts with 8,751 and Florida with 8,553. 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 20.3 million in the world, with more than 743,000 deaths. More than 12.6 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
8:28 a.m. San Mateo County moves location of jury selection: San Mateo County Superior Court, facing a backlog of trials, is moving its jury selection location to “a large well-ventilated space” for safe social distancing. For trials at the Redwood City courthouse — and perhaps later for South San Francisco courthouse trials — jury selection will move to a large building at the San Mateo Event Center, site of the county fair. “The Court hopes to address the large backlog of jury trials that has accumulated as a result of the pandemic and the associated social distancing and shelter-in-place orders,” Neal Taniguchi, court executive officer, said in a release.
8:12 a.m. Pandemic, not fans, takes front row in Biden-Harris appearance: Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden and his new running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, make their first appearance as a ticket Wednesday in the odd reflection of the coronavirus panemic. There will be no cheering rally with adoring throngs that would traditionally greet the pair. They instead will appear at a school near Biden’s Delaware home to discuss leading the country through a pandemic and a reckoning with systemic racism. Then they will sit together for an online fundraiser.
7:59 a.m. GOP targets race in pandemic-blasted Orange County: In a House race that is fast becoming one of the nastiest in the country, a Republican super PAC is betting on Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel who accuses incumbent Democrat Harley Rouda of politicizing the pandemic. Rouda is blaming the supervisor for the county’s coronavirus problems as the county endures one of the state’s highest tolls. The GOP PAC, Congressional Leadership Fund, is spending $600,000 to help Steel, in one of three California seats it is targeting with big TV buys. Read the story here.
7:43 a.m. SF’s Prairie is latest restaurant to shutter: The San Francisco restaurant Prairie, which gained attention during the early days of the pandemic for dropping its meal service to operate as a general store, will permanently close on Friday. Chef and owner Anthony Strong described the restaurant’s reinvention as a “Hail Mary” to save the business during the pandemic, but it was never meant to be a permanent solution. Read the story here.
7:29 a.m. Mozilla laying off 250 workers: Mozilla, the Mountain View maker of the Firefox web browser, is laying off 250 employees and closing its operations in Taipei, Taiwan, the company said in a blog post. The previously had layoffs in January, said to affect 70 people. Changes were underway already, but pandemic-related losses figured into the new plan, the company said.
7:16 a.m. Deep recession confirmed in Britain: Official numbers published Wednesday confirm the British economy has plunged into a record-shattering deep recession, shrinking by a fifth in the second quarter, in the steepest decline of any Group of Seven nation, the Washington Post reports. Alongside huge job losses announced a day earlier, Britain now finds itself with the worst economy and behind only the United States, Brazil and Mexico in COVID-19 deaths.
7 a.m. Stocks rise with earnings: The Dow was up 0.94% in early trading. Foxconn, a key iPhone supplier, said in its earnings report that smartphone demand was recovering, lifting Apple shares.
6:39 a.m. Everything you need to know about the new school year: Most Bay Area schools are heading back to class remotely over the next few weeks as the coronavirus pandemic keeps their campuses shuttered for at least the first part of the fall. Chronicle education reporter Jill Tucker has answers to many common questions about the new school year.
6:27 a.m. Drivers crossing Bay Area bridges feeling free to skip paying the toll: Scofflaws crossing the seven state Bay Area bridges have racked up $16 million in unpaid tolls since the coronavirus pandemic forced toll takers out of their booths and prompted an overnight switch to all-electronic toll collection. And the problem keeps growing. Chronicle columnist Phil Matier has the full story.
6:18 a.m. UCSF scientists create molecules for nose spray they say can kill coronavirus: Synthetic antibodies that researchers believe neutralize the coronavirus have been created at UCSF and could be available for use in nose sprays or inhalers within a few months if clinical trials go well. They hope the development will be a game changer in the worldwide effort to halt the pandemic. Read the full story from Peter Fimrite.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 11:
4:35 p.m. State superintendent of instruction to discuss plans to ‘resume learning’ this fall: State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond is scheduled to discuss the California Department of Education’s “ongoing efforts to support schools as they make plans to resume learning this fall,” according to a department tweet. The discussion is scheduled to be streamed Facebook.com/CAEducation at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
4:20 p.m. San Quentin officials ignored coronavirus guidance from top Marin County health officer, letter says: Two days after California prison officials in late May shipped busloads of prisoners from a coronavirus hot spot in Chino to San Quentin State Prison, Marin County’s top public health officer issued urgent guidance to the prison’s leadership. This advice was the first in a series of public health recommendations to be issued and ultimately dismissed by prison officials, Dr. Matthew Willis said in a letter to a Marin County Superior Court judge and in an interview Tuesday with The Chronicle. Read the full story by Megan Cassidy.
3:35 p.m. SF State entrants get easier transfer path: Students will be able to transfer in to San Francisco State University in fall 2021 after taking as few as two classes at community colleges in a new admission policy announced Tuesday. The university has lost thousands of students this year due in large part to the pandemic. Read the story here.
3:33 p.m. March on D.C. to adjust for virus concerns: A national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia, the Associated Press reports. Although many marchers will arrive via charter buses on Aug. 28, the Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the organizers, will ask some to join satellite marches planned in states that are considered hot spots for COVID-19.
3:27 p.m. Santa Clara County reports more cases: Santa Clara County recorded 280 more cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing its total to 12,962 cases so far. Officials also reported two additional deaths, bringing the county’s death total to 207 deaths. Officials said these new cases and deaths reflect “new diagnoses and deaths occurring over the past several days.”
3:20 p.m. Los Angeles County exceeds 5,000 COVID-19 deaths: Los Angeles County reached what public health officials called a “somber milestone” Tuesday, in marking 5,057 COVID-19 deaths to date. “The number of new cases reported today is missing lab reports from one of the larger labs which is contributing to the lower number of new cases,” public health officials said in a statement. “Today’s numbers do not include backlog numbers.” By comparison, the Bay Area counties have recorded 930 deaths in all.
3:15 p.m. American Airlines extends exit deadline for workers: American Airlines told employees Tuesday the company is extending the window to apply for voluntary exit packages or long-term voluntary leave through Monday. The announcement comes amid uncertainty on whether Congress will approve another $25 billion in payroll assistance for passenger airlines to keep tens of thousands of workers employed after Sept. 30.
3:10 p.m. Florida governor wants college football to go ahead: Gov. Ron DeSantis wants college football in Florida this fall despite the coronavirus outbreak. Speaking Tuesday at Florida State’s practice facility, DeSantis said the sport can be played safely. Florida on Tuesday announced 277 more deaths from the virus, including deaths from the weekend. While the Big 10, Mid-American and Mountain West and Pac-12 have canceled fall football, the South’s two primary conferences, the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast, still plan to play.
2:58 p.m. Ballot boxes for pandemic voting are new front in election battle: A voting alternative to in-person polling places that’s gaining popularity — and attracting controversy — is the use of drop boxes, where voters can deposit their absentee ballots for election officials to collect. NPR reports that though tens of thousands of primary ballots have been rejected around the country after arriving in the mail too late, some say ballot boxes left outside aren’t safe, even though many are protected with security cameras.
2:39 p.m. Feinstein calls for extending Census data deadlines as part of new relief package: California’s Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, along with other senators, called Tuesday for extending Census deadlines, and for including that extension as part of the next coronavirus relief package. The extension is needed to ensure time for “a full, fair, and accurate 2020 Census” including accuracy of data for redrawing of legislative districts, the senators wrote in a letter to congressional leaders.
2:29 p.m. McConnell wants stimulus package talks to start up again: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling for the Trump administration and congressional Democrats to restart negotiations on a fifth coronavirus deal after talks collapsed late last week. McConnell told Fox News it’s “time for everybody to get back to the table,” rather than leave talks at an “impasse.”
2:17 p.m. Young Floridians losing battle with coronavirus: In Florida, more than 100 adults aged 25 to 44 died of the coronavirus last month, a troubling trend that does not align with what the state’s governor has said throughout the pandemic — that the toll was largely limited to the very old, a review of state data by The New York Times shows. In July, deaths of residents under 65 outnumbered those over 90. More Floridians age 25-44 died that month than in the previous four months combined.
2:08 p.m. Virus centers in Americas: The Americas continue to be the center of the coronavirus, with more than 100,000 new cases a day, the head of the Pan American Health Organization said Tuesday. The United States accounts formost of the new infections, but cases are spiking in Latin America, and in countries that previously had the virus under control, including Colombia and Argentina, the New York Times reports. Cases are rising in Central America.
1:59 p.m. Choice of Harris for VP offers assets in pandemic-era campaign: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris for his running mate brings strength to the ticket’s ability to campaign amid pandemic-forced limits on traditional campaigning. The California senator has become an active user of Instagram Live to engage with the public from her home, offering what feels like a personal interaction. Read The Chronicle’s story.
1:47 p.m. California, 7 other states will mail ballots to all voters: Thanks to concern about spread of the coronavirus, at least three-quarters of U.S. voters will be eligible to receive a ballot in the mail for the 2020 election — the most in U.S. history, according to a New York Times analysis. If recent election trends hold and turnout increases as experts predict, roughly 80 million mail ballots will flood election offices this fall, more than double the number returned in 2016. California is among eight states sending ballots to every registered voter, while other states will enable absentee applications.
1:38 p.m. Pac-12 postpones fall football: The Pac-12 conference has postponed its fall football season until the spring, a conference source confirmed with The Chronicle.
1:33 p.m. Tech stocks drag market down: A late slide in big technology companies left indexes broadly lower on Wall Street, erasing an early Tuesday gain and breaking a seven-day winning streak for the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 0.4%. Gains for banks, industrial and energy companies were offset by drops in big-name tech stocks, with Apple slipping nearly 3% and Microsoft down 2.3%. The Nasdaq fell 1.7%.
1:28 p.m. Biden picks California’s Harris: Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden has selected Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, telling a nation gripped by economic catastrophe that has slammed the nation’s most vulnerable businesses and individuals that she is “a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants.”
12:58 p.m. Global case count tops 20 million: It took six months for the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus — and just over six weeks for that number to double. The global count of known infections was more than 20.1 million as of Tuesday. More than half of cases are from the U.S., India and Brazil, according to Johns Hopkins University tracking. Average new cases per day in in the U.S. have declined but still number over 54,000, compared to almost 59,000 in India and nearly 44,000 in Brazil.
12:45 p.m. Big Ten sports conference delays fall sports: The Big Ten college conference will delay all fall sports to the spring, league officials announced Tuesday. The decision affects football, soccer, cross country and dozens of other sports, and follows Mid-Atlantic Conference action last week. “… It became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said.
12:40 p.m. Bay Area death toll creeps toward 1,000: Lives lost to the coronavirus in the Bay Area numbered 928 as of midday Tuesday, with the region’s overall case count since the start of the pandemic at 64,304.
12:31 p.m. Dome dining option stirs debate: News of $200-a-person plastic dome-covered tables, and quirky improvised patios erected outside of restaurants — solutions from beleaguered restaurateurs to keep from going under during the pandemic — drew vehement responses, The Chronicle’s Soleil Ho reports. The dome is seen as a symbol of the inadequacy of our social safety net: it’s a shield against, not for, the ones who need sheltering the most.
12:19 p.m. SF virus reproduction number drops to crucial threshhold: San Francisco’s coronavirus contagion rate has reached a level at which the outbreak is considered on the decline, officials said Tuesday. The reproduction ratio is just below 1. This indicator is an epidemiologic metric on contagiousness, meaning the average number of people that one infected person will pass the virus to. An outbreak is expected to end if the number is less than 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
12:10 p.m. Breed’s coronavirus spending plan includes homeless housing, food services: Mayor London Breed’s budget proposal allocates nearly $183 million for housing, shelter and medical programs for San Francisco’s homeless population and for hotels for coronavirus-stricken people who cannot safely self-isolate. Another $45.8 million is proposed for food and human services programs, including a $16 million expansion of the public Pit Stop restrooms.
12:04 p.m. SF coronavirus spending to reach more than $400 million over year: Over the next year, San Francisco is expected to spend about $446 million on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor London Breed revealed Tuesday. She said about $353 million is expected to come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, state grants and federal stimulus money. Breed’s budget assumes the city will cover the remainder, about $93 million. Read The Chronicle’s story here.
11:51 a.m. Trump: Father of nation no match for him without virus: President Trump says only the coronavirus could have prevented him from winning a hypothetical matchup against George Washington. Contradicting, and obliquely acknowledging, polls his plunging ratings, he told radio interviewer Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday: “I don’t know if you’ve seen, the polls have been going up like a rocket ship. George Washington would have had a hard time beating me before the plague came in, before the China plague. … Like other countries, when you get hit, it affects you. And we went down a little bit.”
11:39 a.m. San Mateo adds to case count: San Mateo County reported another 43 cases of the coronavirus, bringing its total to date to 6,428 cases. The county also recorded an additional two deaths for a total of 122 fatal cases so far.
11:30 a.m. Challenger dings Wiener for support of coronavirus-based budget cuts: Jackie Fielder, a 25-year-old candidate challenging state Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, is slamming the incumbent Democrat for, among other things, “trying to balance the budget on the backs of students, teachers and public employees” by supporting coronavirus-based cuts in the current state budget. Read The Chronicle’s story on the race here.
10:38 a.m. Big spike in homicides: The onset of warm weather typically brings a spike in violent crime, but after weeks of shutdown, the increase this year has been much steeper than usual, the New York Times reports. Across 20 major cities, the murder rate at the end of June was on average 37% higher than it was at the end of May, University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist finds. The increase over the same period a year ago was just 6%.
10:01 a.m. Marin County to allow personal care services outdoors: Nail salons, massage therapy and esthetic, cosmetology and skincare services can reopen outdoors, effective immediately, in Marin County, Public Health Officer Matt Willis announced at Tuesday’ Board of Supervisors meeting. He cited leveling off of coronavirus transmission rates. Tattoo, piercing and electrolysis businesses must remain closed, per California restrictions. The county also plans to allow hotels and short term rentals to open if virus cases remain below 200 per 100,000 residents through August 21.
9:45 a.m. Marin County to apply for school reopening waiver this week: Marin County officials on Friday will apply for a state go-ahead to reopen county schools, county Public Health Officer Matt Willis said Tuesday. He told the Board of Supervisors the earliest schools could open would be Sept. 8, with site-specific protection plans needed for each facility. He also discouraged families from forming independent learning pods, saying it could increase risk of coronavirus transmission.
9:20 a.m. New York refuses full accounting on nursing home deaths: The coronavirus death toll in New York’s nursing homes could actually be a significant undercount, the Associated Press reports. Unlike other states, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property, not those who were taken to hospitals and died there. That could add thousands to the state’s official count just over 6,600 nursing home deaths. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has refused to divulge the number, leading to speculation the state is manipulating the figures for appearances.
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
9:11 a.m. UMass cancels football: Massachusetts is the latest school from the Football Bowl Subdivision, college football’s highest level, to cancel its fall season. UMass is an independent in football and its decision affects only that sport. Athletic director Ryan Bamford said the school will try for a spring season if possible. UMass joins UConn, Old Dominion and all Mid-American Conference and Mountain West schools, a total of 27, in postponing its football season.
9:01 a.m. Chain stores flee NYC: Five months into the pandemic, economic damage to businesses that are part of national chains has in many cases been far worse in New York than elsewhere in the country, the New York Times reports. In Manhattan, national chains including J.C. Penney, Kate Spade, Subway and Le Pain Quotidien have shuttered branches for good. Other brands, like Victoria’s Secret and the Gap, have their kept high-profile locations closed, while reopening in other states. New York looks nothing like it did just a few months ago.
8:30 a.m. SF creates street response teams for mental health: In spite of the budget woes brought on by the shattering coronavirus pandemic, San Francisco is beefing up mental health care, including with the city’s first street-crisis response teams to deal with psychiatric emergencies, a duty that previously fell to police. The pandemic has been accompanied by concern over clusters of people living on the streets. Read the story here.
8:20 a.m. South San Francisco schools delay start: The South San Francisco Unified School District has pushed back the start of its school year from Wednesday to Monday, Aug. 17. Classes will start remotely, for at least three weeks, then phase in to in-person learning. Depending on conditions and health officials’ approvals, the most vulnerable students could return first, with all students back at school another three weeks or more later, the district said.
8:10 a.m. Another Assembly member tests positive: A California Assembly member has tested positive for the coronavirus, officials announced Monday. The person was last in the Capitol Aug. 6, and wore a face mask the entire time, according to a letter to Assembly employees. It is the first case since an early July outbreak caused the Legislature to delay its session to July 27. The Capitol remains open to essential employees.
7:55 a.m. Free phone calls for SF inmates: Inmates in San Francisco’s jails now can make all phone calls free of charge, which is particularly important during the pandemic, Mayor London Breed said Monday. A special fixed-rate deal with a jail phone services provider will enable the calls, she said. “When people are in jail they need to be able to stay connected with their family without being concerned about how much it will cost,” she said. “Being able to stay in touch with family is always important, but it is even more critical during a health emergency like COVID-19.”
7:40 a.m. White House considers barring citizens crossing back from Mexico: White House officials are circulating a proposal to give U.S. border authorities the extraordinary ability to block U.S. citizens and permanent residents from entering the country from Mexico if they are suspected of coronavirus infection, the Washington Post reports, citing two administration officials and a person familiar with the plans. The legal basis for the move is unclear. Medical experts say such restrictions would make little difference because The U.S., world leader in case numbers, already has widespread transmission, the Post reports.
7:29 a.m. New Zealand reports first cases in more than 100 days: New Zealand confirmed its first cases of COVID-19 in 103 days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday. Four cases were discovered in four members of a family in Auckland, which was placed in lockdown with the rest of the country, and asked to resume social distancing and wearing masks.
7:23 a.m. UCSF works on two-drug solution for virus treatment: Researchers at UC San Francisco have begun testing a mixture of two of the most promising treatments for COVID-19 in hopes it will be the answer to neutralizing the coronavirus. The study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, treated its first patient last week with a combination of Gilead’s remdesivir and the anti-inflammatory interferon. Read the story here.
7:14 a.m. Russia approves vaccine, offers no proof: Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine for use in tens of thousands of people despite international skepticism about injections that have not completed clinical trials and were studied in only dozens of people for less than two months. President Vladimir Putin said the vaccine underwent appropriate tests. Russian authorities have offered no proof to back up the claim of its safety or effectiveness.
6:33 a.m. Dow back to February levels: The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 1.2% in early trading, passing 28,000 to hit a level it had not seen since February. The market rally appeared to be prompted by signs of recovering demand in Asia, where many countries have managed the coronavirus pandemic better than the U.S.
6:14 a.m. Salesforce donates $20 million to SF, Oakland and other U.S. schools: The tech company, San Francisco’s largest private employer, is giving $9 million to San Francisco Unified School District and $9 million to Oakland Unified School District amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story by Roland Li.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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