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Total coronavirus cases:
• 921,594 cases in California, including 17,562 deaths
• 116,935 in the Bay Area, including 1,771 deaths
• More than 8.9 million in the U.S., including more than 228,000 deaths. Other states with the highest death tolls are New York with 33,435; Texas with 18,069; Florida with 16,571; New Jersey with 16,324. Illinois 9,889 and Massachusetts with 9,888. Click on the Chronicle’s Coronavirus Tracker for a state by state case count and tally of deaths.
• More than 44.8 million in the world, with more than 1.1 million deaths. More than 29 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
3:30 p.m. Remdesivir’s value questioned: The FDA’s decision to grant full approval to Gilead’s remdesivir — meaning the Foster City company can market it broadly to doctors and patients — has puzzled several outside experts, the New York Times reports. They question that stamp of approval, saying the drug is, at best, a mediocre treatment for COVID-19. One large, government-run trial found it shortens patients’ recovery times, but the two other studies by Gilead did not compare the treatments with a placebo. It has not been shown to significantly lower death rates. And a large World Health Organization study found the drug provided no benefit to hospitalized patients.
3:13 p.m. Santa Clara, Contra Costa counties record more deaths: Santa Clara County officials reported Thursday that two more lives have been lost to the coronavirus. Another three COVID-19 deaths were recorded in Contra Costa County, which also reported 104 new infections. Santa Clara County reported 107 new infections as numbers ticked upward in the Bay Area and California, though not at the surge rates seen in much of the nation..
3:10 p.m. U.S. death toll climbs: Lives lost to COVID-19 across the United States as of Thursday numbered more than 228,000, according to tracking Thursday by Johns Hopkins University researchers.
3:06 p.m. S.F. mayor pleads with Halloween celebrants not to gather in numbers: Mayor London Breed on Thursday tweeted: “Keep our community safe this Halloween weekend by staying home & avoiding gatherings. If you do go out, wear a mask & keep your distance from others. For family-friendly ideas on how to get creative & have fun at home, check out http://SF.gov/HalloweenAtHome.”
3:02 p.m. Contra Costa County hosts free flu shot-virus test day: Contra Costa County health officials are inviting the public to a Nov. 7 event offering free coronavirus tests and flu shots. “Food giveaway, cloth face coverings and hand sanitizer from 9-3:30 at West County Health Center,” in San Pablo, the county tweeted.
2:56 p.m. ‘Where’s the money?’ state health officials complain: State health officials are expressing frustration about a lack of federal financial support as they are ordered to prepare to receive and distribute the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 15, even though one is not likely to be approved until later this year, the Washington Post reports. The officials say they don’t have enough money to pay for the enormous, complicated undertaking. State officials have been planning in recent weeks to deliver shots even though no one knows which vaccine will be authorized, what special storage and handling may be required and how many doses each state will receive.
2:44 p.m. Trump rally venues draw fines: President Trump’s rallies are among the biggest events defying crowd restrictions designed to stop the coronavirus from spreading, even as Disneyland still can’t open and people are told to think twice about Thanksgiving gatherings. Some states have fined venues that host Trump rallies for violating caps on crowd size, the Associated Press reports. But the rallies continue, even where cases are spiking and the nation posts record high new infections.The Trump campaign distributes masks and hand sanitizer at rallies, but largely maskless crowds are the norm.
2:20 p.m. With 9 million coronavirus cases, U.S. hits another sad milestone: With many states around the country reporting surges, tracking by the New York Times shows the United States surpassed 9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday. More than 20 states reported their highest number of new cases over the past week since the start of the pandemic. Tracking by Johns Hopkins University, however, still showed the U.S. at 8,922,632 as of Thursday afternoon.
2:20 p.m. Utah eyes crisis priorities at overburdened hospitals: Gov. Gary Herbert and health officials said Thursday that Utah may soon need to implement crisis care protocols as hospitals reach a breaking point amid a record coronavirus surge. Understaffing and a shortage of ICU beds could soon force hospitals to move to protocols that dictate how patients will be treated when the system is overloaded. Utah residents must take public health guidelines and mask-wearing seriously to avoid the drastic measures, health officials said.
2:17 p.m. Familiar barbs in relief-package standoff: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco wrote to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Thursday, faulting Republicans for the failed coronavirus stimulus negotiations. She scolded him for failing to produce answers to her demands for Democratic priorities as part of the approximately $2 trillion aid package. President Trump promised “a very big package as soon as the election is over,” telling a Las Vegas interviewer, “I would rather do it now, but Nancy Pelosi does not want to do it.” Pelosi says remaining obstacles are big-ticket items including a testing plan, aid to state and local governments, funding for schools, jobless benefits and a GOP-sought shield against coronavirus-related lawsuits.
2:09 p.m. Staff, crew on Harris campaign quarantine: The Biden-Harris campaign announced that several people travelling with Doug Emhoff, vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris’ husband, were forced into quarantine after a flight crew member tested positive for the coronavirus Thursday, the Washington Post reports. “A non-staff flight crew member that travelled on a support plane for Doug Emhoff tested positive for COVID-19,” a campaign statement said. Other flight crew members and two of Emhoff’s support staff who “had been in close contact with this individual” were asked to quarantine for 14 days.
1:59 p.m. WHO says Europe hitting records on cases: The World Health Organization’s Europe director said Thursday that the 53-country region has again reached a new weekly record for coronavirus cases: more than 1.5 million confirmed last week and more than 10 million since the start of the pandemic. At a meeting with European health ministers, Dr. Hans Kluge said, “hospitalizations have risen to levels unseen since the spring” and deaths rose by more than 30% in the last week.
1:54 p.m. Two Trump rallygoers infected: Two people who attended President Trump’s rally last week in Gastonia, N.C., have tested positive for the coronavirus, Gaston County health officils announced Thursday. “These cases are not thought to be an indication of spread from the rally at this time, but rather two independent cases among individuals who were in attendance,” the health department statement said.
1:51 p.m. More transit subsidies coming: Low-income riders could get reduced fares on more Bay Area transit systems as the recession cripples both workers who rely on public transit and the agencies serving them. The Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to use $5 million in federal coronavirus emergency funds to expand subsidies to as many as 17 more agencies as soon as November. Each transit agency’s board must approve the program.
1:38 p.m. Lawmakers seek renewed funding for science training: Nineteen California legislators on Thursday called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to restore funding that was cut this year for the statewide Exploratorium K-12 Science Leader Network, which trains science teachers from across the state through the Exploratorium museum. Nine in 10 participants are from Title I schools and low-income population districts. The state’s $3.5 million for the program has been matched by philanthropic contributions. The lawmakers wrote to Newsom that “The coronavirus pandemic has made evident the critical need for Californians to be informed and understand science.”
1:32 p.m. Stocks recover: Wall Street reacted to better-than-expected jobless numbers and the largest-ever jump in gross domestic product. The S&P 500 climbed 1.2% to 3,310.11, the Nasdaq composite index advanced 1.6% to 11,185.59, and the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 139.16 points, or 0.5%, at 26,659.11. Thursday marked the first daily gain for the Dow in five days. The S&P 500 snapped a three-day slide.
1:20 p.m. Pandemic wallops newspaper companies : Six newspaper chains, with more than 300 daily newspapers, saw advertising revenues fall by a median of 42% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to Quarter 2 of 2019, according to a study published Thursday by the Pew Research Center. Circulation revenue dropped by a median of 8%. Ad revenue for five local TV news companies, representing at least 600 individual stations, was down 24%. At the three major cable news networks, ad revenue for MSNBC and CNN declined by double digits, but Fox News Channel’s revenue rose by 41%,” the report said.
1:08 p.m. The poop may hold the poop: Researchers at UC Berkeley are collecting and testing sewage from a big swath of Bay Area residents in hopes of being able to spot any coronavirus infection cluster before the virus spreads. After more limited wastewater sampling from places like San Quentin State Prison and a UC Berkeley dorm, a temporary lab is enabling testing of sewage from 10 wastewater agencies representing more than 2 million people. Read more here.
12:34 p.m. Fauci, NIH director reassure on vaccine: As part of federal vaccine approvals, outside review and the transparency to the public and scientists like Dr. Anthony Fauci and National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins should assuage fears about the safety of FDA-approved coronavirus vaccines that come down the pike, the two said in a Facebook presentation Thursday. “The process itself is sound,” Fauci said. “It’s totally transparent.” Collins added, “It’s not like it’s done in some smoky room.” Fauci also cautioned, “I can foresee, even with a really good vaccine, mask wearing will continue well into the third or fourth quarter of 2021.”
12:20 p.m. Answer is squishy on whether it’s safe to fly: Healthcare experts say the air filtration systems in most commercial planes helps reduce the risk of being infected with the coronavirus, but they tell the Los Angeles Times that studies to date have limitations and results are not all definitive. The experts say the most prominent study correctly concludes that the infection risk is lower with air filters used on planes than in places such as stores and restaurants, but does not account for people moving around the cabin, or even turning their heads.
12:13 p.m. Flu and coronavirus collide in Solano County patient: Solano County health officials on Thursday announced that a county resident younger than 65 is the first to have a flu and coronavirus co-infection.“With the likelihood of both COVID-19 and seasonal flu activity this winter, contracting either disease may weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to the other disease,” which underscores the importance of getting a flu shot, said Bela Matyas, the county health officer. It’s not yet clear if co-infections cause more serious illness, or how common they are.
12:03 p.m. Dodgers’ Turner under investigation: Major League baseball is investigating third baseman Justin Turner after he violated league protocols by celebrating on the field with the Dodgers when they won the World Series, even though he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Read more 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
11:35 a.m. Mask backdrop for Trump changed in Florida: TV images of President Trump’s rally in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday showed most of the people closely packed onto on risers behind him not wearing masks. The visual contrasted with what’s happened at other Trump rallies, where hundreds crowd the audience without wearing face coverings, but the people behind the president in the TV picture do wear masks. Trump has never encouraged mask-wearing even though he has said he thinks they work.
11:23 a.m. Contra Costa County eases social gathering rules: Contra Costa County, newly advanced into the orange tier of California’s reopening blueprint, is easing restrictions on social gatherings to allow gatherings of up to 25 people and three households, as allowed by state guidelines. However health officials urge caution because any surge in coming weeks could move the county back to a more restrictive tier. They urge people to conduct get-togethers outside and with masks on to reduce possible coronavirus spread.
11:12 a.m. There will be no ‘small bill’ for recovery after election, says Pelosi: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that after the Nov. 3 election she will continue to push for her version of a coronavirus recovery package, which has met resistance from the GOP and White House. “We are not going to take a small bill, with the bulk pouring onto the rich people of America while questioning the integrity of unemployment insurance,” she told reporters on Capitol Hill. “The American people need help.”
11 a.m. Eli Lilly antibody study halted, forcing Bay Area researchers to seek a new path: A nationwide trial of synthetic antibodies similar to those President Trump touted as “a cure” for the coronavirus was halted this week after it was found to be ineffective, forcing Bay Area researchers to focus on other potential treatments. Read the whole story here.
10:39 a.m. A dozen infected among Healdsburg hospital staff: Twelve Healdsburg District Hospital employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting testing of nearly all of the hospital’s 320 workers, according to reports this week. Contact tracers were investigating whether the infections were contracted outside of the hospital. No patients were infected, the hospital said.
10:16 a.m. Trump closing message doubles down on corner-rounding: President Trump is not changing his coronavirus-downplaying message as he closes out his reelection campaign, despite an immense new surge sweeping the country, The president says at rally after maskless rally that the nation is “rounding the turn,” or “rounding the corner” as he urges voters to ignore the data and the evidence around them, insisting that COVID-19 is on the way out. He blames “the fake news” for reporting “everything is Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid.” Continuing to ignore federal guidelines and the pleas of health officials, Trump convenes packed rallies as he barnstorms battleground states. He was back in Florida on Thursday.
9:45 a.m. Second in command at Space Force infected: Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of space operations, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Air Force announced Wednesday. He was exposed by a close contact, the Air Force statement said, and he was self-quarantining and working from home. Top officials who tested negative in the past day include Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown Jr., and Air Force Secretary Barbara M. Barrett, according to Air Force Magazine.
9:35 a.m. Death rates improve: As the coronavirus infected nearly 8.5 million Americans over summer and fall, survival rates, even for seriously ill patients, appeared to be improving, the New York Times reports. A New York hospital system where 30% of COVID-19 patients died in March saw that drop to 3% by the end of June. Researchers cited a combination of factors: Clinicians were better able to manage the disease, and use steroid drugs and non-drug interventions. Community awareness improved, with patients seeking care earlier. The load on hospitals lightened.
9:20 a.m. Older Californians can renew driver’s licenses by mail: Gov. Gavin Newsom is waiving the requirement that pepole 70 or older renew their driver’s licenses in person. His executive order Wednesday will last until the end of the coronavirus emergency or until a new order is signed. The change is intended to allow vulnerable people to stay home to avoid infection. Those 70 or older were already eligible for a one-year extension if their licenses expired between March 1 and Dec. 31.
8:59 a.m. India moves toward U.S. levels: India’s confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday, as concerns grew over a major Hindu festival season and winter setting in. India’s trajectory is moving toward the worst-hit country, the United States, which has over 8.8 million cases.
8:52 a.m. Pope goes back online: The Vatican is ending Pope Francis’ general audiences with the public amid a surge in Italy’s coronavirus cases and a confirmed infection at last week’s encounter. Francis is to resume livestreaming his weekly catechism lessons, as he did during the Vatican’s lockdown during the spring and summer. He resumed his Wednesday general audiences Sept. 2 in a Vatican courtyard with limited numbers of faithful. His failure to wear a mask during his audiences has drawn criticism, especially when he greeted prelates afterward.
8:48 a.m. S.F. expert says following S.F. would have saved 50,000 U.S. lives: UCSF Medicine chairman Dr. Bob Wachter recently told the Los Angeles Times that if the entire country had followed San Francisco’s approach to the coronavirus outbreak, the nation would have 50,000 dead from the pandemic instead of more than 225,000. Last week, San Francisco became the first Bay Area county to move to the least-restrictive yellow reopening tier, the first major metro area in California to do so.
8 a.m. S.F.’s positive test rate is lowest among big cities: San Francisco currently has the lowest coronavirus positive test rate among the biggest U.S. cities, a Chronicle review of data reveals. The city’s 7-day average shows just 0.8% of tests coming back positive, though recent daily data show the rate going up to around 1%. Bay Area cases are ticking up though, causing concrens as holidays approach. Read more and see the list of positive test rates for the 20 most populous U.S. cities here.
7:44 a.m. Californians again on East Coast quarantine list: Travelers from California to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut will be required to quarantine for two weeks, after the state experienced a recent uptick in coronavirus infection rates. Although California is not surging like many other states, the eastern state trio is casting a wide net, and California joins 45 other states and territories on the Tri-State Travel Advisory’s quarantine list, an agreement hatched by the governors of the three states in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
7:24 a.m. California outpaces states where pandemic is surging on job recovery: Jobs in San Francisco and California are slowly coming back, compared to states where the pandemic is less controlled, like Arizona, Illinois and Michigan where new unemployment claims are climbing, federal data shows. California ’s jobless claims dropped from 159,876 a week ago to 152,057 last week. Weekly claims increased by 1,649 in Arizona; 7,871 in Illinois; and 8,763 in Michigan. Continung pandemic economic effects nationwide are likely to hinder recovery of California’s state’s tourism sector. Read more here.
7:15 a.m. Stocks stabilize on GDP, jobless numbers: The economy grew at a 33% annual rate in July, August and September. While a bounce-back from the depths of the pandemic-induced recession was expected, the recovery was better than forecast. Jobless claims also decreased nationwide, despite some increases in states where coronavirus infections surged. The economic indicators kept the stock market flat as shares began trading, a relief after big drops this week.
Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 28:
3:27 p.m. S.F. records 5 more deaths: San Francisco reported another five COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing its total lives lost to the coronavirus so far to 145. San Francisco added another 52 new infections, for a total case count of 12,241 since the start of the pandemic.
3:09 p.m. Boeing to cut 7,000 more jobs due to pandemic losses, media reports say: Boeing said Wednesday that it will slash 7,000 additional jobs because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, news accounts reported. In its third-quarter report, the aircraft maker said, “As the company resizes its operations to align with market realities, Boeing expects to continue lowering overall staffing levels through natural attrition as well as voluntary and involuntary workforce reductions.” The company said overall its workforce will shrink to about 130,000 by the end of next year, or 30,000 fewer people than it had at the start of 2020.
2:58 p.m. Clinic will address lingering symptoms plaguing some COVID-19 patients: UC Davis Health announced Wednesday that it has launched a Post-COVID-19 Clinic to provide specialty care for so-called long-haul patients who experience weeks or months of lingering, difficult-to-understand symptoms after bouts with COVID-19. “Rather than going from doctor to doctor and not getting all of their issues examined at once, our goal is to evaluate them comprehensively, find the causes and add other UC Davis specialists to their care teams as needed,” said Mark Avdalovic, a pulmonary and critical care specialist and associate professor of clinical medicine.
2:49 p.m. Biden says ending pandemic will be hard work: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday slammed President Trump for what he characterized as reckless handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and said, “Even if I win, it’s going to take a lot of hard work to end this pandemic,” the Washington Post reports. “I’m not running on the false promise of being able to end this pandemic by flipping a switch,” he said. “We will deal honestly with the American people, and we’ll never, ever, ever quit.” He also blasted Trump for his Tuesday night Omaha rally, where hundreds stood in freezing cold for hours waiting to leave on buses.
2:21 p.m. Mask mandates help limit virus hospitalizations: Research at Vanderbilt University that studied coronavirus hospitalizations across Tennessee concluded that: “Areas with virus mitigation strategies—including but not limited to masking requirements—have seen lower growth in hospitalizations since the summer months; hospitals in these areas are in a much better position to serve the entire spectrum of community health needs, not just COVID-19 patients. The new analysis, which is not peer reviewed, found that hospitals in areas without mandates for people to wear masks are experiencing the highest hospitalization rates.
2:11 p.m. Trump mocks California mask mandate during Arizona rally: Speaking at a campaign event in Bullhead City, President Trump erroneously characterized California’s mask mandate as eating “through a mask. He said, “In California, you have a special mask. You cannot under any circumstances take it off. You have to eat through the mask… It’s a very complex mechanism. And they don’t realize those germs, they go through it like nothing.” While masks are to remain on in restaurants, people can pull them down during bites, and there’s no special mechanism required, just a normal face covering.
2:01 p.m. Longtime Russian diplomat infected: Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, 70, has gone into isolation after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. This news comes one day after Lavrov met with Greek officials in Athens, the Associated Press reports.
1:48 p.m. Alameda County lets middle and high schools open: Alameda County health officials announced Wednesday that beginning Nov. 9, middle and high schools can reopen if they submit a coronavirus health and safety plan to county education and health officials for approval. Schools are not required to open, a county statement said. The greenlight “does not mean all schools have the resources to be ready as soon as opening is permitted. Some schools will need more time and should open classrooms only when they and their school communities are prepared to do so,” said Nicholas Moss, interim county health officer. At the elementary level, which was approved for earlier reopening, officials said 58 schools have opened or submitted a plan to do so.
1:41 p.m. SFO sets up coronavirus hotline: San Francisco International Airport officials say that with ongoing changes in travel, “bringing some uncertainty,” the airport has set up a 24-hour hotline to answer questions about COVID-19. “Call us at (650) 821-8205. We are always available for assistance,” the airport tweeted Wednesday.
1:27 p.m. Steep slide on Wall Street: Stocks plummeted Wednesday as rising coronavirus cases threaten more shutdowns. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 943 points to close at 26,520, a loss of 3.4%. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq composite also fell sharply, joining the Dow in wiping out their gains for the month. The S&P was down 3.5% and the Nasdaq fell 3.7%.
1:18 p.m. White House says claim of ending pandemic was ‘poorly worded’: After the White House science office listed “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” as President Trump’s the top accomplishment, White House communications chief Alyssa Farah told reporters that was a ‘poorly worded’ claim. As the U.S. sets records for new daily infections and numerous hospitals across the country struggle to keep up, she said the release was meant to say that ending the pandemic was “our goal.”
12:48 p.m. France, Germany reinstate lockdowns as cases soar: France and Germany are reinstating lockdown restrictions as new cases strain health care systems, according to news accounts. German bars, restaurants and theaters will close for a month, though schools will remain open. French President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday that starting Friday, schools and work can stay open, but restaurants and bars must close, with more details to come.
12:24 p.m. Giroir says, no, it’s not testing that’s driving the increase: Adm. Brett Giroir, the Trump administration’s coronavirus testing czar, on Wednesday contradicted President Trump’s repeated assertion that expanded testing is what is causing the nation’s coronavirus infection numbers to surge.“We do believe and the data show that cases are going up. It’s not just a function of testing,” Giroir said in an interview on NBC’s “Today,” echoing the conclusion of other top health experts. “Yes, we’re getting more cases identified, but the cases are actually going up. And we know that, too, because hospitalizations are going up.”
12:16 p.m. Scooter rentals benefit as people shy away from transit: San Francisco scooter rental company Spin is hiring as it has expanded its citywide fleet by 500 vehicles while the pandemic reduced the need to commute downtown and scared some away from riding public transit. Spin was the only scooter company that has continued operating in the city throughout the pandemic. Scoot and Lime have now resumed service as well. Read more here.
12:12 p.m. U.S. death toll rises above 227,000: The United States now has lost more than 227,000 to COVID-19 as of Wednesday, tracking from Johns Hopkins University shows.
12:02 p.m. Texas surpasses California death toll: Texas, with a population count of about 10 million fewer people than California’s, now tops California’s death toll from COVID-19. As of Wednesday, California had lost 17,486 lives to the virus, while tracking from Johns Hopkins University showed the Lone Star State with 18,069 fatalities to date.
11:47 a.m. Infections up by 8 million since Kushner said Trump had sidelined doctors: On April 18, when President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner told journalist Bob Woodward that the president had taken the country “back from the doctors,” U.S. coronavirus cases numbered 736,166, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University. As of Wednesday, 8.8 million Americans have been infected.
11:31 a.m. Hawaiian Airlines opens drive-through testing near SFO: Hawaiian Airlines announced Wednesday that its passengers will have exclusive access to its drive-through, pre-travel coronavirus testing service near San Francisco International Airport. Travelers who take the shallow nasal-swab test from their vehicle within 72 hours before departure, with a negative result, will be exempted from the state of Hawaii quarantine.
11:19 a.m. Infections follow Trump campaign stops in at least 5 places: President Trump has participated in nearly three dozen rallies since mid-August, all but two at airport hangars. A USA TODAY analysis shows COVID-19 cases grew faster after at least five of those rallies, including in battleground states Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Although there’s no way to determine definitively if cases originated at Trump’s rallies, public health experts say the crowded gatherings defy all recommendations to curb coronavirus spread.
11:10 a.m. Hospitals stagger as COVID-19 patient load rises 46%: Hospitals around the United States are reeling from the coronavirus, many in regions that initially were spared the worst, the New York Times reports. As President Trump downplays the steep rise in cases, attributing much of it to increased testing, the number of COVID-19 hospital patients has climbed an estimated 46 percent from a month ago, 26 states are at or near record numbers for new infections, and more than 500,000 cases were confirmed in the past week.
11 a.m. Dodgers postpone World Series celebrations over pandemic concerns: The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Wednesday that it would hold off on celebrating its seventh World Series championship. In a statement to fans, the team said the festivities would “have to wait until it is safe to do so. We can’t wait to celebrate together!” The team is currently in Texas with no announced plans to return to California, according to CNN. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was removed in the 8th inning from Game 6 on Tuesday after testing positive for the coronavirus.
10:42 a.m. Napa, Solano counties could slip back: As the Bay Area sees an uptick in cases, two counties, Napa and Solano, are at risk of moving to a more restrictive tier after reporting worsening local case rates. Elsewhere in the Bay Area, lifting of local restrictions continued Tuesday, with more businesses and activities opening in San Francisco and a handful of other counties. Read more here.
10:15 a.m. Fauci sees normalcy returning in late 2021-early 2022: Dr. Anthony Fauci, told a Melbourne, Australia webinar on Wednesday that normal life won’t return soon in the U.S. “I think it will be easily by the end of 2021 and perhaps into the next year before we start having some semblance of normality,” Fauci said, meaning that “you can get people in a theater without worrying about what we call congregate-setting super infections, if we can get restaurants to open almost at full capacity.”
10 a.m. Young people weaker on health protocols: A new CDC survey released Tuesday finds that U.S. adults ages 18—29 are the least likely to engage in mitigation behaviors such as mask-wearing, handwashing, physical distancing and crowd, restaurant and social activity avoidance. “Although younger people are less likely to suffer the most serious complications of COVID-19, the infection can still be serious in some cases,” the report said. “Even those with mild cases or who are asymptomatic” can infect vulnerable older people.
9:40 a.m. Jared Kushner bragged in April that Trump took country ‘back’ from doctors: In a recording obtained by CNN, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said in mid-April that the president had stopped seeking the advice of doctors and scientists on the unfolding coronavirus pandemic. “Trump’s now back in charge. It’s not the doctors,” he said in the taped interview with journalist Bob Woodward. “It was almost like Trump getting the country back from the doctors.” Kushner added that he expected the president would benefit politically from the move even as cases surged around the country. Hear the audio here.
9:15 a.m. Germany and France prepare for lockdowns as deaths spike: Germany and France are preparing to announce new restrictions on Wednesday, as COVID-19 deaths across Europe rose nearly 40% in a week, Reuters is reporting. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was expected to close restaurants and bars, and restrict people to going out in public only with household members. France, with more than 50,000 new cases a day, is expected to impose additional curbs on movement across the country.
9:20 a.m. California prison system hit for weak health protocols: State prison officials did a poor job requiring inmates and staff to wear masks to slow coronavirus spread, and even “perplexingly loosened” their policy as cases were spiking, the state inspector general said this week. More than 15,500 inmates have been infected, and 76 died in outbreaks at San Quentin and other state prisons. Yet there was “frequent noncompliance” by both inmates and staff with department mask and distancing mandates, the report said.
9:14 a.m. Outbreak at UCSF medical center: Two patients and three health care workers at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights tested positive for the coronavirus last week, and it appears the transmission occurred at the hospital, UCSF said Tuesday. The cases prompted 28 additional employees to be quarantined, and 15 additional patients to be placed in “precautionary isolation,” UCSF spokeswoman Kristen Bole said in a written statement. So far, all of those employees and patients have tested negative.
7:02 a.m. Stocks slammed by virus cases: Broad-based selling roiled the stock markets as rising coronavirus infections rattled investors. The major indexes were all down 2% or more. UPS was an outlier as the shipper reported strong earnings; e-commerce seemed like a safe bet heading into the holidays.
Updates from Tuesday, Oct. 27:
5:45 p.m. Cinemark is reopening most of its Bay Area movie theaters this week: The nation’s third-largest cinema chain plans to open its movie theaters in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties on Friday, Oct. 30, but will not be able to serve concessions due to local restrictions. Cinemark announced it plans to bring back more of its Bay Area locations on Tuesday, the same day it reopened five of its venues in Alameda County (where concession sales are allowed). “I know people want to get out of the house and come back to the cinema,” Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi told The Chronicle. Read the full article here.
5:25 p.m. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds “maxed out” tests with 2,500 COVID-19 in a day: The testing site at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds “maxed out on appointments” with 2,500 COVID-19 tests on Tuesday, county health officials said. “Thank you to the community for its commitment to getting tested,” county officials said. Click here to learn how to get tested in Santa Clara County.
5:05 p.m. Danville cancels weekend street closure due to overcrowding concerns: City officials in Danville will no longer close a stretch of Hartz Avenue for outdoor dining on weekends after receiving repeated complaints of COVID-19 health order violations and a “Mardi Gras type of atmosphere,” according to a report by Pleasanton Weekly. At a special meeting of the Danville Town Council, Police Chief Allan Shields cited concerns over social distancing and mask-wearing, as well as bars that serve alcohol and host live amplified music on the stretch between Diablo Road and Prospect Avenue.
4:15 p.m. State unveils vaccine advisory group: The California Department of Public Health on Tuesday announced the formation of a new advisory group that will determine which Californians are prioritized for getting the first coronavirus vaccines. The panel is part of California’s vaccine distribution planning efforts, and follows the creation of a group to analyze the safety and effectiveness of vaccines approved by the FDA. The new 16-member panel includes Bay Area experts from UCSF, Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health.
4:03 p.m. Bay Area counties reopening more services even as case counts inch upward: Despite hints that cases are starting to climb in parts of California , the Bay Area continues to lift pandemic restrictions, including the resumption of more businesses in San Francisco on Tuesday. Here’s how all of the region’s counties fared in the state’s weekly coronavirus report. Read the story here.
3:31 p.m. Brain damage from COVID-19?: People recovering from COVID-19 may suffer significant brain function impacts, with the worst cases linked to mental decline equivalent to the brain aging by 10 years, according to research cited Tuesday by Reuters. The non-peer-reviewed study of more than 84,000 people, led by a doctor at Imperial College London, linked some severe COVID-19 cases to substantial cognitive deficits for months. Other scientists said the findings should be viewed with some caution, particularly because subjects’ cognitive function was not known pre-COVID, and the results don’t tell whether brain effects would remain long term.
3:14 p.m. High schools get green light in S.F.: For the first time since March, some San Francisco high school kids will get to go back to school in person, with a go-ahead from county health officials. Archbishop Riordan High and the Sterne School both passed city inspections and on Monday received permission to let students return, though it was not immediately clear how quickly they would do so. A handful of other private high schools are close to winning approval. Read the full story here.
2:49 p.m. Counties in state advance: In addition to Contra Costa, Marin and San Mateo counties, Santa Cruz County advanced to the orange tier of California’s reopening blueprint Tuesday. Glen and Mendocino counties moved from the most restrictive purple level into the next tier, orange. Calaveras County advanced into yellow, joining nine other counties, including San Francisco, in the least restrictive tier.
2:28 p.m. U.S. death toll surpasses 226,000: Without a “rounding the turn” trend, the coronavirus continues surging in most U.S. states, and the nation’s COVID-19 fatalities have topped 226,000, standing at 226,436 lives lost as of Tuesday afternoon, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. The nation saw nearly 67,000 new infections on Monday.
2:19 p.m. Where you can go, at last: The Bay Area is slowly coming back to life as California eases coronavirus restrictions, and counties advance on state benchmarks that let them reopen museums, zoos, movie theaters and more. Check out The Chronicle’s running list of the major venues, institutions and attractions that are open. .
2:13 p.m. Autoimmune tendencies seen in virus: A new study has found some survivors of Covid-19 carry worrying signs that their immune system has turned on the body, reminiscent of potentially debilitating diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, the New York Times reports. These patients’ defense systems shifted into attacking theselves, rather than the virus. The patients produced molecules called “autoantibodies” that target genetic material from human cells, instead of from the virus.
1:58 p.m. Kansas nursing home with outbreak kicked off Medicare: A Kansas nursing home where all 63 residents became infected with the coronavirus and 10 died is being terminated as a Medicare skilled nursing facility, the Washington Post reports. Administrators at Andbe Home failed to isolate the first two infected residents to prevent spread, inspectors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found. Multiple employees did not wear masks, according to a report released Tuesday.
1:42 p.m. Live theater hurting even more than most: The long term outlook for live theater looks grim in the Bay Area, with no sign audiences being allowed back inside even as other industries start to reopen, albeit with restrictions. Some theaters adapted with events like socially distanced outdoor shows, online events and audio pieces. But they barely break even, and many in the Bay Area industry are looking to a very different future. Read more here.
1:28 p.m. Mixed day on Wall Street: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 222 points to close at 27,463.19, a loss of 0.80%, after the index’s Monday loss wiped out its gains for the month. The benchmark S&P 500 declined 0.3%. But tech stocks gained, sending the Nasdaq composite index up 0.6%.
1:26 p.m. California’s blanket mail-in strategy pays off: With one week to go before the Nov. 3 election, California’s pandemic-driven push for mail-in and early balloting, with mail-in ballots sent to every registered voter, appears to be a success. Ballots cast in California as of Monday have already surpassed 50% of the total cast in 2016, data from California officials and the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida shows. About one-third of ballots sent out this year have been submitted. Read the details here.
1:14 p.m. S.F. grows support for jobs: San Francisco is expanding its jobs program to support 3,600 job placements by providing employment assistance, training services, and wage subsidies as part of its coronavirus pandemic recovery efforts. Funding for the JobsNow! program, is increasing by $7.4 million compared to the previous year, for a total of nearly $28 million in annual funding. Read more.
12:52 p.m. Newsom holds the line on Disneyland reopening: Gov. Gavin Newsom stood by his decision to keep large theme parks, particularly Disneyland, closed at this time, citing the surge of COVID-19 cases around the country. “That should be self-evident,” he said during his Tuesday press briefing. “We should be concerned about opening up a large theme park where people mix from every walk of life and put themselves and others at risk.”
12:47 p.m. California infection rate rises along with new cases: California has seen a worrisome increase in its daily average of new case numbers over the past 14 days, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday, noting that 14-day average was 3,699 daily new cases, and the 7-day average rose to 4,330 cases. The rate of coronavirus tests coming back positive also has risen, to 3.2% for the 7-day average. In another troubling sign, statewide hospital admissions rose 5.9 % over 14 days. The state and Bay Area numbers remain more stable, however, than the nationwide surges.
12:22 p.m. State panel will draft ethics guidelines for vaccine: California is creating a 16-member panel to draft guidelines for distrubtion of coronavirus vaccines, once approved, that incorporate ethics considerations, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday. The focus will be on how to allocate the vaccine by prioritizing the most vulnerable and those who should receive vaccines early, based on ethics, epidemiology, health equity and pharmacy practice, he told a briefing.
12:17 p.m. Three Bay Area counties move to new reopening tiers: Contra Costa, Marin and San Mateo counties advanced into the orange tier in the state’s reopening strategy on Tuesday. Those counties can now resume more activities and increase capacity for some indoor operations including churches and restaurants. It was not immediately clear whether those counties would lift restrictions right away.
12:14 p.m. Three Western states join California in reviewing any vaccine: Washington, Oregon and Nevada are joining California to independently review any coronavirus vaccine before distributing it to the public, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday. Newsom said the three states would identify their own public health experts to participate in the scientific review committee he announced last week, which has been charged with ensuring that any vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is safe and effective. The Chronicle’s Alexei Koseff has the story.
11:30 a.m. EU warns that vaccines for all will not be available until 2022: The European Union will not be able to innoculate its population of 450 million before 2022, officials said in an internal meeting. “There will not be sufficient doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the entire population before the end of 2021,” a European Commission official told diplomats in a closed-door meeting on Monday, according to a Reuters report. The 27-nation bloc has ordered more than 1 billion doses of potential vaccines from three drugmakers and is negotiating the advance purchase of another billion vials with other companies, the news agency said.
10:45 a.m. Cal men’s basketball workouts paused after infection: A member of the Cal men’s basketball program has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting a halt in workouts, Cal Athletics said in a Tuesday statement. The positive result came from regularly scheduled testing and is Cal Athletics’ the first infection since daily testing began earlier this month, the statement said.
10:29 a.m. Trump says stimulus package will come after election: President Trump on Tuesday appeared to close the door on the on-off hopes for a coronavirus relief deal between the White House and Democrats before election day Nov. 3. “After the election we’ll get the best stimulus package you’ve ever seen,” he told reporters as he left the White House to campaign in Michigan. He again lambasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, mentioning Pelosi’s insistence on aid for pandemic-battered local and state governments. Pelosi “is only interested in bailing out Demcrat-run, crime-ridden cities and states,” he said, although the virus is surging through Republican-led states and aid would benefit them, too.
10:14 a.m. Nearly 800,000 children in U.S. infected , 14% rise in cases in 2 weeks: Children represent 11% of all reported COVID-19 cases in the United States, according to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics. There are 792,188 infections in children reported, according to the academy’s latest data, marking a 14% jump over the past two weeks. Children now account for 1%-3.6% of COVID-19 related hospitalizations.
10:13 a.m. Obama eviscerates Trump on virus: Former President Barack Obama, campaigning Tuesday for his former vice president Joe Biden, again laid into President Trump’s “incompetence and indifference” in handling the pandemic. “He’s turned the White House into a hot zone,” a fiery Obama told a car rally in Orlando, Fla., in reference to the numerous infections tied to the White House. “They’re waiting the white flag of surrender,” he added in reference to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ comment that the administration was “not going to control the pandemic.”
10:03 a.m. Maybe waiting for shot is a good thing: People desperate for a coronavirus cure might not want to take the first vaccine that comes along if a better one is likely to come around later. Dr. Jay Levy, a UCSF professor of medicine, said the so-called Hoskins doctrine suggests that a person inoculated with a vaccine might develop an immunological memory to that specific vaccine, which would prevent benefit from stronger vaccines produced later. Read the story here.
9:26 a.m. Bold repeat of White House superspreader event, but with a twist: The White House made some concessions to the coronavirus when President Trump held a large swearing in ceremony for the new Supreme Court justice Monday even as five of the vice president’s staff were positive for the coronavirus. Unlike the Rose Garden Sept. 26 event that turned out to be a superspreader, the White House ceremony Monday had chairs spaced several feet apart and guests were required to wear masks.
8:37 a.m. Eli Lilly drug test ended: U.S. officials are putting an early end to a study testing an Eli Lilly antibody drug for hospitalized COVID-19 patients because it doesn’t seem to help them. Independent monitors had paused enrollment in the study two weeks ago because of a possible safety issue. But on Monday, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said a closer look did not verify a safety problem but found a low chance that the drug would prove helpful. It is a setback for one of the most promising treatment approaches for COVID-19.
8:27 a.m. Virus batters battleground states at bad time for Trump: The coronavirus is getting worse in states that President Trump needs most in his reelection fight. A week before election day, new infections are raging in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the upper Midwest. In Iowa, where Trump won in 2016, polls suggest a toss-up race. Trump’s pandemic response appears to threaten his hold on Wisconsin, where he won by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016.
7:58 a.m. Virus antibodies diminish with time: Tests on more than 365,000 people in England show that the antibody response to the coronavirus wanes over time, a new study by Imperial College London found. Finger-prick tests between June 20 and Sept. 28 found that the number of people testing positive dropped by 26.5% across the study period. The findings suggest there may be a decline in population immunity levels in the months after the first wave of the epidemic.
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