There are confirmed cases in the nine Bay Area counties and California's first COVID-19 related death was a Placer County man who was a passenger on a cruise out of San Francisco. Local emergencies related to coronavirus have been declared in Solano, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma, and Alameda counties. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)
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Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the U.S.:
The U.S. death toll from the virus has reached nearly 102,000 according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.
May 30, 2020
Alameda County reports 94 new cases
Alameda County has 94 new COVID-19 cases. Santa Clara County is up 24 cases. Contra Costa County reports 22 additional cases, and Marin County has 16.
San Francisco reports 59 new cases
Every Bay Area county, except for Alameda and Napa county saw an increase in COVID-19 cases. San Francisco saw the biggest jump with 59 new cases. Contra Costa County saw 20 new cases. Marin County reports 14 new cases. Sonoma County is up 17 new cases. You can track the latest numbers here.
May 29, 2020
Marin County allows outdoor retail, office space, outdoor dining to reopen on Monday, June 1.
Marin County announced it has given the green light to have additional businesses reopen on June 1 during the state's shelter-in-place order if guidelines are met. Outdoor retail, office space, outdoor dining, and curbside library services are among the businesses that can reopen on Monday. They join child care, summer sports camps, pet grooming, golf and tennis facilities, and outdoor fitness-related rentals allowed to reopen on June 1. Businesses are required to make safety modifications, and complete a Site-Specific Protection Plan on how it will keep customers and employees safe before it reopens.
Access to Marin's parks and beaches will also be allowed beginning June 1.
San Mateo Co. to allow churches, retail to open with restrictions starting June 1
San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow issued a revised health order on Friday that allows churches, summer camps, and retail stores to reopen with restrictions starting June 1. The order also allows beach access to return to normal but visitors are required to adhere to social distancing and face-covering guidelines. To read the full order click here or read the statement below.
Calistoga Community Pool to open June 1, reservations required
The Calistoga Community Pool will be opening on Monday, June 1. Officials say the current schedule will run from June 1-14 and is subject to change. During this time, reservations are required for all programs.
Here are the steps to reserving a spot:
- Log into your PefectMind Account
- Click "Online Booking"
- Select "Pool Reservation" and select either water aerobics or lap swim.
- Find the date and time you would like to register for and select "Book Now"
- Note-registration opens one week before the start date and time
- Select "Book Now"
- Select the attendee participating in the event and click "Next"
- Type your name into the agreement and click "Next"
- If you are a resident, PerfectMind should automatically select the "Resident Fee" of $0.
- If you are non-resident, PerfectMind should automatically detect the Non-Resident "Adult Fee" or "Senior Fee". Click "Next". If the fees are not correct, call (707-942-2838) or email (email@example.com).
- Proceed to checkout
Gov. Newsom shares story of talking to kids about George Floyd's death
Governor Gavin Newsom said during a press conference that he was struggling to explain the tragedy to his children, who saw the viral video of Floyd's death on social media. Watch his full story here.
Oakland Police Dept. says it stands behind protesters, will not allow violence
The Oakland Police Department said that it understand the tensions within our communities and that it stands with the Oakland community as they receive this "disturbing situation" in Minneapolis. Here's more on the interim chief's statement on planned protests for today and over the weekend.
Trumps says US cutting ties with WHO
President Donald Trump announced that the United States is cutting ties with the World Health Organization.
CVS to open 91 testing sites in Calif. today
Starting today, 91 CVS drive thru pharmacies in California will begin conducting coronavirus tests. The testing sites in the Bay Area include Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, Oakland, San Francisco, Antioch, Pinole and Vallejo. CVS says its goal is to process 1.5 million tests a week nationwide at no cost to patients.
Marin County to announce changes to stay at home order
Today, Marin County is expected to announce more changes to its stay at home order. A county spokesperson says three more things will be given the okay to reopen. Already Marin County has announced that summer and sports camps, child care facilities, pet grooming, golf and tennis facilities, and outdoor fitness-related rentals can reopen on June 1. All businesses will be required to make safety modifications.
May 28, 2020
Sonoma Co. Sheriff to no longer enforce public health order
Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick announced Thursday night that he can no longer "in good conscience" continue to enforce the county's public health order. The sheriff says starting June 1 he is directing all Sheriff's Office staff to discontinue the enforcement of that order and reports of violations will be handle on a case by case basis.
Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival and 4th of July Parade Canceled
The 2020 Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival and 4th of July Parade have been canceled, officials announced on Thursday.
The Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival was scheduled for October 17-18, and the Ol' Fashioned Fourth of July Parade was going to take place on July 4.
The Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee Board of Directors canceled the events due to the ongoing developments and uncertainty resulting from the novel coronavirus pandemic.
"This is absolutely heartbreaking, far beyond words, for our festival committee," said Cameron Palmer, Chairman of the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee. "We know fully well the Pumpkin Festival's critical importance as a fund-raiser for more than 30 participating non-profit groups from the community - that is the essence of the festival. The festival is also a premier showcase event for independent artists, musicians and corporate partners and a major economic boost for the entire coastside so it's a big blow to those fronts as well."
"Beyond that, the Pumpkin Festival and 4th of July Parade have been shining lights for decades, bringing people together joyfully and contributing greatly to our sense of place and our sense of community, said Palmer. It's deeply, deeply saddening having to cancel them."
However, officials said it is still planning to hold the 2020 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 12 in Half Moon Bay. The committee says it will be working closely with city and county officials on the measures that will need to be put in place in order to hold the weigh-off.
You can see other canceled and postponed Bay Area events by clicking here.
Mayor Breed reveals how, when San Francisco will reopen restaurants, stores and more in June, extends shelter-in-place
San Francisco Mayor London Breed revealed her plan to reopen much of the city's economy amid the coronavirus pandemic starting in June. Also, the shelter-in-place in the city has been extended indefinitely and San Franciscans will be required to wear a face covering anytime they are outside their residence and within 30 feet of other people.
Nearly 90 new COVID-19 cases in Bay Area
There are 88 new cases of COVID-19 in the Bay Area since yesterday. So far the largest gains have been in Alameda County and San Mateo County.
Free walk-thru COVID-19 testing site reopens in SF
A free, walk-thru coronavirus testing site is reopening in San Francisco. The pop-up testing site is located at the Tenderloin Recreation Center at Ellis near Hyde Street. Organizers are working with Verily, the Alphabet owned health enterprise. You need a Gmail account to register or you can go to Glide Memorial if you need help registering. The site is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be open every day through Monday.
2.1 million more Americans file jobless claims
Roughly 2.1 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign that companies are still slashing jobs in the face of a deep recession even as more businesses reopen and rehire some laid-off employees.
May 27, 2020
US COVID-19 death toll surpasses 100,000
The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. Get the full story here.
BART reveals 15-step plan to getting service back on track
As more of the Bay Area's economy reopens, more people are going to head back to work. BART says it has a plan to accommodate the anticipated surge in riders - and it's a long one. See the transit agency's 15-point plan here.
CA moving too quickly to reopen churches and hair salons, Santa Clara Co.'s Dr. Cody says
Santa Clara County's top public health official says she understands the economic and other frustrations residents are feeling throughout the prolonged shelter-in-place orders, but urges caution as the state reopens.
Gov. Newsom says guidelines for reopening CA gyms coming soon
Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a virtual roundtable discussion with fitness industry leaders that he hopes that within "a week or so," the state can release guidelines for reopening gyms.
9:30 a .m.
California State Superintendent seeks $500 million help to close the digital divide
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond says it's time for California companies to step up for California's school kids. During a virtual news conference this morning, Thurmond called on companies to help the state come up with $500 million to help close the digital divide at this time of distance learning.
Newsom expected to release more info on reopening child care centers
Governor Newsom is expected to release more information today on reopening child care centers and summer camps. It's a day after allowing the state to enter into Phase 3. But most of the Bay Area is holding back.
May 26, 2020
California moves into Phase 3 of reopening with hair salons, barbershops, Gov. Newsom announces
Hair salons and barbershops are now able to reopen their doors in most of California, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a press conference. Get the full story here.
Contra Costa Co. court reopen amid pandemic
Courts are back open in Contra Costa County. Among other things, that will mean jurors will have to wear a mask. Here's what else will be different.
WHO warns that 1st wave of pandemic not over, dampens hopes
As Brazil and India struggle with surging coronavirus cases, a top health expert is warning that the world is still in the very middle of the outbreak, dampening hopes for a speedy global economic rebound and renewed international travel.
May 25, 2020
WHO pauses hydroxychloroquine study due to safety concerns
The World Health Organization said that it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine - the malaria drug U.S. President Trump said he is taking - from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments, saying that its experts need to review all available evidence to date.
Black religious leaders call for delay in reopening Bay Area churches
A group of black religious leaders plans to call for a delay in reopening churches in San Francisco. They want to continue virtual worship services until they can guarantee their congregations will be safe from coronavirus. The San Francisco Interfaith Council is organizing a rally at City Hall at noon. The group also plans to call for more medical and educational services to help black people who are disproportionately affected by the virus.
Gov. Newsom says counties can begin reopening in-store retail shopping
California Governor Gavin Newsom says that California counties can begin allowing in-store retail shopping, if it's permitted per county health rules. Get the full story here.
New rules released for churches, mosques and synagogues to resume in-person worship
The state of California released new guidelines Monday to allow for the reopening of churches and other places of worship for in-person services. Get details here.
Antioch to hold social distance drive-by to honor fallen service members
There will be a socially distanced drive-by tribute to fallen service members in Antioch. It begins at 11 this morning at the Antioch Marina with stops at the Veteran's Memorial, the county fairgrounds and Oak View Cemetery.
Flyovers to honor Bay Area health care workers today
The California Air National Guard will perform two flyovers between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to honor Bay Area healthcare workers.
May 24, 2020
It's back to business in wine country. Wineries, breweries and restaurants in Sonoma County are opening back up to outdoor crowds in time for the holiday weekend. Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties were recently approved by the Department of Health for the revised shelter-in-place order. Only outdoor dining is allowed and only one household per table. Both Kendall Jackson Winery and La Crema are two of the places reopening today. La Crema is bringing back its walking vineyard tour. Kendall Jackson is offering a four course meal with wine pairings. Sonoma County's COVID-19 cases have remained consistently low as reasoning for the eased restrictions.
May 23, 2020
Alameda and San Mateo Counties each reporting at least 50 or more COVID-19 cases since Friday. San Francisco is up 30 new cases. Contra Costa County is reporting 37 additional cases. You can track the latest numbers here.
May 22, 2020
Hertz files for bankruptcy protection
The Associated Press is reporting car rental company, Hertz, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The company has been unable to withstand the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Florida-based company's lenders were unwilling to grant it another extension on its auto lease debt payments past a Friday deadline, triggering the filing. By the end of March, Hertz had $18.7 billion in debt with only $1 billion of available cash. And back in mid-March, the company lost all revenue when travel nearly shut down due to the novel coronavirus. Hertz also has been plagued by management upheaval, naming its fourth CEO in six years on May 18.
San Francisco and Alameda counties each report more than 100 new COVID-19 cases. Alameda County, which surpassed Santa Clara County with the most COVID-19 cases has 2,708 up from 2, 561 Friday morning. San Francisco has 2,320 cases up from 2,198. Santa Clara County has 2,492 confirmed cases. You can see the latest numbers here.
Sonoma Co. becomes third Bay Area county to move into Phase 2.5 of reopening
Sonoma County is now allowed to move even further into the Phase 2 reopening after going through an attestation process. What does that mean for this new phase? More details here.
Summer camps to reopen in San Francisco
San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Friday that summer camps and programs will begin June 15, but with new health guidelines and smaller groups of children because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Camps will be a minimum of three weeks long and have "pods" of 12 kids.
There will be more than 200 camps available to kids this summer and camp operators will be required to certify that they are following the health guidelines.
State guidelines for churches coming soon, Newsom says
After a few days off from briefing the press, Gov. Gavin Newsom returned to the podium Friday for an update on the coronavirus in California at noon. Speaking at a veterans home in Yountville, Newsom said guidelines were on the way for churches, mosques and synagogues to resume modified in-person services. He said those guidelines would be released by Monday, if not earlier.
Solano Co. enters next stage of Phase 2 reopening
Solano County has become the second county in the Bay Area to move even further into Phase 2 of reopening. Dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and swap meets can all open with social distancing requirements. The county got the go ahead from the state on Wednesday.
Santa Clara County enters Phase 2 of reopening
Today, Santa Clara County is join the rest of the Bay Area in Phase 2 of the state's plan to reopen some businesses. It will allow curbside pickup, manufacturing and logistics work to resume. Today is also the first day residents will be required to wear a face covering when at any business and on public transit.
May 21, 2020
Santa Clara County looking for volunteers for COVID-19 contact tracing
Santa Clara County health officials are looking to create a volunteer workforce of 1,000 people to help with COVID-19 contact tracing. A county health officer announced the contact tracing program Thursday afternoon during a press briefing. The volunteers would work remotely and go through online training before being a part of the program. The volunteers would help make sure COVID-19 patients have the resources they need and work on tracing who they've come in contact with.
CDC releases school reopening guidelines
As communities throughout the United States start to open schools again, the CDC put out new considerations amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to guide their safe reopening.
SJPD chief to give update on face mask requirements
San Jose's police chief will be talking about the future of enforcing face mask requirements. The city wants to make current guidelines even stricter.
Solano County to ease more shelter in place restrictions
Solano County became the Bay Area's second county to receive permission from the state to move further into Stage 2 of reopening. The report says schools "will open later in summer or fall once guidance is developed." Dine-in restaurants , shopping malls, and swap meets can all open immediately with social distancing modifications.
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