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Total coronavirus cases:
• 64,583 in California, including 2,628 deaths.
• 9,567 in the Bay Area, including 342 deaths.
• More than 1.3 million in the U.S., including more than 78,000 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 26,563; New Jersey with 9,116; Massachusetts with 4,840; Michigan with 4,530; and Pennsylvania with 3,779. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 4 million in the world, with more than 278,000 deaths. More than 1.3 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
5:39 p.m. Militia-garbed protesters hold vigil at Capitol against stay-at-home order: Dozens of anti-shut-down demonstrators wearing camouflage uniforms stood in silent protest Saturday in Sacramento, where a line of CHP officers blocked access to the Capitol grounds. The Sacramento Bee reported the group said its members were unarmed and identified themselves as the 2nd Regiment of the California State Militia. A crowd of other more-rowdy groups, ignoring social distance guidelines, protested stay-home orders also.
5:20 p.m. Tesla sues Alameda County over factory restrictions: Tesla carried through Saturday on Elon Musk’s vow to sue Alameda County over the shelter-in-place order that shut down the company’s Fremont factory, the Associated Press reports. The suit says the order goes beyond federal and state guidelines. Musk also threatened Saturday to move Tesla’s headquarters from Palo Alto to Nevada or Texas. Read the full story here.
5:13 p.m. Dr. Fauci to do ‘modified quarantine’ after White House exposure: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he is starting a two-week “modified quarantine” after a “low risk” contact — meaning not in close proximity — with a coronavirus-infected White House staffer. Fauci said he will work from home, wearing a mask, and may go to his office when no one is there. He said he tested negative on Friday.
4:55 p.m. Menlo Park reopens Bedwell Bayfront Park: Menlo Park reopened its Bayfront Park to limited capacity on Saturday, ordering visitors to maintain physical separation of 6 feet from people they do not live with, and to wear face coverings in the parking lot and restrooms — which are limited to one person at a time — and when encountering others on trails.
4:38 p.m. Russia records deaths of a dozen priests: Another Russian Orthodox priest was laid to rest on Saturday, the latest to die from COVID-19. Stay-at-home orders at the end of March closed restaurants and most stores, but did not include churches. Most remained open until mid-April when Russia’s consumer health agency ordered them shut.
4:20 p.m. Modest SF rally against coronavirus restrictions: A few dozen “reopen California” protesters staged a mellow rally outside San Francisco City Hall on Saturday, a stark contrast to gun-toting demonstrators in Michigan, and last week’s Sacramento arrests after hundreds defied government orders against state Capitol protests. Read more.
4:00 p.m. Newsom formally endorses Biden: Gov. Gavin Newsom and Joe Biden exchanged compliments related to the coronavirus pandemic as the governor endorsed the former vice president’s presidential bid. In a virtual fundraiser, Newsom praised Biden as a unifier, adding, “We are desperate, in this moment in time, for that healing, for that leadership, that stewardship, that sense of hopefulness.” Biden praised Newsom’s “extraordinary leadership” during the pandemic.
3:43 p.m. CDC director goes into self-quarantine: Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “will be teleworking for the next two weeks,” after what a spokesperson called “a low-risk exposure” on Wednesday to “a person at the White House who has COVID-19.” The FDA announced Friday that its commissioner, Stephen Hahn, also began self-quarantine after exposure to an infected person. Read more.
3:13 p.m. San Quentin protesters demand protection for state inmates: Organizers of a car caravan demonstration Saturday outside San Quentin State Prison called for California authorities to protect prisoners from the coronavirus, including releasing those over age 60. Read the full story here.
2:53 p.m. Napa County reports one new case: Napa County reported one new coronavirus case on Saturday, bringing its total to 79 cases. The county’s death toll is unchanged at two. One county resident is hospitalized with Covid-19.
2:17 p.m. Local officials concerned over Musk’s threat to move: Elon Musk’s threat to move Tesla’s headquarters out of Palo Alto amid his frustration with the shelter-in-place shutdown has dismayed Palo Alto’s mayor. “Beyond the money thing, it’s cool to have a cutting-edge company building electric vehicles in Palo Alto,” the mayor, Adrian Fine, told The Chronicle. The mayor of Fremont, home to the Tesla factory, is also worried. Read the full story here.
1:43 p.m. Confusion over coronavirus case counts at California nursing homes: California is publicly sharing an incomplete picture of how far the potentially deadly coronavirus has spread throughout skilled nursing facilities for the elderly. Experts say the state’s decision to publish only point-in-time data for each facility rather than case totals over time creates confusion about the scope of infections. Read more.
1:24 p.m. Coronavirus reaches rural Trinity County: Trinity County, a rural county of about 12,000 people near Redding, reported its first case of the coronavirus.
1:11 p.m. Lompoc facility hit hardest among federal prisons: Nearly 70% of inmates at a federal prison in Lompoc (Santa Barbara County) have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Los Angeles Times reports, making it the largest federal penitentiary outbreak in the nation. Nearly 800 inmates are infected.
12:38 p.m. California again denied coronavirus drug: The U.S. made a second round of deliveries of the newly approved coronavirus drug remdesivir on Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Saturday, but California was not among the six states that received it. Some 360 cases went out after seven states received doses in the first round. HHS officials say all 50 states will receive the drug created by Foster City’s Gilead Sciences.
12:28 p.m. U.S. quickly approves coronavirus test: Regulators quickly approved a new coronavirus test that Trump administration officials have promoted as a key to reopening the country. The antigen test is the third type of test to be authorized by the FDA. Antigen tests can diagnose active infections by detecting the earliest toxic traces of the virus rather than the genetic code of the virus itself, the Associated Press reports.
12:21 p.m. Coronavirus cases in Sonoma County reach 300: Sonoma County reported eight additional cases of the coronavirus, raising the county’s total to 300, with 130 of them active cases. No new deaths were reported in the county, where three have died from COVID-19.
12:17 p.m. Contra Costa confirms 3 more coronavirus deaths: The death toll in Contra Costa County increased to 32 when three more deaths were confirmed in the past 24 hours, county health officials reported. An additional 22 confirmed cases put the county’s total at 1,036.
12:13 p.m. San Mateo County cases increase by 28: San Mateo County confirmed 28 new cases in the past 24 hours, raising the total there to 1,425. The county has recorded 56 deaths.
11:49 a.m. Santa Clara County’s coronavirus case count tops 2,300: Santa Clara County health officials reported 19 new cases and no new deaths in the previous 24 hours. The totals in the Bay Area’s hardest-hit county stood at 2,307 cases and 128 deaths. The cases are split evenly between men and women.
11:46 a.m. San Francisco confirms 38 more coronavirus cases: The latest update from the city’s Department of Public Health shows 38 new cases, down from 47 new cases a day earlier. No new deaths were reported in the city, which has confirmed a total of 1,891 cases and 33 deaths.
11 a.m. Nearly 4 million coronavirus cases worldwide: The number of confirmed cases around the globe is approaching 4 million, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University, which had counted 3,991,010 as of 11 a.m. More than 276,000 have died worldwide, and more than 1.3 million have recovered.
10:38 a.m. Why COVID-19 has hit Latinos so hard: On the Fifth & Mission podcast, reporter Joaquin Palomino talks about how hard the coronavirus has hit communities of color, especially Latinos and black people, and why that poses problems in stopping the spread of the virus. Click here to listen.
10:34 a.m. Elon Musk threatens to move Tesla out of California: Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter on Saturday that the carmaker would file a lawsuit against Alameda County and move its headquarters out of the state. Tesla has sought to gradually reopen its Fremont factory, but the county remains under a shelter-in-place order and county officials have said the plant should remain closed. Musk also tweeted that “Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependen [sic] on how Tesla is treated in the future.” The company’s corporate offices are in Palo Alto. Musk previously planned to reopen the Fremont plant.
9:33 a.m. Bay Area hospitalizations hold steady: The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the Bay Area was 290 on Friday — unchanged from Thursday, according to a Chronicle analysis of the latest state numbers. There were 124 Bay Area residents in intensive care units Friday, down one from Thursday.
9:31 a.m. SF spends more than $30,000 a day for empty hotel rooms: The city originally leased 936 hotel rooms for frontline workers, but about 80% have been regularly vacant for the several weeks — costing the city more than $30,000 a day. Now, San Francisco officials are expanding access to the hotels, in hopes of filling the rooms and allowing other vulnerable populations that need a place to isolate during the coronavirus pandemic. Rachel Swan reports more here.
9:08 a.m. Stanford Children’s Health resumes nonemergency procedures stalled by COVID-19: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is already seeing a spike in patients after resuming nonemergency services last week, including surgeries, imaging scans and diagnostic tests. Health workers say the hospital’s operating rooms are serving 70% of the volume of patients they treated before March 19 — the day hospital officials postponed elective procedures to stave off the spread of the coronavirus. Anticipating a surge, the hospital has created discrete “landing zones” for suspected COVID-19 cases.
9 a.m. Harvesters struggle to recruit foreign crews during pandemic: Midwestern harvesters are growing increasingly anxious about whether the foreign seasonal workers needed to run combines and drive grain trucks will arrive in time for the start of the winter wheat harvest, which is just weeks away. Read more.
8:41 a.m. Cuomo criticized over highest nursing home death toll: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has won bipartisan praise for rallying supplies for his ravaged hospitals and helping slow the coronavirus, is coming under increasing criticism for not bringing that same level of commitment to a problem that has stymied him: nursing homes. Read more.
8:38 a.m. California lawmakers wrestle with coronavirus on top of housing shortage: As the Legislature returns for a session redefined by fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers say they remain committed to addressing the state’s housing shortage but budget shortfalls are expected to total tens of billions of dollars as COVID-19 creates “a whole new crisis.” Read more.
8:18 a.m. Obama calls Trump’s coronavirus response ‘chaotic disaster’: Former President Barack Obama described the White House’s coronavirus response as “an absolute chaotic disaster” in a private call Friday night with people who worked in his administration, CNN reports.
8:04 a.m. NBA starts to reopen: The professional basketball league took a tiny step toward a return to normalcy by allowing practice facilities to reopen for workouts. Read more.
7:56 a.m. GOP tries to rein in Democratic governors on coronavirus response: Republican-controlled legislatures are increasingly trying to strip Democratic governors of their executive authority to close businesses and schools, a power grab by lawmakers that channels frustration over the economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic but could come with long-term consequences for how their states fight disease. Read more.
7:40 a.m. Coronavirus antibody testing offers promise, questions: California health officials are distributing tens of thousands of antibody tests, seen as a critical component in reopening society, but it is still unknown whether accurate positive results mean protection from future infection. Read more.
7:19 a.m. Coronavirus forces restaurants to make radical new menus: An Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District has eschewed takeout meals and instead sells jars of pasta sauce along with jugs of bleach. A Berkeley deli has smoked meat sandwiches on the menu along with face masks. And a small Albany brewery has produce, rice, flour and artisan pretzels on tap with its beers. Read more.
7:05 a.m. Saddle Rack, a longstanding country music club in Fremont, is shutting down: For almost 44 years, the Saddle Rack offered Bay Area residents all the trappings of a rural road house: line dancing, Tex-Mex food, a mechanical bull. But this week, its owners announced they are closing their Fremont bar for good — the latest casualty of the coronavirus. “Over the past 8 weeks, our management team has tried their best to evolve our business in a way that stays true to our almost 44 year heritage,” the managers wrote in a note posted on the club’s website. “We have been unable to come up with a viable solution to reopen the Saddle Rack while ensuring the safety of our family.” Read the story here.
7:04 a.m. Court halts ban on gatherings at Kentucky churches: A federal court halted the Kentucky governor’s temporary ban on mass gatherings from applying to in-person religious services, clearing the way for Sunday church services. Two other federal judges had previously ruled the ban was constitutional. Read more.
6:55 a.m. States aim to boost production of medical supplies: Frustrated by scarce supplies and a chaotic marketplace amid the coronavirus outbreak, some governors are seeking to bolster their home-state production of vital medical and protective equipment to ensure a reliable long-term source for state stockpiles. Read more.
6:35 a.m. Some make more on unemployment than on the job: As employers plan to ramp up or reopen, some are realizing that low- to middle-wage workers might not want to be called back because they are making more money on unemployment than they did working. Kathleen Pender reports more here.
6:01 a.m. Delta cuts service during pandemic: Delta Air Lines, citing health concerns, will suspend service to 10 U.S. airports, including Oakland, until at least September, The Hill reports.
5:49 a.m. New outbreaks in Germany, South Korea underline risk of easing up: Fresh coronavirus outbreaks at slaughterhouses in Germany and new cases in South Korea linked to a man who visited multiple nightclubs highlighted the challenges authorities face as they seek to open economies. Meanwhile in Belarus, which has imposed no lockdown despite increasing case numbers, tens of thousands of people turned out to mark Victory Day. That was in contrast to Russia, where a muted event took place over an empty Red Square. Read more.
Updates from Friday:
9:01 p.m. Bay Area hospitalizations drop below 300: The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in the Bay Area dropped to 290 on Thursday, according to state data analyzed by The Chronicle. That’s down from 308 on Wednesday, and the 12th straight day of declining or flat hospitalization numbers. The number of Bay Area residents in the intensive care unit held steady at 125 on Thursday, which is the latest day data is available.
8:44 p.m. Bay Area children’s hospitals report no cases of Pediatric Inflammation Multisystem Syndrome: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, Children’s Hospital Oakland and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto have no reported cases of the mysterious, debilitating syndrome linked to COVID-19 that has affected three children at a Los Angeles hospital and dozens in New York.
8:06 p.m. Pleasanton Farmers’ Market reopens Saturday: The Pleasanton Farmers’ Market announced it will reopen Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with social distancing measures in place, like no sampling, no seating and additional spacing. The first hour is reserved for seniors.
7:25 p.m. Napa Valley wineries submit guidelines for tasting room reopening: The Napa Valley Vintners trade association has submitted proposed safety guidelines for reopening tasting room operations to county officials, the Napa Valley Register reports. Masks (presumably not while sipping), occupancy limits and an appointment-only system are among the recommendations.
7:09 p.m. Caltrain may consider full shutdown if unable to secure more funding: A shutdown of all Caltrain service would be under “serious consideration” were it not for the $49.3 million the transportation agency received from the Cares Act — but it’s still a possibility, according to Caltrain spokesman Dan Lieberman. “Without further assistance, severe cost reduction including layoffs, furloughs, and a potential shutdown would need to be considered,” Lieberman said. Read the full story here.
7:05 p.m. Bay Area counties are not close to meeting criteria for reopening: Even though the Bay Area is reopening more slowly than most of the state, none of the six counties are meeting their own criteria for relaxing social distancing instructions. Read the full story here.
6:52 p.m. Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy dies from COVID-19: The 75-year-old German performer, part of the Las Vegas entertainment duo Siegfried and Roy, has died of coronavirus complications at 75, according to his publicist. Horn retired from performing after he was attacked and severely injured by one of the act’s trained tigers in October 2003.
6:08 p.m. State tells reopened rural counties they might lose disaster relief: Rural counties that decided to reopen early might not receive disaster funds to keep their public systems running, the head of California’s Office of Emergency Services said Thursday. In a stern letter, office director Mark Ghilarducci warned officials in Yuba, Sutter and Modoc counties that they may have violated the governor’s March 4 emergency declaration and subsequent string of executive orders by allowing diners, barbershops and other businesses to operate. Read the full story here.
5:44 p.m. Nearly two-fifths of California deaths are from nursing homes: Data released Friday by the state’s Department of Public Health show that residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities account for close to 40% of all deaths from COVID-19. When other senior care facilities are counted, the figure reaches 49%. Read the full story here.
5:31 p.m. Employee at San Rafael Whole Foods tests positive: An employee at Whole Foods located on 3rd Street in San Rafael has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in quarantine, a company spokesperson said. The Marin County store remains open with enhanced cleaning, social distancing and crowd control measures in place, including plexiglass barriers at check-out. Temperature checks and face masks are required for employees.
4:52 p.m. SF General Hospital sending psychiatric patients to the ER for virus testing, despite safety citation: The state’s workplace safety agency, Cal-OSHA, cited and fined San Francisco General Hospital in April for allowing an unsafe environment in the ER department. Nurses say the hospital is now testing safety boundaries in the emergency department. Read the full story here.
4:52 p.m. Three cruise ships with no known COVID-19 cases to dock at Oakland port: Three cruise ships with crew members but no passengers will arrive at the Port of Oakland this weekend where they are expected to idle for two to three months while cruise ships are banned from operating. The ships, which include two Norwegian Cruise Line vessels, have no confirmed cases of the coronavirus and the crew does not plan to disembark. “These ships are under federal requirements to report health concerns, and we understand that they haven’t had a history of coronavirus, so we’ll do what we can to help,” said port director Danny Wan. Read the full story here.
4:41 p.m. Roughly 90 laid-off Yosemite employees told to leave employee housing, Fresno Bee reports: An estimated 90 shuttle bus drivers and transportation workers at Yosemite National Park who were laid off due to the pandemic will be required to move out of employee housing by May 21, the Fresno Bee reported. The employer, hospitality company Aramark, told The Chronicle in a statement that it is assisting impacted employees with finding new housing. “We do not plan to force them to leave or vacate their in-park housing without having something new lined up,” an Aramark spokesperson said.
4:25 p.m. Reporting center gets 1,700 reports of hate incidents targeting Asian Americans: A hate reporting center has received 1,700 nationwide reports of harassment, bullying, assault and other incidents of hate targeting Asian Americans since the pandemic began, said Vincent Pan, executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, during a town hall meeting. Of those, 117 were in San Francisco. The reports show that women were disproportionately impacted and seniors and children were also targeted. Mayor London Breed urged people to report hate crimes or incidents so police and city officials can respond.
3:45 p.m. California, coronavirus and crime: California crime levels are down during the pandemic: Will letting prisoners free change that? Inmate advocates say no, and they have statistics to prove their thesis. Read the story here.
3:35 p.m. White House revives some shelved CDC guidance after news report: The decision to shelve detailed CDC advice for reopening communities came from the highest levels of the White House, government emails obtained by the Associated Press show. After the AP reported it had been buried, the Trump administration ordered key parts of it fast-tracked for approval, the AP reports.
3:24 p.m. Who will watch the kids? Bay Area child care programs are shutting down, and many may shut permanently, leaving working parents with a dilemma. Read the whole story here.
3:19 p.m. State health care worker infections rise: The state’s county health departments have confirmed 6,821 health workers with coronavirus infections as of Thursday, and 36 have died. That’s an increase of 196 cases and one death from a day earlier, according to state health department data released Friday. Infection among health workers was up 1,204 cases and five deaths from a week earlier. Included are exposures both on and off the job.
3:13 p.m. Two new cases at Santa Rita Jail: Two more inmates at Santa Rita Jail have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total to four active positive cases, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday. Thirty-one inmates have recovered and two staff/contractors are currently infected.
2 p.m. Sen. Harris calls for transparent, equitable distribution of remdesivir: In a letter to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor and HHS Secretary Alex Azar, Sen. Kamala Harris requested that the agencies release more information about the distribution of remdesivir, the antiviral drug approved for COVID-19 patients. Harris said she’s unaware of any California or Washington, D.C., hospitals that have received the drug. “Given the staggering racial and ethnic disparities that have emerged during this pandemic, an equitable distribution of remdesivir is necessary to address and reduce the adverse COVID-19 health outcomes in the African American, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander communities,” Harris wrote.
1:53 p.m. Miss America competition postponed: The Miss America 2021 competition scheduled for December has been postponed due to the pandemic’s impact, organizers said Friday.
1:39 p.m. No new cases, deaths reported in Napa County: Health officials reported 78 total cases of the coronavirus and two deaths in Napa County as of Friday, marking no change from Thursday. Still, 189 people are awaiting test results and 97 people who had close contact with a positive case are being monitored, officials said.
1:37 p.m. LA records 51 more coronavirus deaths: Fifty-one more people in Los Angeles County have died of COVID-19, health officials said. To date, 30,296 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the county and 1,468 people have died of COVID-19.
1:35 p.m. If not this new coronavirus, then another: This moment was bound to come as climate change — twinned with reckless deforestation and development — has demolished Earth’s natural defense systems that hold viruses at bay, scientists told ProPublica. One study estimates more than 3,200 strains of coronavirus exist among bats, awaiting their chance to jump to humans.
1:34 p.m. Contra Costa tops 1,000 cases: Health officials reported 16 new cases of the coronavirus in Contra Costa County, bringing the total to 1,014 on Friday. Sixteen people are currently hospitalized and 29 people have died.
1:21 p.m. Next phase of California reopening may come within a month, Newsom says: The next phase of reopening California “may not even be more than a month away,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said. “Phase 3 is not a year away, it’s not six months away, it’s not even three months away, it may not even be more than a month away — we just want to make sure that we have a protocol in place to secure customer safety, employee safety and allow the businesses to thrive in a way that is sustainable,” Newsom said while answering a question about nail salons, which are expected to reopen during the third phase.
1:19 p.m. Mayor to Oakland — give the lake a break: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tells KTVU that popular Lake Merritt could be closed if social distancing guidelines continue to be flouted. “We always can consider, you know, measures like shutting down, measures like giving people tickets,” Schaaf said. “But I believe that in this moment, people need to go outside, that we have to attend to people’s mental health as well as avoiding the contagion of this virus.”
1:12 p.m. Stocks rise after jobless report: Despite the dismal unemployment figures released Friday, the stock market posted big gains, reflecting hope that the report marks the bottom of the job losses. The Dow Jones industrial average added more than 450 points to close at 24,331, a gain of nearly 2%.
1:08 p.m. Bay Area Rep. Mike Thompson to shave shelter-in-place beard for those in need: The North Bay Democrat says it’s time for his pandemic beard to go, but he’s going to raise money for a good cause in doing it. Chronicle Washington correspondent Tal Kopan has the story.
12:59 p.m. San Jose to allow businesses to operate outside: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo announced a plan for restaurants and some other businesses to operate outdoors. The program, known as San Jose Al Fresco, will allow outdoor dining and exercise on some city sidewalks and streets as well as in parking lots and parks. Liccardo and other city officials said the plan would be coordinated with the county health department and state shelter-in-place orders. Officials said restaurants, in particular, will need extra room to serve customers while providing social distancing, and that space can be provided outside.
12:49 p.m. Newsom says California unemployment likely more than 20%: Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state’s unemployment rate is “north of 20% right now.” “It’s a very sober reality,” he said. Earlier in the day the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics put the national number at 14.7%.
12:44 p.m. Where’s Pelosi? At work, it turns out: President Trump ripped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday, accusing the San Francisco Democrat in a Fox News interview of “sitting in her expensive house” in California instead of being at work in Washington. His press secretary Kayleigh McEnany echoed the attack, saying it’s difficult to work with Congress in Pelosi’s absence, the Washington Post reported. The problem was that Pelosi was working in the Capitol and visible to reporters, and she’s been there all week, her spokesman tweeted.
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) May 8, 2020
12:38 p.m. Legislative analyst projects $126 billion total in state budget deficits in 4 years: California’s nonpartisan legislative analyst says the state can expect budget deficits through at least 2024 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Legislative Analyst Gabriel Petek released an analysis on Friday showing the deficits could total up to $126 billion combined depending on the severity of the recession, the Associated Press reports.
12:35 p.m. State closes 33 salons in two counties, Newsom says: Thirty-three salons in two counties were shut down in the past few days after state officials contacted them, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced.
12:25 p.m. Every voter in California can get a mail-in ballot: Every registered voter in California can receive a mail-in ballot, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced. Newsom said he signed an executive order requiring the mail-in option for all. Some physical voting locations will remain open for people who don’t want to or are not familiar or comfortable with voting by mail, he said.
12:23 p.m. Bay Area counties experiment with reopening some retail stores: Sonoma and Solano counties began allowing certain categories of retail businesses to reopen Friday, with restrictions. Sonoma only allows curbside pickup, while Solano is requiring social distancing inside stores.
12:20 p.m. California sees 81 more deaths, nearly 2,000 new cases: Eighty-one more people in California died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours as state officials confirmed 1,898 new coronavirus cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced.
12:18 p.m. Apple to start reopening U.S. retail stores: The iPhone maker will start opening stores in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama and Alaska next week, CNBC reported. It’s unclear if any California stores would reopen for pickup, which is allowed in some areas starting today. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for more details.
12:16 p.m. Counties contact Newsom about reducing stay-at-home order: Nearly two dozen counties contacted Gov. Gavin Newsom in the past 24 hours to start discussions about further reducing stay-at-home orders, he said. Newsom on Thursday afternoon outlined the criteria that counties must meet if they want their orders to vary from the state’s pace.
12:07 p.m. Act fast for quicker stimulus payment: The IRS announced that people have until Wednesday to enter bank account information into the Get My Payment app at IRS.gov to get a direct deposit of their economic impact payment, rather than waiting for a paper check in the mail. After noon Wednesday, the IRS will prepare “millions of files” to send to the Bureau of Fiscal Services to mail paper checks that will arrive in late May into June. Not everyone can use the app; for details click here.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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