9:07 a.m. FDA chief won’t second Trump’s virus claim: Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn is declining to back up President Trump’s false claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are “harmless.” Hahn tells CNN and ABC that he’s “not going to get into who is right and who is wrong,” but that government data clearly show “this is a serious problem.” He adds that “any case is tragic” and people should practice social distancing and wear a mask. Trump on Saturday said the U.S. was testing too much and falsely asserted that “by so doing, we show cases, 99% of which are totally harmless.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: July 4-5
"The Vice President and I and others were in Florida and this issue came up and we are receiving that feedback and then shipping remdesivir so it's available for people who need it," Hahn said. … [Read more...] about Officials say states like Arizona and Texas reopened too quickly after soaring Covid-19 cases
Much of Texas started mandating face coverings Friday on the orders of Gov. Greg Abbott. The mask order carries a $250 fine. The order was the most dramatic about-face that Abbott has made, after what stood out as one of America’s swiftest reopenings. … [Read more...] about Texas’ coronavirus hospitalizations hit new daily high as overall cases slip
Ducey, a two-term Republican, had been criticized by some opponents for being slow to respond when the virus first took hold in the U.S., then refusing to take steps to address the recent spike in Arizona. He declined to mandate mask use despite several cities and counties in the state doing so, and he attended a Trump rally on June 23 with 3,000 people in a Phoenix megachurch. … [Read more...] about Hot Spots Gloated About Low Virus Cases. Now They’re Forced to Shut Down—Again.
6:10 a.m. Coronavirus and the race to save homeless people in SF: Before the coronavirus crisis hit earlier this year, nearly 600,000 people were already on America’s streets every night — a quarter of them in California, which has only 12% of the nation’s population overall. But with unemployment at a historic low amid a booming economy, Gov. Gavin Newsom and mayors including San Francisco’s London Breed were crafting plans to potentially shelter or house every homeless person in the state. But that was before the coronavirus. Now the fight is simply to keep those on the street from dying, and from seeing the homeless population proliferate to unimaginable numbers. Read the full story by Kevin Fagan. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: California sets new records for hospitalizations for 16th straight day