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Total coronavirus cases:
• 468,281 cases in California, including 8,628 deaths
• 49,895 in the Bay Area, including 774 deaths.
• More than 4.2 million in the U.S., including 147,588 deaths. The five other states with the highest death tolls are New York with 32,645; New Jersey with 15,804; Massachusetts with 8,536; Illinois with 7,608; and Pennsylvania with 7,131. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 16.3 million in the world, with more than 651,000 deaths. More than 9.5 million people have recovered.
Resources on COVID-19 and California’s reopening: Use our interactive page to track the state and Bay Area’s reopening by county. For detailed maps and new city-by-city Bay Area data, check out The Chronicle’s Coronavirus Tracker. Information on Bay Area school reopenings can be found here. Find Bay Area COVID-19 testing sites that don’t require doctor referrals in our interactive map. To get regular updates on our coverage, sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.
Latest updates from today:
2:25 p.m. Marin County extends eviction moratorium through September: Marin County’s ban on evictions was extended through Sept 30 as .the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic continue, the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday. This is the county’s fourth extension of the ban, which was first passed in March, and aligns with a state order.
2:11 p.m. $100 for not wearing a mask? Contra Costa County on Tuesday approved fines for individuals and businesses that violate coronavirus health orders, including by not wearing a mask.
1:50 p.m. Free masks for everyone? Fremont Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna has joined Sen. Bernie Sanders in proposing a bill that would send three free face masks to every American through the mail to combat the coronavirus. The story is here.
1:30 p.m. Record 101 patients hospitalized in San Francisco: The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in San Francisco reached an all-time high of 101 on Monday, according to state data released Tuesday. In Alameda County, 10 more patients were hospitalized for a total of 198 as the county nears a record set late last week. There were 771 COVID-19 patients across the Bay Area on Monday, up 21.8% from two weeks ago.
1:15 p.m. Markets slip on weak earnings, uncertainty: The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 0.77% to close at 26,379.49. Shares of 3M fell nearly 5% after the maker of N95 masks posted a profit that was less than analysts had expected and said there were too many unknowns to forecast results for the current quarter. McDonald’s stock lost 2.5% after earnings plunged by more than two-thirds from a year earlier. The failure of Congress to agree on a new aid package added to the market uncertainty.
12:48 p.m. California will track coronavirus’ toll on LGBTQ community: Months after advocates warned that the coronavirus pandemic could take a severe toll on LGBTQ people, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration is telling health professionals to track the disease’s impact on the community. The story is here.
12:11 p.m. Coronavirus cases down among Black people but deaths still high: The coronavirus rate was 6.4% among Black people in California during May — but that has declined to 4.3%, California’s Secretary of Health and Human Services Mark Ghaly said Tuesday. At the same time, the death rate among Black people stands at 8.5%.
11:21 a.m. BART, UCSF to offer testing at 24th St. Mission station: UCSF will offer free coronavirus testing at the 24th Street Mission BART station in San Francisco on Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for three weeks. The program aims to test more Latinos. Others backing the program are BART, the Latino Task Force on COVID-19, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Priority will be given to workers in the 24th and Mission area, commuters and BART employees. Read the full story here.
9:55 a.m. Twitter account of president’s son suspended for doctor’s false claims about virus: Donald Trump Jr.’s Twitter account was suspended after he posted a video of a doctor making false claims about cures for the coronavirus and saying people “don’t need masks” to prevent the spread of the virus, according to a CNN report. President Trump reportedly retweeted multiple versions of the video.
8:05 a.m. A report from San Quentin’s Death Row: On the Fifth & Mission podcast, Jarvis Masters, a condemned inmate and COVID-19 sufferer, talks with reporter Jason Fagone about what he calls the “incompetence” that led San Quentin to become California’s worst coronavirus hot spot. He also describes life on death row as the coronavirus swept through it, with almost daily calls of “man down.” Click here to listen.
7:04 a.m. Shares fall on stimulus wrangling: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 0.5% as Congress continued to debate a new relief package. Big cuts to unemployment payments appear likely, which some economists fear may hurt prospects for recovery.
6:37 a.m. San Francisco won’t cite Catholic archdiocese after church wedding: It appears San Francisco officials won’t take further action against the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco following revelations that Saints Peter and Paul Church in North Beach hosted a wedding in early July, after which at least 10 attendees tested positive for the coronavirus, including the newlywed couple, two guests said. Read the full story by Dominic Fracassa.
6:19 a.m. Should I isolate my newborn? Move to the Bay Area for college? Stories of pandemic risk, hard choices: The coronavirus pandemic has forced many tough decisions, demanding that we weigh medical, financial and personal risks against needs and benefits. We spoke with four people in the Bay Area about how they approach difficult choices. Read the full story by Annie Vainshtein.
6:14 a.m. Humans are notoriously bad at assessing their risk. In a pandemic, that’s a problem: Now, as reopening has begun, life has become more expansive but in many ways far more complicated and confusing. Put simply, it can be hard to know what to do. In part, experts say, that’s because humans are notoriously bad at assessing their own risk. Read the full story by Annie Vainshtein.
Updates from Monday, July 27:
8:20 p.m. New cases, deaths in North Bay: Marin County reported 35 new cases of the coronavirus and two additional COVID-19 deaths on Monday, according to data compiled by The Chronicle, bringing totals to 4,768 cases and 59 deaths. In Napa County, 29 new cases from over the weekend were reported on Monday, bringing the total to 766 cases.
7:18 p.m. Fewer cases at Santa Rita Jail: There were 37 active cases of the coronavirus on Monday among inmates at Santa Rita Jail, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, down from 42 cases on Sunday. Of those, 13 inmates have COVID-19 symptoms. Thirteen staff or contractors were also infected with the virus as of Monday.
6:26 p.m. Latinos far more worried about coronavirus than other Californians: Well over half of California Latinos are very worried that they or someone in their family will get sick from the coronavirus, about double the rate of other demographic groups in the state, a new poll shows. The story is here.
6:01 p.m. First two deaths reported in Tuolumne County: Two men died from COVID-19 in Tuolumne County, officials said Monday, marking the county’s first deaths in the pandemic. One victim was in his 60s with no known underlying conditions; the second was a man in his 80s with some underlying health conditions. Dr. Liza Ortiz, interim county health officer, urged people to help slow the spread of the virus.
5:20 p.m. One more death at Walnut Creek nursing home: One additional resident of Manor Care Health Services-Tice Valley in Walnut Creek has died from COVID-19, state health officials reported, bringing the total to 13 deaths. In total, 92 residents and 38 staff members tested positive, although fewer than 11 residents had active infections as of Sunday.
4:13 p.m. California may backfill $600 jobless benefits: If Congress doesn’t act to extend an extra $600 in weekly benefits for unemployed Californians, state legislators say they’re ready to jump in to prevent benefits from plunging during the pandemic. The story is here.
3:38 p.m. How safe are outdoor gatherings? Health experts say the risk of coronavirus transmission is lower outside. But with surging cases, Bay Area officials are asking residents to cut back on public gatherings. Read the story here.
3:26 p.m. San Mateo remains open: San Mateo County stayed off the state’s coronavirus watch list Monday, a remarkable twist that has the once-branded county believing it might become a model for California as it tries to keep more businesses open. Read the full story here.
3:16 p.m. State hospitalizations hover below 7,000: There were 6,935 COVID-19 patients in California hospitals as of Sunday, officials reported Monday. The number has hovered below 7,000 since late last week, although data from some facilities has not been included in recent updates due to a change in reporting requirements, state officials said. Of the total patients, 2,012 people were in intensive care. The state’s 14-day average number of hospitalizations continues to trend upward.
3:04 p.m. Two more deaths at San Quentin: Nineteen inmates in total have died of COVID-19 from San Quentin prison, according to state corrections data. That’s up from 17 deaths listed on Sunday. More than half the prison population has gotten coronavirus infections.
2:43 p.m. Triple-digit case increases in Contra Costa, Santa Clara counties: Health officials reported 140 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday in Contra Costa County, bringing the total to 7,073, according to data compiled by The Chronicle. In Santa Clara County, 174 new cases brought the total to 9,215.
1:52 p.m. Target to close on Thanksgiving due to pandemic: Target announced Monday it will close stores on Thanksgiving as a safety measure during the coronavirus pandemic, in an effort to reduce large holiday crowds. Holiday deals will begin in October, and pick-up and delivery options will be available for safer shopping, the retailer said. “Historically, deal hunting and holiday shopping can mean crowded events, and this isn’t a year for crowds,” the company said in a statement.
1:08 p.m, Nasdaq bounces back: Monday was an especially good day for tech stocks, as the Nasdaq jumped 1.7% and the Russell 2000 went up 1.1%. They also helped the Dow Jones industrial average, which rose 0.4%, and the S&P 500, up 0.7%.
12:30 p.m. Hospital beds filling in Central Valley: Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, said transmission rates in the Central Valley’s eight counties are growing at an alarming rate, and the situation requires swift action. “We are seeing top level, high-level transmission rates,” he said at a press conference with Gov. Gavin Newsom in Stockton. Ghaly said counties in the region are beginning to see their hospital-bed capacity shrink as they admit people infected weeks ago.
12:18 Newsom sees ‘progress’ in hospital admissions: After several weeks of surging hospitalizations, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the rate of growth has slowed to 3% over the last two weeks. “It is not where we need to be, but it is progress indeed,” he said. Newsom said California reported 6,891 new cases over the last 24 hours. He noted the average number of deaths has grown to 109 daily over the last week. The governor’s comments come as the number of COVID-19 patients in Bay Area hospitals rose over the weekend to 759 from 749, and San Francisco reached a new high of 99 hospitalizations on Sunday. The city’s previous record, 97, was set on Thursday.
12:05 p.m. Newsom says Central Valley hit hard: The governor said counties in the Central Valley have been hit disproportionally hard by the coronavirus, particularly in areas with large populations of migrant farmworkers and Latinos. He said the rate of people who test positive for the virus ranges from about 10% to 17% in the region. Newsom said the state will spend $52 million in federal grant money to help mitigate the spread in the Central Valley, including on expanded testing.
12:04 a.m. San Francisco hospitalizations hit new high: The number of patients with COVID-19 in Bay Area hospitals rose from 749 on Saturday to 759 on Sunday, and San Francisco reached a new high of 99 hospitalizations on Sunday. The city’s previous record, 97, was set on Thursday.
11:38 a.m. Mother of Long Beach mayor dies from COVID-19: Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia tweeted that his mother, Gaby O’Donnell, died Sunday from COVID-19. “My brother and I are heartbroken,” he wrote. “Our mother was the kindest and most compassionate person we’ve ever known.”
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
10:40 a.m. A’s ‘know the risk out there’ as MLB postpones 2 games after Marlins coronavirus: The A’s were preparing for a series finale Monday against the Angels amid news that Major League Baseball had postponed two games due to coronavirus concerns. MLB announced games between the Marlins and Orioles in Miami and the Phillies and Yankees in Philadelphia were postponed after more than a dozen Marlins players and coaches reportedly tested positive for the virus following a series in Philadelphia. “We all know this possibility could happen to any team,” pitcher Daniel Mengden said. “We’re taking the safety precautions that MLB implemented. We’re following the rules, we’re doing everything we’re supposed to.” Read the full story by Matt Kawahara.
10:24 a.m. Infection control officer for NFL team tests positive: Eric Sugarman, a head athletic trainer and the infection control officer for the Minnesota Vikings, has tested positive for the coronavirus, just one day before the team was expected to welcome back veteran players for training camp, according to reports.
8:39 a.m. A secret wedding in North Beach leads to positive tests: On the Fifth & Mission podcast, reporter Matthias Gafni talks about his exclusive story about an early July wedding at SS Peter & Paul Church that defied a city prohibition against indoor events. In the days following, the newlywed couple and at least eight attendees tested positive for the coronavirus, two guests told Gafni. Click here to listen.
7:44 a.m. Vietnam will evacuate 80,000 tourists after 3 test positive: Officials in Vietnam announced Monday that they will evacuate 80,000 people from the resort town Da Nang after three people tested positive, according to a CNN report. Before Saturday, the country had not had a locally-transmitted case in 100 days. Officials estimate that the evacuation of mostly tourists from the area will take about four days.
7:34 a.m. Trump’s National Security Adviser tests positive: National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, a native of Santa Rosa, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a Monday statement from the White House. He is experiencing “mild symptoms” and is “self-isolating in a remote location,” officials said in a statement. O’Brien, the highest-ranking Trump administration official to contract the virus, poses “no risk of exposure to the president or vice president.”
7:28 a.m. MLB return in limbo as Miami Marlins cancel game after players, coaches test positive: Eight players and two coaches with the Marlins have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases within the club to 13 , according to an ESPN report. The team’s game against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday has been canceled, and concerns are now being raised that Major League Baseball’s shortened season, which started Thursday, could be shut down. Ken Rosenthal, a reporter for The Athletic, reported on Twitter that Monday night’s New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies game has also been postponed.
7:02 a.m. Google to allow most employees to work from home through June 2021: CEO Sundar Pichai wrote a memo to employees that most of the company’s 200,000 employees can stay home for an additional six months, extending a policy that was initially through the end of 2020, a spokesman confirmed. The company is one of the largest employers and owners of real estate in the Bay Area. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news.
6:58 a.m. Another prisoner on Death Row dies at San Quentin: Death Row inmate Johnny Avila Jr. died Sunday from complications due to COVID-19, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. As of Monday morning, 19 San Quentin inmates had died of COVID-19, including four deaths since Friday. The state’s largest prison outbreak has seen infections among 2,136 inmates and 251 staff members.
6:51 a.m. Shares flat at open: The Dow was up 0.2% in early trading as investors prepared for a week in which Apple, Alphabet and Amazon will report earnings, giving indicators of how resilient big tech companies are to a pandemic and recession.
6:30 a.m. Coronavirus stalls housing construction in SF, and lull may last a while: With plummeting rents, rising vacancies and uncertainty about what the city’s housing market will look like post-COVID-19, it could be a year or more before San Francisco sees its next new housing project start, contractors and developers say. Read the full story by J.K. Dineen.
6:26 a.m. New York versus California: A tale of two pandemics: California and New York have gone through a role reversal of sorts, now that New York’s terrifying outbreak from the spring appears to be over, while California’s summer surge is still swelling. But the numbers are more complicated than case counts. Read the full story by Erin Allday.
6:18 a.m. How SF’s Laguna Honda averted coronavirus disaster: Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities remain the main drivers of California’s COVID-19 fatalities, accounting for 46% of all deaths. But at Laguna Honda in San Francisco, the largest nursing home in the state, infections of the coronavirus were limited to just 19 patients and 50 staffers in what state and local officials are calling an amazing success story. Read the full story by Sarah Ravani.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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