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Coronavirus updates in real time: 2 UCSF health workers are positive, state of emergency in Concord

Total cases of coronavirus:

• 369 in California, of which 197 in the Bay Area

• 2,726 in the United States, including 54 deaths: 5 in California, 37 in Washington state, 3 in Florida, 2 in New York, 1 in New Jersey, 1 in Georgia, 1 in Kansas, 1 in Colorado, 1 in Louisiana, 1 in Virginia and 1 in South Dakota

• Over 156,000 worldwide and over 5,800 deaths. More than 73,000 have recovered

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Developments of the latest news on March 14:

22:50 Sonoma County reports the first case of virus spread by the community: Health officials reported the first confirmed case of community spread of the new coronavirus in the county. Test results are awaiting another individual associated with the patient, officials said. That person is self-quarantined and symptom-free. The county said it was contacting any person the patient may have had contact with. Sonoma County has three confirmed cases, including the new one.

22:25 Concord declares a local state of emergency: Valerie Baron, manager of the city of Concord, has declared a local state of emergency, following the guidance of San Francisco, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Richmond and other areas. The declaration allows city leaders to move and adjust resources, making them eligible for state and federal funding associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Concord also opened an emergency operations center to better target its response to the public health crisis.

22:00 Two UCSF health workers test positive for COVID-19: Health workers, who have not been appointed, are currently in quarantine, according to a statement from a UC San Francisco spokesman. He said the hospital is tracking and informing anyone who may have been in contact with them, including patients, staff, doctors or nurses.

“We are taking all precautions to minimize the risk to other healthcare professionals and patients and remain confident in the safety precautions that our health care providers are taking,” read the note. He noted that the hospital is following the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s directive to ban nonessential visitors and entrust health checks to all employees.

21:29 Glen Park Elementary students test negative for COVID-19: Students who reported breathing problems earlier this week were cleared of the coronavirus, according to parents who received a robo call and a note from the principal. The note, shared with The Chronicle, stated that elementary school staff, students and their families no longer need to self-quarantine.

20:56 Marin County confirms two more cases, bringing the county total to 5: Public health officials say two people have tested positive for coronavirus at the new county field test site opened earlier this week. Before the opening, Marin County was hampered by the lack of test kits from the federal government, which made it difficult to assess the extent of the spread of the disease locally. The two people who tested positive had no known exposure to the coronavirus, signaling that it could spread to the community.

Neither is in hospitals, but they have been quarantined at home until they are considered more contagious, Department of Health staff said in a statement on Saturday. So far, North Bay County has documented five cases.

“The first cases of community transmission of COVID-19 to Marin indicate that we are in a new phase of work to mitigate the spread,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. “We anticipated this. This is why we have made great strides this week, including limiting large meetings and closing classes.”

20:25 The Catholic church of Lafayette cancels the mass: The church of Santa Perpetua canceled mass for the rest of March, citing a Contra Costa county order that banned meetings of over 100 people. The cancellation of the mass took place after Bishop Michael Barber of the diocese of Oakland announced on Friday that parishioners are not obliged to attend Sunday mass until further notice. The barber is leaving the decision on how to comply with the county order for each pastor.

20:13 Alaska Airlines agent at the infected SFO: Alaska Airlines announced on Saturday that an SFO customer service agent tested positive for coronavirus. In a statement, the airline said the employee got sick on Wednesday March 10 and learned on Friday March 13 that he was suffering from COVID-19. I’m currently in quarantine.

20:04 SF Superior Court postpones civil cases: The San Francisco Superior Court postponed the start of civil trials to limit public meetings by 90 days. The court also suspended all guardianship and guardianship cases until April 15. Furthermore, family law cases could be postponed with the agreement of the parties involved. Read about the court changes here.

19:34 San Mateo tightens the meeting ban: San Mateo County tightened the ban on public and private gatherings on Saturday to include at least 50 people. It is effective on Sunday and will last until April 6. The county had previously banned meetings of at least 250 people. Exceptions include airports and transit stations. Smaller meetings between 10 and 50 people should allow participants to stand one meter apart; offer water and soap for hand washing or hand sanitizer; clean surfaces; and warn participants of the risks of coronavirus transmission if older participants and others vulnerable to the virus should not participate.

18:30 UC Berkeley reports the coronavirus case: The university said that a graduate student is infected with the coronavirus but does not live on campus or in Berkeley. The person has no serious symptoms and is in isolation.

16:50 Alterra closes Squaw, Alpine and other locations: Alterra Mountain Co. has announced that it will suspend operations in its 15 North American ski resorts – including Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in California – starting Sunday, until further notice.

16:45 Vail stations that close the ski resorts in Tahoe, elsewhere: Vail Resorts said it will suspend operations in all of its North American mountain resorts from March 15 through March 22. The company manages the locations of Tahoe, Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar, California.

16:31 The white house says Trump’s test is negative: President Trump’s test for coronavirus has turned negative, according to Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, the White House doctor.

Trump decided to be tested after learning that he had been exposed to a second person last weekend who has since tested positive for coronavirus. It had previously been revealed that during a function at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the president had posed for a photograph with Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro’s press secretary. The press secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, tested positive three days later.

The White House described that meeting as “limited (handshake, photography)”, but claimed that the second contact was with someone who shared a dining table with the president. Trump spent “more time in the immediate area,” Conley said in a statement.

Brazil identified the person as the Brazilian ambassador for Nestor Forster.

Conley said on Saturday that Trump shows no symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

3:45 pm SF bar visits to hospital by spouses, family, others: The San Francisco Department of Public Health banned non-essential staff and visitors from the city’s hospitals from Saturday morning until April 30th. This includes spouses or non-patient partners, family, loved ones, friends, clergy and colleagues. Special permission for necessary visits will be given to someone who performs critical legal or medical duties, such as end of life consideration, or the care of minors or people with developmental disabilities. Expectant parents should talk to their hospital about how they are implementing the rule, a spokeswoman for the public health department said. Each hospital can make exceptions.

The department issued the order on Friday and announced it on Saturday.

14:25 Broadband companies offer free Wi-Fi in public places: Internet and wireless service providers in the United States have announced temporary measures to make online less expensive and burdensome as strengthening social distancing due to new coronavirus forces increases human online interaction.

The most notable is Comcast’s free public Wi-Fi for everyone for 60 days, valid on Saturday, on Xfinity brand hotspots. Home Xfinity hotspots aren’t included, Comcast spokesman Joel Shadle said, but Wi-Fi access points in public places and small businesses are.

AT&T and Charter Communications also announced 60-day free public Wi-Fi, with Charter offering free broadband for families with college-age students who don’t already have a subscription.

13:38 Coronavirus test for Grand Princess passengers: As of this weekend, coronavirus tests will be offered to nearly 900 passengers evacuated from the Grand Princess cruise ship docked in Oakland at the Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, a spokesperson for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. he said Saturday by email.

“The federal government cannot force anyone to be tested,” said the spokeswoman, adding that “collecting swab samples from such a large group will take several days.”

The agency focused on arranging quarantined passengers in their rooms, commissioning the case managers to meet their needs and starting the municipalities on the phone on Friday evening.

“We recognize that this has been a stressful experience and remain dedicated to providing support to passengers,” said the spokeswoman.

13:27 Call to stop commercial evictions: State Senator Scott Wiener plans to introduce emergency legislation that would stop the evictions of small businesses falling behind in their rent during the coronavirus crisis. The San Francisco Democrat said he and Senator Lena Gonzalez, D-Long Beach, also called on Governor Gavin Newsom to issue an executive order to ban such evictions while legislation is being considered.

“Small businesses are seeing their revenue slump, some are closing down and some are downsizing,” Wiener said in a statement. “These companies are the backbone of our economy and we have to make sure they can reopen quickly after the emergency ends. The last thing our community and our economy needs is the permanent mass closure of small businesses. It would be a disaster for workers who depend on the wages of these companies and for the communities of which these companies are an integral part. “

13:19 France closes: France will close most stores, restaurants and entertainment facilities from midnight to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

Philippe made the announcement at a press conference after the national health agency said that the death toll for French coronavirus has risen to 91. The count of confirmed coronavirus cases in France of the World Health Organization is of 3,672.

13:01 S.F. students are negative: Four students with pneumonia or other respiratory illnesses at San Francisco’s Lakeshore Elementary School tested negative for COVID-19, health officials said on Saturday. Families and school staff no longer need to self-quarantine, district officials said.

The diseases reported in the four students closed school on Thursday evening and resulted in the closure of a district on Friday.

12:53 Travis AFB problems: Representative John Garamendi said components that were quarantined at Travis Air Force Base after being exposed to coronavirus on board the Grand Princess cruise ship eventually complain of unsafe and unhealthy conditions at the base.

Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove (Sacramento County), wrote in a letter to the White House and other officials that “I have received disturbing images of long lines without social withdrawal for common meals and drinks. I have been told by people inside the quarantine that the displaced people touched by serving tools and other objects with their bare hands, potentially exposing others to the virus “.

He added that “meals are now delivered to individual rooms. … However, I am concerned to know that coffee is still served in common areas, rather than produced in existing coffee machines in individuals’ rooms. “

Several hundred Californians of the ship underwent quantization operations after it docked in Oakland on Monday. Twenty-two passengers and crew members tested coronavirus positive.

12:30 Youth room releases: San Francisco Public Defender Manu Raju called on the city’s principal probation officer to accelerate the release of young people who are detained in the room for minors at risk of contracting the coronavirus. The city should focus in particular on the placement of young people with disabilities such as asthma or are immunocompromised, Raju told Katherine Miller, Chief Probation Officer, on Friday.

He also asked that existing warrants be liquidated and that a moratorium on non-violent violations be instituted, preventing the detention of other young people. “Given the public health emergency we are facing, I ask you to exercise your powers as broadly as possible,” he told Miller.

12:24 Oakland’s response: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Saturday that the city will expand a loan program for small businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis. Under the KIVA program, owners can document online how the outbreak is affecting their business while Oakland pursues philanthropic partnerships for possible grants.

12:12 Pac-12 cancels sport during the academic year: The Pac-12 conference, which includes Cal and Stanford, canceled all sports until the end of the academic year, including spring sports competing beyond the academic year.

The conference said athletic directors made the decision on Saturday. The Pac-12 had already canceled its basketball championship tournaments for men’s and women’s teams. The NCAA has canceled its March Madness basketball tournament.

11:47 Contra Costa prohibits meetings of over 100 people: Contra Costa County Healthcare Agent issued an order on Saturday banning public meetings of over 100 people to try to limit the spread of coronavirus. The ban starts on Sunday and lasts until March 31st.

The order of health officer Chris Farnitano applies to meeting rooms, auditoriums, theaters, stadiums, convention centers, canteens and other confined indoor and outdoor spaces. It does not apply to offices, hospitals, classrooms, dormitories or homeless camps.

San Francisco issued a similar ban on Friday.

11:30 The virus spreads locally: Santa Clara County health officials confirmed 12 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number to 91. The county reported a second death, from an 80-year-old woman, on Friday night.

San Francisco officials reported five new cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 28 in the city.

11:23 am Hearst Castle tour suspended: The California parks department suspends Hearst Castle tours starting Monday. The department said that although the Hearst San Simeon state historic monument was not directly affected by the coronavirus, the tour was stopped to avoid the possibility of spreading the disease.

People who have planned tours after this weekend will receive refunds, the state said. Those with questions should call 1-800-444-7275.

11:11 BART’s riding dive deepens: The number of BART passengers dropped 50% on Friday compared to the average Friday in February, the transit agency a tweet. BART started the week with a 25% drop in drivers’ share on Monday, and the crash accelerated when the coronavirus crisis spread and companies started making employees work from home.

BART is losing $ 5 million a week due to coronavirus and is urgently seeking financial help from Congress, according to The Chronicle.

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For motorcyclists who still use the system, BART is working on developing personal straps that can be distributed for free so that people can avoid touching the sticks.

11:09 Other masks: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin confirmed that coronavirus tests will be free and expanded through partnerships between the public and private sectors, with results reported to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arrangements have been made to produce up to 30 million masks per month, he said.

10:51 am Changes to entertainment: The California Department of Public Health has published a guide to gambling venues, theme parks and attractions, cinemas and live entertainment to limit the attendance in theaters to 250 people or less. The state is asking those places to distance show times, extend hours to spread attendance and limit or cancel events if necessary. They should also increase the cleanliness of machines, cards and seats and apply social distance standards, the state said.

10:14 Visits to limited nursing homes: Visits to nursing homes for all visitors and non-essential staff have been limited since late Friday, said Seema Verma, administrator of the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. Exceptions are made for patients who are at the end of life. Nursing homes are also canceling all group activities and common dinners.

10:07 “No” vote by California Republicans: Representative Tom McClintock was the only Californian legislator to oppose the coronavirus aid package that the House approved last Saturday.

The House voted 363-40 to approve the package, which was the result of days of tense negotiations between the President of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration. President Trump said he would sign after Senate approval early next week.

McClintock, R-Elk Grove (Sacramento County), did not explain his vote and his office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The package includes two weeks of paid sick leave for workers and up to three months of paid leave for people affected by the virus. Includes a tax credit for small and medium-sized businesses that pay leaves. It also includes money for free coronavirus tests and money for state Medicaid programs to help cover the costs of fighting the disease.

All 40 votes against the bill were cast by Republicans. Many complained that the bill was rushed or could harm small businesses. The GOP pushed to include the language to exempt small businesses from the obligation of paid emergency leave.

9:47 extended travel ban: The White House is extending the ban on foreign nationals traveling to the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Vice President Mike Pence said at a press conference.

President Trump said that restrictions for “certain areas” could be introduced nationally, but it was not specific.

“If I didn’t travel, I wouldn’t do it,” added Trump to the White House press conference, in which he wore a baseball cap decorated with the letters “USA”. “We want this thing to end. We don’t want many people to get infected. We want it to end as quickly as possible. “

The travel ban from most European countries came into effect at 9pm. Friday PDT. Pence said the ban on foreign nationals from the UK and Ireland will come into effect at 9:00 pm. Monday PDT.

U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are exempt from the travel ban, but officials said those returning from the countries concerned will be channeled to 13 U.S. airports and encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days. One of the 13 airports is San Francisco International.

9:29 Trump claims to have been tested: President Trump has said he has been tested for coronavirus and expects results within a day or two. During a White House press conference on his coronavirus task force, Trump also said he was trying to break the practice of shaking hands.

“Shaking hands isn’t a great thing to do right now,” he said. “Maybe people shouldn’t shake hands in the long run.”

8:58 Journalist check: Journalists in the White House for an informative briefing from the coronavirus task force led by Vice President Mike Pence had a man check their temperatures with a contactless thermometer. White House spokesman Judd Deere said the man was at the White House doctor’s office and that those who were coming into close contact with Pence or President Trump are now taking their temperature “for the plenty of caution. “

Trump was in contact with two people at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida over the weekend who have since tested positive, but has not been tested for the coronavirus itself.

8:35 S.F suspends the cuts in the water, power: Delinquent bill payments will no longer cause water and power outages in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed said on Saturday. The policy will run for 60 days to “protect our residents who are struggling with loss of income” during the coronavirus crisis, the mayor said in a statement.

The city also announced that it will suspend late penalties for unpaid water and electricity bills. He said he would also suspend late penalties for unpaid parking tickets.

8:27 am Pence briefing: The coronavirus task force led by Vice President Mike Pence will hold a press conference in Washington, DC, at 9:00 am PDT, the White House said. President Trump led a task force meeting that began at 7:00 am PDT, the White House said.

6:34 Palo Alto closings: Palo Alto will close several civic structures starting Saturday, the city said. Its libraries, the Art Center, the Junior Museum, the Rinconada Swimming Pool, the Children’s Theater, the Mitchell Park Community Center and the Teen Center and the Lucie Stern Community Center are all closing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Palo Alto Animal Shelter manages adoptions by appointment only and access to the Town Hall will only take place by appointment starting on Monday.

6:27 the Vallejo theme park closes: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom amusement park in Vallejo announced that it would be closed until the end of March.

Nine other Six Flags parks in the United States will close, including Magic Mountain in Valencia, near Los Angeles.

Vallejo Park, on 135 acres near the intersection of Interstate 80 and Highway 37, has roller coasters, rides and animal attractions. Tickets for the park will be valid on any date after the reopening, the park said in a note.

6:22 Trump exposed to the second person: President Trump was exposed to a second person last weekend who has since tested positive for coronavirus, but there are no plans for the President himself to test, says the White House.

In a late night statement, the White House said both exposures took place last week in a function with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Trump was photographed standing next to Brazil’s presidential press secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, who tested positive three days later.

The White House described that meeting as “limited (handshake, photography)”, but said that the second contact was with someone who shared a dining table with him. Trump spent “more time in the immediate area,” Trump’s doctor said in a statement.

Brazil identified the person as the Brazilian ambassador for Nestor Forster.

The person showed no symptoms at the time, said the White House. “These actions would be characterized by a LOW risk for transmission according to the CDC guidelines, and as such, there are currently no indications for a domestic quarantine”, Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, Trump’s doctor, said in a statement. “Also, given that the president himself remains symptom-free, tests for COVID-19 are not currently indicated.”

On Friday, during a Rose Garden press conference, before the announcement of the second contact was announced, Trump initially said he had no plans to be tested. When pressed, he replied, “Well, I didn’t say I wouldn’t be tested. … Most likely, yes. Most likely. Not for that reason, but because I think I’ll do it anyway.”

5:53 Apple closing stores: Apple says it will close all stores outside of China until March 27 to reduce the chances of the coronavirus spreading to customers and employees. The company said its online stores will remain open and has invited people to download its Apple Store app.

The company closed stores in China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan after the coronavirus epidemic began in Hubei province late last year. Since then, infection rates in China have fallen and Apple said in a statement that one lesson from experience “is that the most effective way to minimize the risk of virus transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance.” .

Apple said it has reopened its stores in China. Hourly workers in stores outside of China who are closing “will continue to receive wages in line with business as usual,” the company said.

Developments from March 13:

At 10.30pm. U.S. lawmakers approve the relief package: The House approved a coronavirus aid package at the end of Friday to provide free tests, workers’ sickness benefits, increased unemployment benefits and enhanced food programs.

“We did what we said we would do: put families first,” said rapporteur Nancy Pelosi. The bill, supported by President Trump, passed a bipartisan vote, 363-40. Now go to the Senate.

20:10 Caltrain reduces Baby Bullet weekday service: Caltrain officials said that “in response to a significant decline in the share of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus,” they are no longer offering the Baby Bullet service during morning and afternoon rush hours.

Local and limited service and midday and weekend service will continue as scheduled, Caltrain officials said.

“Sales of one-way and Day Pass tickets declined by around 75% from their levels two weeks ago,” Caltrain officials said. “Without other dedicated funding sources, Caltrain relies primarily on fees to cover the operating costs of the system.”

8:00 pm California Senate cancels legislative hearings: Il presidente del Senato della California pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) lo ha annunciato, “Al fine di concentrarsi su una risposta immediata a COVID-19, il Senato ha annullato tutte le audizioni legislative in programma la prossima settimana”.

19:45 Test degli studenti di Stanford positivi: Uno studente universitario si è dimostrato positivo per COVID-19, ha dichiarato il presidente dell’università Marc Tessier-Lavigne. Lo studente è attualmente auto-isolante. I funzionari universitari stanno rintracciando ogni persona con cui lo studente ha avuto stretti contatti, ha detto Tessier-Lavigne.

Stanford ha anche annunciato che il preposto dell’università chiede agli istruttori di rendere facoltativi gli esami finali del trimestre invernale per gli studenti universitari. A seguito delle nuove restrizioni alle riunioni della Contea di Santa Clara, i funzionari di Stanford modificheranno anche il servizio pasti per gli studenti universitari nel campus, che include la fornitura di contenitori pre-riempiti per essere consumati altrove. Stanford ora sta vietando anche riunioni di 35 o più persone, hanno detto i funzionari.

Per quanto riguarda le vacanze di primavera e il quartiere di primavera, i funzionari universitari hanno affermato che “saranno in grado di fornire alloggi e ristorazione universitari solo per un numero molto limitato di studenti, coloro che non hanno altra scelta che essere qui”.

“Daremo la priorità agli studenti internazionali che non possono tornare a casa; studenti che hanno conosciuto gravi rischi per la salute o la sicurezza; e studenti senzatetto “, ha detto Tessier-Lavigne. “Stiamo anche progettando di consentire a un numero limitato di dipendenti residenziali che non soddisfano i criteri precedenti di rimanere nel campus”.

Tessier-Lavigne ha affermato che gli studenti che non rientrano in queste categorie “devono fare piani per lasciare il campus il più presto possibile e al più tardi entro mercoledì 18 marzo alle 17:00”.

Per ulteriori informazioni, leggi la dichiarazione completa del presidente dell’università.

19:30 Il distretto scolastico unificato di Fremont chiude le scuole: Gli studenti non frequenteranno la scuola a partire da lunedì 16 marzo e non torneranno a scuola per almeno due settimane, ha affermato il sovrintendente Kim Wallace. I funzionari hanno detto che la data di riapertura provvisoria è prevista per lunedì 30 marzo, ma i funzionari possono estenderla a seconda delle raccomandazioni del Dipartimento di sanità pubblica della contea di Alameda e dei funzionari statali.

Tutte le strutture distrettuali rimarranno aperte il 16 marzo e il 17 marzo per consentire l’accesso del personale, ma tutti i siti saranno completamente chiusi a studenti, personale e pubblico dal 18 marzo al 27 marzo. Ogni struttura distrettuale sarà “pulita a fondo e igienizzata”, funzionari del distretto scolastico.

Le vacanze di primavera del distretto sono ancora programmate dal 10 al 17 aprile.

19:05 Lafayette School District chiude le scuole: Il sovrintendente Richard Whitmore ha annunciato che il consiglio di amministrazione del distretto ha approvato una mozione venerdì per chiudere le scuole agli studenti dal 16 al 27 marzo “e di prendere in considerazione la riapertura non prima del 6 aprile 2020, in risposta alla minaccia del nuovo coronavirus COVID- 19.”

“Stiamo fornendo maggiori dettagli ai genitori (venerdì) sera, con ulteriori informazioni in arrivo lunedì sulle opportunità di apprendimento durante la chiusura della scuola”, ha detto Whitmore.

18:47 Trump e Pelosi raggiungono un accordo sulla fattura di soccorso: Il presidente Trump ha twittato di aver raggiunto un accordo con il presidente della Camera Nancy Pelosi sulla legislazione per fornire aiuti di emergenza per il coronavirus. La Camera voterà sul disegno di legge più tardi questa sera, concludendo giorni di negoziati tra il rappresentante di San Francisco e il segretario al Tesoro Steve Mnuchin.

“Sostengo pienamente H.R. 6201: il primo atto di risposta CoronaVirus per famiglie, che sarà votato alla Camera questa sera”, ha twittato Trump. “I can’t wait to sign the final bill, ASAP!”

La lingua finale del disegno di legge non è stata rilasciata, ma si prevede che includa due settimane di congedo per malattia retribuito per i lavoratori, test gratuiti sul coronavirus e maggiori indennità di disoccupazione.

The deal came together hours after Trump, while speaking in the Rose Garden, criticized Democrats and said a deal remained elusive.

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Earlier in the day, Pelosi vowed that Democrats would vote tonight, telling reporters, “the House is focused on providing support for America’s families, who must be our first priority.”

6:40 p.m. San Mateo County suspends visitations to juvenile hall, Camp Kemp: While there are zero cases of the new coronavirus at San Mateo County Probation Department facilities, officials announced that they are suspending visitations to the county’s juvenile Hall and Margaret J. Kemp Camp “until further notice.” Only attorneys and “select professional visits” will be allowed, officials said.

“The San Mateo County Probation Department places great importance in visitations as part of a youth’s rehabilitation. However, given the fluid situation of COVID-19, we have made the tough decision to temporarily suspend visitations as a public health precaution,” officials said.

6:25 p.m. American College of Surgeons recommends canceling, postponing elective surgeries: In a response to the climbing number of coronavirus cases, officials advised “Each hospital, health system, and surgeon” to minimize, postpone, or cancel electively scheduled operations, endoscopies, or other invasive procedures “until we have passed the predicted inflection point in the exposure graph and can be confident that our health care infrastructure can support a potentially rapid and overwhelming uptick in critical patient care needs.”

6:10 p.m. Walnut Creek School District to close schools through April 3: The Walnut Creek School District Governing Board decided to close all of its schools beginning Monday, March 16. Schools will remain closed through Friday, April 3rd, at which point school district officials will “reassess this health crisis.”

School district officials said they have coordinated with teachers to develop a “remote learning plan” that will be in place for the next two weeks. During the closure, all schools will undergo a “deep cleaning to ensure safety upon reopening,” district officials said.

The district serves roughly 3,600 students.

6 p.m. Santa Clara County reports second death: The patient was a woman in her 80s who was hospitalized on March 9 and was among the coronavirus cases that was reported by the county health department on March 13, county officials said.

“The Public Health Department is saddened to share this news and expresses its condolences to her family,” county public health officials said.

5:50 p.m. More San Jose firefighters test positive: The number of San Jose fire department officials who have tested positive for the new coronavirus has grown to eight, according to city officials.

Officials said they have been able to “successfully backfill all temporarily vacant positions and we expect to maintain normal resource levels indefinitely.”

5:40 p.m. Caltrain ticket sales decline by 75% as SamTrans reduces bus service: BART isn’t the only Bay Area transit operator that’s losing money in the wake of coronavirus. At Caltrain, one-way and day pass ticket sales declined by 75 % from their levels two weeks ago, according to an agency spokesman. The Peninsula rail serves commuters at many tech companies that have encouraged employees to work from home, in areas that now ban gatherings of more than 100 people. SamTrans, the San Mateo County bus system, will stop routes that primarily serve schools, given that many schools will close next week. The average number of weekday riders on the bus system dropped 19 % since COVID-19 containment efforts began.

5:25 p.m. San Ramon Valley Unified School District to close: The district announced it will suspend classes from Monday until April 10, a period that includes spring break, according to a statement. Students who qualify for Federal Lunch Program can receive free lunch at two sites during lunch hours.

5:19 p.m. Grand Princess to remain in San Francisco Bay: The cruise ship will remain in the Bay and 1,400 crew members will be quarantined aboard under medical supervision, according to Oakland officials. There are roughly 1,400 crew members, including four U.S. citizens. Of those, 19 have tested positive for COVID-19, but are in “good condition,” officials said. After the minimum 14-day quarantine, the crew will disembark and return to their home countries.

5:15 p.m. San Mateo County Superior Court to ‘dramatically curtail’ its caseload in light of coronavirus: San Mateo County Superior Court Presiding Judge Jonathan Karesh told the San Francisco Chronicle that it has received an emergency order from the state Supreme Court chief justice to extend crucial deadlines on timeliness of certain court hearings in order to “dramatically curtail” its operations. Karesh said the partial shutdown will begin Wednesday and continue indefinitely as long as the pandemic continues to threaten county residents. “We want to eliminate all but the most essential calendars,” Karesh said. Staff will be reduced and only certain out-of-custody arraignment and pre-trial hearings will continue.

“I mean you think about having about 75 people in a courtroom sitting next to each other during jury selection, or 12 jurors in a jury,” Karesh said.

The specifics and logistics of the reduction are still being worked out, the judge said.

5:08 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom signs executive order ensuring state funding for closed schools: Newsom issued an executive order ensuring California public school districts will retain state funding regardless of the school facilities closing amid concerns of the spreading coronavirus. The order directs the districts to spend the money on distance learning, meals and supervision of students.

“Closing schools has a massive, cascading effect for our kids and their families — especially those least equipped financially to deal with them,” Newsom said in a statement. “The needs of California kids must be met regardless of whether their school is open or closed.”

4:31 p.m. Alameda County public defender calls for release of high-risk inmates in Santa Rita jail: Public Defender Brendon Woods is calling for the release of high-risk inmates in Santa Rita jail to help reduce the exposure of COVID-19. In a letter to court, sheriff and prosecution and probation officials, Woods recommended a full release or jail alternatives to inmates over 50, those with underlying health conditions and people who have six months or less to serve on their sentences.

4:28 p.m. San Leandro Unified School District to close: The district announced its schools will close from March 16 to April 3 “out of an abundance of concern for all members of our community,” according to a statement. Spring break will move to the week of March 30 to minimize disruption and classes are expected to resume April 6. The district will continue to provide meals to those who rely on them, but did not provide more details. Students were encouraged to stay home and minimize social contact.

4:19 p.m. California Teachers Association recommends closing all state public schools: The California Teachers Association has recommended the closing of all California’s public schools to “support the containment” of the coronavirus. A full state closure would affect 6.2 million children in 10,500 schools in more than 1,000 school districts.

4:09 p.m. Solano County schools to close for two weeks: Schools in Solano County, following similar decisions from districts across the Bay Area, will close to students for two weeks beginning Monday, according to Vallejo City Unified School District officials. “We did not take this decision lightly and recognize that this may cause a hardship for some families. Each school district and charter school will continue to communicate directly with families and staff with updates about re-opening, learning alternatives, and the availability of school meals,” a statment from the district said.

4:03 p.m. Days after docking, 14 passengers remain on Grand Princess cruise ship: Princess announced that 2,450 people had disembarked from the cruise ship docked at an Oakland port as of 7 a.m. Friday, leaving just 14 international passengers who are waiting for transportion to their home countries. Plans for crew quarantine are still being finalized, the cruise line said.

3:49 p.m. Santa Clara County Superior Court to significantly reduce caseload: In an attempt to lessen the number of people congregating in its courthouse, the Santa Clara County Superior Court has taken emergency measures to lessen the court schedule from Monday to April 5 by postponing a large number of cases. At the direction of Presiding Judge Deborah Ryan, all civil and probate jury and court trials will be delayed, except for ongoing trials. All small claims motions, trials and appeals will be postponed. Many criminal trials and family hearings will be moved back and most traffic matters, except trials, and guardianship and adoption proceedings will be postponed.

Similarly, Placer County Superior Courts are postponing all traffic infraction, non-traffic infraction, and certain traffic misdemeanor hearings and trials scheduled between March 16 and 31 to future dates. The Court will provide notice to the parties of their new dates.

3:52 p.m. President Trump says four major cruise lines agreed to suspend cruises: Trump wrote in a Tweet that Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and MSC Cruises agreed to suspend outbound cruises for 30 days at the president’s request.

3:45 p.m. SF bans all events of 100 or more people: San Francisco Mayor London Breed toughened the prohibition on large gatherings Friday, mandating the cancellation of non-essential public events of 100 people or more in the latest action to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Spaces like hospitals, grocery stores and transit terminals are expected to be exempt from the prohibition, as they were with the previous order. Other essential services, like food banks, will also be allowed to stay open.

3:36 p.m. UC Berkeley extends online instruction through May: The university announced that remote instruction has been extended through the end of the semester. Students can decide where it is best for them to reside, and will receive relief from housing and dining fees should they move out of on-campus housing. Online instruction will be conducted through Zoom, teleconferencing and other virtual platforms. There are no confirmed cases in the campus community, officials said, but the decision was made following the guidance of public health officials who recommend social distancing and stress the importance of “flattening the curve” by reducing spread.

3:28 p.m. Santa Clara County records 13 new cases: County health officials said they have 13 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 79. Of those, 43 cases were presumably caused by community transmission. Public health officials said they expect the case count to continue rising. The county has banned public or private gatherings of more than 100 people with a mandatory order that takes effect on Saturday. It is also banning gatherings of more than 35 people unless the events comply with certain conditions that would reduce transmission.

3:26 p.m. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces aid deal reached, per reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the House has reached an agreement with the White House on a coronavirus relief package, the Associated Press reported.

3:19 p.m. Second person who had contact with President Trump tests positive: A second person who was at Mar-a-Lago with President Donald Trump last weekend has tested positive for coronavirus, a source told the Associated Press. The person attended a Trump fundraising at the president’s Florida resort on Sunday. The first person who tested positive who Trump had contact with was a Brazilian official.

2:54 p.m. Contra Costa Superior Court to close: Contra Costa County Superior Court will be closing its Martinez, Richmond and Pittsburg courthouses due to the coronavirus pandemic starting Monday with a target re-opening date of April 1. Arraignments will continue in the Martinez courthouse, but will be closed to the public to keep the crowd sizes to a minimum, the court announced Friday afternoon. Jurors ordered to appear in court for criminal trials on Monday must report to court and judges for those cases will provide further guidance.

“The Court appreciates the careful balance that must be maintained between the timely administration of justice and the protection of public health and safety,” according to a written statement from the court. The emergency order was made from the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court who said it would be treated as a public holiday.

Anyone with a scheduled hearing during the closure will be reset to a later date and notice of the new hearing would be mailed to that individual or his or her attorney. Anyone scheduled for jury duty will have it rescheduled and notice of the rescheduling will be mailed to the individual. All adult and juvenile in custody arraignments will be handled in Martinez, but closed to the public, except counsel. Anyone seeking an emergency protective order or temporary guardianship can contact their local police agency.

3:05 p.m. San Francisco Mayor Breed enacts moratorium on evictions related to COVID-19: Mayor Breed announced a moratorium on residential evictions related to financial impacts of COVID-19. It will prevent any residents from being evicted due to loss of income related to lay-offs, loss of hours, or emergency medical costs caused by COVID-19. It will be in effect for at least 30 days.

2:59 p.m. San Francisco’s La Taqueria to close: In a lengthy Instagram post shared Friday afternoon, La Taqueria owner Miguel Jara said he’s temporarily closing his Mission District restaurant because wants to ensure the safety of his employees during the spread of the coronavirus. It will close after Sunday service and employees will continue to be paid during the closure. It is unclear when it will re-open.

“Here at La Taqueria, we are blessed to have an abundance of people visit us from all over the Bay Area, but that blessing puts us in an environment that isn’t 100% safe,” he said.

2:56 p.m. Sen. Harris urges utilities not to shut off services during pandemic: U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) sent a letter to the trade associations for the water, electricity, and telecommunications industries, urging them to immediately suspend the practice of shutting off services to customers for reasons of nonpayment during the pandemic.“Given the unprecedented challenges people are facing as well as the need for people to access critical services from home in order to stem this crisis, shutting off power, water, or communications services right now just because someone missed a payment is potentially dangerous,” she said.

Harris requested a response to her letter no later than Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

2:50 p.m. Washington reports more than 100 new cases since yesterday: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington state surged to 568, according to a daily update from public health officials, and 37 people who became infected have died. The numbers jumped from 457 cases and 31 deaths yesterday.

2:48 p.m. TSA allows hand sanitizer on planes: TSA is now allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer up to 12 oz in carry-on bags until further notice. These containers larger than the standard of 3.4 oz of liquids will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to checkpoint screening, a spokeswoman tweeted

2:31 p.m. Oakland to offer children free meals during school closure: Officials said there will be 12 sites throughout the city where any Oakland child under 18 can receive free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch. The sites will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Thursdays, and kids can pick up multiple days worth of food. The school district has also developed a learning continuity plan to help students stay current with their education and practice skills they have learned. The assignments will not be graded and no new information will be introduced.

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2:24 p.m. Oakland to close senior centers, libraries, community centers: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced at a press conference that Oakland will close its senior centers, libraries, recreation centers and Head Start centers beginning Monday. Schools are also closed. “We have an opportunity to prevent human suffering — that is what we’re doing today,” Schaaf said. “While we recognize this will have profound impacts on families, we know Oakland will show up — as we always do — with values of compassion, helpfulness, and grace.”

2:08 p.m. San Francisco to open emergency child care during school closure: Mayor London Breed announced that the city’s recreation centers and libraries will suspend regular programming to operate as emergency care facilities starting Monday. The facilities will provide recreation, learning and three meals a day. Social distancing protocols will be followed. Children of healthcare workers, disaster service workers and low-income families will be eligible.

2:02 p.m. Sen. Dianne Feinstein asks Trump to reopen healthcare enrollment period: Feinstein and other Senators penned a letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar asking that the administration allow people at risk for COVID-19 to access affordable health care options by opening a special healthcare enrollment period. “Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration should reopen the health care enrollment period so those who are uninsured can get coverage,” Feinstein tweeted. “Allowing people to get health care now will help keep communities safe from the coronavirus.”

1:57 p.m. Marin County public schools to close for two weeks: The county has instructed all public schools to suspend classes for at least two weeks, according to a statement. The county is working on providing meals and resources to students during the closure. “Recognizing the challenges that a school closure poses for many families in our community, we are making this decision with a heavy heart but for the greater good,” said Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools. “Our priority is always the safety and well-being of our students.”

1:53 p.m. San Francisco Sheriff’s Office suspends jail visits: Sheriff Paul Miyamoto announced he will suspend county jail visits and programs to protect incarcerated individuals and staff from the spread of COVID-19. There are no known cases in the county’s jails, but the decision to suspend visits is based on guidance from health officials. Non-contact visits with legal counsel are permitted. The suspension begins at 5 p.m. Friday. “We are sensitive to the difficulties that suspended visits may cause families of the incarcerated,” Miyamoto said. “We value visitation as an essential part of rehabilitation and encourage families to stay in touch with their loved ones and friends through phone calls and letters.”

1:38 p.m. Trump says he will likely be tested, offers no timeline: In a news conference, President Trump downplayed his contact last week with a Brazilian official who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. He said he has no symptoms, but he also said he would likely be tested in the future. When asked when that would happen, Trump moved on to another reporter’s questions.

1:29 p.m. Members of 5 families of SF’s Lakeshore Elementary test negative: Members of Lakeshore Elementary School families in San Francisco tested negative for COVID-19, officials said, ending their self-quarantine.

1:23 p.m. Catholic Diocese of San Jose to suspend mass: Bishop Oscar Cantu announced in a community letter that all parishes, missions and chapels in the San Jose diocese will suspend public masses beginning Saturday. Baptisms, weddings and funerals can be held, but only with immediate family. The bishop also dismissed Catholics from the obligation to attend Mass during this time. The diocese will continue to live stream Sunday masses.

1:13 p.m. Markets rebound at close of trading: Some investors viewed the White House’s declaration of a national emergency as a reassuringly strong response, helping markets jump in the afternoon and close up 1,985 points, a 9.4% rise from Thursday. The gains erased much of the previous day’s historic loss.

1:12 p.m. SF school district to provide free breakfast, lunch during closure: San Francisco Unified School District will provide free breakfast and lunch starting Tuesday for children at pick-up sites across the city. Officials will set up, clean and train staff at pick-up sites on Monday. Meals will include vegetables, fruit and milk. The district has the capacity to serve 11,600 breakfasts and 11,600 lunches each day.

1:06 p.m. BART needs money — and fast: BART, devastated by losses of up to $5 million a week in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, is desperately seeking money from state, federal and local governments, The Chronicle has learned.

1:00 p.m. Fifth death in California, officials won’t say where: The California Department of Public Health reported the fifth coronavirus death in the state. The department will not say what part of the state the person was from. The previous four deaths were in Placer County, Santa Clara County, Sacramento County and Los Angeles County.

12:59 p.m. Vice President says coronavirus found in 46 states: Vice President Mike Pence said there are confirmed coronavirus cases in 46 states. “Wash your hands, use common sense,” he said.

12:54 p.m. Trump says rules will be changed to curb future pandemics: “We hope it never happens, but we are going to be changing a lot of the old rules,” he said. The president also said he has waived interest for all student loans held by federal agencies and instructed officials to purchase large quantities of crude oil. “We are going to fill it up,” Trump said.

12:49 p.m. Walmart, Walgreens, Target, CVS to offer resources for coronavirus response: Walmarts across the country will offer parking space to be used for coronavirus response, said the company’s chief executive Doug McMillon. “We were eager to do our part,” McMillon said of receiving a call from the White House.

12:47 p.m. Health official announces new testing approach, website: In a news conference where President Trump declared a national emergency, federal officials announced a new coronavirus testing approach that will start with a website created by Google. If an individual is symptomatic, they will be referred to “drive thru” clinics. The tests will then be shipped to labs before results are posted on the screening website.

12:41 p.m. Trump bars entry of foreigners who recently went to Europe: Trump suspended the entry of foreigners who have traveled to Europe in the last 14 days. Returning Americans will be subjected to extra screening, he said.

12:33 p.m. Trump declares national state of emergency: President Trump declared a national state of emergency Friday afternoon while speaking in the Rose Garden. “We will overcome the threat of the virus,” he said. The declaration makes up to $50 billion dollars available, Trump said while ordering all states to set up emergency centers immediately and asking every hospital to activate their emergency preparedness plans. The president announced a partnership with the private sector to help deal with the shortage of tests. “No resource will be spared,” he said while announcing the FDA has approved a new test. Expects up to half a million tests to be available early next week.

12:18 p.m. San Francisco Jewish Community Center trims operations: The JCCSF is suspending public services and programs beginning Saturday through March 27. The building at California and Presidio in San Francisco will be closed to the public during that time period. The fitness center, including the pool, will close for two days for enhanced cleaning this Saturday and Sunday. The gym will reopen Monday.

12:10 p.m. Two Santa Clara County jail inmates under quarantine after being exposed: Two inmates at Santa Clara County jail were placed under quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 from a person who came to interview them, officials said. They did not identify the person who visited the inmates. Officials said the inmate population may be reduced by placing individuals on electronic monitoring, but no plans have been finalized, as conversations with prosecutors continue.

11:59 a.m. The Goodguys 38th All American Get-Together canceled: The event, scheduled for March 28-29 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, has been canceled. Organizers hope to reschedule the car show for May 30-31.

11:55 a.m. Public schools in Santa Clara County to close until early April: Santa Clara County officials said public schools will close starting Monday through April 3, at the earliest. “We acknowledge there is much that is not yet known,” county schools Superintendent Mary Ann Dewan said.

11:50 a.m. Officials offer voluntary testing to quarantined individuals at Travis Air Force Base: Hundreds of former Grand Princess passengers who are quarantined at Travis received a handout saying they will each have the “opportunity” to get tested for COVID-19. “You are not required to be tested. It will be your choice,” the handout read. It said officials will “soon” begin collecting swabs from people who want to be tested, which could take several days. Results will also take several days. “If you choose to be tested, it is important that you understand that if the results of your test are pending, then it is possible it may delay your departure,” the handout said. Neil Kran, a 69-year-old under quarantine, said he was leaning toward not getting tested because he has “zero confidence in their time schedule.” The handout, shared with The Chronicle, also clarified what restrictions apply to quarantined individuals, including wearing a mask at all times, standing six feet apart from people, and eating food in their rooms.

11:48 a.m. Santa Clara County officials ban gatherings of 100 or more: Santa Clara County Director of Public Health Sara Cody announced a ban on private and public gatherings of more than 100 persons following the confirmation of more COVID-19 cases. The order will take effect Saturday and remain in place for three weeks. It does not include hospitals, retail environments, airports or transit. As of Thursday night, Cody said the county had recorded 79 cases of COVID-19 — 43 of those are from community spread. There are 37 people hospitalized. Cody said at a news conference officials expect “many, many” more cases. Officials also limited gatherings of more than 35 people. The ban on gatherings of 35 to 100 applies “unless certain conditions are met” — they include ensuring there can be six feet between people, hand washing available at the venue, discouraging sick and high-risk people from attending and following cleaning guidance before, during and after an event.

11:38 a.m. No prison visits: Inmates at all 122 federal correctional facilities across the country will no longer be allowed visits from family, friends or attorneys for the next 30 days, in response to the threat of the coronavirus, officials told The Associated Press on Friday.

11:11 a.m. Pelosi says House will vote on coronavirus bill: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said the House will vote today on an economic relief bill for people affected by the coronavirus. The bill includes free testing, paid sick leave and expanded unemployment insurance. However, Pelosi wouldn’t say if the White House supports the deal. The San Francisco representative has been engaged in marathon negotiations with the Trump administration. Her announcement, without the White House’s backing, signals the talks may have hit a gridlock.

11:04 a.m. New positive test for TSA worker in San Jose: Another TSA employee at Mineta San Jose International Airport has tested positive for COVID-19, according to city officials. The employee, who was stationed at the security identification display doors, last worked March 7 and tested positive on Thursday.

11:02 a.m. More San Jose firefighters test positive for COVID-19: The number of San Jose fire department officials who have tested positive for COVID-19 has grown to six, according to city officials. The department has filled temporary vacant positions. Officials are still tracking the status of the 70 fire officials who may have been exposed.

10:43 a.m. Schools in Oakland to close through early April:

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