Jon Cartu Implies: Coronavirus live updates: 70 cases at SF homeless shelter

Coronavirus live updates: 70 cases at SF homeless shelter

Jon Cartu Implies: Coronavirus live updates: 70 cases at SF homeless shelter

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Total coronavirus cases:

• 20,491 in California, including 556 deaths.

• 4,593 in the Bay Area, including 126 deaths.

• 486,994 in the U.S., including 18,022 deaths. Besides California, five other states with the highest death tolls are New York with 7,844; New Jersey with 1,932; Michigan with 1,076; Louisiana with 755; and Illinois with 529. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.

• More than 1.6 million in the world, with more than 101,700 deaths. More than 372,000 people have recovered.

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The latest developments from today:

1:48 p.m. San Francisco mayor urges people to stay home on Easter weekend: Mayor London Breed asked people to stay home this weekend, despite the temptation to go outside to enjoy the nice weather or gather with friends and family for Easter. Officials will monitor parks and gathering spots this weekend to make sure people are complying with the shelter-in-place order. “We know that it’s so tempting, especially because it’s also Easter … folks are probably thinking, ‘Just this one time,’” Breed said. “I’m going to ask, just one more time, that you don’t tempt yourself, that you don’t do it this one time, because that one time could be problematic.”

1:35 p.m. San Francisco school enrollment deadline extended: The San Francisco school district extended the deadline to accept school assignment offers by one week. Acceptances of offers or applications for May placement are now required by April 17.

1:28 p.m. Mayor announces outbreak at San Francisco shelter: Seventy people at a San Francisco shelter have tested positive for COVID-19, Mayor London Breed said Friday afternoon. Sixty-eight residents and two staffers at MSC South tested positive. “We have a situation that we knew could potentially happen,” Breed said. City officials are converting the shelter into a hospital, Breed said. She added it could have been worse: “The fact is that we were on top of it.”

1:20 p.m. Emeryville automates pedestrian crosswalk signals: Councilmember John Bauters tweeted that the city is temporarily automating pedestrian walk signs, eliminating the need for people to touch the signal buttons when crossing the street. The change implemented in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 applies to all city intersections.

1:14 p.m. Ninth coronavirus death in Contra Costa, total of cases surpasses 500: A ninth person has died in Contra Costa County of COVID-19 and the number of confirmed cases increased to 511, according to health officials.

1:10 p.m. 164 coronavirus cases at Santa Clara County nursing homes: Santa Clara County health officials revealed Friday that 164 people at long-term care facilities in the county have tested positive for the coronavirus, including 50 employees. The county did not say which facilities are affected or how many deaths have occurred. Dr. Sarah Rudman, a county health officer, said in a press conference that the county has supported nursing homes by deploying a special team to help with their needs and provide testing.

1:01 p.m. Three new deaths in Alameda County, more than 50 new cases confirmed: Three additional people in Alameda County died of COVID-19 as 53 new cases were confirmed, increasing the total to 766, officials said. The county has recorded 20 deaths.

12:43 p.m. FEMA to deliver meals to seniors: FEMA officials will help deliver meals to more than a million seniors isolating at home throughout California, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday, saying Warriors basketball star Steph Curry and his wife Ayesha inspired the partnership.

12:40 p.m. Increase in patients in California ICU beds: There are 1,145 COVID-19 patients in the state’s intensive care unit beds, Gov. Gavin Newsom said. That’s up from 1,132 a day earlier.

12:31 p.m. Navy hospital ship to be used for non-coronavirus patients from senior homes: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the Mercy hospital ship docked in Los Angeles will be used for non-coronavirus patients from nursing homes and facilities. Newsom said state officials have also identified seven sites that will offer more beds to separate coronavirus and non-coronavirus seniors.

12:27 p.m. State monitoring 191 nursing homes because of staff or residents who’ve tested positive: Gov. Gavin Newsom said state officials are watching 191 nursing homes across the state because either staffers or residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. Throughout 1,224 facilities, 1,266 people have been diagnosed with the infection. Additionally, out of 7,461 small homes mostly with Medi-Cal patients licensed throughout the state, 370 patients and staff have tested positive. Ninety-four of those facilities were being monitored as well, Newsom said.

12:20 p.m. Source: More than a dozen cases in city’s hotels for low-income residents: Coronavirus is threatening San Francisco’s densely populated residential hotels for low-income residents. The Department of Public Health says it does not have data specific to cases in single-room-occupancy hotels. But a source familiar with the matter said there are more than a dozen cases in SROs. The confirmed cases in such buildings are sprinkled throughout Civic Center, SoMa, Nob Hill, Bernal Heights, the Mission and other neighborhoods, according to the source, who was not authorized to speak to the media about the cases. The Chronicle is withholding the source’s name in accordance with the paper’s anonymous source policy.

12:16 p.m. Social distancing keeps California close to best-case scenario: Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly demonstrated graphs Friday that indicate people across the state are staying at home, according to data that tracks movement, but cautioned people must continue following the orders. The social distancing has helped decrease the number of projected hospital bed occupancy and recent models indicate the state is progressing toward the low end of projections. “This is a point of pride for Californians,” Ghaly said. “But I caution you that this line could easily start to see an upwards slope.”

12 p.m. Non-filers can use new IRS tool to get stimulus payments: The IRS has created a new web tool where some people can provide the personal information needed to get those $1,200 “economic impact payments.” The tool is called, “Non-filers: Enter your payment here,” and it’s for people…

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