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COVID-19 in the Bay Area, Monday April 20

Coronavirus Live Updates: COVID-19 in the Bay Area, Monday April 20
After California records its deadliest week ever for coronavirus, we may start seeing a decline in cases and deaths
California saw its deadliest week since the coronavirus crisis began, but experts cautiously report that the state may have reached its peak and that deaths and infections will begin leveling off. Delays in reporting deaths over the weekend, however, might cause the death toll to go even higher.

The COVID-19 death toll in the Bay Area topped 200 Monday. There were two new deaths in Contra Costa County and six more in Santa Clara County, putting the San Jose News Bay Area deaths at 207. None of the eight other Bay Area counties recorded additional coronavirus deaths. — Rick Hurd, 4:16 p.m.

A quiet Clayton neighborhood near a “backdoor” entrance to Mt. Diablo State Park is being overrun by visitors trying to get some outdoor enjoyment hiking the park’s trails. With Clayton police issues dozens of parking tickets, the city will address resident’s concerns at its meeting Tuesday night. — Rick Hurd, 3:40 p.m.

San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney wants all homeless people living in shelters and supportive housing facilities, and staff, tested for COVID-19 rather than using the piecemeal method of testing people when they show symptoms of the deadly virus, and testing people they’ve come in contact with. Haney also is calling for shelter workers to receive hazard pay. — Marissa Kendall, 3:33 p.m.

Supported by donations from companies, business leaders and philanthropists, the state will provide laptops, Chromebooks or tablets to 70,000 students who do not have devices at home, allowing them to participate in distance learning. The effort dovetails with others to provide connectivity to students who don’t have access. — Kerry Crowley, 3:14  p.m.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, acknowledging “back to life” protesters outside the state capitol on Monday, says he understands the concern people have over the continuing order to shelter in place, and says both side want the same thing — the reopening of the economy. But, he says, it’s not yet safe to lift the order. — Maggie Angst, 2:12 p.m.

No surprise, experts say politics colors peoples attitudes on coronavirus advice and what threat the virus poses. That’s not ideal when faced with a global pandemic. — Associated Press, 2:01 p.m.

California’s testing rate for COVID-19 is among the lowest in the nation, ranking with Texas, Virgina and Kansas at the bottom. Gov. Gavin Newsom conceded that the rates were too low, but says plans are in the works to ramp things up sharply in the coming weeks. — John Woolfolk, 1:45 p.m.

California’s COVID-19 death rate climbed to more than 1,200 on Monday. Gov. Gavin Newsom says despite the deaths, the curve is bending and beginning to flatten. — Kerry Crowley, 1:30 p.m.

The coronavirus hit the construction industry hard in March, costing it about 11,700 jobs. Although the industry is considered to be essential during the crisis, many companies chose to cancel or delay construction on projects. — Johnathan Lansner, 12:58 p.m.

Amid pressure from President Donald Trump to restart the economy and despite the urging of state governors to keep things status quo for now, Boeing and several other manufacturers were gearing up to resume business. Boeing will return about 27,000 workers at its Seattle factory, but said it will use safety protocols including staggered shifts and face masks. — Associated Press, 12:50 p.m.

A worker at a Whole Foods in Dublin has tested positive for the coronavirus, store employees were told Monday. The employee hadn’t worked at the store since April 1, and the store remains open. — Evan Weback, 12:48 p.m.

Five states, defying some protests to lift the stay-at-home order have decided to stay closed. The governors of Kansas, Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin all extended their shelter-in place orders into early May, while Mississippi continued its quarantine directives until April 27. Montana still plans to live restrictions on Friday. — Susan Steade, 12:43 p.m.

A small number of medical workers stage a counter-protest against those who are calling for the end of the shutdown, or at least an easing of the restrictions in Colorado. — CNN, 12:40 a.m.

Here’s why those promised test kits weren’t delivered, showing this nation’s response to the pandemic. — CNN, 11:17 a.m.

The news from El Cerrito is troubling as the city forecases a $3.7 million deficity this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. To avoid bankruptcy, the city will need Press Release Distribution Service In San Jose a short-term loan and to cut the budget by $4 million. John Karamoto, 10:43 a.m.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued new orders requiring nursing homes to notify residents’ families of any cases of COVID-19 within 12 hours of the diagnosis, and to report cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The moves comes as families have struggled to get information about what’s going on in their loved one’s facilities. — Annie Sciacca, 10:41 a.m.

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