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We’d like to know what’s on your mind as the Bay Area begins to slowly reopen. Ask us a question below so that we can report on what matters most to you.

Also, check out our COVID-19 Community Resource Guide for information on everything from emergency childcare, internet access, grants and funding, and more. 

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On Tuesday, State Health Officials announced that three more Bay Area counties will be allowed to reopen additional businesses. 

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COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting Black and Latinx California residents. And it’s not just the coronavirus. Across the board, CDC data shows that Black Americans have lower life expectancies than white people in the U.S. — and research suggests that racism is one reason why.

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Schools across the Bay Area are back in session — both virtually and in-person. But some are still feeling the effects of COVID-19 on the last school year. Research shows that 2008 graduates are still experiencing impacts of the Great Recession. So what can 2020 graduates expect? 

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San Francisco students have been back to school for nearly a month now, and a lot has changed for students — and for teachers. Amanda Levin is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District at Leadership High School, and she’s been teaching for nearly three decades. As part of our ongoing series The Essentials, we’re bringing you overlooked stories of essential workers: people who are still being called to work while most of us are sheltered in place.

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Two Bay Area counties have moved from purple to red under the Governor’s new color coded system for monitoring Covid.

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Millions of U.S. office workers have now stretched into their sixth month of the world’s largest work-from-home experiment. Before the pandemic started, just 4% of Americans worked from home. Once the pandemic kicked in, that number jumped to 34%.

The Status And Ethics Of A COVID-19 Vaccine

Aug 25, 2020

On this edition of Your Call, we're getting an update on a COVID-19 vaccine. According to The New York Times' vaccine tracker, more than 165 vaccines are being developed, but only 32 are currently in human trials, while eight have made it to Phase 3 trials.

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Like many people, back in April, Christin New needed something to look forward to. Not only was a pandemic spreading around the word, she’d just had a miscarriage. So when she and her husband found out they were expecting, they were overjoyed. 

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In Alameda County, more than one out of every ten COVID-19 cases can be traced back to a single neighborhood’s zip code. Fruitvale is a dense, predominantly Latinx community in East Oakland, and its COVID-19 case rate is higher than Florida’s and Georgia’s, two of the hardest hit states in the country. 

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On Tuesday, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors reluctantly approved a settlement with UC Hastings over tent encampments and unhealthy living conditions in the Tenderloin.

What Do We Now Know About COVID-19?

Aug 19, 2020

On this edition of Your Call, we’re getting an update on COVID-19 as the US death toll passed 170,000 this week. Six months in and we still don’t have a national plan.

Christine Palmer

Earlier this month a group of East Bay hair stylists and salon owners gathered outside Flaunt Hair Designs in Pleasanton. They were there to plot ways to convince public health officials to let them open up, and the group agreed to stage a mass reopening in defiance of stay-at-home orders.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story contained errors that have been corrected. It incorrectly stated that SFUSD laid off bus drivers and that the district ended its contract. The drivers were not laid off by SFUSD, because they are contracted through First Student. SFUSD has stopped payment because the district does not currently require bus drivers.

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Today is the first day of the new school year for thousands of K-12 students around the Bay. All classes are online-only. But, there is a push to get kids back into real classrooms.

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  On the next City Visions, East Bay Congressman - and former presidential candidate - Eric Swalwell will talk about protecting our elections, providing covid relief, and fighting corruption, among other topics. 

 

We will also feature our regular COVID update with Chronicle Health Reporter Erin Allday and UCSF doctor Peter Chin-Hong, as well as the comedy of local favorite, Zahra Noorbakhsh.  

 

Guests: 

Drivers crossing Bay Area bridges without paying tolls have collectively racked up a $16 million dollar bill, over the past few months. How did that number get so high?

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Sandip Roy wonders if the new normal is really normal.

"Coronavirus Rhapsody" by Raúl Iravién on YouTube here:

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Alameda county plans to pay coronavirus victims to stay home and quarantine. But, who qualifies for this assistance?

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California appears to be flying somewhat blind as it battles rising rates of COVID-19.

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A charter school won its lawsuit against the Hayward Unified School District over classroom space amid the pandemic.

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Rent was due this weekend, and San Francisco’s emergency legislation could be what’s keeping many in their homes. A judge in the San Francisco superior courts is defending that legislation.

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On Monday, the California Department of Public Health released details for how elementary schools could re-open for in-person instruction.

 

On Sunday, a group of Pac-12 football players threatened to opt-out of the season unless their concerns about competing during the COVID-19 pandemic along with other racial and economic issues in college sports are addressed.

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Mayor London Breed of San Francisco put forth a budget proposal, Friday. Breed’s budget pencils out at 13.7 billion dollars — that’s 1.4 billion more than the previous year. The mayor plans to spend that money on pandemic-related costs, mental health care, and homelessness. 

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California lawmakers returned to work today after an extended summer recess. Officials were originally scheduled to resume the session on July 13 but postponed their return due to the pandemic.

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we'll get an update on the COVID pandemic in Italy and the $860B recovery fund to help the 27-member EU bloc tackle their economic crisis.

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By now, over four months into the shelter-in-place ordinance, you’ve probably swapped testing stories — or been on a Zoom call featuring questions such as: How did you get an appointment? Did it hurt? How long to get the test results?

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With a recent surge in Coronavirus cases, UC Berkeley has decided to begin the fall semester fully remote.

YLR: The Virus, The Beach, Justice

Jul 22, 2020

Two coronavirus stories to tell.  First, the story of one man, and how one person could and did make a difference. Seeing crowded beaches throughout the beach, how Brent Turner rallied local officials to close the beaches before the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  Then, a second story, of working in the trenches of the justice system, and how courts throughout the state, and the nation, have been paralyzed as individuals within test positive, and how the public has been excluded to the protection of all.

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