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Check out our COVID-19 Community Resource Guide for information on everything from emergency childcare, access to essential services, volunteer opportunities, and more. 

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Coronavirus has impacted another “only-in-San Francisco” tradition. San Francisco’s 37th annual Folsom Street Fair will move from its SoMa venues to a virtual space this September.

Rent Relief Options / San Francisco Park Street Closures

Experts Say Two Million People Per Week Must Be Tested Before Reopening

Apr 28, 2020
Centers for Disease Control

On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves about the current status of testing for COVID-19 across the US.

Elena Seibert


Regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson explores how My Fair Lady turned Shaw’s Pygmalion into a fine musical.


This week on Open Air, KALW’s live radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, we raise the virtual curtain for the first installment of Open Air’s Corona Radio Theater. Featuring this week is theater company Word for Word; renowned for bringing short stories from the page to the stage, fully theatricalized; and their reading - on Zoom - of Tobias Wolff's story, Firelight

Bay Area Headlines: Monday, 4/27/20, PM

Apr 27, 2020

Bay Area Shelter-In-Place Order To Be Extended Through May / Pushback In Rural Counties Against Stay-At-Home Order / Heatwave Brings Crowds To Public Spaces / Stanford Stanford Health Care To Cut Employee Wages / Oakland Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Joseph Mega

The novel coronavirus will not slow down the opioid epidemic that’s gripped the United States for decades. As the Bay Area shelters-in-place, a mobile health team in Contra Costa County continues to bring prescriptions for addiction medication directly to people who are homeless and even more isolated from services. 

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Stanford Health Care is planning system-wide pay cuts and furloughs to roughly 14,000 employees. This comes as embattled hospitals across the country fight the pandemic.

Bay Area Headlines: Monday, 4/27/20, AM

Apr 27, 2020

As California Hospitals Return To Normal, Patients Wonder When They Can Seek Care / California Cities Report Projected Economic Impact / Sacramento Muslims Celebrate Ramadan Together Virtually

Unemployment Benefits / Californians Volunteering / Elective Surgeries Allowed / SF Transit Hikes

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On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, factory workers in Ciudad Juarez are protesting to demand the closure of assembly plants along the US-Mexico border. Many are still open despite the growing coronavirus death toll among the workers.

California Hospitals Resume Non-Emergency Surgeries California Doctors On The Front Lines In New York City / SF To Increate Public Transit Fees / COVID-19 Caseload In Navajo Nation / Northwestern California Experiencing Severe Drought

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Shubham Goel is sheltering in place with his parents in Danville, but this isn’t the first time he’s been through a quarantine. He was on a reality TV show where isolation was one of the rules. 

It’s been 38 days since the shelter-in-place order went into effect in the region. Since then, we've been checking in regularly with a mix of people from all around the Bay, including a teacher, a restaurant owner, an artist, a grocery store worker, a nurse, and a ten-year-old. 

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On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom partially lifted hospital restrictions. That’s because successful social distancing has left the state’s hospitals well below capacity. 

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The SFMTA Board of Directors voted unanimously, on Tuesday, to increase MUNI fares by the end of this year.


Bay Area Headlines: Thursday, 4/23/20, AM

Apr 23, 2020

'Showers On Wheels' For Homeless Residents In Sacramento / More Testing Needed Before California Economy Can Re-Open / Air Quality Improves, But Climate Change Is Major Cause Of Pollution

On this edition of Your Call, we speak with veteran science journalist Miles O’Brien about his new FRONTLINE documentary Coronavirus Pandemic.

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Recently, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the six criteria that must be met before we can all return to life as we knew it before shelter-in-place. That includes things like closely monitoring communities for the coronavirus, tracking down cases and isolating people who have it, and building capacity in local hospitals to handle sudden surges.

New Study Suggests COVID-19 More Widespread Than Data Shows / San Francisco Provides Zip Codes With Testing Data / Monitoring Cases At Nursing Homes / Slow Streets Campaign To Launch In San Francisco / East Bay SPCA To Host Drive-Through Pet Food Pantry

The Stoop

COVID-19 has hit black communities hard — in many places, harder than the general population. Here in California, as of April 17, black residents were dying at twice the rate of white residents. In New York City, black people are dying more than any other racial group. In this episode of The Stoop, we explore the reasons behind this higher mortality rate, we go back to dig into some history, and dispel some myths about black people and the coronavirus. 

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San Francisco became the first Bay Area municipality to release a detailed map of COVID-19 cases across neighborhoods. Most Bay Area counties post daily updates about COVID-19 cases broken out by city, gender, age and race. But San Francisco’s new map goes further to show how each zip code is impacted by the virus. 

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The California Department of Public Health published a statewide report this weekend breaking down the number of Covid-19 cases at skilled nursing facilities. 

Bay Area Headlines: Tuesday, 4/21/20, AM

Apr 21, 2020

Bridging The Digital Divide For Distance Learning / Protesting Stay-At-Home Order In Sacramento / Free COVID-19 Testing In San Francisco

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Dr. Ann López, executive director of the Center for Farmworker Families about how California's farmworkers are still unprotected, months after the COVID-19 crisis began.

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Beginning this Thursday, San Franciscans who live in the Mission between South Van Ness and Harrison and Cesar Chavez and 23rd Street, can get tested for free.


Planning California's Economic Recovery / COVID-19 Spending / Coronavirus At California Prisons / London Breed Warns Against 420 Celebrations / Bay Area Counties Mandate Face Coverings

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by discussing the Trump administration’s drastic changes to US environmental policies.



While we are sheltered in place, Manny's in San Francisco is presenting a series of virtual conversations with local leaders and thinkers who are trying to make sense of this moment and how we will recover. 

Bay Area Headlines: Friday, 4/17/20, AM

Apr 17, 2020

Statewide Food Worker Assistance / Translating COVID-19 Updates / Advocating For Unhoused People / Sabrina Ionescu’s Professional Turn

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California community organizations say the state isn’t doing enough to protect homeless residents from COVID-19.