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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. 



Coronavirus cases update / Mortgage relief / Small business situation / Transit assistance

How Are Parents, Students, And Teachers Dealing With School Closures?

Mar 26, 2020
Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss how educators, parents, and students are dealing with school closures due to COVID-19.

Jenny G. Shao / KALW

The city of Hayward opened a free COVID-19 testing clinic on Monday. Photographer Jenny G. Shao headed out on Wednesday to see who was taking advantage of the opportunity.

Toni Morrison once said that in chaotic times is when artists must go to work. Theaters, concert halls, and other event venues are shut down. But that isn't stopping Bay Area artists from shining on the virtual stage.

Most of us are working from home, including the staff of KALW. In fact, this show was put together using apps like Slack, Zoom and a variety of recording and file sharing services. It’s been an adjustment, but many of us are realizing how much we can communicate and do without meeting in person.


Latest coronoavirus tally / Mortgage relief / School closure extension / Immigration detention

Noise Grunt / Flickr / Creative Commons

Six Bay Area counties announced extending school closures today. They are now tentatively scheduled to remain closed through May 1.

California caseload / Stay at home duration / State budget impact

COVID-19: What's Being Done To Protect Homeless People?

Mar 25, 2020
Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

On this edition of Your Call, we'll find out how COVID-19 is affecting people who can’t stay inside.

Joseph Prezioso/AFP


On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing how much it costs to get treated for COVID-19, especially for those of us who are underinsured or uninsured.

Sandip Roy

As the world self-isolates and more and more countries enact lockdown policies, Sandip reflects on the connections between us, and the responsibility of us all to remain apart.  

Numbers update / Private lab regulations / Transit agency adjustments

Victims of domestic violence are especially vulnerable in this health crisis because abusive partners are now not leaving for work or working from home. Even if support groups and shelters are open, a victim has to be able to make that call, which may not happen if the abuser is home all day. 

Marissa Ortega Welch

John Pearson works in the emergency room at Highland Hospital in Oakland. He says healthcare workers there were already experiencing critical shortages before COVID-19 existed.

Ben Trefny / KALW

The Bay Area's shelter-in-place ordinance reached its second week, and residents seem to be getting used to a new rhythm. It's largely slower, with very little street traffic, empty buses and trains, and take-out businesses struggling to draw customers.

HM Treasury / Creative Commons

Several local Bay Area health offices issued an order today that requires private labs to report all of their testing results to public health authorities. Labs need to report the results within an hour. Also, they are required to report "information that allows health officials to better locate the person tested.”


Cblount_Photography / Flickr Creative Commons


Local transit agencies are among the essential services that are still operating under the coronavirus shelter-in-place public health order. Some are responding by going fare free.

The latest numbers / State parking lots closed / Scramble for medical equipment

US Workers Need Financial Relief Now

Mar 23, 2020
David J. Phillip/AP

On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the dire need for economic relief as millions of US workers are being laid off or losing their jobs.

On this edition of Your Call, we're hearing from a Bay Area nurse who says the lack of personal protective gear continues to be a huge problem. Jennifer Carraher says her hospital has run out of eye protection and hand sanitizer, and N95 masks are scarce.

Angela Johnston

Bay Area residents heard the news that they can go outside under the “shelter in place” order and they really took off running with it.

San Francisco Sheriff's Department

San Francisco Public Defender Mano Raju sounded the alarm about the coronavirus dangers inside the county’s jails weeks ago. He called for the immediate release of inmates who are at the end of the sentences, and the release of people at heightened risk for the virus, like those who are elderly, or who have lung disease or diabetes.

Free COVID-19 tests in Hayward / Park visitation problems / Proposed ballot measures stymied

Lisa Morehouse / KALW

The first Monday of the shelter-in-place ordinance came with overcast skies over the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 19th order has thwarted all non-essential public contact. That includes signature gatherers who help get measures on the ballot when we vote. These measures often impact housing laws, small business, and homeless services. 

Tom Wolf / Flickr / Creative Commons

Good news for East Bay residents and health centers: a new, free COVID19 testing center is opening in Hayward.

Representative DeSaulnier ailing / Statewide COVID-19 shutdowns / Nature calling

Stay home from school / Wish you weren't here / Congressman ailing (not COVID-19 related) / The world keeps churning

Lisa Morehouse / KALW

Bay Area residents tried to enjoy their Sunday as much as possible, pursuing many of their usual activities despite shelter-in-place restrictions.

First shutdown weekend / Medical supplies lacking / Fishermen left high and dry / PG&E bankruptcy agreement