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This microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S.

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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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Under the "shelter in place" order, we technically can go to parks and walk on trails, but should we and if so, how do we do it safely? KALW's science reporter Marissa Ortega-Welch spoke with UCSF hospitalist Dr. Sajan Patel about the “do’s and don’ts.”

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On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the outbreak of covid-19 in France. Following Italy and Spain, France imposed a nationwide lockdown this week banning people from leaving home except to work, receive medical care or buy food. More than 7,500 people have been infected with the virus in France.


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The uncertainty and anxiety of Bay Area residents increased, Thursday, as Governor Gavin Newsom made two provocative statements.

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Bay Area residents began getting used to the "shelter in place" order. Downtown San Francisco was largely deserted, with BART ridership down 85%, many restaurants and shops closed for business, and an eerily empty Union Square. This collection of photos captures some views of the city.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing how and where people in the Bay Area can get tested for COVID-19. Later in the show, we’ll discuss the overwhelming requests for test kits across the country. As the country ramps up testing, the number of cases will drastically increase, according to public health officials.

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It’s day two of the shelter in place order for the San Francisco Bay Area. Here's the latest on BART ridership, school closures, grocery shopping, and more.

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This story was updated with additional reporting on March 18, 2020 at 8:21pm.

The Bay Area’s historic shelter-in-place order is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. But it could have a profound impact on low-wage workers, who live month-to-month. Low-wage immigrant workers are particularly vulnerable, and some of the programs available to them are struggling to stay up and running.

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Could the global outbreak of COVID-19 keep us apart, in more ways than just physical.

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Bay Area residents will remember March 17, 2020 as the day they were ordered to "shelter in place" in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus. Downtown San Francisco felt like a completely different place as the order took effect.

How Are The Nation's Hospitals Preparing To Handle COVID-19?

Mar 17, 2020
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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting the US healthcare system and hospitals across the country. How are nurses, doctors, and medical personnel on the frontlines being affected?

America is in a health crisis, but it’s also been in a housing crisis. For almost a quarter of renters, more than half of their income goes to their landlord. Eviction displaces a million households a year. About four million people spend at least three hours driving to and from work.

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Last night Governor Gavin Newsom gave a speech on Facebook. He told Californians he would be extending our restrictions here in the Bay Area, to the entire state. 

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Late Monday night, the California Legislature voted to suspend its work until April 13th due to the coronavirus outbreak. According to Alex Vassar, an unofficial legislative historian at the California State Library, this is the first such closure in 158 years. 

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Bay Area school districts have scrambled to put plans in place to keep feeding low-income students during virus-related school closures. On Monday, March 16, 2020, the first Grab ‘N Go sites welcomed Oakland families. 


On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the Bay Area’s shelter in place policy. Those in San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda Counties are being asked to stay home except for essential activities until at least April 7th. This is the first drastic measure to take place in the US. Experts say if this works and we flatten the curve, others will follow.

As Cities Begin Shutting Down, How Will Front Line Workers Be Affected?

Mar 16, 2020
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On this edition of Your Call, we'll discuss how workers on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak are being affected. What protections are in place for them, including paid sick leave and unemployment benefits?

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California has joined much of the rest of the world in a state of suspended animation as people try to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. This afternoon, officials from six Bay Area counties asked residents to shelter in place, except for getting groceries or taking care of other essential functions. 

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In anticipation of a possible social shutdown, some shoppers at India Cash & Carry in San Jose stocked up on toilet paper and other supplies, while others went about their business as usual.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss California Governor Gavin Newsom's latest guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. He’s asking Californians over the age of 65 to isolate themselves, and called for bars, wineries, clubs, and pubs to close. He also spoke about the need to help the homeless population and provide support to low-income families, including free meals to hundreds of thousands of students across California.


SFUSD will provide free meals to all children 18 and younger during the school closure. 

On Tuesday, March 17, 8 sites will be open 9-10 a.m. On March 18, 14 will be open, and from March 19 and on 18 sites will be open Monday through Friday 9-10 a.m. to pick-up breakfast, lunch, supper, fresh fruit, vegetables and milk to take home. See locations and schedules below.

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Every day brings an avalanche of anxiety-inducing news: The spread of novel coronavirus, the reaction of the markets, the stress on the healthcare system, and the pending November elections.  Singularly, each event is worrying. Collectively, it is hard to take it all in. Where can we find a moment of respite from all the news? Host Grace Won talks with a group of authors, artists and experts to hear how they are using art, music and literature to cope in these challenging times. What are you listening to, reading or watching to calm your nerves?


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On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we’ll discuss the coronavirus pandemic in Italy. This week, the surge of infections has triggered a massive countrywide lockdown. According to the Italian government, more than 15,000 people have been infected and the death toll has surpassed 1,000.

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California is taking stronger measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Disneyland shut down. Same with sports. And the San Francisco Unified School District will be closed to students for three weeks beginning Monday. But what's being done for the most vulnerable?

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The number of COVID-19 cases, and it varies county by county. As of the time of publishing, there are 14 confirmed cases in San Francisco. Santa Clara County has 45 cases, Alameda County is confirming three cases, but the numbers are constantly changing.

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Health workers and officials continue to process, treat, and quarantine passengers who were aboard the Grand Princess Cruise Ship that docked in Oakland on Monday.

Sandip Roy

The Indian festival ‘Holi’ is usually a riot of abandonment and color…but then Corona came to town.  

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The San Francisco Department of Public Health sent out a text advisory on Friday. It said it recommends that all non-essential large gatherings of people be canceled for the next two weeks, in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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In a letter to families dated March 8, 2020, the San Francisco Unified School District stated that all schools would remain open on Monday, March 9, with the exception of Lowell High School, but that any non-essential events scheduled through Sunday, March 22 would be canceled.

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  On the This edition of Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the Coronavirus. The virus has killed at least 3,000 people and has now infected more than 100,000 worldwide. Nurses in the United States say hospitals are woefully unprepared. How are the media covering this outbreak?

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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the coronavirus outbreak, also known as COVID19. According to the World Health Organization, there are 94,000 global cases in at least 75 countries and more than 3,200 reported fatalities.