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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. 

We want to report on what matters most to you. If you have a question about the coronavirus, ask it below.


Join us for a special edition of City Visions tonight from 9-10pm.  We will have a brief update on the status of COVID-19 in the Bay Area from Erin Allday, health reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle.  Then we will have a panel of experts discussing why some communities are especially resilient during crises and what we can learn from them.


How is the Bay Area handling shelter-in-place? How is your community responding and how are you coping? How will we be changed by this experience?

Shereen Adel / KALW

For those who have lost their income because of COVID-19, today may be an especially hard day. It’s April 1, and for many, rent is due. Bay Area governments have passed emergency protections for tenants, but critics say they’re not enough.

Coronavirus Caseload / Rent Moratoriums

The Latest Updates On COVID-19: What Do You Want To Know?

Apr 1, 2020
John Minchillo/AP

  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll take your questions about the coronavirus with an epidemiologist and medical expert.

Damion Hunter

The gooming industry is one of many that have been hit hard by coronavirus closures — nail shops, hair salons, and barbershops. The government doesn’t consider them essential services.

Courtesy of Chesa Boudin

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin has often described walking through steel gates to visit his parents in prison as a kid. Now a correctional officer who works at the prison in New York State where his father is in custody has tested positive for COVID-19.

Bay Area Headlines: Tuesday, 3/31/20, AM

Mar 31, 2020

Coronavirus Caseload / Santa Clara Country Homeless Residents / Rental Assistance In Marin County

With Unemployment On The Rise, How Will The $2.2T Bill Bring Relief?

Mar 31, 2020
Bryan Anselm for The New York Times


On this edition of Your Call, we’ll take your questions about the $2.2 trillion stimulus package.

High Schoolers Cope With The Coronavirus Shutdown

Mar 30, 2020

Bay Area schools are shut down until at least May. That leaves tens of thousands of students at home, finding ways to learn, to cope, and to find joy. This is a special episode dedicated to life during the coronavirus crisis.


Beginning today food will be distributed only two days a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays between the hours of 11 am and noon.

Coronavirus Caseload / Laguna Honda Hospital Cases / School Lunches

Coronavirus Caseload

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In San Francisco, all MUNI train lines will shut down starting today, with no current plans for them to reopen.

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing the links between climate change and infectious diseases.

Bay Area Headlines: Friday, 3/27/20, PM

Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus Caseload / Protecting Hospital Staff / Alameda Health Systems Management

Coronavirus caseload / Transit affected

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu


On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we are discussing a new Propublica investigation exposing how Trump administration appointees prevented Texas prosecutors from indicting Walmart for filling suspicious opioid prescriptions.

Photo by Jenny G. Shao / KALW


On March 17, leaders from six Bay Area counties announced a shelter-in-place policy that’s closed all but essential businesses and confined most people to their homes. Since then, we've been checking in regularly with a mix of people from all around the Bay. Together, this group sketches out how the coronavirus epidemic is already changing how we live and work.

COVID-19 numbers / Call for collaboration / Distance learning / Curry meets Fauci

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo


Governor Newsom spoke this morning of the importance of multi-state collaboration in responding to COVID-19. He said that he had just completed a call between President Trump and all 50 state governors.


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On March 25, the San Francisco Unified School District began the second phase of a three-part plan to help get students back on track while campuses remain closed. 

Special: Prisoners Face Coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020

Disease can spread quickly in prisons. In this special conversation from Uncuffed, the men of Solano Prison share their thoughts on the global coronavirus pandemic, and what it would mean if it came inside.


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.