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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.

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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.

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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.”


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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
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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

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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. 

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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

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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

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On the surface, life didn't seem too different from any other weekend day at the end of the N-Judah MUNI line in San Francisco's Outer Sunset district. Hook Fish had a takeout line stretching up the street, people congregated in the parklet fronting Trouble Coffee. And on a warm, relatively windless day, surfers and sunbathers crowded Ocean Beach.

Debora Cartagena, USCDCP

As American health care workers prepare for the coming waves of COVID-19 patients, the shortage of protective equipment like masks is becoming increasingly worrying.

Caro de Freitas

Another sunny day in the Bay Area, but the streets were nearly deserted as the shelter-in-place order continued. The normally bustling Castro District had few pedestrians, as many businesses were shut down. And a half-built Ferris wheel being constructed in Golden Gate Park to celebrate its sesquicentennial serves as a reminder that good times are being put on hold. This collection of photographs chronicles the continuation of the crisis.

Coastal crowds / National Parks open and closed / Marijuana sales surge


Marissa Ortega-Welch

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.