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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.

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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.