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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.