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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. 

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The city of Oakland has launched a new program to house over 130 homeless individuals.

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Is COVID-19 impacting your mental health? You're not alone. Host Grace Won speaks to healthcare professionals about strategies to combat loneliness, anxiety and depression during this pandemic. 

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll get an update on how San Francisco is handling its unhoused population during #COVID19. Last week, advocates staged a protest outside of Mayor London Breed’s house to demand more hotel rooms for people without homes.

How California's For-Profit Nursing Homes Became COVID-19 Hotspots

May 6, 2020
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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing rampant coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes around the country. In California, approximately one-third of all COVID-related deaths are tied to nursing facilities.

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Rolling out full-on distance learning assignments when only more affluent students could participate, SFUSD decided, would only deepen the achievement gap. Step One? Figuring out how many students needed devices. 

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UCSF has released the initial findings of a landmark coronavirus testing effort in San Francisco’s Mission District. For the last month, hundreds of volunteers staffed pop-up testing sites with the goal of testing everyone in a four-square block area of the Mission. 

California Sues Ride-Hailing Companies / Homes For Oakland’s Unhoused

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom had the right to ban church assemblies in the interest of public health, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration gave approval Tuesday to plans by Huntington Beach and two smaller cities to reopen beaches that fell under his order shutting down the entire Orange County coast after a heat wave drew large crowds to the shore.

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May 5, 2020

California’s Modest Reopening / Assembly Returns / Don’t Fear Bats, Fear People

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll hear from janitors on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have expressed fear over the lack of PPE, hazard pay and paid sick leave, and the heavy use of chemicals in cleaning supplies.

Why Are Meat Processing Plants Reopening After Major COVID-19 Outbreaks?

May 5, 2020
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On this edition of Your Call, we're getting an update on the COVID crisis in meatpacking plants. At least 31 meat processing plants owned by Smithfield, JBS and Tyson Foods have had coronavirus outbreaks.

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Oakland rose over the weekend, just as Bay Area counties relax shelter-in-place rules. But more testing resources are coming to Oakland. And the city is increasing the number of hotel rooms for the homeless community. 

California To Move Into Second Phase Of Reopening / California Restaurant Association Estimates Half Of State's Bars And Restaurants Will Not Reopen / California Hospital Association Requests $1 Billion In Aid / Fire Experts Predict Severe Season With Early Start

Individuals, Groups, And Counties Restless / Assembly Back In Session

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California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon is calling lawmakers back to the Capitol on Monday, restarting a legislative session interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, even as a handful of lawmakers plan to stay home for fear of contracting or spreading the disease.

Two More California Counties Set To Reopen Despite Stay-Home Order

May 4, 2020
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Small groups of people ignored closures and set down their towels and umbrellas on Orange County's warm beaches on Sunday, defying stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus as pressure to reopen parts of California continues to build.

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While we are sheltered in place, Manny's in San Francisco is presenting a series of virtual conversations with leaders and thinkers who are trying to make sense of this moment and how we will recover. 

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While we are sheltered in place, Manny's in San Francisco is presenting a series of virtual conversations with leaders and thinkers who are trying to make sense of this moment and how we will recover. 

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the US food supply. Across the country, farmers are destroying tens of millions of pounds of fresh food.

Orange County Beaches Closed By California's Governor

May 1, 2020
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The news hit Orange County like a cold wave: California’s governor was shutting down the beaches.

A “hard close” order took effect on Friday for seashores from wealthy Newport Beach to artsy Laguna Beach and down Doheny way.

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On this edition of Your Call's Media Roundtable, we're discussing the COVID-19 outbreak in Brazil and its impact on poor and marginalized communities. So far, more than 81,000 people have tested positive and at least 6,000 have died.

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Most Bay Area residents are passing their sixth week of shelter-in-place. We’ll hear from a diverse group of locals, including a real estate broker, a new mom, and a funeral director. It’s Day By Day: Quarantine Diaries.

California Beaches To Remain Open, Except In Orange County LA To Offer Widespread Testing To All Residents / UCSF Scientists Identify Drugs That May Slow COVID-19/ SF Judge Seeks Release Of Immigrants Detained Without Proper Social Distancing / Pacific Gas And Electric Forced To Comply With Stricter Inspections

California Beaches To Remain Open, Except In Orange County

Quarantine Diaries: Week 6

Apr 30, 2020

Most Bay Area residents are passing their sixth week of shelter-in-place. We’ll hear from a diverse group of locals, including a real estate broker, a new mom, and a funeral director. It’s the Quarantine Diaries.

Plus, at the end of today's episode, we're featuring local musician Lane Sanders, an experimental percussionist based in San Jose who will be releasing new tracks through out quarantine.

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A new UCSF study identifies several medications that could help manage the novel coronavirus.

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Michael Fleming never got to say goodbye to his father. He didn't know his dad was fading away on a ventilator, diagnosed with coronavirus at the federal prison where he was serving time for a drug charge.

His father, also named Michael, was held at FCI Terminal Island in Los Angeles and died April 19. At least half the population there has tested positive, the largest known hot spot in the federal prison system.

Farms To Food Banks / More Electric Delivery Vans And Trucks Required

Farms To Food Banks

California is launching a new effort to connect farm waste to desperate food banks during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Here we are, the breadbasket of the world, California, and we want to address that mismatch. We want to address the supply and the demand.”

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing how COVID-19 is affecting Indian Country. There are nearly 1,900 confirmed cases across the Navajo Nation and 60 reported deaths.

Governor Newsom To Close California Beaches Friday

Apr 30, 2020
Ben Trefny

Gov. Gavin Newsom will order all beaches and state parks closed starting Friday after people thronged the seashore during a sweltering weekend despite his social distancing order that aims to slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to a memo sent to police chiefs around the state.

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