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What questions do you have?

We’d like to know what’s on your mind as the Bay Area begins to slowly reopen. Ask us a question below so that we can report on what matters most to you.

Also, check out our COVID-19 Community Resource Guide for information on everything from emergency childcare, internet access, grants and funding, and more. 


Three State Partnership / Insurance Refunds Demanded / SF Delivery App Fees Capped / SF Party Busted

Easter Bunny Pays Visit To Animals At SF Zoo

Apr 13, 2020
San Francisco Zoo

Animals at the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens were treated to Easter-themed treats this weekend. The zoo, which is currently closed to the public, is still taking care of its 2,000 animal residents despite is ongoing closure during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Case Updates / City Lights Saved / Fourth of July World One Festival Cancelled

To Surf Or Not To Surf? Wave Riders Ponder Pandemic Rules

Apr 12, 2020
Bryce Bradford / Flickr / Creative Commons

For Ray Booth, surfing is more than just a sport. It's a passion, a way of life, a therapy. Maybe even an obsession.

So when the coronavirus pandemic shut down California beaches from Mexico to Oregon last month, even that wasn’t going to keep the 49-year-old Frito-Lay sales representative out of the water.


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

What If California Faces A Disaster During The Pandemic?

Apr 12, 2020
Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

California has evacuation plans for earthquakes, floods, mudslides and, of course, wildfires, but what if one of those disasters occurs as the state is dealing with the coronavirus outbreak when everyone is being urged to stay home?

City Lights Bookstore Launches Successful GoFundMe Campaign

Apr 12, 2020
Stacey Lewis

One of the world's most famous independent booksellers, City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, was in dire financial shape because of the coronavirus outbreak and asked for help.

Help quickly arrived.

Bay Area Headlines: Friday, 4/10/20, PM

Apr 10, 2020


 ICU Case Numbers / When Will This End / Mask Accountability / Oakland Slow Streets / Oakland Officers Facing Termination

AP Photo/Felipe Dana

On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we're discussing the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain, where the virus has claimed more than 14,000 lives. M

ore than 12,000 healthcare workers have been infected and more than 900,00 people have lost their jobs.

California Lawmakers Want Details On Newsom's Big Mask Buy

Apr 9, 2020
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command / Flickr / Creative Commons

California lawmakers want a fuller accounting of Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to buy 500 million protective masks, with a top budget official on Thursday seeking details on how the state will distribute the masks and ensure they are good quality.

Cold Storage / Flickr Creative Commons


Property crimes in the City are down by double digits compared to this time last year. A lot of that is due to the quarantine. But business owners report that break-ins are increasingly common and vandals are getting bolder. 

David Seibold / Flickr Creative Commons


San Francisco plans to spend about $35 million to house first responders and homeless individuals in hotel rooms during the coronavirus crisis.


Lisa Morehouse / KALW

It’s been 24 days since the shelter-in-place order went into effect in the region. Since then we've been checking in regularly with a mix of people from all around the Bay, including a teacher, a restaurant owner, an artist, a grocery store worker, a nurse, and a 10 year-old.

ICU Cases Diminishing / California's Help / Sheltering First Responders And Homeless Residents / Nonessential Businesses Vulnerable To Vandalism / Ghost Ship Defendant Likely To Be Released / Tribute To Phyllis Lyon

This week we’re publishing a series of interviews to learn more about the effect coronavirus has had on people globally. Each day, we'll check in with a reporter who works abroad, but is or has been affiliated with KALW.

Sandip Roy

  Nature marks the season whether or not our human world is out of whack, but soon it will all be back to its old noisy polluted self. But for these few weeks as humans suffer, the earth is healing itself. I just wish we didn’t need a pandemic to hear our earth breathe.

Numbers update / Demographic breakdown

Numbers update

As of last night, there were a little more than 19,000 confirmed statewide, that's up over 1,500 from yesterday. In the Bay Area, there are now over 4,000 confirmed cases, about 200 more than yesterday. The number of patients hospitalized and committed to intensive care units here in California has been steadily rising.

Demographic breakdown

Jeenah Moon / Reuters

On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with small business owners about how they’ve been affected by COVID-19.

Sitting in for Jeff Hayden is Emmy-Nominated Legal and Political Commentator Dean Johnson.   Joining Dean tonight, author and attorney James Bostwick, represents plaintiffs in catastrophic injury cases in the genres of negligence, personal injury and medical malpractice in this state and others.  

(Note: in this brave new world of remote hosting, this broadcast suffered from poor audio quality at times.  Thank you in advance for enduring it if you listen!)

Coronavirus Caseload / Sheltering San Francisco's Homeless Residents / Santa Cruz Closes Beaches And Parks 

Flickr user Jim Nix / Creative Commons, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The reality of COVID-19 means that instead of sharing meals, meditations or prayers in person, people of faith are connecting online. Since the beginning of this epidemic, Bay Area spiritual leaders have turned to online tools such as Zoom or YouTube to stay connected, and offer wisdom to their communities. 

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The Bay Area has been applauded for its response to the coronavirus. Early shelter-in-place guidelines were put into place and experts say the curve is beginning to flatten. But there are big hurdles ahead.

Kevin N. Hume / San Francisco Examiner


On Tuesday San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors met to address issues affecting essential workers and the homeless population during the coronavirus crisis.


Corona Virus Caseload / School Campuses Stay Closed Through Spring / Berkeley Music Circus World Sing-Along

San Francisco Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday and UCSF infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong discuss the latest coronavirus-related news.  In the second half of the program, a panel of nonprofit leaders explore how COVID-19 is impacting local nonprofits.  How can you help -- from home?

Why Former Cigna VP Wendell Potter Now Supports Medicare For All

Apr 8, 2020
Associated Press

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Wendell Potter, a whistleblower and former VP of Cigna, about how the COVID-19 crisis is exposing our broken public health system and the failures of private health insurance.

Schools Out For Spring

Apr 7, 2020
Eye of Kiltron / Flickr / Creative Commons


Several Bay Area school districts announced, Tuesday, that all of their campuses will remain closed though the end of the school year because of the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus Curve / BART And Muni Service Updates / Emergency Rules For Court Procedures

Courtesy of Sejal Doshi

When Governor Gavin Newsom issued his shelter-in-place order in mid-March, he said the elderly need to stay at home alone. Research has shown that loneliness can be as deadly as many other diseases. We checked in to see what seniors are doing to stay connected while staying safe.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is stripping down its MUNI bus service to just 17 lines it deems essential for workers to get across the city.