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The California Department of Public Health published a statewide report this weekend breaking down the number of Covid-19 cases at skilled nursing facilities. 

Bay Area Headlines: Tuesday, 4/21/20, AM

Apr 21, 2020

Bridging The Digital Divide For Distance Learning / Protesting Stay-At-Home Order In Sacramento / Free COVID-19 Testing In San Francisco

Jenny G. Shao / KALW

Beginning this Thursday, San Franciscans who live in the Mission between South Van Ness and Harrison and Cesar Chavez and 23rd Street, can get tested for free.


Planning California's Economic Recovery / COVID-19 Spending / Coronavirus At California Prisons / London Breed Warns Against 420 Celebrations / Bay Area Counties Mandate Face Coverings

Thomas Hawk / Flickr

The music industry has reached an agreement with the state assembly for musicians to be exempted from AB5, the state’s new gig-work law.

Bay Area Headlines: Friday, 4/17/20, AM

Apr 17, 2020

Statewide Food Worker Assistance / Translating COVID-19 Updates / Advocating For Unhoused People / Sabrina Ionescu’s Professional Turn

Financial Relief For California Gig Workers / COVID-19 In Nursing Homes / Fremont Workers Required To Wear Face Coverings / San Francisco Bill To Protect Renters After Crisis

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Since the shutdown, 2.7 million Californians have applied for unemployment. And today, there’s good news if you are self-employed, or an independent contractor: The state is developing a one-stop website to make it easier to apply. 

San Francisco Board of Supervisors


San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston has proposed legislation to expand the city’s pandemic-related eviction ban.

Bay Area Headlines: Thursday, 4/16/20, AM

Apr 16, 2020

Measuring California's Air Pollution During Shelter-In-Place / Public Transit Agencies Honor Essential Workers

Disaster Assistance For Immigrants Rate Increases In SFMTA Budget Proposal / California DMV Extends Driver's License Validity

Liz Hafalia / SF Chronicle

Worried about driving on an expired license during a pandemic? Well, The DMV is extending the validity of all expiring driver’s licenses through May 31st this year. 

City Supervisors Urge SFMTA To Not Increase Fares

Apr 15, 2020


Next week, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will vote on a budget proposal, which would increase MUNI fares. 

Sheltering SF's Unhoused People / San Francisco Pride Canceled

Sheltering SF's Unhoused People 

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved an emergency ordinance that requires the city to secure over 8,000 hotel rooms in the next two weeks to help people shelter-in-place. Most of those rooms are for people experiencing homelessness. 

Associated Press / AP Photo

Alameda County has issued new safety guidelines for assisted living facilities as the number of COVID 19 cases at nursing homes continues to rise.

Mike Altfest / Alameda County Community Food Bank


The loss of jobs during this pandemic has left families struggling to pay for groceries. I contacted a local food bank to see how it’s responding to the crisis. 


San Francisco City Attorney's Office

Public gatherings have been banned for weeks now. But some people have found a way to keep the party going. San Francisco police recently shut down an illegal underground nightclub.

Housing San Francisco's Homeless / Feeding San Francisco's Hungry


An emergency order to help keep San Francisco restaurants stay afloat went into effect today.

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

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

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

Remembering Phyllis Lyon / First Responders Free Lunch / Weather Report

Remembering Phyllis Lyon


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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.


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

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

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

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