Coronavirus updates: Gavin Newsom says antibody tests are not a panacea yet

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LAST, April 22, 3:50 p.m. BART has received $ 251.6 million in federal funding from the CARES Emergency FTA, the agency confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. BART currently only serves 6% of its typical ridership.

The funds will go to job and employee security and to the employment of agency workers.

“These emergency lifeline funds will be used to stabilize our budget and continue to provide running BART services to essential workers,” said BART Managing Director Bob Powers. “This money, combined with the cost reduction measures we have taken immediately, will help fill our multi-million dollar funding gap that was caused in a few weeks by the pandemic.” … Much work remains to be done and future payments of the CARES Law will be necessary in the short term to face the new reality of low attendance and the costs associated with responding to the pandemic. “

April 22, 3:40 p.m. Stanford University, which recently received $ 7 million in COVID-19 aid, will not accept this money, President Trump said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Stanford University has the fourth largest endowment in the country, at $ 27.7 billion, according to the Stanford website.

April 22, 3:30 p.m. President Donald Trump said Wednesday at a White House press conference that he had discussed with California Governor Gavin Newsom about testing efforts in the state earlier today, claiming that Newsom had “made good progress”, but needed supplies to meet demand.

“I helped him get the essential supplies that California needs to use the tremendous capacity they found,” said Trump. “I will do it very quickly. Could he get it himself? Yes, but I can get it faster, and it did a great job. There were going to be many in the next [few] days. “

Newsom said on Tuesday that the state especially needed stamps and transportation. He noted that he was in talks with the Trump administration for supplies, but said, “We are not just going to sit on our hands, we are not going to complain or point fingers.”

April 22, 3:20 p.m. Santa Clara County announced on Wednesday 16 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total in the county to 1,962. The county also announced six new deaths, for a death toll of 94.

April 22, 2:50 p.m. The Bay Bridge suspended congestion pricing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tolls for two-axle vehicles will be $ 6 in all cases.

April 22, 2:15 p.m. The mayor of London Breed said the city was working on a strategy for the November elections if the existing shelter remained in effect “for more than a month”.

Breed said the city is planning more contact and direct mail to “make sure it doesn’t affect anyone’s ability to vote.”

April 22, 2 p.m. SFPD chief Bill Scott reported on Wednesday that San Francisco police had issued 16 citations – seven to businesses and nine to individuals – for failing to comply with the city’s shelter orders. He added that officers also formally warned 71 people (48 companies and 23 people) and unofficially warned “hundreds” more.

The SFPD will continue to issue citations only when the warnings are not enough, saying, “We have been largely successful in using this model.”

Scott also noted that the SFPD is working with the district attorney’s office on certain charges, including 22 cases of looting.

April 22, 1:50 p.m. On Wednesday, Mayor Breed announced the change in the parameters for people who can be tested at CityTestSF at pillars 30-32 at SoMa. The test center will now be open to “all essential private and not-for-profit employees in San Francisco, and any San Francisco resident who has symptoms and cannot otherwise access the test.”

Symptoms are defined by the city as “fever, unexplained cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, chills, headache, body aches, tiredness, diarrhea, runny nose, congestion and loss of smell or taste”.

These essential workers include grocery store workers, home care providers, janitors and other “people we need to keep working while we support the city,” said Breed. She added that workers are encouraged to return for repeat tests if they experience symptoms later.

The goal, said Breed, is to eventually provide universal access to testing to all San Franciscans.

To date, Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the Department of Public Health, has said that 12,054 tests have been performed, of which about 12% are positive.

April 22, 1:30 p.m. London Breed announced at a press conference on Wednesday that Give2SF, a city-led fundraising effort, has raised $ 10.5 million for food and housing security and support for small businesses. She added that $ 5.35 million has already been allocated to non-profit organizations that “have distributed the money to the people who need it most.”

“We knew certain things were going to happen as a result of this pandemic,” said Breed. “There were going to be people who lost their jobs but who also did not qualify for unemployment or who had no access to resources. We knew that food would be a challenge. Although we have been able to invest in programs…. people were still going to need resources to have food on their table. “

Breed also exposed specific types of businesses – hair and nail salons, barbers and spas – who “will still have real challenges meeting their rent and other needs.”

“We want to make sure that companies that don’t qualify for other resources through the state we can bring them some relief across the city [fund]. “

Breed reported that 60,000 San Franciscans have applied for unemployment, adding that the city expects another 40,000 to file in the coming weeks.

Breed also thanked the major donors of Give2SF, including Salesforce, the Gettys, the Hellman Foundation, Google and many others.

April 22, 12:45 p.m. At a press conference on Wednesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom said there was still no timetable for lifting the state shelter order, but said changed the order to allow essential surgeries in state hospitals to resume.

The governor also briefly discussed large-scale antibody tests in Santa Clara and Los Angeles counties which indicate that the virus is much more common than previously thought, but also less deadly than previously thought. thought before. The two most affected counties in the state estimate an antibody prevalence of around 2 to 5%, indicating that the state is far from the 50 to 60% exposure needed for collective immunity.

“There are still open questions,” Newsom said of the results of the large-scale studies. “I want to warn people, I share their energy, that while this can be extremely helpful, it is not yet a panacea. “

Newsom also announced that the state has obtained 1.5 million antibody tests from Abbott for further use.

Read more updates from the Newsom press conference.

April 22, 10:40 a.m. The Bay Area has experienced a slight increase in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past two days.

Here are the data for the previous seven days, reflecting the total number of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the nine counties of San Francisco Bay:

Wednesday April 15: 740 (2.3% decrease from the previous day)

Thursday April 16: 673 (down 9.1% from the previous day)

Friday April 17: 674 (0.1% increase from the previous day)

Saturday April 18: 617 (8.5% decrease from the previous day)

Sunday April 19: 606 (1.8% decrease from the previous day)

Monday April 20: 619 (2.1% increase from the previous day)

Tuesday April 21: 640 (3.4% increase from the previous day)

The 9.1% drop from April 15 to April 16 was the largest one-day decrease in the region since hospitalization data by county was available, the decline from April 17 to April 18 was the second largest decrease by one day. For reference, April 7 marked the day of the most reported hospitalizations with 831.

Here is the value of the data for the last seven days reflecting the total number of COVID-19 confirmed and suspect patients in intensive care units in the nine counties of the Bay Area:

Wednesday April 15: 214 (4.9% decrease from the previous day)

Thursday April 16: 217 (1.4% increase from the previous day)

Friday April 17: 224 (3.2% increase from the previous day)

Saturday April 18: 213 (4.9% decrease from the previous day)

Sunday April 19: 205 (3.8% decrease from the previous day)

Monday April 20: 214 (4.4 increase from the previous day)

Tuesday April 21: 227 (6.1 increase from the previous day)

April 22, 9:55 a.m. San Mateo County reported 11 new deaths from the new coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the county’s death toll to 39.

In the past three weeks, the county has reported all deaths for the week on one weekday, and Wednesday’s total was the highest since county officials started this new reporting system. Seven deaths were reported last Wednesday, and eight deaths were reported last Tuesday.

An additional death was also reported Wednesday morning in San Francisco County, bringing the death toll to 21.

April 22, 8:10 a.m. BART now requires passengers to wear face covers on trains and will refuse service if it is not worn. BART spokesperson Alicia Trost tell KTVU On Wednesday morning, the transit system ordered the distribution of 30,000 masks to passengers who do not have them, but they have not yet arrived.

April 22, 7 a.m. Five counties in the Bay Area will begin applying face covers in essential businesses and public transportation on Wednesday to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

In the following counties, you could get a quote and / or a fine if you don’t follow the order asking people to cover their nose and mouth with a cloth.

  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Marine
  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo

Sonoma started applying her prescription last Friday. The cities of Berkeley and Fremont have issued their own money orders.

Santa Clara County “strongly urges all individuals” to wear a face cover when away from home for essential activities, but has not yet issued a formal requirement that is enforceable under the law. In a statement, the county noted that “enforcement resources across the county are limited” and the public has generally followed past guidelines without enforcement.

Orders in all jurisdictions are generally the same, requiring people to wear coverings in public places, especially indoor spaces, where they cannot physically distance themselves.

The reason for the new rules is that research shows that tissue covering the nose and mouth can help prevent the spread of respiratory droplets, which are the primary means of transmission of coronavirus between people.

In all jurisdictions, coverings can be made or made by hand or simply any type of fabric or soft material such as a bandana, scarf or neck warmer. Medical masks are not necessary and should be given priority for healthcare workers.

Here is a brief overview of the orders in each jurisdiction.

Alameda: The county requires members of the public and workers to wear a face cover when they are inside or lining up to enter essential businesses, when seeking health care, and when they are waiting or travel on public transport. Read the full command.

Berkeley: Anyone in the public who visits essential businesses, seeks health care, or uses public transportation is required to use a face covering. Workers in essential companies must also cover their faces. Read the full command.

Contra Costa: Anyone who works or visits an essential business, such as a grocery store or a gas station, should wear a face covering. The order does not require children 12 and under wear masks. Read the full command.

Fremont: The city of East Bay in Fremont requires workers and customers of critical businesses to wear face covers in an emergency COVID-19. An employee may refuse service to a person who is not wearing a face covering. Read the full command.

Marine: Residents are asked to wear a face covering when interacting with other people who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. Children 12 and under are not required to wear a face cover. Read the full command.

San Francisco: Residents and FS workers will be required to wear face covers in essential businesses, public facilities and public transportation. Read the full command.

San Mateo: The order requires members of the public and workers in essential businesses to wear a face covering outside the home for certain activities and in business locations. The ordinance came into force on Friday evening but will not be enforced until 8:00 am on April 22. Read the entire prescription.

Sonoma: All persons must wear face coverings before entering an indoor facility outside their residence, any enclosed open space or outside when the person is unable to maintain a distance of six feet from another person. any time. Children over 2 years of age must wear a face covering. The obligation came into effect on Friday. Read the full command.

Cumulative cases in the Greater Bay Area (due to limited testing, these figures only reflect a small portion of the probable cases):

ALAMEDA COUNTY: 1,239 confirmed cases, 43 deaths

For more information on Alameda County cases, visit the public health service website.

COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA: 763 confirmed cases, 22 deaths

For more information on Contra Costa County cases, visit the public health department’s website.

LAKE COUNTY: 6 confirmed cases

For more information on Lake County and the coronavirus, visit the Ministry of Public Health website.

MARIN COUNTY: 200 confirmed cases, 10 deaths

For more information on Marin County cases, visit the public health unit’s website.

MONTEREY COUNTY: 150 confirmed cases, 4 deaths

For more information on Monterey County cases, visit the public health unit’s website.

NAPA COUNTY: 54 cases, 2 deaths

For more information on Napa County cases, visit the public health department’s website.

SAN BENITO COUNTY: 46 confirmed cases, 2 deaths

For more information on San Benito County cases, visit the public health department’s website.

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY: 1,233 confirmed cases, 21 deaths

For more information on San Francisco County cases, visit the public health department’s website.

SAN MATEO COUNTY: 958 confirmed cases, 39 deaths

For more information on San Mateo County cases, visit the public health department’s website.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY: 1,962 confirmed cases, 94 deaths

For more information on the Santa Clara County cases, visit the public health department’s website.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: 111 confirmed cases, 2 deaths

For more information on Santa Cruz County cases, visit the public health department’s website.

SOLANO COUNTY: 181 confirmed cases, 3 deaths

For more information on Solano County cases, visit the public health department’s website.

SONOMA COUNTY: 192 confirmed cases, 2 deaths

For more information on Sonoma County cases, visit the public health department’s website.

In California, 1,229 deaths from the coronavirus have been reported, according to Johns Hopkins University. In comparison, New York has 18,653, New Jersey 4,520, and Illinois 1,349.

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Amy Graff is a digital editor with SFGATE. Send him an email: [email protected]



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