Coronavirus live updates: Alaska Airlines agent at SFO tests positive, SF Superior Court postpones civil trials

Coronavirus live updates: Alaska Airlines agent at SFO tests positive, SF Superior Court postpones civil trials

Total coronavirus cases:

• 369 in California, including 197 in the Bay Area

• 2,726 in the U.S., including 54 deaths: 5 in California, 37 in Washington state, 3 in Florida, 2 in New York, 1 in New Jersey, 1 in Georgia, 1 in Kansas, 1 in Colorado, 1 in Louisiana, 1 in Virginia and 1 in South Dakota

• More than 156,000 in the world and more than 5,800 deaths. More than 73,000 have recovered

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Breaking news developments on March 14:

8:25 p.m. Catholic church in Lafayette cancels mass: St. Perpetua Church canceled mass for the rest of March, citing an order from Contra Costa County banning gatherings of more the 100 people. The cancellation of mass came after Bishop Michael Barber of the Diocese of Oakland announced Friday that parishioners are not obligated to attend Sunday mass until further notice. Barber is leaving the decision on how to abide by the county’s order to each pastor.

8:13 p.m. Alaska Airlines agent at SFO infected: Alaska Airlines announced Saturday that a customer service service agent at SFO tested positive for the coronavirus. In a statement, the airline said the employee fell ill on Wednesday, March 10 and learned on Friday, March 13, that they were sick with COVID-19. They are currently in quarantine.

8:04 p.m. SF Superior Court postpones civil trials: San Francisco Superior Court postponed the start of civil trials by 90 days to limit public gatherings. The court also suspended all guardianship and conservatorship cases until April 15. In addition, family law cases could be postponed upon agreement of the parties involved. Read the court’s changes here.

7:34 p.m. San Mateo tightens ban on gatherings: San Mateo County tightened its ban on public and private gatherings Saturday to include any of 50 people or more. It is effective Sunday and will last through April 6. The county had previously banned gatherings of 250 people or more. Exceptions include airports and transit stations. Smaller gatherings of between 10 and 50 people must allow attendees to stand six feet away from each other; offer soap and water for hand washing or hand sanitizer; clean surfaces; and alert attendees of the risks of transmitting the coronavirus if they attend and that older attendees and others vulnerable to the virus should not attend.

6:30 p.m. UC Berkeley reports case of coronavirus: The university said that a graduate student is infected with the coronavirus but does not live on campus or in Berkeley. The person has no serious symptoms and is in self isolation.

4:50 p.m. Alterra closes Squaw, Alpine and other resorts: Alterra Mountain Co. announced it will suspend operations at its 15 North American ski resorts — including Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in California — starting Sunday, until further notice.

4:45 p.m. Vail resorts closing ski resorts in Tahoe, elsewhere: Vail Resorts said it will suspend operations of all its North American mountain resorts beginning March 15 through March 22. The company operates the Tahoe-area resorts of Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar in California.

4:31 p.m. Trump’s test is negative: President Trump’s test for the coronavirus came back negative, according to Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, the White House physician.

Trump decided to be tested after learning that he had been exposed to a second person last weekend who has since tested positive for coronavirus. It had earlier been revealed that during a function at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the president posed with for a photograph with the press secretary to Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro. The press secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, tested positive three days later.

The White House described that encounter as “limited (handshake, photograph),” but said the second contact was with someone who shared a dinner table with the president. Trump spent “more time in closer proximity” to him, Conley said in a statement.

Brazil identified the person as Brazilian Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Nestor Forster.

Conley said Saturday that Trump is displaying no symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

3:45 p.m. SF bars hospital visits by spouses, family, others: The San Francisco Department of Public Health banned non-essential personnel and visitors from the city’s hospitals starting Saturday morning until April 30. That includes non-patient spouses or partners, family, loved ones, friends, clergy, and colleagues. Special permission for necessary visitation will be given for someone performing critical legal or medical duties, like end of life consideration, or the care of minors or people with developmental disabilities. Expectant parents should speak to their hospital about how they are implementing the rule, a Department of Public Health spokeswoman said. Each hospital can make exceptions.

The department issued the order Friday and announced it on Saturday.

2:25 p.m. Broadband companies offer free Wi-Fi in public locations: U.S. internet and wireless providers have announced temporary measures to make getting online less expensive and onerous as enforced social distancing due to the new coronavirus forces more human interaction online.

Most notable is Comcast’s free public Wi-Fi for all for 60 days, effective Saturday, on Xfinity-branded hotspots. Home-based Xfinity hotspots are not included, said Comcast spokesman Joel Shadle, but Wi-Fi access points in public locations and at small businesses are.

AT&T and Charter Communications also announced free public Wi-Fi for 60 days, with Charter offering free broadband for households with students through college age who don’t already have a subscription.

1:38 p.m. Coronavirus testing for Grand Princess passengers: Starting this weekend, coronavirus testing will be offered to almost 900 passengers evacuated from the Grand Princess cruise ship docked in Oakland to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman said by email Saturday.

“The federal government cannot coerce anyone to be tested,” the spokeswoman said, adding that “collecting swab samples from such a large group will take several days.”

The agency has been focused on getting quarantined passengers settled in their rooms, assigning case managers to address their needs and starting town halls by telephone Friday evening.

“We recognize this has been a stressful experience, and we remain dedicated to providing support to the passengers,” the spokeswoman said.

1:27 p.m. Call to halt commercial evictions: State Sen. Scott Wiener plans to introduce emergency legislation that would halt evictions of small businesses that fall behind on their rent during the coronavirus crisis. The San Francisco Democrat said he and Sen. Lena Gonzalez, D-Long Beach, were also calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to issue an executive order to prohibit such evictions while the legislation is considered.

“Small businesses are seeing their revenue plummet, some are closing down, and others are scaling back,” Wiener said in a statement. “These businesses are the backbone of our economy, and we need to ensure they can quickly reopen after the emergency ends. The last thing our community and our economy need is permanent mass closure of small businesses. That would be a disaster for workers who depend on paychecks from these businesses, and for the communities of which these businesses are an integral part.”

1:19 p.m. France closes up: France will shut most shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities starting at midnight to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.

Philippe made the announcement at a news conference after the nation’s public health agency said the French death toll from the coronavirus had risen to 91. The World Health Organization’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases in France is 3,672.

1:01 p.m. S.F. students test negative: Four students with pneumonia or other respiratory illnesses at Lakeshore Elementary School in San Francisco tested negative for COVID-19, health officials said Saturday. The school’s families and staff no longer need to self-quarantine, district officials said.

The reported illnesses in the four students closed the school on Thursday night and triggered a districtwide closure Friday.

12:53 p.m. Travis AFB issues: Rep. John Garamendi said constituents who have been quarantined at Travis Air Force Base after being possibly exposed to the coronavirus aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship complain of unsafe and unsanitary conditions at the base.

Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove (Sacramento County), wrote in a letter to the White House and other officials that “I’ve received troubling images of long lines without social distancing for communal meals and beverages. I’ve been told by individuals within the quarantine that evacuees touched serving utensils and other items with their bare hands, potentially exposing others to the virus.”

He added that “meals are now delivered to individual rooms. … However, I am troubled to hear that coffee is still served in communal areas, rather than brewed in existing coffee makers in the individuals’ rooms.”

Several hundred Californians from the ship were quantined after it docked in Oakland on Monday. Twenty-two passengers and crew members have tested positive for coronavirus.

12:30 p.m. Juvenile hall releases: San Francisco Public Defender Manu Raju called on the city’s chief juvenile probation officer to expedite the release of young people being held at juvenile hall who are at risk of contracting coronavirus. The city should especially focus on placing youths who suffer from disabilities such as asthma or are immunocompromised, Raju told Chief Probation Officer Katherine Miller in a letter Friday.

He also asked for that existing warrants be cleared and a moratorium be placed on nonviolent violations, preventing additional young people from being detained. “Given the public health emergency we are facing, I ask that you exercise your powers as broadly as possible,” he told Miller.

12:24 p.m. Oakland response: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Saturday the city will expand the a loan program for small businesses hurting because of the coronavirus crisis. Under the KIVA program, owners can document online how the outbreak is affecting their business as Oakland pursues philanthropic partnerships for possible grants.

12:12 p.m. Pac-12 cancels sports through academic year: The Pac-12 conference, which includes Cal and Stanford, has canceled all sports through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year.

The conference said athletic directors made the decision Saturday. The Pac-12 had already canceled its basketball championship tournaments for men’s and women’s teams. The NCAA canceled its “March madness” basketball tournament.

11:47 a.m. Contra Costa bans gatherings of more than 100: Contra Costa County’s health officer issued an order Saturday banning public gatherings of more than 100 people to try to limit coronavirus spread. The ban starts Sunday and lasts through March 31.

Health Officer Chris Farnitano’s order applies to meeting halls, auditoriums, theaters, stadiums, conference centers, cafeterias and other confined indoor and outdoor spaces. It does not apply to offices, hospitals, classrooms, dormitories or homeless encampments.

San Francisco issued a similar ban Friday.

11:30 a.m. Virus spreads locally: Santa Clara County health officials confirmed 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number to 91. The county reported a second death, of a woman in her 80s, on Friday night.

San Francisco officials reported five new cases Saturday, bringing the total in the city to 28.

11:23 a.m. Hearst Castle tours suspended: The California parks department is suspending tours of Hearst Castle as of Monday. The department said that although the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument has not been directly affected by coronavirus, tour were being halted to avoid the possibility of spreading the disase.

People who have tours scheduled for after this weekend will get refunds, the state said. Those with questions should call 1-800-444-7275.

11:11 a.m. BART ridership plunge deepens: BART ridership was down 50% Friday compared with the average Friday in February, the transit agency tweeted. BART started off the week with a 25% drop in ridership Monday, and the plunge accelerated as the coronavirus crisis spread and businesses started having employees work from home.

BART is losing $5 million a week because of coronavirus and is urgently seeking financial help from Congress, The Chronicle reported.

For riders still using the system, BART is working on developing personal hand straps it can give out for free so people can avoid touching poles.

11:09 a.m. More masks: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin confirmed that coronavirus testing will be free and expanded through partnerships between the public and private sectors, with results reported back to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Provisions are being made to manufacture up to 30 million masks a month, he said.

10:51 a.m. Entertainment changes: The California Department of Public Health issued guidance for gambling venues, theme parks and attractions, and movie theaters and live performances to limit attendance in rooms to 250 people or fewer. The state is asking those venues to space out showtimes, extend hours to stagger attendance, and limit or cancel events if necessary. They should also increase cleaning of machines, cards, and seats and enforce social distancing standards, the state said.

10:14 a.m. Nursing home visits restricted: Nursing home visits by all visitors and nonessential personnel were restricted starting late Friday, said Seema Verma, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Exceptions are made for patients who are at end of life. Nursing homes are also canceling all group activities and communal dining.

10:07 a.m. California Republican’s “no” vote: Rep. Tom McClintock was the lone California lawmaker to oppose the coronavirus relief package that the House passed early Saturday.

The House voted 363-40 to pass the package, which was the result of days of tense negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration. President Trump said he would sign it after the Senate’s expected approval early next week.

McClintock, R-Elk Grove (Sacramento County), hasn’t explained his vote, and his office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The package provides for two weeks of paid sick leave for workers and up to three months of paid leave for those affected by the virus. It includes a tax credit for small and midsized businesses to pay for leaves. It also includes money for free coronavirus tests and money for state Medicaid programs to help cover costs of fighting the disease.

All 40 votes against the bill were cast by Republicans. Several complained that the bill was rushed through or could harm small businesses. The GOP pushed to include language to exempt small businesses from the emergency paid leave requirement.

9:47 a.m. Travel ban extended: The White House is extending the ban on foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. to the United Kingdom and Ireland, Vice President Mike Pence said at a news conference.

President Trump said restrictions could be put in place for “certain areas” domestically, but was not specific.

“If you don’t have to travel, I wouldn’t do it,” Trump added at the White House news conference, at which he wore a baseball cap emblazoned with the letters “USA.” “We want this thing to end. We don’t want a lot of people getting infected. We want it to end as quickly as possible.”

A ban on travel from most European nations took effect at 9 p.m. Friday PDT. Pence said the ban on foreign nationals coming from the United Kindom and Ireland would take effect at 9 p.m. Monday PDT.

U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are exempt from the travel ban, but officials said those returning from the affected countries will be funneled through 13 U.S. airports and encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days. One of the 13 airports is San Francisco International.

9:29 a.m. Trump says he’s been tested: President Trump said he’s been tested for the coronavirus and expects results in a day or two. At a White House news briefing of his coronavirus task force, Trump also said he was trying to break himself of the practice of shaking hands.

“Shaking hands is not a great thing to be doing right now,” he said. “Maybe people shouldn’t be shaking hands for the long term.”

8:58 a.m. Checking reporters: Reporters at the White House for a news briefing by the coronavirus task force headed by Vice President Mike Pence had their temperatures checked by a man with a no-contact thermometer. White House spokesman Judd Deere said the man was with the White House physician’s office and that those coming in close contact with Pence or President Trump are now having their temperature taken “out of an abundance of caution.”

Trump was in contact with two people at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida over the weekend who have since tested positive, but he has not been tested for coronavirus himself.

8:35 a.m. S.F suspends cutoffs in water, power: Delinquent utility bill payments will no longer cause water and power shutoffs in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed said Saturday. The policy will be in effect for 60 days to “protect our residents who are struggling with loss of income” during the coronavirus crisis, the mayor said in a statement.

The city also announced it would suspend late penalties for unpaid water and power bills. It said it would also suspend late penalties for unpaid parking tickets.

8:27 a.m. Pence plans briefing: The coronavirus task force being led by Vice President Mike Pence will hold a news briefing in Washington, D.C., at 9 a.m. PDT, the White House said. President Trump led a meeting of the task force that began at 7 a.m. PDT, the White House said.

6:34 a.m. Palo Alto closures: Palo Alto will close several civic facilities starting Saturday, the city said. Its libraries, the Art Center, Junior Museum, Rinconada Pool, Children’s Theater, Mitchell Park Community Center and Teen Center, and Lucie Stern Community Center are all shutting down to avoid coronavirus spread.

The Palo Alto Animal Shelter is handling adoptions by appointment only, and access to City Hall will be by appointment only starting Monday.

6:27 a.m. Vallejo theme park closes: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom amusement park in Vallejo announced it would shut down until the end of March.

Nine other Six Flags parks in the U.S. will also close, including Magic Mountain in Valencia, near Los Angeles.

The Vallejo park, on 135 acres near the junction of Interstate 80 and Highway 37, has roller coasters, thrill rides and animal attractions. Tickets to the park will be valid on any date after it reopens, the park said in a statement.

6:22 a.m. Trump exposed to second person: President Trump was exposed to a second person last weekend who has since tested positive for coronavirus, but there are no plans now for the president himself to be tested, the White House says.

In a late-night statement, the White House said both exposures happened last week at a function with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Trump was photographed standing next to Brazil’s presidential press secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, who tested positive three days later.

The White House described that encounter as “limited (handshake, photograph),” but said the second contact was with someone who shared a dinner table with him. Trump spent “more time in closer proximity” to him, Trump’s physician said in a statement.

Brazil identified the person as Brazilian Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Nestor Forster.

The person showed no symptoms at the time, the White House said. “These actions would be characterized as LOW risk for transmission per CDC guidelines, and as such, there is no indication for home quarantine at this time,” Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, Trump’s physician, said in a statement. “Additionally, given the President himself remains without symptoms, testing for COVID-19 is not currently indicated.”

At a Rose Garden news conference earlier Friday, before the second contact was announced, Trump initially said he had no plans to be tested. When, pressed, he replied, “Well, I didn’t say I wasn’t going to be tested. … Most likely, yeah. Most likely. Not for that reason, but because I think I will do it anyway.”

5:53 a.m. Apple closing stores: Apple says it will close all stores outside China until March 27 to reduce the chances of coronavirus being spread to customers and employees. The company said its online stores would remain open and invited people to download its Apple Store app.

The company closed stores in China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan after the coronavirus outbreak began in Hubei province late last year. Infection rates in China have since declined, and Apple said in a statement that one lesson from the experience “is that the most effective way to minimize risk of the virus’s transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance.”

Apple said it has now reopened its stores in China. Hourly workers at stores outside China that are shutting down “will continue to receive pay in alignment with business as usual operations,” the company said.

Developments from March 13:

10:30 p.m. U.S. lawmakers approve relief package: The House passed a coronavirus relief package late Friday to provide free testing, sick pay for workers, enhanced unemployment benefits and bolstered food programs.

“We did what we said we were going to do: Put families first,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The bill, supported by President Trump, passed on a bipartisan vote, 363-40. It now goes to the Senate.

8:10 p.m. Caltrain reduces Baby Bullet weekday service: Caltrain officials said that in “response to a significant decline in ridership stemming from efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” they are no longer featuring Baby Bullet service during morning and afternoon peak hour service.

Local and limited service, and midday and weekend service will continue as scheduled, Caltrain officials said.

“One-way and Day Pass ticket sales have declined by approximately 75% from their levels two weeks ago,”Caltrain officials said. “With no other dedicated source of funding, Caltrain relies primarily on fares to cover the system’s operating costs.”

8 p.m. California Senate cancels legislative hearings: California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) announced that, “In order to focus on an immediate response to COVID-19, the Senate has cancelled all scheduled legislative hearings next week.”

7:45 p.m. Stanford student tests positive: An undergraduate student has tested positive for COVID-19, said university president Marc Tessier-Lavigne. The student is currently self-isolating. University officials are tracing every person the student has had close contact with, Tessier-Lavigne said.

Stanford also announced that the university provost is asking instructors to make winter quarter final exams optional for undergraduate students. Following Santa Clara County’s new restrictions of gatherings, Stanford officials will also be modifying meal service for undergraduate students on campus, which includes providing students pre-filled to-go containers to be eaten elsewhere. Stanford is also now prohibiting gatherings of 35 people or more, officials said.

As for spring break and the spring quarter, university officials said they will “only be able to provide on-campus undergraduate housing and dining for a very limited number of students — those who have no other option than to be here.”

“We will be prioritizing international students who cannot go home; students who have known severe health or safety risks; and students who are homeless,” Tessier-Lavigne said. “We are also planning to allow a small number of our residential staff who do not meet the previous criteria to remain on campus.”

Tessier-Lavigne said that students who do not fall into these categories “need to make plans to leave the campus as soon as possible but at the latest by Wednesday, March 18, at 5 p.m.”

For more information, read the university president’s full statement.

7:30 p.m. Fremont Unified School District closes schools: Students will not attend school starting on Monday, March 16 and will not return to school for at least two weeks, said Superintendent Kim Wallace. Officials said the tentative reopening date is scheduled for Monday, March 30, but officials may extend that depending on recommendations from the Alameda County Department of Public Health and state officials.

All district facilities will remain open on March 16 and March 17 to allow staff access, but all sites will be fully closed to students, staff and the public from March 18 through March 27. Every district facility will be “deep cleaned and sanitized,” school district officials.

The district’s spring break is still scheduled for April 10 through 17.

7:05 p.m. Lafayette School District closes schools: Superintendent Richard Whitmore announced that the district’s governing board approved a motion Friday to close the schools to students from March 16 through March 27, “and to consider reopening no earlier than April 6, 2020, in response to the threat from the novel coronavirus COVID-19.”

“We are providing more detail to parents (Friday) evening, with additional information coming on Monday about learning opportunities during the school closure,” Whitmore said.

6:47 p.m. Trump and Pelosi reach deal on relief bill: President Trump tweeted that he has reached a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on legislation to provide emergency coronavirus relief. The House will vote on the bill later tonight, ending days of negotiations between the San Francisco Representative and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

“I fully support H.R. 6201: Families First CoronaVirus Response Act, which will be voted on in the House this evening,” Trump tweeted. “Look forward to signing the final Bill, ASAP!”

Final language of the bill hasn’t been released, but it’s expected to include two weeks of paid sick leave for workers, free coronavirus testing and expanded unemployment benefits.

The deal came together hours after Trump, while speaking in the Rose Garden, criticized Democrats and said a deal remained elusive.

Earlier in the day, Pelosi vowed that Democrats would vote tonight, telling reporters, “the House is focused on providing support for America’s families, who must be our first priority.”

6:40 p.m. San Mateo County suspends visitations to juvenile hall, Camp Kemp: While there are zero cases of the new coronavirus at San Mateo County Probation Department facilities, officials announced that they are suspending visitations to the county’s juvenile Hall and Margaret J. Kemp Camp “until further notice.” Only attorneys and “select professional visits” will be allowed, officials said.

“The San Mateo County Probation Department places great importance in visitations as part of a youth’s rehabilitation. However, given the fluid situation of COVID-19, we have made the tough decision to temporarily suspend visitations as a public health precaution,” officials said.

6:25 p.m. American College of Surgeons recommends canceling, postponing elective surgeries: In a response to the climbing number of coronavirus cases, officials advised “Each hospital, health system, and surgeon” to minimize, postpone, or cancel electively scheduled operations, endoscopies, or other invasive procedures “until we have passed the predicted inflection point in the exposure graph and can be confident that our health care infrastructure can support a potentially rapid and overwhelming uptick in critical patient care needs.”

6:10 p.m. Walnut Creek School District to close schools through April 3: The Walnut Creek School District Governing Board decided to close all of its schools beginning Monday, March 16. Schools will remain closed through Friday, April 3rd, at which point school district officials will “reassess this health crisis.”

School district officials said they have coordinated with teachers to develop a “remote learning plan” that will be in place for the next two weeks. During the closure, all schools will undergo a “deep cleaning to ensure safety upon reopening,” district officials said.

The district serves roughly 3,600 students.

6 p.m. Santa Clara County reports second death: The patient was a woman in her 80s who was hospitalized on March 9 and was among the coronavirus cases that was reported by the county health department on March 13, county officials said.

“The Public Health Department is saddened to share this news and expresses its condolences to her family,” county public health officials said.

5:50 p.m. More San Jose firefighters test positive: The number of San Jose fire department officials who have tested positive for the new coronavirus has grown to eight, according to city officials.

Officials said they have been able to “successfully backfill all temporarily vacant positions and we expect to maintain normal resource levels indefinitely.”

5:40 p.m. Caltrain ticket sales decline by 75% as SamTrans reduces bus service: BART isn’t the only Bay Area transit operator that’s losing money in the wake of coronavirus. At Caltrain, one-way and day pass ticket sales declined by 75 % from their levels two weeks ago, according to an agency spokesman. The Peninsula rail serves commuters at many tech companies that have encouraged employees to work from home, in areas that now ban gatherings of more than 100 people. SamTrans, the San Mateo County bus system, will stop routes that primarily serve schools, given that many schools will close next week. The average number of weekday riders on the bus system dropped 19 % since COVID-19 containment efforts began.

5:25 p.m. San Ramon Valley Unified School District to close: The district announced it will suspend classes from Monday until April 10, a period that includes spring break, according to a statement. Students who qualify for Federal Lunch Program can receive free lunch at two sites during lunch hours.

5:19 p.m. Grand Princess to remain in San Francisco Bay: The cruise ship will remain in the Bay and 1,400 crew members will be quarantined aboard under medical supervision, according to Oakland officials. There are roughly 1,400 crew members, including four U.S. citizens. Of those, 19 have tested positive for COVID-19, but are in “good condition,” officials said. After the minimum 14-day quarantine, the crew will disembark and return to their home countries.

5:15 p.m. San Mateo County Superior Court to ‘dramatically curtail’ its caseload in light of coronavirus: San Mateo County Superior Court Presiding Judge Jonathan Karesh told the San Francisco Chronicle that it has received an emergency order from the state Supreme Court chief justice to extend crucial deadlines on timeliness of certain court hearings in order to “dramatically curtail” its operations. Karesh said the partial shutdown will begin Wednesday and continue indefinitely as long as the pandemic continues to threaten county residents. “We want to eliminate all but the most essential calendars,” Karesh said. Staff will be reduced and only certain out-of-custody arraignment and pre-trial hearings will continue.

“I mean you think about having about 75 people in a courtroom sitting next to each other during jury selection, or 12 jurors in a jury,” Karesh said.

The specifics and logistics of the reduction are still being worked out, the judge said.

5:08 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom signs executive order ensuring state funding for closed schools: Newsom issued an executive order ensuring California public school districts will retain state funding regardless of the school facilities closing amid concerns of the spreading coronavirus. The order directs the districts to spend the money on distance learning, meals and supervision of students.

“Closing schools has a massive, cascading effect for our kids and their families — especially those least equipped financially to deal with them,” Newsom said in a statement. “The needs of California kids must be met regardless of whether their school is open or closed.”

4:31 p.m. Alameda County public defender calls for release of high-risk inmates in Santa Rita jail: Public Defender Brendon Woods is calling for the release of high-risk inmates in Santa Rita jail to help reduce the exposure of COVID-19. In a letter to court, sheriff and prosecution and probation officials, Woods recommended a full release or jail alternatives to inmates over 50, those with underlying health conditions and people who have six months or less to serve on their sentences.

4:28 p.m. San Leandro Unified School District to close: The district announced its schools will close from March 16 to April 3 “out of an abundance of concern for all members of our community,” according to a statement. Spring break will move to the week of March 30 to minimize disruption and classes are expected to resume April 6. The district will continue to provide meals to those who rely on them, but did not provide more details. Students were encouraged to stay home and minimize social contact.

4:19 p.m. California Teachers Association recommends closing all state public schools: The California Teachers Association has recommended the closing of all California’s public schools to “support the containment” of the coronavirus. A full state closure would affect 6.2 million children in 10,500 schools in more than 1,000 school districts.

4:09 p.m. Solano County schools to close for two weeks: Schools in Solano County, following similar decisions from districts across the Bay Area, will close to students for two weeks beginning Monday, according to Vallejo City Unified School District officials. “We did not take this decision lightly and recognize that this may cause a hardship for some families. Each school district and charter school will continue to communicate directly with families and staff with updates about re-opening, learning alternatives, and the availability of school meals,” a statment from the district said.

4:03 p.m. Days after docking, 14 passengers remain on Grand Princess cruise ship: Princess announced that 2,450 people had disembarked from the cruise ship docked at an Oakland port as of 7 a.m. Friday, leaving just 14 international passengers who are waiting for transportion to their home countries. Plans for crew quarantine are still being finalized, the cruise line said.

3:49 p.m. Santa Clara County Superior Court to significantly reduce caseload: In an attempt to lessen the number of people congregating in its courthouse, the Santa Clara County Superior Court has taken emergency measures to lessen the court schedule from Monday to April 5 by postponing a large number of cases. At the direction of Presiding Judge Deborah Ryan, all civil and probate jury and court trials will be delayed, except for ongoing trials. All small claims motions, trials and appeals will be postponed. Many criminal trials and family hearings will be moved back and most traffic matters, except trials, and guardianship and adoption proceedings will be postponed.

Similarly, Placer County Superior Courts are postponing all traffic infraction, non-traffic infraction, and certain traffic misdemeanor hearings and trials scheduled between March 16 and 31 to future dates. The Court will provide notice to the parties of their new dates.

3:52 p.m. President Trump says four major cruise lines agreed to suspend cruises: Trump wrote in a Tweet that Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and MSC Cruises agreed to suspend outbound cruises for 30 days at the president’s request.

3:45 p.m. SF bans all events of 100 or more people: San Francisco Mayor London Breed toughened the prohibition on large gatherings Friday, mandating the cancellation of non-essential public events of 100 people or more in the latest action to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Spaces like hospitals, grocery stores and transit terminals are expected to be exempt from the prohibition, as they were with the previous order. Other essential services, like food banks, will also be allowed to stay open.

3:36 p.m. UC Berkeley extends online instruction through May: The university announced that remote instruction has been extended through the end of the semester. Students can decide where it is best for them to reside, and will receive relief from housing and dining fees should they move out of on-campus housing. Online instruction will be conducted through Zoom, teleconferencing and other virtual platforms. There are no confirmed cases in the campus community, officials said, but the decision was made following the guidance of public health officials who recommend social distancing and stress the importance of “flattening the curve” by reducing spread.

3:28 p.m. Santa Clara County records 13 new cases: County health officials said they have 13 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 79. Of those, 43 cases were presumably caused by community transmission. Public health officials said they expect the case count to continue rising. The county has banned public or private gatherings of more than 100 people with a mandatory order that takes effect on Saturday. It is also banning gatherings of more than 35 people unless the events comply with certain conditions that would reduce transmission.

3:26 p.m. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces aid deal reached, per reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the House has reached an agreement with the White House on a coronavirus relief package, the Associated Press reported.

3:19 p.m. Second person who had contact with President Trump tests positive: A second person who was at Mar-a-Lago with President Donald Trump last weekend has tested positive for coronavirus, a source told the Associated Press. The person attended a Trump fundraising at the president’s Florida resort on Sunday. The first person who tested positive who Trump had contact with was a Brazilian official.

2:54 p.m. Contra Costa Superior Court to close: Contra Costa County Superior Court will be closing its Martinez, Richmond and Pittsburg courthouses due to the coronavirus pandemic starting Monday with a target re-opening date of April 1. Arraignments will continue in the Martinez courthouse, but will be closed to the public to keep the crowd sizes to a minimum, the court announced Friday afternoon. Jurors ordered to appear in court for criminal trials on Monday must report to court and judges for those cases will provide further guidance.

“The Court appreciates the careful balance that must be maintained between the timely administration of justice and the protection of public health and safety,” according to a written statement from the court. The emergency order was made from the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court who said it would be treated as a public holiday.

Anyone with a scheduled hearing during the closure will be reset to a later date and notice of the new hearing would be mailed to that individual or his or her attorney. Anyone scheduled for jury duty will have it rescheduled and notice of the rescheduling will be mailed to the individual. All adult and juvenile in custody arraignments will be handled in Martinez, but closed to the public, except counsel. Anyone seeking an emergency protective order or temporary guardianship can contact their local police agency.

3:05 p.m. San Francisco Mayor Breed enacts moratorium on evictions related to COVID-19: Mayor Breed announced a moratorium on residential evictions related to financial impacts of COVID-19. It will prevent any residents from being evicted due to loss of income related to lay-offs, loss of hours, or emergency medical costs caused by COVID-19. It will be in effect for at least 30 days.

2:59 p.m. San Francisco’s La Taqueria to close: In a lengthy Instagram post shared Friday afternoon, La Taqueria owner Miguel Jara said he’s temporarily closing his Mission District restaurant because wants to ensure the safety of his employees during the spread of the coronavirus. It will close after Sunday service and employees will continue to be paid during the closure. It is unclear when it will re-open.

“Here at La Taqueria, we are blessed to have an abundance of people visit us from all over the Bay Area, but that blessing puts us in an environment that isn’t 100% safe,” he said.

2:56 p.m. Sen. Harris urges utilities not to shut off services during pandemic: U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) sent a letter to the trade associations for the water, electricity, and telecommunications industries, urging them to immediately suspend the practice of shutting off services to customers for reasons of nonpayment during the pandemic.“Given the unprecedented challenges people are facing as well as the need for people to access critical services from home in order to stem this crisis, shutting off power, water, or communications services right now just because someone missed a payment is potentially dangerous,” she said.

Harris requested a response to her letter no later than Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

2:50 p.m. Washington reports more than 100 new cases since yesterday: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington state surged to 568, according to a daily update from public health officials, and 37 people who became infected have died. The numbers jumped from 457 cases and 31 deaths yesterday.

2:48 p.m. TSA allows hand sanitizer on planes: TSA is now allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer up to 12 oz in carry-on bags until further notice. These containers larger than the standard of 3.4 oz of liquids will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to checkpoint screening, a spokeswoman tweeted

2:31 p.m. Oakland to offer children free meals during school closure: Officials said there will be 12 sites throughout the city where any Oakland child under 18 can receive free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch. The sites will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Thursdays, and kids can pick up multiple days worth of food. The school district has also developed a learning continuity plan to help students stay current with their education and practice skills they have learned. The assignments will not be graded and no new information will be introduced.

2:24 p.m. Oakland to close senior centers, libraries, community centers: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced at a press conference that Oakland will close its senior centers, libraries, recreation centers and Head Start centers beginning Monday. Schools are also closed. “We have an opportunity to prevent human suffering — that is what we’re doing today,” Schaaf said. “While we recognize this will have profound impacts on families, we know Oakland will show up — as we always do — with values of compassion, helpfulness, and grace.”

2:08 p.m. San Francisco to open emergency child care during school closure: Mayor London Breed announced that the city’s recreation centers and libraries will suspend regular programming to operate as emergency care facilities starting Monday. The facilities will provide recreation, learning and three meals a day. Social distancing protocols will be followed. Children of healthcare workers, disaster service workers and low-income families will be eligible.

2:02 p.m. Sen. Dianne Feinstein asks Trump to reopen healthcare enrollment period: Feinstein and other Senators penned a letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar asking that the administration allow people at risk for COVID-19 to access affordable health care options by opening a special healthcare enrollment period. “Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration should reopen the health care enrollment period so those who are uninsured can get coverage,” Feinstein tweeted. “Allowing people to get health care now will help keep communities safe from the coronavirus.”

1:57 p.m. Marin County public schools to close for two weeks: The county has instructed all public schools to suspend classes for at least two weeks, according to a statement. The county is working on providing meals and resources to students during the closure. “Recognizing the challenges that a school closure poses for many families in our community, we are making this decision with a heavy heart but for the greater good,” said Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools. “Our priority is always the safety and well-being of our students.”

1:53 p.m. San Francisco Sheriff’s Office suspends jail visits: Sheriff Paul Miyamoto announced he will suspend county jail visits and programs to protect incarcerated individuals and staff from the spread of COVID-19. There are no known cases in the county’s jails, but the decision to suspend visits is based on guidance from health officials. Non-contact visits with legal counsel are permitted. The suspension begins at 5 p.m. Friday. “We are sensitive to the difficulties that suspended visits may cause families of the incarcerated,” Miyamoto said. “We value visitation as an essential part of rehabilitation and encourage families to stay in touch with their loved ones and friends through phone calls and letters.”

1:38 p.m. Trump says he will likely be tested, offers no timeline: In a news conference, President Trump downplayed his contact last week with a Brazilian official who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. He said he has no symptoms, but he also said he would likely be tested in the future. When asked when that would happen, Trump moved on to another reporter’s questions.

1:29 p.m. Members of 5 families of SF’s Lakeshore Elementary test negative: Members of Lakeshore Elementary School families in San Francisco tested negative for COVID-19, officials said, ending their self-quarantine.

1:23 p.m. Catholic Diocese of San Jose to suspend mass: Bishop Oscar Cantu announced in a community letter that all parishes, missions and chapels in the San Jose diocese will suspend public masses beginning Saturday. Baptisms, weddings and funerals can be held, but only with immediate family. The bishop also dismissed Catholics from the obligation to attend Mass during this time. The diocese will continue to live stream Sunday masses.

1:13 p.m. Markets rebound at close of trading: Some investors viewed the White House’s declaration of a national emergency as a reassuringly strong response, helping markets jump in the afternoon and close up 1,985 points, a 9.4% rise from Thursday. The gains erased much of the previous day’s historic loss.

1:12 p.m. SF school district to provide free breakfast, lunch during closure: San Francisco Unified School District will provide free breakfast and lunch starting Tuesday for children at pick-up sites across the city. Officials will set up, clean and train staff at pick-up sites on Monday. Meals will include vegetables, fruit and milk. The district has the capacity to serve 11,600 breakfasts and 11,600 lunches each day.

1:06 p.m. BART needs money — and fast: BART, devastated by losses of up to $5 million a week in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, is desperately seeking money from state, federal and local governments, The Chronicle has learned.

1:00 p.m. Fifth death in California, officials won’t say where: The California Department of Public Health reported the fifth coronavirus death in the state. The department will not say what part of the state the person was from. The previous four deaths were in Placer County, Santa Clara County, Sacramento County and Los Angeles County.

12:59 p.m. Vice President says coronavirus found in 46 states: Vice President Mike Pence said there are confirmed coronavirus cases in 46 states. “Wash your hands, use common sense,” he said.

12:54 p.m. Trump says rules will be changed to curb future pandemics: “We hope it never happens, but we are going to be changing a lot of the old rules,” he said. The president also said he has waived interest for all student loans held by federal agencies and instructed officials to purchase large quantities of crude oil. “We are going to fill it up,” Trump said.

12:49 p.m. Walmart, Walgreens, Target, CVS to offer resources for coronavirus response: Walmarts across the country will offer parking space to be used for coronavirus response, said the company’s chief executive Doug McMillon. “We were eager to do our part,” McMillon said of receiving a call from the White House.

12:47 p.m. Health official announces new testing approach, website: In a news conference where President Trump declared a national emergency, federal officials announced a new coronavirus testing approach that will start with a website created by Google. If an individual is symptomatic, they will be referred to “drive thru” clinics. The tests will then be shipped to labs before results are posted on the screening website.

12:41 p.m. Trump bars entry of foreigners who recently went to Europe: Trump suspended the entry of foreigners who have traveled to Europe in the last 14 days. Returning Americans will be subjected to extra screening, he said.

12:33 p.m. Trump declares national state of emergency: President Trump declared a national state of emergency Friday afternoon while speaking in the Rose Garden. “We will overcome the threat of the virus,” he said. The declaration makes up to $50 billion dollars available, Trump said while ordering all states to set up emergency centers immediately and asking every hospital to activate their emergency preparedness plans. The president announced a partnership with the private sector to help deal with the shortage of tests. “No resource will be spared,” he said while announcing the FDA has approved a new test. Expects up to half a million tests to be available early next week.

12:18 p.m. San Francisco Jewish Community Center trims operations: The JCCSF is suspending public services and programs beginning Saturday through March 27. The building at California and Presidio in San Francisco will be closed to the public during that time period. The fitness center, including the pool, will close for two days for enhanced cleaning this Saturday and Sunday. The gym will reopen Monday.

12:10 p.m. Two Santa Clara County jail inmates under quarantine after being exposed: Two inmates at Santa Clara County jail were placed under quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 from a person who came to interview them, officials said. They did not identify the person who visited the inmates. Officials said the inmate population may be reduced by placing individuals on electronic monitoring, but no plans have been finalized, as conversations with prosecutors continue.

11:59 a.m. The Goodguys 38th All American Get-Together canceled: The event, scheduled for March 28-29 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, has been canceled. Organizers hope to reschedule the car show for May 30-31.

11:55 a.m. Public schools in Santa Clara County to close until early April: Santa Clara County officials said public schools will close starting Monday through April 3, at the earliest. “We acknowledge there is much that is not yet known,” county schools Superintendent Mary Ann Dewan said.

11:50 a.m. Officials offer voluntary testing to quarantined individuals at Travis Air Force Base: Hundreds of former Grand Princess passengers who are quarantined at Travis received a handout saying they will each have the “opportunity” to get tested for COVID-19. “You are not required to be tested. It will be your choice,” the handout read. It said officials will “soon” begin collecting swabs from people who want to be tested, which could take several days. Results will also take several days. “If you choose to be tested, it is important that you understand that if the results of your test are pending, then it is possible it may delay your departure,” the handout said. Neil Kran, a 69-year-old under quarantine, said he was leaning toward not getting tested because he has “zero confidence in their time schedule.” The handout, shared with The Chronicle, also clarified what restrictions apply to quarantined individuals, including wearing a mask at all times, standing six feet apart from people, and eating food in their rooms.

11:48 a.m. Santa Clara County officials ban gatherings of 100 or more: Santa Clara County Director of Public Health Sara Cody announced a ban on private and public gatherings of more than 100 persons following the confirmation of more COVID-19 cases. The order will take effect Saturday and remain in place for three weeks. It does not include hospitals, retail environments, airports or transit. As of Thursday night, Cody said the county had recorded 79 cases of COVID-19 — 43 of those are from community spread. There are 37 people hospitalized. Cody said at a news conference officials expect “many, many” more cases. Officials also limited gatherings of more than 35 people. The ban on gatherings of 35 to 100 applies “unless certain conditions are met” — they include ensuring there can be six feet between people, hand washing available at the venue, discouraging sick and high-risk people from attending and following cleaning guidance before, during and after an event.

11:38 a.m. No prison visits: Inmates at all 122 federal correctional facilities across the country will no longer be allowed visits from family, friends or attorneys for the next 30 days, in response to the threat of the coronavirus, officials told The Associated Press on Friday.

11:11 a.m. Pelosi says House will vote on coronavirus bill: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said the House will vote today on an economic relief bill for people affected by the coronavirus. The bill includes free testing, paid sick leave and expanded unemployment insurance. However, Pelosi wouldn’t say if the White House supports the deal. The San Francisco representative has been engaged in marathon negotiations with the Trump administration. Her announcement, without the White House’s backing, signals the talks may have hit a gridlock.

11:04 a.m. New positive test for TSA worker in San Jose: Another TSA employee at Mineta San Jose International Airport has tested positive for COVID-19, according to city officials. The employee, who was stationed at the security identification display doors, last worked March 7 and tested positive on Thursday.

11:02 a.m. More San Jose firefighters test positive for COVID-19: The number of San Jose fire department officials who have tested positive for COVID-19 has grown to six, according to city officials. The department has filled temporary vacant positions. Officials are still tracking the status of the 70 fire officials who may have been exposed.

10:43 a.m. Schools in Oakland to close through early April: Officials at the Oakland Unified School District said schools will close starting Friday evening through at least April 5, which marks the end of the district’s spring break. “Closing schools deeply affects so many of our families who depend on schools to provide a safe place for their children, food, and many other services. School sites have been and will continue to be crafting continuity of education plans, with each school preparing to provide assignments to students,” Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell said. Visit this link for more information about sites where students can pick up food.

10:42 a.m. Antioch schools to close next week: Antioch Unified School District announced all schools in the district will be closed from Monday to March 30, when classes are expected to resume. Three schools will be open for students who receive free and reduced lunch. Officials asked parents to have a plan in case school can’t resume the week of March 30.

10:10 a.m. More cases in Contra Costa County: Health officials in Contra Costa County said the total number of COVID-19 cases in the county as of Friday morning increased to 25. There were 16 cases as of Thursday afternoon.

10:08 a.m. SF museums shutter amid mass closures: In the latest stroke of a dizzying drumbeat of cultural closings across the Bay Area in response to the threat of the coronavirus, the Asian Art Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco — comprising the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor — and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art have jointly announced temporary closures effective at 5 p.m.

10:06 a.m. Mt. Diablo Unified School District to close schools: Officials at Mt. Diablo Unified School District in Contra Costa County said they plan to close schools Tuesday after a student-less development day scheduled for Monday. It is unclear how long schools will be closed. Officials said they will release more specific information Friday afternoon.

10:04 a.m. San Francisco announces 5 new cases: San Francisco recorded five new cases of COVID-19, according to the city’s Department of Public Health

10:00 a.m. CDC hosts Q&A on Twitter: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted a question-and-answer session with Jay Butler, the agency’s deputy director for infectious diseases. Read the questions here.

9:56 a.m. President Trump to declare a national emergency: The president is expected to declare a national emergency Friday to clear the way to distribute funds to combat spread of the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported.

9:47 a.m. Bay Area schools hold emergency meeting on closures: “School districts across the Bay Area holding emergency meetings to consider school closure,” Chronicle reporter Jill Tucker tweeted. “Oakland Unified expected


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