As Gov. Gavin Newsom allows certain sectors of the economy to slowly reopen, the state saw it’s highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in one day on Tuesday, with 2,546 new cases.
The new cases bring the state’s total of people infected with the virus to 58,657. In the Bay Area, 217 new cases were reported Tuesday, bringing the total up to 9,118.
The majority of cases were from Southern California, and officials aren’t sure what caused the spike. It could be attributed to the step-up in testing, delayed reporting over the weekend, or a combination.
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County assessors in California are warning that a state proposal to delay the filing of business property tax statements could harm schools and other public agencies, and intensify coronavirus-linked problems. — George Avalos, 9:15 a.m.
Santa Clara County has released information on the number of staff and residents at each assisted living facility in the county that has coronavirus cases. The county has identified 18 facilities where at least one patient is sick, and 26 where at least one staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. — John Woolfolk, 7:48 a.m.
With much of the nation hunkering down at home, the ride-sharing company, Uber, has taken a big hit — so big that the company announced it will cut 3,700 positions and absorb $20 million in severance and benefits payouts. — Rex Crum, 7:31 a.m.
Marin County is planning to slowly ease coronavirus restrictions according to a 3-phase plan, but officials warn it could be months or years before it reaches its final phase, which would be life without any COVID-19 restrictions. — Matthew Pera, 6:46 a.m.
Santa Clara County has seen an encouraging downward trend in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, but Public Health Officer Sara Cody told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday that the county needs to significantly ramp up testing and contact tracing before rolling back the stay-at-home order. — Fiona Kelliher, 6 a.m.
The coronavirus pandemic and shelter-in-place orders that have crippled California’s economy, have caused the number of homes being sold to drop, but not the prices, which continue to rise. — Louis Hansen, 6 a.m.
With California taking baby steps toward reopening, an army of 20,000 volunteers is being prepared to search out links, trace infections and warn people of exposure. The goal of the disease detective force is to track and trace every person in the state who may have been exposed, then quickly isolate and test them. The new UC San Francisco Pandemic Workforce Training Academy, an $8.7 million partnership with the California Department of Public Health, will start online training in public health techniques on Wednesday. — Lisa M. Krieger, 5:30 a.m.