4:54 p.m. Contra Costa County monitoring suicide data amid pandemic: Health officer Chris Farnitano said Contra Costa County is exploring whether there has been an increase in suicide attempts or other “concerning trends” in the county related to the coronavirus pandemic and shelter-in-place measures. Last week, staff at a medical center in Walnut Creek told ABC7 they had seen a sharp increase in suicide attempts in the past month. Farnitano said in a Facebook live stream Wednesday that county officials have not confirmed a rise in suicide attempts. “We don’t have any data to show that at this point,” Farnitano said. “But it’s something we’re really concerned about, we’re really looking at carefully.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: 2.1 million new jobless claims as U.S. death toll tops 100,000
2:50 p.m. Twitter fact-checks Trump’s mischaracterizaton of mail-in ballots: Twitter added a link to “get the facts” to President Trump’s tweet about California’s mail ballot initiative. Trump tweeted that voting by mail would lead to election fraud, singling out Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to reduce coronavirus risk by sending registered voters mail-in ballots. Twitter added a link to Trump’s post that goes to page stating “Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to ‘a Rigged Election.’ However, fact-checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Trump waits 16 hours to acknowledge 100,000 dead in U.S.
4:25 p.m. San Mateo County votes to stop charging for reusable bags: San Mateo County supervisors voted Tuesday to suspend an ordinance that requires grocery and retail stores in the county to charge customers for reusable bags, the county announced. Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a similar statewide order on April 22, but a county resolution said the order did not apply and stores in San Mateo County were still technically required to charge for bags. The county’s health order prohibits people from bringing their own bags into stores to guard against spread of the coronavirus. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: More than 40 million file for unemployment in just 10 weeks
5:17 p.m. Health official ‘concerned’ about Sonoma County case trend: Susan Gorin, chair of Sonoma County’s supervisors, said in a video update the county is not moving forward with reopening in-store retail, salons and religious services newly allowed by the state due to health officials’ concern over a “large increase” in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the past week. “The health officer is extremely concerned about the increase in cases and hospitalizations and has made these decisions in the interest of public health and safety,” Gorin said. As of Tuesday, Sonoma County had reported 113 of its 524 total cases in the past seven days. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn’t been tested
11:36 a.m. Santa Clara County health officer elaborates on approach to reopening: Santa Clara County health officer Dr. Sara Cody on Wednesday said Bay Area officials are moving slower than the state in reopening to ensure they are not creating harm. Cody said it takes at least two weeks to understand the impact of reducing certain measures, like resuming construction, before further reducing stay-at-home orders. She said the county’s health order being more restrictive than the state’s “pretty brisk clip” of reopening has been challenging to explain to the public. During a Facebook Live conversation, she compared the pandemic to a wildfire that needs to be monitored. “We have dry tinder everywhere and we do not want to have a large fire again. We know that we are going to have little spot fires,” Cody said. “We are now much better resourced in terms of testing and contact tracing to be able to address those spot fires. But what we don’t … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Travel ban dropped by Lake Tahoe county, visitors still discouraged