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Coronavirus live updates: California officially adopts CDC mask rules

San Francisco Chronicle logo San Francisco Chronicle 6/9/2021 By Aidin Vaziri, Lauren Hernández, Dominic Fracassa and Rita Beamish

The Chronicle’s Live Updates page documents the latest events in the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area, the state of California and across the U.S. with a focus on health and economic impacts.

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Total coronavirus cases:

• 3,771,913 cases in California, including 62,823 deaths

• 445,682 cases in the Bay Area, including 6,252 deaths. Click on The Chronicle’s Coronavirus Tracker for a U.S. map and state by state case count and tally of deaths.

Latest updates:

3:50 p.m. Government is giving shots to unaccompanied migrant kids: The Biden administration is vaccinating some unaccompanied migrant children against the coronavirus, a top Health and Human Services official said Wednesday. The Hill reports that JooYeun Chang, acting assistant secretary, told a House panel that "hundreds" of children in Texas have received shots and the government is working to make sure providers have access to emergency facilities to vaccinate more. Chang noted that the Office of Refugee Resettlement is legally obligated to provide medical care, including all needed vaccinations, for migrant children in HHS custody.

3:41 p.m. Government tells providers not to bill for vaccinations: The Biden administration is reminding doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and insurers that it is illegal to bill patients for coronavirus vaccines, a letter obtained by The New York Times shows. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that about a third of unvaccinated adults were unsure whether insurance covered the vaccine. “We recognize that there are costs associated with administering vaccines — from staff trainings to vaccine storage,” Xavier Becerra, the health and human services secretary, wrote in a letter to vaccinators and insurers. “For these expenses, providers may not bill patients but can seek reimbursement through Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance or other applicable coverage.” The letter warns that billing patients could lead to state or federal “enforcement actions.”

3:33 p.m. S.F. startup sold to rival firm after pandemic struggles: Starcity, the San Francisco startup that helped pioneer a model of tech-centric, urban co-living but struggled to execute its ambitious development plans during the pandemic, is being acquired by Common, a rival New York-based firm. The combined company will take over Starcity’s portfolio of open properties, but the deal does not include its development pipeline, which includes two major approved but unbuilt towers in San Francisco and downtown San Jose. Read the story.

3:23 p.m. Community college enrollment in California plunges during pandemic: Student enrollment in higher education nationwide took a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, with undergraduate enrollment dropping by 3.6 percent nationwide. Enrollment at California’s three college and university systems varied greatly. The community college system’s enrollment fell by more than 4%, a recently released study from UC Santa Cruz found. UC and Cal State systems had slight increases in undergraduate enrollment. Read the story here.

3:19 p.m. Berkeley mayor urges residents to improve on 67% vax rate: Roughly 67% of Berkeley’s population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin said on Wednesday. He urged residents on Twitter to “Keep it up Berkeley!”

3:11 p.m. Anti-vaxxers storm congressman’s town hall: A disruption by vaccination opponents chanting “medical freedom now” at a town hall held by Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, is raising questions about safety and security as the country reopens after the coronavirus pandemic. Huffman’s event Tuesday was one of the first in-person town halls held by a politician since the pandemic started more than a year ago. It was advertised as requiring proof of vaccination, but Huffman later said admission was based on an honor system. A live stream shows activists with anti-vaccination signs storming in and then jeers between the masked crowd and the door-crashers. Read more here.

2:50 p.m. Marin County latest to offer perks for vax: To encourage vaccine holdouts to get their shots, Marin County announced Wednesday that it will give a $25 grocery store gift card to new vaccine seekers at select locations while supplies last. Locations will be announced this week at vaccine finder. “More than 88% of eligible Marin residents have chosen to get vaccinated for our community’s overall health,” said Dr. Lisa Santora, deputy public health officer. The county hopes its offer, on top of California’s lottery incentive, “will help nudge that number even higher.” Many walk-up mobile sites will continue but the drive-through site at Larkspur Ferry Terminal will close on June 17.

2:34 p.m. California could become 1st in U.S with herd immunity: San Francisco’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign is nearing the key benchmark of 70% of eligible residents fully vaccinated. Some experts say that puts the city on track to be the first in the U.S. to reach herd immunity. As of Wednesday, 79% of residents 12 and older had received at least one vaccine dose, city data shows, and 69% were fully vaccinated. Definitions of herd immunity varies, but generally experts say it’s when at least 70% of the populationis immune from vaccination or natural infection, for the virus to stop spreading. Read the details here.

2:26 p.m. California will rely on honor system for vaccination requirements: Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s top health officer, said that businesses will not be required to verify if customers are vaccinated for COVID-19 before allowing them to enter without a face covering. He said “it should be considered a self-attestation” if an individual has removed a mask. “Individuals will self-attest to vaccine status by wearing or not wearing a mask,” he said.

2:15 p.m. California officially adopts CDC mask rules: “Fully vaccinated people can resume everyday activities without wearing a mask” as of next Tuesday except in certain settings in California, state health secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said Wednesday at a press briefing. The vaccinated still need masks on public transportation; indoors in K-12 schools, child care, and other youth settings; and in health care settings, detention facilities, and homeless shelters. Unvaccinated people still will have to mask up in public areas, including retail spaces and offices.

12:59 p.m. Historic Great Star Theater to reopen: San Francisco’s small businesses, nonprofits and performing arts venues suffered greatly over the past 15 months. It might seem like a bad time to start a new venture that combines all of those into one risky gamble, but Alice Chu and Roger Pincombe are betting big. Read about their plans to reopen the Great Star Theater on Jackson Street after signing a 10-year lease.

12:53 p.m. Going back to work is fraught: With California’s June 15 reopening date fast approaching, some companies are squeezing more workers to get back to their swivel chairs. But who has to come back to work — and when and where — is proving fraught as millions of workers face having a new way of living and working ripped away by managers requiring them to show up in person, or else. That tension could mean some workers leave for companies offering more flexibility and the ability to shed burdensome commutes in favor of time with family and friends. Read the full story here.

12:32 p.m. CDC report indicates power of vaccination: A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds to research showing a reduction in hospital and emergency room visits among populations with high vaccination rates. By May 1, 82%, 63%, and 42% of adults aged 65 and older, 50—64, and 18—49 years, respectively, had received at least one vaccine dose. As vaccination numbers and rates increased sharply from December through May 1, rates of COVID cases dropped 40%, emergency department visits were down 59%, hospital admissions down 65% and deaths down 66% declined 40%, 59%, 65%, and 66%, respectively.

12:02 p.m. Astra-Zeneca vax linked to bleeding disorder: People receiving Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine — which is not approved for use in the U.S. — had a slightly increased risk of a bleeding disorder, and possibly other rare blood problems, researchers reported on Wednesday. The findings from a study of 2.53 million adults in Scotland were published in the journal Nature Medicine. The AstraZeneca vaccine is authorized by the European Union’s top drug regulator, as well as many countries outside the bloc. Reports of rare clotting and bleeding disorders in younger adults, some fatal, led some countries to limit the vaccines’s use to older people, and a few to drop it altogether, the New York Times reports.

11:44 a.m. EU greenlights new travel certificate: European Union lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a new travel certificate that will allow people to move between European countries without having to quarantine or undergo extra coronavirus tests. The move by the European Parliament will likely be rubber-stamped by the individual nations and a handful already are using it. It means beginning July 1 for 12 months, all EU countries must recognize the certificate that certifies a person has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, or has recently tested or recovered from the disease. People coming from outside the EU, the overwhelming majority of whom should be vaccinated to enter, will be able to get a certificate if they convince authorities that they qualify , the Associated Press reports.

11:15 a.m. U.S. to buy 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses to donate globally: The White House has secured a deal with Pfizer to buy 500 million doses of the company’s coronavirus vaccine to distribute to 100 countries around the world, according to the Washington Post. President Biden will announce details of the incentive as early as Thursday while in England to meet with leaders of the Group of 7 nations, according to people familiar with the plan.

10:59 a.m. Numbers make likely U.S. will miss Biden’s vax goal: The downturn in vaccination rates makes it unlikely the nation will meet President Biden’s July 4 target to have 70% of American adults at least partially vaccinated. About 15.5 million need to receive at least one shot in the next four weeks to meet the goal. But the pace of new vaccinations has dropped below 400,000 people per day — down from a high of nearly 2 million per day two months ago. The administration insists that even if the goal isn’t reached, it will have little effect on the overall U.S. recovery, which is ahead of where Biden said it would be months ago. Dr. Anthony Fauci, senior White House medical adviser, said Tueday that he hopes to meet the July 4 goal, but “if we don’t, we’re going to continue to keep pushing.”

10:52 a.m. Heart disease, diabetes death rates spiked in 2020: The U.S. saw remarkable increases in death rates for heart disease, diabetes and some other common killers in 2020, the Associated Press reports. Experts believe a big reason may be that many people with dangerous symptoms made the lethal mistake of staying away from the hospital for fear of catching the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows about 32,000 more heart disease deaths and 13,000 more diabetes deaths than in 2019. The 14% increase was the largest rise in the diabetes death rate in decades. The death rate from Alzheimer’s was up 8%, Parkinson’s 11%, high blood pressure 12% and stroke 4%.

10:45 a.m. Delta variant threatens reopening as U.K. reports biggest spike since February: Britain has recorded its highest daily coronavirus case numberss since late February. The spike suggests the delta variant of the virus is spreading widely across the country. Government figures Wednesday showed that the U.K. recorded 7,540 new infections, the biggest daily increase since Feb. 26. The Associated Press reports the concern is the increase in recent weeks since the advent of delta, which was first identified in India, will pressure the U.K. health system once again.

10:30 a.m. Stanford reopens outdoor spaces to visitors: Stanford University announced Wednesday that it will restore access to outdoor campus spaces for visitors and the college community on June 16, the day after California is set to reopen. The university has restricted access to some outdoor spaces in parts of its main and Redwood City campuses since last September. “It is encouraging that public health conditions have improved sufficiently that we can now welcome more people back to our campuses,” said Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne. Access to buildings and facilities will continue to be limited. For the graduation on Sunday, guests can enter the Academic Campus Zone and Campus Zones, Stanford said.

10:32 a.m. Bay Area could, but won’t, impose stricter rules after June 15: Health officials in all nine Bay Area counties say that with very few exceptions, they will go along with the rest of the state with full reopening or almost all pandemic restrictions next week. That means lifting mask mandates, capacity rules and pretty much every other order meant to force social distancing and prevent spread of the coronavirus in public settings. Even San Francisco, which has had among the strictest public health responses in the country, plans to align with the state, city officials said Tuesday night. Read the story from Erin Allday here.

10:20 a.m. Africa vax rates shockingly low — and 5 nations have yet to start: African nations are barely started on vaccinating people against the coronavirus. South Africa, with the continent’s most robust economy and most coronavirus cases, has just 0.8% of its population fully vaccinated, according to Johns Hopkins University tracking. Hundreds of thousands of the country’s health workers are still waiting for their shots. In Nigeria, Africa’s biggest country with more than 200 million people, only 0.1% are fully vaccinated. Kenya, with 50 million people, is even lower. At least five countries in Africa have not administered one dose, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

10:10 More than 47,000 live animals sold in Wuhan markets before pandemic: Some 47,000 live animals from 38 species, including 31 protected species, were sold in 17 markets in Wuhan, China, in the two years preceding the first documented coronavirus case in November 2019, according to a study published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature. The researchers — from China, Canada and the U.K. — wrote that, “the wild animals on sale in Wuhan suffered poor welfare and hygiene conditions and we detail a range of other zoonotic infections they can potentially vector.” Scientists are still investigating COVID-19’s origin, and whether the virus leaked from a lab or jumped from animals to humans at a market.

9:59 a.m. France reopens for American tourists: France is back in business as a tourist destination after opening its borders Wednesday to visitors from the United States, Britain and elsewhere who are inoculated against the coronavirus with vaccines approved by the European Union’s medicines agency, the Associated Press reports. France’s acceptance of only the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines means tourism is likely to be slow to pick up from China and other countries that use different vaccines.

7:52 a.m. How COVID rules will change near you when California reopens June 15: California’s anticipated reopening is almost here, allowing residents to start returning to a sense of normalcy after more than a year of pandemic restrictions. The state’s plan lifts capacity and social distancing restrictions for most businesses and activities on June 15. But as has been the case with most pandemic guidelines, there are some exceptions, and some counties may maintain stricter rules. Here are questions and answers based on what we know so far.

7:43 a.m. Apple and Google want to force remote workers back into cubicles. That friction could lead to a job exodus: The question of who has to come back to work — and when and where — is proving fraught, as millions of workers face having a new way of living and working ripped away by managers requiring them to show up in person, or else. That tension could mean some workers leave for companies offering more flexibility and the ability to shed burdensome commutes in favor of time with family and friends. Read the full story here.

7:22 a.m. California could decide one huge remaining question on masks and reopening today: With less than a week to go before California drops most of its remaining coronavirus health restrictions, one major question remains to be settled: What will workplace restrictions look like? Masks are currently required at all times for everyone in the workplace. Last week, California regulators decided that workers can ditch the masks when the state reopens June 15 — but only if every single person in the workplace is vaccinated against COVID-19. A potential vote by the standards board of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health could change that. Read the full story here.

Updates from Tuesday, June 8:

5:15 p.m. CDC updates travel guidance — Singapore and Senegal are safe; North Korea and Nicaragua high risk: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated travel advice for 120 countries, organizing them based on COVID-19 risk. Haiti, Nicaragua, North Korea and Uzbekistan now fall under the high-risk category of the four-tier system; while Morocco, Singapore, Senegal and dozens of other countries are considered low risk. There is also a category for countries where the impact of the pandemic is unknown, such as Afghanistan and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The agency recommends people get fully vaccinated before traveling to any of the countries on the list. You can see the full rankings here.

3:25 p.m. Kaiser in clinical trial with children 5 to 11: Kaiser Permanente announced Tuesday it is expanding its research into a coronavirus vaccine for children with a trial enrolling kids as young as 5 at its sites in Oakland, Sacramento and Santa Clara. The trial will enroll about 75 children ages 5 to 11. About 4,600 children are participating in trials nationwide to evaluate the investigational vaccine BNT162b2, one of the vaccine candidates in development by Pfizer and BioNTech which are also sponsors of the study, Kaiser said.

3:05 p.m. Carnival Cruises to sail again, and require vaccination: Carnival Cruise Line announced Tuesday that two of its ships will resume operations from Port of Galveston, Texas, July 13, but only for guests with proof they are fully vaccinated. “We appreciate the progress and support for our U.S. restart from the CDC and other key federal agencies,” a statement from Carnival president Christine Duffy said. “However, the current CDC requirements for cruising with a guest base that is unvaccinated will make it very difficult to deliver the experience our guests expect, especially given the large number of families with younger children who sail with us. As a result, our alternative is to operate our ships from the U.S. during the month of July with vaccinated guests.”

2:27 p.m. Marin County proposed budget is up 10%: Marin County supervisors on Tuesday got a look at a proposed budget reflecting economic revival and better times ahead. The proposed $683 million budget factors in an influx of one-time federal and state funding in public health, mental health, and homelessness, a news release said. “Federal stimulus and the reopening of our economy have reshaped the county’s budget outlook,” said Budget Manager Bret Uppendahl. The county is working to prioritize allocations of one-time federal relief funds in the balanced budget, officials said.

2:09 p.m. Santa Clara County aligns with state for June 15 reopening: Santa Clara County has no local pandemic health rules differing with California’s related to face coverings, capacity or business sector activities, county counsel James Williams said Tuesday. The only local health order in place applies to businesses that must ascertain the vaccination status of their workers.

2 p.m. Pharmacist who ruined vaccine doses sentenced to 3 years: A Wisconsin pharmacist who intentionally ruined more than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison. Steven Brandenburg pled guilty in February to two felony counts of attempting to tamper with a consumer product, the Associated Press reports. He had admitted to removing the Moderna vaccine from a refrigerator for hours at Aurora Medical Center north of Milwaukee. He secretly substituted saline for flu vaccine that he was mandated to receive and persuaded several co-workers to secretly swap saline for their flu vaccine as well, according to court filings. Brandenburg is an admitted conspiracy theorist who believes vaccines are a product of the devil, AP reports.

1:58 p.m. Vaccine demand, administration continue dropping: Santa Clara County is administering about 56,000 coronavirus vaccination doses a week, a significant drop compared to the 180,000 doses a week given during the height of vaccinations the first week of May, county vaccine officer Dr. Marty Fenstersheib said Tuesday. “It’s harder as we get further in and we have a lot of people vaccinated to find those that aren’t vaccinated and deal with issues of hesitancy and other barriers,” he said. “It’s going to take us a little longer but we are moving forward.”

1:50 p.m. Bay Area vaccination rates remain higher than state, U.S.: Nearly 78% of Santa Clara County residents 12 and older have gotten at least one shot, and 67% are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, county health officials said Tuesday. That’s higher than the 68% of Californians and the 61% of Americans 12 and older with at least one shot. “The Bay Area is doing an outstanding job,” said county vaccine officer Dr. Marty Fenstersheib. Vaccination rates in nearly all Bay Area counties are higher than those statewide and across the U.S.

1:44 p.m. Low demand risks expiration of J&J doses: State health officials are increasingly worried that doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine may expire this month, warning they could go to waste if not used in the coming weeks, the New York Times reports. The chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said he believed the J&J expiration risk was a problem in every state. Over 10 million doses of the vaccine have been delivered to states but not administered, according the CDC.

1:30 p.m. More doctors’ offices to offer vaccine: Santa Clara County is onboarding 100 private physicians, including many pediatricians’ offices, to begin providing vaccine to patients, county health officials said Tuesday. It marks a continued shift away from mass public vaccine sites to smaller clinics and retail pharmacies as the primary providers of the shots.

1:29 p.m. Oakland miscount included people who died months after infection: The COVID-19 death count method that Oakland County corrected last week was including people who died of non-COVID causes even months after they’d tested positive for the coronavirus, Alameda County health officer Dr. Nicholas Moss told county supervisors Tuesday. County health officials have acknowledged waiting too long to fix their overcounting method that had resulted in an inflated death toll, and ultimatedly resulted in the cumulative count dropping by 25%, around 400 deaths, from the incorrect number.

1:25 p.m. Off the Grid coming back to 4 Bay Area locales: Off the Grid food trucks are reopening Tuesday at Salesforce Tower, Salesforce Transit Center, Levi’s Plaza and Menlo Park. The three San Francisco events are testing the waters of business lunch in the hopes that more people will return to offices in person after California’s reopening on June 15. Off the Grid plans to reopen more business lunchtime markets in July, assuming things go well with this first wave. Read the details.

1:13 p.m. Sen. Graham says family members getting benefits aren’t seeking work: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pressed the acting White House budget chief Tuesday on impacts of expanded jobless benefits, saying he has family members who refuse to work because of them, according to the Hill. A alot of jobs “will never be filled until you change the benefit structure” Graham told Shalanda Young. When Young said she’d not met Americans who prefer not to work,” Graham replied: “I got a lot of people in my family that ain’t working because they’re getting — I’ll show you some of my family ... Bottom line is I think there are people out there, they’re not bad people, but they’re not going to work for $15 an hour and make $23 unemployed,” he continued. “That doesn’t make you a bad person. If you’re working for $15 an hour, that makes you almost a chump.”

12:49 p.m. It’s all about to change for hoagie digs: In Palm City’s 14-month life, not a single customer has set foot inside the buzzy Outer Sunset wine bar. That will change this week, when Palm City officially opens for in-person dining, serving its wildly popular hoagie sandwiches and impressive wine list alongside other dishes. Co-owners Dennis Cantwell and Monica Wong plan to start limited indoor and outdoor dining on Wednesday. Read more here.

12:45 p.m. Alameda and Napa counties to one week in yellow: Joining other Bay Area counties that have advanced to the coveted yellow tier of California’s pandemic reopening plan, Alameda and Napa counties will have six days of somewhat more relaxed restrictions. Those include indoor service resuming at bars and wineries, and more people allowed in movie theaters and gyms — before the state fully reopens and every industry drops its capacity limits and goes back to pre-pandemic business. Read the full story here.

12:26 p.m. San Franciscans are ready to be on the move: Over 1 million adults in the San Francisco metro area — almost one-third of the adult population — have plans to take an overnight trip at least 100 miles from home in the next four weeks as the pandemic eases, according to new survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s more than the California average of 26% and the national average of 28%. Only two of the nation’s 15 largest metro areas edge out San Francisco’s 31% of residents with travel plans — Phoenix at 35% and Seattle at 32%. Read the full story here.

12:15 p.m. San Diego, San Luis Obispo, counties also go yellow: Outside of the Bay Area, three more California counties managed to make it to the yellow reopening tier on Tuesday for the last week before the state abandons the tier system altogether and reopens most of its economy. In all, 24 of California’s 58 counties are in the yellow category for the final push to reopening.

12:09 p.m. Alameda, Napa counties advance to yellow tier: On the last day that California will use its color-coded coronavirus reopening blueprint, Alameda and Napa counties both joined other Bay Area counties in the yellow tier, which is the level with the least restrictions, state officials announced Tuesday.

11:52 a.m. Vaccine misinformation reaps millions for handful of influencers: Spreading conspiracy theories and misinformation about COVID-19 vaccination is a big business for a handful of people, including Ty and Charlene Bollinger, who stoke doubt and fear about vaccines that could save lives, while selling seminars and herbal supplements that certainly won’t, according to an investigation published Tuesday by the Center for Public Integrity. The news organization also reported that its reporter has been targeted by a coordinated campaign of harassment, vulgarity and threats of violence against her on social media, and by voicemail, text and email, including posting of her address and family members’ names.

1:41 a.m. Impressions from pandemic frontline saved for posterity: The Library of Congress has acquired a digital archive of the real-time impressions of more than 200 frontline health care workers documenting the country’s descent into the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reports. For instance, a Bronx hospital worker describes a pregnant woman who thought even a nasal swab test would give her the virus. The audio diaries were collected by The Nocturnists, a medical storytelling project, for its “Stories from a Pandemic” podcast series, which ran in spring 2020.

11:29 a.m. WTO looks at loosening patents on vaccines: Envoys from World Trade Organization nations are taking up a proposal to ease patents and other intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines — a move that could help developing countries fight the pandemic. The idea is backed by the Biden administration but opposed in other wealthy countries with strong pharmaceutical industries. A two-day meeting of a WTO panel beginning Tuesday is considering a proposal by India and South Africa for a temporary IP waiver on coronavirus vaccines.

11:02 a.m. Former Olympic skater accuse of ripping off pandemic program: A former Olympic figure skater has been arrested on charges that he ripped off a program to help small businesses harmed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reported. Luka Klasinc, a 48-year-old Slovenian man, was arrested Monday and was to appear in Manhattan federal court, charged with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said Klasinc used false documents to try to get over $1 million in aid for his event management company.

10:47 a.m. Stern Grove back with hefty lineup, limited capacity: Stern Grove Festival is back this summer with a heavy-duty music lineup, and for its first few dates will allow pandemic-tailored audiences at 30% capacity, or about 3,000 guests. The free June 20-Aug. 29 festival hopes to increase the audience size as the summer progresses. Reservations are at www.sterngrove.org beginning 12 days before each show. Concerts also will be live-streamed. Some of the headliners announced Tuesday are Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Ledisi, Thundercat and Perfume Genius. Read more here.

10:30 a.m. Houston hospital staffers protest vax requirement: Dozens of staff members at a Houston-area hospital protested on Monday night against a requirement that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, the New York Times reports. Houston Methodist Hospital had told employees they had to be vaccinated by Monday. Last month, 117 employees sued the hospital over that policy. The CDC recommends health care workers get a flu shot and some hospitals require it, but few U.S. companies have required COVID-19 shots.

10:20 a.m. Sacramento gun bust uncovers $600,000 in pandemic-related fraud: Sacramento County prosecutors say a gun bust has led investigators to uncover $600,000 in pandemic-related fraudulent claims from California’s beleaguered unemployment agency, the Associated Press reports. Adrian Sykes, 24, was arrested in Las Vegas Monday.Prosecutors allege that Sykes and his girlfriend, Brittney Murchison, 26, filed 35 fraudulent unemployment claims and obtained more than $600,000 using personal identifying information from victims nationwide.

9:45 a.m. Washington state offers “joints for jabs” incentive: Washington state says licensed marijuana stores can offer free joints to encourage coronavirus vaccination, the Associated Press reports. The “Joints for Jabs” program the state announced Monday allows pot retail shops to give away a single pre-rolled joint to anyone over 21 who gets a shot at vaccine clinic by July 12. The state already lets breweries, wineries and restaurants offer free drinks in exchange for proof of vaccination. Other incentives include free sports tickets and prize money of up to $1 million.

9:30 a.m. Starbucks resumes use of reusable cups: Starbucks said Tuesday it will start accepting reusable cups from U.S. customers later this month, more than a year after stopping their use due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starbucks said it would also adopt a contactless method to eliminate shared touchpoints between its baristas and customers who bring their own cups, Reuters reports. Last week, the company announced it would offer reusable cups in stores across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa by 2025.

9:20 a.m. Slower progress toward Biden 70% vaccination goal: Only 13 states so far have hit President Biden’s target of getting 70% of adults at least partially vaccinated against the coronavirus, with less than a month left before his July 4 target date. Washington became the latest state to reach this threshold on Monday, joining California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Overall, about 63.7% of the US population over 18 have received at least one dose, and 53% are fully vaccinated, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows. The seven-day average of new doses administered has dropped to 1.3 million per day, down from the 3.35 million peak in April.

9:07 a.m. Pfizer moves to second phase of vaccine trials in children under 11: Pfizer announced Tuesday that it is moving to a new phase in the trial for its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 6 months to 11. The company plans to enroll up to 4,500 children across 90 sites in the U.S. and Europe. It will try a lower dose than that that uses for people 12 and older. “If safety and immunogenicity is confirmed, and pending authorization or approval from regulators,” a Pfizer statement said, the company hopes to seek emergency-use approval from the Food and Drug Administration in September-October for children 5-11, “and soon after for 6 months to 5.”

9:01 a.m. Fauci warns of delta variant: The nation’s top infectious disease expert warned that the so-called delta coronavirus variant first identified in India could reverse progress against the pandemic in the United States. At a White House briefing Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci urged holdouts to get vaccinated. Rapid spread of the variant, which makes up 6% of cases in the U.S., threatens the United Kingdom’s push to reopen. “We cannot let that happen in the United States,” Fauci said “Particularly, if you had your first dose, make sure you get that second dose. And for those who have been not vaccinated yet, please get vaccinated.”

8:24 a.m. Lawrence Livermore report found Wuhan leak plausible: A study by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory report on the origins of COVID-19 concluded it was plausible that the virus leaked from China’s lab in Wuhan and the prospect deserves further investigation, the Wall Street Journal is reporting, citing to people familiar with the classified document. The State Department drew on the Livermore lab’s 2020 study for an inquiry into the pandemic’s origins during the final months of the Trump administration. It is attracting fresh interest in Congress now that President Biden has ordered that U.S. intelligence agencies report to him within weeks on how the virus emerged.

8:17 a.m. Marin County town hall previews post-pandemic: Five days before California reopens its economy on June 15, Marin County officials will hold a virtual town hall at 6 p.m. Thursday on county steps toward reopening relating to daily routines and health care. Speakers will be county Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis, Board of Supervisors President Dennis Rodoni, and Dr. Laura Eberhard, Kaiser Permanente San Rafael chief of care. The meeting can be accessed on the county Facebook page and on Zoom.

8:05 a.m. Foster care lapses during pandemic kept thousands of kids from families: Thousands of families nationwide have had their reunifications snarled in the foster care system as courts delayed cases, went virtual or temporarily shut down during the pandemic, according to an Associated Press analysis of child welfare data from 34 states. Criticial services being shuttered or limited, one more impact of the pandemic, means families are lingering longer in a foster system meant to be temporary. The AP’s analysis found at least 8,700 fewer reunifications during March-to-December 2020 compared to that period in 2019 — a decrease of 16%. Adoptions, too, dropped — by 23%, according to the analysis. Overall, at least 22,600 fewer children left foster care than in 2019.

7:57 a.m. Heat increases on Cuomo over pandemic book: The Justice Department has subpoenaed communications associated with a memoir that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrote about the state’s pandemic experience, the Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper said the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York requested materials included contracts and documents used in pitching “American Crisis” to publishers, as part of a probe into COVID deaths in the state’s nursing homes.

7:48 a.m. Toward sustaining the parklets in S.F.: In a step toward keeping one of the more popular outcomes of the pandemic, San Francisco officials voted Monday to advance legislation keeping outdoor parklets as part of the city’s streetscape. The Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee approved making the program that enabled infrastructure for outdoor dining permanent. The committee adopted amendments from Supervisor Aaron Peskin that delayed permit fees and other changes. Read the story here.

7:44 a.m. Tahoe properties hotter than ever: The Lake Tahoe real estate market has been super hot throughout the pandemic, fueled largely by Bay Area transplants fleeing to the soothing Sierra — and driving up prices astronomically in the process.Even as the pandemic subsides, buyers are still clamoring for high-end homes in the popular tourist region, especially coveted lakefront properties. A sprawling property in Incline Village sold last month for $22 million, the town’s highest-priced sale so far this year. Read more here.

7:38 a.m. Hold the aspirin: Aspirin doesn’t improve chances of survival for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a large study, Bloomberg reports. The 120-year-old drug, widely used to thin the blood of heart-disease patients, made no difference in mortality after about a month in a clinical trial that involved almost 15,000 volunteers. Survivors did spend one less day in the hospital compared with those who didn’t get a daily dose of aspirin, the researchers found.

7:31 a.m. U.S. vax rates plummet, jeopardizing Biden’s immunization goals: Sluggish vaccination rates in the U.S. are jeopardizing President Biden’s goal of inoculating 70% of the country by July 4, the Washington Post reported. An average of 1 million Americans are getting a coronavirus vaccine each day, down from a peak of more more than 3 million in April.

Updates from Monday, June 7:

5 p.m. Fully vaccinated Napa woman dies after “breakthrough” COVID infection: A Napa city woman over 65 with underlying medical conditions died Wednesday from complications of COVID-19 after a prolonged hospitalization, the county health department said Thursday. The woman,whose name was not released, had the variant of the virus first discovered in the United Kingdom. “No vaccine is 100% effective, but this does not diminish the urgency and importance of getting vaccinated, especially as more variant strains emerge,” said Napa County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Relucio in a statement. “Vaccines provide exceptional protection against death and illness from the virus and all residents should continue to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.” Post-vaccination COVID-19 cases — known as “breakthrough” infectious — remain rare, affecting just 0.03% of California’s inoculated population, the state health department says. California reported 4,771 breakthrough cases as of May 19. Of those, 37 had died. Not all the deaths were due to severe COVID-19.

3:18 p.m. Greenhouse gas at new peak after pandemic dip too little to make much of a dent: The annual peak of global heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air has reached a new dangerous milestone: 50% higher than when the industrial age began. And the average rate of increase is faster than ever, scientists reported Monday. A pandemic-driven downturn in travel and other emmission-intensive activities was not enough to make much difference, studies have shown. The government said the average carbon dioxide level for May — the peak month before before Northern Hemisphere plant life blossoms and sucks up some carbon from the atmosphere — was 419.13 parts per million. That’s 1.82 parts per million higher than May 2020.

3:05 p.m. S.F. condo market blazes back from pandemic: San Francisco’s pandemic-battered condo market bounced back with a vengeance this spring, its busiest three-month period in at least 16 years, as vaccinated buyers rushed back into the city for pricing still significantly below 2018 highs, according to a new report from the brokerage Compass. The city’s condo/co-op market saw more than 1,300 sales in the March-to-May period, up from about 400 sales a year ago. Read more here.

2:48 p.m. California updates testing guidance: Fully vaccinated Californians no longer have to get tested for the coronavirus in most situations, state health officials said Monday in updated guidance that largely conforms to what the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended on coronavirus testing. California’s guidance also says that testing should be considered for unvaccinated people to make sure they are not infected before entering large events like performances and sports and theme parks. Fully vaccinated people can forgo that testing, the state health department says.

2:25 p.m. David Hasselhoff joins campaign to get Germans vaccinated: The former “Baywatch” and “Knight Rider” star is taking part in a public service campaign to convince Germans to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. The actor became a popular pop music star in Germany in the late 1980s with his single “Looking for Freedom.” He performed it at the Brandenburg Gate on New Year’s Eve 1989 to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall, and it was No. 1 for eight weeks on the West German charts. Hasselhoff has released 10 albums there since and has his own museum in Berlin.

1:19 p.m. Florida cruises set to defy state law by requiring shots: Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line on Monday announced plans to sail from two Florida ports requiring passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 despite state legislation banning businesses from asking for proof. Carnival Cruise Line, also based in Miami, announced sailings from the Port of Galveston, Texas, with vaccinated guests, and was working with Florida officials for a ship to leave from PortMiami. The cruise lines’ plans appear to be at odds with the new state law, the Associated Press reports.

12:33 p.m. U.S. to distribute 80 million shots by end of July: Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday the United States will start distributing 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses internationally between now and the end of July. The effort will provide vaccine directly from the U.S. and through the international effort COVAX, Blinken told the House Foreign Affairs Committee, CNN reports. “We want to make sure that anything we send out is safe and effective but it’s, it’s starting now, and it’s going to roll out over the coming days and weeks between now and the end of July.”

12:22 p.m. New York close to lifting all COVID-19 restrictions: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that New York will lift most of its remaining pandemic restrictions when 70% of adult New Yorkers have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. “We’re at 68.6, almost there, but this isn’t horseshoes. We want to be at 70% — 1.4% to go,” Cuomo said at a press briefing. “And then we can lift the capacity restrictions, social distancing, the hygiene protocols, the health screenings, the potential tracing.” Masks will only be required in certain settings, under CDC guidelines, he said: “large venues, schools, public transportation, hospitals, nursing homes.”

12:15 p.m. The mRNA vaccines reduce risk of infection by 91%: The mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna are highly effective in preventing coronavirus infections in adults, reducing risk of infection by 91%, a new CDC study found. If further data confirms that mRNA vaccination reduces the number of viral RNA particles, blunting the virus’ ability to infect, the researchers wrote, these mRNA vaccines will be shown as also potentially mitigating the impact of breakthrough infections. That “is especially important to essential and frontline workers given their potential to transmit the virus through frequent close contacts with patients, co-workers, and the public,” the report said.

11:47 a.m. White House press corps again fills briefing room: The snug White House press briefing room was again packed Monday with every seat filled for the first time after a more than a year of pandemic seating limitations. Reporters and camera operators — without masks in compliance with rules allowing vaccinated people to remove their masks — gathered for the daily briefing from Press Secretary Jen Psaki. She greeted them with, “A full room — I hope everyone’s cozy.” Psaki has returned to the longtime tradition of daily briefings after the Trump White House reduced the number and eventually stopped briefing at all.

11:30 a.m. California school districts to fully reopen in fall, survey says: New interactive data unveiled Monday on California’s Safe Schools for All Hub shows 89% of participating school districts will offer learning opportunities over the summer, including learning acceleration, enrichment and mental health services. Of school districts that participated in the survey, 99% plan to fully reopen for in-person instruction for the fall term. “A restorative summer filled with reconnection, enrichment and joy, followed by a return to full in-person instruction, is what’s best for our students,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

11:12 a.m. Airlines battle fake COVID documents: In a problem that was inevitable, airlines are grappling with travelers carrying fake COVID-19 health certificates, often the negative-test proof required by many countries on arrival, the Wall Street Journal reports. The International Air Transport Association says it has tracked fake certificates from France to Brazil, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Border and police forces report arrests for selling documents in Europe and Africa. Airlines say they aren’t equipped to police the needed certifications and worry the trend will worsen as countries start demanding proof of vaccination. The CDC says about 120 countries use testing to control entry. The U.S. requires flights from from overseas to verify that passengers have a negative test result or evidence of recovery from the coronavirus.

11:03 a.m. Air traffic continues to rebound: The U.S. Transportation Security Administration recorded 1.98 million people at its airport checkpoints on Sunday, the highest number since since March 7, 2020 when the pandemic was getting rolling. That still falls short of the 2.67 million people that traveled that date in 2019, but marks a steady upward trend from mid-March.

10:50 a.m. S.F. City Hall reopens to public: Mayor London Breed on Monday heralded the reopening of San Francisco’s City Hall after a year of closure. In-person services ar back, including weddings. Residents can also apply for marriage licenses, obtain birth and death certificates, register businesses and pay property and business taxes and fees. Board of Supervisors meetings in person begin June 15. Visitors will have to wear face masks and maintain social distance.

10:47 a.m. Salinas Valley’s 180 after being center of raging farmworker outbreak: Last summer Salinas Valley farmworkers were three times more likely to be infected by the coronavirus than other workers, and protective gear was in short supply. That’s all changed. The Washington Post looked at the reasons, including the Grower-Shipper Association’s quarantine housing program and purchase of 1 million masks, along with outreach vaccination clinics with time off and transportation to sites, required social distance in fields and other measures. More than two thirds of farmworkers have been vaccinated, a spokesman said, and others are immune after getting infected last summer.

10:33 a.m. Chip maker shutdown may imperil global supply: A COVID-19 outbreak has shut down a one of the world’s largest chip-testing companies, raising fears about heightening the global chip shortage, Bloomberg reported Monday. Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control announced Sunday that King Yuan Electronics Co. had 182 coronavirus cases and had shut down its main Taiwan plants. Some 2,000 employees were quarantined. A company spokesman told Bloomberg that the company resumed operations on Sunday night at lower production levels, with full production expected after the quarantined employees return.

10:22 a.m. Moscone Center now offering drop-in jabs: Walk-up vaccinations are now available at Moscone Center in San Francisco from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, the city’s health department announced Monday. No appointment is necessary to receive a shot.

10 a.m. U.S. vehicle deaths spiked during pandemic: Despite widespread stay-at-home orders, the U.S. registered 38,680 motor vehicle fatalities in 2020, a 7% increase from 2019. A study by the Transportation department found traffic fatalities increased in almost every category: at night (up 11%); on weekends (up 9%); in older vehicles (up 6%); in rollover and single-vehicle crashes (up 9%).

9:50 a.m. India federal government takes COVID vax duties from states: Amid criticism of the government’s handling of the coronavirus during one of the world’s deadliest outbreaks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India said in a nationwide address on Monday that the federal government would play a bigger role procuring vaccines on behalf of states. The process had been mired in confusion because of squabbling between the central and state governments and a lack of vaccine supply. Mr. Modi said that his government would increase both the pace of inoculations and the purchasing of vaccines.

9:40 a.m. Fears of summer surge in South: Experts are concerned that the South, where vaccination rates are lagging, could see a surge in coronavirus cases over the summer. A dozen states — including California and many the Northeast — have already reached President Biden’s goal of having 70% of adults or more with at least one vaccine dose by July 4. But in 15 southern states about half of adults or fewer have received a shot, according to a New York Times analysis. Experts say even if 70% of adults are vaccinated, the virus and its more contagious variants can spread among those who are not.

9:30 a.m. Mayor plans mega-concert for 60,000 to mark NYC reopening: Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced plans for a Central Park mega-concert to celebrate New York City’s reopening. The mayor’s office has tapped producer Clive Davis — the 89-year-old music mogul who has worked with everyone from Janis Joplin to Alicia Keys — to book eight musical acts for a three-hour show on the Great Lawn on Aug. 21. It’s expected to draw 60,000 attendees and be broadcast live around the world.

9:21 a.m. Spain is 1st to welcome tourists from outside EU: Spain jumpstarted its summer tourism season on Monday by welcoming vaccinated visitors from most countries as well as European tourists. It also reopened its ports to cruise ship stops. The move opened borders for the first tourists from the United States and other countries outside of the European Union, travelers who had been banned since March last year, when the pandemic hit.

9:14 a.m. Normal times bring normal debt: For millions of Americans, there’s an unwelcome side of the return to business-as-usual after the pandemic: They’ll have to start repaying their student loans again. More than 40 million holders of federal loans are due to start making monthly instalments again on Oct. 1, when the COVID-19 relief freeze is due to run out, the Associated Press reports. It covered payments estimated at about $7 billion a month. Resumption of payments will be a potential drag consumer recovery. President Biden promised to write off at least $10,000 per borrower, but there’s been no progress toward shrinking the debt pile.

8:09 a.m. Study sheds light on how the U.K. virus variant became so dominant: The coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom — that went on sweep across the world — disables the human immune system’s first lines of defense, giving the virus time to spread. That’s according to a new study released bioRxiv life sciences publication. The U.K. variant, also known as the B.1.1.7, has been the dominant coronavirus strain in the U.S. since April.

Updates from Sunday, June 6:

9:35 p.m. Former world leaders call on rich nations to pay for world’s vaccine: More than 100 prime ministers, presidents and foreign ministers are among 230 prominent figures calling on the Group of Seven (G7) countries to pay for the majority of the world’s COVID-19 vaccines. A letter seen by the Guardian includes former British Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair and former U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, in the appeal ahead of Friday’s G7 meeting in England, the first in-person summit since the pandemic began.

9:29 p.m. Mississippi governor not worried about state’s low vax rate: Mississippi is nowhere near President Biden’s goal of having 70% of adults vaccinated against the coronavirus by July 4, according to a New York Times database which shows just 34% of people having received at least one shot. But Gov. Tate Reeves on CNN’s “State of the Union” that his state’s low case numbers showed there was no longer a high risk of contracting COVID -19. “I took my first dose in January, as did my wife, on TV, live,” Mr. Reeves said. “President Biden’s goals for July 4 are otherwise arbitrary, to say the least.”

9:15 p.m. Senators announce U.S. donation of vaccine to Taiwan: The United States will donate 750,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan, said Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., visitng the island on Sunday as it battles its worst coronavirus outbreak of the pandemic, the New York Times reported. Accompanying Duckworth were Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, as part of a larger trip to the region. Duckworth said the vaccine donation was part of the White House U.S. plan to distribute 25 million doses to nations struggling to control the coronavirus.

5:50 p.m. California has lowest coronavirus transmission numbers in U.S.: California continues to help set the pace for U.S. COVID-19 recovery, now ranked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of just two states in the lowest of four tiers indicating coronavirus community transmission. In fact, according to the CDC’s four-level color-coded system, California’s transmission metrics were the lowest out of all 50 states as of Saturday, followed by Vermont. Read the full story.

4:10 p.m. Alameda County COVID-19 death toll drops 25% under new data criteria: After officials changed the way they calculate deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic, Alameda County’s official toll dropped 25% this weekend. The number fell from 1,634 to 1,223 on Friday after the county changed its methodology to align with narrower guidelines used by California and U.S. health agencies. According to a news release from the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, the new number includes only people who “died as a direct result of COVID-19, or had the virus as a contributing cause of death as well as people for whom COVID-19 could not be ruled out as a cause of death.” Previously, the county included any fatality in which the individual was infected with the virus, whether or not COVID-19 was a direct cause or contributing factor. Real the full story.

3:28 p.m. Poor nations very short on vaccine: Many of the world’s poorest nations,. especially in Africa, are living through their deadliest outbreaks of the pandemic, with few signs that enough vaccine will be available to reverse that tide anytime soon, the New York Times reports. Billion-dollar pledges to help them buy doses — including the U.S. pledge last week of an initial 25 million doses this month — will do little to curb the explosive outbreaks in countries including Argentina, Malaysia and Botswana, experts said. Covax, the global vaccine-sharing program for poor nations, is struggling to raise money and find doses to buy. Scientists warn that with the virus rampant in much of the world, variants can mutate and possibly evolve the ability to evade vaccines.

3:20 p.m. France tackles virus variants as it readies for tourists: French health authorities are racing to contain scattered cases of the more contagious delta virus variant, as France prepares to reopen its borders to vaccinated visitors and celebrates plunging COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates, the Associated Press reports. Health Minister Olivier Veran said Sunday that France has multiple clusters of the variant, first identified in India and believed to be fueling a rise in infections in neighboring Britain. Veran said the variant hadn’t spread widely into the community. Health investigators are working to track cases.

3 p.m. Summer school looks like a big draw this year: Across the U.S., more children than ever before could be in summer school this year to make up for lost learning during the pandemic’s monumental disruptions in education. School districts nationwide are expanding their summer programs and offering bonuses to get teachers. The Biden administration is requiring states to devote some of the billions of dollars in the most recent pandemic relief package to summer programs. It’s too soon to say how many students will attend summer school, but it’s all but certain to be more than the 3.3 million in 2019. In Montgomery, Ala., for example, more than 12,000 of the 28,000 students have signed up, compared to the 2,500 students in a typical year.

2:35 p.m. U.S. death toll nears 600,000: COVID-19 now has taken close to 598,000 American lives since the start of the pandemic, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University. The daily death toll has been declining from horrific highs in the thousands during the winter spike, as more people have been vaccinated, with 376 deaths recorded on Saturday. More than 2.1 million Americans have been vaccinated, the data shows.

9 a.m. India’s capital to ease some restrictions Monday: Even as officials in New Delhi announced preparations for a potential third wave of infections, India’s capital will ease some coronavirus restrictions on Monday. Markets will be allowed to reopen with limited hours and the metro transit system can operate at 50% capacity, Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, told a news conference Saturday. The territory has recorded an 85% decline in new cases after suffering one of the world’s worst outbreaks in April and May. But across the country, many cases and deaths are going unreported because of gaps in testing and treatment, the New York Times reported.

8:30 a.m. Scientists hunting for California’s next COVID variant: California is now conducting genomic sequencing of up to 10% of all coronavirus cases, a huge improvement from less than 0.5% at the start of the year. That means the state is doing enough sequencing that infectious disease experts say they have a good grasp of the types of variants spreading here, and they are confident that scientists will be able to spot any new mutations quickly. Read the full story.

8:20 a.m. Positive coronavirus test forces golfer Jon Rahm to withdraw from Memorial Tournament: The world’s third-ranked golfer, Jon Rahm, missed the final round of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, on Sunday after testing positive for the coronavirus. Rahm, who won the event last year, had taken a six-stroke lead Saturday in the third round when a doctor met him on the green and informed him of the test results. Rahm doubled over behind the green in tears before departing the course for the clubhouse. He had been required to be tested daily after coming into close contact with a person who was coronavirus-positive, the Associated Press reported.

Updates from Saturday, June 5:

7:15 p.m. Many Bay Area restaurants are ending tipping as they reopen: In recent weeks, news that the Zuni Cafe in San Francisco switched to a 20% service charge touched off tense debate, but other notable restaurants also have added automatic service charges as they reopen to more in-person dining after the pandemic. All are efforts to eliminate longstanding pay disparities between servers and kitchen workers such as cooks and dishwashers. Read more here.

6:30 p.m. Teenagers are getting vaccinated in these California counties: Three weeks after California expanded vaccinations to 12- to 15-year-olds, almost half of all Bay Area teens have gotten at least one dose. The Chronicle analyzed data from the California Health and Human Services Agency on vaccination rates by age group. We focused on the agency’s data for the 12-17 age range, which encompasses all eligible minors. Here’s what we found.

1:45 p.m. How crowded is BART? Here’s how ridership has changed on each route: BART ridership plummeted during the pandemic. But as the economy begins to reopen, there are signs that some BART riders are returning to their pre-pandemic trips. The Chronicle identified the 50 station-to-station trips with the most passengers in 2019 and whether ridership on these trips has recovered in recent months. While ridership is still much lower than what it was in 2019, the 50 trips had an average of 81% more riders in May than in January of this year. Read more here.

1:30 p.m. The pandemic was supposed to reimagine cities in major ways. The lasting changes are more subtle: Urban policy think-tanks predicted the pandemic would prompt wholesale conversion of office towers to housing, and apartments with extra rooms for working from home. But as vaccination levels rise and the pandemic seems to recede, life seems headed back toward “normal,” whatever that freighted word now means. Read more on what kinds of changes may be permanent and what will fade away.

1:15 p.m. What you need to know about new California workplace mask rules: The standards board of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, voted to loosen workplace mask rules on Thursday, but the requirements are stricter than CDC guidelines and could change in the coming weeks. Here’s what you need to know.

Updates from Friday, June 4:

6:40 p.m. San Jose Earthquakes to host vaccination event at PayPal Park next week: The San Jose-based Major League Soccer team is scheduled next week to host a vaccination clinic for local residents still in need of getting their first coronavirus vaccine dose, and some players will be in attendance, team officials said this week. Quakes players Oswaldo Alanis, Carlos Fierro and Eduardo ‘Chofis’ Lopez will be at PayPal Park to sign autographs for those who get their first vaccine shot at the free event. The clinic is scheduled to run from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10. Attendees can also get a 20% discount on team merchandise, and there will be a food truck and activities for children who come to the stadium with their families. Jared Shawleem, the team’s team’s chief operating officer, said in a statement that the Quakes are partnering with Santa Clara County public health officials to increase “vaccination levels here in our local community.”

3:55 p.m. FDA group to discuss vaccines for children under 12 next week: Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisory committee, said Friday that the group will meet next week to talk about vaccines for children 11 and under. “What I think we’re going to do with that meeting is we’re going to decide what the parameters are for approval — either through emergency use authorization or for licensure — for much younger age groups,” Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told CNN’s Jake Tapper. Moderna and Pfizer have already initiated trials of their vaccines in younger children and the FDA said it is currently awaiting data from those studies. “Do we want a two-month follow-up? Do we want a six-month follow-up? What level of efficacy are we looking for?” Offit said. “It’s those sort of parameters we’ll be discussing.”

3:45 p.m. CDC says fully vaccinated people should refrain from testing: Fully vaccinated people no longer need to take a coronavirus test or quarantine even if they are exposed to someone who is sick, with some exceptions, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The guidance, which was quietly revised last week, also says vaccinated people should refrain from routine COVID-19 screenings that are commonly required at schools and workplaces. The updated guidance reflects recent studies showing vaccinated people face very little risk of serious disease. Even if you get an infection, you’ll be less likely to spread it to others and any symptoms will likely be milder.

1 p.m. Outbreak spreads at Hawaii jail: A coronavirus outbreak at at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center on the Big Island is growing as officials scramble to contain the spread among inmates and employees, the Associated Press reports. The state Department of Public Safety said Thursday an additional 22 inmates and four employees at the jail tested positive since Tuesday. A total of 99 inmates and 13 staff have now tested positive. Two infections were first reported at the Hilo jail on May 24.

12 p.m. Newsom hands out $50,000 vaccine prizes: Standing in front of a glittery gold curtain and vintage California Lottery wheel, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday helped select the first 15 winners of the state’s lottery for residents who have been vaccinated for COVID-19. “Each one of these balls represents a real $50,000 check,” Newsom said, picking the first winner — a resident of Mendocino County. By the time Newsom and state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, were finished, all 15 winners were from coastal and Bay Area counties — Mendocino, San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Orange and San Luis Obispo counties. Here’s how to find out if you won.

11 a.m. California will not lift emergency declaration on June 15: Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state will remain under an emergency declaration after its reopening date, despite dropping most pandemic restrictions. “This disease has not been extinguished,” he said Friday. “It’s not vanished.” He said that state officials remain mindful of variants and stalling vaccination rates as they look ahead, as well as concerns that cases could spike again because of increased travel. “We’re not an island.” Newsom made the remarks while announcing the first round of winners of the state’s $116.5 million vaccination lottery.

10:05 a.m. California votes to require masks at work if anyone is unvaccinated: If anyone in a workplace is unvaccinated, all colleagues must wear masks when in the same room, according to a new California workplace standard passed Thursday. But the standard allows workers to ditch masks when everyone in a room is vaccinated. The standards board for California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, passed the new rules as a stopgap measure. Read more here.

9:45 a.m. California to announce first vaccine lottery winners: California Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to announce the first winners of the state’s $116.5 million vaccination lottery via a livestream around 10 a.m. Friday. Fifteen people will win $50,000, while another fifteen winners will be announced June 11. Winners will remain anonymous unless they want their names shared.

9:30 a.m. Fauci calls on China to release medical records of Wuhan researchers: The United States’ top infectious disease expert is urging officials in Beijing to release the medical records of the researchers who reportedly fell ill with COVID-like symptoms at the Wuhan Institute of Virology just one month before the first confirmed case of infection in December 2019. In an interview with the Financial Times published Friday, Anthony Fauci said the records could help clear up the growing speculation that the coronavirus originated in a laboratory. “I would like to see the medical records of the three people who are reported to have got sick in 2019,” Fauci said. “Did they really get sick, and if so, what did they get sick with?”

9:20 a.m. CDC warns of troubling spike in teen COVID-19 hospitalizations: Nearly a third of adolescents hospitalized for COVID-19 from January to March 2021 were admitted to an intensive care unit, according to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday. The report shows the importance of COVID-19 vaccination for adolescents and mask use for those not yet vaccinated, the agency said.

9:10 a.m. Arizona shuts down state-run vaccination sites: The state Department of Health Services announced Thursday all its mass vaccination sites, which were touted as a national model, are gradually winding down operations and will be closed by June 28. Health officials pointed to the growing number of options for people to get vaccinated including pharmacies, doctors’ offices and pop-up clinics.

9 a.m. France set to reopen to American tourists: France is putting itself back on the menu as a destination for international tourists who have been vaccinated for the coronavirus, the Associated Press reports. The relaxed rules will kick in Wednesday, offering a boost for France’s tourism sector. Vaccinated visitors from the United States, Britain and many other parts of the world will no longer need to quarantine on arrival and will no longer have to justify the reasons for their visit. Tourism will not be possible from countries wrestling with virus surges and variants, including India, South Africa and Brazil.

Updates from Thursday, June 3:

4:09 p.m. Malala Yousafzai fears pandemic will impact educational gains for young women: The Nobel Laureate and activist who was shot by the Taliban after campaigning for girls’ education says she fears the coronavirus pandemic will reverse gains made by millions of girls worldwide on the education front. “We have seen progress over the past 20 years, it has been a steady and slow progress, however, things have changed drastically because of COVID,” Yousafzai says in her new British Vogue cover story. “It’s because these girls are now in their homes and they now have more family work to do, they’re asked to do family chores, they’re asked to become financial supporters for their family.” She said the same pattern emerged during the Ebola crisis. “All these girls are pushed into early child marriages and many of these girls may never be able to return to school.”

1:26 p.m. Bay Area health officers meet in person for first time in more than a year: Health officers from across the Bay Area gathered on the steps of Everett Middle School in San Francisco Thursday morning to throw their unconditional support behind reopening classrooms for in-person, full-time instruction in the fall. The meeting was the first time Bay Area health officers had been in one space at the same time since March 16, 2020, when the first shelter-in-place order was announced. Their unmasked gathering, which included many hugs and handshakes, underscored the profound shift the pandemic has undergone in recent weeks as California prepares to fully reopen on June 15. In attendance were health officers from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties, plus the City of Berkeley.

1 p.m. U.S. is not among Europe’s travel-safe countries: The European Council on Thursday updated its list of countries that are deemed safe in the context of the pandemic, but decided to not add the United States, the Washington Post reports. The only addition outside the European Union was Japan, the others being Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and — subject to reciprocity — China. But leaving out the U.S. will have limited impact on fully vaccinated American travelers, who are already welcome in a number of E.U. nations and will gain access to more places within the next days or weeks.

12:55 p.m. Newsom in S.F., promotes comeback of restaurants: Gov. Gavin Newsom visited San Francisco on Thursday to promote California’s highlight the state’s support for restaurants and bars as California gets ready to reopen its economy June 15. Visiting Tommy’s Mexican restaurant, he said he’s looking forward to seeing the restaurant industry expand and for “new business opportunities.” He also praised the success of new parklets that enabled outdoor dining during the pandemic.

2:36 p.m. Fauci hopeful for vax for young kids by Thanksgiving: Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday he’s “cautiously optimistic” that children younger than 12 will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine by Thanksgiving. In a CNN interview, he said that ongoing studies, “are looking at what we call age de-escalation, children from 12 to 9 and then 9 to 6 and then 6 to 2 and then 6 months to 2 years.”Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added, “We hope that as we approach the end of this calendar year, we’ll have enough information to vaccinate children of any age,” he said.

12:15 p.m. Big vax cash winners in California to be announced Friday: The first 15 winners of $50,000 cash incentives to get vaccinated against the coronavirus will be announced Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted Thursday. “Get vaccinated and - get entered to win $$$$ - help businesses fully reopen - save lives,” he wrote in his latest appeal to get everyone over 12 vaccianted. California is now offering a chance to win $116.5 million in cash and prizes for those who get their shots.

11:55 a.m. U.S. records lowest number of COVID-19 cases since March 2020: The United States is seeing COVID-19 cases plunge as vaccinations increase, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said Thursday. “Our seven-day average is about 15,600 cases per day,” she said during a White House press briefing. The numbers are the lowest since the pandemic began in March 2020. “This represents a decrease of more than 30% from our prior seven-day average and more importantly it is a 94% decrease from the peak of COVID-19 cases we reported in January of this year.”

11:15 a.m. “Troubling” trends for unvaccinated teens: The CDC is seeing “troubling data” regarding hospitalizations in adolescents with COVID-19, the agency’s director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said Thursday. “I strongly encourage parents to get their teens vaccinated, as I did mine,” she said during a White House briefing. She said the CDC would publish a report on Friday that will “force us to redouble our motivation to get our adolescents and young adults vaccinated.” Walensky said unvaccinated 12- to 17-year-olds should continue to wear masks, social distance and take other precautions.

10:49 a.m. Some states will miss Biden vaccination goal: The United States is roughly on track to meet President Biden’s goal of getting 70% of adults at least one COVID vaccination shot by July 4, if the current pace holds. But much of the country has seen a significant slowdown, and a handful of states are unlikely to reach 70% before the end of the year, the New York Times reports. In many Southern and Mountain West states, vaccinations have leveled off due to limited access and shot hesitancy. Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Wyoming, projections show, are unlikely to have vaccianted much more than half of their adult populations by early July.

10:41 a.m. Despite lottery lure, California vax rate still falls: California’s offer of $116.5 million in cash prizes to residents who get COVID-19 vaccinations does not seem to be working as Gov. Gavin Newsom hoped. Since it joined the states dangling lottery money and other incentives in a bid to boost numbers of people receiving shots, California has seen its rate of vaccinations continue to fall steeply, data collected by The Chronicle shows. From on May 27 when Newsom announced the incentives, through May 29, the state administered fewer than 73,000 first-dose shots a day — down more than 20% from the previous week’s similar three-day period.

10:26 a.m. Olympics volunteers quit: About 10,000 of 80,000 unpaid volunteers for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have told organizers they will not participate when the games open on July 23 amid pandemic concerns. A statement from organizers said some dropped out because of worries about COVID-19. Few volunteers are expected to be vaccinated since most will have no contact with athletes or key personnel. Only about 2-3% of Japan’s general population is fully vaccinated. At least 80% of athletes and Olympic Village rsidents are expected to be fully vaccinated.

10:20 a.m. Nursing home deaths decline: Nearly a year ago, more than 43% of coronavirus deaths in the United States were tied to long-term-care facilities.That number has dropped to 31%, according to a New York Times database. The Times has tracked COVID-19 cases and deaths in nursing homes, assisted-living centers, memory care units and other long-term facilities for older people. It has identified more than 1.38 million infections among residents and employees of the facilities, and more than 184,000 deaths.

10:05 a.m. Redfield says he got death threats from fellow scientists: Former CDC Director Robert Redfield says he got death threats from fellow scientists after saying he believed the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab, according to Vanity Fair. That went against widely expressed scientific views at the time. Vanity Fair says the backlash came after Redfield told CNN in March that “most likely ... this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory, you know, escaped.” That theory is getting new attention: President Biden ordered U.S. intelligence to investigate it. Redfield told the magazine he was “threatened and ostracized because I proposed another hypothesis,” and, “I expected it from politicians. I didn’t expect it from science.”

9:56 p.m. Avengers at last descend on Disneyland: After a year’s delay due to the pandemic, the new Avengers Campus at Disneyland in Anaheim is opening to the public on Friday. It features a Spider-Man ride that lets visitors blast bots with virtual webs from their bare hands, and a show of strength from the royal guard of Wakanda. It seeks to be an immersive experience that allows guests to become super-heroic across a series of rides and shows .

9:53 a.m. Hear about the enrollment plight of S.F. schools: On the Fifth & Mission podcast, education reporter Jill Tucker talks to host Demian Bulwa about the pandemic’s toll on San Francisco public schools, which may be felt for years. More than 1,700 students have left, which could cost the district millions of dollars. Some families left the city, others switched to private schools whose campuses were open. Will they come back, and what happens if they don’t? Click here to listen.

9:41 a.m. Mask guidance for school year may change: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may consider changing masking rules in schools before the fall, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Thursday. She told “Good Morning America” the agency “is looking at the evidence in the context of so many people getting vaccinated, in the context of disease rates coming down in certain communities and really looking at the evidence now.” CDC currently recommends masks in schools. “As we’re starting to get those people vaccinated, we will be revisiting this in our school guidance,” she said.

9:34 a.m. Anti-mask council member quits in Huntington Beach: Former mixed martial arts fighter Tito Ortiz has stepped down from the Huntington Beach Cith Council after attracting harsh criticism for his anti-mask views and for filing for unemployment benefits while serving on the council. Ortiz had refused to wear a mask at city events and referred to coronavirus safety measures as a conspiracy. In announcing his resignation Tuesday, he complaimed of “attacks” by the media, the Orange County Register reported. His two sons recently made national news when they were sent home from school after arriving without required face masks.

9:27 a.m. California stuck with $2 million legal tab for church lawyers: The state has agreed to pay more than $2 million in legal fees in a settlement with California churches that successfully challenged pandemic closure orders, the Associated Press reports. The deal approved by a federal judge comes after a San Diego-area Pentecostal church took its challenge against the state to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. Church lawyers said Wednesday that the state has agreed not to impose restrictions on houses of worship that are more stringent than those for retail businesses. Churches had challenged Gov. Gavin Newsom’s restrictions as violations of their First Amendment right to worship.

9:16 a.m. California’s looming reopening date spurs employer worries: Less than two weeks before California is to reopen and do away with almost all mask and social distancing requirements for vaccinated people, workplaces in the state are getting jittery. The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board meets Thursday to consider new rules that would only allow workers to go maskless if everyone in a room is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The rules could remain in place into early next year despite widespread vaccinations and the dramatic drop in cases following the winter spike.

9:10 a.m. Biden announces plan to share vaccine supply: The U.S. will donate 75% of its unused COVID-19 vaccines to the U.N.-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing program, President Biden announced Thursday. The White House unveiled the allocation for sharing the first 25 million doses with the world, the Associated Press reports. The U.S. has said it plans to share 80 million vaccine doses globally by the end of June. The administration says 25% will be kept in reserve for emergencies and for the U.S. to share directly with allies and partners. “As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still be vulnerable,” Biden said in a statement.

9 a.m. A strange U.S. economy: Forecasters are noting confused economic signals: a mismatch between supply and demand, brought on by relatively swift ebbing of the pandemic. Consumers, flush with stimulus cash and ready to re-engage after a year of lockdowns, are eager to spend, but some businesses lack the staff and supplies to serve them. Most forecasters see this as short-lived, the New York Times reports. Once companies bring back workers and restock — and people catch up on long-delayed hair appointments and vacations — economic data should begin to return to normal. Then again, the pandemic may have changed the economy in ways that aren’t yet fully understood, or that short-term disruptions could have long-lasting ripple effects, the Times reports.

8:38 a.m. Bay Area death toll has dwindled: Since Friday, the Bay Area has recorded just 15 deaths from COVID-19, a dramatic contrast to the start of the year when the pandemic was raging and the daily death toll regularly numbered in the high double digits, climbing toward 100 on some days, data reviewed by The Chronicle shows. Delayed reporting over the holiday weekend may have reflected the current low count, but death numbers have steadily dropped in the Bay Area overall, with low single digits or zero fatalities recorded on many days in recent weeks.

8:17 a.m. Is it safe to swim inside mask-free? With summer swim-teams gearing up and gyms reopening, The Chronicle’s “Pandemic Problems runs down what you need to know for indoor swimming safely. Read the details here.

8:09 a.m. China’s blistering pace of vaccination: In the span of just five days last month, China gave out 100 million shots of its COVID-19 vaccines. That’s one third of what the U.S. has administered since beginning vaccinations in December. After a slow start, China is now doing what virtually no other country can: leveraging its governmental power and all-encompassing reach and a maturing domestic vaccine industry to administer shots at a staggering pace. The rollout is far from perfect, but public health leaders now say they’re hoping to inoculate 80% of the population of 1.4 billion by the end of the year.

7:50 a.m. S.F. public schools emptying, and not just for summer: San Francisco’s public schools are facing an exodus of families during a crisis-filled pandemic year, with potential long-lasting fallout. More than 1,700 students left the schools over the past year, a decline that could worsen in the fall, resulting in an estimated $20 million loss in state funding. Enrollment of 50,955 public school students ended the academic year, the lowest in decades and a 3% drop from 2020, a district report shows. Read more here.

See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.

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