The second day of the Bay Area’s coronavirus lockdown was more subdued than the first, and quieter than many days in the leadup to the “shelter in place” order that sent businesses scrambling Monday afternoon.
Here are our top five storylines from Wednesday:
1. “We have your results … We have to separate you now”: A San Francisco couple who traveled on the Grand Princess cruise received difficult news Tuesday, as one spouse tested positive and the other tested negative. Gene Qin is now concerned for his life as he battles COVID-19.
2. The region’s hospitals are gearing up for a flood of new patients, many of whom will need significant care for this highly infectious virus. There is expected to be a bed shortage both in intensive care units and in hospitals overall as the virus continues to spread.
On the topic of preparedness: A former San Jose resident returning to the Bay Area from Seoul said she was astounded at the lack of checkpoints compared to what she saw in South Korea, which appears to be on the backside of its own outbreak thanks to rapid and clinical response.
3. Restaurants have closed their dining rooms, but many are working to stay open by offering delivery, takeout and curbside service in an effort to keep paying workers and support the community. Here are some of the region’s restaurants that are staying open, plus what they’re offering in terms of service.
4. Some grocery stores have altered their hours to make sure there is time for the senior shoppers to get what they need, though it’s unclear if that policy goes against the “shelter in place” order’s guideline to avoid marketing and events that entice people at higher risk from the coronavirus. Other changes in hours of operation have helped stores restock their barren shelves — stores, government officials and experts agree there is more than enough to go around in the American food supply chain.
5. San Jose police shut down a gun shop Wednesday that had argued it was an “essential” business in the face of the order. Meanwhile, Tesla may be headed for a similar showdown with Alameda County officials. Speaking of Tesla, its stock fell again Wednesday along with the rest of the market, one day after a significant rebound.
Bonus: Looking to help out in this crisis? You can donate or volunteer to help those in need, as government organizations begin to set up pathways for philanthropy. The shutdown has already hurt nonprofits by cutting into their volunteer base in a time of need.
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