Happening Today
All of the Bay Area — and the state — is under a shelter-in-place order. Follow along here for the latest news from Bay City News Service, a regional newswire that serves the greater region with verified, 24/7 news. The latest developments around the region related to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, as of Friday morning include: Bay Area health officials recommended that residents use a cloth to cover their nose and mouth when leaving their homes to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The new recommendation comes from the California Department of Public Health, and should be combined with regular hand-washing and social distancing. San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter announced on Thursday that the city has launched a new online volunteer hub where community residents can register to serve as volunteers to help people in need during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center opened a novel coronavirus testing site, offering walk-up and drive-thru testing. The site is located in the hospital’s parking lot on the corner of 23rd Street and Potrero Avenue and will offer testing appointments every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday The Golden Gate Fields horse racing track in Albany suspended all racing activities Thursday due to the novel coronavirus pandemic after being contacted by the Alameda County Public Health Officer. The track has been closed to the public since mid-March but was still running races that people could watch and bet on remotely. Fremont will open a COVID-19 testing site at the Fremont Fire Tactical Training Center at 7200 Stevenson Blvd. The site will provide an opportunity for the sick, first responders and front-line healthcare personnel with suspected recent exposures of the virus to be tested for free. As of Friday at 9:30 a.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases in the greater Bay Area region: Alameda County: 416 cases, 9 deaths (359 cases, 8 deaths at last check Thursday) Contra Costa County: 276 cases, 3 deaths (250 cases, 3 deaths on Thursday) Marin County: 118 cases, 6 deaths (108 cases, 6 deaths on Thursday) Monterey County: 48 cases, 2 deaths (42 cases, 2 deaths on Thursday) Napa County: 18 cases, 1 death (18 cases, 1 death on Thursday) San Francisco County: 497 cases, 7 deaths (450 cases, 7 deaths on Thursday) San Mateo County: 486 cases, 13 deaths (453 cases, 10 deaths on Thursday) Santa Clara County: 1,019 cases, 36 deaths (956 cases, 32 deaths on Wednesday) Santa Cruz County: 57 cases, 1 death (54 cases, 1 death on Thursday) Solano County: 61 cases, 1 death (54 cases on Wednesday) Sonoma County: 95 cases, 1 death (91 cases, 1 death on Thursday) Statewide: 11,187 cases, 244 deaths (9,944 cases, 213 deaths on Thursday)

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Data Points

Numbers and facts provide the context, the backdrop, the starting point for what defines us as a region. These Data Points give you visual insights about the issues, trends and population shifts of the Bay Area.

Equity Ripples

Bay City News Foundation is partnering on this series with the Bay Area Equity Atlas, a collaborative project with the San Francisco Foundation, PolicyLink, and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity.

Bay Area Arts & Entertainment

The Bay Area is a hub of artistic expression, attracting artists, writers and musicians from around the globe to live, work and create. We highlight some of the offerings here.

Science and Nature

Perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, our communities surround the natural San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, and thousands of acres of wetlands. It is a key region for environmental research, news and activism.

California Currents

Stories about education, the economy, demographics, politics, health care, the environment and immigration in the state often impact the Bay Area. You can find stories about relevant California news here.


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Remember When

The history of the Bay Area is full of colorful people, impactful events and stories of innovation and change. We highlight some of those defining features as a way to learn about our evolution as a region.

Amplifying Voices

These stories were produced and published as part of a project supported by Solutions Journalism Network. We reported on ways to engage voters and increase participation in the midterm elections Nov. 6, 2018.

First 5

These stories were first published by Education Dive, part of a series about First 5 — a tobacco tax initiative in California passed by voters 20 years ago to fund services for young children, from birth to kindergarten age. The series is supported by a University of Southern California 2018 Center for Health Journalism fellowship.

Pactio Project

Incubated at Stanford University, Pactio reinvents the way local journalism is created by bringing together readers and journalists to discover and fund the stories they need and want to know about their community.