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Restaurant associations praise move to repeal health care act

Restaurant associations praise move to repeal health care act


Restaurant association officials praised members of the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to repeal President Barack Obama’s 2-year-old health care law.

Lawmakers passed the “Repeal of ObamaCare Act,” H.R. 6079, by a vote of 244 to 185, largely along party lines although five Democrats broke ranks to side with the Republican majority.

This marks the 33rd time members of the House have voted to repeal all or part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The measure is not expected to advance in the Senate, where Democrats hold the majority.

The vote comes soon after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the law in a narrow 5-4 ruling.

President Obama has said the law would seek to close gaps in health care insurance by expanding coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans.

And while the president’s health care law has its supporters within the foodservice community, opponents believe it will have a damaging impact on business and force some operators that are still struggling in the fragile economic recovery to close their doors.

“On behalf of our members, we are pleased the House of Representatives has taken this step, which is in line with our view that given the unique issues that face the industry from a workforce standpoint, the economic impact of the employer mandate and the fines associated with it will impose insurmountable costs and administrative burdens for many in the industry,” said Dawn Sweeney, president and chief executive of the National Restaurant Association.

“Our industry wants health care reform and we will continue to actively participate in the health care reform debate, but we believe Congress must seek comprehensive health care reform that focuses first on lowering health care coverage costs and not on reform that hampers the ability of employers to create jobs,” Sweeney added.

Earlier this week, the NRA sent a letter to all House members informing them the association would consider votes on, or related to, H.R. 6079 in an annual “how they voted” scorecard.

On July 10, the National Council of Chain Restaurants also sent letters to members of the House expressing support for repeal. “Reform to our nation’s health care system is desperately needed, and NCCR has long advocated for changes that will bring about greater affordability for employers who provide and who wish to provide health benefits to their employees and improved access to affordable health insurance coverage,” wrote Robert Green, executive director of the NCCR. “Unfortunately, the ACA is not a realistic solution for the chain restaurant industry.”

Steve Caldeira, president and chief executive of the International Franchise Association, said that while the association was pleased the House voted to repeal the law, “the reality is until the make-up of Congress changes, franchise businesses are left with an unworkable and unaffordable employer mandate that will stifle franchisors and franchisees looking to expand by forcing them to choose between rising health care premiums or paying mandated penalties by not providing health insurance to their full-time workers.”

Contact Paul Frumkin at [email protected]


Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 5-6

The Chronicle began covering the coronavirus crisis before the first cases were reported in the Bay Area and a pandemic was declared. We reorganized the newsroom to dedicate nearly every resource to stories focusing on the health and economic disasters. Every day we have published live updates to reflect the most critical local, national and global updates on COVID-19, and this news is free of charge in an effort to keep our community safe and informed.

• Read the previous batch of updates from May 3-4.

Updates from Wednesday, May 6:

11:58 p.m. New cases in Bay Area counties: Sonoma County officials reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 286 confirmed cases, with 109 of those active as of Wednesday, according to its online tracker. Napa County reported three new cases for an updated total of 78. Marin County confirmed four additional cases, increasing its total to 247.

11:40 p.m. Sonoma County expects to add capacity at new testing sites: Two new coronavirus testing sites in Sonoma County will aim to increase capacity by next week due to high demand, said county health officer Dr. Sundari Mase. The sites in Petaluma and Santa Rosa, opened in collaboration with the state and health company OptumServe, started with capacity to test 130 people per day, but OptumServe plans to increase that number, Mase said in a video update. “We are going to be adding more lanes of capacity to the sites by next week,” Mase said.

11:20 p.m. Most people recently hospitalized in New York were staying home: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a survey of New York hospitals showed that of new patients admitted with the coronavirus over the past three days, 66% reported being at home before becoming ill, “which is shocking to us.” The survey counted 1,269 new cases at 113 hospitals in the state, with only 17% of respondents identifying as employed and 84% saying they were not using daily modes of transportation, Cuomo said at a press briefing. “These people were literally at home,” said Cuomo, who added: “It reinforces what we’ve been saying, which is much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself.”

10:15 p.m. Report says Trump administration rejects CDC guidelines for reopening US: White House officials opted not to release a report prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that laid out guidance for state and local officials, businesses owners, educators, faith leaders and others on how to reopen public spaces from the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reported. A CDC official told the Associated Press that the agency was told the 17-page report, which was to be made public last Friday, “would never see the light of day.” Some guidelines included in the CDC report have appeared on federal websites, but more detailed recommendations for reopening specific places have not been shared, the Associated Press reported.

9:25 p.m. California restaurants to submit reopening plan, report says: Dining at California restaurants could involve sitting only with people from your household, servers wearing face masks and no salt and pepper shakers under a reopening plan the California Restaurant Association will submit to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The plan aims to allow restaurants to reopen for sit-down dining but avoid broad restrictions such as limits on capacity by urging the state to let local governments set guidelines like requiring temperature checks for employees or whether to require barriers between tables, according to the Associated Press. Newsom has not said when dine-in service will be allowed to resume at restaurants shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

8:38 p.m. Santa Clara County to open two testing sites this week: Officials will open testing sites this week at James Lick High School in East San Jose and Christopher High School in Gilroy, county health officials said. Each site can test up to 132 people per day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and testing is by appointment only, officials said. The sites will adhere to the state’s screening criteria for who can receive a test, officials said.

8:19 p.m. Medical masks delayed in California’s $1 billion contract with Chinese company: Delivery of millions of N95 masks intended to protect medical workers on the pandemic’s front lines has been held up because the federal government has not yet certified then as safe. The Chronicle’s Dustin Gardiner has the story.

8:06 p.m. U.K. considers easing lockdown next week: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hopes to relax some of the country’s lockdown measures starting next week and will share detailed plans Sunday, Bloomberg reported. Officials are expected to provide guidance on how businesses can safely resume operations in one of the countries hardest-hit by the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported. The U.K. has reported 30,150 deaths from the virus, second-most only to the U.S., and more than 200,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 5-6

The Chronicle began covering the coronavirus crisis before the first cases were reported in the Bay Area and a pandemic was declared. We reorganized the newsroom to dedicate nearly every resource to stories focusing on the health and economic disasters. Every day we have published live updates to reflect the most critical local, national and global updates on COVID-19, and this news is free of charge in an effort to keep our community safe and informed.

• Read the previous batch of updates from May 3-4.

Updates from Wednesday, May 6:

11:58 p.m. New cases in Bay Area counties: Sonoma County officials reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 286 confirmed cases, with 109 of those active as of Wednesday, according to its online tracker. Napa County reported three new cases for an updated total of 78. Marin County confirmed four additional cases, increasing its total to 247.

11:40 p.m. Sonoma County expects to add capacity at new testing sites: Two new coronavirus testing sites in Sonoma County will aim to increase capacity by next week due to high demand, said county health officer Dr. Sundari Mase. The sites in Petaluma and Santa Rosa, opened in collaboration with the state and health company OptumServe, started with capacity to test 130 people per day, but OptumServe plans to increase that number, Mase said in a video update. “We are going to be adding more lanes of capacity to the sites by next week,” Mase said.

11:20 p.m. Most people recently hospitalized in New York were staying home: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a survey of New York hospitals showed that of new patients admitted with the coronavirus over the past three days, 66% reported being at home before becoming ill, “which is shocking to us.” The survey counted 1,269 new cases at 113 hospitals in the state, with only 17% of respondents identifying as employed and 84% saying they were not using daily modes of transportation, Cuomo said at a press briefing. “These people were literally at home,” said Cuomo, who added: “It reinforces what we’ve been saying, which is much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself.”

10:15 p.m. Report says Trump administration rejects CDC guidelines for reopening US: White House officials opted not to release a report prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that laid out guidance for state and local officials, businesses owners, educators, faith leaders and others on how to reopen public spaces from the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reported. A CDC official told the Associated Press that the agency was told the 17-page report, which was to be made public last Friday, “would never see the light of day.” Some guidelines included in the CDC report have appeared on federal websites, but more detailed recommendations for reopening specific places have not been shared, the Associated Press reported.

9:25 p.m. California restaurants to submit reopening plan, report says: Dining at California restaurants could involve sitting only with people from your household, servers wearing face masks and no salt and pepper shakers under a reopening plan the California Restaurant Association will submit to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The plan aims to allow restaurants to reopen for sit-down dining but avoid broad restrictions such as limits on capacity by urging the state to let local governments set guidelines like requiring temperature checks for employees or whether to require barriers between tables, according to the Associated Press. Newsom has not said when dine-in service will be allowed to resume at restaurants shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

8:38 p.m. Santa Clara County to open two testing sites this week: Officials will open testing sites this week at James Lick High School in East San Jose and Christopher High School in Gilroy, county health officials said. Each site can test up to 132 people per day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and testing is by appointment only, officials said. The sites will adhere to the state’s screening criteria for who can receive a test, officials said.

8:19 p.m. Medical masks delayed in California’s $1 billion contract with Chinese company: Delivery of millions of N95 masks intended to protect medical workers on the pandemic’s front lines has been held up because the federal government has not yet certified then as safe. The Chronicle’s Dustin Gardiner has the story.

8:06 p.m. U.K. considers easing lockdown next week: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hopes to relax some of the country’s lockdown measures starting next week and will share detailed plans Sunday, Bloomberg reported. Officials are expected to provide guidance on how businesses can safely resume operations in one of the countries hardest-hit by the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported. The U.K. has reported 30,150 deaths from the virus, second-most only to the U.S., and more than 200,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 5-6

The Chronicle began covering the coronavirus crisis before the first cases were reported in the Bay Area and a pandemic was declared. We reorganized the newsroom to dedicate nearly every resource to stories focusing on the health and economic disasters. Every day we have published live updates to reflect the most critical local, national and global updates on COVID-19, and this news is free of charge in an effort to keep our community safe and informed.

• Read the previous batch of updates from May 3-4.

Updates from Wednesday, May 6:

11:58 p.m. New cases in Bay Area counties: Sonoma County officials reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 286 confirmed cases, with 109 of those active as of Wednesday, according to its online tracker. Napa County reported three new cases for an updated total of 78. Marin County confirmed four additional cases, increasing its total to 247.

11:40 p.m. Sonoma County expects to add capacity at new testing sites: Two new coronavirus testing sites in Sonoma County will aim to increase capacity by next week due to high demand, said county health officer Dr. Sundari Mase. The sites in Petaluma and Santa Rosa, opened in collaboration with the state and health company OptumServe, started with capacity to test 130 people per day, but OptumServe plans to increase that number, Mase said in a video update. “We are going to be adding more lanes of capacity to the sites by next week,” Mase said.

11:20 p.m. Most people recently hospitalized in New York were staying home: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a survey of New York hospitals showed that of new patients admitted with the coronavirus over the past three days, 66% reported being at home before becoming ill, “which is shocking to us.” The survey counted 1,269 new cases at 113 hospitals in the state, with only 17% of respondents identifying as employed and 84% saying they were not using daily modes of transportation, Cuomo said at a press briefing. “These people were literally at home,” said Cuomo, who added: “It reinforces what we’ve been saying, which is much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself.”

10:15 p.m. Report says Trump administration rejects CDC guidelines for reopening US: White House officials opted not to release a report prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that laid out guidance for state and local officials, businesses owners, educators, faith leaders and others on how to reopen public spaces from the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reported. A CDC official told the Associated Press that the agency was told the 17-page report, which was to be made public last Friday, “would never see the light of day.” Some guidelines included in the CDC report have appeared on federal websites, but more detailed recommendations for reopening specific places have not been shared, the Associated Press reported.

9:25 p.m. California restaurants to submit reopening plan, report says: Dining at California restaurants could involve sitting only with people from your household, servers wearing face masks and no salt and pepper shakers under a reopening plan the California Restaurant Association will submit to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The plan aims to allow restaurants to reopen for sit-down dining but avoid broad restrictions such as limits on capacity by urging the state to let local governments set guidelines like requiring temperature checks for employees or whether to require barriers between tables, according to the Associated Press. Newsom has not said when dine-in service will be allowed to resume at restaurants shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

8:38 p.m. Santa Clara County to open two testing sites this week: Officials will open testing sites this week at James Lick High School in East San Jose and Christopher High School in Gilroy, county health officials said. Each site can test up to 132 people per day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and testing is by appointment only, officials said. The sites will adhere to the state’s screening criteria for who can receive a test, officials said.

8:19 p.m. Medical masks delayed in California’s $1 billion contract with Chinese company: Delivery of millions of N95 masks intended to protect medical workers on the pandemic’s front lines has been held up because the federal government has not yet certified then as safe. The Chronicle’s Dustin Gardiner has the story.

8:06 p.m. U.K. considers easing lockdown next week: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hopes to relax some of the country’s lockdown measures starting next week and will share detailed plans Sunday, Bloomberg reported. Officials are expected to provide guidance on how businesses can safely resume operations in one of the countries hardest-hit by the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported. The U.K. has reported 30,150 deaths from the virus, second-most only to the U.S., and more than 200,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 5-6

The Chronicle began covering the coronavirus crisis before the first cases were reported in the Bay Area and a pandemic was declared. We reorganized the newsroom to dedicate nearly every resource to stories focusing on the health and economic disasters. Every day we have published live updates to reflect the most critical local, national and global updates on COVID-19, and this news is free of charge in an effort to keep our community safe and informed.

• Read the previous batch of updates from May 3-4.

Updates from Wednesday, May 6:

11:58 p.m. New cases in Bay Area counties: Sonoma County officials reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 286 confirmed cases, with 109 of those active as of Wednesday, according to its online tracker. Napa County reported three new cases for an updated total of 78. Marin County confirmed four additional cases, increasing its total to 247.

11:40 p.m. Sonoma County expects to add capacity at new testing sites: Two new coronavirus testing sites in Sonoma County will aim to increase capacity by next week due to high demand, said county health officer Dr. Sundari Mase. The sites in Petaluma and Santa Rosa, opened in collaboration with the state and health company OptumServe, started with capacity to test 130 people per day, but OptumServe plans to increase that number, Mase said in a video update. “We are going to be adding more lanes of capacity to the sites by next week,” Mase said.

11:20 p.m. Most people recently hospitalized in New York were staying home: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a survey of New York hospitals showed that of new patients admitted with the coronavirus over the past three days, 66% reported being at home before becoming ill, “which is shocking to us.” The survey counted 1,269 new cases at 113 hospitals in the state, with only 17% of respondents identifying as employed and 84% saying they were not using daily modes of transportation, Cuomo said at a press briefing. “These people were literally at home,” said Cuomo, who added: “It reinforces what we’ve been saying, which is much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself.”

10:15 p.m. Report says Trump administration rejects CDC guidelines for reopening US: White House officials opted not to release a report prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that laid out guidance for state and local officials, businesses owners, educators, faith leaders and others on how to reopen public spaces from the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reported. A CDC official told the Associated Press that the agency was told the 17-page report, which was to be made public last Friday, “would never see the light of day.” Some guidelines included in the CDC report have appeared on federal websites, but more detailed recommendations for reopening specific places have not been shared, the Associated Press reported.

9:25 p.m. California restaurants to submit reopening plan, report says: Dining at California restaurants could involve sitting only with people from your household, servers wearing face masks and no salt and pepper shakers under a reopening plan the California Restaurant Association will submit to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The plan aims to allow restaurants to reopen for sit-down dining but avoid broad restrictions such as limits on capacity by urging the state to let local governments set guidelines like requiring temperature checks for employees or whether to require barriers between tables, according to the Associated Press. Newsom has not said when dine-in service will be allowed to resume at restaurants shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

8:38 p.m. Santa Clara County to open two testing sites this week: Officials will open testing sites this week at James Lick High School in East San Jose and Christopher High School in Gilroy, county health officials said. Each site can test up to 132 people per day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and testing is by appointment only, officials said. The sites will adhere to the state’s screening criteria for who can receive a test, officials said.

8:19 p.m. Medical masks delayed in California’s $1 billion contract with Chinese company: Delivery of millions of N95 masks intended to protect medical workers on the pandemic’s front lines has been held up because the federal government has not yet certified then as safe. The Chronicle’s Dustin Gardiner has the story.

8:06 p.m. U.K. considers easing lockdown next week: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hopes to relax some of the country’s lockdown measures starting next week and will share detailed plans Sunday, Bloomberg reported. Officials are expected to provide guidance on how businesses can safely resume operations in one of the countries hardest-hit by the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported. The U.K. has reported 30,150 deaths from the virus, second-most only to the U.S., and more than 200,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 5-6

The Chronicle began covering the coronavirus crisis before the first cases were reported in the Bay Area and a pandemic was declared. We reorganized the newsroom to dedicate nearly every resource to stories focusing on the health and economic disasters. Every day we have published live updates to reflect the most critical local, national and global updates on COVID-19, and this news is free of charge in an effort to keep our community safe and informed.

• Read the previous batch of updates from May 3-4.

Updates from Wednesday, May 6:

11:58 p.m. New cases in Bay Area counties: Sonoma County officials reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 286 confirmed cases, with 109 of those active as of Wednesday, according to its online tracker. Napa County reported three new cases for an updated total of 78. Marin County confirmed four additional cases, increasing its total to 247.

11:40 p.m. Sonoma County expects to add capacity at new testing sites: Two new coronavirus testing sites in Sonoma County will aim to increase capacity by next week due to high demand, said county health officer Dr. Sundari Mase. The sites in Petaluma and Santa Rosa, opened in collaboration with the state and health company OptumServe, started with capacity to test 130 people per day, but OptumServe plans to increase that number, Mase said in a video update. “We are going to be adding more lanes of capacity to the sites by next week,” Mase said.

11:20 p.m. Most people recently hospitalized in New York were staying home: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a survey of New York hospitals showed that of new patients admitted with the coronavirus over the past three days, 66% reported being at home before becoming ill, “which is shocking to us.” The survey counted 1,269 new cases at 113 hospitals in the state, with only 17% of respondents identifying as employed and 84% saying they were not using daily modes of transportation, Cuomo said at a press briefing. “These people were literally at home,” said Cuomo, who added: “It reinforces what we’ve been saying, which is much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself.”

10:15 p.m. Report says Trump administration rejects CDC guidelines for reopening US: White House officials opted not to release a report prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that laid out guidance for state and local officials, businesses owners, educators, faith leaders and others on how to reopen public spaces from the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reported. A CDC official told the Associated Press that the agency was told the 17-page report, which was to be made public last Friday, “would never see the light of day.” Some guidelines included in the CDC report have appeared on federal websites, but more detailed recommendations for reopening specific places have not been shared, the Associated Press reported.

9:25 p.m. California restaurants to submit reopening plan, report says: Dining at California restaurants could involve sitting only with people from your household, servers wearing face masks and no salt and pepper shakers under a reopening plan the California Restaurant Association will submit to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The plan aims to allow restaurants to reopen for sit-down dining but avoid broad restrictions such as limits on capacity by urging the state to let local governments set guidelines like requiring temperature checks for employees or whether to require barriers between tables, according to the Associated Press. Newsom has not said when dine-in service will be allowed to resume at restaurants shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

8:38 p.m. Santa Clara County to open two testing sites this week: Officials will open testing sites this week at James Lick High School in East San Jose and Christopher High School in Gilroy, county health officials said. Each site can test up to 132 people per day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and testing is by appointment only, officials said. The sites will adhere to the state’s screening criteria for who can receive a test, officials said.

8:19 p.m. Medical masks delayed in California’s $1 billion contract with Chinese company: Delivery of millions of N95 masks intended to protect medical workers on the pandemic’s front lines has been held up because the federal government has not yet certified then as safe. The Chronicle’s Dustin Gardiner has the story.

8:06 p.m. U.K. considers easing lockdown next week: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hopes to relax some of the country’s lockdown measures starting next week and will share detailed plans Sunday, Bloomberg reported. Officials are expected to provide guidance on how businesses can safely resume operations in one of the countries hardest-hit by the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported. The U.K. has reported 30,150 deaths from the virus, second-most only to the U.S., and more than 200,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 5-6

The Chronicle began covering the coronavirus crisis before the first cases were reported in the Bay Area and a pandemic was declared. We reorganized the newsroom to dedicate nearly every resource to stories focusing on the health and economic disasters. Every day we have published live updates to reflect the most critical local, national and global updates on COVID-19, and this news is free of charge in an effort to keep our community safe and informed.

• Read the previous batch of updates from May 3-4.

Updates from Wednesday, May 6:

11:58 p.m. New cases in Bay Area counties: Sonoma County officials reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 286 confirmed cases, with 109 of those active as of Wednesday, according to its online tracker. Napa County reported three new cases for an updated total of 78. Marin County confirmed four additional cases, increasing its total to 247.

11:40 p.m. Sonoma County expects to add capacity at new testing sites: Two new coronavirus testing sites in Sonoma County will aim to increase capacity by next week due to high demand, said county health officer Dr. Sundari Mase. The sites in Petaluma and Santa Rosa, opened in collaboration with the state and health company OptumServe, started with capacity to test 130 people per day, but OptumServe plans to increase that number, Mase said in a video update. “We are going to be adding more lanes of capacity to the sites by next week,” Mase said.

11:20 p.m. Most people recently hospitalized in New York were staying home: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a survey of New York hospitals showed that of new patients admitted with the coronavirus over the past three days, 66% reported being at home before becoming ill, “which is shocking to us.” The survey counted 1,269 new cases at 113 hospitals in the state, with only 17% of respondents identifying as employed and 84% saying they were not using daily modes of transportation, Cuomo said at a press briefing. “These people were literally at home,” said Cuomo, who added: “It reinforces what we’ve been saying, which is much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself.”

10:15 p.m. Report says Trump administration rejects CDC guidelines for reopening US: White House officials opted not to release a report prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that laid out guidance for state and local officials, businesses owners, educators, faith leaders and others on how to reopen public spaces from the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reported. A CDC official told the Associated Press that the agency was told the 17-page report, which was to be made public last Friday, “would never see the light of day.” Some guidelines included in the CDC report have appeared on federal websites, but more detailed recommendations for reopening specific places have not been shared, the Associated Press reported.

9:25 p.m. California restaurants to submit reopening plan, report says: Dining at California restaurants could involve sitting only with people from your household, servers wearing face masks and no salt and pepper shakers under a reopening plan the California Restaurant Association will submit to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The plan aims to allow restaurants to reopen for sit-down dining but avoid broad restrictions such as limits on capacity by urging the state to let local governments set guidelines like requiring temperature checks for employees or whether to require barriers between tables, according to the Associated Press. Newsom has not said when dine-in service will be allowed to resume at restaurants shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

8:38 p.m. Santa Clara County to open two testing sites this week: Officials will open testing sites this week at James Lick High School in East San Jose and Christopher High School in Gilroy, county health officials said. Each site can test up to 132 people per day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and testing is by appointment only, officials said. The sites will adhere to the state’s screening criteria for who can receive a test, officials said.

8:19 p.m. Medical masks delayed in California’s $1 billion contract with Chinese company: Delivery of millions of N95 masks intended to protect medical workers on the pandemic’s front lines has been held up because the federal government has not yet certified then as safe. The Chronicle’s Dustin Gardiner has the story.

8:06 p.m. U.K. considers easing lockdown next week: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hopes to relax some of the country’s lockdown measures starting next week and will share detailed plans Sunday, Bloomberg reported. Officials are expected to provide guidance on how businesses can safely resume operations in one of the countries hardest-hit by the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported. The U.K. has reported 30,150 deaths from the virus, second-most only to the U.S., and more than 200,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 5-6

The Chronicle began covering the coronavirus crisis before the first cases were reported in the Bay Area and a pandemic was declared. We reorganized the newsroom to dedicate nearly every resource to stories focusing on the health and economic disasters. Every day we have published live updates to reflect the most critical local, national and global updates on COVID-19, and this news is free of charge in an effort to keep our community safe and informed.

• Read the previous batch of updates from May 3-4.

Updates from Wednesday, May 6:

11:58 p.m. New cases in Bay Area counties: Sonoma County officials reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 286 confirmed cases, with 109 of those active as of Wednesday, according to its online tracker. Napa County reported three new cases for an updated total of 78. Marin County confirmed four additional cases, increasing its total to 247.

11:40 p.m. Sonoma County expects to add capacity at new testing sites: Two new coronavirus testing sites in Sonoma County will aim to increase capacity by next week due to high demand, said county health officer Dr. Sundari Mase. The sites in Petaluma and Santa Rosa, opened in collaboration with the state and health company OptumServe, started with capacity to test 130 people per day, but OptumServe plans to increase that number, Mase said in a video update. “We are going to be adding more lanes of capacity to the sites by next week,” Mase said.

11:20 p.m. Most people recently hospitalized in New York were staying home: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a survey of New York hospitals showed that of new patients admitted with the coronavirus over the past three days, 66% reported being at home before becoming ill, “which is shocking to us.” The survey counted 1,269 new cases at 113 hospitals in the state, with only 17% of respondents identifying as employed and 84% saying they were not using daily modes of transportation, Cuomo said at a press briefing. “These people were literally at home,” said Cuomo, who added: “It reinforces what we’ve been saying, which is much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself.”

10:15 p.m. Report says Trump administration rejects CDC guidelines for reopening US: White House officials opted not to release a report prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that laid out guidance for state and local officials, businesses owners, educators, faith leaders and others on how to reopen public spaces from the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reported. A CDC official told the Associated Press that the agency was told the 17-page report, which was to be made public last Friday, “would never see the light of day.” Some guidelines included in the CDC report have appeared on federal websites, but more detailed recommendations for reopening specific places have not been shared, the Associated Press reported.

9:25 p.m. California restaurants to submit reopening plan, report says: Dining at California restaurants could involve sitting only with people from your household, servers wearing face masks and no salt and pepper shakers under a reopening plan the California Restaurant Association will submit to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The plan aims to allow restaurants to reopen for sit-down dining but avoid broad restrictions such as limits on capacity by urging the state to let local governments set guidelines like requiring temperature checks for employees or whether to require barriers between tables, according to the Associated Press. Newsom has not said when dine-in service will be allowed to resume at restaurants shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

8:38 p.m. Santa Clara County to open two testing sites this week: Officials will open testing sites this week at James Lick High School in East San Jose and Christopher High School in Gilroy, county health officials said. Each site can test up to 132 people per day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and testing is by appointment only, officials said. The sites will adhere to the state’s screening criteria for who can receive a test, officials said.

8:19 p.m. Medical masks delayed in California’s $1 billion contract with Chinese company: Delivery of millions of N95 masks intended to protect medical workers on the pandemic’s front lines has been held up because the federal government has not yet certified then as safe. The Chronicle’s Dustin Gardiner has the story.

8:06 p.m. U.K. considers easing lockdown next week: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hopes to relax some of the country’s lockdown measures starting next week and will share detailed plans Sunday, Bloomberg reported. Officials are expected to provide guidance on how businesses can safely resume operations in one of the countries hardest-hit by the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported. The U.K. has reported 30,150 deaths from the virus, second-most only to the U.S., and more than 200,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 5-6

The Chronicle began covering the coronavirus crisis before the first cases were reported in the Bay Area and a pandemic was declared. We reorganized the newsroom to dedicate nearly every resource to stories focusing on the health and economic disasters. Every day we have published live updates to reflect the most critical local, national and global updates on COVID-19, and this news is free of charge in an effort to keep our community safe and informed.

• Read the previous batch of updates from May 3-4.

Updates from Wednesday, May 6:

11:58 p.m. New cases in Bay Area counties: Sonoma County officials reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 286 confirmed cases, with 109 of those active as of Wednesday, according to its online tracker. Napa County reported three new cases for an updated total of 78. Marin County confirmed four additional cases, increasing its total to 247.

11:40 p.m. Sonoma County expects to add capacity at new testing sites: Two new coronavirus testing sites in Sonoma County will aim to increase capacity by next week due to high demand, said county health officer Dr. Sundari Mase. The sites in Petaluma and Santa Rosa, opened in collaboration with the state and health company OptumServe, started with capacity to test 130 people per day, but OptumServe plans to increase that number, Mase said in a video update. “We are going to be adding more lanes of capacity to the sites by next week,” Mase said.

11:20 p.m. Most people recently hospitalized in New York were staying home: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a survey of New York hospitals showed that of new patients admitted with the coronavirus over the past three days, 66% reported being at home before becoming ill, “which is shocking to us.” The survey counted 1,269 new cases at 113 hospitals in the state, with only 17% of respondents identifying as employed and 84% saying they were not using daily modes of transportation, Cuomo said at a press briefing. “These people were literally at home,” said Cuomo, who added: “It reinforces what we’ve been saying, which is much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself.”

10:15 p.m. Report says Trump administration rejects CDC guidelines for reopening US: White House officials opted not to release a report prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that laid out guidance for state and local officials, businesses owners, educators, faith leaders and others on how to reopen public spaces from the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reported. A CDC official told the Associated Press that the agency was told the 17-page report, which was to be made public last Friday, “would never see the light of day.” Some guidelines included in the CDC report have appeared on federal websites, but more detailed recommendations for reopening specific places have not been shared, the Associated Press reported.

9:25 p.m. California restaurants to submit reopening plan, report says: Dining at California restaurants could involve sitting only with people from your household, servers wearing face masks and no salt and pepper shakers under a reopening plan the California Restaurant Association will submit to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The plan aims to allow restaurants to reopen for sit-down dining but avoid broad restrictions such as limits on capacity by urging the state to let local governments set guidelines like requiring temperature checks for employees or whether to require barriers between tables, according to the Associated Press. Newsom has not said when dine-in service will be allowed to resume at restaurants shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

8:38 p.m. Santa Clara County to open two testing sites this week: Officials will open testing sites this week at James Lick High School in East San Jose and Christopher High School in Gilroy, county health officials said. Each site can test up to 132 people per day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and testing is by appointment only, officials said. The sites will adhere to the state’s screening criteria for who can receive a test, officials said.

8:19 p.m. Medical masks delayed in California’s $1 billion contract with Chinese company: Delivery of millions of N95 masks intended to protect medical workers on the pandemic’s front lines has been held up because the federal government has not yet certified then as safe. The Chronicle’s Dustin Gardiner has the story.

8:06 p.m. U.K. considers easing lockdown next week: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hopes to relax some of the country’s lockdown measures starting next week and will share detailed plans Sunday, Bloomberg reported. Officials are expected to provide guidance on how businesses can safely resume operations in one of the countries hardest-hit by the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported. The U.K. has reported 30,150 deaths from the virus, second-most only to the U.S., and more than 200,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 5-6

The Chronicle began covering the coronavirus crisis before the first cases were reported in the Bay Area and a pandemic was declared. We reorganized the newsroom to dedicate nearly every resource to stories focusing on the health and economic disasters. Every day we have published live updates to reflect the most critical local, national and global updates on COVID-19, and this news is free of charge in an effort to keep our community safe and informed.

• Read the previous batch of updates from May 3-4.

Updates from Wednesday, May 6:

11:58 p.m. New cases in Bay Area counties: Sonoma County officials reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 286 confirmed cases, with 109 of those active as of Wednesday, according to its online tracker. Napa County reported three new cases for an updated total of 78. Marin County confirmed four additional cases, increasing its total to 247.

11:40 p.m. Sonoma County expects to add capacity at new testing sites: Two new coronavirus testing sites in Sonoma County will aim to increase capacity by next week due to high demand, said county health officer Dr. Sundari Mase. The sites in Petaluma and Santa Rosa, opened in collaboration with the state and health company OptumServe, started with capacity to test 130 people per day, but OptumServe plans to increase that number, Mase said in a video update. “We are going to be adding more lanes of capacity to the sites by next week,” Mase said.

11:20 p.m. Most people recently hospitalized in New York were staying home: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a survey of New York hospitals showed that of new patients admitted with the coronavirus over the past three days, 66% reported being at home before becoming ill, “which is shocking to us.” The survey counted 1,269 new cases at 113 hospitals in the state, with only 17% of respondents identifying as employed and 84% saying they were not using daily modes of transportation, Cuomo said at a press briefing. “These people were literally at home,” said Cuomo, who added: “It reinforces what we’ve been saying, which is much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself.”

10:15 p.m. Report says Trump administration rejects CDC guidelines for reopening US: White House officials opted not to release a report prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that laid out guidance for state and local officials, businesses owners, educators, faith leaders and others on how to reopen public spaces from the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reported. A CDC official told the Associated Press that the agency was told the 17-page report, which was to be made public last Friday, “would never see the light of day.” Some guidelines included in the CDC report have appeared on federal websites, but more detailed recommendations for reopening specific places have not been shared, the Associated Press reported.

9:25 p.m. California restaurants to submit reopening plan, report says: Dining at California restaurants could involve sitting only with people from your household, servers wearing face masks and no salt and pepper shakers under a reopening plan the California Restaurant Association will submit to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The plan aims to allow restaurants to reopen for sit-down dining but avoid broad restrictions such as limits on capacity by urging the state to let local governments set guidelines like requiring temperature checks for employees or whether to require barriers between tables, according to the Associated Press. Newsom has not said when dine-in service will be allowed to resume at restaurants shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

8:38 p.m. Santa Clara County to open two testing sites this week: Officials will open testing sites this week at James Lick High School in East San Jose and Christopher High School in Gilroy, county health officials said. Each site can test up to 132 people per day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and testing is by appointment only, officials said. The sites will adhere to the state’s screening criteria for who can receive a test, officials said.

8:19 p.m. Medical masks delayed in California’s $1 billion contract with Chinese company: Delivery of millions of N95 masks intended to protect medical workers on the pandemic’s front lines has been held up because the federal government has not yet certified then as safe. The Chronicle’s Dustin Gardiner has the story.

8:06 p.m. U.K. considers easing lockdown next week: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hopes to relax some of the country’s lockdown measures starting next week and will share detailed plans Sunday, Bloomberg reported. Officials are expected to provide guidance on how businesses can safely resume operations in one of the countries hardest-hit by the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported. The U.K. has reported 30,150 deaths from the virus, second-most only to the U.S., and more than 200,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 5-6

The Chronicle began covering the coronavirus crisis before the first cases were reported in the Bay Area and a pandemic was declared. We reorganized the newsroom to dedicate nearly every resource to stories focusing on the health and economic disasters. Every day we have published live updates to reflect the most critical local, national and global updates on COVID-19, and this news is free of charge in an effort to keep our community safe and informed.

• Read the previous batch of updates from May 3-4.

Updates from Wednesday, May 6:

11:58 p.m. New cases in Bay Area counties: Sonoma County officials reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 286 confirmed cases, with 109 of those active as of Wednesday, according to its online tracker. Napa County reported three new cases for an updated total of 78. Marin County confirmed four additional cases, increasing its total to 247.

11:40 p.m. Sonoma County expects to add capacity at new testing sites: Two new coronavirus testing sites in Sonoma County will aim to increase capacity by next week due to high demand, said county health officer Dr. Sundari Mase. The sites in Petaluma and Santa Rosa, opened in collaboration with the state and health company OptumServe, started with capacity to test 130 people per day, but OptumServe plans to increase that number, Mase said in a video update. “We are going to be adding more lanes of capacity to the sites by next week,” Mase said.

11:20 p.m. Most people recently hospitalized in New York were staying home: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a survey of New York hospitals showed that of new patients admitted with the coronavirus over the past three days, 66% reported being at home before becoming ill, “which is shocking to us.” The survey counted 1,269 new cases at 113 hospitals in the state, with only 17% of respondents identifying as employed and 84% saying they were not using daily modes of transportation, Cuomo said at a press briefing. “These people were literally at home,” said Cuomo, who added: “It reinforces what we’ve been saying, which is much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself.”

10:15 p.m. Report says Trump administration rejects CDC guidelines for reopening US: White House officials opted not to release a report prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that laid out guidance for state and local officials, businesses owners, educators, faith leaders and others on how to reopen public spaces from the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reported. A CDC official told the Associated Press that the agency was told the 17-page report, which was to be made public last Friday, “would never see the light of day.” Some guidelines included in the CDC report have appeared on federal websites, but more detailed recommendations for reopening specific places have not been shared, the Associated Press reported.

9:25 p.m. California restaurants to submit reopening plan, report says: Dining at California restaurants could involve sitting only with people from your household, servers wearing face masks and no salt and pepper shakers under a reopening plan the California Restaurant Association will submit to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The plan aims to allow restaurants to reopen for sit-down dining but avoid broad restrictions such as limits on capacity by urging the state to let local governments set guidelines like requiring temperature checks for employees or whether to require barriers between tables, according to the Associated Press. Newsom has not said when dine-in service will be allowed to resume at restaurants shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

8:38 p.m. Santa Clara County to open two testing sites this week: Officials will open testing sites this week at James Lick High School in East San Jose and Christopher High School in Gilroy, county health officials said. Each site can test up to 132 people per day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and testing is by appointment only, officials said. The sites will adhere to the state’s screening criteria for who can receive a test, officials said.

8:19 p.m. Medical masks delayed in California’s $1 billion contract with Chinese company: Delivery of millions of N95 masks intended to protect medical workers on the pandemic’s front lines has been held up because the federal government has not yet certified then as safe. The Chronicle’s Dustin Gardiner has the story.

8:06 p.m. U.K. considers easing lockdown next week: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hopes to relax some of the country’s lockdown measures starting next week and will share detailed plans Sunday, Bloomberg reported. Officials are expected to provide guidance on how businesses can safely resume operations in one of the countries hardest-hit by the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported. The U.K. has reported 30,150 deaths from the virus, second-most only to the U.S., and more than 200,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


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