California State University Chancellor Timothy White announced Tuesday that Fall 2020 classes will be conducted online instead of in-person.

White said in a statement:

“This approach to virtual planning is necessary for many reasons. First and foremost is the health, safety and welfare of our students, faculty and staff, and the evolving data surrounding the progression of Covid-19 – current and as forecast throughout the 2020-21 academic year.”

There may be exceptions if adequate health protocol and staffing resources are in place. Exceptions may include nursing students in clinical classes that require mannequin use, science courses that require the use of a laboratory and entry classes in energy and bioscience fields.

The CSU system is made up of 23 campuses, 53,000 faculty members and 482,000 students.

Scot Tucker/SFBay The Cesar Chavez Student Union remains silent as face to face classes are moved to online instruction at SF State due to Covid-19 in San Francisco, CA., on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Scot Tucker/SFBay.ca)


  • Confirmed Cases: 1,390,361
  • Deaths: 84,106

Source: John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center Covid-19 global tracking tool as of Wednesday at 6:32 p.m.

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  • Confirmed Cases: 72,754
  • Deaths: 2,956

Source: John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center Covid-19 global tracking tool as of Wednesday at 6:32 p.m.

Additional counties in California have been given the state’s permission to move further into the second reopening phase: Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Benito, Shasta, Sierra Tehama, Tuolumne and Yuba-Sutter.

According to the California Department of Public Health, each met specific criteria that allows opening of shopping malls, swap meets, dine-in restaurants and schools with modifications.

The CDPH has established specific reopening guidelines for restaurants and malls.

Orange County 

  • Confirmed Cases: 3,749
  • Deaths: 80

Source: Orange County Health Care Agency as of Wednesday, 12 days after the May 1 Huntington Beach protest.  

Sacramento County

  • Confirmed Cases: 1,183
  • Deaths: 53

Source: Sacramento County Public Health as of Wednesday, 12 days after the May 1 State Capitol protest.

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Jesse Garnier SFBay Covid-19 dashboard as of the Wednesday evening, May 13, 2020.

Alameda County

  • Confirmed Cases: 2,178
  • Deaths: 76

Source: Alameda County Public Health Department as of Wednesday with data reported through Tuesday.

Alameda county officials Tuesday said they have received Tesla’s Prevention and Control Plan required by the state to reopen its Fremont auto manufacturing site.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk over the weekend threatened to move his company out of the state when the county’s health emergency order did not align with the state’s reopening timeline.

County officials have been in contact with Tesla representatives and asked the carmaker to make some additional changes to its safety plans. If Tesla’s plans include the updates and key health indicators remain stable or improve, the car company can begin minimum operations starting next week.

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Tim Draper/Flickr Tesla backers and VIP customers took delivery of the first Model S electric sedans to much fanfare in Fremont in 2012.

The county will rely on the Fremont Police Department to verify Tesla is adhering to physical distancing orders and other health guidelines.

Contra Costa County

  • Confirmed Cases: 1,080
  • Deaths: 33

Source: Contra Costa Health Services as of Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

The county is seeking contact tracers to limit the spread of Covid-19. Contra Costa Health services say they are hiring dozens of “disease intervention technicians” to do contact tracing investigations and additional staff to support investigators.

There are paid and volunteer positions available. More information can be found at the Contra Costa Health Services website.

Marin County

  • Confirmed Cases: 271   
  • Deaths: 

Source: Marin Health and Human Services as of Wednesday.

Marin’s annual Memorial Day ceremony will be moved to an online platform this year, county officials said.

The county’s Veterans Services Officer, Sean Stephens, plans to join Marin County United Veterans Council President Ray Mullin in a live video at 8:30 a.m. on May 25 on the council’s Facebook page. The event will be rebroadcast on Novato Community Television and Marin TV.

Napa County

  • Confirmed Cases: 81
  • Deaths: 3

Source: Department of Health and Human Services as of Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

The county Wednesday reported no new Covid-19 cases or deaths. County officials said 48 people are awaiting test results while 97 individuals who have been in contact with an infected person are being closely monitored. 

San Francisco

  • Confirmed Cases: 1,994
  • Deaths: 35

Source: San Francisco Department of Public Health with data reported through Tuesday. 

City officials said two additional staffers at Laguna Honda Hospital have tested positive for Covid-19. The facility’s total cases now stands at 24. Of those identified, 18 are staff members and six are residents.

Scott RIchard/Flickr Eighteen staff members and six residents had tested positive for Covid-19 at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. by Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Mayor London Breed announced Wednesday that all retail businesses directly connected to a sidewalk can reopen Monday for curbside pickup and delivery. City health officials plan to release guidelines Thursday that businesses must adhere to.

San Mateo County

  • Confirmed Cases: 1,515
  • Deaths: 65

Source: San Mateo County Health Department with data reported through Sunday.

San Mateo County’s Public Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow said Wednesday he plans to issue a new shelter-in-place order Monday that aligns with state’s Phase 2 guidelines for reopening some low-risk businesses for curbside pickup and delivery services.

Morrow said in a statement:

“I am encouraged that data about Covid-19 cases, hospital capacity, and other indicators show some stability so that San Mateo County can now enter the early stages of Phase 2. I want to remind everyone these modifications are not being made because it is safe to be out and about.”

Santa Clara County

  • Confirmed Cases: 2,381
  • Deaths: 132

Source: Santa Clara County Public Health Department as of Wednesday. 

County public information officers Wednesday on Facebook Live confirmed an additional two deaths related to Covid-19. The number of deaths has remained relatively flat over the last couple of days.

Jesse Garnier SFBay Covid-19 tracker, Santa Clara County deaths by day as reported Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Twenty-one new cases were also added to the confirmed total Wednesday.

Santa Clara County maintains the highest number of cases among the nine Bay Area counties. 

Solano County

  • Confirmed Cases: 397
  • Deaths: 12

Source: Solano Public Health as of Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Sonoma County

  • Confirmed Cases: 333
  • Deaths: 4

Source: County of Sonoma with data as of Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. 

The county’s Public Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase issued a modified health order that eases some restrictions for park access.

The order issued Tuesday went into effect Wednesday and allows the reopening of some parking lots at inland parks and some facilities without shared equipment, such as tennis courts and disc golf. 

Dog parks, picnic areas and playgrounds remain closed to the public.

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Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay. A San Francisco native, he has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Send tips to jerold@sfbay.ca or at Twitter @Jerold_Chinn.

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