Coronavirus Bay Area

Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 15,000 in California; Nearly 200,000 NationwideCalifornia’s death count from the coronavirus surpassed 15,000 on Sunday even as the state saw widespread improvement in infection levels.
San Francisco Catholics Stage 'Free The Mass' March; Demand Easing Of COVID Limits Placed On Worship ServicesLed by outspoken San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, hundreds of Catholics marched in San Francisco Sunday, demanding city health officials ease COVID restrictions on public indoor religious services.
COVID Reopenings: Moviegoers Flock To Theaters Reopening In Marin CountyFor the first time in since movie theaters were shuttered by the COVID pandemic six months ago, Mildred Otis got a chance Saturday to buy container of popcorn and enjoy a film.
Reopenings: San Francisco Unveils Final Link Of 'Car Free' Route From The Ferry Building To Ocean BeachWalkers, bikers, runners and skaters took advantage Saturday of a new 'car free' route stretching from the east end of Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach.
Reopenings: Oakland Adds Four Locations To Flex Streets Program To Help Struggling Businesses Four new Flex Streets locations are coming to Oakland on Saturday to help merchants struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, city business leaders said.
Coronavirus Preventive Measures Expected To Limit Spread Of Flu ContagionAll of that mask wearing, hand washing and social distancing is not only paying dividends in reducing the spread of COVID-19, but may have another silver lining, in flu season.
Bay Area Restaurants Celebrate Rosh Hashana With Special Meal KitsThe Jewish new year may look different in the age of COVID-19 but restaurants across the Bay Area are trying to preserve tradition with special meal kits.
Drive-In Movie Theater At San Francisco's Fort Mason Welcomes CrowdsThe city of San Francisco has joined Concord, Santa Rosa, Pleasanton and San Mateo in opening the one type of entertainment venue that can operate during the COVID-19 pandemic: a drive-in movie theater.
University of California's Top Doctor Says School Reopening Will Take Another YearThe University of California's executive vice president and head of UC Health had a sobering message for the system's leaders this week: School won't go back to normal for at least another year.
Navy Captain Says He Knowingly Risked Career With COVID-19 WarningThe dismissed captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier knew he was jeopardizing his military career when he broke protocol and sent a now-famous email warning of possible sailor deaths due to a coronavirus breakout on board.
California Jobless Rate Falls With Help of Temporary JobsA raft of temporary government jobs for the U.S. Census boosted California's economy in August as the state added 101,900 jobs as the unemployment rate fell below the high-water mark of the Great Recession for the first time since March.
COVID Reopening: Mayor London Breed Delivers Blueprint For Reopening Indoor Dining In San FranciscoMayor London Breed and city health officials revealed the blueprint Friday for allowing San Francisco's cash-strapped and world-renowned restaurant industry to begin limited indoor dining service by the end of the month.

Coronavirus Video Reports

South Bay Health Officials Message to the Public: Get a Flu ShotConcerned that flu season is about to collide with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Santa Clara County public health department is encouraging everyone -- especially this year -- to get a flu shot. Devin Fehely reports. (9-19-20)
Coronavirus Prevention Efforts May Curtail Flu Season SeverityAll the hand-washing and mask-wearing may pay dividends when it comes to reducing the number of infections expected in the upcoming flu season. Andria Borba reports. (9-18-20)
San Francisco Opens Popup Movie Drive-in at Fort MasonSan Francisco's first drive-in theater welcomed movie goers at Fort Mason on Friday evening. Don Ford reports. (9-1-20)
Jewish Restaurant in San Francisco Prepares Pickup Meals for Rosh HashanahIn what may be a trial run for the coming holiday season, restaurants in the Bay Area are pivoting to a pickup/delivery approach as the Jewish new year arrives. Betty Yu reports. (9-18-20)
San Francisco Hospitality Industry Hopes Return to Indoor Dining Boosts RecoverySan Francisco restaurants could be just weeks away from reopening their dining rooms again. Some say it could pave the road to recovery for the struggling tourism industry. Wilson Walker reports. (9-18-20)
San Francisco To Allow Limited Indoor Dining At Restaurants By End Of SeptemberMayor London Breed and city health officials revealed the blueprint Friday for allowing San Francisco's cash-strapped and world-renowned restaurant industry to begin limited indoor dining service by the end of the month. (9/18/20)
Cal/OSHA Order Sets New Virus Protections Following Oakland McDonald's Worker's TestimonyThursday saw some big wins for employees in California as the state made key rulings to step up safety precautions against COVID-19 in the workplace. Andrea Nakano reports. (9-17-20)
Santa Clara County Offers Free Flu ShotsSanta Clara County will be offering free flu shots as health officials try to get a jump on influenza because of potential complications from COVID-19. Len Ramirez reports. (9-17-20)
San Jose Unified School District Extends Distance Learning Through End Of YearSan Jose Unified School District: Distance learning will continue through at least the end of December 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kiet Do reports. (9/17/20)
San Jose Unified School District To Continue Distance Learning Through At Least DecemberSan Jose Unified School District: Distance learning will continue through at least the end of December 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kiet Do reports. (9/17/20)
1976 Swine Flu Vaccine Roll-Out May Provide Lessons For COVID-19 Vaccination EffortsThe federal government has outlined its coronavirus vaccination plan, an effort expected to last through 2021. For anyone who thinks that sounds slow, Wilson Walker reports that trying to move too fast has caused problems before. (9/16/20)
San Francisco Muni Drivers Express Concern Over Crowded BusesSome San Francisco Muni bus drivers are saying the city isn't doing enough to keep riders and operators safe on over-crowded buses as ridership is increasing. Kenny Choi reports. (9/16/20)

KPIX 5 Better Together -- Our Community Cares

Oakland 1st Grade Teacher Longs For In-Person Instruction After Coming Full Circle To Her RootsFirst-grade teacher Tanesha Walker recently saw her new classroom for the very first time. The moment was met first with silence, then joy as she realized the room would be hers to decorate as she pleased.
Better Together: Feeding Seniors in NeedSince the pandemic began not many of us have adapted like Adrian Williams who shifted her non-profit from helping young San Francisco children to those in need on the other end of the age spectrum.
Latino Leaders Shift Carnaval San Francisco Focus to Coronavirus Community AidAs the COVID-19 pandemic continually forces Latino heritage celebrations to be canceled, Carnaval San Francisco organizers are turning their attention to addressing the crisis which is disproportionately plaguing the community.
South Bay Restaurateur's Generosity Facing Financial Ruin Matched by Community SupportA Los Gatos restaurateur facing pandemic-induced insolvency decided to spend his final days in business making free meals for wildfire victims and firefighters. He didn't expect the response he got from his community.
Oakland Entrepreneur Walks The Walk When Advising On Overcoming Pandemic Impact On BusinessTevah El Emmet is a bit of a showman and definitely an entrepreneur. His tremendous communication skills and business acumen are on full display in a series of videos he produced that offer simple yet sound advice for small business owners hit hard by COVID-19.
Better Together: Fremont Teenage Siblings Launch 'Cards 4 COVID Heroes'Every day on every news channel, teenage siblings Prabhleen and Mantej Lamba watched the sacrifices of medical workers around the world who risk their physical and mental health on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Support Group Gives Comfort To Grieving Owners Mourning Loss Of Beloved PetsThe isolation of the pandemic has given rise to a new breed of counselors for people mourning the loss of their beloved pets.
San Anselmo Group Places Free Mask In Trees For Those In NeedWhile money doesn’t grow on trees, in the Marin County town of San Anselmo, it seems face masks do. Well, almost. 
Bay Area College Student Makes 3-D Face Shields For Kids With Special Needs, Frontline WorkersA Bay Area college student who saw an urgent need during the pandemic has created a solution in his garage.

Tips To Help Families Cope With Shelter In Place

Mountain View High School Music Teacher Wrestles Tech to Keep Choir in Sync and OnlineMeet the Madrigals, one of five Mountain View High School choirs that continue to practice after the shelter-in-place closed their campus in March.
Students Rising Above Organization Helping Lift Struggling Students During Coronavirus PandemicWhen we first met Students Rising Above Scholar Ysabella Donlan last fall, the then 21-year-old junior was looking forward to the year ahead at University of California, Santa Cruz. Now she's at home, finishing her classes on line, far away from her support system at school. It's a situation she never expected to be in, and one she has found to be difficult.
Audible Offers Free Audiobooks For Kids Stuck At Home During Coronavirus CrisisAs most schools remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Audible, the audiobook service owned by Amazon, is offering free streams on selected children’s stories.
SF Dance Company Performs At Home To Raise Money For SFUSD Students, Families In NeedBay Area arts organizations have gone dark since the COVID-19 shelter in place, but their creativity is shining bright. World-renowned dance company Robert Moses Kin has created a powerful online performance from their homes, to help students and families in need during the shelter in place.
Federal Student Loan, Tax Payments Delayed Due To Coronavirus PandemicAs the country grapples with an unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic that's thrown millions of Americans out of work, the U.S. Department of Education is automatically giving most federal student loan borrowers a break from their monthly bills until at least October.
Parents Battle 'Huge Pressure' Of Enforcing Education, Screen Time Limits For Kids During Coronavirus QuarantineParents were already struggling to limit screen time for kids when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.