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Just three weeks ago, it was hard to imagine the imminent human and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Yet here we... Last comment 18 hours ago | 29 comments

Can they do that? Construction hums along in Palo Alto
Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit Santa Clara County, some in Palo Alto have questioned the need for the new garage... Last comment 19 hours ago | 35 comments

The high cost of sheltering in place
Though the shelter-in-place order, first implemented by six Bay Area counties and quickly followed by the statewide mandate,... Last comment 21 hours ago | 112 comments

To limit visitors, Palo Alto will close parking lots at nature preserves
Seeking to prevent crowds at popular recreation areas, Palo Alto announced Wednesday that it will close parking lots near... Last comment on Mar 31, 2020 at 2:44 pm | 57 comments

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Santa Clara County schools will not reopen this academic year
All 32 of Santa Clara County's superintendents and the county superintendent of schools signed a letter Wednesday that confirms their campuses will be closed for the rest of the school year. Wednesday, 6:05 PM | 14 comments

Coronavirus central: Santa Clara County's total cases climb closer to 1,000 mark
Santa Clara County has reported a total of 956 coronavirus cases, 66 of which were announced on Wednesday, and two more deaths. In San Mateo County, 79 new cases have brought its total 388 cases, and the death toll stands at 10. Wednesday, 6:30 PM | 206 comments

School closures heighten low-income families' fears that their students will be left behind
For low-income families in East Palo Alto, Palo Alto and east Menlo Park, the coronavirus is exacerbating the economic, educational and technological inequities that already loom large without the threat of a public health crisis. Wednesday, 8:37 PM

Stay-at-home order extends to May 3, with new business restrictions
With the number of coronavirus cases rising and hospitals bracing for a surge of patients, health officials extended on Tuesday the regional stay-at-home order until May 3. Tuesday, 2:20 PM | 64 comments

Top state officials: Schools likely won't reopen this academic year
Top California officials, including the governor and state superintendent, signaled this week that public school students won't return to their campuses before the end of the school year. Wednesday, 6:37 PM | 15 comments

How city and county rules help out-of-work tenants behind on rent
Santa Clara County and several local cities passed emergency laws temporarily banning evictions last week, all of which are about to be put to the test. Tuesday, 5:09 PM | 5 comments

Charts reveal how virus has spread at different rates in two counties
Through a series of charts, track how the coronavirus has infected and killed people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, which have a combined total of nearly 1,350 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, April 1. Wednesday, 4:50 PM | 37 comments

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