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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 on Apr 1, 2020 at 11:39 am | 29 comments

As Palo Alto halts major construction projects, home builders keep working
Responding to a new Santa Clara County clampdown on construction activities, Palo Alto is suspending construction of its... Last comment 13 minutes ago | 16 comments

Judge sends Atherton mom to prison for college admissions scandal
An Atherton woman who paid more than $500,000 to help her children get into college through a nationwide admissions scandal... Last comment 19 hours ago | 19 comments

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... Last comment 51 minutes ago | 44 comments

 
 
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Volunteers help Stanford search for COVID-19 clues in blood samples
Hundreds of volunteers from throughout the county on Friday and Saturday participated in a Stanford survey that could help us understand how many people actually have COVID-19 virus, even if they aren't showing symptoms. Saturday, 2:50 PM | 8 comments

Coronavirus weekend update: More parks close
A roundup of coronavirus news in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The latest available data shows Santa Clara County has 1,148 cases and 39 deaths; San Mateo County has 538 cases and 13 deaths. Saturday, 10:11 AM | 2 comments

An Alternative View: Think about helping others in our coronavirus-affected area
In these dire times, as people are really worried about getting the coronavirus, it seems we all are potential targets, ready to be plucked randomly, without any regard to abilities, lifestyles, race, age or gender. Sunday, 7:58 AM

To ease pressure at hospital ERs, cities start testing for COVID-19
Bay Area cities are taking up the mantle to test their first responders, health care workers and even members of the public for COVID-19 using technology from a Menlo Park company. Friday, 10:49 PM | 4 comments

Around Town: Visit the Barron Park donkeys, just don't pet them; local students launch COVID-19 tracker
In the latest Around Town column, news about the Barron Park donkeys noticing the social distance between them and their visitors and two Paly students who've turned data on the coronavirus into a digital project. Saturday, 9:20 AM | 1 comments

Experts consider how long the coronavirus crisis will last — and how we'll get out of it
Health officials have been reluctant to predict the duration of the coronavirus outbreak, but most measures indicate that Santa Clara County will see a sharp increase in cases in April and early May before things begin to level off. Friday, 9:28 AM | 37 comments

Coronavirus central: Nearly 300 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Santa Clara County
On Friday, Santa Clara County reported 75 new coronavirus cases. The county now has 1,094 with the coronavirus, 287 of whom are hospitalized. Two more people died of the disease, raising the death toll to 38. Friday, 9:16 PM | 205 comments

As Palo Alto halts major construction projects, home builders keep working

Counties change tune on face protection, but not on N95 or surgical masks

Armed with computers and iPads, Stanford doctors see patients while protecting themselves against COVID-19

In the time of the coronavirus, Zoom and Skype are the new therapist's office

Living in isolation: Older adults reveal the daily challenges of social distancing

Charts reveal how virus has spread at different rates in two counties

The new normal: Life during the coronavirus crisis

PUBLIC AGENDA: Update on city's response to COVID-19 crisis

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