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Thu Mar 12 2020 (Updated 03/22/20)
COVID-19 Pandemic Threatens Most Vulnerable Populations
Elderly, Prisoners, Unhoused Persons, Hospital Workers Among Those at Highest Risk
UPDATE, March 16: Residents of San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Marin, and Contra Costa counties are directed to "shelter in place" as of 12:01am, March 17. Non-essential work, travel, and gatherings are banned. Residents are allowed outside for walks or exercise, as long people maintain social distancing. Those who are unhoused are exempt from the orders. Sonoma, Solano and Napa counties have not made announcements yet.

The World Health Organization officially named COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11. As of that date, over 128,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide and 4,717 people have died (updated statistics). Among the most vulnerable are the elderly, the immunocompromised, the prison population, people who are experiencing homelessness, and hospital workers who have a high likelihood of exposure to the contagious virus as they care for the public health.

Critics slammed the Trump administration’s response to the outbreak, accusing Trump of downplaying the threat. In January, federal health officials were ordered to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified, a step that has restricted information and hindered the U.S. government’s response to the contagion. While other countries like South Korea are testing 10,000 people per day, the U.S. has only tested around 10,000 people total to date. No one knows what the true rate of infection is here.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, National Nurses Union CNA nurses at UCSF held a press conference on March 11 to talk about the serious health and safety protection that is critical to healthcare providers and patients. They reported that they have to re-use masks, are understaffed, and there is a lack of communication from management. The contaminated Grand Princess ship is now docked in the Port of Oakland. While the passengers are being evacuated, the crew, which is largely Filipino, is being told that they are be quarantined out at sea after all passengers are disembarked.

Bay Area residents have denounced racism and xenophobic attacks surrounding outbreak-related stereotyping during this crisis. A rally of an estimated one thousand gathered in San Francisco's Chinatown on February 29. Statements from San Jose Peace and Justice Center and other organizations decry racism. Street Sheet, a publication of the Coalition on Homelessness San Francisco, laid out recommendations to San Francisco city officials to support the unhoused and unsheltered individuals of their community.

Santa Cruz
article S.C. County Issues Shelter-in-Place with No Shelter or Facilities for Those Outside | photo Santa Cruz Homeless Union COVID-19 Relief Center | photo Santa Cruz County Schools to Continue to Provide Meals for Students

San Francisco
article San Francisco Food Not Bombs Is Still Sharing Food | photo San Francisco's Downtown Emptied by Pandemic | photo UCSF NNU-CNA Nurses & Corvid-19 "When Nurses Aren't Safe, Patients Aren't Safe" | photo San Francisco Chinatown Rally: "The Virus is Our Enemy, Not China"

photo Curbside Communities Need Our Support During the Coronavirus Crisis | photo We Need The Community & Longshore Workers ILWU10: Trent Willis | photo ILWU10 & 34 Victory Halting Grand Princess Waste Removal Contaminating Workers/Community | article Oakland to become dumping ground for coronavirus infected trash from Grand Princess ship | photo ILWU & Migrant Organizations Defend Grand Princess Crew & US Workers | photo Coronavirus eviction protection moratoriums expected to be passed | photo Oakland City Council Authorizes Handwashing Stations, Seeks to Halt Evictions as Pandemic | photo Prisoners On The Grand Princess Petri Dish: Will The Crew Be Quarantined To Die On Ship? | article Nurses protest weakening of coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance by CDC | article Oakland to become dumping ground for coronavirus infected Grand Princess cruise ship

article Berkeley's Willard Pool Showers Still Operating | event Come To A Special Discussion On The Coronavirus Pandemic (3/19)

Marin County
Covid-19 Status Update From Marin | photo Deserted SFO and Empty Shelves at Novato Safeway | article photo Coronavirus Scares Tourists Away from Sausalito

photo Jewish Activists Demand Governor Newsom Release Detainees In Light of Covid-19 Outbreak | article Utility cutoff’s restricted for PG&E, AT&T, Comcast, San Jose Water Company, & others | photo We Are All We Got — Resources for Mutual Aid During the Coronavirus Pandemic | article California senior citizens are on lock-down due to coronavirus | photo We Stand with LA Families Occupying Vacant Homes to Self-Quarantine During COVID-19 Pandemic | article COLA & Corona | photo Cal-OSHA, Coronavirus, Worker Dangers & Crisis In CA with Dr. Larry Rose, Former Director

article What the Coronavirus Emergency Has to Do with Biden vs. Sanders | article Amid coronavirus threat Social Security closes all local Social Security offices | article Advocates Warn US Prison Conditions Risks Intense Coronavirus Outbreak | photo UAW Michigan Workers On Elections, Coronavirus, GM Strike, Democracy & Internationalism | article Mandatory Restrictions on Public Movements and Gatherings to Combat Coronavirus | video Why Was Mike Pence put in charge of Covid-19? | article Delays in Testing Allow Coronavirus to Spread | article Surprise Bills From Coronavirus Testing Spark Calls for Government to Cover All Costs | photo Response to Racist Backlash and Calls for Improved U.S.-China Cooperation

article Italy's Misleading Figures on the C-Virus | article Tokyo Olympics / coronavirus . Please write your comment on the administration of Japan . | article How Singapore has taken control of the virus and avoided panic | article Accusing US of 'Medical Terrorism,' Iran Demands Trump Lift Drug Import Sanctions | photo Japanese PM Abe & Capitalist Governments Helped Escalate Coronavirus Epidemic | photo The 2019 China Wuhan Coronavirus & (BSL-4) Biotech Warfare Labs with Dr. Francis Boyle

Mutual Aid and Anti-Capitalism
article Coronavirus Fearmongering Demonstrates U.S. Imperialism is a Drag on Humanity | photo Coronavirus, Epidemics and Capitalism: The Bugs Are in the System | photo During Coronavirus Crisis, What If You Can't Stay Home? | photo Wash Your Hands of Germs and Xenophobia | article Community Care in Light of COVID-19 | photo Coronavirus Epidemic Bolsters Case for Medicare for All and Universal Paid Sick Leave | event Webinar: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (sponsor: Women's March) (3/17) | event Online Event: Combatting Coronavirus in our Community—What Works, Why Now (live stream) (3/18)

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