Much of the state and parts of the Bay Area enter Phase 2 of California’s COVID-19 recovery plan, allowing more businesses to open while the state’s death and infection toll continues to climb.
In Phase 2, curbside retail, manufacturing plants and blue-collar offices will be allowed to resume operations throughout the state except for Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Los Angeles counties, which continue to keep the more stringent shelter-in-place rules in effect. (Updated: Bay Area counties say they planning to relax the orders.)
Three days ago the state recorded its second deadliest day of the outbreak with 107 deaths. Another 84 Californians died of the virus over the weekend, bringing the death toll to 3,240 statewide.
The state’s pace of growth remained the same as the week before, with 18 percent more cases and 17 percent more fatalities.
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The Bay Area will allow curbside retail pickup and associated manufacturing, warehousing and logistics businesses to reopen this week as the region falls into line with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening guidance.
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, along with the city of Berkeley, will announce new orders relaxing some of the coronavirus restrictions. The governments said they will allow curbside retail pickup and associated manufacturing, warehousing and logistics businesses to reopen this week, bringing them more in line with the rest of the state. — Fiona Kelliher, 10:21 a.m.
Wall Street, feeling more upbeat on the news that early stage testing of a coronavirus vaccine was promising, gave Bay Area business such as Apple, Tesla and HP some good news, with their share prices climbing when the market opened Monday morning. Overall, the Dow Jones Industrial Average soared by 672.11 points — almost 3 percent — to 24,367.07; the S&P 500 climbed 2.7 percent to 2,940.06; and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index climbed almost 2 percent to 9,183.59. — Rex Crum, 7:30 a.m.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus emergency assistance plan for the state’s undocumented immigrants begins accepting applications today for disaster relief payments of up to $1,000 per household. The $75 million fund is intended for undocumented adults who are not eligible for other forms of government assistance. — Jacqueline García, 7 a.m.
Moderna Inc’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine is showing promise after being tested in a small, early stage clinical trial. The vaccinne produced antibodies that could neutralize the new coronavirus, resulting in antibodies that are similar to those in blood samples of people who have recovered from COVID-19. — Reuters, 6:31 a.m.