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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 5, 2020 at 5:38 pm | 30 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 46 minutes ago | 32 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 on Apr 4, 2020 at 5:58 pm | 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 2 hours ago | 48 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 | 20 comments

Interim superintendent Gina Sudaria to lead Ravenswood school district on a permanent basis
After serving just over a year as the Ravenswood City School District's interim superintendent, the school board has selected Gina Sudaria as the K-8 district's permanent superintendent. Monday, 4:02 PM | 1 comments

Coronavirus central: Santa Clara County case total climbs to 1,224
Santa Clara County has a total of 1,224 people with the coronavirus, 17 of whom were announced Monday. Three more people died of the disease, raising the death toll to 42. Monday, 7:04 PM | 205 comments

County health officials say testing for COVID-19 falls short
County public health officials say too few people are being tested for the coronavirus, and that it falls on private labs to roll out large-scale testing capacity to see how far the virus has truly spread. Monday, 9:54 AM | 2 comments

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 | 6 comments

As Palo Alto halts major construction projects, home builders keep working
Responding to a new Santa Clara County clampdown on construction activities, the city suspended construction of its largest infrastructure project: a parking garage near California Avenue. Friday, 2:01 PM | 32 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 | 46 comments

Around Town: Visit the Barron Park donkeys, just don't pet them

An Alternative View: Think about helping others in our coronavirus-affected area

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

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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