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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

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 7 hours ago | 16 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 4 hours ago | 40 comments

Hospitals brace for equipment shortages as coronavirus cases surge
As Santa Clara County braces for a large wave of coronavirus patients, hospitals are also preparing for a shortage of masks,... Last comment on Mar 26, 2020 at 2:05 pm | 10 comments

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Stanford lightweight rowing earned a bid to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics. Submitted by Rick Eymer on May 21, 2019


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 | 14 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, 5:59 PM | 205 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 largest infrastructure project: a parking garage near California Avenue. Friday, 2:01 PM | 4 comments

Counties change tune on face protection, but not on N95 or surgical masks
Bay Area public health leaders are now asking residents to cover their faces with a cloth before leaving their homes, heeding advice released by the state on Wednesday. Friday, 10:56 AM | 29 comments

Armed with computers and iPads, Stanford doctors see patients while protecting themselves against COVID-19
Stanford Health Care has ramped up its use of telemedicine and online tools to examine patients -- not just outside of the hospital but inside as well -- during the COVID-19 crisis. Thursday, 9:14 PM | 4 comments

In the time of the coronavirus, Zoom and Skype are the new therapist's office
With local youth sheltering at home, counseling sessions and support groups that used to take place face-to-face in school wellness centers, clinics and private offices across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties have gone virtual. Thursday, 3:59 PM

Living in isolation: Older adults reveal the daily challenges of social distancing
Some have lost caregivers in their homes. Others have been forced to cancel travel plans. We're sharing stories from about a dozen older adults about how the COVID-19 shutdown has affected seniors in the community. Friday, 6:58 AM | 2 comments

A month after Super Tuesday, some votes are still being counted

Redwood City company shifts operations to make face shields for hospitals

School closures heighten low-income families' fears that their students will be left behind

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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The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 10, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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