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Unlimited access to Palo Alto Online during coronavirus crisis

Coverage continues of the impact of the virus on local communities

In order for all area residents to have important local information on the coronavirus health emergency, Palo Alto Online is providing unlimited access to its website, effective immediately.

Until further notice, visitors to the website can follow the news without the normal seven-story limit per month for non-subscribers.

"At a time of heightened anxiety and a high demand for accurate and highly localized information, we want to make our reporting as widely available as possible," Embarcadero Media President Bill Johnson said.

"Our editorial staff is working overtime to follow and report on every aspect of this ongoing story. During such emergencies our policy is to suspend the pay meter as a public service," Johnson said.

The Palo Alto Weekly and its sister papers, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac, have been working together and coordinating local coverage of their Midpeninsula cities since the outbreak of the coronavirus. Read the latest updates here.

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Unlimited access to Palo Alto Online during coronavirus crisis

Coverage continues of the impact of the virus on local communities

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 12:32 pm

In order for all area residents to have important local information on the coronavirus health emergency, Palo Alto Online is providing unlimited access to its website, effective immediately.

Until further notice, visitors to the website can follow the news without the normal seven-story limit per month for non-subscribers.

"At a time of heightened anxiety and a high demand for accurate and highly localized information, we want to make our reporting as widely available as possible," Embarcadero Media President Bill Johnson said.

"Our editorial staff is working overtime to follow and report on every aspect of this ongoing story. During such emergencies our policy is to suspend the pay meter as a public service," Johnson said.

The Palo Alto Weekly and its sister papers, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac, have been working together and coordinating local coverage of their Midpeninsula cities since the outbreak of the coronavirus. Read the latest updates here.

Comments

Marcus Ogawa
Atherton
on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:06 pm
Marcus Ogawa , Atherton
on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:06 pm
67 people like this

Thank you. This is the right thing to do and demonstrates true community leadership.


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:49 pm
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:49 pm
17 people like this

Thank you. This makes a lot of sense.

I tried to start a thread on early Saturday where we could list current local cancelled events, kids sports, shows, concerts, theaters, church/faith services, etc. It would be extremely useful to be able to add to this list on an ongoing basis as we find the cancellations occurring. Thanks.


Peter Carpenter
Menlo Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:49 pm
Peter Carpenter, Menlo Park
on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:49 pm
21 people like this

Thanks


Zhao
Charleston Meadows
on Mar 9, 2020 at 3:23 pm
Zhao, Charleston Meadows
on Mar 9, 2020 at 3:23 pm
16 people like this

Are Americans overeacting to this coronavirus?


Resident 2
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2020 at 4:28 pm
Resident 2, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2020 at 4:28 pm
24 people like this

@Zhao,
I don't think so. If anything, they've underreacted. There is a theoretical window in which the virus could be prevented from becoming endemic, and it's beginning to look like that opportunity has been lost because of it not being taken seriously.

Thank you, Weekly. Can you please make it possible for me to donate without having to register? I don't want to register.


Sundown Joe
Professorville
on Mar 9, 2020 at 8:48 pm
Sundown Joe, Professorville
on Mar 9, 2020 at 8:48 pm
15 people like this

Good call, Palo Alto Online! well done!

We should also give a shout out to commenter “Hair-Sniffing Presidential Candidate” who wrote on March 7:

“I’m not going to tell you how to run your business, but here’s a thought:

Since you are providing useful health information to the community during the current COVID-19 alert, why not remove your “7 free articles per month” limit until the crisis has subsided. Thank you for your consideration.“


Todd Collins
Barron Park
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:00 am
Todd Collins, Barron Park
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:00 am
13 people like this

This is very public spirited. Thank you.


Colleen D.
Midtown
on Mar 10, 2020 at 7:44 am
Colleen D., Midtown
on Mar 10, 2020 at 7:44 am
9 people like this

Thanks! Although I'm a subscriber, my daughters who go to college outside of California will really appreciate being able to get updates without the paywall. Great call!


Be Safe...Be Vigil
Downtown North
on Mar 10, 2020 at 9:27 am
Be Safe...Be Vigil, Downtown North
on Mar 10, 2020 at 9:27 am
9 people like this

Could the Weekly present a localized map (i.e. counties) citing the various outbreaks, deaths & quarantines?

This would be very helpful as we have stocked up at Costco and our children will not be returning to public school until the outbreak is officially over.

A relative is currently on missionary work in SE Asia and was due to return this upcoming April. He wanted to stay at our home before returning to Salt Lake City & we have advised him to stay put over there as we do not want him bringing any bugs over from the area.


Elementary Parent
Palo Verde
on Mar 10, 2020 at 10:09 am
Elementary Parent, Palo Verde
on Mar 10, 2020 at 10:09 am
11 people like this

Thank you Palo Alto Online. This is very much appreciated.


OMG!
Midtown
on Mar 10, 2020 at 10:51 am
OMG!, Midtown
on Mar 10, 2020 at 10:51 am
5 people like this

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NeilsonBuchanan
Downtown North
on Mar 10, 2020 at 11:56 am
NeilsonBuchanan, Downtown North
on Mar 10, 2020 at 11:56 am
7 people like this

Thank you. There is no such thing as too much journalism.... real, carefully edited news is what we need.


pearl
another community
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:40 pm
pearl, another community
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:40 pm
19 people like this

Palo Alto Online:

You should drop that seven-story limit per month for non-subscribers. You lose readers when you do that. You need to apply for grant funding to run your newspaper. I refuse to subscribe. If you block me from reading your newspaper, no problem, I simply go elsewhere to read the same news.

pearl


facebook lunch ain't free
Downtown North
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:43 pm
facebook lunch ain't free, Downtown North
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:43 pm
27 people like this

"I simply go elsewhere to read the same news."

Until they get swallowed up, as well. Good luck when it's down to facebook.


Keep it free
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:55 pm
Keep it free, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:55 pm
9 people like this

Pezrl- if you notice the number of free articles has been slowly decreasing. I think they are not getting more subscribed so they are gradually phading out free articles. I think this will backfire.


goodlife
Palo Verde
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:04 pm
goodlife, Palo Verde
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:04 pm
15 people like this

Thank you! I appreciate the reporting on PAOnline. It's my go-to source for local news.


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:14 pm
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2020 at 1:14 pm
3 people like this

Thank you for providing this forum for discussing our concerns.

Should we be closing our libraries? Are they being kept clean? How much more use will they get as things are cancelled, people are working from home and people get more bored?


dtnorth
Downtown North
on Mar 10, 2020 at 2:18 pm
dtnorth, Downtown North
on Mar 10, 2020 at 2:18 pm
7 people like this

You shouldn't limit your news story ever. Ways to get around it though.


Zhao
Charleston Gardens
on Mar 10, 2020 at 2:47 pm
Zhao, Charleston Gardens
on Mar 10, 2020 at 2:47 pm
11 people like this

COVID-19 is already beginning to subside in China and there are way more inhabitants in China than in the United States.

Like gas, it will pass.


C
Palo Verde
on Mar 10, 2020 at 4:53 pm
C, Palo Verde
on Mar 10, 2020 at 4:53 pm
15 people like this

> COVID-19 is already beginning to subside in China and there are way more inhabitants in China than in the United States.

If you believe the news from China, I'm sure you'd be interested in some shopping malls and high-rise apartment real estate there.

Anyway, big thanks to PAO for their free information. I have found the information here about CoVid more useful than SCC.gov's site and twitter feed. PAO is more organized for SCC information, now that cases here are increasing.

News Now is a good news feed for current coronavirus headlines. : Web Link


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