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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 3 hours ago | 25 comments

Can they do that? Construction hums along in Palo Alto
Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit Santa Clara County, some in Palo Alto have questioned the need for the new garage... Last comment 12 minutes ago | 30 comments

The high cost of sheltering in place
Though the shelter-in-place order, first implemented by six Bay Area counties and quickly followed by the statewide mandate,... Last comment 53 minutes ago | 95 comments

To limit visitors, Palo Alto will close parking lots at nature preserves
Seeking to prevent crowds at popular recreation areas, Palo Alto announced Wednesday that it will close parking lots near... Last comment on Mar 29, 2020 at 2:12 pm | 55 comments

 
 
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Coronavirus central: Santa Clara County total of cases surges to 848
Santa Clara County has reported a total of 848 coronavirus cases, 202 of which were announced on Monday. The large jump is due to a reporting delay, as opposed to a one-day increase, according to the county. Monday, 2:50 PM | 195 comments

Before the coronavirus, Bloom Energy was making fuel cells. Now it's rehabbing hospital equipment that will save lives.
When Gov. Gavin Newsom said state hospitals will face a massive shortage of life-saving ventilators for serious COVID-19 patients, San Jose-based company Bloom Energy knew they had to do act. Saturday, 9:48 PM | 9 comments

Can they do that? Construction hums along in Palo Alto
Even before the coronavirus crisis hit, some have questioned the need for the new garage near California Avenue. Now, it is deemed an "essential project," with work progressing despite the shutdown. Friday, 5:33 PM | 30 comments

For low-income families, sheltering in place is taking a heavy toll
Though the shelter-in-place order, first implemented by six Bay Area counties and quickly followed by the statewide mandate, applies to all Californians, it has affected families unequally across the class spectrum. Friday, 10:05 AM | 95 comments

An appeal for your support of good journalism
Local newspapers all over the country face similar or worse challenges, and scores have had to shut down. We are determined to not let that happen here. Friday, 6:56 AM | 25 comments

Around Town: Restaurants, nonprofits supply food at a critical time
In the latest Around Town column, news about restaurants and organizations making sure people in need are fed during the coronavirus pandemic, and how music is bringing people together while many shelter at home. Sunday, 8:35 AM | 2 comments

Respiratory therapists face coronavirus on the front line
Respiratory therapists throughout the Bay Area, who some call "unsung heroes," work with patients most in distress from COVID-19 -- the ones who have severe pneumonia. Thursday, 4:01 PM | 2 comments

Opinion: The mayor's message

Guest Opinion: 5 ways to help our community right now

The new normal: Life during the coronavirus crisis

10 things you can still do in Palo Alto (while keeping your social distance)

PUBLIC AGENDA: Update on school district's COVID-19 response

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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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