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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 1 hour ago | 49 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

Palo Alto schools to remain closed through May 1
Hundreds of public schools in six Bay Area counties, including in Santa Clara County, will remain closed through May 1, county... Last comment 2 hours ago | 68 comments

A message from our publisher on the crisis we face
Today's public health emergency, and the economic devastation that threatens all small businesses, may very well be the final... Last comment on Mar 20, 2020 at 7:09 am | 0 comments

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Coronavirus central: 32 new cases, 20th death recorded in Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County now has a total of 574 cases of the coronavirus, 32 of which were announced on Friday, according to a new dashboard. Friday, 5:46 PM | 191 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 that California hospitals will face a massive shortage of life-saving ventilators for seriously ill COVID-19 patients, the executives of San Jose-based company Bloom Energy knew they had to do something. Friday, 6:42 PM | 1 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

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 near California Avenue. Now, it is deemed an "essential project," with work progressing despite the shutdown. Friday, 5:33 PM | 2 comments

Want to donate protective equipment? A group of Stanford medical students can help.
A group of Stanford University medical students quickly mobilized this past week to set up a drive for masks and other personal protective equipment at Stanford Shopping Center continuing this weekend. Friday, 8:03 PM

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 | 43 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 | 19 comments

Opinion: The mayor's message

Guest Opinion: Navigating the storm of child care and school closures during the pandemic

Guest Opinion: 5 ways to help our community right now

As much of Palo Alto shutters, new fire station quietly opens

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

The new normal: Life during the coronavirus crisis

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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