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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 4 hours ago | 24 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 7 hours ago | 10 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 1 hour ago | 64 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 12 hours ago | 53 comments

 
 
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Coronavirus weekend update: Five more deaths reported in Santa Clara County
A roundup of news about the coronavirus in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Saturday, 10:21 PM | 8 comments

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. Saturday, 9:20 AM | 192 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. Saturday, 9:48 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 | 10 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 | 4 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 | 64 comments

Respiratory therapists face coronavirus on the front line

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To limit visitors, city to close parking lots at nature preserves

The new normal: Life during the coronavirus crisis

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