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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 16 hours ago | 31 comments

Volunteers help Stanford search for COVID-19 clues in blood samples
Hundreds of volunteers from throughout the county on Friday and Saturday participated in a Stanford survey that could help... Last comment 16 hours ago | 29 comments

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... Last comment 1 minute ago | 58 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... Last comment 14 hours ago | 36 comments

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This year, the faithful go online to celebrate Passover, Easter
Synagogues and churches locally are devising creative ways to virtually connect for their holy traditions of Passover and Easter while following man-made social-distancing orders. Wednesday, 7:01 PM | 1 comments

Accustomed to danger, emergency responders now protect themselves from new threat — a virus
Local firefighters, paramedics and police officers have had to rapidly gear up for a new normal, one in which every call they respond to could bring the risk of catching the coronavirus. Tuesday, 11:02 PM

Coronavirus central: New order seeks to boost PPE supply
Santa Clara County issued a new order on Wednesday requiring all residents, organizations and businesses with personal protective equipment and other critical items to report their inventory to the county. Wednesday, 8:02 PM | 208 comments

How the coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the ways we mourn
These days, death and the rites that come with it are quieter, more cautious affairs than before the coronavirus pandemic struck. Here's how local death industry leaders are adapting to the shifting needs of mourners. Wednesday, 1:10 PM

Local construction, once brimming with activity, grinds to a halt
Up until recently, the Bay Area's construction market was red-hot with activity. Now it's at almost a complete standstill. Wednesday, 6:51 PM

County hopeful about slowed growth in COVID-19 cases
In the latest sign that the Bay Area shutdown is effectively containing the spread of the coronavirus, Santa Clara County is seeing the rate of new cases gradually stabilize. Tuesday, 5:22 PM | 17 comments

Supervisors denounce xenophobia as Asian American groups report more harassment
Responding to a reported increase in violence and harassment aimed at Asian Americans during the pandemic, county supervisors on Tuesday passed a resolution that pledges to combat hate crime. Tuesday, 6:55 PM | 18 comments

Most Bay Area schools to remain closed through end of academic year

Weekly garners 16 awards in state journalism contest

In war against coronavirus, researchers fast-track tests of Ebola drug

Palo Alto throws City Hall employees a lifeline as economy crumbles

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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