Coronavirus Live Updates: COVID-19 in the Bay Area, Friday May 22

California continues to hemorrhage jobs with  2.3 million workers losing their employment in April, pushing the state’s unemployment rate up to 15.5 percent.

Hardest hit was the leisure and hospitality sector that includes the hotel, restaurant, bar, and entertainment industries, which lost 866,200 jobs in California.

Meanwhile, the number of those infected with the virus and those dying from it continues to rise, with 2,000 newly discovered infections reported almost daily for the past week, and the death toll rising some days by 100.

Part of the rise in new cases might be attributed to an increase in testing throughout the state.

Stay up to date with the virus’ spread with our Bay Area county-by-county map and our California-wide map.


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Live updates:

Despite a coronavirus-related $4 million funding shortfall, Dublin is continuing with the remodeling of its former police headquarters at City Hall to create a 13,000-square-foot multi-use cultural arts center. — Angela Ruggiero, 7:28 a.m.

Photos: Looking a bit like a giant game of Parcheesi, San Franciscans enjoyed a day out at Dolores Park, staying within circles painted onto the grass to ensure social distancing. — Jane Tyska, 7 a.m.

Construction and remodeling projects have resumed in many neighborhood, and along with them, new rules for workers, new complaints from neighbors, and higher price tags. — Louis Hansen, 6 a.m.

Source: mercurynews
Coronavirus Live Updates: COVID-19 in the Bay Area, Friday May 22