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- 386,907 confirmed cases in California
- 7,716 confirmed deaths in California
- 41,586 confirmed cases in the Bay Area
*As of 9:00am PT on 7/20
UPDATES FROM THE TECH COMMUNITY
We are sharing the latest COVID-19 resources from the San Francisco tech industry, as well other community-minded initiatives pioneered by sf.citi members.
- Over 100 companies, including sf.citi members AdRoll, Airbnb, Facebook, Dropbox, Google, Intuit, Lyft, Microsoft, Postmates, Slack, and Uber, signed a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to leave the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place. Of Dreamers, the letter read, “Their work and commitment to our companies, their families and communities are critical to our nation’s strength.”
- On July 23, Comcast Business is hosting the Future of Business 2020 Virtual Conference. Attendees will hear from industry leaders about how to prepare for and embrace the future of business—register here.
- Cruise has been working with the SF-Marin Food Bank and SF New Deal to overcome heightened food insecurity due to COVID-19. As of last week, Cruise completed more than 50,000 contactless deliveries of groceries and meals to San Francisco’s most vulnerable and underserved populations.
- Instacart launched the #GiveFromtheCart Challenge to support Feeding America and fight hunger in the wake of COVID-19. The company will match donations, up to 1 million meals, through August 14.
UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
- sf.citi joined other Bay Area groups in opposing San Francisco’s recent efforts to place a package of business tax hikes on the November 2020 ballot. As reiterated in an earlier article, we believe these tax measures would worsen the City’s economic recovery and prompt essential employers to leave San Francisco altogether.
- On July 17, Mayor Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced next steps to control the spread of COVID-19. With a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, San Francisco was placed on California’s county “watch list.” As such, the City will pause its reopening plans indefinitely and double down on efforts to change San Franciscans’ behaviors to slow the spread of COVID-19. Today, July 20, San Francisco’s Department of Public Health will also issue a new Public Health Order requiring private health care providers to expand testing.
- On July 15, Mayor Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced that San Francisco would again extend the pause on its reopening plans. Due to surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in San Francisco, activities and businesses previously scheduled to resume on either June 29 or July 13 will remain closed. This includes dining, indoor museums and aquariums, outdoor swimming pools, and real estate open houses by appointment. Personal services such as haircuts, massages, tattoos and body piercing, manicures and pedicures will also not be allowed to reopen.
To stay up to date with all City of San Francisco updates, follow the Mayor’s updates here.
UPDATES FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
- On July 13, Governor Newsom announced a significant reversal on California’s reopening plans. Governor Newsom’s rollback requires bars and indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, card rooms and museums to shut down across the state. Furthermore, in 30 counties on the state’s “watch list,” indoor malls, places of worship, hair salons, and fitness centers must shift their operations outdoors or close.
- On July 17, Governor Newsom announced a pandemic plan for schools and learning for the 2020-2021 academic year. The plan focuses on five key areas, including (1) safe in-person school informed by public health data, (2) mask requirements for all staff and students in 3rd grade or above, (3) physical distancing requirements, (4) testing and contract tracing for COVID-19 outbreaks at schools, and (5) distance learning. You can read the full guidance from the California Department of Public Health here.
To stay up to date with all State of California updates, follow the California Department of Health’s updates here.
SUPPORT OUR SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY
Every week, sf.citi will feature a different San Francisco nonprofit and share ways you can support its mission and work.
- Community Tech Network (CTN) is a great resource for San Francisco seniors looking to connect safely and independently to the internet from their home—especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. CTN helps seniors apply for internet access, provides professional training, and even a free tablet. One client credited CTN with helping him stay connected to family and friends via email and Zoom, pay bills, keep up with COVID-19 news and updates, and access critical telemedicine services. Learn how you can help connect San Francisco seniors to the internet by volunteering with or donating to Community Tech Network.
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