Bay Area coronavirus updates | Wednesday, Mar. 18

Laboratories at academic medical centers like UCSF, UC Davis, and UCLA — as well as companies like Verily — are racing to catch up to the novel coronavirus.

The latest developments around the region related to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, as of Wednesday afternoon include:

*Bay Area residents continue to shelter in place to limit gatherings and travel while reported cases continue to rise, including 175 in Santa Clara County where six people have died.

*Officials warn that blood banks and donation centers could face a critical blood shortage as a result of precautions taken to stop the spread of the virus.

*BART officials have called for emergency local, state and federal funding support as the transit agency hemorrhages money and ridership.

*Oakland Unified School District officials are distributing food to thousands of students as part of the district’s “grab and go” free meal program to help families cope with large-scale school closures.

*The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development authorized the Federal Housing Administration to implement a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for certain single-family homeowners who may not be earning income during the coronavirus outbreak.

*San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Santa Clara County officials and a group of Silicon Valley business leaders announced a pandemic response program that is intended to distribute food, mobilize volunteers and provide monetary support to vulnerable residents.

As of Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases in the greater Bay Area region:

Alameda County: 31 cases (18 at last check Tuesday)

Contra Costa County: 41 cases (34 on Tuesday)

Marin County: 11 cases (11 on Tuesday)

Monterey County: 0 cases (0 on Tuesday)

Napa County: 0 cases (0 on Tuesday)

San Francisco County: 51 cases (40 on Tuesday)

San Mateo County: 80 cases, 1 death (64 cases, 1 death on Tuesday)

Santa Clara County: 175 cases, 6 deaths (138 cases, 4 deaths on Tuesday) Santa Cruz County: 13 cases (9 on Tuesday)

Solano County: 8 cases (8 on Tuesday)

Sonoma County: 8 cases (8 on Tuesday)

Statewide: 598 cases, 13 deaths (392 cases, 6 deaths on Tuesday)

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