In the 24 hours before San Francisco Bay Area public health officials issued the country’s first stay-at-home order, they debated how to tackle the alarming rise in COVID-19 infections. Their decision set the course for the nation.
By Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Angela Hart, Kaiser Health News
Counties in the San Francisco Bay Area became the first jurisdictions in the country to order residents to “shelter in place.” Across the country, some governors and mayors ordered bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms to close.
San Francisco is using a new state law to expand the use of conservatorship, which allows the city to take people with mental illness and substance abuse issues off the streets without their consent and put them into treatment.