Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Tuesday, Jan. 26, and one man has made searching for the missing in places like Lake Tahoe his life’s mission. Here’s what you need to know to start your day. Some openings but still lots of cases Gov. Gavin Newsom abruptly lifted mandatory stay-home orders across California on Monday as the surge of coronavirus cases that followed the holiday season began to recede, allowing activities like outdoor dining at restaurants and personal-service businesses such as hair salons and wineries to reopen for the first time in more than a month. Most Bay Area counties said they will immediately reopen businesses eligible under the purple tier, but San Francisco will wait until Thursday, Mayor London Breed said. Counties retain the right to hold more restrictive standards than those prescribed by the state’s tier system. Public health officials are still warning Bay Area residents not to let down their guard — the daily case rate across the state is down but still higher than during the summer surge, and parts of the state’s ICU availability have not recovered. Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at UCSF, tells The Chronicle the state will be in a “chronic… Read full this story
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