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Coping with COVID-19: March 20

Reporter Supporters needed. With businesses closing and the future uncertain, the Chronicle’s ad revenues have started to drop, and the prognosis for the next few months is not good. We will keep the news flowing, because it’s more important than ever to be well informed, but we could use some help. We know it’s a tough time for everybody. Whatever you can do will be very greatly appreciated.

Tax payment deadline extended
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced today that people who owe taxes to the IRS will have until July 15 to pay. Taxpayers still need to file their returns by April 15.

Online life. Speaking of music, here are some cool sites to visit while we’re all cooped at home. Free nightly Metropolitan Opera performances streaming on the Berlin Philharmonic’s free digital concert hall. Other virtual adventures to try: Walk through theRedwood National Forest, tour the Great Wall of China, tour the Vatican, visit the Statue of Liberty or the Guggenheim Museum. (Thanks to Al Tompkins’ “Covering COVID-19” briefing from Poynter Institute for the great suggestions.)


Train schedule cut back. Metra Electric Line will be switching to an alternate weekday schedule starting on Monday, March 23, because ridership has dropped since social distancing measures were implemented by the state. 

Business news. Kohl’s announced it temporarily closed its stores nationwide as of 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19. The closure will last at least until April 1. The store will still conduct business at and through its app. Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer, said the company will provide store associates with two weeks pay.

Good news? In China, the number of cases with COVID-19 has stabilized, remaining just under 81,000 for several days. And while the country lost more than 3,000 people to COVID-19, it’s worth noting that more than 70,000 have recovered from the illness.

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