Where COVID continues to rise in the Bay Area

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Hello, Bay Area. It’s Tuesday, January 25, and a swanky new club in San Francisco is asking for a fee of up to $100,000 for entry. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

The coronavirus is finally on a new downward trend across California, with cases in the Bay Area down about 34% from this time last week, according to local and state data.

But promising statistics don’t tell the whole story. Parts of northern California are more like a plateau than a downslope, prompting some public health experts to warn that the current number of cases could be a cause of “false confidence” in some people.

The grim indicator for hospitalization rates is also starting to level off, but with more than 2,000 people hospitalized with COVID in the region, that could change.

So where is COVID still rising in the Bay Area? Learn more about Aidin Vaziri.

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Fans in the stands?

Rams and 49ers fans cheered during the game at SoFi Stadium on January 9.

Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

Bay Area football fans weren’t pleased when SoFi stadium organizers effectively barred anyone who didn’t live in the Greater Los Angeles area from buying tickets to the 49ers-Rams game.

Now that rule has been reversed, but tickets would be sold out. The effort to ensure only Rams fans fill the stadium, however, may have failed, according to a public relations expert.

Read more from Matthias Gafni on what happens after a fan ban.

From Ann Killion: By putting LA in ‘lame’, the Rams are making 49ers fans sweat at SoFi Stadium.

what to eat

A few celebrity-inspired restaurant dishes tasted by our reviewer.

A few celebrity-inspired restaurant dishes tasted by our reviewer.

Nick Otto / Special for The Chronicle

There’s less than a week left for dinner at Marin Brewing Company, a 33-year-old North Bay institution that closes Jan. 31. Known for its burgers and beers, the pioneer of California’s craft brewing scene is another victim of the pandemic.

At Birch & Rye, owner Anya El-Wattar wants you to rethink what you know about Russian cuisine. San Francisco’s hip new spot will debut next month in Noe Valley, featuring a menu featuring traditional rye bread, birch jelly and borscht.

And finally, Chronicle restaurant reviewer Soleil Ho has some suggestions on where not to eat. Avoid celebrity-endorsed ghost kitchens and stick to Bay Area classics, Ho writes. “These restaurants weren’t created for people who love to eat.”

around the bay

Artist's rendering of a suite of members at the Core club at the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco.

Artist’s rendering of a suite of members at the Core club at the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco.

Provided by Core

Cashed: How much would you pay to be part of the most exclusive club at the Transamerica Pyramid? For some, the entry fee is $100,000.

Air quality: Dazed by the mist during your morning runs? Winter air pollution in the Bay Area may be to blame.

Weather Outlook: Looks like you weren’t the only one doing Dry January. Here’s when the rain will fall again in the Bay Area.

Winter fire: How far is the Colorado Fire from Big Sur to the Bixby Bridge? Photos show where the flames are in relation to the tourist attraction.

Loan losses: The pandemic has driven mortgage rates to historic lows, sending Bay Area homebuyers into a frenzy. But who has been left behind in the loan race?

Podcast “Fifth & Mission”: Who are the people at the center of the Bay Area’s drug addiction and fatal overdose epidemic? Columnist Heather Knight tells the story of Jeffrey Choate.

Trial: A San Francisco police officer has been charged with needlessly hitting a man with a baton. Now he says the district attorney’s office has withheld evidence justifying his use of force.

In memory: Nicholas Molnar, pioneer of Napa’s now-famous Carneros wine region, has died at age 94.

A glittering paradise

A view of the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island.

A view of the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island.

Ken McLaughlin/The Chronicle

Travel through the archives of The Chronicle and you will find an unlimited number of jaw-dropping images.

We’ve done just that in this Chronicle Vault essay, revisiting a series of vintage photos of Treasure Island from when it was built to house the Golden Gate World’s Fair in 1939. Originally created to celebrate the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island would see some 17 million visitors in its party years before it transformed into a military training center and now, a site for housing and retail development.

To date, it is perhaps one of the most lavish celebrations the city has ever seen. After all, who’s to say they created an artificial island and a 400-foot-tall campanile for their party?

Bay Briefing is written by Gwendolyn Wu and sent to readers’ inboxes weekday mornings. Sign up for the newsletter here and contact the writer at [email protected]

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