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It’s difficult to answer how many people are experiencing homelessness in San Francisco on any given day.

Though volunteers fan out across the city annually to try and count, the range varies wildly. The latest best estimates oscillate between 8,000 and 19,000 people living outside of stable housing.

Despite the discrepancy in numbers, a Chronicle analysis of several sources of data and interviews with homelessness experts make clear that the problem is only getting worse.

Read more from Yoohyun Jung and Mallory Moench.

virus updates

Henri Louvigny receives his Pfizer booster from resisted nurse Katya Betz in October as his daughter, Monique Louvigny, holds her dog, Olive, at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo.

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• Millions of people are still suffering the effects of long COVID. Ranging from neurological symptoms to chronic fatigue to cardiac problems, they’re baffling researchers who are trying to alleviate their suffering. What’s causing the holdup in treating these long-term symptoms?

• COVID cases are again rising in the Bay Area, spurred by a subvariant of the omicron strain. San Francisco has the second-highest rate of infection in California, and experts fear it could get worse with people no longer wearing masks.

• More than a year after COVID vaccines became available for most of the United States, the majority of the country has received at least one shot immunizing them from most severe coronavirus infections. But there are still a lot of remaining questions, such as when kids under 5 will become eligible for shots and when waning immunity will prompt others to get another shot. Here’s what the timeline looks like going forward.

• A few hours east of the Bay Area in Tuolumne County, the pandemic has divided a tight-knit community.

what to eat

Warbat at Damask Rose Coffee in Berkeley.

Warbat at Damask Rose Coffee in Berkeley.

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Delicate bird’s nest pastries and pastel soft serve swirled atop fish-shaped cones are all the rage in the East Bay this spring.

Notable restaurant openings in the East Bay in April also include Hotbird, a hot chicken shop that moved back to Oakland from San Francisco, and Dissident Spirits, a Richmond craft distillery with a new tasting room. The Chronicle’s must-try new restaurant guide has you covered for eateries blooming outside of the East Bay.

Up north, aperitifs are making a comeback in the form of a French-inspired tasting room. L’Apero les Trois in Winters (Yolo County) is probably the first aperitif-focused showroom in California, offering inexpensive flights paired with small plates.

Around the Bay

The focus of San Francisco's crime problem will shift to Mayor London Breed if voters recall the district attorney.

The focus of San Francisco’s crime problem will shift to Mayor London Breed if voters recall the district attorney.

Scott Strazzante/The Chronicle 2019

From Joe Garofoli: If DA Chesa Boudin is recalled, Mayor London Breed will be solely responsible for San Francisco’s crime concerns. Also: The Chronicle has compiled a comprehensive Voter Guide to the key races that California and Bay Area residents will decide on in June.

Filling the gaps: A new San Francisco program wants to assign case managers to people struggling with addiction and mental illness before they fall through the cracks of a patchwork health care system.

disconnect: Despite pushing for more electric vehicles, California’s public charging stations are in sorry shape, users say. A new survey found that nearly a quarter of the Bay Area’s electric vehicle chargers are unreliable or inoperable.

“Inhumane”: California has awarded Oakland nearly $5 million to address a sprawling homeless encampment crisis. But local leaders say it’s not enough to solve the problem.

From the vault: What did San Francisco’s first women’s college look like? We dive into the archives for photos of the Catholic nun-run higher education institution.

Clean streets: An economic recovery program from the Latino Cultural District wants to revitalize San Francisco’s Mission District, which has suffered during the pandemic.

A fire in Oakland’s Fruitvale district ripped through several apartments and businesses, destroying the home of an artist who had been living in her gallery.

“This is America”: Warriors forward Draymond Green was the target of a racist slur from a Memphis meteorologist over the weekend, which coach Steve Kerr called “not surprising.”

Snow in May: A light dusting of snow fell over the Sierra over the weekend, accompanying unseasonably low temperatures across Northern California.

Areas of interest

479 Ferne Ave. in Palo Alto hit the market for $4 million, but sold for more.

479 Ferne Ave. in Palo Alto hit the market for $4 million, but sold for more.

DeLeon Realty

Although there isn’t quite an exodus from the Bay Area, prospective home buyers are thinking seriously about leaving the region.

New Redfin data shows that nearly 1 in 4 Bay Area users of the real estate site is looking at other metropolitan areas in California when browsing for homes. Sacramento and Los Angeles top the list of cities they’re looking in, but Seattle, Austin, Texas, and Portland, Ore., are also catching would-be buyers’ eyes.

High home prices and mortgage interest rates haven’t driven everyone away. A Palo Alto home hit the market at $4 million. Its eventual sale price went even higher. Can you guess how much it eventually sold for?

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