UPDATE 5:41: The Mayor’s office has just released a “signed and stamped” declaration of local emergency for the City and County of San Francisco. You can see the declaration here.

OK, as I was editing this, the theme song to The Terminator came up on my iTunes. HAHAHAHA I am laughing and freaked out at the same time. Would the machines really try to kill us with their pig disease?

UPDATE 11:50 AM: The San Francisco Department of Public Health has announced that the state public health department has confirmed (whew!) that a local boy who recently traveled to Mexico has contracted swine flu. They’re saying he’s not presently enrolled in school, so sorry kids, no local closings yet.

UPDATE 9:50 AM: There’s also been a case reported in Solano County, a 50-year-old Vacaville man.

Two of the Bay Area’s probable causes were reported among students at Branham High School in San Jose and Highlands Elementary School in Pittsburg. Officials have decided to close those schools for the state-recommended 7 days, which is so much better than the snow days one gets as a kid in the less temperate areas of the country.

8:57 AM San Mateo County health officials have announced that two probable cases of swine flu have been reported, bringing the Bay Area’s total number of probable cases to at least 11.

The tally so far: four probable cases in Santa Clara County, three in Contra Costa County and two in Marin County. (And, given the way this lady in front of me on the N is hacking, can a case in San Francisco County not be certain to follow? Farewell, cruel world.)

Our needlessly exhaustive liveblog of yesterday’s Ca Dept of Public Health call on swine flu is here, and a handy swine flu FAQ is here.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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