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Jan. 8, 2022
UC Berkeley to start semester remotely, plans to resume in-person learning Jan. 31
UC Berkeley announced it will begin the semester with most classes being offered remotely.
Some students and staff had expressed concern that Berkeley was the only University of California undergraduate campus not planning to offer virtual learning.
Remote classes will begin January 18, and plans to go full in-person instruction will resume on January 31.
You can read the university’s statement here.
Vallejo City Hall Closed until Feb. 28
Vallejo City Hall will be closed to the public until at least March because of a spike in COVID cases.
City Council, Board, and Commission meetings will still happen in-person for now.
City Council will consider switching to completely virtual meetings in its next session on Tuesday.
If you need to reach a certain department, it’s taking virtual appointment meetings Mondays through Thursdays.
Drop boxes for bill payments are open.
Jan. 7, 2022
Hayward Unified to remote for 1 week
The Hayward Unified School District voted on Friday go back to remote learning for a week starting Monday.
The debate went on for several hours and the majority of the discussion and public comments focused not so much on whether to go back to distance learning, but if one week was actually too short.
There were several parents and even board members urging the kids be kept out of class for two weeks or even until the start of February.
The school board will revisit the decision and its next meeting and consider an extension for remote learning.
Gov. Gavin Newsom sends CA National Guard to help with state’s COVID-19 testing capacity
Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday he has sent the California National Guard to help communities throughout the state with additional testing sites as COVID-19 cases continue to grow.
In a statement by the governor, “the National Guard plan will deploy more than 200 Cal Guard members across 50 Optum Serve sites around the state, providing interim clinical staff while permanent staff are hired adding capacity for walk-ins, assisting with crowd control and back-filling for staff absences – all in an effort to conduct more tests for more Californians. “
The COVID-19 testing site in Antioch located at 4703 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94531, started receiving aid from the National Guard on Friday, the governor’s office said.
“On Monday, the site will double the number of testing windows to four and double the number of appointments per day. The site is open Saturday from 11a.m. – 7p.m. Additional sites in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties will also receive assistance from the National Guard beginning today and through the coming days.”
Additional members of the national guard will be deployed next week in similar capacities.
“California has led the country’s fight against COVID-19, implementing first-in-the-nation public health measures that have helped save tens of thousands of lives,” said Governor Newsom in written statement. “We continue to support communities in their response to COVID by bolstering testing capacity.”
The activation of the CA National Guard is on top of the additional 6,000 testing sites across the state as well as the nearly 10 million tests given to schools since early December, the governor said.
CA reports more than 100,000 new COVID cases
The state of California released new coronavirus numbers on Friday. See the breakdown below:
103,606 new cases
5,634,357 total cases
292 new deaths
76,341 total deaths
7 day test positivity rate = 21.7%
9,279 hospitalized patients
1,500 icu patients
San Jose City Council set to approve booster mandate
Next week, San Jose’s city council is set to approve an update to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. If approved, it would require people who visit city-owned facilities like SAP Center, where the Sharks play and the San Jose Convention Center to provide proof that they have received a booster vaccination. The proposal would also require city employees to get a booster, if eligible, or prove that they have received one.
Jan. 6, 2022
Cal State East Bay going remote for first 2 weeks of spring 2022 semester
Cal State East Bay is the latest CSU to announce it will delay in-person learning.
The university said it will begin the first two weeks of the spring 2022 semester remotely, according to its website.
Class and labs scheduled between Jan. 18 through Jan. 28 will be “delivered via remote modalities,” the school wrote. “We have made the decision to start the Spring semester virtually to greatly reduce population density on our campuses,” said Cal State East Bay President Cathy Sandeen.
The school plans to return to in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 31.
San Francisco State University announced today it has delayed in-person learning until Feb. 14.
You can read the posting by visiting this page.
Cal State East Bay will temporarily begin the first two weeks of Spring 2022 semester with remote instruction. Classes and labs offered between Jan. 18 through Jan. 28 will be online and will return to the planned instructional modality Jan. 31. https://t.co/63kMhPOnDm
— Cal State East Bay (@CalStateEastBay) January 6, 2022
San Francisco State University to delay in-person learning until Feb. 14
San Francisco State University announced on Thursday it has delayed in-person learning until Monday, Feb. 14 due to the omicron surge.
“The escalation in positivity rates and increased hospitalizations across the state,” said SF State President Lynn Mahoney, Ph.D. in a written statement on the university’s website.
She also said most campus services will be held remotely until February 7.
However, she wrote the school semester will start as planned on Monday, January 24.
You can read the full statement by visiting this page.
CAMPUS ALERT: SF State President Mahoney announced today that the University is temporarily moving to remote modalities until February 14 due to the current Omicron surge. The semester itself will start as planned on January 24.
— SF State (@SFSU) January 6, 2022
Oakley will distribute free at-home COVID test kits
Supervisor Diane Burgis’ office and the city of Oakley will distribute free at-home COVID test kits to families. The testing kits will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis at a drive-through event at the Oakley Recreation Center on O’Hara Avenue, the East Bay Times, reports. It will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or while supplies last. Test kits are limited to two per family. Each kit contains two tests.
Jan. 5, 2022
West Contra Costa Unified School District cancels classes for Friday and Monday due to omicron surge
The West Contra Costa Unified School District announced it is cancelling classes for Friday, January 7 and Monday, January 10 due to the omicron surge
Dr. Kenneth Chris Hurst, Superintendent of West CoCo unified said on the school’s website on Wednesday all district schools will be closed for students and staff on both days as schools will undergo a deep cleaning on Friday, January 7. You can read the full statement on this page.
CA extends indoor mask mandate
California is extending its indoor mask mandate for at least one more month – through Feb. 15 – state officials said Wednesday.
The state had brought back the mandate last month amid a surge in new COVID-19 infections fueled by the more-contagious omicron variant. Holiday gatherings and related activities are also playing a role in a continuing sharp increase in cases. Here’s the full story.
SJPD taking measures to reduce spread
Local jurisdictions are taking action to try and stop the spread of COVID 19. The San Jose Police Department is reducing services at its main headquarters and it’s temporarily barring any in-person filing of police reports. Fingerprinting will only be available for court orders, bookings, registrations, and warrant requests. San Mateo County is following the lead of Contra Costa County and stopping jury trials for two weeks.
Jan. 4, 2022
Bay Area school district to provide faculty 1 KN95 mask every week through end of school year
The West Contra Costa Unified School District will require all faculty at school sites to wear a KN95 mask while at work starting Jan. 10. The District has ordered enough masks for each employee to have one KN95 mask per week through the end of the school year.
Marin Co. public schools to prohibit indoor gatherings, spectators at indoor sporting events
Marin County public schools plan to prohibit indoor gatherings like assemblies and prohibit spectators, including parents, at indoor sporting events due to the surge of omicron, ABC7 News has learned. Marin County public health officer Dr. Matt Willis says most of the positive cases have been from asymptomatic people, and have more likely to have been involved in indoor sporting activities, attended at least two indoor gatherings over holidays and likely have traveled out of the state.
Stanford announces new winter sports attendance policies
Stanford athletics announced Tuesday that spectator attendance at all indoor winter events will be temporarily reduced to a limited number of student-athlete families, while outdoor events will require social distancing and mask-wearing for all attendees. The changes come as the university sees rising COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant.
Hundreds of SF essential workers in quarantine
SF health officials say 186 SFPD members, including 167 sworn officers, 135 SFFD staff, and 85 SFMTA personnel have been exposed to COVID-19 and have entered or are entering quarantine. These departments say they are prioritizing essential operations and establishing emergency contingency plans to minimize disruption to services.
SF health officials give COVID update
San Francisco health officials provided an update on the surge in omicron cases in the city. An average of 829 SF residents a day are contracting COVID-19 (as of December 27), which is more than double that of last winter’s peak at 373 cases per day. Officials say 81% of SF residents are vaccinated, and 54% have been boosted. San Francisco Department of Public Health sites have expanded to more than 25,000 tests a week across the city, nearly doubling capacity from three weeks ago.
CA releases 1st full update on numbers since Dec. 31
California released its latest coronavirus data on Tuesday, our first full update since Dec 31 so these numbers all look exceptionally high, especially the new cases. The positivity rate sets a new record, but remember you do have more people testing so that contributes to the increase. See a breakdown of the numbers below:
237,084 new cases.
5,428,522 total cases
77 new deaths
75,924 total deaths
7 day test positivity rate = 20.4%
7,914 hospitalized patients
1,343 icu patients
San Mateo reopens vaccine clinic
San Mateo County is reopening a vaccination clinic at the San Mateo Event Center today. The clinic reopens at noon and closes at 7 p.m. It will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays going forward. You are encouraged to sign up through the state’s MyTurn website for an appointment, but people without appointments will not be turned away. The county is offering first, second, and booster doses.
Jan. 3, 2022
FDA takes actions to expand Pfizer vaccine use
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to:
- Expand the use of a single booster dose to include use in individuals 12 through 15 years of age.
- Shorten the time between the completion of primary vaccination of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and a booster dose to at least five months.
- Allow for a third primary series dose for certain immunocompromised children 5 through 11 years of age.
Jan. 2, 2022
SF Unified to offer rapid testing to students starting today
Starting today, San Francisco Unified will offer mobile rapid testing at the district office. Appointments are required. School sites will also be testing students throughout next week.
The site at Franklin St. will be open from 9a.m. to 4p.m. on Sunday at 555 Franklin Street (parking lot). For more information, you can visit this page.
Jan. 1, 2022
SF Unified to offer rapid testing to students
Many families in the Bay Area are struggling to get their children tested for COVID before they return to school on Monday. COVID testing appointments or rapid tests are hard to find in some areas. Starting tomorrow, San Francisco Unified will offer mobile rapid testing at the district office on Franklin Street. School sites will also be testing students throughout next week.
Dec. 31, 2021
California’s positivity rate rises
California’s 7-day test positivity rate is now up to 12.9 percent. It was in the single digits only on Tuesday.
Dec. 30, 2021
SF Sketchfest postponed due to rise in omicron cases, organizers say
The 2022 SF Sketchfest has been postponed due to the rise in omicron cases, organizers said on Thursday.
The event was originally slated for Jan. 7 to Jan. 23. Organizers said in a statement online, in part:
“The safety of our artists, staff and audiences is our number our priority. Over the past week, we have had many artists reach out to us to express concern about traveling and performing at a time when the COVID omicron variant is causing increased positive cases and breakthrough infections around the country. We have also had some artists and staff members test positive for COVID.”
The site says a new date will be announced in the coming weeks.
To read the full statement, you can visit this page.
California’s positivity rate is 12.9%, new data shows
The state positivity rate is now at 12.9%, according to the California Department of Public Health which just released new data today.
There are a reportedly 37,673 new cases with a total of 5,135,071 COVID-19 cases.
Here are the latest numbers:
109 new deaths
75,738 total in deaths
5,516 hospitalized patients which has increased by 318
1,194 ICU patients, up 115
64,562,129 individuals have been vaccinated in California
California’s COVID positivity rate now 11.2%
California’s COVID positivity rate now 11.2%
Here in California, the test positivity rate is now in the double digits, at 11.2%. Remember, before Christmas it was around 5%. The week of Thanksgiving, it hovered around 2%.
Dec. 29, 2021
Sonoma County to reinstate indoor mask mandates
Sonoma County joined other Bay Area counties Wednesday in rescinding exemptions that allowed stable groups of fully vaccinated people to remove their masks indoors in some workplaces, gyms, churches and other public settings. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask in all indoor public settings according to the updated guideline, set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.
San Francisco temporarily tightens vaccine, indoor masking requirements
San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Wednesday a updated vaccine and indoor masking requirements due to the surge of the omicron variant, effective February 1, 2022.
The changes include:
1) Requiring boosters among workers in healthcare and high-risk settings as well as some additional higher-risk settings not covered by the State requirements
2) A temporary suspension of the indoor universal mask exemption that allowed removal of masks for stable groups of 100% fully vaccinated individuals in certain settings
3) Attendees and staff of indoor megaevents are up-to-date on vaccinations, including boosters if eligible
In addition, San Francisco Department of Public Health plans to align its guidance on the quarantine with the recently announced modifications recommended by the CDC and California Department of Public Health.
Alameda and Marin counties update indoor masking mandate
Marin County, Alameda County and the city of Berkeley announced that their health officers are rescinding the facemask amendments allowing fully vaccinated people to go unmasked in some limited settings, effective 12:01 am on December 30, 2021. Everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, must mask in all indoor public settings. This change does not impact face masking requirements for school and youth settings.
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose offers free passes to vaccinated guests
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is offering to help families get vaccinated and visit the museum for free. It’s happening this Sunday, January 2, and on the 23. All you have to do is show up on one of those dates, get vaccinated, and the museum will give you a free museum pass. You can use it the day you’re vaccinated or anytime within 6-months.
Dec. 28, 2021
Contra Costa Co. updates indoor masking mandate
Contra Costa County health officials announced a new order requiring masks in all public indoor places without exceptions for certain indoor settings. The order, which goes into effect on Dec. 29, 2021, now requires all people in Contra Costa, regardless of vaccination status, to mask in public indoor settings.
Previously, fully vaccinated public speakers and performers, and fully vaccinated groups of 100 or fewer people were allowed to remove their face coverings under controlled conditions.
Santa Clara Co. updates vaccination requirement for high-risk work settings
Santa Clara Co. health officials issued a health order requiring up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination for workers in certain higher-risk settings in light of the rapid surge in cases due to the omicron variant.
Under the new order, by Jan. 24, 2022, workers must be up-to-date on their vaccination (both fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 if eligible for a booster) in these higher-risk settings:
- Skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, adult day care facilities, and memory care facilities
- Healthcare delivery facilities (such as hospitals, clinics, medical offices, dialysis centers) where patient care is provided, as well as medical first responders
- Jails and other correctional facilities
- Congregate shelters
Contra Costa Co. mandates booster shots for first responders
Contra Costa County has mandated booster shots for first responders and other at-risk workers. The order will take effect on January 10. Workers who don’t get the booster shot will have to test weekly for COVID. The mandate covers law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel as well as workers in homeless shelters.
Dec. 27, 2021
Surge in omicron cases will ‘get worse,’ Fauci says
The surge in COVID-19 cases is “going to get worse before it gets better, that’s for sure,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday on “Good Morning America.” And it could take weeks for the number of daily cases to start declining, he noted.
“It’s very difficult to predict, because we have so many unvaccinated people in this country who are really quite vulnerable,” Fauci said. “Even with the vaccinated people, you’re going to see breakthrough infections.”
Fauci also sought to ease concerns about the availability of at-home tests. Demand for those tests spiked during the holiday season, as worries about omicron grew and families took precautions before gathering.
“Well certainly omicron is a very, very unusual variant in its incredible degree of spreading,” Fauci said. “As we enter January, there will be many, many more tests that we have.”
Dec. 24, 2021
Lawmakers call for vaccine proof or negative test for domestic flights
A group of Democratic lawmakers — including Senator Dianne Feinstein and East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell — is calling to require domestic airline passengers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination status or a recent negative test before flying. This week they sent a letter to CDC Director Doctor Rochelle Walensky and FAA Administrator Steve Dickson.
The lawmakers pointed out that both proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a negative test is already required for people coming to the U.S. from another country.
Dec. 23, 2021
Appointments now required at Contra Costa Health Services COVID-19 testing sites.
Due to an increase in demand, appointments are now required at Contra Costa Health Services’ community COVID-19 testing locations in Richmond and San Ramon, health officials announced Thursday. For more information on testing, visit this page.
CA’s new COVID-19 data shows sharp spike in cases
Thursday’s California coronavirus data shows the test positivity rate jumped to 4.2%, hospitalizations are back over 4,000 and there were 15,485 new cases reported. A breakdown of the numbers is below:
15,485 new cases
4,969,615 total cases
102 new deaths
75,383 total deaths
7 day test positivity rate = 4.2%
4,005 hospitalized patients
995 ICU patients
Ten million treatment courses of Pfizer’s newly FDA-authorized COVID-19 pill have been purchased by the federal government, the White House announced. The White House said 265,000 doses will be available in January and all 10 million will be delivered by late summer. The White House said it also bought 3 million courses of Merck’s treatment, though that pill is not yet authorized.
Dec. 22, 2021
Final performances of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Golden Gate Theater canceled
The remaining performances of “A Christmas Carol” at Golden Gate Theater have been canceled due to breakthrough cases within the cast. Ticket holders will be contacted by their original point of purchase. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gov. Newsom lays out new actions to slow spread of COVID
Governor Newsom is laying out new actions to slow the spread of COVID in California that includes a booster mandate for health care workers, increased testing access for students, and expanded hours at testing sites.
Pfizer pill becomes 1st US-authorized home COVID treatment
U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the first pill against COVID-19, a Pfizer drug that Americans will be able to take at home to head off the worst effects of the virus.
Booster shots ‘will really help us’ with omicron, CDC director says
About 73% of U.S. COVID-19 cases are now the omicron variant, but that number rises to 90% in areas like New York, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told “Good Morning America” Wednesday.
“Things are moving quickly,” she said. “The doubling times of this virus are very fast, around two days.”
But Walensky said the booster shot “will really help” with this variant.
“What we know about omicron is that it has a lot of mutations, and with more mutations we need more immune protection. And that’s really why this booster shot will really help us,” Walensky said.
Dec. 21, 2021
Rep. Barbara Lee tests positive for COVID
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13) announced Tuesday that she has a breakthrough case of COVID. Rep. Lee says she is experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms” and following health guidelines which includes quarantining.
Oakland requiring proof of vaccination for restaurants, bars, gyms and more
People visiting several types of facilities in Oakland as well as City Hall must now provide proof of vaccination to get inside. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to approve the requirement in an effort to boost the vaccination rate in the city. Places that will now require proof of vaccination include where food or drinks are served, entertainment venues, theaters, concert venues, museums, recreational facilities, yoga studios, gyms, fitness centers, senior adult care centers, large indoor events at facilities owned by the city or privately, City Hall and programs at city senior centers.
California to require healthcare workers to take COVID-19 booster
The office of California Governor Gavin Newsom announced all state healthcare workers will be required to get a COVID-19 booster. The memo posted to Twitter did not say when, but that more details will be coming Wednesday.
California will require healthcare workers to get a COVID-19 booster.
Omicron is spreading rapidly and we must do all we can to keep staff at hospitals and medical facilities healthy and safe to protect Californians during a potential winter surge.
More to come tomorrow.
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) December 22, 2021
UC Santa Cruz to hold classes online for 2 weeks of winter quarter
University of California, Santa Cruz announced Tuesday that classes will be held online for the first two weeks of the winter quarter in January out of concern about the recent rise in COVID-19 infections and the likelihood that they will continue to increase because of holiday gatherings.
The school’s winter quarter starts Jan. 3, but instruction will take place remotely instead of in-person until Jan. 18, although students are encouraged to return to campus on schedule and other campus operations will continue, UC Santa Cruz officials said.
Santa Cruz Co. reports 2 cases of omicron variant
Santa Cruz County officials announced Tuesday that they have identified two cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in the county. Samples collected last Thursday and Friday from two people in their 20s living in the north part of the county tested positive for the omicron variant of COVID-19 that experts say is more transmissible than previous variants.
SJ mayor proposes booster shot mandate for city employees
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo announced a proposal to require all San Jose city employees to have a booster shot or third round of vaccinations. The proposal would be a condition of employment for city workers, and would also apply to residents or visitors that enter city-owned facilities. If the proposal passes the city council vote, San Jose could become the first city in California with such a mandate. Currently, San Jose requires proof of full vaccination to all city-owned facilities.
Fauci predicts omicron will peak soon
Dr. Anthony Fauci said omicron’s peak will be soon: “It’s going to be a matter of a couple of weeks that we then start to see just as dramatic a decline,” he said. “That’s what we’re hoping for.”
“When you have something that goes up this quickly, often you see it come right back down. Because what will happen is that either almost everyone is either going to get infected, particularly the unvaccinated, or be vaccinated,” he said. “And the vaccinated people will either be — particularly the boosted people, and it’s very important to underscore right now the importance of getting boosted — that those people will either be protected from infection, or if they do get infected, they’ll have a relatively mild course of infection.”
Dec. 20, 2021
Oakland may require vaccine proof for indoor businesses
People in Oakland would need to show proof of COVID vaccination at restaurants, bars, gyms, and other indoor public places under a proposed new ordinance. The city council is expected to vote on the measure Tuesday.
If passed, it would go into effect Feb. 1. The ordinance would apply to anyone 12 and older.
San Francisco, Contra Costa County, and the city of Berkeley recently approved similar measures.
Moderna says COVID-19 vaccine booster increases omicron neutralizing antibodies
Moderna on Monday said its current vaccine booster increased neutralizing antibodies against omicron within a month of getting the shot. Here’s the full story.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker test positive for COVID breakthrough
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Cory Booker said Sunday they both tested positive for COVID-19 as the country deals with another surge in cases and the emergence of the omicron variant. Here’s the full story.
Dec. 19, 2021
3 omicron variant cases detected in the San Francisco’s Mission District with no travel history
Nearly three weeks after the first omicron case in the U.S was detected in San Francisco, researchers at the Chan Zuckerberg BioHub detected three new cases in the Mission District. Here’s the full story.
Dec. 17, 2021
1st case of omicron variant confirmed in Marin Co.
Marin County health officials confirmed their first case of the omicron variant. The individual had recently traveled from the Eastern U.S. and was fully vaccinated but had not yet received a booster shot. The person is now in isolation with mild symptoms.
COVID-19 positivity rate in New York City nearly doubles in 3 days
Alarmed by a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases and the increasing prevalence of the omicron variant, New York City officials were working to distribute one million masks and 500,000 home tests, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Here’s more on the increase in cases.
Dec. 16, 2021
Santa Clara Co. health leaders fear surge of new COVID variant cases
Nearly a week after the first case of omicron was detected in the South Bay, Santa Clara County’s top health officials are starting to express concern. Ten confirmed cases include four unvaccinated individuals, five vaccinated and one person who recently got a booster. Here’s more from Santa Clara Co. Health Director Dr. Sara Cody.
CDC committee recommends opting for Pfizer or Moderna over J&J, if given the choice
Most Americans should be given the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines instead of the Johnson & Johnson shot that can cause rare but serious blood clots, U.S. health advisers recommended Thursday. Here’s the full story.
Dec. 10, 2021
Health officials give update on 1st omicron case in Santa Clara Co.
Santa Clara County health officials say the person who contracted the omicron variant was exposed in Florida. The person noticed symptoms on Nov. 30 and was tested on Dec. 1. The person was vaccinated but not boosted and had “very mild” illness, according to Santa Clara Co. Health Director Dr. Sara Cody.
Health officials say they are doing waste water surveillance where they found the omicron variant in a sewer shed that serves 200,0000 people in the north part of the county.
Santa Clara Co. reports 1st omicron case
Santa Clara County is reporting its first case of omicron. The person is in isolation and was fully vaccinated but had not received a booster; they had recently returned from domestic travel out of state.
Dec. 8, 2021
Free COVID-19 testing, vaccination clinic in Oakland closes due to staffing, vaccine shortages
A free COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinic in downtown Oakland has abruptly closed its doors, city officials announced Wednesday. The clinic at 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, near City Hall, was scheduled to stay open until at least the end of December. But a shortage of vaccine and of staff forced it to close, according to city officials. City officials said a clinic in the Fruitvale area is open and supplying boosters, vaccinations, and testing for free. The clinic is located at 3411 E. 12th St., Suite 130. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
Fauci: Omicron ‘almost certainly’ not more severe than delta
Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the omicron variant is “almost certainly” not more severe than delta. He stressed, however, that it is important to not overinterpret early data, as the patients being followed skew younger and are less likely to become hospitalized. Severe illness can take weeks to develop.
Dec. 7, 2021
Chase Center updates COVID policy for kids
Children ages 5 to 11 now have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test prior to entry at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours before the start of the event.
Dec. 6, 2021
SAP Center updates COVID policy
The SAP Center in San Jose will now require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (within 72 hours of the event) for any guests ages 3-11 starting Thur. Dec. 9.
NYC mandating vaccines for all private sector employees
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a COVID vaccine mandate for all private-sector employers in New York City. The mandate is set to begin on December 27. The mayor called it a proactive, “First in the nation measure.” In addition, de Blasio said there will also be required vaccine proof for indoor dining, fitness, and entertainment for children 5 to 11.
17 people test positive for COVID-19 on cruise ship in New Orleans
At least 17 people aboard a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship docked in New Orleans have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said. The cases were found among both passengers and crew members on the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship. A probable case of the omicron variant was also identified among a member of the crew, who is not a Louisiana resident and did not leave the ship, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.
Dec. 3, 2021
5 cases of omicron variant identified in Alameda Co.
Alameda County health officials announced Friday evening that they have identified five cases of the omicron variant, all individuals are vaccinated, and most had received boosters. Officials say the cases are linked to a Nov. 27 wedding in Wisconsin which one of these individuals attended upon return from international travel.
Hawaii latest state to confirm omicron case
Hawaii became the fifth state to detect the omicron variant, after confirming a case through expedited genomic sequencing, health officials said. The individual is an unvaccinated resident of Oahu who had a previous COVID-19 infection, the state health department said. The person is experiencing “moderate symptoms,” the department said. The resident has no recent travel history, indicating that this is a case of community transmission, health officials said.
Dec. 2, 2021
Mask mandate on public transportation extended through March 18
Required masks on public transportation, including airplanes, rails and buses, will be extended through March 18, according to a new plan from the Biden administration.
Dec. 1, 2021
1st US case of Omicron variant reported in San Francisco
The first case of the Omicron variant in the United States is reported in San Francisco, city health officials said on Wednesday.
The city’s health department confirmed that the infected person returned from South Africa on November 22, and is a San Francisco resident.
The patient had mild symptoms.
This is the first known case detected nationwide.
Omicron has been named a “variant of concern” and the CDC has been monitoring for it since before Thanksgiving.
Pfizer requests FDA authorization to expand booster eligibility
Pfizer has officially requested Food and Drug Administration authorization of its COVID-19 booster for 16- and 17-year-olds, the company’s CEO said.
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