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June 30, 2022

State not likely to lift school mask mandate until March

While California K-12 students will still be required to wear masks once the state's indoor mask mandate ends this week, one of the state’s top health officials said Monday that a decision on in-school mask requirements could be made by the end of the...

Libraries to distribute Covid-19 tests, masks

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The Santa Clara County Library District, working in coordination with the County of Santa Clara and County Supervisor Joe Simitian, will be offering thousands of free Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Tests to residents. Outdoor, drive-thru test distributions will take place at the Gilroy Library, 350 West...

Local indoor masking requirements to remain in place

Santa Clara County health officials announced Feb. 9 that local indoor masking requirements will not be lifted on Feb. 16, which is the date the state will rescind its order. Instead, Santa Clara County will continue to base decisions on whether and when to lift...

Officials say Omicron surge could be cresting

Santa Clara County officials said Jan. 14 that the region's Omicron surge may be cresting and called on private health care providers to increase their Covid-19 testing capacity. The county is currently seeing its highest infection rates since the pandemic began, according to Health Officer...

County gains $2.4M for grants to small businesses

Santa Clara County will receive about $2.4 million from the California Microbusiness Covid-19 Relief Grant Program (MBCRG) to aid very small businesses adversely affected by the pandemic, according to county officials. On Jan. 11, the Board of Supervisors accepted the grant and approved community partner...

Boosters required for healthcare workers

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Healthcare workers and others in “high-risk” settings must receive their Covid-19 vaccination booster by Jan. 24, the Santa Clara County health officer announced Dec. 28. Under the new local health order, workers must be up-to-date on their vaccination (both fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19...

Fundraising drive earns teen recognition, scholarship

At age 13, Addy Mosher is already setting an example of how hard work and a giving spirit can combine to create valuable assistance for an ailing community. Shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic began in early 2020, local and state restrictions resulted in many residents...

State restores indoor mask mandate

California will restore an indoor mask mandate this week in the wake of a recent increase in Covid-19 cases, one of the state's top health officials said Monday. State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said the state will reimplement an indoor mask...

First case of Omicron variant reported in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County has received its first report of a case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, county officials said Friday. The case was reported Dec. 9 involving someone who was fully vaccinated but has not received a booster. The person had recently returned from...

Sewer sludge shows rise of Covid

Wastewater readings in Gilroy show a rise of Covid-19 that is outpacing other areas of the county, possibly indicating a post-Thanksgiving surge in cases to come. The quantity of SARS-CoV-2 genes, the virus that causes Covid-19, has doubled in Gilroy over the past two weeks,...

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