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April 17, 2021

Newsom: California economy ‘fully reopening’ June 15

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced that the state is “setting our eyes on fully reopening by June 15—with commonsense measures like masking.” Newsom made the announcement via Twitter, and reiterated the state’s plan to eventually forgo the current four-tiered, color-coded reopening system during...

New Covid-19 cases flatline in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County has experienced a sharp decrease in the number of known Covid-19 cases since January that have led to loosening restrictions. But those numbers have flatlined in recent weeks, and with new variants circulating in the county, cases could be on the...

What 3-foot social distance means for return to California schools

New state and federal Covid safety guidelines that reduce the recommended minimum distance between students from 6 feet to 3 feet should make it easier for California schools to return students to classrooms full time, but most districts are not likely to make the...

Farmworkers vaccinated at César Chávez Day clinic

Frontline agricultural workers received their second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine at a Morgan Hill mushroom farm on César Chávez Day, March 31. The vaccination clinic was a follow-up to a two-day event earlier this month at Monterey Mushrooms on Hale Avenue when farmworkers from...

State to make Covid-19 vaccine available to all adults starting April 15

California will open Covid-19 vaccine access to all residents age 16 and up starting on April 15 based on expected increases in the supply of vaccine doses, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday.  Vaccine doses will first become available statewide to residents age 50 and over...

Santa Clara County moves into Orange Tier

San Francisco, Santa Clara and Marin counties moved into the state's orange tier of Covid-19 restrictions Tuesday, allowing them to expand indoor capacities for some businesses and reopen bars outdoors.  The three counties join San Mateo County as the only Bay Area counties to proceed...

Caltrain to provide free rides to vaccination sites

Starting next week, Caltrain will offer free train rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination sites for people living or working in San Francisco, Santa Clara or San Mateo counties. The agency said that fare payment to vaccination sites will not be required until further notice,...

More South County ag workers getting vaccinated

More agricultural workers in South Santa Clara County are receiving doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, even as supply remains low. This week, the county vaccinated food and agricultural workers on-site at Lusamerica Foods and Kawahara Nursery in Morgan Hill, and will be facilitating a vaccination...

Scars remain one year after stay-home order

Gary Young was affectionately called the “Candy Cane Man” around Christmastime, when he would pass out the minty red-and-white candies to his customers at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Gilroy. But this past holiday was different. His daughter, Stacey Silva, handed out the candy canes instead,...

Proposed bond measure seeks to improve state’s food system

Two state assemblymembers on Tuesday announced a new $3 billion bond measure that aims to spur Covid-19 economic recovery while combating climate change and food insecurity.  Assemblymembers Robert Rivas, D-Hollister, and Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, announced Assembly Bill 125—the Equitable Economic Recovery, Healthy Food Access,...