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January 17, 2022

Governor to Santa Clara County: Not so fast on Covid-19

By Barry Holtzclaw Santa Clara County is one of 19 California counties on a Covid-19 “watch list.” Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement July 1 to apply a three-week “dimmer switch” closing bars and state park parking lots, dine-in restaurant service, fitness centers and movie theaters in Santa Clara...

Christopher Ranch employee tests positive for Covid-19

Garlic production temporarily shut down in one building at Christopher Ranch after an employee tested positive for Covid-19 at the end of last week. Executive vice president Ken Christopher confirmed the case, and said Santa Clara County health officials are present at the ranch June...

County to announce new reopening order

Santa Clara County officials are expected to issue a new health order for reopening next week, despite an uptick in COVID-19 cases across the region and state.

McDonald’s workers file health complaints

A group of employees at a Gilroy McDonald’s filed complaints to the county and state June 15, alleging that management endangered workers by not immediately notifying them of a staff member who tested positive of Covid-19. The owner/operator, meanwhile, said the restaurant took swift action...

Fentanyl deaths increase in Santa Clara County

Deaths from fentanyl, a powerful opioid drug, are drastically on the rise in Santa Clara County this year, and public health officials think stress and anxiety resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic might be contributing to the increase.

County urges all to get tested for Covid-19

The response to the Covid-19 testing site at Christopher High School has been minimal in the two weeks since it has opened, but county officials hope those numbers will rise in the coming days as they urge everyone to get tested. According to Santa Clara...

Businesses pressure Santa Clara County to reopen

The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce is leading a charge of business owners who are petitioning the county to reopen establishments shuttered by the Covid-19 shelter-in-place order. Santa Clara County, meanwhile, loosened some restrictions on its order May 18 that allows stores to offer curbside pickup. On...

Nurses’ unions charge county with unfair labor practices

Two unions representing nurses and other essential employees of Santa Clara County jointly filed a claim accusing the county of unfair labor practices that left them insufficiently protected against Covid-19. The unfair labor practice charge was filed May 6 by the Registered Nurses Professional Association...

Filings show sample of Gilroy layoffs

At least 177 employees were laid off at stores in the Gilroy Premium Outlets since early April, state filings show, as “non-essential” businesses across the country fight to stay alive during a pandemic-induced shutdown. Rosewood CordeValle in San Martin, meanwhile, laid off 263 employees on...

Online portal assists essential workers with childcare

The Santa Clara County Office of Education released a new online portal that will provide essential workers access to childcare during the shelter-in-place order.