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May 18, 2021

Citing need for local control, county declines to take part in state vaccine plan

Santa Clara County officials said the county will not join the state's new centralized vaccine distribution plan that will be run by Oakland-based health insurance giant Blue Shield.  During the county board of supervisors meeting, County Executive Jeff Smith said the state's new program, known...

Indoor dining and more can resume as Santa Clara County moves to Red Tier

Indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and other activities can resume with limitations after the state moved Santa Clara County into a less-restrictive tier due to its dipping Covid-19 numbers. On March 3, the county will be classified in the Red Tier of the state’s reopening...

Clinic in Morgan Hill brings Covid-19 vaccine to 1,000 farmworkers

An effort to vaccinate 1,000 farmworkers this week at Monterey Mushrooms’ north Morgan Hill facility began Sunday morning—the first day that frontline workers in the agricultural industry are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine in Santa Clara County. Public health experts and labor advocates say that...

Jobless claims decline as coronavirus cases ease

By Patricia Cohen, @nytimes New claims for unemployment fell last week, the government reported Thursday, the latest sign that the labor market’s recovery, however slow and unsteady, is continuing. “The numbers look encouraging on the face of it,” said Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist at Oxford...

County expects to move into ‘Red Tier’ next week

With the Covid-19 vaccine making its way through the local population and case rates and hospitalizations declining, Santa Clara County officials expect the state to loosen its public gathering guidelines by next week. And on Feb. 25, Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced a...

Mass Covid-19 vaccination site opens at Gilroy High

South County’s first mass Covid-19 vaccination site opened at Gilroy High School on Feb. 24, and health officials are hopeful the location can serve up to 2,000 people daily, dependent on supply. The vaccination clinic at 750 West 10th St. uses the main and auxiliary...

State allows youth sports to resume

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation Outdoor youth sports will soon be allowed to resume in California counties that meet a threshold for coronavirus cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday. Outdoor sports like football and baseball will be allowed to resume as early as next...

Santa Clara County to expand vaccine eligibility to teachers, ag workers

Beginning Feb. 28, workers in education, childcare, emergency services, and the food and agriculture industries will be eligible to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in Santa Clara County. County officials announced the expanded eligibility Feb. 17 after citing strong progress toward vaccinating the current group of...

Appeals court upholds county ban on indoor religious gatherings

By Bay City News Santa Clara County officials are applauding a federal court's ruling that affirmed the county's ban on indoor gatherings. The ruling reversed the court's earlier decision to provide an exception for churches to the county's prohibition of indoor gatherings of any kind, after...

Mass Covid-19 vaccination site approved for Gilroy High

Gilroy High School will become South County’s first mass Covid-19 vaccination site. The Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved an agreement Feb. 11 that allows Santa Clara County Public Health to operate a portion of the campus through July 31. According to the...