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January 31, 2023

Bay Area health officers announce new indoor mask criteria

Health officials across nine Bay Area jurisdictions announced their criteria Thursday to eventually lift the region's requirement to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status. The health officers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties and...

Covid, grades, climate change among top concerns for CA teens

From academics to pandemics, California teenagers are seeking out more help from friends, parents and teachers to cope with their situation, according to a survey released Thursday by Blue Shield of California.  Between July and August, Blue Shield of California asked 500 California students aged...

County opens grant program for small businesses

Santa Clara County this week launched a program that offers grants of up to $5,000 for local small businesses that have taken or plan to take steps to protect their workforce and customers from Covid-19. The county is partnering with the Silicon Valley and Hispanic...

State to require all K-12 teachers to get vaccinated or test weekly

K-12 teachers across California will be required to prove their full vaccination status against Covid-19 by mid-October or be subject to weekly testing, state officials announced Wednesday.  The requirement via public health order from the California Department of Public Health will take effect Thursday, according...

Santa Clara County: Covid case rate jumps among unvaccinated

The rate of positive Covid-19 cases among the unvaccinated in Santa Clara County is about 25.3 per 100,000 residents, according to a new data dashboard released this week by county officials. By contrast, fully vaccinated residents are testing positive at a rate of 6.8 cases...

Indoor mask mandate returns to Santa Clara County

Health officials in seven Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley issued a new indoor mask mandate Monday as the region faces a wave of new Covid-19 cases due to the more infectious delta variant and the remaining swath of unvaccinated residents. The mandate...

Covid vaccinations lag for those on Medi-Cal

Low-income Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal have been vaccinated at far lower rates than the overall population in all 58 counties, according to state data. The disparity reveals a strong economic divide between the vaccinated and unvaccinated throughout California. About 45% of Medi-Cal enrollees eligible for the...

State recommends indoor masks, regardless of vaccination

The California Department of Public Health formally recommended Wednesday that state residents resume wearing a face covering indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. The recommendation comes one day after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued similar guidance for people who live in...

State requires vaccination or testing for healthcare workers

State officials announced Monday that healthcare workers and state employees will now be required to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or get tested regularly if they cannot verify their vaccination status. The requirement, which officials underscored is not a pure vaccination mandate, will take effect Aug....

Counties recommend employers require vaccination of workforce

Health officers from Santa Clara and two other counties announced today that they “strongly urge” all employers to consider workplace Covid-19 safety policies that require their workforces to become fully vaccinated. For any employees who are not yet fully vaccinated, employers are still required to...

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