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Sept. 23, 2021
Fremont Festival of Arts cancelled
For the second year in a row, the Fremont Festival of the Arts won’t be happening. It was set to take place this weekend but the Fremont Chamber of Commerce called it off because of COVID concerns. The chamber’s CEO told the East Bay Times — controlling safety would’ve been hard because the event often draws more than 300,000 people.
Sept. 22, 2021
Oakland Unified to consider student vaccine mandate
Oakland Unified will consider a proposal today that would require all eligible students get vaccinated for COVID-19. The resolution would give students until October 3 to get their first dose and until October 31 to get their second. Vaccination rates within the district are already on the right track.
Sept. 21, 2021
San Francisco airport workers required to be vaccinated under new mandate
All airport workers in San Francisco will now be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Mayor London Breed announced Tuesday morning. The vaccine requirement takes effect immediately and applies to airline, service, concession and construction employees. Some workers may be eligible for an exemption from the vaccine for a medical disability or a “sincerely held” religious belief. Those individuals will have to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. The mayor says San Francisco is the first U.S. airport to issue a mandate like this.
Dreamforce kicks off at Moscone Center in San Francisco today
Dreamforce kicks off today at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Salesforce’s annual convention will be scaled down — drawing about 5,000 people instead of the typical 170,000 people. In-person events are “invitation only” because of COVID protocols. Everyone else will be able to watch it online. Vaccines are required for anyone attending in-person. Dreamforce runs through Thursday.
Sept. 20, 2021
SF Marathon returns with new protocols
Runners are back racing on the streets of San Francisco. The San Francisco Marathon got underway early Sunday morning. Runners headed north along The Embarcadero, into the Presidio, across the Golden Gate Bridge, through the Richmond District and back to the Ferry Building. Runners had to wear masks while on National Park property. COVID forced organizers to cancel the marathon last year. This year on the men’s side, Greg Billington of San Francisco came in first. The women’s winner was Judith Corachan from Spain.
Sept. 17, 2021
Apple to add testing mandate for employees
Apple is adding a testing mandate for its workforce in stores and at offices. For employees who are vaccinated, they will be tested from time to time. Unvaccinated workers will be tested far more frequently. Unlike several other tech companies, Apple has not issued a vaccination mandate. The testing mandate will take effect next month. Corporate employees are not supposed to return to the office until the beginning of next year.
Sept. 16, 2021
SF offering free public performances
San Francisco is bringing some life back to the streets with free public performances. It’s called SF Wednesdays and the idea is to bring entertainment to some of San Francisco’s iconic locations. The performances continue every Wednesday through October 20, in Union Square, Embarcadero Plaza, and Mint Plaza in SoMa.
Sept. 15, 2021
Gov. Newsom to discuss in-person learning and COVID-19 in Alameda County
Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to speak on COVID-19 safety at an Alameda County elementary school Wednesday afternoon. The event will begin at 1:15 p.m. Newsom is expected to discuss in-person learning and the state’s efforts to keep children safe during the pandemic.
Marin Co. first responders required to show vaccination proof
Starting today, first responders in Marin County will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those who are not will need to go undergo weekly testing. Officials say it’s in response to the ongoing surge in COVID cases across the region. The new health order applies to law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS personnel. Also related staff involved in emergency calls at high-risk settings like hospitals, jails, nursing and congregate care facilities.
Sept. 14, 2021
Contra Costa County to require vaccine, negative test to enter some businesses
Contra Costa County will implement a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for local businesses later this month. Beginning Sept. 22, customers will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter restaurants, gyms and other indoor businesses. The county says current daily case rate is as high as it was last February with 20 deaths in just the first seven days of September. The new order will impact businesses like restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and fitness facilities, including yoga and dance studios, the county said. Employees at these businesses will also have to show proof of full vaccination by Nov. 1 or test each week for COVID-19.
Death toll surges to 1,200 a day over last week
The average number of deaths from the virus surged to nearly 1,200 a day over the last week, six times higher than two months ago.
Sept. 13, 2021
Chase Center holds first large-scale event
Chase Center’s first large-scale event since the pandemic began is being held on Wednesday. A concert by alternative rock performer Tame Impala will put the arena’s new entry requirements to the test. Under the mandate issued by the city last month, anyone age 12 or older is required to show proof of full vaccination to enter the arena for events with more than a thousand attendees. Fully vaccinated fans ages 18 and older are encouraged to download the CLEAR app and utilize the Health Pass feature
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass teams up with SF Department of Public Health
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is teaming up with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. ABC7 News was at the Bayview Opera House yesterday, where there was a live performance outside. And inside, people could get vaccinated or tested for COVID. The idea for the event came from organizers of the music festival. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass canceled in-person shows at Golden Gate Park again and will go virtual.
Sept. 10, 2021
Today is deadline for CA workers sick leave extension
Today is the deadline for state lawmakers to extend the COVID-19 policy that gives California workers two extra weeks of sick leave. Federal funding for the policy that took effect earlier this year expires on September 30. The state legislature would need to pass an extension by the end of today to avoid a lapse. But, lawmakers would need to find a new source for funding the sick leave policy. It has sustained income for many low income workers.. particularly of minorities during the pandemic.
Sept. 9, 2021
20 COVID deaths in Contra Costa County in past week
At least 20 COVID deaths were recorded in just the past week in Contra Costa County. Deaths increased despite the fact that the 7-day average of new cases in the county has dropped from more than 400 in late August, to just 153 yesterday. Overall, more than 96 percent of Contra Costa’s recent deaths have been among the unvaccinated. Of the 56 patients currently hospitalized in John Muir’s two medical centers, 15 are vaccinated.
Sept. 8, 2021
Outbreak sickens dozens at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin
A COVID-19 outbreak has sickened dozens of inmates and staff at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. According to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, 46 inmates have come down with COVID. 37 are asymptomatic and nine are showing symptoms. Ten jail staff have also tested positive. The cases were discovered during regular COVID-19 testing.
Sept. 7, 2021
Starting today, Sonoma County employees must show proof of vaccination or submit to weekly COVID testing. The mandate applies to all 4,400 county workers. Last week, the same mandate went into effect for county emergency workers. Sonoma County health officials expanded the state’s health order last month.
Sept. 6, 2021
OUSD sends emails on cases in error
If you got an email alert over the weekend from the Oakland Unified School District about COVID cases — it was an error. The district says an upgrade unleashed a bug in its system that sent out false messages every hour starting at midnight yesterday. The messages contained information about old cases including people testing positive for the virus or who had symptoms. You can ignore the emails. OUSD is turning off its system so it can fix the problem.
Sept. 5, 2021
Oakland Zoo gives out family passes at pop-up vaccine clinic
The Oakland Zoo handed out free family passes on Saturday to visitors who received the COVID-19 vaccine at the zoo’s pop-up clinic. The passes are good for one-day admission for two adults and two children, plus free parking for one car. The pass is valued at $98. The campaign is part of the zoo’s community outreach. The next pop-up clinic will be held on Sept. 30 — visitors can either drop in or pre-register for an appointment online or by phone. For more information on the program, click here.
Sept. 3, 2021
BottleRock Napa Valley kicks off today with precautions
BottleRock kicks off in Napa today, it was canceled last year because of the pandemic. Chris Stapleton, Guns ‘n Roses and the Foo Fighters will headline the three day music and food festival. Masks are required when visiting any indoor venue. BottleRock attendees are also required to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event.
Sept. 2, 2021
Contra Costa County issues new guidance for youth sports
Contra Costa health has sent out strict new masking guidance for youth sports. It strongly encourages the use of masks by all participants, along with coaches, staff, volunteers and even spectators — regardless of vaccination status.
The guidance is aimed at protecting young people in schools, sports leagues, clubs and other organized activities.
Sonoma County lieutenant dies from COVID-19 complications, sheriff says
A Sonoma County sheriff’s lieutenant died of complications from COVID-19 on Wednesday, the department confirmed Thursday.
From 2001 to 2006, Lt. Bobby Travelstead served in the U.S. Navy. He joined the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department in June 2007 as a correctional deputy. He is survived by two daughters, the department said.
Giants concession workers to consider strike over COVID-19, union says
A union representing concession workers at Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, announced Thursday that employees are considering going on strike because of a COVID-19 outbreak, lack of hazard pay and mask enforcement. In a statement, the union said at least 20 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the stadium reopened. The workers are employed by Bon Appetit, a company contracted by the Giants, according to the union. The union will hold a vote Saturday at 2 p.m. before the Giants game to decide whether workers will strike.
“The Giants have failed to mandate and/or enforce masks and social distancing at concourse concessions stands, private suites, and more, and food service workers frequently have to deal with maskless guests who are often drinking,” the union’s statement said.
The strike vote will take place Saturday afternoon at the union’s office in San Francisco.
Update: 3:45p.m. We reached out to the San Francisco Giants and are unable to comment at this time.
Berkeley health officials announced an order today that will require people to show proof of vaccination to enter most indoor settings starting tomorrow, September 3.
This includes restaurants, bars, gyms and other congregate settings, the City of Berkeley said.
“The virus continues to prey on the unvaccinated,” said Mayor Jesse Arreguín. “Those refusing to get the vaccine are jeopardizing public health, and they are prolonging this deadly pandemic. Requiring face coverings and proof of vaccination will preclude those who pose a heightened and unnecessary risk to others from fraternizing in high-risk settings. This is fundamental to public health, but it’s also the responsible thing to do for our business community and their workers. The vast majority of those who are eligible have already gotten the vaccine and I am so proud to serve a community that continues to demonstrate resilience, empathy, and compassion. But for everyone else, we’re past the point of politely asking you to get vaccinated.”
This requirement includes indoor event spaces where food or drink is served. The city also says while this order will become effective September 3, it will not be enforced by the city until 8a.m. on Friday, September 10. This will allow a one-week grace period for businesses to come into compliance.
Also by October 15th, the city adds, “these businesses must also ascertain employee vaccination status.”
The new requirement does not apply to individuals ineligible for vaccinations including children under the age of 12. But the city says children two years and older must continue to follow indoor mask requirements under local and state health rules.
San Leandro delays city hall reopening plan
San Leandro has delayed its reopening plan for city hall because of surging COVID-19 rates. The city manager says in-person services will remain by appointment only. Visitors will still be required to wear face masks.
Sept. 1, 2021
Sonoma Co. workers must be vaccinated or test weekly
Starting today, all Sonoma County emergency workers must be vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing. County health officials expanded the state’s health order last month.
Aug. 31, 2021
Newsom speaks in Alameda Co. on vaccination efforts
Governor Gavin Newsom was in Alameda County to highlight ongoing efforts to encourage more Californians to get vaccinated. More than 80% of eligible Californians have received at least one dose. California has put more shots in arms than any other state — – administering over 47 million doses of the vaccine. The state has implemented measures requiring that workers in health care settings be fully vaccinated, as well as stricter requirements for visitors at health care facilities. California has also implemented a standard that all school staff and all state workers either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week.
If you haven’t been back on BART since the beginning of the pandemic there’s a new incentive. BART is offering 50% off all Clipper fares in September. The discount is taken when you tap your card at a fare gate. BART set a pandemic ridership record last Friday with 105,000 riders. Still, That’s just 25% of what it was pre-COVID.
Aug. 30, 2021
A charity golf tournament will test participants for COVID-19 today. The NFL Alumni Northern California Chapter is hosting the tournament at the Stonebrae Country Club in Hayward. Organizers say they want to motivate other people hosting events to offer COVID tests, and stop the spread of the virus.
Aug. 29, 2021
Eighty-percent of eligible San Franciscans are now vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Mayor London Breed. The mayor called this a “major milestone” on Sunday, but said there is still “work to do.”
As of today, 80% of eligible San Francisco residents are fully vaccinated!
This is a major milestone but we still have work to do to make sure that all of us are protected. Now is the time to take your shot if you haven’t already.
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) August 29, 2021
Aug. 27, 2021
Every state now reporting high community transmission
Every state in the country is now reporting high community transmission of COVID-19, according to newly updated federal data. In mid-June, no states were reporting high transmission, and just six states were reporting substantial transmission. Now, 10 weeks later, all 50 states are in that category, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Aug. 26, 2021
Alameda Co. court to require COVID-19 vaccination for employees
The Alameda County Superior Court will require all employees, volunteers, interns and contractors to be full vaccinated by Nov. 1, the court announced Thursday. In a statement, the court said some exemptions will be made for disabilities, medical contraindications and “sincerely held” religious beliefs, though those individuals will be required to be tested regularly for the virus.
CDC to meet next week on booster shot rollout
A CDC advisory board plans to meet next week to discuss the booster shot rollout. Yesterday, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson revealed data showing their boosters dramatically increase protection.
Aug. 25, 2021
Vaccine mandate issued for Santa Cruz Co. employees
All Santa Cruz County employees will need to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or be tested weekly. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the measure yesterday. Employees have 30 days to comply. If they refuse, they could face leave without pay or termination.
Aug. 24, 2021
Outside Lands announces COVID-19 policy for attendees
San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival will require attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or show proof of a negative test within 72 hours of the event. Organizers announced the COVID-19 policy on Tuesday. The event kicks off at Golden Gate Park on Oct. 29.
ranger dave has a COVID-19 policy update:
1 – full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result will be required for entry to the festival
2 – for those not fully vaccinated, attendees must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of attending pic.twitter.com/VA2CQbFPBq
— Outside Lands (@sfoutsidelands) August 24, 2021
2 Bay Area city councils to vote on COVID mandates today
There are two COVID-19 mandates up for discussion in the Bay Area today. The San Jose City Council is expected to vote on a proposal that would require full vaccinations for people at events with 50 people or more. And the Benicia City Council will vote on an indoor mask mandate.
Aug. 23, 2021
California Academy of Sciences to require proof of vaccination or negative test results for entry
Starting Aug. 27, California Academy of Sciences will require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours of scheduled visit. The museum says the policy does not apply to youth ages 11 and under who are not currently eligible for vaccination. Masks will continue to be required indoors for all guests ages 3 and up, and all guests must continue to reserve their tickets in advance. More info here.
SJ city employees must show proof of vaccination or negative test results
Starting today, San Jose city employees must show proof of vaccination or submit weekly negative test results. Those who fail to do so could be placed on unpaid leave. The city plans to mandate vaccines for all city employees who do not have an exemption at a later date. City officials says the mandate is in line with recommendations from Santa Clara County Health officials.
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