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Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the U.S.:
May 9, 2021
California’s 7-day positivity rate is 1.1%
California’s 7-day COVID-19 positivity rate is 1.1%, according to the latest facts released by state health officials Sunday. There were 1,853 newly recorded confirmed cases Saturday, with a total of 3,654,545 confirmed cases to date.
California also hit a milestone as more than 14 million residents are fully vaccinated, with more than 32 million doses administered statewide.
May 8, 2021
7-day positivity rate in CA at 1.2%, state officials say
There were 1,945 newly recorded confirmed cases Friday, according to the California Department of Public Health. California has 3,652,692 confirmed cases to date.
The 7-day positivity rate is 1.2%.
There have been 61,585,617 tests conducted in California. There have been 61,167 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
May 7, 2021
Party blamed for Contra Costa Co. outbreak
A party is being blamed for a COVID outbreak among students. It happened within the Acalanes Union High School District in Contra Costa County. District officials say 21 students tested positive late last month, according to the East Bay Times. 19 go to Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek. The other two go to other high schools in the district. Contact tracing helped identify more than 100 other students who were directed to quarantine at home.
May 6, 2021
SF enters yellow tier today
More indoor businesses are reopening in San Francisco today indoors as it becomes the Bay Area’s first county to enter the Yellow Tier. Here’s what will change for restaurants, bars, gyms and more.
May 5, 2021
Oakland Coliseum vaccination to close May 23
The Oakland Coliseum mega vaccination site will be closing May 23. The site experienced a rapid reduction in first dose appointments over the last two weeks of April. The closure comes as CalOES concludes its deployment on May 9 and public requests for first dose appointments at the site have dropped from 4,000 per day to 400 per day. The county will take over the site on May 10 and keep it open for two more weeks to complete second doses. The site has administered nearly 250,000 doses to Alameda County residents.
North Tahoe cancels 4th of July celebrations
Donner Lake, Truckee, and the North Shore of Lake Tahoe are all canceling 4th of July celebrations. Officials say the annual firework demonstrations bring thousands of visitors to the region in the days leading up to and during the holiday weekend. They hope these cancellations will reduce crowd concerns, and minimize the possible spread of COVID-19.
May 4, 2021
SF joins yellow tier
San Francisco has joined the yellow tier, health officials announced on Tuesday. This means, according to state guidelines, that bars could reopen indoors at 25%. Here’s more on what will change in the yellow tier.
SF announces new mask guidelines
San Francisco is now saying vaccinated people can take their masks off outside unless they are in a large gathering. The city’s acting health officer says people do not need to wear masks while exercising outdoors and don’t need to pull the mask up over their face when passing people on the trail, saying passing people does not create a risk of transmission.
May 3, 2021
Vaccination site to open in San Jose today
A new permanent vaccination site will open today in South San Jose at VTA’s Santa Teresa Light Rail Station. An official announcement about the free, walk-up site is scheduled for this morning. VTA says the site will have capacity to provide hundreds of COVID vaccines per day.
May 1, 2021
7-day positivity rate in CA at 1.3%
California has 3,640,226 confirmed cases to date, according to state health officials. There were 2,094 newly recorded confirmed cases Friday.
The CA Department of Public Health says the 7-day positivity rate is 1.3%.
There have been 60,265,800 tests conducted in California.
There have been 60,625 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
April 30, 2021
Contra Costa Co. administers more than 1M vaccines
Contra Costa County has now administered more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccines — that’s several weeks ahead of its July 4th goal. Today, the county has added two temporary walk-up vaccine clinics. One is at the Pittsburg Youth Development Center. The other is at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond. No appointment is needed. The sites are only for eligible county residents. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until May 2.
April 29, 2021
San Mateo Co. mass vaccination site reopens today
Starting today, a drive-thru mass vaccination clinic is re-opening at the San Mateo County Event Center. The county has received more vaccine doses from the federal government. You must work or live in San Mateo County and an appointment is required.
April 28, 2021
San Mateo Co. mass vaccination site to reopen tomorrow
A mass vaccination site at the San Mateo County Event Center will reopen tomorrow. It closed earlier this month due to low supply. Officials say they plan to hold multiple vaccination events per week. The site is drive-thru only. Appointments are available now.
April 27, 2021
California to follow CDC guidance on outdoor mask wearing, Newsom says
California Gov. Newsom said health officials are moving to align California’s mask guidance with updates from the CDC that say vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors unless in a crowd of strangers. See the full new guidance here.
Santa Clara Co. accepting drop-ins at most vaccination sites
Santa Clara County is accepting drop-ins at most of its vaccination sites from now until Sunday. The only exceptions are Levi’s Stadium and Eastridge Mall, but even those sites are accepting same-day appointments.
April 26, 2021
Some SF Unified students return to classes
Today San Francisco public middle and high schools are welcoming back some students for in-person learning. The school district says classrooms will reopen for “priority populations.” That includes newcomer students, those demonstrating limited online engagement, homeless students, foster youth, students in public housing, and special needs students. All other middle and high schoolers won’t return until the fall.
April 25, 2021
10: 40 a.m.
California’s 7-day positivity rate is 1.3%, state health officials say
California recorded 1,739 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, according to new statistics reported by the state health department. The 7-day positivity rate is 1.3%.
There have been 59,095,717 tests conducted in California, representing an increase of 199,392 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.
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