SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A spate of coronavirus cases have been reported in the Bay Area and throughout California, as well as the country, in part due to the rise of the highly contagious delta strain.
The latest number of confirmed cases in the US can be found on the CDC’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the US page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.)
Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7’s daily, interactive newscast about the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can watch here to stream the show Monday through Friday at 3 p.m.
Here are the latest advances in respiratory disease in the Bay Area:
November 23, 2021
Pediatric COVID cases soar for 3rd week
The US has reported an increase in pediatric COVID-19 cases for the third week in a row. Nearly 142,000 children tested positive in the past week, which is a 16% increase from the week before and a 41% jump in the past three weeks, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. Nearly 6.8 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
November 22, 2021
Newsom provides update on boosters during Bay Area vaccine clinic visit
Governor Gavin Newsom is in the Bay Area Monday, discussing the importance of boosters at an event at a vaccine clinic.
Inner Mask Mandate in effect in Santa Cruz Co.
An indoor mask mandate is now in effect in Santa Cruz County and it includes private facilities such as a home. If you get together with others who don’t live in the same household, the county tells you to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. Companies are also obliged to adhere to the guidelines. You can take off your mask while eating or drinking.
Nov 19, 2021
Apple sets February 1 deadline for employees to return to the office
Apple has a new February 1 deadline for employees to return to the office. Many will have to come in at least three days a week, but some employees will have to be in the office four to five days a week. The company will offer some teams up to four weeks of telecommuting each year. Vaccinations are not required, but unvaccinated workers will be required to test every day.
Nov 18, 2021
Oakland Unified Hosts Vaccine Clinic Today
The Oakland Unified School District is hosting a vaccine clinic today. It will include a visit from the state epidemiologist. The clinic will run from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Markham Elementary School. If you can’t make it, you have options. The district says it is planning 21 vaccination pop-ups in primary schools this week. It also offers COVID testing and take-home testing during the week-long break.
November 17, 2021
alameda co. releases vaccination data
Alameda County says it will continue to make sure vaccinations are accessible to everyone. It announced that 81% of Latino residents and 74% of Black residents ages 12 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Latino and black residents have lower vaccination rates than other races and ethnicities in the province, and are among the most disproportionately affected.
Nov 16, 2021
Pfizer agrees to let other companies make its COVID-19 pill
Pfizer has signed a deal with a UN-backed group to allow other manufacturers to create their experimental COVID-19 pill. The deal provides equal access to more than half of the world’s population in 95 countries. Oral treatment has been shown to reduce the risk of COVID-related hospitalizations and death by 89%. This agreement is similar to one that Merck entered into last month.
Nov 15, 2021
Dozens of inmates quarantined after Santa Cruz County Jail outbreak
A dozen inmates at the Santa Cruz County main prison tested positive for COVID-19 last week in what authorities say is the most significant outbreak since the pandemic began. The cases came to light on Nov. 12 during routine testing using rapid tests, according to a report Monday from Sheriff Jim Hart. The inmates who tested positive are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and have been quarantined. Another 35-40 inmates who were exposed have also been quarantined, the sheriff said.
Israel starts vaccinating younger children
Israel’s Ministry of Health has announced that children aged 5 to 11 are eligible for vaccination against COVID-19. The decision follows an advisory panel’s approval last week of the low-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 5–11-year-olds.
Nov 12, 2021
sonoma co. holds vaccine clinics for children
The Department of Health Services is organizing three COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children in Sonoma County this afternoon. A clinic at Healdsburg Fitch Mountain Elementary School begins at 3 p.m. Roseland Elementary in Santa Rosa will hold its clinic at 3:30 AM. And Dunbar Elementary in Glen Ellen opens its doors from 4am.
November 11, 2021
somoma co. expands health order with flu vaccinations
Sonoma County is expanding its county health policy to include flu vaccinations. Employees of certain health and collection facilities will be required to get their COVID and flu shots. County officials say flu shots this year are especially important to prevent hospitals from being overrun with both flu and COVID-19 patients — or the so-called “twin epidemic.”
Nov 10, 2021
7 O ‘clock in the morning
Cases, hospitalizations climb in California.
California reverses course in battle against COVID-19 with cases rising again. The state has up to 6,000 new cases a day and hospitalizations have increased by 4% in just two weeks. That’s the state back in the red high transmission category. And experts say the coming months will be critical due to the holiday season in determining whether we’ll see another winter wave.
Nov 9, 2021
7 O ‘clock in the morning
Cruise ship Grand Princess returns to SF
The cruise ship that attracted international attention during the early days of the pandemic has returned to San Francisco. The Grand Princess was back in town yesterday, the first time since the cruise industry resumed sailings. One of the earliest major COVID outbreaks occurred aboard this vessel in March 2020. The vessel was held off our coast for days as authorities scrambled to devise a quarantine plan for the thousands of passengers on board.
Nov 8, 2021
Viva Calle returns to San Jose
Viva Calle has returned to San Jose as part of a citywide program to get people out to enjoy parks and outdoor spaces after COVID-19 closures. Several miles of San Jose streets were closed to cars yesterday.
Nov 5, 2021
Vaccine clinics for children are filling up quickly
County clinics set up in the Bay Area for this weekend are filling up quickly for children ages 5 to 11. San Mateo County even created a kid-friendly vaccine site in the Event Center to make the experience a little more fun.
Nov 4, 2021
San Mateo Co. opens a vaccine clinic for children on Saturday
San Mateo County wants to help children feel comfortable getting their COVID vaccines. The county opens its first pediatric vaccine clinic at the San Mateo County Event Center. Children aged 5 to 11 are greeted by superheroes on a red carpet. There will be TVs and life-size games of Chess and Connect Four. The clinic will be open this Saturday and then Wednesday through Saturday of next week. Appointments are mandatory.
Nov 3, 2021
Don’t Give Kids Painkiller Before Vaccine, CDC Says
The CDC reminds parents not to give children a pain reliever before vaccination to reduce side effects. The CDC says that pain relievers are not recommended prior to an injection because it is not known how they might affect the vaccine. Instead, the agency urges parents to talk to their doctor about a post-injection non-aspirin pain reliever if needed.
Nov 2, 2021
COVID Infections Rising in 2 Bay Area Counties
The provinces of Alameda and San Mateo have fallen from a “moderate” level of distribution to a “substantial” level. San Mateo was in the yellow or moderate level for about two weeks. On Monday, the county reported a seven-day number of cases of 53 per 100,000 residents, which now places it in the orange layer indicating a substantial spread. Alameda County was in the yellow for about a week, but the number of cases has now risen to 51 cases per 100,000. Neither province meets local stats for indoor mask removal, as vaccination coverage is below the required 80%.
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