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January 17, 2022

First case of Omicron variant reported in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County has received its first report of a case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, county officials said Friday. The case was reported Dec. 9 involving someone who was fully vaccinated but has not received a booster. The person had recently returned from...

Sewer sludge shows rise of Covid

Wastewater readings in Gilroy show a rise of Covid-19 that is outpacing other areas of the county, possibly indicating a post-Thanksgiving surge in cases to come. The quantity of SARS-CoV-2 genes, the virus that causes Covid-19, has doubled in Gilroy over the past two weeks,...

Photos: Vaccine clinics now a ‘family affair’

As soon as U.S. public health authorities approved a common Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 on Nov. 2, local school officials and healthcare providers began scheduling clinics in Santa Clara County. At two of those clinics in South County this past weekend, volunteers and...

Weekend vaccine clinics for children scheduled in Morgan Hill, Gilroy

Hundreds of children ages 5-11 are already signed up for their first round of Covid-19 vaccinations at two clinics scheduled in South County this weekend. On Saturday, a Safeway vaccine clinic for children will take place 10am to 4pm at El Toro Health Science Academy,...

Council doles out ARPA grants to Morgan Hill nonprofits

Nine local nonprofits will use a portion of the City of Morgan Hill’s federal Covid-19 relief funds to provide some much-needed assistance for people and groups who have struggled financially due to the pandemic. At the Oct. 20 Morgan Hill City Council meeting, the council...

Walk-in vaccination clinic at Gavilan Oct. 20

Gavilan College and Santa Clara County Public Health are hosting a free Covid-19 vaccination clinic 12pm to 6pm Oct. 20. No appointments are required.  The clinic will take place in the Gavilan College Student Center lounge at 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd. in Gilroy. There will...

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...

A boost for immunity

Now that federal authorities have issued specific guidelines for “booster” shots for some people, public health officials, healthcare providers and volunteers are in the midst of a renewed push for vaccination against Covid-19 in Santa Clara County. At a Sept. 25 vaccination clinic at the...

Vaccination clinic for at-risk scheduled for Sept. 25

The City of Morgan Hill and Safeway will host a free vaccination clinic Sept. 25 for people who are severely immunocompromised. The clinic will take place 9am to 5pm at the Community & Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road.  The clinic will offer third doses for...

Local nonprofits can apply for Covid rescue funds

The City of Morgan Hill will soon give up to $100,000 of federal “rescue” funds to local nonprofits, with a priority on organizations that have been financially impacted by Covid-19 or have a recent track record of supporting others who have suffered due to...