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September 29, 2022

Officials urge Covid-19 vaccines for youngest children

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With the first day of school rapidly approaching and Covid-19 circulating at a high rate, health officials are urging parents to get their youngest vaccinated against the virus. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 5...

FDA approves first non-prescription Covid test that also detects flu

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its approval Monday of the first non-prescription at-home Covid-19 test that also detects the flu.  The test allows users to swab the inside of their nose and send the sample to the test's manufacturer, Labcorp, for analysis. In...

With Covid rates rising, health officials urge caution

With the Bay Area currently showing the highest Covid-19 infection rates in California, health officers are reminding people of the importance of safety precautions such as continued masking indoors and vaccine boosters. The current wave of infections is fueled by the highly contagious Omicron subvariants,...

City, Safeway to host May 3 vaccine clinic in Morgan Hill

The City of Morgan Hill will host a free Covid-19 vaccination clinic 4-7pm May 3 at the Community & Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road. First, second and booster vaccines will be available for walk-ins and appointments.  No insurance or proof of immigration status is required....

Two years after first lockdown, Covid-19 picture improves

It’s been two years since Santa Clara County went into lockdown in response to a then-mostly unknown threat that was destroying lives across the world. The first shelter-in-place order in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which went into effect on March 17, 2020, shut down...

Santa Clara County lifts indoor mask mandate

Santa Clara County lifted its indoor mask mandate March 2, the last county in the Bay Area to do so following the region's winter surge in Covid-19 cases. County officials said they expect to meet the third and final benchmark required to lift local masking...

State to lift indoor mask requirements for unvaccinated, schools, child care

California will lift its indoor mask requirements Tuesday for unvaccinated people and March 12 for schools and child care facilities, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Feb. 28. The changes will mark the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began that both unvaccinated people and students will...

State not likely to lift school mask mandate until March

While California K-12 students will still be required to wear masks once the state's indoor mask mandate ends this week, one of the state’s top health officials said Monday that a decision on in-school mask requirements could be made by the end of the...

Libraries to distribute Covid-19 tests, masks

The Santa Clara County Library District, working in coordination with the County of Santa Clara and County Supervisor Joe Simitian, will be offering thousands of free Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Tests to residents. Outdoor, drive-thru test distributions will take place at the Gilroy Library, 350 West...

Local indoor masking requirements to remain in place

Santa Clara County health officials announced Feb. 9 that local indoor masking requirements will not be lifted on Feb. 16, which is the date the state will rescind its order. Instead, Santa Clara County will continue to base decisions on whether and when to lift...

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