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January 27, 2021

Bay Area moves to implement stay-home order

Health officers in five Bay Area counties announced Friday that they will implement a new stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, requiring most nonessential businesses to close all indoor and outdoor operations.

‘Surging’ virus cases concern Santa Clara County health officials

A sharp uptick in Covid-19 cases over the past week, coupled with the rise of hospitalizations and the upcoming holiday season, have health officials concerned that the county could be headed backward in its fight against the virus. At a press conference on Nov. 9,...

Food insecurity hits home

Second Harvest Food Bank spokeswoman Suzanne Willis says the struggles of hungry families are often intertwined with housing insecurity, job insecurity and all forms of social, racial and economic injustices.

California renters face eviction as pandemic protections expire

Since the start of the pandemic, housing advocates, policy experts and non-profit service providers have been sounding the alarm on what they say will be an unparalleled wave of evictions.

New Covid variant increases in Bay Area

The L452R variant of Covid-19—being identified by viral genomic sequencing in San Francisco, Monterey and Santa Clara counties—has been linked to the outbreak at Kaiser Permanente's San Jose Medical Center that led to several dozen infections and possibly one death, as well as other large outbreaks in Santa Clara County.

Outdoor dining can resume in Santa Clara County

Citing decreasing Covid-19-related hospitalizations, California lifted the stay-at-home order statewide Jan. 25, allowing outdoor dining and other activities to resume in Santa Clara County. Santa Clara County has returned to the Purple Tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which is based on...

Local manufacturers meet demand for medical equipment

Many of Morgan Hill’s more than 100 manufacturers have seen a sharp increase in business as the demand for critical medical equipment skyrockets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

State data errors cause massive Covid-19 case undercount

Errors in the state’s Covid-19 data reporting system have led to vast undercounts of both positive and negative results in counties throughout California.

Enforcement officers issue fines on Black Friday

Santa Clara County’s Covid-19 safety enforcement officers are actively inspecting businesses on Black Friday, officials said Nov. 27. “Overall, our team has noted few large crowds thus far. However, we have issued 76 Notices of Violation as of noon on Friday, November 27,” said Michael...

South County leaders urge residents to stay home

With the intensive care unit beds full at St. Louise Regional Hospital, health and city officials converged in Gilroy Dec. 28 to urge residents in South County to stay home and avoid gathering with others over the New Year holiday. South County continues to be...