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January 27, 2021

Covid-19: A year of loss

Since then, as of Dec. 28, Covid-19 has killed 27 more people in San Benito County, and another 652 in Santa Clara County, according to public health officials. The rate of the virus’ spread has expanded exponentially—with more than 1,000 positive cases reported daily in recent weeks in Santa Clara, and a positivity rate of 68.3 new cases per 100,000 residents per day in San Benito.

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...

Santa Clara County: Covid-19 is third leading cause of death

With at least 632 fatalities attributed to Covid-19 so far in 2020, the virus is projected to be the third leading cause of death in Santa Clara County this year, according to public health officials.

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.

County honors two MHUSD employees for Covid-19 response

Two staff members who have been uniquely instrumental in helping Morgan Hill Unified School District handle the Covid-19 crisis were honored by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors last week.

What Santa Clara County’s sewers reveal about coronavirus

As coronavirus infections skyrocket throughout the nation, scientists are studying the foul sludge coursing through thousands of miles of sewage pipes in Silicon Valley and South Santa Clara County to identify outbreaks before they’re reflected in official case counts.

SCC Exec: ‘Vigorous’ statewide quarantine preferred over mere warnings

While the vaccine brought a glimmer of hope to a dark season, California’s coronavirus surge continues its record-shattering onslaught, with more than 45,000 new cases and 260 deaths in just the past day.

County caps food delivery fees

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Dec. 15 to put a temporary cap on commissions and fees charged by third-party food delivery services to local restaurants. The ordinance, initially proposed by County Supervisors Joe Simitian and Cindy Chavez, will go into effect Dec. 19.

De Paul Health Center now open for non-acute care

De Paul Health Center in northeast Morgan Hill is now open, temporarily, to treat non-acute step-down patients during the current Covid-19 surge.

Saint Louise medical staff receive new Covid-19 vaccine

Dr. Roger Chiou of Saint Louise Regional Hospital was the first South County recipient of the new Covid-19 vaccine Thursday afternoon.