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August 15, 2022

More California children hospitalized in Omicron surge

Covid-19 hospitalizations among California's children—especially those too young to go to school—are the highest they have been since the pandemic began. Chalk it up to the highly contagious omicron variant, kids exposed during in-person instruction at school and other public places, and infants and preschoolers...

Officials say Omicron surge could be cresting

Santa Clara County officials said Jan. 14 that the region's Omicron surge may be cresting and called on private health care providers to increase their Covid-19 testing capacity. The county is currently seeing its highest infection rates since the pandemic began, according to Health Officer...

County gains $2.4M for grants to small businesses

Santa Clara County will receive about $2.4 million from the California Microbusiness Covid-19 Relief Grant Program (MBCRG) to aid very small businesses adversely affected by the pandemic, according to county officials. On Jan. 11, the Board of Supervisors accepted the grant and approved community partner...

Boosters required for healthcare workers

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Healthcare workers and others in “high-risk” settings must receive their Covid-19 vaccination booster by Jan. 24, the Santa Clara County health officer announced Dec. 28. Under the new local health order, workers must be up-to-date on their vaccination (both fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19...

Fundraising drive earns teen recognition, scholarship

At age 13, Addy Mosher is already setting an example of how hard work and a giving spirit can combine to create valuable assistance for an ailing community. Shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic began in early 2020, local and state restrictions resulted in many residents...

State restores indoor mask mandate

California will restore an indoor mask mandate this week in the wake of a recent increase in Covid-19 cases, one of the state's top health officials said Monday. State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said the state will reimplement an indoor mask...

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,...

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