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March 6, 2021

Return of outdoor sports presents logistical hurdles

When Santa Clara County public health officials gave the green light for the resumption of high school outdoor sports last week, it marked a joyous occasion for thousands of student-athletes. It also meant administrators are working overtime to deal with the bevy of logistical...

Indoor dining and more can resume as Santa Clara County moves to Red Tier

Indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and other activities can resume with limitations after the state moved Santa Clara County into a less-restrictive tier due to its dipping Covid-19 numbers. On March 3, the county will be classified in the Red Tier of the state’s reopening...

Delivery center breaks ground in San Benito County

Officials are mum on the tenant planned for a large-scale delivery center under construction along San Felipe Road in northern Hollister, but signs point to it being Amazon, the dominant online business and cloud computing company. Grading work recently got underway on the 25.5-acre property...

What to know about California’s plan to reopen schools

By Jill Cowan, The New York Times Almost exactly a year ago, on March 7, 2020, officials in the Elk Grove Unified School District—Northern California’s largest—announced that schools would close for a week in response to concerns that the novel, unknown coronavirus could spread like...

South County woman charged in storming of Capitol

A Gilroy woman faces criminal charges in relation to her involvement in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., according to authorities. Mariposa Castro is accused of illegally entering the Capitol building during a demonstration supporting former President Donald Trump as...

Supreme Court rejects Santa Clara County’s ban on indoor church services

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered Santa Clara County to allow indoor worship services to resume at limited capacity Feb. 26, reversing an earlier decision that upheld the ban. The court on a 6-3 vote rejected a Feb. 12 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals...

Clinic in Morgan Hill brings Covid-19 vaccine to 1,000 farmworkers

An effort to vaccinate 1,000 farmworkers this week at Monterey Mushrooms’ north Morgan Hill facility began Sunday morning—the first day that frontline workers in the agricultural industry are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine in Santa Clara County. Public health experts and labor advocates say that...

Jobless claims decline as coronavirus cases ease

By Patricia Cohen, @nytimes New claims for unemployment fell last week, the government reported Thursday, the latest sign that the labor market’s recovery, however slow and unsteady, is continuing. “The numbers look encouraging on the face of it,” said Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist at Oxford...

County expects to move into ‘Red Tier’ next week

With the Covid-19 vaccine making its way through the local population and case rates and hospitalizations declining, Santa Clara County officials expect the state to loosen its public gathering guidelines by next week. And on Feb. 25, Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced a...

Mass Covid-19 vaccination site opens at Gilroy High

South County’s first mass Covid-19 vaccination site opened at Gilroy High School on Feb. 24, and health officials are hopeful the location can serve up to 2,000 people daily, dependent on supply. The vaccination clinic at 750 West 10th St. uses the main and auxiliary...