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State Spent Nearly $200 Million Setting Up Field Hospitals To Treat COVID PatientsCalifornia spent nearly $200 million to set up, operate and staff alternate care sites that ultimately provided little help when the state’s worst coronavirus surge spiraled out of control last winter, forcing exhausted hospital workers to treat patients in tents and cafeterias.
CDC Recommends Indoor Masking, Finds Delta Variant More Dangerous Than Previously Thought On Friday, the agency warned that fully vaccinated Americans can transmit the delta variant as easily as those who are unvaccinated, and it is more transmissible than the common cold.
More South Bay Bars Demand Proof of Vaccination Despite Customer BacklashThe number of bars in San Jose that require vaccination cards is still small but growing.
COVID: Breakthrough Cases Surge Among San Francisco Hospital StaffSan Francisco could be the next Bay Area city to issue an indoor mask mandate amid a COVID case surge that has included over 200 vaccinated health care professionals at hospitals.
COVID: Highly-Contagious Delta Variant Has Some Parents Rethinking Back-To-School PlansWith new information from the Centers for Disease Control suggesting the Delta variant of the coronavirus may be as contagious as chickenpox, it's forcing some parents to reassess whether or not to send their kids to school for in-person instruction this Fall.
COVID: Outbreak at 3 Contra Costa Jails Sickens Nearly 100 Inmates and StaffOfficials in the East Bay are trying to contain COVID-19 outbreaks at multiple Contra Costa County jails, according to officials.
COVID: Sonoma County Fairgoers Unsure Whether To Mask Up Under Changing CDC RulesMass gatherings are allowed, now that the state has relaxed its COVID guidelines, but people at the Sonoma County Fair on Friday seemed unsure what to expect when the rules and the science itself are changing so rapidly.
COVID Delta Variant: UC Berkeley Infectious Disease Expert Warns on TransmissiblityThe CDC says new data shows the COVID delta variant is as infectious as chickenpox, and vaccinated persons appear to be able to transmit the virus as much as those who are unvaccinated people.
COVID Return: Shanahan Confirms Five 49ers Not Vaccinated; Team Won’t Force Them To Get ShotsFive players on the San Francisco 49ers have not been vaccinated for COVID-19, coach Kyle Shanahan announced at a press conference Friday.
Bay Area Superintendents Issue Joint Statement Supporting 'Full, In-Person Learning'School superintendents from six Bay Area counties on Friday released a joint statement in support of a return to full, in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year.
COVID Surge: Brentwood Mandates Masks Inside All City FacilitiesAs the delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread across the nation, the city of Brentwood announced Friday it’s going to require masks be worn inside all city-run facilities.
COVID: BottleRock Announces Vaccine or Test Proof Requirement for Festival EntryOrganizers behind the pandemic delayed BottleRock music festival on Friday announced that attendees will have to show proof of either full COVID vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours of entry.

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South Bay Bars Demand Proof of Vaccination Despite Customer BacklashThe number of bars in San Jose that require vaccination cards is still small but growing. Len Ramirez reports. (7-30-21)
CDC Advises Face Coverings Indoors as Delta Variant Infection Rate SoarsBetty Yu has the latest numbers and advice from the Centers for Disease Control on the resurgent coronavirus. (7-30-21)
Coronavirus 'Breakthrough' Cases Among Vaccinated Spike Among S.F. Hospital StaffSan Francisco could be the next Bay Area city to issue an indoor mask mandate amid a COVID case surge that has included over 200 vaccinated health care professionals at hospitals. Andria Borba reports. (7-30-21)
Delta Variant Brings Surge of COVID Breakthrough Cases in S.F. Hospital WorkersSan Francisco could be the next Bay Area city to issue an indoor mask mandate amid a COVID surge even vaccinated health professionals can't escape. Juliette Goodrich reports. (7-30-21)
Outbreak at 3 Contra Costa Jails Sickens Nearly 100 Inmates and StaffElizabeth Cook reports on COVID-19 outbreak spreading across three East Bay jails (7-30-2021)
Sonoma County Fairgoers Upbeat Despite COVID UptickThe tradition of the Sonoma County fair may have returned but the mix of masked and unmasked shows there are varying levels of comfort in being in a crowd. John Ramos reports. (7-30-21)
Infectious Disease Expert on COVID 'Breakthrough' CasesElizabeth Cook talked with UCSF infectious disease expert Dr. Peter Chin-Hong to understand what is going with the Delta variant and the latest studies from the CDC. (7-30-21)
Public Health Officials Alarmed by Delta COVID Strain Advise Policy ChangesCBS correspondent Skyler Henry reports from Washington D.C. with the latest on the CDC's revised COVID guidelines. (7-30-21)
Interview: COVID Delta Variant More Transmissible; Breakthrough Infections Among VaccinatedUC Berkeley infectious disease expert Dr. John Swartzberg says the COVID Delta variant is much more transmissible and the CDC has found it is contagious as the chickenpox. Interview with CBSN Bay Area anchor Len Kiese.
Increased Spread of Delta Variant Causing Worry Among TravelersJustin Andrews reports on some vaccinated travelers having raised concerns due to the Delta variant (7-30-2021)
Travelers Facing New Mask Restrictions As COVID Delta Variant SurgesTravelers heading out of San Francisco International Airport may face new mask restirctions at their destinations as new information from the CDC indicates the surging COVID Delta variant is even more transmissable than originally thought. Justin Andrews reports.
Santa Clara County Will Require All County Employees to Get COVID Vaccine22,000 employees who work at Santa Clara County buildings will fall under the vaccine mandate. Katie Nielsen reports. (7-29-21)

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Accidental Ski Slope Rescue Prompts 51-Year-Old to Seek New Career as FirefighterWhile some firefighters may start thinking about retirement in their fifties, one East Bay man is beginning his sixth decade training for the job.
Bay Area Scholars 'Walk the Walk' To Support Community That Helped Them SucceedFor more than 20 years, KPIX 5 has brought viewers the stories of Students Rising Above scholars. These amazing young people have faced incredible challenges on the way to college success and beyond. Recently, the organization held its annual fundraiser, which was also a heartfelt homecoming for some very special SRA alums.
Rapping Senior Citizen Dancers Beat Back Asian Hate in San Francisco ChinatownA group of senior citizens in San Francisco's Chinatown are making their own moves against Asian hate crimes with a new rap that's mostly in Cantonese.
Grandparents, Grandkids Share First Hugs Since Pandemic At Palo Alto Retirement CommunityAfter a year of phone calls and zoom meetings, grandparents at a Palo Alto retirement community were finally able to savor a hug from their children and grandchildren.
Oakland Man's Non-Profit Refurbishes Thousands Of Used Computers, Laptops To Help Close Digital DivideAn Oakland man leading a technology nonprofit had a big part in helping close the digital divide among the city's students during the pandemic switch to virtual learning.
Marin County Nonprofit Brings Therapy Dogs to Comfort FirefightersFirefighters aren't the only ones getting ready for what's expected to be a very busy fire season. A San Rafael woman and her dog are hitting the road to bring some comfort and joy to those battling blazes on the frontlines.
East Bay Businesses Donate Proceeds to Support Asian Community OrganizationsSaturday was a day of action in the East Bay, with a call for businesses to stand against hate directed at Asians and Pacific Islanders.
Better Together: Sunnyvale Neighbors Stay Connected With Nightly WaveAt the start of the pandemic many bay area neighbors found ways to stay connected while still remaining physically distanced.
West Contra Costa Unified School District Partners With Non-Profit Conscious Kitchen To Provide Kids Organic MealsAn East Bay school district is working better together in a first-of-its-kind program that it says could be a model for the state and nation.