Coronavirus Bay Area

Santa Clara County Supes Consider $100M COVID-19 Small Business Loan ProgramSanta Clara County Supervisors Susan Ellenberg and Joe Simitian are proposing a $100 million loan program that would provide low-interest loans to small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.
Newsom: Potential COVID Vaccines To Be Reviewed By State Panel; 'We Will Not Take Someone's Word For It'Preparing for the next step in the battle with COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newson Monday unveiled the framework for a massive statewide vaccine distribution network, driven by a group of immunization and public health experts which will green-light any vaccine approved by the federal government.
Contra Costa, Diablo Valley, Los Medanos Community Colleges Extending Distance Learning Through June 2021The Contra Costa Community College District will continue with mostly online courses and student services for the entire 2020-21 academic year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reopening: Tahoe Ski Resorts Prepare For First Season Of COVID Era; 'Social Distancing Is Already There' They fired up the snow cannons last week at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows as the Lake Tahoe area ski resorts prepare for the industry's first season under COVID-19 safety measures.
Facing Soaring Demand for Services, SF - Marin Food Bank Calls for VolunteersThe San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is putting out an urgent call for people to help distribute food to a growing number of people who depend on the service.
San Francisco Restaurants Rebounding From Months Of COVID-19 ShutdownsThere was a comfortable level of normalcy along San Francisco's waterfront Saturday evening. It was a balmy night and diners were nestled inside restaurants and on patios enjoying the evening.
Bay Area Family Keeps Halloween Tradition Alive With Drive-Thru Haunted HouseThanks to the pandemic, Halloween traditions will look very different this year but one East Bay family is still giving neighbors a fright.
Oakland Leaders Demand More COVID Testing In Fruitvale DistrictCity leaders and health officials in Oakland are pleading for federal help to combat high COVID-19 infection rates in one specific area.
COVID Reopening: Despite Getting Green Light, South Bay Theaters Stay ShutteredWhether big-name theater chains or smaller independent movie houses, in the South Bay, box offices remain closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
San Francisco Giants Lay Off 10 Percent of Employees Due to Pandemic Hurting RevenuesThe San Francisco Giants laid off 10% of the team’s full-time employees Thursday, blaming the dismissals on economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
AC Transit Resuming Fare Collection, Front Door Boarding After Nearly 7 MonthsThe Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District announced that fare collection and front door boarding on its buses will resume Monday.
More Than 60% Of California Parents Uncomfortable With In-Person Classes, Poll FindsNearly two-thirds of California parents are uncomfortable sending their children to in-person classes and do not believe schools will be sufficiently safe, according to a poll released Thursday by the California Teachers Association.

Coronavirus Video Reports

Bay Area Family Keeps Halloween Tradition Alive With Drive-Thru Haunted HouseThanks to the pandemic, Halloween traditions will look very different this year but one East Bay family is still giving neighbors a fright. Andrea Nakano reports. (10-16-20)
South Bay Theaters Stay Closed Despite Getting Green Light to ReopenMovie theater operators in Santa Clara County say virus-control restrictions make it unprofitable to reopen. Len Ramirez reports. (10-16-20)
Oakland Leaders Call for Increased Coronavirus Testing in Fruitvale NeighborhoodThe Latinx community in Oakland is calling for federal help to combat high COVID-19 infection rates. The Fruitvale neighborhood continues to have the highest positive cases in Alameda County. Da Lin reports. (10-16-20)
United Airlines Offers Preflight Rapid COVID-19 Testing at SFOUnited Airlines has started offering pre-travel coronavirus testing at San Francisco International Airport. The option could have a significant impact on air travel to Hawaii, which is beginning to reopen to tourism. Don Ford reports. (10-15-20)
San Francisco Announces Reopening Of City's Playgrounds With Some RestrictionsMichelle Griego reports on San Francisco Mayor London Breed announcing the reopening of playground in the city for the first time since COVID-19 shutdown in March (10-14-2020)
San Jose Restaurant Operators Excited To Bring Guests IndoorsLen Ramirez reports on restaurants preparing to reopen for indoor service in San Jose after Santa Clara County moved to less restrictive orange COVID-19 tier (10-13-2020)
Businesses In Oakland's Jack London Square Struggle Through COVID DownturnJuliette Goodrich reports on COVID-19 turning once bustling Jack London Square into a ghost town (10-12-2020)
Gov. Newsom Says State Is Making Progress With COVID-19 Testing, Contact TracingGov. Gavin Newsom and Dr. Mark Ghaly provide update on California's COVID-19 response (10-12-2020)
Sunset District Marijuana Shop Sees Business Boost From Pandemic AngstBarbary Sunset, a marijuana shop on Irving Street in San Francisco's Outer Sunset neighborhood, is celebrating its one-year anniversary and has seen a significant uptick in sales to customers trying to control stress and anxiety from the coronavirus pandemic. Betty Yu reports. (10-9-20)
South Bay Leaders Fear COVID-19 Confusion Could Lead to New Wave of InfectionsWith President Trump touting his experimental treatments as a "cure" for coronavirus, Santa Clara County health officials fret that the public could ease up on social distancing, masks. Len Ramirez reports. (10-9-20)
Members Line Up Early For Alameda County Gym ReopeningsHealth clubs in Pleasanton saw people lined up early on the first day of Alameda County's expanded reopenings for indoor businesses. Kiet Do reports. (10/9/20)
Alameda County Reopening: Gyms, Personal Care Services Back In Business IndoorsAlameda County enters a new phase of reopening Friday, with activities and personal care services now welcoming back customers indoors, including gyms. Kiet Do reports. (10/9/20)

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Oakland Community Assistance Organization's Food Truck Stolen Then Found DamagedAn East Bay community organization that helps feed thousands of people in need now could use some help after its food truck was stolen Wednesday night.
Glass Fire Evacuees Gather at Napa Hotel for Prayer, Mutual ComfortA prayer service in Napa was held for evacuees of the Glass Fire Saturday as they struggled to deal with the disruption in their lives.
Self-Help Workers in St. Helena Build Their Own HomesA self-help housing project in St. Helena is building homes for lower-income families in one of the most expensive communities in the Bay Area.
Oakland 1st Grade Teacher Longs For In-Person Instruction After Coming Full Circle To Her RootsFirst-grade teacher Tanesha Walker recently saw her new classroom for the very first time. The moment was met first with silence, then joy as she realized the room would be hers to decorate as she pleased.
Better Together: Feeding Seniors in NeedSince the pandemic began not many of us have adapted like Adrian Williams who shifted her non-profit from helping young San Francisco children to those in need on the other end of the age spectrum.
Latino Leaders Shift Carnaval San Francisco Focus to Coronavirus Community AidAs the COVID-19 pandemic continually forces Latino heritage celebrations to be canceled, Carnaval San Francisco organizers are turning their attention to addressing the crisis which is disproportionately plaguing the community.
South Bay Restaurateur's Generosity Facing Financial Ruin Matched by Community SupportA Los Gatos restaurateur facing pandemic-induced insolvency decided to spend his final days in business making free meals for wildfire victims and firefighters. He didn't expect the response he got from his community.
Oakland Entrepreneur Walks The Walk When Advising On Overcoming Pandemic Impact On BusinessTevah El Emmet is a bit of a showman and definitely an entrepreneur. His tremendous communication skills and business acumen are on full display in a series of videos he produced that offer simple yet sound advice for small business owners hit hard by COVID-19.
Better Together: Fremont Teenage Siblings Launch 'Cards 4 COVID Heroes'Every day on every news channel, teenage siblings Prabhleen and Mantej Lamba watched the sacrifices of medical workers around the world who risk their physical and mental health on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tips To Help Families Cope With Shelter In Place

Mountain View High School Music Teacher Wrestles Tech to Keep Choir in Sync and OnlineMeet the Madrigals, one of five Mountain View High School choirs that continue to practice after the shelter-in-place closed their campus in March.
Students Rising Above Organization Helping Lift Struggling Students During Coronavirus PandemicWhen we first met Students Rising Above Scholar Ysabella Donlan last fall, the then 21-year-old junior was looking forward to the year ahead at University of California, Santa Cruz. Now she's at home, finishing her classes on line, far away from her support system at school. It's a situation she never expected to be in, and one she has found to be difficult.
Audible Offers Free Audiobooks For Kids Stuck At Home During Coronavirus CrisisAs most schools remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Audible, the audiobook service owned by Amazon, is offering free streams on selected children’s stories.
SF Dance Company Performs At Home To Raise Money For SFUSD Students, Families In NeedBay Area arts organizations have gone dark since the COVID-19 shelter in place, but their creativity is shining bright. World-renowned dance company Robert Moses Kin has created a powerful online performance from their homes, to help students and families in need during the shelter in place.
Federal Student Loan, Tax Payments Delayed Due To Coronavirus PandemicAs the country grapples with an unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic that's thrown millions of Americans out of work, the U.S. Department of Education is automatically giving most federal student loan borrowers a break from their monthly bills until at least October.
Parents Battle 'Huge Pressure' Of Enforcing Education, Screen Time Limits For Kids During Coronavirus QuarantineParents were already struggling to limit screen time for kids when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.