Coronavirus Bay Area

Fry's Electronics Shutting Down Operations; Victim Of COVID-19 Fiscal WoesLong-time San Francisco Bay Area retail mainstay Fry's Electronics has announced it will be shutting down its 31 stores across nine states as a result of the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Santa Clara County Opens New COVID Vaccine Site At Gilroy High SchoolA new COVID vaccination site opened Wednesday at Gilroy High School, Santa Clara County health officials announced.
COVID: Proposed Bills Would Extend Paid Sick Leave for Essential Workers In StateA pair of bills proposed Wednesday would expand emergency paid sick, family and medical leave for essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a coalition of labor advocates and state legislators pushing the bills.
Johnson & Johnson Single Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Clears Major FDA HurdleIn an analysis released Wednesday, the US Food and Drug Administration said the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine has met the requirements for emergency use authorization.
San Francisco Opens Up COVID-19 Vaccinations To Teachers, Child Care, Food Service WorkersHeath care officials announced Wednesday they were expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to San Francisco teachers, child care and food service workers.
Newsom: Schools Will Emerge From COVID-19 Shutdown 'Very, Very Shortly'; Teachers Urge Cautious ReopeningsAs the vast majority of California students approach one year of distance learning, Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed Tuesday that classrooms will reopen “very, very shortly." But his forecast was called into question by Los Angeles teachers.
Bay Area COVID-19 Roundup: Many Feeling 'Zoom Fatigue'; Fry's Electronics Shutting Down Stores; Bay Area Counties Move To Red Tier With the surge in new coronavirus cases beginning to ease and demand for vaccination growing, the information you need to know is coming fast and furious. Here's a roundup of the COVID stories we've published over the last 24 hours.
Study: Many Feeling 'Zoom Fatigue' After Months Of Video Conferencing During PandemicNearly a year into the pandemic, and many of us are experiencing what a Stanford University study has dubbed "Zoom fatigue."
COVID: Bay Area Counties Move To Red Tier Easing Restrictions On Businesses, Public And Private GatheringsAt the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, San Mateo and Marin counties moved from the purple tier to the red tier, easing COVID-19 restrictions for businesses and individuals.
COVID: 'Let's Reopen Them' Parents Protest To Restart In-Person Learning In Sunnyvale
COVID Vaccines: SamTrans Latest Transit Agency To Offer Free Rides To Vaccination SitesThe San Mateo County Transit District announced that it will offer free rides to county COVID-19 vaccination sites starting Thursday, joining other local transit agencies.
COVID Reopening: San Francisco Lifts 10-Day Quarantine Requirement For Travel Outside Bay AreaHealth officials in San Francisco announced Tuesday that residents who travel outside the Bay Area for nonessential purposes are no longer required to quarantine for 10 days, amid an ongoing decline in COVID-19 cases.

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COVID: California Suspends System Of Shared Vaccine Access Codes After MisuseThe state is changing the way it offers COVID-19 vaccines to disadvantaged communities after people who are currently not eligible for the shot used special codes to get appointments. Wilson Walker reports. (2/24/21)
Saint Mary's Cathedral In San Francisco Makes Online Plea For SupportJohn Ramos reports on San Francisco church starting a GoFundMe page to collect donations and avoid permanent closure (2-24-2021)
Some Marin County Businesses Resume or Expand Indoor OperationsEmily Turner reports on the return to the red tier allowing some businesses in the North Bay to resume indoor activities (2-24-2021)
COVID: After Months Of Videoconferencing How To Deal With 'Zoom Fatigue'After months of videoconferencing during the pandemic, a new study confirms many are feeling 'Zoom fatigue.' Maria Medina tells us how to deal with it.
COVID: Marin, San Mateo County Move Into Red TierSome Bay Area counties will be moving into the red tier at the stroke of midnight on Wednesday. Betty Yu tells us what that will mean for businesses and residents.
COVID: Parents Protest To Reopen Sunnyvale Schools, Threaten To Recall BoardDozens of parents protested in Sunnyvale to reopen schools there. Devin Fehely tells us they are even threatening to recall the school board.
Businesses To Expand Operations After San Mateo County Moves into Red TierWilson Walker reports on San Mateo County restaurant owners having mixed feelings about return to red tier (2-23-2021)
No Return Date Yet For San Francisco Schools; District, Unions Still Far ApartAs the one-year mark approaches since the last time San Francisco public school children were in class, it appears the school district and the teachers union are not any closer to agreeing on a plan to open up classrooms. Emily Turner reports. (2/23/21)
COVID: More Contagious California Mutation About Half Of All Cases In StateResearchers are finding an increase in coronavirus variants across the state. As Andrea Nakano reports, one mutation that spreads more quickly is responsible for about half the cases in the state.
Effort To Recall San Francisco School Board President, Board Members Gains MomentumJohn Ramos reports on San Francisco's school board suspending efforts to rename schools until students are returned to classrooms (2-22-2021)
COVID: Restaurants, Gyms Prepare For Red Tier Status In San Mateo CountyMany counties could move into the state COVID-19 red tier as early as Tuesday. As Andria Borba tells us, the change will have a serious impact on gyms and restaurants in San Mateo County.
President Biden Holds Remembrance For 500,000 American Lives Lost To COVIDNatalie Brand reports on candle-lighting ceremony to mark somber milestone of 500,000 U.S deaths to COVID (2-22-2021)

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East Bay Girl Makes Moves at the Ballet Barre and the Football FieldPinkie Schnayer has always loved dance but, twice a week, the 14-year-old trades in her ballet shoes for cleats as one of two girls on the Campolindo High School football team in Moraga.
South Bay Chefs Turn Their Restaurants Inside-Out, Comp a Furloughed Worker With Each Paid MealThese have been tough days for the food service business but one chef in San Jose has been operating a unique kitchen to help struggling restaurants and their laid-off workers.
Autism Workshop Helps South Bay Sheriff's Deputies De-Escalate Crisis EncountersThe Santa Clara County sheriff's office voluntarily added an autism workshop 15 years ago as an academy requirement.
South City Company Grows Greens Indoors to Counter Farm Land LossesA company called Plenty in South San Francisco is proving the value of low-water, controlled cultivation of leafy greens.
Holiday Lights Around the Bay Area Deliver Christmas CheerAround the Bay Area, holiday light installations -- both amateur and professional -- illuminate the night in the final days of an exceptionally dark year.
Beating the COVID Blues, Bay Area Musicians Tour Neighborhood DrivewaysSome top-flight Bay Area musicians who can't tour the country and world during the pandemic have been touring local driveways instead.
Despite Pandemic, See's Candy Prepares to Celebrate a Sweet CenturyA popular Bay Area-based candy company had to close temporarily for only the second time in its 99-year history because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But now it's finding its new sweet spot.
Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa Sees Soaring DemandThe Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa has never been busier than they are this holiday season and they think the surge in demand is only the beginning.
Vallejo Animator Found Her Passion Despite Numerous HardshipsFor Lucy Lopez, art is an escape and a calling. But it's also a career choice the 19-year-old UC Merced student says she was discouraged from making.

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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.