Latest News

UCSF Lab Worked Quickly To Confirm San Francisco's Omicron CaseWhen word of a possible COVID omicron case reached UC San Francisco infectious disease specialist Dr. Charles Chiu, he knew that his team would have to work quickly.
UPDATE: 1st U.S. Case Of COVID Omicron Variant Confirmed In San FranciscoA person who returned to the San Francisco Bay Area from a trip to South Africa has tested positive for the COVID omicron variant -- the first confirmed case in the United States.
COVID: Gov. Gavin Newsom Says Omicron Variant In California Won't Spark Another ShutdownConfirmation of the first U.S. case of the omicron variant in California was not surprising and shouldn't force another shutdown heading into the holidays, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday.
Soaring COVID Booster Demand Prompts Appointment Requirement At San Mateo County Vaccine ClinicHigh demand for COVID-19 booster shots has prompted San Mateo County to require appointments for those 12 and over getting shots at the county-operated vaccine clinic at the San Mateo County Event Center.
Facebook Uncovers Massive Network To Spread COVID MisinformationA disinformation network with ties to China used hundreds of fake social media accounts — including one belonging to a fictitious Swiss biologist — to spread an unfounded claim that the U.S. pressured scientists to blame China for the coronavirus.
COVID Omicron Variant: CDC Expands Surveillance To San Francisco International AirportThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding surveillance at four major international airports, including San Francisco International Airport, to keep an eye out for the Omicron variant.
COVID Vaccine and Booster Resources for Bay Area ResidentsWith the recent emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, health officials are stressing the importance of getting the COVID vaccine and boosters.
COVID: Health Experts Analyzing Omicron Variant Before It Reaches U.S.There are three questions that researchers are trying to figure out about the Omicron variant: how transmissible it is, how resistant it is to vaccines and natural immunity, and how sick it will make people.
Evander Kane Reports To Sharks Minor League Team Following 21-Game SuspensionEvander Kane reported for his first day in the minors focused on doing what it will take to get back to the NHL instead of rehashing the allegations from the offseason that led to one of the league's top forwards being relegated to the AHL.
COVID: Omicron Variant Has Some Bay Area Families Revising Holiday Travel PlansJust as the Thanksgiving holiday wraps up, we are now hearing about a new coronavirus variant, Omicron.
New COVID Variant 'Omicron' Identified; Here's What You Need To KnowUniversity of California San Francisco infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong believes the new COVID 'Omicron' variant is already here. Here's what you need to know.
Travel Restrictions Begin Amid Growing Concerns Over The New COVID Omicron Variant International travelers prepared to fly out of SFO Sunday night as nations around the world raced to contain the new COVID variant. Starting Monday, the U.S. will ban travel from South Africa and seven other countries in the region.

Coronavirus Video Reports

1st U.S. Case Of COVID Omicron Variant Confirmed In San FranciscoA person who returned to the San Francisco Bay Area from a trip to South Africa has tested positive for the COVID omicron variant -- the first confirmed case in the United States. Max Darrow reports.
1st Confirmed U.S. Case of Omicron Variant Found in San FranciscoA person who returned to the San Francisco Bay Area from a trip to South Africa has tested positive for the COVID omicron variant -- the first confirmed case in the United States. Jocelyn Moran reports. (12/1/21)
Raw Video: San Francisco Mayor, Public Health Director Remark on Omicron VariantSan Francisco Mayor London Breed and Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax held a press conference to discuss the 1st confirmed U.S. case of the COVID omicron variant.
AIDS Memorial In Golden Gate Park Commemorates Those Who Died From HIVA moving scene in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, as people gather around a sea of lights to remember loved ones lost to AIDS. Kenny Choy tells us, it was created to mark World Aids Day.
COVID: Scientists In A Race To Learn More About Omicron VariantHealth leaders are in a race to combat the new COVID-19 variant Omicron. Maria Cid Medina tells us the three things they are trying to determine.
Omnicron Variant of Coronavirus Leads to New Travel RecommendationsAnne Makovec reports on new travel recommendations and booster guidance issued since the emergency of the Omnicron variant of COVID-19 (11-30-2021)
COVID: Omicron Variant Making Some People Nervous About Holiday TravelThe Omicron variant may not have reached the Bay Area but many here are rethinking their holiday travel plans. Andrea Nakano got some advice from local health experts.
COVID Omicron: Rush To Vaccinate In East Bay As New Variant EmergesThe Omicron variant of COVID-19 discovered earlier this month was top of mind on those getting vaccinated at the Oakley Recreational Center on Monday. Shawn Chitnis reports. (11/29/21)
UCSF Infectious Disease Specialist Weighs in On Omicron COVID VariantKPIX anchor Allen Martin talks to UCSF Dr. Peter Chin-Hong about the dangers of the newly discovered Omicron COVID variant (11-29-2021)
President Biden Addresses Concerns Over COVID Omicron VariantNatalie Brand reports on President Biden talking about action taken by the White House to guard against the U.S. spread of COVID Omicron variant (11-29-2021)
New Omicron Coronavirus Variant Spurs Worldwide Travel RestrictionsThe new coronavirus "omicron" variant is raising alarm worldwide because it's already on the move from South Africa to Europe and beyond. Devin Fehely reports. (11-27-21)
UC Expert Says New Omicron Coronavirus Variant Likely Already in U.S.While no cases have been discovered in the United States, a UCSF infectious disease expert believes the variant first identified in South Africa is already here. Maria Cid Medina reports. (11-26-21)

KPIX 5 Better Together -- Our Community Cares

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.