Bay Area Expert Says a Quarter of Americans With Omicron May Be AsymptomaticAn average of one in four Americans could be infected with COVID-19 and not know it, according to a Bay Area medical expert.
COVID Surge Puts Chill on Football Fever With 49ers Set to Face Cowboys SundayNiners Faithful hope to return from Texas with a win but at what cost? People traveling this weekend risk piling up COVID cases during the ongoing omicron surge.
Pliny The Younger Postponed: Russian River Brewing Pushes Back 2022 Beer Release Due To COVID-19 Omicron SurgeCiting record numbers of COVID-19 cases in Sonoma County and a recently-enacted health order, the Russian River Brewing Company announced Wednesday that its annual release of Pliny the Younger beer has been postponed to spring.
Teachers at Oakland’s Frick Academy Hold Sickout Due to COVID-19 OutbreakAfter a breakout of COVID-19 cases at Frick United Academy of Language in Oakland, most teachers, support staff and administrators called in sick Wednesday and Thursday to protect others from the virus, a teacher at the school said.
Software Woes Fixed; San Francisco COVID Testing Sites Reopening For Business Software issues that forced the cancellations of hundreds of appointments at city-run COVID test sites in San Francisco over the last two days have been fixed, returning the facilities to full capacity, officials said.
UC Study: More Than 370,000 Californians May Have Unsafe Drinking WaterAccording to University of California researchers, an estimated 371,000 Californians rely on drinking water that may contain high levels of toxic chemicals such as arsenic, nitrate or hexavalent chromium.
COVID: Bay Area Hospitals Postpone Elective Surgeries Due To Surge, Sick StaffHospitals in the Bay Area and across California are postponing or waiting to schedule non-urgent elective surgeries amid the record-breaking surge of COVID-19 cases.
COVID: Hospital ERs Overwhelmed By Omicron Ask Public Not To Come In For TestingAs emergency departments are being flooded with Omicron patients, hospitals in the Bay Area are making a plea to the public not to come in for COVID-19 testing.
State Bill Creating Universal Healthcare System Debated In LegislatureDemocrats in the California legislature began debating a bill creating an in-state universal health care system Tuesday – a move to fulfill the party’s campaign promises.

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Sleeping Well During The COVID-19 PandemicA lack of routine during the pandemic has made it difficult for kids to maintain a healthy sleep schedule. Now is the time for kids to get back on track.
The Dangers Of Skipping Routine Vaccinations During COVID-19Across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting a decline in vaccination rates as some families are choosing to forgo or delay their children’s routine pediatric well-visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heart Monitoring Device Brings Comfort To Newborn Bronte's ParentsMarvin and Amanda Benedict are self-described techies. They both work at Google, so they naturally love automation, and they joke that it’s fitting that their daughter now has an automated device.
Groundbreaking Minimally Invasive Brain SurgeryThe name Ari means “lion” in Hebrew, and Ari Ellman’s first day back at preschool this September was a roaring success. Ari is small for his three years, but his vocabulary and charm are big enough to more than compensate. He’s excited, energetic, curious, and fully engaged with his friends and teachers.
Pioneering Immunotherapy Targeting Elusive Cancer Cells In ChildrenThe “remarkably successful” CAR-T cell therapy is giving new hope to the sickest cancer patients. Now, Stanford experts are focusing on advancing its use and broadening its benefits.
New Hope for Children With Aortic Valve DisordersWhen Claudia and Tom Yore discussed having a third child, the clincher came from Claudia, who said, “Let’s do it. He’s going to be our easy third.”
Mom Braves New Territory To Give Daughter With Spina Bifida Her Best ShotHelisabed Romano turned to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to perform in utero surgery to possibly save her baby from serious limitations later in life.
Cleft And Craniofacial Center Fosters Patient’s Dream To Entertain Mathias Dizon practiced for weeks to fulfill a promise he had made to his doctors and nurses at the Stanford Children’s Health Cleft and Craniofacial Center: to sing the national anthem at the center’s annual patient and family picnic every year until he goes to college.
Heart Transplant Allows Justin Wang To Experience His Bucket ListAt just 15-years-old, Justin Wang has already built a bucket list of the things he wants to see and do in his lifetime.