Drug Expert: U.S. Needs an 'Operation Warp Speed' for Opioid EpidemicA new federal report shows how the coronavirus pandemic has created a perfect storm when it comes to drug overdose deaths.
COVID: California Weighing Issues Around New CDC Masking GuidelinesCalifornia's governor said Friday that his office is weighing issues of enforcement and workplace safety in considering whether and when to adopt the latest federal guidelines around masking.
COVID: Walmart, Trader Joe's and Costco Drop Mask Requirements for Vaccinated CustomersShoppers who are vaccinated against COVID-19 can shop without masks in some Walmart, Sam's Club and Costco locations as well as at Trader Joe's, the companies said in separate announcements Friday.
COVID Vaccines: Contra Costa County To Set Up Mobile Vaccination Clinics At SchoolsFollowing authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds, health officials in Contra Costa County announced mobile vaccination clinics at several middle and high schools starting next week.
COVID Schools: University Of Pacific To Require Vaccination To Attend In-Person ClassesUniversity of the Pacific announced Thursday all students returning to in-person instruction this summer and fall, new and continuing, will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before returning back to campus.
COVID Lockdown Stress Leads to Spike in Opioid Overdose DeathsDuring the COVID pandemic, according to a new CDC report, the United States has set a record when it comes to overdose deaths.
Bay Area Officials Ponder Easing Indoor Mask Requirements in Wake of New CDC GuidanceMore than a year after the pandemic began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that fully vaccinated Americans could dispense with wearing masks in most settings.
Vaccinated Bill Maher Tests Positive for COVID-19; Friday's Show CanceledA taping of comedian Bill Maher’s weekly HBO show was canceled after the host tested positive for COVID-19. Maher, fully vaccinated, is “asymptomatic and feels fine,” according to a statement from HBO.
COVID Reopening: Solano County Remains Stuck in Red TierAs many Bay Area residents are enjoying the new allowances that come with the state's Yellow Tier, one Bay Area county is lagging behind the rest of the region.
CDC: Vaccinated People Can Go Without Masks In Most Indoor SettingsIn a move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places.
Newsom Announces Plans To Provide $1.5B Boost for Small BusinessesGov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that he plans to use some of the $27 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding to help small business owners forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic.