Health 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.
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SF Legislator Proposes Allowing Teen COVID Vaccination Without Parent ApprovalCalifornia would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents’ consent, the youngest age of any state, under a proposal late Thursday by state Sen. Scott Wiener. Andria Borba reports. (1-21-22)
South Bay COVID Home Test Giveaway Kicks OffKiet Do reports on a new effort to get more at-home COVID test kits into the hands of South Bay residents. (1-21-22)
Parental Consent Not Needed For Teen COVID Shots Under Proposed State LawJustin Andrews reports on State Sen. Scott Wiener proposing law that would eliminate need for parental consent to get vaccinated for pre-teens (1-21-2022)
COVID-19 Vaccine Approval for Young Children Expected SoonChildren under five could get the vaccine as soon as next month. Katie Nielsen reports. (1-20-22)
SF Health Officials Look Toward Post-Omicron Return to NormalSan Francisco mayor Breed, and director of health, Dr. Grant Colfax had good news Thursday about a rapid drop in omicron cases. Kenny Choi reports. (1-20-22)
SF City Attorney Subpoenas Records of Two COVID Testing CompaniesAllen Martin reports on San Francisco's City Attorney David Chiu issuing subpoenas to a pair of COVID testing companies (1-20-2022)
Dr. Fauci Hopeful COVID Vaccine Approval Comes For Young Children SoonJocelyn Moran reports on Dr. Fauci saying COVID vaccine for children under 5 could be approved within a month (1-20-2022)
COVID Cases In San Francisco Dropping Steadily Following Omicron PeakAnne Makovec reports on SF Mayor and Health Director saying city's COVID cases are declining (1-20-2022)
Queen Of The Valley Hospital Workers Stage Picket Over Pandemic Staffing, Pay IssuesWorkers at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center were out picketing Wednesday night, claiming Napa County's largest hospital is severely understaffed and that they’re underpaid. Andrea Nakano reports. (1/19/22)
COVID: California Cases Drop Slightly Amid Omicron Surge; Experts Say Distinction In Hospitalization Numbers ImportantNew numbers from California state health officials Wednesday show COVID-19 cases are going down slightly. Meanwhile, experts say the distinction between patients hospitalized for COVID-19, versus with COVID is more critical during the omicron surge. Kenny Choi reports. (1/19/22)
Pandemic Driving More People to Work Remotely From Rental PropertiesThe pandemic has made it possible for many employees to work from just about anywhere. As Michael George reports, a lot of them are staying longer in rentals, like Airbnb.
Stanford COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Mandate Faces Pushback As Deadline LoomsSome students at Stanford University are pushing back on a COVID-19 vaccine booster mandate as the school sets a January 31 deadline to receive the shot. Andria Borba reports. (1/19/22)
COVID: U.S. Website For Free Test Kits Launches During Omicron SurgeWhile there are some indications the Omicron surge has peaked, Andrea Nakano shows us the federal government's new website that makes free test kits available to everyone who needs one.
COVID: UCSF Health Expert Weighs In On Omicron SurgeCase rates in New York dropping fast thanks to high vaccionation rates. UCSF Infectious Disease expert Dr. Peter Chin Hong weighs in on the Omicron surge here in California.
COVID Outbreak Among San Jose Police Force Creates Issues For PatrollingDevin Fehely reports on the San Jose Police Department coping COVID outbreak among officers (1-18-2022)
Bay Area Food Banks Face COVID-19 Staffing Shortages, Urgently Seek VolunteersFood banks across the Bay Area are going through a crisis, as many drivers and warehouse workers are out due to the ongoing COVID-19 surge. Len Ramirez reports. (1/18/22)
Hayward Students Return to Class After Week of Remote Learning Due to COVIDMax Darrow reports on some parents remaining apprehensive about COVID safety as students return to school in Hayward (1-18-2022)
Oakland Unified Faces Latest Student Protests Over Omicron Safety ConcernsJustin Andrews reports on continuing student and teacher sickouts to protest Oakland Unified COVID safety measures (1-18-2022)
Feds Launch Website Distributing Free At-Home COVID Testing KitsLen Kiese reports on the early beta launch of a federal government website where you can sign up for free at-home COVID test kits (1-18-2022)
COVID: Oakland Students Call For Boycott Over District's Handling Of Omicron SurgeIn Oakland, students were planning a school-wide boycott to show their frustration with the District's handling of the Omicron surge. Andrea Nakano has more on their concerns.
COVID: Wastewater Analysis May Indicate Omicron Outbreak Has PeakedThe Omicron surge positivity rate has hit a two-week low. Maria Cid Medina talked to Santa Clara County health experts who say wastewater analysis may also indicate the outbreak is on the decline.
COVID: Unions Push Back On New Rules For Health Care Workers Who Test Positive For CoronavirusNew state guidelines allow healthcare workers who test postive for COVID-19, but are asymptomatic, to come back to work. Kenny Choi tells us the new rules are getting pushback from unions.
Omicron Surge Testing Americans' Faith in Biden Adminstration's Handling of COVID PandemicThe omicron surge has brought about a loss of faith from some Americans in President Biden's ability to handle the pandemic. CBS reporter Natalie Brand has the new poll numbers.
Bay Area Health Experts Look Past OmicronQuestions about what happens after the latest omicron surge have Bay Area health experts weighing in. Kenny Choi reports. (1-16-22)