COVID-19

Congress passed three rounds of COVID assistance for K-12 schools, totaling about $24 billion for California, beginning in May 2020. (Shutterstock)

California auditor urges tighter oversight of how districts spend federal COVID aid

Report dings state Department of Education for inadequately tracking $24 billion in disbursed funds

  • Oct 22, 2021

 

FILE — In-N-Out Burger, the popular California fast-food chain, is resisting San Francisco's public health rules that require indoor diners to show proof of vaccination. (J. Emilio Flores/The New York Times)

When it comes to San Francisco vaccine rules, In-N-Out should heed Biblical advice

Burger chain’s vaccine fight distracts from its tasty burgers and French fries controversy

 

FILE — A mother and daughter attend a parent meeting at Arleta Senior High School in Los Angeles on Aug. 16, 2021. The state has done remarkably well limiting outbreaks, even before its student vaccine mandate has been put into place. (Allison Zaucha/The New York Times)

California accounts for 12% of U.S. students but only 1% of COVID school closures

More protection may be needed if cases begin to climb again

  • Oct 19, 2021

 

Hospital staffers and union organizers protest staffing shortages at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Roseville on Oct. 14.<ins> (Fred Greaves/CalMatters)</ins>

Hospitals brace for strikes as California workers protest staff shortages

Burnout, unending stress of pandemic cited as reasons for leaving

  • Oct 15, 2021
Hospital staffers and union organizers protest staffing shortages at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Roseville on Oct. 14.<ins> (Fred Greaves/CalMatters)</ins>
A Muni train passes by San Francisco Police Department headquarters. Employees at both the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the SFPD could be fired if they don’t get vaccinated by November. (Harika Maddala/Bay City News)
A Muni train passes by San Francisco Police Department headquarters. Employees at both the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the SFPD could be fired if they don’t get vaccinated by November. (Harika Maddala/Bay City News)

SFMTA should fire its unvaccinated employees holding us hostage to COVID-19

San Francisco’s public transportation workers must comply with the mandate

  • Oct 13, 2021
A Muni train passes by San Francisco Police Department headquarters. Employees at both the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the SFPD could be fired if they don’t get vaccinated by November. (Harika Maddala/Bay City News)
A Muni train passes by San Francisco Police Department headquarters. Employees at both the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the SFPD could be fired if they don’t get vaccinated by November. (Harika Maddala/Bay City News)
A COVID-19 patient at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley is treated in December 2020; while hospitals in Central and Northern California called in National Guard troops to help staff COVID-19 wards, Los Angeles and Bay Area officials are considering lifting mask mandates as transmission in their regions plummeted. (Ariana Drehsler/New York Times)

Why COVID-19 looks so different across California

There is a huge variation in vaccination rates across counties

  • Oct 7, 2021
A COVID-19 patient at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley is treated in December 2020; while hospitals in Central and Northern California called in National Guard troops to help staff COVID-19 wards, Los Angeles and Bay Area officials are considering lifting mask mandates as transmission in their regions plummeted. (Ariana Drehsler/New York Times)
As of Sept. 30, some 300 Muni transit operators were either unvaccinated or did not report their vaccination status. <ins>(Samantha Laurey/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

SFMTA has over 600 unvaccinated employees. More than half are drivers

Operators need to get vaccinated by Nov. 1, or The City could face reduced service

As of Sept. 30, some 300 Muni transit operators were either unvaccinated or did not report their vaccination status. <ins>(Samantha Laurey/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
Gov. Gavin Newsom visited with students at James Denman Middle School in San Francisco on Oct. 1. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)

California’s fraught history with childhood vaccines

State has struggled with low immunization rates and resorted to laws to help raise them

  • Oct 5, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom visited with students at James Denman Middle School in San Francisco on Oct. 1. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)
San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston, pictured at a Faith in Action meeting on rent relief on June 23, is continuing efforts to help tenants after California’s eviction moratorium ended.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Supe declares his district an eviction-free zone

With California’s eviction moratorium now expired and leaving hundreds of thousands of…

San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston, pictured at a Faith in Action meeting on rent relief on June 23, is continuing efforts to help tenants after California’s eviction moratorium ended.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Nearly 300 SFPD officers are refusing to get vaccinated despite a city mandate for public employees.

COVID is a cop killer. Why are California police officers rejecting vaccines?

Anti-vaccine police officers risk public safety, unfit to serve in San Francisco

  • Oct 1, 2021
Nearly 300 SFPD officers are refusing to get vaccinated despite a city mandate for public employees.
A syringe is filled with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccine center in Rohnert Park in January; a recent survey of California’s major hospital systems revealed vaccination rates of 90 percent or higher among health care workers. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)

Mandates boost vaccination rates among health care workers in California

Thousands of hospital employees recently inoculated

  • Sep 30, 2021
A syringe is filled with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccine center in Rohnert Park in January; a recent survey of California’s major hospital systems revealed vaccination rates of 90 percent or higher among health care workers. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)
Californians who meet certain income requirements can take advantage of a program that offers to pay back rent accrued during the pandemic as well as unpaid water and electricity bills.(Shutterstock)

Rental assistance is available for Californians

State program offers funds for tenants affected by pandemic

  • Sep 28, 2021
Californians who meet certain income requirements can take advantage of a program that offers to pay back rent accrued during the pandemic as well as unpaid water and electricity bills.(Shutterstock)
In California to date, only about 42% of guards and 57% of all prison staffers are fully vaccinated. (iStock)

Judge requires COVID vaccines for California prison guards

Mandate would ‘lower the risk of preventable death among incarcerated persons’

  • Sep 28, 2021
In California to date, only about 42% of guards and 57% of all prison staffers are fully vaccinated. (iStock)
Maria Jimenez swabs her 7-year-old daughter Glendy Perez for a COVID-19 test at Canal Alliance in San Rafael on Sept. 25.<ins> (Penni Gladstone/CalMatters)</ins>

Rapid COVID-19 tests in short supply in California

‘The U.S. gets a D- when it comes to testing’

  • Sep 27, 2021
Maria Jimenez swabs her 7-year-old daughter Glendy Perez for a COVID-19 test at Canal Alliance in San Rafael on Sept. 25.<ins> (Penni Gladstone/CalMatters)</ins>
Federal officials have endorsed booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for many fully inoculated Americans. (Kevin Mohatt/New York Times)

When Californians will get COVID-19 boosters

Eligibility currently limited to those inoculated with Pfizer vaccine

  • Sep 27, 2021
Federal officials have endorsed booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for many fully inoculated Americans. (Kevin Mohatt/New York Times)
San Francisco supervisors approved an ordinance on first reading that would provide funding for small businesses that owe back rent due to the pandemic. (Shutterstock)

Supe asks for rent relief for small businesses

‘We believe this is the right way to deal with the crisis right now’

San Francisco supervisors approved an ordinance on first reading that would provide funding for small businesses that owe back rent due to the pandemic. (Shutterstock)
Eviction protections passed in June are set to expire on Sept. 30, but eligible tenants may apply for rent relief. (Shae Hammond/CalMatters)

Contractor’s deal on California rent relief gets more lucrative

Mississippi firm slated to administer $2.6 billion

  • Sep 23, 2021
Eviction protections passed in June are set to expire on Sept. 30, but eligible tenants may apply for rent relief. (Shae Hammond/CalMatters)
Auditory hallucinations are typically associated with psychosis, schizophrenia or a manic phase of bipolar disorder. Yet for some patients who have started hearing voices during the pandemic, none of those diagnoses apply. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

Pandemic-related loneliness is leading to hallucinations for some

Bay Area women experiencing similar distress to those in jail

  • Sep 23, 2021
Auditory hallucinations are typically associated with psychosis, schizophrenia or a manic phase of bipolar disorder. Yet for some patients who have started hearing voices during the pandemic, none of those diagnoses apply. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
Some California universities are tracking vaccination rates and the number of students in isolation and quarantine; others are reporting numbers of confirmed COVID cases on campus.(Courtesy Julie Leopo/EdSource)

How California universities are tracking campus COVID cases

Cal State and UC campuses have dashboards, but details vary

  • Sep 10, 2021
Some California universities are tracking vaccination rates and the number of students in isolation and quarantine; others are reporting numbers of confirmed COVID cases on campus.(Courtesy Julie Leopo/EdSource)
Paramedics transport a mock patient into UCSF’s Mount Zion medical center during a drill. (Courtesy Noah Berger/UCSF)

UCSF nurses allege chronic understaffing, overworking

‘Solutions they are proposing are not sustainable’

Paramedics transport a mock patient into UCSF’s Mount Zion medical center during a drill. (Courtesy Noah Berger/UCSF)