• San Mateo County is likely to advance to the "Orange" tier for reopening today. It will likely be San Francisco's turn next week, which could come with 50% indoor dining capacity, higher capacity at gyms. [NBC Bay Area]
  • In San Francisco, you only need a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to be eligible for a vaccine now. The state's threshold was a BMI of 40, but experts said there was evidence of worse COVID outcomes for people with BMIs in the 30-35 range. [ABC 7]
  • CVS has just opened 100 more vaccine sites across California, meaning more stores in Bay Area counties will be offering the vaccine starting this week. [KRON4]
  • Fire crews on Monday evening worked to put out a two-alarm fire at a flooring store, Carpeteria, in San Leandro. [CBS SF]
  • A tentative deal was reached Monday between the Oakland Unified School District and the union that represents Oakland teachers to reopen schools sometime in the spring. [KRON4]
  • San Francisco philanthropist Stephen Bechtel, Jr., the retired CEO of the worldwide Bechtel construction firm (responsible for building BART), has died at the age of 95. [Chronicle]
  • Crowds are flocking to Monterey Bay to catch a sighting of a rare albino Risso’s dolphin who's been named Casper — thought to be the same dolphin spotted by whale watchers as a baby in 2015. [CBS SF]

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