Some Bay Area Counties Ending Mask Requirements In Healthcare Settings, Unclear Whether SF Will Too
Today’s the day that California is ending its mask and vaccine requirements for healthcare workers, but Alameda and Contra Costa counties will continue requiring masks, while SF public health officials have not made an announcement.
It’s the Three-Year Anniversary of Our COVID-19 Lockdown, San Francisco
On the three-year anniversary of the Bay Area’s stunning shelter-in-place announcement, which would be duplicated within days around much of the country, we look back on these three bad years, and the order that was originally only supposed to last for three weeks.
City's Bill For Shelter-In-Place Hotel Damages Rises With $2.9M Settlement For Hotel Tilden
While the City of San Francisco continues to negotiate with hotel owners over what the costs of turning their hotels into ersatz homeless shelters during the pandemic turned out to be, one more hotel has just walked away with a considerable damage settlement.
Day Around the Bay: SF Is Ending The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency On February 28
The new street drug “tranq” has been found in the blood streams of SF overdose victims, Depeche Mode announced they’re playing the Chase Center in December, and SF’s COVID-19 public health emergency declaration will end on February 28.
Struggling SF Bar Owners Say People Aren't Drinking Like They Did Pre-COVID
Is it true that people are going out to bars less often now than they did three years ago? That may not be true in many parts of the country, or even in parts of San Francisco, but for some neighborhood and after-work bars, things still haven't gotten back to normal.
SF Emergency Room Physician Opens Up About Leaving Twitter Over Rampant COVID Misinformation
A local doctor dedicated to debunking COVID-19 conspiracy theories is giving up that fight, on Twitter at least, claiming that misinformation is running wild on that platform. And the data backs up that claim.
Experts Cautiously Optimistic About Weak Winter COVID Wave As Hospitalizations Begin to Tick Up
It may be too soon to tell what the holiday season has in store when it comes to the tail end of this three-year pandemic. But there is reason to hope that we won't have a very severe winter surge of new COVID infections, especially if more people get their updated boosters.
Friday Morning Constitutional: Bay Area Officially In CDC's 'Low' Tier For COVID
BART had similar Transbay Tube electrical problems this morning as it had on Sunday, a noted SF stalker/creeper is back and harassing women, and the Bay Area is now in the CDC's "low" tier for COVID transmission once again and finally.
Dr. Wachter Is Going Back Inside Restaurants, Which Maybe Means the Pandemic Is Finally Over?
Barring further, unforeseen variants, COVID-19 may finally be relegated to still-sometimes-deadly seasonal nuisance — now that President Biden proclaimed that "the pandemic is over," and now that our own UCSF soothsayer Dr. Bob Wachter is ready to go back to indoor dining.
Friday Morning Constitutional: Moderna Now Suing Pfizer and BioNTech For Copying Vaccine Technology
New and updated COVID vaccine boosters are coming in September, Moderna is now suing Pfizer for stealing its mRNA vaccine technology, and protesters continue to fight a plan to cull 100 geese from a flock in Foster City.
San Jose Church That Defied Pandemic Public Health Orders Wins Appeal Based on Supreme Court's Rightward Shift
The evangelical Calvary Chapel in San Jose was ordered to pay over $200K in contempt-of-court fines over its defiance of county public health orders in 2020, but a state appeals court has just overturned that and ruled in favor of the church, because of Amy Coney Barrett.
Napa Quack Set to Be Sentenced In Case Involving Phony COVID Pills and Vax Cards, But First She Tried to Vacate Her Plea
Napa-based naturopathic doctor Juli A. Mazi, the loon who was nabbed by the feds last year for prescribing bogus COVID-19 immunization pills and handing out fraudulent vaccination cards, just tried to vacate her plea agreement after firing her lawyers. But the judge wasn't having it.