Coronavirus

Santa Clara County advances to yellow tier, eases COVID restrictions

Santa Clara County is easing local COVID-19 restrictions weeks before the state is set to fully reopen. County health officials Tuesday announced the move to the least-restrictive yellow tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The change, effective Wednesday, will allow most businesses to operate indoors with minimal modifications, including bars that don’t...

Is San Jose ready to go maskless?

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fully vaccinated people can ditch their masks when indoors and outdoors. But local guidelines aren’t as open yet. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday he will end the state’s mask mandate on June 15, nearly a year after he first required masks in all public...

Why one in 10 Silicon Valley residents are refusing a COVID shot

One in 10 Santa Clara County residents are refusing a COVID-19 vaccine due to fear of side effects or safety concerns, misinformation and scheduling issues—a problem that county health officials are quickly trying to ameliorate. Misinformation still persists, researchers hired by the county discovered, with 19% of county residents surveyed believing vaccines can give you...

Get a COVID shot this week without an appointment

Numerous Santa Clara County vaccination sites are accepting drop-ins for COVID-19 vaccines this week. Same day appointments are available across the county, including at Levi’s Stadium and Eastridge Mall (Aloha Roller Rink). Anyone age 16 and older who lives, works or attends school in Santa Clara County is eligible for the vaccine. The news comes...