coronavirus

Coronavirus LIVE BLOG: Santa Clara County says private hospitals have to do more testing

As of Sept. 29, Santa Clara County reported 21,294 confirmed coronavirus cases and 318 deaths. The county’s COVID-19 drive-thru and walk-up testing sites will remain open as fires around the South Bay worsen air quality in the area. California had 807,425 positive cases and 15,640 deaths as of Sept. 29. However, health officials have warned...

Why San Jose schools aren’t opening for the rest of the year

Saying they are ill equipped to take on the burden of testing students for COVID-19, San Jose officials extended distance learning through the end of December — and may not reopen classes until 2021. San Jose Unified School District Superintendent Nancy Albarrán said there are now more COVID-19 cases than in March when schools first closed, especially...

Santa Clara County business owners push to open indoors

With smoke and ash making outdoor operations difficult, a coalition of business and community leaders are demanding Santa Clara County set guidelines to reopen indoors. Last week the county moved into the lower-risk red tier of state reopening guidelines, which paved the way for more businesses to start serving customers indoors. But in Santa Clara...

Smoky air stunts turnout at San Jose COVID-19 testing sites

Steady crowds have streamed through most COVID-19 testing sites since the start of the pandemic. But that wasn’t the case this weekend at Santa Clara County’s newest —  and largest — testing site at the county fairgrounds. That’s largely due to the bad air quality fueled by massive wildfires burning across the Bay Area. The...

UPDATE: Santa Clara County approves fines for not wearing masks, flouting health order

Santa Clara County will begin issuing fines of up to $500 for not wearing face masks or social distancing in public, the Board of Supervisors decided unanimously Tuesday. In an attempt to control the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its impact, the board adopted an urgency ordinance issuing citations against residents and businesses for violating...

COVID-19 workplace complaints pile up in South Bay but lack follow-up

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated. Workers showed up to work sick with COVID-19 symptoms. Management hid positive test results from employees. Supervisors banned phones to prevent documenting unsafe facilities. These are some of the allegations many South Bay workers have made since Santa Clara County began to ease shelter-in-place restrictions to allow some businesses to...

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