coronavirus

Silicon Valley transit workers upset over COVID vaccine policy

Outraged VTA employees are taking their leaders to task over a mandate requiring them to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by the end of April. Santa Clara County public transit workers flooded Thursday’s virtual board meeting to express displeasure with the vaccine policy issued last week. Many are members of VTA’s largest union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265. They...

Santa Clara County COVID spike, rent evictions equal double whammy

As COVID-19 infections spiked across Silicon Valley over the winter, evictions continued to pile up in Santa Clara County Superior Court. The combination is posing challenges for in-person court hearings. There were 234 residential evictions filed in Santa Clara County from December through Jan. 26, as well as 40 commercial evictions. Tenant defense attorneys say the...

San Jose college teachers upset over lack of COVID vaccine oversight

As West Valley-Mission Community College District students return to in-person learning, faculty are petitioning for safe working conditions. Teachers distributed a resolution in late January stating the school district’s COVID-19 implementation plan is outdated, and the district is failing to verify student vaccine status. Kate Disney, president of the West Valley Mission Federation of Teachers, said...

Santa Clara County revises COVID-19 testing health order

COVID-19 testing requirements are changing in Santa Clara County, but not drastically. On Monday, county officials announced changes to an ongoing health order allowing health care providers to use antigen testing instead of just PCR testing, and shifting the responsibility of testing and vaccinations back to providers instead of the county. “The update doesn’t make radical changes,”...

COVID order poses staffing challenges for San Jose, county firefighters

With a countywide COVID vaccination deadline looming next week, local firefighters are bracing for more overtime demands and staffing challenges. Last month, Santa Clara County ordered workers in high-risk settings to get both COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots by Jan. 24. Workers who don’t comply with the order may no longer work in high-risk settings...

Where can you find at-home COVID-19 tests in Santa Clara County?

With the widespread outbreak of the omicron variant, at-home COVID-19 tests are vital but hard to locate. To help meet this need, Santa Clara County will start distributing 60,000 COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits Saturday at four drive-through locations: Hellyer County Park, Martial Cottle Park, Vasona County Park and Foothill College. Dr. Jennifer Tong, associate...

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