Other community groups are also heading the pop-up route, and not waiting for counties or medical systems. In the Napa Valley, the St. Helena Hospital Foundation switched from operating a mobile coronavirus testing van last week to running a vaccination clinic at Napa Valley College. In four days, 2,006 people, referred by their doctors or via an online posting to Nextdoor, received vaccinations, said Joe Schoendorf, a volunteer with the foundation who helped organize the event. … [Read more...] about Two Bay Area community clinics cut through red tape to speed vaccines for seniors
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The first approval of a rapid test came in September when the FDA granted emergency use authorization for a palm-sized, disposable PCR test developed by Visby Medical in San Jose. That test, which can return results in less than 30 minutes, must still be administered by authorized laboratories, but Visby officials expect it to soon be made available for home use. … [Read more...] about Rapid home coronavirus testing kits are finally coming to the Bay Area. Why did it take so long?
Vaccine rollouts in California vary by county. Counties move through the phases and tiers at different times. San Francisco, for example, is vaccinating people 65 and older, but it is not vaccinating food and agriculture workers or other essential-worker groups, even though they are in the same tier under the state system. … [Read more...] about The gig economy wants its coronavirus shots
The community response to the trees’ destruction has been a bright spot during a tough year. In March, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center shut down with the rest of the city, and it has yet to reopen; its income from activities and events has vanished as the pandemic continues. Throughout the neighborhood, small businesses are struggling to stay afloat. … [Read more...] about Vandalized cherry blossom trees in S.F. Japantown receive $30,000 in crowdfunding
PG&E said it does not expect to turn off power in the Bay Area thanks to recent rains, high humidity and the lack of red-flag warnings of high fire danger in the region. But the winds arriving Monday could still fell electrical wires and cause localized outages across the company’s service area. … [Read more...] about Unusual winter fire risk may prompt unique winter power cut to 21,000 California customers