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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – With the rise in new coronavirus cases and the increasing demand for vaccinations, the information you need to know is coming fast and furious. Here is a recap of the COVID stories we’ve posted over the past 24 hours.

CONTINUE READING: COVID-19: NBA is investigating warrior Jeremy Lin’s allegations of being labeled “coronavirus” in court

NBA is investigating warrior Jeremy Lin’s claims of being labeled “coronavirus” in court
SAN FRANCISCO – NBA veteran Jeremy Lin, who is trying to reinvigorate his career by playing with the Golden State Warriors G League team, has complained on social media that he’s been labeled a “coronavirus” in court. The NBA said it would open an investigation into the claims. The G League is playing in a bubble in Orlando without fans being allowed to participate in the game. Lin, an Asian-American Bay Area player who starred at Harvard last season and played for multiple NBA teams and the Beijing Ducks, currently averages 19.6 points and 7.2 points for Santa Cruz. Continue reading

The Supreme Court orders Santa Clara County to allow indoor services
SAN JOSE – The US Supreme Court on Friday ordered Santa Clara County to allow worship to resume indoors pending appeal. A federal appeals court earlier this month allowed the county to ban indoor services while the matter finds its way through the courts. Early on Friday evening, the Supreme Court ruled that these services should be allowed pending resolution of the case. The Supreme Court voted 6-3 to allow South Bay Church to hold services on Sunday morning despite local health instructions. Continue reading

San Francisco enables youth sports with safety protocols
SAN FRANCISCO – After leading other Bay Area and state counties, San Francisco health officials gave the green light to restart youth sports late Friday, but with precautions in place for COVID-19. However, officials also warned that their approval is contingent on San Francisco moving to the Red Tier next week. Based on analysis of current health indicators in San Francisco, the city will meet the state’s Red Tier criteria on Tuesday, March 2nd. Under the regulation, the preparatory sports competition is limited to teams of 25 players, unless a larger squad is required to properly participate in a sport. The competition is currently limited to teams in the San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, and San Mateo counties. Continue reading

Youth, adult multi-team sports may resume in Alameda Co., Berkeley
BERKELEY – Multi-team youth and adult sports competitions may resume in Alameda County and the city of Berkeley after weeks of bankruptcy due to COVID-19. The Alameda County Health Care Service Agency issued a statement Friday stating that local officials could allow school and community programs, private clubs and leagues, and adult sports teams to resume as long as they meet updated California requirements for youth and youth Meet recreational sports for teenagers both outdoors and indoors. No approval is required as long as the teams comply with the state’s latest COVID-19 guidelines. Continue reading

COVID vaccine can produce a terminator-type antibody response in people with coronavirus
SAN FRANCISCO – New questions are being raised as to whether or not people who have had COVID-19 need two doses of the coronavirus vaccines. Dr. Dave Hnida, medical editor for CBS Denver, spoke about it during his weekly question-and-answer session with CBSN Denver. “At this point the advice remains the same,” he said, referring to the vaccines, which require two doses. “There will be two vaccinations even if you have had COVID in the past. We just don’t know how strong and how long your immune response depends on a disease. “Hnida pointed to new research that has been released in the past two weeks. A number of studies have focused on the immune response to the vaccine in people who have already had COVID. Continue reading

CONTINUE READING: COVID-19 Reopening: San Francisco Enables Youth Sports With Safety Protocols

The Bay Area health expert welcomes the potential of a single-shot COVID-19 vaccine in a pandemic battle
SAN JOSE – A new milestone in the fight against the pandemic came on Friday when the Food and Drug Administration Advisory Panel recommended approval of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency approval. Governor Gavin Newsom announced in a press conference the day before that the state is expected to receive 380,300 doses of the new vaccine next week. His announcement came because the shortage of vaccines continues to be a problem. Final approval for the vaccine could take place this weekend. George Rutherford, a professor of epidemiology at the University of California at San Francisco, said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be in the arms of Americans as early as Monday. Continue reading

Movie theaters open doors in San Mateo, Marin Counties
REDWOOD CITY – After San Mateo and Marin counties re-entered the state’s COVID-19 Red Tier this week, indoor restaurants and movie nights have made a comeback, with some theaters reopening on Friday. The cinema chain Cinemark opened megaplexes in Redwood City, San Bruno and San Rafael, which had been closed since mid-November. As part of the state’s Red Tier, movie theaters and indoor dining options with a capacity of up to 25% are allowed. Continue reading

FDA Panel Approves Johnson & Johnson Single Dose Vaccine; California expects 1.1 million doses in 3 weeks
SACRAMENTO – California expects to begin administering the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week and receive more than 1.1 million of the single-dose vaccinations over the next three weeks, Governor Gavin Newsom said Friday. The vaccine, which is still in final federal approval, has fewer handling restrictions than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines currently in use. These vaccines require two doses to be fully effective and must be stored at extremely low temperatures. CBS News reported Friday that the vaccine might get its emergency approval as early as Saturday. Continue reading

San Mateo Community Colleges will remain distance learning until 2021
SAN MATEO COUNTY – Officials from the San Mateo Community College District voted this week to continue primarily distance learning through the end of 2021, with hopes of resuming face-to-face learning next year. On Wednesday, the district’s board of trustees confirmed the decision to deliver most courses online and remotely conduct most student services during the summer and fall semesters of 2021. Limited personal instruction, as well as courses to meet licensing requirements for training first responders and healthcare workers, are offered for healthcare, emergency services, and transportation courses. Continue reading

Santa Clara County Opens Second Major Vaccination Site in East San Jose
SAN JOSE – For the second time in a week, Santa Clara County health officials opened a major COVID-19 vaccination facility in East San Jose as the county continues to improve access to vaccines in hard-hit communities. The location, which opened on Friday, is located in the Valley Health Center East Valley on McKee Road, across from the Regional Medical Center. Officials said the site would have the capacity to vaccinate a few hundred people a day. On Tuesday, district officials opened another large vaccination facility at Emmanuel Baptist Church on North White Road that can offer 500 vaccinations per day. East San Jose, particularly zip code 95127, has one of the highest rates of infection in the county. Around one in ten residents has become infected with COVID-19. Continue reading

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Santa Cruz health officials say the case of COVID cases continues. Red Tier expected in March
SANTA CRUZ – Santa Cruz county health officials say the county is doing fine with regards to COVID-19. Case rates, hospital stays and deaths have all decreased while vaccinations continue to rise, said Dr. Gail Newel, the county health officer, on Thursday. With the metrics looking better, Newel said the county could even move to the state’s less restrictive red tier by next week, which would allow indoor restaurants and movie theaters to resume operations at 25 percent capacity Reopening gyms with a capacity of 10 percent and K-5 schools to welcome students back to campus. Continue reading