Feds To Begin Distributing Free At-Home COVID Testing Kits; Here’s How To Get Your Free Tests

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The scramble for COVID testing amid the omicron surge continued Friday, but some relief may soon be on the way in the form of free self-testing kits delivered to your home courtesy of the federal government. Starting next Wednesday, you can log onto a new website called covidtests.gov to order … Read more

Struggling Napa Businesses Falling Victim To ‘COVID Burnout’

NAPA (CBS SF) — The COVID pandemic has taken a financial toll on businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, but Napa County somehow thrived as the local getaway. Until now. It’s not just about people feeling uncomfortable dining out or traveling during the current omicron surge. Businesses are short staffed and some restaurants aren’t … Read more

COVID: Omicron Puts Many Downtown San Francisco Businesses in Limbo Regarding Return to Office

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — With the omicron wave of COVID cases still surging, more downtown San Francisco workplaces are stuck trying to figure out if, how, and when they’ll return to their offices in some capacity. Leonid Plotkin, a small business owner in San Francisco’s Financial District, is watching closely. READ MORE: French Bulldog Stolen … Read more

South Bay Officials Call on Private Healthcare Providers to Ramp Up COVID Testing

SAN JOSE (KPIX) — As Santa Clara County logged another record day of COVID-19 cases amid the current omicron-fueled surge, officials warned private healthcare providers that they need to pull their weight when it comes to testing. Santa Clara County Counsel James Williams on Friday threatened to fine two of the region’s largest private healthcare … Read more

New Ban on Mass Gatherings In Effect in Sonoma County

SONOMA (CBS SF) — In Sonoma County this weekend falls under a new ban on mass gatherings, and a request that people stay home. It’s just another discouraging setback for an area that depends on visitors. “My first thought was that I wasn’t gonna worry too much, because I read through and I saw it … Read more

Health Care Providers May Face Fines in Santa Clara County Over COVID Testing

Santa Clara County is formally warning the area’s big health care providers to handle more local COVID-19 testing for patients or face steep fines. Data shows the county is carrying out far more testing than large health care providers, partially explaining the massive backup at county testing sites: Santa Clara County sees 15% of patients … Read more

Bay Area Nurses Walk Picket Line Demanding More COVID Safety Measures

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Bay Area nurses and caregivers took to the picket lines Thursday as part of a national day of action by health care workers demanding better investment in hospital staff safety. Nurses and other caregivers were picketing outside of San Jose’s Good Samaritan Hospital Thursday morning, a scene that was repeated … Read more

Supreme Court Blocks COVID Vaccine Rule for Companies, Allows Health Care Worker Mandate

WASHINGTON (CBS News) — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test rule for businesses with at least 100 workers for now, but granted a separate request from the Biden administration to allow its vaccine mandate for health care workers to take effect. In an unsigned opinion on the vaccine-or-test rule from the … Read more

Biden Administration to Deploy Military Medical Teams, 500 Million More COVID Tests

WASHINGTON (CBS News) — The Biden administration is sending medical teams to six states in need of COVID-19 care and procuring an additional 500 million rapid tests, President Biden announced Thursday. The new tranche of tests doubles the current 500 million at-home tests the administration is in the process of acquiring, bringing the total to … Read more