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

UPDATE: Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith to Fight Corruption Allegations in Court

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith waived her right to a speedy trial Friday during a virtual court hearing on allegations of misconduct and corruption, an indication she plans to fight the charges. Back in December, a civil grand jury filed a declaration in Superior Court accusing embattled Santa Clara … Read more

Santa Clara County sheriff makes first court appearance for corruption accusations

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith made her first court appearance Friday to answer to corruption allegations leveled against her by a civil grand jury that, if they were to be affirmed at trial, would lead to her being expelled from office. Smith did not enter a plea and San Mateo County Judge Nancy Fineman … Read more

Wastewater Research Shows Drop in COVID-19 Surge

Some good news for Bay Area sewers as a recent sampling of South Bay wastewater appears to show the omicron surge may have already peaked. “People who are sick who are infected with COVID, they do have the virus in their poop and so when that goes into the wastewater and into the sewers that … 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

Santa Clara County Sheriff in Court to Face Misconduct Allegations

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith was set to make a virtual court appearance Friday facing allegations of misconduct tied to “pay-to-play” schemes. The schemes involve Smith allegedly issuing highly sought after concealed weapons permits in exchange for contributions to her re-election campaign. As it stands now, six of the seven counts against her are … Read more

COVID: South Bay Sewage Tests Show Signs of Omicron Decline

SAN JOSE (KPIX) — Data collected from wastewater in Santa Clara County show strong indications that COVID cases from the omicron variant could be on the decline. “What we’ve seen is that it has been a predictor of what could be to come, the general trend,” said Santa Clara County Public Health Deputy Director Michael … Read more

Santa Clara County: Amnesty granted to people sentenced to work program halted by COVID-19

SAN JOSE — More than 1,600 people who were sentenced to a Santa Clara County sheriff’s weekend work program in the first year of the pandemic, but were unable to fulfill it because it was suspended for safety reasons, have been cleared of their obligations in an act of amnesty by the court. Superior Court … Read more

Excessive speed cited as factor in deadly San Jose crash

SAN JOSE – A driver was expected to be booked into Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter after allegedly hitting and killing another driver Wednesday morning in San Jose, police said. The crash was reported at about 8:05 a.m. near White Road and Almond Drive, San Jose police Sgt. Christian Camarillo said … Read more

Santa Clara County restricts court access again due to omicron impact on staff

The Santa Clara County Superior Court announced Wednesday that it is closing public counters and restricting courthouse entry through the end of the month because of staffing absences driven by the rapidly spreading omicron variant of COVID-19. The decision to decrease the public’s access to South Bay court facilities is effective through Jan. 31, by … Read more