April 15, 2022

California Backs Away From COVID Vaccine Mandates for Kids

State decides it won’t require COVID vaccines for children this fall


April 14, 2022

Pfizer Says Its Booster Shot Strengthens Immune Response for Children

A booster shot increased the level of neutralizing antibodies against original and omicron variant in small trial of children age 5 to 11
March 28, 2022

Biden Administration Plans to Offer Second Booster Shots to Those 50 and Older

The Biden administration is moving ahead with a plan to give at least everyone 65 and older the option of a second booster of the coronavirus vaccine.
March 21, 2022

FDA’s Expert Panel on Vaccines Will Discuss U.S. Booster Strategy in April

The FDA announced that it would convene a meeting of its outside advisory panel on vaccines to discuss the U.S. Covid booster strategy.
March 21, 2022

The Collapse of Community College Enrollment: Can California Turn It Around?

Despite sinking enrollment, some California community colleges are seeing more students return. More in-person instruction is helping.
March 1, 2022

Santa Cruz County’s School Mask Mandates Set to End After March 11

Students throughout Santa Cruz County will no longer be required to wear masks while at school after March 11. The announcement, signed by the County’s...
February 25, 2022

Say Hello Again to the Office, Fingers Crossed

The two-year mark since many U.S. businesses sent their office workers home is approaching, and some executives have delivered a long-delayed message: Return-to-office plans are real this time.
February 25, 2022

Valley Vaccine Clinics Key in Raising Rates Among Locals

Vax the Valley closes in on its 2,000th vaccination since the start of the program in July 2021.
February 21, 2022

CDC Isn’t Publishing Large Portions of the COVID-19 Data It Collects

Two years into the pandemic, the agency leading the country’s response to the public health emergency has published only a fraction of the data collected.
February 18, 2022

Cabrillo Plans to Begin In-person Classes Tuesday

Students are required to show their proof of having gotten a Covid-19 vaccine when they register, and to wear a mask while in class.
February 18, 2022

‘SMARTER’: Newsom Administration Outlines Future Plans for COVID

'SMARTER' is an acronym for seven areas of focus: shots, masks, awareness, readiness, testing, education and Rx treatments.
February 16, 2022

Salesforce Partners with 1440 Multiversity to Create 100 Jobs

The San Francisco software company Salesforce is partnering with Scotts Valley wellness center 1440 Multiversity to create 'Trailblazer Ranch.'
January 28, 2022

Inflation Continued to Run Hot and Consumer Spending Fell in December

As the virus lingers and uncertainty grows, people predict worse financial outcomes for themselves and higher inflation in 2022
January 27, 2022

Yes, Omicron Is Loosening Its Hold. But the Pandemic Has Not Ended

As cases decline in some parts of the country, many have begun to hope that this surge is the last big battle with the virus
January 20, 2022

Covid-19 Surge at County’s Main Jail

55 inmates and seven guards have tested positive for Covid-19 at Santa Cruz County's Main Jail
January 20, 2022

Omicron Is in Retreat

The percentage of cases causing severe illness is much lower than it was with the delta variant
January 15, 2022

County Health Officials: Cloth Masks ‘No Longer Preferred’ Option

The updated recommendation comes as Santa Cruz County is facing a record-breaking surge in the number of people contracting Covid
January 13, 2022

At-Home Covid Tests Change Pandemic Response

There’s been a lot of discussion among health officers that case rates aren’t going to be accurate going forward because of home testing
January 7, 2022

Here’s How Climate Change and COVID Are Transforming Skiing

Skiers are adapting to the dual crises and the popular winter sport is evolving even as snow cover declines around the world
January 7, 2022

Conservative Majority on Supreme Court Appears Skeptical of Biden’s Virus Plan

A federal workplace safety law, they indicated during a two-hour argument, did not provide legal authority for the sweeping emergency measure
January 7, 2022

County Health Officials: ‘Avoid the ER’

As the Omicron variant spreads and Covid-19 cases and local hospitalizations increase, unnecessary trips to already burdened ERs are not advised
December 31, 2021

Two CDC Reports Indicate COVID Vaccines Rarely Lead to Problems in Younger Children

Most of the 43,000 children surveyed reported nothing more than pain at the site of the shot, fatigue or a headache, especially after the second dose
December 31, 2021

Another Tough Day for Air Travel, With More Than 1,100 U.S. Cancellations

The continued disruption comes as the country is averaging more than 260,000 new coronavirus cases a day, greater than the peak levels from last winter
December 9, 2021

FDA Authorizes Pfizer Boosters for 16- and 17-Year-Olds

By Sharon LaFraniere, The New York Times Federal regulators Thursday authorized booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 16- and 17-year-olds, six months after...
December 2, 2021

Biden Vows to Fight Omicron With ‘Science and Speed, Not Chaos and Confusion’

President Joe Biden laid out a new pandemic strategy on Thursday afternoon that includes hundreds of vaccination sites aimed at families, boosters and more
November 29, 2021

WHO Says Omicron Poses a ‘Very High’ Risk Globally

Despite significant questions about the variant itself, the World Health Organization warned Monday that global risks posed by the new omicron variant of the coronavirus were 'very high'
November 22, 2021

UC Housing Crunch Worsens

Uncertainty around whether instruction would be in person or online created a last-minute rush of students applying for housing
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