8:48 a.m. California’s response to the CDC: On the Fifth & Mission podcast, reporters Catherine Ho and Alexei Koseff talk about the deal announced Wednesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom that would increase and speed up testing for the coronavirus. Bay Area health experts had been shocked when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tightened its guidance on who should get tested. We need more testing, they’d said, not less. Click here to listen. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: August 27-28
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“It will be especially important to remember that no large gatherings are allowed,” Upton said. “We know our residents have already made a lot of sacrifices, but celebrating holidays and important life events is going to continue to look different for the foreseeable future. ... The virus is still present in our community and we need to continue to practice all the behaviors that allowed us to reach this milestone if we are to progress further.” … [Read more...] about August was California’s deadliest pandemic month. How does each Bay Area county compare?
“In the very beginning of the pandemic, there was this idea that it was going to be a universal experience, no one was immune,” said Tina Sacks, an assistant professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. “But the reality is we never had the same risk of contracting the illness, or having the same outcomes once we contracted the virus.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus data show growing disparities in income and race in Bay Area
Spiegel also developed a free hypnotherapy program you can use via Alexa. Reveri Health, which was developed at Stanford, offers mini sessions guided by your voice commands, providing exercises to help with a variety of issues, including stress, insomnia and loneliness. … [Read more...] about Bay Area life is incredibly stressful right now: Seven easy strategies to help you cope
7:20 p.m. Alameda County is using 70% of its ICU capacity, including for 69 COVID-positive patients, as of Sunday, the most recent data for which data is available. That is down from 73 COVID-positive patients, and 71% ICU capacity, on Thursday. ICU occupancy includes COVID and non-COVID patients. The number of COVID-19 patients in the county’s ICUs are stabilizing, according to county hospital data. (A previous version of the live blog incorrectly stated that COVID ICUs in Alameda County are spiking, but in fact they are stabilizing and have declined slightly since a previous peak.) … [Read more...] about Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: August 25-26