Coronavirus Bay Area Live Updates: California Considering School Vaccine Mandate

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – An increase in coronavirus cases has been reported in the Bay Area and throughout California as well as nationwide in part due to the emergence of the highly contagious delta variant.

The latest number of confirmed cases in the United States can be found on the site CDC’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus page in the United States. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.)

Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7’s daily interactive newscast on the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to air the show Monday through Friday at 3 p.m.

Here are the latest developments on respiratory disease in the Bay Area:

September 23, 2021

11:30 a.m.
California considering school vaccination mandate
California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr Mark Ghaly said the state was considering a mandate for school vaccinations, but did not have a plan in place at this time. Ghaly made the announcement during an update this morning on California’s action plan for the COVID-19 vaccine. Among the main priorities: Number one: vaccinate the unvaccinated; second, the strong collaborative efforts with health systems, which play a bigger role in immunizing people; and third, working with schools, to have children immunized when they become eligible.

7:15 a.m.
Fremont arts festival canceled
For the second year in a row, the Fremont Festival of the Arts will not take place. It was scheduled to take place this weekend, but the Fremont Chamber of Commerce canceled it due to COVID concerns. The chamber’s CEO told the East Bay Times that security screening would have been difficult as the event often attracts more than 300,000 people.

5 a.m.
Oakland Unified School District Approves COVID Vaccination Mandate for Students 12 and Older

The Oakland Unified School Board voted to approve vaccination mandates for ages 12 and older. Those with certain medical cases and religious beliefs are exempt – but there is no doubt that this is a major milestone with the Delta variant spreading so rapidly among children. Here is the full story.

September 22, 2021

Biden doubles U.S. global COVID-19 vaccine donation to 1 billion Pfizer doses

President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the United States is doubling its purchases of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% of the world’s population during of the next year. Get the full story here.

5 a.m.
Oakland Unified Considering Vaccination Mandate For Students
Oakland Unified will today consider a proposal that would require all eligible students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The resolution would give students until October 3 to get their first dose and until October 31 to get their second. Immunization rates in the district are already on track.

FDA clears Pfizer COVID vaccine recalls for at-risk groups

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared Pfizer’s booster shots for the elderly and other high-risk Americans on Wednesday, paving the way for third doses to be offered at the end of the week. Full story here.

September 21, 2021

San Francisco airport workers to be vaccinated under new mandate

All San Francisco airport employees will now need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, The Mayor of London Breed announced on Tuesday morning. The vaccine requirement takes effect immediately and applies to airline, service, concession and construction employees. Some workers may be eligible for an exemption from the vaccine for a medical disability or “sincere” religious belief. These people will need to undergo weekly COVID-19 tests. The mayor says San Francisco is the first American airport to issue such a warrant.

5 a.m.
Dreamforce kicks off today at Moscone Center in San Francisco
Dreamforce kicks off today at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Salesforce’s annual convention will be small, attracting about 5,000 people instead of the typical 170,000 people. In-person events are “by invitation only” due to COVID protocols. Anyone will be able to watch it online. Vaccines are mandatory for anyone attending in person. Dreamforce runs until Thursday.

September 20, 2021

SF Marathon returns with new protocols
The runners are back on the streets of San Francisco. The San Francisco Marathon started early Sunday morning. The runners headed north along the Embarcadero, into the Presidio, across the Golden Gate Bridge, through the Richmond District and back to the Ferry Building. Runners were required to wear masks on national park property. COVID forced organizers to cancel the marathon last year. This year on the men’s side, Greg Billington of San Francisco came first. The winner for women was Judith Corachan from Spain.

September 17, 2021

12:15 p.m.
Apple will add a test mandate for employees
Apple is adding a testing mandate for its staff in stores and offices. For employees who are vaccinated, they will be tested from time to time. Unvaccinated workers will be tested much more frequently. Unlike several other tech companies, Apple has not issued a vaccination warrant. The test warrant will go into effect next month. Company employees are not expected to return to the office until early next year.

September 16, 2021

6 o’clock in the morning
SF offering free public performances
San Francisco brings the streets to life with free public performances. It’s called SF Wednesdays and the idea is to bring entertainment to some of San Francisco’s iconic places. Performances continue every Wednesday through October 20, at Union Square, Embarcadero Plaza, and Mint Plaza in SoMa.

CDC COVID-19 Transmission Categories by California County

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CDC COVID-19 Transmission Levels by U.S. County

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