EAST PALO ALTO VACCINATION EVENT: A vaccination clinic will take place in East Palo Alto on March 9, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at 2160 Euclid Ave. This is for East Palo Alto residents only. Those who are over 65 years old or who work in health care, home health, group living, public safety, teaching, child care, food and grocery, agriculture and restaurants will be eligible for a shot, and appointments must be scheduled. Call 650-665-0482 to make an appointment. The event is being organized by San Mateo County, Ravenswood Family Health Center, the city of East Palo Alto and the YMCA. Read more here.
NEW COVID-19 CASES, DEATHS: Santa Clara County as of Sunday had 111,814 cumulative COVID-19 cases and 1,822 deaths. There were 151 people hospitalized, 33 of which were new. San Mateo County as of Thursday had 39,010 cumulative cases of COVID-19, with 525 deaths. There were 38 people hospitalized. Data from both counties may be incomplete due to an earlier problem with the state's reporting system for communicable diseases.
STATE SHIFTS VACCINE AVAILABILITY TO HARDEST-HIT COMMUNITIES: California health officials announced Thursday that 40% of vaccine doses will be reserved for low-income and minority communities that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Read more here.
1 IN 4 RESIDENTS VACCINATED IN SAN MATEO COUNTY: As of March 2, 159,357 San Mateo County residents have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, representing 24.8% of the county's population age 16 and older who would be eligible for the vaccine. Read more here.
SANTA CLARA COUNTY RETURNS TO 'RED TIER': Indoor dining, exercise and other activities resumed on Wednesday, following a decline in new COVID-19 cases and rising vaccination rates. Read more here.
BLUE SHIELD TAKES OVER STATE'S VACCINE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM: All California counties will start playing by the same rulebook on Monday, when Blue Shield takes over the distribution of vaccines in the state. Read more here.
SAN MATEO COUNTY ENTERS RED TIER: California has allowed San Mateo County to move from the most-restrictive purple tier of reopening to the red tier, effective 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 24. The change allows the county to allow for loosened restrictions, which lets restaurants and gyms accommodate people indoors with modifications, among other activities. Read more here.
YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE QUESTIONS — ANSWERED: We've compiled a list of who can currently get vaccinated in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, plus answers to common questions and links to resources. Read more here.
COVID-19 TESTS AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT: Santa Clara County is operating appointment-only COVID-19 test sites on a rotating basis. Read more here.
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