COVID in California: Latest news and updates

Latest updates:

Vaccinated Newsom staffer tests positive: A staff member in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated, his office said Monday afternoon. The governor and staff who routinely work closely with him had not interacted with the infected person, a spokesperson said. Newsom’s office requires employees to wear masks and staffers are required to be vaccinated or tested at least once per week. The governor had to quarantine twice last year after he came into contact with staffers who later tested positive.

California Assembly mandates COVID vaccination for employees: In a memo to staff, Speaker Anthony Rendon said that every employee will be required to get fully vaccinated by Sept. 1. “By ensuring Assembly staff is vaccinated, we are protecting everyone who enters the Capitol, including constituents, lobbyists and journalists,” Rendon said. Those who do not the vaccine could be fired, he added.

Rental applications show S.F. is back: People still really want to live in San Francisco, at least according to rental data. RentCafe, a national real estate listing service, collects data on rental applications filed in major cities from year to year. Its latest report shows that rental applications into San Francisco more than doubled in the first half of 2021 compared with the same period in 2020 — a 105% increase. Read the story here.

San Francisco to re-open mass COVID-19 testing site amid delta surge: San Francisco will re-open a mass COVID-19 testing site in SoMa Wednesday amid a troubling rise in cases — mostly among the unvaccinated — and a surge in demand for tests. Read the story here.

In San Francisco, it’s the summer of rental scams: A sunny apartment at a price too good to be true. A text message offering a loan to pay off pandemic rent debt. Or a sudden phone call promising a grant to avoid an eviction — for a small up-front fee. Welcome to the world of housing scams in the age of COVID-19. Read the story here.

San Francisco’s first day of school brings and nerves as students return amid pandemic’s delta surge: More than 50,000 San Francisco students walked, skipped or ran into the city’s fully reopened public schools Monday, many for the first time in 17 months. Their laughter, squeals and joy filling playgrounds and high school hallways. It was, many said, a moment they had dreamed of and at times had lost hope of seeing during the long months of distance learning. Read the story here.

The delta variant disrupted BART’
s return to the office. Now it weighs vaccine mandates: The delta variant disrupted BART’s return to the office. Now it weighs vaccine mandates:Weeks after California declared itself reopened, BART office employees who’d mostly been working remotely for nearly a year and a half made their return to the transit agency’s new downtown Oakland headquarters last month under a hybrid work schedule. But what happened in the month that followed illustrated the stubborn challenges facing BART and all office workplaces as they attempt to inch toward normalcy amid a surging and highly infectious delta variant. Read the story here.

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