Coronavirus Bay Area live updates: first European case of new variant from South Africa confirmed

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 CDC’s 2019 New Coronavirus in the United States page. (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:

November 26, 2021

7:15 a.m.
Confirmation of the 1st European case of a new variant from South Africa

The Belgian health service has confirmed its first case of the new variant B.1.1.529. The patient, a female, had traveled to Belgium from Egypt via Istanbul. She developed symptoms 11 days after returning home and was not vaccinated. Her family members have tested negative for COVID and the woman is not in a life-threatening condition, officials said.

25 November 2021

Bay Area test sites see increase ahead of Thanksgiving

COVID testing sites around the Bay Area were pretty busy leading up to Thanksgiving. Organizers of the test site at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds say the line has resumed after a plateau in recent weeks. Everyone ABC7 News has spoken to, including a number of college students, says they just want to do the right thing before they see their family.

6 o’clock in the morning
Judge Orders Vaccination Warrant For CA Prison Employees

A federal judge has ordered California prison workers to be fully immunized against the coronavirus by January 12, potentially reducing the number of COVID-19 cases among young and adult inmates. Inside the state’s four youth correctional facilities, a total of 255 youth and 278 staff have contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic, even as the number of incarcerated youth declines nationwide. State.

Additionally, a federal report found that half of outbreaks in California state prisons between May and July were from employees. The order comes after months of uncertainty as the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and Governor Gavin Newsom have called for a postponement of a vaccination warrant for prison staff.

23 November 2021

7:20 a.m.
Pediatric COVID Cases Rise For Week 3
The United States has reported an increase in pediatric cases of COVID-19 for the third week in a row. Nearly 142,000 children tested positive last week, a 16% increase from the previous week and a 41% jump in the past three weeks, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. Nearly 6.8 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

22 November 2021

Newsom provides recalls update during visit to Bay Area Vaccination Clinic
Gov. Gavin Newsom is in the Bay Area on Monday, where he discussed the importance of booster shots at an event at a vaccination clinic.

7:20 a.m.
Interior mask mandate in effect at Santa Cruz Co.
An indoor mask warrant is now in effect in Santa Cruz County and it covers private environments like a home. If you get together with other people who don’t live in the same household, the county says you need to mask yourself regardless of immunization status. Businesses are also required to follow the guidelines. You can remove your mask when eating or drinking.

November 19, 2021

6:20 a.m.
Apple sets February 1 as deadline for returning employees to the office
Apple has a new deadline of February 1 for employees to return to the office. Many will need to come at least three days a week, but some workers will need to be in the office four to five days a week. The company will offer some teams up to four weeks of remote work each year. Vaccines are not required, but unvaccinated workers will need to be tested daily.

November 18, 2021


Oakland Unified now hosts a vaccination clinic
The Oakland Unified School District is now home to a vaccination clinic. It will include a visit from the state epidemiologist. The clinic runs from noon to 6 p.m. at Markham Elementary School. If you can’t make it to that one, you have options. The district announced that it is planning 21 pop-ups for immunization this week in elementary schools. It also offers COVID testing and take-home testing during the week-long break.

November 17, 2021

Alameda Co. publishes immunization data
Alameda County says it continues to make sure vaccinations are accessible to everyone. He announced that 81% of Latino residents and 74% of black residents aged 12 and older received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Latino and black residents have lower vaccination rates than other races and ethnicities in the county and are among the most disproportionately affected.

November 16, 2021

Pfizer agrees to let other companies manufacture its COVID-19 pill
Pfizer has signed an agreement with a UN-backed group to allow other manufacturers to manufacture its experimental COVID-19 pill. The agreement will provide equitable access to more than half of the world’s population living in 95 countries. Oral treatment has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalizations and death from COVID by 89%. This deal is similar to an agreement made by Merck last month.

November 15, 2021

7:00 p.m.
Dozens of inmates quarantined after outbreak at Santa Cruz County jail
A dozen inmates at the Santa Cruz County Main Jail tested positive for COVID-19 last week in what authorities say was the largest lockdown outbreak since the pandemic began. The cases were revealed Nov. 12 during routine testing using rapid tests, according to a statement released Monday by Sheriff Jim Hart. Detainees who tested positive are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, and have been quarantined. Another 35 to 40 inmates who were exposed were also quarantined, the sheriff said.

Israel to start immunizing young children
Israel’s Ministry of Health has announced that children between the ages of 5 and 11 will be eligible for vaccination against COVID-19. The move follows an advisory committee approval last week of the low-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

November 12, 2021

Sonoma Co. to organize vaccination clinics for children
The Department of Health Services will be hosting three COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children in Sonoma County this afternoon. A clinic at Healdsburg Fitch Mountain Elementary School begins at 3 a.m. Roseland Elementary School in Santa Rosa will be holding its clinic at 3:30 p.m. And Dunbar Elementary in Glen Ellen will open from 4.

November 11, 2021

Somoma Co. expands health prescription to include flu shots
Sonoma County is expanding its county health order to include flu shots. Workers at some health care and assembly facilities will need to be vaccinated against COVID and the flu. County officials say flu shots are especially important this year to prevent hospitals from being overrun with patients with the flu and COVID-19 – or the so-called ‘twindemia.’

November 10, 2021


Cases, hospitalizations are climbing in California.
California is backing down in battle against COVID-19, cases on the rise again. The state has up to 6,000 new cases a day and hospitalizations have jumped 4% in just two weeks. This puts the state back in the red category for high transmission. And experts say the next few months are critical due to the holidays for whether we’ll see another winter wave.

November 9, 2021

Grand Princess cruise ship returns to SF
The cruise ship that gained international attention in the early days of the pandemic has returned to San Francisco. The Grand Princess was back in town yesterday, for the first time since the cruise industry resumed sailing. One of the first major outbreaks of COVID occurred aboard this ship in March 2020. The ship was held off our shores for days as authorities scrambled to develop a quarantine plan for the thousands passengers on board.

November 8, 2021

7:15 a.m.
Viva Calle returns to San José
Viva Calle is back in San Jose as part of a city-wide program to get people to enjoy parks and outdoor spaces after COVID-19 closures. Several miles of streets in San Jose were closed to cars yesterday.

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