The health order also extends its proof of vaccination mandate for restaurant patrons and gym-goers to everyone over 5 years old.
Cases may plateau and begin to drop in the coming days, but the city’s health official warned variants could cause more surges in the future.
Several new testing sites run by a company called “Stop. Swab. Go.” are getting mixed results, and raising eyebrows.
Cases in Berkeley have shot up by nearly 4,000 since the last week of December, with over 1,000 of those cases recorded since Friday.
The district is relying on its new twice-weekly testing regimen and is giving two KN95 masks to all staff and students.
Roommates, large families, and live-work residents have encountered some challenges accessing tests from the federal government.
Most nursing homes don’t have enough rapid tests for managing omicron, leading to poignant decisions on who they can help.
The district has ramped up its testing and plans to provide 19,000 rapid tests weekly to all students.
Berkeley hasn’t decided whether to grant 61 workers’ requests for medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine mandate.
Testing demand has increased sharply with a surging Omicron variant.
With omicron cases on the rise, the local performing arts scene is once again experiencing a wave of cancelations and postponements.
We asked UCSF’s Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo how people can stay safe in the face of the latest COVID-19 variant.
Committed to keeping schools open, the district is ramping up testing and passed a booster-or-test policy that take effect Feb. 25.
Symptoms among the vaccinated are mostly mild. But hospitalizations are increasing and officials fear hospitals could be stressed in the coming weeks due to omicron.
Mayor urges Berkeleyans to avoid high-risk activities during omicron surge, stops short of calling for indoor event and dining restrictions.
Amid “phenomenal” rise in cases, Berkeley health official says “we need to find ways to be able to live our lives with COVID.”
As of Monday afternoon, at least 227 students and staff have tested positive as the Berkeley school district ramps up testing, anticipates new isolation rules.
Now face coverings will be required in offices, gyms and houses of worship.