Berkeley’s case rate is higher than it’s been at any point in the pandemic other than the omicron surge. Hospitalizations remain low.
Berkeley is analyzing sewage data to track COVID-19 as response shifts in third year of pandemic
As self-testing becomes more common, the Berkeley health officer said the data is a useful tool in monitoring COVID-19 in the general population.
Questions of COVID safety still occupy Berkeley parents
Parents shared thoughts on vaccination and testing as the school board decided whether to lobby the state legislature over two bills.
Plan to end Berkeley’s K-5 distance learning option gets pushback from parents
Families with medically vulnerable students or relatives are fighting to save the Virtual Academy program, launched last fall.
How Berkeley Unified spent its $24M in COVID-19 funds
Berkeleyside analyzed district data to break down how state and federal COVID-19 relief money was spent.
Mask on or mask off? How Berkeley kids are navigating California’s new rules
One week into the rule change, Berkeley kids have mostly opted to keep masks on indoors.
Berkeley to end vaccination requirement for indoor dining, gyms
The requirement that restaurants and other businesses check vaccination status ends Friday.
East Bay doctor: Cases may be coming down, but you still need a mask
We spoke to Dr. Noha Aboelata about the new variant BA.2, emerging COVID-19 treatments and more.
Berkeley health officials give schools the OK to lift mask mandates
The Berkeley Unified School District has not said whether it will act on the change or keep its mask mandate in place.
What’s next for parklets, evictions in Berkeley as COVID-19 ‘emergency’ ends
Some pandemic-forced changes will stick, while others — including aid for struggling tenants — face an uncertain future.
Berkeley schools to lift outdoor mask rule Feb. 28, require staff vaccines April 29
The school district could replace as many as 150 staff members by the start of next year, if they don’t get shots by the district’s deadline.
Berkeley’s mask mandate ends, but many keep their face coverings on
While some are eager to get back to daily life without a face covering, we found masks are still the norm throughout much of Berkeley.