The new school year brings looser COVID-19 restrictions, with less testing and more field trips and classroom visitors.
People who are elderly and Black make up a disproportionate share of Berkeley’s 62 COVID-19 deaths.
Reversing course, the Berkeley school board rescinded a vaccine-or-test policy for students and put a vaccine mandate for employees on hold at its Wednesday meeting.
Health experts say positive cases are underreported, but high vaccination rates have meant fewer hospitalizations and deaths.
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.
Parents shared thoughts on vaccination and testing as the school board decided whether to lobby the state legislature over two bills.
The requirement that restaurants and other businesses check vaccination status ends Friday.
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.
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.
Businesses can still require customers to mask up, and health officials cautioned that face coverings are “strongly recommended.”
School board directors discussed lifting outdoor mask mandates and restrictions on field trips. Plus, they discussed a vaccine mandate for staff.
The health order also extends its proof of vaccination mandate for restaurant patrons and gym-goers to everyone over 5 years old.