Kids and teachers showed up for first Bay Area school reopening, but class was canceled

Majesty’s school, Bayside Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, was supposed to be one of the first public campuses in the Bay Area to reopen to in-person learning this fall, but had to reverse course after a staff member’s COVID-19 test result came back questionable Monday, said Principal David Finnane.

Coronavirus live updates: Bay Area case counts plummet from summer highs

3:24 p.m. New study links blood type to COVID-19 risk: A forthcoming study from genetics company 23andMe shows that a person’s genetic code could be connected to how likely they are to catch COVID-19 — and how severely it hits them, the health news publication Stat reports. The study, not yet peer reviewed, is an […]

Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Sept. 8-9

9:55 a.m. Trump told author virus was more deadly than flu: While President Trump repeatedly likened the coronavirus in public to the seasonal flu and downplayed it as not a serious threat, he contradicted that in a taped conversation: “That’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even […]

Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Sept. 6-7

4:49 p.m. State sending out supplemental unemployment checks: State officials will mark the Labor Day holiday by sending a $900 supplemental unemployment benefit to jobless residents. The lump-sum payment covers three weeks of benefits retroactive to the week that ended Aug. 1 at the rate of $300 per week and is paid for by the […]

Why the time to get back COVID-19 test results in Bay Area ranges from 2 weeks to 2 days

In Marin County, test turnaround time “really varies by the site,” spokeswoman Laine Hendricks said. A state-run site takes up to a week to return results while mobile testing teams in partnership with UCSF average three to five days, slightly longer recently, she said. The county recently partnered with the company Color, which has an […]

Cooler conditions, shifting winds could help clear out Bay Area’s smoky air

Air quality remained unhealthy Sunday in most of the Bay Area as smoke from the 117,242-acre Dolan fire near Big Sur travels north. The poor air quality doubled the region’s past record of consecutive Spare the Air days, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Monday marks the 28th straight day of unhealthy […]

Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Sept. 4-5

7:34 a.m. Projection sees 410,000 U.S. deaths by year’s end: The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic could reach more than 410,000 by the end of the year — an increase of 225,000 lives lost, according to the latest forecast from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. “Because […]

San Mateo County added to state coronavirus list, bringing Bay Area’s reopening to a standstill

The latest setback for a Bay Area county’s reopening plans is linked to the recent surge of coronavirus cases across California. Gov. Gavin Newsom and state health officials are enforcing strict guidelines to ensure counties are meeting certain benchmarks to remain on track for reopening. The Bay Area has stepped backward in recent weeks, as […]

The first day of kindergarten means going back to preschool for some Bay Area kids

Although many preschools and child care centers are licensed to teach kindergarten and even first grade, most had not offered programs for older kids in the past. Still, preschool educators took the sudden demand for kindergarten as a call of duty, even if it meant scouring the internet for worksheets, crafting lesson plans on the […]

How Bay Area schools plan to conduct coronavirus testing for students and staff

There is no one ideal testing interval for coronavirus surveillance. How often a school or other large group setting should get tested depends on how prevalent the virus is in the community. Places where infection rates are low probably don’t need to test that often, whereas places with higher rates do. Weekly or twice-weekly testing […]