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December 2, 2022
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Officials say Omicron surge could be cresting

Santa Clara County officials said Jan. 14 that the region's Omicron surge may be cresting and called on private health care providers to increase their Covid-19 testing capacity. The county is currently seeing its highest infection rates since the pandemic began, according to Health Officer...

Doctor says Valley Physicians Group helped her survive pandemic

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Just as the world was shutting down with the arrival of SARS-CoV-2, a Brazilian doctor named Carlos R. Degrandi Oliveira, penned an article in a peer-reviewed journal that sounded the alarm about a little-discussed at-risk group—anesthesiologists.  On top of day-to-day dangers, such as ionizing radiation,...

FDA expands booster eligibility to ages 12-15

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended its emergency use authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine Monday, allowing children ages 12-15 to get a booster vaccine dose.  The FDA opened booster vaccine eligibility to everyone age 16 and up in November, arguing that an additional dose...

First Omicron case reported in Santa Clara County

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Santa Clara County has received its first report of a case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, county officials said. The case was reported Dec. 9 involving someone who was fully vaccinated but had not received a booster. The person had recently returned from traveling...

Bay Area health officers announce new indoor mask criteria

Health officials across nine Bay Area jurisdictions announced their criteria Thursday to eventually lift the region's requirement to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status. The health officers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties and...