Experts recommend scheduling an appointment before the fall and winter months.
Oakland drops COVID-19 vaccine requirement at indoor establishments
Proof of vaccination is still required at senior centers and assisted living facilities, and masks are now required at large indoor events.
Yes, it’s a surge: Wastewater tests reveal high level of COVID-19 in East Bay
Health experts say positive cases are underreported, but high vaccination rates have meant fewer hospitalizations and deaths.
‘It’s been harder to stay the course’: Oakland, Berkeley residents grapple with COVID burnout
We spoke with a labor nurse, fire captain, restaurant owner and others to see how their feelings have evolved about the pandemic.
Having problems ordering your free rapid COVID-19 tests from USPS?
Roommates, large families, and live-work residents have encountered some challenges accessing tests from the federal government.
‘Everything piled up’: surviving COVID-19 and gun violence in East Oakland
Francisca Sánchez never imagined she’d hear gunshots after leaving Mexico, but that changed during the pandemic.
Here’s what you should know about the COVID surge in Oakland, Berkeley
Case rates are “plateauing at a high rate,” fueled by the BA.5 variant.
Why you still need a mask, according to a doctor on the frontlines of health care in Oakland
We spoke to Dr. Noha Aboelata of Roots Community Health Center about the new variant BA.2, emerging COVID-19 treatments, and more.
Swap your cloth mask for a KN95 or N95. Rethink socializing. And more expert omicron advice
We asked UCSF’s Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo how Oakland can stay safe in the face of the latest COVID-19 variant.
Umoja Health Fair returns to Oakland
The nonprofit will be providing on-site health screenings, vaccinations, and health care information for underserved communities.
A winter COVID surge is on the horizon for Oakland
We spoke to Alameda County Public Health Department’s Dr. Joanna Locke about testing, masking, and other advice for a safe holiday gathering.
How my 91-year-old grandma and I got COVID-19 boosters
Where you can get a booster vaccine dose in Oakland, and what the experience was like.
1 in 5 young children have received first vaccine dose in Alameda County
Heading into the holidays with rising COVID-19 case numbers, here’s how children can get vaccinated.
COVID-19 outbreak shutters West Oakland homeless shelter
The St. Vincent de Paul shelter—which has served unhoused residents throughout the pandemic—was no match for the ruthlessly contagious omicron variant.
Omicron is surging in the Bay Area. Experts say Oakland has the tools to stay safe
Doctors say Bay Area cases are rising quickly due to the omicron and delta variants, but this time, residents have added protection from vaccines and boosters, masks and social distancing.
Oakland will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms
Proof of vaccination will be required beginning Feb. 1, and also applies to bars, concert venues, senior centers, and more.
Alameda County will join state in lifting mask mandate Feb. 16
Businesses can still require customers to mask up, and health officials cautioned that face coverings are “strongly recommended.”
Masks are required again in Oakland city buildings
Masking is an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID and other respiratory viruses.
Pop-up COVID-testing sites are appearing in Oakland. Are they legit?
Several new testing sites run by a company called “Stop. Swab. Go.” are getting mixed results, and raising eyebrows.
Judge allows Oakland eviction moratorium to stand, for now
The order is a blow to landlords who sued Oakland and Alameda County this year, but the case is not over.