Without guidance from Sacramento county health officials, restaurants take individual approaches to worker safety amid omicron surge
January 13, 2022 | Sarah Mizes-Tan
Sacramento County announced that they would not be enforcing measures for businesses during this surge. Some Sacramento restaurants have closed for an extended break; others continue indoor dining.
January 12, 2022 | Chris Nichols
A total of 5,000 applicants will be placed on the waiting list through a random selection after the list closes on Jan. 26.
January 12, 2022 | Sammy Caiola
Following an hours-long debate and public discussion, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to ban flavored tobacco sales — including menthol. The ban takes effect July 2022.
January 11, 2022
Amid growing awareness of inequality and jobs that don’t pay enough to cover child care and housing, California is considering a radical proposal: Allow the state to negotiate wages, hours and work conditions for an entire industry.
January 10, 2022
As a third of hospitals report critical staffing shortages, California’s health department is considering issuing an order postponing many elective surgeries. Many procedures, including a lung transplant, already have been canceled.
Interview: Here’s how a Sacramento County psychologist suggests working on your mental health through the pandemic
The pandemic has continued to drag on, and for some people, the sense of uncertainty is dragging down their mental health. Here’s some tips from a psychologist to bring you some peace.
January 10, 2022 | Sammy Caiola
A new health care proposal would establish a tax to pay for a single-payer insurance option for all Californians. This is the latest in a years-long push to reform the state’s health care system.
January 10, 2022 | Nicole Nixon
The $286-billion budget proposal is just a wishlist; the spending plan will likely undergo changes during the six-month budget-building process.
How a recent proposal to slash solar incentives has its supporters and California utilities butting heads
January 10, 2022 | Manola Secaira
While utilities claim the proposed changes would make solar more accessible, solar consumers and executives worry it would kill the market altogether.
Michael Ramsey prosecuted PG&E for the 2018 Camp Fire and will again now with the Dixie Fire. Cal Fire determined last week the utility was responsible for the 2021 fire, the second-largest in recorded California history.
January 8, 2022
In 19 California counties, less than a third of vaccinated residents are boosted. In some counties, it’s less than 25%. One health official blames “pandemic fatigue.”
January 8, 2022 | Ed Fletcher
The $1-billion fund is designed to help low- to moderate-income homeowners who have fallen behind payments during the pandemic. Here's how to see if you're eligible and apply.
January 7, 2022
We answer key questions about COVID tests: What types are there? Should you self-test right after exposure to someone with COVID? And what should you do if you test positive?
Lack of supplies and long lines making it hard for Sacramento residents to get tested for COVID-19 as omicron spreads
January 7, 2022
A lack of supplies and long lines are making it hard for Sacramento residents to get tested for COVID-19 as omicron spreads. Some people are waiting hours at clinics as pharmacies struggle to keep at-home testing kits in stock.
Sacramento City schools superintendent discusses district response to COVID-19 surge, update on vaccine mandate
SCUSD Superintendent Jorge Aguilar said the district will soon discuss whether to extend the Jan. 31 vaccine mandate deadline, and that the district continues to struggle with staffing shortages as cases continue to rise locally.
January 6, 2022 | Sammy Caiola
As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads rapidly in California, hospitals are filling up and expecting even more patients, including pediatric cases.