Both Alameda County and Berkeley were able to secure a state variance today that allows them to make some of their own rules around reopening.
BUSD is pivoting on plans for a hybrid back-to-school model as local COVID-19 conditions worsen, with all students distance learning when school begins in August.
More than half of the residents at the Berkeley Pines Skilled Nursing Center in South Berkeley have tested positive for COVID-19 since early July and one of them has died, Berkeleyside has learned.
Alameda County and Berkeley, which has its own health department, are hoping to secure variances from a new state ruling that came to end outdoor dining at restaurants.
As many as 60 people from Berkeley will now move indoors from shelters or tents.
UC Berkeley has seen 47 new COVID-19 cases, resulting mostly from “a series of recent parties connected to the CalGreek system” over the course of a single week, the university reported Wednesday.
BUSD will pair in-person classes with distance learning for K-12 students beginning in August — if, and only if, county and local shelter-in-place guidelines move to the next phase of reopening.
The Berkeley City Council shifted more than $9 million out of the police department budget Tuesday night to help pay for a range of reforms called for by community members and city officials alike in recent weeks.
In the past nine days, Berkeley has seen 35 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases and has gone from an average of one new case each day since the outbreak began to an average of four new cases each day.
Schmitt has designed some striking posters to encourage mask-wearing that leverage the global message “My mask protects you. Your mask protects me.”
“We’re watching a future disparity in the making,” said one doctor pushing for more transparency.
Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and persistent calls to reform policing, officials pledged Tuesday night to remake the city budget as a “moral document” that better reflects Berkeley values.