Latest Coronavirus Updates

COVID Hospitalizations Reach Record Heights In Sacramento CountyAs cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant continue to surge, hospital leaders are concerned with what that means for future treatment.
Getting Answers: Can You Get Reinfected With The COVID-19 Omicron Variant?Can you get re-infected with omicron? And is the variant on the rise, or is it going down?
US Surgeon General: 'The Next Few Weeks Will Be Tough' As Omicron Surge ContinuesAreas that were among the first to get hit hard by the Omicron variant are starting to see their Covid-19 numbers level off or even improve. But that's not the case for much of the country, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said.
Here's How You Can Get Free Home Covid-19 TestsStarting Saturday, many Americans can get home Covid-19 tests at no cost through their private insurance. They can obtain the tests from pharmacies, retailers, and online vendors.
203 Sacramento County Inmates Being Released Due To COVID Outbreak At Jails
Yuba City School Closes Due To 'Escalating' Number Of COVID-19 CasesButte Vista Elementary will be closed from January 14-18 due to 44 positive COVID cases, according to a Sutter County spokesperson.
Supreme Court Blocks Biden's COVID Vaccine Rule For Companies, Allows Mandate For Health Care WorkersThe Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration's vaccine-or-test rule for businesses with at least 100 workers for now, but granted a separate request from the Biden administration to allow its vaccine mandate for health care workers to take effect.
Getting Answers: Should You Get Omicron On Purpose To 'Get Over It?'As omicron, the less severe but more contagious variant, continues to spread, some wonder if intentionally getting the virus could help with boosting immunity.
COVID Policy Pivot: Elk Grove Unified Revises Process For Notifying Families Of Positive TestsThe Elk Grove Unified School District on Tuesday announced it will now e-mail parents about positive COVID-19 cases instead of making individual phone calls.
Getting Answers: Are Distance Learning, Paid Sick Leave Due To Make A Return?On Tuesday, some Sacramento City Unified families spent close to an hour in line waiting for their test at the district office. It's a necessary step for students to return to class and their families to return to work.
Hospitals Brace For Peaks In COVID-19 Cases, HospitalizationsState public health officials say COVID-19 cases may peak next month. Ahead of the surge, the governor wants to bring in additional medical workers to help alleviate the strain.
State Releases Guidance On Medical Workers' Return To Work After Positive COVID TestAs COVID-19 omicron variant cases spike in California, state public health officials are modifying when medical professionals can return to work if they test positive, but only under certain conditions.
Yolo County Hands Out More Home COVID Tests To Those Who Tested PositiveYolo County is handing out free at-home COVID-19 tests, but there is one catch: you need to test positive first to get one. 
Governor Newsom Activates National Guard To Bolster State’s COVID-19 Testing CapacityGovernor Gavin Newsom said Friday that the California National Guard has been activated to assist local communities with extra testing facilities and capacity in the wake of a nationwide outbreak of COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron strain.
UC Davis To Stay In Remote Classes Until At Least Jan. 28 Amid Spike In COVID-19 CasesUC Davis students will be sticking with remote learning through at least the end of January. 
COVID-19 Spike Hitting California Hospitals And Schools HardCalifornia is struggling to staff hospitals and classrooms as an astonishing spike in coronavirus infections sweeps through the state.
Sacramento Restaurants Close Voluntarily Over Omicron, Staffing ShortageSacramento restaurants were already struggling to stay open due to a staffing shortage, and now the COVID-19 omicron variant is forcing eateries to shutter once again.
With Increasing Hospital Admissions A Concern, California’s Indoor Mask Mandate Extended To Feb. 15California’s indoor mask mandate has been extended, public health leaders announced on Wednesday.
Some Sacramento Public Library Locations Giving Out Free Rapid COVID-19 Tests, As Supplies LastWith COVID-19 cases spiking, test kits are now also in high demand.
California's COVID Positivity Rate Rises As Omicron Spikes StatewideOmicron is on the rise and California now has the highest positivity rate of any point in the pandemic and more than 23,000 cases a day. 
First 2 Weeks Of Sac State Spring Semester To Be Online Due To COVID SurgeThe spike in COVID-19 cases has forced Sacramento State to move the first two weeks of the spring semester online.
CDC Recommends Pfizer Booster Shot After 5 MonthsThe US Food and Drug Administration on Monday expanded the emergency use authorization for Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine boosters to children ages 12 to 15.
Hundreds Protest Vaccine Mandate For Children At California State Capitol"We are completely against any kind of COVID-19 vaccine mandate for children," one activist said. "We don't think it's necessary. We think parents can make their own decisions for their children's health."
Home Test Kits Make Back To School Easy For Sac City Unified FamiliesBack to school meant back to COVID testing, especially with the omicron variant surging and the number of people gathering over the holidays.
FDA Authorizes COVID Vaccine Booster Shots For Americans As Young As 12Millions of Americans as young as 12 could soon be able to get a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine, after the Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it has authorized third doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's shot for that age group.
US Shatters Average Daily COVID Case Record Again; Experts Describe Coming Weeks As A 'Tidal Wave' And 'Blizzard'A day after reporting its highest average daily COVID-19 case number, the US shattered the record Thursday, with an average of 355,990 infections reported every day in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University.
CDC Warns Against Cruises, Regardless Of COVID Vaccination StatusThe CDC warned people on Thursday not to go on cruises, regardless of their vaccination status, because of onboard outbreaks fueled by the omicron variant.
California Prisons Fight COVID-19 Outbreaks Amid Staff ConcernsWith a new and more infectious coronavirus variant sweeping California, attorneys representing inmates say violations of health orders by prison staff risk a repeat of the outbreaks that killed dozens in the first year of the pandemic.
Demand for COVID Tests Increase As Omicron Surge, Holiday Season OverlapCOVID-19 testing sights are seeing a significant increase in demand for tests amid the holiday season and because of the spread of the Omicron variant.