Public Health

San Francisco Poised to Jump Into Higher CDC Covid Risk Tier This Week

The city would join Marin, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties in the agency’s medium risk category amid a recent uptick in Bay Area cases.

The Standard Top 25: The Nonprofits Getting the Most From SF’s $668M Homelessness Budget

The city’s homelessness department has doled out more than $268 million to nonprofits in the current fiscal year, amounting to more than $1 billion since 2018.

Mask Wars: Every San Franciscan For Themselves as Mask Mandate Lifted

No more masks on transit means drivers and riders take Covid protection in their own hands.

Overdose Deaths at SF’s City-Funded Facilities Totaled 246 Over Two Years

More than 10 people per month on average died of overdoses in the city’s supportive housing facilities and shelter-in-place hotels during 2020 and 2021.

San Francisco’s Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors Heads to Trial Next Week

The city already reached a tentative $10 million settlement with the pharmaceutical company Endo as a result of the litigation.

Shutdown of Civic Center Tent Village Underway in Advance of Pride Festivities

The city-run tent village opened in May 2020 as a temporary measure to mitigate a spike in encampments during the pandemic.

SFMTA, BART Lift Mask Mandates Following Decision By Federal Judge

A court decision by a federal judge in Florida vacated the CDC’s masking mandate, leaving local agencies scrambling.

Feds Cut Funding to Laguna Honda Hospital, Putting Future in Doubt

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ended the hospital’s participation in its programs, triggered by the hospital’s failure to fix all its deficiencies by the end of a six-month period.

Sutter Health Employees Demand Safety Protections as Union Negotiations Stall

Nurses organized a systemwide one-day strike calling for increased staffing and Covid safety supplies.

Breed Hails Opening of New Permanent Supportive Housing Amid Worker Protests

Outside a press conference, workers at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic decried low pay and poor working conditions.