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Coronavirus central: Santa Clara County officials agree to keep schools open

by By Embarcadero Media staff

The Santa Clara County Office of Education and Public Health Department agree that keeping schools open and in class full-time is important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials said that school districts in the county may no longer offer remote or virtual learning in lieu of in-person instruction, stating that students learn best when they are amongst their peers and have access to school resources.

"Keeping our students, staff, and families safe remains our top priority," Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, county schools superintendent, said. "We are working alongside our school districts to protect in-person learning and practice the appropriate safety protocols."

"The good news is that the cases we are seeing from omicron are milder than previous COVID cases, said Dr. Sara Cody, the county's public health director. "We have also learned that we need to find ways to coexist and live with COVID. We have learned a lot from the previous two years."

Cody and Dewan said it is Santa Clara County's goal to ensure that students receive a solid, in-person education.

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office updates procedures at correctional facilities due to COVID

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and San Mateo County Correctional Health Services on Thursday implemented updated procedures at correctional facilities to protect employees and incarcerated people from COVID-19, including the highly contagious omicron variant.

The updated procedures include:

• All in-person visits have been canceled until further notice with the exception of attorney visits and court-ordered visits.

• All staff are required to wear N-95 or KN-95 masks inside all correctional facilities, and incarcerated people are required to wear masks when they are outside their cells and are required to wear an N-95 or KN-95 mask when going to court.

• In-person programs have been canceled until further notice, and there will be no in-person meetings or large gatherings except for emergencies.

• Newly arrived incarcerated people will be quarantined per CDC guidelines, and all correctional staff will be required to take COVID-19 tests once per week. All arrestees will be screened outside the facility and will be isolated if they display symptoms of COVID-19.

Comprehensive COVID-19 coverage

View interactive charts tracking the spread of the coronavirus in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties online at paloaltoonline.atavist.com/tracking-the-coronavirus. Find a comprehensive collection of coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by The Almanac and its sister publications, Palo Alto Online, and the Mountain View Voice, at tinyurl.com/c19-Almanac.

—Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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