Last week, at least 65 students at Los Gatos High School tested positive for Covid. Nationwide, new Covid infections have increased substantially in the past month, with California adding more than 158,000 new cases during that time.
Local jurisdictions are free to impose their own requirements, but all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will no longer be required by California to wear a mask indoors at schools and child care facilities starting March 12.
Superior Court Judge Christopher Rudy is allowing Santa Clara County's lawsuit against Calvary Chapel San Jose to continue. The county wants to collect $2.8 mllion in fines for violating county health orders prohibiting indoor gatherings and requiring people to wear masks.
A top state health official provided little new information on Monday about lifting mask mandates in schools, as public health experts say it might be time to take more steps towards normalcy in schools.
Monthly poll panelists believe that mandatory lockdowns aren't necessary because of widespread availability of vaccines, and roughly half believe that Sheriff Laurie Smith should resign or serve out the balance of her term and not seek re-election.
With case rates increasing 47% since Thanksgiving, the California Department of Public Health will require universal masking to increase protection to individuals, families, and communities during the holidays.