This project involved dozens of stories over the course of eight months. We are limited to submitting five but all of those who participated should be acknowledged as part of this package including Joe Eskenazi, Lydia Chavez, Annika Hom, Julian Mark as reporters. Sandra Salmans as an editor, Molly Oleson as an illustrator, and Hayden Manseau as an intern.
San Francisco plans massive COVID-19 testing expansion — but still won’t reach capacity Health Department said city had back in April The masked figures emerge from parts unknown and begin lining up for COVID-19 tests far before sunrise. They are construction workers, cleaners and line cooks — the so-called “essential workers” given a pat on […]
Mantra ‘follow the data and science’ to crush Covid-19 falls short for Latinx and southeast San Francisco
Latinx, who represent 50% of the city’s Covid cases, only represent 9% of its testing We will “continue to follow the data and science” in making decisions, Dr. Grant Colfax, the Director of Public Health, often says. It sounds good — until you take a hard look at the data and the science. Then, if […]
‘The virus will surge, if we let it.’ The tone was celebratory for the first half-hour of a late September UCSF forum, as Mayor London Breed and others applauded the city’s success combatting Covid-19, including the remarkably low death rate and a drop in cases. These are all very good things. And when Dr. Diane […]
The head of Covid-19 testing strategy for San Francisco said in an interview with Mission Local that people making appointments at the city’s two fixed testing sites will only be able to schedule tests “about three days” in advance, rather than the current lead time of two weeks. The decision to tighten the appointment window […]
City collaborates on BART testing pop-up, but new data shows hardest-hit neighborhoods remain least-tested
The San Francisco Department of Health’s decision to run a testing site the two days before Christmas with the Latino Task Force was months in the making — often painful months of surging virus infections for the Latinx community. And, if the two-day pop-up at the 24th Street BART Plaza goes well, both DPH and the […]