The variant in November testing on the left and in January testing on the right as it appeared more often in sequencing. Source: Chan Zuckerberg BioHub. Presented to the Latino Task Force.

Hello Readers:

There’s a new variant, but one that the Unidos en Salud folks – a collaboration between UCSF and the Latino Task Force – are watching closely.

In other news:

  • Legislation meant to prevent rogue builders and how far it can go
  • The tracker.

Stay safe,

— Lydia

San Francisco has the legislation to crack down on rogue builders. Does it have the political will?

Legislators legislate. But legislation alone cannot solve this city’s problems — and, for this legislation to succeed, some of this city’s most hidebound and corrupt institutions will have to change their ways and begin doing things that, truth be told, they could have done long ago. 


Analysis at the research hub in SF’s Mission District reveals a Covid variant is on the rise

A Covid variant increasingly found in other parts of California has grown more prevalent in San Francisco households, UCSF researchers and the Latino Task Force announced today. 

Covid Tracker: 33,613 cases, 394 deaths

For the week ending February 20, the rate of weekly change in Covid positive patients fell 19 percent.  

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Lydia Chávez

I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born...