Kyra Kyles, left, and Erianna Jiles. Photos courtesy of YR Media.

In 2020, Youth Media Engaged With Election, Pandemic, Racial Reckoning

Newsrooms across the country have been in overdrive most of this year, covering a global pandemic, a primary and a presidential election and protests against systemic racism and police brutality. Contributors with YR Media, a national network of young journalists and artists, many of them people of color, have been covering the events of 2020 with reporting and perspectives that are rarely afforded space and attention in national or corporate outlets.  » Read more

Many members of San Francisco's Latino community work in restaurants, such as this Mission District taqueria, and other service industry jobs, and have suffered lost income due to COVID-19 shutdowns.

81% of Residents Receiving Housing Help From S.F. Are Black or Latino

More than four of every five households receiving assistance from the city to cover housing costs have been Latino or African American, the groups hit hardest by COVID-19 infections, public records show.

Philanthropic donors have poured $31.4 million into the Give2SF Fund, $6.3 million of which is targeted at helping people cover housing costs, according to the fund’s most recent progress report. » Read more

Ensign Kaitlyn Leibing, right, a staff nurse assigned to one of Naval Medical Center San Diego’s internal medicine wards, helps Hospitalman Angela Mello don personal protective equipment before entering a COVID-19-positive, non-critical patient’s room on Aug. 4, 2020.

Doctors Work Through Coronavirus Surge, Stress, Patient Isolation as Vaccines Arrive

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that hospitals need to get ready for what he described as a potential “surge on top of a surge, arguably on top of another surge” of COVID-19 cases stemming from the holidays. In the Bay Area, hospitals still have some ICU capacity left, but health care practitioners are working hard to care for the influx of COVID-19 patients. » Read more

COVID-19 Surge Slows in S.F., UCSF Tests for More Contagious U.K. Variant

San Francisco remains in the most dangerous surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are signs that people’s adherence to the recent stay-at-home orders are helping. 

Dr. Grant Colfax, the director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, said that a new trend means the city may yet avoid hundreds of additional deaths from COVID-19. » Read more

U.S. Army Spc. Sterling Hutcheson, a medic with the Colorado National Guard Joint Task Force Test Support, prepares to swab a nursing home resident during COVID-19 testing in Rocky Ford, Colo. on May 29, 2020.

Nursing Homes to Get Vaccines Soon Through Major Pharmacy Chains

Nursing home residents and staff are near the front of the line to receive the estimated 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses California expects to distribute by the end of this year. Long-term care and nursing facilities have seen deadly outbreaks. Earlier this year, the California Healthcare Foundation studied outbreaks in nursing homes and found that in May, a quarter of nursing homes had a resident with coronavirus infections and at 16% of them, at least one resident had died from complications of COVID-19. » Read more

Mayor Breed criticized Governor Newsom's decision to appoint a Latino man to the seat held by the only African-American woman in the Senate at a press conference where she also urged San Franciscans to stay home for the holidays.

Breed Criticizes Newsom’s Senatorial Pick, Urges San Franciscans to Stay Home for Holidays

Mayor London Breed on Tuesday called Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris “unfortunate.”

“The sad reality is she was the only African American woman in the Senate at this time,” said Breed, describing the decision as a blow to the African American community, to African-American women and to women in general. » Read more

COVID-19 Cases Spike Among Homeless San Franciscans

UPDATE Dec. 23, 2020: Adds detail on revisions to November data.

Coronavirus cases have soared this month among San Francisco’s homeless population and residents of the city’s single-room-occupancy hotels. The city reported 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among unhoused people from Dec. » Read more