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- 3,162,518 confirmed cases in California
- 37,119 confirmed deaths in California
- 358,101 confirmed cases in the Bay Area
*As of 9:00am PT on 1/25
UPDATES FROM THE TECH COMMUNITY
We are sharing the latest COVID-19 resources from the San Francisco tech industry, as well other community-minded initiatives pioneered by sf.citi members.
- Cruise and Microsoft are joining forces—and technologies—to “create a safer, cleaner, and more accessible world for everyone.” Microsoft, General Motors, Honda, and institutional investors are investing a combined $2 billion in Cruise. Microsoft will also function as the preferred cloud provider for Cruise and GM.
- Facebook offers a paid, 16-week Return to Work program for people who have been out of the workforce for two or more years. Some participants are offered a full-time position at the end of the program. Facebook is hosting an informational webinar about its Return to Work program for interested 2021 applicants on January 27 from 10:00-11:00am—sign up here!
- Google is providing over $150 million to promote vaccine education and equitable distribution. The company will also begin showing state and regional COVID-19 vaccine distribution information on Search. Finally, Google will make select Google facilities—such as buildings, parking lots, and open spaces—available for vaccine distribution as needed.
UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
- sf.citi Executive Director Jennifer Stojkovic weighed in on former President Donald Trump’s legacy on California and the tech industry for the San Francisco Chronicle—take a look here.
- On January 22, Mayor Breed authorized the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to launch a rent relief program for airport concession tenants impacted by COVID-19. The program will allow SFO to modify lease agreements and waive certain rent and fees through an estimated $21.3 million in relief funding, which will be supported through the federal CARES Act.
- On January 22, Mayor Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced the launch of San Francisco’s first mass vaccination site at City College of San Francisco’s main campus. Staffed and operated by the City in partnership with UCSF, this is the first of three mass vaccination sites that will open in San Francisco. The site began operations on January 22 and will continue to adjust its hours of operation based on the vaccine supply.
- On January 19, Mayor Breed announced that San Francisco will direct $6 million in unspent health care security ordinance funds to the Right to Recover program. Established in July 2020, the Right to Recover program supports COVID-19-positive San Franciscans who need financial assistance while they isolate and has served approximately 3,200 San Franciscans to date. This latest investment brings the total commitment to the program to $10.9 million.
To stay up to date with all City of San Francisco updates, follow the Mayor’s updates here.
UPDATES FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
- On January 25, California lifted regional stay-at-home orders across the state in response to improving COVID-19 case numbers, hospitalizations, and ICU capacities. California will return to a system of county-by-county restrictions. The 10:00pm to 5:00am curfew will also be lifted.
- On January 21, Governor Newsom signed an executive order to extend the validity of medical cannabis identification cards that would otherwise have expired during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- On January 20, Governor Newsom issued a statement on the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. “Today is a hopeful and inspiring day in America. I stand with the President in his clarion call for unity and healing, to once again listen to and respect our fellow Americans, to ‘end this uncivil war,’” he said.
To stay up to date with all State of California updates, follow the California Department of Health’s updates here.
SUPPORT OUR SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY
Every week, sf.citi will feature a different San Francisco nonprofit and share ways you can support its mission and work.
- Open Door Legal is a San Francisco-based nonprofit pioneering the country’s first system of universal access to civil legal representation. The organization aims to demonstrate how poverty in San Francisco—and eventually the entire country—can be significantly reduced when all people have access to the law. Open Door Legal has found that every dollar spent on universal legal services generates $6.6 in direct benefit to clients and $14.7 in benefit to the larger community. If you want to help expand universal legal representation across San Francisco, consider supporting the work of Open Door Legal.
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