Pandemic Pulse: Mask Or No Mask? Sacramento Residents Remain DividedAs rules soften and crowds return, the debate on masks is reigniting.
Sac State Mask Mandate To End After March 18Citing a rapid decline in COVID-19 cases across the area, Sacramento State President Robert S. Neslen announced Thursday that the campus mask mandate will end after March 18.
Will California's Ending Of School Mask Mandate Prevent Teacher Sickouts?The new guidance makes masks recommended but not required, regardless of vaccination status. But many school districts are already bucking state guidelines, voting not to enforce the mandate long before it ends. 
'It Only Takes One Mistake': HIV, STD Rates Rose During Pandemic In Sacramento CountyAs COVID-19 cases decline, healthcare professionals are worried about a different surge. National data shows HIV and STD cases rose during the pandemic, including in Sacramento County.
Nevada Union High School Teachers 'No Show' After School Board Vote Lifts Mask EnforcementNevada Union High School was left so short-staffed by teachers' absences Wednesday, hundreds of students had to sit in the school auditorium to watch a movie instead.
'Endemic Approach' To Coronavirus Pandemic — What it Means for CaliforniansWhat is the difference between a pandemic and an endemic? According to experts, it's acknowledgement that COVID-19 won't disappear from the population. 
Local Restaurants Forced To Pivot Again As Omicron DeclinesThe Omicron surge is ending, but local restaurants are forced to pivot yet again to stay in business.
Sac State President Calls For Continued Indoor Masking After Photos Show Him Defying Statewide MandateAs he told students and staff they need to continue wearing masks indoors on campus, photos show him wearing no mask while accepting the “Sacramentan of the Year” award at an indoor banquet just last week, while statewide indoor mask rules were in place.
Masks Now Optional For Roseville Joint Union High School District StudentsTeachers, represented by the Roseville Secondary Education Association, a union that represents nearly 500 teachers, spoke-out against the mask-optional policy. The union, affiliated with the California Teachers Association, said they are caught in the middle. 
Roseville Joint Union High School District Makes Masks Optional For StudentsRoseville Joint Union High School District has made student masks optional, going against California guidelines.
Republican Lawmakers Call To End California's Statewide COVID-19 Emergency OrderRepublican lawmakers in California pushed for an end to the statewide COVID-19 emergency declaration again Thursday, but their efforts fell short.