Testing sites face staff shortages and 'computer issue' / Dream day for local sports
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Hey there, San Francisco.
It was a good weekend for sports in the city.
On Sunday, the 49ers came back from a 17-0 first-half deficit to beat the Los Angeles Rams in overtime, earning a spot in the post-season.
“We’ll remember this one for awhile,” said quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who’s now 6-0 as a starter against the Rams. “This was a special one.”
The 49ers will play the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the NFC playoffs this weekend.
Then, on Sunday evening, Warriors fans welcomed Klay Thompson back to the court, after the sharpshooter missed 175 games (over 2.5 years) due to injuries.
“I’m just happy I’m here and I can say that,” Thompson said. “The last two years were tough.”
Thompson finished the night with 17 points in just 20 minutes, as the Warriors topped the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-82. The Warriors are now 30-9, tied with the Phoenix Suns for the best record in the Western Conference.
“I’m really excited for the future,” Thompson said after the game. “It’s gonna be a great year.”
And with that…onto the news…
Top story: One thing you should know
On Sunday, the SFDPH tweeted that some of its Covid testing sites would “temporarily reduce testing hours due to challenges beyond our control.”
Later, Supervisor Matt Haney clarified, telling NBC Bay Area that “our testing providers…had a bunch of people call in sick and they don’t have adequate staff themselves to be able to staff the testing sites.”
In a press release on Monday, the SFDPH confirmed the staffing shortages and said they estimated the reduced hours would limit their capacity by about 4%, or 250 tests a day. Recently, its daily average had been 6,000.
Impacted sites include Ella Hill Hutch, Southeast Health Center, Alemany, and SOMA (7th/Brannan). Updated hours can be found here.
“We want to emphasize that we anticipate this to be temporary,” the SFDPH said.
Separately, the SF Standard reported Monday afternoon that a “computer issue” with testing vendor Color forced the SFDPH to shut down six of its sites early.
It’s unclear when the sites, which account for 16% of the public testing locations in the city, will be back online.
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories from across the city
👀 Speaking of testing, Mission Local reported this weekend on a walk-up Covid testing site at the corner of 18th and Dolores, whose operator did not have permitting papers on hand. “Several individuals in line wondered whether the site was legitimate, but they were more concerned about getting a test,” reporter Anlan Cheney wrote. (Mission Local)
🍺 On Friday, the owners of Barrel Head in NOPA opened their second brewpub in the Inner Richmond called Lost Marbles. “Are we going for a seafood theme? No. Are we going for a sports bar theme? No,” co-owner Ivan Hopkinson told the Chronicle. “We’ve just filled the place with things we like.” (Chronicle)
🛣 The New York Times included the Great Highway on its annual “52 places” to visit list, calling the beachside stretch ”a telling microcosm of the ways in which our cities, and our values, shifted during the pandemic.” (NYT)
😔 Actor and comedian Bob Saget, who played Danny Tanner on the sitcom “Full House,” died on Sunday. He was 65 years old. The SFist reports that a small memorial has started to form outside the “Full House house” on Broderick Street. Also, hat tip to Redditors who surfaced this clip of Saget showing Conan O’Brien around the city. You will be missed, Bob! (NYT / SFist)
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What else I’m reading: Links to browse at your leisure
SFUSD failed the Covid-19 testing test (Mission Local)
Why I’m not renewing my membership to S.F.’s de Young Museum (Chronicle)
Why 'Star Trek' made San Francisco the center of the universe (SFGATE)
This Bayview District family of seven, known on-stage as The Curtis Family C-Notes, might just be the coolest family in San Francisco. And this recent video about their story is worth a watch.
I like what their dad, aka “Papa C,” had to say: “Music is not what we do, music is who we are. It’s how we operate as a family.”
That’s all for today. Thanks so much for reading y’all.
Also, thanks to the reader who realized I’ve been saying its 2021 for the past three newsletters. It’s all a blur isn’t it? Anyways, here’s to getting the year right!
Have a great night and see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B.