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Monday in San Francisco: COVID testing sites temporarily reduce hours, new bar with Spice Girls drinks and more

Sri Ravipati

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By Sri Ravipati

Good afternoon San Francisco. Welcome back to another daily roundup of local stories for Jan. 10.

San Francisco COVID testing sites temporarily reduce hours due to staff shortages

Four COVID-19 testing sites affiliated with the San Francisco Department of Public Health will temporarily have reduced hours starting Monday due to COVID-related staffing shortages, KRON4 reports.

The health department estimates the sites will cut about 250 tests per day as a result of the reduced hours. Currently, the sites administer an average of 6,000 tests per day.

SFDPH says this cut is temporary and the testing sites will continue to operate far above their designated capacity. 

Additionally, SFDPH is countering the temporary reduction by bringing in additional resources to augment capacity, "including over 150,000 rapid tests due to arrive early this week,” the department said.

Read the full story on KRON4.

San Francisco teachers union says district is putting educators in 'impossible situations' during pandemic

Between hundreds of teachers getting COVID and hundreds more absent during a "sickout," a lot happened last week when San Francisco schools reopened after winter break. This week, teachers are alleging the school district is failing COVID testing.

On Sunday, the United Educators of San Francisco shared on Twitter it received reports that the San Francisco Unified School District ran out of tests over the weekend.

"Educators are being placed in impossible situations. @SFUnified needs to prioritize finalizing an agreement around masks, tests and sick leave now," the union tweeted.

Meanwhile, the district superintendent tweeted photos showing a testing site open over the weekend at SFUSD's office.

Read the full story on KRON4.

Richmond District bar serves Spice Girls-inspired cocktails amid sea creatures

Lost Marbles Brewpub opened Friday on Clement Street between Ninth and 10th avenues, The Chronicle reports.

The opening menu will include carne-asada-loaded fries, sriracha-candied bacon and more bar bites alongside its selection of beers and cocktails. Top drink recommendations: Try one of Lost Marbles' signature Spice Girls drinks — each made for a member of the iconic 90s British pop music group. (Sporty Spice's drink is made of Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, Lemon Juice and Glacier Freeze Gatorade.)

Lost Marbles has a brewing set up by the bar. Starting out, about half the tap handles will be devoted to beers from Barrel Head Brewhouse — the owners’ other brewpub located in NoPa — with the other half featuring guest beers from local craft producers, like Moonlight and Original Pattern.

Lost Marbles' beers are more experimental sours and barrel-aged beers, while Barrel Head specializes in pilsners and IPAs, according to one of the owners.

Read the full story in The Chronicle.

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