COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order (Alameda County)
Alameda County announced a new Shelter in Place order with tighter restrictions. This order was put into place to further protect the residents of Alameda County and help “flatten the curve”, meaning lower the peak number of cases of COVID-19. These efforts will help to ensure our healthcare facilities can continue to treat patients that require more intensive care.
The new order comes into effect April 1, 2020 and extends through May 3, 2020. The order is subject to possible extension.
Major new restrictions include:
1. Social distancing requirements are mandatory. Unless explicitly waived, everyone must comply with the social distancing requirements AT ALL times.
2. Before Friday, April 3, 2020, essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must complete, post, and implement a social distancing protocol for each facility that remains open, using the template attached to the Order.
3. Essential businesses must maximize the number of employees who work from home, excepting only those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home.
4. Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must scale down operations to their essential component only.
5. Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home are no longer essential businesses under the Order, and must cease operations (except minimum basic operations) at facilities in the County.
6. Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. These areas must be closed to public use.
7. Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited. These facilities must be closed for recreational use.
8. Sports or activities that require use of shared equipment, like frisbees, basketballs, baseballs, and soccer balls, may only be engaged in by members of the same household.
9. Most construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited. Exceptions are made for healthcare facility construction directly related to the COVID-19 response; affordable housing; public works projects when designated as essential by the lead governmental agency; shelters and temporary housing; projects necessary to provide critical services to certain vulnerable individuals; construction necessary to secure an existing construction site; and limited essential residential or business repairs.
The new Order also makes important clarifications:
1. Crowding at beaches, public parks, and open spaces has been a problem. The Health Officer, government, or entity that manages the space may adopt restrictions to reduce crowding and risk of COVID-19 transmission, including limiting number of entrants, restricting vehicular access, or complete closure.
2. Essential businesses must follow industry-specific guidance issued by the County Health Officer related to COVID-19.
3. Childcare facilities may only provide care to children or dependents of individuals working for essential businesses, providing essential governmental functions, or performing minimum basic operations for non-essential businesses.
4. Individuals may move residences only if it is not possible to wait until the Order expires, such as if a move is already planned or if it is necessary for safety or habitability.
5. Landscapers and similar service professionals may only provide services necessary to maintain the sanitation, habitability, or operation of residences or businesses, or for safety reasons. They MAY NOT provide services that are cosmetic or for general upkeep.
Read full order HERE.
As we continue to navigate this unprecedented public health crisis, please feel free to contact the District 4 office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Local – City of Oakland, Alameda County
The City of Oakland is operating a COVID-19 test site which is now available to anyone who is working or volunteering outside the home who have symptoms or have had contact with the virus. The testing is even broader for health workers and shelter workers since they can receive testing even if they are asymptomatic.
- The City of Oakland is outreaching to ensure all Alameda County First Responders and Frontline Staff are aware of the program (representing an expansion from only neighboring cities Piedmont, Berkeley and Emeryville).
- The City of Oakland is working to provide access to Oakland’s unsheltered residents, people recently released from incarceration, and other vulnerable populations within the Oakland
- If an organization operates within one of the listed areas and has not yet made arrangements for testing, they should email email@example.com to learn more.
City of Oakland Homeless Response
- Hotels for the Unsheltered Community – The Radisson is reporting 236 clients(6 children), and the Comfort Inn is reporting 65 clients at this time. The County is working to fill the Radisson this week.
- Both hotels are being filled by referral only, and referral information can be found at http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov/operation-comfort.aspx
Plan to bring additional 500 beds online next week. Possibly 1 or 2 more hotels in Oakland
- State Trailers – The City is continuing to work on on-site development/construction for the trailer site. Fence mostly finished. Focus is on completing utilities
Testing was provided to the 53 individuals at the Crossroads and St. Vincent De Paul’s congregate shelters and all tested negative for COVID-19
Other City Resources
Oakland Public Library
Oakland Public Library: OPL remains committed to serving the cities of Oakland, Emeryville and Piedmont while our buildings are closed do to COVID-19. One can still sign up for a library card or call us (510-238-3134) with any questions or issues with their library card account. There are many things available to patrons from home with a library card:
- Ebooks, audiobooks, streaming movies. and digital magazines
- Book Me – have a librarian recommend a customized reading list for you!
- Ask us a question by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Research Oakland history from home
Visit www.oaklandlibrary.org to learn more.
Updated Service Impacts and Revisions
- List of City service impacts, including facility closures, service suspensions, and alternative service points (online, telephone, or by appointment)
Support for Oakland Residents
- General social service issues: 211
- Public Health issues and questions about the Shelter-in-Place order: County Public Health
- The City’s 311 phone line and OAK311 website continue to be a resource to request routine maintenance and report urgent infrastructure issues
- The City website’s COVID-19 page is updated daily with information on this rapidly evolving situation: https://bit.ly/39bhAsA
Call for Volunteers
We continue to seek able and healthy volunteers to help us prep and deliver food and medicine to our seniors and low-income families.
Please sign up here to help: Volunteer Sign up Form
Alameda County Numbers (April 15, 2020)
The Alameda County Public Health Department has created two dashboards with data pertaining to COVID-19:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases in Alameda County [as of April 23, 2020]:
1,305 positive cases (366 in Oakland)
- 45 deaths
Alameda County Public Health Updates
Use of Face Coverings: Bay Area health officials are recommending residents cover their nose and mouth with cloth when leaving home for essential travel such as to doctor appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits. Read the complete Press Release here.
Blanket Isolation and Quarantine Orders for COVID-19: On April 3, 2020, the Health Officer issued blanket isolation orders that will apply to all persons diagnosed with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and blanket quarantine orders that will apply to close contacts of cases.
AC Transit is implementing rear-door boarding on buses with multiple doors. Fare payment is not required until further notice.
Passengers requiring ADA ramps, utilizing mobility devices or need priority seating may continue to use the front door for boarding. Wheelchair riders may be allowed onboard without securements by bus operators.
Passenger Limits on Buses Effective April 15, 2020: AC Transit will operate with lower rider thresholds in order to follow social distancing guidance and avoid overcrowding. If a bus nears capacity, our operators may bypass stops and turn on the “Drop-Off Only” head-sign. Riders on board can continue to exit buses at their requested stop.
In addition to social distancing, AC Transit encourages riders to wear a mask on board, covering the nose and mouth, effective immediately.
Service Changes Effective March 31, 2020: AC Transit will begin operating a modified service schedule in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although similar to the existing Sunday service, arrival times will differ from it.
Please continue to stay informed by checking COVID-19 service updates at www.actransit.org.
Starting Wednesday, April 8, Monday-Friday service will run every 30 minutes systemwide all day, with 3-line service beginning earlier in the evening and single tracking in San Francisco starting at around 8pm.
- Effectively, every other train is being cancelled Monday-Friday.
- Weekend service remains unchanged at this time.
The online Trip Planner has been updated and PDF’s of the new schedule that begins 4/8/20 are posted here https://www.bart.gov/schedules/pdf
Utilities During COVID-19
PG&E has implemented a series of billing and service modifications to support customers who have been impacted by the pandemic:
- Suspending service disconnections for non-payment and waiving security deposits;
- Implementing flexible payment plan options; and
- Providing additional support for low-income and medical baseline customers.
Go to pge.com/covid19consumerprotections to learn more about their programs.
PG&E is also working closely with the City of Oakland to expedite electrical service to the trailers (i.e. isolation spaces).
East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)
EBMUD will not disconnect customers’ water service due to billing/payment issues during this health emergency. If your water has been shut off due to non-payment, please call EBMUD Customer Service at 1-866-403-2683 to make arrangements to restore service. In addition, EBMUD’s Customer Assistance Program helps reduce bills for customers facing economic hardships. For more information, go to www.ebmud.com/cap.
Support our Small Businesses
I want to stress how important it is that we support our small businesses during this crisis. Please, purchase meals to-go and/or purchase gift cards for future use from local restaurants and shops. We must come together to support our local businesses!
To see which local businesses are open check out the Small Business and Worker Resources page.
State of California
April 14, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order aimed to help those that have lost their jobs due to the impacts of COVID-19.
The Executive Order directs the Employment Development Department (EDD) to launch a new call center, which will operate 7-days a week from 8:00am until 8:00pm, to assist with individuals seeking unemployment benefits. The call center will open on Monday, April 20th and will be staffed with over 1,300 representatives.
The Executive Order also directs EDD to set up a one-stop shop for individuals applying for unemployment insurance, as well as the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: Governor Newsom indicated that the State will launch the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which was established through the CARES Act, beginning on April 28th.
The program provides unemployment benefits to independent contractors, sole proprietors, and others that do not otherwise qualify for Unemployment Insurance.
The State is expecting to be able to process applications and issue payments within 24-48 hours of receiving a completed application.
The funding that is available through the PUA can be retroactive to the beginning of February, if the applicant can demonstrate they were impacted by COVID-19.
Those receiving PUA are also eligible to receive the additional $600 per week unemployment benefit that was included in the CARES Act. This amount can also be applied retroactively.
Assistance for Undocumented Immigrant
April15, Governor Newsom announced a new program aimed at providing aid to undocumented immigrants. The Governor indicated that $125 million will be provided to the disaster assistance program, $75 million of which would come from the State and the remaining $50 million would come from philanthropic partners. The program will provide individual assistance of $500 and household assistance up to $1,000.
90 Day Moratorium for Mortgage Payments
March 25, Governor Newsom announced more than 200 banks, including Wells Fargo, Citi Bank, JPMorgan Chase and US Bank, agreed to the 90-day moratorium for mortgage payments.
State Response for Unsheltered Neighbors
Additionally around 4,000 hotel rooms have been activated to be used for housing the homeless statewide, 350 of which will be here in Oakland. The state is rapidly working to secure more and expand resources for our unhoused residents.
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation COVID-19 Response
On March 24, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order directing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary to temporarily halt the intake and/or transfer of inmates and youth into the state’s 35 prisons and four youth correctional facilities.
Inmates and youth that otherwise would have been transferred into the state system will remain in county custody for the next 30 days.
The Executive Order also directs the Board of Parole Hearings to develop a process to conduct all scheduled parole suitability hearings through videoconferencing starting no later than April 13, 2020, and for the next 60 days.
State of California COVID-19 Medical Supply Contributions
Please use this form to describe resources you have to contribute, either for donation or purchase, to support California’s response to COVID-19.
If you are an individual looking for an avenue to donate a smaller amount of resources, please consider donating to your local community COVID-19 response efforts.
As of June 23, 2020, there are a total of 190,222 positive cases and 5,632 deaths in California
This is a reminder that even if you do not fall under the higher risk demographic to be symptomatic for COVID19, does not mean you cannot contract the virus. It is important for everyone to remain indoors as much as possible.
It is important to recognize the racial disparities we are seeing throughout the state and certainly within our own community. Black and Brown communities are being affected by COVID-19 at a disproportionally high rate. For more information see here
Other California News and Important Resources
For all news go to https://covid19.ca.gov/latest-news/
- (April 2, 2020) Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Protecting Homes, Small Businesses from Water Shutoffs
(April 1, 2020) Governor Newsom Announces Agreement Between Teachers, Classified Employees and School System Management to Support Student Instruction During COVID-19 Outbreak
- (April 1, 2020) Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Providing for Expedited Resources for COVID-19 Response
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC Guidance for Retired Communities and Indepent Living
- CDC Covid-19 News Feed