COVID-19 Information and Resources

General Information

Vaccine Information

Vaccine administration began in Alameda County the week of December 14, 2020. Alameda County is following Federal and State recommendations, which change from time to time. Vaccines are being administered in phases. How quickly we can move through each phase depends on how much vaccine is available. Local health departments have some control within the phases but cannot skip phases or go out of order. All phases are subject to revision by the State.

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.

Revised and effective January 25, 2021 and valid until replaced, amended, or rescinded, below are specific updated guidelines from Health Officer Order 21-01List of Approved Types of Businesses »

Read full County order HERE.

As we continue to navigate this unprecedented public health crisis, please feel free to contact the District 4 office at district4@oaklandca.gov

Local – City of Oakland, Alameda County

COVID-19 Testing

If you have medical insurance, you should call your doctor/healthcare provider. If you do not have medical insurance, please schedule an appointment at a Community Testing Site or Testing Event near you.  Community testing sites cannot take new walk up requests for testing 30 minutes before closing.

  • If an organization operates within one of the listed areas and has not yet made arrangements for testing, they should email covid19testing@oaklandca.gov  to learn more. 

COVID-19  Homeless Response

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:

Visit www.oaklandlibrary.org to learn more.

Support for Oakland Residents

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 (January 2021)

The Alameda County Public Health Department has created dashboards to track the latest COVID-19 data and developments in our region.

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

AC Transit has been keeping the East Bay moving for 60 years. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, our community took over 53 million rides annually. Whether you’re currently riding or will be back with us soon, we’re working around the clock to provide you with a safe ride.

We’ve united with our transit partners across the Bay Area with the common goal of providing a safe ride for the public as the region responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the Riding Together: Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan here. Read the resolution endorsing this plan as a baseline set of measures from the AC Transit Board of Directors here.

Our reNEW Plan goes beyond the standards of this plan to help keep the East Bay healthy and thriving. Read our reNEW Plan here.

Please continue to stay informed by checking COVID-19 service updates at www.actransit.org.

BART

The safety of BART riders and employees is their top priority.  Their page is being continuously updated to keep the public informed about their response efforts and BART ridership data through the pandemic.

Stay informed of our plans by signing up for news alerts at https://cloud.info.bart.gov/signup

 

Utilities During COVID-19

PG&E 

PG&E has implemented a series of billing and service modifications to support customers who have been impacted by the pandemic:

    1. Suspending service disconnections for non-payment and waiving security deposits;
    2. Implementing flexible payment plan options; and
    3. 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!

Follow me on Facebook or Twitter to find updates and deals from our local businesses.

To see which local businesses are open check out the Small Business and Worker Resources page.

State of California

Unemployment

The EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs, had their hours reduced, or had their businesses affected due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California. Learn More

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.


California Numbers

As of February 1, California has 3,258,706 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 40,908 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 0.5 percent from the prior day total of 40,697.

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 physically distanced and masked 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

(Espanol)

Informacion por el departamento de salud publico de California

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National Resources

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The federal government continues taking aggressive and proactive steps to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Under the direction of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA, HHS and federal partners are working with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a Whole-of-America response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public.
For the latest updates and information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you are sick, visit www.coronavirus.gov.
Visit this FEMA page in Español