Alameda COVID-19 Update

Alameda COVID-19 Update

Courtesy West Alameda Business Association

Bay Area counties issue mask mandate in indoor public settings for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to end summer surge and maintain hospital capacity.

Health orders issued across the Bay Area mandate masks to be worn indoors for everyone regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required in indoor public settings effective midnight, Aug. 2

Surgical or medical-grade masks are preferred, or a well-fitting cloth mask that covers the mouth and nose. The state does not allow neck gaiters.

Mask requirements are consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health.

Most transmission of COVID-19 happens indoors. If everyone wears a mask indoors, it will reduce community transmission and protect our loved ones.

Bay Area health officials urge immediate vaccination for everyone 12 years and older.

Health officials report a steep rise in the number of cases with the Delta variant. Because the Delta variant is more aggressive, more contagious (60% more transmissible than previous variants), and widespread in our community, we need more protection.

Vaccines remain the most powerful tool in the fight against COVID-19, including the Delta variant.

While fully vaccinated individuals are well protected against severe illness and hospitalization, there is evidence that vaccinated people can contract the virus and can spread it to others, including those who are under 12 and not yet eligible for a vaccine.

Vaccination reduces chances of infection and will protect you, those around you, and keep our region safer. If you missed your second dose, please be sure to complete your vaccine series.

Since the start of the pandemic, the City of Alameda has reported 2,737 positive COVID-19 cases. But while we were seeing case rates decline since February, we are now seeing cases rise quickly, with the third highest number of monthly cases reported in July (highest months were January and December).

To date, 61,305 Alamedas, 90% of everyone 12 and older, have received at least their first shot and 77.4% are fully vaccinated.

Getting vaccinated is the strongest protectant against the Delta variant. Make an appointment at MyTurn.ca.gov, at Alameda County locations, and at pharmacies including Walgreens, CVS, and Safeway. You can also contact your healthcare provider to make an appointment to get your vaccine..

Get tested if you have symptoms! If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, there are many options available for fast and free testing.

Stay well!

— Linda Asbury
Executive Director
West Alameda Business Association