Island City takes action against pandemic sweeping nation, world
The impact of social distancing and actions to prepare for potential quarantines or lockdowns over the outbreak of coronavirus led to some unusual behavior around Alameda and the nation last week. Panic buying led to overconsumption at grocery stores on the Island resulting in unusally long lines and empty shelves. Paper and cleaning products, dry goods, frozen and dairy items were among those in high demand.
My highest priority as Mayor is the health and safety of our families and community members. Today, Alameda joins cities in the U.S. and around the world in confronting the greatest public health crisis of our time, the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, in the midst of the uncertainty surrounding this formidable threat, I am certain that Alamedans will rise to meet this challenge and protect our entire community. Here’s what we must do.
Alameda Food Bank volunteers gave out pre-packed grocery bags, filled with food donated from local stores such as Target, Trader Joe’s and Grocery Outlet on Monday. The food bank’s operations have been relocated to its Alameda Point warehouse where staff, volunteers and food recipients are using the additional space to practice social distancing.
Six of the eight Alameda firefighters that were under a quarantine mandate by Alameda County Public Health Department officials have been cleared to return to duty today, Wednesday, March 18. City officials believe the remaining two firefighters will be cleared to return to duty within one week.
The decision to quarantine, test and clear the eight firefighters were done by county health officials, not Alameda city officials.
Late March 10, city officials learned that an unidentified Alameda Firefighter tested positive for COVID-19. Following the positive test, the city expects the public health officials in the county where the individual is being quarantined would follow protocol and begin a thorough investigation to identify anyone who might have been in close personal contact with the individual. The City of Alameda stated it is fully cooperating with the unidentified county's public health officials in a press release the morning of March 11.