City of Alameda’s New Health Update

City of Alameda’s New Health Update

As of June 15, there are 61 cases of COVID-19 in the City of Alameda, an increase of 10 cases since we posted on June 1. Alameda County has 4,481 cases, 98 hospitalizations, and 112 deaths (by comparison, on June 1 we had 3,515 cases, 97 hospitalizations, and 97 deaths). The State of California has 151,452 cases and 5,089 deaths (on May 31 we had 110,583 cases and 4,218 deaths). The United States continues to lead the world in cases and deaths with 2,206,705 cases and 119,091 deaths (on May 31 we had 1,780,897 cases and 104,115 deaths). Across the world, there are currently 8,239,124 cases and 444,790 deaths (an increase of more than 2 million cases and 70,000 deaths since May 31, when we had 6,120,740 cases and 371,041 deaths).

Updated Alameda County Health Order 
On June 8, updated health orders went into effect for Alameda County. The new health order now allows “social bubbles,” small gatherings of individuals from different households or living units to take place in outdoor spaces, subject to certain conditions. For example, one household can create a social bubble with a few other households (no more than 12 individuals in total), and that bubble can get together for outdoor social or other events.

To ensure contact tracing remains effective, no person may be a member of more than one social bubble during any three-week period and members of a social bubble are strongly encouraged to comply with social and physical distancing and wear face coverings.

The new health order requires wearing face coverings at all times when outside the home when within 30 feet of others, including while walking, biking and exercising. 

The health order extends childcare and camps for all children, not just children of essential workers, with no more than 12 individuals in a group.

Finally, some businesses with limited person-to-person contact are allowed to resume, for example appliance repair and pet grooming services. The county published a timeline for reopening additional businesses in 2 to 4 week intervals. The next stage could include outdoor retail, dining, fitness and pools. A later stage could include indoor retail, dining, salons and barber shops.

New Online Tool: What’s Open Alameda?
The City of Alameda created a directory of Alameda restaurants, retailers and other businesses that are currently open. Check out NEED WEBSITE and use the filter on the left to sort by what’s open now, open for takeout, curbside or delivery, and open by area, location and by category or type of business.

Permits & Inspections
The Planning, Building & Transportation Department is currently providing all services, permits and inspections. Request permits or inspections by phone at (510) 747-6800, email and at

2020 Summer Reading Challenge Returns
A nine-week reading program is now open to all ages, and just like last year, registration and the tracking of reading and activity completion will take place online. Participants can complete up to three challenges by reading and participating in a variety of activities. Everyone who completes the first and second challenge will be entered into a drawing to win a prize, and everyone who completes all three challenges will be able to choose a free book to keep forever. The last day to register is Tuesday, July 21, and the last day to play is Friday, July 31.

Sheltering in Place: Online Visual Storytelling Exhibit
Check out NEED WEBSITE and learn how local community members have experienced sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alamedans are invited to share an illustration, collage, comic, photograph, brief story, poem or short video about their experience staying home.