Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has begun to construct a plan for the reopening of the California economy based on the downward trend of cases and hospitalizations related to the pandemic. Alameda has its share of cases and locals are doing everything they can to reduce contact, stay six feet away from each other and still attempt to do some essential business.

Alameda’s character of resilience and community has helped the Island City keep a positive outlook. One local resident told me of a harrowing experience with the disease after having spent a solid two weeks in bed, barely able to breathe. The person has since recovered.

Keep calm and keep washing those hands.

New Order Requires Masks Be Worn In Public
On Friday, April 17, the Alameda County Health Officer issued a new order generally requiring members of the public and workers to wear face coverings. Authorities began to enforce the new order at 8 a.m. yesterday, April 22. The order requires masks be worn in three main settings: 

  • When at essential businesses, including the public, employees, contractors, owners, and volunteers
  • When seeking health care 
  • When using public transportation 

The order has some exceptions for when face coverings are not required, including for children ages 12 and younger, if a person is only with members of their own household and when engaged in walking, hiking, bicycling and running while maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance from others. 

Even when not required, face coverings are recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition to staying home as much as possible, maintaining strict physical distancing when outside the home and continuing to wash and sanitize hands regularly.

Wonder Window Contest Benefits Meals on Wheels
Alamedans are invited to spread some joy and support a good cause by decorating a house or apartment window. Those with the best display from inside, facing outward set up by Friday, May 1, could win a prize. FunAmeda Productions is hosting a city-wide home window decorating contest benefiting Alameda Meals on Wheels.

Four prizes will be awarded for: Most Inspiring, Funniest, Most Creative and Best After-Dark categories. For every entry FunAmeda Productions will donate $5 (up to 100 entries) to Alameda Meals on Wheels.

No need to leave home to enjoy the entries; Photos will be posted on

Contest organizers say, “Teddy Bears are great, but windows can have whatever you like!”

The contest is open to the 94501 and 94502 zip codes; limit one window per household. No addresses will be made public.

Windows must be visible from the street or public space. Each entry must have a title or name and agree to have a photo posted on

To enter, complete the window display, then email: Include address and title or name of entry. Also note if window is best seen in the day, night or both. Deadline to enter is Friday, May 1. Prizes awarded mid-May.

To make a donation directly to Meals on Wheels see www.alamedameals

Business Leaders Need a Boost
The person who owns the business focused on specialty teas has launched fundraisers to help keep herbusinesses and employees on their feet. Julie Baron of Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden on Park Street has volunteered for several nonprofit organizations in Alameda. Her businesses and personal efforts have contributed to an endless number of local fundraisers, events and Island City culture in general.

Baron is running emergency fundraisers on Facebook right now and could use all the help she can get to keep their businesses alive and as many of their staff fed and paid as possible. Cash and gift card donations are accepted.

Support Baron’s mission to bring a wide range of quality teas to the Island at

Boys & Girls Club Launches Virtual Clubhouse

The Alameda Boys & Girls Club’s new virtual clubhouse offers remote programming created and performed by the club’s youth development program leaders. The programming offers activities, games and stories in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics along with seed-to-table education, physical education and arts and crafts. There are also activities created for our teen population. 

To donate in support of the virtual clubhouse call (510) 522-4900 or visit

Sun in Financial Trouble
Please be aware, the Alameda Sun is in dire straits. The limited savings garnered over the past 19 years, along with the loyal base of advertisers have both largely disappeared. The steady stream of new subscribers and reduced print run has helped stretch the budget but future print editions may not be forthcoming.

Due to the gracious help of several local volunteers, the Sun is being delivered at no cost on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Every option is being explored to generate enough revenue and secure enough loans to continue print operations. We may be forced into a digital-only publishing format. 

If anyone is able to give generously to the Sun — it costs $2,000 per week to print the paper — we need your help right away. Please subscribe, or better yet, set up some ongoing advertising. See for more information

Photos by Celeste Lane 
Top to bottom: Alameda United, caution: no picnics, the great teddy bear hunt, dog attempting to socialize remotely.