Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

I received the following notices related to the coronavirus pandemic this week.

‘From a friend’
Karen Green asked to share this piece with the community.  

“I will be wearing a mask in public as an act of kindness and a demonstration of my humanity. It protects those with weakened immune systems, eases the burdens on our healthcare warriors and will move us quicker to the day that we can begin to emerge from our burrows.

“I will wear a mask in public, not for me, but for you. I want you to know that I am educated enough to know I could be asymptomatic and still pass the virus onto you.

“I don’t feel like the ‘government is controlling me’; I feel like I’m a responsible adult, contributing to society and I want to teach my family and friends the same.

“I want them to grow as I did, knowing the world doesn’t revolve around me. That it’s not all about me and my comfort. If we can all live with others’ consideration in mind, this world would be a much better place.

“Wearing a mask doesn’t make me weak, scared, stupid or even ‘controlled’; it shows consideration. It’s not about how you look, or how uncomfortable it is or about what others think of you ... just imagine someone close to you: a father, a mother, a grandparent, an aunt or a child, choking on a respirator.

“Then ask yourself, could I have sucked it up just a little, for them?”

Great Plates Delivered
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered: Home Meals for Seniors” partnership with counties, cities and Tribes. 

The project looks to help adults 60 years or older at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day. This will also provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat during the COVID crisis.

Food provider meals must meet nutritional requirements. Breakfasts must be low in sodium with no sugary drinks and lunch and dinner must include a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable on each dish and low in sodium with no sugary drinks.

Sign up and learn more at

Virus reboots RCW Bingo
Just 90 virtual seats are available for the return of community favorite Rhythmix Bingo featuring 10 rounds of “Halloween-in May” themed theatrics, ghoulish music, dreadfully delightful dance breaks and more. The cost is $25 for 10 games with the chance to win fabulous gift certificates to help local businesses re-launch, and a portion of proceeds also going to support the Alameda Food Bank.

Devilish delights include do-it-yourself creepy cocktails, private pre-game zoom rooms for groups of eight or more, and all revelers should gear up for the killer costume contest.

The event takes place Saturday, May 30, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Learn more at

Stay Visible in Troubled Times
The Alameda-based Auerbach Global-Impact Foundation (AGIF) has been hosting virtual seminars to help nonprofits during this difficult time. “How Nonprofits can stay Visible in Troubled Times” will be the topic of an hour-long, Zoom webinar today, Thursday, May 21, at 10 a.m. Register for $24.95 and learn about future webinars at

AGIF is a one-stop toolkit of support services for nonprofits that offers solutions for even more success. 

In addition to more than 120 courses, many of which are free, AGIF provides members with customized, year-long social media campaigns; a directory where donors can find causes to support; many resources; videos to showcase accomplishments; translating and interpreting for non-English communities; management reports; and other solutions.

Special Graduation Edition Coming Up

The Alameda Sun has converted to delivery via the U.S. Postal Service. On an upcoming week in June, staff has planned a special graduation edition that will be mailed to the entire community listing all the members of the Class of 2020. 

The Sun wants to include photos of local graduates! Please send photos of special celebrations: with a graduation sign, cap and gown; virtual or distanced celebrations; etc. to


Photos top to bottom: Clapping for healthcare workers; Starbucks reopens; Crab Cove closed; FEMA trailers at Alameda Point, all photos Maurice Ramirez