‘This is a marathon, not a sprint,’ says Mayor Ashcraft

Two and a half weeks ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all Californians to stay home, except to work in “essential businesses” or perform “essential services.” I’m proud of Alameda’s effort to comply with these restrictions on our movement, to help slow the spread of COVID-19, especially among our most vulnerable community members and avoid an influx of COVID-19 patients at our hospitals.

‘We must work together to protect our community’

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.

The Great Thoreau,
“Traveled a good deal in Concord,”
And found succor,
And so may we:
Within the walls of our homes,
Find each other,
In unexpected ways,
Ask as if new —
Tell me your stories,
Later sit quietly,
Sketching hope,
Look at pictures,
When the world was 
Bake, frost, slice, share,
Sleep closer together,
Legs over legs,
Chase the dog about,
Upend order;
Then out you go,
Walk, stroll, scooter, bike,

In today’s ever-changing climate people might wonder what is telemedicine, what are its benefits and is it going to be helpful for me?

Telemedicine was first introduced in the 1950s. Since then it has allowed seniors to age in place while accessing medical help remotely through the phone.

This has been an extraordinarily difficult time for business owners, both large and small. Last week was like none seen in recent memory. What the world looked like on Monday was vastly different than where we wound up just a few days later. Keeping up with the rapidly changing news and resources for our business community brings new meaning to the old phrase, “drinking from a firehose.” 

But the staff here at the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) is doing its level best to try to centralize resources for local business members.