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All Good Living’s Chris Tam, Councilmember Malia Vella and Alameda Unified School District President Mia Bonta were among the volunteers at Alameda Point Collaborative who distributed donated masks and curbside meals to students’ families. The crisis has students distance learning and without this service they would be required to go without the meals usually provided to them as part of their school lunch programs.

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.

Alameda County has seen a small spike in confirmed coronavirus cases over the past two weeks, according to the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD).

On Monday, May 18, ACPHD released a daily update of the county’s confirmed COVID-19 cases on its website. In the two weeks since the Alameda Sun last reported ACPHD’s results, COVID-19 cases have increased by 713, from 1,809 on May 4, to 2,522 on May 18. In the two weeks prior, from April 20 to May 4, Alameda County reported 618 new coronavirus cases.

On Monday, May 18, the Alameda Unified Board of Education announced that online instruction would be shortened by six days. The new official last day of instruction will be May 29 instead of June 8.

The decision was made after 79.8 percent of Alameda teachers voted in favor of ending the school year earlier than planned.

“Given the circumstances, I think it was a fair decision,” said Joshua Linville, who teaches English at Encinal High School. “Virtual attendance and work completion was down. Sadly, very few students were actually fully participating in distance learning.”

On Monday, May 4, health authorities in the nine-county region that includes Alameda loosened restrictions on construction as well as some outdoor activities and businesses. They announced that the state of California was planning to allow some retailers to reopen with curbside pickup and physical distancing. The state was also allowing any manufacturing and supply chains for those businesses to open. These orders do not permit curbside pickup for all non-essential, brick-and-mortar businesses.

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