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Warding off May spike is critical

“Thanks to our collective sacrifices, we’ve saved thousands of lives,” said Colleen Chawla, director of Alameda County Health Care Services Agency that oversees the county’s COVID-19 response. Chawla expressed gratitude to Alameda County residents for their “strong compliance” with the shelter-in-place (SIP) order that has helped to flatten the curve of new COVID-19 cases and avoid overwhelming area hospitals.

While Alameda remains sheltered in place for another month, a resident wrote in concerned for everyone’s safety. 

“I was shocked to see so many people at Alameda’s beaches on Saturday and Sunday,” wrote Diana Cabcabin. “There were more people than usual wandering around the South Shore and Nob Hill shopping centers, which attract many people from out of Alameda. Many people didn’t have face masks!”

In early April, Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA) launched its “Feed Alameda’s Frontline” campaign to support both Alameda restaurants and Alameda’s frontline staff who are responding to the impacts of COVID-19. When CASA approached Alameda firefighters to see if they would like to receive donated restaurant meals, they insisted on becoming donors instead.

On Monday, May 4, the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) released an update of the county’s confirmed COVID-19 cases on its website dashboard. Alameda County’s COVID-19 cases have increased steadily since the Alameda Sun published ACPHD’s April 20 coronavirus statistics. 

Edison Elementary School was named as both a California Green Ribbon School and a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School winner in a virtual ceremony last month. The state program honors schools, school districts, and institutes of higher education for excellence in resource efficiency, health and wellness, and environmental and sustainability education. Edison was named a “Green Achiever,” the highest honor in the California Green Ribbon Schools recognition program.