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After an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases last week the case number appeared to drop by the weekend.

The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) reported there were 273 new coronavirus cases on Friday, July 17. It was the most cases since the outbreak began back in March. However, new confirmed cases did not top 60 for the next three days (52 on July 18, 60 on July 19, and 54 on July 20). Alameda County has had 9,383 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Monday, July 20, according to the ACPHD dashboard.

In 1914 members of Alameda’s Japanese community were attending Buddhist’s service in rented rooms at the former home of William T. S. Ryer at 2325 Pacific Ave., pictured here. Ryer had built the Stick-Eastlake villa. In 1919, the Buddhists purchased Ryer’s villa to use as both a temple and a home for their minster and his family. Read more about the Japanese presence in Alameda.

Alameda Police Department (APD) Chief of Police Paul Rolleri announced his retirement from the department Wednesday, July 22.

“Being the Chief of Police here has been the honor and opportunity of a lifetime,” said Police Chief Rolleri in a press release published on the City of Alameda website. “After 31 years and family and friend discussions, I had made the personal decision to retire back in January.”

Rolleri has been with APD since April 1992. He was named interim chief of police on June 1, 2013 and was appointed the position permanently on Nov. 17, 2013.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office will not pursue a resisting arrest charge against Mali Watkins, according to a letter sent to Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri on July 10.

COVID-19 testing site opened yesterday in Alameda at 300 Wind River Way in the Marina Village Business Park. The site will be operated by City Health Urgent Care of San Leandro (City Health) which also administers COVID-19 tests at its urgent care clinics in San Leandro and Oakland.