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Schools, entertainment venues closed; events canceled

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Alameda stated in a series of press releases last week, that it will be taking extra precautions to protect the health and safety of employees and the community. The frequency and level of cleaning at facilities, including at all fire stations will be increased. In addition, many large city-sponsored events have been canceled or postponed. People older than 60 and people with underlying health conditions are at a much higher risk of severe illness. 

Six of the eight Alameda firefighters that were under a quarantine mandate by Alameda County Public Health Department officials have been cleared to return to duty today, Wednesday, March 18. City officials believe the remaining two firefighters will be cleared to return to duty within one week. 

The decision to quarantine, test and clear the eight firefighters were done by county health officials, not Alameda city officials. 

The City of Alameda announced that eight additional Alameda firefighters were placed under quarantine on March 13 while they await their COVID-19 test results. 

The quarantine directive for the eight firefighters came after it was announced on March 10 that a separate, unidentified firefighter tested positive for the COVID-19 virus (“Alameda Firefighter Tests Positive for COVID-19” March 12 online exclusive). 

On March 17, the City Council will discuss placing measures on the November 2020 ballot to raise revenue for city-infrastructure needs. Items at issue include upgrades to streets and sidewalks, city buildings and handling the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise. Both tax increases and bond measures are being considered. 

Girls Inc. of the Island City held its 21st Annual Women Who Dare Gala at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center on Feb. 29. Award recipients included: Honorary Awardee Betty Reid Soskin, Lisa Curtis, Judith Goodwin, Zohra Rahimi and Sophia Kofoed.