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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), coronavirus belongs to a family that includes the common cold. However, the strain, identified as COVID-19, is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illnesses. COVID-19 is related to strains that have caused serious outbreaks in recent years, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The first case of COVID-19 in the U.S. was confirmed Jan. 21. There are, as yet, no vaccine against COVID-19 and no antiviral treatment.

The Alameda Council of the Boy Scouts of America will host a Town Hall meeting tonight, Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m., to discuss the next century of Scouting in Alameda. All Scouting leaders, volunteers and supporters are invited attend.

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. 

Late March 10, city officials learned that an unidentified Alameda Firefighter tested positive for COVID-19. Following the positive test, the city expects the public health officials in the county where the individual is being quarantined would follow protocol and begin a thorough investigation to identify anyone who might have been in close personal contact with the individual. The City of Alameda stated it is fully cooperating with the unidentified county's public health officials in a press release the morning of March 11.

Ship carried passengers, crew ill with coronavirus 

The cruise ship Grand Princess — carrying some 3,500 people from 54 countries with at least two passengers and 19 crew members suffering from the coronavirus disease — docked at Pier 22 at the Port of Oakland just before noon on Monday. The passengers included several Alameda residents. The isolated pier is not on the Oakland Estuary.