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Alex Confer processes donated fabric bolts at Alameda’s Hot Rod Shop on Clement Avenue. The fabric is being processed for kits to be delivered to individual sewists, who will then make the fabric into face masks. Alameda’s effort to produce personal protective equipment is headed by Danny Beesley, creator of the College of Alameda FabLab.

Dashboard shows Alameda cases up from 18 last week

The Alameda County Public Health Department online dashboard of COVID-19 cases published on Friday, April 17, shows that the county has 1,061 confirmed cases of the desease. This marks an increase of 175 cases from the 886 confirmed cases reported on Tuesday, April 14. 

Pandemic sweeping nation, world

Alameda continues diligently following the guidelines set forth in the California shelter-in-place order — now in its fourth week. Alameda Sun staff has taken to wearing masks in public along with many other Americans. Word from the medical community is that our efforts at social distancing have begun to “bend the curve” —lowering the number of cases reported in a short space of time — here in California and other places where sheltering in place is being respected.

There is no better time than now to finish repaving and restriping Park Street. The COVID-19 shelter-in-place directive provides an opportunity to get the job done with the least amount of disruption to our local businesses. Plus, the upgrade would be a nice welcome-back gift to our merchants when things return to normal. The city’s Public Works Department has pointed out some challenges to making this happen though.

At its April 7 meeting, the Alameda City Council permitted the City Manager to spend up to $2 million to address impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on the city. The proposal passed unanimously.

The Council did not define what goods or services would be acquired only that it would address local and operational impacts caused by the coronavirus. 

“I don’t want to speculate on what could happen,” said Councilmember Jim Oddie. “But I think we owe it to our residents to give the city manager the authority to respond quickly.”