Alameda News

Mindful of the loss of senior year celebrations this spring, a group of families and high school staff from across the district have planned “Alameda Senior Signing Day,” tomorrow, Friday, May 1. 

Personalized yard signs will be delivered to every senior across the district this week. From 10 to 10:44 a.m., the Mayor, Superintendent, president of the Board of Education, Alameda’s four high school principals and other special guests will speak live on KJTZ (96.1 FM or to congratulate the Class of 2020. 

Pandemic sweeping nation, world

Alamedans have begun hearing about a new concept this week: “Quarantine Fatigue.” Using cell phone tracking data, officials have determined that Californians, bottled up in their homes going on a seventh week now, have begun to disregard the shelter-in-place order. Some other states have begun to relax their restrictions. California’s order remains in place until at least June 1. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has begun to construct a plan for the reopening of the California economy based on the downward trend of cases and hospitalizations related to the pandemic. Alameda has its share of cases and locals are doing everything they can to reduce contact, stay six feet away from each other and still attempt to do some essential business.

‘A time to think and act anew’

Last week Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined six criteria for modifying his stay-at-home order; Alameda County’s public health officer ordered residents to wear face coverings in public; and the City of Oakland offers free COVID-19 testing to all medical personnel, first responders and public-facing essential workers.

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.