Alameda News

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. 

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. 

The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) women’s basketball team were crowned the inaugural North Coast Section (NCS) Open Division champions after defeating Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa, 67-58, Friday, Feb. 28.

Poll workers hustle to service two polling places combined at First Congregational Church Tuesday. The primary election featured chosing a Democratic candidate for president and state, county and local efforts to help fund schools. Several voters found out Monday their mail-in ballot choice for president wouldn’t count if their candidates dropped out. Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar bowed out after the Feb. 29 South Carolina primary, throwing their support behind Joe Biden. Bernie Sanders led going into Super Tuesday that saw 13 other states vote along with California.

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