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.
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.
‘We are not out of the woods yet’ says Gov. Newsom
Two developments last week signal how serious the battle against COVID-19 has become, and how seriously we must engage in this fight to contain its spread: public health officers from the Bay Area’s six most populous counties issued a new shelter-in-place order that imposes increased limitations on travel, activity and essential business functions until May 3. They also recommended the use of face coverings when in public to conduct essential activities.