Tuesday, March 31, Alameda County joined six other Bay Area health jurisdictions to extend their shelter-in place-order through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, May 3. “The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs,” Alameda County’s Public Health Department announced on its website. According to the department the prior order had been effective in flattening the curve in terms of transmitting COVID-19, but “it is not enough.”
My highest priority as Mayor is the health and safety of our families and community members. Today, Alameda joins cities in the U.S. and around the world in confronting the greatest public health crisis of our time, the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, in the midst of the uncertainty surrounding this formidable threat, I am certain that Alamedans will rise to meet this challenge and protect our entire community. Here’s what we must do.
Island City takes action against pandemic sweeping nation, world
The impact of social distancing and actions to prepare for potential quarantines or lockdowns over the outbreak of coronavirus led to some unusual behavior around Alameda and the nation last week. Panic buying led to overconsumption at grocery stores on the Island resulting in unusally long lines and empty shelves. Paper and cleaning products, dry goods, frozen and dairy items were among those in high demand.
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.
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.
With a unanimous vote in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 10, 2018, the City Council approved Alameda Marina, LLC’s, plans to transform Alameda’s northern waterfront. Last Friday, the marina demolished its first building to implement part of those plans — making way for “The Launch,” 368-unit apartment project that will include 49 affordable units. The marina expects to complete “The “Launch” mid-summer 2022.