Alameda

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 www.encinalradio.com) to congratulate the Class of 2020. 

‘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. 

‘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.

Students will deliver groceries to seniors at no charge

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.” 

‘We must work together to protect our community’

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. 

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