Following the statewide school closures due to COVID-19, Gemma Jackson, a seventh-grade student at Alameda Community Learning Center, noticed a lack of positive news in the media. In response she launched The Quarantine Chronicles, an online newsletter for her school that includes student- and teacher-submitted works and positive news stories. 

Jackson was inspired by John Krasinski’s Some Good News, a YouTube show in which Krasinski shares good news stories and features special guests. Some Good News was started in late March, when the pandemic hit. 

Lauren Macaulay, 10, who usually attends St. Joseph’s Elemenary School, has found a way to delight passersby during the shelter-in-place order. Every day she posts a riddle on a telephone pole near Franklin School. The following day she posts the answer and a new riddle. “It’s her way of giving joy to her community,” wrote Charlotte Newman.


On Monday, May 4, the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) released an update of the county’s confirmed COVID-19 cases on its website dashboard. Alameda County’s COVID-19 cases have increased steadily since the Alameda Sun published ACPHD’s April 20 coronavirus statistics. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced to Californians Monday, April 27, that he has extended the state’s stay-at-home order through Monday, June 1. He said that the order will remain in effect until his office decides to lift it. Six indicators will serve as the framework for making that decision.

During the public health crisis, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) continues to maintain its excellent safety and reliability record. AMP is one of 98 of the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities to earn platinum Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. This is AMP’s fourth consecutive RP3 designation.

Creating art helps children process their world and deal with emotions in safe ways. Art can be fun while also providing healing and solace during times of stress.

Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) has recently garnered support to purchase art kits for Alameda low-income students and distributed the first batch of 320 kits. As one parent said, the kits are “a blessing.”

At its April 21 meeting, the City Council announced the city’s plan to increase the minimum wage will move forward as scheduled despite the economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Oct. 16, 2018, the Council adopted an ordinance to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, regardless the size of the company (“Minimum Wage to Come Before Council” Sept. 18, 2018) by Wednesday, July 1. The current minimum wage is $13.50 an hour. 

Wendy lives with her husband Harold. As the shelter-in-place order continues into its sixth week, Wendy and Harold continue take actions to protect their health, including frequently washing their hands, limiting their travel and practicing physical distancing. One day, Harold gets an email from what appears to be a doctor from his local hospital. 

The email states that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring people to test themselves for COVID-19 and provides a link for people to click on to register for a testing kit.

On the shoreline near Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary and the eastern end of Crown Memorial State Beach, the paved path gives way to a sandy one. Near this intersection, out by the water, one can usually find long-billed curlews this time of year. 

These spectacular shorebirds, the largest species of the group, are easily identified by their large brown, speckled bodies, long necks and legs, and extra-long, down-curved bills. They’re about the size of a crow or about the length of two footballs. Their improbable beaks are nearly as long as their bodies.

Alex Confer processes donated fabric bolts at Alameda’s Hot Rod Shop on Clement Avenue. The fabric is being processed for kits to be delivered to individual sewists, who will then make the fabric into face masks. Alameda’s effort to produce personal protective equipment is headed by Danny Beesley, creator of the College of Alameda FabLab.