Coronavirus

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. 

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.

In response to growing concern from practice members and the community, local health professional Dr. Tim Heath has scheduled a special health talk this Saturday, March 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. 

Heath will answer questions including: What health measures can I take? How can I boost my immune system? Should I bug in or bug out? How do I prepare for myself and my family without anxiety?

According to Heath, the Golden Rule of emergency preparedness is, “If you’re not prepared, you’re prepared to fail.”