Covid-19 headlines

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Confirmed cases in Alameda County: 3,725. Deaths: 101, as of June 5.

COVID-19 CASES BY CITY*
OAKLAND          1,391          318.2***
HAYWARD            708           439.7
EDEN AREA**      231           334.1
FREMONT             181             77.1
SAN LEANDRO    161           177.5
UNION CITY         132           174.5
CASTRO VALLEY 125           191.5
NEWARK               111           225.6
BERKELEY              99             79.5
PLEASANTON        63             77.5
LIVERMORE           56             60.9
ALAMEDA               51             63.7
DUBLIN                    28             42.9
FAIRVIEW               14           130.5
PIEDMONT             13            112.7
EMERYVILLE         10              83.3

ALBANY                <10
SUNOL                       0
OTHERS                 335+

*As of Friday, June 5.
**Eden Area includes unincorporated Ashland, Cherryland, Hayward Acres, San Lorenzo.
***Rate per 100,000 residents.

TUESDAY

A Chabot College non-profit has distributed $93,000 in aid to student affected by covid-19, whille raising a total of $193,000.


State parks will reopen 144 of the system’s parking lots by Friday.

MONDAY

Rents are doing down in the South Bay, but not so much in Alameda County, especially Oakland where rent are up by almost 5%


Between May 28-30, Alameda County saw its number of covid-19 cases skyrocket by 100 each day.

FRIDAY, May 29

Alameda County reported its highest one-day increase in covid-19 on Thursday. The 83 new cases matches a high on May 21.


Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tested negative for covid-19 last week after having a sore throat.


The pandemic is fueling a record-high surge in American’s savings accounts.

THURSDAY, May 28

Alameda’s worst-case budget scenario projects a $13 million drop in revenues; more likely $3.3 million decrease this fiscal year due to covid-19.


Alameda County courts will reopen remotely on June 1.


Among Bay Area counties, Alameda County lags behind in testing.

WEDNESDAY, May 27

Hayward’s covid-19 testing site administered its 10,000 test this week. The amount is equal to about 20 percent of all the tests given in Alameda County.


U.S. covid-19 deaths topped 100,000 on Wednesday.


Express Lanes in the East Bay will reopen on Monday. They include I-580, I-680, Southbound Hwy 680.


BART plans to limit crowds to a maximum of 30 riders per train in order to maintain six-foot social distancing.

TUESDAY, May 26

Santa Clara County public health officer criticizes the state for loosening shelter in place orders too quickly.


Oakland becomes the first city in Alameda County to surpass 1,000 total covid-19 cases.


Alameda County had its highest number of new covid-19 cases since mid-April last Thursday and Friday.


Retail stores can reopen, Gov. Newsom announced on Monday. However, not yet in Alameda County, which maintains stronger shelter in place orders.

MONDAY, May 25

Newsom says churches can reopen, but with 25% of capacity, or maximum of 100 people. No date for the reopening was given.

FRIDAY, May 22

California’s unemployment rate jumps to 15.5% in April, following the loss of 2.3 million jobs.


Gov. Newsom will release updated guidance on Monday for the reopening of places of worship.


Hayward’s program offering $500 grants to residents unable to receive relief benefits received 1,300 applications in 7 hours last Tuesday, forcing city to close first round of applications.

THURSDAY, May 21

Alameda to expand Slow Streets pilot, will close Pacific Ave.. (Grand to 9th) and Santa Clara Ave. (6th to Pacific) starting May 26.


San Leandro will close amenities, such as BBQ grills, play areas, and parking at Marina Park and Chabot Park for the Memorial Day weekend.


Oakland International Airport reports a 96% drop in passengers in April compared to the same month last year. 


Chabot College in Hayward will hold a virtual commencement address on May 23.

WEDNESDAY, May 20

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond said school districts can decide on their own when to reopen classrooms.


Thurmond added teachers and students will be required to wear masks during instruction; classrooms will be cleaned often each day.


Hayward City Council has met several times in closed session in past week with city employee unions, suggesting layoffs, cuts in pay may be coming.


Oakland City Council extended its moratorium on covid-19 evictions to Aug. 31. The emergency ordinance was set to expire on May 31.

TUESDAY, May 19

Bay Area home sales dropped by 37 percent in April compared to a year ago, but there was little change in the median sales price, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.


Fremont is offering aid for tenants affected by covid-19 to pay their rent for up to three months. The city allocated $400,000 for the grant program.

MONDAY, May 18

Alameda County will enter Stage 2 on Friday, and allow reopening of retail stores for curbside pickup; vehicle-based gatherings of no more than 200 cars, no longer than three hours.


California sports teams could be allowed to return to the field sometime in June, Gov. Newsom said, provided health indicators continue to improve.


Alameda school children get an extra six days of summer vacation after school board shortens school year to May 29.


Bay Area companies have filed warrants for plans to layoff roughly 114,000 employees since the pandemic started two months ago, the East Bay Times reports.

Las Positas College in Livermore is postponing its commencement ceremony due to covid-19; plans to include graduates in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 ceremony.

FRIDAY, May 15

Oakland will not allow food trucks and vendors at city parks in order to limit large gatherings. Parking around Lake Merritt will also be closed on weekends.


Alameda City Council may expand a pilot program on Tuesday to close more city streets in an effort to promote social distancing for bikers and walkers.


Berkeley City Council to discuss a proposal next week to allow outdoor dining in parking lots and closed streets 

THURSDAY, May 14

State budget revise: Newsom said $450 million in federal relief aid will be sent to cities that did not previous receive direct funding.  (Cities smaller than 500,000 people.)


Newsom said he will not cancel scheduled increases to the state’s minimum wage.


State’s May revise budget includes cuts to education, pulling back new programs, proposal to reduce state workers’ pay by 10%.


Newsom will allocate $750 million in federal relief funding to cities and counties to secure hotels to house the homeless.


California’s revenues are projected to decrease by 22.3%, Newsom said. Unemployment expected to peak at 24.5%, possibly 18% next fiscal year.

WEDNESDAY, May 13

Oakland City Council approved an emergency ordinance on Tuesday requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to essential workers.


Alameda County and Tesla agree to safety rules that will allow the Fremont plant to resume work by next Monday.


California will allow pharmacies to begin administering covid-19 tests.

TUESDAY, May 12

Newsom announces rules for reopening restaurants – but without a start date – includes all workers near patrons must wear masks. Bars, wineries will remain closed.


Alameda County Board of Supervisors continue a discussion on a covid-19 eviction moratorium to June 2.


New testing sites will open this week at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, REACH Youth Center in Ashland, and Alameda County building on Winton Ave. in Hayward, county health official said.


Hayward residents not eligible for relief benefits, can apply for $500 grants. For more information, visit lafamiliacounseling.org to apply.

MONDAY, May 11

Newsom warns the state’s unemployment rate could hit 25 percent.


Elon Musk defies Alameda County’s shelter in place order, reopens Fremont factory.

FRIDAY, May 8

Newsom says state unemployment rate is “north of 20%.” U.S. unemployment rate is now 14.7%.


Oakland Mayor Schaaf tells KTVU she will consider closing Lake Merritt if social distancing does not improve.


Elon Musk emailed Tesla employees that the Fremont will reopen on Friday afternoon, despite county shelter in place order still standing.


Every California voter will be able to vote-by-mail ballot for the November election, Newsom said on Friday.


Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties reopened for business on Friday, allowing retailers to offer curbside pick-up. Alameda County is maintaining its previous order.

THURSDAY, May 7

Alameda County Superior Court will resume accepting civi and family probate filing, and filings on new actions on May 11.


Newsom signs executive order on Wednesday to waive penalties for property tax payment after April 10 for homeowners and small businesses until May 2021.


Because of covid-19, the state has a projected budget deficit of $54 billion.


Alameda County’s first virtual marriage ceremony, allowed under a new executive order, was held on May 5, the county announced.


 A new covid-19 testing site is now open in East Oakland at the Roots Community Health Center, 9925 International Blvd., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., MWF.


WEDNESDAY, May 6

Study estimates state will lose $1.3 billion in gas tax revenue during the shelter in place.


The largest bulk of covid-19 cases in Alameda County are from those between the age brackets of 18-30 and 31-40, according to county stats.

TUESDAY, May 5

East Bay Regional Park District will keep Mission Peak park entrance closed through May 31 after stern letter from Fremont officials.


Oakland Catholic Diocese plans to offer drive-thru communion on Sunday morning at the Cathedral of Light Church parking garage.


Alameda cancels its popular Fourth of July parade due to covid-19.


 Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said the city’s two covid-19 testing sites are performing under-capacity, urges residents to get a free test if they feel sick. 

MONDAY, May 4

Newsom to allow some businesses to begin reopening in the state, such as bookstores, florists, clothing retailers. 


Number of Californians who applied for unemployment benefits since mid-March: 7.2 million.

THURSDAY, April 30

Alameda County Community Food Bank on Monday will begin receiving 4,000 lbs. of strawberries, 7,000 broccoli crowns as part of pilot program with UnitedAg member farms.


Alameda County has a $72.1 million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year.


Alameda County administration forecasts a 10% drop in sales tax-based revenues, such as Measure A, which funds Highland Hospital.


Hayward city manager and Hayward USD superintendent to host a town hall teleconference on May 4, 4:30-6 p.m. Spanish translators available. LINK HERE


WEDNESDAY, April 29

Alameda County, five other Bay Area counties, starting May 4, will relax the shelter in place order to allow construction work, gardening, landscaping, golf, tennis, and  some other outdoor activities.


Alameda County has administered 16,000 total covid-19 tests out 1.5 million residents. The rate of positive tests is 9%.


Alameda County Sheriff’s said none of the 35 confirmed cases of covid-19 at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin have been hospitalized.


Hayward is allocating $902,000 in federal CARES Act funding for vulnerable communities and small businesses.


 Alameda County is looking to negotiate for use of hotels in Hayward, Newark, Pleasanton, and Livermore for housing the homeless.


TUESDAY, April 28

Alameda begins a pilot program starting Thursday to encourage pedestrian and bike use by closing two streets to vehicle traffic. They are Pacific Ave. from Grand St. to Oak St.; Versailles Ave. from Central Ave. to Fernside Blvd.


San Leandro provides $15,000 in funding to nine food pantries in the city.


Rep. Ro Khanna will add the “Essential Workers Bill of Rights” he authored with Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the next covid-19 relief package.


Lyft is offering a 30-day membership to essential workers that allows free access to its bicycles and ebikes.


Tesla now says it will not reopen its Fremont factory this week after the county’s shelter in place was extended through May.

MONDAY, April 27

Alameda County, along with five other Bay Area counties extend the shelter in place through the end of May. PRESS RELEASE.


Report says Tesla is telling some employees to return to work at its Fremont plant this week, despite shelter in place order.


Alameda is deploying four FEMA trailers at Alameda Point that can house up to eight unsheltered individuals. 


FRIDAY, April 24

East Bay emergency room nurse from Hayward wins $56,000 on Wheel of Fortune. STORY.


Hayward’s covid-19 testing program have administered 3,758 tests since Mar. 23; 414 (11%) have tested positive. Site at CSUEB also changing hours: M-F, 9 a.m to 6 p.m.


Trump signs $484 billion covid-19 funding bill that includes an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses.


Gov. Newsom signs order for DMV late fees between Mar. 16-30 to be waived for 60 days. Expired IDs will be valid through June 22.


Following a large outbreak at a nursing home in Hayward, another in Oakland has 56 confirmed cases of covid-19, and 3 deaths.


San Francisco mayor says city’s shelter in place could be extended, perhaps, weeks or a month.


Alameda County supervisors will learn the county’s estimated funding gap and hear steps for balancing next year’s fiscal budget at a meeting on April 30.

THURSDAY, April 23

BART is facing a budget shortfall next year between $200 million and $400 million. This year’s fiscal budget, however, is balanced with $250 million in recent federal relief funding.


Cal State East Bay campuses are planning to offer mostly online courses in the fall, along with the some in-person instruction.


As Ramadan begins, Alameda County health officials issue a reminder to maintain the shelter in place and continue to wear masks.


Hayward is now providing covid-19 mobile testing for residents and employees at local nursing homes. One Hayward facility reported more than 60 cases, and a number of deaths, over the past month.

WEDNESDAY, April 22

Oakland is estimating a whopping $80 million budget shortfall due to covid-19.


Newsom announces essential surgeries can resume; said state needs 60,000 covid-19 tests a day.


CHP has issued 2,493 tickets in the state over the past month for drivers exceeding 100 mph, the Los Angeles Times reports. By comparison, 1,335 were issued in March 2019.


Alameda County order requiring all residents to wear masks when outdoors and around people went into effect at 8 a.m. this morning. 

FRIDAY, April 17

Alameda County issues order on Friday for all residents to wear masks when outdoors and around people. Enforcement goes into effect April 22, 8 a.m.


Former Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer to lead state’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery.


Job losses due to covid-19 increased state’s unemployment rate to 5.3%; 27,200 lost job in Bay Area this past month.


San Leandro is offering small businesses affected by covid-19, a one-time $5,000 grant program.


Oakland Mayor Schaaf will chair a covid-19 Racial Disparities Task Force, along with Assemblyman. Bonta, Supervisor Chan.

THURSDAY, April 16

Metropolitan Transportation Commission to begin allocating $780m in federal funding; includes $250m for BART, $80m for AC Transit, $12m for ferries.


12-15% of Californians have lost their jobs due to covid-19, a state legislative analyst estimated at a budget hearing on Thursday.


AC Transit will begin limiting the number of passengers on buses to aid social distancing; encourages riders to wear masks.


Two non-profits, East Bay Community Energy and Stupski Foundation, together give $426,500 to Hayward Community Relief fund.


Newsom to set up $125m state relief fund to give undocumented residents $500 to $1,000.


San Leandro expects a $10m drop in sales tax revenues due to covid-19. STORY.

WEDNESDAY, April 15

Alameda is proposing to offer a total of $600,000 in grants – $7,500 apiece – to its small businesses.


Alameda County DA to investigate Hayward nursing home where 11 have died from covid-19, the East Bay Times reports.


Rep. Ro Khanna introduces a bill to give Americans earning less than $130,000 a monthly $2,000 check during the covid-19 crisis.


Number of covid-19 deaths in Alameda County jumps from 23 to 36 over two-day period.

TUESDAY, April 14

Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Trustee Marshall Mitzman dies from covid-19. He was 73. STORY.


No new cases of covid-19 at Santa Rita Jail, sheriff reports, and six inmates have fully recovered.

MONDAY, April 13

Nine residents at the Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward have now died from covid-19. Family of one decedent is calling for an investigation.


Hayward is moving its free covid-19 testing site from Huntwood Avenue to Cal State East Bay’s Parking Lot A on West Loop Road, effective April 14.


The state began sending out unemployment checks on Sunday, the Gov. Newsom said. The checks include an extra $600.

FRIDAY, April 10

Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state is “flattening the curve,” but urges residents to continue adhering to social distancing guidelines.


Castro Valley Sanitary District is holding a Community Toilet Paper Pantry on Saturday for underserved members of the community. Bring donations to 22222 Redwood Rd, 2-4 p.m.


Hayward covid-19 testing center is open Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will not reopen until Tuesday.


There is now 13 confirmed cases of covid-19 at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.


Unincorporated Alameda County sees the largest increase of any city in the county in the last day with 15 new cases reported on Friday. It has 99 total.


THURSDAY, April 9

East Bay Regional Park District will close parking lots to discourage large gatherings this Easter weekend at 10 parks, including Lake Chabot, Garin, Lake Temescal.


Gov. Gavin Newsom said the number of deaths in the state dropped over the last day; ICU patients also decreased; backlog of pending tests results is 13,000.


State authorities seized 50,000 N95 respirators from a warehouse in Fremont.


Almost one-thirds of all renters in the U.S. didn’t make their April rent payment, according to Axios. That’s down from roughly 80 percent a year ago.

WEDNESDAY, April 8

Six residents at a nursing home in Hayward have died, the East Bay Times reported. Up to 59 at the facility have tested positive for covid-19.


Oakland and Hayward have the highest number of covid-19 cases, according to new data. Story here.


Hayward covid-19 testing site reports out of 2,089 tests over the past two weeks, there have been 226 positives.


Three inmates at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin have tested positive for covid-19; each in stable condition.


Alameda County sheriff’s commander said 600 inmates have been released from Santa Rita Jail since pandemic began; expects 100 more to be released.


Alameda County Health Services Agency director said county needs 3,000 more hospital beds in advance of expect peak in cases.


No evictions or foreclosures will be heard in the courts for 90 days, the state’s Judicial Council ruled.


49 cases of covid-19 reported at a nursing home in Orinda — 27 residents, 22 employees.


San Leandro is eyeing a covid-19 testing center, possibly in conjunction with Alameda County Fire Dept. and Eden Health District.


Oakland opens public testing site Monday at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center’s parking lot.


BART announced it will run trains every 30 minutes on weekdays, beginning on April 8.


Alameda County’s 911 ambulance provider has a plan to furlough up to 600 employees, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.


Rep. Eric Swalwell will host a Q&A with Alameda County Health Care Services Director Colleen Chawla on April 9, 1:30 p.m. on Facebook Live.




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