Alameda: Covid-19 testing site may open this month, mayor says

Alameda has one of the lowest reported rates of the coronavirus infections in Alameda County. Perhaps, Alamedans are especially cautious about the risks of contracting the virus, but the lack of testing on the island could have be a reason for the low numbers. To better determine the rate of infection and its potential spread, … Continue reading Alameda: Covid-19 testing site may open this month, mayor says

Alameda County health official asks state for clarity on reopening Oakland Zoo

A plea last week by Oakland Zoo officials to allow it to reopen soon or risk imminent closure due to the loss of revenue caused by the coronavirus has ignited great interest from the public and stoked financial efforts to keep the beloved facility in operation. Alameda County health officials did not voice opposition to … Continue reading Alameda County health official asks state for clarity on reopening Oakland Zoo

San Quentin covid-19 outbreak is impacting Alameda County

A massive outbreak of covid-19 at the San Quentin State Prison is beginning to bring a rise in cases and hospitalizations to Alameda County, a county health official said on Tuesday. More than 1,000 cases of covid-19 have spread at San Quentin in recent weeks and alarmed Bay Area public health officials who believe the … Continue reading San Quentin covid-19 outbreak is impacting Alameda County

Alameda County supervisors backdate and extend countywide eviction moratorium

A countywide moratorium on evictions triggered by the pandemic and enacted in late April was backdated to Mar. 24, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors decided on Tuesday. During the same meeting, county supervisors also extended the same moratorium, set to expire on July 20, to Aug. 13. The decision to backdate the start of … Continue reading Alameda County supervisors backdate and extend countywide eviction moratorium

Covid-19: Oakland Zoo says its running out of money and at risk of closure

The Oakland Zoo is bleeding money and at risk of closure if it does not reopen soon, its executive vice president said. The Oakland Zoo, which has been closed since the covid-19 shelter in place was ordered in mid-March, is losing $2.5 million in revenue each month due to the closure, Nik Dehejia, the Oakland … Continue reading Covid-19: Oakland Zoo says its running out of money and at risk of closure

Rise in hospitalizations leads Alameda County to postpone next phase of reopening

The increase in new coronavirus cases and a recent rise in hospitalizations is leading public health officials in Alameda County to pull back efforts to allow additional businesses and activities to reopen. Similar to other counties in the Bay Area, Alameda County's number of new infection has risen sharply over the past two weeks. The … Continue reading Rise in hospitalizations leads Alameda County to postpone next phase of reopening

Alameda County covid-19 cases eclipses 3,000

A recent bump in new covid-19 cases in Alameda County over the past week pushed the overall number of total cases over 3,000. Sixty-four new cases reported on Wednesday, puts Alameda County at 3,049 covid-19 infections since the first two were identified on Feb. 28. Despite the increase, the number of deaths, currently at 93, … Continue reading Alameda County covid-19 cases eclipses 3,000

Oakland bishop will reopen churches ‘when it’s safe to do so,’ considers holding Mass outdoors

Oakland Catholic Diocese Bishop Michael Barber said on Wednesday that churches in the East Bay will reopen whenever it is safe and measures for maintaining social distancing during Mass are being created. Barber also suggested the possibility of holding Mass in outdoor settings. “We are envisioning a phased approach: limiting attendance, observing social distancing in … Continue reading Oakland bishop will reopen churches ‘when it’s safe to do so,’ considers holding Mass outdoors

A’s owner is going on a rent strike

John Fisher, whose family owns The Gap, stopped paying rent at retail stores last month.

Hayward firefighters unions offer to postpone cost-of-living increase, city leadership follows suit

The belt-tightening at Hayward City Hall due to covid-19 is becoming more evident as the city faces a potential $17 million loss of revenues this year. In order to limit the toll on the city's finances, Hayward firefighters unions are offering to forego an upcoming two percent cost-of-living increase scheduled for July 1. The offer … Continue reading Hayward firefighters unions offer to postpone cost-of-living increase, city leadership follows suit

Update on Project Room Key

It will be extremely difficult to reach 1,200 hotel beds.-Willie Hopkins, Alameda County General Services Agency director, last Tuesday, telling the Board of Supervisors that the goal of housing the unsheltered in hotels during the pandemic is uncertain because some hotel owners believe the shelter in place will be lifted quicker than expected.

ALCO health officer: Surge could come in August, loosening restrictions may increase spread

A surge in new covid-19 cases in Alameda County could peak sometime in August, while models suggest relaxing the county's shelter in place orders will likely result in increased spread of the infection. "I think we need to manage our overall expectations. The pandemic has really evolved and our understanding of where we are and … Continue reading ALCO health officer: Surge could come in August, loosening restrictions may increase spread

Musk restarts Tesla plant

Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules.-Elon Musk, Tesla founder, tweeting on Monday that he was reopening the Fremont factory in violation of the county's shelter in place order.

Elon Musk’s bid to reopen Fremont Tesla plant is rebuffed; sues Alameda County

Tesla founder Elon Musk has tussled with Alameda County officials in an effort to reopen its sprawling Fremont plant on several occasions since a shelter in place was ordered in March. A plan to resume work on Friday afternoon was again rebuffed by local public health officials, leading Musk to escalate the disagreement by filing … Continue reading Elon Musk’s bid to reopen Fremont Tesla plant is rebuffed; sues Alameda County

Alameda cancels popular Fourth of July parade

With the state and county's shelter in place extended through the end this month, Alameda's long-running and popular Fourth of July parade is canceled, city officials announced on Tuesday night. The Independence Day parade, one of the largest in the nation, is attended by roughly 60,000 Alameda and East Bay residents who line the parade … Continue reading Alameda cancels popular Fourth of July parade