Coronavirus Updates - PLEASE CHECK BACK AS INFORMATION CHANGES OFTEN
- April 6, 2021 Update
- March 15, 2021 Update
- January 25, 2021 Update
- December 4, 2020 Update
- November 17, 2020 Update
- November 4, 2020 Update
- August 30, 2020 update
- July 13, 2020 Update
- July 2, 2020 Update
- June 29, 2020 Update
- June 17, 2020 Update
- June 2, 2020 Update
- May 18, 2020 Update
- April 29, 2020 Update
Contra Costa County Moving into the Orange Tier on Wednesday, April 7. Health officials urge everyone ages 16 and up who lives, works or goes to school in the county to sign up for a free, protective COVID-19 vaccine while continuing to practice healthy habits and use every tool to stay healthy and safe.
Request a vaccine appointment through the CCHS online form or call 1-833-829-2626.
Contra Costa Improves to Red Tier
On Friday, March 12, the county adjusted health order restrictions, including:
• Restaurants may offer outdoor dining, following the state health guidelines.
• Indoor retail stores and shopping malls may increase their maximum occupancy and grocery stores may operate at full capacity.
• Small private gatherings may be held indoors, following state health guidance.
• Colleges and other higher education institutions may reopen indoor lectures, following state health guidance.
• Elementary and secondary schools can reopen for in-person learning without submitting a safety plan to Contra Costa Health Services.
For details and sector-specific health guidance, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/.
For Contra Costa data and COVID-19 health information, visit cchealth.org/coronavirus.
Regional Stay-at-Home Order Lifted, Contra Costa Returns to Purple Tier
Contra Costa County is urging residents and businesses to continue practicing health safety measures and avoiding risky activities after California lifted its regional stay-at-home order today in the Bay Area.
• Restaurants may offer outdoor dining, following the state health guidelines.
• Hair salons, barber shops and personal services such as nail salons may reopen following state health guidelines.
• Outdoor social gatherings involving 25 or fewer people, from three or fewer different households, are now permitted.
• More information available at www.cchealth.org/coronavirus
Contra Costa has kicked off a countywide drive to provide 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by July 4. County residents who are older than 75 can now get a vaccination appointment by calling 1-833-829-2626 or using Contra Costa Heath Services (CCHS) online request form at www.cchealth.org/coronavirus. The county expects to extend vaccine eligibility to more people in coming weeks.
- Cases Rate: Less than 7 new cases per 100,000 residents
- Positivity Rate: Less than 8% of tests countywide are positive
- Equity Metric: Less than 8% of tests for residents of the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index census tracts are positive
The restrictions include, but are not limited to the following:
- Restaurants may operate for take-out and delivery only
- Bars and tasting rooms must close
- Indoor retail, including grocery stores, may operate at 20% capacity. Food courts and common areas in indoor malls must close.
- Low-contact indoor retail services (pet grooming, shoe repair, etc.) are allowed for curbside drop-off and pick-up only
- Personal care services, including nail and hair salons, must close
- Gyms and fitness centers may operate outdoors only
- Playgrounds must close
- Outdoor recreation facilities (sports fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, golf courses, skate parks, etc.) may operate with no mixing of households and no food or beverages
- Press Release (12/4/2020): https://cchealth.org/press-releases/2020/1204-Joint-Press-Release.pdf
- Stay Home Order (12/4/2020): https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/health-orders
- Contra Costa Openings at a Glance (12/4/2020): https://cchealth.org/covid19/pdf/Contra-Costa-County-Openings-at-a-Glance.pdf
- Social gatherings involving people from different households are permitted outdoors only, with a maximum of three households and 25 people, preferably for less than two hours.K-12 schools may not reopen for in-person instruction unless they have already begun to do so.
- Worship services and cultural ceremonies must now be held outdoors only.
- Higher education institutions must move indoor lectures and student gatherings outdoors only.
- Movie theaters may operate outdoors only.
- Museums and exhibit spaces may open outdoors only.
Press Release - State Response to COVID-19 Spike Returns Contra Costa to Purple Tier (11/16/2020): https://cchealth.org/press-releases/2020/1116-Purple-Tier.php
Health Order (11/13/2020): https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/health-orders
Updated FAQs (11/13/2020): https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/frequently-asked-questions
Press Release - Contra Costa and Other Bay Area Counties Move to Contain Spread of COVID-19 (11/13/2020) https://cchealth.org/press-releases/2020/1113-Move-to-Contain-Spread-of-COVID-19.php
For up to date information from Contra Costa Health Services, please visit: https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/
Contra Costa County Responds Quickly to Climbing COVID-19 CasesWith data from the past week showing a marked increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the county, health officials are taking steps to protect the community with modest changes to local health orders.
See latest health order from Contra Costa County Health Services.
From Contra Costa Health Services:
California COVID-19 Closures Affect Some Contra Costa Businesses
"Due to a sharp rise in COVID-19 activity, California Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the temporary closure of several types of indoor businesses and activities.
Effective immediately, all counties must close dine-in restaurants, bars, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers such as bowling alleys and arcades, zoos and museums, and cardrooms.
None of these types of businesses had previously reopened under Contra Costa County's social distancing ordinance and must remain closed under the state order."
See Press Release
Updated July 13, 2020
"Due to a significant increase in community transmission, illness from COVID-19, the rate of occurrence of new cases per day, and hospitalization an amended health order imposes "additional restrictions on certain businesses and activities that were previously cleared for operation because they present a high risk for disease transmission due to the prolonged contact between persons who come together in these businesses and engage in these activities."
Per the County's website, the following summarizes these restrictions:
Restaurants and other food facilities: Specific face covering requirements are imposed at establishments that are open for outdoor dining only.
Indoor dining remains prohibited. (See face coverings health order and Appendix C-1)
Providers of religious services and cultural ceremonies: Indoor religious services and cultural ceremonies are prohibited. Outdoor religious services and cultural ceremonies may be held in accordance with applicable State guidance.
Protests: Indoor protests are prohibited. Outdoor protests may take place in accordance with applicable State guidance. Social Bubble gatherings: Persons over 12 are required to wear face coverings, except when eating or drinking, and all gatherings must take place outdoors.
Full Health Order
Updated July 2, 2020 at 9:35 a.m.
Contra Costa to Postpone COVID-19 Reopening Timeline
Updated June 29, 2020 at 1 p.m.
"The Contra Costa Health Officer has amended the county's health order to allow hair salons and barbers to reopen for business beginning Wednesday morning. They must follow state health guidance to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
The new order also increases the number of swimmers who may share a pool to 1 person per 75 square feet, as allowed by the state.The social distancing order also allows as many as 100 people to attend a funeral or other religious service at an indoor place of worship, in line with the state's health guidance."
Updated June 17, 2020 at 9:01 p.m.
County Issues New Shelter in Place Order, Easing Some Restrictions
Updated June 2, 2020 at 6 p.m.
County Will Allow Curbside Retail on May 19
Bay Area Health Officers, including Contra Costa County, issued a new Health Order which opens all retail to storefront pick-up. Associated manufacturing and logistics are also now allowed, with safe practices.
This does not mean you can go inside a non-essential store and shop, and there are guidelines in how stores and facilities must operate for the safety of customers and workers.
It is still advised that we stay home as much as possible.
The new Health Order is here.
Updated May 18, 2020 at 2:17 p.m.
Shelter-in-Place Orders Extended through May 31, 2020 as Some Rules Ease
However, the new Order makes a number of significant changes, which are summarized as follows: Most real estate, construction, landscaping, and outdoor businesses can resume granted that appropriate social distancing protocols and project safety protocols are followed as detailed in the health order.
Additionally, the County Health Officer will consider easing or expanding restrictions based on progress we collectively achieve on several key indicators described in the new Order and referred to as the COVID-19 Indicators.
An executive summary is here: Current Health Order Executive Order through May 31, 2020 and the full order is here: Full Order through May 31, 2020
Updated April 29, 2020 at 1:17 p.m.
City offices are closed and all City events and non-essential meetings are canceled until further notice. Please email email@example.com for construction and building permits.
The Recycling Center and the Swim Center (opens on July 6) are open for limited services.
|City Manager||General Administrationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|City Clerk||Council Meeting Communications, Claims, & Public Records Requestsemail@example.com|
|Passports||1-877-487-2778 or travel.state.gov||Not offered at City Hall|
|All other inquiries||(510) 215-4305|
|Community Development||Business Licenses/Parking Permits||(510) 215-4314|
|Housing/Tenant Protections/Rent Registry||(510) 215-4361|
|Community Development - Building||Rental Inspections||(510) 215-4363|
|Building Permits & Inspections||(510) 215-4360|
|Code Enforcement||(510) 215-4363|
|Community Development - Planning||Planning Applications & Services||(510) 215-4330|
|All other inquiries||(510) 215-4360|
|Finance||For all firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Human Resources||For all email@example.com|
|Public Works||Engineering Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org||el-cerrito.org/public-works|
|Curbside Recycling Servicesemail@example.com||Curbside garbage and recycling services will continue.|
|Recycling Center (RERC)||Recycling Center is open as of May 19. See el-cerrito.org/recyclingcenter for details.|
|All other inquires||(510) 215-4382|
|Recreation||General inquiries||(510) 559-7000|
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|Senior Services||(510) 215-4382|
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- How You Can Protect Yourself
- What to do if You Think You're Sick
- 4 Ways You Can Help Prevent Novel Coronavirus
Every person has a role to play. Protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense:
- Staying home except for essential needs/activities.
- Practicing social distancing.
- Washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Covering a cough or sneeze with your sleeve, or disposable tissue. Wash your hands afterward.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
- Following guidance from public health officials.
For more information visit: https://www.contracostahealth.org/
Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath) and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
With data from the past week showing a marked increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the county, health officials are taking steps to protect the community with modest changes to local health orders. Read On...
Contra Costa Improves to Orange Tier on Wednesday, April 7. Please continue to practice health safety measures. Read On...
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