My office is working closely with county and state officials so that you have access to the most up-to-date information around COVID-19, and to ensure that we are all best prepared to handle the impacts of COVID-19 and to work as a community to reduce the spread of the virus.
The situation is changing rapidly and we know many people are feeling fear and anxiety. The information below is the most current available at the time this webpage, however, we are continuously updating information, and I invite you to check back for updates.
The State of California also has a comprehensive Coronavirus Response webpage that they have updated with resources and information about the new Regional Stay At Home Order Guidelines.
On December 4th, Health Officers from 5 Bay Area counties, including Alameda and Contra Costa counties, have announced that most of the Bay Area will move into an updated Stay-At-Home Order on Sunday night, instead of waiting to hit the 15% ICU capacity threshold as outlined by Governor Newsom yesterday. Our Bay Area Region is already feeling the strain on our hospitals and we have not yet seen the impact of Thanksgiving. Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced a new regional Stay-At-Home Order. The Governor's Order, and now this new order today, require additional restrictions on retail, closures of certain sectors of our economy, and prohibit gatherings with members of other households. By shutting down now, we can stop this surge and prevent even more strain on our health care systems and hopefully reduce the amount of the time these restrictions stay in place. Our Bay Area Health Officers have said that waiting to hit that 15% ICU threshold would be waiting until it is too late. If we act now, together as a region, we can save lives. You can read the press release here.
This new order from our counties will go into effect on Sunday night, December 6th across most of the Bay Area, including Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. The order will remain in place until January 4th. This order today matches the restrictions announced by the state - private gatherings of any size are prohibited, playgrounds will close, personal services and outdoor dining will close, and retail will operate at 20% capacity with entrance metering. You can find information and Frequently Asked Questions here. Californians are encouraged to continue to participate in outdoor activities like hiking, walking, and biking with members of their own household and to follow guidance around mask wearing and social distancing.
This is a difficult time and I want to convey my deep gratitude and appreciation for the hard work our community is already doing to keep people safe. We can get through this. together, by staying home. This order will help to protect Californians' health in this renewed surge, help to ease the pressure on our health workers, and allow for the beginnings of vaccine distribution.
Our counties have set up helplines specifically for assisting residents with questions on the shelter in place order. You can reach them at the numbers below:
- Contra Costa – (844) 729-8410
- Alameda – (510) 268-2101
We have also created a number of webpages compiling resources and information for you
- Seniors and Medically Sensitive Individuals
- Homeowners, Renters & Taxes
- Schools & Kids
- Businesses & Employees
- Shelter In Place Guidance & Safe Recreation
I would also like to acknowledge the impact of this on our small businesses. Please know that I will continue to fight for more support for small businesses and am working to help them weather this storm. The State of California announced an important new package for small business relief earlier this week, which includes hiring tax credits, automatic sales tax extensions, and access to capital. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need more information about these programs.
On a more personal note, I have seen our community come together time and time again to support one another, and I have no doubt we will see that once again. The most vulnerable in our community are the ones disproportionately impacted in times of crisis so I ask that all of us check in with family members, friends and neighbors to offer support. If we all do our part, we can lessen the spread of COVID-19 and protect those most at risk.
Please also visit Californiavolunteers.ca.gov to learn all the different ways you can help our community today.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance with state agencies including for issues related to COVID-19. As always, my office is open and here for you.
- Employment Development Department - The Governor has waived the one week waiting period to receive unemployment benefits for those unemployed and/or disabled as a result of COVID-19.
- Franchise Tax Board - The FTB announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 2019 California tax returns and payments are due July 15, 2020, for all tax filings and payments due between March 15, 2020, through July 15, 2020.
- Attorney General - The Attorney General is actively enforcing price gouging related to emergency and medical supplies. File a complaint.
- DMV - All DMV offices are now closed. The DMV announced a 60-day period waiving enforcement of expired driver license and vehicle registrations intended to protect the health and safety of DMV customers who would otherwise have to come to a DMV office to take care of business, but are concerned during this coronavirus pandemic.The federal government announces the deadline has been postponed for one year. REAL ID Deadline of Oct. 1, 2020 has been postponed until Oct. 1, 2021.
Second Federal Stimulus
The federal IRS is now in the process of issuing second stimulus payments. There is no action required by those eligible to receive this second payment. To check on whether you are eligible for a payment, please see: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payment-information-center-topic-a-eip-eligibility. To check on the status of your individual payment, please go to: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment. To read generally about the stimulus payment, please see: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments. To read the IRS’ news release with detailed information about the method by which payments will arrive, please see: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-and-irs-begin-delivering-second-round-of-economic-impact-payments-to-millions-of-americans
Donations of PPE
Contra Costa County is now accepting donations of personal protective equipment to be used by healthcare providers throughout the county. They're only accepting the following kinds of protective equipment: Eye protection (goggles and faceshields), unopened disinfecting wipes, N-95 and surgical masks in unopened containers, and medical gowns, both disposable ones and cloth ones in good condition.
Donation centers will be open M-F 10 am to 2 pm. The nearest to AD 16 is 1750 Oak Park Blvd in Pleasant Hill.
For more information, please go to the Contra Costa Health Services Website: https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/donations
Community Testing Sites
Alameda County (Tri-Valley)
Stanford Valley Care in partnership with the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore has launched a drive-through site at the Alameda County Fair Grounds (Gate 12 off Valley Ave). The testing site is open M-F 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, no appointment is needed and no physician order is required. All insurances are accepted and will be billed, but there will be no out of pocket costs.
Criteria Symptoms/conditions for residents of Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin for testing include at least one of the following items listed below:
- Fever above 100 degrees
- Shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms
- Recent exposure to confirmed or suspected coronavirus
- Other chronic diseases or conditions, such as blood disorders, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, heart, lung or neurological disease, and compromised immune system
- Over the age of 65
- Pregnant or recently pregnant
For more info visit: https://www.valleycare.com/covid-19-regional-testing-site.aspx
Contra Costa County
Contra Costa residents can get COVID-19 tests at 8 drive-through sites in San Pablo, Antioch, Pittsburg, Martinez, Concord, Walnut Creek and Bishop Ranch in San Ramon.
Testing is available to everyone regardless of insurance; however, if you have insurance your provider will be billed although there are no out-of-pocket costs for those tested.
- Appointments required - Call 1-844-421-0804 (M-F 8-3:30) for a confidential health screening.
- No symptoms required to receive a COVID-19 test.
For more info visit: https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/testing
California COVID-19 Emergency Legislation
On March 16th, 2020, the Legislature used emergency authority under the California Constitution to approve up to $1.1 billion in state funding to address the COVID-19 public health crisis. The state funding will be available to expand hospital capacity, fund public health system responses to the virus, acquire vital health equipment, help vulnerable seniors, and disinfect school buildings. As the trajectory of the virus evolves, the State Assembly aims for California to keep leading the nation in response to this difficult situation.
The economic challenges resulting from the emergency require additional, significant state budget actions in the coming months. California will need to receive substantial federal assistance to preserve vital programs and help individuals and small businesses in need. Thanks to the state’s record budget reserves, California is better prepared to preserve and sustain vital programs than it was during the last recession. AB 89 also includes a commitment by the Legislature and the Governor to pursue efforts in the coming weeks to help individuals and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 economic slowdown.
What You Can Do To Help
Our local blood banks are experiencing a critical shortage. If you can, please donate blood or plasma. Make an appointment.
Please also visit serve.ca.gov to help your community today.