Two weeks ago, the State lifted the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and Alameda County, along with counties across the state, lifted its Shelter in Place order and fully aligned with the State’s guidance on masking, mega-events, schools and workplaces.

 

Alameda County is seeing a slight increase in COVID-19 cases.

With more businesses and activities open and more people socializing with other households, these increases in cases are not unexpected and reinforce the urgent need to continue COVID-19 vaccinations and precautions to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. The pandemic is not over and COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities.

 

Alameda County is aligned with the State’s mask mandate and, in most settings, fully vaccinated residents are not required to wear a mask indoors. If you are not fully vaccinated, masks are required in indoor public settings and businesses. For unvaccinated individuals, the CDC also recommends wearing a mask in outdoor crowded settings where physical distancing isn’t possible. If you don’t know the vaccination status of those around you, wear a mask. Organizations and businesses may also be more restrictive on masking than the State and all residents should keep masks with them in case they are asked to put them on.

 

We will continue publishing biweekly and you can visit our COVID-19 response page to view presentations to our Board of Supervisors including this week’s update. We appreciate your readership, encourage your feedback, and ask that you share this newsletter with others.

Protect Yourself, Your Loved Ones, Your Colleagues – Get Vaxed

Ensuring Alameda County residents are fully vaccinated is a priority and vaccine is widely available. Completing the second dose of a two-dose vaccine series (Pfizer, Moderna) is critical to getting the full benefits of the vaccine. Vaccine is safe, effective, free, and widely available. We encourage anyone 12 and older who hasn’t been vaccinated, or missed their second dose, to call our vaccine phone line (510-208-4VAX) to schedule an appointment. Individuals can also drop by any of our Alameda County-supported Community Points of Dispensing or visit a local pharmacy or their health care provider.