Like you, I’m grateful for the chance to enjoy the sun lately. I hope the weather has been helpful to your mental and physical health as we continue to stay at home. This update includes:
- Safety changes at Lake Merritt starting this weekend
- Free COVID-19 testing
- A recap of my first virtual community forum
- A preview of key items at next week’s Council meetings
TUESDAY COUNCIL MEETING: Tenant Protections, Homelessness, Protecting Incarcerated Individuals and More
Here's a preview of this Tuesday’s City Council meeting and the latest County Health Order to cover your face when outside.Read more
The latest COVID-19 updates on:
- An urgent ask to support Walden Pond Books
- A spotlight on District 2 heroes on the frontlines
- Oakland Slow Streets + request for your input
- How / when the state will transition out of shelter-in-place
- Supporting our undocumented community
- Appreciating our healthcare workers
This newsletter includes:
- A spotlight on heroes stepping up to support Oakland
- A list of community-based funds to contribute to or seek assistance from
- Crowdsourced guides to support small businesses & grant opportunities
- City updates, including new legislation & COVID-19 testing
- State updates on job opportunities and medical supplies
The shelter-in-place order has just been extended until May 3, 2020. See the full order and summary of major changes from the Alameda County Public Health Department.
This extension was announced by seven Bay Area Counties to slow the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the impact on delivery of critical healthcare services to those in need.
We made it through our first week of “sheltering in place.” It was hard. The world around us has changed dramatically and so have our everyday lives.
But our commitment to follow the new statewide order to “shelter in place” and to practice “social distancing” of six feet when outside will save lives.Read more
Today, seven Bay Area counties including Alameda announced a legal order directing residents to “shelter in place” for three weeks beginning tomorrow, March 17. We should take this extremely seriously but not panic. We have an opportunity to flatten the curve of disease spread. We have been through emergencies before and can get through this one together, as always.
- Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open so there is no need to jam stores or hoard items.
- Those engaged in or requiring essential services can continue their tasks while practicing good sanitation habits and social distancing.
- Exercising out-of-doors at our local parks while practicing social distancing is good for the body and mind.
- If you are able to offer assistance, two of the organizations that need volunteers now are Meals on Wheels and Alameda County Community Food Bank.
- You can also get involved with Oakland At Risk Match, a new effort seeking to match those with needs with those who can help.