October 7, 2020
City of Tracy Service Delivery Updates

In consultation with the Public Health Officer, City of Tracy facilities will remain temporarily closed to the public and public meetings will continue to take place virtually until San Joaquin County reaches a risk level between "moderate" and "minimal, depending on our County's case metrics and positivity rate. However, we are still committed to providing the essential services and programs that support the quality of life of our community.

San Joaquin County Remains in the Red Tier
San Joaquin County moved into the Red (Substantial) Tier on September 29th, which allowed additional sectors to open further following State Industry Guidance.

With Red Tier status and additional re-openings, the County is exploring ways to move into Orange Tier. For more details, read their October 7th news release here.
State Blueprint for a Safer Economy
Governor Newsom's Blueprint for a Safer Economy is a statewide, stringent and focused plan for reopening more businesses and activities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Blueprint outlines four color-coded tiers that all counties fall under, based on their COVID-19 metrics.

A county’s tier is based on two factors: new cases per 100,000 population, which is calculated on a seven-day average; and, testing positivity percentage, which is also calculated on a seven-day average.

San Joaquin County is now in the Red Tier, or Substantial category, that reflects no more than seven new cases per 100,000 people per day, and a 5-8% positive test rate. In order to move into the Orange Tier, San Joaquin County must have no more than 1-3.9 new cases per day per 100,000 population and no more than 2-4.9% positivity rate for two consecutive weeks.
California's New Health Equity Metric
The Blueprint for a Safer Economy includes a health equity metric that, as of October 6th, will be used with other metrics to determine a county’s tier and ensure disease transmission is reduced in all communities. This new metric is intended to ensure that the test positivity rates in its most disadvantaged neighborhoods, as defined as being in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index census tracts, do not significantly lag behind its overall county test positivity rate.

While there are no areas within Tracy’s city limits that fall into the lowest quartile (see map below), there are other areas in San Joaquin County that do. If the positivity rates improve in these high-need areas throughout our County, we may be able to move faster toward the Orange Tier. This metric will only be used for accelerating movement toward reopening more parts of our economy and we look forward to continuing to work with the County on this, as we are all in this together. The City of Tracy encourages everyone to be tested, as the case rate is still dependent on cases per 100,000 people.

To learn more about the health equity metric, please click here.
COVID-19 Numbers At A Glance
As of October 6, 2020

•Nationwide – 7.4 million Cases; 209,560 Fatalities (Source: CDC)

•State of California: 828,461 Confirmed Cases, 16,177 Fatalities (Source: Cal OES)

•San Joaquin County: 20,731 Confirmed Cases, 19,454 Total Recovered,
472 Fatalities (Source: SJC OES & Cal OES)

•Tracy: 1,734 Confirmed Cases (Source: SJC OES & Cal OES)
Parks and Recreation Updates
It’s time to play! We are so excited to announce the reopening of our playgrounds, picnic areas and water features. What playground are you most excited to visit? We will be highlighting a variety of our parks across town over the next several weeks to help you build your play bucket list!
Per the California Department of Public Health, visitors to outdoor community playgrounds must comply with the following requirements:

1.   Face masks over the mouth and nose are required for everyone two years of age or older with caregiver supervision at all times to ensure face mask use.

2.   Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of six feet or when the capacity limit has been reached.

3.   Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least 6 feet apart.

4.   Consider coming on different times or days to avoid wait times and potential crowded times.

5.   No eating or drinking on playground, to ensure face masks are worn at all times.

6.   Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground.

7.   Elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid playgrounds when others are present.

8.   Limit visit to 30 minutes per day when others are present.
Voting Resources During A Global Pandemic
A global pandemic shouldn't stop you from exercising your right to vote! There are a few ways you can make your voice heard this election season:

1. Vote-by-Mail: Send your ballot by mail or drop-off at a Vote-by-Mail location. To request a Vote-by-Mail ballot after October 5, 2020, fill out the online Electronic Vote-by-Mail Application form or complete and return a Vote by Mail Application, or you may contact the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters at (209) 468-2890 or email vbm@sjgov.org.

2. In-person at an Official Registration Office: Cast your ballot at the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters Office.

3. In-person at a Voter Service Center: cast your ballot in-person at a Voter Service Center.

COVID-19 Test Sites Near You
Mental Health Resources

Pandemics can be stressful. Coping with stress in a healthy way can make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. If you need support, contact the numbers below or visit the State's website for stress management:

San Joaquin County
24/7 Crisis Hotline
Outside S.J. County:
Consumer Support Warmline

Dial 2-1-1 or visit 211sj.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Suicide Hotline
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

Institute for Aging Friendship Line

Veterans Crisis Line
Temporary Customer Service Modifications
The following service modifications are being implemented at City Hall and Boyd Service Center to facilitate social distancing and remote customer service:

Development Services
The Development Services counters at City Hall are closed to the public, however, permitting services are available online. Watch how you can submit requests to the Development Services Department online. Online service for plan review is available through CRW E-Track-It. For additional information, please go to: trakit.admin@cityoftracy.org or email des@cityoftracy.org.

Customers are encouraged to submit questions and service requests regarding building permits, zoning, city engineering, and economic development through the City’s GoRequest appDownload the app or make online requests.

Parks and Recreation Services
All Park and Recreation service questions and inquiries will be addressed by phone or email only. For information, call (209) 831-6200, visit www.tracyartsandrec.com, or email parks@cityoftracy.org

Virtual Recreation Center
A one stop recreation destination designed with you in mind! Although our classes, programs and facilities are temporarily closed, our goal remains the same and that is being able to serve you through creativity, play, engagement and interaction.

The Virtual Recreation Center can be accessed through your desktop, tablet or smart phone. Click here to get started.

There's a new way to learn this year at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts! Beginning this fall, virtual classes will be offered to provide a safe learning experience for students and families.

The skilled instructors at the Grand will be teaching classes through the web application ZOOM. All classes will be accessible online via computer, tablet, or cell phone. 

Registration is available online at www.tracyartsandrec.com and in-person at the Box Office ticketing window during normal business hours.
COVID-19 Mobile Shower Program
Tracy Community Connection Center continues to serve our local homeless population through their Mobile Shower Program located at the former South San Joaquin County Fire Authority Station #96 (301 W. Grant Line Road).

The program operates Mondays and Thursdays from 9 AM until 3 PM and has been extended through the end of November.

For more info about the program visit: tracyccc.org 
Senior Meals & Resources
The City of Tracy has approved 39 applications through the Small Business Forgivable Loan Program, totaling $225,000 in funding for local businesses. The program is designed to provide funding for small businesses to cover economic damages suffered as a direct result of COVID-19.

Eligible uses of the funds include lease or mortgage payments, utility payments, payroll for employees still employed and working at the business or employees rehired after a recent COVID-19 related lay-off, and other business needs as eligible under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding regulations. 

Roughly $435,000 was budgeted for the Small Business Forgivable Loan Program, and currently there are 20 applications under review which could represent another $210,000 in funding for local businesses. 

Common COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing/shortness of breath. If you are experiencing symptoms such as these, stay home and call your healthcare provider.
Stay Informed
Stay informed by regularly checking the following websites and their social media accounts for the latest information, tips and guidance:

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