February 5, 2021
Watch the COVID-19 Community Update that was presented at the Regular Meeting of the Tracy City Council on February 2, 2021.

For more information about the local impacts of COVID-19, please visit sjready.org.

Visit covid19.ca.gov to learn more about the State's response to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Hospitalizations in San Joaquin County Decreasing

As of February 4, hospitals in San Joaquin County report having 196 COVID positive patients admitted for care. Demand for intensive care services remains high with adult intensive care units (ICU) operating at 121% of licensed bed capacity. San Joaquin County hospitals report five patient deaths due to COVID in the past 24 hours. 

To view the most recent San Joaquin County COVID-19 hospitalization press release and related reports, please visit the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency's website.
Regional Stay Home Order Ends, County Remains in Purple/Widespread Tier
The Regional Stay at Home Order ended on January 25 based on projected hospital capacity, and California counties returned to their appropriate tier under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

The updated four-week ICU projections released on February 2 show improvements in much of the state, including our San Joaquin Valley Region - the second hardest hit region in the state.
Projected capacity depends on four variables:

  1. Current estimated ICU capacity available
  2. Current community transmission
  3. Current regional case rates
  4. Proportion of cases admitted to the ICU

Stay up-to-date on current regional ICU capacity by visiting this website.
Watch California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly's full February 2 Update on COVID-19 in California here.
San Joaquin County Metrics
as of February 2, 2021
Other state orders are still in place and our current tier status is Purple/Widespread.

San Joaquin County’s current adjusted case rate is 40 (per 100,000) and 10.9% is our current seven-day average positivity rate. In order for our County to move from the Purple to the Red Tier, our county’s daily new cases would need to come down to 4-7 (per 100k) and positivity rate to 5-8%.
Curious to know which business sectors are currently operating? Visit the state's COVID-19 webpage to use their business activity search feature.

San Joaquin County COVID-19 Dashboard Updates
The San Joaquin County COVID-19 Dashboard now includes more details by jurisdiction, including deaths and recoveries by city under the Maps tab.
The dashboard also includes the number of total outbreaks and outbreaks by setting type: community, congregate and skilled nursing facility under the Epidemiology tab. 

For more information about skilled nursing facilities COVID-19 cases by county, check out this state dashboard.
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
COVID-19 vaccines are being given in phases according to priority groups as directed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and noted below.
San Joaquin County is now offering vaccinations to those eligible in Tier 1 Phase 1B — those 65+. The advancement in tiers significantly increases the number of residents now available to receive the COVID Vaccine in San Joaquin County, however vaccine supply remains SEVERELY LIMITED.

Timelines are being pushed out due to the number of doses that San Joaquin County is getting from the State and the State Guidance has changed, adding more people to specific groups.

If you are over 65, you should check with your primary care physician, doctor, or healthcare provider for vaccination opportunities first.
Next, check with the network providers or Safeway via the links provided on SJReady.org, where additional vaccination events will also be posted.
Our county partners are working hard to get as many people vaccinated as quickly and equitably as possible. A list of hospitals, pharmacies, and other health providers across San Joaquin who are currently administering vaccines is updated on SJReady.org every day.

If you already received your first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine and need to make your second-dose appointment, San Joaquin County will contact you directly by phone or email to schedule your second-dose appointment. If you do not have a scheduled appointment within a week of the date for your second dose, please contact 2-1-1 to alert San Joaquin County that you need to schedule your second dose.

The second-dose of vaccine must be from the same vaccine manufacturer as your first dose and administered by the same provider you got your first dose from. For Pfizer, the second dose is to be given 21 days following the first dose. For Moderna the second dose is to be given 28 days following the first dose. The information should be available on your vaccination card.

If you received a vaccination at a San Joaquin County Event, they will be in contact soon with a registration link for your second dose.
Have a vaccine inquiry? Contact your primary care physicia, select the “ask a question” on this website, or call 2-1-1.

For more information, you may also check out the CDPH Allocation Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine During Phase 1A.

All updates on vaccine availability in San Joaquin County will be provided at SJReady.org and you can also sign up to be notified when it’s your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine at MyTurn.ca.gov.
CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more efficiently protects the health of Americans.

Before departure to the United States, a required test, combined with the CDC recommendations to get tested again three to five days after arrival and stay home for seven days post-travel, will help slow the spread of COVID-19 within US communities from travel-related infections. Pre-departure testing with results known and acted upon before travel begins will help identify infected travelers before they board airplanes.

Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the three days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board.

If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to avoid non-essential travel.
Federal Mask Mandate: Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel
San Joaquin County residents who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can now submit their contact information through an online interest form to be notified when doses are available for their tier. The COVID Vaccine Interest Form is available here.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in the United States, CDC is implementing provisions of President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel and will require the wearing of masks by all travelers into, within, or out of the United States, e.g., on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares. The mask requirement also applies to travelers in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and seaports; train, bus, and subway stations; and any other areas that provide transportation. Transportation operators must require all persons onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel. Operators of transportation hubs must require all persons to wear a mask when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub.

This action is to further prevent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and to further support state and local health authorities, transportation partners, and conveyance operators to keep passengers, employees, and communities safe.

You can read more about the CDC's efforts here.
Wear a mask when you’re in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  When selecting a mask, you have many choices. Tips below:

• Choose a mask with two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.

• Choose a mask that covers your mouth and nose and fits snugly against the sides of your face.

• If you wear glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging.

• Wear a gaiter with two layers, or fold it to make two layers.

Learn more about masks here.
COVID-19 Case Numbers
As of February 2, 2021
COVID-19 Testing
CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program Second Round of Applications Now Open
Round 2 of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program opened February 2, 2021 at 8:00 am and will close February 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm.

Round 2 is the final application window for the State Small Business Relief Program. Grant awards for businesses in the second application window will be made in two decision rounds for funding.

The amount of grant funding ranges from $5,000 to $25,000. Businesses are eligible based on their annual revenue as documented in their most recent tax return. The Grant Relief Program supports California small businesses and non-profits. For more information and to apply, please click here.
Legislation Signed to Extend Eviction Moratorium and Assist Tenants and Small Property Owners Impacted by COVID-19
Last week, Governor Newsom signed SB91 to extend the eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021 and create a State Rental Assistance program for struggling tenants and small property owners to pay their bills. The Act's extended protections include extends the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 (AB 3088). These protections were originally set to expire on February 1, 2021. The Act includes the same eligibility and program rules as before including:

  • Prevents evictions for nonpayment of rent by tenants experiencing a COVID-19 hardship.
  • Available to any tenant who timely attests under penalty of perjury that he/she has not been able to pay full rent due to COVID-19-related circumstances.

If a tenant pays at least 25 percent of his/her rent owed between September 2020 and June 2021, they are permanently protected from eviction for not paying their full rent during this period; however they will still owe their landlord all unpaid rent. Landlords may still proceed with certain other types of “just cause” evictions unrelated to a tenant’s failure to pay rent. Learn more by vising www.housingiskey.com

You can also read the full press release here. 
Mental Health Resources
Maintaining connections between people diagnosed with COVID-19 and their loved ones can help protect their mental health.
Get Connected
San Joaquin County
24/7 Crisis Hotline
209-468-8686

Outside S.J. County
888-468-9370

Consumer Support Warmline
209-468-3585

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
1-800-971-0016

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255
Temporary Customer Service Modifications
City Hall and Boyd Service Center remain closed to the public and the following service modifications have been implemented to facilitate physical 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.

Finance Customer Service Information

Please note that City Hall is closed until further notice and cash payments are no longer being accepted in-person.

  • Utilities Billing Division is offering customers relief by suspending shut-offs for non-payment and waiving late fees. Please see press release for details. 
  • Customers are strongly encouraged to use the City’s online and telephone payment options and other resources for self-service and 24/7 account access.
  • Customers who wish to enroll in the online access system may do so at here.
  • For additional information or assistance, please call (209) 831-6800 or e-mail customerservice@cityoftracy.org or financedept@cityoftracy.org.
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 beginning of March.

Click here for more info about the program.
Lolly Hansen Senior Center Weekly Programming Schedule
Here is an updated weekly calendar with all of our current programming at the Lolly Hansen Senior Center. Feel free save this image so you always have the schedule with you. Please call the Senior Center at (209) 831-6240 or email tracyseniorcenter@cityoftracy.org if you have any questions.

*Calendar subject to change*
Social Bridging Project
The Social Bridging Project is the State of California’s pioneering public health and safety outreach campaign. By re-engineering tech and tools usually used for voter engagement, this project counters social distancing through direct phone calls to people at risk from COVID-19 and natural disasters. The callers, known as Bridgers, connect the most vulnerable Californians with government resources, emergency alerts and other life-changing—and lifesaving—referrals. With innovation and heart, these Bridgers are rising to meet 2020’s historic confluence of pandemic, economic and wildfire disasters. With every call, the Social Bridging Project assures Californians facing adversity: “You Are Not Alone.” Learn more here.
Business & Unemployment Resources
Main Street Small Business Tax Credit
Governor Newsom announced a new Main Street Small Business Tax Credit and other tax relief for those impacted by COVID-19.

Read how business owners needing financial assistance can receive tax relief assistance in the form of automatic filing extensions, interest-free payment plans, and a hiring tax credit of up to $100,000 to offset income or sales and use taxes.
On November 24th, the Tracy City Council established a COVID-19 Strategies Committee. It is comprised of citywide business stakeholders and city staff to develop solutions to COVID-imposed challenges.

Updates are provided to Council during COVID-19 Response & Community Update presentations that take place at the Regular Council Meetings.

The City's Economic Development Team has proactively worked with the Chamber to collaborate on virtual trainings for businesses and development of the Shop Local campaign, communications about funding opportunities, and coordination of other resources to support small businesses.
We are confident that through our City of Tracy Economic Development Team’s proactive business outreach and our public education efforts in coordination with local public health officials, our Tracy residents and businesses will continue to help fight the spread of COVID-19 by voluntarily complying with the State’s Public Health orders. 

If someone in our community suspects the orders are not being complied with or has a question about them, they are encouraged to visit COVID19.ca.gov, SJReady.org, submit an inquiry via our GoRequest app or call (209) 831-6300. Inquiries and submissions will be reviewed by City staff to determine the appropriate response. In many cases, educating community members on the best ways to assure their safety and the safety of the community is all that is necessary. If voluntarily compliance is not achieved through these educational measures, then further investigation may be required.

It is our hope that by having the public share their concerns directly online, we can help keep our public safety dispatch lines open for emergencies and more efficiently address the concerns of those we serve.
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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