January 23, 2021
Watch the January 19 Regular City Council meeting update on the City of Tracy's response to COVID-19.

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

Visit covid19.ca.gov to learn more about the State's response to COVID-19.
At the regular meeting of the Tracy City Council on January 19th, the Council also discussed local control of COVID-19 business restrictions. Watch the video to learn more about how we got here, the legal framework for the Stay at Home Orders, an update of Council Initiatives to Support Small Businesses and next steps. You can also review the corresponding staff report here (see Regular Item 3e).
COVID-19 Hospitalizations in San Joaquin County Appear to be Stabilizing, but Remain High

Hospitals in San Joaquin County report having 296 COVID positive patients admitted for care. Demand for intensive care services remains near record high with adult intensive care units (ICU) operating at 153% of licensed bed capacity. San Joaquin County hospitals report six patient deaths due to COVID in the past 24 hours. The anticipated surge in patients from holiday gatherings has not materialized, although demand for ICU services high. Currently, 50% of patients receiving ICU care in San Joaquin County hospitals are positive for COVID-19. 

To view the most recent press release regarding San Joaquin County COVID-19 hospitalization data, please visit the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency's website.
Regional Stay Home Order Still in Effect for
San Joaquin Valley Region

On January 12, the Greater Sacramento region met the criteria to exit the Regional Stay Home Order and counties in that region immediately went back to their appropriate tiers based on cases and test positivity rate. Unfortunately, this did NOT apply to Tracy/San Joaquin County, which is in the San Joaquin Valley Region.

The Regional Stay Home Order will remain in place for our region until the California Department of Public Health’s four-week projections of the San Joaquin Valley Region’s total available adult ICU bed capacity is greater than or equal to 15%. Current ICU capacity for our Region is still 0.0%. Stay up-to-date on current regional ICU capacity by visiting this website.

PLEASE do your part to help keep them and their families safe, help alleviate the impacts to our already-strained healthcare system and help our local economy reopen as quickly as possible by:

  • STAYING HOME
  • Wearing a mask
  • Maintaining six feet of distance
  • Washing your Hands
  • Not mixing with other households
  • Getting your flu shot
Current Tier Status
Our current tier status is purple/widespread, which would apply to our county AFTER the Regional Stay Home Order is lifted. San Joaquin County’s current adjusted case rate is 76.7 (per 100,000). Our county’s case rate has increased to 88.7 new cases/day per 100k people, with a new higher positivity rate of 17.2%. 

At the time of our last City COVID-19 update on December 17, the county’s case rate was 24.4 per 100,000 people per day, with a 10.8% 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%.
Stay up-to-date on the latest data here.

Please continue to follow San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services at SJready.org and on their social media: @SJCOES on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date local information.
Open Business Sectors
Curious to know which business sectors are currently operating? Visit the state's COVID-19 webpage to use their business activity search feature.

California 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 in this Vaccine Schedule graphic. These priority categories are based on the State Vaccine Advisory Workgroups and the national CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Vaccinations are ongoing in San Joaquin County. Residents in the 3 Tiers of Phase 1A are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations now.

Currently, our county’s vaccine supply is adequate to vaccinate the groups in Phase 1A.

When our County Department of Public Health progresses into Phase 1B or opens to any more priority groups as per state guidelines and vaccine supply increases, The San Joaquin County Public Health Services website will be updated.
Have a vaccine inquiry? Contact your primary care physician or select the “ask a question” on this website.

For more information, you may also check out the CDPH Allocation Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine During Phase 1A.
San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Mass Vaccination Update
Press Release: San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Receives Update on COVID-19 and Takes Actions - As State announces vaccine eligibility for persons 65 and older, county public health officials lay out an equitable plan for administering remaining vaccine supplies

For more information about the Board of Supervisors meeting, please click here.
L452R Variant of COVID-19
This information is from Dr. Ghaly’s update on January 19th regarding the COVID-19 variant that you may have heard about in the news. The state is still working to determine how broad the variant is across the state and exact specifics on what it will mean in terms of infectiousness, virulence and implications on the efficacy of vaccines. We look forward to receiving more information and will share as it becomes available. This is what we know so far:

•Variant L452R is being identified more frequently across the state.
•California is working with the CDC, local public health departments and laboratory sequencing partners to learn more about the variant.
•Variant was first identified last year and has been seen in other countries and states, including California.
•Variant has been identified in several large outbreaks Santa Clara County
Underscores need to follow public health guidelines to limit transmission. 
The City of Tracy Economic Development Team is pleased to announce the release of $500,000 to provide immediate, flexible financial relief to Tracy small businesses in the form of one-time grants in the amount of $5,000 per eligible business. The goal of this program is to preserve local jobs and provide flexible assistance to vulnerable businesses that are experiencing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“We want our small business owners to know that we hear them and understand their desire to remain open so they and their employees can thrive,” said Mayor Nancy Young. “While we continue to explore all the ways we can continue to support our local businesses, it is our hope that this program provides some relief and assurance of our commitment to getting through this difficult time together.” 

Applications, loan eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions will be available at ThinkInsideTheTriangle.com.
COVID-19 Case Numbers
As of January 19, 2021
COVID-19 Testing
Mental Health Resources
If you are working from home due to COVID-19, look after your mental health by:

  • Sticking to regular working hours

  • Taking breaks during the day to reduce stress and stay productive
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.
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Actions in Response to COVID-19
Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on December 14 addressing a variety of issues in response to the pandemic, including extending the availability of housing for migrant agricultural workers, providing a 90-day extension on tax returns and tax payments for small businesses and updating Cal/OSHA requirements related to quarantine guidelines. Read more here.
On November 24th, the Tracy City Council established a COVID-19 Strategies Committee. It is comprised of City staff and citywide business stakeholders to adopt a procedure for businesses to submit their specific challenges and brainstorm possible solutions. Updates will be 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 is actively promoting several of the County's microloan opportunities to support small businesses.

Council also authorized a waiver of Temporary Use Permit fees to help facilitate outdoor business activities. 
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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