March 10, 2021
Watch the COVID-19 Community Update that was presented at the Regular Meeting of the Tracy City Council on March 2, 2021.

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

To learn more about the state's response to COVID-19, please visit covid19.ca.gov.
San Joaquin County Could Move Into Red Tier by Next Week
San Joaquin County Public Health Officer Dr. Maggie Park provided an update on the state of the County’s vaccine roll out, and the County’s Blueprint reopening metrics which continue to show case rates steadily dropping and progressing closer toward the seven cases per 100k daily average needed for the County to move from the Purple to the Red Tier.

Read the full press release here.
ICU Capacity in San Joaquin County Falls Below 100% for the first time since November 18, 2020

Hospitals in San Joaquin County report having 88 COVID-19- positive patients admitted for care. Demand for intensive care services remains high with adult intensive care units (ICU) operating at 95% of licensed bed capacity. San Joaquin County hospitals report four patient deaths due to COVID in the past 24 hours. Over the past week, the number of COVID hospitalizations has decreased by 7.4%.

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.
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.
Current ICU availability for our Region is 21.3% and as of March 8, 2021, our four-week ICU Capacity projection is 36.1%.
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.
San Joaquin County Metrics
as of March 10, 2021
Other state orders remain in place and our current tier status is Purple/Widespread.

San Joaquin County’s current adjusted case rate is 11.2 (per 100,000) and 4.4 % is our current 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 remain between 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.

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).
The advancement in tiers significantly increases the number of residents now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in San Joaquin County, however vaccine supply remains SEVERELY LIMITED.

The estimated timelines are being pushed out due to the limited number of doses that San Joaquin County is receiving and the State Guidance that changed, adding more people to specific groups.

If you are over 65:
  1. You should check with your primary care physician, doctor, or healthcare provider for vaccination opportunities first.
  2. Next, check with the network providers or community provider networks linked here.
  3. Finally, San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services will post additional vaccination events on their website (SJReady.org) as they become available.

Many folks are anxiously awaiting appointments and San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services is working hard to get as many people vaccinated as quickly and equitably as possible. Information about which local hospitals, pharmacies, and other health providers across San Joaquin are currently administering vaccines are posted on their website. Please note that the healthcare network providers are independent of San Joaquin County.

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.

All updates on vaccine availability in San Joaquin County will be provided at sjready.org and you can also sign up with the state to be notified when it’s your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine at MyTurn.ca.gov.
Have a vaccine inquiry? Contact your primary care physician, select the “ask a question” on this website, or call 2-1-1. If you wish to reach San Joaquin 2-1-1 from another county, you can also call (209) 953-6223.


For more information, you may also check out the CDPH Allocation Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine During Phase 1A.
Updated Mask Guidelines
Wearing a mask is essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will help prevent both you and others from getting COVID-19. This is more important than ever with new, more easily transmitted variants of COVID-19 on the rise.  
The California Department of Public Health has issued Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings, which broadly requires the use of face coverings for both members of the public and workers in all public and workplace settings where there is a high risk of exposure.

"Double masking" is an effective way to improve fit and filtration. A close-fitting cloth mask can be worn on top of a surgical/disposable mask to improve the seal of the mask to the face. Layering more than two masks is not recommended as this could be difficult to breathe through. Also, it is not recommended to wear two medical masks, or to wear a medical mask on top of a KN95 or an N95. Double masking may be appropriate where improved fit and filtration are especially important.

Regardless of the mask type, it is only effective if it is worn over your mouth and nose.

Remember: Even after you receive that Coronavirus vaccine, it is still incredibly important to continue adhering to updated mask guidance to protect members of our community who have not been vaccinated yet.

Read more about California Department of Public Health's Masking Guidance 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 March 9, 2021
San Joaquin County Implements Youth Sports Guidance
San Joaquin County has reached the point that restrictions on youth sports are being relaxed as of March 3, 2021. With a COVID-19 case rate of 11.2, San Joaquin County fell below the 14 cases per 100,000 residents or under standard allowing football and a few other outdoor sports to return to action.

California Department of Public Health issued the guidance, which applies to all youth programs- including school-based, club, and recreational programs. The guidance is intended to support a safe environment for players, coaches, trainers, and families.

Youth Sports may resume in San Joaquin County if they are able to comply with the following:

  • Face coverings to be worn when not participating in the activity (e.g., on the sidelines).
  • Face coverings to be worn by coaches, support staff and observers at all times. Mixing with other households prior to and post any practice or competition must strictly adhere to current gathering guidance.
  • Informed Consent
  • Testing – antigen or PCR (regular and postseason antigen or PCR testing of sports participants and coaches weekly. If competing, testing performed with test results made available within 24 hours of play). When Adjusted Case Rates are between 7-14 per 100,000.
  • Hygiene and Sanitation
  • Limitations on mixing by participants
  • Travel Considerations

The state is expected to release guidelines for weekly testing for football and water polo athletes and coaches soon. Sports participants, including coaches and support staff, are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated once eligible as vaccines will protect residents and reduce the likelihood of transmission from infected persons to others. COVID-19 is still spreading and prevalent in San Joaquin County. Community members are reminded that gatherings are still prohibited. You may have the virus and spread it even if you feel well. 
California School Reopening Updated
The Safe Schools for All Hub now has Reopening Maps, which give a statewide snapshot of school reopenings across California. They list each school district’s current mode of instruction (in-person, hybrid, or distance learning) and link to its COVID safety plan. View the maps.

COVID-19 Testing
Mental Health Resources
Stigma related to COVID-19 can lead to cases not being reported, more people being exposed to the virus which makes responding to the pandemic more difficult.

We need SOLIDARITY, not stigma, in fighting the spread of the virus.

Learn more by reading the World Health Organization's Guide to Preventing and Addressing Social Stigma Associated with COVID-19 or get connected with the resources below.
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.


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 in-person classes, programs and facilities are temporarily suspended, 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! Virtual classes are being 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 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 every call, the Social Bridging Project assures Californians facing adversity: “You Are Not Alone.” Learn more here.
 Governor Newsom Signs Legislative Package Providing Urgent Relief to Californians Experiencing Pandemic Hardship
The State took action to provide California families & businesses urgent relief from the COVID-19 recession. The package of immediate actions included $7.6B:

✅Relief for small businesses
✅Direct cash support to individuals & households
✅Child care
✅Community college financial aid & more...

Check out the press release for details.
Business & Unemployment Resources
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 the COVID-19 Response & Community Update presentations that take place at 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.
City of Tracy GORequest App
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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