News & Updates ∙ November 12, 2020
Contra Costa Moves Back into Red Tier
In response to evidence that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Contra Costa, the California Department of Public Health has moved the County back into the more restrictive red tier.

Data from Contra Costa show that the average daily number of newly identified COVID-19 infections has risen steadily since the county entered the orange tier of the state's plan on October 27. 

On Nov. 10, the 7-day average, per-capita number of new cases (the "adjusted case rate") was 5.3 in Contra Costa, higher than permitted for counties in the orange tier for a second consecutive week. That triggered the county's shift back into the more restrictive red tier. Other data show an alarming rise in local cases. 

On Nov. 8, there were 46 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Contra Costa – the highest one-day total since September. In response, Contra Costa Health Services issued a local health order last week that restored red-tier safety restrictions for a number of businesses and activities, though the county remained in the orange tier at the time. 

Those changes remain in place, including requirements for reduced occupancy during indoor worship services and for indoor dining and movie theaters, and the closure of bars that do not serve meals with alcohol. Cardrooms are required to operate outdoors only. 

The state's action adds these additional requirements, effective Friday, Nov. 13 in Contra Costa: 
  • Retail stores that operate indoors must scale back their maximum occupancy to 50% or 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • Indoor shopping malls must reduce their occupancy and reduce the occupancy of food courts to 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer. 
  • Office workspaces must operate remotely. 
  • Higher education institutions must keep indoor lectures and student gatherings to 25% occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer. 
  • Gyms and fitness centers must scale back their indoor occupancies to 10%. 
  • Communal indoor pools must close. 
  • Indoor family entertainment centers, such as bowling alleys, must close their indoor operations. Amusement parks cannot operate. 
  • Most live outdoor theatrical, musical or artistic performances are prohibited.

The tier change does NOT affect the ability of schools to reopen for in-person instruction, following state and local health guidelines. Outdoor playgrounds may also remain open. 

For more information, please read the press release. Contra Costa residents can also call the COVID-19 call center at (844) 729-8410 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

Since testing began, Contra Costa County has reported 20,586 positive cases, with 2,668 positive cases in Concord. To review a demographic and geographic breakdown of cases, please see the County's COVID-19 dashboard.

For more information, please visit the County website. Residents can also call the Contra Costa County Coronavirus Call Center at (844) 729-8410 daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tips for Safe Holiday Celebrations
While our holiday celebrations may look a little different this year, the spirit of the season remains the same. As you plan for and enjoy the holidays, please take steps to keep yourself and others safe while enjoying traditions with a twist.

If you're hosting an in-person celebration, some simple planning can keep you and your guests safe.

John Muir Reopens Concord Urgent Care
John Muir Health has re-opened its Urgent Care center at 2700 Grant St. Urgent Care is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Patients can schedule same-day and next-day appointments online at www.johnmuirhealth.com or by calling (925) 674-2500.
Layoff Aversion Funding Available
The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County has announced new layoff aversion funding for small business owners. Small businesses that have not received other COVID-19 related grants may be eligible for a grant up to $5,000 to cover costs related to the pandemic. The application portal will open on Wednesday, November 18.

For more information, read the FAQs and register for the informational webinar taking place on Tuesday, November 17 at 3 p.m. See below for additional contact information.

Contact: 833-320-1919 or bouncebackcoco@ehsd.cccounty.us.
Rock Out with Concord Live
"Concord Live!" is excited to have Radiokeys back to perform a fresh array of original songs and some choice covers.

Tune in at 6 p.m. tonight, Nov. 12, to the City's Facebook page for a fun and free virtual concert!
Stay Informed
Stay up-to-date on news and information related to the local and state response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Information for businesses, frequently asked questions about City services, as well as City resources are available through our website.
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