News & Updates ∙ January 25, 2021
Regional Stay-Home Order Lifted, Contra Costa Returns to Purple Tier
The California Department of Public Health announced today that it has lifted the regional stay-at-home order and resumed using the color-coded tier system, placing Contra Costa back in the purple tier.

In response, Contra Costa Health Services announced that the following activities may resume:
  • Restaurants may offer outdoor dining, following the state health guidelines.
  • Hair salons, barber shops and personal services such as nail salons may reopen following state health guidelines.
  • Outdoor social gatherings involving 25 or fewer people, from three or fewer different households, are now permitted.

All residents are strongly encouraged to continue practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings and practicing good hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Since testing began, Contra Costa County has reported 55,245 positive cases, with 6,651 positive cases in Concord, including 1,101 cases in the last 14 days. To review a demographic and geographic breakdown of cases, please see the County's COVID-19 dashboard.

Contra Costa residents and businesses can also call the COVID-19 Call Center at (844) 729-8410 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. 
Vaccinations Underway, Residents Age 75+ Prioritized
COVID-19 vaccinations are still underway and Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) aims to administer 1 million doses of the vaccine by July 4.

As of Jan. 22, more than 74,000 doses have been administered in Contra Costa County.

To ensure quicker and more efficient access to COVID-19 vaccine for the county’s most vulnerable residents, CCHS is temporarily refocusing its immunization efforts to seniors who are 75 or older and will not be accepting appointments for those between ages 65 and 74.
So far the County has immunized about 14 percent of the estimated 77,000 residents who are 75 and older. To prioritize the available vaccine and appointments, CCHS is now temporarily offering appointments only to county residents who are 75 or older. As vaccine and appointments become more available, they will resume vaccinating people between the ages of 65 and 74.
Vaccination requests from eligible residents who are younger than 75 will be placed on a waiting list. All appointments already scheduled, including follow-up appointments for second doses, will be honored. Learn more through the CCHS vaccine web page.
City Launches Podcast, Concord Comfort Food Week Highlighted in Episode 2
The City has launched a new bimonthly podcast, "Concord Connected," to highlight news, information and events happening in and around Concord.

The second episode debuted on Jan. 21 and features Vice Mayor Dominic Aliano talking with Elaine Schroth, CEO & President of Visit Concord. Elaine discusses the 4th annual Concord Comfort Food Week, the City's enviable taco trail, and how Visit Concord has been able to keep fun and engaging virtual events going through the pandemic.

If you missed the first episode, tune in to hear Concord Mayor Tim McGallian interview Contra Costa Health Services' Dr. Ori Tzvieli, who is overseeing the county's COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Listen now on any of these platforms:

Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast, and tell your neighbors about it!
State Grant to Reopen for Round 2
The second round of the State's Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will begin accepting applications on Feb. 2.
Through this grant relief program, all eligible California small businesses and nonprofits can apply for grants of up to $25,000.

Learn more about the grant program through this on-demand webinar (video), which covers:
  • The Grant Program
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • What the funding can be used for
  • The Application
  • Required Documents
  • Who to Contact for Assistance

Concord Live Gets Artsy
"Concord Live!," in partnership with the Concord Art Association, will be going live on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. on the City's Facebook page. This week, join local artist Pat Viera for Paper Bowl Art!

Find your supplies list here, and tune in to get crafty!

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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