News & Updates ∙ September 16, 2020
County Aligns Social Distancing Health Order with CA's Blueprint
This week, Contra Costa County announced that it has aligned its COVID-19 social distancing health order with California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. 

Effective Sept. 16, the update to the County's health order allows additional businesses to reopen, following the state health guidelines for their industries:
  • Personal care services that involve close contact with the face may begin operating outdoors, except for tattooing, piercing and non-medical electrolysis
  • Racetracks and cardrooms may operate outdoors
  • Music, television and film production may resume
  • Professional sports without live audiences may resume

In addition, Contra Costa Health Services has recently released information about reporting COVID tests to public health authorities, a plan to help residents transition from homelessness, and how to have a safe Halloween. They have also shared an updated list of business and activity "Openings at a Glance."

Since testing began, Contra Costa County has reported 15,544 positive cases, with 2,063 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.
Still Time to Get Counted
Every 10 years, all U.S. residents are required to complete the Census to determine a nationwide count that determines how much federal funding communities get for things like schools, healthcare, housing and transportation. The count also helps determine district boundaries to ensure that residents have equal representation at the local, state and federal level.

The 2020 Census began online in March and is set to be completed at the end of September. All households should have received a postcard in the mail with information about how to participate -- online, by phone or in writing.

Concord's latest self-response rate is 76%, which is good and better than California average of 68.4% and the City's 2010 rate of 72.4%. However, it's slightly less than County average of 76.4%. Let's get to 100%!  

If your household has not already been counted, it's not too late. To participate online, visit: To participate by phone, call: 1-844-330-2020.
Concord Live Proudly Welcomes Jazz Fest 2020
This week, in partnership with Visit Concord and the Concord Jazz Festival, we are kicking off the first ever, Virtual Jazz Festival! Join us for performances, history and more!

Virtual events will take place on multiple platforms. For a line up of all the fun activities check out; and be sure to tune in Thursday night for Concord Live! Virtual Jazz Festival featuring Soul Sauce - a favorite of past jazz festivals.

This year Concord will carry forth its ongoing appreciation of jazz with a five-day, virtual celebration.

The Concord Jazz Festival was founded by Carl Jefferson in 1969 and drew 17,000 attendees in its first year. Since then it has become an annual event, and last year Concord celebrated the Jazz Festival’s 50th year by presenting an array of jazz artists throughout the city of Concord including Poncho Sanchez, Chick Corea, and Dave Koz. Concord plans to continue the legacy and keep the jazz alive by hosting a virtual celebration this September!
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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