News & Updates ∙ July 29, 2020
Cases Continue to Rise, Up 27% in Concord
Last week we reported that there were 700 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Concord. Today, according to County data, that number stands at 890 -- a 27% increase in one week. This week also saw the deadliest day for California, which set a new record for daily deaths from COVID on Tuesday with 164 deaths statewide.

State and County officials continue to warn residents about the importance of practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings and using good hygiene.

On July 28, the County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance that allows city and county officials to cite people who don’t wear masks, fail to keep a distance of at least six feet, gather in large groups or commit other violations, as well as businesses that ignore rules. ( Read the full article here. )

Over the last week, County health officials have also released new resources for the community, including a tip sheet on how to "slow the spread" of the virus, and a risk assessment infographic that indicates safer choices versus riskier choices when it comes to putting yourself at risk for contracting COVID.

As of July 29, Contra Costa County has 7,714 known cases, with 890 positive cases in Concord. To review a demographic and geographic breakdown of cases, please see the County's COVID-19 dashboard.

To help local residents better understand what kind of businesses and activities are currently allowed to operate, Contra Costa Health Services released an updated "Openings at a Glance" document on July 21.

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.
Applicants Sought for Youth Ambassadors Program
Youth and young adults are powerful agents for change and transformation in their communities. In an effort to help reduce the spread of the virus, the COVID-19 Youth/Young Adult Ambassadors program has been established in Contra Costa County.

The primary role of the Ambassadors is to help create youth/young adult-focused messages about COVID-19, such as how to protect yourself from the virus, as well as how and where you can get tested for it. Once these messages are created, the Ambassadors will be asked to use their social media platforms to share these messages with family, friends, and social media platform followers.

Youth and young adults ages of 15-24 who are passionate about educating others about health and/or social justice issues and are committed to raising awareness about the importance of protecting each other from COVID are invited to partner with the County in developing messages that will be core to this campaign.

Interested participants are encouraged to apply to be a part of this group. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 3. The campaign will run July through December, and participants will receive a $525 stipend.

Reopening Guidance for Employers
The State of California on July 24 released a 33-page "COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening."

The document provides guidance for employers to help them plan and prepare for reopening their business and to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.

The guidance and links in each section are provided to give employers the tools they need to open safely and mitigate risks associated with COVID-19.

The guidance is not intended to revoke or repeal any worker rights, either statutory, regulatory or collectively bargained, and is not exhaustive, as it does not include county health orders, nor is it a substitute for any existing safety and health-related regulatory requirements such as those of Cal/OSHA. 

Good News from Around the City
"Concord Connected" is back with good news from around the community, including: free meals for youth from Mt. Diablo Unified School District, free comic book day turns into comic book month, and a free training session with FX Fitness (details below).

Pump It Up with Transform FX Fitness Bootcamp
"Concord Live!" -- the City's virtual event series -- is excited to bring back fan favorite,  Transform FX Fitness Bootcamp.

Transform FX Fitness Bootcamp - Concord, will be hosting a FREE at-home workout this Thursday, July 30 at 6 p.m.

Join Trainer Alejandra on the City's Facebook page, while she takes you through a fun workout that will be sure to get your heart pumping!
School Supplies Drive for MDUSD
El Dorado Middle School and the Mt. Diablo USD Parents for Multicultural Education committee is hosting a school supplies drive to support students throughout the school district.

They are accepting new supplies, including:
  • wide and college-ruled notebooks
  • wide and college- ruled paper
  • colored pencils
  • colored markers
  • crayons
  • highlighters
  • #2 pencils
  • mechanical pencils
  • pens
  • erasers
  • glue sticks,
  • rulers, pencil sharpeners
  • folders
  • 1" binders
  • dry erase boards and markers
  • backpacks with laptop storage

You can mail or drop off your donation to:
El Dorado Middle School
1750 West Street in Concord
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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