News & Updates ∙ December 16, 2020
Supply of ICU Beds Dwindles, Triggers Regional Stay-at-Home Order
Due to the dwindling supply of hospital beds for patients who need intensive care in the Bay Area, the state will apply a regional stay-at-home order across the nine-county region to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the region's hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.

Now more than ever, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) urges everyone who lives or works in the county to follow the health advice within the law to keep themselves and their loved ones safe during the holiday season.
  • Avoid in-person gatherings with people who do not live in your household, especially indoors.
  • Always wear a face covering and practice physical distancing whenever you go out, and avoid unnecessary trips outside the home.
  • Always stay home if you are not feeling well, and consider a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.

The state's stay-at-home order evaluates hospital capacity of California by region of the state, triggering when the amount of intensive care unit (ICU) beds available in a region's hospitals falls below 15%. Only 12.9% of ICU beds in Bay Area hospitals were available on Tuesday afternoon, according to the California Department of Public Health. In Contra Costa, 13% of ICU beds were available.

Since testing began, Contra Costa County has reported 32,526 positive cases, with 3,882 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 reference the links provided below. 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. 

Vaccines Arrive in Bay Area
The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the Bay Area this week and are being distributed to healthcare workers.

"This first batch of vaccines will protect our front-line healthcare workers so they can help our hospitals withstand the current winter COVID-19 wave and save as many lives as possible," said Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County's health officer.

With the end in sight, county health officials warn that it’s more important than ever to buckle down and stay safe. Wear face coverings, maintain social distance and stay home as much as possible so you will be healthy when your time comes to be vaccinated.

Mailers Explain State Law Protecting Renters
The City of Concord's Housing Division recently published and mailed informational materials to all renters and landlords explaining the new state law around eviction protection and limits on rent increases.

The detailed flyers with additional resources can be found on the City's Tenant and Landlord Resources web page.
Support for Small Businesses
"AskSBDC" provides free business consulting to entrepreneurs. Businesses may be interested in taking advantage of one of many scheduled webinars, which range in topic from cyber security to e-commerce. Also, every Wednesday, AskSBDC hosts office hours with attorneys and financing specialists to provide the latest information in pandemic relief and answer questions.

Resources for Laid Off/Furloughed Employees
The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County hosts a Laid Off/Furloughed Employee Resource Webinar on the first and third Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. The next webinar will take place on December 17.

Get your questions answered about workforce services, unemployment insurance, healthcare coverage, and additional resources from the experts at the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County and State of California Employment Development Department.

To register, visit Bounce Back Contra Costa.
Concord Goes Virtual for Annual Holiday Celebration, Tree Lighting
The City of Concord's Holiday Special and the Mayor's Virtual Tree Lighting premiered on Saturday, December 5 at 6 p.m. on Concord TV, Facebook and YouTube.

The festive video featured performances from local groups like The DA Dance Center, Concord Community Cheer, as well as Concord-based musicians, Brooks Lundy and Radiokeys! Members of the Concord City Council shared special messages to the community, and Mayor Tim McGallian read a children's holiday story.

The City will re-share the video on Thursday, Dec. 17, in place of Concord Live, to share warm holiday wishes with the Concord community.
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