News & Updates ∙ June 24, 2020
Uptick in Local COVID-19 Cases
Contra Costa Health Services has noted an uptick in COVID-19 cases in our County. As of June 24, the County has 2,523 known cases, with 323 positive cases in Concord. To review a demographic and geographic breakdown of cases, please see the County's COVID-19 dashboard.

In response, the County released this statement:

"We are closely monitoring recent increases in the number of COVID cases and hospitalizations in the county. We expected some increases as more businesses and activities reopened and as we expanded testing. Still, the upward trend is concerning and could affect our reopening timeline. 

On Friday, June 19, we had 103 new cases - a one-day record for Contra Costa County. That was also the first day we reached our goal for number of tests administered. While we watch the number of tests, we also pay close attention to the percentage of people who test positive. This number has consistently remained well below our goal of 8 percent. In parallel, an increase in hospitalizations is expected when the number of cases increases.
 
As people do venture outside their homes and back to normal social interactions, it’s important to do everything possible to reduce the risk for getting or spreading COVID-19. Wear a face covering. Maintain six feet of social distance. Wash your hands often. Stay home if you are sick."


In addition, the County released guidance on how to have safer social interactions with people outside of your household. Some tips include:

  • Hang out with as few people as possible. Try to only spend time with the same people.
  • Remember who you meet. If someone in your group feels sick later, the County can help them get tested.
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks or utensils. Each person should have their own, if possible.
  • Avoid sharing toys, bats, balls or objects passed back and forth. Bring disinfecting wipes to sanitize anything that might be shared.
  • Avoid singing, chanting, or shouting.

Face Coverings Required in Public Spaces
As the County continues to ease restrictions on certain activities, health officials are adamant that people continue to wear face coverings in public.

According to the health department's web page:

Members of the public must wear a face covering:

  • Before entering and while you are inside any facility besides your home (examples: grocery store, post office, restaurant carry out, healthcare facility, etc.) 
  • While outdoors when you are unable to maintain a six-foot distance from other people (who are not members of your household) at all times (examples: park, picnicking, farmers markets, gas station, in line for a food truck or to enter a store, drive-thru, curbside pickup, etc.) 
  • Waiting in line for and riding public transportation
  • When personal vehicle windows are lowered to interact with first responders, food service workers, or others who are not members of your household
Virtual Parade Planned for 4th of July
Deadline extended to Friday, June 26!

For the first time ever, Concord's 4th of July Parade is going virtual! The best part is, you can be a part of the experience by building and submitting a video of your very own 4th of July float!

Virtual floats can be submitted by local organizations and individual families/households. Entry is FREE! All you have to do is build your float - it can be a car or truck float or even a wagon - then create a video of it "parading" down your street. The video submissions will be compiled into one seamless virtual parade and aired on Concord TV.

Presented by  Marathon Petroleum Corporation  and  Pacific Service Credit Union , this year's 4th of July festivities will be shown on Concord TV (Comcast Channel 28, Wave Channel 29, and U-Verse Channel 99) and streamed live on the City of Concord's Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing your patriotic spirit this 4th of July. Even while we're apart, Concord really is stronger together! Find more details and enter your float video online at ConcordJuly4th.com.
Video Series Keeps Latinx Community Informed
Information is power! In the latest episode of InformaGente , produced in partnership with Listos California, actress Melissa Barrera, star of "Vida" and the upcoming movie "In the Heights," talks to Monica Vargas from the California Office of Emergency Services about the five steps you and your family can take to prepare for major disasters like wildfires and earthquakes.
Download the Disaster Ready Guide today!



Get Artsy with Concord Live!
"Concord Live!," in partnership with the  Concord Art Association  will be going live on the City of Concord Facebook page this Thursday, June 25 with the incredible Lisa Fulmer for Smudge, Stamp & Stencil with Art Crayons.

A fun beginner-friendly class to show you new techniques to explore your creativity. Check out Lisa's website, and visit the Facebook event page to find a full list of supplies for this unique project.

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.
City of Concord | www.cityofconcord.org