News & Updates ∙ June 30, 2020
County Postpones Reopening Timeline
Contra Costa Health Services  announced on June 29 that it will postpone its COVID-19  reopening timeline.

Prior to this announcement, CCHS had planned to allow bars, personal services not involving close contact with the face, indoor dining, gyms and fitness centers, limited indoor leisure activities and museums, and hotels for tourism and individual travel to reopen on July 1. These businesses and activities will remain closed in Contra Costa until county data indicate that the spread of the virus has slowed, as measured by at least a week of stable case numbers, hospitalizations and percent of tests that are positive. 

The seven-day average number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the county has increased by 75% from June 15 to June 29. The seven-day average number of newly identified COVID-19 cases has increased from 38 a day to 87 a day. The percentage of COVID-19 tests that came back positive has also increased from 4% to 6%. This suggests the change is not simply due to more testing, but a true increase in community spread.

As of June 30, the County has 3,132 known cases, with 387 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.
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
Add Your Business to the Open Business Directory
Hair salons and barbershops are encouraged to add themselves to Concord's  searchable directory of open businesses . Simply click the "List Business" icon in the top right corner to add your business.

For #ConcordForward business signage that encourages social distancing, email admin@concordchamber.com to request delivery, or self-print for immediate use.  English  Spanish
Virtual Parade Planned for 4th of July
For the first time ever, Concord's 4th of July Parade is going virtual! Be sure to tune in on Saturday, July 4 for a great show!

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.

In the meantime, get into the patriotic spirit by "marching" down memory lane as we take a look back at the Best of Concord's past 4th of July parades. From kids' dance routines and martial arts performances to monster trucks and marching bands, these clips are sure to bring a smile to your face.
Help for Local Jobseekers
As part of the #BounceBackContraCosta campaign, the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County created a landing page specifically for jobseekers impacted by the pandemic. The page includes video workshop series on how to write an effective resume and cover letter, as well as tutorials on how to access the CalJOBS platform and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WOIA) services.
Concord Stays Connected
Downtown Program Manager Lisa Potvin is back with another episode of Concord Connected.

In this "good news" report, Lisa provides an update about the Concord Community Pool, the virtual 4th of July parade, the Concord Couch Concerts, and Visit Concord's guide to the best hiking in the East Bay.

Enjoy!
New Episode Provides Information on Housing
Listos California , the statewide disaster preparedness campaign anchored in the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), released the latest installment of InformaGente. 

Arap Bethke, actor and director best known for La Piloto (2017), Club de Cuervos (2015) and Instructions Not Included (2013) joins California’s Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Lourdes Castro Ramírez for an encouraging discussion covering resources and guidance for persons concerned about making monthly rent or mortgage payments on time. Ramirez encourages persons experiencing hardship, to be proactive about explaining their financial situation to their landlord, mortgage company, or financial institution.

Governor Newsom  ordered evictions halted  through July 28, 2020. If your landlord is attempting to evict you for not paying rent and you took all of the above steps, contact a local legal aid provider and  learn about your protections .

Persons experiencing homelessness, or seeking up to date information specific for renters or homeowners should visit  covid19.ca.gov/housing-and-homelessness/  or call 1-833-544-2374. 


New Library Hours
The Concord Library has announced that its hours are changing beginning on July 1. Currently, the library is only offering "front door service," whereby people can place orders online and pick up their items at the library. The new schedule is:

Monday & Thursday: 11-8
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10-6
Friday & Saturday: 10-5
Sunday: Closed

For other information, please call the library at (925) 646-5455.
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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