As we head into the July 4th
weekend, I encourage everyone to celebrate the holiday in a safe and healthy way. This means don't set off fireworks (they are illegal in our county) and stay home as much as possible.
Due to the recent rapid spread of COVID-19 in many neighborhoods, Bay Area Health Officers are urging us to protect ourselves and others by celebrating from home and avoiding gatherings with those outside our household. These gatherings are potentially risky and increase transmission of the virus, and endangers older adults and those at risk of serious illness.
Although fireworks are cancelled this year (to discourage gatherings), we can still enjoy the fresh air with a walk, bike ride, or backyard family BBQ.
Here in Contra Costa County,
I'm urging all of us to keep up our good work, and take prevention very seriously.
Contra Costa is among the 19 counties statewide on a
state watch list
, because of our sharp rise in virus rates and hospitalizations.
Governor Newsom just announced
for these counties, which will remain in effect until our virus and hospitalization rates drop.
Our County has already enacted these restrictions earlier this week by delaying many business openings originally planned for July 1.
We've flattened our curve before, and I know working together we can do this again.
We can continue to reopen only after our virus and hospitalization rates drop.
Health Officers continue to recommend that we wear face coverings when outside, wash our hands thoroughly and frequently, practice physical distancing, and stay home if we feel sick and get tested!
It's important to know that we can pass the virus to others even if we don't have symptoms.
Happy Independence Day! And remember, protecting each other from the spread of COVID-19 is a patriotic way to celebrate the holiday.