Weekly Update - February 18, 2021
Contra Costa Extends Vaccine Eligibility to Essential Workers
Teachers, grocery workers and other frontline essential workers who live in Contra Costa County can now get sign up to get vaccinated.

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) today updated its eligibility policy for COVID-19 vaccine to extend vaccination eligibility to residents who work in the education and childcare sector, food and agriculture workers, and emergency services workers as defined by California’s vaccination plan Phase 1B.

Residents in these groups, as well as county residents who are 65 years and older who have not yet been vaccinated, can sign up to access state and federal sites through MyTurn or by calling 1-833-422-4255. The State is updating this site to include Contra Costa and if you are an essential worker as listed above and try to sign up and it says you are not yet eligible, register for updates and it will notify you when the system is ready to prioritize you.

There is also a State run site operated by OptumServe at Tice Valley Gym in Walnut Creek that we expect to soon be taking appointments scheduled in the MyTurn system. The hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. To schedule an appointment: click here, or call 844-421-0804. 

Essential workers and residents 65 years and older can also request immunization appointments through CCHS and join the county waiting list for COVID-19 vaccine. However, due to a temporary reduction in vaccine supply from the state, all appointments at county sites are filled through the next two weeks at least. 

Patients who need to cancel an existing appointment or who received a first dose of vaccine through CCHS and need to make a second-dose appointment should call 1-833-829-2626.

When more appointments do become available, CCHS will continue to prioritize county residents who are 65 or older as well as eligible essential workers, particularly those who live or work in the local communities most heavily affected by the pandemic.

CCHS continues to move forward with a workplace-based outreach effort to immunize essential workers in high-risk jobs in the county’s hardest-hit communities, including food and agriculture workers. Workers at sites selected for the program will be contacted by their employers.
John Muir Ends Rossmoor On-Site Vaccinations
Referring Patients to their Clinics and Optum Tice Valley Site
John Muir is ending their Rossmoor on-site clinic. They didn't cancel any actual appointments, and they are referring people to Optum Tice Valley (to schedule an appointment: click here, or call 844-421-0804) or the John Muir clinics. You can also register on the County website as well, or with MyTurn.

Vaccine supplies remain very tight and distribution fluctuates week-to-week. In an effort to maximize its community vaccination efforts, John Muir Health’s (JMH) vaccine resources are being consolidated to the Walnut Creek and Concord Medical Centers. 
 
Non-Kaiser Rossmoor residents still awaiting their first vaccine dose are encouraged to register at either of JMH’s Medical Centers when they receive an appointment invitation or at the State's Tice Valley vaccination center to receive their vaccine.

JMH officials confirmed that any resident who received a first dose at the Event Center earlier this month will still receive their second shot in Rossmoor. That second dose vaccination clinic will begin Feb. 22 and all residents who were previously vaccinated should already have their second appointment scheduled.
 
The cancelation only affects the clinic that was supposed to run from February 15th - 19th to serve residents 65 and older who are John Muir Health and non-Kaiser Permanente members. JMH apologized for any inconvenience and looks forward to being back at Rossmoor to provide the second vaccine dose to residents. 
Where and When You Can Get Vaccinated
Visit the Contra Costa County Health Services Distribution Phases page to see if you are in an eligible tier. This page is updated regularly as more groups are added to the eligibility list. If you are eligible, there are several options for getting vaccinated. To find out where, and which location works best for you, go to get vaccinated.

Beginning March 15th, all first dose appointments will be made through the State run portal MyTurn.ca.gov. Anyone who has not received a first dose of the vaccine should register at MyTurn and you will be notified when you are eligible.

Please do not visit a clinic unless you have an appointment. CCHS has a process for providing leftover or unanticipated doses of vaccine to residents who have requested appointments. Visit our distribution phases for information about eligibility and the chart below for how to request an appointment. 

Also providing vaccinations is the State-operated OptumServe Clinic in Walnut Creek. The clinic is only scheduling appointments for those 65 or older, but is open to all Contra Costa County residents. It is located at Tice Valley Community Gym, 2055 Tice Valley Boulevard, Walnut Creek. The hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. To schedule an appointment: click here, or call 844-421-0804. This clinic will be soon taking appointment reservations through the State portal MyTurn.
Updated Openings at a Glance
County Tier Metrics
Contra Costa County remains in the purple tier. The most recent 7 days are not used for calculation because that data is still being reported. To go into the Red Tier, which allows for additional school openings and more activities, we will need to reach 7 or fewer cases per 100,000 and less than an 8% Positivity Rate for tests both Countywide and using our Equity Metric. Although our numbers continue to improve, the COVID virus is still very prevalent in our community. Please continue to be vigilant in following local health orders and recommendations.


Hospitalizations in Contra Costa County
For more information go to Hospital Dashboard webpage, click here.
Save the Date! Cesar Chavez Virtual Celebration
Fire Preparedness Virtual Town Hall
City of San Ramon is Hosting a Virtual
Employer Transportation Webinar
Stand Down on the Delta
Support the “Stand Down on the Delta 2021” in Antioch, September 10 - 13, 2021. This biennial event provides essential Housing, Education, Health and Employment support to Bay Area Veterans in need.
 
Due to the economic impact of COVID-19 and the cancellation of last year’s East Bay Stand Down, the demand for Stand Down services will be greater than ever. Donors play a vital role in helping to provide solutions for local Veterans. Now is the time to show our returning Heroes that the sacrifices they made to ensure our safety and freedom are appreciated. 
 
Please consider joining other sponsors and partners to ensure the success of this year’s event which will be held on September 10-13, 2021 at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, in Antioch.

For information on the Stand Down and Sponsorship opportunities go to deltaveteransgroup.org.
Would You Like to Serve on the Measure X
Community Advisory Board?
The Measure X Community Advisory Board was established on February 2, 2021 following passage of Measure X – a countywide sales tax measure providing general purpose revenue for County programs estimated to generate at least $81 million annually.

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is seeking individuals that represent broad and diverse voices, perspectives and expertise, including but not exclusive to: budget justice advocacy, children’s services, community health, consumer advocacy, faith leadership, senior services, fire and public safety protection, housing and homelessness, labor union representation, legal advocacy, local businesses, mental health services, non-partisan civic organizations, policy organizations, public health, racial justice and equity, safety net services, substance abuse services, taxpayers, and youth services, to serve on the newly established Measure X Community Advisory Board.

The Measure X Community Advisory Board is composed of 10 Supervisorial District seats and 7 At-Large seats, for a total of 17 seats and is responsible for the following:

• Overseeing an annual assessment of community needs, focusing primarily on the priority areas identified in the Measure X Needs Assessment, including emergency response (fire/medical), health care, safety net services, preventative care, affordable housing, and support for early childhood, youth, families, and seniors;
• Creating a detailed priority list of the top service gaps based on the results from the Needs Assessment;
• Using the Needs Assessment to make funding priority recommendations to the Board of Supervisors annually;
• Providing an Annual Report on the outcomes and impact of allocated funds.

To be considered, candidates must either live or work in Contra Costa County. The Community Advisory Board will initially meet as needed to develop recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, then shall meet at least quarterly. During COVID-19, Committee members will meet via online conferencing as permitted by ty the Governor’s Executive Order N29-20 issued on March 17, 2020.

Members of the Community Advisory Board will receive no compensation for their service and must complete State required ethics training as well as County training on the open meeting laws, including the Ralph M. Brown Act and Better Government Ordinance. Initial members of the Committee shall serve staggered terms of two or three years, with subsequent appointments serving three-year terms, with a maximum of six years served consecutively by any member. Currently elected or appointed public officials, including, but not limited to, Mayors, City Council Members, City Managers and Fire Chiefs are not eligible for appointment. Candidate interviews will take place during the month of March and the Board of Supervisors plans to make final appointments in late March or April 2021.

Application forms can be obtained from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by calling (925) 655-2200 or by clicking on the following link on the County website: Application Form. For paper applications, use this form and return to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by email ClerkofTheBoard@cob.cccounty.us, or mail to County Administration Building, 1025 Escobar Street, 1st Floor, Martinez, CA 94553 no later than 5pm on Thursday, March 11, 2021.
Contra Costa Superior Court - Continued Limited Access Through 2/26, With Planned 3/1 Reopening
The Contra Costa Superior Court will continue its limited public access and suspension of jury trials through February 26, 2021, with a planned reopening on March 1, 2021. That reopening date is subject to change depending on pandemic conditions.  Jurors with reporting dates on or before February 26, 2021, are excused and their service completed. Please see this press release for more detailed information.
District 2 Volunteer Opportunities

Now is a great time to consider ways you might want to give back to your community. 2020 saw our advisory bodies pivot to virtual meeting, which will likely continue well into 2021. The benefit of these meeting platforms is that more people are able to participate than ever before.

If you are interested in participating in government, then perhaps one of these volunteer opportunities are of interest to you:

Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee (CSA P-2B/APSAC)
To advise the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff's Department on the needs of the Alamo/Danville community for police services.

Assessment Appeals Board - co.contra-costa.ca.us/2924/Assessment-Appeals
Alternate Seat Available
The Assessment Appeals Board conducts impartial hearings on property assessment disputes between taxpayers and the county assessor. Based on the evidence presented at these hearings, the appeals board determined the value of the disputed property or determines other matters of property tax assessment within the board’s jurisdiction.

County Service Area P-5 Citizen Advisory Committee (Roundhill Residents only)
The P-5 Committee advises the Board of Supervisors on the needs of the Alamo community for extended police services for Roundhill.

In-Home Support Services Public Authority Advisory Committee (IHSS) https://ehsd.org/elderly-disabled/public-authority/ihss-public-authority-advisory-committee/
 
Find out more information about volunteering for an advisory body here co.contra-costa.ca.us/3418 . To apply online go to www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/.
February Board of Supervisors Actions

Do you ever wonder what your Supervisor does at the Board of Supervisors' meetings held on most Tuesday's? (Currently being held virtually). Here are a few of the Board actions for the month of February that directly impact residents of District 2. To watch the Board meetings live, go to BOS Meetings

Received a Presentation recognizing the Contra Costa County Library as a 2020 ULC Innovations Honorable Mention for its 3-D PPE Printing Program.

Appointed Alison P. McKee to the position of County Librarian.

Approved the creation of a 17-member Community Advisory Committee to recommend the budget allocation for the annual revenue received under Measure X funds, and created a process for recruitment and appointment.

Adopted an urgency ordinance establishing a temporary cap on fees charged by third-party delivery services for food orders and deliveries from restaurants in Contra Costa County.

Adopted an urgency ordinance continuing a temporary prohibition on certain evictions of residential tenants and of small-business commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and related matters.

Executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of San Ramon (City) to participate in the San Ramon Valley Street Smarts Program.

Approved the Iron Horse Trail Crossing Enhancements-Alamo Project and took related actions under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Reappointed Lesley Hunt, Walnut Creek, Sabina Zafar, San Ramon,   Anne Struthers, Alamo, and  Nazanin Shakerin, Alamo, to the Iron Horse Corridor Management Program Advisory Committee, as recommended by Supervisors Andersen and Mitchoff. (Districts II & IV).

Appointed David Hudson to the newly created Contra Costa Transportation Authority seat on the Iron Horse Corridor Management Program Advisory Committee, as recommended by Supervisors Andersen and Mitchoff.

Reappointed Joseph Rubay, Dr. Alden Harken, William Nelson, Ross Hillesheim, and Karen McPherson, to the Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen.

Appointed Susan Rock to the Alternate Seat of the Alamo Municipal Advisory Council for a four-year term, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen.

Received a presentation recognizing the participation and generosity of County employees in the 2020 Counties Care Holiday Food Fight.

Received a presentation recognizing February 11, 2021 as 211 Day.

Reappointed Roger Bass to the District II seat on the Contra Costa County Aviation Advisory Committee for a three-year term, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen.