January 20, 2021
Eden Health District COVID-19 Bulletin
“To heal, we must remember. It’s hard. But that’s how we heal. It is important we do that as a nation. That’s why we are here today.
President Joe Biden at Covid-19 memorial ceremony, 1/19/21

"There is always light. Only if we are brave enough to see it. There is always light. Only if we are brave enough to be it."
Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate at President Biden’s inauguration, 1/20/21
Nation lights up night to memorialize 400,000 killed in coronavirus pandemic
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris held a memorial in front of the Lincoln Memorial’s reflecting pool Tuesday night as a way to mourn the loss of more than 400,000 Americans who died from the Covid-19.
Other cities participated in the memorial by dimming lights as they did in Chicago or by lighting up building in the color of amber. Biden also invited others to ring church bells at 5:30 p.m. as part of the remembrance.

Locally, Oakland (in photo to left), San Jose and San Francisco lit up their City Hall in amber. Levi’s Stadium and Grace Cathedral adopted the colors as well.

Source: Mercury News
By the Numbers
Bay Area: 346,163

California: 3,054,694

U.S.: 24,313,076
Alameda County

Cases: 68,434

Deaths: 765

Test Positivity: 10.8%

Hospitalized Patients: 490

ICU Beds Available: 70
Bay Area: 3,446

California: 34,460

U.S.: 403,482
Contra Costa County

Cases: 52,965

Deaths: 450

Test Positivity: 13.3%

Hospitalized Patients: 286

ICU Beds Available: 21
Bay Area ICU Capacity: 7.4%

Sources: Johns Hopkins UniversitySF Chronicle, and dashboards for California and Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
Test positivity is based on a 14-day average. Hospitalized patients refers to patients with confirmed and suspected Covid-19.
Bay Area News
SF Chronicle, January 20, 2021
The coronavirus surge in the Bay Area appears to be leveling off as postholiday cases and hospital overload appeared to be slowing. Intensive care unit capacity in the Bay Area region rose to 7.4%, up from 3.4% on Friday, the last time the data was reported, and deaths are also dropping. California went from seeing more than 3,500 hospital admissions in the early part of the month to an average of 2,700 per day now, said Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the state’s Health and Human Services department — a “significant reduction,” he said. The rate of virus transmission is also decreasing across the state, as is the rate of new virus cases at nursing homes.

San Francisco’s entire health care system — including both public and private providers — has received 102,825 doses of the vaccine as of Tuesday, Mayor London Breed said. But those are supposed to count as both first and second doses. There are about 210,000 people in San Francisco eligible for the vaccine under the first tier of California’s distribution system.

Alameda County health experts to discuss vaccine rollout, coronavirus at Oakland town hall
SF Chronicle, January 19, 2020
Public health officials with Alameda County are scheduled to answer questions about the coronavirus during a virtual town hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Health officials will also discuss the county’s coronavirus vaccine distribution plan, Schaaf said. The town hall will be streamed on Schaaf’s Twitter, Youtube and Facebook accounts. Questions can be submitted here.

East Bay Times, January 20, 2021
As cases of Covid-19 have continued to surge almost a year into the pandemic, Oakland is extending an ordinance it enacted last spring that requires businesses to provide 80 hours of paid sick leave to workers affected by coronavirus.

The ordinance requires businesses with more than 50 employees to provide 80 hours of paid sick leave to full-time employees who are either sick with COVID-19 or have been exposed, those who are caring for a family members exposed to COVID-19, or a child whose school is closed under a local or state order. It also allows employees to take that time off of work to protect themselves from exposure to COVID-19 if they are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from the virus, such as if they are over the age of 65 or have underlying health conditions.

Mercury News, January 21, 2021
The city of Berkeley will move forward with an emergency ordinance to give grocery store workers in Berkeley an extra $5 per hour during the pandemic.
Authored by newly elected council member Terry Taplin, the emergency ordinance would guarantee grocery store workers hazard pay, effective from when it is adopted until the city returns to the yellow tier on the state’s color-coded Covid-19 scale, or 120 days after its adoption.

If approved, the hazard pay would apply to grocery stores with more than 300 employees, and whose physical stores are at least 25,000 square feet. On Tuesday night, the council agreed to refer the ordinance to the city manager and city attorney for further study. It would come back to the council at a future date for final approval.
Vaccine & Health News
Erin Allday, science writer, SF Chronicle, January 19, 2021
The discovery of several new variants of the coronavirus that may spread more easily, including a mutation that took hold in the Bay Area in December, makes it even more urgent to fix the nation’s troubled vaccination rollout — before the evolving virus causes another surge or learns to evade vaccines.

Throughout the yearlong pandemic, public health experts have advised that beating the virus was a marathon, that it would take many months of commitment to social distancing measures to win. That’s still true. But in many ways the race has intensified in recent weeks: between a virus that is spinning out new mutations that could make it harder to contain and an immunization campaign marked by repeated fumbles.

NY Times, January 20, 2021
In late December, scientists in California began searching coronavirus samples for a fast-spreading new variant that had just been identified in Britain. They found it, though in relatively few samples. In the process, the scientists made another unwelcome discovery: California had produced a variant of its own.
That mutant, which belongs to a lineage known as CAL.20C, seemed to have popped up in July but lay low till November. Then it began to quickly spread.

CAL.20C accounted for more than half of the virus genome samples collected in Los Angeles laboratories on Jan. 13, according to a new study that has not yet been published. There’s no evidence that CAL.20C is more lethal than other variants. And scientists have to conduct more research to determine whether CAL.20C is in fact more contagious. But Eric Vail, the director of molecular pathology at Cedars-Sinai, said it was possible that CAL.20C was playing a large part in the surge of cases that has overwhelmed Southern California’s hospitals.

Kaiser Health News, January 20, 2021
Months after President Trump emphatically credited an experimental antibody therapy for his quick recovery from covid and even as drugmakers ramp up supplies, only a trickle of the product has found its way into regular people. While hundreds of thousands of vials sit unused, sick patients who, research indicates, could benefit from early treatment — available for free — have largely been fending for themselves. So far, however, only about 30% of the available doses have been administered to patients.

SF Chronicle, January 19, 2021
Locally, clinicians and programs are seeing unprecedented spikes in eating disorders. At UCSF, the number of those hospitalized has doubled since the pandemic began, and across the Bay Area, psychotherapists and other clinicians are struggling to keep up with a mounting need.
US and California Data: Last 90 Days
Covid Tracking Project, 1/19/21 (bold lines are 7-day averages)
United States
California News
Mercury News, January 20, 2021
As the United States’ Covid-19 death toll topped the once-unthinkable mark of 400,000 lives lost on Tuesday, California reached a milestone of its own, surging past 3 million coronavirus cases as the state endures one of the worst outbreaks in the country.
There is mounting evidence that the massive increase in cases that swamped hospitals in much of California over the past 2 months is finally abating.

But any optimism is tempered by frustration at the slow rollout across the state of the vaccines that will ultimately end the pandemic — and the specter of vaccine shortages for weeks if not months to come. State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said counties are storing some vaccines as they schedule inoculation appointments or mass-vaccination events, as well as second doses of the vaccine to complete its two-shot regimen; other doses have already been administered but have not yet shown up in state data systems.

Ghaly said the state’s efforts will depend on getting more doses from the Biden administration as it takes hold of the pandemic response Wednesday, saying the focus will be on directing “as much vaccine as we can get into the state of California.”

Sacramento Bee, January 20, 2021
President Biden’s coronavirus relief proposal would give workers 14 weeks of paid sick and family leave, according to an outline of the $1.9 trillion spending package his administration provided.

Many California state workers relied last year on a similar leave program Congress approved in the spring, known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. That program, which provided two weeks of paid sick leave and 10 weeks of partially paid family leave for people affected by Covid-19, expired Dec. 31. Biden’s proposal would create a similar but expanded program.

Kaiser Health News, January 20, 2021
As Covid patients continue to flood California emergency rooms, hospitals are increasingly desperate to find enough staffers to care for them all. The state is asking nurses to tend to more patients simultaneously than they typically would, watering down what many nurses and their unions consider their most sacrosanct job protection: a law existing only in California that puts legal restrictions on the nurse-to-patient ratio.

“We need to temporarily — very short-term, temporarily — look a little bit differently in terms of our staffing needs,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom, after he quietly allowed hospitals to adjust their nurse-to-patient ratios on Dec. 11. Usually, California law requires a hospital to first get approval from the state before tinkering with those ratios; Newsom’s move gave hospitals presumptive approval to work outside the ratio rules immediately.

Since then, 188 hospitals, mainly in Southern California, have been operating under the new pandemic ratios: They can require ICU nurses to care for three patients instead of two. Emergency room and telemetry nurses may now be asked to care for six patients instead of four. Medical-surgical nurses are looking after seven patients instead of five.

CalMatters, January 19, 2021
No one knows how many thousands of cases have been caught in the pandemic backlog. But the delays mean that many people across the state are staying behind bars for longer, waiting for lawsuits to settle, fighting for child support, battling criminal charges and, generally, struggling to get justice during the worst pandemic and economic downturn of the past century. 

During this winter’s deadly Covid-19 surge, many of California’s county superior courts have shut down or further delayed in-person proceedings like jury trials, which were already moving at a slower speed compared with pre-pandemic times. In an effort to keep justice moving while also protecting health and safety, California’s top judicial officials have issued more than 400 emergency orders and rules that grant courts more flexibility in where they can hold hearings using remote tools and extending certain deadlines for trials.

US News
Wall Street Journal, January 20, 2021
On Tuesday, newly reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S. rose from a day earlier, as did reported deaths, but hospitalizations decreased slightly.
The nation reported more than 168,000 new cases for Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, up from 141,999 cases reported for Monday but down from 225,423 reported a week earlier. The data for Tuesday was made public early Wednesday morning, and may update.

At least six states including Idaho, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington didn’t update their Covid-19 data dashboards for Monday, Johns Hopkins said. This could lead to a data backlog that skews numbers in the following days.

Reported deaths were back above 2,500 nationwide for Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins data. That was up from 1,404 a day earlier and 4,462 a week earlier. The national death toll surpassed 400,000 on Tuesday, having added 100,000 to the count in just over a month.

The Hill, January 20, 2021
President Joe Biden plans to take several executive actions during his first hours in office to make changes to the response to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic exactly one year after the first U.S. coronavirus patient was hospitalized. 

One such action includes the “100 Days Masking Challenge,” in which the Biden administration will ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days to help slow the spread of the virus. The action will require masks and physical distancing in federal buildings, on federal lands and by government contractors, while urging states and local governments to do the same. 

Axios, January 20, 2021
Biden is expected to undo scores of Trump administration policies early in his term. President Trump notified the United Nations in July 2020 of his administration's intent to withdraw from the organization — despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Trump halted funding to the WHO in April. He argued the organization was guilty of "mismanaging and covering up" Covid-19 on behalf of China and claimed the U.S. "has a duty to insist on full accountability." The U.S. was the WHO's largest contributor — providing more than 14% of its budget.

Kaiser Health News, January 20, 2021
During a once-in-a-century pandemic, President Biden has promised to provide 100 million covid-19 vaccinations in his first 100 days in office. When first asked about his pledge, the Biden team said the president-elect meant 50 million people would get their two-dose regimen. The incoming administration has since updated this plan, saying it will release vaccine doses as soon as they’re available instead of holding back some of that supply for second doses.

Bloomberg, January 20, 2021
People in the U.S. finally are traveling again, though not all these trips are for business or rest and relaxation. Instead, some are engaging in vaccine tourism. Frustrated by crashing appointment websites, shortages of Covid-19 shots and a patchwork of confusing eligibility rules, people with time and money are heading out of town in pursuit of a potentially life-saving inoculation. Vaccine-seeking tourists are showing up at beach resorts in Hawaii, ski towns in Colorado and in New York City, which has received more doses than other parts of the state, as well as nearby New Jersey and Connecticut.

NY Times, January 20, 2021
The persistently rapid spread of the coronavirus in Texas, the second most populous state in the U.S., is threatening the gradual progress the country has been making toward flattening the curve of new cases.
Counties along the Mexican border in particular have seen steep spikes. The city of Laredo sent residents an emergency cellphone alert over the weekend — the second in three days — warning that local hospitals were near capacity. On Monday, Texas reported 111 deaths, bringing the total number of people lost to the virus in the state to more than 32,000 — a sizable portion of the more than 400,000 total deaths reported in the United States.
CA Education News
Sacramento Bee, January 19, 2021
California’s Covid-19 suspension of youth sports competitions is expected to end next week, but the state’s top public health official on Tuesday voiced reservations about the timeline and said it could change. The decision will affect when high school athletes can get back on the field.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said the state is in talks with the California Interscholastic Federation, the organization that oversees high school sports, about when students can return to play. Ghaly at a news conference said he didn’t want to get too far ahead of those conversations even as he cautioned that Covid-19 continues to surge across the state. Most of the state remains under stay-at-home orders because of the pandemic.

EdSource, January 19, 2021
Teaching math remotely to kids who might literally throw a tantrum onscreen would be laughable in a typical year. But California preschool providers are attempting the seemingly impossible.
Moving, making noise and socializing are inextricable parts of healthy development for young children — but social distancing and distance learning has hampered many of those experiences for California’s littlest learners. Now, preschool teachers and child development experts are testing ways to connect with young children via digital screens.

Early education providers at the Lighthouse for Children Child Development Center, which is run by the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, are piloting distance learning techniques for toddlers and even infants by focusing on ways to provide families with guided activities that they can do at home when in-person gathering is restricted. The so-called distance learning that Lighthouse is piloting for toddlers is not the same kind of online school that K-12 students across the state have been engaging with for nearly a year now.
US Education News
USA Today, January 20, 2021
Schoolchildren who are still learning English typically take a federally required test shortly after the winter break that measures their fluency in the language. This school year is far from typical, of course, and many – if not most – of the country's roughly 5 million public school English learners are receiving instruction at home. ACCESS, an English-proficiency test used by most states that takes up to four hours to complete, can't be done remotely.  

Yet many states seem to be proceeding with business as usual, and it's unclear what that means for English learners who can't or opt not to return to campus. This oversight is being met by a rising tide of criticism from advocates and parents nationwide who say in-person testing could put English learners and their families at a greater risk of contracting Covid-19.  

NY Times, January 19, 2021
Across the country, state education and district officials say the pandemic has intensified a longstanding teacher shortage to crisis levels.

As spikes in virus infections and exposures have forced more educators to stay home, the teacher shortage — exacerbated by limited access to Covid-19 testing and contact tracing — is among the main reasons that schools and even entire districts have had to shut down in-person instruction, often for weeks on end.

“It’s just such a ripple effect,” said Laura Penman, the superintendent of Eminence Community Schools, a tiny district in rural Indiana. The district had to briefly close its only elementary school in November because a single infected educator had come into contact with multiple colleagues. There were not enough substitutes or staff members to fill in. “Teacher shortages can make a whole school go virtual,” she said.
After beating back death, Covid survivors marry
When Brian Rosenblatt woke up in the hospital after suffering a seizure, he only had a single goal in his mind: to marry the love of his life as soon as possible.

"After he survived this last scare, he said, 'I don’t want to live another day without you being my wife,'" said Angel Rosenblatt, Brian’s wife. The seizure was one of several he'd survived during his months-long treatment for Covid-19.

The couple, clad in masks, made their dream come true and tied the knot Monday in a small gathering at New Jersey’s Kessler Rehabilitation Center, the first wedding ever held at the rehab center.

“I think it’s a beautiful act of love and optimistic and hope,” said Phil Driscoll, the CEO of Kessler, who officiated the couple’s wedding. “It speaks to what everybody needs in the face of this pandemic. I think it’s such an affirming act and we’re very fortunate to be part of it.”

The small gathering represented the beginning of a brighter future after Brian's long journey recovering Covid-19, which almost took his life.
For Brian, an optometrist, and Angel, an ICU nurse, getting engaged last October felt like a dream come true. The dream quickly became a nightmare, however, when the couple learned a week later that they contracted Covid-19. While Angel experienced relatively mild symptoms, Brian, who has underlying conditions of cancer and leukemia, began experiencing severe symptoms and was rushed to the hospital, where he was placed on a ventilator for six days.

Brian's memory of this time is hazy, but there's one thing he's certain of: He's only alive because of Angel. "She truly is my angel," said an emotional Brian. "There’s no doubt in my mind, and even all the doctors that I saw in UPenn, the top doctors in the nation, told me if it wasn’t for her, I would be dead. That’s pretty hard to swallow."

International News
Reuters, January 20, 2021
Some British hospitals look like war zones with doctors struggling to cope with an influx of patients infected with Covid-19, the government’s top scientific adviser said, as the death toll rose by a record daily amount towards 100,000.

The United Kingdom’s official death toll is 91,470 - Europe’s worst figure and the world’s fifth worst after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico. Deaths rose by a record on Tuesday.
As hospital admissions soared, the British government’s chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, said there was enormous pressure on the National Health Service with doctors and nurses battling to give people sufficient care.

LA Times, January 20, 2021
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, restaurants in this megalopolis of 19 million people are disappearing en masse. At least 13,000 of the 90,000 restaurants in and around Mexico City have closed in the last 10 months, according to a local trade group, pushed out by prolonged pandemic lockdowns and a conspicuous lack of government support. The die-off has swallowed restaurants large and small, from mom-and-pop joints that prepared three-course “comida corridas” for lunchtime crowds to hipster eateries that topped best-of lists.

The surge in restaurant closures, which have accelerated after a second citywide lockdown banned all in-person dining for a month, has triggered familiar political debates — echoed elsewhere in the world — about whether pandemic restrictions meant to save lives are worth destroying economies.

CNN, January 20, 2021
China is rushing to build a massive quarantine camp that can house more than 4,000 people, after an outbreak of Covid-19 this month that has left tens of millions of people under strict lockdown.

The quarantine camp is located on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital of Hebei province, which surrounds the country's capital, Beijing.
China has largely contained the spread of the virus, with much of the country returning to normal. However, a sudden rise in cases has alarmed officials and raised concerns ahead of the Lunar New Year, the county's most important annual festival, during which hundreds of millions of people are expected to travel to visit family members.

Associated Press, January 19, 2021
The Amazonian city of Manaus began administering vaccines against the coronavirus, providing a ray of hope for the rainforest’s biggest city whose health system is collapsing amid an increase in infections and dwindling oxygen supplies. Amazonas state Gov. Wilson Lima led a ceremony that kicked off the vaccination campaign Monday night in Manaus, an isolated riverside city of 2.2 million people.

Hospitals in Manaus have admitted few new Covid-19 patients, causing many to suffer from the disease at home and some to die. And many doctors in Manaus have had to choose which Covid-19 patients can breathe while desperate family members searched for oxygen tanks for their loved ones.

The Guardian, January 20, 2021
Tokyo organizers and the International Olympic Committee are adamant the Games will start in July despite a fresh wave of infections sweeping the globe.

Tokyo's Covid outbreak adds to doubts over hosting Olympic Games. A state of emergency has been extended in Japan to combat rising coronavirus rates, but the World Athletics president Sebastian Coe is confident the event will go ahead this year. “I don’t think it will be cancelled,” he told Sky News. “It is going to be a challenge, we know that, it is pretty self-evident and there will be adaptions.”

RTE, January 20, 2021
In recent days, scores of international tourists in Bali have been caught without face coverings, a local security official said. More than 70 people paid a fine of 100,000 rupiah (€5.86), but about 30 others said they did not have the cash. Instead, they were ordered to do push-ups. Those not carrying a mask had to do up to 50 push-ups, while those who were wearing one improperly were punished with 15. 
Dylan Scott, Axios, January 19. 2021
The day before his inauguration as the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden sought to begin a collective and public grieving of the more than 400,000 American lives lost in the Covid-19 pandemic. Pillars of light lined the Reflecting Pool. Lori Marie Key, a Michigan nurse who works in a Covid-19 unit, sang “Amazing Grace” to open the proceedings. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams followed Biden with her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and the entire ceremony was over in less than 10 minutes.

But the symbolism was still powerful. The memorial occurred on the same day that the number of confirmed Covid-19 deaths in the US surpassed 400,000. And it came the day before Biden becomes president, replacing Donald Trump, who has until now led the nation through the coronavirus pandemic and, in the estimation of most public health experts, fallen woefully short in his response.

Adam Rogers, Wired, January 20, 2021
On day zero of the presidential administration of Joe Biden, the single priority of the federal government must be Covid-19. No other policy -- economic improvement, immigration reform, even a serious approach to stopping climate change -- can happen. And that sentence works in reverse too; dealing with Covid-19 is dealing with all that other stuff.

Like any big machine, the federal government’s public health system takes time and energy to come up to speed. It hasn’t functioned at its peak efficiency during the administration of Donald Trump. So nothing will change at first. And then something will. And then everything will. Assuming all goes as planned. For the last year, nothing has gone as planned, when there was a plan at all.

Erica Pandey, Axios, January 20, 2021
Dismantling the 9-to-5 workday adds a great deal of flexibility that could benefit working parents, caretakers, part-time students and more. "It becomes increasingly clear in a remote setting, especially with colleagues traveling or relocating to varying time zones, that trying to retain a rigid work schedule makes little sense for many jobs," says Darren Murph, head of remote work at GitLab, the world's largest all-remote company. "One of the key perks of remote work done well is flexibility. This includes flexibility of schedule."

Dr. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, January 20, 2021
On our current trajectory of illness and infection, masks will be part of most Americans’ lives for at least the rest of the year, and possibly longer. My hope is that it will soon be possible to say, as a general rule, that once you’ve been vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask. But that depends on two key variables.

The first is that a vaccinated person could theoretically still transmit the virus. This isn’t typically an issue after vaccination against respiratory viruses, once your body develops antibodies and other means of immune memory. If you inhale the virus again, these defenses should identify and eradicate it before it multiplies in large numbers. But that doesn’t mean viral particles can’t briefly cling to your nasal cavity and replicate before your body’s alarms go off, creating a brief window in which you could transmit the virus to someone else.

The second variable in the countdown to mask-free life is how quickly entire communities get vaccinated. When the virus is spreading widely and very few people are vaccinated, the chance that a vaccinated person will carry the virus (and possibly even get sick, since no vaccine is 100 percent effective) is simply too high to suggest that anyone forgo masking. But as more and more people get vaccinated, the potency of each vaccine grows. Even if vaccinated people do prove to have the potential to carry and spread the virus in small amounts, for brief periods, that risk can be rendered moot if almost everyone gets vaccinated.

All of this is contingent on the assumption that immunity generated by vaccines is reliable and long-lasting (which it seems to be, so far) and that the virus does not evolve to become resistant to this immune protection in the near term. Eventually, it likely will. But by that point, hopefully, the rates of transmission will be low enough that we can quickly identify new variants and modify vaccines accordingly, to stay ahead of any new surges.
We are proud to partner with the East Bay Community Foundation in publishing this bulletin. Through donations to its Covid-19 Response Fund, the EBCF provides grants to East Bay nonprofit organizations delivering essential services to those most impacted by the economic fallout from the pandemic.
East Bay Focus
by day as of 1/19/21
by day as of 1/19/21
Over the last seven days, Alameda County officials have reported 5,906 new coronavirus cases, which amounts to 359 cases per 100,000 residents.
Over the last seven days, Contra Costa County officials have reported 4,516 new coronavirus cases, which amounts to 399 cases per 100,000 residents.
Top 10 Locations of Cases in Alameda County, as of 1/19/21
Oakland: 21,144

Hayward: 10,783

Fremont: 5,955

Eden MAC: 4,747

San Leandro: 4,175

Livermore: 3,482

Union City: 3,145

Berkeley: 2,421

Newark: 2,205

Castro Valley: 1,989
Top 10 Locations of Cases in Contra Costa County, as of 1/19/21
Richmond: 8,263

Antioch: 7,088

Concord: 6,385

Pittsburgh: 5,269

San Pablo: 4,188

Brentwood: 2,768

Oakley: 2,287

Walnut Creek: 2,195

Bay Point: 2,162

San Ramon: 1,615
East Bay Resources

Where to get a Covid-19 Test

Vaccine Distribution Plan

Reopening: List of Businesses and Activities

Food Pantries
Mask On Eden Area
Working in collaboration with the Alameda County Public Health Department, the Cities of Hayward and San Leandro, and the Castro Valley and Eden Area Municipal Advisory Councils, the District has printed “Mask On” posters for each city and community in the Eden Health District area. The posters are free and intended for businesses, health clinics, schools, churches, public agencies and nonprofit organizations to display in their entrances.

“Wearing masks in public or any gatherings, including events with friends and extended families, is essential for slowing the spread of the virus,” stated Eden Health District Director Pam Russo. “While we are seeing signs of progress in California, Alameda County remains a Covid-19 'hot spot' in the Bay Area. Please wear a mask to protect yourself while protecting others.”
The public is welcome to download and print or share “Mask On” posters from the District’s website. Posters are available in English, Spanish and Chinese languages.

Posters may also be retrieved during business hours from the lobby of the Eden Health District office building located at 20400 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley. Posters for the City of Hayward are also available from the Hayward Chamber of Commerce located at 22561 Main Street, Hayward.
Eden Area Food Pantries
We have posted information on food pantries and food services in the cities of Hayward and San Leandro and unincorporated Alameda County including Castro Valley and San Lorenzo. You can access the information here on our website. Alameda County has also released an interactive map listing food distributions and other social services. 
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