November 6, 2020
Eden Health District COVID-19 Bulletin
“This virus doesn’t care if we voted for Donald Trump, doesn’t care if we voted for Joe Biden. It’s coming after all of us.”
Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio, 11/6/20
Theater group to hold virtual performances during Covid
A local youth performing arts group has found a way for the show to go on.
The Tri-Valley’s Christian Youth Theater (CYT) – an after-school theater arts training program for children ages 4 to 18 – is gearing up to stream two live shows this month.

Actor Sean Flanagin, 15, said the group will work together to keep the energy level high.

“In acting for theater, a lot of the energy in a performance comes from the audience, and that helps feed the actors,” Sean said. “Now that we won’t have an audience, it will be a little bit different … the actors who aren’t in that specific scene will be our audience.”
Sean said the group has helped him open up and become more confident. He is acting in both streamed shows, “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten” and “Our Place.”

Kristin Baer-Werder is serving as director of both shows. She said acting in front of a camera is not the only new thing the group will experience as they perform this month. As the group members tackle rehearsals in open spaces, they are working on delving into their characters and growing as actors – a major shift Werder said is exciting to watch.

By the Numbers
Alameda County: 24,370

Contra Costa County: 19,785

Bay Area: 121,689

California: 958,214

U.S.: 9,678,326
Alameda County: 465

Contra Costa County: 250

Bay Area: 1,817

California: 17,873

U.S.: 235,541
Bay Area News
East Bay Times, November 6, 2020
The steady march higher for the latest outbreak of Covid-19 continued in the state for the fourth consecutive day, as both the average seven-day number of new cases and the number of hospitalizations continued to rise. The seven-day average in Wednesday’s latest figures compiled by this news organization rose to 4,833.71, the most since Sept. 2 and an increase of nearly 800 since Halloween.

The increase in cases throughout the state already has had ramifications locally. Contra Costa County ordered several kinds of businesses — religious gatherings, indoor dining, movie theaters among them — to reduce capacity from 50% to 25% starting Friday. Contra Costa County had entered orange or “moderate” tier last week, along with other counties in the state, and the increase in new cases has followed. Contra Costa County’s seven-day average of new cases through Wednesday was up to 100.57; on Oct. 18, the seven-day average was 60.71 new cases.

Only in Alameda County is the trend line moving more favorably. That county has gone from an average 108 cases on Oct. 24 to 104.86 on Wednesday. That county experienced its spike between Oct.18 and Oct. 24, when it’s seven-day average rose from 55.29 to 108.
Alameda County Health Care Services, November 6, 2020
108 patients with confirmed and suspected Covid-19 are currently hospitalized in Alameda County. Two weeks ago, 81 patients with confirmed and suspected Covid-19 were hospitalized. The number of patients hospitalized, however, remains far below the peak in July through the beginning of September when over 200 patients with confirmed and suspected Covid-19 were hospitalized in the County.

Alameda County Health Care Services, November 4, 2020
Symptoms of Covid-19 and the flu can be similar. If you are experiencing any emergency warning signs, such as trouble breathing, bluish lips or face, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to wake/stay awake, seek emergency medical care immediately
KQED, November 6, 2020
Current city guidelines recommend that people quarantine themselves for two weeks after arriving (or returning) to San Francisco. While self-quarantining isn't required, city officials are considering emphasizing its role in preventing a possible travel-related spike in COVID-19 cases during the holiday season.

Justing Phillips, SF Chronicle, November 5, 2020
There’s a palpable fear in the Black community about the intersection of government and medicine, and it’s one that goes back generations. When Black people were slaves in this country, Black women were given painful gynecological surgeries for research without their consent. In the 1930s, Black men were part of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, where they were told they were getting free medical care but instead were denied therapy for their syphilis for decades. Our fear is based in logic and perspective.

When it comes to Covid-19, which has disproportionately affected Black lives — 1 in 1,000 of the total Black population have died from the disease — right or wrong, we approach vaccines and treatments with caution. According to polls conducted by the Pew Research Center, in September, just 32% of Black adults said they would get a vaccine.

LA Times, November 5, 2020
The football game between California and Washington scheduled for Saturday was canceled Thursday because the Golden Bears don’t have enough players available after a team member tested positive for the coronavirus.

“The Pac-12 has approved a request from Cal to cancel the Washington at Cal football game scheduled for November 7,” the conference said in a statement. “This decision was made under the Pac-12’s football game cancellation policy due to Cal not having the minimum number of scholarship players available for the game as a result of a positive football student-athlete COVID-19 case and resulting isolation of additional football student-athletes under contact tracing protocols.
Health News
Bloomberg, November 6, 2020
The U.S. surged to a new record in Covid-19 cases Thursday. Now, hospitalizations may be headed for all-time highs, too, and deaths are mounting as the presidency hangs in the balance.

Current hospitalizations rose Thursday to the highest since Aug. 5, Covid Tracking Project data show. That’s about 11% below previous peaks in April and July, although the data didn’t capture all states until shortly before the July peak. Now, the hit to the health-care system is getting worse fast: The number of coronavirus patients is up 16% in the past week.

NPR, November 5, 2020
Health care workers will almost certainly get the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. when one is approved, according to Dr. José Romero, head of the committee that develops evidence-based immunization guidelines for the CDC.

That's a decision based on the science of what will quell the pandemic fastest. "It's not just the doctors and nurses that are interacting with patients, but also the support personnel that help," Romero said in an interview Thursday with NPR. "It could include those persons that are delivering food, or maintenance people that could come in contact with them," so they can protect themselves and patients from the virus, and stay healthy to keep the U.S. health care system running.

Mercury News, November 6, 2020
A new simulation study suggests that a person coughing can disperse droplets well beyond six feet, and that anyone shorter than the person coughing — such as children — might be at a greater risk of encountering the downward trajectory of those cough droplets.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the dispersion of cough droplets has become of great interest among scientists. The new study, published on Tuesday in the journal Physics of Fluids, evaluates the risk of spreading the virus through cough droplets in the air under different tropical outdoor environments.

NY Times, November 6, 2020
A nasal spray that blocks the absorption of the coronavirus completely protected ferrets it was tested on, according to a small study released Thursday by an international team of scientists. The study, which was limited to animals and has not yet been peer-reviewed, was assessed by several health experts at the request of The New York Times. If the spray, which the scientists described as nontoxic and stable, is proved to work in humans, it could provide a new way to fight the pandemic, with a daily spritz up the nose acting like a vaccine.

Associated Press, November 5, 2020
AstraZeneca hopes to show its Covid-19 vaccine is effective by the end of this year and is ramping up manufacturing so it can supply hundreds of millions of doses starting in January, Chief Executive Pascal Soriot said Thursday. The Anglo-Swedish drugmaker is working with the University of Oxford to develop one of the most closely watched Covid-19 vaccines, which is in late stage trials in the U.S., Britain and other countries to determine its safety and effectiveness. Once those results are reported, regulators will have to approve the vaccine for widespread use.

STAT, November 5, 2020
Denmark set off alarm bells this week with its announcement that it is culling the nation’s entire mink herd, the largest in the world, to stop spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the prized fur species because of potentially dangerous mutations. Inter-species jumps of viruses make scientists nervous — as do suggestions of potentially significant mutations that result from those jumps. In this case, Danish authorities say they’ve found some genetic changes that might undermine the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines currently in development.

But is this latest twist in the Covid-19 saga reason to be deeply concerned? Several experts STAT consulted suggested the answer to that question is probably not. “This hits all the scary buttons,” noted Carl Bergstrom, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Washington. But Bergstrom and others argued that while the virus’s penchant for infecting mink bears watching, it isn’t likely to lead to a nightmare strain that is more effective at infecting people than the current human virus.

SF Chronicle, November 5, 2020
A new study analyzing data from 6.8 million commercially insured individuals found significantly reduced use of preventive and elective medical visits, including mammograms and colonoscopies. The report, published by the JAMA medical journal, drew data from the initial phase of the pandemic from March to April. It notes that while there was an increased use of telemedicine during that period, it was not enough to offset reductions in in-person care.
US and California Data: Full Range
Covid Tracking Project, 11/5/20 (bold lines are 7-day averages)
United States
California News
LA Times, November 5, 2020
Los Angeles County logged 2,065 new coronavirus infections Thursday, a single daily case count one health official said hasn’t been seen in the region for months. Over the last two days, health officials have announced roughly 3,900 new coronavirus cases in the county, and on Thursday there were 25 additional deaths, totals reflecting what has long been warned: The disease is still spreading, and residents need to take precautions to keep the number of infections from climbing further.

In another troubling trend, the projected transmission rate has again surpassed 1.0 in L.A. County. That means the number of people who could contract the virus from one infected person is probably rising.

CapRadio, November 5, 2020
A rise in Covid-19 cases is causing some Northern California counties to move backward in the state’s tier system for reopening. When the state announced the weekly tier assignments Wednesday, only Colusa County was approved to move forward through the system — from the red (substantial) tier to the lower orange (moderate tier). Two counties have to go back a step, with Shasta County moving to purple (widespread) and Plumas retreating to orange (moderate). 

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said this is the first week they’ve seen only one county move forward — signaling a potential backslide for others. “Which I think is an important reminder that the baseline transmission rates of Covid across our state are indeed going up, that it’s not just in one or two counties but it’s widespread across the state,” Ghaly said. 
Orange County Register, November 5, 2020
A backlog of unemployment claims unleashed by the onset of coronavirus-linked business shutdowns in California is shrinking, falling below 1 million for the first time since March, according to the state Employment Development. For months, the backlog of unpaid or unresolved unemployment claims in California has been well above 1 million, reaching 1.44 million in March, 1.8 million at the end of May, and 1.56 million at the end of September, according to EDD estimates.

During the week that ended Oct. 28, the number of backlogged claims totaled 946,100, according to an EDD dashboard set up to track progress in paying workers who filed claims. 152,400 California workers filed initial claims for unemployment aid last week, up by about 250 claims from the prior week, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Fresno Bee, November 5, 2020
The Fresno County Board of Supervisors and its staff were told to quarantine after someone at the downtown administrative building tested positive for coronavirus. County spokesman Jordan Scott said about 30 employees were instructed to work from home for the next 14 days after receiving a report of one positive case of Covid-19 among those who work on the third floor in the County Hall of Records. “As a precaution, we’ve closed the office downtown, and our protocol is to direct people to telework and quarantine,” Scott said. “To my knowledge, no one is showing symptoms. But as a precaution, you don’t want to wait it out at work.”
US News
Washington Post, November 6, 2020
Another day, another record shattered. The United States reported 116,707 new coronavirus infections Thursday, as 20 states saw their highest daily counts, and the number of fatalities nationwide exceeded 1,000 for the third consecutive day. No region of the country is being spared from the onslaught: The 20 states reporting record single-day increases Thursday span New England, the Midwest, the Great Plains and the Pacific Northwest. Those witnessing the most dramatic increases over the past week include Maine, Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota and Nebraska.

Since cases began climbing in mid-September, states have periodically introduced incremental restrictions but largely steered clear of sweeping actions. Some health officials hope that will change in a post-election landscape. “There’s been this sense of people giving up,” Michael Fraser, chief executive of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, told The Post. “You had state leaders looking at the election and deciding it was not worth taking bold, unpopular moves against the virus that might save lives but hurt your side politically. There’s been state health officials debating whether to continue telling people to do things, because they know many are not going to listen.”

LA Times, November 5, 2020
A suburban St. Louis election official who worked at a polling place on election day despite a positive test for the coronavirus has died, raising concerns for the nearly 2,000 people who voted there.

Contact tracing has begun and county health officials have contacted the other nine election workers at the site, who were advised to be tested for the virus, Enger said. The infected poll worker’s duties did not “typically” include handling iPads or having close contact with the 1,858 voters, such as taking voter identification, Enger said.
County officials urged anyone who was at the precinct on election day to watch closely for symptoms and call a hotline if they have questions.

Associated Press, November 6, 2020
U.S. employers added 638,000 jobs in October, a solid pace though far fewer than needed to regain most of the jobs lost to the pandemic recession just as new viral cases are setting record highs. The gain suggested that a tentative economic recovery may remain intact even in the face of a surging viral outbreak.

Wall Street Journal, November 5, 2020
The Federal Reserve said the coronavirus pandemic poses considerable risks for the U.S. economy despite recent gains, and officials made no changes on Thursday to their commitment to provide sustained stimulus. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said they were monitoring two prominent risks to the recent rebound in economic activity: one from rising infection rates and another from households exhausting savings after earlier fiscal relief measures had dissipated.

Officials at their September meeting pledged to support the recovery by setting a higher bar to raise interest rates and by signaling it expected to hold rates near zero for at least three more years. This week, Fed officials continued discussions over how to provide more support to the economy should the recent rebound fizzle, Mr. Powell said. 
CA Education News
EdSource, November 6, 2020
California is actively trying to expand the number of dual-immersion programs as part of a state initiative to get half of all K-12 students participating in programs by 2030 that teach them two or more languages. Some proponents of bilingual education are concerned that schools that are just beginning to develop their programs will decide to put those plans on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Some teachers have sent home materials like plastic tokens to do hands-on math, seeds to grow plants, or watercolors to do art, which help the children learn the language by following directions. To get young children talking, some teachers designate a student of the week, who shares something they like with the rest of the class. The other children ask questions and then write down sentences about what that child likes.

Teachers are also sharing video or audio of themselves or others reading books aloud or singing songs or chants, so that even when children are not participating in live instruction, they can listen to the language and learn complex vocabulary, which is important both for students who are learning the language for the first time and for those who speak the language at home.

EdSource, November 5, 2020
As school districts continue to grapple with distance learning and campus reopenings, the California State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt a modified and shortened version of the Smarter Balanced exams students in grades 3-8 and 11 are required to take in math and English language arts.

The changes would reduce the computer-adaptive questions by about half and only affects the 2020-21 school year. The California Science Test will not be affected by the proposal because it is already shorter than the math and English language arts exams, officials said.

San Diego Union-Tribune, November 5, 2020
Falling into the purple tier would mean San Diego County’s closed schools would not be able to reopen until Dec. 16 at the earliest, or 5 weeks after Tuesday. Depending on how long it would take the county to get out of purple, or Tier 1, that could delay reopening timelines that have been announced by school districts, including San Diego Unified.
The state’s second-largest district recently announced tentative reopening dates for January.
US Education News
NY Times, November 6, 2020
A quarter of a million coronavirus infections have been reported at colleges and universities across the United States, according to a New York Times survey, as schools across the nation struggle to keep outbreaks in check. The bulk of the cases have occurred since students returned for the fall semester, with more than 38,000 new cases reported in the last two weeks alone. And the numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

More than a third of U.S. universities welcomed students back in some capacity this fall.
Some of them have appeared to keep the virus in check, primarily through extensive testing programs, even as they try to provide some semblance of a normal college experience for their students. But others have done less well, failing to enforce social distancing and other preventive measures in an environment that normally revolves around communal living, group activities, large social gatherings and in-person learning.

National Geographic, November 5, 2020
In contrast to the pandemic drama playing out at colleges and universities across the country, a handful of schools have kept the disease at bay. Some of these schools are public, others private. All have created their own small public health infrastructures, sharing cohesive public health messaging and implementing Covid-19 testing regimens to stop the virus from spreading on their campuses.

Sarah Lawrence College attributes its success at keeping coronavirus at bay not to the students’ strict adherence to the rules, but to the campus’s camaraderie. “A key part for us was active communication with our students about caring for each other as a community,” says Judd.

NJ.Com, November 5, 2020
Another 24 New Jersey students, teachers and staff were infected with Covid-19 while on school property in eight newly-reported in-school outbreaks, state officials said Thursday.

The new cases bring the totals to 36 confirmed outbreaks at schools involving 146 cases since the school year began, according to the state’s Covid-19 dashboard. Despite the “second wave” of coronavirus cases hitting New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has said he remains relatively unconcerned about the rise in in-school outbreaks considering they represent a small percentage of the more than 3,000 schools in the state.
COVID-19 survivor recounts descent into nightmare
Two months have passed since Richard Wright of North Carolina was released from the Intensive Care Unit of Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he spent eight days battling COVID-19. While hospitalized, his wife, Ellen Wright, waited helplessly at their Belmont home, unable to get close to her husband as his condition worsened, and worsened, and worsened.

Richard and Ellen wanted to share their story to dispose of two myths — one, that Covid-19 is a threat only to the old and sick, and two, that the virus is no more worrisome than a case of the flu. The couple were well aware of the dangers posed by Covid before Richard became ill.

Ellen is a communicable disease nurse county health department who has spent the last eight months helping to track the county's Covid cases and warning those who might need to quarantine. Richard, in addition to attending college majoring in history as a path to law school, is an anesthesia technologist.

Both took every possible precaution in their work environments, Richard especially so.
But a morning came when, after reporting to work at 5:30 a.m. and getting set up for the day ahead, he went to the cafeteria for an omelet and while eating began to feel "not quite right."

When he began to feel ill, Richard said he figured it was just a bug of some sort. After all, he is 33 years old, athletic and fit, a jogger and a weightlifter.
The symptoms, however, once they began, came in a flood. Fever. Headache. Chills. Body aches. "I still didn't think it was Covid," he said. "I figured if I could just get home and get to bed, I could sleep it off."

The most worrisome symptom Richard exhibited, according to Ellen, was a high fever. "It was 104," she said, "and we could not get it down. Tylenol, ibuprofen, nothing would touch it."

While Richard says the fact that he did not die is "nothing short of a miracle," the road back has been, and continues to be, difficult. He lost 30 pounds during the hospital stay. Since then, he has put back on only 10. He remains easily tired. His lungs still hurt. And he has been warned by his doctors that side effects from the illness and the drugs could emerge months or years from now.

But his message for the community, a message echoed by his wife, is a simple one:

"Take every precaution," he urged. "Wear the mask. Do the social distance. Don't take risks. It's not worth it." "Remember," he concluded. "You're not just protecting yourself. You're protecting your loved ones. You're protecting your community. You're just simply being a decent and caring human being."

Source: Microsoft News
International News
Washington Post, November 5, 2020
The nation of 26 million is close to eliminating community transmission of the coronavirus, having defeated a second wave just as infections surge again in Europe and the United States.

Australia provides a real-time road map for democracies to manage the pandemic. Its experience, along with New Zealand's, also shows that success in containing the virus isn't limited to East Asian states (Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan) or those with authoritarian leaders (China, Vietnam).

Several practical measures contributed to Australia's success, experts say. The country chose to quickly and tightly seal its borders, a step some others, notably in Europe, did not take. Health officials rapidly built up the manpower to track down and isolate outbreaks. And unlike the U.S. approach, all of Australia's states either shut their domestic borders or severely limited movement for interstate and, in some cases, intra­state travelers. Perhaps most important, though, leaders from across the ideological spectrum persuaded Australians to take the pandemic seriously early on and prepared them to give up civil liberties they had never lost before, even during two world wars.

Reuters, November 5, 2020
China has barred non-Chinese travelers from Britain, France, Belgium, the Philippines and India, imposing some of the most stringent entry curbs of any country as coronavirus cases surge around the world.

The restrictions, which cover those with valid visas and residence permits and take effect in conjunction with a more restrictive testing regime for arrivals from several other countries, drew a frosty response from Britain. “We are concerned by the abruptness of the announcement and the blanket ban on entry, and await further clarification on when it will be lifted,” said the British Chamber of Commerce in China as the blanket bans were announced by the five countries’ Chinese embassies.

NY Times, November 6, 2020
The patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church tested positive for coronavirus and was hospitalized late Wednesday after presiding over a packed funeral in Montenegro for the church’s metropolitan bishop. The bishop had died after contracting the virus.

Authorities in Montenegro had warned against holding the funeral on Sunday, where thousands of unmasked people jammed together inside and outside a chapel, and senior church leaders were shoulder to shoulder. The body of Metropolitan Amfilohije Radovic, 82, the church’s leader in Montenegro, lay in an open coffin.
Editorial, Mercury News, November 6, 2020
Coronavirus data suggests that California and the Bay Area are exiting the calm and entering the third surge of the deadly disease that has taken root elsewhere in the country.

As a state and a region, we can slow the spread. But that means learning from our past mistakes and doubling down on preventive measures — being more vigilant than ever with our hand-washing, social distancing, mask-wearing and avoidance of groups and crowds.

It means that state and county officials should freeze and roll back reopening plans, as San Francisco and Contra Costa counties are doing. It means, as tough as it might be, looking for virtual alternatives to holiday family gatherings and avoiding travel in and out of the region. And it means, as Bay Area health officials are considering, quarantining people who come from out of state.

California and the Bay Area cannot afford to wait for the rest of the country to alter its behavior. We must act before we get swept up in this coming wave. There are clear signs it has already arrived.

Katheryn Houghton, Kaiser Health News, November 6, 2020
In Montana’s conservative Flathead County, prosecutors and local leaders were turning a blind eye to businesses that flouted state mask and social distancing mandates, even as the area’s Covid infections climbed to their highest levels.

Within weeks, the Democratic governor, who was also running for the U.S. Senate, pivoted. He announced the state was taking five Flathead businesses to court for violating Covid-related mandates, asking a judge to order them to comply or close their doors. While the state’s public mask mandate has been in place since July, enforcement had been left to local governments that largely lack the resources or the political will to do so. It’s an issue seen across the nation as public health decisions to curb the coronavirus are resisted by local leaders, business owners and individuals who are sick of pandemic rules — or too broke to continue them — or who question the state’s authority to issue them in the first place.

The Atlantic, November 4, 2020
As winter nears, the country’s third surge of infection is dangerously accelerating in almost every region of the country. This is the reality that the United States is facing, regardless of who will become its next chief executive: A deadly respiratory pandemic is spiraling out of control, and the number of hospitalized people—and deaths—is certain to rise over the next several months.
East Bay Focus
Alameda County
Moderate (Orange)
  • 3.2 Adjusted case rate of new Covid-19 positive cases per day per 100,000 residents
  • 1.5% Positivity rate
  • 2.6% Health equity metric
Contra Costa County
Moderate (Orange)
  • 4.8 Adjusted case rate of new Covid-19 positive cases per day per 100,000 residents
  • 2.2% Positivity rate
  • 4.0% Healthy equity metric
All California counties are assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. The state updates the tier data every Tuesday, with the exception of this week when the data was updated today.

Contra Costa County is in danger of moving backwards to the red, or substantial spread, level next if its adjusted case rate remains above 4.0%.
by day as of 11/5/20
by day as of 11/5/20
Over the last seven days, Alameda County officials have confirmed 734 new cases, which amounts to 45 cases per 100,000 residents.
Over the last seven days, Contra Costa County officials have confirmed 704 new cases, which amounts to 62 cases per 100,000 residents.
Top 10 Locations of Cases in Alameda County, as of 11/5/20. Alameda County does not publish cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days by city.
Oakland: 9,324

Hayward: 3,608

Fremont: 1,740

Eden MAC: 1,575

San Leandro: 1,375

Livermore: 1,042

Union City: 939

Berkeley: 811

Newark: 645

Castro Valley: 644
Top 10 Locations of Cases in Contra Costa County plus (in parentheses) cases per 100,000 in last 14 days, as of 11/5/20
Richmond: 3,681 (116)

Concord: 2,605 (90)

Antioch: 2,624 (129)

Pittsburgh: 2,189 (148)

San Pablo: 1,692 (283)

Bay Point: 1,017 (185)

Brentwood: 777 (90)

Walnut Creek: 700 (52)

Oakley: 622 (122)

San Ramon: 460 (58)
East Bay Resources

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.
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.
Public Education Covid-19 Flyers
Contra Costa County Health Services has recently published highly informative flyers addressing the risks of becoming infected in certain settings and activities.
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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The Eden Health District Board of Directors are Gordon Galvan, Chair, Mariellen Faria, Vice Chair, Roxann Lewis, Pam Russo and Thomas Lorentzen. The Chief Executive Officer is Mark Friedman.

The Eden Health District is committed to ensuring that policy makers and community members receive accurate and timely information to help make the best policy and personal choices to meet and overcome the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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