October 12, 2020
Eden Health District COVID-19 Bulletin
"If we rigorously protect ourselves and each other, we can starve the virus of new hosts until our national epidemic finally evaporates."
Donald McNeil, science & health reporter, NY Times, 10/12/20
A drive-thru haunted house experience
Pleasanton’s annual haunted house, Pirates of Emerson, is considered one of the top-rated haunted houses in the country.

For 29 years, Vice President of Operations Brian Fields has orchestrated some of the industry's best scares. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, indoor haunted houses have been shuttered, but that didn't stop Fields from bringing the scares to willing participants.

"We had to pivot. We had to redesign it," Fields explains. "We had a couple of weeks to come down and put it together in our head how we could do a drive-in and make it successful."

Fields has created one of the area's only drive-thru haunts, spanning 10 acres at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. "I don't think there is anything quite like this out there," Fields shares with a smile. "We have Trick or Treat Town, hillbillies, pirates, clowns."
Fields shares with a smile. "We have Trick or Treat Town, hillbillies, pirates, clowns."
"Definitely thought Halloween was going to be canceled, but this brings the great spooky season back to us," haunt-goer Jessica says.

With over 45 employees, Pirates of Emerson is intent on delivering some big scares.

"There are scares. There's laughs, especially when people start busting out real chainsaws," drive-thru customer Cody shares. "I knew that it would work. In my head and my heart, I knew it would work," Fields reveals. "We are very proud of the event we put together this year."

Source: ABC 7 News
By the Numbers
Alameda County: 21,149

Contra Costa County: 17,783

Bay Area: 108,479

California: 854,897

U.S.: 7,781,980
Alameda County: 436

Contra Costa County: 230

Bay Area: 1,639

California: 16,575

U.S.: 214,925
Bay Area News
SF Chronicle, October 12, 2020
More than two months after federal authorities set out guidelines for at-home coronavirus tests, kits are trickling out to consumers. Last week, Safeway and Albertsons stores in the Bay Area started offering over-the-counter coronavirus kits. The tests, which are available after a pharmaceutical screening, cost $140 each and offer results within 72 hours after they are processed at a medical lab.

The gold standard for testing respiratory diseases remains state-of-the-art, polymerase chain reaction tests, which amplify the virus’ genetic material, making it easy to detect with 98% sensitivity. But these tests cost approximately $100 each, require specialized machinery to process, and typically take 24 to 48 hours to deliver results once the lab receives the specimen.

That’s why all eyes are on antigen tests, which detect fragments of viral protein and can deliver results faster and cheaper. Oakland International Airport’s free coronavirus test program, which began on Oct. 6 for employees and the general public, is driven primarily by rapid tests that offer results within 15 to 30 minutes.

East Bay Citizen, October 7, 2020
New coronavirus cases, along with the rate of positive tests, at-large, and among the lowest socioeconomic areas in Alameda County continue to trend downward, said Dr. Nicholas Moss, Alameda County’s interim public health officer. The positive trends mean Alameda County could move from the state’s red tier to orange, as early as next week. The development could hasten further loosening of the county’s reopening orders.

Alameda County has also seen favorable declines in hospitalization since a surge in new cases that started in mid-August. “We’ve had a steady decline in hospitalizations and our intensive care hospitalizations, signaling a steady decline in the burden of severe disease in Alameda County since the late summer peak,” Moss told the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

Website Update, October 12, 2020
This summer the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency partnered with eight Youth-Serving Organizations to develop Covid-19 prevention and health promotion messages. Youth and young adults ages 13 - 24 created and designed content in five categories: Design/Artwork, Social Media, Face Covering Design, Song, and Video. Please take a moment to review all youth designed submissions and cast a vote for your favorite in each category.

Oaklandside, October 8, 2020
Alameda County has not yet allowed indoor dining, but announced Oct. 1 it will be “considered in the next 4-6 weeks, as data trends permit.” It would then join Contra Costa, San Francisco, Marin, Napa and San Mateo counties in allowing indoor dining at either 25% capacity of or a maximum of 100 diners, whichever is less.

Contra Costa Health Services, October 8, 2020
Contra Costa has issued an update to its health order requiring the quarantine of persons exposed to a person diagnosed with Covid-19. Quarantine separates individuals who were exposed to Covid-19 from others until it is determined that they are not at risk for spreading the disease. The updated order provides clarification for who is considered a close contact based on guidance from state health officials, and outlines who is exempt.
Health News
NY Times, October 12, 2020
There is not nearly enough of the experimental Covid-19 drug that President Trump called a “cure” after receiving it — and promised to distribute for free — to treat the many Americans who may need it, the chief executive of Regeneron, the drug’s maker, said on Sunday.

Currently, there are enough doses of the drug to treat 50,000 patients, the company has said. There were more than 51,000 new infections reported in the United States on Saturday alone “We have to figure out ways to ration this,” said Dr. Leonard S. Schleifer, the co-founder and chief executive of Regeneron, on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Wired, October 12, 2020
On October 2, the president of the United States was given a dose of an experimental drug that only a handful of patients had received outside of clinical trials. In an instant, the therapeutic landscape for Covid changed. The new treatment—a pair of monoclonal antibodies—has the potential to upend how we treat people with Covid before they are admitted to a hospital.

It’s likely that the Food and Drug Administration will authorize these therapies for emergency use any day now. Before that happens, though, three simple questions must be answered if we’re to avoid turmoil and confusion: Who will be eligible to receive these treatments and have access to them? Where will the therapies be administered? And how much will they cost?

Bloomberg, October 11, 2020
AstraZeneca Plc started late-stage trials for an antibody medicine against Covid-19 with a large investment from the U.S., after President Donald Trump credited a similar therapy with aiding his recovery. Two trials for more than 6,000 people are starting in the next few weeks looking at prevention, with plans for a further 4,000 adults to test the antibody medicine as a treatment, Astra said in a statement. The drug will be assessed for its ability to avoid infections for as much as a year in some people and as a pre-emptive medicine once patients have been exposed to the virus in others.

NY Times, October 12, 2020
Obese Americans are more likely to become dangerously ill if they are infected with the new coronavirus. Now public health officials are warning that a much broader segment of the population also may be at risk: Even moderately excess weight may increase the odds of severe disease. The warning, reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week, may have serious implications. The World Health Organization says excess weight is a problem around the world, affecting 1.9 billion people in 2016.

USA Today, October 12, 2020
A new study adds to growing evidence that mothers may not need to be separated from their newborn after giving birth, even after testing positive for Covid-19. Researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center found no evidence of transmission from infected mothers to newborns, according to an observational study published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA. The study included 101 babies and 100 mothers, with one mom giving birth to twins. Mothers who nursed their newborn wore a mask and practiced breast and hand hygiene.
US and California Data
Source: Covid Tracking Project, 10/11/20 (bold lines are 7-day averages)
United States
California News
Sacramento Bee, October 11, 2020
California’s average daily Covid-19 deaths have hit a low point not seen for several months, despite national infection rates that continue to increase. As of Sunday, the California Department of Public Health recorded a seven-day average of deaths of 63, a level not seen since mid-summer, near the end of June and into early July.

Compared with last week, the state’s average death toll has decreased by 16.7%, according to CDPH data, indicating a downward trajectory as autumn begins. Deaths have been consistently tapering off since the last day of July, which set a record for daily reported deaths with 219 in one day. Infection rates have mostly stabilized in California as well. 

Editor's Note: The SF Chronicle reports that the number of Bay Area patients hospitalized with Covid-19 rose slightly, from 285 on Friday to 290 on Saturday — but still vastly below the peak of 815 in late July. The number of coronavirus patients in the intensive care unit in the Bay Area fell to 80 on Saturday. That’s the lowest point since June 7 and the second-lowest point since late March.

Politico, October 10, 2020
California health officials late Friday released rules allowing social gatherings for the first time since the pandemic began, enabling up to three households to get together outdoors. Participants must stay 6 feet apart and wear masks except while eating or drinking.

Besides requiring gatherings outside, the California Department of Public Health encourages residents to stick to the same three households as much as possible, essentially forming a social bubble. Such occasions can occur at private homes or in parks. People attending gatherings can go inside to use the bathroom as long as it is regularly sanitized. The state says hosts should make sure to log the names of all attendees and their contact info in case of an infection.

LA Times, October 11, 2020
California’s prison system has taken drastic measures to combat the coronavirus, halting rehab programs, religious services and educational classes. But correctional authorities kept one type of operation running through much of the last six months: prison factories.

Thousands of incarcerated workers stayed on the job in high-risk positions during the pandemic, making wages that ranged from 8 cents to $1 an hour. They cooked food. They walked from cell to cell delivering meals. They cleaned everything from communal showers to Covid-19 units in prison hospitals. And they labored in prison factories making products, such as masks, hand sanitizer and furniture, that were sold to state agencies for millions of dollars. Amid the drive for production, factories continued to operate even as infections increased inside prison walls, according to interviews with more than 30 inmates, including some who became infected with the coronavirus.

CalMatters, October 10, 2020
On September 4, Paz Aguilar filed a complaint with Cal/OSHA, the California Occupational Safety and Health Agency and the Alameda County Public Health Department. She alleged that her managers at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell had failed to enforce mask-wearing or social distancing and had hidden Covid-19 diagnoses from her and others. Aguilar said she filed the complaint so her coworkers wouldn’t have to go through what she has. “El riesgo sigue todo el tiempo,” she said — the risk continues.

Aguilar said the county health department never followed up. Cal/OSHA’s response: a letter asking that the manager explain how the issues had been fixed. “The Division has not determined whether the hazard(s), as alleged, exist(s) at your workplace and, at this time, the Division does not intend to conduct an inspection of your workplace,” the letter reads. Cal/OSHA has sent a version of this letter to employers accused of not keeping workers safe from Covid-19 over 5,800 times since February.

The Daily Beast, October 12, 2020
Gov. Newsom’s pandemic roadmap put amusement parks in Stage Four, so far down the line that he had not yet released reopening guidelines. Disney, one of the state’s largest employers and a major source of tourism revenue, did not let up in its campaign to reopen—waging a 3-month battle with California that has at times caught workers in its crossfires.
US News
CNN, October 12, 2020
More than half of US states are seeing an increase in new Covid-19 cases, with five states -- Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont -- reporting a jump of more than 50% in one week.

Only Maine, Texas and Washington are reporting fewer new daily cases on average from last week. The number of new cases is holding steady in 16 states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

Everywhere else, 31 states in all, new cases have climbed compared with the week before. Montana, one of the states reporting a steep uptick over the week, has reported 5,000 coronavirus cases in the last 11 days. That's a stark contract to the beginning of the pandemic when it took the state almost five months to chart its first 5,000 cases.

Dylan Scott, Vox, October 11, 2020
A new wave of Covid-19 cases is building across the United States, a harbinger of difficult winter months ahead. America is now averaging nearly 48,000 new confirmed cases every day, the highest numbers since mid-August, according to the Covid Tracking Project. More than 34,500 Americans are currently hospitalized with Covid-19 in the US, up from less than 30,000 a week ago.

Nearly 700 new deaths are being reported on average every day, too — and while that is down from August, when there were often more than 1,000 deaths a day, deaths are going to eventually start increasing if cases and hospitalizations continue to rise. It’s a pattern we have seen before.
Public health experts have been warning for months that fall and winter could lead to a spike in Covid-19 cases. Why? Because the best way to slow down the coronavirus’s spread is to keep your distance from other people and, if you are going to be around others, to be outside as much as possible — and both become harder when the weather gets cold.

The Hill, October 12, 2020
Former CDC director Tom Frieden predicted October will see another 20,000 additional Covid-19 deaths based on the rising number of cases in dozens of states. Frieden, who served under former President Obama, spoke at CNN’s Coronavirus: Facts and Fears town hall on Sunday night and warned that he thinks that as many as 20,000 more people will die due to complications from the coronavirus by the end of the month. “From the infections that have already occurred, we will see something like 20,000 deaths by the end of the month — additional deaths,” Frieden said, calling the number of deaths “inevitable.”

USA Today, October 12, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic may have caused tens of thousands of more deaths in the spring and summer than previously thought, a new study says. Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond found nearly 75,000 more people may have died from the pandemic than what was recorded in March to July, according to the report published in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA. 

Arizona Republic, October 9, 2020
Covid-19 cases in Arizona spiked 151% after a statewide stay-at-home order expired and dropped 75% following local mask mandates, a new CDC report concludes. "Mitigation measures, including mask mandates, that are implemented and enforced statewide appear to have been effective in decreasing the spread of Covid-19 in Arizona," the report says.

NY Times, October 9, 2020
The CDC drafted a sweeping order last month requiring all passengers and employees to wear masks on all forms of public and commercial transportation in the United States, but it was blocked by the White House, according to two federal health officials.

ABC News, October 9, 2020
Broadway shows have been cancelled through May 30, 2021, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Touring shows across North American are also affected.
CA Education News
Mercury News, October 11, 2020
While there’s little argument kids learn better in classrooms than online, are parents giving distance learning 2.0 a passing grade? A recent survey sponsored by EdSource found nearly four out of five say it’s hard to keep their children interested and motivated with distance learning and more than two out of three fearing their education will suffer if it continues through the school year.

But experts say schools deserve credit for improvements. “It varies district to district, but given the rapid turnaround to try to get on top of this, I think school districts and schools are doing a darn good job,” said Mark Warschauer, an education professor at the University of California-Irvine.

KQED, October 11, 2020
As more California schools gain permission from the state to offer in-person instruction, they are grappling with a massive logistical puzzle: How, exactly, do you operate schools within schools, where some students attend classes in person in some form while others learn remotely full-time?

Giving families the option to choose between a hybrid, or blended, model — meaning students split their time learning on campus and at home — and full-time remote learning appears to be the course that many of the state’s school districts are charting toward. The plans to give families a choice also reflect the fact that, in any given community across the state, there are widely diverging thoughts from families and educators on when, how and if schools should physically reopen.

Mercury News, October 11, 2020
About 32,000 schoolchildren identified under federal guidelines as “homeless” live in Orange County. That includes children who lack a “fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence,” but might stay at times in homeless shelters, cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations. Or motels.

Since late March, Project Hope Alliance has purchased Chromebooks and/or rented WiFi hotspots now being used by about 850 homeless schoolchildren. Some were kids the nonprofit was previously working with, through on-campus programs. But the vast majority were kids they discovered only when case managers visited motels in Anaheim, Tustin, Santa Ana and Stanton.
US Education News
NY Times, October 12, 2020
Millions of children are encountering all sorts of inconveniences that come with digital instruction during the coronavirus pandemic. But many students are facing a more basic challenge: They don’t have computers and can’t attend classes held online. A surge in worldwide demand by educators for low-cost laptops and Chromebooks — up to 41% higher than last year — has created months-long shipment delays and pitted desperate schools against one another.

USA Today, October 10, 2020
One-third of teachers told Education Week in July they were somewhat or very likely to leave their job this year, compared with just 8% who leave the profession in a typical year. But while that survey might reflect teachers' feelings over the summer, a review of the retirement and staffing figures collected in some of the first states to resume classes this year suggests that fears of a mass exodus of retiring teachers may have been overblown.

USA Today, October 12, 2020
Years before the coronavirus hit, two rural school districts developed plans to put learning online. They were ready for a snowstorm and instead found themselves prepared for a pandemic. For the Bancroft-Rosalie Community Schools in northeast Nebraska, the move online took four years, gradually incorporating software into daily lesson plans to use during inclement weather or in place of hiring substitutes when a teacher was absent. The district used digital learning to abolish snow days – a trend that has expanded to New York City and could work its way across the country. 

Kaiser Health News, October 12, 2020
As the return of college students to campuses has fueled as many as 3,000 Covid-19 cases a day, keeping track of them is a logistical nightmare for local health departments and colleges. Some students are putting down their home addresses instead of their college ones on their Covid testing forms — slowing the transfer of case data and hampering contact tracing across state and county lines. The address issue has real consequences, as any delay in getting the case to the appropriate authorities allows the coronavirus to continue to spread unchecked.
'Be Afraid' — Survivor shares alarming story after COVID-19 fight
New Jersey resident Sheri Roddy has been watching the very public debate over how serious the COVID-19 pandemic actually is. She heard President Donald Trump say "don't be afraid of it," but she has a different take.

She tells WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell "be afraid." The 55-year-old Roddy tested positive for the disease back in April and let the virus run its course. She continues to feel the effects of her bout with Covid-19.

"Quite frankly, I feel like there's no end to this right now and it's terrifying," Roddy said. "Be afraid, I'm living with this every day. Every day I wake up, 'Am I going to be dizzy today?' I don't know. 'Am I going to walk and my left leg is going to drag because I can't feel it?' I don't know."

Roddy’s 20-year-old son is a kidney transplant recipient. Her husband was the donor. They all feared Covid-19 and what it could do to the family. Her husband was sick in March with what everyone believed was the coronavirus. He quarantined away from the rest of the family in their home for three weeks. She calls those early days "a very terrifying time."

Her first signs of trouble came in early April, when she started seeing some of the common signs of coronavirus, including loss of smell and taste, and fatigue. She felt better after a few days, but weeks later, "the bottom fell out." Her blood pressure skyrocketed and her daughter rushed her to urgent care where, after making sure she wasn't having a heart attack or stroke, she tested positive for Covid-19.
Roddy never had to be hospitalized, but like her husband, she was quarantined from the rest of the family for weeks until she recovered. That was in May. Four-plus months later, she still suffers from symptoms and maladies that her doctors are convinced are tied to her coronavirus infection.

"Every day was just a different symptom. The symptoms are all over the map. From the heart racing to dizziness. Neuropathy was a big thing. I had a lot of numbness and tingling in my arms and my legs," Roddy said. “A lot of scary, scary side effects," she said.

Today, Roddy says it feels "like a monster virus just moving throughout my body" and she is not alone. She belongs to a group of hundreds of Covid-19 survivors who report similar experiences.

To those who are engaged in a political debate over how serious Covid-19 is, Roddy had this message: "I just hope that people listen to their hearts and understand that your neighbor matters, it's not all about you. We're on this planet together. We need to take care of each other and it's just a mask. That's all it is."

Source: WCBS Radio
International News
Bloomberg, October 11, 2020
China reported a new cluster of coronavirus infections in the eastern port city of Qingdao, snapping a streak of over two months without local transmission, underscoring the risk of resurgence in countries that have achieved near-eradication of the pathogen. The city in Shandong province said on Sunday that it found three asymptomatic cases linked to a hospital which treats Covid-19 patients coming from abroad. Expanded testing of hospital patients and staff then found another nine infections -- of the total of 12 in the cluster so far, six are asymptomatic. More testing is underway and aims to cover the entire city of 9.5 million within five days, the local health commission said on Monday.

Mexico News Daily, October 10, 2020
Seven states will regress to orange light “high risk” from yellow light “medium” on Monday according to the federal government’s stoplight system [similar to California's four tier color ranking] to assess the risk of coronavirus infection, while five states will move the other way.

Presenting the updated risk levels at the coronavirus press briefing on Friday night, health promotion chief Ricardo Cortés urged state governments not to drop their guard in the fight against Covid-19. He stressed that the infection risk level within a state can differ even though it is allocated a single stoplight color on the federal government map.

“Our national epidemic is made up of 32 local epidemics and each one of these local or state epidemics is made up of various municipal epidemics. Even within each municipality there can be different areas, different neighborhoods, different postal codes [with different risk levels],” Cortés said.

Associated Press, October 12, 2020
The British government carved England into three tiers of coronavirus risk on Monday in a bid to slow a resurgent outbreak, putting the northern city of Liverpool into the highest risk category and shutting its pubs, gyms and betting shops. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the three-tier national system was designed to “simplify and standardize” a confusing patchwork of local rules over what residents can and cannot do. Johnson said shops, schools and universities would remain open in all areas.

Wall Street Journal, October 12, 2020
European countries are tightening cross-border travel restrictions as they try to rein in a surge in coronavirus infections and prepare for a possible further increase with the arrival of cold weather.

Bloomberg, October 11, 2020
The Philippines’ health department is open to easing curfew but movement restrictions for the young and elderly are needed to protect vulnerable groups from the new coronavirus, Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Monday. The country’s virus task force is studying cutting back curfew in Manila, which is now from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., after operating hours for malls and restaurants were extended last week. Persons below 21 and above 60 years old are required to stay at home except for essential activities.
Donald McNeil, science & health reporter, NY Times, October 12, 2020
Today, and despite the president’s own resistance, masks are widely accepted. Various polls show that the number of Americans who wear them, at least when entering stores, went from near zero in March to about 65 percent in early summer to 85 percent or even 90 percent in October.

The slow but relentless acceptance of what epidemiologists call “non-pharmaceutical interventions” has made a huge difference in lives saved. The next step is pharmaceutical interventions. Some are already modestly successful, such as the antiviral drug remdesivir and steroids like dexamethasone. But in the near distance are what Dr. William Schaffner, a preventive medicine specialist, has called “the cavalry” — vaccines and monoclonal antibodies. They are likely to be far more effective.

Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, October 12, 2020
Here’s what to consider before you host that dinner party inside your dining room on a nippy October day: If you make it small, and primarily comprising people under 60, that’s safer. If your guests can stay six feet apart, even better.

Perhaps the most important factor is the level of so-called community transmission: how many new COVID-19 cases are in your immediate area. Caitlin Rivers, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told me she wouldn’t be comfortable at an indoor dinner party right now, no matter what. But if you were going to risk it, it’s safer in areas that are seeing only 5 to 10 new cases a day per 100,000 people, and have a test-positivity rate less than 5 percent.

Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, October 12, 2020
Everything could still get worse. Last week, Anthony Fauci warned of a new surge in cases, as Americans move from the virus-dispersing outdoors into more crowded and less-ventilated public spaces in colder months. Or everything could get better. Thanks largely to new treatments and more knowledge about this virus, hospitalization-fatality rates have declined across Europe and the United States. As a result, new surges are less likely to re-create the springtime spike in deaths. Individuals are also far more conscientious and alert to the risks.

Covid-19’s resurgence isn’t just happening in America. Infections are now rising in Spain, France, and the United Kingdom—all of which currently have more new daily cases per capita than the U.S. This summer, it seemed as if America’s COVID-19 response was uniquely horrific and embarrassing. Today, the group of embarrassed countries is more crowded.

David Cutler and Lawrence Summers, JAMA, October 12, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic is the greatest threat to prosperity and well-being the US has encountered since the Great Depression. The total cost is estimated at more than $16 trillion, or approximately 90% of the annual gross domestic product of the US. For a family of 4, the estimated loss would be nearly $200 000. Approximately half of this amount is the lost income from the COVID-19–induced recession; the remainder is the economic effects of shorter and less healthy life. For this reason, policies that can materially reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 have enormous social value.
East Bay Focus
Alameda County
Substantial (Red)
  • 3.4 Adjusted case rate of new Covid-19 positive cases per day per 100,000 residents
  • 2.0% Positivity rate
  • 3.9% Health places (equity) index
Contra Costa County
Substantial (Red)
  • 5.6 Adjusted case rate of new Covid-19 positive cases per day per 100,000 residents
  • 3.3% Positivity rate
  • 6.8% Healthy places (equity) index
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.

For Alameda and Contra Costa Counties to move down to the next tier (moderate/orange), daily new cases (per 100k) must be between 1-3.9 and positive tests must be between 2-4.9%. If a county’s case rate and positivity rate fall into different tiers, the county remains in the stricter tier.
by day as of 10/11/20
by day as of 10/11/20
Over the last seven days, Alameda County officials have confirmed 441 new cases, which amounts to 27 cases per 100,000 residents.
Over the last seven days, Contra Costa County officials have confirmed 469 new cases, which amounts to 41 cases per 100,000 residents.
Top 10 Locations of Cases in Alameda County, as of 10/8/20. Alameda County does not publish cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days by city.
Oakland: 8,671

Hayward: 3,233

Fremont: 1,477

Eden MAC: 1,409

San Leandro: 1,202

Livermore: 957

Union City: 821

Newark: 595

Castro Valley: 576

Pleasanton: 475
Top 10 Locations of Cases in Contra Costa County plus (in parentheses) cases per 100,000 in last 14 days, as of 10/9/20
Richmond: 3,425 (190)

Concord: 2,382 (116)

Antioch: 2,364 (118)

Pittsburgh: 1,986 (133)

San Pablo: 1,515 (257)

Bay Point: 933 (247)

Brentwood: 678 (88)

Walnut Creek: 627 (28)

Oakley: 542 (77)

San Ramon: 374 (41)
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.

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