October 28, 2020
Eden Health District COVID-19 Bulletin
"The most compelling explanation is that San Francisco's numbers reflect what happens when you have strong political, public health and corporate leadership, and residents who believe in science and in keeping themselves, and their fellow human beings, safe."
Dr. Bob Wachter, UCSF Dept. of Medicine, 10/27/20
Winchester Mystery House reopens with a socially distant, self-guided, flashlight tours
The Winchester Mystery House's size, unique architectural features, and haunted history have always made it a popular attraction.

"What fascinates me about this history of this house is that so much is unknown. I mean...It's called Winchester Mystery House for a reason," General Manager Walter Magnuson shares. "Why was it built with so many architectural oddities like doors that lead to the outside or staircases that lead to the ceiling?"

After closing its doors last spring due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Winchester Mystery House has reopened with a socially distant, self-guided, flashlight tour that will allow visitors to explore the mansion in a thrilling, new way.

"When I first started, I was a little nervous," visitor Patty Burlison reveals. "The hair stood up on the back of my neck a little bit."
As guests explore the dark halls, they will hear spooky stories about the home's haunted past.

"We have collected a lot of the more popular stories associated with paranormal or unexplained happenings here at Winchester Mystery House," Magnuson says.

"I just got the shivers like something was watching me when I was in there," guest Ethan adds.

"The anxiety you get when you're in there...it's like a rush. It makes it fun," Burlison says.

Source: ABC 7 News
By the Numbers
Alameda County: 23,471

Contra Costa County: 18,877

Bay Area: 116,199

California: 916,509

U.S.: 8,833,396
Alameda County: 462

Contra Costa County: 243

Bay Area: 1,756

California: 17,486

U.S.: 227,320
Bay Area News
SF Gate, October 27, 2020
Three Bay Area counties — Contra Costa, Marin and San Mateo — advanced from the red to the less restrictive orange tier Tuesday in California's reopening plan. They join Alameda, Napa and Santa Clara in the orange, while Sonoma remains stuck in purple and Solano stays red. San Francisco is the only Bay Area county in the least restrictive yellow category.

Editor's Note: The SF Chronicle reports the Bay Area as a whole has seen an uptick in cases over the past week. Two counties, Napa and Solano, are at risk of moving to a more restrictive tier after reporting worsening local case rates on Tuesday.

Press Release, October 27, 2020
California today reassigned Contra Costa to the less-restrictive orange tier of its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, allowing for larger local gatherings for indoor worship services and dining, and the reopening of indoor pools, bars and bowling alleys.

But health officials caution that it is now more important than ever to follow the state health guidance for physical distancing and use of face coverings, to keep everyone safe and healthy during the holiday season and to avoid a return to the red tier. Contra Costa’s adjusted per-capita case rate – the average daily number of new COVID-19 cases identified in the county per 100,000 population – stood at 3.7 on Tuesday, just qualifying the county to move into the orange tier.

Reopening: List of Businesses and Activities

On October 26, 2020, the number of patients with confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19 stood at 99. On May 1, 2020, 135 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19 were hospitalized in the the county. The peak, 283 patients, occurred on July 23, 2020.
How to Have Fun Safely for Halloween

Contra Costa Health Services
Detailed information can be found here.

Mercury News, October 27, 2020
Hint: drive-ins

SF Chronicle, October 27, 2020

SF Chronicle, October 27, 2020
Health News
STAT, October 27, 2020
Pfizer revealed Tuesday that researchers have not yet conducted an analysis of the efficacy of the vaccine it is developing against Covid-19.
The announcement is both good news and bad news. 

The good news is this means the vaccine is not failing to prevent most Covid cases in test participants. But it also suggests that cases of Covid are being reported less frequently among participants in the Pfizer study than in the U.S. as a whole. That means that the study is progressing more slowly than Pfizer originally expected. Pfizer is in the spotlight because its Covid-19 vaccine, by design, is likely to be the first to have any efficacy data.

Axios, October 28, 2020
Coronavirus hospitalizations are rising much more dramatically in places that don’t require people to wear a face mask, according to a new Vanderbilt University analysis. In hospitals where at least 75% of patients are subject to a local mask requirement, Covid hospitalizations are at about the same level now as they were July 1. In hospitals where fewer than 25% of patients are subject to a local mask mandate, however, hospitalizations are more than 200% higher than their July 1 levels.

Washington Post, October 27, 2020
Case counts in much of Canada are climbing, even in parts of the country that imposed new autumn restrictions. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October, and both provincial and federal officials have pointed to the holiday as a culprit in the spike. “In some areas we are learning that gathering during the Thanksgiving weekend contributed to the elevated case counts we are seeing today,” Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, told reporters Tuesday in Ottawa. “Our actions matter.”

NY Times, October 27, 2020
Experts say it’s normal for levels of antibodies to drop after clearing an infection, and that they represent just one arm of the immune response against a virus.

CNN Health, October 27, 2020
  1. Household cleaning and protection
  2. Check your medicine cabinet
  3. Long-lasting food and snacks
  4. A disaster preparedness kit
  5. Entertainment

Stanford News, October 27, 2020
Despite being most at risk of contracting Covid-19 and suffering health complications due to the virus, older adults reported feeling calm more often than younger people, and were less likely to report negative emotions like anxiety compared to people their junior, according to a recent study of 1,000 U.S. adults aged 18-76 by Stanford psychologist Laura Carstensen.

"Time becomes more and more precious as we age – the older we get, the less time we have left – and it may be beneficial to focus our time, energy and motivation on what’s meaningful and less time dwelling on the negative aspects of life," Carstensen states.

Medical Journal of Australia, October 25, 2020
An early cause for hope in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) pandemic was the observation that children are much less likely to experience severe illness than adults. This remains true, but has created a perception that children are less susceptible to infection and do not play a substantial role in transmission. Newer data suggests that children and adults may be similarly susceptible to infection and that children do not appear to be less infectious than adults.
US and California Data: Full Range
Covid Tracking Project, 10/27/20 (bold lines are 7-day averages)
United States
California News
East Bay Times, October 28, 2020
On Tuesday, the country’s daily average of new cases reached its highest point yet, more than 73,000 per day, or nearly 10% higher than the previous peak this summer. In California, there has been little change to the daily average since the week began, but increases across the state late last week left the seven-day average of cases about one-third higher than it was two weeks ago, at about 4,450 per day.

LA Times, October 27, 2020
Top state and local health officials continued Tuesday to voice growing alarm over recent increases in the number of people becoming infected by the novel coronavirus. In four Southern California counties — Imperial, San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles — the average numbers of new daily infections per 100,000 residents over the past week rank among the top five statewide, according to The Times’ coronavirus tracker. In L.A. County, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said that the raw count of new cases has increased from an average of about 940 infections each day in early October to almost 1,200 as of last week.

CalMatters, October 26, 2020
Families desperate to visit loved ones in California nursing homes finally may see some relief after state health officials released updated guidelines allowing indoor visits in 46 counties, with some caveats.

The long-awaited guidance came after months of pressure from families who say their relatives have suffered without the companionship and, sometimes, the extra caregiving that their frequent visits provide. They have been making do with rare window and outdoor visits and have depended on the homes’ willingness to allow such arrangements. The guidelines apply to long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, but not necessarily assisted living or independent living homes. 

SF Chronicle, October 27, 2020
Washington, Oregon and Nevada will join California to independently review any coronavirus vaccine before distributing it to the public. Gov. Newsom said Tuesday that the three states would identify their own public health experts to participate in the scientific review committee he announced last week, which was charged with ensuring that any vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is safe and effective.

California has also formed a second committee to develop guidelines for the ethical distribution of vaccines, Newsom said, addressing questions about who should receive the first doses and how to allocate potentially limited supplies.

Politico, October 26, 2020
California State Treasurer Fiona Ma has pressured her employees to work in the office and asked them to demonstrate "courage and resolve" by showing up during the pandemic, in contrast to other state agencies that have encouraged their workers to stay home to avoid exposure, emails and interviews show. Ma is requiring at least 25% of her staff to be in the office and providing less leeway on remote work requests than other state agencies and her counterparts on the West Coast. Some Treasurer's Office employees said they have been unnerved by the policy due to health concerns and that some have burned through vacation days for fear of contracting the coronavirus.
US News
Washington Post, October 28, 2020
As days grow short and cold weather sets in across the northern United States, the country is logging more coronavirus infections than ever before. Tuesday marked the first time that the rolling seven-day average of new daily case counts — a metric considered more reliable than single-day figures — topped 70,000. Record numbers of infections have been reported in 29 states over the past week, in every region of the country. More than 8.7 million cases have been reported nationwide since February, and at least 226,000 people have died of Covid-19.

NY Times, October 28, 2020
Hospitals around the United States are reeling from the spread of the coronavirus, many of them in parts of the country that initially had been spared the worst. The number of people hospitalized, climbing an estimated 46 percent from a month ago, is raising fears about the capacity of regional health care systems to respond to overwhelming demand. Twenty-six states are at or near record numbers for new infections. More than 500,000 cases have been announced in the past week. No states are seeing sustained declines in case numbers.

Newsweek, October 28, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, told a Melbourne, Australia audience on Wednesday that it could be years before Americans are able to resume their lives normally amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Fauci went on to explain that opening up the economy and maintaining public health safety is a "fine line" to walk. On Monday, Fauci said the first wave of the coronavirus never fully ended, calling the current upticks "an elongated and an exacerbation of the original first wave."

Associated Press, October 27, 2020
A record surge in coronavirus cases is pushing hospitals to the brink in the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, confronting health officials in Texas and Mexico with twin disasters in the tightly knit metropolitan area of 3 million people. Health officials are blaming the spike on family gatherings, multiple generations living in the same household and younger people going out to shop or conduct business.

Vox, October 27, 2020
The third surge of Covid-19 cases is leading to worsening outbreaks across the United States. But two states — North Dakota and South Dakota — have coronavirus outbreaks that far surpass the rest of America. And the rate of tests coming back positive, which is used by experts to gauge testing capacity, is more than 11% for North Dakota. In South Dakota, it’s an astonishing 40%. The recommended maximum is 5%.

That discrepancy suggests that, if anything, testing in the Dakotas is still missing a lot of cases, and each state’s outbreak is even worse than the official figures indicate. Unlike other states, South and North Dakota never fully closed down, with the Republican governors in each state resisting ever issuing a stay-at-home order. So most of each state remained open — allowing the virus to spread freely through bars, restaurants, parties, celebrations, rodeos, rallies, and other large gatherings. Among those potential spreading events was a motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, in early August, which some experts now blame for a Covid-19 surge that followed in the region, particularly in the Upper Midwest.
Neither state has adopted a mask mandate, which research shows can help suppress the coronavirus. Based on some national data, both Dakotas have some of the lowest rates of mask-wearing in the US.
CA Education News
Dr. Mike McLaughlin, Superintendent, October 27, 2020
The school board has unanimously approved January 4, 2021, as a target date to resume in-person instruction. 

By establishing this date, we can realistically finalize the following key elements for reopening:

  1. Schedules for blended, in-person learning at all grade levels
  2. A distance learning option for families and staff who may not be able to return to our classrooms
  3. Agreements with our labor partners
  4. Safety precautions and protocols necessary to reopen our schools safely
  5. A phased reopening timeline by grade band/program

SF Chronicle, October 27, 2020
For the first time since March, some San Francisco high school kids will get to go back to school after county health officials greenlit the city’s older students to get back to class. Archbishop Riordan High School and the Sterne School, both private, passed city inspections and on Monday received permission to let students back in the classroom. Elementary schools started reopening late in September, with middle schools granted permission earlier this month. There have been no reported outbreaks associated with the opening of schools and no cases of coronavirus transmitted at the sites.

EdSource, October 27, 2020
In light of widespread distance learning, many California teachers are putting more focus on a range of different techniques for both routine and standardized tests, from more frequent check-ins and break-out groups to gauge understanding, to open-note tests, and even using webcams and software to prevent cheating.

When California schools shut their buildings in March to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, most school districts waived grading requirements for the remainder of the term. But this fall, nearly all schools have reinstated their grading systems, renewing the need for assessments that can measure learning losses or gains during the pandemic.

One method is formative assessments, an ongoing process of gathering evidence of students’ learning progress. The information gleaned from the shorter, more frequent checks is used to guide instruction while giving students regular feedback throughout their learning process, rather than a single large test at the end of a teaching unit or a standardized test at the end of the year that compares students across a grade level.
US Education News
NY Times, October 28, 2020
Only 26 percent of students in the school district, the nation’s largest, have attended any class in person this year so far — way below expectations. At the beginning of the year, about half of the 1.1 million children in the system chose a hybrid approach that combines online teaching with some in-class instruction. But according to the new data, only 238,000 students actually showed up.

Commonwealth Magazine, October 27, 2020
As Massachusetts school districts contend with fully remote instruction or a hybrid model that involves students coming to school for part of the week, it has been business as usual for most Catholic schools in the Boston archdiocese. With 31,000 students across 100 schools in the Greater Boston area, the Catholic schools represent the state’s second largest school district after Boston and they have approached the pandemic very differently than public schools. “All of our focus was on how to do it, not whether to do it,” said Thomas Carroll, superintendent of the archdiocese schools, about the fall reopening with in-person instruction.

NY Times, October 28, 2020
When college students returned to campus this fall, jamming sidewalks and bars in the surrounding communities, many college towns emerged as major coronavirus hot spots. In many college towns, that’s still true: Washtenaw County, home to the University of Michigan, saw its largest number of confirmed cases of the pandemic this month, despite a stay-at-home order for undergraduates that was meant to squash outbreaks. In Wisconsin, especially around colleges, new case counts remain stubbornly high, with the virus now spreading to vulnerable populations. But some college towns have shown progress: After spikes in August and September, reports of new infections at several large universities have slowed markedly.

LA Times, October 27, 2020
College campuses have long been hubs of liberal political activism and get-out-the-vote efforts — catalysts that have helped Democrats win elections in swing states. But as the pandemic flared over the summer and early fall and classes moved online, normally bustling campuses thinned out, drastically changing the calculus of ground-game operations as Nov. 3 nears. Nationwide, colleges and universities saw a 4% drop in enrollment this fall, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Here in the Midwest, home to several swing states, that figure was about 6% — a decline that could matter on election day.
Covid-19 survivor speaks of lessons learned
Donna Distel is the kind of person who self-admittedly has a hard time receiving anything from others. “I don’t like to get help,” she said. “I like to be the one giving help.”

And a lot of people depend on the 52-year-old Cripple Creek, Colorado, resident, who not only is self-employed but also works several volunteer and part-time jobs as a park ranger, a first responder and a driver. She also has family obligations. But when Covid-19 infiltrated her body in March and didn’t retreat until July, she realized a few things about her life. The first was that other people like to help, too.

What started out as a barrage of symptoms that simultaneously descended on her normally healthy body — a sore throat, runny nose, congestion, headaches, fever and chills — eventually advanced to pink eye, excessive fatigue, weakness, hives and swelling of the airways.

She was laid up for 3½ months, sought emergency care twice and was hospitalized for three days. During her lengthy illness, a large contingent of family, friends, neighbors, fellow parishioners and co-workers rallied around her in her time of need.

“I didn’t really feel isolated. I felt very loved and supported by friends and family.”

Distel has no idea where she picked up the virus. “Just living life,” she said. “I didn’t do anything out of ordinary, and no one I knew appeared to be sick.” She self-quarantined immediately after initial symptoms began in the third week in March and found out on Easter that she had tested positive for the virus. The infectious disease started out as being annoying but as time went on became debilitating.
She drove herself to an emergency clinic because she didn’t want to infect anyone else. But after getting a steroid injection and being released, Distel slept for 5 hours in her car in the clinic parking lot because she was too weak to undertake the half-hour drive home. When she finally made it to her bed, she slept for another 16 hours.

A friend called Distel to check on her. Noting that Distel couldn’t speak properly, the friend, who works in the medical field, suited up in protective gear, came over and took her to the emergency room, where she was hospitalized.

“I was really out of it. I couldn’t focus. I was covered in purple splotches head-to-toe, and my body was red,” Distel said. “All of my vital signs were really low.”

As she convalesced, Distel had another epiphany. “I was pushing too hard,” she said. “I didn’t meet the categories of being high-risk, but I was so run down. I’m pretty sure that’s why I got sick.”

Distel is now being intentional about making commitments. She’s taking better care of herself, getting enough sleep, eating properly and slowly returning to her love of hiking. “It was a long road to feeling well,” Distel said. “I’m still dealing with some rebound symptoms.”

International News
NY Times, October 28, 2020
Germany will require restaurants and bars to close their doors to patrons starting Monday and professional sports teams to play to empty stadiums, while theaters, gyms and cosmetic studios will be shuttered as the country scrambles to halt a spike in new virus cases.

The latest restrictions also limit the number of people allowed to meet up in public, but supermarkets, stores, schools and day care centers will remain open, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday. The German media labeled the restrictions, which are less comprehensive than those imposed in the spring, when schools and most businesses were forced to close, as “lockdown light.”

The measures aim to ease the strain on the country’s health system, where hospitals have seen the number of patients double in the past 10 days, as new daily cases nudged toward a record 15,000, and halt the rapid spread of the virus before the coming Christmas holidays, without bringing the economy to a complete standstill.

Ivana Kottasová, CNN, October 28, 2020
Jason Oke has been tracking Covid-19 fatality rates along with his colleague Carl Heneghan of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and health economist Daniel Howdon. Their research shows that, at the end of June, the fatality rate was just below 3% in the UK. By August, it had dropped as low as about 0.5%. It now stands at roughly 0.75%.

"We think it's probably driven a lot by age, but also other factors, like treatment," Oke said. The lower death rate isn't unique to Europe.

In New York, the death rate for those hospitalized with coronavirus-related illnesses has also dropped since earlier this year, according to a study by a team of researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. A wider analysis of data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by the NYU team shows that across the United States, "6.7% of cases resulted in death in April, compared with 1.9% in September." The most obvious reason for the lower death toll is age.

Bloomberg, October 28, 2020
As countries across the globe grapple with the prospect of renewed lockdowns, the Australian city of Melbourne offers a stark lesson on the costs of bringing the coronavirus under control.

The city of 5 million people on Wednesday emerged from one of the world’s strictest and longest lockdowns that shuttered businesses and confined residents to their homes for more than three months. While infections have dropped from a daily peak of about 700 in early August to just two new cases on Wednesday, the economic and social impact of Melbourne’s second lockdown since the crisis began has been enormous. Australia’s government estimates 1,200 jobs have been lost on average a day across Victoria state, while demand for mental health services has surged by more than 30%.

Associated Press, October 27, 2020
Hospitals across the once wealthy South American nation lack enough doctors and nurses to confront the coronavirus pandemic. As thousands of trained health care workers emigrated in recent years, some hospital wings have closed. Others keep operating, but with high caseloads.

The shortage leaves families rushing to fill the void at facilities that treat the poor, like José Gregorio Hernández Hospital, which sits in the middle of a sweeping Caracas barrio. They feed patients, bathe them and change their bedsheets -- tasks normally done by trained medical professionals.

Relatives of elderly and weak patients are allowed short visits up to 3 times daily and are responsible for providing their own protective clothing.
This kind of thing has long been common in poor nations, places like South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo in sub-Saharan Africa, health experts say. But it’s only now come to Venezuela, which was once a wealthy nation, sitting atop the world’s largest oil reserves.
NY Times, October 28, 2020
Because U.S. public health leaders and scientists have been planning for a catastrophe just like Covid-19 for decades, and, in typical American fashion, we didn’t just write the pandemic playbook — we exported it around the world.

Ed Yong, The Atlantic, October 28, 2020
In the 2020 election, on top of every routine test of character and capability, the candidates must answer the challenge the coronavirus has brought to this country. Trump’s response has been so lax as to effectively cede the country to a virus whose spread is controllable. He has, by his own admission, repeatedly downplayed the threat after he became aware of how dangerous the new coronavirus could be. He caught the virus himself and seems to have learned nothing from the encounter.

As November nears, the coronavirus is surging again, with cases rising to record-breaking heights for the third time. To control the pandemic, changes are necessary, but Trump has proved that he does not learn from his mistakes—perhaps the most costly of his failings. If he is reelected, he will continue on the same path, and so will the coronavirus. More Americans will be sickened, disabled, and killed. Donald Trump is unchanging; the election offers an opportunity for the country to change instead.

NPR, October 27, 2020
It's a story common to working mothers during the pandemic, but Latinas appear to have suffered most. As hundreds of thousands of women dropped out of the workforce in September, Latinas led the way, leaving at nearly three times the rate of white women and more than four times the rate of African Americans. That could have lasting consequences for both household budgets and the broader U.S. economy.

Analysts offer a variety of explanations for the widespread Latina exodus. Hispanic women are more likely to maintain a traditional view of mothers as primary caregivers. Many Latinas work in industries that have been hammered by the pandemic. While the overall unemployment rate fell last month, the jobless rate among Latinas rose to 11%.

LA Times, October 27, 2020
In a three-month period early in the COVID-19 pandemic, when personal protective equipment was often scarce and scientists’ understanding of the virus was in its earliest stages, healthcare workers were hospitalized and died at rates that were atypically high for their ages and genders.
Researchers scoured a sample of 6,760 adults hospitalized for COVID-19 between March 1 and May 31 and found that 5.9% of those patients were healthcare workers. Just over two-thirds of them were in jobs where they would likely have direct contact with patients — especially nursing.

Camila Domonoske, NPR, October 28, 2020
Add used-car values to the list of things turned topsy-turvy in 2020. Springer's experience is exceptional, but it's also a sign of the times: Prices for used cars, trucks and SUVs rose remarkably all summer long as demand far outstripped supply.

According to Cox Automotive, as of September, wholesale used-vehicle values were up 15% compared with last year. And listings on CarGurus are now averaging $22,470, which is over $1,800 more than at the start of 2020.
The rate of growth appears to have calmed down, but prices remain remarkably high

Meanwhile, plenty of people are looking for cars. Partly that's because of concerns over the safety of carpooling or riding public transit. There was a policy-based boost in demand as well, as buyers put their coronavirus relief checks toward new vehicles. In short, the pandemic reduced the supply of cars at the same time it increased demand for them.
East Bay Focus
Alameda County
Moderate (Orange)
  • 2.9 Adjusted case rate of new Covid-19 positive cases per day per 100,000 residents
  • 1.6% Positivity rate
  • 2.7% Health equity metric
Contra Costa County
Substantial (Red)
  • 3.8 Adjusted case rate of new Covid-19 positive cases per day per 100,000 residents
  • 1.9% Positivity rate
  • 3.0% 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.
by day as of 10/27/20
by day as of 10/27/20
Over the last seven days, Alameda County officials have confirmed 664 new cases, which amounts to 40 cases per 100,000 residents.
Over the last seven days, Contra Costa County officials have confirmed 544 new cases, which amounts to 48 cases per 100,000 residents.
Top 10 Locations of Cases in Alameda County, as of 10/25/20. Alameda County does not publish cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days by city.
Oakland: 9,064

Hayward: 3,475

Fremont: 1,633

Eden MAC: 1,505

San Leandro: 1,291

Livermore: 1,004

Union City: 905

Berkeley: 757

Newark: 630

Castro Valley: 612
Top 10 Locations of Cases in Contra Costa County plus (in parentheses) cases per 100,000 in last 14 days, as of 10/28/20
Richmond: 3,559 (101)

Concord: 2,510 (93)

Antioch: 2,483 (87)

Pittsburgh: 2,112 (148)

San Pablo: 1,612 (248)

Bay Point: 981 (123)

Brentwood: 737 (74)

Walnut Creek: 667 (42)

Oakley: 585 (99)

Martinez: 422 (92)
East Bay Resources

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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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