Updated Resources for April 23, 2020
You can reach my office at 925-252-4500 or supervisor_burgis@bos.cccounty.us
On March 16, 2020 The Health Officer of the County of Contra Costa directed all individuals living in the county to shelter at their place of residence except that they may leave to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and governmental services.

If you have additional questions please call the County Hotline at 844-729-8410 .
Contra Costa Health Services Information

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and its partners are working closely with state and federal health agencies to monitor The Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19)






Still have questions about the
COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Order?
Call 844-729-8410
8am-5pm

For the most updated information,
always visit the COVID-19 Dashboard at


Resources:


Small Business Resources:

For other questions, please contact the
SBA disaster assistance customer service center
at 1-800-659-2955 or e-mail  disastercustomerservice@sba.gov


Links to Other Health Organizations:





This a rapidly evolving situation with new information emerging every day.

For the latest updates, please visit our website at coronavirus.cchealth.org

A message from Supervisor Burgis about Social Distancing.
PPE and Supply Donations
Donate Protective Equipment and Supplies for Healthcare Providers
Contra Costa Health Services is now accepting donations of protective equipment and supplies for use by healthcare providers throughout the county.  

Businesses and residents are encouraged to donate  only  the following types of protective medical supplies:
  • Eye protection, such as goggles and face shields
  • Antibacterial and disinfecting wipes, typically alcohol or bleach based (unopened). NO baby wipes.
  • N-95 and surgical masks (unused)
  • Waterproof gowns, coveralls and sleeved aprons
  • Hand-sewn cloth masks
 
New: Donations will also be distributed to emergency child care/family care centers throughout the county who are providing child care specifically to children of our essential work force:
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • Surgical type gloves
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Household grade disinfectant spray
  • Household grade disinfectant wipes
COVID-19 Testing Available
Contra Costa residents who have fever, cough or similar symptoms can make an appointment for free COVID-19 testing at one of four drive-through sites around the county.

The sites, opened Wednesday by Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), are available to anyone regardless of insurance.

“Testing is more available now than it has ever been since this pandemic began, and we have the opportunity to give more people the health information they need to care for themselves,” said Candace Andersen, chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. “Information is power, and it will help us flatten the curve in Contra Costa County.

Testing is available to people who have symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, coughing or shortness of breath and fatigue.

Any Contra Costa resident with these symptoms can call 1-844-421-0804 for a confidential screening by a health professional. Telephone screenings will be available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“It is crucial to ramp up testing in Contra Costa so we can get a more accurate idea of the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” CCHS Director Anna Roth said. “It is also crucial for everyone in the community to have access to testing, to better protect themselves and their families.”

Depending on their symptoms, callers may receive health advice during their screenings or an appointment for testing at one of four drive-through testing sites:

·        Contra Costa Public Health Clinic Services, 2500 Bates Ave., Concord
·        Martinez Health Center, 2500 Alhambra Ave., Martinez
·        Pittsburg Health Center, 2311 Loveridge Road, Pittsburg
·        West County Health Center, 23601 San Pablo Ave., San Pablo

Screening and appointments are only available by phone. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis.

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.
Adult Day Health Care programs
Choice in Aging – Mt. Diablo and Bedford Centers
As of Friday, March 20, the state has stopped all congregate services and centers redesigned models of service delivery to meet the health and safety needs of participants and their caregivers.

Providing support telephonically, electronically, on porches (delivery services) and in homes (where medically necessary).

Bedford Center Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 – 5:00 925-778-4171
Mt. Diablo Center Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 – 5:00 925-682-6330
Schools and Childcare
For questions about childcare and childcare referrals, please visit:  www.cocokids.org  
For information about K-12 schools in Contra Costa County, email  tkoehne@cccoe.k12.ca.us .
County Department Closures and Service Modifications
As the county continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, many non-essential county functions from across departments have been temporarily suspended to comply with the Bay Area-wide Shelter in Place Order. Please follow this page for the most current information regarding closures and service modifications for County Departments:
Conducting Census During COVID-19

Please see  www.cchealth.org  for updated information regarding COVID-19 in Contra Costa County.

The following is specific information regarding Census 2020 during COVID-19

Census 2020 and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and shelter in place guidelines have impacted Census Bureau field operations and Census outreach activities. 

Census Bureau Updates
The Census Bureau issued a Statement on 2020 Census Operational Adjustments due to COVID-19 indicated the Census Bureau is seeking statutory relief from Congress to allow for an additional 120 calendar days to deliver appropriation counts. This plan would extend the window for field data collection and self-response to October 31, 2020, which will allow for apportionment counts to be delivered to the President by April 30, 2021, and redistricting data to be delivered to the states no later than July 31, 2021. 

Census Bureau has suspended field operations until June 1, 2020. Field operations includes group quarters interviews, hiring new staff, distributing census forms to areas without a mailing address, and knocking on doors. 
People living in areas that only receive mail at a P.O. Box did not likely receive their census materials due to the halting of field operations. These areas include Bethel Island, portions of Byron, Diablo, Knightsen, and other rural areas with no mail delivery.

All residents can complete the survey now by going to https//www.mycensus2020.gov and entering their Census ID (if Census materials were hand delivered to their residence), or by selecting “I do not have a Census ID”.

Once the U.S. Census Bureau resumes field operations, a census enumerator will visit locations that have not responded. 


Questionnaire Assistance
Questionnaire Assistance Centers and Kiosks will not be open during the Shelter in Place.
The Census Bureau’s telephone lines are available in 13 languages to provide, provided below. 

Customer Service Representatives are available every day from 4 am to 11 pm Pacific Time

English: 844-330-2020
Spanish: 844-468-2020
TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-202

Customer Service Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 5 am to 7 pm Pacific Time on the following phone lines:
Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
Korean: 844-392-2020
Russian: 844-417-2020
Arabic: 844-416-2020
Tagalog: 844-478-2020
Polish: 844-479-2020
French: 844-494-2020
Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
Portuguese: 844-474-2020
Japanese: 844-460-2020
Outreach Efforts

Outreach efforts have also shifted from census events and canvassing to social media, digital media, and phone banking. If you are interested in assisting in outreach from your home to ensure our communities are counted, please contact  Matt.Lardner@cococensus.org

The California Complete Count 

Census 2020 Office is providing  updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

How to Help
FEMA has information on how both the public and private sector can help.
For more information, visit the page: fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help

  • Cash donations to the nonprofit of your choice IS THE BEST donation.
  • Do not collect or distribute donations of supplies without understanding community needs.
  • Businesses that have medical supplies or equipment to donate or to sell medical supplies or equipment to Contra Costa County are asked to go to cchealth.org.
  • Licensed medical volunteers can offer their services by registering with the California Health Corps. You can access a direct link to do so through covid19.ca.gov/healthcorps
  • One thing people can do to help is to donate blood. Blood donation centers have the highest standards of safety and infection control. To find where you can donate blood, visit the American Red Cross local blood drive website.
ARC Logo
We now face a severe blood shortage as Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak threatens the availability of nation’s supply.

Nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have canceled in the US due to  #COVID19  concerns, resulting in 86,000 less blood donations.

We understand people may be hesitant to come give blood,
but we want to reassure everyone on the precautions our teams are taking to keep you safe.

Local Food Resources


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Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
For the most up-to-date information on Food Bank, including holidays, income guidelines, and other resources visit foodbankccs.org/getfood or call 855-309-FOOD (3663).

Community Produce Program
We provide 15-20 pounds of FREE fresh produce to low-income families and individuals twice a month. Please bring two bags with handles. Choose ONE location:
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary, 500 Fairview Ave, Brentwood, 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 12:00-1:00pm
  • The Commons, 53 Carol Ln, Oakley, 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Brentwood Community UMC, 218 Pine St, Brentwood, 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 4:00-5:00pm
  • New Covenant Church, 6080 Bethel Island Rd, Bethel Island, 1st & 3rd Sunday, 1:00-2:00pm
  • The Dwelling Place Church, 90 Village Dr, Brentwood, 1st & 3rd Sunday, 3:00-4:00pm

Food Assistance Program
FREE groceries once a month for low-income individuals and families. Bring a picture ID and proof of address (PG&E bill, for example), if you have it.
  • Brentwood Community UMC, 218 Pine St, Brentwood
  • Monday & Wednesday, 9:00am-12:00pm

Food for Children
Boxes of FREE healthy food every month for children ages 4-6 years old. Bring a picture ID and proof of address (PG&E bill, for example), as well as proof of child’s birthday.
  • Brentwood Community UMC, 218 Pine St, Brentwood,
  • Monday & Wednesday, 9:00am-12:00pm

Senior Food Programs
  • St. Anthony’s Church, 971 O’Hara Ave, Oakley, 2nd & 4th Thursday, 9:30-10:30am
  • Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Ln, Brentwood, 2nd & 4th Thursday, 10:00-11:00am
  • Oakley Senior Center, 215 Second St, Oakley, Fridays 9am-11am. Bring own bag.

Other Options
  • Call the Food Bank (925) 676-7543 to learn about other available food resources.
  • CalFresh (the Food Bank can help you apply for this government program)
  • Our partner pantries and soup kitchens (for emergency food)
  • WIC (for pregnant women and mothers with children 0-5 years old) (see above)

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WIC provides healthy foods and support services to families. If your income has been affected by recent events, and you are pregnant, recently had a baby, or have an infant or child under the age of five, you may be qualified to receive WIC services. 

Applying is easy and quick. You will receive your food benefits within a few days.

You can apply online at  cchealth.org/wic   or call 1 (800) 414-4WIC.

WIC food benefits are considered an essential service. We will strive to continue to serve our community during this time under the governor’s and local Health Officer’s order. Currently, we are providing all WIC services over the phone, including new enrollments. To protect you and our WIC staff, all in-person appointments are suspended at this time. Please stay at home. The new WIC Card and WIC app make it easy for you to access your benefits electronically. 

Community members should call their local WIC offices to enroll or certify, obtain future food benefits, reschedule, get breastfeeding help, or to get questions answered.
 
  • Concord & Crossroad WIC: (925) 646-5370
  • Brentwood WIC: (925) 513-6880 
  • Pittsburg WIC: (925) 431-2460
  • San Pablo WIC: (510) 942-4000

Please note that California WIC started monthly auto issuance of benefits and extended some certifications for those who were eligible. This means if you have a WIC card, you may already have your benefits pre-loaded. You can check your California WIC app for benefits. 

For additional questions, please contact your local WIC program at 1 (800) 414-4WIC . For further Covid-19-related information, please visit the county website at:  cchealth.org  or  CDPH website .

Please note that WIC is safe to use and does not affect immigration status for anyone who is currently in the U.S. WIC is not considered a part of public charge. 

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Loaves and Fishes of CC:
Loaves and Fishes is open and serving food. Although we have closed our dining rooms for sit-down meals in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Loaves and Fishes is continuing to "Nourish Lives" in the Contra Costa Community through "to-go" meals and pre-filled bags with food pantry items. Read more about how we are responding to this crisis  here .

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Meals on Wheels Diablo Region:
  • Our meal deliveries remain uninterrupted. In fact, we are serving more seniors now than before. We have increased staff hours to ensure meals are delivered to those in need. We are providing additional protective supplies to our drivers and instructing them to leave the meal on the senior’s porch, to ring the doorbell, and then to back away and watch the client get the meal.

  • Clients that previously attended our Cafés will be receiving 7 frozen meals delivered every week.

  • Our Friendly Visitors program is providing all their services over the phone. We are planning to ramp up calling services for seniors who find themselves newly isolated during this time when social isolation is necessary but can be negative for so many.

  • Our Fall Prevention and Health and Exercise classes are temporarily suspended. Seniors attend our classes for both the health and social benefits. We are reaching out to them to ensure they are not isolated during this time.

  • Our Care Management department is still providing case management and crisis management services. They are doing this over the phone and are ramping up service to help seniors process this crisis.

We have received an outpouring of support from the community wanting to volunteer. Our existing volunteers have stepped up to help and we will reach out to new interested volunteers as the need increases. If you are interested in volunteering, please  apply online .

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Intended for seniors and at-risk customers in self-isolation or quarantine, team members will build as many Senior Essentials Bags as they can each night and put them in the front of their sores each day at 7 am. They will be available to customers each day depending on inventory levels and while supplies last. Items included in bags will be a mix of fresh items and pantry staples. 

White Pony Express
White Pony Express remains open for business. It continues to rescue nutritious fresh food from supermarkets and restaurants and deliver it free to those in need in our communities.

WPE’s School Food Pantry Program is continuing to deliver food to free-lunch schools in the county. However, because the schools have closed, this food is now being taken to alternative distribution sites where the food is being made available to the school families.

  • WPE will make limited deliveries of needed clothing for the foreseeable future.
  • No donations of clothing will be accepted while the shelter-in-place order is in effect.
  • WPE has implemented stringent health guidelines in place to protect its volunteers.
  • These protocols (hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, gloves, social distancing, etc.) are now a part of all WPE’s food and clothing operations.

Volunteers are urgently needed as some volunteers wish to self-isolate.
Those who wish to volunteer can sign up at