Hello Oakland,

Join us Thursday night for our weekly virtual Town Hall at 6 p.m. on our social media channels Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , and YouTube (with closed captioning).

To dial in by phone: (669) 900-6833, PIN 413825986#

As always, you can submit questions right now in advance here .

This week we’re covering the latest shelter in place guidelines and looking to the future to ensure an equitable economic recovery in Oakland.

  • Dr. Erica Pan, Alameda County Public Health Officer, will share details of the latest shelter in place order and answer your questions on compliance.

  • Equity advocate and Oaklander Angela Glover Blackwell, who was recently named to Governor Newsom’s Task Force on Business and Job Recovery, will talk about putting equity in the heart of our economic recovery.

I will also give my weekly presentation on the city’s response with the latest news and resources for Oaklanders.

We will answer all your questions, which you can submit by clicking here .
As the weather warms up, let’s not undo all the hard work we’ve done to flatten the curve. We all know Lake Merritt is normally a fabulous destination, but we’re calling on all Oaklanders right now to #GiveTheLakeABreak .

Remember, we’re adding Slow Streets every week with your valuable community input and feedback. Visit the Slow Streets site here for updates or dial 311 for more info.

We’ve done great so far, Oakland – and let’s keep at it.
Important reminder : If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms or think you may have had contact with someone who has COVID-19 — don’t take a chance!

Get tested for free at one of our sites!

You can schedule a free test right now, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Please visit our website here to register for a test.

At our Town Hall last week we announced a new partnership with Roots Community Health Center to open the next testing site in East Oakland, which will also be one of the first walk-up testing sites in the region.

We’ll have an announcement next week with more details, along with more sites coming online soon in our most underserved neighborhoods.

Increased testing and contact tracing will determine when we can return to work and reopen our beloved businesses – so please share this info with anyone you know who may need a test.

Lastly, with much gratitude and appreciation, I want to thank all Oaklanders who continue to volunteer , donate , and offer small acts of kindness in their neighborhoods as we move through this crisis together.

If you want to join in our next citywide act of altruism, sign up as a volunteer for what we’re calling the Great Oakland Check In . Starting this Saturday, we’re going to train volunteers to call vulnerable Oaklanders at their homes to do two things: Check in on their wellness and encourage them to fill out their Census form.

Our goal is to reach 35,000 seniors and vulnerable families across our city. To learn more about the historic effort, read more here . And to sign up to make those phone calls, click here .

Along with the daily stressors and moments of grief and anguish, there are also silver linings in this experience, Oakland.

I appreciate each and every one of them, and I appreciate our community’s resilience.

Be well,