Pleasanton city officials are urging residents to wear face masks in public after a week of halted reopenings and an increase of COVID-19 cases locally and countywide.
“Let’s all do our part and when you’re outside your home, wear a face mask as required by the county and state health orders," Councilman Jerry Pentin said in a video promoting face masks that the city released heading into the Independence Day weekend.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that wearing a face mask may reduce the spread of COVID-19. Since the first stay-at-home order was issued on March 19, residents have been encouraged to take part in preventing the virus spread by wearing a mask.
“We’ve done a great job of flattening the curve, but we’re not out of the woods yet," Councilwoman Karla Brown said in the city's minute-long video.
The Alameda County Public Health Department on Monday halted its plan for reopening new businesses in July, citing the need to pause amid a surge in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
According to ACPHD, the county has had more than 6,300 cases, with 127 in Pleasanton, as of Thursday's data. Recently, there were 19 cases, including one death, at a residential facility for military veterans in Livermore.
The county stated Monday that for more businesses to safely reopen, the county will be measuring the following factors: rates of new cases and hospitalizations, hospital inpatient bed capacity and surge capacity, testing capacity, disease containment capacity, and supply of protective equipment for health care providers.
“This week and the next will be critical for assessing the impact of activities authorized to resume in Alameda County on June 19," Neetu Balram, county public information manager, wrote in a press release. "We will continue to closely monitor our data to inform the next steps regarding reopening and attestation.”
City officials encourage residents to follow health guidelines to slow the spread as Pleasanton opens up.
“Let’s support (small businesses) safely by wearing a mask when out in public,” Vice Mayor Kathy Narum said.
If people believe they have COVID-19, or they just want to get tested, the following facilities are opened for testing, including the Alameda County Fairgrounds Gate 12, Road 12 on Valley Avenue in Pleasanton. The only requirement is that you must be a resident of Pleasanton, Livermore, or Dublin.
No appointment is needed, but it is recommended individuals visit this page; the fairgrounds testing site will reopen on Monday morning after being closed on Friday for the holiday weekend.
“Let’s mask up, Pleasanton. We’re in this together," City Manager Nelson Fialho said.