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'Mask up, Pleasanton' -- City Council video urges face coverings amid COVID-19

Leaders implore residents to help reduce spread of coronavirus

Members of the Pleasanton City Council sent a message to residents about wearing face masks.

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.

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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.

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'Mask up, Pleasanton' -- City Council video urges face coverings amid COVID-19

Leaders implore residents to help reduce spread of coronavirus

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 6:13 pm

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.

Comments

Ridiculous
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2020 at 9:53 am
Ridiculous , Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2020 at 9:53 am
27 people like this

Ridiculous. [Portion removed as unverified] It’s just their way of controlling the sheep stupid enough to blindly follow. We are Americans and show your independence by standing up for your rights. I will not wear a mask, it helps no one but the tyrants.


Rob
Birdland
on Jul 3, 2020 at 10:01 am
Rob, Birdland
on Jul 3, 2020 at 10:01 am
23 people like this

This video is appalling. It looks as if it was made just for the sake of making a video. Odd that the mayor of an 82,000-resident city doesn't bother to introduce himself, offer guidance or hope, and acts as if he couldn't care less about the mask. It would be great if the mayor of Pleasanton offered just a hint of leadership for acting responsively this Fourth of July weekend, and going forward. With Pleasanton hitting its highest single-day jump in positive tests at 20 on Tuesday, a much stronger message is warranted than what was offered here.


been there
Del Prado
on Jul 3, 2020 at 10:01 am
been there, Del Prado
on Jul 3, 2020 at 10:01 am
20 people like this

I cannot begin to say how disappointed I am that the City Council has issued this statement. Next they will be marching in lock-step for mandatory vaccination.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Vintage Hills
on Jul 3, 2020 at 11:23 am
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
on Jul 3, 2020 at 11:23 am
51 people like this

Speaking on TheStreet, Fauci discusses how effective face masks are at preventing COVID-19 infection and why they weren’t recommended from the start. "Masks are not 100 percent protective. However, they certainly are better than not wearing a mask. Both to prevent you, if you happen to be a person who maybe feels well, but has an asymptomatic infection that you don't even know about, to prevent you from infecting someone else," Fauci said.

"But also, it can protect you a certain degree, not a hundred percent, in protecting you from getting infected from someone who, either is breathing, or coughing, or sneezing, or singing or whatever it is in which the droplets or the aerosols go out. So masks work,” Fauci added.

“The important thing is actually physical separation,” Fauci said, adding that the combination of social distancing and face masks is the best way for the public to mitigate the spread and reduce transmission while maintaining some normalcy by venturing in public.

So, wear a mask. It is a small ask.


BobB
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2020 at 11:26 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2020 at 11:26 am
52 people like this

"Ridiculous" is just a troll. Real people don't believe that nonsense.

Wear a mask.


No Name
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2020 at 11:35 am
No Name, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2020 at 11:35 am
29 people like this

Everything was doing fine until about 3 or 4 weeks ago. Massive crowds of people looting, rioting, and protesting all over these states that have turned back everything now. Yes what happened was a tragedy. But the rest of us that stayed home and followed the shelter in place rules are the ones that continue to suffer. People need to get back to work. We all have bills to pay.


Devoted
Downtown
on Jul 4, 2020 at 2:14 pm
Devoted, Downtown
on Jul 4, 2020 at 2:14 pm
49 people like this

Why does the State mandate restaurant employees wash their hands after using the bathroom? How is wearing a mask any different than wearing a seatbelt while driving or washing your hands? This has become a hyper-partisan political issue instead of a matter of public health, and no one has the right to put another's life at risk! So, hell yes! Mask Up Pleasanton!


PUSDeepThroat
Amador Estates
on Jul 4, 2020 at 7:48 pm
PUSDeepThroat , Amador Estates
on Jul 4, 2020 at 7:48 pm
18 people like this

These top comments are terrifying. Quarantine brain is real folks.


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 4, 2020 at 11:09 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 4, 2020 at 11:09 pm
12 people like this

No. I’m not sick. Telling me to wear a mask when I’m not sick is dumb.

If you want to wear one fine, don’t make me


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Vintage Hills
on Jul 4, 2020 at 11:21 pm
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
on Jul 4, 2020 at 11:21 pm
36 people like this

PP, wear a mask. It isn’t too much to ask.


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm
20 people like this

Kathleen,
No. It makes zero sense outside. No.


stay inside
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 5, 2020 at 1:05 am
stay inside, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 5, 2020 at 1:05 am
2 people like this

For weeks, there was a slow climb in Pleasanton from March until last week. The number of cases was 99 last week.

Within about a week there has been 31 new cases in Pleasanton. The number is now 130. The cases are increasing exponentially.

Anyone that does not shelter in place is increasing chances they will get COVID, mask or not.


Wombat
Downtown
on Jul 5, 2020 at 6:38 am
Wombat, Downtown
on Jul 5, 2020 at 6:38 am
22 people like this

@“stay inside” wrote “Within about a week there has been 31 new cases in Pleasanton. The number is now 130. The cases are increasing exponentially.”

The number of increased cases merely reflects the amount of increased testing. The number of Pleasantonians who have died of coronavirus remains zero.

Stop being a Chicken Little. The sky is not falling. The mortality rate of COVID-19 was exaggerated from the beginning. Here’s what’s happening: The Increasing skepticism that you are seeing among much of the population about the whole idea of sheltering-in-place, social distancing, etc. is due to an increasing awareness that COVID-19 is not nearly as deadly as it was claimed to be when it first appeared. There’s a disconnect between what we were told and what we are seeing. Public health officials and government officials failed to update the public about new information and new studies showing that the mortality rate of COVID-19 is much lower than was first estimated, leaving the public to gradually learn this information for themselves. The result?: The credibility of public health officials and government officials has been seriously damaged.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2020 at 11:02 am
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2020 at 11:02 am
10 people like this

THE INTENT IS NOT TO GET INFECTED.

Because there are no deaths in Pleasanton is not a green light to socialize without masks and proper distancing.

New reports surfaced this morning that the COVID-19 is airborne!


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2020 at 3:43 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2020 at 3:43 pm
18 people like this

Michael. No. That was never the intent. “Flatten the curve” is not the same as “stop the infection”. Remember that mantra?

You do not have a right against infection. You can take your own measures to limit exposure, but you don’t have a mandated right to force others to go broke so you can avoid a sickness that you’ll most likely recover from.


BobB
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 5, 2020 at 4:23 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 5, 2020 at 4:23 pm
19 people like this

People still can't be troubled to wear a mask? What is the harm. It could do a lot to help the economy.

Web Link


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2020 at 4:30 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2020 at 4:30 pm
12 people like this

BobB,
Stop eating hamburger, if everyone stops eating hamburgers we'll flatten the cardiovascular curve. Granted, you may be fine to eat hamburger, but we're all in this together. Stop eating hamburger.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2020 at 4:43 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2020 at 4:43 pm
5 people like this

The way to flatten the curve is not to get infected!


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2020 at 5:45 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2020 at 5:45 pm
12 people like this

Michael,
No, eliminating infection doesn’t flatten the curve, it creates a continuous declining slope.

While idealistic, not what we are trying to achieve before opening up.

Again, I’ll ask the proponents of a flat curve line where is that steady state target? What’s the transition point from declining to flat where we open things back up? Hard to achieve an undefined target.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2020 at 6:56 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2020 at 6:56 pm
18 people like this

There is no "flattening" let alone a continuous "declining" curve in Pleasanton.

Today the infection rate in Pleasanton (132) is three times greater than what it was four weeks ago.

You have stated you will not wear a mask. You will probably be infected, while not knowing you are infected initially, you will probably infect other people. Some of those other people will probably be members of your family.

Your mindset is the same as all those people in Pleasanton shooting off illegal fireworks all night last night and the night before. Some of those fireworks started fires, just like COVID-19 starting new infections in the community.


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 6, 2020 at 12:29 am
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 6, 2020 at 12:29 am
11 people like this

And what were the percentages of tests then vs now? No doubt testing is increasing as cases are. Not sure why that would be a surprise.

You’re using a rolling aggregate number, and while an important one, active cases are more telling along with hospitalization and death rate (of which Pleasanton has 4 active hospitalizations - do confirm that as I am going off data from last week, and zero deaths)

Again, I’ll ask. What is the baseline curve number we are targeting to stabilize at?


Claudette McDermott
Del Prado
on Jul 9, 2020 at 2:05 pm
Claudette McDermott, Del Prado
on Jul 9, 2020 at 2:05 pm
20 people like this

Listen to the professionals, we do it all the time.
We listen to our Doctors
We listen to our Attorneys
We listen to our Parents
We listen to our Brokers
We listen to our Teachers
We listen to our Elders
We listen to our Priests
How much more important is it to Listen to the CDC/Center for Disease Control when we have a Deadly New Pandemic working it's way around the World. It's not going away with Magic.It won't disappear if we ignore it. It can only subside when we all act together. There is no age or race that has not been touched and lives taken. Healthy or not we are all at risk. Wear a mask, stay home as much as possible, keep your distance, follow the guidelines from the CDC, professionals. Don't be selfish or self serving. There are consequences to Inaction as well as Action. Please be Safe not Sorry ~


Rich Buckley
Livermore
on Jul 14, 2020 at 9:42 am
Rich Buckley, Livermore
on Jul 14, 2020 at 9:42 am
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The Billionaire’s Revolution - The Children’s Version.

.... And on the appointed day no one showed up. So the minions lit their signal fires as planned, to tell the people the Revolution was taking place. But the people said, it’s the wrong revolution, don’t you know?

And the bankers breathed a big sigh of relief.

The people needed to find a leader who would actually identify the problem, but all the leaders were in debt to the bankers and were all afraid to awaken the Devil. Even the great leader was in debt. So the real revolution never started.

The people did not understand and vengeance was in their hearts. There were plenty of things they could hate, said the Devil. And the Devil pointed them in many directions, but never once at the real problem.

We like vengeance said the minions. Show us more. And the Devil showed them all the things they could do, and it gave the minions great satisfaction.

The Devil then sat down to rest and reflect on his great work.

A piece of paper blew past where the Devil was resting and as he glanced down his eyes caught the hand writing on the note as it blew past his feet.

As he read the note he froze in terror.

“Dear John, You cheated on me and broke my heart. I will always love you. I forgive you. Mary”


Bob12
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 14, 2020 at 9:46 am
Bob12, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 14, 2020 at 9:46 am
5 people like this

If I wear a mask and it helps to protect me and others, and others wear a mask which helps protect them and others - and this is a highly infectious disease - the answer is self evident for those capable of using common sense.


BobB
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 1:18 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 1:18 pm
5 people like this

Please wear a mask. Help us get back to normal. Help save lives.


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