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Alameda County advances to state's orange tier after improved coronavirus infection rates

Planned new health order would allow indoor dining, other activities for first time since March

Alameda County was upgraded to the orange tier in the state's COVI9-19 blueprint on Tuesday, another improvement that sets the stage for the lessening of certain restrictions on indoor businesses in the future.

Alameda County Public Health Department officials announced later Tuesday that they plan to draft a new health order that will take effect in two weeks and allow limited indoor dining and other activities for the first time since March.

County officials said reaching the orange tier -- which means the county currently has a "moderate" COVID-19 infection as opposed to the previous red tier "substantial" rating -- was achieved due to residents coming together countywide to slow the spread of COVID-19. But they also cautioned that the virus is still very much present and social distancing policies still need to be strictly followed.

"We are glad to see improving case rates and decreasing test positivity, including among our communities of color, but we caution residents that cases can rise very quickly, as we saw during the summer surge," said Dr. Nicholas Moss, Alameda County's interim health officer.

"Especially with flu season coming, if we see spikes in COVID-19 cases and a rise in hospitalizations, we will take action to limit the spread and protect public health including resuming restrictions if needed," Moss added.

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According to the state's four-level, color-coded "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" criteria, Alameda County reached the orange tier after recording between one and 3.9 cases per 100,000 per week and documenting a COVID-19 positive testing rate between 2%-4.9% (with a "health equity metric" between 2.2%-5.2%) over seven days. Both metrics were achieved for two consecutive weeks.

As of Tuesday, ACPHD has reported 22,216 confirmed cases and 431 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. In the Tri-Valley, Livermore has reported 965 cases, followed by Pleasanton with 476 and Dublin with 298. Countywide, the percentage of tests that return positive rests at 4.5%.

No new activities allowed under the orange tier were yet permitted in Alameda County as of Tuesday, as local health officials have discretion on reopenings, but ACPHD staff said they are in the process of drafting a new health order to allow for additional reopenings for the week of Oct. 26.

The indoor activities being contemplated to resume in Alameda County, which were allowable under the state's red tier guidelines but remained closed locally as a precaution by ACPHD, include:

* Indoor dining up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less.

* Indoor worship services up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less.

* Indoor theaters up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less.

* Expansion of indoor retail and malls at up to 50% of capacity and permitting limited food courts.

Beginning this Friday, Alameda County will also permit additional outdoor activities, including playgrounds that follow the state's guidance. Pleasanton officials said the city's 48 park playgrounds would reopen next week, on Oct. 21.

Previous red tier reopenings included indoor nail salon services and gyms, indoor personal services, indoor museums, and hotels for leisure travel. As of Tuesday school districts are also permitted to allow elementary-aged students to return to the classroom when schools are ready.

County officials warn for residents to continue to be diligent with social distancing and wearing masks, especially with flu season right around the corner.

"Steps to reduce the chances of becoming sick with the flu are the same as those to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and include: wearing a mask, keeping at least six feet of physical distance from anyone you don't live with, limiting mixing with people outside your household, and washing your hands regularly," ACPHD officials said in a statement.

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Alameda County advances to state's orange tier after improved coronavirus infection rates

Planned new health order would allow indoor dining, other activities for first time since March

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Oct 13, 2020, 4:15 pm

Alameda County was upgraded to the orange tier in the state's COVI9-19 blueprint on Tuesday, another improvement that sets the stage for the lessening of certain restrictions on indoor businesses in the future.

Alameda County Public Health Department officials announced later Tuesday that they plan to draft a new health order that will take effect in two weeks and allow limited indoor dining and other activities for the first time since March.

County officials said reaching the orange tier -- which means the county currently has a "moderate" COVID-19 infection as opposed to the previous red tier "substantial" rating -- was achieved due to residents coming together countywide to slow the spread of COVID-19. But they also cautioned that the virus is still very much present and social distancing policies still need to be strictly followed.

"We are glad to see improving case rates and decreasing test positivity, including among our communities of color, but we caution residents that cases can rise very quickly, as we saw during the summer surge," said Dr. Nicholas Moss, Alameda County's interim health officer.

"Especially with flu season coming, if we see spikes in COVID-19 cases and a rise in hospitalizations, we will take action to limit the spread and protect public health including resuming restrictions if needed," Moss added.

According to the state's four-level, color-coded "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" criteria, Alameda County reached the orange tier after recording between one and 3.9 cases per 100,000 per week and documenting a COVID-19 positive testing rate between 2%-4.9% (with a "health equity metric" between 2.2%-5.2%) over seven days. Both metrics were achieved for two consecutive weeks.

As of Tuesday, ACPHD has reported 22,216 confirmed cases and 431 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. In the Tri-Valley, Livermore has reported 965 cases, followed by Pleasanton with 476 and Dublin with 298. Countywide, the percentage of tests that return positive rests at 4.5%.

No new activities allowed under the orange tier were yet permitted in Alameda County as of Tuesday, as local health officials have discretion on reopenings, but ACPHD staff said they are in the process of drafting a new health order to allow for additional reopenings for the week of Oct. 26.

The indoor activities being contemplated to resume in Alameda County, which were allowable under the state's red tier guidelines but remained closed locally as a precaution by ACPHD, include:

* Indoor dining up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less.

* Indoor worship services up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less.

* Indoor theaters up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less.

* Expansion of indoor retail and malls at up to 50% of capacity and permitting limited food courts.

Beginning this Friday, Alameda County will also permit additional outdoor activities, including playgrounds that follow the state's guidance. Pleasanton officials said the city's 48 park playgrounds would reopen next week, on Oct. 21.

Previous red tier reopenings included indoor nail salon services and gyms, indoor personal services, indoor museums, and hotels for leisure travel. As of Tuesday school districts are also permitted to allow elementary-aged students to return to the classroom when schools are ready.

County officials warn for residents to continue to be diligent with social distancing and wearing masks, especially with flu season right around the corner.

"Steps to reduce the chances of becoming sick with the flu are the same as those to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and include: wearing a mask, keeping at least six feet of physical distance from anyone you don't live with, limiting mixing with people outside your household, and washing your hands regularly," ACPHD officials said in a statement.

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LanceM
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2020 at 9:38 am
LanceM, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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on Oct 14, 2020 at 9:38 am
13 people like this

"Alameda County Public Health Department officials announced later Tuesday that they plan to draft a new health order that will take effect in two weeks"

Why two weeks? Why isn't the order already drafted for when the county moved into a new tier. What does the county health department know that the state doesn't? I understand that the county is allowed to be more restrictive than the state, but we are no longer hearing anything about WHY Alameda county is being more restrictive than the state. At least early on they were making up stuff, now it seems they are just to lazy to join the state.


Pleasanton Parent
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 14, 2020 at 3:46 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
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on Oct 14, 2020 at 3:46 pm
9 people like this

Open up the schools already.

This is not acceptable.

Time to rise up and fight back.


Jake Waters
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Birdland
on Oct 18, 2020 at 9:26 am
Jake Waters, Birdland
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on Oct 18, 2020 at 9:26 am
3 people like this

We have learned so much since March, but Herr Commandant Newsom is now doubling down on stupid. We now know the science of spread, the poor data, the truth behind these magical sanitary cotton masks, and more. We now know this has been political. Follow the science? Doctors are really speaking out about this lockdown and the mask scares. Our youngest generation will grow up fearful, disjunctional, and confused.

Open the schools and save these children. Call off the lockdown. Let the people and what is left of our businesses live again. This has gone to far.

This is Frontline Doctors.: Web Link


MichaelB
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 18, 2020 at 10:07 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
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on Oct 18, 2020 at 10:07 am
2 people like this

"We are glad to see improving case rates and decreasing test positivity, including among our communities of color, but we caution residents that cases can rise very quickly, as we saw during the summer surge," said Dr. Nicholas Moss, Alameda County's interim health officer."

I am not glad to see medical professionals or politicians inserting race into this issue - as though a virus "cares" or "chooses" who it infects base on skin color. Or that businesses in the state would be delayed in reopening based on "equity" metrics.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
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Vintage Hills
on Oct 18, 2020 at 12:48 pm
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
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on Oct 18, 2020 at 12:48 pm
8 people like this

MichaelB, black and Latinx people are catching the virus more often Web Link

Being aware of it is important to our recovery.


MichaelB
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 18, 2020 at 1:37 pm
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
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on Oct 18, 2020 at 1:37 pm
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"MichaelB, black and Latinx people are catching the virus more often Web Link
Being aware of it is important to our recovery."


There isn't going to be much of a "recovery" for anyone in the state (regardless of race) if Newsom keeps moving the goalposts on this issue - and that includes "social justice" reasons. The effects of the lockdowns (depression, suicide, loss of employment, etc.) are worse than the disease itself.

We know from past experience who is most at risk - the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions. Protect those and let others go about their lives.


Jake Waters
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Birdland
on Oct 19, 2020 at 1:45 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
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on Oct 19, 2020 at 1:45 pm
4 people like this

@ MichaelB

Well said Michael, I agree, and as the Dems love to lecture us with: the science in, the debate is over.


James Michael
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Val Vista
on Oct 19, 2020 at 2:42 pm
James Michael, Val Vista
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on Oct 19, 2020 at 2:42 pm
3 people like this

LATINX...the new PC term. So if you had any doubt about where KR resides then I guess that doubt has been erased. Just put an X after everything and its OKKKKKKKKKK.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Oct 19, 2020 at 3:29 pm
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
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on Oct 19, 2020 at 3:29 pm
8 people like this

James,
I try to stay up with current references; don’t always know them. I do, however, have a grandchild who is half Latina, so it’s important. Otherwise, I reside in my home. Where are you coming from?


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 19, 2020 at 10:24 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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on Oct 19, 2020 at 10:24 pm
9 people like this

It is truly nutty that some people insist on not wearying masks. It is not to much to ask.


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