The daily COVID-19 case rate continues to fall in the county as do hospitalizations as well as testing. But health officials are not letting their guard down yet.
"This is not over," Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss told the county Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting Tuesday.
"Additional surges are possible," he said in response to a question about surges occurring in other states and in Europe.
Moss wasn't sure what is contributing to those surges. In New York, he said it may be because the population is denser.
About 244,000 county residents are fully vaccinated and about 683,000 have received at least one dose. As many as 20,000 doses are delivered daily in the county, Moss said.
While the county's vaccine supply is slowly increasing, it will probably be next month before the county sees a significant increase, Moss said.
County health officials are expecting the state to soon expand who is eligible for the vaccine. Currently the county is aligned with the state on who is eligible.
Some racial groups in the county are getting vaccinated more quickly than others, county data show.
Black and Latino residents lag white and Asian populations, according to the county's vaccine data dashboard.
While 35% of white residents 16 and older and 31% of Asian residents 16 and older are vaccinated, those percentages fall to about 26% for Black residents and 20% for Latino residents of the same age group, the dashboard showed on Tuesday.
Mobile clinics are doing better at getting the vaccine to Black and Latino residents, Moss said, referring to data released March 16 by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Those figures show that of the people vaccinated at the Oakland Coliseum, about 4% identified as Black while at Oakland's two state/federal mobile clinics nearly 21% of the people vaccinated identified as Black.
Nearly 20% of the people vaccinated at the Oakland Coliseum identified as Latino while at the mobile clinics more than 31% identified as Latino.
-- Keith Burbank, BCN
Testing site on the move
Starting next month, COVID-19 testing at the Alameda County Fairgrounds will be relocated and consolidated with Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare in Livermore, freeing up staff and resources for administering COVID-19 vaccines at the fairgrounds.
Due to the recent drop in demand for COVID-19 testing, the hospital will move from its testing operations at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton to an existing drive-thru testing site at 1111 E. Stanley Blvd. in Livermore on Thursday (April 1).
The COVID-19 vaccine site at the fairgrounds will remain in place.
Since opening in April 2020, the testing site at the fairgrounds administered nearly 32,000 COVID-19 tests, averaging 200 tests per day during peak months, officials said.
A doctor's order is not required to be tested at the Livermore site, and all insurances are accepted and billed. Cash pay fees will also be waived.
Patients must be 10 year or older to receive testing. Results may take up to 72 hours but can be received sooner. A phone number or email address is also needed for patients to receive results and follow-up information.
Appointments are preferred but same-day testing without an appointment is also available by calling 734-3376.
The Stanford-ValleyCare COVID-19 testing site in Livermore is located at 1111 E. Stanley Blvd. Operating hours are Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
-- Julia Baum
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