Oakland surpasses 1,000 COVID-19 cases

chart showing covid-19 cases in oakland, hayward, and fremont.
Oakland has over 1,000 cases of coronavirus. (Rasheed Shabazz/OaklandVoices.us)

Oakland has surpassed the 1,000 mark in coronavirus cases.

Alameda County’s Public Health Department reports that, as of Memorial Day, Oakland now has 1,031 cases, the most in the County and more than the total of the next four most populous cities combined. The County reported 569 cases in Hayward, 202 in the unincorporated Eden Area, and 157 Fremont. Berkeley has its own public health department and reported 86 cases. 

In total, Alameda County reports nearly 3,000 cases (2,986) and nearly 100 deaths (93). Alameda County has the most cases in the Bay Area. The Bay Area has about 12, 982 cases and 434 deaths. 

Most COVID-19 cases in East Oakland

Most COVID-19 cases in Oakland are East Oakland, with the majority east of 23rd Avenue, and seemingly below 580.

Two thirds of Oakland’s COVID-19 cases are in East Oakland. (Graphic: Rasheed Shabazz for Oakland Voices/ Source: Alameda County Public Health Department)

It is not clear how many Oakland residents have been tested and what the positive test rate for the County. Alameda County officials did not respond to an email request for comment. 

Latinos, African Americans Most Impacted

Latinos in Alameda County have the largest number of cases, 1,184. Asians has 405 cases, followed by whites (368), then African Americans (273). Multiracial people had 34 cases followed by Pacific Islanders with 17. Native Americans had less than 10 cases.

Nearly 600 people are listed as having an “Unknown race,” so disparities could be greater. 

African Americans have the highest death rate of all racial groups. By race, 26 white people have died,  24 Latinos, 22 African Americans, and 16 Asians. 

Young people COVID-19 too; elders dying

More young people are contracting COVID-19 than early reports suggested. Nearly half of Alameda County’s cases are people under 40 years old (48%). Of deaths, all were people over the age of 51, including 37 people over 81 and 29 people aged 71-80. 

Mayor Libby Schaaf did not respond to requests for comment. East Oakland Council Members Loren Taylor and Larry Reid did not respond either.


Every Monday and Thursday, Rasheed Shabazz and Momo Chang produce the Oakland ‘Rona Roundup, COVID-19 related stories impacting the Town.

About Rasheed Shabazz

Rasheed Shabazz is a multimedia storyteller, urban planning historian, and youth development professional based in the Bay Area. He coordinates Oakland Voices and is currently in the Masters of City and Regional Planning program at UC Berkeley.  View all posts by Rasheed Shabazz →

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