Alameda County pauses reopening plan, allows outdoor dining

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Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

After some back and forth, outdoor dining is allowed in Alameda County and the Oakland Zoo will open. Overall, the local reopening plan has been paused due to increased COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. 

As of this weekend, Alameda County has 9,256 cases and 162 deaths. Oakland has 3,639 cases, according to the Alameda County Public Health Department

Alameda County is on the State Monitoring list due to high local case rate, an amount higher than 100 per 100,000 people per day. 

Alameda County has been on California’s list of County’s being monitored for over a week. This status restricts reopening plans and what activities are allowed. Places of worship can hold outdoor services only, but cannot hold indoor services. Indoor malls have closed. Other retail is not impacted. This weekend, the new county Interim Health Officer, Nicholas J. Moss published a modified health order

“It is critical we all do our part to save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19,” the County said in a press release. “Residents and those who work in Alameda County can help by staying home as much as possible and especially when you’re sick, wearing a face covering whenever you leave home, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from anyone outside of your household and washing or sanitizing your hands frequently.

Oakland schools going virtual this fall

The County Public Health Office and County Office of Education jointly issued guidance following the Governor’s plan for California schools’ ability to open for 2020-2021. Schools can open if they meet certain requirements. 

Because Alameda County is on the state monitoring list, the school cannot open for “in-person instruction when its county has been off the State Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days. Schools must not open for in-person instruction until that condition has been met,” according to the statement

“This is not a place that any of us wanted to be to start a new school year. This pandemic continues to present great challenges to our education system. We acknowledge that this has been another period of fast-changing circumstances and that families may be feeling confused and overwhelmed by all of the information they have received this summer, and by yet another last-minute shift.” 

OUSD announced plans to re-open with distance learning only for the first four weeks. “The Governor’s announcement means that schools in Alameda County may not restart in-person instruction until the County is off the Monitoring List.

Coronavirus cases have recently spiked in childcare facilities in California.

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

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Rasheed Shabazz is a multimedia storyteller, urban planning historian, and youth development professional based in the Bay Area. He is co-director of Oakland Voices. He recently completed his Masters of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. 

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