Air Quality Bad – stay indoors if possible; protect your neighbors from smoke inhalation by donating to Mask Oakland

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Air quality in the Bay Area. Screenshot of map from Air quality in the Bay Area. Screenshot of map from taken around 11 am. Check the website for current air quality.

The air quality in the Bay Area continues to be pretty bad, and in fact, worse than yesterday’s dark, sunless day, according to If at all possible, please stay indoors.

Ash can still be seen dropping from the sky as of this morning.

If you have the capacity to give, consider donating to Mask Oakland. Mask Oakland started during the previous years’ wildfires, donating and distributing N95 masks to those who are most vulnerable. Now, they are combining their experience with COVID-19 and wildfires.

Mask Oakland is donating N95 masks to homeless populations and organizations that work with unhoused populations. Our curbside neighbors are most at risk for smoke inhalation.

Free COVID-19 Test Event in the Fruitvale this weekend (UPDATE: POSTPONED)

This weekend, La Clinica de La Raza plans to hold an outdoor COVID-19 test event, to reach a neighborhood where there are high cases of COVID. Testing is free and is also available for children, and is intended for those living in the Fruitvale district and 94601 area code. Learn more from this article by Jacob Simas at The Oaklandside. (UPDATE: the event has been postponed due to air quality).

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Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Co-Director. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).


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