Oakland surpasses 10,000 COVID-19 cases

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Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Oakland has surpassed 10,000 COVID-19 cases. According to the Alameda County Public Health Department, Oakland has 10,175 coronavirus cases. The County has 27,485. Statewide there have been 1.2 million cases and over 18,000 deaths.

Countywide, the largest number of cases are people ages 18-30, followed by other groups below 50. The virus has been most deadly for people over 61 years old. 

COVID-19 curfew response in Oakland

Last week, the State of California issued a mandatory nighttime curfew and placed Alameda County in the restrictive Purple Tier, in terms of reopening. Tonight will be the third night of the statewide curfew. As Oakland Voices reported last week, the 10 pm to 5 am curfew is to discourage people from attending parties and socializing with people from outside their own households. Residents can still get takeout food, go to the grocery store or pharmacies, or walk their dogs. 

Essential workers are allowed to be at work or commute to and from work. Members of the same household can leave their residences, “as long as they do not intermingle with others while out.”

Momo Chang for Oakland Voices, November 20, 2020

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, according to CBS 5 said authorities will focus on enforcing businesses to close at curfew and not enforcing individuals to comply with the curfew. Curfews have long been a source of conflict in Oakland. Since the pandemic started, there have been concerns about disproportionate policing. 

Local protest at Oakland arts college

KCBS reported that students, faculty, and staff protested outside the California College of the Arts (CCA) on Sunday over stalled negotiations related to 

Steph Curry shows up for the ‘Homies’

Golden State Warrior Steph Curry surprised a volunteer and the team at Homies Empowerment last week, KRON 4 reported

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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