Oakland residents donate masks, meals on Thanksgiving

COVID-19 has changed the way families celebrate or experience holidays. With East Oakland being heavily impacted by the pandemic, people donated meals and masks on Thanksgiving, KRON and ABC reported. Food distribution sites had to modify their set up due to public health concerns, and also distributed PPE (personal protective equipment) like masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. 

Councilmember-elect Treva Reid told ABC, “This is an unprecedented year. So many families have been without jobs. They’ve had great food insecurity and this is the way that we can be stronger together, that we can close this year with a measure of strength, and that’s what this day has been to even more families who have been in need.”

Tenants want it easier to bring in new roommates

The Oakland Post reported that a coalition of tenants organizations hope to make it easier “to make replacing vacating roommates and filling extra space in rental units easier for tenants.” The groups have asked for adjustments to Oakland’s Tenant Protection Ordinance, or TPO. Zach Haber writes, “The language helps most tenants in their ability to take in new roommates without those roommates having to prove creditworthiness to their landlord. It protects tenants who want to pool money together and have one tenant pay rent as well as people who want to take in family members or friends who are unemployed.”

Third wave: Slowing the spread of COVID-19

Oakland has 10,678 COVID-19 cases. Alameda County has 29,476, according to the public health department.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) explains why it is important to communicate with public health officials in this video about “Contact Tracing.” 

And the Alameda County Public Health Department has these reminders:


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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