Oakland COVID News: Playgrounds Can Be Open, Alameda County Cases Rise

An empty hospital bed.
A stock photo of a hospital bed. Photo by Bret Kavanaugh via Unsplash.

As of Monday, the state and county implemented a new stay at home order, in addition to the new curfew of curbing non-essential activities from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. that began November 21, 2020.

Playgrounds Can Remain Open

The new stay at home order originally included closing playgrounds, but that has been reversed. Playgrounds can now be open.

ICU Beds

In Alameda County, cases and hospitalizations continue to rise. According to the most recent data from the state, Alameda County has 87 ICU beds available, a decrease of 10 from the previous day.

The current COVID positivity rate is 7.1 percent, based on a two-week average. (The statewide average is 8.8 percent).

A chart showing the number of hospitalizations going up and ICU beds available going down.
State data as of Dec 8, 2020.

Teachers Push Back on District Re-Opening Plan

Teachers protested the district’s re-opening plan that was submitted to the Alameda County Office of Education, according to KTVU. The teachers maintain that schools should not re-open until there are “near-zero incidents of coronavirus cases in every Oakland zip code,” according to the same report.

In addition, OEA released a video detailing more demographic data on the parents survey, showing that more white parents from affluent neighborhoods responded to the survey and are in favor of re-opening, while Black and Latinx families are more concerned about re-opening and are less likely to say they would send their kids back, due to a number of reasons.

Author Profile

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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