Alameda County faces ‘biggest surge of COVID-19 cases’ since pandemic began

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Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

The Bay Area experiencing “ biggest surge of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic,” according to the Alameda County Public Health Department. 

The Regional Stay at Home Order will remain in effect until the state lifts it, Alameda County announced last week. Alameda County’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed capacity has declined in recent weeks. Currently, Alameda County’s bed capacity is 3.5 percent, well below the the 15 percent needed for an order to be lifted. 

Last week, Neetu Balram, public information manager for the Alameda County Public Health Department said in a release, “We are experiencing the biggest surge of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Please stay home. Wear a mask if you must leave for essential activities.” 

Governor Newsom Update

More layoffs are expected to hit East Bay workers

Californians out of work or with reduced hours during the pandemic can continue or file new claims starting this week, according to the California Employment Development Department (EDD). The extended federal benefits, along with an extra $300, will be phased in through the week ending March 13. EDD reports resolving nearly 93 percent of 1.6 million claims backlogged in September. EDD estimates it will issue 7.8 million Form 1099G. This is five times more than the 1.5 million last year. 

Layoffs are expected to hit tech, hotel, restaurant, and retail sectors, Mercury News reports. 

Total cases and deaths in Oakland, Alameda County

Oakland has 18,615 coronavirus cases. Alameda County has 59,657 COVID-19 cases and 730 deaths. On January 7, Alameda County had 1,221 reported cases, the highest spike since the first reported cases in the Bay Area last February.

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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