Stay-at-home orders lifted, but COVID-19 still with us

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Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

The state Public Health Department has lifted Regional Stay Home Orders statewide, although COVID-19 remains “widespread” in Alameda County and the Bay Area. 

Since December 3, the state has been under stay-at-home orders due to the reduced intensive care unit capacity. The order split the state into five regions, including the Bay Area. 

Alameda still remains in the Purple Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. 

“We may be past the winter surge, but COVID-19 is still with us,” Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss said in a statement.

Among other businesses and activities permitted, outdoors, include gyms, museums, places of worship and restaurants. With modifications, hair salons and barbershops, hotels, massage and skin care businesses can open indoors with modifications. Grocery stores can increase capacity to 50 percent.

Gatherings among less than three households are allowed outdoors. Indoor gatherings are still prohibited. Health officials discourage Super Bowl parties and other gatherings. 

Schools are not slated to reopen, but OUSD publishes monthly updates.

COVID-19 patients are about 25 percent of total ICU beds and about 16 percent of all in-patient beds, according to the Alameda County COVID-19 Dashboard. Alameda County has 70,655 total cases and 896 deaths. Oakland has 21,955 coronavirus cases. The total positive test rate for Alameda County has dropped from 9.7 to 5.9 percent this month. The state reports 3,136,158 total cases, including 27,007 new cases reported today, according to the State.

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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