COVID-19 cases decline as Oakland reopens

Nearly two weeks have passed since California reopened on June 15. To date, Oakland has 28,152 COVID-19 reported cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 355 Oaklanders have died due to COVID-19. 

Since reopening, there have been 172 reported cases of COVID-19 in Oakland. By comparison, in June 2020, there were 1,233 reported coronavirus cases. Altogether, there have been 387 reported in June 2021. 

Last week, Bay Area News Group reported the Bay Area is closer to so-called “Herd Immunity,” when enough people have developed immunity to make person-to-person transmission less likely. In a presentation to the state’s Community Vaccine Advisory Committee last week, State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan, formerly the Alameda County Public Health Officer, shared some of the racial disparities related to COVID-19 deaths and vaccinations.

Sixty-two percent of Oakland residents are fully vaccinated, while 79% have been received at least one dose. Vaccination rates vary by racialized groups. Among Asian Americans in Alameda County, 66% have been fully vaccinated, followed by 57% of whites, 46% of Latinos, and 43% of African Americans, according to Alameda County’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

With the contagious Delta coronavirus variant now present in California, the LA Times reports, unvaccinated people are at greater risk of infection than the unvaccinated.

As Oakland Voices prepares to launch our next cohort, we will continue reporting on the impacts of COVID-19 and the experiences of Oakland residents as we transition back to a better Town Business.


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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