Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Alameda County Introduces New COVID-19 Dashboard with Detailed Case Information

A new Alameda County COVID-19 dashboard has been created, featuring all cases in the County (including Berkeley, which has its own health department).  Graphs are broken down by age, gender, and city.  Visit https://bit.ly/2ShqOhp for details.  Keep in mind that as more testing becomes available, the numbers can change dramatically. It is important to abide by the Shelter-in-Place Order. 

Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alameda County: 3548        Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dublin: 28                         

as of June 2, 2020

Shelter in Place Order Remains in Effect Until Further Notice

While some counties in California are opening back up in some capacity next week, the Shelter-in-Place Order issued by the Alameda County Health Care Agency on May 18 will remain in effect until further notice.  A new announcement today by the Agency noted that Alameda County currently has the highest rate of case increases in the Bay Area alongside a large increase in hospitalized cases. 

In order to lift restrictions, the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations needs to remain low "to protect our health care system and workforce and others at high risk, and continue our efforts with expanded testing, contact tracing, and ensuring people can isolate and quarantine safely."

The statement also noted again that the virus is highly contagious and has a two- to three-week incubation period. They will "continue to monitor the COVID-19 indicators with each change in Health Officer Orders to decide on next steps."

The following types of activities are permitted under the current Order: essential businesses; outdoor businesses and activities; curbside and delivery retail; and outdoor vehicle-based gatherings.  Activities that pose a higher risk, such as salons, gyms, bars, and museums will be evaluated and considered at a later date.

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Resources for Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you own a Dublin business, visit the COVID-19 Business Impacts webpage for more information, including resources for impacted businesses and the #DublinEats campaign.

COVID-19 Testing Site FB INSTA  - NEW TIME PERIOD

COVID-19 Regional Testing Site - Testing Extended Through Friday, June 5

Must be at least 10 years of age.

The COVID-19 Regional Testing Site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, open to all residents of Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton, ages 10 and above, will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through Friday, June 5.  If daily capacity is reached prior to 1:00 p.m. each day, signage will be posted at the gate 12 entrance of the fairgrounds.  

Testing will continue to operate from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a maximum testing of 1200 individuals during the week.  The testing is done by Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare (SHC – VC), in coordination with the cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, and Dublin, and the Alameda County Fairgrounds. If daily capacity is reached prior to 1:00 p.m. each day, signage will be posted at the gate 12 entrance of the fairgrounds.  No appointment is needed. Testing is available to patients with or without a physician order.

Further Details

All insurances are accepted and will be billed, but there will be no out-of-pocket costs.  Those without insurance will have the cost of testing waived.  Cash pay fees are waived.

Test results may take up to 72 hours but may be available sooner.

Testing site can accommodate 1200 for the week.

Patients will need to provide a phone number or email address to receive results and follow-up information.

To Access the Testing Site

Enter through the Alameda County Fairgrounds Gate 12, located off Valley Avenue, Pleasanton. Follow signage to the testing location.

Discounts on Your Energy Bill

Low income households, and households with recently furloughed or laid-off workers, can get nearly 35% off on their electricity bill, and 20% off natural gas. The City of Dublin and East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), the local provider for clean power, want to help our community reduce electricity and natural gas utility bills by encouraging residents to enroll in the California Alternate Rates for Energy Program also known as CARE. Visit ebce.org/CARE for helpful resources, including a  five-minute tutorial on how to enroll, and responses to frequently asked questions.

Community Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please contact any one of the following agencies for help or services during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Many of our local non-profit partners can provide information or essential services, such as food; health care and supplies; or crisis support.

Alameda County Food Distribution and Essential Services Site Map

Axis Community Health http://www.axishealth.org/about_us/donate.html  

CityServe of the Tri-Valley
https://cityservetrivalley.org/donate/

Crisis Support Services of Alameda County https://www.crisissupport.org/

Open Heart Kitchen
https://www.openheartkitchen.org/donate/

Tri-Valley Haven
http://www.trivalleyhaven.org/donate.html

Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
https://www.ssptv.org/donate.html  Also in need of volunteers.

Spectrum Community Services - Meals on Wheels
https://www.spectrumcs.org/donate

2-1-1 Eden I & R
http://edenir.org/donate/

Stanford Valley Care
Supply and Equipment Donations Instructions 
Food Donations

Local Facebook Group: Tri-Valley Community Help During Shelter In Place

To provide health or volunteer support, please also contact these agencies at the links provided.

Public Health COVID-19 Update - May 8, 2020 Community Conversation

Community Conversation: Public Health Update

Friday, May 8

On Friday, May 8, the City of Dublin hosted another virtual "Community Conversation."  Dublin Mayor David Haubert, City Manager Linda Smith, and Dublin Police Chief Garrett Holmes were joined by Kimi Watkins-Tartt, Director of the Alameda County Public Health Department, to provide an updated on the coronavirus. View the video: https://youtu.be/_EIZG36kFbc

How to Make an Easy Mask from a Sock

In April, Alameda County Public Health Department has issued a new order REQUIRING members of the public and workers to wear face coverings or masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  If you don’t have a mask, bandana, scarf, or gaiter, here’s an easy way to make a mask from a sock: https://gfycat.com/feistygravelice

Roadmap to Recovery - State of California Coronavirus

On Tuesday, April 14, California Governor Gavin Newsom outlined six critical indicators that will be considered before modifying the State’s Stay-at-Home Order.

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NEWS UPDATES

May 18, 2020 - Alameda County Health Officer Issues New Orders Allowing Additional Restricted Business Operations

The Alameda County Health Officer has issued new orders today, allowing some additional businesses to resume operations on a limited scale, and permitting highly regulated vehicle-based gatherings.

Given that new cases of COVID-19 have been stable or decreasing, allowing for sufficient capacity in local hopitals, and daily testing for the virus has increased each day, Bay Area health officers issued a joint statement, allowing for retail establishments to begin storefront pick-up; and enabling manufacturing, warehousing, and logistical operations that support retail businesses to also resume.  All businesses in operation must follow social distancing and public health guidance to protect its employees and customers.  Businesses must continue to enforce physical distancing which includes:

  • Continuing teleworking for those employees who can do so.
  • Staggering employee breaks.
  • Training employees on proper methods to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Establish disinfection protocols for routine and deep cleaning of businesses.
  • The wearing of protective face coverings and maintaining a distance of six feet from other employees.

These orders do not include the opening of office workplaces, malls, or restaurants (other than for take-out dining).

The new order also allows for vehicle-based gatherings of up to 200 cars for up to three-hour events.  The car gatherings must be invitation-only events with security present.  Occupants must be of the same household; wear face coverings if car windows are open; and remain in cars at all times (other than to use a restroom).  No food or drink at these gatherings will be permitted.

Residents are still to shelter at home; wear facial coverings when visiting essential businesses; and maintaining a distance of six feet of others.

Update on Businesses Restrictions and Allowable Business Operations

Alameda County Health Order Summary - May 18

May 8, 2020 - Dublin City Council Approves Small Business Emergency Microloan Program

To help mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19, the Dublin City Council recently approved the establishment of a Small Business Emergency Microloan Program.  The objective of the program is to offer financial assistance to Dublin small businesses, with a focus on retaining local restaurants and retailers within Dublin to augment state and federal financial assistance programs.

The program provides zero-interest, unsecured, short-term loans of up to $10,000 to eligible Dublin small businesses. The loan program offers a forgiveness component for those businesses that meet the longevity and/or the sales tax generation requirements.

The City of Dublin has created a microloan webpage, which details loan eligibility requirements and restrictions, as well as the application process.  Microloan Program graphic showing storefront with text Dublin Small Business Emergency Microloan Pro

May 7, 2020 - Current Health Orders Remain in Effect Throughout Alameda County

While Governor Newsom announced the easing of some restrictions as California moves into the second phase of reopening the State’s economy, most Bay Area counties, including Alameda County, have announced that some phases - including allowing curbside pick-up from some non-essential retailers - will NOT be allowed per the State’s announcement.  Read the press release from the Bay Area counties.

May 4, 2020 - Governor Newsom Provides Update on Planned Stage 2 Reopening of the State

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that some businesses and employers in the retail, manufacturing, and logistics sectors may be able to reopen as early as Friday, May 8, if they can meet the guidelines provided by the State. Not all Stage 2 businesses will be able to open Friday with modifications. Some examples of businesses that may be able to open with modifications include bookstores, clothing stores, florists, and sporting goods stores.

Other Stage 2 sectors, such as offices and dine-in restaurants, will be part of a later Stage 2 opening. The State is also working with school districts and the California education community to determine how best and safely to reopen schools at some point. 

While the State will be moving from Stage 1 to Stage 2, counties can choose to continue more restrictive measures in place based on their local conditions, and the State expects some counties to keep their more robust stay-at-home orders in place beyond May 8.

May 4, 2020 - A Recording of the "Pivoting Your Business in Response to COVID-19" Webinar is Now Available.

If you missed last week’s free webinar, "Pivoting Your Business in Response to COVID-19," presented by the City of Dublin and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, you can now view a recording of the webinar at https://youtu.be/dTbg2KuY3Wc.

Dublin Mayor David Haubert, Dublin Chamber CEO Inge Houston, and the City’s Economic Development staff were joined by four Dublin businesses that have pivoted their business model in response to COVID-19. The panelists included Nikki Pham, owner of Boba Bliss; John Samples, owner of INC 82 Brewing; Ron Kodl, co-owner and President of Shapes Fitness for Women - Dublin; and Patricia Cornet, Vice President of Marketing at Vagaro.

May 1, 2020 - Applying for a Building Permit During the Shelter-in-Place Order

With the recent changes to the Shelter-in-Place Order as it relates to construction, please visit the City’s Building Division webpage to apply for a Building Permit.

April 30, 2020 - Governor Newsom Announces New Online Portal to Help Parents Find Child Care Options

Governor Gavin Newsom introduced a new online portal to help parents, including essential workers and vulnerable families, to find "safe, reliable, and accessible child care options."  Read more: https://bit.ly/2Yrn9B9

April 29, 2020 - Shelter-in-Place Order Extended to May 31

While efforts taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have been effective, local health officers say that risk to public health remains. New health orders issued by the Alameda County Public Health Department extend the current Shelter-in-Place Orders through May 31, with the easing of some restrictions.  

The Health Officer Order requires that most people continue to stay home unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities" or to engage in certain low-risk activities, which include:

  • Performing tasks or activities essential to personal or family health and safety;
  • Obtaining necessary services and supplies, including perishable goods, food, and medical supplies;
  • Performing work providing essential products and services;
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, including to take care of pets, going on a walk, or exercising - as long as individuals do not congregate in a group and maintain at least six feet of distance between each other.

The Order allows a limited number of additional Essential Businesses and certain lower risk Outdoor Businesses to resume operating:

  • All construction projects that follow the Construction Project Safety Protocols included with the order in Appendix B;
  • All real estate transactions, with restrictions on open houses and limited tours;
  • Childcare, camps, and educational/recreation programs that provide care for children of people who are allowed to work outside of their homes;
  • Outdoor businesses such as nurseries, landscaping, and agriculture that normally operated outdoors prior to the shelter-in-place orders; and
  • Use of certain outdoor recreational facilities, as long as social distancing procedures are in place.
  • As a condition of operating under this Order, the operators of all businesses must prepare or update, post, implement, and distribute to their personnel a Social Distancing Protocol for each of their facilities frequented by personnel or members of the public.

Read the new Shelter-in-Place Order.

April 23, 2020 - Alameda County Social Services Agency Introduces a Food Distribution and Services Map

Alameda County Social Services Agency, in conjunction with Alameda County Emergency Operations Center, Alameda County Community Food Bank, and other community partners, has created an online resource to connect residents with food distribution sites and other essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information provided is meant to be as comprehensive as possible, which includes dates and time of operation, a description of services provided and location information. County residents are encouraged to visit the website early and often – resource information will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

View the map: http://www.acgov.org/maps/food-services.htm

April 22, 2020 - Governor Newsom Introduces "Californians for All"

Governor Newsom has introduced "Californians for All," a new website to organize volunteers throughout the State.  To sign up, visit: https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/signup/ 

April 17, 2020 - Alameda County Health Officer Issues New Order Requiring Use of Masks

Alameda County Public Health Department has issued a new order REQUIRING members of the public and workers to wear face coverings or masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The Order is effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 17, 2020, but provides for a grace period in enforcement until 8:00 a.m. on April 22, 2020. While the purpose of the grace period is to allow people and businesses time to implement the requirements of the Order, they should comply as soon as possible within the time frame.

Face coverings can be made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. Medical-grade masks are not required.   

Read more: https://dublin.ca.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3467

April 8, 2020

A COVID-19 mobile testing station is now operating in the Stanford Health Care/ValleyCare Medical Center parking lot (5555 W. Las Positas Blvd., Pleasanton). ANYONE with a physician’s order and non-acute symptoms can be tested.  Call 650-736-5211 for an appointment.  The site is open Monday to Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., in parking lot F. 

Stanford Medicine also has testing locations and capacity throughout Pleasanton. Patients that are part of Stanford Community of Physicians can visit the location at 5725 Stoneridge Dr. This is a drive-through for non-acute symptoms. https://med.stanford.edu/…/stanford-offers-drive-through-co…

April 4, 2020

Martin Canyon Creek Trail has been reopened.  Please keep social distancing in mind when walking the trail.

April 1, 2020 Update:

Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered that all public schools in California shall remain closed for the duration of the academic school year to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent.  Most schools, however, are providing distance learning.

April 2, 2020 Update: 

Martin Canyon Creek Trail has been closed.

March 31, 2020 Update: New Shelter-in-Place Order Issued by Alameda Country Through May 3

Due to the increased number of cases of the novel coronavirus in the Bay Area, putting a strain on healthcare resources, Alameda County, and six other jurisdictions, have extended the "shelter in place" order for all residents through Sunday, May 3.  The previous order was set to expire on April 7.  The new order includes additional restrictions on businesses and recreation.   Some of the changes include:

  • Use of areas that encourage social gathering including playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, outdoor gym equipment, and barbecue areas is now prohibited.
  • Use of shared recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited.  Sports that require people to share the same ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household.
  • Essential businesses are directed to prepare, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol at each of their facilities by April 3.
  • Most construction - residential and commercial - is prohibited.
  • Funerals are limited to no more than 10 attendees.
  • The list of essential businesses now includes service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries; title companies; Realtors; etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies; rental car companies and rideshare services that specifically enable essential activities.
  • Essential businesses must scale down their operations to include essential services only.
  • Landscapers and similar service professionals may only provide services that are necessary to maintain the sanitation, habitability, or operation of residences or businesses, or for safety reasons. They may not provide services that are cosmetic or for general upkeep.

The directive allows for people to go shopping for necessary food and supplies, accessing essential healthcare, and providing assistance to family and friends in need.  Getting outdoor exercise is deemed alright as long as people maintain a distance of six feet from others. Grocery stores, pharmacies, veterinary services, gas stations, auto repair shops, hardware stores, banks, and laundry services may remain open; restaurants may stay open to provide takeout food only. 

All residents are to work from home, or stop working, unless they provide an essential service, such as health care workers; police, fire, and other emergency responders; and utility providers, including sanitation workers, plumbers, and electricians. Police have been given the authority to enforce the “shelter-in-place” order.

Per the most recent Shelter-in-Place Order, all City of Dublin dog parks, basketball courts, tennis courts, golf courses, public picnic areas, and barbecue sites have been cordoned off.  

March 21 Update:  

The City of Dublin has closed all playgrounds at Dublin parks.  

March 16

Alameda County Announces a "Shelter-in-Place Order" Until April 7; City of Dublin Declares a State of Emergency

2020 Open for Business Listing During COVID-19

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

The City Dublin has cancelled all non-essential meetings until further notice. Dublin City Council meetings are being held via Zoom Video Teleconferencing.  The public can livestream the meetings on www.trivalleyTV.org or on t.v. Channel 28.  Public Comment are allowed; an online speaker slip is available to the public at www.dublin.ca.gov/1604, and directions are provided to speakers enabling them to address the City Council from a remote location.

Low-Cost Internet Services Available for Families

As education and work shift home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, internet providers are helping customers by providing unlimited data, boosting internet speeds, opening up WiFi hotspot networks to the public, and waiving late charges. Many internet providers now have payment plans and have agreed to not terminate service for customers affected financially by the pandemic. Visit https://www.inmyarea.com/resources/guide-internet-low-income-customers to see what major internet providers are doing in response to COVID-19 for customers and low-income families.