Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan’s Weekly Updates on COVID-19


Updates on COVID-19 from
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan

In this issue:

Reaffirming Alameda County as a Welcoming County

Updates from the
Alameda County
Public Health Department

Safe Housing for ALL

Low-Cost Health Care in Alameda County

Census 2020: Our Community Counts. Our Community Belongs.

COVID-19 and Public Charge

Financial Support for Undocumented Workers

Food Security for ALL

Additional Resources for Our Immigrant Communities

Stay Informed

Public Comment Procedures for Board of Supervisors Meetings During Shelter in Place

Community Resources

Alameda County Public Health Department
COVID-19 Contact Information

Enforcement of the Shelter in Place Order E-mail:

Alameda County COVID-19
Data Dashboard

Non-Immediate Concerns
Phone: 510-268-2101

Public Health Agencies' Dedicated COVID-19 Information Web Pages:


Alameda County
Public Health Department:


California Department of
Public Health:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):


Housing Information and Critical Health & Human Services



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1221 Oak Street, Suite 536
Oakland, CA 94612 (map)
Phone: 510.272.6693
Fax: 510.268.8004



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San Lorenzo, CA 94580 (map)
Phone: 510.278.0367
Fax: 510.278.0467



Dear District 3 Community,

The County of Alameda is committed to keeping the public informed as we work together to stop the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). In this bulletin, you can read updates from the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and find resources for community members who have been affected by COVID-19. 

For up-to-date data and answers to frequently asked questions, visit ACPHD's dedicated COVID-19 web page.

It is an honor to serve you.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns that you may have regarding the district or Alameda County.



Wilma Chan
Supervisor, Third District 

Reaffirming Alameda County as a Welcoming County

With nearly 1 in 3 foreign-born residents – or over 526,000 individuals – Alameda County is home to a diverse immigrant and refugee community. Alameda County reaffirms its commitment to serving our immigrant communities. This edition of my weekly bulletin focuses on public and nonprofit resources available to our immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status or income. 

While Alameda County’s immigrant population has historically had high employment rates, our immigrant labor force is more likely to work in low-wage jobs, less likely to have employer-sponsored health insurance, and more likely to face barriers accessing health and social servicesLanguage barriers and immigration status have prevented individuals from receiving social safety net benefits, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these disparities.  

Undocumented workers are ineligible for many public benefits, such as unemployment insurance and benefits outlined in the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, exacerbating COVID-19 related hardships in the community. In an effort to address these gaps in the social safety net, organizations such as the Alameda Health Care Services Agency (HCSA), Centro Legal de la Raza, and the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) are working to ensure our immigrant and refugee communities are able to protect themselves from financial burdens, and protect their health and safety during the COVID-19 crisis.  

As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must do so with an equity lens and ensure that all of our neighbors receive the supports they need.  

Updates from the Alameda County
Public Health Department

ACPHD launched a dashboard of COVID-19 cases in Alameda County. In addition to aggregated County-wide data over time, the dashboard breaks the data down by city, race/ethnicity, age group, and gender. This dashboard is updated daily.  

Safe Housing for ALL

In March, I sponsored an eviction moratorium for residents impacted by COVID-19. The Board of Supervisors expanded this moratorium to protect renters county-wide.

This moratorium protects all renters who have experienced financial impacts due to COVID-19, regardless of immigration status

For additional questions and clarifications on the County ordinance, please contact the Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department at or

Low-Cost Health Care in
Alameda County

The Health Program of Alameda County (Health PAC) - a program of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency – offers low-cost health care for low-income County residents, regardless of their immigration status. Visit the Health PAC website for a full list of participating clinics and eligibility information. 

Census 2020: Our Community Counts. Our Community Belongs

Census 2020 is happening now until August 14thDue to language barriers and concerns with privacy, our immigrant and refugee communities are among our hardest to count populations. Our immigrant and refugee communities deserve to be counted.   

While we all do our part to flatten the COVID-19 curve by staying home, it is imperative that we continue to encourage our immigrant and refugee neighbors to fill out the Census questionnaire. The Census is confidential and available in multiple languages: 

  • The Census will not ask you to share any sensitive information, like your social security number or immigration status.  
  • The information that you supply for the Census is completely confidential and cannot be shared with law enforcement agency.  
  • It is illegal for the Census bureau to release your information. 
  • The Census can be completed online at using the code mailed to you in March. If you did not receive a code, you can still complete the questionnaire online. 
  • The Census can also be completed over the telephone. For a list of phone numbers and available languages, visit the Census Bureau’s “Responding by Phone” page. 

The Alameda County Complete Count Committee has informational resources in multiple languages available to assist in Census outreach. The folder is available on Google Drive (no account necessary).  

COVID-19 and Public Charge

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has stated that seeking Medi-Cal funded care for COVID-19, whether preventative care or treatment, will not count in the Public Charge test. Immigrants should be able to access testing and treatment for COVID-19, either through Medi-Cal or at a public health clinic, without any impact on their immigration status 

Financial Support for 
Undocumented Workers

Centro Legal de la Raza, along with a number of community partners, has established the Oakland Undocumented Relief (OUR) Fund to provide support to immigrant Oaklanders who have lost income due to COVID-19. To apply for or donate to OUR Fund, visit Centro Legal’s website 

In addition to the Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund, Legal Aid at Work (Ayuda Legal Laboral) has compiled a list of financial services available to undocumented workers in California who have been impacted by COVID-19. This resource guide is updated on a weekly basis and is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. 

In future weekly updates, these financial support resources will be available in the
"Community Resources" section below.

Food Security for ALL

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our food bank and school district partners have been working tirelessly to ensure anyone who needs food – regardless of immigration status – can get food. 

Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) 
ACCFB’s helpline can help connect you to a source for groceries or a hot meal today. Call the helpline at 1-800-870-FOOD (3663) or 1-510-635-3663. The helpline is available in multiple languages and operates Monday-Friday, 9 AM-4 PM. You can also visit for an online directory of food distribution sites near you. 

School Meals 
The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) maintains a list of school districts in Alameda County that offer free meals to families who have children enrolled in the district’s schools. Visit ACOE’s “Meal Service by District” page for more information on your child’s school district.  

In future weekly updates, these food resources will be available in the "Community Resources" section below.

Additional Resources for Our Immigrant Communities 

Immigrants Rising Tangible Support for Undocumented Communities During COVID-19 
Immigrants Rising has put together a resource guide for undocumented immigrants encompassing a broad range of topics, including: 

  • Legal rights for workers 
  • Housing 
  • Federal Government updates 
  • Coping with fear and stress 

Recursos para inmigrantes sobre COVID-19 en español—utilice este enlace

California Immigrant Policy Center’s (CPIC) COVID-19 Resource Guide 
CPIC has published a resource guide on accessing health care, obtaining information on COVID-19 in multiple languages, economic resources, and information on immigration rights.  

In future weekly updates, these resource guides will be available in the "Community Resources" section below.

Stay Informed

For updates on COVID-19, visit one of the following dedicate web pages from trusted public health agencies:

  • Governor Gavin Newsom’s Daily Briefing  

Governor Gavin Newsom's Daily Updates
Gov. Newsom provides daily briefings at 12 PM on the Governor’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. You do not need an account to view the briefings on either platform.  

Public Comment Procedures for Board of Supervisors Meetings During Shelter in Place

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will continue to conduct essential government business at our regularly scheduled Board meetings.

  • Agendas are posted on the Board of Supervisors' website:
  • Live broadcasts and videos of past meetings can be found the Board of Supervisors'
    LIVE Broadcast page:
    We recommend against using Internet Explorer to view the meetings. We recommend using Google Chrome or other browsers to view the meetings. 

In order to provide the community with an opportunity to provide public comment while practicing safe social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clerk of the Board is receiving public comment submissions remotely.

The meeting begins at 9:30 AM and please email your request to speak in early. To speak on an agenda item or to speak during public comment, e-mail the Clerk of the Board at Your submission must include:

  • Your name
  • Your phone number
  • Which item you wish to speak on

The clerk will call you when the Board is ready for comment on the item. Please be ready to answer the clerk's phone call.


  • If your email is sent after the Board takes action on the item, you will not be called to participate.
  • If you do not answer the phone when the clerk calls, the clerk will not call again.

Community Resources

I am committed to ensuring District 3 residents receive the services and supports they need. My District Office team is available to provide information on resources and connect you to services. Please contact my Main Office at 
510-272-6693 for further assistance.

Alameda County Care Connect has provided the community with a COVID-19 Rapid Response Resource Guide, which will be updated on a weekly basis. This document provides information on numerous services available from local, state, and federal government agencies, public transportation agencies, and utility companies.