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


Updates on COVID-19 from
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan

In this issue:

Addressing Racial and Economic Inequality on Our COVID-19 Responses

Updates from the
Alameda County
Public Health Department

Supporting Our Immigrant and Refugee Communities

Supporting Food Security for ALL

Health Care Services for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness 

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



District Office
15903 Hesperian Boulevard
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 

Addressing Racial and Economic Inequality in Our
COVID-19 Responses

We know that race and socioeconomic status are factors that can determine one’s overall health, and the inequities in our health and social safety net systems often lead to poorer health outcomes for our low-income neighbors and communities of color. Many individuals in either our communities of color or low-income neighborhoods are more likely to suffer from a chronic health condition and face systemic barriers to accessing affordable, quality health care. The COVID-19 crisis only exacerbates these disparities. 

I am proud to join Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta, and Dr. Tony Iton of the California Endowment in co-chairing the Racial Disparities Task Force to address immediate responses to racial equity in our COVID-19 responses and long-term systems changes to address the underlying causes for disparate infection and death rates in our communities of color.  

I invite you to join us on Thursday, May 14th at 6 PM for the first Virtual Public Hearing of the Racial Disparities Task Force. 

Learn more from local leaders  in the community, including Congresswoman Barbara LeeSupervisor Keith Carson, and Jane Garcia with La Clínica de La Raza on how the racial disparities of COVID-19 are impacting Alameda County residents. I invite the public to join in this discussion, ask questions, and get resources and the latest information on the intersection of racial justice and COVID-19 public health policies.  

COVID-19 Racial Disparities Task Force Virtual Public Hearing 
Thursday, May 14, 2020 
6 PM-8 PM 

Updates from the Alameda County
Public Health Department

In an effort to address the disparities in accessing COVID-19 tests, the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) has been working with our city, health, and faith based organizations throughout the county to continue opening new drive-through and walk-up testing sites. This week, ACPHD announced four new sites: 

East Oakland:  
Allen Temple Baptist Church (drive-through and walk-up)  
8501 International Blvd., Oakland, CA  
Make an Appointment 

Roots Community Health Center (walk-up) 
9925 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 
Make an appointment (pre-registration is not required) 

REACH Youth Center (walk-up) 
16335 E 14th St., Ashland, CA  

Alameda County Offices (walk-up) 
224 W Winton Ave., Hayward, CA 

For additional resources on testing, including an interactive map to find a testing site near you, please visit ACPHD’s Testing for COVID-19 web page. 

Supporting Our Immigrant and Refugee Communities 

Many of our immigrant and refugee neighbors face additional barriers to finding resources and aid during the COVID-19 crisis. There has been misinformation about seeking testing and treatment compounding the already existing fears around immigration status and enforcement. In Alameda County and the State of California, our immigrant and refugee communities can still access many programs and services to help them through this public health crisis. The State of California offers a Guide for Immigrant Californians with information and resources for testing, seeking treatment, and emergency disaster relief assistance. In addition to the State’s guide for immigrant individuals and families, the Unity Council maintains a list of Resources for Undocumented Immigrants in Alameda County. The Unity Council’s list includes general information, financial assistance, and legal aid resources.  

Supporting Food Security for ALL 

The economic impacts of COVID-19 on individuals and families in Alameda County has created a sharp increase in demand for emergency food services - the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) has been serving ten times the usual amount of clients over the past few weeks. ACCFB and other food banks and food distribution organizations throughout the County have been working diligently to meet the increasing demand and ensure everyone who needs food is able to receive it.

If you are in need of food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis, please visit one or more of the following websites to find a program that meets your needs: 

  • Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA) 
    The County’s SSA offices are open and providing limited in-person services. Eligibility workers continue to be available to assist residents in applying for CalFresh and other public assistance program. Please visit the SSA website for more information.  
  • Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) 
    ACCFB is an essential business and continues to serve food insecure individuals and families. ACCFB can connect you to emergency food online ( and through their Emergency Food Hotline (1-510-635-3663). 
  • Alameda County Meals on Wheels 
    Meals on Wheels organizations throughout Alameda County continue to deliver healthy, prepared meals to low-income homebound seniors. For more information on which Meals on Wheels program serves your area, please visit the Alameda County Meals on Wheels website.  

Health Care Services for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness 

The nature of shelters and encampments for Alameda County individuals and families experiencing homelessness can exacerbate the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the lack of access to health care increases the risk of complications for our unsheltered neighbors. Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless (ACHCH) is committed to working with shelter providers, street outreach teams, and other community partners to ensure our unsheltered community is able to access COVID-19 testing and treatment and practice safe hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus in the community.  

ACHCH is continuing to partner with Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, Abode Services, and the State of California to provide safe isolation housing for unsheltered individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and for unsheltered individuals in high risk populations. For more information, visit ACHCH’s Isolation Housing page. 

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 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

Procedures for Board of Supervisors meetings are subject to change to improve videoconferencing tools. Please check the Board of Supervisors' website for the most up-to-date guidelines.

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

While in-person participation is limited to essential personnel, we are committed to providing the public with live broadcast and remote opportunities to participate in public comment during the Shelter in Place order. The following guidelines allow for public participation in Board meetings while following safe social distancing practices:

Remote Viewing/Listening:
Members of the public who wish to watch the Board of Supervisors meetings, are encouraged to view the live stream online at:

We recommend against using Internet Explorer to view the meetings. We recommend using Google Chrome or other browsers to view the meetings.

Public Comment via Teleconference:
Members of the public may address the Board of Supervisors on a matter on the agenda or during the Public Input portion of the meeting on a matter not on the agenda but is an issue within the Board’s subject matter jurisdiction.

To observe the meeting by video conference, please click on this link to join the webinar at the noticed meeting time.

  • If you are using a laptop:
    Use the "Raise Hand" button to indicate you would like to speak or provide public comment. When you are called to speak, unmute your speaker.
  • If you are listening to the meeting by phone:
    Use the numbers listed on the Zoom/Teleconferencing Guidelines. 
    Dial *9 to raise your hand to speak.
    If you decide not speak, you may hang up and dial back into the meeting or simply notify the Clerk you do not wish to speak when you are unmuted and asked to speak.

Written Comment (accepted until the start of the meeting at 9:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted on the meeting agenda).

To provide written comment on an item on the agenda or to address the Board about an issue during Public Input, you may send an email to

Please include your name and note the agenda item number you want to address or whether you intend for comment to be included in Public Input. Copies of all written comments will be provided to the Board Members and will be added to the official record.

ADA Accessibility: If you require a reasonable modification or accommodation for a disability, please email the Clerk of the Board at or call (510) 208-4949.

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. 

Food Access Resources

  • 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. 

Resources for Immigrant Communities

  • Oakland Undocumented Relief (OUR) Fund: Offers financial support for immigrant Oaklanders who have lost income due to COVID-19. To apply for or donate to OUR Fund, visit Centro Legal’s website
  • Legal Aid at Work (Ayuda Legal Laboral) Resource Guide: offers 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. 
  • Immigrants Rising resource guide provides a list of resources available for undocumented immigrants. Recursos para inmigrantes sobre COVID-19 en español—utilice este enlace
  • California Immigrant Policy Center’s (CPIC) COVID-19 Resource Guide provides information on accessing health care, obtaining information on COVID-19 in multiple languages, economic resources, and information on immigration rights.