Updates from District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley

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November 21st - December 4th, 2020

In this Issue

Need A COVID19 Test? Food? Childcare?

Alameda County  frequently updates this COVID19 Testing, Food, and Social Services interactive map: https://www.acgov.org/maps/food-services.htm

Alameda County COVID19 Testing, Food Distribution, and Social Services Map

COVID19 Updates From Health Care Services Agency

For the most up-to-date information from Health Care Services, including progress made during Shelter-in-Place, information about COVID19 testing, and an update about how racial disparity continues to play a role in COVID19 cases and planning, visit the front page of the Alameda County Health Department website: https://covid-19.acgov.org/index.page?


An Update from Health Care Services: As of December 4, 2020

Yesterday, the State announced that it will use regional availability of intensive care unit (ICU) beds to implement a Regional Stay-At-Home Order, effective December 5th. The State's Order would go into effect when a region's ICU bed availability falls below 15% and would remain in effect for a minimum of three weeks. Although Alameda County's ICU capacity currently exceeds 15%, we may need to enact the State's Stay-At-Home restrictions in order to protect ICU bed availability and save lives in our community. Alameda County issued a statement urging businesses and residents to plan now for further restrictions.

As of Saturday, November 28, COVID-19 positive patients comprised nearly 7% of all inpatient beds and just over 11% of all ICU beds in Alameda County and we expect these rates to increase in the coming weeks. It's clear that COVID-19 community transmission is higher now and Alameda County residents should stay home and not travel this holiday season.


We are watching for possible case increases following Thanksgiving and urge anyone that traveled and had close contact (within 6 feet and for 15 minutes or more) with someone outside of their household to isolate for 14 days and get tested immediately if symptoms develop.

Even if symptoms don't develop, travelers should consider getting tested within 3 to 7 days of exposure. Walk-up or onsite registration testing is available and the community testing sites and testing events supported by Alameda County are free and open to anyone who needs to get tested. If you have health coverage, please check with your provider and help preserve free testing for people who may not have access otherwise.

We're in this together and we can flatten the curve one more time. Give the gift of health this year. Let's stay home to stay healthy, and be well, so that we can get back together again.

COVID Vaccine

We know the community has questions and we launched our COVID-19 Vaccine webpage this week, to provide updates and will continue to add information as it becomes available.

Alameda County anticipates receiving nearly 14,000 doses of the COVID vaccine around the middle of December. Per the framework approved by Federal and State health officials, the first doses will go to acute hospitals in order to vaccinate the highest risk staff to preserve our health care workforce. Additional doses should arrive regularly with a second shipment anticipated in late December. Medical first responders are in the first priority group and likely to receive the vaccine in January. Widespread, general community availability and large scale points of dispensing are not likely before early Spring. There is a separate Federal process to bring vaccine to Skilled Nursing residents and staff that will likely begin in late December. It's important to know that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have set the framework for Counties to follow.

We are using our flu vaccine community points of dispensing as an opportunity to prepare for the distribution of the COVID vaccine when it's available. Partners include community-based organizations, COVID-19 testing sites, local elected officials, cities, and community clinics. We are leveraging our countywide provider network of hospitals and clinics that we convene for COVID-19 surge planning to help refine vaccine distribution. We will soon add a community advisory body to ensure we preserve our mission to achieve equity by working in partnership to promote fair and inclusive opportunities for all Alameda County residents.

Flu Vaccinations

Anthem is still hosting free flu clinics in the community. Flu shots are open to ages 3 and older regardless of insurance (uninsured, privately insured, underinsured, etc.). Members of the community do not have to be Anthem members or patients at the participating clinics. Registration is preferred but not required, and clinics can be found here. Additional flu information can be found on our Public Health website, along with a current list of county immunization clinics. You'll also find an interactive map on our homepage.

To read the full Health Care Services newsletter please visit: https://covid-19.acgov.org/response.page?.

District 4 News: CARES Act Funding for Rental Assistance, Flu Shot Clinics, New COVID19 Testing Site

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San Leandro Flu Clinic

Eden Testing Site

People's Health Briefing

Don't miss the latest installment of The People's Health Briefing. In it, Roots Community Health Center CEO and founder Dr. Noha Aboelata breaks down the impact of COVID19 on Alameda County, Oakland and East Oakland in particular.

This special episode covers the rise in COVID19 cases and includes a critical COVID19 updates from Dr. Noha: https://www.facebook.com/rootsempowers/videos/1525214607689388.

Please take a moment to watch and learn! 

View all installments of "The People's Health Briefing" here: https://www.facebook.com/rootsempowers/videos in the "All Videos" section.

To learn more about Roots Community Health Center, visit their website here: https://rootsclinic.org/

Staying safe is an act of power

Food Distribution

The Black Cultural Zone in East Oakland has partnered with World Central Kitchen and Eat. Play. Learn. to distribute produce boxes and meals.OCCUR Community Pop UpGreat PlatesEden Area Food Resources and CalendarEden Area Food Resources and CalendarEden Area Food Resources and Calendar SPANISHEden Area Food Resources and Calendar SPANISH

Winter Events: Two Fun & Safe Activities This Saturday!

Eden Area Holiday Lights

Pleasanton Hometown Holiday

Exercise Your Right to Be Heard!

BOS Regular Meeting

Most Tuesdays, the Board of Supervisors holds a Regular Meeting during which the public is allowed to speak to the Board on items not on the agenda starting at or around 9:30am for the time being. (Please note that the BOS meetings do not start at a set time! More information appears closer to the meeting date and time, but be prepared to wait for it to begin.)

Agenda items in particular represent decisions made about our communities, and while we might not always agree on the best path forward, I am fond of saying that reasonable people will disagree and also that I get some of my best ideas from my constituency base. I am honored to serve on the Board as a County Supervisor and take the ideas, concerns, and feedback of the public very seriously.

Please, consider tuning into these meeting and encouraging your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same. We are stronger as a County when we are connected to one another, and engaged with the civic process.

The meeting calendar, including links to the agenda when it is available, can be found here: http://acgov.org/board/calendar.htm?http://www.acgov.org/calendar_app/DisplayDetailServlet?site=Internet&ag=BOS&ty=MEET&m=8&d=22&y=2020&t=M&i=2020-02-27%2018:07:57.383

The links to the livestream broadcast of the meetings, including a Zoom link in the event that Granicus is experiencing technical difficulties, can be found here: http://acgov.org/board/broadcast.htm

Contact My Office

Oakland Office
Phone: 510.272.6694

Eden Area District Office
Phone: 510.670.5717

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For information on COVID-19 in Alameda County visit http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx