Updates from District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley: January 16th - 29th, 2021

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January 16th - January 29th, 2021

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 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 January 29, 2020

On Monday, January 25, the California Department of Public Health announced the Bay Area region met criteria to exit the Regional Stay at Home Order. We announced the State's decision locally and issued a new Health Officer Order to align with the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy for reopening activities. Alameda County is now in the Purple Tier and we've updated guidance on our recovery webpage.

On January 27, the Governor announced that Blue Shield will be contracted to centralize COVID-19 vaccine distribution in California. We await further details on how these announcements will affect the process for our county and we will monitor these changes to ensure the safe and equitable distribution of vaccine to all residents. We are ready to leverage our community partnerships and deep knowledge of our neighborhoods to make sure everyone has opportunity to receive vaccine.

While the return to the Purple Tier is welcome news for our county and largely the result of our community's efforts to use COVID-19 precautions, the number of new cases reported daily is more than double the summer peak. We must continue to wear masks, keep 6 feet apart, and avoid crowds - this includes individuals who have received the COVID vaccine.

A little over a year ago we activated our Agency Department Operations Center to respond to a newly emerging virus now known as COVID-19. A year later, we are grateful for so many partners and our staff who continue working tirelessly on response. And we are saddened by the loss of life and harm the pandemic has caused across our county.

You'll find this week's Board of Supervisors update and back issues of our newsletter here. Thank you for helping us save lives in Alameda County and doing your part.

COVID Vaccine Update

Vaccine supply remains limited. On January 25, the Governor announced that the State will transition to an age-based framework for vaccine prioritization after Phase 1b Tier 1 of the State's vaccination framework. No additional details about the new framework are available at this time. 

The Governor's announcement aligns with our plans transition to Phase 1b, Tier 1 (65+, First Responders, Education workers, Food and Agricultural workers) in February. The total number of doses administered in Alameda County as of January 28, is 116,304 according to the State's Vaccine Dashboard.

We held our third meeting of the Vaccine Community Advisory Group this week, and you can watch the recording here. As we plan for vaccinating groups beyond health care workers and placement of County Points of Dispensing (PODs), we are taking into consideration disproportionally impacted communities, which include large numbers of essential workers who do not have the option to work from home. Geographically, many of our disproportionately impacted communities overlap with Healthy Place Index (HPI) Quartile 1 census tracts. We already use the HPI to monitor rates of testing positivity.

Our community PODs continued at St. Rose Hospital at Castro Valley Library this week, administering ~1,000 vaccinations per day. We continue planning mega PODs for February that will ramp up to 5,000 vaccinations while we await further details for the recently announced age-band framework and pending changes to statewide distribution.

Residents, employers, and health care providers are asked to complete one of the following forms to be notified when the vaccine might be available according to the state prioritization framework:

When there is enough vaccine to expand vaccination options, Alameda County will share that information widely, along with information on when and how eligible groups can get vaccinated. A photo ID, proof of registration, and proof of belonging in the current phase and tier being vaccinated are required. If an appointment is made, but a person is not a part of the phase of being vaccinated, they risk having the appointment canceled or turned away.

For more information about our vaccine distribution plans, please visit our Vaccines page. General inquiries about COVID-19 vaccine may be directed to covax@acgov.org

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

East Oakland: Tyrone Carney & Sobrante Mini Park's Re-Opening Moves Forward

Tyrone-Carney Park

I recently received a progress report on the revitalization of Tyrone Carney Park and Sobrante Mini-Park, an effort guided by Alameda County Probation, the City of Oakland, Oakland Unified School District, and community organizations like Roots Health Center: renovations of both parks are projected for completion in Spring 2022!

These renovations are the result of years of determined grassroots organizing and dedicated community engagement, started by my office through my Violence Prevention Initiative with funding from Proposition 68. 

The Sobrante Mini Park renovation will involve the construction of a 1,626-square-foot community services center that can be used for community gatherings and service delivery by local providers. The renovation will also add a children’s play area, par course equipment, picnic tables and barbecue pits, multiple walking paths, and two lawn areas. The existing restroom will be restored, and landscaping and art will be added throughout the site.

Tyrone Carney Park, which has been closed since 2002, will be reopened and the renovation will construct four children’s play areas that include a zip track, a net climbing structure, ball climbers, and musical play equipment with chimes and drums. The renovation will also add two par course areas, paved walking paths, a circular central plaza with ornamental paving, a memorial feature, a lawn area, and wrought iron perimeter fencing with gates.

I'm extremely pleased that the State recognized the merits of our proposals and I am thankful for our broad-based and longstanding visionary collaboration between Alameda County, the City of Oakland, and community partners to improve the quality of life in the Sobrante Park neighborhood. This effort will bring safety, environmental justice, and community pride back to this space.

People's Health Briefing With Dr. Noha Aboelata

People's Health Briefing 1.26.21

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 week's episode covers COVID-19 transmission in the workplace including the sectors with the highest positivity rate and necessary precautions to take when at work. She'll also give an update on what the lifting of the shelter-in-place order means in Alameda County, answering these questions:

- Does this mean everything is open?
- What does the "Purple Tier" mean?
- Does this mean we are safe?

Please take a moment to watch and learn!

View all installments of "The People's Health Briefing" here in the "All Videos" section.

To learn more about Roots Community Health Center, visit their website.

Ashland/Cherryland Joint COVID19 Testing Site

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Winter Activities

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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.

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.