COVID-19 Alameda Weekly Update: April 12, 2020

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City of Alameda

Community Update

Alameda Weekly Update: April 12, 2020

One month ago this week, Alameda County joined other Bay Area counties in issuing a shelter in place order. Today, modeling shows that we are flattening the curve, and our efforts to stay home and save lives have slowed the spread of COVID-19.

But as of this afternoon, April 12, there are 21,794 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California and 651 deaths. In Alameda County, there are 843 confirmed cases and 23 deaths. And here in the City of Alameda, there are 23 confirmed cases. 

But we know these numbers are not capturing everyone who has COVID-19. Why? Because 80 percent of people will have milder symptoms that do not require hospitalization. We must continue to do everything we can to protect the 1 in 5 of us who will become seriously ill. Stay home except for essential needs and activities. Always practice strict physical distancing when out. And wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

How You Can Help

Part of Alameda’s secret sauce has always been our incredible nonprofits and our compassionate and generous community. Pre COVID-19, the Alameda Food Bank served around 35 families a day, providing food security and dignity to our neighbors. With layoffs and business closures happening all across the island, that number has grown to 450 families every day. The City is supporting the Food Bank's efforts through a satellite site at Mastick Senior Center to provide food to residents in need, and redeploying City staff to help meet this demand. 

Food Bank packaging

But the increase in clients means that the Alameda Food Bank needs to buy more food than normal. If you’d like to help, the Food Bank can purchase $7 worth of groceries for every $1 donated here:

Tenant Protections

The Alameda City Council has taken action to protect residential and commercial tenants from being evicted for non-payment of rent due to a substantial loss of income/revenue because of COVID-19. In addition, the Council has prohibited landlords from shutting off utilities except in case of an emergency or as part of an “essential activity” as defined in the Alameda County shelter in place order. These protections are in place as of March 1, 2020, and will remain in place for 30 days after the declared state of emergency is over. Both residential and commercial tenants will then have 180 days to catch up on any deferred rent that was not paid from March 1, 2020 to 30 days following the end of the local emergency declaration.

Stay Informed

We update multiple times a day with COVID-19 information. In addition, please subscribe to our emergency text/email/phone alerts at Have a COVID-19 question? We are publishing a FAQ later this week. Please send your questions to

Alameda is a resilient community of people who love their neighbors. Thank you for staying home, staying safe, and protecting our most vulnerable neighbors. We are in this together, Alameda strong.

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