This week marks the two-year anniversary of the first shelter-in-place order due to COVID-19 in Alameda County.

The Alameda County Health Care Services Agency began tracking the novel coronavirus in late 2019. When the first case emerged in the Bay Area in late February 2020, Alameda County’s Health Officer joined with Bay Area region colleagues to issue the first shelter-in-place health order in the nation. California’s statewide shelter-in-place order followed a few days later as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold…

Alameda County moved quickly to slow the spread of the virus. Schools closed, businesses shuttered, and all residents faced personal and financial uncertainties alongside health challenges…

Long-existing health disparities in high poverty neighborhoods and communities of color were amplified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To alleviate this, Alameda County prioritized resources early in the pandemic to directly serve the hardest-hit communities, focusing on community testing, case investigation and contact tracing, isolation and quarantine supports, and vaccination. Adding to those early investments, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors recently approved new awards totaling $12.2 million to 11 community-led Coalitions to expand COVID vaccine access and build upon community resiliencies towards pandemic recovery…

Alameda County is now back at pre-Omicron levels of cases and hospitalizations, and the county is at the “Low Community Level” on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take. Prevention steps for low levels of COVID-19 include staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and getting testing if symptoms are present…

Alameda County health officials strongly recommend the following for protection against COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated and boosted – vaccination is the single most important public health strategy to prevent spread of severe disease and death from COVID-19.
  • Layer your protection — stay up to date on vaccines, wear masks, get tested if exposed or ill, and stay home if sick.
  • Talk to your medical provider if you are immunocompromised or have other health risks.
  • Wear a mask, especially if you answer yes to any of the following:
    • Are you over age 65 or have health issues that puts you at risk for a severe case of COVID-19?
    • Are you missing one or more of your COVID-19 vaccine doses?
    • Do you live/visit with people at risk of going to the hospital if they get COVID-19?
    • Do you go to work with your co-workers or interact with the public regularly?
    • Are cases high where you live or where you are going?

For more information about vaccine clinics and how to make appointments, visit the county’s vaccine clinic page or Residents looking for testing sites can visit the county’s testing page to find a location.

Read the full press release.