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Latest COVID-19 Updates

7/11 Update:

Today, Contra Costa County Health Services (CCHS) issued a press release, stating that due to a sharp rise in the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in the community, the county’s social distancing health order has been updated to temporarily tighten face-covering requirements and prohibit indoor gatherings where there is elevated risk of spreading the virus.

According to the press release, 8.04% of COVID-19 tests administered in Contra Costa County over the past seven days were positive; the seven-day average number of new cases identified in the county rose from 38 on June 8 to 146 on July 8, and the seven-day average number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients rose from 17 to 54 during the same period. The 209 adult intensive care unit beds in Contra Costa County hospitals are on average a little more than half full on a given day (including COVID-19 patients and patients with other health concerns), and CCHS is concerned that the number of patients needing intensive care could quickly exceed capacity.

> View the County Indicators Dashboard

CCHS is especially concerned about the risk of COVID-19 transmission in indoor gatherings, and in gatherings that involve removing face coverings for eating and drinking.

Updates to the Social Distancing Health Order include:

  • Face coverings are required in outdoor dining settings among staff and customers at all times, except when eating or drinking. The new order also increases guidance for businesses that serve alcohol with meals to better align with state guidelines.

    > View requirements for outdoor dining and businesses that serve alcohol (item 9)

  • Indoor religious services and cultural ceremonies are temporarily suspended, effective on Sunday, July 12 at 11:59 p.m. Services held earlier on Sunday, July 12, are not subject to this change. Outdoor religious services and cultural ceremonies may be held in accordance with applicable State guidance, including physical distancing and face coverings.

  • Indoor protests are are temporarily suspended. Outdoor protests may take place in accordance with applicable State guidance, including physical distancing and face coverings.

  • Members of extended "social bubbles" must now always use face coverings when together if they are over the age of 12, except when eating or drinking, and all gatherings must take place outdoors.

    > View guidelines for small social gatherings (item 1)

According to the press release from CCHS, the county hopes to ease these enhanced safety measures as soon as possible, and will review available health system data daily to determine when it is safe to do so.

CCHS urges everyone to continue taking simple steps to protect themselves from COVID-19: Follow physical distancing, wear a face covering when you go out or are near other people, wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, and always stay home if you are not feeling well.

> Read the Press Release from CCHS

> Read the updated Social Distancing Health Order

> Read FAQ on all current Health Orders

7/9 Update from City Manager Joe Gorton

Dear San Ramon Community,

Contra Costa Health Services has updated two current health orders, regarding public guidance for face coverings and mass quarantine.

The Public Health Order about when and where members of the public should wear face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic has been updated to align with current state guidance:

  • Face coverings should be worn in businesses and in areas where people wait in line to enter businesses, and everyone should wear a mask or face covering whenever they are within six feet of another person who is not a member of their household, except in very limited, industry-specific situations.

  • The order requires businesses that are open during the pandemic to ensure their workers and volunteers wear face coverings, and to not serve or allow entry to anyone not wearing face coverings.

  • People who have certain health conditions are exempt from wearing masks that fit snugly over the mouth and nose but are encouraged to instead wear plastic face shields with cloth draping beneath to contain coughs and sneezes.

Read the CCHS press release on the updated Public Guidance for Face Coverings

Read the full updated Health Order on Face Coverings

In addition, the County's mass quarantine order has been updated to define "close contacts" as anyone who has been within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes during the infectious period. Anyone who comes into close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case must quarantine at home through 14 days from the date they were in contact with the infected person.

View the updated Mass Quarantine Health Order

View Home Quarantine Instructions 

Read FAQ on all current Health Orders

Virtual Mayor's Breakfast: Friday, July 10 with Special Guest, Senator Steve Glazer

This week's Virtual Mayor's Breakfast, hosted by San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson, will be streamed live on YouTube on Friday, July 10 at 9 a.m., with COVID-19 updates for the community.

Guests include Steve Glazer, California State Senator - District 7; Candace Andersen, Contra Costa County District 2 Supervisor;  Joe Gorton, San Ramon City Manager; and Dr. Patrick Joseph, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

More information and recordings of all Virtual Mayor's Breakfasts

Local Students Serving the Community

During COVID-19, a number of local students have taken initiative to impact their community in positive ways. From education to advocacy to service, check out some of the efforts they have been part of below.

Learn more about local Students in Action

Last Chance: Register for Virtual Run San Ramon by Friday, July 10

Registration is open until Friday, July 10 for the Virtual Run San Ramon! Register at for a 5k, 10k or Fastest Mile, and post your time online now through Saturday, July 11. All participants will receive a special virtual run edition short-sleeve commemorative shirt, race bib, and finisher medal, must-have additions to the Run San Ramon collection.

Learn more and register for the Virtual Run San Ramon

Click here for warm-up and cool-down videos courtesy of Shred415

Lap Swim Continues at Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center & San Ramon Olympic Pool by Reservation Only

The City of San Ramon continues to offer lap swimming at the Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center and the San Ramon Olympic Pool, with swim times available by reservation. The City will continue to work with Contra Costa County Health Services, monitor the program closely, and make modifications as necessary. For complete details regarding the schedule, reservation process, and safety procedures, visit the link below.

View Lap Swimming Schedule, Reservation Process & Safety Procedures

Modified Summer Camps in Session

San Ramon Summer Camps are in session, and remain open for registration throughout the summer. All camps will be offered with modifications to comply with the most recent county, state and CDC guidelines.

Learn more about revised Summer Camps and Safety Procedures, and Register Here

Community Resources for San Ramon

The following information and resources are available at the City of San Ramon’s website, and are updated regularly:

Ways to Stay Informed


Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, NextDoor

General Questions: (925) 973-2500

General COVID-19 Help Line for San Ramon: (925) 973-3240

Senior Hotline (English): (925) 973-3250

Senior Voicemail Line (Mandarin): (925) 973-3277

Contra Costa County Help Line: 2-1-1


As always, I want to commend our community for its commitment to the health and well-being of one another—the collective effort is one of our greatest strengths!

Joe Gorton
San Ramon City Manager

Previous COVID-19 updates from the City of San Ramon