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9/24 Update from City Manager Joe Gorton:

Dear San Ramon Community,

This week, Contra Costa County remains in the State of California's Widespread (purple) tier. The State of California has added nail salons to the list of businesses that can open indoors in counties in the purple tier. Contra Costa Health Services has issued a new public health order to expand COVID-19 testing through local healthcare facilities, and during the month of October, Contra Costa Health Services is offering free flu vaccines at specific locations in the County. If you missed last Friday's Virtual Mayor's Breakfast, you can catch up on the video for an overview of the upcoming Elections process, and the deadline to submit applications for San Ramon's virtual Culture in the Community celebration is October 1.

Below are the latest updates for the San Ramon community. 

Latest Business Openings in Contra Costa County

This week, the State of California added nail salons to the list of businesses that may open indoors in counties that are in the Widespread (purple) tier, including Contra Costa County. Nail salons may open indoors, following the State of California's industry guidance for personal care services.

> View Contra Costa County Openings at a Glance

> View the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy

> View the State of California’s Industry Guidance for Personal Care Services


New Public Health Order from Contra Costa Health Services Requires Local Healthcare Providers to Expand COVID-19 Testing

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) released a new health order today, requiring private healthcare facilities in Contra Costa County to provide timely COVID-19 tests, beginning on October 8, to:

  • Essential workers, as defined by state and local health orders to include teachers, grocery store clerks, restaurant employees, health care workers, bus drivers, as well as others
  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19
  • People who have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • People identified by CCHS as needing priority testing, such as possible contacts identified through contact tracing

The order requires facilities to provide testing to members identifying themselves as essential workers upon request, without a doctor's note.

To increase early detection of COVID-19 cases, CCHS recommends that everyone who lives or works in the county consider a COVID-19 test whether or not they have symptoms. CCHS encourages essential workers in jobs with high contact with the public, like store clerks, wait staff, teachers, and assisted living staff to get tested every 30 days.

> Read the Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services

> Read the full Health Order Requiring Testing at Healthcare Facilities

> View all Contra Costa County Health Orders 

> Learn more about COVID-19 Tests in Contra Costa County 


Free Flu Vaccines Available in October in Contra Costa County

During the month of October, Contra Costa Health Services is offering free flu vaccines at several locations in Contra Costa County. No appointment is needed, and vaccinations are available to everyone 6 months of age and older.

> Learn more about Flu Vaccines and View Locations


In Case You Missed It: Virtual Mayor's Breakfast on Local Elections

Last Friday, San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson hosted a Virtual Mayor's Breakfast on YouTube with a focus on how local elections will work in 2020, with Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder Debi Cooper and San Ramon Deputy City Manager Steven Spedowfski sharing information about the process, including how to register to vote, ballot return, in-person voting options, and District Elections in San Ramon.

If you missed the live event, you can watch the full video (or selected clips), and learn more at the links below.

> Watch the Virtual Mayor's Breakfast Video on Elections

> Learn more about Elections in Contra Costa County

> Learn more about District Elections in San Ramon


Virtual Culture in the Community Celebration: Apply to Submit a Video by October 1

The Culture in the Community Celebration is going virtual this year—and we want you to be a part of it! We are looking for video submissions from solo and group performers, restaurants/home cooks, families, and community members to showcase the different cultures in our community and around the world. We're looking for music, dance, cooking demonstrations, fun facts, immigration stories, or anything that you want to share about your culture. Make it fun, exciting, and entertaining for everyone—we are looking forward to seeing your videos!

The deadline to apply is October 1, 2020. Videos will be posted on November 13, 2020.

> Learn more about Culture in the Community and Apply


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) 570-1186

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

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

Contra Costa County Help Line: 2-1-1


As always, I remain grateful to you all for your commitment this community's well-being!

Joe Gorton
San Ramon City Manager

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