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Posted on 03/16/2020

The City of San Ramon is maintaining close coordination with Contra Costa County Health Services (CCHS) to help inform the public about the latest efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

For the most recent updates, click here.

Below are the previous updates and resources for the City of San Ramon.


11/16 Update:

Today, the State of California announced updated tier assignments for California counties due to rapidly rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout the State. Contra Costa County has moved from the red (substantial) tier to the more restrictive purple (widespread) tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

According to a press release from Contra Costa Health Services, the adjusted average daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Contra Costa has doubled in recent weeks, rising from 4.3 per 100,000 population on October 16 to 9.2 on November 16. The average daily percentage of COVID-19 tests that return positive in Contra Costa has also increased sharply, from 1.9% on October 16 to 3.6% on November 16. There were 21 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Contra Costa on October 16, compared to 48 on November 16.

Last week, Contra Costa County Health Services (CCHS) enacted local health orders that added additional safety requirements beyond what the state had mandated for counties in the red tier, including a moratorium on indoor dining and operation of indoor gyms and fitness centers, beginning Tuesday, November 17.

Additional changes for Contra Costa County due to the move to the purple tier include:

  • Social gatherings involving people from different households are permitted outdoors only, with a maximum of three households and 25 people, preferably for less than two hours
  • K-12 schools may not reopen for in-person instruction unless they have already begun to do so
  • Worship services and cultural ceremonies must now be held outdoors only
  • Higher education institutions must move indoor lectures and student gatherings outdoors only
  • Movie theaters may operate outdoors only
  • Museums and exhibit spaces may open outdoors only

According to CCHS, growing evidence shows that simple cloth face coverings reduce the spread of COVID-19, providing some protection to the wearer, and protecting people near a wearer who is infectious but does not yet know they are sick. CCHS urges residents to take the safety requirements seriously and consider what they can do to reduce the risk of infection to themselves and their families – such as wearing face coverings whenever leaving home.

> Read the full Press Release from Contra Costa County

> View Contra Costa County's Coronavirus Dashboard

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

> Learn more about the State of California’s COVID-19 Response

 


11/13 Update:

Due to rising COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations, health officers representing counties across the Bay Area announced today that they are tightening local rules for high-risk indoor activities where the virus can spread more easily.

Today, Contra Costa Health Services issued an order to close the following, beginning Tuesday, November 17 at 8 a.m.:

  • Indoor dining
  • Indoor fitness centers
  • Concession stands at movie theaters

According to a press release from Contra Costa Health Services, “health officials are especially worried about people gathering indoors with the holidays coming up, and may consider other closures in the days and weeks ahead. Contra Costa County, which is now in the red tier, could move into the state's most restrictive tier, the purple tier, within the coming weeks. If the county moves into the purple tier, schools that haven't reopened will have to remain closed until the county moves back into the red tier or until they receive a waiver from the state.”

“Our hope is that this new health order will slow down the spread of COVID so schools will have a better chance to reopen," said Contra Costa County Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano.

> Read the full Press Release from Contra Costa County Health Services

> Read the updated list of Contra Costa County Openings at a Glance

> View Holiday Safety Recommendations from Bay Area Health Officers

> Read Contra Costa County Health Services Coronavirus FAQ




11/12 Update from City Manager Joe Gorton:

Dear San Ramon Community,

This week, Contra Costa County moved back into the red (substantial) tier in the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and additional red tier safety measures go into effect this Friday, November 13.

The move to the red tier, along with recent news in vaccine development, will be topics in this week's Virtual Mayor's Breakfast, streamed live on YouTube at 9 a.m. this Friday, November 13

San Ramon's Virtual Culture in the Community event is now available online, and you can also register for winter classes and programs from the San Ramon Parks and Community Services Department, which begin in December.

Below are the latest updates for the San Ramon community.

 

Contra Costa County Moves to Red Tier in California Blueprint

On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) moved Contra Costa County from the orange (moderate) tier back into the more restrictive red (substantial) tier in the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, due to an increase in COVID-19 infections above the orange tier threshold, for two consecutive weeks.  

Last week, Contra Costa county Health Services issued a local health order that restored red tier safety restrictions for a number of businesses and activities, though the County remained in the orange tier at the time. These modifications remain in effect, and additional red tier requirements go into effect in Contra Costa County this Friday, November 13:

  • Retail stores that operate indoors must scale back their maximum occupancy to 50% or 100 people, whichever is lower
  • Indoor shopping malls must reduce their occupancy and reduce the occupancy of food courts to 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Office workspaces must operate remotely
  • Higher education institutions must keep indoor lectures and student gatherings to 25% occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Gyms and fitness centers must scale back indoor occupancies to 10%
  • Communal indoor pools must close
  • Indoor family entertainment centers, such as bowling alleys, must close indoor operations
  • Amusement parks cannot operate
  • Most live outdoor theatrical, musical or artistic performances are prohibited

According to CCHS, most new COVID-19 cases in Contra Costa are spread within the home, with an infected member of a household passing the virus to people with whom they live. Face coverings in public reduce the risk of bringing COVID-19 into the home.

> Read the Press Release from Contra Costa County

> View updated Contra Costa County Openings at a Glance

> View the Contra Costa County Coronavirus FAQ 

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

> View the State of California’s Industry Guidance for Each Tier

COVID-19 Updates at Virtual Mayor's Breakfast - Friday, November 13 at 9 a.m.

This Friday, San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson hosts a Virtual Mayor's Breakfast with COVID-19 updates from community leaders, including Contra Costa County's move to the red tier, and recent news in vaccine development. Guests include San Ramon City Manager Joe Gorton, Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen, and Dr. Patrick Joseph, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF.

The event will be streamed live on YouTube at 9 a.m., and a recording will be available to watch on the City's YouTube channel and website following the broadcast. 

>  Learn more about  Virtual Mayor's Breakfasts, including how to submit questions

 

Virtual Culture in the Community - Now Live!

San Ramon's fourth annual Culture in the Community celebration has gone virtual this year! Click the link below to see a variety of performances representing culture from across our community. The information and videos were provided by our community and we are grateful for their contributions to make San Ramon a great place to live, work, and play.

> Visit Virtual Culture in the Community

 

Registration Now Open for Winter Programs 

The San Ramon Parks and Community Services Department is offering winter classes and programs starting in December. Highlights include Holiday Programs, Preschool & Youth Programs, Virtual Enrichment Classes, Adult Programs, Open Gym, and Lap Swimming. Registration is now open!

> Learn More and Register for Winter Programs

 

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

Website: www.sanramon.ca.gov/covid-19

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

Email: info@sanramon.ca.gov


Once again, I want to thank you all for your commitment to keeping this community safe. 
We remain strong by working together!

Joe Gorton
San Ramon City Manager



11/10 Update:

Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) moved Contra Costa County from the orange (moderate) tier back into the more restrictive red (substantial) tier in the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

According to a press release from Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), the average daily number of newly identified COVID-19 infections has risen steadily since the County entered the orange tier of the State's blueprint on October 27. On Tuesday, the 7-day average, per-capita number of new cases (the "adjusted case rate") was 5.3 in Contra Costa, higher than permitted for counties in the orange tier, for a second consecutive week. That triggered the county's shift back into the more restrictive red tier, effective today.

Last week, CCHS issued a local health order that restored red tier safety restrictions for a number of businesses and activities, though the County remained in the orange tier at the time.

Those changes remain in place today, including requirements for reduced occupancy during indoor worship services and for indoor dining and movie theaters, and the closure of bars that do not serve meals with alcohol. Cardrooms are required to operate outdoors only.

The move back to the red tier adds additional requirements in Contra Costa County, beginning Friday, November 13:

  • Retail stores that operate indoors must scale back their maximum occupancy to 50% or 100 people, whichever is lower
  • Indoor shopping malls must reduce their occupancy and reduce the occupancy of food courts to 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Office workspaces must operate remotely
  • Higher education institutions must keep indoor lectures and student gatherings to 25% occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Gyms and fitness centers must scale back their indoor occupancies to 10%
  • Communal indoor pools must close
  • Indoor family entertainment centers, such as bowling alleys, must close their indoor operations
  • Amusement parks cannot operate
  • Most live outdoor theatrical, musical or artistic performances are prohibited

According to CCHS, most new COVID-19 cases in Contra Costa are spread within the home, with an infected member of a household passing the virus to people with whom they live. Face coverings in public reduce the risk of bringing COVID-19 into the home.

> Read the Press Release from Contra Costa County

> View updated Contra Costa County Openings at a Glance

> View the Contra Costa County Coronavirus FAQ 

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

> View the State of California’s Industry Guidance for Reopening



11/4 Update:

Today, Contra Costa County announced new changes to local Health Orders, due to data from the past week showing a marked increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Contra Costa County.

Since Contra Costa County entered the  orange (moderate) tier in the State of California's  Blueprint for a Safer Economy on October 27, the average daily number of new cases in the county has grown substantially, according to a press release from Contra Costa Health Services. If the trend continues, the county is at risk of moving backward into the more-restrictive red tier of the state's reopening plan as soon as next week.

The State of California allows counties to impose stricter standards so local health departments can respond to circumstances in their communities, and Contra Costa has amended its health orders to modify some of the riskier indoor activities permitted under the orange tier in hopes of preventing outbreaks and keeping the county out of the red tier.

Under the new order, select high-risk activities must be modified, beginning Friday, Nov 6:

  • Outdoor bars prohibited (except where allowed under restaurant guidance with drinks as part of a meal)
  • Indoor dining allowed at a maximum of 25% occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer (down from 50% occupancy and 200 people)
  • Indoor movie theaters can operate at a maximum 25% of occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer (down from 50% occupancy or 200 people)
  • Religious services indoors allowed at a maximum 25% occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer (down from 50% occupancy or 200 people)
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering sites can't operate indoors (they previously could operate indoors at 25% capacity)

For now, other activities not cited in the new order will still be allowed under orange-tier criteria, including indoor swimming pools, and indoor family entertainment centers can continue "naturally distanced" activities, such as bowling alleys, escape rooms and climbing-wall gyms, at 25% occupancy.

> Read the Press Release from Contra Costa County

> View an updated list of  Contra Costa Openings at a Glance

> View Contra Costa County Health Orders

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

> View the State of California’s Industry Guidance for Reopening

 



10/29 Update from City Manager Joe Gorton:

Dear San Ramon Community,

This week, Contra Costa County advanced from the red (substantial) tier into the  orange (moderate) tier in the State of California's  Blueprint for a Safer Economy, allowing additional businesses and activities to reopen with modifications.

Contra Costa County Health Services continues to offer free flu shots at County-run COVID-19 test sites, along with free pop-up flu clinics during the month of October.

The City of San Ramon is hosting several Halloween activities, including a scarecrow scavenger hunt in Central Park, Halloween home decorating and virtual costume contests, and a drive-through Senior Sweets and Treats resource fair on Friday, October 30 at the Alcosta Senior and Community Center. Plus, new Halloween geo-caching missions are available at Forest Home Farms via the Agents of Discovery app.

Early Regional Voting Sites open this Friday, October 30, and polling places will be open on Tuesday, November 3. Secure ballot drop boxes remain open through Tuesday, November 3.

Below are the latest updates for the San Ramon community.

Contra Costa County Advances to Orange Tier in California Blueprint

This week, Contra Costa County advanced from the red (substantial) tier into the orange (moderate) tier in the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy allowing, additional businesses and activities to reopen with modifications:

  • Worship services and other cultural activities indoors at 50% occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer
  • Indoor dining at 50% occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Bars and other businesses that sell alcohol without meals to open for outdoor operation
  • Family entertainment centers to open indoors for “naturally distanced” activities, such as bowling alleys, escape rooms and climbing-wall gyms, at 25% occupancy
  • Card rooms to open indoors at 25% occupancy
  • Small amusement parks to open at 25% of occupancy or 500 people, whichever is fewer
  • Professional sports venues to open at 20% occupancy
  • Live musical, theatrical, and other artistic performances are permitted outdoors with no more than 50 people in attendance, following State guidance and subject to local health officer approval

Health officials encourage residents to continue following the state health guidance for physical distancing and use face coverings, to keep everyone safe and healthy during the holiday season and to avoid a return to the red tier.

> Read the Press Release from Contra Costa County

> View an updated list of  Contra Costa Openings at a Glance

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

> View the State of California’s Industry Guidance for Reopening

 

Reminder: Free Flu Vaccines Available at County COVID-19 Testing Sites and 1-Day Clinics

Contra Costa County Health Services continues to offer free flu shots to people who come in for COVID-19 testing at several testing sites in Contra Costa County, including the drive-through site in San Ramon.

Throughout the month of October, CCHS is also offering a series of free one-day flu vaccination clinics.

> Read the Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services

> View a list of COVID-19 Testing Sites Offering Free Flu Vaccines

> Learn more about Flu Vaccines and View Locations of One-Day Vaccination Clinics

 

Halloween Activities for the City of San Ramon

Throughout the month of October, the City of San Ramon invites you to participate in several spooktacular contests: send us photos of your Halloween and harvest houses or your faBOOlous costumes to enter virtual competitions, and download the Goosechase app to take part in a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt in Central Park!

The geo-caching scavenger hunt at Forest Home Farms Historic Park has also been updated to include new Halloween activitiesjust download the Agents of Discovery app to participate!

San Ramon’s first drive-through Senior Sweets & Treats Resource Fair takes place this Friday, October 30, from 1–4 p.m. at the Alcosta Senior and Community Center. From a safe distance, staff will deliver a treat bag full of resources and information and a sweet treat just for Seniors. Face masks and face shields will also be given out, while supplies last. Also, Contra Costa County will offer a free drive-through flu shot clinic on site, no appointment needed. Don’t forget to wear your mask—we will be wearing ours too!

Last Friday's Virtual Mayor's Breakfast, hosted by San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson, features an overview of local Halloween activities organized by the City of San Ramon, in a presentation by Parks and Community Services Director Kathi Heimann. To learn more about each of the activities, watch the recording on the City's YouTube channel.

> View Halloween Activities for San Ramon

> Watch Friday's Virtual Mayor's Breakfast on YouTube

> Download the Goosechase App in the Apple App Store

> Download the Goosechase App in the Google Play Store

> Download the Agents of Discovery App in the Apple App Store

> Download the Agents of Discovery App in the Google Play Store

> View Visitor Information for Forest Home Farms

 

Voting Information for Oct 29-Nov 3, 2020

The City of San Ramon has five secure ballot drop boxes open for ballot return between now and November 3. Indoor drop boxes at San Ramon City Hall, the San Ramon Permit Center, and the Alcosta Senior and Community Center are open Mon–Fri, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Outdoor drop boxes at the San Ramon Community Center and Dougherty Station Community Center are open 24/7 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3. Ballots can also be returned via mail (no postage required), and must be postmarked by November 3.

Voter registration between now and November 3 must be in person, at the time of voting, at one of Contra Costa County’s early voting sites, or at the Elections Division in Martinez.

Regional Early Voting Sites open this Friday, October 30. In San Ramon, the Amador Rancho Community Center (1998 Rancho Park Loop) will be open the following days and times:

Fri, Oct 30: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sat, Oct 31:
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mon, Nov 2:
11 a.m.–7 p.m.

On Tuesday, November 3, several polling places will be open throughout the community. To locate your designated polling place, use the My Voting Information tool or check the back cover of the Voter Information Guide mailed to you. The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Those who choose to vote in person will be required to practice social distancing and wear face coverings. If voters don't have PPE available, the County will provide it. All Elections staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks. Sanitizer will be available at the entry and exit of all in person polling places and the equipment will be sanitized regularly.

To minimize the time spent at the polling place, voters should review their ballots ahead of time and arrive ready to vote for their preferred candidates and ballot measures.

> Read the Press Release About Elections from Contra Costa County Health Services

> Learn more about Elections in Contra Costa County

> View Election Information for San Ramon

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

Website: www.sanramon.ca.gov/covid-19

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

Email: info@sanramon.ca.gov

Once again, I want to extend my thanks to everyone for your care and support for one another—it truly is a sign of a strong community!

Joe Gorton
San Ramon City Manager



10/27 Update:

Today, Contra Costa County advanced from the red (substantial) tier into the orange (moderate) tier in the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Counties in the orange tier can allow:

  • Worship services and other cultural activities indoors at 50% occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer
  • Indoor dining at 50% occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Bars and other businesses that sell alcohol without meals to open for outdoor operation
  • Family entertainment centers to open indoors for “naturally distanced” activities, such as bowling alleys, escape rooms and climbing-wall gyms, at 25% occupancy
  • Card rooms to open indoors at 25% occupancy
  • Small amusement parks to open at 25% of occupancy or 500 people, whichever is fewer
  • Professional sports venues to open at 20% occupancy
  • Live musical, theatrical, and other artistic performances are permitted outdoors with no more than 50 people in attendance, following State guidance and subject to local health officer approval

Contra Costa County will remain in the orange tier for at least two weeks. The State of California could move Contra Costa into the less restrictive yellow tier, or the more restrictive red tier, if its metrics qualify for one of those tiers for two consecutive weeks. The state updates the official numbers every Tuesday.

According to a press release from Contra Costa Health Services, Contra Costa would not have qualified for the orange tier this week had it not tested more residents than the state average. California adjusts the case rates of high-testing counties downward to reflect their work controlling the virus. Without that adjustment, Contra Costa’s per-capita case rate this week would have been 4.1, which would not qualify for the orange tier.

To schedule a fast, free COVID-19 test in Contra Costa County, call 1-844-421-0804 or visit cchealth.org/coronavirus to schedule online. Free flu shots are also available with COVID-19 tests at several County-run sites, including the San Ramon location.

Health officials remind residents that it is now more important than ever to follow the state health guidance for physical distancing and use of face coverings, to keep everyone safe and healthy during the holiday season and to avoid a return to the red tier.

> Read the Press Release from Contra Costa County

> View an updated list of Contra Costa Openings at a Glance

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

> View the State of California’s Industry Guidance for Reopening




10/22 Update from City Manager Joe Gorton:

Dear San Ramon Community,

This week, Contra Costa County remains in the red (substantial) tier in the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Contra Costa County Health Services continues to offer free flu shots at County-run COVID-19 test sites, along with free pop-up flu clinics during the month of October.

Locally, the Virtual Mayor's Breakfast returns this Friday, October 23 with COVID-19 updates from local leaders, including Halloween activities from the City of San Ramon.

Halloween activities include new geo-caching missions at Forest Home Farms via the Agents of Discovery app, Halloween home decorating and virtual costume contests, and a local scarecrow scavenger hunt. Plus, the drive-through Senior Sweets and Treats resource fair takes place on Friday, October 30 at the Alcosta Senior and Community Center.

Below are the latest updates for the San Ramon community.

 

Virtual Mayor's Breakfast: Friday, October 23

The next Virtual Mayor's Breakfast, hosted by San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson, will take place this Friday, October 23 at 9 a.m. The event will be streamed live on the City's YouTube channel, and the recording will be available to watch following the live stream.

Parks and Community Services Director Kathi Heimann will share information about the Halloween activities that the City of San Ramon has organized for families to enjoy in the coming weeks. Additional guests include Gayle Israel, Chief of Staff to County Supervisor Candace Andersen; Deputy City Manager Steven Spedowfski; and UCSF's Dr. Patrick Joseph, who will share COVID-19 updates for the community.

> Learn more about Virtual Mayor's Breakfasts, including how to submit questions

 

Free Flu Vaccines Available at County COVID-19 Testing Sites and 1-Day Clinics

Contra Costa County Health Services continues to offer free flu shots to people who come in for COVID-19 testing at several testing sites in Contra Costa County, including the drive-through site in San Ramon.

Throughout the month of October, CCHS is also offering a series of free one-day flu vaccination clinics.

> Read the Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services

> View a list of COVID-19 Testing Sites Offering Free Flu Vaccines

> Learn more about Flu Vaccines and View Locations of One-Day Vaccination Clinics

 

Halloween Additions to Agents of Discovery App Activities at Forest Home Farms

Looking for something frightfully fun? Visit Forest Home Farms Historic Park and download the Agents of Discovery appthe geo-caching scavenger hunt has been updated to include spooktacular activities!

Parking at Forest Home Farms is open Mon–Fri, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. For weekend visitors, parking is available near the Glass House at 20503 San Ramon Valley Blvd.

> Download the Agents of Discovery App in the Apple App Store

> Download the Agents of Discovery App in the Google Play Store

> View Visitor Information for Forest Home Farms

 

San Ramon Halloween Activities

Throughout the month of October, the City of San Ramon invites you to participate in spooktacular contests: send us photos of your Halloween and harvest houses that make us scream “Oh my gourd-ness!,” show us your faBOOlous costumes, and keep your eyes peeled for scarecrows!

> View Halloween Activities for San Ramon

 

Senior Sweets & Treats Resource Fair: Friday, October 30

Mark your calendars for San Ramon’s first drive-thru Resource Fair. The Senior Sweets & Treats Resource Fair is coming up on Friday, October 30, from 1–4 p.m. at the Alcosta Senior and Community Center. From a safe distance, staff will deliver a treat bag full of resources and information and a sweet treat just for Seniors. Face masks and face shields will also be given out, while supplies last.

Also, Contra Costa County will offer a free drive-through flu shot clinic on site, no appointment needed. Don’t forget to wear your mask, as we will be wearing our masks too!

 

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

Website: www.sanramon.ca.gov/covid-19

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

Email: info@sanramon.ca.gov

As always, I want to share my thanks for this community's support for one another—we truly are strongest together!

Joe Gorton
San Ramon City Manager



10/15 Update from City Manager Joe Gorton:

Dear San Ramon Community,

This week, Contra Costa County remains in the red (substantial) tier in the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

The State of California has released guidance on upcoming holidays and small gatherings, and Contra Costa County has updated its Mass Quarantine Order to align with the State of California.

Contra Costa County Health Services has shared information on voting safely during COVID-19, and continues to offer free flu shots at County-run COVID-19 test sites and pop-up flu clinics during the month of October.

Locally, a new trails app is available for the City of San Ramon, along with a Sweets & Treats resource fair for Seniors, and several Halloween activities are taking place throughout October.

Below are the latest updates for the San Ramon community.

California Guidance for Upcoming Holidays & Small Gatherings

The State of California has released guidance on upcoming holidays and small gatherings.

Recommended activities for Halloween include online pumpkin carving competitions or costume contests, drive-through displays, drive-in movies, home decorating, and candy scavenger hunts. Recommendations for Día de los Muertos include placing altars outside or in a front-facing window, creating altar cards that can be sent in the mail, and limiting cemetery visits to your immediate household.

According to the California Department of Public Health, small gatherings should include no more than 3 households, last no longer than 2 hours, take place outside, and observe the use of masks, physical distance and hand hygiene.

Read the State of California Guidance for Halloween and Día de los Muertos

Read the State of California’s Guidance for Small Gatherings

 

Updated Mass Quarantine Order

Contra Costa County has updated its Mass Quarantine Order to align with the State of California. Quarantine separates individuals who were exposed to COVID-19 from others until it is determined that they are not at risk for spreading the disease. The updated order provides clarification for who is considered a close contact based on guidance from the State of California Public Health Officer, and outlines who is exempt.

>  View the updated Mass Quarantine Order

> View Home Quarantine Instructions for Close Contacts

 

Voting Safely During COVID-19

In order to help people exercise their right to vote during the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of California and Contra Costa County have taken steps to make voting in the November 3 election as safe as possible.

Voting by mail is the safest voting option as it limits contact with others outside of a voter's household, health officials say. The County is making voting by mail easy this year by sending every voter a mail-in ballot and paying for first-class return postage.

Voters can return their completed ballots to any one of 37 outdoor ballot drop-boxes in the county. There are five secure ballot drop boxes in San Ramon. Ballots must be dropped off no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3 or postmarked by November 3.

The deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 19, if registering online or by mail. After October 19, registration must be in person at one of Contra Costa County’s early voting sites, or at the Elections Division in Martinez.

Those who choose to vote in person will be required to practice social distancing and wear face coverings. If voters don't have PPE available, the County will provide it. All Elections staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks. Sanitizer will be available at the entry and exit of all in person polling places and the equipment will be sanitized regularly.

To minimize the time spent at the polling place, voters should review their ballots ahead of time and arrive ready to vote for their preferred candidates and ballot measures.

>  Read the Press Release from Contra Costa County Health Services

>  Learn more about Elections in Contra Costa County

>  View Election Information for San Ramon

 

Free Flu Vaccines Available at County COVID-19 Testing Sites and 1-Day Clinics

Contra Costa County Health Services continues to offer free flu shots to people who come in for COVID-19 testing at several testing sites in Contra Costa County, including the drive-through site in San Ramon.

Flu shots at COVID-19 testing sites are being offered in addition to the series of free one-day flu vaccination clinics held by the County in October.

> Read the Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services

> View a list of COVID-19 Testing Sites Offering Free Flu Vaccines

> Learn more about Flu Vaccines and View Locations of One-Day Vaccination Clinics

 

New San Ramon Trails App, Powered by Outerspatial

The City of San Ramon is pleased to announce the transition to the new San Ramon Trails App, powered by OuterSpatial. This free, easy-to-use mobile hiking app provides the core features of the old Easy2Hike app, along with additional enhancements such as social engagement tools similar to Instagram and Facebook, enhanced trail linking to webpages and social media pages, and featured “communities” which share up-to-date news about local and state hiking communities.

The City is very excited to be able to provide a new, enhanced app to expand our community’s enjoyment of local trails, and look forward to seeing everyone out in the Open Space and Trails utilizing it! If you have any questions, please email srtrails@sanramon.ca.gov.

> Download the Outerspatial App in the Apple App Store

> Download the Outerspatial App in the Google Play Store

 

Senior Sweets & Treats Resource Fair: Friday, October 30

Mark your calendars for San Ramon’s first drive-thru Resource Fair. The Senior Sweets & Treats Resource Fair is coming up on Friday, October 30, from 1–4 p.m. at the Alcosta Senior and Community Center. From a safe distance, staff will deliver a treat bag full of resources and information and a sweet treat just for Seniors. Face masks and face shields will also be given out, while supplies last.

Also, Contra Costa County will offer a free drive-through flu shot clinic on site, no appointment needed. Don’t forget to wear your mask, as we will be wearing our masks too!

 

San Ramon Halloween Activities

The haunt is ON! Throughout the month of October, we’re creepin’ it real with spooktacular contests: send us photos of your Halloween and harvest houses that make us scream “Oh my gourd-ness!,” show us your faBOOlous costumes, and keep your eyes peeled for scarecrows.

> View Halloween Activities for San Ramon 

 

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

Website: www.sanramon.ca.gov/covid-19

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

Email: info@sanramon.ca.gov

Once again, I want to share my appreciation for this community's support and care for one another—we truly are strongest together!

Joe Gorton
San Ramon City Manager



10/8 Update:

This week, Contra Costa County remains in the State of California’s red (substantial) tier, and a health equity metric from the State of California went into effect on Tuesday, October 6. If you missed last Friday's Virtual Mayor's Breakfast, which included an expanded discussion of the County's move into the red tier and the new equity metric, you can catch up on YouTube.

Secure ballot drop boxes are now open at several locations in San Ramon, and ballots can be returned between now and November 3.

Free flu shots are now available at several County-run COVID-19 testing sites in Contra Costa County, including the drive-through site in San Ramon, along with several free one-day flu clinics throughout the county during the month of October.

The City of San Ramon has launched a new app to provide enhanced self-guided tours to visitors of Forest Home Farms, and the deadline to apply for San Ramon’s Virtual Culture in the Community celebration is October 19.

Below are the latest updates for the San Ramon community.

California Health Equity Metric

Last week, the State of California released details on a health equity metric that will be used as part of its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, in determining whether a county may progress to a less restrictive tier in the re-opening framework. The health metric was originally announced on August 28, and requirements of the equity metric went into effect on October 6, 2020.

According to the California Department of Public Health, “certain communities—low-income, Black, Latino, Pacific Islander, and essential workers—have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in terms of higher rates of infection, hospitalizations, and deaths. These disparities create a public health imperative to address exposure in all communities, including especially those disproportionately impacted, as a measure to protect all communities.”

In order for a county to advance to the next less restrictive tier in the state’s re-opening framework, counties with a population of 106,000 or greater, such as Contra Costa County, will need to meet an equity metric and demonstrate targeted investments to eliminate disparities in levels of transmission:

  • Equity Metric
    Ensure that the test positivity rates in its most disadvantaged neighborhoods, as defined as being in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index census tracts, do not significantly lag behind its overall county test positivity rate (see "Equity Metric" below).

  • Targeted Investments
    Submit a plan that (1) defines its disproportionately impacted populations, (2) specifies the percent of its COVID-19 cases in these populations, and (3) shows that it plans to invest Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (Strategy 5: Use Laboratory Data to Enhance Investigation, Response, and Prevention) grant funds at least at that percentage to interrupt disease transmission in these populations. The targeted investments can include spending on augmenting testing, disease investigation, contact tracing, isolation/quarantine support, and education and outreach efforts for workers. Effective for the October 13 tier assignment, this plan must be submitted before a county may progress to a less restrictive tier.

Equity Metric

The equity metric utilizes the California Healthy Places Index (HPI), a composite measure of socioeconomic opportunity applied to census tracts, that includes 25 individual indicators across economic, social, education, transportation, housing, environmental and neighborhood sectors. Each county's census tracts will be divided into quartiles based on HPI. In order for a county to move into a less restrictive tier, both the county as a whole and the lowest quartile HPI census tracts must meet the next tier’s test positivity rate threshold for two consecutive weeks:

  • For counties entering the red tier, their lowest quartile HPI census tracts' test positivity must also be  ≤8%
  • For counties entering the orange tier, their lowest quartile HPI census tracts' test positivity must be within 5% of the orange tier threshold, or  ≤5.2%
  • For counties entering the yellow tier, their lowest quartile HPI census tracts must be within 10% of the yellow tier threshold, or  ≤2.1%

Accelerated Progression

A county can progress faster through the State’s tiers by meeting the threshold for two tiers less restrictive in its lowest quartile HPI census tracts.

If a county is in the red tier and its case rate is declining, but has not met threshold for the orange tier, the county can still progress to the orange tier if both the countywide and the county's lowest quartile HPI census tracts' test positivity rates meets the threshold for the yellow tier for two consecutive weeks.

According to the California Department of Public Health, the equity metric will not be considered as a factor in whether a county needs to move to a more restrictive tier.

> Read full details on the Equity Metric from the California Department of Public Health

> Learn more about the California Healthy Places Index

> Learn more about the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy

 

Video Update: Red Tier Re-opening Info & Health Equity Metric

Last Friday's Virtual Mayor's Breakfast, hosted by San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson, featured an expanded focus on Contra Costa County's move into the red reopening tier, along with the State of California’s new health equity metric, from Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen. UCSF's Dr. Patrick Joseph also shared medical updates on COVID-19. If you missed the live broadcast, the recording is available on YouTube and on the City’s website.

> Watch full recordings and clips of San Ramon’s Virtual Mayor's Breakfasts

 

Secure Ballot Drop Boxes Open in San Ramon

Ballots for the November 3, 2020 election have been mailed by Contra Costa County, and can be returned by mail or secure drop box between now and November 3 at 8 p.m. Outdoor ballot drop boxes are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the following locations:

  • San Ramon Community Center (12501 Alcosta Boulevard)
  • Dougherty Station Community Center (17011 Bollinger Canyon Road)

Indoor ballot drop boxes are available at the following locations during business hours (Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.):

  • San Ramon City Hall (7000 Bollinger Canyon Road)
  • Alcosta Senior and Community Center (9300 Alcosta Boulevard)
  • San Ramon Permit Center (2401 Crow Canyon Road)

For more information, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (925) 973-2539 or email CityClerk@sanramon.ca.gov.

>  View San Ramon Voting Information

 

Free Flu Vaccines Available at County COVID-19 Testing Sites and 1-Day Clinics

Contra Costa County Health Services is now offering free flu shots to people who come in for COVID-19 testing at several testing sites in Contra Costa County, including the drive-through site in San Ramon.

Flu shots at COVID-19 testing sites are being offered in addition to the series of free one-day flu vaccination clinics held by the County in October.

> Read the Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services

> View a list of COVID-19 Testing Sites Offering Free Flu Vaccines

> Learn more about Flu Vaccines and View Locations of One-Day Vaccination Clinics

 

Step Into History at Forest Home Farms with the New Otocast App

Using Otocast for your self-guided tour is like having a personal tour guide at all times. Discover new information about the farm through audio guides, videos, text, and photos. Videos highlight our trained docents sharing fun facts and giving demonstrations at some of the various locations on the app. Enjoy our scenic, historic park, and explore it at your own pace. Download the Otocast app at Google Play or the Apple App Store and visit Forest Home Farms to start your tour.

> Learn more about the Otocast App

 

Deadline Extended: Apply for Virtual Culture in the Community Celebration by October 19

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 has been extended to October 19, 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

Website: www.sanramon.ca.gov/covid-19

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

Email: info@sanramon.ca.gov




10/5 Update:

The State of California has released details on a health equity metric that will be used as part of its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, in determining whether a county may progress to a less restrictive tier. The requirements of this equity metric will be effective beginning October 6, 2020.

According to the California Department of Public Health, “certain communities—low-income, Black, Latino, Pacific Islander, and essential workers—have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in terms of higher rates of infection, hospitalizations, and deaths. These disparities create a public health imperative to address exposure in all communities, including especially those disproportionately impacted, as a measure to protect all communities.”

Beginning on October 6, counties with a population of 106,000 or greater, such as Contra Costa County, will need to meet an equity metric and demonstrate targeted investments to eliminate disparities in levels of transmission, in order for the county to advance to the next less restrictive tier in the state’s re-opening framework.

  • Equity Metric 
    Ensure that the test positivity rates in its most disadvantaged neighborhoods, as defined as being in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index census tracts, do not significantly lag behind its overall county test positivity rate (see "Equity Metric" below).

  • Targeted Investments
    Submit a plan that (1) defines its disproportionately impacted populations, (2) specifies the percent of its COVID-19 cases in these populations, and (3) shows that it plans to invest Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (Strategy 5: Use Laboratory Data to Enhance Investigation, Response, and Prevention) grant funds at least at that percentage to interrupt disease transmission in these populations. The targeted investments can include spending on augmenting testing, disease investigation, contact tracing, isolation/quarantine support, and education and outreach efforts for workers. Effective for the October 13 tier assignment, this plan must be submitted before a county may progress to a less restrictive tier.

Equity Metric

The equity metric utilizes the California Healthy Places Index (HPI), a composite measure of socioeconomic opportunity applied to census tracts, that includes 25 individual indicators across economic, social, education, transportation, housing, environmental and neighborhood sectors. Each county's census tracts will be divided into quartiles based on HPI. In order for a county to move into a less restrictive tier, both the county as a whole and the lowest quartile HPI census tracts must meet the next tier’s test positivity rate threshold for two consecutive weeks:

  • For counties entering the red tier, their lowest quartile HPI census tracts' test positivity must also be  ≤8%
  • For counties entering the orange tier, their lowest quartile HPI census tracts' test positivity must be within 5% of the orange tier threshold, or  ≤5.2%
  • For counties entering the yellow tier, their lowest quartile HPI census tracts must be within 10% of the yellow tier threshold, or  ≤2.1%

Accelerated Progression

A county can progress faster through the state’s tiers by meeting the threshold for two tiers less restrictive in its lowest quartile HPI census tracts.

If a county is in the red tier and its case rate is declining, but has not met threshold for the next less restrictive tier, the county can still progress to the next less restrictive tier if both the countywide and the county's lowest quartile HPI census tracts' test positivity rate meets the threshold for the tier that is two tiers less restrictive than the current tier for two consecutive weeks.

According to the California Department of Public Health, the equity metric will not be considered as a factor in whether a county needs to move to a more restrictive tier.

> Read full details on the Health Equity Metric from the California Department of Public Health

> Learn more about the California Healthy Places Index

> Learn more about California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy




10/1 Update from City Manager Joe Gorton:

Dear San Ramon Community,

This week, Contra Costa County qualified to move from the State of California’s purple (widespread) tier into the less restrictive red (substantial) tier, allowing additional businesses and activities to reopen with modifications. The State of California has also released guidelines for reopening outdoor playgrounds; San Ramon’s public playgrounds will reopen on Friday, October 2 with modifications (see below).

Starting today, October 1, free flu shots will be available at several County-run COVID-19 testing sites in Contra Costa County, in addition to previously-announced one-day clinics throughout the county during the month of October.

Contra Costa County has also released additional guidance on planning for safe celebrations this Halloween and Día de Los Muertos, to avoid spreading COVID-19 to friends and family.

Locally, this Friday’s Virtual Mayor’s Breakfast will feature an expanded discussion of Contra Costa County’s move to the red tier, and the deadline to apply for San Ramon’s Virtual Culture in the Community celebration has been extended to October 19.

Below are the latest updates for the San Ramon community.

 

Contra Costa County Move to Red Tier Allows Additional Businesses to Reopen

This week, Contra Costa County qualified to move from the State of California’s purple (widespread) tier into the less restrictive red (substantial) tier. Additional businesses and activities may reopen with modifications, in line with Industry Guidance from the State of California:

  • Places of worship, restaurants, movie theaters and museums can be operated indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Gyms can reopen indoors at 10% capacity
  • All personal care services, including massage, can move indoors
  • Indoor shopping malls can operate at 50% maximum occupancy (instead of 25%). Food courts can also open following the state's guidelines for restaurants.
  • Indoor retail stores can now operate at 50% capacity (instead of 25%)

> Read the full Press Release from Contra Costa County

> View an updated list of Contra Costa County Openings at a Glance

> Learn more about the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy

> View the State of California’s Industry Guidance

 

San Ramon Playgrounds Reopening Friday, October 2 with Modifications

This week, the State of California released guidelines to allow playgrounds to reopen.

Public playgrounds in San Ramon will re-open at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 2 with the following modifications:

  • Face masks over the mouth and nose are required for everyone 2 years of age or older, with caregiver supervision at all times to ensure face mask use.
  • Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet between children and adults from different households, including children using or waiting to use play structures or play areas, and families waiting to enter the playground.
  • Parents/Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least 6 feet apart.
  • Elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid playground when others are present.
  • Consider coming on different times or days to avoid wait times and potential crowded times.
  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground.
  • Playgrounds will be cleaned and sanitized 3-5 times per week by City Public Works staff.

> Read the California Department of Public Health Guidance for Outdoor Playgrounds

> View Quick Safety Tips for Outdoor Playgrounds

 

More Reopening Info: Virtual Mayor's Breakfast on Friday, October 2

This Friday's Virtual Mayor's Breakfast, hosted by San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson, will be streamed live on YouTube at 9 a.m. with a focus on Contra Costa County's move into the red reopening tier. Updates will be shared by San Ramon City Manager Joe Gorton, Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen, and UCSF's Dr. Patrick Joseph.

> Learn more about Virtual Mayor's Breakfasts, including how to submit questions

 

Free Flu Vaccines Available at County COVID-19 Testing Sites Beginning October 1

Starting Thursday, October 1, Contra Costa County Health Services will begin offering free flu shots to people who come in for COVID-19 testing at several testing sites in Contra Costa County, including the drive-through site in San Ramon.

Flu shots at COVID-19 testing sites are being offered in addition to the series of free one-day flu vaccination clinics held by the County in October, which were previously announced.

> Read the Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services

> View a list of COVID-19 Testing Sites Offering Free Flu Vaccines

> Learn more about Flu Vaccines and View Locations of One-Day Vaccination Clinics<