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COVID-19: Latest Updates
Posted on 08/24/2021
COVID-19 Updates from the City of San Ramon
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The City of San Ramon has transitioned from weekly COVID-19 Update emails to weekly News and Information email updates, which residents can sign up to receive here.


8/24 Update:

Today, Contra Costa Health Services updated the county’s Mass Quarantine Order, and Contra Costa residents exposed to someone with COVID-19 can now narrow down the number of days they must spend in quarantine by testing for the virus at the right time.

Close contacts of persons diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to quarantine themselves, with exceptions for certain persons fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine, certain essential workers in critical infrastructure sectors, and students in K-12 school settings under specified circumstances. This updated Health Order provides an additional exception, allowing persons who are required to quarantine to end the quarantine period after day 7 instead of after day 10 if they are asymptomatic and test negative for the COVID-19 virus on or after the sixth day after the last date of exposure, consistent with guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

> CCHS Health Order: Mass Quarantine Order

> Home Quarantine Instructions for Close Contacts

> CDPH Quarantine Guidance

> CDC Quarantine Guidance



8/2 Update:

Today, eight Bay Area Health Officers announced health orders requiring all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, with limited exceptions, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3, in order to slow the spread of the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.

“Vaccination continues to protect against severe COVID-19 illness,” according to a press release from Bay Area Health Officers, “but with the COVID-19 Delta variant now infecting a small percentage of vaccinated people as well as many unvaccinated people, eight Bay Area health officers have issued health orders requiring masks indoors in public places.”

“Vaccines remain the most powerful tool in the fight against COVID-19, including the Delta variant,” states the press release. “Nonetheless, the Delta variant is infecting a small percentage of the vaccinated in the Bay Area — who still remain strongly protected against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. In those instances of infection in a vaccinated person, a face covering prevents further spread.”

Public settings where face coverings must be worn include, but are not limited to, business offices, retail stores, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meeting rooms and State and local government facilities where services are provided to the public.

This order does not apply to people in the following circumstances:

  • When alone in a room.
  • When actively eating or drinking.
  • When swimming or showering.
  • When receiving care or other service that requires removal of the face covering, including by way of example and without limitation, medical care requiring exposure of the nose or mouth, cosmetic services involving the face, and dental procedures.
  • When exempt from wearing face coverings under the State Face Covering Guidance or other applicable California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance. The State Face Covering Guidance exempts the following individuals from wearing masks:
    • Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
    • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask, including persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
    • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
    • Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined.

Bay Area health officials also urge all unvaccinated residents 12 and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Read the full Press Release from the Bay Area Health Officers

Read the full Health Order

Read the State of California Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

Read more from Contra Costa Health Services

Schedule a Vaccine Appointment

 



7/16 Update:

Today, Contra Costa County, along with the Counties of Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley, issued a press release recommending that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places as a precaution against increased circulation of COVID-19.

Bay Area Health Officers will revisit this recommendation in the coming weeks as they continue to monitor transmission rates, hospitalizations, deaths, and increasing vaccination rates throughout the region. Contra Costa data can be monitored here.

 > Read the Full Press Release from Contra Costa Health Services




6/28 Update:

As of June 28, 2021, critical eviction protections in California have been extended through September 30, 2021 to help keep California families in their homes. Additionally, the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program now covers 100% of unpaid and future rent and utilities for income-eligible renters and their landlords who have been impacted by the pandemic. Those who have already applied and received payment will receive additional funds to reach 100% compensation.

Interested landlords and renters can check eligibility and apply at HousingIsKey.com or by calling 833-430-2122. Applicants may qualify regardless of immigration status and will not be required to show proof of citizenship. All application information is kept private and will not be shared. Assistance from the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program does not count as earned income for renters, and will not interfere with eligibility for any other state benefit assistance programs.

 > Read More




6/18 Update from City Manager Joe Gorton:

Dear San Ramon Community,

As of Tuesday, June 15, California's tier system is no longer in effect, and COVID-19 capacity and distancing restrictions have been lifted for most businesses and activities in the state. On Thursday, June 17, workplace safety guidelines were updated by Cal/OSHA.

Contra Costa Health Services is accepting requests for free mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics to community groups and workplaces of 5 or more eligible people in Contra Costa County. 

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) have released Draft Plan Bay Area 2050, a 30-year plan charting a course for a Bay Area that is affordable, connected, diverse, healthy, and vibrant for all its residents through 2050 and beyond. Draft Plan Bay Area 2050, along with drafts of the Implementation Plan and various supplemental reports, are all available for public review and comment between now and 5 p.m. on July 20, 2021.

The City of San Ramon is accepting applications for several Advisory Committee & Board Openings.

Children's Participatory Fountains in the city are now open, along with drop-in recreation swim at the San Ramon Olympic Pool and Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center; and drop-in lap swim returns Monday, June 21.

Registration is open for the Run San Ramon 5k on Sunday, July 4, and the Summer Concert in the Park series returns in July.

Below are the latest updates for the San Ramon community.

 

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Following this week's COVID-19 update, the City of San Ramon will transition to as-needed updates on COVID-19.

The City will continue to provide weekly email updates with general news and events for San Ramon residents. If you would like to receive weekly News and Information emails from the City of San Ramon, click the link below to sign up.

> Sign Up for Weekly News & Information Emails from the City of San Ramon

 

Beyond the Blueprint: California Reopening & Updated Mask Guidance

On June 15, California moved beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Capacity and distancing restrictions have been lifted for most businesses and activities in the state, and the tier system is no longer in effect. To view a summary of the State of California’s requirements and guidance, which apply to Contra Costa County and all of California, visit Contra Costa Health Services' Beyond the Blueprint page.

The California Department of Public Health's updated mask guidance is in effect as of June 15.

On June 17, California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) relaxed its workplace-safety rules. Physical distancing is no longer required in the workplace and fully vaccinated employees generally do not have to wear masks on the job anymore.

Contra Costa County is aligned with the new state guidelines for employers, which include:

  • Employers may allow fully vaccinated employees not to wear face coverings indoors but must document their vaccination status.
  • Unvaccinated employees still must wear masks indoors except when alone in a room or vehicle or when eating or drinking.
  • No face covering requirements outdoors (except during outbreaks), regardless of vaccination status.
  • Workplaces still would be required to provide masks to workers who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • No physical distancing or barrier requirements regardless of employee vaccination status except during workplace outbreaks.

Employers are able to implement additional protective measures beyond what is required, including the use of masks and physical distancing. For more information, visit the  Cal/OSHA COVID-19 website or read their  FAQs about the new guidance.

CA COVID-19 Rent & Utility Assistance Applications Simplified

Applications for rent and utility assistance through California's COVID-19 Rent Relief program have been simplified: it now takes less time to complete, requires fewer documents to be uploaded, and offers helpful tips throughout the application.

Assistance is available for unpaid rent dating back to April 1, 2020, as well as future rent payments. Assistance is also available for past due utility payments dating back to April 1, 2020, or for future utility bills, both of which may be paid directly to the utility provider at 100% of cost but are limited to a total of 12 months.

Income-eligible renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19 and need help with unpaid or upcoming rent or utilities can verify eligibility and apply immediately by visiting HousingIsKey.com, or by calling 833-430-2122. Once your application has been processed, you will be notified about the application status and next steps.

For assistance in another language or help checking eligibility, filling out the application or uploading paperwork, schedule an appointment with a local organization by calling 833-687-0967.

> Learn More & Apply

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Available by Request for Groups of 5 or More

Businesses and community organizations in Contra Costa can now request visits from Contra Costa Health Services' (CCHS) mobile COVID-19 vaccination van to workplaces, community centers and other locations where five or more members of a group want to receive vaccine.

Any business or organization can request a mobile vaccination clinic using an online form if they are in the county, and CCHS will send a mobile health van to provide free vaccinations on site within one week after completing the request. 

Clinics operate weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will only travel to locations within the county, though they will vaccinate anyone eligible regardless of where they live. There is no cap on the number of people who can be vaccinated during a visit.

> Read the Full Press Release from CCHS

> Request Mobile Vaccine Service

 

Draft Plan Bay Area: Public Comment Period Open Until 5 p.m. on July 20

After more than three years of public discussion and technical analysis, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) have released Draft Plan Bay Area 2050.

Defined by 35 strategies that strive for resilient and equitable outcomes, this 30-year plan charts a course for a Bay Area that is affordable, connected, diverse, healthy, and vibrant for all its residents through 2050 and beyond. Draft Plan Bay Area 2050, along with drafts of the Implementation Plan and various supplemental reports, are all available for review and comment.

All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Several virtual workshops or virtual public hearings will be held, where residents can learn more, ask questions, and offer comments on the draft plan.

Read Draft Plan Area 2050

View a list of Virtual Workshops or Virtual Public Hearings

More Information on Webinars, Workshops, Hearings and Meetings

Email Your Comments: info@planbayarea.org 

Submit a Comment Online

 

Apply Today: San Ramon Advisory Committee & Board Openings

The City of San Ramon is recruiting for the following Advisory Committee & Board Openings, which are open until filled: Housing Advisory Committee, Transportation Demand Management Advisory Committee, Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, Architectural Review Board. For more information, and to apply, please visit the link below.

> Learn More & Apply

 

Children's Participatory Fountains Now Open

The Children’s Participatory Fountains at Central Park and Rancho San Ramon are now open! For operating hours, please visit the link below. 

> View Operating Hours for Participatory Fountains

 

Drop-In Rec Swim Now Open; Drop-In Lap Swim Returns Monday, June 21

Drop-in Recreation Swim is now available during current recreation swim hours at the San Ramon Olympic Pool and Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center. All participants 1 years old and above entering the facility are able to pre-register for recreation swim through July 3; pre-registration is not required.  

Beginning Monday, June 21Lap Swim will return to a drop-in program, and reservations are no longer required. Swimmers will be able to attend lap swim at any time during current lap swim hours at the San Ramon Olympic Pool & Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center.

Hours for Recreation Swim and Lap Swim vary by date and location. Please see the links below for the latest schedules. 

> Recreation Swim Hours & Information

> Lap Swim Hours & Information

> All Aquatics Information

 

Register Today for Run San Ramon 5k Run/Walk: Sunday, July 4

Get a healthy start to your 4th of July with this Independence Day classic. Enjoy the paved and looped 5k course through San Ramon, starting and ending at the San Ramon Community Center. All participants will receive a t-shirt, bib and medal. More info and registration is available at the link below.

> Learn More & Register for Run San Ramon

 

Independence Day Celebration Featuring Fleetwood Mask: Sunday, July 4

Fleetwood Mask is the ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band and wants you to enjoy Independence Day. This free July 4th summer concert is sure to be a hit! Join us at San Ramon Central Park starting at 5 p.m.

> More Information

 

San Ramon Summer Concert Series Returns to Central Park: July 11August 8

San Ramon's popular Summer Concert Series is back! Concerts run weekly on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. from July 11–August 8 at Central Park, featuring some of the Bay Area’s best live bands. Bring a blanket or low-back lawn chair and be ready to rock the night away. More info is available at the link below.

> More Info on Summer Concerts in the Park

 

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 our community for your continued care for one another!

Joe Gorton
San Ramon City Manager


Previous COVID-19 updates from the City of San Ramon