Supervisor Federal D. Glover, District 5



District V News & Updates

COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination or Test Required for Some Contra Costa Businesses


Contra Costa County joined San Francisco, Berkeley and other communities across the U.S. today with a countywide health order that increases COVID-19 safety in restaurants, gyms and other indoor businesses where there is elevated risk of the virus spreading.

The new order, effective September 22, requires patrons of these businesses to show proof they are fully vaccinated to enter indoor areas, or a negative COVID-19 test result from the past 72 hours.

Contra Costa has endured a severe spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations this summer due to the increasing prevalence of the highly infectious delta variant of the virus and unvaccinated residents.

While the peak of the surge seems to have passed, data show the county’s daily case rate remains as high as it was last February. There were 15 COVID-related deaths in Contra Costa from August 25 to 31, and 20 from September 1 to 7, the two highest seven-day totals since March. Unvaccinated residents account for 95.9% of the county’s deaths so far.

COVID-19 case rates are about five times higher in unvaccinated county residents compared to fully vaccinated residents, hospitalization rates are approximately 16 times higher, and death rates are approximately 22 times higher.

“This order is necessary now to save lives, protect our overburdened healthcare system, and slow the pandemic enough to keep our schools open,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County Health Officer. “Reducing community transmission of the virus now is key to preventing future spikes in cases from overwhelming our county’s hospitals during the winter months.”

The new order applies to businesses where people remove face coverings to eat or drink indoors, such as restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, and to gyms and other indoor fitness facilities, including yoga and dance studios, where patrons breathe more heavily due to exercise.

The order also includes a requirement for workers in indoor areas of these businesses to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 by November 1 or test weekly for COVID-19.

To show proof of vaccination, patrons must show photo ID and their vaccination record cards from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), or copies or pictures of their cards. Documentation from healthcare providers will also be accepted, as will digital COVID-19 vaccine records issued by the State of California.

Visit myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov for a link to your digital vaccination, which can be downloaded on to your smartphone.

Visit cchealth.org/coronavirus for more information about this health order, or to find a safe, fast and free COVID-19 vaccination in Contra Costa County.

Helping Hands Referral Program 
 

We are in the midst of an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases, particularly among communities of color and young people in Contra Costa County.  

Over the past month, 50% of the COVID-19 cases have been in Black or Latinx residents while these groups make up just over 35% of Contra Costa’s population. COVID -19 continues to take a painfully disproportionate toll on our communities of color, that are more susceptible to the more contagious Delta variant because Black and Latinx residents also have the lowest vaccination rates. COVID-19 vaccination rates in Contra Costa County:  

  • Black - 58%  
  • Latinx - 67%  
  • Asian - more than 90%  
  • White - 76%  


In response to the urgent need to protect our most vulnerable residents, CCHS is launching the Helping Hands Referral Program to increase access to vaccination by empowering community leaders, building trust, and helping others make the choice to get vaccinated.  

You are leaders in the community who people trust to share facts and you listen to people’s concerns with empathy. With the Helping Hands Referral Program, when your conversation leads to someone making the choice to get vaccinated, the bonus is you get $100 - a win-win for you and the community!  

Anyone aged 14 or older can help unvaccinated friends, neighbors and co-workers get vaccinated at a CCHS vaccination site and they will earn $100 for every person they help get fully vaccinated.  

CCHS is asking you to partner with us in this call-to-action by continuing the invaluable work you are already doing – connecting with our most vulnerable community members – to help people stay safe and healthy by getting vaccinated.  

You or your organization will be paid $100 total as a check or gift card after each person you help gets fully vaccinated (meaning they receive one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine). Payments can be directed to individuals, organizations, businesses, or charities.  

Please visit to the Helping Hands website to learn more and sign up today-- to help protect all of us.  





Bay Area Health Officials Urge Immediate Vaccination and Issue Orders Requiring Use of Face Coverings Indoors to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
 
Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley Indoor Masking Orders Take Effect Tuesday
 

Vaccination continues to protect against severe COVID-19 illness, 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.

 

The orders require 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 3rd.

 

Vaccines remain the most powerful tool in the fight against COVID-19, including the Delta variant. 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. Bay Area health officials urge all unvaccinated residents 12 and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

 

“We must act now to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community. If you are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine and have not yet done so, please do not wait any longer,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, health officer for Contra Costa. “During July the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in our county increased 400%. Four out of five of the COVID patients we see are not vaccinated, even though only one out of five Contra Costa adults are not vaccinated.”


These health orders aim to reduce community transmission of COVID-19 and protect everyone. Health officials are very concerned by the substantial levels of community transmission now found across the Bay Area, especially among unvaccinated people. In part, this is due to the widespread COVID-19 Delta variant, which is substantially more transmissible than previous forms of the virus. Recent information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also indicates that even fully vaccinated individuals can in some cases spread the Delta variant to others, and so indoor use of face coverings provides an important added layer of protection.

 

The new Health Orders require wearing a well-fitting mask indoors in public settings. Indoor settings, whether public or private, are higher risk for COVID-19 transmission, especially when you are with people you do not live with. Health officials also recommend that all employers make face coverings available to individuals entering their businesses, and businesses are required to implement the indoor face covering order.

 

Today’s Health Orders are consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health, which recommend that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks while in indoor public settings. Bay Area Health Officers will continue to monitor data, including increasing vaccination throughout the region, to determine when the Orders can be adjusted or lifted.


For more information about COVID-19, and how to get a free vaccine near you, visit cchealth.org/coronavirus. 


Los Oficiales del Area de la Bahía Recomiendan Enfáticamente la Vacunación Inmediata y Emiten Ordenes para Requerir el Uso de Mascarillas Faciales en Interiores a Fin de Prevenir el Contagio del COVID-19

Las Ordenes de Uso de Mascarillas Faciales en Interiores Entran en Vigor el Martes en los Condados de Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma y la Ciudad de Berkeley.


Las vacunas siguen protegiendo contra la enfermedad grave del COVID-19, pero debido a que la variante Delta del COVID-19 infecta a un pequeño porcentaje de personas vacunadas, así como a muchas personas no vacunadas, ocho oficiales de salud del Area de la Bahía han emitido órdenes de salud que requieren el uso de mascarillas faciales en lugares públicos en interiores.


Las órdenes requieren que todas las personas utilicen una mascarilla facial cuando estén en lugares públicos en interiores, con excepciones limitadas, a partir de las 12:01 a.m. del martes 3 de agosto.


Las vacunas siguen siendo la herramienta más poderosa que tenemos en la lucha contra el COVID-19, incluyendo la variante Delta. Sin embargo, la variante Delta está infectando a un pequeño porcentaje de personas vacunadas en el Área de la Bahía, quienes siguen estando fuertemente protegidas contra la enfermedad grave, la hospitalización y la muerte por COVID-19. En los casos de infección de personas vacunadas, el uso de una mascarilla facial evita el contagio adicional. Los oficiales de salud del Area de la Bahía recomiendan enfáticamente que todos los residentes no vacunados de 12 años de edad y mayores se vacunen lo más pronto posible.


"Debemos actuar ahora para protegernos a nosotros mismos, a nuestros seres queridos y a nuestra comunidad. Si usted es elegible para vacunarse contra el COVID-19 y todavía no lo ha hecho, por favor no espere más", mencionó el Dr. Chris Farnitano, oficial de salud de Contra Costa. "Durante el mes de julio, el número de pacientes hospitalizados por COVID-19 en nuestro condado aumentó 400%. Cuatro de cada cinco de estos pacientes no estaban vacunados, aunque solamente uno de cada cinco adultos de Contra Costa no se ha vacunado".


El objetivo de estas órdenes de salud es reducir la transmisión comunitaria del COVID-19 y proteger a todas las personas. Los oficiales de salud están muy preocupados por los niveles sustanciales de transmisión comunitaria que actualmente hay en el Area de la Bahía, especialmente entre personas no vacunadas. En parte, esto se debe a la propagación de la variante Delta del COVID-19, la cual es considerablemente más transmisible que las cepas anteriores del virus. La información reciente de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades también indica que incluso las personas completamente vacunadas pueden, en algunos casos, contagiar la variante Delta a otras personas, por lo que el uso de mascarillas faciales en interiores proporciona un importante nivel de protección adicional.


La nuevas Ordenes de Salud requieren el uso de una mascarilla facial bien ajustada en entornos públicos en interiores. Los entornos interiores, ya sean públicos o privados, presentan un mayor riesgo de transmisión del COVID-19, especialmente si usted se encuentra con personas ajenas a su hogar. Los oficiales de salud también recomiendan que todos los empleadores ofrezcan mascarillas faciales a las personas que entren en sus negocios y las empresas están obligadas a implementar la orden de utilizar mascarillas faciales en interiores.


Las órdenes de salud del día de hoy son consistentes con los lineamientos de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades y del Departamento de Salud Pública de California, los cuales recomiendan que las personas completamente vacunadas utilicen mascarillas mientras estén en lugares públicos cerrados. Los Oficiales del Area de la Bahía seguirán monitoreando los datos, incluyendo un aumento en la aplicación de vacunas en la región, para determinar cuándo se pueden ajustar o retirar las Ordenes.


Para obtener más información sobre el COVID-19 y averiguar cómo recibir una vacuna gratuita cerca de usted, visite cchealth.org/coronavirus.


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