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U P D A T E S

County Health Department COVID-19 website

(As of January 12, 2021)

New Stage of COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout;
Residents 
Aged 75 and Older Now Eligible for Vaccine

Contra Costa Health Services has expanded eligibility for the vaccine to include residents aged 75 and older (part of Phase 1B/Tier 1 group). Frontline essential workers in Phase 1B/Tier 1 will come online soon.

CCHS wants people to eventually receive the vaccine from their own healthcare provider (Kaiser, Sutter, John Muir), but as those systems ramp up, CCHS will vaccinate all who are currently eligible. Once other systems are on board, Health Services can refer outstanding appointments to the appropriate system to get them into the soonest appointment.

Residents 75 and older, as well as other eligible people who live and work in Contra Costa, can request a vaccination appointment online with the CountyAfter you submit the form, Health Services staff will review your request. If you are approved, you will receive instructions on how to schedule a vaccination appointment using the MyChart website. Please note that demand for the vaccine is high but supplies are limited right now. This means there is a limited number of appointments available

At this point, they will only be booking appointments online. They will be adding a toll-free appointment call center next week. That call center phone number will be available on the County Health Coronavirus website at CCHealth.org/coronavirus.

Contra Costa County can meet its immunization goals if every hospital and healthcare provider in the community pitches in. CCHS is coordinating closely with hospitals, independent providers, pharmacies and clinics to ensure the vaccine is available for everyone.

Contra Costa County’s healthcare system is gearing up to provide as many as 7,000 vaccines daily to immunize all eligible residents over the next six months. The goal is to immunize about 80% of everyone who can get vaccinated in Contra Costa – eventually about 725,000 county residents. Health Services believes 80% is what we need to achieve herd immunity, which will stop the virus from spreading quickly in our community.

Contra Costa Health Services and its partners have administered more than 30,000 doses in the three weeks since the COVID-19 vaccine became available in Contra Costa, and are working hard to build on this start.

Contra Costa County is also expanding staffing and infrastructure in preparation for this widespread community vaccination campaign. CCHS is partnering with Safeway and Rite-Aid to vaccinate eligible groups in the county. 
The county expects to triple the number of vaccines offered this week as capacity grows.

  • CCHS projects that 9,500 vaccine shots will be given this week alone (through Jan. 17)
  • CCHS project nearly 26,200 shots will be given the following week (Jan. 18-24)
  • CCHS project nearly 36,000 shots will be given the week of Jan. 25-31 
 
These projections are subject to change depending on considerations such as staffing and vaccine supply. 

Information and updates about the COVID-19 vaccine (but not appointments) are available at 1-844-729-8410 or cchealth.org/coronavirus.






Contra Costa County Passes Ordinance 
for Eviction Protection and 
Rent Freeze to Provide Additional Protections 
through January 31, 2021

At a Board meeting on September 22, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an urgency ordinance that continues a moratorium on certain evictions for residential tenants in the County through January 31, 2021. Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-25 also continues a moratorium on certain residential rent increases through January 31, 2021. The Ordinance is retroactive to September 1, 2020.

Contra Costa County’s urgency ordinance provides additional protections to the state’s COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 (the Act), which passed and took effect immediately on August 31, 2020. The Act extends eviction protections for residential tenants experiencing financial hardship related to COVID-19.

“The urgency ordinance demonstrates the Board’s continued commitment to protect residents struggling with the unexpected economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Supervisor Candace Andersen, Board Chair. “We continue to seek ways to support renters and landlords, and hope that all parties will resolve to work together during this challenging time.”

This law applies to properties in all 19 cities in the County and in all unincorporated areas. To the extent that a city has adopted a law on the same subject matter, then the city’s provisions would apply in that city.

Protections granted to residential renters:

  • Ban on No-Fault Evictions - A property owner cannot evict a residential tenant for any "no-fault" reason except to protect the health and safety of the owner or another tenant, to allow the owner or their immediate family to move into the residential unit or to remove the unit from the rental market. 

  • Prohibits a landlord from terminating a residential tenancy on the basis that a tenant allowed an unauthorized occupant to live in the dwelling unit, if the occupant is the tenant’s immediate family member living in the dwelling unit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Moratorium on Residential Rent Increases – A property owner may not increase rent on a residential property through January 31, 2021. State law prevents this freeze from applying to commercial tenancies and to certain residential properties, including residences built within the last 15 years and single family homes.

  • These prohibitions and the specified exceptions last through January 31, 2021. 

Read the full document Ordinance No. 2020-25 (PDF). Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding this ordinance will be available and updated on the County websitesoon.

For information and resources, visit Contra Costa County at www.contracosta.ca.gov. For COVID-19 updates, visit Contra Costa Health Services at https://cchealth.org/coronavirus. If you have questions about the coronavirus, contact the multilingual Call Center at 1-844-729-8410, open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. For assistance after hours in multiple languages, please call 211 or 800-833-2900 or text HOPE to 20121.


BE VIGILANT AND STAY SAFE!!

Thank you for your Patience and Understanding