We are seeing another winter surge in COVID cases this year and the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) encourages everyone to stay vigilant and take steps to lower the risk of contracting COVID-19. Get vaccinated, wear a mask in public (both indoors and outdoors), keep gatherings small and short, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you feel sick or test positive.
The new Omicron variant is more contagious than previous strains of COVID-19 and proper masking is even more important than ever to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Make sure your mask is well-fitted with no gaps between your face and consider double masking (wearing a surgical mask under a cloth mask) or using a KN95, N95, or KF95 mask to ensure the air you breathe is well ventilated. Visit the California Department of Public Health’s Get the Most out of Masking page for additional guidance, fact sheets, and masking Frequently Asked Questions.