With the arrival and continued roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccines, many of us have breathed a collective sigh of relief that the end of this global public health crisis may be in sight. It is crucial now more than ever to take the necessary steps to lower your chances of exposure to COVID-19. The vaccine is a long-awaited tool to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community; however, it is not the only one we have. Ending this pandemic requires us to use all of our tools for stopping the spread of the virus, and I ask everyone to continue doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. As we near the one-year anniversary of the Shelter in Place ordinance, I would like to express my gratitude to the Alameda County community for continuing to follow these guidelines. Please stay safe so we may gather again in person soon.

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