On June 29, 2020, Alameda County paused its reopening plans for the time being. Due to an increase in positive tests and hospitalizations, the timeline for future reopening phases has been extended. It is crucial for our public health and economic recovery for Alameda County to reopen when the data show it is safe to do so. While we have made progress on increasing our testing and disease containment capacity, Alameda County Public Health officials have seen unfavorable trends in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. These trends – combined with alarming trends we see in other jurisdictions that have opened at a faster rate and the health disparities in our communities of color – are cause for slowing down Alameda County’s reopening plan and continuing to closely monitor our data.

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