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Month: March 2020

What to Do If Your Partner Gets Coronavirus

It goes without saying that the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has already had a huge impact on people’s lives, from how, where, and whether we’re working, to what we’ll do with all this time in self-quarantine. It’s challenging enough to manage “corona anxiety” day to day while social distancing, but what happens if you think your partner or family member actually has the coronavirus?

While scientists are still learning about the coronavirus, including how to effectively treat it, there are symptoms you can look out for, as well as ways to self-isolate from someone who may have been exposed to avoid getting sick, too. These tips come from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and someone who knows firsthand: Dr. Thomas Kirsch, MD, a physician and public health expert who had to self-quarantine after a possible exposure to COVID-19.

If your partner is exhibiting symptoms—or has been able to take a test, and it’s positive—know that leaving to stay with other family or in a hotel is advised against by health officials. “The CDC recommendation for now is that if you are already exposed to a known case, you should self-quarantine,” Kirsch says. In your own living space, at home.

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AC-Transit update

AC Transit is implementing rear-door boarding on buses with multiple doors.
Fare payment is not required until further notice.

AC Transit is deemed to provide an essential service during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This means we continue to serve riders who rely on public transit for vital access to resources, healthcare, and employment.

While operating, we are committed to the collective well-being and health of our riders and employees. This includes following social distancing measures. Customers are strongly encouraged to stay or sit 6-feet from other passengers and the bus operator when boarding, exiting and riding the bus.

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Alameda SBA Economic Injury Disaster Program Webinar

The City of Alameda is hosting a representative from the Small Business Administration to share information and answer questions about their Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, which provides low-interest loans to businesses and non-profits impacted by major disasters.  Learn about eligibility, available loan terms, collateral and credit requirements, and more.

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Time: 3:00-4:00pm
Sign up: Please click here to sign up by 12pm on Wednesday March 25 to reserve your spot (space is limited)

Food Safety and Coronavirus

COVID-19 Food Safety Questions, Answered

  • SARS-CoV-2: What we know
  • How does COVID-19 spread?
  • How long does the virus stay on contaminated surfaces?
  • Should I avoid touching things other people have touched?
  • How long does the virus last on food?
  • Can I get COVID-19 from contaminated food?
  • Are we sure food isn’t a vector of COVID-19 transmission?
  • I’m still not convinced. How could food not be a vector?
  • What about eating with your hands?
  • Are there any special risks associated with food?
  • Am I more likely to get COVID-19 from take-out, delivery, or cooking at home?
  • Does Chinese food pose a greater risk than other food? What about imported food and goods?
  • If I’m still concerned, does reheating food before eating it destroy the virus?
  • How do I sterilize my food?
  • Does “the danger zone” apply to SARS-CoV-2?
  • Are we going to run out of food?
  • What’s the safest way to shop at the grocery store or supermarket?
  • Is it okay to buy produce from open bins?
  • Should I be using an antibacterial soap?
  • What about hand sanitizers?
  • What should restaurant owners and culinary professions know
  • To sum it up
  • How fast does COVID-19 spread?
  • Why does this epidemic seem to be spreading faster than previous ones?
  • What exactly does “flatten the curve” mean?

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Hayward Opening Testing Center on March 22

On Monday, the City of Hayward will open a testing facility so sick people, first responders, and health-care workers with recent suspected exposures to the novel coronavirus can be tested for infection.

The COVID-19 Testing Center, at Hayward Fire Station #7, 28270 Huntwood Avenue., has been established to take pressure off hospital emergency rooms, provide quicker answers for recently exposed first responders and health care workers, and to enhance the region’s capacity to suppress new transmissions through isolation after testing.