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March 12, 2020

Worse before it gets better

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

With the news about the Alameda Firefighter testing positive for coronavirus, it’s time that we start getting serious about efforts to protect our most vulnerable community members.  For those not getting alerts from the City, you can sign up here.

From the update:

Late yesterday March 10, City officials learned that an Alameda Firefighter tested positive for COVID-19. Following the positive test, it is our understanding that County public health officials in the County where the individual is being quarantined began a thorough investigation to identify anyone who might have been in close personal contact with the individual, which is protocol. The City of Alameda is fully cooperating with County public health officials.

Of course this is only the one case we know about in Alameda (but not quarantined in Alameda) because we’ve failed to test the whole population.  Apparently it is now up to private entities to do their own testing (mostly for their own benefit, but it’s helpful nonetheless).  Based on some reporting, Kaiser in San Francisco has started drive thru testing of the coronavirus but it’s by appointment only.  Kaiser is not testing anyone,just people showing symptoms, but it won’t cost Kaiser members anything if they qualify for a test.

Hopefully AUSD is seriously considering options regarding closing schools.  I know there is a concern about students who rely on the lunch programs, but according to this article:

Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved requests from Washington and California to let schools distribute meals to students at locations on and off campus in the event classes are closed. The waiver, which will be administered by the California Department of Education in coordination with local school districts, will last through June 30, 2020.

“Under this waiver, students would be able to pick up meals and leave to consume them off-site,” wrote California Department of Education employee Gurjeet Barayah said in an email.

Also, after pondering a bit about the internet connectivity issue, I remembered that Alameda has Common Networks running which used to (I don’t know if they still do because we’re no longer subscribers) allow subscribers to use the publicly available connection.  That could be an option for some students without internet connection if Common would be willing to open up its network for these students.

Anyway, there are creative solutions out there.  One Alameda mom has already created a Google spreadsheet for childcare swaps in the case of school closures.

Based on a discussion I had last night with the kids it looks like AUSD is collecting data to see which kids need to borrow equipment in the case of closure.  They mentioned that they both filled out worksheets detailing if they had internet connections and computers at home.


  1. The thing about getting tested, you may be negative this week and exposed next week. It leaves you with a false sense of security. Wash your hands, shower, eat healthy, take your vitamins, est 8 hours sleep and exercise. It is all the things you should be doing anyway. I can’t say I do it all the time but maybe I stay healthier by doing it.

    Comment by joelsf — March 12, 2020 @ 7:10 am

    • I think you can only be tested if you are showing signs of infection. It’s more to catch the people who do have it and keep them quarantined and treated so they don’t infect others or die.

      Comment by Lauren Do — March 12, 2020 @ 8:47 am

  2. Hope everyone stays healthy…

    To put it in perspective, so far in 2019-20, 20,000 Americans have died from the flu, yet most people don’t fear the flu.

    In China, 52% of Chinese males smoke. In the USA, only 15% smoke. Scientists say this has exacerbated the disease and the statistics. The death rate was much lower in South Korea, which has a Western style health system.

    I found this article from the American Council on Science and Health to be helpful.

    Comment by Nowyouknow — March 12, 2020 @ 8:15 am

  3. Pluses and minuses for school closures.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 12, 2020 @ 8:28 am

  4. As joelsf suggests above, if you get infected, it can be up to a week before you feel symptoms, get tested, and get results back. If you are going about your daily routine, you could be infecting everyone you come in contact with. So, whether you feel fine today or a little under the weather, stay away from each other! Six feet is enough for airborne droplets from a sneeze or cough to fall to the ground. Also, the virus apparently lives for up to a week on hard surfaces, like doorknobs, elevator buttons, stair railings, etc, so wash your hands frequently, because, unless you are at home, you don’t know who may have touched that stair railing 4 days ago. When you are in line at Costco with all the tp you can pile in your cart, give the person in front of you their space, and turn to the person behind you and say, “GET OUTTA MY SPACE, SUCKA!”

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    Comment by abronto4900 — March 12, 2020 @ 8:42 am

  5. School Board holding emergency meeting tomorrow afternoon …. topic public health emergency …. not a leap to see where it is headed.

    Comment by Ron Mooney — March 12, 2020 @ 1:24 pm

  6. Dr. Anthony Fauci Counseling the Public about COVID-19

    Comment by vigi — March 12, 2020 @ 2:26 pm

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