Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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USE COVID-19 DATA TO TAKE ACTION
Do your part. For family. For neighbors. For Berkeley.

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, July 21, 2020) - COVID-19 has infected 332 Berkeley residents and killed three as of July 20, 2020 -- numbers that do not fully speak to the virus' threat and the urgency for collective action to wear face coverings, be vigilant about hygiene and keep distance from those outside of one's household.

"The numbers help us see the trends," said Dr. Lisa B. Hernandez, the City of Berkeley Health Officer. "But without a vaccine or treatment, everyone -- from individuals to merchants to health care facilities -- has an active role to help keep the virus at bay."

Everyone should use face coverings, social distancing and hygiene to slow the rise of COVID-19. Merchants should implement business guidance, especially completing their site specific protocols. Government, health care officials and others continue to build public health infrastructure to manage the spread.

Indicators to measure status of COVID-19 in our community

One data tool to help see current status is to look at the City's indicators for assessing progress

These metrics look at numbers such as cases, hospitalizations, hospital capacity, testing, disease containment and the availability of personal protective equipment for health care providers.

These five indicators were developed by the City of Berkeley's Health Officer along with her counterparts for the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara. Each jurisdiction uses these indicators, other metrics such as the percent positive as well as models on a regular basis to assess the virus' impact.

As of Friday July 17, 2020, City indicators for hospital capacity, and testing, met thresholds. Those for disease containment, cases, hospitalizations and personal protective equipment did not. Onboarding new staff, transitioning to a new data platform and the rise in cases led to delays in inputting data

COVID-19 death toll in Berkeley is now 3

Due to recent state re-classification rules, a person who diagnosed with COVID-19 during a temporary stay in Berkeley but who otherwise lived and died outside the city was also added to the total tally. That death was in May.

As state and federal guidelines for reviewing and classifying COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to evolve, changes in case counts and/or deaths are subject to change in the future.

There was also another death in a resident who was over 65 and also had underlying health conditions. Both age and underlying conditions make someone more likely to suffer severe COVID-19 illness.

Face Coverings

The power of covering your face cannot be overstated - and is encouraged across international, federal, state and local public health agencies.

Even as some activities like outdoor dining have been allowed, people must wear face coverings at all times outside of eating -- such as waiting in line, ordering, waiting for food, after eating or going to the restroom.

"This new way of life requires all of us to do our part," said Dr. Hernandez. "Wearing a face covering, keeping social distance from those outside our household and being vigilant about hygiene have the power to protect our community"

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