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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.

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NEW COVID-19 TESTING OPTIONS IN BERKELEY
Use tests to identify when to isolate

Berkeley, California (Thursday, January 14, 2021) - You now have more places to get a COVID-19 test in Berkeley to help more quickly identify whether you or your loved ones should isolate and quarantine to stop the virus' spread.

Our first pop-up sites will rotate between downtown locations as well as sites in south and west Berkeley.

By increasing options, we hope more people will get tested - especially as the current surge shows the virus is spreading more than ever.

  • Tuesday, January 19, Harold Way, between Kittredge and Allston
  • Wednesday, January 20, Berkeley Bowl West, 920 Heinz Ave.
  • Thursday January 21, Harold Way, between Kittredge and Allston
  • Tuesday January 26, Harold Way, between Kittredge and Allston
  • Wednesday, January 27, Berkeley Bowl, 2020 Oregon St.*
  • Thursday, January 28, Harold Way, between Kittredge and Allston

People can make an appointment online. These tests are performed by Optum, a provider funded by the state and coordinated by the City.

Use tests and symptom recognition as one tool to protect yourself and our community

Tests and recognition of COVID-19 symptoms are crucial to stopping the spread.

Anyone who tests positive, has been told by a medical provider that they are presumed positive, has COVID-19 symptoms or has symptoms after being exposed to a test-positive case within the past two weeks should take immediate action to isolate. Those who are exposed should quarantine.

Negative tests don't mean you're not infected

People should not use a negative test to gather or loosen the public health actions that are essential to keeping our community safe during this unprecedented surge.

A single negative test result does not mean a person is not infected with the virus. People may unknowingly spread the virus if they don't quarantine after an exposure. Even if testing negative early, they may become positive at a later point.

Last Friday, the FDA issued a safety message about "false negatives" in testing from Curative, a test vendor used around the region and in Berkeley. The City has reached out to the company and the state to get more information. 

If anyone is concerned about a particular test approach, we offer other options as a City and many more are available through the region or through their health care providers. We recommend that people talk to their doctor about individual diagnostic decisions.

Protect yourself before a test is needed

Protective actions - such as staying home, wearing face coverings, avoiding crowds and keeping six feet from those not in your household - are essential because the virus may not be detected by any test for two weeks.

Get tested. You'll help protect yourself, your family and our community.

*This message was edited on January 22, 2021 to correct the address for the testing pop-up on Wednesday, January 27.

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