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.

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.

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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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

What to do if you're sick

If you think you're infected with COVID-19, call before visiting a health care provider. Do not go directly to a hospital.

Stay home if sick

The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

If you are experiencing symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or suspect that you have been infected, stay home except to get medical care.

Leaving your home can expose others to your illness. Avoid work, school, and public places. Don't use public transportation.

Avoid spreading illness within your home

Follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within your home.

  • Separate yourself from others in your home
    If possible, stay in one room away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom if one is available. Limit contact with pets.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    Cover coughs and sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue away. If you don't have a tissue, cough into your elbow, not your hand. After coughing, clean your hands as soon as possible.

  • Wash your hands often.
    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. That's about the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. Wash your hands

  • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, and using the bathroom
  • before eating or preparing food
  • Use hand sanitizer as a backup.
    When soap and water aren't available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Don't touch your face.
    Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible. Take special care not to touch your face with unwashed hands.

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces daily.
    Clean any objects and surfaces that are touched a lot every day with a household cleaning spray. This includes phones, doorknobs, faucets, counters, tabletops, keyboards, and toilets.

When to call a doctor

Before visiting a healthcare provider, call ahead and tell them you suspect you may have COVID-19. This allows them to take steps to protect staff and other patients.

If you're at high risk, call your doctor now to discuss your plans for if you get infected. Your doctor will also be able to give you a personal medical recommendation on the precautions you should be taking right now.

Testing

All testing for COVID-19 is done through clinicians. Berkeley's public health clinics do not test for COVID-19.

With a shortage of tests available, not everyone with symptoms needs to be tested:

  • If you have mild cold or flu symptoms, stay home. There is no pharmaceutical treatment for COVID-19. Going to a hospital could expose you to other illnesses or expose others to your illness.
  • If your symptoms worsen, call your primary care physician.
  • If you are at high risk due to age or underlying health condition, call your primary care physician.

If you don't have a primary care physician, contact an urgent care center.

CDC Resources

Last updated March 15, 2020


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