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6th Annual Brain Health to Beat Stroke 5K flyer

The 6th annual Brain Health to Beat Stroke 5K will be a virtual experience this year. The event is dedicated to Ruby Long and Alva Louise Garibaldi.

Register at Healings In Motion, walk, run or roll any time between October 1 and October 24, submit your videos and join the virtual event and awards presentations on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Car Seat Safety flyer

Car Seat Check-Ups Are Back!

San Joaquin County Public Health Services’ Child Passenger Safety Program is once again offering in-person car seat fitting  to  help with the installation of your child’s car seat. Learn whether it's time for a change.

Car seat check-ups take place on Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 420 South Wilson Way, Stockton, by appointment only. COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed. Call 209-468-8914 to schedule an appointment with a certified technician.

Lions Fall Classic Golf Tournament flyer

Stockton Host Lions Club will host its annual Lions Fall Classic Golf Tournament on Monday, October 26, 2020. Oakmoore Golf Course, 3737 North Wilson Way, Stockton, will serve as the venue for this fabulous event that benefits Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and other Stockton Host Lions Club charities.

The day will begin with registration and brunch at 9:00 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. Raffle and awards on the course will commence at 3:00 p.m. Tournament player entry costs $120.00 and includes golf, cart and lunch.  Sponsor opportunities range from $100.00 to $2,500.00.

Contact Lion Ron Cutler to sponsor the event, obtain additional information or register.

San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Receive COVID-19 Updates and Take Actions Testing by Residents - With and Without COVID-19 Symptoms - Will Help Get County Opened Faster

STOCKTON – The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors received updates and took actions today related to the COVID-19 pandemic in San Joaquin County.
Dr. Maggie Park, San Joaquin County Public Health Officer, updated the Board on the number of COVID-19 positive cases and hospitalizations in San Joaquin County. Dr. Park said there are currently 19,564 total cases and 392 deaths in the County. Dr. Park said that there are currently 59 COVID-19 patients in the hospital with 24 in the ICU, noting that the numbers are progressively coming down and are lower than the County has seen in several weeks.
Dr. Park explained that under the State’s new tiered system, which is based on a County’s rate of new cases and the testing positivity rate, that San Joaquin County remains in the most restrictive purple tier indicating widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the County. This is due to the fact that the County has more than seven new cases per 100,000 per day being identified, and more than 8 percent of tests are positive. According to the State Department of Public Health, San Joaquin County was at 12.6 new cases per 100,000 per day and a 9.1 percent positivity rate on September 8, 2020. Today, the County is at 9.5 new cases per 100,000 per day and has a positivity rate of 7.1%.
Per the State’s new guidelines, at a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least three weeks before moving to a different tier. Data is reviewed weekly, and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a County must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. If a County is not meeting the statewide average for testing, they are penalized for not meeting the metric, which could keep many counties like San Joaquin from moving into the next reopening tier.
Dr. Park emphasized that in order to move from the current purple tier into the red tier that San Joaquin County residents are strongly encouraged to get tested whether or not they have symptoms. “In addition to wearing a mask, limiting gatherings and social distancing, the easiest thing residents can do to help ease the COVID-19 restrictions is to get tested,” Dr. Park said. “We have the testing capacity at many locations throughout the County at no cost. We just need people in both high risk and low-risk communities to take advantage of the testing.”
Dr. Park reported that the County is offering tests to all residents at two free testing sites along with eight local health providers, which are offering tests to their patients. San Joaquin General Hospital is offering 14 pop-up testing sites throughout the County during the month of September. The County is also partnering with the State to offer a Verily Mobile Testing Van that will soon be set up every Monday at a designated location in the County through December, as well as an Army Corps Civil Support Team mobile testing unit that will be conducting testing at three separate locations in the County September 26 through September 28. The County is also hosting a Family Drive-thru COVID-19 Event with health information, giveaways, and free COVID-19 testing on September 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Hamilton Elementary School in Stockton. Testing sites can be found at www.SJReady.org.
Kathy Miller, Chair of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, said, “Countywide testing among all residents will provide the State with a clear and accurate picture of our positivity rate. People ask all the time what they can do to get our economy back on track and lives back to normal. Testing is a primary way to do that. The tests are free, convenient, widely available, and present very minor discomfort. We all need to take this message to heart and get tested.” Dr. Park also reported to the Board that she has granted 17 waivers to schools in the County. She said several schools opened yesterday and many more will open on September 28, 2020. Even though San Joaquin County is still on the State monitoring list, the California Department of Public Health provided guidance to allow a district superintendent, private school principal/head of school, or executive director of a charter school to apply for a waiver from the local health officer to open an elementary school for in-person instruction. The waiver is applicable only for grades TK-6, even if the grade configuration at the school includes additional grades. In order to qualify for a waiver, schools must follow several metrics, which can be found on the CDPH website.
The Board also approved several items related to COVID-19, including:
- Appropriation increase of $415,838 to the Aging and Community Services budget to reflect additional funds through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for the Senior Nutrition Program.
- Authorization of the Information Systems Director, or designee, on behalf of the Registrar of Voters, to execute the Help America Vote Act grant funding agreement for COVID-19-related election expenditures through December 31, 2020, for $1,225,213.
- Authorization to purchase hospital medical equipment related to COVID-19 totaling $2,254,033.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a new plan for reopening the state and counties that is more directly related to the risk of the activity or business.

Counties will be given a designation of "purple," "red," "orange," or "yellow" that will determine what types of businesses and activities are allowed in each county. The color will determine how businesses can operate in each county. The new plan is detailed at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy, where you can also look up business types and activities by county. Each county will be assigned its tier every Tuesday, and a county must remain in a tier for a minimum of 21 consecutive days before moving to the next one. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier's criteria for 14 consecutive days. The rates are an average over the previous seven days and there are two metrics that must be met.

San Joaquin County has been placed in the Purple tier. The State categorizes this risk level as "widespread" with more than seven daily new cases per 100,000 residents, or test positivity greater than 8%. Presently the County’s new case rate is 16.9 per 100K per day. The earliest the County could move into the Red Tier would be September 22. A county can move backwards by failing to meet the criteria for two consecutive weeks, or if state officials see a rapid rise in hospitalizations.
At this time, the San Joaquin County Order has not been changed. Under the new State Blueprint, the following types of businesses must remain closed in San Joaquin County:

  • Schools: Schools in the County must remain closed for in-person instruction until the County’s new case level is at or below seven cases per 100K per day for fourteen days. Grades K-6 may apply for a waiver when the County’s new case level decreases to 14 cases per 100K per day.
  • Bars, breweries, distilleries, pubs (where no meals are served)
  • Concert Venues
  • Electrology
  • Festivals
  • Piercing and Tattoo shops
  • Saunas and steam rooms
  • Other businesses, while open are limited to operating out of doors, or subject to other restrictions.

San Joaquin County officials are currently reviewing the Blueprint provided by the State and will provide an update next week. The State’s Blueprint will go into effect August 31.

Take the 2020 Census Today--You Count!

Census takers are knocking on doors of those who have not yet completed the 2020 Census. The process is quick and easy, and takes just moments to complete.

Respond online, by phone at (844) 330-2020 or by mail. Census data determines congressional representation, informs hundreds of billion in federal funding every year, and impacts communities for the next decade. Don't delay, respond today!

Stockton, CA (August 20, 2020) - Wildfire smoke can irritate your lungs, cause inflammation, affect your immune system, and make you more prone to lung infections, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

San Joaquin County Public Health Officer Dr. Maggie Park says, “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, preparing for and responding to wildfires will have to be different this year. It is vital to know how wildfire smoke will affect you and your loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic and what you can do to protect yourselves.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer the following guidelines:

Take actions to protect yourself from wildfire smoke during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Stay home and limit your outdoor exercise when it is smoky outside or choose lower-intensity activities to reduce your smoke exposure.
  • The best way to protect against the potentially harmful effects of wildfire smoke is to reduce your exposure to wildfire smoke, for example, by seeking cleaner air spaces.

o Note: Keep in mind that while social distancing guidelines are in place, finding cleaner air might be harder if public facilities such as libraries, community centers, and shopping malls are closed or have limited their capacity.

Create a cleaner air space at home to protect yourself from wildfire smoke during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Use a portable air cleaner in one or more rooms. Portable air cleaners work best when run continuously with doors and windows closed.
  • During periods of extreme heat, pay attention to temperature forecasts and know how to stay safe in the heat.
  • Whenever you can, use air conditioners, fans, and window shades to keep your cleaner air space comfortably cool on hot days.
  • If you have a forced air system in your home, you may need to speak with a qualified heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professional about different filters (HEPA or MERV-13 or higher) and settings (“Recirculate” and “On” rather than “Auto”) you can use to reduce indoor smoke.
  • Avoid activities that create more indoor and outdoor air pollution, such as frying foods, sweeping, vacuuming, and using gas-powered appliances.

Know the difference between symptoms from smoke exposure and COVID-19.

  • Some symptoms, like dry cough, sore throat, and difficulty breathing can be caused by both wildfire smoke exposure and COVID-19.
  • Symptoms like fever or chills, muscle or body aches, and diarrhea are not related to smoke exposure. Learn more about symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Anyone experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms is encouraged to seek testing.
  • People who currently have or who are recovering from COVID-19 may be at increased risk of health effects from exposure to wildfire smoke due to compromised heart and/or lung function related to COVID-19.
  • If you have severe symptoms, like difficulty breathing or chest pain, seek medical attention immediately, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency facility.

Know whether you are at risk from wildfire smoke during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Some people are more at risk of harmful health effects from wildfire smoke than others are. Those most at risk include:
  • Children younger than 18 years old
  • Adults aged 65 years or older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic health conditions such as heart or lung disease, asthma, and diabetes
  • Outdoor workers
  • People who have lower socioeconomic status, individuals experiencing homelessness, or those who have limited access to medical care
  • People who are immunocompromised or are taking drugs that suppress the immune system.

Know what to do if you must evacuate.

  • Pay attention to local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters, including potential shelters for your pets.
  • Whether you decide to evacuate or are asked to evacuate by state or local authorities, evacuate safely.
  • When you check on neighbors and friends before evacuating, be sure to follow social distancing recommendations (staying at least six feet from others) and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.
  • If you need to go to a disaster shelter, follow CDC recommendations for staying safe and healthy in a public disaster shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • If you evacuate to stay with others (family, friends, etc.), masks should be worn around each other, even indoors. Practice physical distancing when possible.

o Note: Masks that are used to slow the spread of COVID-19 offer little protection against wildfire smoke. They do not catch small, harmful particles in smoke that can harm your health. Although N95 respirators do provide protection from wildfire smoke, they might be in short supply as frontline healthcare workers use them during the pandemic.

Stay informed. Know where to find information about local wildfires, air quality and COVID-19.

Stay At Home, Vote At Home

All registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail beginning October 5, 2020. Voters also may pick up a ballot at 44 North San Joaquin Street, Suite 350, Stockton, on or after October 5, 2020.

October 19, 2020 is the deadline to register to vote. Visit https://registertovote.ca.gov/ to register for the first time or update your voter registration information. The San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters encourages all voters to use accessible voting by mail from home. Visit voterstatus.sos.ca.gov to verify your information with the Secretary of State.
 
San Joaquin County will open 34 service centers--service centers replace traditional polling places---throughout San Joaquin County, all equipped with accessible ballot marking devices, October 31, 2020 through November 3, 2020. All 34 service centers, 24 drop box locations and drive through democracy venues will close at 8:00 p.m., November 3. The San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters will visit voters at their homes, if necessary, to assist with the voting process. Learn more about voting options in San Joaquin County
 
The Voter Information Guide is available now in large print and audio. Prepare now to vote at home and return your ballot in advance of November 3, 2020. Contact the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters by phone at (209) 468-8643 or (800) 400-5009 or by e-mail at registrar@sjgov.org for additional information.

The City of Tracy City Council unanimously approved TRACER Plus, a pilot project on-demand transportation service effective August 23, 2020.

TRACER Plus is a shared ride, curb to curb on-demand service that operates within the City of Tracy city limits outside of Tracy TRACER's regular operating hours. The new service operates on Saturday, 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. AND 6:00 p.m. to midnight, and on Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fare is $2.00. The city plans to implement weekday service in December 2020.
Passengers may reserve a ride up to 48 hours in advance by using an app or calling (209) 831-4287. Two accessible vehicles will transport passengers; wait time may be up to 30 minutes. Up to  two passengers may share a ride for the $2.00 fare as long as both travel from the same origin to the same destination.
Contact Tracy TRACER at (209) 831-4287 for additional information.
 

Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program. For more information, visit www.stocktonca.gov/housing

COVID-19 Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program

STOCKTON, Calif. – Many families and individuals are faced with tough choices during the economic hardships brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Stockton residential Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program is available to households that are at risk of losing their homes due to a reduction in income. Eligible households may receive funding for up to three (3) months of assistance with a maximum grant of $3,600 for renters and $4,800 for homeowners. “The City of Stockton has partnered with El Concilio to offer this program,” shared Economic Development Director Carrie Wright. “They are available to assist households that may qualify with the application process, including helping to determine who meets the eligibility requirements and what documentation is needed to complete the application.”

Beginning Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at noon, applications will be accepted through an online application portal. Applications will be available in multiple languages. Eligible households must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of the City of Stockton prior to February 1, 2020.
  • Have a current income that does not exceed 80% of the area median income (AMI), based on the number of persons in the household.
  • Be persons or households that have suffered a substantial loss in income for any of the following reasons: job loss; a reduction of compensated hours of work; business closure or reduction of operations; missing work due to a minor child’s school closure; or other similar reasons resulting in a loss of income due to COVID-19 and not being able to pay rent or mortgage.
  • Provide documentation that verifies loss of income due to COVID-19.

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be required to provide the following documentation:

  • Basic applicant information on all members of the household who are over the age of 18 years.
  • Current rental agreement or mortgage statement.
  • Landlord verification that the tenant’s rent was current prior to March 12, 2020.
  • Documentation of household income prior to and after March 12, 2020, indicating income loss.
  • Verification of loss of income, for example, termination notice, unemployment award letter, pay stubs reflecting reduced salary, bank statements, or other similar documentation.

El Concilio will process payments for approved applications. Payments will be made directly to the landlord for renters or to the lender for homeowners. Each check will be sent certified mail and include a letter indicating the reason for payment. This housing security program is made possible through City of Stockton Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) funding.

For more information, please visit www.stocktonca.gov/housing or contact El Concilio directly at (209) 644-2600 or HRAP@elconcilio.org.