It's Been a Challenging Year

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A message from:
Board of Supervisors
Susan S. Muranishi, County Administrator

March 17, 2021

Exactly one year ago today, the Board of Supervisors ratified the declaration of a Local Emergency in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, and the County Health Officer issued a Shelter in Place Order prohibiting all non-essential travel, business and personal activities.

Over the past year, the County has recorded over 81,700 cases of COVID-19 and mourns the loss of over 1,300 lives.

Through your dedication and commitment to public service, the County of Alameda has remained open for business, maintained continuity of operations and continued to provide core services to our over 1.6 million residents and diverse communities. We have accomplished this through our commitment to the health and safety of our valued employees; cross-agency and interdepartmental collaboration, cooperation and teamwork; and a clear focus on our core mission of public service to our residents and diverse communities.

In addition, we have responded swiftly and compassionately to the pandemic, committing financial and human resources to provide an array of services ranging from testing, case and contact investigation to isolation and quarantine support; food distribution; shelter and housing; income loss support, rental assistance and small business stipends; and now, vaccine distribution.

We have also acknowledged the racial and economic disparities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthened our community partnerships to enhance our ability to provide culturally responsive services to meet the needs of our diverse communities.

It has been a difficult year for our employees, our residents, and our communities. It has also been a year that has strengthened our resolve as we turned challenges into opportunities, created innovative solutions, strengthened our community partnerships, and demonstrated our resilience.

As we all look forward to Spring with great anticipation and hope, we extend our sincere gratitude for your ongoing support and commitment to public service. We encourage you to take time to reflect on your own journey and many contributions that have helped save lives.

Please stay healthy and be well - continue to mask up, wash your hands, and social distance. We appreciate and applaud you.