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Contra Costa Health Services evaluating COVID-19 reopening timeline

Friday, June 26th, 2020

Timeline for July and August now contains qualifier

Friday, June 26, 2020 – Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) is evaluating whether the county should continue its current reopening timeline, due to recent data showing COVID-19 activity is increasing in the community. The timeline for the reopening of businesses and activities scheduled for July 1st and 15th, as well as the school reopening scheduled for July and August include an asterisk and the following qualifier: “In light of rapidly increasing case numbers and hospitilizations, anticipated re-opening dates may need to be postponed. Our community’s actions are more important than ever to stop the spread.”

CCHS is closely monitoring key data indicators that show how the virus is spreading in the county and will announce a decision about the timeline Monday.

During the past seven days, the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the county has increased 42%.

The seven-day average number of newly identified COVID-19 cases has increased from 39 a day to 68 a day. The positivity rate of test results – the percentage of COVID-19 tests that came back positive – has also increased. This suggests the change is not simply due to more testing, but indicates a true increase in community spread.

We are also seeing a shift with more young people testing positive. In June, 55% of cases were 40 years and under compared to 38% for that group in April. It’s a sign that younger people are playing a major role in driving the increase in new cases and potentially infecting vulnerable individuals. This highlights why it’s important for everyone to avoid social gatherings, observe physical distancing and wear masks or face coverings when around others.

CCHS encourages all residents to get tested. Increased testing for COVID-19 is a critical part of the community effort to slow local spread of the virus, and necessary to continue reopening in the future.

Contra Costa’s data are consistent with increases in COVID-19 activity now being experienced in communities across the state and the nation. To view the Contra Costa Health Services Coronavirus Dashboard for more statistics, click here.

There is concern that these increases may lead to a surge in very ill people that could overwhelm the local healthcare system. We realize many people are eager to resume normal activities. However, if we adjust the reopening timeline, it will be because we have a chance to prevent the pandemic from getting out of control in the county.

Any change to the timeline would immediately affect businesses and activities that are currently scheduled to resume July 1, including indoor dining, bars, gyms, hotels and some personal care services, including nail salons and tattoo parlors.

CCHS is releasing this information today to provide businesses and residents as much time as possible to prepare for a potential change to the timeline.

With the Fourth of July weekend approaching, CCHS also reminds everyone that it’s a healthy choice to observe physical distancing when outside the home – maintain six feet of space whenever possible – and to wear face coverings. Anyone who feels sick should stay home. People should also wash their hands frequently.

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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Coyote Hills Outdoor Summer Day Camps 2020 in Antioch begin soon

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

School-age youth are invited to join the Recreation Department for Coyote Hills Outdoor Summer Day Camps starting the week of June 29th and continuing through July 2020! Staff has developed comprehensive camp safety guidelines based upon National guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Camping Association. Protective measures for staff and campers, includes thorough pre-screening measures, separating groups of campers, and modifying camp activities.

Campers will still enjoy an outstanding Coyote Hills Camp experience each week with a fun new theme in the great outdoors at Prewett Park on Lone Tree Way next to the Antioch Community Center and Antioch Water Park and across from Deer Valley High School. All games and activities have been developed to meet current health guidelines including social distancing.

Many seasoned camp staff are returning to camp this summer and look forward to seeing campers and families! Registration is now open online only at For general information summer recreation programs and reopening plans call the Antioch Recreation Department at 925-776-3050.

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Contra Costa reopens more businesses, activities beginning Wednesday

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Includes hair salons, barber shops, and 100 people at indoor church services and funerals

Contra Costa Health Services is taking another step toward alignment with the State of California’s guidance on opening businesses and activities at a pace that protects public health and safety. At the same time, CCHS continues to recommend that residents stay home as much as possible and take steps to protect themselves and each other when leaving the house.

The Contra Costa Health Officer has amended the county’s health order to allow hair salons and barbers to reopen for business beginning Wednesday morning. They must follow state health guidance to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

The new order also increases the number of swimmers who may share a pool to 1 person per 75 square feet, as allowed by the state.

The social distancing order also allows as many as 100 people to attend a funeral or other religious service at an indoor place of worship, in line with the state’s health guidance.

Some of Contra Costa’s key indicators for measuring how well the community is slowing the spread of COVID-19 did increase in the first half of June, an expected outcome as more people come into more contact with each other as the county gradually reopens businesses and activities.

CCHS is carefully monitoring that data and could adjust the reopening timeline to protect the public health.

CCHS encourages everyone to take simple steps to protect themselves from COVID-19: Follow the shelter-in-place order, and wear a face covering when you go out or are near other people. Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, and always stay home from work or school if you are not feeling well.

Visit to read the new health order and its appendices, and for local information about Contra Costa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Antioch Community Campout – In Your Backyard Sat., June 20 – during Celebrate Great Outdoors Month

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Families can still get outdoors while staying at home – host a family camping event right in your own backyard! June is “Great Outdoors Month” so the Antioch Recreation Department is hosting a Community Campout in your backyard on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Prepare for an unforgettable evening in nature, from gathering the right camping supplies to making the perfect s’more. There are camping and nature movies you can watch, games that all ages can play, and the unforgettable campfire songs. Every campout should end with stargazing and a song or two. The Recreation Department has pulled together a list of resources for planning your backyard campout, even if you still choose to sleep in the house!

Visit the campout page to get started. Families are encouraged to share their “camping” pictures on the Recreation Facebook page starting Saturday, June 20th. Great Outdoors Month began under President Clinton in 1998 and has grown into a month-long celebration of the outdoors. Today, during COVID-19, parks and outdoor places have become essential to a healthy and active life for all family members.

For more information about the Antioch Community Campout – In Your Backyard – call the Recreation Department at (925) 776-3050.

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Lap swimming begins today, Monday, June 15 at Antioch Water Park

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Outdoor swimming pools are now approved for lap swimming! The Antioch Water Park will be open for lap swim only beginning, today, Monday, June 15th. Lap swim will be offered in 30-minute sessions, 8am-11am and 4pm-6pm seven days a week for swimmers 12 years and older. Residents can add another fitness activity to their routine and enjoy being outdoors. In order to meet health and safety guidelines all swimmers must reserve time for swimming in advance; the number of swimmers allowed at one time is limited.

Interested swimmers must call the Antioch Water Park at 925-776-3070 to reserve a lap swim time. Reservations open on Tuesday, June 9th and swimmers will be able to schedule time for as long as lap swimming is offered. The cost for lap swim will be $4 per session.

In order to comply with the guidelines, bathrooms will be available but locker rooms will be closed. Water Park staff will be complying with local Health Orders to ensure the cleanliness of the facility, and the safety of each individual guest. Swimming is an excellent fitness activity for all ages and each swimmer will be given their own lane so they can swim at their own pace.

For more information about the Antioch Water Park summer season, season passes, swimming lessons, and general summer recreation programs please call the Water Park at 925-776-3070. Recreation staff is working each day to assist Antioch families. For more information visit

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More reopening in Contra Costa effective Friday at 5 p.m. – outdoor dining, pools, religious services with strict limits

Friday, June 5th, 2020

From Contra Costa Health Services

Contra Costa County residents may again enjoy outdoor swimming pools, outdoor seating at restaurants and dog parks under a new health officer order released today.

The order, effective 5 p.m. today, also allows for outdoor religious services of up to 100 people, indoor religious services of up to 12 people, use of outdoor picnic and barbecue spaces, and overnight camping for people belonging to the same household.

Because of the progress made in the fight against COVID-19, Contra Costa health officers feel confident opening additional businesses and activities. The State of California has determined that while counties can move slower than state in reopening, they cannot move more quickly. The openings announced today bring Contra Costa County in closer alignment to state guidelines. It also aligns with other Bay Area counties taking similar steps.

“We have made great progress slowing COVID-19 in our county,” said Candace Andersen, chair of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors. “I want to offer a heartfelt thank you to all who suffered and sacrificed to follow these health orders throughout this pandemic. I know it has not been easy. But you have helped save lives.”

This order follows a modification earlier this week that allowed offices and many retail businesses to reopen and created guidance for small gatherings including people from different households.

Previous health orders requiring physical distancing and face coverings in public spaces remain in effect. Contra Costa residents should also continue to emphasize handwashing and other hygiene measures in their daily lives to reduce their risk of becoming infected.

“COVID-19 is still circulating in our community, and we need to take precautions to prevent outbreaks,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, the county health officer. “Another way we can keep ourselves and our families safe is to get tested, even if we feel well.”

The new order includes guidance for safely conducting the newly permitted activities, including requirements for businesses. Details, including the full text of the order, are available at

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More reopening expected this week in Contra Costa: business, social activities being considered

Sunday, May 31st, 2020

But no churches until June 15 and only outdoor events

By Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County Health Officer & Anna Roth, Contra Costa County Health Director

May 30, 2020 – If we continue to make progress in our fight to contain COVID-19, Contra Costa County will be relaxing more restrictions on businesses and social activities in the coming days and weeks. Details will be announced on June 2. Below are some of the most significant changes being considered:   Effective Wednesday, June 3


  • Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
  • Services that don’t require close customer contact, such as housekeeping, car washes, pet grooming and plumbing
  • Outdoor museums, and open gallery spaces and other public spaces with modifications
  • Indoor retail stores, including shopping malls and swap meets


  • Childcare, including child and youth educational activities and camps for all children, not just essential and allowed workers
  • Small outdoor social gatherings with social distancing (household support bubbles and child extracurricular activities)

Effective Monday, June 15

These are higher risk activities and thus restrictions would be relaxed at a later date.

  • Limited-capacity religious services and cultural ceremonies up to 100 people. These would be limited to outdoor events only.
  • Protests up to 100 people; limited to outdoor events only

The state has a timeline for opening higher risk activities like swimming and salons, which can be found at

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Sheriff’s Marine Patrol continues search for Delta boater missing since Thursday morning

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Photo by CCCSheriff.

By Jimmy Lee, Director of Public Affairs, Contra Costa County, Office of the Sheriff

A search for a missing boater is continuing this morning by the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Marine Patrol Unit.

On Thursday, May 28, 2020, at about 10:30 in the morning, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing boater who had gone into the waters in the San Joaquin River, north of Webb Tract.

The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit responded and were assisted by Solano County, Sacramento County, San Joaquin County and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Umut Felik, a 27-year-old man from San Francisco, was swimming when he apparently had trouble staying above the water. At one point he went underwater and did not resurface. His friends on a boat went into the water to search for him but were not able to find him. They reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.

A search of the area with a sonar was suspended at 8 PM. Felik was not located.

Anyone with any information on this incident to asked to contact the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit at (925) 427-8507.

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