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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Message from Mayor Schroder

I, along with the City Council, prioritize the health and safety of our community above all else.  For this reason, we are taking special precautions in response to the Coronavirus pandemic which I know disrupts your daily life.  These measures are taken solely in the interest of public health and safety.  I sincerely hope that in the coming weeks, the situation will improve and we can return to a more normal course of business.  Until then, I urge everyone to follow the guidelines of our health and safety experts at Contra Costa Health Services and routinely visit their special website, which is updated daily and dedicated to addressing the pandemic. You can learn more about steps taken by the City on this page.

On Monday, March 16, 2020, City Manager Eric Figueroa proclaimed a local emergency.  The proclamation is not in response to a direct incident within Martinez, rather it relaxes the City's purchasing requirements to allow the City to acquire goods and services at a moment's notice, enhancing its ability to protect public safety.  The proclamation is also required for City of Martinez taxpayers to be reimbursed from national and state agencies for expenses incurred during the emergency.


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On March 16, 2020 the Contra Costa County Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano ordered all residents in Contra Costa County to shelter-in-place effective March 17, 2020. This Order was intended to ensure the maximum number of people to self-isolate in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible to slow the spread of COVID-19. On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued a statewide "Stay-at-Home Order" in response to the pandemic, the first in the nation to do so. On March 30, 2020, Contra Costa Health Services, in conjunction with the seven Bay Area jurisdictions, extended the shelter-in-place to May 3, 2020. On April 29th, the shelter was extended to at least May 31st, while easing some restrictions. A subsequent County Health Order was issued on May 18th and included certain allowances for curbside retail operations. Importantly, this Order did not list an end date and will continue to be in effect until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer. The most recent County Health Order was issued on June 2, 2020, which continued to relax some of the restrictions. Contra Costa Health Services has created "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) fact webpage that is updated periodically to inform residents of the state and local orders in both English and Spanish.

The aim of the Stay-at-Home Order is to “flatten the curve” of the virus, slowing the occurrence of new cases in order to keep from overwhelming the healthcare system. By committing to social distancing measures as a community, the impact to our public health resources and healthcare workers can be lessened.

The City of Martinez recognizes the significant impacts this will have on the community it serves, and the uncertainty that many may be feeling at this time. Though there is cause for concern, there is no need for fear and panic to overwhelm our community. The City encourages the community to review the Contra Costa Health Services website and all Health Orders, along with their recommendations for prevention, and continue to monitor the City of Martinez communications.

Sept 4 Contra Costa County extends health order directing all individuals in the County to continue to comply with social distancing and face covering requirements and avoid gatherings
July 14 Contra Costa County extends ordinance for eviction protection and rent freeze through September 30, 2020
July 13 Contra Costa Health Services Press Release - California COVID-19 closures affect some Contra Costa businesses
July 11 Contra Costa Health Services - Social Distancing Order Amended 7/11/20
July 5 Contra Costa Health Services issues order requiring face coverings
July 5 Contra Costa Health Services issues mass quarantine order
June 2 Contra Costa Health Services issues Press Release: Progress in COVID-19 fight means businesses reopening on June 3
May 18 Contra Costa Health Services issues order to continue to shelter-in-place
May 18 Contra Costa County to begin allowing curbside retail on May 19
May 18 Joint Statement from Bay Area Health Officers regarding significant progress on COVID-19 indicators and next steps for reopening
May 15 Contra Costa County to allow vehicle- based gatherings and services
May 13 Contra Costa Health Services provides health order Q&As about childcare
May 4 Governor Newsom provides update on California's progress toward Stage 2 reopening
April 29 Contra Costa Health Services issues regional shelter-in-place orders extended as some rules ease
April 24 Contra Costa County implements emergency child care program for healthcare staff, first responders, and all essential workers
April 22 Contra Costa Board of Supervisors passes Eviction Protection and Rent Freeze ordinance
April 22 Contra Costa County opens by-appointment drive-through testing sites for COVID-19
April 17 Contra Costa Health Services issues new "Cover Your Face" order
April 15 Governor Newsom announces new initiatives to support California workers impacted by COVID-19
April 14 Governor Newsom outlines six critical indicators the state will consider before modifying the stay-at-home order and other COVID-19 interventions
April 7  Governor Newsom signs executive order to expand support for vulnerable populations
April 7 Governor Newsom issues executive order to help State procure necessary medical supplies 
April 4 Governor Newsom launches one-stop website for donations and sales of essential medical supplies in fight against COVID-19
April 3 Governor Newsom issues executive order to expand telehealth services
April 1 Governor Newsom announces agreement between teachers, classified employees and school system management to support student instruction during COVID-19 outbreak
March 31 Governor Newsom launches campaign to protect health and well-being of older Californians during COVID-19 pandemic
March 31 Bay Area health officials issue updated stay-at-home order with new restrictions to last through May 3
March 30 Governor Newsom signs executive order providing relief to California small businesses
March 30 Governor Newsom announces California Health Corps, a major initiative to expand health care workforce to fight COVID-19
March 30 Contra Costa Health Services issues joint press release regarding seven Bay Area jurisdictions to update Shelter-in-Place order in coming days
March 29 California's leading digital and media platforms, businesses and celebrities partner with state to amplify COVID-19 "Stay home. Save Lives." public awareness campaign
March 27 Governor Newsom issues executive order on Judicial Council emergency authority
March 27 Governor Newsom takes executive action to establish a statewide moratorium on evictions
March 26 Governor Newsom announces major financial relief package: 90-day mortgage payment relief during COVID-19 crisis
March 24 Governor Newsom issues Executive Order on state prisons and juvenile facilities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak
March 22 California secures Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to support state's COVID-19 emergency response
March 20 Governor Newsom signs order to protect public health by expanding vote-by-mail options and extending deadlines for Presidential Primary Canvass
March 19 Contra Costa Health Services issues Interim Guidance for Certified Farmers' Markets, Swap Meets, & Produce Vehicles
March 19 Governor Newsom announces statewide Stay-at-Home Order in response to COVID-19
March 19 Governor Newsom requests President Trump USNS Mercy Hospital ship to Port of Los Angeles
March 19 Governor Newsom requests federal assistance to support California's efforts to prepare for COVID-19
March 18 California launches new comprehensive, consumer-friendly website and public service announcements to boost COVID-19 awareness
March 18 Governor Newsom takes emergency actions & authorizes $150 million in funding to protect homeless Californians from COVID-19
March 18 Governor Newsom issues Executive Order to suspend standardized testing for students in response to COVID-19 outbreak
March 18 Governor Newsom issues Executive Order to protect ongoing safety net services for most vulnerable Californians during COVID-19 outbreak
March 17 Governor Newsom signs Executive Order to allow timely delivery of vital goods during COVID-19 outbreak
March 17 California releases new COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools
March 17 Governor Newsom places National Guard Personnel on alert to support COVID-19 community readiness
March 17 Governor Newsom signs Emergency Legislation to Fight COVID-19
March 17 California requests Federal Government Waiver to cover Medi-Cal recipients and expand tele-health options
March 16  Contra Costa Health Officer orders shelter-in-place
March 16 Contra Costa Health Services issues Public Health Order that requires residents to stay home except for essential needs (FAQ)
March 14 Contra Costa Health Officer issues order prohibiting mass gatherings of 100 or more persons
March 13 United States President declares national state of emergency
March 12 California state issues executive order
March 11 California state issues social gathering guidelines
March 10 Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors requests state of emergency
March 10 Contra Costa County issued Social Distancing Guidelines
March 7 California officials issued updated guidance to schools, colleges and universities, event organizers and public health officials as they plan for further spread of COVID-19
March 5 Under the direction of Governor Gavin Newsom, the Department of Managed Health Care directed all commercial and Medi-Cal health plans regulated by the Department to immediately reduce cost-sharing to zero for all medically necessary screening and testing for the COVID-19
March 5 California Department of Insurance issued similar direction providing cost free medically necessary testing
March 5 California Employee Development Department announced support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California
March 4 Governor Newsom declared a State of Emergency

 


What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. 

If you would like more information about the transmission of this virus, please see this link from the Center for Disease Control.  As always, please do your best to ensure the information you gather regarding this situation is gained from trusted sources. The city will continue to do our best to keep you informed on any changes, updates, or vital information as they become available.


Symptoms

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.  These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

Symptoms include, but not limited to, fever, cough, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face.  This list is not inclusive.  Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, try calling your state or local health department or a medical provider.


What To Do if You Are Sick

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.  If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 and let the operator know that you think you might have COVID-19.  If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.

Follow the steps below provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to help protect other people in your home and community.  Click here for more detailed information.

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Wear a facemask if you're sick.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  Germs spread this way.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Monitor your symptoms.

How Can You Protect Yourself from (COVID-19)

As a means of sharing general precautions for your safety and that of others, please review and follow the guidelines below:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use and alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect "frequently touched surfaces" and objects that may be contaminated with germs everyday.  Click here for a list of approved cleaning products for use against COVID-19.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.

Are You at Higher Risk for Severe Illness?

Based on available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:

  • People aged 65 years and older.
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
  • People who have underlying medical problems such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or chronic lung diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) as well as those who are immunocompromised.

Click here to view the guidelines for people at higher risk.  For more information, please visit the CDC website.


Public Safety

As the Police Department continues to serve the public, they have also taken safeguards in City Hall and the Police Department itself to minimize exposure and transmission of illnesses.  The Police Department has discussed strategies for deployment and minimizing risks for employees by changing what they respond to and using phone calls for crime reporting, if appropriate.  The Department has also evaluated minimum staffing, in the event there are employees that are ill or under quarantine, as well as determined alternate scheduling to adapt to working longer days and hours with less people. 

The Police Department is also routinely coordinating with other agencies such as Contra Costa County Health, the Martinez Detention Facility, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, and Kaiser Permanente, to name a few.  Given the scope of COVID-19, each entity is in the process of developing strategies to ensure they can provide services and minimize the impact of spreading the virus.

Currently, Contra Costa County Health is taking the lead on providing information on COVID-19 along with recommendations on how to prevent spreading the illness.  Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center (CCRMC) has modified their processes for intake and screening.  Tents have been stationed in the CCRMC parking lots to pre-screen people prior to admittance to prevent COVID-19 from entering the hospital without quarantine measures in place.  All other agencies have protocols for dealing with high risk events to include epidemics.  The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office has instituted a pre-screening process for jail admission and are doing this in conjunction with Contra Costa Health Services.  Plans are in place for working through infectious diseases in the jails working closely with Contra Costa County Health Services to deal with illnesses.  

The challenges and magnitude of the COVID-19 illness are unique to the operations of each public agency and are working hard to address the challenges, both individually, and as a broader group of stakeholders.


City Drinking Water

The City of Martinez tap water is safe from Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has not affected the drinking water supply in the City of Martinez.  Please remember that hand washing is an important part of the strategy to combat this pandemic.

How is my water safe?

The City of Martinez water purification plant uses advanced treatment processes and is designed to eliminate pathogens including viruses and bacteria. The produced drinking water is of high quality and meets all stringent state and federal requirements. 

Will there be any interruptions in my service?

The City of Martinez water system is an essential service and will continue for the community without interruption.  The City will not disconnect customers' water service due to billing/payment issues during this health emergency.

What if there is an emergency water main break or crucial construction?

Emergency repairs or planned construction that cannot be delayed may result in water service interruptions.  While city crew members do their best without shutting off water service in the community, the city asks the public to please maintain proper social distance from our crews as they work to repair the issue and complete the process as safely and quickly as possible.


City Council Meetings

As a precaution to protect the health and safety of staff, officials, and the general public, Councilmembers will not be physically in attendance, but available via teleconference phone call. Please watch our Live Video Stream online here.


City Special Events

Due to the shelter-in-place Health Orders from Contra Costa Health Services, the City is cancelling all events through May 7, 2020.


City Facilities Closure

On March 16, 2020, the Contra Costa County Health Officer issued an executive order for all governmental agencies to cease non-essential operations at physical locations within the County until at least through April 7, 2020. The most recent County Health Order was issued on May 18th and included certain allowances for curbside retail operations. Importantly, this latest Order did not list an end date and will continue to be in effect until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer.  In order to comply with the order, Martinez City Hall and the Senior Center remains closed for all non-essential City services. However, the City's Building, Planning and Engineering department can be reached by-appointment only at (925) 372-3500.  Only essential Governmental Functions will remain active during this time, while practicing the social distancing guidelines as instructed by the County Health Officer. Communications to City Staff will remain open via e-mail and periodically monitored.

Contra Costa County Library

Contra Costa County Library locations will close until further notice as a precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Based on recommendations from the County Health Department, the closures are necessary to encourage social distancing and protect both patrons and staff in the libraries.

  • Library programs and events, as well as community use of meeting rooms are canceled until further notice.
  • Book drops will remain open, but as materials can carry viruses for several days, patrons are encouraged to keep items until the libraries reopen. The Library will automatically extend due dates on all materials. No overdue fines or other penalties will apply during the closure.
  • All overdue fines were eliminated in 2019 and no other negative consequences will result from late items during this closure. 
  • Expired cards or cards scheduled to expire this year have been extended to allow access to all available digital resources.  Many digital resources available online such as East Bay Times, New York Times, and Rosetta Stone have been restored and are now accessible.  Click here to view the full list of available digital resources.

Patrons are encouraged to use library services available online including access to eBooks and eAudiobooks with Overdrive/Libby, Enki eBooks, streaming movies through Kanopy and Video Storytime.  For more information on library digital resources, please click here.


Parks

County Health Officer Order No. HO-COVID19-22, issued on July 5, 2020, requires adequate social distancing and use of face coverings outdoors by individuals when less than 6 feet away from any person who is not a member of the individual’s household or living unit. Following these simple public health and safety regulations is crucial to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. As of August 6, 2020, a total of 168 Martinez residents are confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19, but many more asymptomatic carriers (including children) may unknowingly be carrying the virus and putting other members of our community at risk on a daily basis by not following these basic rules.

The City has received numerous calls from members of the public concerned about use of our parks by groups or individuals who are not in compliance with the public health and safety orders of the County Health Officer. City of Martinez parks remain open, but only in a limited capacity.

The following is a list of the permissible Recreation activities and/or facilities based on the current County Health orders:

  • Passive Recreation Activities – walking, jogging, biking, and relaxing, are encouraged so long as you maintain adequate social distancing, do not congregate in groups, and wear a mask when less than 6 feet away from someone not in your household or living unit.
  • Baseball/Softball/Soccer Extracurricular Activity Units – consisting of stable groups of no more than 12 children, participating in the same group over the course of several weeks in monitored drills/practices. These groups are regulated and are required to submit detailed COVID-19 safety protocols to City Recreation in order to be considered for issuance of an official recreation field reservation permit.
  • Tennis
  • Skate Park
  • Dog Park
  • Picnic areas (use limited only to members of the same household or living unit)

Playgrounds have numerous high-touch, high-contact surfaces which could spread the virus from one child to another and therefore, playground use remains prohibited based on the rules of the current County Health orders. City staff have installed prominent new signage throughout City parks to reiterate that these facilities must remain closed to the public until further notice. We again ask the public to please respect these regulations and avoid park playground facilities for the safety of your children, your family, and the Martinez community.

In response to several reported instances of unauthorized, unpermitted field users showing up to play illegal “pop up” games or tournaments on City fields, staff will be implementing two new measures to eliminate this activity. First, a special placard identification system will be utilized to enable the authorized and permitted ballfield, soccer or other extracurricular users to prominently post proof of their permitted authority to use City fields. These placards will be visible to the public and designed to demonstrate the user is a legitimately permitted group. Additionally, staff will be locking all baseball and softball facilities with City locks and issuing keys only to those organizations properly authorized and permitted to use our fields.

Please enjoy our wonderful parks responsibly and safely in a way that protects yourself and the ones you love, as well as your neighbors in the Martinez community. Members of the public that witness unauthorized user groups or activities not in compliance with the County Health orders are encouraged to call the Martinez Police Department non-emergency number at (925) 372-3440.


City Department Contacts for Further Assistance

DEPARTMENT CONTACT
Administration / Recreation /
Senior Center

Michael Chandler

Deputy City Manager

mchandler@cityofmartinez.org

Building

Don Salts

Deputy Public Works Director

dsalts@cityofmartinez.org

Engineering

Scott Alman

City Engineer

salman@cityofmartinez.org

 Finance

David Glasser

Finance Director

dglasser@cityofmartinez.org

Human Resources

Marta Goc

Human Resources Analyst

mgoc@cityofmartinez.org

Planning

Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch

City Planner

mkavanaugh-lynch@cityofmartinez.org

 


Information and Resources

American Red Cross

California Department of Public Health

Center for Disease Control  

Contra Costa Health Services

Food Bank of Contra Costa

Loaves & Fishes of California

Martinez Restaurants

Subscribe for Center for Disease Control (CDC) Email Updates on COVID-19

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