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.
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 intends 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. 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. On March 30, 2020, Contra Costa Health Services issued a joint press release in conjunction with the seven Bay Area jurisdictions indicating that the shelter-in-place order would soon be extended to at least May 3, 2020.
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, along with their recommendations for prevention, and continue to monitor the City of Martinez communications.
|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|
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.
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.
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.
As a means of sharing general precautions for your safety and that of others, please review and follow the guidelines below:
Based on available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Due to the shelter-in-place Health Orders from Contra Costa Health Services, the City is cancelling all events through May 7, 2020.
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. This order was superseded on March 31, 2020, by Order HO-COVID-03, which extended the shelter-in-place timeframe and mandated stricter social distancing guidelines. These orders were issued in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. In order to comply with the order, Martinez City Hall and the Senior Center will be closed and all non-essential City services will be temporarily unavailable at least until Monday, May 4, 2020, or until otherwise extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the County Health Officer. 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 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.
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.
On March 31, 2020, the Contra Costa County Health Officer issued a new shelter-in-place ORDER HO-COVID19-03 to supersede the prior Order issued on March 16, 2020. This new Order extends the shelter in place until at least May 3, 2020, and also includes significantly more stringent social distancing requirements in general, and as directly applies to use of Parks and Recreation facilities. County Health prepared an Executive Summary of the new Order, which mandates the following:
In response to numerous reports of non-compliance during the initial period following the issue of the prior Order, the City took action to block off or barricade parking lots to Hidden Lakes Park and Hidden Valley Park, secure playgrounds, close restrooms and water fountains, lock ballfield facilities otherwise open to the public, and secure the Temporary Dog Park. With this new County Order, the City has taken the following additional measures:
The public is reminded that violating any provision of the County Order constitutes and imminent threat and menace to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both, consistent with Health and Safety Code Section 101029 as specified in the County Order. These violations would include tampering with measures the City has taken to lock and/or secure these facilities, which could also be subject to prosecution for vandalism under Penal Code 594.
Passive recreation activities – such as walking, jogging, biking, and relaxing – remain permissible as long as you maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others and do not congregate in groups.
We thank our community for taking these unprecedented restrictions seriously. Ensuring the safety and well-being of our community remains our highest priority and we need the assistance of our entire community to achieve that goal.
|Administration/Recreation/Senior Center||Michael Chandler
Deputy City Manager
Deputy Public Works Director
|Human Resources||Marta Goc
Human Resources Analyst
Community & Economic Dev. Director