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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Summary, Updates, and Announcements

*For the most up-to-date COVID information and stay-at-home orders please visit:*

*For a compilation of vaccine-related resources that we have received click here.

Please note: Ashby Village recommends that you contact your primary care physician directly if you have any additional questions about your personal circumstances and how best to receive the vaccine.*

Updated January 15, 2021
Ashby Village Member Support - 2021 Update

An email was sent out to all members, volunteers, and broader community with information on:
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Individual and Group Therapy Available
- Upcoming Webinar Events
- Accessibility Improvements:
Automated/AI Captioning Is Now Available for All Ashby Village Virtual Events

Read the full email

Updated January 6, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources Available Here

A collection of links to recent media articles, federal and state websites with the latest information on the COVID vaccine (as far as we know), compiled by Ashby Village partner UC Berkeley Retirement Center (UCBRC).

The New Stay-At-Home Order Will Remain In Place Until the Intensive Care Capacity Returns to Safer Levels
Under the current State’s Regional Stay at Home Order, the current restrictions will remain in place until ICU capacity goes above 15%. Read more from the City of Berkeley here.

Updated December 7, 2020 
- Ashby Village & The New Stay-At-Home Order

What Is Staying the Same:
  • Grocery shopping by volunteers, virtual tech support, social phone calls, and medication pick-up by staff are all continuing 
  • Rides by volunteer drivers to essential medical appointments will continue to be posted - however, as before, we cannot guarantee them. Ride waiver guidelines are required for rides through AV *See below for other ride options
  • Our Virtual Holiday Party is on December 18th and we hope to see everyone there
  • Resources are available for you - please see the final section below of this email
What Is Shifting:
  • All in-person Connections Team and one-time companionship visits are paused at this time
  • All nature walks are being postponed
Final Reminders:
  • If you are feeling isolated or concerned, please give us a call at 510-204-9200, or email us for a Phone Friend, Social Care Team consult, or ongoing Connections volunteer
  • Volunteers: if you feel sick please cancel the member service you have signed up for and take good care of yourself

Read full update here; update was emailed to all members and volunteers.

Updated December 4, 2020 -

5 Bay Area counties enacting stay-at-home order starting Sunday, not waiting for state's timeline


Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco and the City of Berkeley (which has its own public health department) announced the new measures in a joint press conference Friday afternoon.

Here's what will change when the order goes into effect:

  • Restaurants will close to both indoor and outdoor dining. They can only do takeout or delivery.

  • Bars and wineries have to close (indoor and outdoor)

  • Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and other personal care services have to close

  • All retail stores can stay open, but must drop capacity to 20%

  • Private gatherings of any size will be prohibited

The start date varies slightly based on county. Contra Costa, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties say their orders will take effect Sunday at 10 p.m. In Alameda County, the stay-at-home order starts Monday, Dec. 7 at 12:01 a.m. Marin County is last to join on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at noon...

In all cases, the stay-at-home order will last through Jan. 4...."You should not meet in person with anyone you do not live with. Even in a small group, and even outdoors with precautions," said Berkeley's Dr. Lisa Fernandez. "If you have a social bubble, it is now popped."

Updated June 8, 2020

Berkeley City Manager's Office Announcement - June 5, 2020:


Updated May 29, 2020

California Department of Aging's "Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and Families: Guide to Information & Resources"

Updated May 18, 2020



There is no end date in the current order.

Berkeley's Health Officer and those for other jurisdictions around the region look closely at the data and other indicators to determine future phases. Determining the early impact of a set of rule changes requires at least two weeks - the outer limit of how much time it takes for someone to develop COVID-19 after being exposed.

"Each phase is a trial," said Dr. Hernandez. "When more activities are permitted, we see more cases and examine how that impacts the total number of cases and hospitalizations. Community members and businesses do their part by using face coverings, physical distancing and acting in ways that limit sickness and the virus' spread." Read full update here.

REGISTER for COVID-19 Testing in Oakland

The City of Oakland is partnering with Brown and Toland Physicians Group, CORE, Verily, and Roots Community Health Center to provide free COVID-19 testing to people who live or work in Alameda County regardless of insurance or immigration status.

Now, anyone who lives or works in Alameda County can be tested for FREE at any of Oakland’s testing sites. Read more HERE.

Updated April 27, 2020
The Public Health Officers of the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley will later this week issue revised shelter-in-place orders that largely keep the current restrictions in place and extend them through May.

Updated April 24, 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom Gives Coronavirus Update - April 24

The Governor’s remarks today are all about enhancing services for seniors, including a massive meal delivery program.

- UCSF's Department of Medicine has ongoing COVID-19 news coverage HERE.

Updated April 23, 2020
Contra Costa Health Services: COVID-19 Drive-In Testing By Appointment
For Villagers who are residents of Kensington (unincorporated part of Contra Costa County), El Cerrito, and Richmond. 

Updated April 20, 2020

Essential businesses must require face coverings for employees and customers, post certain signs, and adopt social distancing protocols to abide by Health Officer orders to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Updated April 9, 2020

CITY OF BERKELEY OPENS COVID-19 TESTING SITE FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: A message from City of Berkeley Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hernandez

Berkeley Mutual Aid Network
Berkeley Mutual Aid is a group of volunteers set up to "buddy" with people who need help during this time. They can help with grocery shopping, etc., and also can be available to talk by phone or email about anything that may come up. They're seeking volunteers, as well neighbors who need assistance.

Updated March 31, 2020


Governor Newsom's COVID-19 Update - March 31, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom and state health officials provide an update on California's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Governor Newsom announces the "Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In" campaign urging Californians to help combat social isolation and food insecurity among those over the age of 65 -- a community that is uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19.

From the 6 minute mark until the 12 minute mark Governor Newsom specifically addresses supporting older adults.

Updated March 25, 2020

If you are trying to stay up-to-date on the latest information regarding COVID-19, please only use trusted sources. Here are a few:

Updated March 20, 2020

A gentle reminder that there is no need to panic about food availability, grocery store supplies are not low - this is simply due to surges in shoppers. Read the PBS News Hour's full interview with the President of the National Grocers Association here.

Updated March 18, 2020

Food and Grocery Resources

Updated March 16, 2020

Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan Joined Six Other Bay Area Public Health Jurisdictions to Issue an Order for All Alameda County Residents to "Shelter In Place" to Slow the Spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Preserve Critical Health Care Capacity Across the Region: Read full update here

2. Please, No Walk-Ins to 
the Office To maintain the health of staff, until April 7th the office is no longer allowing walk-in visits. If you need to meet with one of the staff in person please call ahead to confirm: 510-204-9200

3. Ashby Village is launching "Your Daily Dose of Dopamine" 
Positivity is needed more than ever these days, and starting today we will be sending a Daily Dose of Dopamine every morning at 10 AM to your inbox. These may include a fun activity you can do during this "staycation", a silly video or uplifting quote. Please email if you are not a member and would like to receive these daily emails.

Updated March 13, 2020

Dear Members, Volunteers, and Friends,

We are here for you. We are here for one another. As a committed, caring community, Ashby Village has been wrestling with the decision about whether it's in the best interest of our members to postpone, or to cancel, our gatherings.  Clearly, our older population is more vulnerable to the virus, and being in large settings increases the likelihood of being exposed. At the same time, being alone, watching the news, and sitting with yet another life challenge can also affect our health.  

Consistent with the public health guidelines issued by the CDC, the Public Health Departments of Alameda and Contra Costa, a group of leaders from the Board, Program Leadership Team, Neighborhood Group Council and Staff have developed the following guidelines for:

How We Can Support Members
What Volunteers Need to Know
Information for All of Us

Following are the summary highlights:
  • Ashby Village is suspending events at the office - 1821 Catalina Avenue - through the end of the March 2020. Certain outdoor events and some offsite groups may choose to meet. Please check the calendar or call the office to confirm.
  • For the health and well-being of all, members and volunteers should follow the self-care guidelines as closely as possible. If you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home.
  • Ashby Village will attempt to assist members with essential needs and services. To help us better assist you, we ask that you postpone non-essential requests.
  • If you are feeling isolated or concerned, please give us a call at 510-204-9200* for a Phone Friend, Social Care Team consult, or ongoing Connections volunteer.

As a strong community network, Ashby Village is committed to responding to this crisis with care and ingenuity. We will monitor this evolving situation closely and make appropriate adjustments as things proceed. Please check this page for updates.

We are a village; let's do the new greeting - bumping elbows - and support one another through yet one more of the great hurdles of life.

- Andy Gaines, Executive Director

*There was a typo originally, please call this main office number for all requests

Updated March 12, 2020

Additional resources that have been shared with us:

Updated March 10, 2020

As a committed, caring community, Ashby Village has been wrestling with the decision about whether it's in the best interest of our members to cancel regularly scheduled events. Clearly, our older population is more vulnerable to the virus, and being in large settings increases the likelihood of being exposed. At the same time, being alone, watching the news, and sitting with yet another challenge in this life can also be dangerous for our health.  

Following the guidance of the City of Berkeley and Alameda County Department of Public Health, Ashby Village is continuing to hold its meetings and gatherings.  Respecting and supporting the choices of instructors, some classes have been cancelled.  Before attending an event, please Check the Calendar on our website to ensure it is happening.  

If you are feeling well, and wanting to engage in the activities you are familiar with doing, please come.  And remember: wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and minimize your contact with others.

If you are not feeling well, or are sick, please stay home - for your health and the wellbeing of others.

We are staying closely tuned to how this virus proceeds.  We will immediately shift course if overwhelming evidence indicates that gatherings pose a threat to our members, or local public authorities recommend otherwise.  

Updated March 9, 2020

Out of precaution for the ongoing and changing COVID-19, Ashby Village has decided to cancel the "100th Birthday Celebration and 90's High Tea", originally scheduled for this Friday, March 13th, and is working to reschedule it with the Claremont Hotel in the future. Ashby Village is personally contacting each member who was scheduled to attend this event.

All scheduled Living Room Chats are also being cancelled until further notice; we do not want to gather Ashby Village members and community members in a small enclosed space in a member's house. 

Additional resources that have been shared with us:

Updated March 4, 2020

Ashby Village has been deeply considering whether or not to temporarily pause its programming.  Following is a statement we just read from Immunization branch of the CA Department of Public Health

Should public events be cancelled?

The California Department of Public Health is not recommending the cancellation of public events. There is no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission of the virus in in the United States. The health risk from COVID-19 to the general public remains low at this time.
California state and local health officials are actively working to help protect the health of Californians. California has a limited number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and we don't have indication of it spreading widely in our communities at this time.

Updated March 3, 2020

We’ve all been reading and hearing about COVID-19 (the “Coronavirus”) that is spreading worldwide. At Ashby Village, we are continuing to monitor the situation closely, as our priority is the health and safety of our members, volunteers and staff.

While the potential public health threat posed by this coronavirus is high, the individual risk depends on exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. COVID-19 usually causes an upper respiratory tract illness like the common cold. Patients with this new coronavirus have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath according to the CDC.

What can you do?

It’s still cold and flu season, and the same practices that stop the spread of these common illnesses are recommended:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  •  If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is comprised of at least 60% alcohol to effectively neutralize germs
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.
We recommend that you prepare proactively by purchasing food supplies for a couple of weeks, as well as other essentials like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent and any medication(s) you may need.

What is Ashby Village doing?

At this time, Ashby Village programs and services are continuing unabated.

Our offices and meeting rooms at 1821 Catalina now have signage and hand-sanitizer dispensers at the two main entrances, and we ask that all visitors sanitize their hands when they enter and exit the building. The office is providing disinfecting wipes at all meeting places and ask attendees to please be diligent about wiping seating and surrounding areas before and after meetings.

We ask that all volunteers working with members be diligent in sanitizing your hands, cars, computers, etc. If you are ill, please cancel the service you have accepted or contact the office.

We'll keep you informed if there are any substantive changes in protocol, and please continue to check back here for any updates.

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