Jan 23 2021
Dr. George Rutherford, internationally renowned epidemiologist and Piedmont resident spoke at an online Piedmont League of Women Voters forum on January 13. His presentation, “COVID-19 Update:  Are We Any Closer to the End?”  was very informative and incorporated the latest data. Watchers were able to ask numerous questions.

Dr. Rutherford shared his expertise about Covid-19’s future path, stating that “pretty darn soon”, the vaccination will be available for those ages 65 and over.  Currently in California, only three percent have been vaccinated, but Dr. Rutherford predicted that when 20% are vaccinated, Covid-19 cases will begin to decrease.  He also predicted that proof of vaccination cards is likely to become common and very important in the future.  For example, you could potentially host a wedding in the Fall of 2021, if your guests show their vaccination cards.  He recommended wearing glasses or sunglasses when on an airplane to avoid transmission through your eyes.

Over one hundred people attended the talk on Zoom and Youtube.

You can watch a recording of the talk > here on the LWVP YouTube channel.

LWVP Press Release
Jan 20 2021
The City continues to receive questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines and their availability. At this time, the County and State are working to formulate plans to distribute the vaccine.
The best place to keep abreast of evolving vaccine information is the Alameda County Public Health Department website at https://covid-19.acgov.org/vaccinesThere you will find vaccination guidance and resources. You may also sign-up to get notified when it’s your turn for vaccination.
The State of California also has statewide information at https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/
City of Piedmont, 1/20/2021
Jan 20 2021

More reasons to avoid COVID-19 by wearing a mask and social distancing –

Post-COVID-19 Syndrome (PCS)

Study by Leicester University Found High Rates of Health Damage Within 5 Months of Initial Recovery –

Objectives The epidemiology of post-COVID-19 syndrome (PCS) is currently undefined. We quantified rates of organ-specific impairment following recovery from COVID-19 hospitalization compared with those in a matched control group, and how the rate ratio (RR) varies by age, sex, and ethnicity.

Design Observational, retrospective, matched cohort study.

Setting NHS hospitals in England.

Participants 47,780 individuals (mean age 65 years, 55% male) in hospital with COVID-19 and discharged alive by 31 August 2020, matched to controls on demographic and clinical characteristics.

Outcome measures Rates of hospital readmission, all-cause mortality, and diagnosis of respiratory, cardiovascular, metabolic, kidney and liver diseases until 30 September 2020.

Results Mean follow-up time was 140 days for COVID-19 cases and 153 days for controls. 766 (95% confidence interval: 753 to 779) readmissions and 320 (312 to 328) deaths per 1,000 person-years were observed in COVID-19 cases, 3.5 (3.4 to 3.6) and 7.7 (7.2 to

8.3) times greater, respectively, than in controls. Rates of respiratory, diabetes and cardiovascular events were also significantly elevated in COVID-19 cases, at 770 (758 to 783), 127 (122 to 132) and 126 (121 to 131) events per 1,000 person-years, respectively. RRs were greater for individuals aged <70 than ≥ 70 years, and in ethnic minority groups than the White population, with the biggest differences observed for respiratory disease: 10.5 [9.7 to 11.4] for <70 years versus 4.6 [4.3 to 4.8] for ≥ 70 years, and 11.4 (9.8 to 13.3) for Non-White versus 5.2 (5.0 to 5.5) for White.

Conclusions Individuals discharged from hospital following COVID-19 face elevated rates of multi-organ dysfunction compared with background levels, and the increase in risk is neither confined to the elderly nor uniform across ethnicities. The diagnosis, treatment and prevention of PCS require integrated rather than organ- or disease-specific approaches. Urgent research is required to establish risk factors for PCS.

Abstract of Article Published by Med RXiv Yale, et al  here

Jan 13 2021

The City has received questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines and their availability. The Alameda County Public Health Department has information about how and when vaccines will be made available, and we encourage you to take a look at their website at https://covid-19.acgov.org/vaccines. There you will find information regarding local and state planning, including the phases of implementation. You may also signup to get notified when it’s your turn for vaccination.

Remember, the Alameda County Public Health Department’s COVID-19 webpage is dedicated to Alameda County specific information regarding the coronavirus. The State of California also has statewide information at https://covid19.ca.gov/. 

City of Piedmont

Editor’s Note: the Alameda County Resident Vaccine Notification Form will provide the County with information and is available at the following site:

https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/44974350ffd14f288b03b029f2486ba8

Jan 5 2021

Back by popular demand! Please join the League of Women Voters Piedmont (LWVP) on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom or on our YouTube channel to hear the latest on Covid-19 from one of our favorite speakers: internationally renowned epidemiologist and Piedmont resident, Dr. George Rutherford. As we are all aware, Dr. Rutherford has been instrumental in helping the Bay Area contend with Covid and is quoted in the media almost daily.

Dr. George Rutherford

Dr. Rutherford leads the Global Strategic Information group within UCSF’s Institute for Global Health Sciences. He is the Salvatore Pablo Lucia Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics and History; Head of the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in School of Medicine at UCSF and Professor of Epidemiology and Health Administration in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Educated at Stanford University and Duke University School of Medicine, he is board certified in pediatrics and in general preventive medicine and public health. He has worked extensively in public health, with an emphasis on the epidemiology and control of communicable diseases, both domestically and internationally and has held a number of positions in public health agencies, including having served as State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist for California, Director of the AIDS Office for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Director of Immunizations for the New York City Department of Health and an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at CDC.

Since last speaking with LWVP in May, many of Dr. Rutherford’s predictions came true about the value of mask wearing and the timing of vaccines becoming available. What are Dr. Rutherford’s predictions for the course of the Covid-19 virus in 2021?  And when will life return to normal?  During the Q&A portion of this event, viewers can submit their own questions to Dr. Rutherford.
Dec 29 2020

Alameda County is coordinating local infrastructure for vaccine storage, distribution, and administration.

Our county is currently in Phase 1a – vaccination of the highest priority.

There are 103 Piedmont Confirmed COVID-19 as of December 28.

Who will qualify for vaccines next?

Timing through each phase depends on vaccine supply and demand.  The date for the next phase of access in Alameda County has not been announced, but will make the following people eligible for vaccination.

Phase 1a: Essential Workers & >75y.o*•State Guidelines group is working to prioritize at least 6M essential workers•Ranking by: occupational exposure, equity, societal impact, econ impact•Current priorities: •Education•Emergency Services•Food/agriculture

Phase 1b: Essential Workers & >75y.o*•State Guidelines group is working to prioritize at least 6M essential workers•Ranking by: occupational exposure, equity, societal impact, econ impact•Current priorities: •Education•Emergency Services•Food/agriculture

Phase 1c: People with High-Risk Conditions•Cancer•Chronic kidney disease•COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)•Heart conditions•Solid organ transplant•Obesity (BMI>40 kg/m2)•Pregnancy•Sickle cell disease•Smoking•Type 2 diabetes mellitus•Adults >50 yo, congregate/overcrowded settings

Read more here.

Dec 7 2020

At the Dec. 7, 2020, morning press conference, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state’s seven-day COVID positivity rate hit 10.5%, a stark increase from the 3.4% rate one month ago.  Daily testing in California averages 210,000 tests per day.

 

Dec 4 2020

Update: December 9, 2020, Governor reversed order to close playgrounds.  Playgrounds will be open.

Alameda County Imposes Stricter Shelter In Place Requirements

Alameda County Order will become effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 7, 2020  and remain in effect until January 4, 2021.  The Health Officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara Counties, along with the City of Berkeley announced their health jurisdictions will impose the provisions earlier than required by the State of California.

  • Private gatherings are prohibited

  • Social bubbles must be disbanded

  • Closure of outdoor dining, personal care services, playgrounds, museums, zoos, wineries, and bars

In order to comply with the County mandates, “the City of Piedmont will close our playgrounds effective Monday, December 7th. The emotional and physical health of Piedmonters is important. We encourage outdoor recreation and at this time, parks, with the exception of playgrounds, will remain open for recreational use. “

2020-12-04 County Issues Stricter Shelter In Place Order

Dec 1 2020

– Piedmont Public Safety Committee Meeting – 5:30 PM, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 –

Piedmonters now have a greater opportunity to learn more about public safety in Piedmont.

For years, Piedmonters could not observe from their homes and computers the Piedmont Public Safety Committee, however because of COVID-19 restrictions and the implementation of virtual meetings, anyone can observe and participate in the important discussions held by the committee.  According to a City source, the meetings are not recorded, because “they have never been recorded or broadcast.”

For information on observing and participating in the Dec. 3rd meeting, click the agenda link below:

PSC Agenda 2020-12-03

Zoom link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82492285610

1. Introduction of Interim Fire Chief Michael Despain

2. Approval of Public Safety Committee Meeting Minutes for 9/24/2020

Public Safety 2020-09-24 DRAFT MINUTES 

3. Update on Police Department Strategic Plan

4. Update on Police Department Mental Health Call Response

5. Update on Public Safety Cameras

6. Introduction to Inside PPD

7. Report on COPS Funding

8. Update on COVID 19 & Health Order Compliance

9. Update on Get Ready Piedmont/Map Your Neighborhood

10. Consideration of 2021 Meeting Schedule

Editors Note: Written back-up information for the agenda items was not provided. 
Nov 23 2020

Covid-19 Spreading at a Faster Pace in Piedmont

Thanksgiving Week in Piedmont began with more new Covid-19 positive cases reported, for a total of 59 Piedmont cases as the region spirals upward.  (UPDATE 66 total Piedmont positive tests reported on November 24,  corrected to 65 on November 28.)  Due to a rapid rise in Covid-19 cases, the State of California moved Alameda County – along with 40 other counties –  to the Purple Tier, the most restrictive level on November 16, 2020.

At the end of October, Piedmont had reached a total of 42 cases since testing began.  There were five new cases by November 4 and seven in the most recent week of November 16 to 23.   In the first three weeks of November, a total of 17 Piedmonters tested positive.  That is more than the total cases in March, April, May and June combined.  Piedmont did not reach a total of 17 Covid-19 cases until July 14, 2020.

Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely!