Updated August 5, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that may result in serious illness or death and is easily transmissible from person to person.

Contra Costa County Health Officer Issues Mass Isolation Order August 5, 2020

All individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19 must immediately take the following actions:

1. Isolate themselves in their home or another residence following all requirements listed in the “Self-Isolation Instructions for Confirmed Cases.”

2. Tell their close contacts that they need to quarantine themselves, following the “Home Quarantine Instructions for Close Contacts.” Close contacts who should be notified to self-quarantine are people who were near them during their infectious period, as further described in the health order below. The infectious period commences 48 hours before symptoms began (or, in the absence of symptoms, 48 hours before the date of administration of a positive test) and ends when the isolation period is over (see Section 4 of the health order below). Close contacts of an individual who has COVID-19 are persons who, during the individual’s infectious period, were within six feet of the individual for 15 minutes or longer.

The isolation period will be one of the following:

Individuals without symptoms must isolate for 10 days from the date of a positive test.

Individuals with symptoms must isolate until:

At least 24 hours have passed since recovery, defined as resolution of both fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement of cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms if present AND

At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms started.

Individuals with symptoms and hospitalized in the intensive care unit must isolate until:

At least 24 hours have passed since recovery, defined as resolution of both fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement of cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms if present AND

At least 20 days have passed since their symptoms started.

Click here to view the full order.

Contra Costa CountyHealth Officer Amends the June 16, 2020 Health Order

This Order amends the  June 16, 2020 Order of the Health Officer directing all individuals to shelter in place.  This Order of the County of Contra Costa Health Officer imposes additional restrictions on certain businesses and activities in response to rising rates of infection of persons within Contra Costa County with the virus that causes Coronavirus Disease.
The following summarizes these restrictions:
•Restaurants and other food facilities: Specific face covering requirements are imposed at establishments that are open for outdoor dining only. Indoor dining remains prohibited under the Social Distancing Order.
•Providers of religious services and cultural ceremonies:Indoor religious services and cultural ceremonies are prohibited. Outdoor religious services and cultural ceremonies may be held in accordance with applicable State guidance.
•Protests:Indoor protests are prohibited. Outdoor protests may take place in accordance with applicable State guidance.
•Social Bubble gatherings:Persons over age 2 are required to wear face coverings except when eating or drinking.Under the Social Distancing Order, all gatherings of Social Bubbles must take place outdoors.

If you have specific questions about what activities are required and/or prohibited under the health orders you can contact the County COVID-19 call center at (844) 729-8410 or visit Contra Costa Health Services for FAQS.

Contra Costa County Extends Ordinance for Eviction Protection and Rent Freeze through September 30

At a special Board meeting on July 14, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an urgency ordinance that continues an eviction moratorium for residential tenants and small businesses in the County through September 30, 2020. The urgency ordinance also continues a moratorium on certain residential rent increases through September 30, 2020. Click here to view the full press release.

Federal, State, and County Response

The national emergency response system has been activated to address COVID-19. The Contra Costa Health Services department and the Contra Costa County Office of Emergency Services are the agencies responsible for planning and delivering emergency response to COVID-19 in Contra Costa County. They are coordinating with all relevant agencies and organizations to plan and deliver appropriate emergency services.

Information on COVID-19 in Contra Costa County

The Contra Costa Health Services department COVID-19 website contains up-to-date information on cases, health practices, and legal requirements (including the stay at home Health Order) related to the virus, here:

The department has also created a Coronavirus Call Center to answer questions from the public: 844-729-8410

City of Pinole Response

Click here for a letter from the Mayor of Pinole regarding COVID-19 (July 22, 2020).

On April 7, 2020, the City Council adopted a temporary prohibition on evictions for qualifying residential and commercial tenants in Pinole. Click here for the full text of the Ordinance.

To protect the health and safety of the residents and employees of the City of Pinole, and to comply with the County Health Order, the City has taken the following steps, effective March 17, 2020 until further notice.

- Cancelled all City-sponsored recreation programs and events
- Cancelled all rentals of City facilities
- Closed all City buildings to the public (including public restrooms)
- Cancelled all non-essential public meetings
- Cancelled or reduced some other City functions

The Police, Fire, Public Works and Wastewater Departments continue to be fully operational.  Click here for a letter from Chief Neil Gang regarding COVID-19. 
Building and Planning are available for limited services.  Click here for more information.

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Emergency Declaration Timeline

January 31, 2020 - U.S. Department of Public Health and Human Services declared a public emergency March 4, 2020 - State of California declared a state of emergency
March 10, 2020 - Contra Costa County declared a local health emergency
March 18, 2020 - City of Pinole declared a local emergency

The City will update this website as new information becomes available.