Updated May 4, 2021

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Contra Costa Health Services Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

To ensure that every dose of COVID-19 vaccine provided in our county is safe for patients, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) will temporarily pause its use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine while federal regulatory agencies examine new information about a possible, rare side effect that can cause blood clots.

CCHS continues to administer the other vaccines approved for emergency use in the U.S., from Pfizer and Moderna.  CCHS is not aware of any reported cases of adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccine in the county that were inconsistent with those documented during the extensive clinical trials conducted to ensure the safety of all vaccines used in the U.S.

People who received this vaccine more recently should contact a healthcare provider immediately if they develop symptoms such as severe headaches, severe abdominal pain, severe leg pain or shortness of breath – these symptoms are different than the usual, minor reactions that some people may experience in the day or two following their vaccination.

Contra Costa Now Offering COVID Vaccines to Everyone
No Matter Where They Live

Contra Costa will offer vaccine to people ages 16+ from other parts of Bay Area, California and even those from elsewhere in the United States.

Opening vaccination to everyone won’t affect Contra Costa residents’ ability to get vaccinated themselves. The move comes at a new point in the vaccine rollout where supply is exceeding demand. In the past two weeks, appointments at the County’s vaccine sites have begun to go unfilled.

People can schedule vaccine appointments online or by calling 833-829-2626. They can also visit one of our walk-in clinics without an appointment. To see the latest local vaccination statistics, visit our online vaccine dashboard.

Contra Costa Improves to Orange Tier

The State of California announced that Contra Costa County will be able to move into the less restrictive Orange Tier of the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy on Wednesday, April 7.

Starting Wednesday, April 7 several business sectors and community services can reopen or expand capacity:

• Amusement parks: Overall park capacity and indoor capacity will be limited to 25%, including indoor dining.
• Bars: Outdoors with modifications; no meals required to be served
• Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries: Indoors at 25% maximum capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer; no meals required to be served
• Family entertainment centers: Indoors for naturally distanced activities like bowling, escape rooms, and billiards; 25% maximum capacity
• Gyms, fitness centers and studios (including at hotels): 25% maximum capacity and indoor pools are permitted; Indoor hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms continue to be closed
• Movie Theaters: 50% maximum capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer encouraged
• Outdoor sports and live performances with fans/attendees: Up to 33% and with advanced reservations only. Concession sales will be primarily in-seat (no concourse sales). Designated indoor seated dining area capacity will be limited to 25%. Attendance will be limited to in-state spectators and guests must attest their reserved seats are only for one household.
• Places of worship: 50% maximum capacity
• Restaurants: 50% maximum capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
• Retail: Open indoors with modifications and food courts permitted with indoor dining restrictions

Contra Costa County must remain in the Orange Tier for at least three weeks before moving into the next, less restrictive yellow tier.

Repeal of Requirements for Congregate Living and Residential Care Facilities

In response to regulations that have been adopted by California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Community Care Licensing and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, health orders which required congregate living facilities in Contra Costa County to follow specified testing, collaboration, reporting and guidance requirements of the Contra Costa County Health Department are repealed effective immediately. Click here for the full order.

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

Contra Costa County Extends Ordinance for Eviction Protection and Rent Freeze

At a Board meeting on February 2, 2021, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Urgency Ordinance No. 2021-04 that continues a temporary eviction moratorium for certain residential tenants and a moratorium on certain residential rent increases through June 30, 2021. The Urgency Ordinance also continues a temporary eviction moratorium for certain commercial tenants through March 31, 2021. Ordinance No. 2021-04 supersedes Ordinance No. 2020-29.

California's COVID-19 Rent Relief

Housing is key photoContra Costa County has partnered with the State of California to operate a Countywide Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) pursuant to Senate Bill 91. The program includes authority for both rental and utility assistance for County residents impacted by COVID-19.

Visit the State's Housing is Key website for more information.

City of Pinole Response

Click here for a letter from the Mayor of Pinole regarding COVID-19 (October 21, 2020).

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.

For COVID-19 updates visit, resources visit, or information on how to avoid scams and frauds visit

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.