Covid Response

covid response

 

Update January 5, 2022

We continue to monitor and follow all State of California and Alameda County Health Mandates.

Current: (from CA State Department of Public Health)


TO:
All Californians

SUBJECT:
Guidance for the Use of Face Masks

Extends requirement for universal masking indoors statewide December 15, 2021, through February 15, 2022.

Guidance For the Use of Masks
Background
The COVID-19 vaccines remain effective in preventing serious disease, hospitalization, and death from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Unvaccinated persons are more likely to get infected and spread the virus which is transmitted through the air and concentrates indoors. To ensure that we collectively protect the health and well-being of all Californians; keep schools open for in-person instruction; and allow California's economy to remain open and thrive, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, until February 15, 2022. This requirement will be updated as CDPH continues to assess conditions on an ongoing basis.

This measure brings an added layer of mitigation as the Omicron variant, a Variant of Concern as labeled by the World Health Organization, continues to increase in prevalence across California, the United States, and the world and spreads much more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Delta variant.

Over the last two weeks, the statewide seven-day average case rate has increased by more than sixfold and hospitalizations have doubled. While the percentage of Californians fully vaccinated and boosted continues to increase, we continue to have areas of the state where vaccine coverage is low, putting individuals and communities at greater risk for COVID-19. Given the current hospital census, which is over capacity, the surge in cases and hospitalizations has materially impacted California's health care delivery system within many regions of the state. Staffing levels are also increasingly impacted by COVID-19 transmission in many critical sectors.

As noted in the Science Brief[1] by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated in December 2021, at least ten studies have confirmed the benefit of universal masking in community level analyses: in a unified hospital system,[2] a German city,[3] two U.S. states,[4], [5] a panel of 15 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.,[6], [7] as well as both Canada[8] and the U.S.[9], [10], [11] nationally. Each analysis demonstrated that, following directives for universal masking, new infections fell significantly. Two of these studies[12], [13] and an additional analysis of data from 200 countries that included the U.S.[14] also demonstrated reductions in mortality. Another 10-site study showed reductions in hospitalization growth rates following mask mandate implementation.[15]

Implementing a universal masking requirement not only has proven to decrease the rate of infections but is able to slow community transmission. A series of cross-sectional surveys in the U.S. suggested that a 10% increase in self-reported mask wearing tripled the likelihood of slowing community transmission.[16]

The masking requirement in California schools has allowed us to keep schools open when compared to other parts of the country. California accounts for roughly 12% of all U.S. students, but only 1% of COVID-19 related school closures. Nationally during the Delta surge in July and August 2021, jurisdictions without mask requirements in schools experienced larger increases in pediatric case rates, and school outbreaks were 3.5 times more likely in areas without school mask requirements.[17], [18]

In workplaces, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) or in some workplaces the Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) Standard and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements.

Masking Requirements
Masks are required for all individuals in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status from December 15, 2021 through February 15, 2022 [surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, KF94s) with good fit are recommended].

See State Health Officer Order, issued on July 26, 2021, for a full list of high-risk congregate and other healthcare settings where surgical masks are required for unvaccinated workers, and recommendations for respirator use for unvaccinated workers in healthcare and long-term care facilities in situations or settings not covered by Cal OSHA ETS or ATD.

For additional information on types of masks, the most effective masks, and ensuring a well-fitted mask, individuals should refer to CDPH Get the Most out of Masking and see CDPH Masking Guidance Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.

Exemptions to masks requirements
The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times:

Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.

Update April 19, 2021

The same precautions and protocols from March 10, 2020 are still in place - the following additions have been made:

Wagan Corp is aware of the Covid-19 crisis and has taken the necessary precautions and has responded:

We have set-in-place all of the mandates set forth by Alameda County and the State of California to protect our employees and the people we come in contact with. For the most up-to-date information, please see the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Website: https://covid-19.acgov.org/index.page

Limitations: We have restricted the number of staff in the building, have a mandatory mask protocol for all people in and around the building, and have signage alerting staff to Covid-19 symptoms, prevention, and what to do if you feel sick.

We've placed hand sanitizer, non-contact thermometers, disposable masks, and PPE around the building for all employees and visitors to use.

Employee desks have been repositioned to give more than 6 feet distance between employees.

Anticipated Delays: Due to the limited staff, we are seeing a delay in Customer Service requests, warranty device repairs, returns processing, and are attempting to handle them in a speedy-yet-realistic timely manner.

Many Wagan Corp. employees have voluntarily received Covid-19 vaccines as of this writing.

Thank you for your patience and understanding - THANK YOU for choosing Wagan!

Please wash your hands, limit contact with others, wear a mask, and keep yourself and others protected!

December 7, 2020

Alameda County (the county in which we reside) has issued a "Stay At Home Order":

To read more on this, see: Alameda County website for Covid-19

In all cases, physical distancing & face coverings are required.  

The State continues to clarify allowable and prohibited activities per the State's Regional Stay at Home Order. As clarifications are made, Alameda County will update this list of Approved Open & Closed Businesses.

Download PDF:
Approved Open & Closed Businesses as of December 9, 2020
Bay Area Health Officers Move to Implement the State’s New Regional Stay Home Order

Approved Open Business List:

  • Acupuncture, Acupressure & Chiropractic Services (medically necessary only) ✓
  • Athletic Fields for use by people within the same household or for Youth Sports in compliance with State restrictions as of 12/7/20 ✓
  • Automobile & Bicycle Repair ✓
  • Car Washes ✓
  • Childcare Facilities ✓
  • Construction ✓
  • Critical Infrastructure per the State ✓
  • Dental Care ✓
  • Drive-thru food and essential item distribution event ✓
  • Financial Institutions ✓
  • Funeral Homes, Mortuaries & Cemeteries ✓
  • Gas Stations ✓
  • Golf (use of cards limited to members of own household) ✓
  • Government Services ✓
  • Grocery & Other Food Stores (35% capacity, entrance metering, and no eating and drinking in store) as of 12/7/20 ✓
  • Gyms, Fitness Centers, Non-Contact Fitness Classes, Dance Studios & Other Exercise Facilities Outdoor Only with Purple Tier modifications and County modifications as of 12/7/20 
    Note: Indoor pools allowed to be open for only drowning prevention classes, including swim lessons with certified instructors. Indoor and outdoor hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms must close.
  • Higher Education (may offer in-person instruction for clinical training or classes and laboratory or studio classes only. In-person instruction is otherwise prohibited.) ✓
  • Hotels and short-term lodging rentals open to support critical infrastructure only as of 12/7/20 ✓
    Note: Fitness centers, indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms must close.
  • K-12 Schools (only for schools that have opened for in-person instruction before November 18. Alameda County is not accepting elementary school waivers) ✓  
  • Laundromats & Dry Cleaning ✓
  • Library (20% capacity) as of 12/7/20 ✓
  • Malls/Shopping Centers open with Purple Tier modifications (20% capacity with entrance metering, food courts and common areas closed, and no eating or drinking in the stores) as of 12/7/20 ✓
  • Manufacturing ✓
  • Moving companies & storage ✓
  • Outdoor Basketball & Volleyball Courts for use by people within the same household only as of 12/7/20 ✓
  • Outdoor Playgrounds in compliance with State modifications as of 12/9/20 ✓
  • Outdoor Recording, Live-Streaming, Broadcasting with  County modifications ✓
  • Outdoor Recreation Facilities (outdoor operation only). No food, drink, or alcohol sales as of 12/7/20 
  • Outdoor Seasonal Markets open with Purple Tier modifications (20% capacity with entrance metering, and no eating or drinking) as of 12/7/20 ✓
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools ✓
    Note:  Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms must close.
  • Outdoor Wedding Ceremony & Funeral Service (100 people maximum recommended) ✓
  • Parks (including skate parks & dog parks, but BBQ and picnic areas to be closed because of no sitting and gathering per the State) ✓
  • Pet grooming, walking, training (curbside pickup and drop-off only) as of 12/7/20 ✓
  • Pharmacies & Medical Supply (20% capacity) as of 12/7/20 ✓
  • Places of Worship & Cultural Ceremonies (Outdoor only and 100 people maximum recommended) ✓
  • Political Gatherings/Protests with Physical Distancing ✓  
  • Professional Sports with the prior written approval of the Health Officer (without live audience) ✓   
  • Public & Private Transportation Services ✓  
  • Real Estate Transaction ✓
  • Residential & Commercial Maintenance Services ✓
  • Restaurants take-out and delivery only as of 12/7/20 ✓  
  • Retail Stores including auto sales (20% capacity) with entrance metering, no eating or drinking in stores, and special hours for seniors and others with compromised immune systems as of 12/7/20 ✓  
  • Retail Supply Chain Businesses ✓
  • Small Youth Cohorts (non-sport, non-school based, and non-child care related youth activities including distance learning, before/after school programs, day camps, and extracurricular activities) allowed indoors and outdoors in cohorts ✓  
  • Tennis & Pickleball Courts (singles only) ✓
  • Tutoring one-on-one or in compliance with the State cohort requirements ✓
  • Vehicle-Based Gatherings in compliance with the Vehicle-Based Gathering Order 
  • Veterinary Care ✓ 
  • Youth Sports (school-based and non-school based, club, and recreational programs in cohortsoutdoors only, no close contact ,and no competition – conditioning and individual skill training only) ✓     

March 10, 2020

Wagan Corp is aware of the Covid-19 crisis and has taken the necessary precautions and has responded:

We have set-in-place all of the mandates set forth by Alameda County and the State of California to protect our employees and the people we come in contact with.

We have restricted the number of staff in the building, have a mandatory mask protocol for all people in and around the building, and have signage alerting staff to Covid symptoms, prevention, and what to do if you feel sick. We've placed hand sanitizer, masks, and PPE around the building for all employees to use.

Due to the limited staff, we are seeing a slight delay in Customer Service requests and are attempting to handle them in a realistic timely manner.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Please wash your hands, limit contact with others, wear a mask, and keep yourself protected!

 

From CDC:

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html