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Posted on: March 9, 2020

Statement from Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci on COVID-19 & Grand Princess Cruise Ship

Information Regarding the Grand Princess Cruise Ship

The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) released a statement yesterday regarding the Grand Princess Cruise Ship that is scheduled to temporarily dock at the Port of Oakland today, Monday March 9. That statement can be read in full at

Statement from Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci

"I want the public to know that the City of Union City is actively monitoring COVID-19, along with the planned temporary docking of the Grand Princess Cruise Ship at the Port of Oakland. We have been assured by CalOES that they will be able to safely and securely transport passengers from this ship to their isolation destinations, while maintaining the public safety of residents in Alameda County.

We are still coordinating daily with Alameda County Public Health and other partnering agencies and are prepared to take all necessary precautions to protect our residents as this virus continues to evolve. We strongly urge that residents continue to take common sense measures to prevent the spread of germs and respiratory illnesses that include washing your hands regularly, staying home when sick, covering your mount and nose when coughing or sneezing and refraining from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. When there is a significant update to provide, we will certainly update the community."

Latest Update from Alameda County Public Health Department (as of March 6, 2020)

Information taken from

While over 80 percent of people with COVID-19 have mild disease, we can and should prepare for this new virus to gain a foothold in our county, and we should work together to slow the spread of disease and protect our most vulnerable populations. While information continues to evolve, persons who are at higher risk for severe disease include the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions should consider avoiding mass gatherings.

Alameda County Public Health Department is monitoring this new case’s condition as well as their contacts for symptoms. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Alameda County residents should take these precautions to stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses:

  • Practice good personal hygiene habits;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing;
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Stay home when you are sick and away from others in your home;
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects using normal household cleansers;
  • Plan for the possibility of school dismissals, cancellations of mass gatherings, and other ways to reduce contact between persons if recommended by public health officials as this evolves;
  • Get a flu shot to protect yourself and others from the flu, which has similar symptoms to COVID-19.

At this time, Alameda County public health officials are not generally recommending the cancellation of mass gatherings or school dismissals. However, ACPHD has recommended that events that involve vulnerable populations such as the elderly and those with underlying chronic medical conditions should be carefully reconsidered at this time.

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