May 18, 2020


Please see this joint statement from the Bay Area Public Health officers. Due to your commitment, the Bay Area has seen progress on several key health indicators. In light of this progress, public health officers are issuing a new order today that allows retail establishments to offer curbside pick-up and also allows manufacturing, warehousing, and logistical operations to resume. Please keep in mind that residents are still required by health order to stay home as much as possible, should wear face coverings when they leave home, and follow the precautions that have helped make the region make progress to slow the spread of COVID-19. 


This weekend during the Mayor’s town hall, our City Manager announced Transportation staff will unveil a plan for slow streets, shared streets limited to local traffic, on May 21st. Full details have not been released so stay tuned for more information later this week. This plan will be coordinated with the volunteer group Walk Bike Berkeley


City Council will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss the budget and commercial tenancies, among other things. For the full agenda, click here. You can access this meeting via telephone or Zoom. Instructions are written on the linked agenda. 


Mayor Jesse Arreguin is holding weekly town halls on YouTube with our City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley and our Public Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hernandez. They provide a lot of valuable information to residents. If you would like to submit a question, you submit a question through his website.


College students should mark on the Census 2020 where they would have been living had school not shut down. 


The Fire Fuel Chipper and Debris Bin Program is part of the city’s Vegetation Management Program. This program provides a brush chipping service and debris bins to Berkeley residents that live in the designated areas. It is funded by a surcharge on the refuse bills residents in the Fire Surcharge Area pay. Only properties that pay the refuse bill surcharge are eligible for using this program. Find the updated 2020 schedule here.


As Cal students move out for the summer, tenants and landlords can help keep our streets clean and refuse workers safe by planning ahead, using City of Berkeley services, and properly discarding the items they no longer need. UC Berkeley also has an extensive list of resources for students and a guide to moving out here


Join us in supporting our beloved Telegraph and Downtown District Restaurants in this campaign to "Eat Good & Do Good." With price points at $15, $20 and $25 per person, you can enjoy some of Berkeley's cuisine right at home! Each restaurant is working with a charitable organization to help those most in need. Follow @BRWToGo on Instagram and Facebook for more and stay connected for #BRWToGo Gift Certificate Contests. Menu offerings have likely changed due to the shelter in place orders, so check with your favorite restaurant and order soon. To help our community members in need before you place your order, please visit the Berkeley Food & Housing Project.


  • As of May 18, 2020, there are 70 lab-confirmed cases and 1 death attributed to COVID-19 in Berkeley. 
  • Of a total of 1,900 tests conducted on Berkeley residents, 3.68% have been positive.
  • Information is updated daily here.


While staying home to combat the spread of COVID-19, support your mental health by reaching out and connecting to friends and family – and use local support lines if you need more help. Berkeley’s Mental Health division manager recommends several ways to care of yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read some ideas for staying emotionally close with loved ones while we’re separated physically here.


Find out about some ways the City is doing to help our community here

Donate Masks, Gloves, Hygiene Supplies, Goggles, New Thermometers, etc.

If you have personal protective equipment to donate to our firefighters, nurses, police, and others on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, please fill out this form. For more information, click here.

Join the California Health Corps

The State of California is recruiting health care professionals to help support the urgent need. For more information or apply online, click here.

Food Access

Alameda County Community Food Bank

Every $1 you give to the food bank provides $7 worth of food to neighbors in need. Donate online or volunteer by contacting [email protected]

Berkeley Food Network

Berkeley Food Pantry

Help Berkeley

Help Berkeley helps provide affordable meals for neighbors at risk. Two meals for $10 prepared by local restaurants and delivered for free. Order meals if you are over 60, at-risk, in self-isolation, quarantined, or sick at home.

Berkeley Humane Society Pet Food Pantry

Donate Blood

You can donate blood at 6230 Claremont Ave. In Oakland. Please check with the Red Cross website to see if appointments are available before visiting. 

Help Vulnerable Members of Our Community

A few neighborhood groups have created websites to help high risk neighbors in need by pairing them with lower-risk individuals (please keep in mind that everyone is at risk). Please visit if you would like to volunteer or need help. Another nonprofit aimed towards helping vulnerable people is Helping Hands

Support Nonprofits and Berkeley Businesses and Arts Organizations

Donate to the Berkeley Relief Fund. We will be doing another round of funding applications. Stay tuned!

Support your local favorite business or arts organizations by donating or purchasing a gift certificate. Berkeleyside has launched a platform for local businesses to share fundraisers. To learn more visit here.

Donate to Double Helping Hands to help both small businesses and our homeless population. Learn more here.

Support Healthcare Workers

East Bay FeedER helps feed individuals working in hospitals. 


  1. Stay home except for essential needs
  2. Cover your face when out
  3. Practice social distancing
  4. Wash your hands
  5. Don’t touch your face
  6. Disinfect surfaces

For more information, click here.

Prepare to care for yourself or someone sick at home 

As COVID-19 spreads, learn how to take care of yourself or someone who is ill. You or other people may get mild symptoms. We need those people to stay home entirely. This will slow the spread. Here is more information. 

Everyone should be ready to care for themselves or a family member. When sick, it’s important to: 

  • Avoid contact with other household members 
  • Stay in one room and use a separate bathroom if possible 
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces every day 
  • Monitor your condition and look out for emergency warning signs 

CDC has a factsheet with more information about what to do if you are sick with COVID-19.


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Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

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