Alameda County Active Health Orders 

Date Revised: 01/12/2021


Stay Home Order 

Alameda County issued a Stay At Home Order on December 16th. California regional and local county health department orders are dependent upon availability of Bay Area intensive care unit beds. For more information, California's Regional Stay Home Order. These orders are time limited. The current Alameda stay at home order does not have an expiration date. These orders are intended to be lifted when ICU availability meets or exceeds 15%. 


Face Coverings Required

This order was issued on June 5, 2020. It requires that all individuals in Alameda County, over the age of 2 years, wear face coverings in accordance with guidance issued by the State of California. 

Californians must wear face masks when they are outside the home, unless one of the following exemptions applies to them:

  • Traveling in a car alone or with household members. 

  • Working in an office alone. 

  • Actively eating or drinking given that you are socially distancing. 

  • Obtaining a service requiring temporary removal of face mask, e.g., COVID test, Dental Care.

  • Any specific exemptions from CDPH guidance.

All the exemptions are listed by the California Department of Public Health.


Changes in order: Mass Quarantine 

Based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this order shortens the quarantine period for most individuals from 14 to 10 days. This order also prohibits employees of detention facilities and long-term care facilities from returning to work for four days after completion of the 10-day quarantine requirement. Contacts who are employed in critical infrastructure sectors designated by the State of California Public Health officer are not subject to this order under the following circumstances:

  • Worker informs employer about worker's close contact to a lab-confirmed case. 

  • Worker is asymptomatic, and the worker's employer determines based on staffing needs, that the worker needs to report to work.

All circumstances are listed by the California Department of Public Health. This order was issued on December 10, 2020.

The California Department of Public Health is asking residents to avoid non-essential travel to any part of the state more than 120 miles from their home. 

COVID-19 testing locations in Alameda

If you have medical insurance, such as MediCal, you should call your doctor or health care provider. You can also contact a Community testing site.


If you do not have medical insurance, please consult Community testing site to see when and where you can schedule an appointment. Community testing sites are free and do not ask for immigration status.


All CORE-run testing sites can test all ages four years and older. Parents of infants should check with their primary care providers regarding necessity of testing. 


For video of what Anterior Nasal testing looks like, please refer this this linked video, from Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.

COVID-19 Vaccinations in Alameda

Alameda County is vaccinating individuals in Phase 1A. Many physicians are being vaccinated at their affiliated hospitals, but unaffiliated health care workers may schedule appointments at designated County Points of Designating (PODs). Appointments may be made Tuesday-Friday at the Castro Valley Library or St. Rose Hospital in Hayward. More information on appointments may be located on Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association's page. 


More information on scheduling vaccinations may be found by filling out the Alameda County Resident Notification Vaccine Form

Regarding individuals who belong in the remaining phases, there is little information on implementation. More information may be released in late January and early February once Phase 1A individuals are vaccinated. 

  • Phase 1A: Health care personnel, long-term care facility residents

  • Phase 1B: Persons aged at or above 65 years and non-health care frontline essential workers. 

  • Phase 1C: Persons aged 50-64 years, persons aged 16-49 years with high-risk medical conditions, and essential workers not included in Phase 1B. 

  • Phase 2: All other persons aged at or above 16 years.