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Alameda County COVID Cases Moderately Increase Since State Lifts Regulations

Public health officials are partly attributing the recent spread of COVID-19 to the more contagious Delta variant of the virus, which recent data shows makes up about 35.6% of all cases in California. Vaccines still greatly reduce the chances of catching and spreading the Delta variant.

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Oakland's Highland Hospital on July 5. In the 19 days up to and including June 15, when the state lifted most COVID-19 related restrictions, there were, on average, about 33 confirmed COVID-19 patents per day in hospitals in Alameda County. That number rose to about 44 confirmed COVID-19 patents per day in the 19 days following June 15. Photo by Zack Haber

Positive COVID-19 cases have dramatically declined in Alameda County from the peak of the pandemic’s spread in January but have seen a moderate rise since Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted most coronavirus-related restrictions on June 15.

Data the county has gathered shows that, on an average day in January, about 673 residents tested positive for the virus. Since then, as vaccination has become increasingly widespread, average daily rates of positive cases have, in general, trended sharply downward. 

On an average day in February, about 239 people tested positive for the virus. This number decreased to about 94 daily positive cases in March before rising slightly to about 104 cases per day in April. Then the daily average sharply fell again, to about 58 cases per day in May, before slightly decreasing to about 47 average cases per day in June.

But recent data is showing that average daily cases have been increasing. During the 19-day period leading up to and including June 15, the average daily case rate was about 37. This number rose to about 53 cases per day during the 19-day period immediately following June 15, which is about a 57% increase. This increase comes directly after Newsom lifted restrictions that had previously required California citizens to physically distance, wear a mask while in indoor public spaces, and for businesses to enforce COVID-19 related capacity limits.

Public health officials are partly attributing the recent spread of COVID-19 to the more contagious Delta variant of the virus, which recent data shows makes up about 35.6% of all cases in California. Vaccines still greatly reduce the chances of catching and spreading the Delta variant.

Shortly before Newsom lifted COVID-19 related restrictions, cases were at an all-time low. During a 14-day period ending on June 8 there were 456 cases total, or about 33 per day. It was the lowest number of cases over a 14-day period since the 14-day period ending on April 5 of last year.

Since June 15, the average percentage of COVID-19 tests taken in Alameda County that show positive results has also increased. Alameda County’s data shows that on June 14, the seven-day average for positive test results was .9%. On July 4, the same data shows the seven-day average for positive test results was 1.9%. On June 5, the seven-day average for positive test results was just .6%, which was the lowest percentage of positive COVID-19 results since the county started tracking such data during March of last year.

While positive COVID-19 cases have risen, the number of people getting tested for the virus has decreased since June 15. The seven-day average of COVID-19 tests given in Alameda County was 5,332 on June 15. On July 4, the seven-day average of COVID-19 tests given was 4,745.

The amount of confirmed COVID-19 patients in Alameda County hospitals has also increased since June 15. During the 19-day period leading up to and including June 15, there were about 33 confirmed COVID-19 patients in Alameda County hospitals on an average day. During the 19 days following June 15, those same hospitals had about 44 confirmed COVID-19 patients on an average day.

All information in this article related to COVID-19 in Alameda County came from the county’s COVID-19 data website, covid-10.acgov.gov, which is being continuously updated.

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Oakland Post: Week of June 12-18, 2024

The printed Weekly Edition of the Oakland Post: Week of June 12-18, 2024

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More Segregated Than Deep South: ACLU Releases Report on Calif. Public Schools

The 2024 State of Black Education: Report Card was recently published by the American Civil Liberties Union California Action (ACLU California Action). It states that California is the third most segregated state for Black students.  Co-author of the report, policy counsel Amir Whitaker from ACLU Southern California explained the criteria the ACLU use to rank California during the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board of Education held at the State Capitol the day after the Memorial Day holiday.

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Asm. Mia Bonta (D-Alameda) was a guest speaker at the State of Black Education report card briefing at the State Capitol on May 29. CBM Photo by Antonio Ray Harvey.
Asm. Mia Bonta (D-Alameda) was a guest speaker at the State of Black Education report card briefing at the State Capitol on May 29. CBM Photo by Antonio Ray Harvey.

By Antonio‌ ‌Ray‌ ‌Harvey‌, California‌ ‌Black‌ ‌Media‌

The 2024 State of Black Education: Report Card was recently published by the American Civil Liberties Union California Action (ACLU California Action). 

It states that California is the third most segregated state for Black students.

Co-author of the report, policy counsel Amir Whitaker from ACLU Southern California explained the criteria the ACLU use to rank California during the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board of Education held at the State Capitol the day after the Memorial Day holiday.

“For every state in the Deep South, California (schools) are more segregated,” Whittaker said. “People often think that California is not segregated or unequal as Deep South states and others. The inequalities here (in California) are actually wider.”

New York and Illinois are ahead of California regarding the racial diversity of their student bodies. According to a report May 2022 report by Stanford Graduate School of Education, the Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City school districts are in the top 10 most racially segregated districts for White-Black, White-Hispanic, and White-Asian segregation based on the average levels from 1991-2020.

In bigger school districts, segregation between low-income (students who are eligible for free lunch) and non-low-income students increased by 47% since 1991, according to the Stanford Graduate School’s report.

“That’s why it’s important to look at this data,” Whitaker said. “When you have millions of people living in places like Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, the urban areas are a lot more segregated than the south. That’s a big part of it.

A number of factors contribute to the segregation of schools in California such as parents sending their children to private schools, others optioning for homeschooling, and other reasons, Whitaker said.

The Brown v. Board of Education case declared that separating children in public schools based on race was unconstitutional. However, Whitaker pointed to cases after the landmark decision that circumvented that federal law.

According to a 2014 report by the Civil Rights Project, in the 1990s, decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court decision ended federal desegregation orders in San Francisco and San Jose. In addition, court decisions in the state that ordered desegregation in the 1970s were overturned by the 1990s. Legally, California has no school integration policy to adhere to.

“This is why we did this report. There needs to be a report just on this issue (of school segregation),” Whitaker told California Black Media. “Right now, there’s no task force or anything addressing it. I have never seen the California Department of Education talk about it. This is a pandemic (and) a crisis.”

ACLU Northern California hosted an overview of the report and panel discussion at the State Capitol on May 29. California Black Legislative Caucus member Assemblymember Mia Bonta (D-Alameda) and Sen. Steven Bradford were the guest speakers. Parents, students, educators, and Black education advocates from all over the state attended the 90-minute presentation at the State Capitol.

School segregation is the No. 1 issue listed in among the report’s “24 areas of documented inequality,along with problematic trends of racial harassment, a continuous decline of Black student enrollment, school closures, connection with school staff, chronic absenteeism, low Black teacher representation, and parent participation.

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Mayor Breed, Actor Morris Chestnut Attend S.F.’s Indie Night Film Festival

On June 1, the acclaimed Los Angeles-based Indie Night Film Festival arrived at the Kabuki Theater in San Francisco. San Francisco native Dave Brown, Founder and CEO of the Indie Night Film Festival, has a vision for the film industry that is squarely focused on promoting the many talented producers, actors, and designers contributing to this billion-dollar industry. The festival has been running for 12 years and it’s only up from here, he says.

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(Left to Right) Dave Brown, CEO, Indie Night Festival, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and actor Morris Chestnut. Photo by Y’Anad Burrell
(Left to Right) Dave Brown, CEO, Indie Night Festival, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and actor Morris Chestnut. Photo by Y’Anad Burrell

By Y’Anad Burrell

On June 1, the acclaimed Los Angeles-based Indie Night Film Festival arrived at the Kabuki Theater in San Francisco.

San Francisco native Dave Brown, Founder and CEO of the Indie Night Film Festival, has a vision for the film industry that is squarely focused on promoting the many talented producers, actors, and designers contributing to this billion-dollar industry.  The festival has been running for 12 years and it’s only up from here, he says.

A weekly celebration of cinematic artistry designed to elevate emerging talent while providing a platform for networking and collaboration, entrepreneur Dave Brown created Indie Night to bridge gaps within the filmmaking community by fostering connections between like-minded individuals worldwide. The Indie Film Festival currently has over 450 film submissions worldwide, and its cinematic vault only continues to grow.

The festival showcased over 10 short films and trailers, and featured Faces of the “City: Fighting for the Soul of America,” produced by veteran actor Tisha Campbell.  This film is about the vibrancy and legacy of San Francisco. The festival also previewed “When It Reigns,” a trailer by Oakland’s burgeoning filmmaker Jamaica René.

Indie films have not just challenged traditional cinematic norms; they’ve shattered them. These films offer unique storytelling perspectives and push creative boundaries in truly inspiring ways. With their smaller budgets and independent spirit, they often tackle unconventional subjects and portray diverse characters, providing a refreshing alternative to mainstream cinema. As a result, indie films have resonated with audiences seeking an escape from formulaic blockbusters and are increasingly celebrated for their authenticity and originality.

Organizers say the mission of Indie Night is to elevate the craft of independent artists and creators. It also provides a venue for them to showcase their work, network, and exchange information with new and established creatives. It creates a community that values and supports independent art.

For more about the Indie Night Film Festival, visit www.indienightfilmfestival.com.

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