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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Message to Fremont Community about COVID-19 from City Manager Mark Danaj

City Manager Mark Danaj

Dear Fremont community members,

As the City of Fremont’s Chief Executive Officer overseeing the City’s Emergency Operations Center, I want you to know that your City Government is working diligently to help ensure the health and safety of our community and employees. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health crisis is unprecedented and I have enacted several emergency measures to keep the Fremont community safe and help slow the spread of the disease.  Our goal is to maintain all vital essential City services, with an emphasis on public health and safety.

On Friday, March 13, 2020, I proclaimed the existence of a local emergency in the City of Fremont.  The proclamation was amended on March 16, 2020, to reflect new developments and the Alameda County Health Officer’s Shelter-in-Place Order issued on March 16, 2020. Tonight, the proclamation will be brought before the Fremont City Council, for ratification to declare a local emergency, at their regularly scheduled meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.

We are recommending community members interested in participating in tonight’s Council meeting do so remotely, as we continue social distancing efforts. Community members can view the meeting online or on Comcast Channel 27. Any written comments and questions related to future City Council agendas may be submitted by email to the City Clerk’s Office or by calling (510) 284-4060.

While the City of Fremont immediately began adopting policies and actions recommended by our state and county public health officials last week, the Declaration of an Emergency enables me to enact additional measures intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 and focus our City resources on essential services.  The declaration will also allow the City of Fremont to access state and federal resources being made available to help those who are most vulnerable and impacted.

The City of Fremont activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on March 3, 2020, and is currently operating at Activation Level 2 with City leadership and assigned EOC Staff developing necessary EOC policies and actively implementing them. All City events and non-essential meetings have been cancelled, most City facilities will remain closed until April 7, 2020, and we have modified or discontinued providing most non-essential City services. During the duration of the local emergency, the City’s public safety departments and health personnel will take all necessary and reasonable steps to implement all relevant health directives in accordance with the City’s emergency proclamation. The City of Fremont will also continue to regularly communicate important information made available by Federal, State, and local officials, as well as provide update on essential City services and operations.  As this remains a very fluid situation, we will continue to monitor and amend services as necessary. 

“The Fremont community is strong and compassionate, and I appreciate how we have all worked together to ensure everyone’s safety so far,” said Mayor Lily Mei. “The City’s resources are being prudently allocated to ensure essential City services and operations continue to be provided to the community during this rapidly evolving situation.”

Disruptions to businesses across virtually all industries will take place as a result of the outbreak. The disruption to our local, national, and global economies may be temporary and transitory, but businesses must put contingency plans in place now to mitigate the impact and prepare for recovery. While it is too early to fully understand the severity of this crisis and its long-term implications, there are several steps businesses can take now to help improve the situation. The City of Fremont Economic Development Department is assembling suggestions and resources for our businesses community to help lessen the pandemic’s negative effects on your business and your employees. We will continue to share information regarding funding and technical assistance resources as they become available. We also established email and phone hotlines to respond to business inquiries: email and (510) 284-4020.

From a communication standpoint, we will continue to work closely with Alameda County Public Health Department to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Continued updates from the City will follow frequently. For more information and updates on how the City of Fremont is monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), be sure to frequently visit our Coronavirus webpage. General updates will be made to the City’s social media accounts on Facebook, Nextdoor, Nixle and Twitter; follow our channels.

While these are unprecedented and uncertain times we’re in, I can assure you that the City of Fremont is prepared.  Now more than ever we must continue to be compassionate towards one another and follow the direction and orders from local authorities.  We appreciate your patience while we do our best to provide critical services to our community and keep you informed.  Take care of yourselves, your families, and your neighbors.  We are all in this together.

Sincerely,

Mark Danaj
City Manager

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