By Daniel Borsuk
The opening of the Contra Costa Health Department thirteenth Covid-19 testing site in Bay Point has helped the county ramp up test, the county’s chief goal in turning the tide on COVID-19, Contra Costa Public Health Director Anna Roth told the board of supervisors on Tuesday.
“Testing is one area of focus as over 45,000 tests have been given in our county to date,” Roth told supervisors when she also informed the elected officials via teleconference about the opening this week of a COVID-19 testing site at 215 Pacifica Ave. in Bay Point, one of the county’s major underserved areas.
“This week’s opening of aa new test site in Bay Point has drawn a lot of good feedback,” Roth said. As of Tuesday, Contra Costa County had 17,728 COVID-19 cases and 230 deaths had been recorded since flu struck in March.
Before the opening of the Bay Point test site, the county was giving 3,200 tests a day at 12 sites and the goal is to eventually boost the frequency rate to 4,500 with the Bay Point location.
Roth also reported that the county has an overall COVID-19 positivity rate of 2.4 percent, which is a major improvement from a 6 percent positive rate that the county had bothered county health officials during the earlier months of the pandemic.
In Other Board Action:
At the meeting, the elected officials approved three abatement cases located in Crockett, Richmond and Bethel Island.
Supervisors assessed a $28,307.15 tax bill on the property at 232 Kendell Ave. in Crockett for removal of debris. The Crockett property is owned by Mark Noonan. Supervisors charged a $14,481.70 bill to Donald Hampton for clean up and debris removal costs related to his property at 319 Chesley Ave. in Richmond. Supervisors also assessed a $9,309 clean-up bill to Darlene Joy Gargulio for abatement action taken at her property at 2600 Dutch Slough Road in Oakley.
“I know neighbors are gratified for the abatement action,” Supervisor Diane Burgis of Oakley said after the vote. No one spoke on behalf of the property owners.
Supervisors approved their 2021 schedule which includes 30 regular board meetings, 12 fire commission meetings and five housing authority commission meetings.
Without discussion, supervisors approved as a consent item the fiscal year 2020-2021 secured property tax rates will generate more than $2.5 billion in property tax revenue to be apportioned to the county, cities, and other eligible agencies.