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Moraga Police Department
Tuesday March 24th, 2020 :: 04:36 p.m. PDT



The Contra Costa County Health Department reported today that 86 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in the county, an increase of 15 since yesterday.  The total number of positive tests have doubled since March 19th. Although the social distancing elements of the Health Officer's order are designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, the virus can take up to 14 days to incubate before the person becomes ill.  Between this and the increase in testing, the number of positive tests is expected to continue to increase.  For more information about COVID-19, go to
The Town continues to receive complaints about the lack of social distancing and violations of the Health Officer’s order.  The skatepark, sport courts and play structures in the parks are closed to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.  Many believe that children are somewhat immune to COVID-19 and do not need to abide by the Health Officer’s order.  However, children can unknowingly spread the virus by carrying it to other family members, including those who are at serious risk.  Attached is a CDC publication entitled Children and Coronavirus, that provides information about the impact of the virus and ways to prevent children from contracting it.
I know from talking with people who I know or who have contacted me that there are people who live and work in Lamorinda who are self-quarantining with COVID-19 symptoms, but have not been tested.  We already have what could be COVID-19 in our communities and it is critically important to practice social distancing and follow the Health Officer’s order to limit the spread of the virus.  This is not the time to schedule dinner parties with friends, hang out together for cocktails or send your kids out on play dates.  Instead, consider doing these things virtually…a home version of video conferencing.  Lamorinda is a very safe area, but it is not immune to this virus…it is critical that we all follow the shelter-in-place order.
As a reminder, there are things that all of us can do and should be doing to minimize our exposure and work to stop the spread of COVID-19.  These simple things include the following:

**Wash your hands often – use soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds;
*Avoid touching your face to prevent germs from being transmitted from your hands;
*Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing;
*Avoid close contact with others;
*Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often;
*Stay home and do not go out if you are sick.
Please remember that both the Moraga Police and Moraga-Orinda Fire are also taking precautions to avoid being exposed to COVID-19.  These precautions may include wearing gloves, masks and gowns, keeping a distance away and taking more reports by telephone.  Please do not be alarmed by this as they are trying to prevent exposure to the virus.  If you call 9-1-1 or Dispatch for help with a sick person, please tell the Dispatcher that the person is sick and describe the symptoms.  This will allow the first responders the opportunity to don personal protective equipment to protect themselves so they can remain available to assist others in need.
Many of our local restaurants are offering their excellent food to go.  Please remember to patronize them as you are making your meal plans.  Other essential local businesses are also open and ready to assist you.  Check for a list of these restaurants and other businesses that are open.  Please do your part in supporting our local businesses during these challenging times.

Thank you for your support of our first responders and those who are working to provide services, food and supplies.  Please continue to help us keep Moraga a safe community.

Moraga Police Department
329 Rheem Blvd
Moraga, CA 94556

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 925-888-7055

Jon King
Moraga Police
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