COVID-19 testing at the Alameda County Fairgrounds could receive more than $1.1 million of additional funding, if the Pleasanton City Council approves an agreement at its Tuesday night online meeting, starting 7 p.m.
Under the proposed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Alameda County, the city of Pleasanton would reimburse Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare up to $1.16 million in additional funds for COVID-19 testing at the fairgrounds on Pleasanton Avenue, where Stanford-ValleyCare has been testing Tri-Valley residents for the potentially fatal respiratory illness since April.
The MOU states that “the city will reimburse up to $1,168,709 to Stanford-ValleyCare for fairground testing services through August 28, 2020. In turn, the city will invoice the county for the amount Stanford-ValleyCare invoiced the city for fairgrounds testing services.” Under the proposed agreement, “the city has no other financial obligation.”
In spring, the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore entered an agreement with Stanford-ValleyCare to provide COVID-19 testing at the fairgrounds, with prioritized testing for Tri-Valley residents, first responders, and medical and disaster services professionals. Each city reimbursed Stanford-ValleyCare $100,000 for testing equipment and supplies costs.
The multi-jurisdictional effort aimed to “alleviate pressure off of hospital emergency rooms; provide quicker answers for recently exposed first responders, health care workers, and persons with recent suspected exposures to COVID-19; and to enhance the region’s capacity to suppress new transmissions through isolation after testing.”
Pleasanton city staff said testing “is an important strategy to reduce community transmission of COVID-19, especially as the county relaxes shelter-in-place restrictions and expands contact tracing.” This past weekend, Alameda County hair salons were finally allowed to reopen for business, outdoors, after being closed nearly six months by order of public health officials.
According to a staff report, 9,003 residents were tested at the fairgrounds site between April 27 to July 20, “with an average 3.22% of positive results on finalized tests.” An additional 7,000 tests were also expected to be administered and processed through Aug. 28, per the report.
In other business
* To help position the city to treat its groundwater supply for potential synthetic chemicals, staff will give an update Tuesday evening about the city’s work plan to address the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
The council will also hold a related public hearing that night and consider retaining an outside engineering firm to prepare a basis for design report for the city’s PFAS treatment and related projects.
In November 2019, the council signed off on a response plan with near- and long-term strategies to address levels of certain human-made chemicals found in the local groundwater supply.
The move came after new state testing requirements led the city…