Coronavirus Update:  Shelter in place advisories for Contra Costa have been extended indefinitely.  For the latest information on what the City is doing to keep us all healthy and safe, click here or visit

Many community members have expressed concerns about the Coronavirus. The City of Hercules has been monitoring the situation and frequently checking the Contra Costa Health Services and CDC websites for the latest information regarding recommendations to help keep us all healthy and safe.  Our goal is to continue to provide services as long as it is safe.  Should we learn of any new information or updates in the coming days and weeks we will keep you informed to the best of our ability.

The City of Hercules proclaimed the existence of a local emergency in March 2020.  The proclamation can be found here.

Shelter in place advisories for Contra Costa have been extended infinitely.  We can all do our part to "Flatten the Curve" by following the order to shelter in place, wash our hands frequently, avoid touching our face, isolate ourselves when we are sick, and maintain the recommendation of staying 6 ft apart when we are around others.  The video below explains what it means to "Flatten the Curve."

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

 Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste of smell
 How to Protect Yourself







 Clean Your Hands Often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.






 Avoid Close Contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick (older adults, people who have serious underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, etc.
 Take Steps to Protect Others

 Stay home if you're sick

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.




 Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.













If you're sick, wear a facemask

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (i.e., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider's office.  If you are not able to wear a facemask (i.e., because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
  • If you are NOT sick:  You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask).  Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.



 Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.  This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them:  Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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