COVID-19 Response

A woman in pink and blue protective gear talking to someone in a black suv at the testing center

  • Established the first city-initiated free COVID-19 Testing Center in the country on March 23.  Open Monday through Friday, the Center provides testing to anyone age 12 or older, regardless of place of residence or immigration status.
  • Organized a weekly drive-up No-Contact Food Distribution Program.  Launched on May 7 in partnership with Alameda County Community Food Bank, the program operates from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until supplies run out every Thursday.
  • Procured and distributed tens of thousands of masks to local essential businesses and day laborers to help keep employees and customers safe early in the pandemic before suitable face-coverings became more widely available.

COVID-19 Testing Center



On March 23, 2020 Hayward Fire Department (HFD) established the nation’s first free, city-mobilized COVID-19 drive-up testing site – just 12 days after declaration of a local emergency over the emerging global pandemic.



No-Contact Food Distribution



We have partnered with Alameda County Food Bank, Chabot College, Hayward Area Park and Recreation District, and Hayward Unified School District to bring free, no-contact food distribution to Hayward community members. 


Learn more about the distribution


Call For Volunteers: No-contact Food Distribution Center



When disaster or emergencies strike, the Hayward community steps up looking for ways to help. The Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) is a program we use to help coordinate those volunteers.


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