COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

January 6, 2021 

Flash Report #142 COVID-19 Response & Recovery

Following is information about the City of San José’s response to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support our most at-risk communities.

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City of San José

Emergency Operations Center

San José is under a State-mandated stay-at-home order. Do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our health care system: Stay at home as much as possible and do not gather with people outside your household. If you run essential errands or perform essential work, wear a face covering and keep six feet apart from others.

Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations

Revised County Mandatory Directive for Construction Projects: Contractors and subcontractors are required to comply with the December 16, 2020 Revised Santa Clara County Mandatory Directive for Construction Projects. The directive is available in EnglishSpanishVietnameseChinese, and Tagalog. Under the directive, contractors/subcontractors are responsible for submitting a jobsite-specific social distancing protocol; providing personal protective equipment; reporting COVID-19 positive cases and complying with contact-tracing efforts; designating and supporting the work of a jobsite-specific COVID-19 supervisor; and more. Violations are subject to civil and/or criminal enforcement. For more details, visit www.bit.ly/ConstructionGuidelines.

Parking Enforcement Resumes in Street Sweeping Zones: After a 10-month suspension, the City will start enforcing street sweeping parking restrictions again. Since November, parking compliance officers have placed over 47,000 warning flyers on vehicles parked in street sweeping zones. Vehicles in those zones have received flyers at least twice. Street sweeping is an important service that keeps fine particulates and small debris out of our local creeks and rivers. Street sweepers may pass through an area more than once, so please keep your vehicles off the streets during the times listed on street signs. For more details, read our recent blog post

Last Week to Take our City Digital Services Survey: As the City continues to expand and refine our digital presence across the web, social media, and mobile apps, it is important that we understand your needs so we can best serve you. We appreciate your time – thank you for helping us improve our services. The survey should take no more than seven minutes. 

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Get Up to 35% Off Your Electricity Bill: If you are experiencing lower wages or lost your job due to COVID-19, you may qualify for a discount on your electricity bill. The California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE) is a state-funded program that offers a monthly discount of 30-35% on electricity and 20% on gas. The Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA) is another state-funded program that offers a monthly discount of 18% on electricity for households of three or more people. Eligibility for these programs is based on current income and you may qualify even if you receive unemployment benefits. Learn more at www.sanjosecleanenergy.org/discount-programs or call 833-432-2454.

Grants for Small Businesses Available: The State of California has established a grant program to help small businesses, and the applications are being accepted through January 13, 2021. Small businesses in San José can apply for California Relief Grants in $5,000, $15,000 and $25,000 amounts, to help with the costs of the COVID pandemic, help for applicants: 

You can view a recording of a seminar the City hosted, to help with applications.

Free help with your application is available from the local partners listed on the fund’s website.

The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) is hosting a series of webinars for English and non-English speaking business owners. More information is available on the SBDC seminars.

For more information, visit California Relief grants, which contains detailed information and FAQ

COVID-19 Testing, Tracing, and Support Services

If you need a COVID-19 test, don’t wait! A high rate of testing helps identify and stop the spread of COVID-19 cases, and is one of the factors that is helping our county reopen under the new State regulations. Some testing sites are listed below, but there are many more throughout the county. For a full list of COVID-19 testing sites in Santa Clara County, go to www.sccfreetest.org or call 2-1-1. 

The County offers support options for people who test positive or have been in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive. If you need help with food, bills, or a place to stay while you isolate or quarantine, please call 408-808-7770 to learn about support services from the County of Santa Clara. 

Appointments Available for Testing in San José, Campbell, and Palo Alto: Getting tested for COVID-19 is convenient and easy. Appointments can be made at the rotating city-based sites a week in advance, and five days in advance at the ongoing Santa Clara County Fairgrounds operation – visit www.sccfreetest.org. Valley Medical Center testing sites can now provide automated results via text message – often as soon as the day after the test is administered.

San José 
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Parking Lot A 
344 Tully Rd., San José, CA 95111 (across from the blue arch)  
Drive-through, bike, or walk-up   

Mondays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
Tuesday-Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Saturday-Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Campbell 

Orchard City Banquet Hall, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell 
Drive-through, bike, or walk-up   
By appointment only: 
Thursday, Jan. 7, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pop-Up Testing Sites: No appointments needed and only for people without symptoms:

San José 
Emmanuel Baptist Church 
467 N. White Rd., San José, 95127 
Tuesday-Friday, Jan. 5 through Jan. 8, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Gilroy

South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary) 
9300 Wren Ave., Gilroy, 95020
Tuesday-Friday, Jan. 4 through Jan. 8, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Public Health Resource Hub in East San José 

1775 Story Rd., San José, 95122 
Friday, Jan. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

December 28, 2020 

South County Leaders: Stay Home and Save Lives

Total pandemic deaths exceeded 650 this week

Santa Clara County, CA – COVID-19 is projected to be the third leading cause of death in Santa Clara County this year, behind only cancer and heart disease. The data were released by health officials as the county passed a grim milestone this week with 652 cumulative deaths reported to date. 

With continuing high case numbers and record hospitalizations, health officials and community leaders are imploring the public to strictly adhere to state rules and to stay home as much as possible. The Latino community continues to be the most affected population, representing 52% of all COVID-19 cases while being only 25.8% of the county’s population.

As the holiday season continues with the Day of the Holy Innocents, and the New Year and Three Kings Day approaching, County health officials remind all residents to do their part by wearing face coverings and avoiding gatherings with those outside of the household. At least 40% of people with COVID-19 do not experience symptoms while still being contagious and others are contagious before symptoms begin. Everyone should be staying at home as much as possible and in-person celebrations must be limited to those living in the same household.

County and city officials and community leaders held a media session on this topic on December 28, 2020 and it will be available on the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Facebook page.

More information can also be found on the County’s data dashboard.

 

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Líderes del sur del condado: quédense en casa y salven vidas

El total de muertes por pandemia superó las 650 esta semana

Condado de Santa Clara, CA – Se prevé que el COVID-19 sea la tercera causa principal de muerte en el condado de Santa Clara este año, solo detrás del cáncer y las enfermedades cardíacas. Los datos fueron publicados por funcionarios de salud cuando el condado superó un hito sombrío esta semana con 652 muertes acumuladas reportadas hasta la fecha.

Con un elevado número de casos y hospitalizaciones, los funcionarios de salud y los líderes comunitarios están implorando al público que se adhiera estrictamente a las reglas estatales y se quede en casa tanto como sea posible. La comunidad latina sigue siendo la población más afectada, representando el 52% de todos los casos de COVID-19 y siendo solo el 25.8% de la población del condado.

A medida que la temporada navideña continúa con el Año Nuevo y el Día de los Reyes Magos que se acercan, los funcionarios de salud del condado recuerdan a todos los residentes que deben hacer su parte de usar cubrebocas y evitar las reuniones con personas fuera de su hogar. Al menos el 40% de las personas con COVID-19 no experimentan síntomas mientras siguen siendo contagiosas y otros son contagiosos antes de que comiencen los síntomas. Todos deben quedarse en casa lo más posible y las celebraciones en persona deben limitarse a quienes viven en el mismo hogar.

Los funcionarios del condado, ciudades y líderes de la comunidad convocaron una sesión de prensa sobre este tema el 28 de diciembre de 2020 y estará disponible en la página de Facebook del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Clara.

También se puede encontrar más información en el tablero de datos del condado.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

    December 19, 2020

    COVID-19 TESTING: SELF TESTING NOW AT GILROY DROP-IN SITE: HOLIDAY HOURS THIS WEEK

    Appointment Opportunities in San Jose, Morgan Hill and Santa Clara

    Santa Clara County, CA  Observed self-administered COVID-19 testing is now being conducted at the County-run drop-in site in Gilroy, following a successful rollout at the other County-run drop-in site in East San Jose.

    The self-administered tests went into use at the Emmanuel Baptist Church testing site in San José earlier this month and have proven to be easy, effective and popular. Individuals being tested watch a short instructional video and then self-swabs both nasal cavities while being observed by trained County staff. Results are typically received within 48 hours. Nurses are on hand to help children, seniors, and others who need assistance.

    “This method of testing means has been shown to be just as effective as nurse-administered swabs,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Officer for the County of Santa Clara. “That is crucial at this point in time, as we are seeing a critical need for nurses and medical staff in our hospitals and ICUs given the surge in COVID-19 cases.”

    Holiday hours next week mean there will be no testing on December 25, although the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds site will operate all other days including December 24. An additional pop-up opportunity will be open in Milpitas on Tuesday, and the San Jose and Gilroy drop-in sites have additional hours on Monday.

    Next week, appointment-only County COVID-19 testing will be conducted at sites in San José, Milpitas, Morgan Hill and Santa Clara. Appointments can be made starting seven days in advance of the testing date until all slots are reserved at www.sccfreetest.org. Appointment-based testing is also available in San José at the Fairgrounds, with appointments now available five days in advance. Testing is free at all these sites. Appointments are essential for reserving a testing slot.

    APPOINTMENT-BASED TESTING SITES —Make an appointment by visiting www.sccfreetest.org and clicking on “Schedule an Appointment Today”

    Text message results are available at appointment-based County of Santa Clara testing facilities and an influenza test is included.

    San José

    Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Parking Lot A (across from the blue arch) – Drive-through, bike, and walk-up appointments

    Across the street from the Fairgrounds main entrance, 344 Tully Road, San José, CA 95111

    Appointment hours: Monday, Dec. 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 22 – 23, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Closed Dec. 25, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 26-27, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Milpitas

    Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, 95035

    By appointment only for Monday, Dec. 21, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Morgan Hill

    Morgan Hill Council Chamber Building, 17555 Peak Ave., Morgan Hill, 95037

    By appointment only for Tuesday, Dec. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Santa Clara

    Santa Clara Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, 95051

    By appointment only for Wednesday, Dec. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


    POP-UP TESTING SITES – No appointments needed and only for people without symptoms.

    San José

    Emmanuel Baptist Church, 467 N. White Road, San José, 95127

    Monday to Wednesday, Dec. 21 – Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Gilroy

    South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary) – 9300 Wren Avenue, Gilroy, 95020

    Monday to Wednesday, Dec. 21 – Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    San Ysidro Park, 7700 Murray Ave., Gilroy, 95020

    Wednesday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Milpitas

    San Jose City College Milpitas Extension, 1450 Escuela Pkwy., Milpitas, 95035

    Tuesday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    In order to facilitate the testing process and reduce waiting times, staff may distribute wristbands that will correspond to specific testing time windows. When patients receive a wristband, they may be asked to return during their assigned testing window. Once all wristbands have been handed out, the testing site can no longer take additional patients for the day.

    The County test sites provide COVID-19 tests free of charge, regardless of immigration status, and no doctor’s note is needed. At some County test sites, people with insurance may be asked to provide their insurance information, so that payment from the insurance company can be collected. However, patients won’t be billed for any co-pay, deductible, or any other cost for testing. Those without health insurance or those who do not provide insurance information can still get a test at those sites.

    For people without COVID-19 symptoms, the County currently offers indoor and drive-through sites. People with symptoms are directed to drive-through sites to reduce the chance of getting others sick.

    For those with healthcare coverage, systems such as Kaiser Permanente, Sutter/Palo Alto Medical Foundation and others are required by County order to offer free testing to symptomatic persons, persons who have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case, and all “essential workers.” Examples of “essential workers” include teachers, healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, and persons who work in agriculture or food manufacturing.

    For more information on testing rights, see our Frequently Asked Questions page. The County also collects and publishes data on testing by large healthcare systems: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/dashboard-testing.aspx#hstesting.

    All test sites are mapped on the County’s website at www.sccfreetest.org. The site is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Tagalog. Information is also available by calling 2-1-1.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

    November 14, 2020 

    Free Influenza Test Now Included With COVID-19 Testing at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds and City-Based Sites 

    Testing Opportunities Next Week in San José, Milpitas, Mountain View, Cupertino, Campbell, Palo Alto and Gilroy

    Santa Clara County, CA  Free COVID-19 testing facilities at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds and the rotating city-based sites now include a test for influenza, offering an added benefit with no additional cost, inconvenience, or additional procedure.

    The combination tests are also available at Valley Medical Center clinics for those showing symptoms. COVID-19 tests at the County pop-up testing facilities, Emmanuel Baptist Church in San José, and the South County Annex in Gilroy, do not include the influenza screening because these sites are designed for people without symptoms.

    Dr. Jennifer Tong, Hospital Surge Branch Director for the County of Santa Clara, said that at this time people with symptoms common to both the flu and COVID-19 have about an equal likelihood of being infected with either virus.

    “Potentially they could even be infected with both, and it’s vital that they know what they have so that they can follow the correct isolation recommendations,” Tong said. “It’s also important for health officials to know the number of people in the community who are positive for either one, whether or not they are showing symptoms. Studies have found that asymptomatic people can also carry the flu.”

    Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Testing Officer for the County of Santa Clara, said the number of people seeking a COVID-19 test continues to rise.

    “It’s important that people continue to make getting tested a priority as we see increasing COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County,” Fenstersheib said. “Up to 40 percent of people infected with COVID-19 may not show any symptoms. However, they may still be able to pass the infection on to others and not know it. Getting a test is the easiest way to protect family and friends from being infected.”

    Next week, appointment-only COVID-19 testing including the influenza test will be conducted at sites in Milpitas, Mountain View, Cupertino, Campbell, and Palo Alto. Appointments can be made starting seven days in advance of the testing date until all slots are reserved at www.sccfreetest.org. Appointment-based testing is also available in San José at the Fairgrounds, with appointments now available five days in advance. Testing is free at all these sites, and there is no added cost for flu testing.

    APPOINTMENT-BASED TESTING SITES — Influenza test is included. Make an appointment by visiting www.sccfreetest.org and clicking on “Schedule an Appointment Today”

    Text message results are available at appointment-based County of Santa Clara testing facilities.

    San José

    Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Parking Lot A (across from the blue arch) – Drive-through, bike, and walk-up appointments

    Across the street from the Fairgrounds main entrance, 344 Tully Road, San José, CA 95111

    Appointments Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 17 – Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Milpitas

    Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035

    By appointment only for Monday, Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Mountain View

    Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, 94041

    By appointment only for Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Cupertino

    Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, 95014

    By appointment only for Wednesday, Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Campbell

    Orchard City Banquet Hall (in the Campbell Community Center), 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, 95008

    By appointment only for Thursday, Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Los Altos

    Grant Park Community Center, 1575 Holt Ave., Los Altos, 94024

    By appointment only for Thursday, Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Palo Alto

    Palo Alto Art Center auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

    By appointment only for Friday, Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    POP-UP TESTING SITES – No appointments needed and only for people without symptoms. Influenza test is NOT included.

    San José

    Emmanuel Baptist Church, 467 N. White Road, San Jose, 95127

    Tuesday to Friday, Nov. 17 – Nov. 20, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Gilroy

    South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary) – 9300 Wren Avenue, Gilroy, 95020

    Tuesday to Friday, Nov. 17 – Nov. 20, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    San Ysidro Park – 7700 Murray Ave., Gilroy, 95020

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    The County test sites provide COVID-19 tests free of charge, regardless of immigration status, and no doctor’s note is needed. At some County test sites, people with insurance may be asked to provide their insurance information, so that payment from the insurance company can be collected. However, patients will not be billed for any co-pay, deductible, or any other cost for testing. Those without health insurance or those who do not provide insurance information can still get a test at those sites.

    For people without COVID-19 symptoms, the County currently offers indoor and drive-through sites. People with symptoms are directed to drive-through sites to reduce the chance of getting others sick.

    The County of Santa Clara continues to remind those with healthcare coverage that systems such as Kaiser Permanente, Sutter/Palo Alto Medical Foundation and others are required by County order to offer free testing to symptomatic persons, persons who have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case, and all “essential workers.” Examples of “essential workers” include teachers, healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, and persons who work in agriculture or food manufacturing. For more information on testing rights, see our Frequently Asked Questions page. The County also collects and publishes data on testing by large healthcare systems: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/dashboard-testing.aspx#hstesting.

    County test sites and additional sites operated by other organizations are mapped on the County’s website at www.sccfreetest.org. The site is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Tagalog. Information is also available by calling 2-1-1.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

    June 1, 2020 

    Joint Statement of the Bay Area Health Officers on Ongoing Partnership in Reopening Activity While Continuing to Protect the Community

    These are among the most challenging times our community has ever experienced. We will continue to do all that we can to protect the most vulnerable and keep everyone safe. Thanks to the commitment of our communities to practice social distancing and follow public health guidance, we expect to move forward with additional openings starting this week.

    As we proceed through the uncharted territory of reopening businesses and activity in the midst of a global pandemic, the Public Health Officers across the Bay Area continue to work in close collaboration on how to best protect the residents of our region. Each decision we make involves difficult trade-offs and affects the community’s wellbeing in many different ways. As we open additional sectors, we are relying on businesses to consistently follow social distancing protocols and public health guidance to protect their employees and customers. Bay Area residents should still stay home as much as possible, wear face coverings, frequently wash hands, stay home when feeling ill, get tested if exposed, and follow the other precautions that have helped our region make such outstanding progress to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    We are carefully tracking data related to the spread of COVID-19 in our region and in each of our own communities. We are encouraged by what we are seeing in some areas and concerned about what we are seeing in others. As we move forward together, we will each make choices about what to reopen and how quickly to do so. Those decisions will be based on the data related to the specific conditions in our communities, as well as our joint assessment of broader regional trends.

    Although the specific path forward and timeline in each community may vary slightly, we are united in our commitment to work together as a region; to ensure our decisions are data-driven; to take steps that are measured, careful, and to allow sufficient time between significant changes to understand their effects.

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