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Supervisor Cortese's recent email broadcasts related to Covid-19

Join the Discussion on Reopening
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June 4, 2020 4:09 PM
Join the Discussion on Reopening
Over the past several weeks, I have convened several Task Forces to work with employees and employers in a variety of sectors to pursue the safe resumption of work and reopening of our economy. My Office and I have been working hard to support smallbusiness owners, workers, and all of us. Thanks to our work alongside business owners, the June 5 Order announced on Monday allows several new categories of businesses to reopen, subject to specific safety conditions.
More Testing and Better Outreach
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June 3, 2020 4:22 PM
More Testing and Better Outreach
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved my call for a plan to strengthen outreach in hard-to-reach populations and in communities where residents are at a higher risk of becoming infected with COVID-19.
Help for the Struggling
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June 2, 2020 5:11 PM
Help for the Struggling
The Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved contributing $5 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Phase 2 COVID-19 Financial Assistance Relief Program.
New Orders: Expanded Activities
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June 1, 2020 4:20 PM
New Orders: Expanded Activities
Thanks again to the efforts and sacrifices we have made as individuals, and as a community, Santa Clara County on Friday, June 5, will soon move into a new phase of Shelter in Place that will allow more businesses to reopen, more activities to resume and religious services to be conducted in small groups.
Keeping You Updated
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May 29, 2020 7:46 PM
Keeping You Updated
As of Thursday, there are 2,701 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the County and 140 deaths. There are currently 52 people hospitalized in the County who are confirmed to have COVID-19. So far, 68,965 people in Santa Clara County have been tested, with a 3.9 percent positive rate. The dashboards are updated daily at the Public Health website.
Moving Forward
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May 28, 2020 5:34 PM
Moving Forward
As the successful efforts to stop COVID-19 from spreading continue in the County, and as some businesses and activities begin to reopen the different orders from the state and counties may be causing confusion. The state and its counties are all moving forward with modifying Shelter in Place orders, but at different paces.
Six New Sites for Free Testing
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May 26, 2020 2:50 PM
Six New Sites for Free Testing
Over the weekend, the County expanded access to COVID-19 testing by adding six new free testing sites based on the number of recent cases in those areas
Memorial Day’s Virtual Remembrances
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May 21, 2020 2:23 PM
Memorial Day’s Virtual Remembrances
Please join me, the Campbell Veterans Memorial Foundation, the Los Gatos Memorial Foundation and the American Legion Campbell Post 99 in a Memorial Day remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives while serving in the United States Military.
Santa Clara County Moves Into Phase 2
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May 18, 2020 3:50 PM
Santa Clara County Moves Into Phase 2
Because of your cooperation with the Shelter in Place guidelines and the sacrifices you have had to make with your jobs and families to stop the spread of COVID-19, Santa Clara County is able to move into Phase 2 of its Shelter in Place Order.
FREE Testing Sites Listed
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May 14, 2020 3:51 PM
FREE Testing Sites Listed
As Santa Clara County ramps up its COVID-19 testing capacity, one of the key tools to determining the health of our community, the Public Health Department has revised its recommendations for testing categories.
Focus on Our Mental Wellness
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May 13, 2020 4:32 PM
Focus on Our Mental Wellness
As we continue to follow Shelter in Place guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19, I’d like to remind you that your mental health during this crisis is just as important as your physical health which, for good reason, has been the focus of the County’s efforts.
Stuff to Do at Home
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May 12, 2020 4:59 PM
Stuff to Do at Home
The Santa Clara County Library District has expanded free online library services and programs to help residents access resources during the Shelter in Place Order.
Graduation Guidance During Shelter-In-Place
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May 11, 2020 5:30 PM
Graduation Guidance During Shelter-In-Place
Despite the County’s Shelter in Place Order, graduating students and their families can still celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2020.
Progress toward opening
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May 8, 2020 2:21 PM
Progress toward opening
Starting today, May 8, some non-essential businesses in the state are allowed to open with strict guidelines and limited capacity because of a revised order from Governor Gavin Newsom.
Contact Tracing in Santa Clara County
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May 7, 2020 2:23 PM
Contact Tracing in Santa Clara County
Testing and tracing are two words you’re going to hear a lot more of in the coming weeks. They are important tools to assess how we’re doing in slowing the spread of COVID-19 now and how we can be even more aggressive in slowing it in the future.
Bridging the Digital Divide
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May 6, 2020 2:35 pm
Bridging the Digital Divide
As we continue into the 8th week of Sheltering in Place, schools across Santa Clara County remain closed, and students and teachers have shifted to on-line learning. But not every child in Santa Clara County has a computer or tablet or access to the Internet. The need for connectivity has presented significant challenges for our community members who live in areas with poor or no broadband service.
Navigating Through Coronavirus Updates
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May 5, 2020 1:36 PM
Navigating Through Coronavirus Updates
We are truly living in a time when we are bombarded with daily information about COVID- 19, what we should do and what we shouldn’t do, especially with the new Shelter in Place Order that went into effect on Monday.
New COVID-19 Testing Sites Open in Santa Clara County
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May 4, 2020 2:09 PM
New COVID-19 Testing Sites Open in Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County is ramping up its COVID-19 testing thanks to public-private partnerships, and two of them focus on high-risk populations in specific communities.
Pandemic, Housing and Kids Stuff
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May 1, 2020 2:55 PM
Pandemic, Housing and Kids Stuff
Affordable Housing Month Silicon Valley begins today to bring awareness and community engagement to the other crisis we face as a community – the lack of affordable housing throughout the region.
Nurseries to Open Under New Order
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April 30, 1:49 PM
Nurseries to Open Under New Order
Starting Monday, the new Shelter in Place Order will take effect that eases some of the restrictions of the first order, including resuming construction projects, real estate transactions and outdoor businesses such as nurseries, providing childcare for essential workers and use of some outdoor recreation facilities.
Construction Projects to Move Forward
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April 29, 2020 12:48 PM
Construction Projects to Move Forward
A new Shelter in Place Order will extend through May, but it will have fewer restrictions in some of the work areas, including construction.
New Look at Shelter in Place Rules
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April 28, 2:15 PM
New Look at Shelter in Place Rules
As we enter a second Shelter in Place Order that will last through May, the public health officials are saying we need to keep following the Shelter in Place guidelines to protect ourselves and others from becoming infected with COVID-19. They are still saying that distancing and sheltering are the most successful tools we have until we get a vaccine and better tests.
Shelter in Place Will Be Extended
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April 27, 2020 2:39 PM
Shelter in Place Will Be Extended
Later this week, the Bay Area’s public health officers, including Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody, will issue a revised Shelter in Place Order that will extend most of the current restrictions through the end of May.
Californians Support Shelter in Place Rules
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April 24, 2020 1:41 PM
Californians Support Shelter in Place Rules
According to a poll released today, 75 percent of Californians support the Shelter in Place order even though it presents an economic hardship. The poll also showed that 88 percent say they frequently avoided unnecessary trips out of the home in the last week while 78 percent say they routinely wear a mask in public spaces all or most of the time.
Cortese Donates Thousands of Supplies to Healthcare Workers
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April 23, 2020 4:10 PM
Cortese Donates Thousands of Supplies to Healthcare Workers
Today, I joined three Vietnamese organizations to donate medical supplies to the Valley Medical Center Foundation -- Viet Tu Te Charity, Di Lac Temple and Viet Bay TV.
Cortese Calls for Coronavirus Transparency
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April 22, 2020 2:20 PM
Cortese Calls for Coronavirus Transparency
The news that there were at least three deaths from COVID-19 earlier than we had known – and the likelihood that there were many more – clearly raises the need for transparency to the public from the County as we navigate through this pandemic.
New Virus Reporting Coming
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April 21, 2020 3:06 PM
New Virus Reporting Coming
The County’s Public Health Department is using a new method to update the dashboard that shows the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. Cases will now be reported by the date of the test, not the date of the results. This change will more closely represent the timing of the spread of the virus. The dashboard will be updated this afternoon.
Face Coverings and Social Distancing
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April 20, 2020 2:17 pm
Face Coverings and Social Distancing
While the County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Sara Cody, is not legally mandating that we wear face coverings when leaving home, she is strongly urging us to do so. Covering your nose and mouth, as well as social distancing, are two of the tools that we can all do. Simple acts, but they are working to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Rental Assistance During COVID-19
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April 17, 2020 2:07 pm
Rental Assistance During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic and the Shelter in Place Order issued to slow down its progress caused many to lose their jobs across the country and in Santa Clara County. A sudden loss of income, of course, leads immediately to the inability to pay rent and stay housed, especially in this County where a very large percentage of income is needed to pay for housing.
New COVID-19 Testing Site in Milpitas
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April 15, 2020 3:51 pm
New COVID-19 Testing Site in Milpitas
Today, a new Coronavirus drive-up testing site operated by the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is opening at the Milpitas Sports Center. The testing initially will be open only to patients of the County Health System, but may be extended to more people in the community as testing capacity increases.
Santa Clara County Programs During COVID-19
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April 14, 2020 2:55 PM
Santa Clara County Programs During COVID-19
The County is the safety net for those in our community who need extra help. As you might expect, with so many people losing their jobs because of the COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order, the requests for help have increased enormously, and that trend will probably continue in the immediate future.
Help Our Frontline Healthcare Heroes
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April 14, 2020 8:06 AM
Help Our Frontline Healthcare Heroes
As you know, the Board of Supervisors meets twice a month to set policy, make sure the bills are paid, monitor the operations of government and, most importantly, hear from the public about how we’re doing as a County.
Join me and Congressman Ro Khanna in Support of our Healthcare Heroes
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April 9, 2002
Join me and Congressman Ro Khanna in Support of our Healthcare Heroes
Our doctors and nurses are putting their health at risk every day as they continue to provide medical assistance to those who desperately need our help during the COVID-19 emergency.
Join me for a Town Hall with Santa Clara County CEO Dr. Jeff Smith
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April 8, 2020
Join me for a Town Hall with Santa Clara County CEO Dr. Jeff Smith
So far, the 11 hospitals in Santa Clara County have enough personal protective equipment, which we now call PPEs, for the number of COVID-19 patients we have along the health workers who take care of them. But the County is expecting a surge of cases as the coronavirus continues to spread and, at some point, reach a peak.
Latest Projections from County of Santa Clara
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April 7, 2020
Latest Projections from County of Santa Clara
As we enter week four of shelter in place, you may be asking: Is this working to slow the outbreak of COVID-19? And, how long will we need to follow these guidelines?
COVID-19 Update: Donation Drive/Shelter for our Unhoused
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April 6, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Donation Drive/Shelter for our Unhoused
The most vulnerable population in Santa Clara County by far is the 8,000 unsheltered and unhoused residents who struggle every day to survive. The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the County adds an even greater threat to the health of those who are already vulnerable from living outside, some for years.
Santa Clara County Recommends Non-Medical Face Coverings
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April 3, 2020
Santa Clara County Recommends Non-Medical Face Coverings
Public Health Officers across the Bay Area now recommend that we wear face coverings when we leave home for essential activities, such as trips to the grocery store or the pharmacy, to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Small Business Webinar and Resources for COVID-19
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April 2, 2020 1:42pm
Small Business Webinar and Resources for COVID-19
Donate to COVID-19 Relief in Santa Clara County
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April 1, 2020 1:38 pm
Donate to COVID-19 Relief in Santa Clara County
Last updated: 6/5/2020 10:37 AM