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

Stay Safe as You Celebrate Winter Holidays
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November 23, 2020 5:26 PM
Stay Safe as You Celebrate Winter Holidays
Last week, the County was placed in the purple tier on the State’s Blueprint for a SaferEconomy , and I thank all of you for stepping up to follow the safety measures to keepyourselves, your families and your communities healthy.
State Forces County Back to Purple
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November 16, 2020 3:47 PM
State Forces County Back to Purple
Effective on Tuesday, November 17, the State will move Santa Clara County back the purple tier (widespread transmission), the most restrictive on the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, along with 39 other counties.
Virtual Tour of VASC “Tham Quan Trung Tâm Ph?c V? C?ng Ðang Xây C?t”
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October 20, 2020 4:02 PM
Virtual Tour of VASC “Tham Quan Trung Tâm Ph?c V? C?ng Ðang Xây C?t”
Join me and Vietnamese American leaders on a virtual tour of the new VietnameseAmerican Service Center (VASC) under construction at 2410 Senter Road, San Jose .
Voting in Santa Clara County Made Easy
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October 29, 2020 4:22 PM
Voting in Santa Clara County Made Easy
Starting Saturday, 100 Vote Centers will be open in Santa Clara County for those whowant to vote in person or drop off their completed ballots. They will be open until 8 p.m. onTuesday, November 3. But voting has been happening here since October 5, and so far,478,913 votes have been cast out of a total 1 million registered voters.
Tax Exemptions Paying Off for Seniors
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October 26, 2020 4:48PM
Tax Exemptions Paying Off for Seniors
Parcel tax exemptions have been granted to 1,789 more seniors and people withdisabilities in fiscal year 2020-21 than the previous year, after the County launched anoutreach plan to make them aware of the program and how to apply.
Taking Action to Prevent Sexual Assault
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October 22, 7:32 PM
Taking Action to Prevent Sexual Assault
At two recent Board of Supervisors meetings, students from high schools and colleges courageously told us that their reports of sexual assaults and harassment were being ignored or not taken seriously even though administrators are bound by Title IX, a federal civil rights law, to follow policies and procedures for handling their complaints.
New Guidelines on Outdoor Gatherings
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Oct 19, 2020 5:08 PM
New Guidelines on Outdoor Gatherings
Along with moving Santa Clara County from the Red Tier (substantial submission) to the Orange Tier (substantial submission) last week, which allowed limited indoor dining and gatherings, the State also issued new guidelines on outdoor gatherings that the County is following.
County Moves from Red to Orange Tier
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October 13, 2020 6:59 PM
County Moves from Red to Orange Tier
Today, the State of California announced that Santa Clara County has been moved from red (substantial transmission) to orange (moderate transmission) on the State’s color-coded safety measurement system , which opens the door for indoor dining and indoorgatherings. As you may recall, on September 8, the County moved from purple(widespread transmission) to red.
COVID-19 Town Hall to Feature Deputy County Executive David Campos
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October 9, 2020 5:55PM
COVID-19 Town Hall to Feature Deputy County Executive David Campos
Please join me and Deputy County Executive David Campos at my Town Hall on Saturday, October 10. He has been on the frontline of the County’s response to COVID- 19, serving as Public Information Officer of the Emergency Operations System.
Indoor Dining and Worship Services May Happen Soon
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October 5, 2020 5:38 PM
Indoor Dining and Worship Services May Happen Soon
Today, the County Public Health Officer issued a Revised Risk Reduction Order, which will go into effect when the County moves into the State’s Orange Tier, that will allow limited capacity indoor dining and indoor gatherings.
County Eligible for FEMA Aid
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October 1, 2020 6:53 pm
County Eligible for FEMA Aid
Residents impacted by the SCU Fire are now eligible for federal aid. On Tuesday, Santa Clara County joined eight other counties on the Presidential Major Disaster Declaration of August 22, opening the door to federal support for cattle ranchers and residents who have lost an estimated $26 million from the fire.
Virtual Tour of VASC “Tham Quan Trung Tâm Ph?c V? C?ng Ðang Xây C?t”
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October 30, 2020 4:02 PM
Virtual Tour of VASC “Tham Quan Trung Tâm Ph?c V? C?ng Ðang Xây C?t”
Join me and Vietnamese American leaders on a virtual tour of the new VietnameseAmerican Service Center (VASC) under construction at 2410 Senter Road, San Jose.
Outreach in Hard-Hit Communities
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September 28, 2020 4:07 PM
Outreach in Hard-Hit Communities
The County’s Community Health and Business Engagement Team has partnered withcommunity groups to help spread the word about COVID-19 safety measures, new orders,requirements and available resources, especially in those neighborhoods that have beenhard hit by COVID-19.
Town Hall - Reopening Schools in Santa Clara County
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September 24, 2020 6:32 PM
Town Hall - Reopening Schools in Santa Clara County
Schools in Santa Clara County received the greenlight this week to begin reopening campuses to in-person learning with safety measures in place. Under the new four-tier, color-coded framework from the State, the County moved from the purple category (widespread transmission) to red (substantial transmission) and remained in that category for two weeks. That was the requirement to meet before in-person learning could resume.
Improved Test Scheduling
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September 21, 2020 5:16 PM
Improved Test Scheduling
From August 31 through September 6, the County’s healthcare system conducted 13,072tests, or an average of 1,867 tests a day as compared to Kaiser Permanente at 609,Sutter Health at 204, El Camino Health at 97, HCA Healthcare at 90 and Stanford at 463.The County is asking that these healthcare providers step up to the plate and help theCounty get to where it needs to be. For questions or concerns about health orders, visit scccovidconcerns.org or call 866-870-7725.
2020 Census Deadline is September 30
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September 14, 2020 4:02 PM
2020 Census Deadline is September 30
With our attention focused on COVID-19 and wildfires, let’s not forget that the deadline to participate in the 2020 Census is September 30, just over two weeks away.
Nail Salons, Fitness Centers Can Open Indoors
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September 8, 4:19 PM
Nail Salons, Fitness Centers Can Open Indoors
Today, Santa Clara County moved from purple to red on the State’s four-tier, colorcoded system, which means that some restrictions on businesses and activities will be loosened, and schools will be allowed to resume modified in-person classes.
Cortese Calls for Federal Disaster Aid
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September 3, 2020 4:37 PM
Cortese Calls for Federal Disaster Aid
On Wednesday, I sent an urgent request to Governor Gavin Newsom asking for his help in adding Santa Clara County to the Presidential Major Disaster Declaration because of the damage in the County caused by the SCU Fire. The SCU Fire is the second largest fire in the state’s history and is not yet eligible for FEMA aid. I want to thank our local state lawmakers State Senator Jim Beall and State Assemblymember Ash Kalra for also calling on the Governor to add Santa Clara County to this Disaster Declaration.
Hair Salons, Barbershops Can Operate Indoors
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August 31, 2020 5:18PM
Hair Salons, Barbershops Can Operate Indoors
Beginning today, hair salons and barbershops may operate indoors with safety measures in place under a new framework announced by Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday, called Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Also, malls may open with a limited number of shoppers inside, up to 25 percent capacity.
Special Town Hall with Red Cross CEO
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August 27, 2020
Special Town Hall with Red Cross CEO
When a disaster strikes, the American Red Cross responds immediately to the needs of those effected, and locally that means the coronavirus and wildfires.
Update on Wildfires
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August 21, 2020 3:52PM
Update on Wildfires
As fires continue to burn in Santa Clara County and surrounding counties, we will try to keep you updated with the latest information on locations, evacuation orders and warnings.
CalFire Releases Map and Expanded Evacuation Areas
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August 20, 2020 5:06 PM
CalFire Releases Map and Expanded Evacuation Areas
As fires continue to burn in Santa Clara County and surrounding counties, we will try to keep you updated with the latest information on locations, evacuation orders and warnings. In Santa Clara County, the SCU Lightning Complex fires are burning in the eastern part of the county while major fires burn in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties, known as the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire. At 4:00 p.m. today, CAL FIRE issued a new evacuation warning for expanded areas of Santa Clara County. Today, CAL FIRE created an evacuation map that they are continually updating.
UPDATED Evacuation Orders
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August 19, 2020 3:47 PM
UPDATED Evacuation Orders
We write again to update you on the latest evacuation orders and warnings in Santa Clara County. In Santa Clara County, the SCU Lightning Complex fires are burning in the eastern part of the county while major fires burn in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties, known as the CZU August Lightning Complex. Evacuation orders have been issued in parts of eastern Santa Clara County.
Important Fire Update
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August 19, 2020 3:00 PM
Important Fire Update
Lightning strikes have caused 20 separate fires burning in Santa Clara County and nearby counties, forcing evacuations in the eastern part of the County. Visit the "Fire Information" section at www.supervisorcortese.org for regular incident and evacuation updates.
Cooling Centers Open
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Aug 17, 2020 4:44PM
Cooling Centers Open
With temperatures continuing to be in the high 90s and 100s in the South Bay, cooling centers across the County will provide relief for those who do not have an air-conditioned place to cool off. Please remember to check in on your neighbors and loved ones by phone or email, especially older adults or those with mental illnesses.
New Community Plan to End Homelessness
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August 14, 2020 3:31 PM
New Community Plan to End Homelessness
The 2020-2025 Community Plan to End Homelessness lays out a roadmap for the goal I have been working toward achieving for Santa Clara County since becoming a Supervisor: No one in our County has to live outside.
Enforcing Health Orders
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August 13, 2020 2:58 PM
Enforcing Health Orders
On Tuesday, August 11, the Board of Supervisors approved an urgency ordinance that provides tools for the County to enforce mandates in the Health Orders issued to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Education During a Pandemic
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August 11, 2020 5:30 PM
Education During a Pandemic
The Saturday Town Hall will return on August 15 with a very special guest. Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, County Superintendent of Schools, will join me to talk about education in the middle of a pandemic.
Digital Access for Older Adults
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August 7, 2020 3:25 PM
Digital Access for Older Adults
Sheltering in Place made us all aware of the Digital Divide in Santa Clara County for families, students, workers and older adults.
New Team for Homeless Shelters
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August 3, 2020 3:13 PM
New Team for Homeless Shelters
The Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing, Valley Homeless Healthcare Program, Behavioral Health Services Department and the City of San Jose have joined together to create a new team of the Joint Operations Center to manage requests for services at new shelters and motel rooms.
Join Dr. Fenstersheib Townhall
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30 JUL 2020 3:49 PM
Join Dr. Fenstersheib Townhall
Testing for COVID-19, followed by contact tracing, are critical tools to stopping the spread of this virus that has taken the lives of 187 in Santa Clara County. Please join my livestreamed Facebook Town Hall from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, with my special guest, Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, County COVID-19 Testing Officer.
COVID-19 by the Numbers
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July 28, 2020 3:59 PM
COVID-19 by the Numbers
The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Santa Clara County. After flattening the curve in May, cases began to increase rapidly in June and July.
UBI for Foster Youth—a first!
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July 27, 2020 5:17 PM
UBI for Foster Youth—a first!
The County’s new Basic Income Program for former foster youth is a lifeline for young adults beginning to navigate into the world on their own. And it couldn’t have come at a better time for the first 72 grant recipients who are facing adulthood during a health crisis.
Very Special Guest for Saturday Town Hall
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July 23, 2020 1:00 PM
Very Special Guest for Saturday Town Hall
Please join my Facebook Town Hall on Saturday, July 25, from 3 to 4 p.m., where you can ask questions about COVID-19.
Hard-Hit Neighborhoods
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July 22, 2020 3:24 PM
Hard-Hit Neighborhoods
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved my proposal that will strengthen testing for and communications about COVID-19 in underserved neighborhoods.
Hair and Nail Salons Allowed to Operate Outdoors
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July 20, 2020 4:24 PM
Hair and Nail Salons Allowed to Operate Outdoors
Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that hair and nail salons and barbershops are allowed to open outdoors. The new guidelines also allow skin care and massage services to operate outdoors.
Unhoused Task Force
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June 17, 2020 3:36PM
Unhoused Task Force
Earlier this year, the Board of Supervisors approved my proposal to create a homeless task force to focus on transitional housing and immediate shelter, which is critically needed in Santa Clara County while Housing Bond projects are in the works.
Special July Meeting
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July 16, 2020 3:40 PM
Special July Meeting
The Board of Supervisors usually takes a recess in July, but not this year! Not during the middle of a pandemic. Next week, we are having a special meeting.
Clarity on State Order
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July 15, 2020 3:25 PM
Clarity on State Order
Starting today, some of the indoor businesses that Dr. Sara Cody opened this week, such as hair and nail salons, have had to close by a new preemptive order of the State of California which is based on the state’s hospitalization statistics. Those businesses will temporarily stay closed until the State says it is OK to re-open them once again, but I want to clarify that it is only the activities that the state has banned that are effected for now. As disappointing as that is for many of us, the fact is that as soon as the State lifts their ban, these shops in our county can immediately re-open again.
Update on State Order
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July 14, 2020 2:46 PM
Update on State Order
Some of the indoor businesses that were allowed to open this week under a state approved County health order, including nail and hair salons, fitness centers and gyms, will need to close by 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, under state law.
Breaking News
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July 13, 2020 4:19 PM
Breaking News
Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the closure of all indoor operations in some sectors statewide and rolled back the reopening of businesses and activities for counties on the State’s Monitoring List. This order, which is effective on July 15, may affect Santa Clara County.
Special Saturday Town Hall
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July 10, 2020 3:15 PM
Special Saturday Town Hall
Please join my Facebook Town Hall on Saturday, July 11, from 3 to 4 p.m., featuring a special guest, Deputy County Executive David Campos. As our lead Public Information Officer, David has been at the forefront of the County’s response to slowing the spread of COVID-19. He has been on the County Executive’s staff since 2017 after serving two terms on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Protocols for Business
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July 8, 2020 3:09 PM
Protocols for Business
The County Health Department today released directions for certain businesses to reopen safely, and will have directions for others ready by Friday. The protocols apply to customers, as well. The new County’s Risk Reduction Order approved by the State on Tuesday will take effect on Monday, July 13.
State OKs Plan
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July 7, 2020 2:34 PM
State OKs Plan
Today, the State approved Santa Clara County’s new health order effective on July 13, clearing up confusion about outdoor dining. Restaurants can continue to serve customers on their patios. soon.
Update on New Health Order
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July 6, 2020 3:19 PM
Update on New Health Order
The new health order that County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced on July 2, which will allow new businesses such as hair salons and gyms to reopen, requires approval from the State before becoming effective. The County hopes for that to happen soon.
New County Health Order
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July 2, 2020 4:55 PM
New County Health Order
The County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced today that a new health order will allow more activities to resume.
New Guide for Reopening Schools
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July 1, 2020 4:14 PM
New Guide for Reopening Schools
School districts across Santa Clara County now have a guide to help administrators and faculty plan to reopen school campuses in the fall thanks to a partnership between the County Office of Education and the County Public Health Department.
What the Numbers Tell Us
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June 30, 2020 3:44PM
What the Numbers Tell Us
The County has unveiled a new Dashboard layout for COVID-19 data to provide more information, including charts, to help us navigate through the numbers that are compiled every day.
What About Schools?
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June 29, 2020
What About Schools?
We’re all eager for schools to reopen and students to jump back into a routine of learning, whether it is online or in person. The decisions about school reopening are made by the individual school districts under direction of the state.
Important Shelter in Place Update Next Week
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June 26, 2020 5:19 PM
Important Shelter in Place Update Next Week
Although Friday, June 26, marked three weeks since the last Shelter in Place Order, Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said that an announcement on any changes to the June 5 Shelter in Place Order would come next week.
Special Townhall Guest this Saturday!
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June 24, 2020 4:40 PM
Special Townhall Guest this Saturday!
A recent uptick in Coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County sends the message that as we reopen businesses and resume activities, we must remember to follow the Shelter in Place guidelines that will protect us and the people around us from becoming infected with COVID-19.
Join My Wildfire Webinar
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June 23, 2020 3:08 PM
Join My Wildfire Webinar
With Independence Day just around the corner, I offer this reminder: Illegal fireworks are disallowed in Santa Clara County. Period.
Bridging the Digital Divide
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June 22, 2020 3:55 PM
Bridging the Digital Divide
Because school campuses across the County had to shut down due to COVID-19, school districts shifted to online services to try to keep students learning. The shift created a heightened awareness of the digital divide – lack of devices and Internet access – within homes in many of our disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Fighting Racism
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June 19, 2020 7:46 PM
Fighting Racism
At the Tuesday, June 23, Board of Supervisors meeting, I will propose a resolution that will declare Racism a Public Health Crisis.
Victory for DACA
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June 18, 2020 2:36 PM
Victory for DACA
The Supreme Court was on the right side of history today with its rejection of the Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. Across the country, 200,000 DACA recipients are filling important roles in the workplace during this pandemic, including 30,000 who are health care workers on the frontline of fighting COVID-19.
The Cost of The Virus
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June 17, 2020 2:45 PM
The Cost of The Virus
The recommended 2020-2021 Budget, which was released this week by the County Department of Budget and Finance, reflects the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic has had on our economy, and the uncertainty the County faces in revenues to meet the needs of its 2 million residents.
Engaging with Contact Tracers
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June 16, 2020 3:15 PM
Engaging with Contact Tracers
Case investigation and contact tracing is actively underway in Santa Clara County, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, with 296 recently trained contact tracers. An additional 50 County disaster service workers began training this week, and will be working a regular schedule by Thursday, June 25.
Special Hearing – Coming out of COVID-19
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June 15, 2020
Special Hearing – Coming out of COVID-19
Please join me as I chair a Special Hearing of the Finance and Government Operations Committee at 9:30 a.m. on June 16, 2020. County Departments will be joining me to discuss service delivery strategies as we move to safely reopen county services.
South Bay BART Stations Are Opening!
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JUne 12, 2020 3:03 PM
South Bay BART Stations Are Opening!
At long last, the Milpitas and Berryessa BART stations are opening! Today, I joined ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the two stations, along with other supervisors, councilmembers, VTA and BART officials and invited guests, and took an inaugural ride. The Silicon Valley Bay Area Rapid Transit will open for passenger service on Saturday.
DMV Reopens Offices
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June 11, 2020 4:15 PM
DMV Reopens Offices
Today, the DMV opened the remaining field offices that were temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees at 169 field offices will assist customers with current appointments and limited transactions that require an in-person visit.
Parks Open!
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Jun 10, 2020 2:58 PM
Parks Open!
LIVE with the County of Santa Clara provides information about COVID-19, as well as tips on following Shelter in Place guidelines livestreamed on Facebook at 10 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The videos can be replayed at any time.
Two New Testing Sites Opening Today
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June 9, 2020 4:43 PM
Two New Testing Sites Opening Today
Today, the County is launching two new pop-up COVID-19 testing sites in San Jose and Gilroy, with a goal of providing 500 additional tests a day at each site.
Planning for School Reopenings
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June 8, 2020 2:50 PM
Planning for School Reopenings
The County Public Health Department, the County Office of Education and school districts across the County are working together to develop guidelines for keeping students, teachers and parents safe from COVID-19 when schools reopen, hopefully in the fall.
New Openings Effective Today
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June 5, 2020 11:02 AM
New Openings Effective Today
Today, Santa Clara County moves into a new phase of Shelter in Place, allowing more businesses to reopen and activities to resume. And that’s because you as individuals, and we as a community, have taken the Shelter in Place guidelines seriously and helped to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases. The numbers are still rising, but at a much slower pace than at the beginning of the pandemic in the County.
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.
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