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COVID - 19 (coronavirus) Announcement and the Beacon of Light Award


3/9/2020 


Hello Community Members,   


For the health and safety of our community partners, residents, and staff, the Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) and the Division of Equity & Social Justice (DESJ) continues to monitor the development of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and remains in close contact with the County of Santa Clara Public Health Officials.  


Based on the latest development of COVID-19 and recommendations from the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department (PHD), we will implement the latest guidance for all programs and services. 


At this time, we will be postponing or cancelling upcoming gatherings organized, facilitated, and/or supported by our office where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another. These events include:  


  • Beacon of Light Awards Friday March 13 at Santa Clara University 
  • Citizenship Day 2020 Saturday April 4 at San Jose City College 
  • South County Citizenship Saturday March 28 at Gavilan College 
  • Large face to face Public Charge Trainings 

Please note that the New Americans Fellowship scheduled to take place June - September is not cancelled. 


OIR will identify future dates for these events and will provide updates with advance notice. We appreciate your commitment to the communities you serve and we are sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused. 


We understand that the new guidance can have a tremendous impact on the lives of people in our community. This is a critical moment in the growing outbreak of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County and the latest guide will help all of us take proactive steps to protect the health of our community and potentially slow the spread of the disease. 


OIR encourages everyone to stay aware of the latest information on COVID-19, available on the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department (http://sccphd.org/coronavirus) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov).  


Remember, things are changing quickly. The link below provides a list of guides on how to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the communities you serve 


Guidance/Information: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Pages/home.aspx 


These guides include information for: 

  • Individuals and households 
  • Schools and parents 
  • Mass gatherings 
  • Businesses and workplaces 
  • Community Based Organizations 
  • Law Enforcement 
  • Healthcare Providers 
  • and more 


If you have additional questions related to OIR, please contact our office by phone or via email 


Team OIR 



Through numerous County investments, the Office of Immigrant Relations has served as a leading resource that has helped local governments and other entities to understand the issues, needs, and contributions of immigrants. The Office has worked with local agencies on immigrant integration programs and to prepare hundreds of community members for civic engagement and cross-cultural understanding. Over 132,000 residents have benefited from the citizenship services that Santa Clara County funds through the Citizenship Collaborative.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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