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As of Oct. 26, Santa Clara County reported 24,425 confirmed coronavirus instances and 392 deaths.

California had 904,198 constructive instances and 17,400 deaths as of Oct. 26. Nevertheless, well being officers have warned latest figures have been underreported because of points with the state database to enter new check outcomes.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued an indefinite shelter in place order for the state however has eased some restrictions by permitting sure companies to function outside.

11 p.m. Oct. 28: Santa Clara opens playgrounds citywide

Playgrounds in Santa Clara will open citywide on Oct. 28, in line with a information launch.

“We all know the significance of play for the well being and wellness of Santa Clarans, and we’re excited that new well being orders permit the Metropolis to reopen playgrounds for our group to get pleasure from,” Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor mentioned within the launch. “With so many dad and mom at residence with their youngsters doing distant studying, it’s much more necessary to get exterior and let youngsters be youngsters, however we now have to do it safely.”

The playgrounds are open below well being and security protocols to scale back COVID-19 transmissions.

Individuals on the playgrounds are answerable for carrying masks, sanitizing their fingers and ensuring they don’t overcrowd playgrounds, in line with the discharge.

Moreover, the discharge says metropolis staff have sanitized tools and put in hand sanitizer dispensers for the general public at every metropolis playground.

2 p.m. Oct. 27: On-campus COVID-19 case reported at San Jose State

San Jose State officers introduced in a mass electronic mail that an individual constructive with COVID-19 was on-campus in Duncan Corridor on Oct. 20.

“After studying of the report, the constructing was cleaned and sanitized with a deeper stage of sanitation carried out for affected areas, together with excessive contact level areas like door handles, stairway railings, elevator buttons and loos,” in line with the e-mail.

SJSU officers realized of the case on Oct. 23, in line with the e-mail. However it’s unclear whether or not the particular person contaminated with COVID-19 is a scholar or employees member at SJSU.

SJSU officers have reported the case to Santa Clara County and have notified folks involved with the contaminated particular person, the e-mail says.

If college students or employees on campus check constructive COVID-19, SJSU officers say to report it utilizing this web site.

Four p.m. Oct. 26: Database exhibits at the very least three COVID-19 ‘superspreader’ occasions occurred in South Bay

A database from the London College of Hygiene and Tropical Drugs in England exhibits three COVID-19 “superspreader” occasions – incidents the place one particular person unfold the illness to dozens of individuals throughout one gathering – occurred within the South Bay.

On the Canyon Springs Publish-Acute nursing residence in San Jose, at the very least 141 folks examined constructive for COVID-19 throughout a superspreader occasion on March 20.

On the Ridge Publish Acute (Mt. Nice Nursing Middle) in San Jose, at the very least 59 folks examined constructive for COVID-19 at a superspreader occasion on June 4.

In Santa Clara, the Valley Home Rehabilitation Middle had at the very least 93 folks check constructive for COVID-19 at a superspreader occasion on March 25.

Since Might 8, Valley Home Rehabilitation Middle has had 134 COVID-19 instances and 10 deaths amongst residents and employees, in line with ProPublica information.

Four p.m. Oct. 24: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds expands testing capability

Well being officers introduced they’re increasing testing on the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

Testing capability will enhance to 2,500 assessments per day by subsequent week, in line with a information launch.

“We’ve been effectively above state and county targets for months, and we’ve seen numerous curiosity in our mass testing website on the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds,” mentioned County Testing Officer Dr. Marty Fenstersheib. “It’s very encouraging and a profit to the well being of the county that residents are persevering with to prioritize COVID-19 testing, and are taking the time to get a fast, easy check. As well as, excessive testing numbers assist permit extra of the county to maneuver into much less restrictive state tiers.”

The county can be persevering with appointment-only testing in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Saratoga and Milpitas.

On Oct. 30, the county may also be offering testing at Venture MORE’s hALLoWELLness LGBTQ+ clinic occasion at Native Coloration. Moreover, group companions plan to offer flu vaccinations and wellness toolkits.

An inventory of testing areas is hooked up beneath.

San Jose
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Parking Lot A (throughout from the blue arch) – Drive-through, bike, and walk-up appointments
Throughout the road from the Fairgrounds predominant entrance, 344 Tully Street, San Jose
Appointments Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 27 – Oct. 30, 12 to six:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to three p.m.

Murphy Park, 260 N. Sunnyvale Ave., Sunnyvale
By appointment just for Monday, Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m. to Four p.m.

Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill Council Chamber Constructing, 17555 Peak Ave., Morgan Hill
By appointment just for Tuesday, Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m. to Four p.m.

Los Gatos
LGS Grownup Recreation Middle, 208 E. Primary St., Los Gatos
By appointment just for Wednesday, Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m. to Four p.m.

Saratoga Friendship Corridor, 19848 Prospect Street, Saratoga
By appointment just for Thursday, Oct. 29, 9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.

Milpitas Sports activities Middle, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd.
By appointment just for Friday, Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m. to Four p.m.

POP-UP TESTING SITES – No appointments wanted and just for folks with out signs

San Jose
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 467 N. White Street, San Jose
Tuesday to Friday, Oct. 27 – Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to five:30 p.m.

South County Annex (previously Del Buono Elementary) – 9300 Wren Avenue, Gilroy
Tuesday to Friday, Oct. 27 – Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to five:30 p.m.

San Ysidro Park, 7700 Murray Ave., Gilroy
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1:30 to five:30 p.m.

San Jose (together with Venture Transfer’s “hALLoWELLness” occasion)
Native Coloration, 27 S. First St., San Jose

Appointments most well-liked, first-come availability for drop-ins. Friday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to five:30 p.m. Schedule an appointment right here.

Throughout a digital briefing held by the county’s public well being division, Carmen Garcia, an outreach specialist from the California Phone Entry Program, mentioned this system will proceed remotely regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This system gives free specialised telephones for deaf and disabled folks and has put in place COVID-19 prevention modifications to their companies, Garcia mentioned.

“Our purpose is to make sure everyone can keep linked particularly throughout this pandemic,” she mentioned. “I believe we’ve all acknowledged our telephones are much more necessary.”

This system has no age or earnings necessities to satisfy, however folks will need to have phone service they’re utilizing already and a physician’s observe to obtain the free units.

“In case you have a listening to loss we need to ensure you can nonetheless name and request your refill,” Garcia mentioned. “In case you have a tough time seeing small numbers in your cellphone we need to make you possibly can nonetheless name your family and friends to verify on them or for them to verify on you.”

4:30 p.m. Oct. 22: CDC redefines shut contact

Well being officers with the Middle for Illness Management and Prevention say shut contact for transmitting COVID-19 contains transient encounters all through the day that add as much as 15 minutes in a 24-hour-period, opposite to their prior definition which was 15 steady minutes of contact.

The CDC’s redefining of shut contact relies on an an infection of a correctional officer at a Vermont jail, who was contaminated after having a number of transient encounters with six inmates, in line with a CDC information launch.

All six inmates examined constructive for COVID-19, and the safety guard examined constructive every week later, regardless of carrying a masks and gloves from the inmates throughout his interactions.

Nevertheless, CDC officers mentioned video confirmed inmates not carrying masks whereas the officer interacted with them throughout a number of minute-long encounters all through the day.

“In correctional settings, frequent encounters of greater than 6 toes between IDPs and facility employees members are needed,” the information launch says. “Public well being officers ought to take into account transmission-risk implications of cumulative publicity time inside such settings.”

6 p.m. Oct. 21: San Jose enters phased strategy for playground reopenings

Underneath new well being tips, dad and mom and youngsters can use greater than 290 playgrounds in San Jose on Oct. 23. whereas carrying masks, sanitizing fingers and tools earlier than each utilization and social-distancing, in line with a information launch.

“Dad and mom and caretakers are answerable for making certain that their youngsters are enjoying protected and following the entire guidelines,” the information launch mentioned. “Do your half to guard your loved ones and others towards COVID-19 by following these tips.”

Parks and recreation officers additionally say youngsters shouldn’t share toys on the playground and may keep residence if a member of the family is sick.

Nevertheless, it’s unclear how San Jose will implement these well being restrictions on the playgrounds, although officers mentioned town will proceed monitoring situations at parks and amenities.

The reopening is a part of a phased strategy parks and recreation officers are taking to open extra facilities for households in San Jose.

11:30 a.m. Oct. 21 County pushes for asymptomatic folks to be examined

When you’re uncovered to COVID-19 and don’t have any signs, Santa Clara County has one message for you.

Get examined.

“Individuals who have been uncovered embody individuals who have had 15 minutes of steady contact or intermittent contact as effectively,” mentioned Indira Fonseca, the supervisor of the county’s COVID-19 name heart.

Fonseca added even with a masks, it’s nonetheless potential to be uncovered.

The county recommends important staff get examined at the very least as soon as a month, she mentioned, however not more than each two weeks.

A COVID-19 an infection can’t have an effect on folks’s employment standing, Fonseca mentioned.

She mentioned staff and employers can contact the county’s enterprise name heart or workplace of labor requirements and enforcement for extra steering on COVID-19 within the office.

4:30 p.m. Supervisor criticizes Santa Clara County government’s feedback on stadium closures

Santa Clara County CEO Jeff Smith’s scrutiny and criticism of the state’s choice to reopen stadiums in orange-tier counties drew the ire of county Supervisor Susan Ellenberg.

After Smith described skilled sports activities video games as “super-spreader” occasions, Ellenberg mentioned the statements have been inappropriate and never thought out throughout a county assembly on Oct. 20.

“Dr. Smith, you simply referred to as an NFL sport a ‘super-spreader occasion’ and declared it was unconscionable to think about enjoying these video games with any followers there,” Ellenberg mentioned. “I believe that the statements weren’t effectively thought out, not applicable and I believe they’ll create vital controversy and concern.”

Nevertheless, Smith listed numerous causes video games can be extra dangerous.

“The adjustments within the state’s tips concerning skilled sports activities are, in our opinion, actually fairly harmful,” Smith mentioned. “When you simply do the mathematics, 20% of the capability at Levi’s Stadium means slightly below 14,000 folks may attend a soccer sport there.”

Smith mentioned the variety of spectators coming from areas exterior Santa Clara County with excessive COVID-19 positivity charges to observe a soccer sport could possibly be disastrous for the state and the county.

“When you look across the county and across the area inside 150 miles of this area, there are areas and communities which have positivity charges for COVID which are within the 8% vary,” Smith mentioned. “Ours on this county occurs to be round 1%. However should you do the mathematics, which means 250 to 1,000 folks out of these 14,000 folks will likely be contaminated.”

He mentioned consuming, ingesting, screaming and congregating on the stadium will enhance the unfold of COVID-19.

“They’ll be contaminated, they’ll be on the stadium screaming, yelling,” Smith mentioned. “They’ll be unmasked in the course of the time interval that they’re consuming. They’re going to be going to the restroom. They’re going to be congregating. They’re going be infecting different people.”

Three p.m. Oct. 20: San Jose State directors focus on deficits and COVID-19 precautions

Going through an indefinite COVID-19 pandemic, reducing scholar enrollment and a dearth of state funding, San Jose State directors say they’ve a $92 million deficit.

“We now have a $92 million drawback right here on the college. That’s primarily COVID bills associated to about $43 million in housing, eating, parking, issues like that,” mentioned Charlie Faas, SJSU vp of finance and administration throughout a digital city corridor. “We now have worldwide scholar points, that enrollment is down …  and state price range cuts are about $25 million of these numbers.”

Based on the college price range, SJSU has earmarked $69 million in price range reserves for use for the subsequent two faculty years.

The college has a complete of $161 million in reserves, the price range says. Nevertheless, Faas added tuition is not going to be reducing anytime quickly.

“The outlook is grim,” Faas mentioned.

SJSU has had a complete of 51 constructive instances of COVID-19 since March on and off campus, mentioned Dr. Barbara Fu, SJSU’s appearing medical director.

Patrick Day, vp of scholar affairs, mentioned college students attending class on campus needs to be examined commonly, nevertheless, SJSU has no testing websites accessible on campus.

Fu and Day mentioned directors are exploring methods to offer testing on campus, however didn’t element any particular plans.

2 p.m. Oct. 20: Stadiums and theme parks stay closed off to folks in Santa Clara County

Followers of the San Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco 49ers and different groups that play in Santa Clara County received’t be allowed to see video games at a stadium anytime quickly, well being officers say.

“We should all proceed to prioritize lowering the unfold of COVID-19, creating situations that can permit our companies, faculties, and different group organizations to function safely,” a county information launch mentioned.

Theme parks may also stay shuttered, in line with the discharge.

Throughout a digital information briefing Tuesday, Well being and Human Companies Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly mentioned large-scale parks with capability of greater than 15,000 folks, reminiscent of California’s Nice America in Santa Clara, are high-risk settings and can’t open till the counties they’re situated in hit the lowest-risk yellow reopening tier. Even then, capability will likely be restricted to 25%.

California’s Nice America’s capability suits up 30,000 folks. Park officers introduced in August the Santa Clara theme park would stay closed all through 2020.

Stadiums could resume operations within the orange tier – which is Santa Clara County’s present standing – at 20% capability. Nevertheless, Santa Clara County officers usually are not permitting audiences to convene for any native sporting occasions.

“As we see COVID-19 charges rising in states throughout the U.S., and as we enter the winter months when danger will enhance, we can’t take probabilities with the well being and wellbeing of our group and forfeit the various sacrifices which have been made to sluggish the unfold of COVID-19.”

2 p.m. Oct. 19: California in superior planning on doing vaccine distributions with CDC and DOD

Governor Gavin Newsom introduced California has partnered with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and the Division of Protection for superior planning on vaccine distributions.

“We now have lengthy been within the vaccination enterprise, our expertise in mass vaccinations makes us a singular companion for the CDC and the DOD based mostly on the dimensions and scope of vaccinations that happen on an annual foundation right here – on typical due course – within the state of California,” Newsom mentioned.

Newsom mentioned a state logistics activity power has coordinated with federal, regional and native well being officers on implementing vaccine plan.

As well as, California additionally fashioned a “scientific security evaluation workgroup” of well being specialists who will conduct unbiased critiques of vaccines authorised by the Meals and Drug Administration.

Planning for vaccine distribution consists of organising vaccination clinics, vaccine storage, dealing with, administration and documentation, in line with the CDC. Distribution inside “large-scale amenities” reminiscent of stadiums and arenas would require extra planning.

Newsom mentioned pharmaceutical corporations Pfizer and Moderna are anticipating vaccine releases in November and December, however the variety of vaccines will likely be restricted and directed to weak populations and first responders.

10 a.m. Oct. 19: San Jose Mayor indicators letter for extra assets to soundly reopen faculties

Mayor Sam Liccardo signed a letter with 12 different mayors of California cities, urging Gov. Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond to direct COVID-19 testing, private protecting tools and get in touch with tracing applications to colleges in an effort to get college students again within the classroom.

“When the historical past of this pandemic is written, it would reveal that college shutdowns imposed far larger harms to our youngsters than COVID-19 ever did – notably for youngsters from low-income households,” Liccardo mentioned. “The misplaced years of training, psychological and emotional anguish, social isolation, restricted entry to train, play, and nutritious meals may have impacts that will likely be felt for a technology, and we want a statewide dedication to get our faculties open safely.”

Though Santa Clara County is within the orange reopening tier, which permits the reopening of colleges, many faculty districts reminiscent of San Jose Unified College District have opted to proceed with distant instruction.

The letter mentioned whereas the mayors mentioned they understood the severity of opening faculties too early, they mentioned conserving them closed for too lengthy would take a toll on college students who’re low-income, unhoused or foster youth.

Every of the mayors who signed the letter have been a part of the Large Metropolis Mayors Coalition, which incorporates the mayors of the 13 largest cities in California together with San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Under are the letter’s record of recommended assets for faculties to reopen safely:

6 p.m. Oct. 17: Santa Clara County releases COVID-19 Halloween tips

State well being officers have warned folks from going trick-or-treating or having conventional Halloween and Día De Los Muertos gatherings to scale back the unfold of COVID-19.

Santa Clara County launched tips and recommendations for socially distanced actions to do as a substitute.

The rules say it’s most secure to remain residence and create actions reminiscent of scavenger hunts for sweet and pumpkin carving.

For Día De Los Muertos, the rules recommend to remain residence and create altars for lifeless family members.

Nevertheless, they nonetheless listed sure actions below the low-risk class reminiscent of going to an outside pumpkin patch or taking part in a drive-in film evening.

Underneath the moderate-risk class was a modified type of trick-or-treating in a grab-and-go format. Individuals would depart sweet in separate baggies for pickup in entrance of their homes.

The rules say conventional trick-or-treating, by which youngsters obtain sweet by hand is excessive danger and will result in COVID-19 transmissions. As well as partying and enormous gatherings are additionally high-risk actions.

6:30 p.m. Oct. 16: San Jose lawmakers to evaluation extension of meals distribution agreements

Nonprofit meals suppliers could proceed receiving funds from San Jose till Dec. 30 to produce meals and groceries to folks experiencing meals insecurity due to COVID-19, in line with a metropolis memorandum.

Underneath an settlement with Santa Clara County, San Jose leaders are in control of distributing meals all through the county.

San Jose lawmakers on Oct. 20 will resolve on extending agreements with Catholic Charities and World Central Kitchen to proceed receiving as much as $1.Three million and $3.5 million in funding for meals distribution, respectively, till Dec. 30, the memorandum says.

Starvation at House, Group San Jose and The Well being Belief could obtain funding will increase of $452,795, $1.Four million and $365,290, respectively, and an extension to their agreements to 12 months’s finish with metropolis leaders’ approval.

6 p.m. Oct. 15: San Jose State to host discussion board on persevering with on-campus operations

San Jose State directors plans to host a digital discussion board on Oct. 20 to debate how on-campus lessons and operations will resume in spring semester, 2021.

“San Jose State is impacted vastly by the pandemic and its impression on the state price range,” Papazian mentioned throughout a digital city corridor on Oct. 13. “Layoffs are our least most well-liked possibility at San Jose State and we proceed to search for inventive options to our monetary challenges with out resorting to layoffs.”

To ease monetary burdens on SJSU, Papazian mentioned the varsity will launch plans for an “early exit program,” comparable what to different California State College campuses have.

Papazian didn’t define any particulars of the plan, however Early Exit Applications at different campuses give severance pay to staff voluntarily leaving their positions by the top of fall semester, 2020.

Chancellor Timothy White introduced San Jose State will proceed with distant lessons in Spring 2021.

Regardless of Santa Clara County shifting into the moderate-risk orange reopening tier, Fall 2020 in-person graduation is canceled and it’s nonetheless unclear if Spring 2020 graduation will likely be in-person.

Midday Oct. 14: Eat, pray and social distance indoors below orange tier in Santa Clara County

Eating places, church buildings and film theaters can reopen indoors as Santa Clara County has moved to the moderate-risk orange tier, however companies nonetheless must submit their social distancing protocols to well being officers for approval.

Social distancing and masks necessities will nonetheless be in impact, with exceptions for folks consuming inside.

“For indoor gatherings, an instance can be should you’re attending a spiritual ceremony you can not take off your face protecting if you’re indoors,” mentioned Indira Fonseca, the supervisor of the county’s COVID-19 name heart. “In case you are outside you possibly can take away your face protecting.”

Companies and church buildings can reopen indoors at 25% capability or as much as 100 folks, whichever is fewer.

Church leaders can be required to document who attends their occasions to make contact tracing simpler if somebody on the gathering assessments constructive for COVID-19.

11 a.m. Oct 12: Gardner Well being Middle and county enhance testing at Mexican Heritage Plaza

COVID-19 Testing Coordinators on the College of Arts and Tradition on the Mexican Heritage Plaza in East San Jose say they goal to extend testing as they’ve exceeded their preliminary capability.

Though a Santa Clara County well being briefing on Oct. 12 had data that the positioning was not assembly its testing capability of 300 folks and will shut, website coordinators mentioned the data was outdated from a pre-recorded interview.

“We’re exceeding capability and we need to push for extra,” mentioned Jessica Paz-Cedillos, the manager director for the varsity of arts and tradition.

Paz-Cedillos mentioned the county cleared the positioning to conduct 400 assessments every week.

Maribel Montanez, the director of improvement at Gardner Well being Companies, mentioned the group plans to maintain the positioning open till at the very least February 2021.

Gardner Well being Companies is presently footing the invoice to offer employees to conduct testing and to hire the area on the Mexican Heritage Plaza. In the meantime the county gives testing kits and laboratory work for the positioning.

A county spokesperson confirmed there was a mistake within the briefing.

“The county of Santa Clara has no intentions of closing the testing heart at Mexican Heritage Plaza,” the spokesperson mentioned. “Whereas we now have seen a rise in testing, there’s nonetheless room for extra.”

The positioning is open each Wednesday from 1-7 p.m.

Midday Oct. 7: Registrar explains how voting will work throughout pandemic

Voters have choices on how one can submit their ballots for the Nov. Three basic election in Santa Clara County, mentioned County Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey.

Though Bushey mentioned it’s most secure to vote by mail, greater than 100 in-person vote facilities will open throughout the county from Oct. 31-Nov. 3. As well as, the registrar’s workplace in San Jose is already open for in-person voting and different companies.

“Individuals want alternative ballots, we offer language help at vote facilities and I’ve heard ‘my canine ate my poll,’ ” Bushey mentioned.

Vote heart employees will put on private protecting tools and sanitize vote machines after every use to stop COVID-19 transmission, Bushey mentioned. Voters are required to put on masks within the facilities, and free masks will likely be accessible to be used at every location.

The mail-in ballots may also have free postage stamped on the envelope and voters can monitor their ballots via a state-run web site and the county registrar’s web site.

Voter registration ends on Oct. 19, however folks can nonetheless submit their ballots below conditional voter registration, which suggests they’d go to a vote heart and mark their ballots and registration types on the identical day.

Three p.m. Oct. 5: County to permit indoor eating if it strikes to lower-risk reopening tier

If Santa Clara County enters the lower-risk orange tier for reopening, eating places can resume indoor eating at 25% capability, county officers mentioned.

Social distance and masks protocols will nonetheless be in impact, mentioned County Counsel James Williams throughout a information convention on Oct. 5.

Williams mentioned the county may enter the orange tier by Oct. 13, which suggests the revised order will take impact on Oct. 14.

Companies should submit revised social-distancing protocols that replicate the revised order, Williams mentioned.

1:30 p.m. Oct. 5: Estheticians allowed to open indoors

Santa Clara County is lifting restrictions on licensed estheticians and different skincare professionals who have been beforehand prohibited from working as a result of coronavirus.

County public well being officers on Sunday afternoon made the change that can now permit facial companies to renew.

Beforehand, the county allowed hair and nails salons to reopen for each indoor and outside companies, however left estheticians off the record. Officers mentioned the shut contact between an esthetician and shopper receiving a facial carried the next danger of transmitting COVID-19.

The companies nonetheless should comply with strict security tips, together with requiring face coverings for employees and purchasers, limiting the variety of folks inside, sustaining a distance of six toes or extra and stringent cleansing and sanitation necessities.

1 p.m. Oct. 2: Binational Well being Week goes on-line

Binational Well being Week is a global motion to enhance the well being and wellbeing of underserved Latinx communities in America, and within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it should go digital.

“We’re planning well being festivals which are digital. We’re planning workshops which are additionally digital and we’re additionally going to be specializing in COVID-19 companies,” mentioned Ricardo Romero-Morales, Santa Clara County’s Binational Well being Week Coordinator.

Romero-Morales mentioned the digital collection of occasions would occur all through October and educate Latinx communities in Santa Clara County on how one can entry well being take care of COVID-19 and different sicknesses.

“There’s numerous concern in our group concerning how one can entry companies,” Romero-Morales mentioned. “Their immigration standing is likely to be a kind of fears. We even have the language limitations that could possibly be additionally one other concern and even how one can pay for medical companies.”

Romero-Morales mentioned the digital festivals would stroll folks via medical processes.

“Particularly now throughout COVID-19, if we get sick, how can we search these companies, how can we go to the (emergency room), what ought to I anticipate to see,” he mentioned.

The county will work with the nonprofit Sourcewise to coach the medicare beneficiaries on accessing their advantages.

“The primary purpose is to assist them perceive their medicare advantages,” mentioned Steven Rubalcaba, who works in Sourcewise’s Well being Insurance coverage Counseling and Advocacy Program. “Medicare beneficiaries are sometimes 65 years or older.”

Rubalcaba mentioned folks can enroll for Medicare from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 and Sourcewise will likely be internet hosting digital coaching retailers to folks about enrolling for Medicare.

Under is a listing of occasions taking place in the course of the subsequent few days of Binational Well being Week.

Santa ​Clara ​County ​Board ​of ​Supervisors ​Chambers

2 p.m Sept. 30: Santa Clara County says personal hospitals should do extra testing for transfer to a lower-risk tier

Santa Clara County stays within the substantial-risk purple tier two weeks after shifting from the very best danger purple tier.

This implies the county has not lowered its COVID-19 case charges sufficient to open extra enterprise that may be permitted to function within the orange tier, regardless of having a testing positivity fee that may qualify for the orange tier.

“When two metrics fall into two totally different tiers, it’s going to be the extra stricter tier,” mentioned county spokesperson Betty Duong throughout an internet livestream.

The county should decrease its case fee to 1-3.9 constructive instances per 100,000 folks and its testing positivity fee to 2-4.9% to be within the orange tier.

However the county’s case fee continues to be at 5.9 per 100,000 folks, regardless of its testing fee being at 2.2%.

County officers mentioned hospitals want to extend testing in an effort to calculate a extra correct case fee.

“The county is doing its half, we’re testing greater than our justifiable share,” Deputy County Government David Campos mentioned in the course of the livestream. “If these personal well being hospitals truly examined on the stage we needed them to check, we in all probability can be within the orange at this time.”

11 p.m. Sept. 28: Training officers advise college students and employees to do private screenings for fever

Okay-12 faculties reopening for in-person lessons usually are not required to do temperature checks on college students and employees returning to campus, in line with the Santa Clara County Workplace of Training.

“We initially began with temperature checks early on once we have been studying about COVID,” mentioned David Putney, the choice training director with the county training workplace. “The Public Well being Division has clarified that using temperature checks in not as efficient on the faculty setting.”

Putney mentioned college members and households of scholars ought to conduct private screenings for fever earlier than going to high school and stay residence if they’ve a fever over 100 levels.

Every faculty will hand out a “screening sheet” to college students and employees earlier than they go to campus, he mentioned.

“It’s simpler and it additionally helps empower everybody to be a part of the answer with COVID-19,” Putney mentioned.

He added the colleges may have tips in place for folks to put on masks and wash their fingers on campus.

7 p.m. Sept. 27: COVID-19 case charges drop in Santa Clara County Latinx group

Public Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody mentioned that case charges have began to drop in Santa Clara County’s Latinx group after being disproportionately excessive for months. The announcement got here throughout a digital assembly with La Raza Roundtable de California on Sept. 25.

“The charges among the many Latinx group have been actually hovering in July. They have been throughout the county, however notably steep within the Latinx group, and to some extent within the African-American group,” Cody mentioned. “We are actually seeing the charges decline, not simply throughout the county, however most steeply among the many Latinx group.”

State information confirmed the case charges for the county’s Latinx group reached about 30 constructive COVID-19 instances per 100,000 residents every day in July. In early September, case charges dropped to 10 constructive COVID-19 instances per 100,000 residents.

All through the pandemic, Latinx folks have accounted for about 57% of instances and 34 % of the deaths in Santa Clara County, in line with county information, whereas solely making up about 26% of its inhabitants.

Cody mentioned crowded and multi-generation housing contributed to the excessive charges of COVID-19 transmission amongst Latinx folks in the course of the summer time.

As well as, many important staff confronted difficulties acquiring satisfactory COVID-19 safety due to “structural causes,” Cody mentioned.

Though case charges have been disproportionately excessive in East San Jose and components of Gilroy, Cody mentioned that case charges for Latinx folks have been increased than others irrespective of the place they lived.

1 p.m. Sept. 23: New partnerships to assist communities hardest hit by COVID-19

Santa Clara County has partnered with quite a few group organizations to coach small companies on how one can comply with well being protocols and forestall COVID-19 transmission.

The group organizations embody Working Partnerships USA, the Sí Se Puede Collective, the Neighborhood Well being Partnership and African American Neighborhood Service Company.

Neighborhood organizers say the partnerships will guarantee multi-lingual outreach to the folks hit hardest by the pandemic – a majority of whom are Black or Latinx.

“Throughout our promotora coaching, one of many group leaders shared a narrative of how a good friend of hers examined constructive for COVID, however with out signs,” mentioned Cynthia Colmenares, a group well being warrior with the Si Se Puede Collective. “She thought that she may return to work, she was given data, however she wasn’t positive till she heard from this group chief, that she knew and trusted, that she wanted to remain at residence.”

Individuals studying about public well being tips will need to have confidence and belief within the organizers educating them, Colmenares mentioned.

County Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody mentioned case and testing positivity charges have gone down within the hardest hit areas of East San Jose and Gilroy, and the county’s partnership would assist native leaders perceive how they wanted to enhance testing and outreach.

1 p.m. Sept. 22: Testing websites develop exterior of San Jose

Santa Clara County and native hospitals have expanded testing exterior of San Jose.

El Camino Well being will likely be providing free testing to individuals who reside, work or go to high school within the healthcare suppliers’ district, which incorporates most of Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Sunnyvale and small sections of Cupertino, Santa Clara and Palo Alto.

Testing is appointment solely.

  • El Camino Well being’s Mountain View Hospital, 2500 Grant Street, Mountain View (Sept. 22 – Sept. 25  from 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Murphy Park, 260 N. Sunnyvale Avenue, Sunnyvale (Sept. 22 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.)
  • Mountain View Middle for the Performing Arts’ Rehearsal Studio, 500 Castro Avenue, Mountain View (Sept. 23 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.)
  • The Help League of Los Altos, 169 State Avenue, Los Altos(Sept. 24 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:20 p.m)

As well as, town of Santa Clara will provide free testing at Central Park Library. Testing is appointment solely, however no insurance coverage is required. Individuals can schedule appointments utilizing this web site.

  • Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Street, Santa Clara. (Sept. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to three p.m.)

County Supervisor Joe Simitian mentioned the county would provide free testing at seven cities in his district, together with Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Saratoga and Sunnyvale on particular days in October.

No medical insurance or physician’s observe are required, however folks should schedule appointments utilizing the county’s web site.

  • Cupertino Senior Middle – 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino (Oct. 7 and Oct. 21)
  • Los Altos Youth Middle – 1 N. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos (Oct. 15)
  • Los Altos Hills City Corridor – 26379 W. Fremont Blvd., Los Altos Hills (Oct. 2)
  • Mountain View Middle for the Performing Arts – 500 Castro Avenue, Mountain View (Oct. 6 and Oct. 20)
  • Palo Alto Artwork Middle Auditorium – 1313 Newell Street, Palo Alto (Sept. 25, Oct. 9, and Oct. 23)
  • Saratoga Friendship Corridor – 19841 Prospect Street, Saratoga (Sept. 29 and Oct. 29)
  • Murphy Park – 260 N. Sunnyvale Avenue, Sunnyvale (Sept. 28, Oct. 16, and Oct. 26)

1:30 p.m. Sept. 21: County plans to develop quarantine shelter program

For people who find themselves unsheltered or can’t isolate at residence, Santa Clara County leaders plan to develop their quarantine shelter program to extra cities within the South Bay mentioned County Supervisor Cindy Chavez at a information convention, Sept. 21.

This system opens up motel rooms to quarantine contaminated individuals who can’t isolate, as much as $5,000 of rental and monetary assist and at-home assist for individuals who can isolate, however want help reminiscent of grocery supply, in line with county paperwork.

This system has allotted $13,249,877 to pay for the motels, at-home assist and rental help, the paperwork say.

“Each metropolis, irrespective of how rich, does have a inhabitants that’s within the margins, and even unhoused fully,” mentioned Saratoga Mayor Howard Miller on the information convention. “And it’s necessary even in a metropolis like Saratoga to make it possible for these folks do the fitting factor.”

Saratoga, San Jose, Morgan Hill, Milpitas, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Gilroy are all taking part in this system already, Chavez mentioned.

To this point, the county has positioned 384 folks uncovered or contaminated with COVID-19 within the motels and has referred 552 households to obtain rental help.

The companies will likely be accessible till Dec. 31 if authorised by the county board of supervisors on Sept. 22.

Chavez mentioned contact tracers have recognized lots of the individuals who want the county’s assist, however added that those that haven’t been reached out to can name the county at 408-808-7770 to entry quarantine companies.

2 p.m. Sept. 18: Right here’s how Santa Clara County faculties can reopen

If Santa Clara County stays within the purple tier for the remainder of this week, faculties can maintain in-person lessons on Sept. 23.

However the ultimate choice to reopen campuses is as much as every district, in line with the Santa Clara County Workplace of Training.

“That’s a significant nuance,” mentioned David Putney, the workplace’s Various Training Director. “It’s all native management, native training businesses right here within the county will likely be making their selections based mostly on their very own faculty group, within the public faculty atmosphere, within the personal and likewise within the constitution faculty atmosphere.”

San Jose Unified College District has already introduced lessons will likely be on-line via Dec. 31.

For the districts that reopen, every faculty must kind a reopening plan that may be reviewed by the county and state, in line with Putney.

If districts resolve to deliver college students again collectively, Putney mentioned faculties ought to break up lessons into socially-distanced cohorts, by which the identical group of scholars keep collectively all through the varsity day.

The cohorts are like a social bubble, Putney mentioned, and added that it will be an necessary instrument involved tracing if a scholar inside one is contaminated.

“If a scholar does check constructive then the varsity would be told instantly, hopefully by the father or mother and the general public well being division,” he mentioned. “The scholar or employees member would be told to quarantine and comply with the directive of isolation. College students that may be recognized in shut contact inside that atmosphere would be told and anticipated to quarantine.”

Midday Sept. 17: Santa Clara County launches free flu shot program at fairgrounds

Individuals can get free flu photographs together with COVID-19 check on the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, each Saturday from 9 a.m. to Four p.m with no appointment wanted.

The county launched the free program in an effort to cut back hospitalizations for folks with the flu.

“We’re going to be in flu season whereas we’re nonetheless preventing COVID-19, and we need to work collectively to verify folks keep wholesome and out of the hospital,” mentioned County Supervisor Cindy Chavez.

County CEO Jeff Smith mentioned persons are nonetheless weak to the flu, and other people ought to nonetheless search immunity towards it.

“All people who’s six months or older ought to get a flu vaccine, notably people who find themselves over 65 or produce other sicknesses or co-morbidities,” Smith mentioned. “Notably youngsters who’re below 5, and girls who’re pregnant or planning to be pregnant over the time of the flu season.”

Flu photographs are free to the general public no matter immigration standing and other people can stroll up and even trip in on their bicycles to get the vaccine, Chavez mentioned.

The flu shot is not going to act as a vaccine towards COVID-19, Smith mentioned, and won’t infect folks with the illness both.

8:30 p.m. Sept. 16: San Jose Unified College District faculties will stay closed, regardless of state permission to reopen

San Jose Unified College District officers mentioned Wednesday evening faculties will stay closed via Dec. 31, even when the county qualifies to reopen faculties below state tips.

If Santa Clara County stays within the state’s purple tier reopening part for one more week, it will be capable of reopen Okay-12 faculties.

Nevertheless, training officers appear to be taking heed of county well being officers’ warnings that danger continues to be substantial.

“We imagine our faculties needs to be a mirrored image of our group,” mentioned San Jose Unified Superintendent Nancy Albarrán. “Whereas we imagine in-person instruction is the most suitable choice for our college students, we can’t ignore the information on viral transmission in Santa Clara County and doubtlessly compromise the well being and security of our college students, households and employees by bringing college students again at the moment.”

Officers mentioned lessons can be dangerous indoor gatherings as a result of the coronavirus unfold and COVID-19 case counts are nonetheless too excessive in San Jose.

College students and oldsters is not going to hear any official bulletins for the 2021 faculty 12 months till December, however district medical employees mentioned the county has stepped in the fitting path by requiring personal hospitals to extend testing.

“Faculties should be capable of depend on satisfactory and speedy testing in an effort to safely reopen,” mentioned Katie Rodriguez, the district’s supervisor of well being and household assist applications in a information launch Wednesday. “Immediately’s enhanced testing order is a constructive step in the direction of being prepared to soundly reopen our faculties.”

1:30 p.m. Sept. 16: New order requires personal hospitals in Santa Clara County to extend testing

Santa Clara County well being officers can positive personal hospitals as much as $5,000 for not complying with a brand new order to extend COVID-19 testing entry for his or her sufferers.

Underneath the brand new order issued Wednesday, personal well being care suppliers should present testing for all sufferers who report COVID-19 signs, asymptomatic sufferers who’ve been uncovered to coronavirus, sufferers referred to their supplier by the county and important staff.

Many residents have mentioned they face limitations to scheduling COVID-19 assessments with their personal well being care suppliers, in line with county officers.

“We have seen and heard about regarding practices by well being care suppliers that discourage COVID-19 testing or make it arduous to entry,” County Counsel James Williams mentioned. “That should finish. The testing order is necessary.”

The county will implement the order by receiving particular person complaints on its web site from individuals who say they’ve been denied testing, Williams mentioned, and compliance officers will conduct an investigation earlier than ordering the well being care supplier to take corrective motion or be fined.

County officers mentioned the general public well being division has been compelled to bear the brunt of testing within the South Bay.

From the week of Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, Santa Clara County testing officers performed 13,072 assessments, whereas personal well being care supplier Kaiser Permanente performed 4,261 assessments, in line with Deputy County Government David Campos.

County officers mentioned the order will go in impact on Sept. 25 and can final indefinitely.

Three p.m. Sept. 15: State well being officers urge folks to keep away from partying, handing out sweet on Halloween

Hordes of youngsters gathering collectively, touching doorbells and taking different folks’s sweet could possibly be a public well being nightmare for state and native leaders this Halloween in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

California Well being and Human Companies Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly mentioned households needs to be prepared for an irregular spooky season.

“We’re actually urging folks to be ready for a special kind of Halloween,” Ghaly mentioned. “The kind of mixing that is available in our conventional trick-or-treating festivities is actually not suggested below COVID.”

However he recommended that folks ought to hold the Halloween spirit alive by permitting their youngsters to plan costumes and searching for alternate options to trick-or-treating.

State well being officers are engaged on tips for folks to have a good time Halloween, Ghaly mentioned, and mentioned some counties have already put out their very own algorithm.

Santa Clara County has not introduced any plans or tips for stopping COVID-19 unfold on Halloween.

3:30 p.m. Sept. 11: Santa Clara mayor recaps COVID-19 reduction measures

Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor on Friday recapped how the Mission Metropolis helps residents survive COVID-19, from small enterprise grants to meals distribution applications and rental help.

The town has additionally carried out a 6-month reduction on rubbish fee will increase and diminished energy payments for residents and companies, the mayor mentioned. Santa Clara secured $1.59 million from the CARES Act and allotted an extra $1.5 million to numerous reduction efforts.

Based on metropolis officers, the Small Enterprise Help Grant Program acquired $590,000 in extra funds to assist companies and nonprofits, the Emergency Rental Help Program acquired $1.5 million to assist pay hire for as much as three months for low-income residents and numerous meals distribution applications via the Santa Clara Unified College District and different companions proceed for college kids and seniors.

To assist defend eating places from extreme charges charged by third-party meals supply apps, the Metropolis Council final week authorised limiting supply charges.

For an entire record of Santa Clara’s COVID-19 reduction applications and group assets, click on right here.

2 p.m. Sept. 8: Regardless of new reopening tier, Santa Clara County nonetheless imposing restrictions on indoor operations

Santa Clara County exited essentially the most excessive danger tier for COVID-19 unfold, which permits extra companies to reopen with modifications.

With the county now within the purple zone – nonetheless labeled as substantial by California – companies should submit their social distancing protocols to the county’s new enterprise compliance web site. The county was beforehand within the purple zone, which is the very best danger.

“Earlier than anyone simply runs on the market and opens up, you’ve acquired to have all of your practices in place, your I’s dotted, your T’s crossed to maintain your staff and your prospects protected,” mentioned County Counsel James Williams.

Underneath the brand new tier, nail salons can now deliver a restricted quantity of individuals inside whereas following stringent sanitary procedures, in line with state well being tips. Gyms and purchasing malls are additionally allowed to welcome small teams of individuals for exercises, the rules say, and might solely have their indoor areas crammed to 10% and 50% capability, respectively.

Though state tips permit eating places to reopen indoors at restricted capability, Santa Clara County has not given the inexperienced mild for indoor eating, Williams mentioned.

One other exception to state tips is in-person worship, which continues to be forbidden indoors inside Santa Clara County, Williams mentioned.

He added that counties can impose stricter tips than the state.

Dr. Marty Fenstersheib mentioned folks nonetheless must take the identical stage of well being precautions, reminiscent of carrying masks and washing fingers, regardless of shifting to a lower-risk tier.

“COVID-19 continues to be right here. It hasn’t gone away, and the truth that we’ve moved into the purple tier at this level doesn’t change that,” Fenstersheib mentioned. “We nonetheless have to stay vigilant. We nonetheless should put on our masks. We nonetheless should socially distance ourselves.”

Counties will stay in every tier for at the very least three weeks, mentioned California Well being and Human Companies Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly throughout an internet livestream and might solely transfer tiers in the event that they preserve a delegated case fee and testing positivity fee for 2 straight weeks.

Santa Clara County should cut back its case fee to at least one to three.9 new infections per day and its testing positivity fee to 2 to 4.9% throughout the state’s timeline to maneuver to the orange tier, the subsequent lower-risk stage.

11:30 p.m. Sept. 7: Santa Clara County creates web site for companies disobeying well being order

Santa Clara County has developed a web site for folks to report companies violating COVID-19 well being orders.

Enterprise compliance officers mentioned Monday they depend on suggestions from prospects and staff to catch companies creating dangers by not social distancing or carrying masks.

“We need to know particularly what actions these companies are taking which are placing the group in danger,” mentioned Beatrice Santiago from the county’s enterprise compliance staff throughout an internet livestream. “You’ll undergo and reply a number of questions. You present the enterprise identify. You’ll be able to stay nameless.”

Individuals may also report faculties and well being care suppliers not complying with county’s well being order.

County well being officers say they goal to coach earlier than penalizing companies for violating COVID-19 tips, and permit companies time to repair no matter protocols are creating dangers.

If companies don’t repair their COVID-19 hazard throughout the grace interval, they are often topic to fines as much as $5,000.

The web site additionally has portals for companies to find out about county tips and submit their social distancing protocols – which is a county requirement to reopen.

Nevertheless, the web site is simply in English and customers talking one other language should name a county recommendation line for help.

1:30 p.m. Sept. 4: County says to keep away from crowds, massive gatherings throughout Labor Day

Santa Clara County well being officers say to remain residence and keep away from crowds this Labor Day weekend.

“Hang around with solely the those that reside in your family,” mentioned County Well being Spokesperson Larry Little throughout a information convention.

County well being officers mentioned gatherings on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July unfold COVID-19, and mentioned to remain at residence and proceed following county well being tips.

“We should all do our half to keep away from getting sick or infecting others,” mentioned Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody. “This Labor Day weekend, change issues up a bit to guard your self and your loved ones. For instance, keep exterior if you’re gathering with folks you don’t reside with: indoors is riskier. We’re in an unprecedented state of affairs now and might’t behave prefer it’s enterprise as typical.”

If folks need to go outside and see others, they need to accomplish that with few folks, carrying a masks and social distancing, mentioned county well being officers.

Nevertheless, Little mentioned folks ought to keep away from contact with others in the event that they really feel sick.

“When you really feel sick, please don’t go away your own home as a result of there’s a probability that you’ll transmit the virus to another person, even should you don’t know you might have it,” he mentioned.

2 p.m. Sept. 2: State unveils new web site for state eviction protections and home-owner reduction

Underneath a new web site, California tenants, landlords and householders can entry data and assets to guard them from evictions or property loss.

The state has prolonged its eviction moratorium to January 31, 2021 below Tenant, Home-owner and Small Landlord Reduction and Stabilization Act of 2020 handed by state lawmakers on Aug. 31.

“As everyone knows throughout this pandemic many tenants have struggled to pay the hire and could also be only one paycheck away from dropping their condo or the place that they name residence,” mentioned Lourdes Castro Ramírez, the secretary of California’s Enterprise, Shopper Companies and Housing Company.

Nevertheless, tenants nonetheless should pay all their previous months’ hire because the begin of the moratorium.

Underneath the brand new legislation, they’ve till Feb. 1, 2021 to foot the invoice.

The web site has a portal for each tenants, landlords and householders to know how the legislation protects them.

Ramírez and Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned the web site will assist break down the advanced protections for tenants and householders.

Midday Sept. 2: Companies nonetheless below strict reopening tips in Santa Clara County

Though some companies can reopen below state tips, most face restrictions as Santa Clara County continues to be within the purple zone.

Hair salons and barber retailers can function indoors with restricted quantities of individuals inside, mentioned County Well being Spokesperson Todd Naffziger throughout an internet livestream, and indoor malls can open to 25% of their most capability for consumers and employees.

Nail salons and health facilities can solely function outside below state tips.

Naffziger added that hair salons and barber retailers ought to contact their metropolis authorities officers and verify if they will function indoors and outside concurrently.

“What it will do, in the event that they’re allowed to take action, is maximize the companies that they should do inside the ability and nonetheless present these companies that they will present outside,” he mentioned. “However they need to verify with their metropolis if these operations are nonetheless in impact.”

Naffziger mentioned prospects are required to put on masks and abide by social distancing guidelines, however was unclear on whether or not enterprise homeowners can legally refuse service to them.

“For authorized recommendation, we’re pointing folks within the path of precise authorized counsel as they’re fitter to find out what plan of action, legally, a enterprise can be allowed to take at the moment,” he mentioned.

If companies have an worker who assessments constructive for COVID-19, Naffziger mentioned the proprietor should contact the county inside 4 hours of being notified in regards to the an infection and shut till they’ve correctly sanitized the constructing.

He added that the enterprise homeowners or managers ought to determine all different shut contacts of the contaminated particular person, however didn’t specify if all staff involved with the contaminated particular person are required to be examined for COVID-19 to return to work.

7:30 p.m. Sept. 1: County well being officers present COVID-19 instances nonetheless excessive in East Aspect, South San Jose

Santa Clara County well being officers confirmed information from their new testing website on the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds revealing most individuals who examined constructive for COVID-19 on the website resided in South San Jose and the East Aspect.

Individuals from the East Aspect and South San Jose acquired assessments at practically the identical charges as folks from the west of San Jose, however had examined constructive at a a lot increased fee, in line with county information.

“East San Jose and parts of South San Jose had the very best positivity,” mentioned Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, the county’s testing guru.

Fenstersheib mentioned testing positivity charges have been dropping slowly, however mentioned East Aspect residents stay disproportionately contaminated with coronavirus.

Total, examined residents from East San Jose had a 7.6% positivity fee, whereas residents of Gilroy and surrounding areas had a 7.1% positivity fee. These charges are about 4% increased than residents of different areas in Santa Clara County.

The county examined greater than 43,000 folks from Aug. 1-Aug. 21.

Dr. Sara Cody additionally detailed which worksites in Santa Clara County have had the very best quantity of COVID-19 instances.

Building websites have been the workplaces with highest quantity contaminated staff, with 35% of worksites having Three or extra constructive COVID-19 instances, in line with county information.

13 % of Manufacturing crops had Three or extra constructive instances, whereas round 10% of food-processing crops, eating places and retail shops had Three or extra constructive instances.

“These are simply the general variety of worksites the place we’ve documented the variety of instances via late Might via most of  August, however we don’t actually have a comparative,” Cody mentioned. “I can’t inform you what number of building worksites that have been in operation had a cluster of instances and I believe that’s actually necessary.”

She mentioned infections can occur if staff can’t preserve bodily distance from prospects or in the event that they work together intently with co-workers. She mentioned this typically occurs throughout lunch breaks when persons are shut collectively and never carrying masks.

At building websites specifically, Cody mentioned that the quantity of individuals required to be at tasks in-person has additionally contributed to an increase in instances.

1 p.m. Sept. 1: California well being officers announce contract to develop stand-alone COVID-19 database, warning folks from Labor Day gatherings

California Well being and Human Companies Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly mentioned OptumInsight, a well being industries firm that develops information software program, has signed a contract with the state to construct a stand-alone COVID-19 database.

Ghaly mentioned the partnership will make sure the accuracy of California’s COVID-19 information, after the state discovered quite a few glitches of their data-sets throughout August.

“A couple of weeks again as we labored via among the state information system challenges and getting our information backlogs proper, we mentioned that we’d be creating a brand new standalone COVID information reporting system,” he mentioned. “And particularly as we take into consideration this elevated variety of assessments that the state will see within the months to return. Having a sturdy system is essential.”

In the meantime, as a result of Labor Day is subsequent monday, state well being officers requested the general public to keep away from mass gatherings and going out for the three-day weekend.

“We’ve made some unbelievable progress collectively as a state within the final a number of weeks and months and we don’t need to lose in that progress so we don’t need to let up our guard,” mentioned Dr. Erica Pan, California’s appearing state public well being officer. “It’s time to remain vigilant.”

Pan mentioned that if folks select to see others, gatherings needs to be small, transient and outside – all socially distanced.

“The most secure factor so that you can do continues to be to remain at residence and stick with folks you reside with,” Pan mentioned. “however should you do select to be with others, please hold it exterior, preserve your bodily distance, hold it small, be sure it’s transient. The longer you’re with others, the extra danger there may be you’re uncovered to COVID-19. And ensure you put on your masks.”

Midday Aug. 31: Santa Clara County hospitality industries work on adapting to distant enterprise

As South Bay hair salons and barber retailers are allowed to renew enterprise indoors at this time below stringent state tips to stop coronavirus infections, different companies are nonetheless struggling to remain afloat, in line with a neighborhood gross sales government.

Particularly, Santa Clara County occasion and hospitality industries are attempting to adapt to the continued cancelation of in-person occasions, mentioned Yuliya Vasudev, a gross sales government at South Bay catering service Tony Caters.

Vasudev mentioned the corporate has began to adapt to distant enterprise.

“We are attempting to pivot. We’re looking for inventive methods to offer our companies,” she mentioned. “We’re offering digital cooking kits the place we are able to mail the field of substances to our attendees. That approach we are able to sort of proceed doing what we’re doing, however in a protected approach.”

The gross sales government mentioned Tony Caters furloughed most of its staff, misplaced a whole bunch of hundreds of {dollars} and restricted its service as Santa Clara County ordered the mass cancelation of in-person occasions.

Though Vasudev mentioned an entire return to enterprise received’t be potential till a COVID-19 vaccine is on the market, she’s collaborating with different occasion coordinators to offer internet seminars on adapting to pandemic limitations.

Vasudev mentioned she’s planning a webinar on Sept. Three at 2 p.m to debate how occasion service suppliers can keep in enterprise and reopen safely.

1 p.m. Aug. 29: California releases revised reopening tips and upgraded COVID-19 web site

Yellow, orange, purple and purple now kind the colour palette for reopening California’s counties.

In a color-coded graph, the colours point out the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in every county based mostly on every county’s case fee and check positivity fee.

The colour-coded tiers are a part of new reopening tips Gov. Gavin Newsom launched this week after dealing with weeks of strain to make revisions after an abrupt halt to restarting the economic system in June.

Purple exhibits a “widespread” danger and means most non-essential indoor companies are closed. Crimson exhibits a “substantial” danger and orange and yellow point out a “reasonable” and “minimal” danger for reopening, respectively.

“We don’t put up inexperienced as a result of we don’t imagine there’s a inexperienced mild that claims return to the way in which issues have been or again to the pre-pandemic mindset – fairly the opposite,” Newsom mentioned throughout his every day briefing.

The state additionally began an upgraded web site to trace every county’s case numbers and progress in reopening.

The colour-coded tier system, interactive maps and web site kind the blueprint for guiding counties on when to reopen, Newsom mentioned.

To be within the yellow zone, for instance, counties will need to have zero COVID-19 instances per 100,000 folks and have lower than a 2% check positivity fee, in line with the state’s tips, To be within the purple zone, counties will need to have greater than seven COVID-19 instances per 100,000 or have a check positivity fee of greater than 8%.

The case fee is the quantity of recent instances per 100,000 folks every day calculated right into a weekly common and the check positivity fee is the proportion of assessments that come again constructive.

Santa Clara County is presently purple with eight COVID-19 instances per 100,000 folks and a 3.4% check positivity fee.

It takes two weeks of sustaining metrics to advance and transfer again from every tier.

11:30 a.m. Aug. 29: Santa Clara County Completes greater than 26,000 assessments in August

Santa Clara County well being officers have accomplished greater than 26,000 assessments in August, regardless of latest fires and poor air high quality all through the realm.

“Testing is among the most necessary instruments in combatting the pandemic,” mentioned Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 testing officer, in a information launch. “We encourage folks to contact their healthcare supplier when potential, however to know the county is there to shut the testing hole.”

The county continues to supply pop-up testing in San Jose and Gilroy, with no appointment required.

This week well being officers plan to supply appointment-only testing in San Jose, Milpitas, Mountain View, Cupertino, Campbell and Los Altos Hills.

The record beneath exhibits the situation and hours of every website.


San Jose
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Parking Lot A (throughout from the blue arch): 344 Tully Street in San Jose
Appointments: September 1-4, (12 – 6:30 p.m.); September 5 (9 a.m. – Three p.m.)

Milpitas Sports activities Middle, 1325 E Calaveras Blvd in Milpitas
By appointment just for August 31 (9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.)

Mountain View
Middle for Performing Arts, 500 Castro Avenue in Mountain View
By appointment just for September 1 (9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.)

Cupertino Senior Middle, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd. in Cupertino
By appointment just for September 2 (9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.)

Orchard Metropolis Banquet Corridor, 1 W. Campbell Ave. in Campbell
By appointment just for September 3 (9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.)

Los Altos Hills
Council Chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Street in Los Altos Hills
By appointment just for September 4 (9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.)

No appointments are wanted for a free and straightforward nasal swab check at both of those pop-up areas.

San Jose
William C. Overfelt Excessive College gymnasium – 1835 Cunningham Ave. in San Jose
Tuesday via Friday, September 1-4 (10 a.m. – Four p.m.)

South County Annex (previously Del Buono Elementary) – 9300 Wren Ave. in Gilroy
Tuesday via Friday, September 1-4 (10 a.m. – Four p.m.)

12:15 p.m. Aug. 27: Santa Clara County well being officer slams information CDC testing tips

Santa Clara County Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody slammed newly-released tips from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention advising asymptomatic folks to not get examined for COVID-19.

“Once I first heard about this variation in tips, I truly didn’t imagine it, for it appeared completely weird,” Cody mentioned.

Cody mentioned testing has been an “achilles heal” for the county’s well being response, and elevated testing is a necessity for folks to begin returning to work and college.

“It undercuts our very fundamental tenets of how we management an infectious illness — that testing is our approach out of this epidemic,” Cody mentioned.

Cody suggested anybody who can get examined to take action.

“Whenever you get a check, you realize your standing, you realize whether or not you’re infectious and also you want that data for 2 causes,” Cody mentioned. “One, for your self to know whether or not you’re going to get extra unwell and to have the ability to watch your signs. Quantity two, that you must know whether or not you pose a danger to your loved ones and your mates and your coworkers.”

Underneath a brand new plan, the state is aiming to extend its COVID-19 testing provide.

On Aug. 26, Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced the state is partnering with genetic testing firm PerkinElmer to construct a lab in California to produce the state with an extra 150,000 assessments per day.

5:30 p.m. Aug. 26:  State legislator requires revised reopening tips as salons wrestle to stay open

Orchid Nail Lounge is one amongst few retailers reopened outside after Gov. Newsom launched new tips for salons. Picture by Tran Nguyen.

Regardless of the push for companies to function outside to stop COVID-19 unfold, a state lawmaker representing San Jose says it creates extra dangers for nail and hair salon homeowners.

Assemblymember Ash Kalra despatched a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom this week demanding the discharge of recent tips to permit salons to function indoors.

“As historic wildfires proceed to ravage California affecting our air high quality and making it more and more harmful for residents to be outside on the whole, it’s unattainable to anticipate salons to offer companies outside,” Kalra mentioned within the letter.

He mentioned types to entry small-business loans are difficult to fill out and the vast majority of salon homeowners in his San Jose district are Vietnamese and Latina ladies and can also face language limitations filling out types.

When COVID-19 instances surged in California after reopenings in June, state officers scrambled to revise reopening tips and to order abrupt closures of various counties.

The consequence was  confusion and frustration amongst enterprise homeowners.

Many San Jose nail salon homeowners say doing enterprise outside truly creates extra danger than working indoors, in line with Kalra. Salon homeowners in different South Bay cities echoed the identical sentiment.

He mentioned outside operations may jeopardize tools cleansing and expose purchasers to insufferable warmth and passersby not carrying masks.

Throughout an information convention, Newsom mentioned the state would launch reopening tips for counties with extra detailed timelines and expectations, however made no point out of revised necessities for private care companies.

2 p.m. Aug. 26: Governor lays out plan to scale back COVID-19 testing prices

Awaiting COVID-19 check outcomes can take practically two weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned throughout a information convention. The wait is kind of lengthy and the assessments are pricey for the state.

“In essence once you’re north of 10, 11, 12 days the assessments, dare I say, are fairly ineffective,” Newsom mentioned. “However they’re additionally fairly costly.”

The price of COVID-19 testing for the state is on common $150 to $200 per check, Newsom mentioned.

So as to curb prices, the governor introduced the state is partnering with genetic testing firm PerkinElmer to construct a lab in California to produce the state with an extra 150,000 assessments per day.

Underneath this partnership, Newsom mentioned that if the lab boosts provide to 40,000 assessments, the fee per check will likely be $47.99. If provide rises to 100,000 assessments, the fee per check will likely be $37.78 and if it rises 150,000 assessments the fee will likely be $30.78.

Presently, medical professionals conduct about 100,000 assessments per day in California, in line with Newsom. He famous that the quantity dropped from 132,000 assessments per day due to wildfires burning throughout the state.

Newsom mentioned it will open the door for a safer reopening of the state and for simpler contact tracing.

Midday Aug. 26: Hospital chief says county-owned hospitals have tailored to COVID-19

Jill Sproul, chief nursing officer for the Santa Clara Valley Medical Middle, mentioned hospitals are getting a deal with on treating folks in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She mentioned county-owned hospitals have sufficient capability to absorb sufferers from different counties. There are far fewer folks utilizing the hospital’s critical-care items in comparison with six months in the past, she added.

“I do know this has been very arduous on households, however we’re reducing households,” Sproul mentioned. “Underneath particular circumstances — finish of life, pediatric sufferers, labor and supply — there are particular circumstances we’re permitting guests.”

The chief nursing officer acknowledged that solitude is usually a burden, and inspired folks to make use of tablets and good telephones to remain involved. She mentioned county-owned hospitals would supply an iPad if sufferers didn’t have one.

She mentioned medical employees are taking extra precautions to stop COVID-19 transmission at county hospitals.

Triage tents on the hospitals separate sufferers experiencing flu-like signs and employees gives masks to individuals who don’t have one.

“I see the employees’s confidence and stage of actually realizing how one can maintain these sufferers,” Sproul mentioned. “It’s very inspiring to see how we’ve come collectively as a county and we’ve come collectively as three hospitals and the way we’ve come collectively as a group to maintain these sufferers.”

2 p.m. Aug. 25: California HHS Secretary warns of potential COVID-19 unfold throughout fireplace evacuations

Throughout an internet information convention, California Well being and Human Companies Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly mentioned he foresees potential COVID-19 unfold amongst folks sheltering from fires.

“The fires are necessary and a significant problem, however within the context of COVID, we have to make it possible for we do sure issues in a different way, and we imagine that these issues have largely been in place and adopted,” Ghaly mentioned. “However I received’t be the primary to be shocked if we now have some elevated in transmission in these areas as a result of we’re experiencing totally different situations.”

Emergency response officers ordered about 136,000 folks throughout California to go away their houses due to the fires, Ghaly mentioned.

Of these folks, 3,383 folks from evacuated areas are in “congregate shelters,” he mentioned, which group many individuals in the identical area. Greater than 1,000 persons are staying in lodge rooms, which classify as non-congregate shelters, Ghaly mentioned, and the rest have discovered shelter with family and friends.

However he warned those that hugs and handshakes amongst family and friends can nonetheless unfold the virus.

“They might, due to the stress of COVID-19, the priority across the fires, attain out, give a beloved one a handshake or a hug,” Ghaly mentioned. “And I need to remind you at this second to recollect the entire issues we’ve been speaking about for the final many weeks and months, that that is no time to place down our guard.”

He urged folks to proceed carrying masks, wash their fingers and to search out individualized areas wherever they take shelter.

2:30 p.m. Aug. 24: Newsom assured in COVID-19 protocol throughout fires, state sends masks to shelters

As fires burn throughout California, Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned he’s assured within the state’s capability to stability fireplace response with lowering the unfold of COVID-19.

Emergency shelter operators now have the extra duty of making certain folks social distance and put on masks as neighborhoods are evacuated throughout the state.

“I’ve visited most of those shelters over the previous 14 days,” Newsom mentioned.

Newsom mentioned when he visited a Santa Cruz group school facility that was being managed by the native Crimson Cross, he was required to put on a masks and to undergo a screening on the door.

“I used to be topic to well being screening, I used to be topic to assessments earlier than I used to be allowed to enter,” Newsom mentioned. “She didn’t simply take my temperature, however she additionally requested me a collection of questions.”

He mentioned social distance protocols have been adequately in place and shelters have been taking them severely.

“You noticed cots that have been effectively in extra of 10 toes aside,” Newsom mentioned. “You noticed tape protocols going to the restroom, that they had air purifiers.”

The governor mentioned the one concern he heard was a couple of shelter housing 200 aged those that had hassle making certain social distance between them, regardless of the entire seniors carrying masks.

Regardless of the social distancing precautions at shelter, Well being and Human Companies Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly mentioned well being officers confronted a dilemma as a result of material masks made it harder to breath in smoky environments regardless of lowering the unfold of COVID-19.

The very best masks to make use of in a fireplace are filtered air masks, Ghaly mentioned.

He added that the state has despatched surgical masks and N95 masks to shelters to scale back the unfold of COVID-19 and defend folks from smoke inhalation.

Midday Aug. 24: Free COVID-19 testing accessible at Mexican Heritage Plaza

Individuals in East San Jose can now entry extra free testing.

The College of Arts and Tradition on the Mexican Heritage Plaza has partnered with Gardner Well being Companies and Santa Clara County to create a pop-up testing website on the Mexican Heritage Plaza.

No appointment is required to stroll in and get a check and other people don’t want medical insurance or a physician’s observe. Getting a check is not going to have an effect on anyone’s immigration standing, well being officers mentioned in a information launch.

Nevertheless, medical staff check folks on a first-come, first-served foundation, and might solely check 300 folks a day.

The positioning will likely be open from Wednesday-Friday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

11 a.m. Aug. 24: Santa Clara County urges immigrants to fill out 2020 census kind

As coronavirus has taken a disproportionate toll on the immigrant group, Santa Clara County officers urged households to take the census.

Zelica Rodriguez, the county’s director of immigrant relations, mentioned throughout an internet briefing that COVID-19 has stifled civic engagement inside immigrant communities.

“I believe that individuals perceive the significance of 2020, the census, being civically concerned and engaged, nevertheless it actually has created extra chaos in our group and admittedly extra of a group that’s remoted,” Rodriguez mentioned.

To this point, about 26% of individuals in Santa Clara County nonetheless must fill out the census. The deadline to fill out the census is Sept. 30.

“With each one who isn’t counted that’s hundreds of federal {dollars} not coming to our particular person group, funding necessary social security applications in addition to our COVID reduction,” mentioned Nick Kuwada, this system supervisor for the county’s 2020 Census.

Rodriguez mentioned lots of the folks being neglected are most definitely immigrants and mentioned county staff will likely be knocking on doorways encouraging folks to fill out the shape.

“Immigrant communities are nonetheless being undercounted, we’re not filling out our surveys,” Rodriguez mentioned. “As arduous because it’s been within the final couple of months with the citizenship query, with simply actually not numerous encouragement within the media to fill out the census. Encouraging our group to fill out the census, it issues greater than ever.”

The citizenship query is just not on the Census, Kuwada mentioned, and private data received’t  be disclosed to federal and native authorities businesses.

“You pay your taxes each single 12 months,” Kuwada mentioned. “Solely as soon as each ten years you get the chance to say ‘what’s my piece, what do I get again for my household, my technology of youngsters that reside on this group?’ ”

2 p.m. Aug. 23: Medical skilled says vaccine creation received’t be on the spot repair for COVID-19

Gaining herd immunity from COVID-19 requires way more than discovering a vaccine.

Dr. George Rutherford, an epidemiology professor at UC San Francisco, mentioned the limitations to reopening throughout an internet city corridor with Santa Clara County Supervisor George Simitian on Aug. 23.

Rutherford mentioned as soon as a vaccine is developed, making certain everyone seems to be vaccinated will likely be a frightening activity.

“It would take a very long time to get 40,000 folks vaccinated within the state,” he mentioned. “That’s assuming we even have the provides to do it.”

The epidemiologist added that one other problem for well being officers will likely be to make sure folks get a double dose 28 days aside.

“Even when everyone acquired vaccinated on Jan. 1, you’d all should be revaccinated on Feb. 1, in an effort to be protected,” Rutherford mentioned.

So as to purchase herd immunity, at the very least 70% of individuals have to be resistant to the virus, Rutherford mentioned. He added that restrictions on public gatherings should stay in place as a result of rushed reopenings of companies have led to resurgences in case numbers in California.

“These sorts of draconian shutdowns can work when it comes to reducing transmission,” Rutherford mentioned. “However should you allow them to up too shortly and other people aren’t taking note of masking, social distancing, all these sorts of issues, then you may get it again as unhealthy because it was, if not worse.”

5 p.m. Aug. 22: COVID-19 testing continues in Santa Clara County as fires worsen air high quality

Santa Clara County will proceed COVID-19 testing from Aug. 23 to Aug. 29 as smoke from fires across the South Bay pollute the air.

“Sadly, COVID-19 doesn’t take a break throughout fireplace emergencies. The county continues to offer free, straightforward and fast turnaround testing for the general public,” mentioned Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, the county’s COVID-19 testing officer. “Testing is one in every of our greatest instruments for slowing the unfold of COVID-19, and the county will proceed testing even below these troublesome circumstances.”

Well being officers reported 196 new COVID-19 instances on Aug. 22 and numbers reported all through the week present 11 folks have died from the illness since Aug. 18.

Testing websites remaining open in the course of the fires will both be drive-thru or indoors and a listing of the areas and hours of websites is beneath.

Learn the total San José Highlight story right here.

Appointment-based testing websites

San Jose
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Parking Lot A (throughout from Gate B) — Tully Street in San Jose
Appointments Tuesday-Friday, August 25-28, 12 – 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, August 29, 9 – Three p.m.

Murphy Park, 260 N. Sunnyvale Ave. in Sunnyvale
By appointment just for Monday, August 24, 9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.

Morgan Hill
Council Chamber Constructing, 17555 Peak Ave. in Morgan Hill
By appointment just for Tuesday, August 25, 9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.

Santa Clara
Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Street in Santa Clara
By appointment just for Wednesday, August 26, 9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.

Friendship Corridor, 19841 Prospect Street in Saratoga
By appointment just for Thursday, August 27, 9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.

Palo Alto
Artwork Middle Auditorium, 1313 Newell Street in Palo Alto
By appointment just for Friday, August 28, 9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.

To schedule an appointment, go to or

Pop-up testing websites
No appointments are wanted for a free and straightforward nasal swab check at both of those pop-up areas.

San Jose
William C. Overfelt Excessive College gymnasium – 1835 Cunningham Ave. in San Jose
Tuesday to Friday, Aug. 25-28, 10 a.m. to three p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

South County Annex (previously Del Buono Elementary) – 9300 Wren Ave. in Gilroy
Tuesday to Friday, Aug. 25-28, 10 a.m. to Four p.m.

Four p.m. Aug. 22: Silicon Valley unemployment sees slight decline, nonetheless alarmingly excessive

Persons are beginning to return to work in Santa Clara County however unemployment continues to be alarmingly excessive.

After unemployment reached a historic peak of 11.6% in April, it declined to 9.3% in July, in line with a research launched Aug. 21 by Joint Enterprise Silicon Valley, a gaggle that gives evaluation on the Silicon Valley economic system and high quality of life.

“We on no account need to diminish that just about 21,000 jobs have been added to our regional economic system,” mentioned Rachel Massaro, the analysis director for the group’s institute for regional research. “But, once you have a look at the rise in unemployment that occurred initially of the shelter in place (order), it’s arduous to take a look at this slight decline within the unemployment fee as progress.”

Massaro mentioned the pandemic has muddied up any clear forecast of job development within the subsequent few months. Often employment ties on to the economic system however researchers now should account for public well being in predicting when enterprise will increase once more.

“Proper now’s a really distinctive time by which the unemployment fee is primarily pushed by authorities insurance policies to scale back transmission charges to maintain our inhabitants wholesome,” she mentioned. “So, these industries which are closed or are very arduous to reopen, given the social distancing necessities, are those which have the best unemployment proper now.”

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11 a.m. Aug. 19: COVID-19 testing websites stay open amid poor air high quality, fires

Outdoors is the final place to be in San Jose this week as air high quality has reached unhealthy ranges due to fires burning across the South Bay.

Nevertheless, all Santa Clara County COVID-19 testing websites will stay open, in line with a information launch.

Well being officers mentioned the new drive-thru testing website on the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds will stay be absolutely useful regardless of the smoky air.

Individuals with appointments can nonetheless get swabbed, mentioned county spokesperson Betty Duong throughout an internet livestream.

Though companies can proceed working exterior, well being officers really useful that enterprise homeowners cut back their hours and other people keep indoors.

“I do know it’s a troublesome time for all of our companies to be functioning,” Duong mentioned. “However your well being does come first and the air is simply not wholesome at this time.”

She added that the poor air high quality has stalled a COVID-19 outreach program in East San Jose and Gilroy.

Though chilling on the mall or the flicks for air con is just not an possibility proper now, a number of cooling facilities are open to the general public all through Santa Clara County.

The record beneath exhibits the situation of every cooling heart. All people should social distance and put on a masks, and county officers urge folks with COVID-19 signs to not enter.

Open Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 17-19 from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.

  • Roosevelt Neighborhood Middle 901 E. Santa Clara St. in San Jose
  • Mayfair Neighborhood Middle 2039 Kammerer Ave. in San Jose

​Open Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 17-19 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Mountain View Neighborhood Middle, 201 South Rengstorff Avenue in Mountain View

Open Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 17-19 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

  • Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Avenue in Saratoga
  • Gilroy Library, 350 W. sixth Avenue in Gilroy

Open Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 17-18 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Campbell Neighborhood Middle, Q80 (Roosevelt Redwood Room), 1 W. Campbell Avenue in Campbell

Open Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 17-19 from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Cupertino Senior Middle, 21251 Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino

Open Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 17-19 from 1:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • Santa Clara Senior Middle, 1303 Fremont Avenue in Santa Clara

Open Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 17-19 from 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • ​Centennial Recreation Middle, 171 W. Edmundson in Morgan Hill

Open Tuesday-Wednesday, August 18-19 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Milpitas Sports activities Middle, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd. in Milpitas

Open Tuesday-Wednesday, August 18-19 from 1:00-6:00 p.m.

  • ​Mitchell Park Neighborhood Middle, 3700 Middlefield Street in Palo Alto

6 p.m. Aug. 18: Santa Clara County steps up penalties for companies violating well being order

Companies that don’t adjust to Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 well being order could should pay $250 to $5,000 in fines per day below an ordinance handed by county supervisors on Aug. 11.

Already, well being officers mentioned they’ve issued violation notices to 5 institutions for not complying with the well being order.

Environmental Well being Director Michael Balliet, who oversees well being inspections, mentioned the county can penalize companies for a wide range of violations to the county’s COVID-19 mandates. “They vary from indoor operations to masking to not following separation on tables,” Balliet mentioned.

He mentioned the county normally enforces well being violations after receiving stories from the general public of poor practices by the enterprise.

Nevertheless, some institutions could obtain a grace interval to resolve any violations to the order.

“As soon as the discover of violation is issued to the enterprise, they will have anyplace from no grace interval or as much as 72 hours and there may be some enforcement officer discretion based mostly on how egregious the violation is,” Balliet mentioned.

Three of the companies that acquired notices of violation had already fastened their issues, Balliet mentioned.

Well being officers didn’t disclose which companies have been in violation and would solely launch the names if that they had not resolved the problems by the top of the grace interval, in line with county spokesperson Roger Ross.

2 p.m. Aug. 18: Testing website at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds to check 5,000 every day

A brand new drive-thru COVID-19 testing website on the Santa Clara County fairgrounds opened at this time and is about to check at the very least 5,000 folks a day, well being officers mentioned.

The fairgrounds website will likely be appointment-only and can check on the highest capability within the area, mentioned Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 testing officer.

“At this level the county is doing about 40% of all of the testing in your complete county,” Fenstersheib mentioned. “We’re doing extra testing at this website, as a mass website, than anyplace in Northern California.”

Well being officers mentioned the drive-thru website would make it simpler for folks experiencing COVID-19 signs to get a swab check.

“It doesn’t harm, it’s straightforward and free,” Fenstersheib mentioned. “You don’t want any medical insurance coverage.”

The positioning will moreover have a pedestrian testing lane for individuals who don’t have vehicles, he mentioned, however everyone nonetheless must make an appointment.

However Fenstersheib mentioned well being officers may develop the positioning to walk-up testing with out appointments within the close to future.

Learn the total San José Highlight right here.

1 p.m. Aug. 17: Santa Clara County stays on state watchlist

Santa Clara County stays on the state’s county monitoring record for COVID-19 instances, which incorporates 42 counties.

If counties stay on the record for greater than three days, gyms, purchasing malls, nail salons, church buildings and barbershops want to stay closed below the state’s necessities.

So as to be faraway from the record, every county should present their case quantity tendencies are steady for a interval of three days. The state simply eliminated Santa Cruz County from the record.

“It is a dynamic record. Individuals come on, folks come off,” Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned throughout his briefing Monday. “The numbers shift each single week and I anticipate this week, the numbers to shift once more.”

Nevertheless, being faraway from the record doesn’t essentially imply companies will reopen instantly. Newsom mentioned the State Well being Officer has to concur with any plans to permit nonessential companies to renew in every county taken off the record.

However it seems some counties haven’t had a easy course of being faraway from the record or acquired clear steering on reopening.

Though the governor introduced he plans to take San Diego County off the record as quickly as tomorrow, a KPBS reporter questioned him about county leaders missing steering to reopen companies and dealing with a two-day delay to be faraway from the watch record.

Newsom didn’t reply whether or not or not new reopening steering can be launched for counties and didn’t contact on why there could have been delays taking San Diego County off the record.

10 a.m. Aug. 17: Lengthy waits proceed for COVID-19 check outcomes from Santa Clara County

Don’t anticipate COVID-19 check outcomes from Santa Clara County too quickly.

“When you’re anticipating 72 hours to your outcomes. It’s not taking place for us proper now,” mentioned Todd Naffziger, a Santa Clara County well being spokesperson, throughout a briefing Monday.

Regardless of growing accessible COVID-19 assessments to 600 to 750 per day at appointment-only websites and introducing new pop-up websites, the county is unable to offer check outcomes inside 72 hours, in line with Naffziger.

“That’s a query we’re getting rather a lot proper now as a result of as persons are going again to high school, persons are touring for enterprise, there’s extra rules and necessities going into place,” Naffziger mentioned.

If persons are in dire want of receiving quick outcomes, he really useful checking with different well being care suppliers for a faster turnaround. Naffziger nonetheless inspired use of the county’s COVID-19 testing websites and mentioned assessments are supplied for free of charge, no matter insurance coverage standing.

12 p.m. Aug. 15: New testing websites introduced

Santa Clara County well being leaders on Saturday introduced new COVID-19 testing websites opening in San Jose, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Cupertino, Campbell and Milpitas.

The brand new websites provide drop-in and appointment-based testing with extra appointment slots added because of excessive demand, county officers mentioned.

Appointments might be made beginning three days earlier than the testing date till all slots are taken. County leaders mentioned appointments refill quickly – most have been booked inside two days of availability – so the county elevated assessments accessible per day from 600 to 750.

“Just like the pop-up websites, the appointment-based websites are proving to be very talked-about,” mentioned Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 testing officer for Santa Clara County. “It’s match for folk preferring a time slot prematurely, particularly in the event that they reside or work close to the positioning. However we advise these searching for a time slot to behave quick when reservations can be found to safe an appointment at a time that most accurately fits their schedule.”

Scheduled walk-up appointments can be found Monday via Friday in Los Gatos, Mountain View, Cupertino, Campbell and Milpitas on the following areas:

Los Gatos — Los Gatos Grownup Recreation Middle: 208 E. Primary St. in Los Gatos
Monday: 9:30 a.m. to Four p.m.

Mountain View — Middle for the Performing Arts: 500 Castro St. in Mountain View
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to Four p.m.

Cupertino — Cupertino Senior Middle: 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd. in Cupertino
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to Four p.m.

Campbell — Orchard Metropolis Banquet Corridor: 1 W. Campbell Ave. in Campbell
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to Four p.m.

Milpitas — Milpitas Sports activities Middle: 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd. in Milpitas
Friday: 9:30 a.m. to Four p.m.

No appointments are wanted for a free and straightforward nasal swab check at both of those pop-up areas.

San Jose — William C. Overfelt Excessive College gymnasium: 1835 Cunningham Ave. in San Jose
Tuesday to Friday: 1 p.m. to six p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gilroy — South County Annex (previously Del Buono Elementary): 9300 Wren Avenue in Gilroy
Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. to three p.m.

County well being officers suggested residents to reach early on the pop-up check websites, which use a wristband system by which persons are assigned a testing time later within the day. The time slots typically refill inside hours.

There are greater than 50 COVID-19 testing websites in Santa Clara County.

2 p.m. Aug. 14: College’s again in session, governor lays out plan to reinforce distance studying

Laptops, WiFi and tablets will do no good if college students lack interplay with their academics, California Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned throughout an internet information convention Friday.

“We simply don’t need folks to take their lectures and simply video tape them after which present them on-line,” Newsom mentioned. “You’ll be able to simply go to YouTube and just about get that on each topic that’s been debated because the starting of mankind.”

The governor introduced a set of recent state necessities for faculties to produce know-how to all youngsters enrolled, to make sure academics meet with their college students every day and to create difficult assignments equal to work for in-person lessons.

As well as, faculties should adapt classes for youngsters studying English as a second language and college students in particular training.

The state has delivered 73,000 units and 100,000 hotspots to college students and secured $5.Three billion of CARES Act cash for faculties. Newsom mentioned 81% of the CARES Act funds would go to low-income college students, homeless college students, foster youth, English language learners and college students with disabilities.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond mentioned his division is targeted on studying what the social and emotional wants of scholars are.

Though Newsom mentioned faculties are a high precedence for the state in offering funding and know-how, he additionally introduced an Government Order to enhance state broadband and web entry to folks missing web throughout California.

The plan goals to enhance web obtain speeds to 100 megabytes per second and to revive the State Broadband Council to develop an motion plan to shut the digital divide.

10 a.m. Aug. 14: Registrar of Voters explains how Election Day will work throughout pandemic

Packing a polling location is the very last thing folks need to do throughout a pandemic.

Nevertheless, Santa Clara County vote facilities will open for 4 days beginning Oct. 31, in line with Shannon Bushey, the Santa Clara County registrar of voters.

“The most secure technique to vote is to vote from residence,” Bushey mentioned. “However for these of you which will want in-person voting as a result of we now have accessible voting machines or possibly as they are saying ‘the canine ate your poll and also you want a alternative poll,’ you possibly can come to any one in every of our voting facilities.”

Individuals can drop off ballots at greater than 90 drop-off containers for ballots across the county and might use greater than 100 vote facilities, Bushey mentioned. Employees on the facilities will present private protecting tools, language help and alternative ballots for voters.

Employees members and volunteers may have private protecting tools and be behind plexiglass limitations to stop coronavirus infections. Moreover, due to the Voter’s Selection Act, each registered voter will obtain a mail-in poll with a free postage-paid envelope.

Bushey mentioned her employees will depend any poll postmarked by Election Day that they obtain inside 17 days.

As well as, she mentioned navy personnel and other people dwelling abroad who’re registered voters in Santa Clara County will be capable of entry a safe connection to print out ballots that they will mail again to the registrar’s workplace.

Oct. 19 is the final day to register to vote. After that individuals may have to join conditional voter registration.

6 p.m. Aug. 13: Examine exhibits neck gaiter masks could ease unfold of coronavirus

Duke College researchers discovered {that a} neck gaiter comprised of skinny polyester cloth truly dispersed droplets of germs folks emit as they communicate – making it simpler for the coronavirus to unfold via the air.

In different phrases, carrying that individual neck gaiter as a face protecting can be worse than carrying no masks in any respect.

In the intervening time, San Jose’s masks requirement permits folks to put on any piece of cloth that covers their face.

“We attribute that to the mesh, the material truly dispersing a few of these droplets, so turning the larger droplets right into a bunch of little droplets, which after all will increase the variety of complete droplets,” mentioned Martin Fischer, an affiliate analysis professor of chemistry at Duke College, throughout a Zoom name.

Fischer focuses on growing mechanisms for molecular imagery and needed to seize pictures of droplets doubtlessly carrying coronavirus.

To seek out the dimensions of those droplets emitted with and with out masks, researchers mentioned the phrases ‘keep wholesome, folks’ right into a darkish area with a laser going via it. The skinny sheet of sunshine from the laser illuminated every droplet folks emitted whereas talking.

The sunshine confirmed barely any droplets from individuals who spoke with a valveless N95 masks and cotton masks, Fischer mentioned, nevertheless it uncovered a lot tinier particles from folks carrying the neck gaiter.

“What makes that considerably regarding, is you may emit an enormous droplet and it would fall to the bottom, the little droplets have a neater time hovering within the air or possibly being carried away by air currents,” Fischer mentioned.

The professor clarified that this was not a complete research and neck gaiters with thicker cloth could possibly be efficient for blocking particles.

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