Helping the Heroes, Black Women’s History and National Poetry Month, Face Coverings, Field Medical Station, COVID-19 Scams, COVID-19 Dashboard
Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman
A Special Update from Mike
April 7, 2020 Edition
Helping the Heroes:
Healthcare Worker & First Res
ponder Child Care

Eleanor Roosevelt famously said that “A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Isn’t that the truth? And it could be argued that this applies to our entire community. Sometimes it takes a health and economic crisis like COVID-19 for us to see how strong we are collectively. It seems like every day I hear about big and small ways that people are helping each other. One such effort that caught my eye is the Essential Healthcare Worker and First Responder Child Care Program in South Santa Clara County that provides childcare service for medical personnel and first responders. The program is run in partnership between the YMCA and MHUSD and currently serves 30 children with the goal of expanding to serve up to 100 children at three school sites. The cost to run the program is $300 per child per week, but many cannot afford to pay for the care they need. The Morgan Hill Community Foundation is asking for help to raise money to cover childcare costs for essential healthcare workers and first responders.
Black Women’s History and National Poetry Month
Did you know that April is Black Women’s History Month AND National Poetry Month? In honor of both celebrations, I invited local poet, professor and author Venus Jones to share her poetry at our April 7, 2020 VIRTUAL Board of Supervisors meeting. She will share her original poem “She Rose” that pays tribute to both sung and unsung female and male heroes and the struggles they overcame to become inspirations to many generations. You can view her reading at the April 7 Board meeting at 9:30am on the County YouTube page. Learn more about Venus Jones on her website.
Face Coverings Recommended
1: Stay in Place. 2: Maintain your space. 3: Cover your Face. Infographic from Public Health Department
Last week, the Public Health Department issued a recommendation that residents cover their noses and mouths when leaving home for essential activities such as grocery shopping. Covering the mouth and nose may reduce COVID-19 transmission when combined with hand washing and reducing person-to-person contacts. The face coverings should not be N95 or surgical masks, which need to be reserved for medical settings. Instead, residents should use cloth coverings like bandanas, scarves or home-sewn cloth masks. The Public Health Department emphasizes that these non-medical face coverings should add to, rather than replace, other important social distancing measures such as frequent handwashing.
Field Medical Station Now Open
As of Monday, the Santa Clara Convention Center is home to one of California's first active Field Respite Centers, developed to serve people infected with COVID-19. We are preparing for the possibility of a surge, but my sincere hope is that the public will follow the stay-at-home order, flatten the curve and reduce the need for such facilities. The Center was provided to our County by the state and federal government and has been converted and outfitted with beds, supplies and medicines delivered by the National Guard. It has the capacity to serve up to 250 people who have less-acute COVID-19 symptoms. This will enable area hospitals to maintain their capacity to treat other patients requiring hospitalization. Utilizing the Convention Center as a Field Respite Center backstops hospitals and other care providers preparing for a surge in COVID-19 cases. Patients will be admitted via referral from other facilities – there will be no walk-up services available. The County is also working with businesses such as hotels to establish additional care locations and options for vulnerable populations, with sites secured in San Jose, Santa Clara and Gilroy to shelter and isolate homeless individuals. Health officials in seven Bay Area jurisdictions, including Santa Clara County, issued a stay-at-home order with stricter social distancing guidelines. The new order runs through May 3, 2020.
Avoid COVID-19 Scams and Crimes
Criminals often look for opportunities when people are especially vulnerable to make their move. Sadly, the current crisis is no exception. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office is warning that it will prosecute anyone who engages in the following activity during the COVID-19 outbreak:
  • Price gouging: During California’s declared state of emergency, it is illegal for a business to increase its prices for certain essential goods or services by more than 10 percent unless they can show their labor or material costs have been increased.
  • Fake Authorities and Cures: Consumers should be alert to criminals who set up fake websites, send emails, texts or post on social media pretending to be from the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to profit illegally. Be wary of anyone claiming to have a cure for the virus. There is no cure for the coronavirus yet.
  • Hate Crimes: Anyone who has been threatened or attacked for their national origin or ethnicity due to fears of the virus should report it immediately to the police, as should anyone who has been threatened or attacked because they are sick or have the virus. Hate crimes and violence will not be tolerated.
Public Health Dashboards Now Available Online
Image of COVID-19 data
The Public Health Department’s new online dashboards provide the public with the latest information about the number of COVID-19 cases in our County. Three dashboards are now available:
  • The COVID-19 Cases Dashboard provides detailed information about cases and deaths from COVID-19 in Santa Clara County and is intended for informational purposes only.
  • The Hospital Dashboard shows the numbers of acute hospital beds, intensive care unit beds, ventilators and surge beds available and in use throughout Santa Clara County.
  • The Laboratory Testing Dashboard shows the overall total and daily testing volume for COVID-19 in Santa Clara County.
Supervisor Mike Wasserman is the Vice-President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
He represents District 1, which includes Gilroy, San Martin, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and portions of San Jose.

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San Jose, CA 95110
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