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An Important COVID-19 Update from Supervisor Mike Wasserman
 
 
 
 
 
Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman
A Special Update from Mike
April 1, 2020 Edition
COVID-19 Update
Important Announcement: COVID-19
Yesterday, Public Health Officers in seven Bay Area jurisdictions extended the previous stay-at-home order through May 3, 2020 in order to preserve critical hospital capacity across the region and slow the spread. While the prior order has been effective in reducing the rate of transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it is not enough. There has been a significant increase in hospitalization and deaths from COVID-19, which is straining our healthcare resources.

The new order adds some clarifying language around essential business and activities, as well as some new directives, including:

  • Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. These areas must be closed to public use.

  • Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited. These facilities must be closed for recreational use.

  • Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household.

  • Requires essential businesses to develop a social distancing protocol before April 3.

  • Most construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited.

  • Funerals limited to no more than 10 people attending.

  • Essential businesses expanded to include service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries, title companies, Realtors, etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies, rental car companies and rideshare services that specifically enable essential activities.

  • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities must scale down operations to their essential component only

The health officers have determined that more and stricter social distancing is needed to slow the rate of spread, prevent deaths, and stop the health care system from becoming overwhelmed.

This order is both necessary and mandatory.

Residents who do need to leave their homes to perform essential activities should minimize the duration and number of trips as much as possible. They must also remember that social distancing protocols are mandatory when they leave their homes.

Before Friday, April 3, 2020, essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must create, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol for each facility frequented by employees or the public, using this template. Essential businesses must also provide a copy of their Social Distancing Protocol to all employees and must provide evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing the Order on demand.

The Order clarifies that it can be enforced by law enforcement and civil remedies such as fines, imprisonment, restraining orders, and loss of permits and license. These are only meant as a last resort, but they have been put in place to emphasize the seriousness of the Order. Violations can be reported to the District Attorney at PubHealthReferral@dao.sccgov.org or (408) 792-2300.  

COVID-19 Cases in Santa Clara County

On March 31, 2020, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced 2 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 30 in Santa Clara County. The County also reported 42 new cases, bringing our total number of confirmed cases to 890. More data can be found on the Public Health Department’s new Data Dashboard.

Daily Public Briefings

Santa Clara County health officials and other public leaders will now be making public COVID-19 briefings each day, Monday through Friday, at 10am. They will be livestreamed on the Santa Clara County Public Health Department Facebook Page.

Donation Opportunities

For individuals and businesses interested in making donations of cash or supplies, the Public Health Department has created a resource page with links to organizations addressing local needs .

The VMC Foundation is collecting physical and monetary donations for medical supplies. Meanwhile, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation is collecting cash donations to provide relief for residents, small businesses, and nonprofits.  The Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing is accepting housing related donations for those that may be homeless or in need of housing due to COVID-19. Please email housing@eoc.sccgov.org for more information.

Corporations interested in providing medical supplies and other material assistance during this emergency are encouraged to contact the Business Operations Center to evaluate and route larger donations. They can be reached at sccboc@gmail.com.

For those who cannot donate financially, food and blood donations are still urgently needed through Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and the Red Cross, respectively. Donations of non-medical supplies, blankets, personal hygiene, diapers, infant formula, food, clothing and other goods should be given to the local community organization of one’s choice.


Advice for COVID-19 Home Care Givers

The World Health Organization offers the follow advice for people taking care of someone at home who is ailing from COVID-19 or similar symptoms:

● Ensure the ill person rests, drinks plenty fluids, and eats nutritiously.
● Wear a face mask when in the same room.
● Clean hands frequently.
● Use dedicated utensils, towels, and bed linen for the ill person.
● Disinfect surfaces touched by the ill person.
● Call a healthcare facility if person has difficulty breathing.

Small Business Loan Scams

Under the recently enacted CARES Act, small businesses and non-profits can get up to a $10,000 advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan even if their previous application was declined or still pending. However, the Small Business Association warns that there are a number of scams circulating around this relief bill. Please know that there is no immediate deadline to apply; there are no fees to apply; and no credit card information is required. Small businesses can learn more here and apply here.

April 1 is Census Day

Even though we are sheltering in place, the Census 2020 count is moving forward. Data collected in the census is used for the appropriation of over $675 billion in annual federal funding and apportionment for the House of Representatives. California has a large hard-to-count population that has historically been undercounted. Please complete their Census forms online on the Census 2020 website or by toll-free phone call at 844-330-2020.

FAQs about the Local Health Officer Shelter in Place Order

Regular updates are made to the FAQ documents for our local Public Health Order as new information becomes available. You can access them in the following languages:

Shelter in Place FAQ-English
Shelter in Place FAQ-Chinese
Shelter in Place FAQ-Spanish
Shelter in Place FAQ-Vietnamese
Shelter in Place FAQ-Tagalog

More information and regular updates can be found on the County Public Health website and the CDC website.

What is desperately needed right now is for people not essential to health and safety services to stay home. If WE do, WE can slow the spread. WE can flatten the curve. WE can prevent our hospitals from being over run. WE can buy time for helpful medicines to be developed. WE can save lives. WE can eventually beat COVID-19.

I am grateful for the selfless and brave people serving on the front lines of this epidemic in hospitals, fire stations, pharmacies, and in essential businesses. Thank you.

Remember: Stay at home, stop the spread.

-Mike

 
 
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. www.supervisorwasserman.org

Office of Supervisor Mike Wasserman - County of Santa Clara
70 W. Hedding St.
East Wing, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
United States
408-299-5010
district1@bos.sccgov.org


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