This is Santa Clarans' central location for local updates on the novel coronavirus called COVID-19. View the City COVID-19 Updates to stay informed of the latest developments.
The City of Santa Clara declared a local state of emergency on March 11. The City is in regular communications with the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, the County's Office of Emergency Management and other community partners in regards to this public health emergency.
This is a quickly evolving situation and this site will be updated frequently. To subscribe to receive updates by email, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/enotify and subscribe to "City News".
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Update 4/4/2020: In partnership with Bay Area community leaders, NBC Bay Area is hosting the COVID-19 Telethon on Saturday, April 4 at 7 p.m. to raise additional funds for our community’s most vulnerable. On March 23, more than a dozen public and private partners came together to announce the launch of an $11M Silicon Valley Strong COVID-19 Fund. Currently, there are more than 4,800 families on the waiting list for assistance through Silicon Valley Strong Fund, which provides direct financial assistance to low-income individuals who have lost work due to the COVID-19 crisis. Tune in to the telethon on NBC Bay Area (Channel 11, Cable 3) and the live stream on nbcbayarea.com. Step up to give at https://siliconvalleystrong.org/telethon/.
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced 54 new cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, now totaling 1,148. County Public Health also reported one additional death, bringing the total to 39.
Update 4/3/2020: The California Department of Public Health is now recommending that the general public use reusable, non-medical cloth face coverings when outside the home and conducting essential activities. County of Santa Clara public health officials stated that medical grade masks are in short supply and our healthcare professionals need them to protect themselves while caring for patients. CDPF has more guidance about face coverings online, https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Face-Coverings-Guidance.aspx.
Also, the public has an opportunity to help support the Healthy Meals Santa Clara program by donating to the Mission City Community Fund. The Mission City Community Fund is a local nonprofit partner supporting the City's program that prevents kids in our community from going hungry. The supplemental meals program is also possible, thanks to assistance from the Santa Clara Unified School District, Spectra Venue Management and Levy Premium Food Services. Healthy Meals Santa Clara distributes weekend meal programs to children in Santa Clara at four locations on Thursdays from 2-3:30 p.m.
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced there are 75 new cases for a total of 1,094 confirmed COVID-19 cases and two new deaths for 38 total deaths due to COVID-19. For more information, visit County Public Health's dashboards.
Update 4/2/2020: Due to the upcoming Spring Holiday on April 10, seniors who would like to reserve weekend meals package must place their request by 5 p.m. Monday, April 6. Delivery or drive-thru pick up will take place on Thursday, April 9, instead of Friday. This is a one-time scheduling change due to the holiday. To reserve the weekend meals, call the Santa Clara Senior Center at 408-615-3170. The weekend to-go meals are for Santa Clara city residents, age 60 and over.
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are now 63 new cases for a total of 1,019 confirmed coronavirus cases and four new deaths, totaling 36 deaths, in the county, as of 5 p.m. April 1, 2020. For the latest information, visit County Public Health's website.
Update 4/1/2020: Today, Governor Gavin Newsom confirmed that schools in California won’t open by the end of the academic year. Gov. Newsom stressed that education will continue through distance learning. For more information about Santa Clara public schools, visit the Santa Clara Unified School District website.
The City’s Healthy Meals Santa Clara program returns tomorrow, April 2, to distribute free weekend meal packages for approximately 2,000 children at four locations in Santa Clara. For details, visit the Healthy Meals Santa Clara webpage.
Due to the County’s order, most construction is prohibited except for projects immediately necessary to the maintenance, operation, or repair of essential infrastructure. As a result, construction has been put on hold for the following City projects: Reed & Grant Streets Sports Park and the Machado Park Playground.
Wipes clog pipes: the public is reminded to throw away disinfecting wipes and paper towels in the trash. Do not flush them down the toilet.
Also, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department now reports 66 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 956 cases and two new deaths for a total of 31 deaths for the county. For more details, view the County Public Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Data Dashboard.
Past Updates for Santa Clara
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City Service Impacts
Since March 17, 2020, the City of Santa Clara is only providing essential public services to comply with the County's order that's in effect through May 3, 2020. All City facilities such as libraries and community centers are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information about available City services including Library resources during the COVID-19 outbreak, call the City of Santa Clara Reference Line at 408-615-2900 (available Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) or email email@example.com.
Also, visit Event and Program Updates for the latest details about event and program changes.
Got Questions about COVID-19?
State of California Call Center: For Californians who have questions or need assistance during the COVID-19 crisis, there is now a new statewide hotline, 833-544-2374.
County of Santa Clara Call Center: For coronavirus-related questions, call 2-1-1 or text the word “coronavirus” to 211211 and follow the prompts provided.
Visit County Public Health Department's Website: http://sccphd.org/coronavirus
The outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The first case in the United States was announced on Jan. 21, 2020.
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