This is Santa Clarans' central location for local updates on the novel coronavirus COVID-19. This is a quickly evolving situation and this site will be updated frequently.
The City of Santa Clara declared a local state of emergency on March 11, 2020. 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.
Santa Clara County is now in Phase 2 for reopening California. On July 1, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced certain counties, including Santa Clara County, must close all indoor business operations at certain businesses - such as restaurants, theaters and wineries - due to risk of coronavirus infection. Santa Clara County had not opened such indoor facilities yet and will now have to wait at least three weeks until considering any reopening plans.
On June 1, 2020, the County issued an updated Shelter-in-Place order that will allow multiple sectors and activities to reopen, as of Friday, June 5.
The City provides a summary of the latest response efforts along with impacts to local events and City programs/services due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. View the City COVID-19 Updates to stay informed of the latest developments.
Message from Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor
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Latest Community Updates
Update 7/5/2020: The California Department of Aging states wearing a face covering helps to protect older adults from COVID-19. Do your part to keep all Californians safe by wearing a face covering.
The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 206 new cases for a total of 5,273, with one additional death for a total of 161 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 10 new case for a total of 268 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.
Update 7/4/2020, 5 p.m.: County of Santa Clara officials told local media that the State of California has denied its request for a variance to expand the County's reopening plans. The County's request was submitted to the State on July 2. No other details are available at this time.
For more on the State's county variance information, visit COVID19.ca.gov.
7/4/2020, 3 p.m.: Public health officials urge the public to practice the 3 Ws to reduce the risk of coronavirus: wear a face covering, wash your hands and watch your distance.
The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 234 new cases for a total of 5,077, with no additional deaths for a total of 160 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 10 new case for a total of 258 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.
Update 7/3/2020: County of Santa Clara officials said under the updated guidance, which is anticipated to go into effect no later than July 13, personal responsibility for making choices that minimize risk for self and community is critical to Santa Clara County’s ability to keep case counts and hospitalizations as low as possible. They also stress that residents age 70 and older, as well as other vulnerable individuals, should only go out for essential needs.
County officials have acknowledge that we cannot stay at home all the time. As a result, they advise residents to follow these four core principals to minimize the risk to themselves and others:
- Outdoors are generally safer than indoors.
- The greater the distance one can put between themselves and others the better.
- Interact in person with as few people and for as short a length of time as possible.
- Consistent use of face coverings must become the new normal.
The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 109 new cases for a total of 4,849, with one additional death for a total of 160 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There is one new case for a total of 248 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.
Update 7/2/2020, Afternoon: On the afternoon of Thursday, July 2, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced a new order that puts in place long-term risk reduction measures. According to County officials, the new order allows other activities to resume, including hair and nail services, gyms, and small gatherings, but only with strict social distancing protocols in place, consistent use of face coverings, and significant capacity limits. It also requires all employers to immediately report cases of COVID-19 tied to their work places to local public health officials.
The County also said the order continues to stress that we are all safest when we stay home, and that people over age 70 and those with serious underlying medical conditions should continue to leave home only for essential needs.
The order will go into effect on July 13, or as soon as State approval is granted, whichever is later. For more information, view the County Public Health's webpage about the new order.
Update 7/2/2020, Morning: The County of Santa Clara is expected to issue a new public health order this afternoon. More details to come.
In California, it is required to wear a mask in public spaces. According to the Governor's Office, wearing a face covering is critical for keeping people safe and health, and keeping businesses open and getting people back to work.
The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 179 new cases for a total of 4,750 with one additional death for a total of 159 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 15 new cases for a total of 247 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.
Past Updates for Santa Clara
View archives, starting Jan. 28, 2020.
City Service Impacts
Since March 17, 2020, the City of Santa Clara is only providing essential public services to comply with the County's Shelter-in-Place order that has no end date. All City facilities such as libraries and community centers are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Essential City services: view the flyer for contact information.
- Development services: view the flyer for contact information.
City Events and Program Updates
- Visit Event and Program Updates for the latest details and changes.
City Reference Line
For more information about City services including Library resources, call 408-615-2900 (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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