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Local Updates from January - July 10, 2020

July 1-10, 2020 

Update 7/10/2020: According to County of Santa Clara officials, the County's new Risk Reduction Order, which will take effect on July 13, requires all businesses, including those currently open, to submit updated Social Distancing Protocols by Monday, July 13, in order to operate. Instructions for how to submit a Social Distancing Protocol can be found at  www.covid19prepared.org.  

County officials say the new order puts in place long-term, across-the-board risk reduction measures. It allows additional activities such as hair and nail services, gyms, and outdoor gatherings of up to 60 people to resume, but it requires strict social distancing protocols, consistent use of face coverings and significant capacity limits for those activities to occur.  

The order includes several sector-specific mandatory directives that can be found on County Public Health's website. Directives, that have been already released, are for the following sectors:

Additional directives relating to Recreational and Athletic Activities, Hotels and Motels, Public Transit, Childcare, Summer Camps and Children’s Activities, and Agriculture will be released Friday, July 10.

On Friday, July 10, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 189 new cases for a total of 5,863, with no additional deaths for a total of 166 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 6 new cases for a total of 295 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard

Update 7/9/2020: Beginning Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the Santa Clara Skate Park will be open for FREE one hour Skate Sessions three days per week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. for ages 5 and older.

  • Advanced online registration is required for a one hour time slot.
  • Visit apm.activecommunities.com/santaclara/ and search “Skate Park” to view available sessions.
  • Participants must use their own equipment as loaning or sharing equipment is not allowed. Skaters must wear a face covering except when skating and abide by County social distancing protocols and health & safety requirements.
  • For more information, please contact the Santa Clara Youth Activity Center at 408-615-3760. 
 

On Thursday, July 9, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 132 new cases for a total of 5,678, with one additional death for a total of 166 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 10 new cases for a total of 289 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard

Update 7/8/2020:  The Parks & Recreation Department is reopening City park restrooms, as of Thursday, July 9. 

  • The City is implementing a cleaning and sanitizing regimen. 
  • The public is required to follow the “health and safety first” protocols found on the posted COVID-19 park signs including social distancing, mandatory face covering, frequent handwashing, and sanitizing before and after using park facilities. 
  • Persons who are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are required to stay home and seek advice from their medical provider.  
  • View the video about how City staff is abiding by health and safety protocols for the public’s use of these park restroom facilities.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 79 new cases for a total of 5,552, with no additional deaths for a total of 165 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are three new case for a total of 279 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard

Update 7/7/2020: The County of Santa Clara announced that the State of California approved its variance Tuesday morning, July 7. As a result, outdoor dining can continue in Santa Clara County and the new local health order announced by County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody last week will now go into effect on Monday, July 13.

The County also issued a reminder to businesses that all businesses, including those currently opened, must submit updated Social Distancing protocols by Monday, July 13 at www.covid19prepared.org.

For more information, view the County news release.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 80 new cases for a total of 5,478, with one additional death for a total of 165 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are four new case for a total of 276 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard

Update 7/6/2020: Last week in a video, Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor announced the launch of an Energy Efficiency Grant Program to help Santa Clara small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

  • The grants will assist eligible small businesses in reducing their electric utility bills by helping fund energy efficiency upgrades.
  • For more information including how to apply, visit SiliconValleyPower.com/BusinessRebates

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 141 new cases for a total of 5,408, with three additional deaths for a total of 164 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 4 new case for a total of 272 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard

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

Update 7/1/2020: On Wednesday, July 1, Governor Gavin Newsom announced effective immediately, 19 counties including Santa Clara County must close indoor operations for the following sectors: restaurants, wineries, movie theaters and family entertainment, zoos and museums, and cardrooms. Bars in these 19 counties must also close all operations. Santa Clara County had not reopened such indoor facilities yet. 

Governor Newsom also said all parking facilities at state beaches in the Bay Area and Southern California will be closed for the upcoming holiday weekend. These closures will remain in place for at least three weeks.

Governor Newsom stressed COVID-19 does not take the 4th of July off. He also urged Californians to avoid crowds and do not gather with people they do not live with. He also reminded everyone to wear a face covering in public and physically distance from those who aren't part of your immediate household. For more details, visit covid19.CA.gov

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 210 new cases for a total of 4,572 with two additional deaths for a total of 158 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 11 new cases for a total of 232 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard

June 1-30, 2020

Update 6/30/2020: On Tuesday, June 30, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department issued guidance for school administrators "to help them prepare to welcome students back to school campuses for the 2020-2021 school year, with the protocols and policies in place to protect students and staff from COVID-19." For more details, view the news release.

In collaboration with Santa Clara Unified School District, the City is consolidating the locations where free weekend meal packages for youth are available through the Healthy Meals Santa Clara program.

  • Starting Thursday, July 2, distributions will take place every Thursday, 2-3:30 p.m., at the following three locations until further notice: 
    • Cabrillo Middle School, 2550 Cabrillo Ave.
    • Don Callejon School, 4176 Lick Mill Blvd.
    • Wilcox High School, 3250 Monroe St.
  • For more information, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/HealthyMealsSantaClara.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 116 new cases for a total of 4,370 with no additional deaths for a total of 156 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 13 new cases for a total of 221 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard

Update 6/29/2020: In partnership with the County of Santa Clara, the City hosted a COVID-19 testing site at the Northside Branch Library last week.Between June 23-26, 2020, there was a total of 2,121 free tests conducted at this Santa Clara location. For more information about free COVID-19 testing locations in Santa Clara County, visit SCCfreetest.org

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 104 new cases for a total of 4,265 with one additional death for a total of 156 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 18 new cases for a total of 208 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard

 

Update 6/28/2020: The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 135 new cases for a total of 4,162 with no additional deaths for a total of 155 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 16 new case for a total of 198 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/27/2020:  Due to a system-wide outage of the Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE), managed by the State Department of Public Health, the County of Santa Clara’s COVID-19 Cases Dashboard will not be updated Saturday, June 27. 

County Public Health also said the case count on Sunday will be high as the backlog of cases come in.

Update 6/26/2020: Today's the last day for free COVID-19 testing at the Northside Branch Library. Testing is available through 4 p.m. Friday, June 26 and no appointment is needed. Yesterday, 558 COVID-19 tests were conducted at this pop-up test site. For details about free COVID-19 testing sites in Santa Clara County, visit sccfreetest.org.

A new County of Santa Clara public health order is expected for next week.

  • In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, June 26, the County’s health officer, Dr. Sara Cody, noted that the new order will mark the beginning of a new phase, “where many activities will be allowed to resume with appropriate risk reduction measures in place.”
  • Dr. Cody stressed that the success in the next phase will depend on the public’s implementation of social distancing protocols, wearing face coverings and practicing other behaviors that keep the spread of COVID-19 as low as possible.
  • For more details, view Dr. Cody’s statement.

If you think or know you have COVID-19 and had symptoms, stay home and away from other people. Learn more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations about when you can be around others on the CDC website.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 100 new cases for a total of 3,984 with no additional deaths for a total of 155 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 182 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/25/2020: Friday, June 26 is the last day to get free COVID-19 testing at the Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way, in Santa Clara. No appointment is needed to get tested at the pop-up testing site. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Remember to wear a face covering and practice social distancing. For more information, visit sccfreetest.org.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 64 new cases for a total of 3,888 with two additional deaths for a total of 155 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. County public health officials said they removed one death from the total deaths after learning a death from another county was added to Santa Clara County's total. There is now one new case for a total of 182 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  


Update 6/24/2020: Free COVID-19 testing continues at the Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way. The pop-up COVID-19 testing will continue through Friday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • No appointments are needed for the free nasal swab test at this pop-up location in Santa Clara.
    • COVID-19 testing is free to everyone. 
    • No health insurance or a doctor’s note is required.
    • It does not impact one’s immigration status.
  • Remember to wear a face covering and practice social distancing of at least six feet at the testing site.
  • For more information, call 2-1-1 or visit sccfreetest.org

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 125 new cases for a total of 3,832 with no additional deaths for a total of 154 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now seven new cases for a total of 181 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/23/2020: • In partnership with the County of Santa Clara, the City began hosting free COVID-19 testing at the Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way.  There were already more than 90 people lined up for testing by 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

  • The pop-up COVID-19 testing is taking place Tuesday, June 23 through Friday, June 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • No appointments are needed for the free nasal swab test at this pop-up location in Santa Clara.
    • COVID-19 testing is free to everyone. 
    • No health insurance or a doctor’s note is required.
    • It does not impact one’s immigration status.
  • Remember to wear a face covering at the testing site.
  • For more information, call 2-1-1 or visit sccfreetest.org

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 122 new cases for a total of 3,727 with no additional deaths for a total of 154 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now nine new cases for a total of 174 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/22/2020: • In partnership with the County of Santa Clara, the City will hold free COVID-19 testing at the Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way, starting Tuesday, June 23. The dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, June 23 - Friday, June 26
    10 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • No appointments are needed for the free nasal swab test at this pop-up location in Santa Clara.
    • COVID-19 testing is free to everyone. 
    • No health insurance or a doctor’s note is required.
    • It does not impact one’s immigration status.
  • Remember to wear a face covering at the testing site.
  • According to County public health officials, pop-up locations are most appropriate for individuals who do not have any symptoms but who are at higher risk because they work in frontline settings or because they’ve had significant interaction with members of the public. 
    • This includes grocery store clerks, construction workers, retail associates, first responders and other workers, as well as individuals who regularly ride public transit or have recently attended a mass gathering.
  • For more information, call 2-1-1 or visit sccfreetest.org

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 66 new cases for a total of 3,606 with two additional deaths for a total of 154 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 8 new cases for a total of 165 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/21/2020: Face coverings should not be worn when they become damp or wet. According to local health officials, cloth face coverings lose their effectiveness as they get damp. For more details, view California Department of Public Health's guidance on face coverings.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 89 new cases for a total of 3,547 with no additional deaths for a total of 152 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 157 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/20/2020: Wearing face coverings can be uncomfortable in hot weather. However, local public health officials point out that does not change the need to wear them when in public. Try wearing a breathable fabric, like cotton, to feel more comfortable.The State of California now requires face coverings to be worn in most public spaces. There are exemptions including for children age 2 and under and if you're exercising.  For more details, view the California Department of Public Health's face coverings guidance.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 60 new cases for a total of 3,458 with no additional deaths for a total of 152 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 5 more confirmed cases for a total of 157 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

ave accumulated due to the COVID-19 crisis. To see if you qualify and to apply, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/RentRelief.

Update 6/19/2020: More free COVID-19 testing is coming to Santa Clara County next week, including here in the city of Santa Clara.

The COVID-19 testing will take place at Santa Clara's Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 through Friday, June 26, 2020. No appointments are needed for a free nasal swab test at this pop-up location.

Visit sccfreetest.org for more information or to use an interactive map of the community, pop-up, hospital and clinic testing sites.

According to County Public Health, there are now at least 57 locations to be tested for COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. For more details, view the County Public Health news release

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 40 new cases for a total of 3,398 with no additional deaths for a total of 152 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 2 more confirmed cases for a total of 152 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/18/2020: Californians are now required to wear face coverings in most public spaces. The California Department of Public Health issued the new order about the use of cloth face coverings or masks by the general public when outside the home.

Public health officials note that the wearing face coverings helps reduce the spread of coronavirus especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. There are exemptions including children age two years or under and individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering.

For more details, visit COVID19.CA.gov and the State Public Health guidance

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 79 new cases for a total of 3,363 with one additional death for a total of 152deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 11 more confirmed cases for a total of 150 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard
 


Update 6/17/2020: 
The Annual Cleanup Campaign is happening! The Cleanup Campaign has been rescheduled for August 10 - September 4, 2020. City staff would like to thank Santa Clara residents for their patience and understanding as staff worked to reschedule this popular service amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Look up your service week by using our interactive map, MapSantaClara. For more information, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/Cleanup

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 39 new cases for a total of 3,288 with no additional deaths for a total of 151 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There is one more case for a total of 139 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/16/2020: The City of Santa Clara has launched the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to assist low-income households with rental assistance for past due rent payments that h

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 28 new cases for a total of 3,254 with no additional deaths for a total of 151 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There is one more case for a total of 138 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  


Update 6/15/2020: 
Registration for residents is now underway for the City’s Parks & Recreation Department mini-camp sessions being held from July 6 to August 7.The Summer 2020 sessions for children, ages 7 to 12, are following social distancing and health and safety protocols, per the County of Santa Clara’s June 5 public health order.  For more details, view the virtual Recreation Activity Guide and for questions, call the Community Recreation Center at 408-615-3140.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 34 new cases for a total of 3,230 with no additional deaths for a total of 151 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 137 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/14/2020: As you make outdoor dining plans, local public health officials remind the community to not forget that the virus is still present in Santa Clara. To protect yourself and others, here are a few tips for outdoor dining:

  1. Only dine with people you live with, in groups of 6 or fewer.  
  2. Call ahead so restaurants can prepare seating.
  3. Wear a face covering when you are not eating or drinking.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 43 new cases for a total of 3,197 with two additional deaths for a total of 151 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. In regards to the number of coronavirus-related deaths, County Public Health stated, "A previous death included in the total death count was originally classified as suspected COVID-19 pending further investigation and now confirmed due to other causes." There are two more confirmed case for a total of 137 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/13/2020: While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to change our workout routines, especially for those who prefer to go to the gym, County Public Health officials point out that you can now engage in outdoor, non-contact sports and activities with people you live with, plus one household. For more details, visit the County Public Health website.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 43 new cases for a total of 3,157 with no additional deaths for a total of 150 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There is one more confirmed case for a total of 135 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/12/2020: Gyms and fitness centers are not approved to be open in Santa Clara County.

  • While parts of California allow gyms and fitness centers to be open in accordance with Stage 3 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap,  Santa Clara County is not there yet. 
  • When there is a discrepancy in the State and County public health orders, the stricter of the two must be followed.
  • Santa Clara County is in Stage 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 55 new cases for a total of 3,117 with two additional deaths for a total of 150 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 134 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/11/2020: Starting Thursday, June 11, the California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) is reopening its remaining field offices that were temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • With this phase of reopening, DMV employees at 169 field offices will assist customers with current appointments at the specific office and limited transactions that require an in-person visit. 
  • Behind-the-wheel drive tests are not yet available, and the DMV continues to recommend that customers use its online services.
  • For more details, read the DMV news release.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 35 new cases for a total of 3,063 with two additional deaths for a total of 148 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 134 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/10/2020: The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health urges the public to get tested for COVID-19 if you’ve been in large crowds and to watch for any symptoms of COVID-19.

  • County Public Health is also recommending testing for the following groups of people even if they do not have any symptoms:  
  • Any front line or healthcare worker who regularly interacts with members of the public and cannot maintain social distancing at work should ideally get tested once a month. 
    • This may include those who work in healthcare, homeless shelters, jails and other custodial settings, food banks, public safety/emergency response, food service, grocery, construction, delivery, janitorial, transit, or social work, among other jobs. 
    • This does not include those who are able to maintain social distancing while at work, such as essential workers who work in a back office. 
  • Any person who works in a skilled nursing facility should ideally get tested every two weeks.
  • For information about free COVID-19 testing in Santa Clara County, visit sccfreetest.org.  

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 15 new cases for a total of 3,032 with no additional deaths for a total of 146 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There was one new case for a total of 134 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/9/2020: The City is continuing to implement health and safety protocols to bring back more public services that are allowed under the June 5, 2020 County of Santa Clara Shelter-in-Place order. With these reopenings, the City is proceeding in a slow and deliberate manner for each facility and program, assuring that staff, the facilities and the public are prepared to adhere to the health and safety protocols in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. View Tuesday's COVID-19 Update for details.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 46 new cases for a total of 3,017 with one additional death for a total of 146 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There was one new case for a total of 133 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/8/2020: Public health officials point out wearing a face covering that covers your nose and mouth will help limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • Face coverings are required when visiting a business or using public transit
  • County Public Health provided a few tips on wearing a face covering properly:
    • Should fit snugly and comfortably against the side of the face
    • Be secured with ties or ear loops
    • Include multiple layers of fabric
    • Allow for breathing without restriction
    • Be able to be laundered and machine dried
  • Share your selfie with us while wearing a face covering by using the hashtag, #SantaClaraHasItCovered, on social media. 
  • For more information about face coverings, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/FaceCoverings

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 33 new cases for a total of 2,973 with one additional death for a total of 145 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. As of June 6, there was one new case for a total of 132 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  


Update 6/7/2020: When dining outdoors or shopping at a retail store, remember to have your face covering ready to wear and a spare. Here are a few more tips from County Public Health officials:

  • Grab your hand sanitizer  
  • Leave your personal shopping bags at home or in the car
  • Be prepared for social distancing and to wait in lines

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 27 new cases for a total of 2,942 with one additional death for a total of 144 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. As of June 6, there was one new case for a total of 132 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/6/2020: The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVIDView report shows that nationally, the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 decreased compared to last week. However, four regions (parts of the Southeast, South Central, West Coast and Northwest) saw slight increases. For more information, view the CDC's COVIDView report.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 30 new cases for a total of 2,920 with no additional deaths for a total of 143 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. The number of deaths went down by one in the county due the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner indicating a mix-up had led to a misclassification of a COVID-19 death. Per County Public Health officials, Santa Clara County is categorizing this death as “pending further investigation” and is removing it from the count of COVID-19 deaths. There is one new case for a total of 132 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/5/2020: The County’s updated Shelter-in-Place order is now in effect as of Friday, June 5, allowing certain additional businesses and activities to resume while keeping key restrictions in place that help to slow down the transmission of COVID-19.

  • According to the County order, the public is still to stay in their homes except when engaging in certain essential and allowed activities.

  • Additional businesses that can reopen include:
    • Outdoor dining at restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, subject to limitations/social distancing
    • Retail and shopping centers for in-store shopping, subject to limitations/social distancing
    • Childcare, summer camps, summer school, and all other educational or recreational programs for all children, in stable groups of up to 12 children
    • All manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics, subject to limitations/social distancing
    • House cleaning and other no-contact in-home services
    • Low contact/no contact service businesses such as shoe repair, watch repair, and other similar services, subject to limitations/social distancing
    • All pet grooming

  • Additional activities that may resume include:
    • Outdoor small ceremonies and religious services, in groups no larger than 25
    • All outdoor recreational activities that do not involve physical contact, with social distancing, including swimming pools, hiking, tennis, golf, etc.
    • Camping, subject to limitations/social distancing
    • Drive-in theaters and other car-based gatherings with limitations

When there are differences between the County’s Shelter-in-Place order and the State of California’s order, you must comply with the stricter of the two orders. State officials released detailed plans for counties that are ready to move into Phase 3 of a four-phase plan for reopening California. Santa Clara County is currently in Phase 2 of reopening.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 52 new cases for a total of 2,892 with no additional deaths for a total of 144 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains one new case for a total of 131 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/4/2020: In Santa Clara, we’re continuing to stay covered with the use of face coverings when leaving home.

  • Face coverings, such as a bandana, scarf, towel or other piece of clothing or fabric, are required when at a business and on public transit
  • Show how #SantaClaraHasItCovered by taking a selfie while wearing a face covering and posting it on social media
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, face coverings can slow the spread of the virus and help people, who may have the virus and do not know it, from transmitting it to others.
  • For more information, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/facecoverings

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 19 new cases for a total of 2,850 with no additional deaths for a total of 144 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 130 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/3/2020: The County of Santa Clara's updated public health order begins Friday, June and allows for more businesses and activities. It does not mean that the pandemic is over. It means that Santa Clara County has successfully slowed the spread of the coronavirus. For more details about what's opening up, view this flyer.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 20 new cases for a total of 2,832 with one additional death for a total of 144 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 130 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/2/2020: The City lifted the order that established a citywide curfew effective May 31, 2020 from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • The curfew for Santa Clara officially ended as of Tuesday afternoon, June 2.
  • While two local businesses experienced some vandalism Monday night, June 1, the eminent threat of larger scale looting throughout Santa Clara can now be managed through regular police authority. 
  • The local state of emergency remains in effect as the City of Santa Clara maintains vigilance and the ability to respond quickly to any threats to public safety.
  • For more information, view the City Manager’s statement.   

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 17 new cases for a total of 2,819 with one additional death for a total of 143 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There is one new case for a total of 130 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 6/1/2020: The County of Santa Clara announced amendments to the current Shelter-in-Place order that will allow multiple sectors and activities to reopen starting this Friday, June 5.

With adherence to social distancing protocols and safety requirements, the updated order:

  • Expands previously permitted business activity to include outdoor dining at restaurants and in-store shopping at retail locations.
    • Permits all children to take part in childcare, summer camps, summer school, or other educational and recreational programs, so long as groups are limited to 12 or fewer. 
    • Allows outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people for religious services and cultural ceremonies.
    • Allows outdoor recreational activities that do not involve physical contact, such as swimming, to resume.
    • Permits car-based gatherings, including drive-in theaters.
  • According to County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health, the updated order keeps key restrictions in place, requiring people to stay in their homes except when engaging in certain essential or allowed activities.
  • For more information, view the County news release.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 29 new cases for a total of 2,805 with one additional death for a total of 142 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 129 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

May 2020

Update 5/31/2020: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC and academic partners have narrowed the timeline of when COVID-19 limited community transmission likely started in the U.S. to between Jan. 18, 2020 and Feb. 9, 2020. For more details, visit the CDC website.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 46 new cases for a total of 2,776 with no additional deaths for a total of 141 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are two new cases for a total of 129 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 5/30/2020: From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: While the percentage of lab specimens testing positive for COVID-19 decreased nationally from last week, the latest COVIDView report notes slight increases in the Southeast and Pacific Northwest. Learn more by visit the CDC website.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 25 new cases for a total of 2,731 with one additional death for a total of 141 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 127 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 5/29/2020: The City will open Mission City Memorial Park (MCMP) for visitor hours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  

  • In compliance with the County public health order, the City will manage the total number of visitors allowed in MCMP at one time to 100 individuals to reduce crowding and risk of virus transmission.
  • Visitors are asked to wear face covering and abide by at least a six-foot social distancing, as well as to bring hand sanitizer and wipes for personal use.
  • Vehicle and pedestrian access will be limited to the Dolores Avenue entrance where visitors will be greeted at the gate by staff and provided with cemetery rules. Staff will be monitoring social distancing inside park.  

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 14 new cases for a total of 2,707 with no additional deaths for a total of 140 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 127 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 5/28/2020: Given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is preparing for a very different travel season. TSA has implemented changes to the security screening process that reduce the potential for cross-contamination at the security checkpoint in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As implementation of these changes begin to roll out in the coming weeks, travelers should expect to:

  • Keep possession of their boarding passes. Passengers will scan their own boarding passes and hold them out for visual inspection by TSA agents.
  • Separate food for X-ray screening. Passengers should place their carry-on food items into a clear plastic bag and place that bag into a bin. TSA Precheck members do not need to remove items from their bags.
  • Pack smart. Passengers should take extra care to ensure that they do not have any prohibited items. TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags. Practice social distancing. Passengers should allow for social distancing to reduce direct contact between employees and travelers whenever possible without compromising security.
  • Wear facial protection. TSA officers at checkpoints are now using facial protection. Travelers are encouraged to wear face protection to the checkpoint as well. Travelers are also encouraged to remove items such as belts, and items from their pockets, like wallets, keys and phones, and put them directly into their carry-on bags instead of into the bins to reduce touch-points during the screening process.

View the TSA news release for more details.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 17 new cases for a total of 2,701 with no additional deaths for a total of 140 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 127 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 5/27/2020: Take daily precautions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. Learn how to protect yourself from coronavirus (COVID-19) with the tips available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 15 new cases for a total of 2,688 with one additional death for a total of 140 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 127 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 5/26/2020: Additional funding is now available to qualified individuals through the COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program administered by Sacred Heart Community Service and Destination: Home. Because there is a limited amount of funding available, this round of assistance will focus on serving those in our community who are most in need of assistance. More information and the application are available online.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that travelers avoid all non essential travel to the following destinations: Brazil, China, Iran, most European counties, and United Kingdom and Ireland. For details about the CDC's travel health notices, visit the CDC website

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 24 new cases for a total of 2,675 with no additional deaths for a total of 139 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 127 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 5/25/2020: The County of Santa Clara is expanding access to COVID-19 testing by launching or expanding six new test locations Monday, May 25. For details, view the County's news release.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 36 new cases for a total of 2,652 with no additional deaths for a total of 139 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There is now one more confirmed cases for a total of 127 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 5/24/2020: This Memorial Day weekend, be mindful of social distancing.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges the public to stay at least six feet from others to slow the spread of COVID-19. If visiting public spaces like parks and trails, avoid crowded areas.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 47 new cases for a total of 2,617 with no additional deaths for a total of 139 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now four more confirmed cases for a total of 126 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 5/23/2020: This Memorial Day, let's honor those who have fallen while serving our country and let's do so safely. Public health officials have provided the following tips: 

  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Avoid gatherings.
  • Wear face coverings and maintain social distancing among non-household members.
  • Shop, hike, bike and get fresh air locally if you do head out.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 30 new cases for a total of 2,571 with one additional death for a total of 139 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now two more confirmed cases for a total of 122 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

Update 5/22/2020: As the Memorial Day holiday weekend arrives, the public is reminded to follow the County of Santa Clara’s latest public health order that went into effect Friday, May 22:

  • Wear a face covering while in public
    • This is required when entering a business.
  • Practice physical distancing
    • Six feet is a minimum. More is better.
  • Get tested.

For 5/22/20, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 26 new cases for a total of 2,546 with no additional deaths for a total of 138 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now three more confirmed cases for a total of 120 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.  

For 5/21/20, the daily update was not available due to reported quality issues with CalREDIE, the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange. 

Update 5/21/2020: For the Memorial Day holiday, the City is providing special visitation hours at Mission City Memorial Park (MCMP).

  • On Monday, May 25, MCMP will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Memorial Day visitation.  
  • In compliance with the County of Santa Clara’s Public Health Order, the City will manage the total number of visitors allowed at one time in MCMP (to 100) to reduce crowding and risk of virus transmission.  
  • Visitors are required to wear face covering and abide by social distancing of at least six feet from others who are not part of one’s household.  
  • Vehicle and pedestrian access will be limited to the Dolores Avenue entrance where visitors will be greeted by staff at the gate and provided with cemetery rules. Staff will monitor social distancing inside park.
  • For more information about the City-owned cemetery, visit the City website.

As of 5/20/2020, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 13 new cases for a total of 2,492 with one additional death for a total of 138 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There's a revised number of 117 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard

Update 5/20/2020: Santa Clara County residents now have more options for free COVID-19 testing.

  • On Wednesday, May 20, the City of San José, the County of Santa Clara and Verily announced testing sites at the PAL Stadium, 680 S. 34th St. in east San José, and the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road in San José, for all residents, with or without COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Testing is provided at no cost to individuals, regardless of health insurance. 
  • Residents need to schedule an appointment to get tested. 
  • There are now more than 30 testing sites open across the county.
  • For more information about community testing sites and how to make an appointment, visit SCCfreetest.org

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 13 new cases for a total of 2,492 with one additional death for a total of 138 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There's a revised number of 117 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard

Update 5/19/2020: In accordance with the County of Santa Clara Public Health Order, City of Santa Clara public tennis courts have reopened as of Tuesday, May 19.

  • Any visitors to City-owned courts should adhere to all social distancing guidelines and posted regulations at the courts in order to help prevent the possible spread of COVID-19. 
  • Thamien Park tennis courts will remain closed due to scheduled improvements for court resurfacing. For current use policies, view the Tennis Court Regulations.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 15 new cases for a total of 2,483 with 2 additional deaths for a total of 137 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 119 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard

Update 5/18/2020: In a joint statement with the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and San Francisco and the city of Berkeley, the County of Santa Clara announced on Monday, May 18, the issuance of a revised Shelter-in-Place order, which will allow for some reopening of certain sectors in the Bay Area. The new order goes into effect Friday, May 22 and will remain in effect until further notice. The County Department of Public Health reminds the public that they are still required by the revised health order to stay home as much as possible, wear face coverings and follow the precautions that have helped the region make progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 19 new cases for a total of 2,470 with zero additional deaths for a total of 135 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now two new cases for a total of 119 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard

Update 5/17/2020: Under the County's May 4 Shelter-in-Place order, you are required to wear a face covering whenever you are at a business (even if it’s an outdoor business), including as an employee or a customer.

  • According to County Public Health officials, at all other times when you are out in public, you are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. The only exceptions are for people for whom a face covering may not be safe (for example, children 6 and under, or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a face covering without assistance). You do not need to wear a face covering when you are exercising outdoors, but you are encouraged to have one with you. 
  • County Public Health explains to safely remove your face covering, do so carefully and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash your hands immediately.
  • For more tips, visit the County Public Health website.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 37 new cases for a total of 2,453 with zero additional deaths for a total of 135 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There's now one new case for a total of 117 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 5/16/2020: From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the latest CDC COVIDView report shows adults 65+ continue to have the highest rates of coronavirus-associated hospitalizations, followed by adults age 50 – 64. For more details, view the COVIDView Report which features a weekly surveillance summary of U.S. COVID-19 activity.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 15 new cases for a total of 2,418 with zero additional deaths for a total of 135 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There's a revised total number of 116 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

 

Update 5/15/2020: The City of Santa Clara is exploring how it may assist the County with COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing by reassigning a number of City employees to perform this work for County Public Health as disaster service workers.

  • Through a partnership with government and community partners including local cities, County Public Health officials have stated this work will ensure that we can interrupt chains of transmission and slow the spread of the virus in our community.
  • Per County Public Health, identifying cases and contacts will help to safely isolate or quarantine those affected.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 18 new cases for a total of 2,403 with one additional death for a total of 135 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 117 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard

Update 5/14/2020: Per the County of Santa Clara’s May 4 Shelter-in-Place order, here’s a reminder that the public is required to wear face coverings when at a business, even if it’s an outdoor business. The City continues to encourage the public to “stay covered” and wear a face covering whenever you leave your home.

Share your selfie with us on social media and use the hashtag #SantaClaraHasItCovered to help encourage the community to wear face coverings while doing essential activities.For more details about wearing face coverings, including how to make one from a t-shirt, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/FaceCoverings.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 15 new cases for a total of 2,391 with two additional deaths for a total of 134 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There is now 1 new case for a total of 117 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 5/13/2020: The Bill Wilson Center Centre for Living with Dying has launched a hotline for individuals who have lost a loved one to COVID-19. Residents, who live in Santa Clara County and would like to talk with someone, can call at (408) 243-0222. Grief counseling is available in 150 languages.

The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 21 new cases for a total of 2,381 with two additional deaths for a total of 132 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now 3 new cases for a total of 116 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 5/12/2020: Courtesy the California Air National Guard, a sky-high salute to thank health care workers, first responders and others on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic is scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, May 13.

  • The F-15C Eagle jets with Cal Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing based in Fresno will take off at 10 a.m. Wednesday and be in the Santa Clara area around 10:56 a.m.
  • According to Cal Guard, the fighter jets will fly over medical facilities in the San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento, the Bay Area, Southern California and parts of the Central Valley before returning to Fresno.
  • Cal Guard said all flyover times are subject to change, based on weather and other factors.
  • If you plan on viewing the flyover, continue to practice social distancing.
  • The flyover is part of the nationwide salute to show support for all essential personnel.

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Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 28 new cases for a total of 2,364 with one additional death for a total of 130 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now 3 new cases for a total of 113 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 5/11/2020: The Santa Clara Convention Center is undergoing a deep cleaning after serving as the temporary site for a State of California-run Federal Medical Station (FMS) for the past month. 

  • The FMS, which assisted local hospitals by serving low acuity COVID-19 patients, is nearly demobilized with the removal and packing of equipment while the City of Santa Clara-owned facility undergoes an extensive and thorough cleaning. 
  • From April 5-28, 2020, a total of 20 patients were treated at the FMS.
  • The State as well as the County of Santa Clara were involved in the decision to demobilize the FMS.
  • The City is continuing to follow the public health order and, when it is appropriate, the Convention Center will return to normal operations.

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 7 new cases for a total of 2,341 with one new death for a total of 129 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. County Public Health also revised the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 110 from 111 in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 5/10/2020: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tips on how to safely wear and remove your cloth face covering. View the CDC's poster.

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 32 new cases for a total of 2,339 with one new death for a total of 129 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 2 new cases for a total of 111 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

 

Use a Cloth Face Covering to Protect Others

Update 5/9/2020: Bay Area public health orders remain in effect and do not permit curbside pickup from non-essential, non-outdoor businesses. For more information, view the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health's news release.

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 19 new cases for a total of 2,307 with no new deaths for a total of 128 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are 2 new cases for a total of 109 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 5/8/2020: On Friday, May 8, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order for all California registered voters to receive a mail-in ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Secretary of State Alex Padilla said California is the first state in the U.S. to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by mailing every registered voter a ballot.  Padilla also said the state remains committed to providing those who will still want to vote in-person the opportunity to do so. For more details, view the news release

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 11 new cases for a total of 2,290 with 1 new death for a total of 128 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There's 1 new case for a total of 107 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 5/7/2020: The Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise additional funding for the City’s Small Business Assistance Grant Program

  • As of Thursday, May 7, $1,500 in donations have been raised by the Chamber for the Small Business Assistance Grant Program.
  • Donate today through GoFundMe to support this grant program which helps small businesses and nonprofits in Santa Clara.

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 19 new cases for a total of 2,281 with 1 new death for a total of 127 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 106 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 5/6/2020: On Wednesday, May 6, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new website to help Californians find a testing site near them. The public will be able to search COVID-19 testing sites by current location, address, city or zip code.

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 17 new cases for a total of 2,268 with 5 new deaths for a total of 126 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are two new cases for a total of 106 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 5/5/2020: The revised Shelter-in-Place order, issued by the County of Santa Clara Public Health Officer, contains new requirements for face coverings:

  • Everyone is now required to wear a face covering whenever they’re at a business, even if it’s an outdoor business.
  • Businesses must post signs reminding customers to wear a face covering when they’re at their facilities.
  • When out in public, people are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering, such as a bandana, scarf, towel, or other piece of cloth or fabric.
  • Per the May 4 County order, the only exceptions are for people for whom a face covering may not be safe. Among the exceptions are children, age 6 and under, and anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
  • Individuals do not need to wear a face covering when outdoors exercising, although they’re encouraged to have one with them.
  • For more information, view the County’s Critical Guidance on Face Coverings.

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 13 new cases for a total of 2,255 with 4 new deaths for a total of 121 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 104 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.
 
Update 5/4/2020: This year’s 4th of July All-City Picnic & Fireworks Extravaganza is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cancelling the event now avoids the expenditure of City funds on advanced vendor contracts for the event that typically features live entertainment, carnival games, food and fireworks.The event typically attracts 10,000 participants. For more details, read the news release.

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 18 new cases for a total of 2,244 with 2 new deaths for a total of 117 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There's one (1) new case for a total of 104 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 5/3/2020: The County of Santa Clara's revised Shelter-in-Place order goes into effect tomorrow, Monday, May 4. For frequently asked questions, visit County Public Health's website for Frequently Asked Questions.

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 27 new cases for a total of 2,231 with 1 new death for a total of 115 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 103 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 5/2/2020: Bay Area Health Officers released a joint statement on the indicators that will be used to measure progress in containing COVID-19 and ensuring the region has the infrastructure in place to protect the community as restrictions are eased. For more information, visit the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health website.

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Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 26 new cases for a total of 2,204 with 1 new death for a total of 114 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 103 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 5/1/2020: The County of Santa Clara’s revised Shelter-in-Place order goes into effect Monday, May 4 and runs through Sunday, May 31, 2020.

  • The new order requires people to continue staying at home except for participating in essential activities or working for an essential business.
  • According to the County, the new order allows some businesses to open that could not operate under the March 17 order and some low-risk activities to resume.
  • For frequently asked questions about the revised order, view the County’s FAQs and related materials.

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 21 new cases for a total of 2,179 with 2 new deaths for a total of 113 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There is now one more case for a total of 103 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

April 2020

Update 4/30/2020: Through a “Stay Covered, Santa Clara” social media campaign, the City is strongly urging the public to wear face coverings when leaving home for essential activities, such as picking up to-go meals or exercising through a neighborhood walk. 

  • Show us how you’re staying covered by taking a selfie while wearing your face covering.
  • Post your photo on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and use the hashtag, #SantaClaraHasItCovered.
  • According to public health officials, wearing face coverings that cover one’s nose and mouth will help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and reduce the number of people infected. 
  • For more information, including how to make your own face covering from a t-shirt, are available on the City website, SantaClaraCA.gov/FaceCoverings.

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 31 new cases for a total of 2,163 with 4 new deaths for a total of 111 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There is now a total of 102 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 4/29/2020: The County of Santa Clara joined six other Bay Area jurisdictions – the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo as well as the City of Berkeley - in extending the regional Shelter-in-Place order through May 31, 2020 with some rules eased.

  • Under the new Shelter-in-Place order which goes into effect Monday, May 4, the public will continue to shelter-in-place and only leave their residence to perform essential activities, such as seeking medical care or purchasing groceries.
  • Per County officials, the new order will allow all construction activities, certain businesses that operate primarily outdoors, and some outdoor activities to resume with specific conditions. 
  • Here’s an overview of the new order: 
    • All construction projects will be allowed to resume as long as the project complies with safety protocols included with the order. 
    • Certain outdoor businesses can also begin operating again, and people can visit those businesses to perform work or obtain goods, services, or supplies. This includes wholesale and retail nurseries, landscapers, gardeners, and other businesses that primarily provide outdoor services as set forth in the order.  
    • Other activities include residential moves and the use of certain shared outdoor recreational facilities, like skate parks and athletic fields, but not others that involve shared equipment or physical contact.
    • The order also allows children to gather in stable groups of 12 or fewer within childcare establishments, summer camps, and other educational or recreational institutions or programs that allow for essential workers to work as allowed under the order.
  • The City of Santa Clara is evaluating the new County order and will provide on update on how it may allow for the re-opening of a few City programs and services. 
  • For more information, view the County’s news release and the Order of the Health Officer of the County of Santa Clara.
Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 25 new cases for a total of 2,134 with 1 new death for a total of 107 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. The adjusted number for today, April 29, shows a total of 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

 

Update 4/28/2020: During the Tuesday, April 28 update on California’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the re-opening of California will be gradual, guided by public health and science, and will be done in stages. The stages are:

  • Stage 1: Safety and Preparedness which is the stage we’re in now.
    • This stage involves staying home and flattening the curve, building out testing, PPE (personal protective equipment) and hospital capacity and making our essential workplaces as safe as possible, and preparing sector-by-sector guidelines for a safe re-opening.
  • Stage 2: Lower Risk Workplaces
    • This second stage involves gradually re-opening some lower risk workplaces with adaptations.
    • This will include retail (e.g. curbside pickup), manufacturing, offices (when telework not possible), and more public spaces.
  • Stage 3: Higher Risk Workplaces
    • This third stage is for gradually re-opening some higher risk environments with adaptations and limits on size of gatherings.
    • This will include personal care (hair salons, nail salons, gyms), movie theaters, sports without live audiences, and in-person religious services.
  • Stage 4: End of Stay-At-Home Order
    • This fourth and final stage concerns re-opening the highest risk parts of the economy – once therapeutics have been developed.
    • This will include mass gatherings such as concerts, convention centers and live audience sports.
  • For more information, view the Governor’s Office website.
Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 20 new cases for a total of 2,2122 with 3 new death for a total of 106 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains a total of 101 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

 

Update 4/27/2020: Today, April 27, Bay Area health officers announced that the Shelter-in-Place order will be extended in seven jurisdictions, including Santa Clara County, through May. Details about the next phase of the shelter-in-place orders will be provided later this week.According to the joint statement, the new order will include limited easing of specific restrictions for a small number of lower-risk activities. The health officers will also release a set of broad indicators to track progress on COVID-19 preparedness and response, in alignment with the framework used by the State of California. Read the joint statement.

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 23 new cases for a total of 2,105 with 3 new death for a total of 103 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now 3 new cases for a total of 101 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

 

Update 4/26/2020: Public health officials acknowledge that social distancing requirements can be especially hard for teenagers who may feel cut off from their friends. For tips to help teens manage this difficult time, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics' HealthyChildren.org website.

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 48 new cases for a total of 2,084 with 1 new death for a total of 100 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains 98 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.


Update 4/25/2020: 
California is expanding Friendship Line California to support lonely and isolated older Californians across the state. Friendship Line California is toll-free and available to provide emotional support to older Californians facing loneliness, isolation and anxiety. Call Friendship Line California at 1-888-670-1360.

On Friday, April 25, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a series of initiatives to support vulnerable, older Californians who are isolating at home during California's Stay at Home order. These actions will support the approximately 1.2 million Californians over the age of 65 who live alone. For more details, view the news release.

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 22 new cases for a total of 2,040 with 1 new death for a total of 99 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now 2 new cases for a total of 98 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.


Update 4/24/2020:
While some Bay Area communities are enforcing the use of face coverings in public during the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Santa Clara is not taking that approach. The City continues to support the County Public Health Officer’s urging of the community to wear face coverings when in public and practice social distancing.

  • All individuals are strongly encouraged to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering, such as a bandana, scarf, towel or other piece of clothing or fabric, when leaving home.
  • In the workplace, the City does require face coverings for staff performing essential functions.
  • Public health officials stress that face coverings do not replace the need for social distancing which calls for individuals staying at least six feet away from others who are not part of their household.
  • Read the full guidance from the County of Santa Clara’s Department of Public Health. 

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 35 new cases for a total of 2,018 with 3 new death for a total of 98 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There remains 96 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 4/23/2020: Today, the City is celebrating Earth Day/Arbor Day virtually! Visit us online, SantaClaraCA.gov/ArborDay, as we demonstrate support for nature and the environment through the following videos:

  • Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor explains the importance of this day for our city.
  • Find out 10 ways that Santa Clarans can still celebrate Earth Day/Arbor Day even when we cannot gather together in person for the annual celebration.
  • Two virtual story time for children sessions with a focus on nature and the environment.

With all three Santa Clara City Library locations closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Library is increasing the frequency of its online newsletter from monthly to weekly.

  • The Library’s newsletter, The Page Turner, provides regular updates on the services, programs and library materials available digitally.
  • Subscribe online to receive the newsletter directly via email by selecting “Library Events.”

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 28 new cases for a total of 1,987 with 1 new death for a total of 95 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now 96 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 4/22/2020: The City is receiving increased reports of discarded bulky items, such as mattresses, being left on public streets as this is close to the time that the Annual Cleanup Campaign normally would take place in Santa Clara.  

  • To report illegal dumping, call the Department of Public Works at 408-615-3080 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or 408-615-5580 (after 4 p.m. and on weekends).  
  • This year’s Annual Cleanup Campaign, originally planned for April 27-May 22, will not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Staff is continuing to evaluate whether the four-week program can be rescheduled for August or September this year.

Also, the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health announced 19 new cases for a total of 1,962 with 6 new deaths for a total of 94 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. County Public Health has added race and ethnicity information for confirmed cases of COVID-19, along with additional data for COVID-19 deaths to its Coronavirus (COVID-19) Data Dashboard. View the County Public Health data dashboard.

Update 4/21/2020: Although the weather is getting warmer this week, remember to avoid contact with anyone outside of your household when getting some fresh air while sheltering at home.

  • When in public, individuals are highly encouraged to wear face coverings.
  • Per the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health, face coverings are not required to be worn when exercising outdoors, like walking or bicycling. However, people are encouraged to have a face covering with them and readily accessible when exercising, even if they’re not wearing it at that moment.
  • The County’s Shelter in Place order remains in effect and requires people to stay at home except for doing essential activities, such as grocery shopping.
  • County public health officials stress that social distancing will help slow the spread, prevent deaths and reduce future impact on local hospitals from COVID-19.

County public health officials report there are 27 newly identified COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County, now totaling 1,946. They  announced five (5) additional deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total to 88. For more details, visit the County of Santa Clara COVID-19 Cases Dashboard

Update 4/20/2020:  Today, April 20, the City is continuing to process hundreds of applications from Santa Clara small businesses and nonprofits after the Small Business Assistance Grant program officially began accepting applications last Friday.

  • The City began accepting applications from small businesses impacted by COVID-19 as of 10:00 am on Friday, April 17.
  • Applications are being reviewed in the order received. Grants will be awarded in $5,000 or $10,000 increments, on a first come, first served basis to eligible applicants. 
  • Because of the high volume of applicants, the City expects that the $500,000 currently available in grant funding will be exhausted. Notifications of grant award will be made to applicants, on a rolling basis, beginning Wednesday, April 22.
  • Since there’s not enough grant funding available to meet the small business need, the City hopes to announce a future round of small business assistance grants which will be dependent on funding from the private sector.

According to County of Santa Clara public health officials, there are 41 new cases for a total of 1,922 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county, with 6 new deaths for a total of 83 coronavirus-related deaths. The city of Santa Clara now has 90 cases. For more details, visit the County of Santa Clara COVID-19 Cases Dashboard

Update 4/19/2020:  Under the County of Santa Clara's Shelter in Place order, public health officials are reminding the public that social visits, even with proper social distancing, are not permitted as an essential activity. However, technology makes it possible for people to connect with one another virtually. View the County's Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Update 4/18/2020: The County of Santa Clara's Public Health Department today issued expanded guidance, strongly urging all individuals to wear face coverings when out of their homes to perform essential activities. County health officials are urging all individuals "to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering, such as a bandana, scarf, towel, or other piece of cloth or fabric, when leaving home. Face coverings are critical for essential activities such as doctor appointments, grocery shopping, pharmacy visits, and riding on public transit, among others." Read more in County Public Health's news release.  

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department said that due to a data update in the Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE), that's managed by State Department of Public Health, the County's COVID-19 cases dashborad won't be updated Saturday, April 18.

Update 4/17/2020: Starting 10 a.m. Friday, April 17, the City began accepting applications for Small Business Assistance grants from small businesses and nonprofits located in Santa Clara. The City will award grants in amounts of $5,000 for an essential business or $10,000 for non-essential business, as defined by the County of Santa Clara’s Shelter in Place order, to qualified applicants. Up to $500,000 total is available in City grant funding. For more information, including how to apply for a grant, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/SmallBusinessGrant.  

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced 37 new cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, with a total number of 1,870 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County. County Public Health also said there are four additional deaths, bringing the total to 73 coronavirus-related deaths. In the city of Santa Clara, there are 83 cases (as of April 16, 2020.)

Update 4/16/2020: Starting 10 a.m. tomorrow, April 17, the City will begin accepting completed applications via email from small businesses and nonprofits that are applying for a small business assistance grant. To assist applicants with the application process, a “How to Apply for Santa Clara’s Small Business Assistance Grant” video is now available to watch online. The grant program will offer grants of up to $5,000 or $10,000 for qualified small businesses and nonprofits in Santa Clara. For more information, visit the City website, SantaClaraCA.gov/smallbusinessgrant

The State of California Department of Motor Vehicles announced it is extending driver licenses expiring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Licenses for drivers younger than 70 that expire between March and May 2020 are now valid through May 31, 2020. Drivers 70 and older will automatically receive a temporary paper extension valid for 120 days. All commercial driver’s licenses, endorsements and certificates expiring between March and June 2020 are now valid through June 30, 2020. For more information, view the DMV news release or visit dmv.ca.gov online. 

According to the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, there are 40 new cases for a total of 1,833 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4 new deaths for a total of 69 deaths in the county. There are now 83 confirmed coronavirus cases in the city of Santa Clara.

Update 4/15/2020: Information is now available on the City website, SantaClaraCA.gov/SmallBusinessGrant, about how small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 can apply for a Small Business Assistance Grant. 

The grant program will offer grants of up to $5,000 or $10,000 for qualified small businesses and nonprofits located in Santa Clara and have at least one but no more than 25-full-time employees. The grants must be used for either payroll expenses or lease payments.

A total of $500,000 is currently available for grants which will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified applicants through the online application.

Applicants are requested to closely follow all instructions and submit all required documents.

The City will only begin accepting applications online at 10 a.m. Friday, April 17. Completed and signed applications must be submitted via email to SmallBusiness@santaclaraca.gov

Take note: do not submit an application before 10 a.m. Friday, April 17. Applications won’t be accepted and will need to be resubmitted when the application period opens at 10 a.m. Friday, April 17.  

For further information or questions about the Small Business Assistance Grant Program, email SmallBusiness@santaclaraca.gov or call 408-615-2210. 

Workers, who are suffering financially due to job loss or reduced hours because of COVID-19, have a new resource through the Santa Clara County COVID-19 Assistance Navigation program, or Santa Clara County CAN. 
  • Call the free hotline, 408-809-2124, to speak with navigators who can answer questions and provide guidance with applying for unemployment insurance, disability, paid family leave and other safety net programs.
  • The County of Santa Clara Office of Labor Standards Enforcement and the Fair Workplace Collaborative recently launched the free program.
  • Santa Clara County CAN is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, with more languages to come.

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reported 71 new cases for a total of 1,793 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with one additional death for 65 total COVID-19 deaths. As of April 15, 2020, the city of Santa Clara has 78 confirmed cases.

Update 4/14/2020: In a video message, Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor announced the City is providing financial relief to qualified small businesses and nonprofits in Santa Clara through the Small Business Assistance Grant Program, which is launching this week. View the Mayor’s message to the community.

  • The program will offer grants of up to $5,000 or $10,000 to qualified small businesses and nonprofits, located in Santa Clara, with at least one and no more than 25 full-time employees. 
  • By noon Wednesday, April 15, the City’s small Business Grant website, SantaClaraCA.gov/smallbusinessgrant, will feature the grant application, along with updated information about grant eligibility requirements and the application process. An easy-to-follow video tutorial will also be posted.
  • The City will only begin accepting online applications from small businesses and nonprofits starting 10 a.m. Friday, April 17.

 To help support Santa Clarans in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, the public can donate to the City’s temporary food distribution programs, including the Healthy Meals Santa Clara program that serves approximately 2,000 children in Santa Clara every week. The City’s nonprofit partner, Mission City Community Fund, is accepting donations for these COVID-19 relief programs that provide weekend meal packages for children as well as seniors. To donate to this cause, visit the Mission City Community Fund’s website or MCCF’s donation webpage. For any questions, email helpinghands@santaclaraca.gov.

Per the County of Santa Clara, tomorrow, April 15, is the due date for all entities and individuals in the county to disclose any large inventories of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators. The County Public Health Department stated that the goal is to know what supplies currently exist in the county, appropriately plan for a potential hospital surge, and ensure the health and safety of frontline medical workers and patients. For more information about the County Health Officer’s order and how to report large inventories to the County, visit the County Public Health Department’s website.

Update 4/13/2020: Changes are now in effect for residential curbside collection service for recycling. As of Monday, April 13, Recology South Bay will no longer collect material outside of residents’ recycling carts. This change includes extra cardboard, fluorescent bulbs, used motor oil and used motor oil filters. This change is due to updated coronavirus-related health and safety directives in the handling of extra material during solid waste collection services. Residents should follow these guidelines:

  • Cut up large recycling material, such as cardboard, to fit inside the recycling cart.
  • Store all other materials, such as fluorescent bulbs, used motor oil and used motor oil filters, until regular services resume.
  • To assist the City’s service providers in additional safety measures and to minimize contact of carts, please ensure all carts are 18” to 21” apart.

For questions, contact Recology South Bay at 408-970-5100.

As a reminder, the City’s annual Cleanup Campaign, originally planned for April 27-May 22, 2020, is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff is evaluating whether the four-week program can be rescheduled for August or September this year.

The County of Santa Clara announced there are 45 new cases of COVID-19 of Santa Clara County, now totaling 1,666, and there are six additional deaths, bringing the total to 60. In the city of Santa Clara, there are now 72 cases.

Update 4/12/2020: According to the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, there are now 55 new cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, now totaling 1,621, and three additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 54 in the county. There are also three more confirmed cases in the city of Santa Clara, for a total of 69 confirmed cases.

Update 4/11/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced 82 new cases for a total of 1566 COVID-19 cases and one additional death for a total of 51 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. The County of Santa Clara COVID-19 Cases Dashboard shows nine (9) additional cases for a total of 66 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara. View the dashboard.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said its CDC network, that tracks COVID-19 hospitalization rates, shows overall hospitalization rate increasing, with rates increasing wit age. Rates in people age 65 and up are highest at 39 per 100,000 people. The CDC recommends people who are 65 years old and older should take special precautions to prevent COVID-19. View these tips from the CDC.

Update 4/10/2020: The Stay at Home order remains in effect for California, including here in Santa Clara. Public health officials point out that even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can still infect others. Covering your face prevents you from unintentionally spreading the virus even if you have no or very few symptoms. For tips on how to use cloth face coverings, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

County of Santa Clara Public Health officials reported a total of 1484 confirmed cases with three additional deaths for a total of 50 deaths due to COVID-19. View the COVID-19 Cases Dashboard for more information.

Update 4/9/2020: On the afternoon of Thursday, April 9, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department unveiled an updated COVID-19 Cases Dashboard that now includes city data and deaths by race/ethnicity.

Public health officials report there are 62 new cases for a total of 1,442, with one new death for a total of 47 coronavirus-related deaths in Santa Clara County. Per County Public Health, there are 54 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Santa Clara.

Also, effective Monday, April 13, 2020, changes are coming to residential curbside collection service. Due to updated directives in the handling of extra material during solid waste collection services, Recology South Bay will no longer collect material outside of residents’ recycling carts. This includes extra cardboard, fluorescent bulbs, used motor oil and used motor oil filters.

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Cut up large recycling material, such as cardboard, to fit inside your recycling cart.
  • Store all other materials, such as fluorescent bulbs, used motor oil and used motor oil filters, until regular services resume.
  • To assist our service providers in additional safety measures and to minimize contact of carts, please ensure all carts are 18” to 21” apart.

For questions, contact Recology South Bay at 408-970-5100.

Update 4/8/2020: The Santa Clara County Health Officer, Dr. Sara Cody, issued a new order today, requiring all entities and individuals in the county to disclose, on a one-time basis, any large inventories of personal protect equipment (PPE) and ventilators. According to the County, the goal of this order is to know what supplies currently exist in the county, appropriately plan for a potential hospital surge, and to ensure the health and safety of frontline medical workers and patients. For more information about the order, visit County Public Health's website

At the Tuesday, April 7, 2020 meeting, the City Council took additional action concerning the residential eviction moratorium in Santa Clara. While an urgency ordinance remains in effect until May 8, 2020, the Council moved forward on a regular ordinance that would align the eviction moratorium’s date with Governor Newsom’s executive order for a statewide eviction moratorium and the County of Santa Clara’s recent eviction moratorium. The City’s ordinance also aligns with the County’s ordinance for the period in which past rent may be recovered. The moratorium only applies to residential evictions for nonpayment of rent and no-fault evictions due to coronavirus-related impacts. The moratorium does not waive the payment of rent. For more information, visit the City's COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium webpage.

County Public Health reported there are now 1,380 confirmed cases and three additional deaths, due to COVID-19, for a total of 46 deaths in Santa Clara County. 


Update 4/7/2020: 
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced 61 new cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, now totaling 1285. County Public Health officials announced one additional coronavirus-related death, bringing the total to 43. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of face coverings when conducting essential activities, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy. According to the CDC, do make sure you can breathe through the face covering. Do wear it whenever going out in public. Do make sure it covers your nose and mouth, and do wash after each use. 

Update 4/6/2020: On Sunday, April 5, the County of Santa Clara reported that patients started arriving at the City-owned Santa Clara Convention Center which is currently serving as one of California’s first active Federal Medical Stations (FMS). The FMS has the capacity to serve up to 250 people who have less-acute COVID-19 and is also described by the County as a Field Respite Center. The County stated that patients will be admitted via referral from other facilities. Walk-up services are not available at this site. For more information, view the County’s news release.

On April 6, County Public Health reported 17 new COVID-19 cases, now totaling 1,224 and three additional deaths, bringing the total to 41.

Update 4/5/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is reporting 59 new cases for a total of 1,207 confirmed COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths. View County Public Health's dashboards for additional information.

Public health officials also caution that face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing. The public's best defense against COVID-19 is staying home and social distancing. They stress that , "if you must go out for essential outings, maintain six feet distance from people, cover your face and wash your hands regularly."

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.

Tomorrow, April 3, is the due date for essential businesses to have social distancing protocols established. Per the County of Santa Clara’s latest Shelter-in-Place order, essential businesses are required to develop, implement and post their official social distancing protocol by Friday, April 3. Essential businesses must also provide a copy of their Social Distancing Protocol to all employees and provide evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing the order. The County developed a social distancing protocol template that these businesses should use. View in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. For more information, visit the County Public Health Department website, http://www.sccphd.org/coronavirus.

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.

March 2020 

Update 3/31/2020: Joining with six other Bay Area jurisdictions, the County of Santa Clara has extended the previous Stay-at-Home order through May 3, 2020. According to County public health officials, this order extension will help preserve critical hospital capacity across the region.

The County said the new order clarifies what's permissible for essential business and activities, as well as some new directives. These include:

  • 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

Public health officials urged the public to stay home and emphasized that social distancing is the most powerful tool to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The new Stay-at-Home order will supersede the previous order and go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. According to the County, "it is a complement to the indefinite statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this month."

For more information, view the County's news release and read the Order of the Health Officer of the County of Santa Clara.

Also, view the County's Frequently Asked Questions concerning the new Stay-at-Home order.

At the noon-time news conference, County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced that there are now a total of 890 confirmed coronavirus cases and 30 deaths due to COVID-19. 

Update 3/30/2020: To help residents who may be experiencing income loss, the City’s electric utility, Silicon Valley Power, will provide a one-time $30 environmental credit on all residential electric bills. No action is required by residents to receive the credit. Resident will see a $30 credit on their utility bill within the next month or two. For more details about the City's emergency response, view today's COVID-19 Update.

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are 202 new coronavirus cases, now totaling 848 in Santa Clara County. Public health officials said the increase reflects a reporting delay, not necessarily a significant single day increase. Also, they announced three additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 28 in the county. View the County's dashboard. 

Update 3/29/2020: From the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, there are 55 new cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, now totaling 646. There are no new deaths from for this reporting period (ending 5 p.m. March 28, 2020).

Also, on Sunday, President Donald Trump extended federal social distancing guidelines through April 30. 

Update 3/28/2020 7 p.m.: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Domestic Travel Advisory for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. View more details from the CDC website.

Update 3/28/2020 5 p.m.:Today, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reported 17 new COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County, now totaling 591. County Public Health officials also announced five additional deaths from coronavirus, bringing the total to 25. These numbers are current, as of 5 p.m. March 27.

Yesterday, County Public Health debuted a new dashboard for providing "detailed information about cases and deaths from COVID-19 in Santa Clara County and is intended for educational purposes only." It contains information such as cases by gender and age group. View the dashboard.

Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is no evidence that pets in the US can spread COVID-19 to people. The virus spreads mostly from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  

Update 3/27/2020:  Effective today, March 27, Mission City Memorial Park (MCMP) is now closed to the public due to the “Stay at Home” order.

  • Interment Services: MCMP staff will continue to be available to schedule interments and perform all scheduled interments. In compliance with federal, state and local (including County of Santa Clara Public Health Department) orders, all COVID-19 protocols and social distancing requirements will be enforced, including during funerals. 
  • Cemetery Business: The administration office is open for essential cemetery business.

Staff can be contacted by calling 408-615-3790 or emailing Cemetery@SantaClaraCA.gov with any needs or questions.

Update 3/26/2020: Water & Sewer Utilities is reporting a rise in sewer backups due to wipes being flushed down the toilet. Since March 17, City sewer crews have responded to 16 service calls for sewer backups, some of which were likely caused by wipes clogging the pipes.Everyone is reminded to throw away all wipes or paper towels in the trash.
Flushing wipes cause sewer backups and creates a public health issue. Even wipes labeled “flushable” will clog pipes and interfere with sewage collection and treatment. Throw them away.

As of 5 p.m. March 25, County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports 83 new cases for a total of 542 confirmed coronavirus cases with 154 hospitalizations in the county. County public health officials also announced two additional deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 19.

Update 3/25/2020: As of Wednesday, March 25, the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is now fully activated to increase our ability to maintain situational awareness, manage resources, and coordinate public information for this rapidly evolving situation.

The EOC became partially activated on March 11, 2020.

School closures have been extended through May 1, 2020 to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The Santa Clara County Office of Education stated, “Education will continue through flexible learning, meals will continue to be provided and, where possible, childcare may be arranged.” View the SCCOE news release.

As of 5 p.m. March 24, 2020, the Santa Clara County of Public Health Department reports 84 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 459. There was also one additional death, for a total of 17 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county.

View today's COVID-19 Update for more details.

Update 3/24/2020, 4:15 p.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department issued a statement today, March 24, concerning plans for the Federal Medical Station that's being assessed for the Santa Clara Convention Center.

According to the County Public Health Department, "Plans for the Federal Medical Station (FMS) at the City of Santa Clara Convention Center have been adjusted. The FMS will serve less-acute COVID-19 cases and provide increased capacity for our healthcare system." 

The FMS is expected to open in the next week or two.

For more information about what a Federal Medical Station is, view the CDC fact sheet.  

Update 3/24:2020: The City continues to urge residents to follow the State’s and County of Santa Clara’s “Stay-at-Home” order except for essential needs such as purchasing groceries and picking up prescriptions. Businesses, that are considered non-essential, are also to be closed.

The Santa Clara Police Department is responding to calls of reported violations and handling them by educating the public and/or business owner about the “Stay-at-Home” order. Over the last week, Police have responded to approximately 30 calls about alleged violations of the shelter-in-place order, such as people who are not household members playing basketball in parks.

For more information, view the County’s Frequently Asked Questions about the order to stay at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable community members. 

On Tuesday, March 24, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reported that there are now 54 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County, now totaling 375. There were also three additional deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total to 16 deaths. These case numbers are current as of 5 p.m. March 23, 2020. 

Update 3/23/2020: This morning, March 23, the City of Santa Clara Reference Line launched for residents who may have questions about City services and programs during the COVID-19 emergency response as well as general library reference and circulation questions.

Library staff will respond to the public’s calls and emails sent to the City Reference Line, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

During this time, the public can call about City service questions, including library ones, by calling 408-615-2900 and speak with staff or send questions in via email anytime at librarians@santaclaraca.gov or visit SCLibrary.org.

For coronavirus-specific questions, the public is urged to either visit the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department website, sccphd.org/coronavirus, or contact the County’s Public Call Center by calling 2-1-1 or texting the word “coronavirus” to 211211 and following the prompts provided.

Update 3/22/2020: On Saturday, March 21, preparations began for a temporary Federal Medical Station (FMS) to be set up inside the City-owned Santa Clara Convention Center to care for up to 250 people. The FMS is for individuals who DO NOT have COVID-19 in order to increase hospital capacity in Santa Clara County. 

Managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, the FMS provides beds, supplies and medicines for short-term, sub-acute care for individuals who don't have COVID-19. Having a FMS in Santa Clara increases local capacity for acute hospital beds. 

According to the County of Santa Clara, these efforts are to build capacity in preparation for a potential increase in demands on our healthcare system as COVID-19 cases rise. 

For more information, view the Federal Medical Station Fact Sheet from the CDC.

Update 3/20/2020 (7 p.m.): Effective immediately, all City playgrounds are closed. Parks and trails remain open. When using parks and trails, practice social distancing by maintaining at least six feet of distance from others who are not part of your immediate household. 

Update 3/20/2020 (3:30 p.m.): The City’s supplemental food distribution program for seniors launched successfully Friday morning, March 20. Thanks to the Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation, Spectra Venue Management and Levy Premium Food Services, the City quickly organized the program. On Friday, more than 280 weekend meal packages were provided to homebound seniors and individuals, age 60 and older, who participate in the City’s Senior Center Nutrition Program.The catering resources of the City-owned Santa Clara Convention Center is preparing the weekend food packages for seniors.

Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation members are volunteering to distribute the meals to seniors on Fridays. If members of the public are interested in volunteering opportunities for the COVID-19 response, visit the Firefighters Foundation website for more information.

View today's COVID-19 Update

According to County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, there are now seven new cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total number of cases to 196. County public health officials also announced two coronavirus-related deaths today, bringing the total to eight. For more information, visit www.sccphd.org/coronavirus.

Update 3/19/2020: On March 19,  Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order, effective immediately, requiring all Californians to stay at home, except as necessary to maintain or access critical systems and services. The County of Santa Clara Health Officer’s March 16, 2020 order remains in effect. All residents are urged to closely follow the restrictions in both the County and State orders. View more details on the Governor's order.

For the day's summary report, view the COVID-19 Update (3/19/2020, published 5:30 p.m.)

Beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, the Santa Clara Senior Center will provide to-go drive through meals (curbside pick-up) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, for persons 60 years of age or older. Please call 408-615-3170 for a meal reservation. To reserve a meal, calls must be made by 12 p.m. the business day before the meal is to be picked up.

Also, more events have been canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. The latest events that are now canceled are:

  • Citywide Garage Sale, April 11 (canceled)
  • Earth Day/Arbor Day, April 23 (canceled)
  • Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Event, April 25 (canceled)

Latest Update from the U.S. Department of State (afternoon, 3/19/2020): "The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel." For more details on travel advisories, visit Travel.State.Gov.

Earlier update/10:20 a.m. 3/19/2020: "The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice."

The State of California debuted a Coronavirus (COVID-19) response website, COVID19.CA.gov/. 

For information about latest developments concerning the coronavirus, visit the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department's website.

Update 3/17/2020:  Effective today, March 17, 2020, the City of Santa Clara is only providing essential public services to comply with the County's latest order that's in effect for the next three weeks. These services include fire and police services, electric, water and sewer services, and trash and recycling pickup. All City facilities are also temporarily closed to the public. 

View the City's COVID-19 Update for more details for Santa Clarans.

The County's order is also in effect today for residents to stay at home and limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. These may include purchasing groceries, picking up medicine, going to a doctor's appointment, and the like. The order is currently set to last until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Also, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced an adult man in his 50s has died from COVID-19, bringing the total to five deaths in the county. Public health officials also said there are now 17 new confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 155.

Update 3/16/2020: Seven Bay Area jurisdictions, including Santa Clara County, issued an order for residents to stay at home to help slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. This "sheltering in place" is a more rigorous form of social distancing. According to the County, this means:

  • Stay home
  • Only go out for "essential activities," to work for an "essential business," or for "essential travel" as those terms are defined in the Order,
  • Stay 6 feet or more away from others
  • No gatherings

View the County's Frequently Asked Questions about the new order directing individuals to stay at home. 

From the County of Santa Clara news release: "On March 16, the Public health officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties announced, with the City of Berkeley, a legal order directing their respective residents to shelter at home for three weeks beginning March 17. The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. The guidance comes after substantial input from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and best practices from other health officials around the world."

View the official order of the Health Officer of the County of Santa Clara.

Update 3/15/2020: On Sunday, afternoon, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that bars, night clubs, breweries and wineries should close in California to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Governor also asked for those 65 years and older or anyone with underlying medical conditions to home isolate.

Gov. Newsom said he was ordering restaurants to half-capacity to address concerns about the spread of the virus. He asked restaurants to concentrate on take-out for those who are self-isolating and to maximize social distancing. Gov. Newsom did not ask restaurants to close, citing the availability of food service during COVID-19 outbreak remained vital. 

Earlier, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced 23 new cases of  COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. This brings the total number of cases to 114. Of the 114 cases, 48 individuals with COVID-19 are hospitalized. County Public Health Officials  expect numbers to grow and urge everyone to follow Public Health recommendations. 

Update 3/13/2020: The City has begun implementation of the County of Santa Clara’s new mandatory order which bans any gathering of more than 100 people. Also, the County order bans gatherings of 35 to 100 people unless five specific conditions are met. The order will take effect at 12 a.m. March 14 and will be in effect for at least three weeks. Read the County of Santa Clara Public Health Departments news release.

County Public Health also issued new recommendations to help protect residents from COVID-19.

Starting Monday, March 16, all public schools in Santa Clara County will be closed through at least April 3, 2020. The County Superintendent of Schools and all district superintendents in the County made this decision to close the schools to students.

Update 3/12/20: On the evening of March 11, 2020, City Manager Deanna J. Santana officially proclaimed a local state of emergency to prepare for the growing spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. Per the City Code, the City Manager as the City of Santa Clara’s Director of Emergency Services has the authority to proclaim a local emergency. The City Council is scheduled to ratify the proclamation at their Tuesday, March 17 meeting in Council Chambers.  

View City's COVID-19 Update (March 12, 2020, 3 p.m.), a summary of the latest developments due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in Santa Clara County.
 
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department now reports 66 confirmed cases in the county.


Update 3/11/2020:
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are three new cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. This brings the total number of cases to 48. Public health officials expect the numbers to grow and urge everyone to follow Public Health recommendations. View the recommendations.

Update 3/10/2020: As of Tuesday, March 10, the City of Santa Clara is now implementing the County of Santa Clara’s mandatory order to cancel mass gatherings due to the growing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in our county. 

View scheduling changes for events and/or service reductions that are now in effect through at least Sunday, April 5, 2020.

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reported two new cases Tuesday for a total of 45 confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County. County Public Health officials anticipate the number of cases to increase and urge everyone to follow Public Health recommendations.

Update 3/9/2020: This evening, the County of Santa Clara issued a mandatory order to cancel mass gatherings countywide, including in the city of Santa Clara, due to increasing rates of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Tomorrow, March 10, City Manager Deanna J. Santana will issue additional instructions on how the City organization will implement this order for Santa Clara. The County's order takes effect 12 a.m. March 11, 2020 and will initially remain in place for three weeks. 

The County's order defines a “mass gathering” as any event or convening that brings together one thousand (1,000) or more people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, theater, any other confined indoor or confined outdoor space. According to County Public Health, this order does not include normal operations at airports, shopping malls and centers. It also does not include grocery stores, retail or typical office environments.

Also, the County Public Health Department IS NOT recommending closing schools at this time.

FAQs for County Order to Cancel Mass Gatherings

There are now six new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 43 in Santa Clara County, according to County public health officials. Earlier on Monday, March 9, the Public Health Department announced the first death from COVID-19 in the county.

For more details about the County's order and new guidance for slowing the spread of the virus, visit the County Public Health website.

Update 3/8/2020:  County Public Health reports five new cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, bringing the total to 37. It is anticipated that the number of cases will likely rise.

On Saturday, March 7, the California Department of Public Health released updated guidelines for schools, colleges and large public events, stating they are "designed to help California improve preparation and prevention."

Update 3/7/2020: The County Public Health Department announced Saturday that there are now eight new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 32 in Santa Clara County.

County public health officials also said there have reports of people being discriminated against as a result of COVID-19. They are reminding the public that  "we can do our part to protect our health & the health of the community by reminding each other that discrimination is unacceptable a counterproductive to protecting the public’s health."

Under the guidance of County Public Health and in consultation with our expert internal emergency response staff, the City of Santa Clara decided to postpone or cancel some upcoming events and programs through at least March 15 in the best interest of public health and welfare. This action was taken on Friday, March 6.

Based on the latest situational updates, the City plans to evaluate the status of these programs as well as events at Levi’s® Stadium on a weekly basis.

For more details, visit the Event and Program Updates webpage that will be updated when new information becomes available.

Update 3/6/2020: The County Public Health Department said there are now four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. This brings the total number of cases to 24. Read the County Public Health news release.  

Update 3/5/2020: The County Public Health Department announced there are now six more confirmed cases of  coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 20 in Santa Clara County.

Local public health officials also announced new guidance to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and reduce the number of people infected. The guidance included recommendations for people at higher risk for severe COVID-19 Illness:

  • The County Public Health Department is recommending that persons at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from crowded social gatherings of people as much as possible such as parades, conferences, sporting events, and concerts where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another.

  • Those at higher risk include:
    • People over 50 years of age. The risk increases significantly thereafter and escalates with age, with persons over age 80 in the highest risk category.
    • People, regardless of age, with underlying health conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or chronic lung diseases like COPD, as well as those with severely weakened immune systems. 

For more information, view the County Public Health Department's website

Update 3/4/2020: The County Public Health Department announced there are now three more confirmed cases of  coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 14 in Santa Clara County. For more information, view the County Public Health Department's website

Update 3/3/2020: Read the community letter about the City of Santa Clara's preparedness for novel coronavirus.

 There's new guidance to the community from the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department "to protect persons at higher risk of serious illness due to COVID-19." County Public Health also announced 11 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus. The two latest cases are under investigation.  

From County Public Health Department:
Who is at higher risk?
Information about risk factors for COVID-19 infection is evolving, but the best evidence currently available makes clear that risk of severe illness begins to increase at age 50 for those who contract COVID-19, and increases with age (i.e., an 80-year-old person is at greater risk than a 70-year-old person). The highest risk group are persons age 80 and over. 

Persons with underlying medical problems also are likely at higher risk for severe disease, including persons with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or chronic lung diseases like COPD, as well as those who are immunocompromised.

What should I do if I am at higher risk?
The County Public Health Department is recommending that persons at higher risk avoid mass gatherings such as parades, sporting events, and concerts where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another. This would not include typical office environments, grocery stores, or shopping centers, where it is unusual for large numbers of people to be within arm’s length of one another.

View the County Public Health Department's news release.

Update 3/2/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department confirms two new cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. This brings the total number of cases to nine. 

Here are recommendations from the County Public Health Department for individuals to help slow down the spread of the disease:

  • Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently, especially after you touch common surfaces, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails, light switches, countertops, and tables. It is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Always cover your cough and stay home when you are sick.  
  • Stay away from people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick. 
  • Work on not touching your face because one way viruses spread is when you touch your own mouth, nose or eyes. If you do need to touch your own mouth, nose or eyes, wash your hands before you do so. 
  • Start thinking about family preparedness, how to take care of sick family members while not getting infected. Think about a room to isolate a sick person. 

View the latest County Public Health media statement.

Additional information and resources are available on the County Public Health Department website.

Update 3/1/2020 5:40 p.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are now three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, bringing the total number of cases to seven. County Public Health officials said, "An increase in cases is not unexpected."

Per recommendations from County Public Health, here are simple but very important actions you can take to help slow down spread of this disease:

  • Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently, especially after you touch common surfaces, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails, light switches, countertops, and tables. It is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Always cover your cough and stay home when you are sick.
  • Stay away from people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick.
  • Today, start working on not touching your face because one way viruses spread is when you touch your own mouth, nose or eyes. If you do need to touch your own mouth, nose or eyes, wash your hands before you do so.
  • Start thinking about family preparedness, how to take care of sick family members while not getting infected. Think about a room to isolate a sick person.

For more details about the latest confirmed cases, view the media statement from County Public Health.

February 2020 

Update 2/29/2020 5:40 p.m.:  From the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department: there are now four (4) confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County. According to County Public Health officials, this case is an adult woman who is a household contact of the third Santa Clara County case. She is not hospitalized or ill at this time.

Read the media statement from County Public Health.

Update 2/29/2020 12:30 p.m.: Washington State health officials confirmed the first coronavirus death in the U.S.

The travel information below is from the Centers for Disease Control and Convention (CDC) in response to the growing public health threat from novel coronavirus. View latest updates from the CDC.

Update 2/28/2020 - 5 p.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department has reported the third case of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. According to public health officials, the individual is an older adult woman with chronic health conditions who was hospitalized for a respiratory illness. This is the third case to be in identified in the county but it's the first one in the county in which the individual does not have a travel history nor any known contact with a traveler or infected person. This case indicates that there is evidence of community transmission but the extent is unclear at this time.

The County Public Health Department also provided these recommendations for individuals:

  • Keep your hands clean. It is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. And always need to cover your cough and stay home when you are sick.
  • Today, start working on not touching your face because one way viruses spread is when you touch your own mouth, nose or eyes.
  • Since we know the disease is here, we all need to stay away from people who are sick.
  • Start thinking about family preparedness, how to take care of sick family while not getting infected. Think about a room to isolate a sick person.

For more details, read the County Public Health Department news release.  

Update 2/28/2020 - 3:15 p.m. The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is providing an update on the novel coronavirus at a news conference being held this afternoon. The livestream will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 on the County Public Health Department's Facebook page.

Update 2/25/2020: From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: There is currently no reported community spread of COVID19 in the U.S. But as more countries see community spread, successful containment becomes harder and the CDC is preparing for community spread stateside. People should follow everyday measures to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as staying home when sick and washing hands with soap and water.

In addition, the CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the following destinations: China and South Korea.

The CDC also recommends older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel to the following destinations: Iran, Italy and Japan. View latest travel updates from the CDC, Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel.

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.

Update 2/20/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced that the man with the first confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the county has fully recovered and has been released from isolation. Read more...

Update 2/18/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County. For the latest updates, visit the County Public Health Department's website, sccphd.org/coronavirus.

Update 2/14/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.

There are 15 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in seven states: eight in California; two in Illinois; and one each in Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Texas.

Update 2/12/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.

On Feb. 11, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that's causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. It is now officially called COVID-19.

Update 2/10/2020 at 10 a.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.  

Update 2/6/2020 at 9:50 a.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.  

Update 2/4/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel (new) coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.

SCC Public Health confirmed reports that healthcare workers at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose have been sent home because of exposure to novel coronavirus. According to County public health officials, five healthcare workers were found to have been exposed after seeing a patient later confirmed to have coronavirus. These workers have been instructed to stay home until Feb. 11. SCC Public Health stresses that this is being done to protect the public’s health and limit any potential spread of the virus.

Update 2/2/2020 at 3 p.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced a second case of coronavirus in Santa Clara County that’s unrelated to the first one.

County Public Health is not releasing the name of the city where either one of the individuals with confirmed cases of coronavirus resides. Public Health reports the latest individual - an adult woman - had recently traveled to Wuhan, the part of China where the disease originated.

According to County Public Health officials, the risk to the public remains low. 

For more information, visit SCC Public Health website.

January 2020

Updated 1/31/2020 at 2:17 p.m.: On Friday afternoon, Jan. 31, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced there is a confirmed case of the coronavirus in Santa Clara County. County public health officials stated that the risk to the public is low. For more details, visit the SCC Public Health website.

Also on Friday, Jan. 31, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced the following: "Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency for the entire United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to 2019 novel coronavirus." View the news release.

1/30/2020: On Thursday, January 30, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for China.

In its travel advisory, the State Department said, "Do not travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. On January 30, the World Health Organization has determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Commercial carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China."

For more information, visit the State Department website.

1/28/2020:  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): On January 27, the CDC issued updated travel guidance for China, recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to all of the country (Level 3 Travel Health Notice). This warning is in response to an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) spreading between people in many parts of that country. For more information, view the CDC news release

1/24/2020: There are no cases of the coronavirus reported in Santa Clara County at this time, according to the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department.

SCC Public Health said that since this virus is very new and information is changing quickly, health authorities are closely watching the situation and how this virus spreads.


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