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Coronavirus Stay Weblog: Regardless of New Reopening Tier, Santa Clara County Nonetheless Implementing Restrictions On Indoor Operations

By Ramona Giwargis and Katie Lauer and Mauricio La Plante
September 8, 2020

As of Sept. 7, Santa Clara County reported 18,717 confirmed coronavirus instances and 260 deaths. The county’s COVID-19 drive-thru and walk-up testing websites will stay open as fires across the South Bay worsen air high quality within the space.

California had 737,911 optimistic instances and 13,758 deaths as of Sept. 8. Nevertheless, well being officers have warned current figures have been underreported attributable to points with the state database to enter new take a look at outcomes.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued an indefinite stay-at-home order for the state however has eased some restrictions by permitting sure companies to function outside.

2 p.m. Sept. 8: Regardless of new reopening tier, Santa Clara County nonetheless imposing restrictions on indoor operations

Santa Clara County exited probably the most excessive threat tier for COVID-19 unfold, which permits extra companies to reopen with modifications.

With the county now within the pink zone – nonetheless labeled as substantial by California – companies should submit their social distancing protocols to the county’s new enterprise compliance web site. The county was beforehand within the purple zone, which is the best threat.

“Earlier than anyone simply runs on the market and opens up, you have to have all of your practices in place, your eyes dotted, your tees crossed to maintain your staff and your prospects protected,” mentioned County Counsel James Williams.

Below the brand new tier, nail salons can now deliver a restricted quantity of individuals inside whereas following stringent sanitary procedures, in accordance with state well being tips. Gyms and procuring malls are additionally allowed to welcome small teams of individuals for exercises, the rules say, and might solely have their indoor areas stuffed to 10% and 50% capability, respectively.

Though state tips enable eating places to reopen indoors at restricted capability, Santa Clara County has not given the inexperienced gentle for indoor eating, Williams mentioned.

One other exception to state tips is in-person worship, which continues to be forbidden indoors inside Santa Clara County, Williams mentioned.

He added that counties can impose stricter tips than the state.

Dr. Marty Fenstersheib mentioned individuals nonetheless have to take the identical stage of well being precautions, resembling carrying masks and washing fingers, regardless of shifting to a lower-risk tier.

“COVID-19 continues to be right here. It hasn’t gone away, and the truth that we have moved into the pink tier at this level does not change that,” Fenstersheib mentioned. “We nonetheless have to stay vigilant. We nonetheless must put on our masks. We nonetheless must socially distance ourselves.”

Counties will stay in every tier for at the very least three weeks, mentioned California Well being and Human Companies Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly throughout a web based livestream and might solely transfer tiers in the event that they keep a delegated case charge and testing positivity charge for 2 straight weeks.

Santa Clara County should scale back its case charge to at least one to three.9 new infections per day and its testing positivity charge to 2 to 4.9% throughout the state’s timeline to maneuver to the orange tier, the following lower-risk stage.

11:30 p.m. Sept. 7: Santa Clara County creates web site for companies disobeying well being order

Santa Clara County has developed an internet site for individuals to report companies violating COVID-19 well being orders.

Enterprise compliance officers mentioned Monday they depend on suggestions from prospects and workers to catch companies creating dangers by not social distancing or carrying masks.

“We wish to know particularly what actions these companies are taking which might be placing the group in danger,” mentioned Beatrice Santiago from the county’s enterprise compliance group throughout a web based livestream. “You may undergo and reply a couple of questions. You present the enterprise title. You possibly can stay nameless.”

Individuals may also report colleges and well being care suppliers not complying with county’s well being order.

County well being officers say they purpose to coach earlier than penalizing companies for violating COVID-19 tips, and permit companies time to repair no matter protocols are creating dangers.

If companies don’t repair their COVID-19 hazard throughout the grace interval, they are often topic to fines as much as $5,000.

The web site additionally has portals for companies to find out about county tips and submit their social distancing protocols – which is a county requirement to reopen.

Nevertheless, the web site is just in English and customers talking one other language should name a county recommendation line for help.

1:30 p.m. Sept. 4: County says to keep away from crowds, massive gatherings throughout Labor Day

Santa Clara County well being officers say to remain house and keep away from crowds this Labor Day weekend.

“Hang around with solely the those who dwell in your family,” mentioned County Well being Spokesperson Larry Little throughout a information convention.

County well being officers mentioned gatherings on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July unfold COVID-19, and mentioned to remain at house and proceed following county well being tips.

“We should all do our half to keep away from getting sick or infecting others,” mentioned Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody. “This Labor Day weekend, change issues up a bit to guard your self and your loved ones. For instance, keep exterior if you’re gathering with individuals you do not dwell with: indoors is riskier. We’re in an unprecedented state of affairs now and might’t behave prefer it’s enterprise as normal.”

If individuals wish to go outside and see others, they need to achieve this with few individuals, carrying a masks and social distancing, mentioned county well being officers.

Nevertheless, Little mentioned individuals ought to keep away from contact with others in the event that they really feel sick.

“When you really feel sick, please don’t depart your own home as a result of there’s a probability that you’ll transmit the virus to another person, even when you do not know you might have it,” he mentioned.

2 p.m. Sept. 2: State unveils new web site for state eviction protections and home-owner reduction

Below a brand new web site, California tenants, landlords and owners can entry data and assets to guard them from evictions or property loss.

The state has prolonged its eviction moratorium to January 31, 2021 beneath Tenant, Home-owner and Small Landlord Reduction and Stabilization Act of 2020 handed by state lawmakers on Aug. 31.

“As everyone knows throughout this pandemic many tenants have struggled to pay the hire and could also be only one paycheck away from shedding their condominium or the place that they name house,” mentioned Lourdes Castro Ramírez, the secretary of California’s Enterprise, Shopper Companies and Housing Company.

Nevertheless, tenants nonetheless must pay all their previous months’ hire for the reason that begin of the moratorium.

Below the brand new regulation, they’ve till Feb. 1, 2021 to foot the invoice.

The web site has a portal for each tenants, landlords and owners to grasp how the regulation protects them.

Ramírez and Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned the web site will assist break down the complicated protections for tenants and owners.

Midday Sept. 2: Companies nonetheless beneath strict reopening tips in Santa Clara County

Though some companies can reopen beneath state tips, most face restrictions as Santa Clara County continues to be within the purple zone.

Hair salons and barber outlets can function indoors with restricted quantities of individuals inside, mentioned County Well being Spokesperson Todd Naffziger throughout a web based livestream, and indoor malls can open to 25% of their most capability for customers and employees.

Nail salons and health facilities can solely function outside beneath state tips.

Naffziger added that hair salons and barber outlets ought to contact their metropolis authorities officers and test if they will function indoors and outside concurrently.

“What it will do, in the event that they’re allowed to take action, is maximize the providers that they should do inside the power and nonetheless present these providers that they will present outside,” he mentioned. “However they need to test with their metropolis if these operations are nonetheless in impact.”

Naffziger mentioned prospects are required to put on masks and abide by social distancing guidelines, however was unclear on whether or not enterprise house owners can legally refuse service to them.

“For authorized recommendation, we’re pointing individuals within the route of precise authorized counsel as they’re fitter to find out what plan of action, legally, a enterprise can be allowed to take right now,” he mentioned.

If companies have an worker who exams optimistic for COVID-19, Naffziger mentioned the proprietor should contact the county inside 4 hours of being notified in regards to the an infection and shut till they’ve correctly sanitized the constructing.

He added that the enterprise house owners or managers ought to establish all different shut contacts of the contaminated individual, however didn’t specify if all workers involved with the contaminated individual are required to be examined for COVID-19 to return to work.

7:30 p.m. Sept. 1: County well being officers present COVID-19 instances nonetheless excessive in East Facet, South San Jose

Santa Clara County well being officers confirmed knowledge from their new testing website on the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds revealing most individuals who examined optimistic for COVID-19 on the website resided in South San Jose and the East Facet.

Individuals from the East Facet and South San Jose obtained exams at almost the identical charges as individuals from the west of San Jose, however had examined optimistic at a a lot larger charge, in accordance with county knowledge.

“East San Jose and parts of South San Jose had the best positivity,” mentioned Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, the county’s testing guru.

Fenstersheib mentioned testing positivity charges have been dropping slowly, however mentioned East Facet residents stay disproportionately contaminated with coronavirus.

General, examined residents from East San Jose had a 7.6% positivity charge, whereas residents of Gilroy and surrounding areas had a 7.1% positivity charge. These charges are about 4% larger than residents of different areas in Santa Clara County.

The county examined greater than 43,000 individuals from Aug. 1-Aug. 21.

Dr. Sara Cody additionally detailed which worksites in Santa Clara County have had the best quantity of COVID-19 instances.

Development websites have been the workplaces with highest quantity contaminated staff, with 35% of worksites having Three or extra optimistic COVID-19 instances, in accordance with county knowledge.

13 p.c of Manufacturing crops had Three or extra optimistic instances, whereas round 10% of food-processing crops, eating places and retail shops had Three or extra optimistic instances.

“These are simply the general variety of worksites the place we have documented the variety of instances by means of late Could by means of most of August, however we do not actually have a comparative,” Cody mentioned. “I am unable to let you know what number of building worksites that have been in operation had a cluster of instances and I believe that is actually necessary.”

She mentioned infections can occur if staff can’t keep bodily distance from prospects or in the event that they work together carefully with co-workers. She mentioned this typically occurs throughout lunch breaks when persons are shut collectively and never carrying masks.

At building websites particularly, Cody mentioned that the quantity of individuals required to be at initiatives in-person has additionally contributed to an increase in instances.

1 p.m. Sept. 1: California well being officers announce contract to develop stand-alone COVID-19 database, warning individuals from Labor Day gatherings

California Well being and Human Companies Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly mentioned OptumInsight, a well being industries firm that develops knowledge software program, has signed a contract with the state to construct a stand-alone COVID-19 database.

Ghaly mentioned the partnership will make sure the accuracy of California’s COVID-19 knowledge, after the state discovered quite a few glitches of their data-sets throughout August.

“Just a few weeks again as we labored by means of a few of the state knowledge system challenges and getting our knowledge backlogs proper, we mentioned that we’d be creating a brand new standalone COVID knowledge reporting system,” he mentioned. “And particularly as we take into consideration this elevated variety of exams that the state will see within the months to return. Having a sturdy system is essential.”

In the meantime, as a result of Labor Day is subsequent monday, state well being officers requested the general public to keep away from mass gatherings and going out for the three-day weekend.

“We have made some unimaginable progress collectively as a state within the final a number of weeks and months and we don’t wish to lose in that progress so we don’t wish to let up our guard,” mentioned Dr. Erica Pan, California’s appearing state public well being officer. “It is time to keep vigilant.”

Pan mentioned that if individuals select to see others, gatherings needs to be small, temporary and outside – all socially distanced.

“The most secure factor so that you can do continues to be to remain at house and stick with individuals you reside with,” Pan mentioned. “however in the event you do select to be with others, please maintain it exterior, keep your bodily distance, maintain it small, be certain it is temporary. The longer you are with others, the extra threat there may be you are uncovered to COVID-19. And ensure you put on your masks.”

Midday Aug. 31: Santa Clara County hospitality industries work on adapting to distant enterprise

As South Bay hair salons and barber outlets are allowed to renew enterprise indoors right this moment beneath stringent state tips to forestall coronavirus infections, different companies are nonetheless struggling to remain afloat, in accordance with an area gross sales government.

Specifically, Santa Clara County occasion and hospitality industries try to adapt to the continued cancelation of in-person occasions, mentioned Yuliya Vasudev, a gross sales government at South Bay catering service Tony Caters.

Vasudev mentioned the corporate has began to adapt to distant enterprise.

“We try to pivot. We’re looking for inventive methods to offer our providers,” she mentioned. “We’re offering digital cooking kits the place we are able to mail the field of elements to our attendees. That manner we are able to type of proceed doing what we’re doing, however in a protected manner.”The gross sales government mentioned Tony Caters furloughed most of its workers, misplaced lots of of 1000’s of {dollars} and restricted its service as Santa Clara County ordered the mass cancelation of in-person occasions.Though Vasudev mentioned a whole return to enterprise will not be attainable till a COVID-19 vaccine is on the market, she’s collaborating with different occasion coordinators to offer net seminars on adapting to pandemic limitations.Vasudev mentioned she’s planning a webinar on Sept. Three at 2 p.m to debate how occasion service suppliers can keep in enterprise and reopen safely.

1 p.m. Aug. 29: California releases revised reopening tips and upgraded COVID-19 web site

Yellow, orange, pink and purple now kind the colour palette for reopening California’s counties.

In a color-coded graph, the colours point out the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in every county primarily based on every county’s case charge and take a look at positivity charge.

The colour-coded tiers are a part of new reopening tips Gov. Gavin Newsom launched this week after dealing with weeks of strain to make revisions after an abrupt halt to restarting the economic system in June.

Purple reveals a “widespread” threat and means most non-essential indoor companies are closed. Pink reveals a “substantial” threat and orange and yellow point out a “average” and “minimal” threat for reopening, respectively.

“We do not put up inexperienced as a result of we do not consider there’s a inexperienced gentle that claims return to the best way issues have been or again to the pre-pandemic mindset – fairly the opposite,” Newsom mentioned throughout his day by day briefing.

The state additionally began an upgraded web site to trace every county’s case numbers and progress in reopening.

The colour-coded tier system, interactive maps and web site kind the blueprint for guiding counties on when to reopen, Newsom mentioned.

To be within the yellow zone, for instance, counties will need to have zero COVID-19 instances per 100,000 individuals and have lower than a 2% take a look at positivity charge, in accordance with the state’s tips, To be within the purple zone, counties will need to have greater than seven COVID-19 instances per 100,000 or have a take a look at positivity charge of greater than 8%.

The case charge is the quantity of recent instances per 100,000 individuals every day calculated right into a weekly common and the take a look at positivity charge is the share of exams that come again optimistic.

Santa Clara County is at the moment purple with eight COVID-19 instances per 100,000 individuals and a 3.4% take a look at positivity charge.

It takes two weeks of sustaining metrics to advance and transfer again from every tier.

11:30 a.m. Aug. 29: Santa Clara County Completes greater than 26,000 exams in August

Santa Clara County well being officers have accomplished greater than 26,000 exams in August, regardless of current fires and poor air high quality all through the realm.

“Testing is among the most necessary instruments in combatting the pandemic,” mentioned Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 testing officer, in a information launch. “We encourage individuals to contact their healthcare supplier when attainable, however to know the county is there to shut the testing hole.”

The county continues to supply pop-up testing in San Jose and Gilroy, with no appointment required.

This week well being officers plan to supply appointment-only testing in San Jose, Milpitas, Mountain View, Cupertino, Campbell and Los Altos Hills.

The checklist beneath reveals the situation and hours of every website.

APPOINTMENT-ONLY SITES

San Jose Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Parking Lot A (throughout from the blue arch): 344 Tully Street in San Jose Appointments: September 1-4, (12 – 6:30 p.m.); September 5 (9 a.m. – Three p.m.)

Milpitas Milpitas Sports activities Middle, 1325 E Calaveras Blvd in Milpitas By appointment just for August 31 (9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.)

Mountain View Middle for Performing Arts, 500 Castro Road in Mountain View By appointment just for September 1 (9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.)

Cupertino Cupertino Senior Middle, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd. in Cupertino By appointment just for September 2 (9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.)

Campbell Orchard Metropolis Banquet Corridor, 1 W. Campbell Ave. in Campbell By appointment just for September 3 (9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.)

Los Altos Hills Council Chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Street in Los Altos Hills By appointment just for September 4 (9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.)

POP-UP TESTING SITES No appointments are wanted for a free and straightforward nasal swab take a look at at both of those pop-up areas.

San Jose William C. Overfelt Excessive College gymnasium – 1835 Cunningham Ave. in San Jose Tuesday via Friday, September 1-4 (10 a.m. – Four p.m.)

Gilroy South County Annex (previously Del Buono Elementary) – 9300 Wren Ave. in Gilroy Tuesday via Friday, September 1-4 (10 a.m. – Four p.m.)

12:15 p.m. Aug. 27: Santa Clara County well being officer slams information CDC testing tips

Santa Clara County Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody slammed newly-released tips from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention advising asymptomatic individuals to not get examined for COVID-19.

“Once I first heard about this modification in tips, I really did not consider it, for it appeared totally weird,” Cody mentioned.

Cody mentioned testing has been an “achilles heal” for the county’s well being response, and elevated testing is a necessity for individuals to start out returning to work and college.

“It undercuts our very fundamental tenets of how we management an infectious illness — that testing is our manner out of this epidemic,” Cody mentioned.

Cody suggested anybody who can get examined to take action.

“Once you get a take a look at, you understand your standing, you understand whether or not you are infectious and also you want that data for 2 causes,” Cody mentioned. “One, for your self to know whether or not you are going to get extra sick and to have the ability to watch your signs. Quantity two, it’s worthwhile to know whether or not you pose a threat to your loved ones and your folks and your coworkers.”

Below a brand new plan, the state is aiming to extend its COVID-19 testing provide.

On Aug. 26, Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced the state is partnering with genetic testing firm PerkinElmer to construct a lab in California to produce the state with a further 150,000 exams per day.

5:30 p.m. Aug. 26: State legislator requires revised reopening tips as salons battle to stay open

Regardless of the push for companies to function outside to forestall COVID-19 unfold, a state lawmaker representing San Jose says it creates extra dangers for nail and hair salon house owners.

Assemblymember Ash Kalra despatched a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom this week demanding the discharge of recent tips to permit salons to function indoors.

“As historic wildfires proceed to ravage California affecting our air high quality and making it more and more harmful for residents to be outside usually, it’s unattainable to count on salons to offer providers outside,” Kalra mentioned within the letter.

He mentioned varieties to entry small-business loans are difficult to fill out and the vast majority of salon house owners in his San Jose district are Vietnamese and Latina ladies and may face language obstacles filling out varieties.

When COVID-19 instances surged in California after reopenings in June, state officers scrambled to revise reopening tips and to order abrupt closures of various counties.

The consequence was confusion and frustration amongst enterprise house owners.

Many San Jose nail salon house owners say doing enterprise outside really creates extra threat than working indoors, in accordance with Kalra. Salon house owners in different South Bay cities echoed the identical sentiment.

He mentioned out of doors operations may jeopardize gear cleansing and expose shoppers to insufferable warmth and passersby not carrying masks.

Throughout an information convention, Newsom mentioned the state would launch reopening tips for counties with extra detailed timelines and expectations, however made no point out of revised necessities for private care companies.

2 p.m. Aug. 26: Governor lays out plan to cut back COVID-19 testing prices

Awaiting COVID-19 take a look at outcomes can take almost two weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned throughout a information convention. The wait is kind of lengthy and the exams are pricey for the state.

“In essence whenever you’re north of 10, 11, 12 days the exams, dare I say, are fairly ineffective,” Newsom mentioned. “However they’re additionally fairly costly.”

The price of COVID-19 testing for the state is on common $150 to $200 per take a look at, Newsom mentioned.

As a way to curb prices, the governor introduced the state is partnering with genetic testing firm PerkinElmer to construct a lab in California to produce the state with a further 150,000 exams per day.

Below this partnership, Newsom mentioned that if the lab boosts provide to 40,000 exams, the fee per take a look at will probably be $47.99. If provide rises to 100,000 exams, the fee per take a look at will probably be $37.78 and if it rises 150,000 exams the fee will probably be $30.78.

Presently, medical professionals conduct about 100,000 exams per day in California, in accordance with Newsom. He famous that the quantity dropped from 132,000 exams per day due to wildfires burning throughout the state.

Newsom mentioned it will open the door for a safer reopening of the state and for simpler contact tracing.

Midday Aug. 26: Hospital chief says county-owned hospitals have tailored to COVID-19

Jill Sproul, chief nursing officer for the Santa Clara Valley Medical Middle, mentioned hospitals are getting a deal with on treating individuals in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She mentioned county-owned hospitals have sufficient capability to absorb sufferers from different counties. There are far fewer individuals utilizing the hospital’s critical-care items in comparison with six months in the past, she added.

“I do know this has been very arduous on households, however we’re lowering households,” Sproul mentioned. “Below particular circumstances — finish of life, pediatric sufferers, labor and supply — there are particular circumstances we’re permitting guests.”

The chief nursing officer acknowledged that solitude is usually a burden, and inspired individuals to make use of tablets and sensible telephones to remain involved. She mentioned county-owned hospitals would supply an iPad if sufferers didn’t have one.

She mentioned medical employees are taking extra precautions to forestall COVID-19 transmission at county hospitals.

Triage tents on the hospitals separate sufferers experiencing flu-like signs and employees offers masks to individuals who haven’t got one.

“I see the employees’s confidence and stage of actually realizing the right way to handle these sufferers,” Sproul mentioned. “It’s extremely inspiring to see how we have come collectively as a county and we have come collectively as three hospitals and the way we have come collectively as a group to handle these sufferers.”

2 p.m. Aug. 25: California HHS Secretary warns of potential COVID-19 unfold throughout hearth evacuations

Throughout a web based information convention, California Well being and Human Companies Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly mentioned he foresees potential COVID-19 unfold amongst individuals sheltering from fires.

“The fires are necessary and a significant problem, however within the context of COVID, we have to ensure that we do sure issues otherwise, and we consider that these issues have largely been in place and adopted,” Ghaly mentioned. “However I will not be the primary to be stunned if we have now some elevated in transmission in these areas as a result of we’re experiencing completely different situations.”

Emergency response officers ordered about 136,000 individuals throughout California to go away their houses due to the fires, Ghaly mentioned.

Of these individuals, 3,383 individuals from evacuated areas are in “congregate shelters,” he mentioned, which group many individuals in the identical area. Greater than 1,000 persons are staying in lodge rooms, which classify as non-congregate shelters, Ghaly mentioned, and the rest have discovered shelter with family and friends.

However he warned those who hugs and handshakes amongst family and friends can nonetheless unfold the virus.

“They might, due to the stress of COVID-19, the priority across the fires, attain out, give a cherished one a handshake or a hug,” Ghaly mentioned. “And I wish to remind you at this second to recollect the entire issues we have been speaking about for the final many weeks and months, that that is no time to place down our guard.”

He urged individuals to proceed carrying masks, wash their fingers and to seek out individualized areas wherever they take shelter.

2:30 p.m. Aug. 24: Newsom assured in COVID-19 protocol throughout fires, state sends masks to shelters

As fires burn throughout California, Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned he is assured within the state’s capability to stability hearth response with lowering the unfold of COVID-19.

Emergency shelter operators now have the extra accountability of making certain individuals social distance and put on masks as neighborhoods are evacuated throughout the state.

“I’ve visited most of those shelters over the previous 14 days,” Newsom mentioned.

Newsom mentioned when he visited a Santa Cruz group school facility that was being managed by the native Pink Cross, he was required to put on a masks and to undergo a screening on the door.

“I used to be topic to well being screening, I used to be topic to assessments earlier than I used to be allowed to enter,” Newsom mentioned. “She did not simply take my temperature, however she additionally requested me a sequence of questions.”

He mentioned social distance protocols have been adequately in place and shelters have been taking them significantly.

“You noticed cots that have been nicely in extra of 10 toes aside,” Newsom mentioned. “You noticed tape protocols going to the restroom, that they had air purifiers.”

The governor mentioned the one concern he heard was a couple of shelter housing 200 aged those who had bother making certain social distance between them, regardless of the entire seniors carrying masks.

Regardless of the social distancing precautions at shelter, Well being and Human Companies Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly mentioned well being officers confronted a dilemma as a result of fabric masks made it tougher to breath in smoky environments regardless of lowering the unfold of COVID-19.

The most effective masks to make use of in a fireplace are filtered air masks, Ghaly mentioned.

He added that the state has despatched surgical masks and N95 masks to shelters to cut back the unfold of COVID-19 and defend individuals from smoke inhalation.

Midday Aug. 24: Free COVID-19 testing out there at Mexican Heritage Plaza

Individuals in East San Jose can now entry extra free testing.

The College of Arts and Tradition on the Mexican Heritage Plaza has partnered with Gardner Well being Companies and Santa Clara County to create a pop-up testing website on the Mexican Heritage Plaza.

No appointment is required to stroll in and get a take a look at and other people don’t want medical health insurance or a health care provider’s notice. Getting a take a look at is not going to have an effect on anyone’s immigration standing, well being officers mentioned in a information launch.

Nevertheless, medical staff take a look at individuals on a first-come, first-served foundation, and might solely take a look at 300 individuals a day.

The positioning will probably be open from Wednesday-Friday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

11 a.m. Aug. 24: Santa Clara County urges immigrants to fill out 2020 census kind

As coronavirus has taken a disproportionate toll on the immigrant group, Santa Clara County officers urged households to take the census.

Zelica Rodriguez, the county’s director of immigrant relations, mentioned throughout a web based briefing that COVID-19 has stifled civic engagement inside immigrant communities.

“I believe that folks perceive the significance of 2020, the census, being civically concerned and engaged, nevertheless it actually has created extra chaos in our group and admittedly extra of a group that is remoted,” Rodriguez mentioned.

Up to now, about 26% of individuals in Santa Clara County nonetheless have to fill out the census. The deadline to fill out the census is Sept. 30.

“With each one that is not counted that is 1000’s of federal {dollars} not coming to our particular person group, funding necessary social security packages in addition to our COVID reduction,” mentioned Nick Kuwada, this system supervisor for the county’s 2020 Census.

Rodriguez mentioned lots of the individuals being missed are most probably immigrants and mentioned county staff will probably be knocking on doorways encouraging individuals to fill out the shape.

“Immigrant communities are nonetheless being undercounted, we’re not filling out our surveys,” Rodriguez mentioned. “As arduous as it has been within the final couple of months with the citizenship query, with simply actually not quite a lot of encouragement within the media to fill out the census. Encouraging our group to fill out the census, it issues greater than ever.”

The citizenship query shouldn’t be on the Census, Kuwada mentioned, and private data will not be disclosed to federal and native authorities businesses.

“You pay your taxes each single yr,” Kuwada mentioned. “Solely as soon as each ten years you get the chance to say ‘what’s my piece, what do I get again for my household, my technology of youngsters that dwell on this group?’ “

2 p.m. Aug. 23: Medical professional says vaccine creation will not be prompt repair for COVID-19

Gaining herd immunity from COVID-19 requires far more than discovering a vaccine.

Dr. George Rutherford, an epidemiology professor at UC San Francisco, mentioned the obstacles to reopening throughout a web based city corridor with Santa Clara County Supervisor George Simitian on Aug. 23.

Rutherford mentioned as soon as a vaccine is developed, making certain everyone seems to be vaccinated will probably be a frightening process.

“It is going to take a very long time to get 40,000 individuals vaccinated within the state,” he mentioned. “That is assuming we even have the provides to do it.”

The epidemiologist added that one other problem for well being officers will probably be to make sure individuals get a double dose 28 days aside.

“Even when everyone acquired vaccinated on Jan. 1, you’d all must be revaccinated on Feb. 1, as a way to be protected,” Rutherford mentioned.

As a way to purchase herd immunity, at the very least 70% of individuals should be resistant to the virus, Rutherford mentioned. He added that restrictions on public gatherings should stay in place as a result of rushed reopenings of companies have led to resurgences in case numbers in California.

“These sorts of draconian shutdowns can work by way of lowering transmission,” Rutherford mentioned. “However in the event you allow them to up too rapidly and other people aren’t taking note of masking, social distancing, all these sorts of issues, then you may get it again as dangerous because it was, if not worse.”

5 p.m. Aug. 22: COVID-19 testing continues in Santa Clara County as fires worsen air high quality

Santa Clara County will proceed COVID-19 testing from Aug. 23 to Aug. 29 as smoke from fires across the South Bay pollute the air.

“Sadly, COVID-19 doesn’t take a break throughout hearth emergencies. The county continues to offer free, simple and fast turnaround testing for the general public,” mentioned Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, the county’s COVID-19 testing officer. “Testing is considered one of our greatest instruments for slowing the unfold of COVID-19, and the county will proceed testing even beneath these troublesome circumstances.”

Well being officers reported 196 new COVID-19 instances on Aug. 22 and numbers reported all through the week present 11 individuals have died from the illness since Aug. 18.

Testing websites remaining open in the course of the fires will both be drive-thru or indoors and an inventory of the areas and hours of web sites is beneath.

Learn the total San José Highlight story right here.

Appointment-based testing websites

San Jose Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Parking Lot A (throughout from Gate B) — Tully Street in San Jose Appointments Tuesday-Friday, August 25-28, 12 – 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, August 29, 9 – Three p.m.

Sunnyvale Murphy Park, 260 N. Sunnyvale Ave. in Sunnyvale By appointment just for Monday, August 24, 9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.

Morgan Hill Council Chamber Constructing, 17555 Peak Ave. in Morgan Hill By appointment just for Tuesday, August 25, 9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.

Santa Clara Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Street in Santa Clara By appointment just for Wednesday, August 26, 9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.

Saratoga Friendship Corridor, 19841 Prospect Street in Saratoga By appointment just for Thursday, August 27, 9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.

Palo Alto Artwork Middle Auditorium, 1313 Newell Street in Palo Alto By appointment just for Friday, August 28, 9:30 a.m. – Four p.m.

To schedule an appointment, go to https://direc.to/eyD1 or www.sccfreetest.org.

Pop-up testing websites No appointments are wanted for a free and straightforward nasal swab take a look at at both of those pop-up areas.

San Jose William C. Overfelt Excessive College gymnasium – 1835 Cunningham Ave. in San Jose Tuesday to Friday, Aug. 25-28, 10 a.m. to three p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gilroy South County Annex (previously Del Buono Elementary) – 9300 Wren Ave. in Gilroy Tuesday to Friday, Aug. 25-28, 10 a.m. to Four p.m.

Four p.m. Aug. 22: Silicon Valley unemployment sees slight decline, nonetheless alarmingly excessive

Individuals are beginning to return to work in Santa Clara County however unemployment continues to be alarmingly excessive.

After unemployment reached a historic peak of 11.6% in April, it declined to 9.3% in July, in accordance with a research launched Aug. 21 by Joint Enterprise Silicon Valley, a bunch that gives evaluation on the Silicon Valley economic system and high quality of life.

“We under no circumstances wish to diminish that just about 21,000 jobs have been added to our regional economic system,” mentioned Rachel Massaro, the analysis director for the group’s institute for regional research. “But, whenever you take a look at the rise in unemployment that occurred at the start of the shelter in place (order), it is arduous to take a look at this slight decline within the unemployment charge as progress.”

Massaro mentioned the pandemic has muddied up any clear forecast of job progress within the subsequent few months. Normally employment ties on to the economic system however researchers now must account for public well being in predicting when enterprise will growth once more.

“Proper now’s a really distinctive time through which the unemployment charge is primarily pushed by authorities insurance policies to cut back transmission charges to maintain our inhabitants wholesome,” she mentioned. “So, these industries which might be closed or are very arduous to reopen, given the social distancing necessities, are those which have the best unemployment proper now.”

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11 a.m. Aug. 19: COVID-19 testing websites stay open amid poor air high quality, fires

Outdoors is the final place to be in San Jose this week as air high quality has reached unhealthy ranges due to fires burning across the South Bay.

Nevertheless, all Santa Clara County COVID-19 testing websites will stay open, in accordance with a information launch.

Well being officers mentioned the brand new drive-thru testing website on the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds will stay be absolutely useful regardless of the smoky air.

Individuals with appointments can nonetheless get swabbed, mentioned county spokesperson Betty Duong throughout a web based livestream.

Though companies can proceed working exterior, well being officers advisable that enterprise house owners reduce their hours and other people keep indoors.

“I do know it is a robust time for all of our companies to be functioning,” Duong mentioned. “However your well being does come first and the air is simply not wholesome right this moment.”

She added that the poor air high quality has stalled a COVID-19 outreach program in East San Jose and Gilroy.

Though chilling on the mall or the flicks for air-con shouldn’t be an choice proper now, a number of cooling facilities are open to the general public all through Santa Clara County.

The checklist beneath reveals the situation of every cooling heart. Everyone should social distance and put on a masks, and county officers urge individuals with COVID-19 signs to not enter.

Open Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 17-19 from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.

  • Roosevelt Group Middle 901 E. Santa Clara St. in San Jose
  • Mayfair Group Middle 2039 Kammerer Ave. in San Jose

Open Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 17-19 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Mountain View Group Middle, 201 South Rengstorff Avenue in Mountain View

Open Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 17-19 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

  • Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Avenue in Saratoga
  • Gilroy Library, 350 W. sixth Road in Gilroy

Open Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 17-18 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Campbell Group Middle, Q80 (Roosevelt Redwood Room), 1 W. Campbell Avenue in Campbell

Open Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 17-19 from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Cupertino Senior Middle, 21251 Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino

Open Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 17-19 from 1:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • Santa Clara Senior Middle, 1303 Fremont Road in Santa Clara

Open Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 17-19 from 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • Centennial Recreation Middle, 171 W. Edmundson in Morgan Hill

Open Tuesday-Wednesday, August 18-19 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Milpitas Sports activities Middle, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd. in Milpitas

Open Tuesday-Wednesday, August 18-19 from 1:00-6:00 p.m.

  • Mitchell Park Group Middle, 3700 Middlefield Street in Palo Alto

6 p.m. Aug. 18: Santa Clara County steps up penalties for companies violating well being order

Companies that do not adjust to Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 well being order could must pay $250 to $5,000 in fines per day beneath an ordinance handed by county supervisors on Aug. 11.

Already, well being officers mentioned they’ve issued violation notices to 5 institutions for not complying with the well being order.

Environmental Well being Director Michael Balliet, who oversees well being inspections, mentioned the county can penalize companies for quite a lot of violations to the county’s COVID-19 mandates. “They vary from indoor operations to masking to not following separation on tables,” Balliet mentioned.

He mentioned the county normally enforces well being violations after receiving stories from the general public of poor practices by the enterprise.

Nevertheless, some institutions could obtain a grace interval to resolve any violations to the order.

“As soon as the discover of violation is issued to the enterprise, they will have anyplace from no grace interval or as much as 72 hours and there may be some enforcement officer discretion primarily based on how egregious the violation is,” Balliet mentioned.

Three of the companies that obtained notices of violation had already fastened their issues, Balliet mentioned.

Well being officers didn’t disclose which companies have been in violation and would solely launch the names if that they had not resolved the problems by the tip of the grace interval, in accordance with county spokesperson Roger Ross.

2 p.m. Aug. 18: Testing website at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds to check 5,000 day by day

A brand new drive-thru COVID-19 testing website on the Santa Clara County fairgrounds opened right this moment and is ready to check at the very least 5,000 individuals a day, well being officers mentioned.

The fairgrounds website will probably be appointment-only and can take a look at on the highest capability within the area, mentioned Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 testing officer.

“At this level the county is doing about 40% of all of the testing in all the county,” Fenstersheib mentioned. “We’re doing extra testing at this website, as a mass website, than anyplace in Northern California.”

Well being officers mentioned the drive-thru website would make it simpler for individuals experiencing COVID-19 signs to get a swab take a look at.

“It does not harm, it is simple and free,” Fenstersheib mentioned. “You do not want any medical insurance coverage.”

The positioning will moreover have a pedestrian testing lane for individuals who haven’t got vehicles, he mentioned, however everyone nonetheless must make an appointment.

However Fenstersheib mentioned well being officers may broaden the positioning to walk-up testing with out appointments within the close to future.

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1 p.m. Aug. 17: Santa Clara County stays on state watchlist

Santa Clara County stays on the state’s county monitoring checklist for COVID-19 instances, which incorporates 42 counties.

If counties stay on the checklist for greater than three days, gyms, procuring malls, nail salons, church buildings and barbershops want to stay closed beneath the state’s necessities.

As a way to be faraway from the checklist, every county should present their case quantity traits are steady for a interval of three days. The state simply eliminated Santa Cruz County from the checklist.

“This can be a dynamic checklist. Individuals come on, individuals come off,” Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned throughout his briefing Monday. “The numbers shift each single week and I anticipate this week, the numbers to shift once more.”

Nevertheless, being faraway from the checklist doesn’t essentially imply companies will reopen instantly. Newsom mentioned the State Well being Officer has to concur with any plans to permit nonessential companies to renew in every county taken off the checklist.

But it surely seems some counties haven’t had a clean course of being faraway from the checklist or obtained clear steerage on reopening.

Though the governor introduced he plans to take San Diego County off the checklist as quickly as tomorrow, a KPBS reporter questioned him about county leaders missing steerage to reopen companies and dealing with a two-day delay to be faraway from the watch checklist.

Newsom didn’t reply whether or not or not new reopening steerage can be launched for counties and didn’t contact on why there could have been delays taking San Diego County off the checklist.

10 a.m. Aug. 17: Lengthy waits proceed for COVID-19 take a look at outcomes from Santa Clara County

Do not count on COVID-19 take a look at outcomes from Santa Clara County too quickly.

“When you’re anticipating 72 hours to your outcomes. It isn’t occurring for us proper now,” mentioned Todd Naffziger, a Santa Clara County well being spokesperson, throughout a briefing Monday.

Regardless of growing out there COVID-19 exams to 600 to 750 per day at appointment-only websites and introducing new pop-up websites, the county is unable to offer take a look at outcomes inside 72 hours, in accordance with Naffziger.

“That is a query we’re getting so much proper now as a result of as persons are going again to highschool, persons are touring for enterprise, there’s extra rules and necessities going into place,” Naffziger mentioned.

If persons are in dire want of receiving quick outcomes, he advisable checking with different well being care suppliers for a faster turnaround. Naffziger nonetheless inspired use of the county’s COVID-19 testing websites and mentioned exams are supplied without charge, no matter insurance coverage standing.

12 p.m. Aug. 15: New testing websites introduced

Santa Clara County well being leaders on Saturday introduced new COVID-19 testing websites opening in San Jose, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Cupertino, Campbell and Milpitas.

The brand new websites provide drop-in and appointment-based testing with extra appointment slots added attributable to excessive demand, county officers mentioned.

Appointments could be made beginning three days earlier than the testing date till all slots are taken. County leaders mentioned appointments refill quickly – most have been booked inside two days of availability – so the county elevated exams out there per day from 600 to 750.

“Just like the pop-up websites, the appointment-based websites are proving to be extremely popular,” mentioned Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 testing officer for Santa Clara County. “It is a good match for folk preferring a time slot prematurely, particularly in the event that they dwell or work close to the positioning. However we advise these in search of a time slot to behave quick when reservations can be found to safe an appointment at a time that most closely fits their schedule.”

Scheduled walk-up appointments can be found Monday by means of Friday in Los Gatos, Mountain View, Cupertino, Campbell and Milpitas on the following areas:

Los Gatos — Los Gatos Grownup Recreation Middle: 208 E. Primary St. in Los Gatos Monday: 9:30 a.m. to Four p.m.

Mountain View — Middle for the Performing Arts: 500 Castro St. in Mountain View Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to Four p.m.

Cupertino — Cupertino Senior Middle: 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd. in Cupertino Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to Four p.m.

Campbell — Orchard Metropolis Banquet Corridor: 1 W. Campbell Ave. in Campbell Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to Four p.m.

Milpitas — Milpitas Sports activities Middle: 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd. in Milpitas Friday: 9:30 a.m. to Four p.m.

No appointments are wanted for a free and straightforward nasal swab take a look at at both of those pop-up areas.

San Jose — William C. Overfelt Excessive College gymnasium: 1835 Cunningham Ave. in San Jose Tuesday to Friday: 1 p.m. to six p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gilroy — South County Annex (previously Del Buono Elementary): 9300 Wren Avenue in Gilroy Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. to three p.m.

County well being officers suggested residents to reach early on the pop-up take a look at websites, which use a wristband system through which persons are assigned a testing time later within the day. The time slots typically refill inside hours.

There are greater than 50 COVID-19 testing websites in Santa Clara County.

2 p.m. Aug. 14: College’s again in session, governor lays out plan to boost distance studying

Laptops, WiFi and tablets will do no good if college students lack interplay with their academics, California Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned throughout a web based information convention Friday.

“We simply don’t need individuals to take their lectures and simply video tape them after which present them on-line,” Newsom mentioned. “You possibly can simply go to YouTube and just about get that on each topic that is been debated for the reason that starting of mankind.”

The governor introduced a set of recent state necessities for colleges to produce expertise to all youngsters enrolled, to make sure academics meet with their college students day by day and to create difficult assignments equal to work for in-person courses.

As well as, colleges should adapt classes for youngsters studying English as a second language and college students in particular schooling.

The state has delivered 73,000 gadgets and 100,000 hotspots to college students and secured $5.Three billion of CARES Act cash for colleges. Newsom mentioned 81% of the CARES Act funds would go to low-income college students, homeless college students, foster youth, English language learners and college students with disabilities.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond mentioned his division is concentrated on studying what the social and emotional wants of scholars are.

Though Newsom mentioned colleges are a prime precedence for the state in offering funding and expertise, he additionally introduced an Government Order to enhance state broadband and web entry to individuals missing web throughout California.

The plan goals to enhance web obtain speeds to 100 megabytes per second and to revive the State Broadband Council to develop an motion plan to shut the digital divide.

10 a.m. Aug. 14: Registrar of Voters explains how Election Day will work throughout pandemic

Packing a polling location is the very last thing individuals wish to do throughout a pandemic.

Nevertheless, Santa Clara County vote facilities will open for 4 days beginning Oct. 31, in accordance with Shannon Bushey, the Santa Clara County registrar of voters.

“The most secure technique to vote is to vote from house,” Bushey mentioned. “However for these of you that will want in-person voting as a result of we have now accessible voting machines or perhaps as they are saying ‘the canine ate your poll and also you want a alternative poll,’ you possibly can come to any considered one of our voting facilities.”

Individuals can drop off ballots at greater than 90 drop-off bins for ballots across the county and might use greater than 100 vote facilities, Bushey mentioned. Workers on the facilities will present private protecting gear, language help and alternative ballots for voters.

Workers members and volunteers can have private protecting gear and be behind plexiglass obstacles to forestall coronavirus infections. Moreover, due to the Voter’s Selection Act, each registered voter will obtain a mail-in poll with a free postage-paid envelope.

Bushey mentioned her employees will depend any poll postmarked by Election Day that they obtain inside 17 days.

As well as, she mentioned navy personnel and other people dwelling abroad who’re registered voters in Santa Clara County will be capable to entry a safe connection to print out ballots that they will mail again to the registrar’s workplace.

Oct. 19 is the final day to register to vote. After that folks can have to join conditional voter registration.

6 p.m. Aug. 13: Research reveals neck gaiter masks could ease unfold of coronavirus

Duke College researchers discovered {that a} neck gaiter created from skinny polyester material really dispersed droplets of germs individuals emit as they communicate – making it simpler for the coronavirus to unfold by means of the air.

In different phrases, carrying that individual neck gaiter as a face overlaying can be worse than carrying no masks in any respect.

For the time being, San Jose’s masks requirement permits individuals to put on any piece of cloth that covers their face.

“We attribute that to the mesh, the material really dispersing a few of these droplets, so turning the larger droplets right into a bunch of little droplets, which after all will increase the variety of whole droplets,” mentioned Martin Fischer, an affiliate analysis professor of chemistry at Duke College, throughout a Zoom name.

Fischer makes a speciality of creating mechanisms for molecular imagery and wished to seize pictures of droplets probably carrying coronavirus.

To seek out the scale of those droplets emitted with and with out masks, researchers mentioned the phrases ‘keep wholesome, individuals’ right into a darkish area with a laser going by means of it. The skinny sheet of sunshine from the laser illuminated every droplet individuals emitted whereas talking.

The sunshine confirmed barely any droplets from individuals who spoke with a valveless N95 masks and cotton masks, Fischer mentioned, nevertheless it uncovered a lot tinier particles from individuals carrying the neck gaiter.

“What makes that considerably regarding, is you may emit an enormous droplet and it’d fall to the bottom, the little droplets have a neater time hovering within the air or perhaps being carried away by air currents,” Fischer mentioned.

The professor clarified that this was not a complete research and neck gaiters with thicker material may very well be efficient for blocking particles.

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