COVID-19 Updates

County of Santa Clara Launches New and Expanded Drive-Through and Pop-Up Testing Locations for Free, Easy COVID-19 Testing

Six New or Expanded Testing Sites at Community Centers, Parking Lots, and County Health System Locations in Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Mountain View and San Jose


Santa Clara County, CA – The County of Santa Clara is expanding access to COVID-19 testing by launching or expanding six new test locations today. The locations were chosen based on data showing a higher rate of recent cases in these areas compared to nearby areas. All people getting tested at these sites pay nothing for the test.

“The County is bringing testing capacity to where it’s needed,” said Cindy Chavez, President of the Board of Supervisors. “Please take advantage of this opportunity to get tested in your neighborhood: it’s fast, free and you don’t need insurance."

Essential workers with regular interaction with the public should get tested now and once every month going forward. This includes grocery store clerks, food delivery workers, retail associates, first responders, and many other types of workers. The County recommends that these front-line workers get tested even if they have no symptoms at all. Testing can identify the infection before a person feels unwell or before they spread it to another person with potentially deadly consequences. People can get a test through their regular doctor, or from one of these new or expanded sites around the county.

"I encourage everyone to protect themselves and their family by scheduling a test at one of our test sites throughout Santa Clara County," said County Supervisor Joe Simitian.

The County of Santa Clara is closely partnering with the City of Mountain View to launch mobile testing services this week at the City’s Rengstorff Park. “We are pleased to be working with the County to bring testing to one our areas of highest need in Mountain View,” noted Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga. “We need everyone – including cities, the County, and private healthcare providers and labs – to do their part to help us get through this crisis.”

TEMPORARY TESTING SITES IN MOUNTAIN VIEW AND SAN JOSE
Testing will be available in outdoor “pop-up” sites in Mountain View on Monday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 27; and in San Jose on Friday, May 29. This is walk-up testing, available without an appointment. Insurance is not required. A doctor’s note is not required. Due to expected hot weather, water will be available at these sites.

Monday, May 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Rengstorff Park Pool Area, 201 S Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040

Wednesday, May 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Rengstorff Park Pool Area, 201 S Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040

Friday, May 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
La Placita Tropicana Shopping Center parking lot, 1630 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95122


DRIVE-THRU TESTING SITES IN MILPITAS, MORGAN HILL AND SAN JOSE
The County of Santa Clara is also making drive-thru testing available to the public at four existing County Health System locations in Milpitas, Morgan Hill and San Jose. Testing is available 7 days a week. Appointments are required for this drive-thru testing and these can be made online through a link at sccfreetest.org or by calling 888-334-1000.

  • 1325 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035 (location subject to change)
  • 18550 De Paul Dr., Morgan Hill, CA 95037
  • 777 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95112
  • 1993 McKee Road, San Jose, CA 95116

The tests offered are viral detection tests, which diagnose a person who currently has the infection. Read more about the difference between viral detection tests and serology tests at www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/covid19-testing-learn-more.aspx#types. With the addition of these six sites, there are now at least 46 sites throughout the county offering COVID-19 viral detection testing.

All new and expanded test sites and additional sites operated by other organizations are mapped on the County’s website at sccfreetest.org. The site is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Tagalog. Information is also available by calling 2-1-1.

COVID-19 Updates - May 20, 2020

Testing for COVID-19 is more accessible and more widely available in Santa Clara County.

Testing is:

  • 100% covered by health insurance
  • Safe and confidential
  • Free

Testing does not:

  • Affect immigration status
  • Require a doctor’s note
  • Require insurance


With more than 30 sites open across Santa Clara County, the Public Health Department continues to help more people get tested for COVID-19. Find a clinic or community testing site closest to you and make an appointment today! [CLICK ON IMAGE BELOW]


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COVID-19 Updates - May 4, 2020

County of Santa Clara Increases COVID-19 Testing Access with Two New Community Testing Sites

New Testing Webpage Provides Information on Testing 
including locations throughout the county where testing is available 

Santa Clara County, CA (May 4, 2020) - Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement that more community testing sites would open across the state focused on underserved communities, the County of Santa Clara has facilitated the opening of two testing sites: one at James Lick High School in East San José and one at Christopher High School in Gilroy. The new testing sites will open this week. These new sites are part of 80 testing sites statewide operated through a partnership with OptumServe, a health services business, and managed by the State of California.

“We want everybody in our community to have access to testing. That is the goal,” said Cindy Chavez, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

“This public-private partnership with the state and OptumServe is an essential part of meeting our testing goals,” said Supervisor Dave Cortese. “And meeting our testing goals is one of the key indicators to making any changes in our Shelter-in-Place Order. This is truly a step forward.”

“Testing is one of the most important tools we have to protect our community from COVID-19,” said Dr. Sara Cody, County of Santa Clara Health Officer and Director of Public Health. “These test sites are a welcome addition to testing capacity in our county. It is especially important to make testing readily available in communities that may have limited access. Our ultimate goal is that anyone, living in any neighborhood, can get access to testing, particularly those with symptoms of COVID-19, and those who work in settings where they may have frequent exposure.”

Testing at the two new sites will be by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, individuals can call 1-888-634-1123 or visit https://lhi.care/covidtesting. The screening and testing criteria are based on State guidelines and may be updated to reflect the latest guidance. These new sites will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and each site will have the capacity to serve up to 132 individuals daily.

The County of Santa Clara also announced today a new online resource for testing information and access, sccgov.org/cv19testing. The page includes information about County and non-government locations where members of the public can be tested. It also includes information about testing for people who do not have insurance or access to a doctor.

“OptumServe is honored to assist California in expanding COVID-19 testing for residents,” said Patty Horoho, CEO of OptumServe. “We are bringing our full commitment and capabilities to serve Californians, including extensive experience conducting large community health events.”

At maximum capacity, OptumServe will be able to support up to 80 testing sites in California at one time throughout the state, increasing total testing capacity throughout the state by more than 10,500 tests per day.

“Thanks to the County of Santa Clara and to OptumServe for the collaboration to make these testing sites possible,” said Charity Dean, M.D., Assistant Director of the California Department of Public Health. “We’re working together as part of the state’s Testing Task Force to ensure regions with the greatest need have access to tests, and these sites are going to be a major component in reaching our testing goals.”

More Information:

COVID-19 Updates - April 16, 2020

From the office of Governor: Gavin Newsom: California, Oregon & Washington Announce Western States Pact

SACRAMENTO — Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future.

Joint statement from the Governors:

COVID-19 has preyed upon our interconnectedness. In the coming weeks, the West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19 – with our states acting in close coordination and collaboration to ensure the virus can never spread wildly in our communities.

We are announcing that California, Oregon and Washington have agreed to work together on a shared approach for reopening our economies – one that identifies clear indicators for communities to restart public life and business.

While each state is building a state-specific plan, our states have agreed to the following principles as we build out a West Coast framework:

Our residents’ health comes first. As home to one in six Americans and gateway to the rest of the world, the West Coast has an outsized stake in controlling and ultimately defeating COVID-19.

Health outcomes and science – not politics – will guide these decisions. Modifications to our states’ stay at home orders must be made based off our understanding of the total health impacts of COVID-19, including: the direct impact of the disease on our communities; the health impact of measures introduced to control the spread in communities —particularly felt by those already experiencing social disadvantage prior to COVID-19; and our health care systems’ ability to ensure care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions. This effort will be guided by data. We need to see a decline in the rate of spread of the virus before large-scale reopening, and we will be working in coordination to identify the best metrics to guide this.

Our states will only be effective by working together. Each state will work with its local leaders and communities within its borders to understand what’s happening on the ground and adhere to our agreed upon approach.

Through quick and decisive action, each of our states has made significant progress in flattening the curve and slowing the spread of COVID-19 among the broader public. Now, our public health leaders will focus on four goals that will be critical for controlling the virus in the future.

  • Protecting vulnerable populations at risk for severe disease if infected. This includes a concerted effort to prevent and fight outbreaks in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
  • Ensuring an ability to care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions. This will require adequate hospital surge capacity and supplies of personal protective equipment.
  • Mitigating the non-direct COVID-19 health impacts, particularly on disadvantaged communities.
  • Protecting the general public by ensuring any successful lifting of interventions includes the development of a system for testing, tracking and isolating. The states will work together to share best practices.

COVID-19 doesn’t follow state or national boundaries. It will take every level of government, working together, and a full picture of what’s happening on the ground.

In the coming days the governors, their staff and health officials will continue conversations about this regional pact to recovery.

COVID-19 Updates - April 10, 2020

Santa Clara County, CA – The County of Santa Clara’s Public Health Department has expanded its COVID-19 data dashboard with additional information. The new details include confirmed cases by city of residence and deaths by race/ethnicity.


Community transmission is believed to be widespread throughout Santa Clara County, and limited testing capacity means case counts represent only a small portion of actual cases within each city.


“With various levels of testing in different communities, the city-level data do not necessarily represent the level of spread in these cities,” said County of Santa Clara Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody. “Whether there are three confirmed cases or 100 hundred confirmed cases in any given city, we must behave as if the virus is everywhere, because it is.”


The County is providing the breakdown by race/ethnicity of county residents who died with the novel coronavirus. The County does not have complete or accurate racial/ethnic breakdowns of confirmed cases in Santa Clara County, as is true for all counties across California and also at the state level. The County will release additional details on confirmed cases as they become available.


The County recognizes that social determinants of health, including race/ethnicity, employment, and income may affect the distribution of cases and the severity of cases across the community. The County and its community partners are actively working together to support and provide needed resources to communities who may be more vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19.

Visit the County of Santa Clara COVID-19 website for frequent updates.


COVID-19 Updates - April 9, 2020

COVID-19 Cases in Santa Clara County 


Today, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced 3 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 46 in Santa Clara County. The County also reported 95 new cases, bringing our total number of confirmed cases to 1,380. That represents a 10.91% positivity rate across 11,782 total tests with 254 testing results pending.


There are currently 277 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 with 86 of those cases in ICUs. Countywide, there are 748 acute hospital beds, 90 ICU beds, and 1,512 surge beds available. There are 443 of 645 total ventilators available across all hospitals.


More data can be found through the Public Health Department’s Data Dashboards.


Seeking Volunteers for Healthcare Services


The countywide Hospital Surge Planning Team is working to identify individuals with relevant skills who could support the healthcare system if needed during a surge. Whether someone works in healthcare or not, talents of all kind are welcome and encouraged.


A significant need for volunteers of all types to support staff in the healthcare setting are projected. This includes both people with direct patient care experience, as well as those with experience in administration and management, office specialties, logistics, environmental services/housekeeping/janitorial services, food service, pharmacy, lab work, social work, case management, information technology, nutrition and more.


You and your constituents can learn more and complete a short skills survey here.


Antibody Testing for COVID-19


Over the weekend, Stanford University conducted a study using serological testing of 2,500 healthy Santa Clara County residents to help identify the prevalence of coronavirus in our community (read more in the Mercury News).


As we are all eager to see more testing resources become available, serological or antibody testing has gained a lot of attention recently. Serological tests measure the amount of antibodies or proteins present in the blood when the body is responding to a specific infection. It is important to note that, in the early days of an infection when the body’s immune response is still building, antibodies may not be detected. This limits the test’s effectiveness for diagnosing COVID-19. However, serological tests can play a critical role in the fight against COVID-19 by helping healthcare professionals to identify individuals who have overcome an infection in the past and have developed an immune response.


To date, the FDA has authorized only one serological test, and it is intended for use by clinical laboratories. However, over 70 developers have tests currently pending approval from the FDA. We will continue to work hard to keep you informed about this and any other new resources that become available. Click here to learn more about serological testing.


Help with Electricity Bills

 

San José Clean Energy has created a guide of resources to help residents save on their electricity bills as they spend more time at home. While the page is aimed toward San José Clean Energy customers, it includes plenty of information on discount programs and financial assistance available to utility customers across the County.


Facebook Grants for Bay Area Small Businesses


Facebook announced that the Bay Area will be awarded $15 million in grants for small businesses. Businesses can now go to facebook.com/grantsforbusiness to learn more about the program. The application process has not yet started, but businesses are encouraged to sign their emails up for when the application goes live.


Eligible businesses must:


• Have between 2 and 50 employees

• Have been in business for over a year

• Have experienced challenges from COVID-19

• Be in or near a location where Facebook operates


Video Resource Roundup


US Surgeon General Video – How to Make Your own Face Covering:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx1yqvJgf4


Social Determinants of Health and Their Effect on COVID-19:

https://www.facebook.com/sccpublichealth/videos/783614665498770/


CDC Guidance for American Sign Language Users:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvrp9iOILTQatwnqm61jqFrsfUB4RKh6J

COVID-19 Updates - March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Cases in Santa Clara County 


The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced three new deaths from COVID-19 today, bringing the total number of deaths to 16 in Santa Clara County. The County also reported 54 new cases, bringing our total number of confirmed cases to 375.


Seven Bay Area Jurisdictions Order More Comprehensive Testing Data 


This morning, the Public Health Officers of Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties, with the City of Berkeley, announced an order with new reporting requirements for laboratories that test for the novel coronavirus. Laboratories must report results of tests for all residents of each jurisdiction to the ordering health care provider and the appropriate state and local health officials.


Santa Clara County’s public health laboratory, like all public health laboratories, functions as a specialty reference laboratory and as a bridge laboratory to enable testing to occur while other laboratory sectors come on-line. The lab is not structured, physically and otherwise, to scale beyond 100 tests per day. While we know how many patients total are tested each day in our local public health laboratory, we do not know how many people in Santa Clara County, overall, are being tested in other labs.


Currently, labs report only positive results, making it difficult for public health officials to know how many people are being tested overall. The new order requires laboratories to report all positive, negative, and inconclusive results, and information that allows health officials to better locate the person tested. The more comprehensive information will improve health officials’ understanding of the rates of infection and the location of possible infection clusters.


The increase in confirmed cases over time, as well as several other data points, indicate that the virus is now widespread in our county. Until now, the County has only been able to reliably report on total number tests done by the public health lab (1044 samples for 647 individual patients as of March 23). This order will provide us with much better information going forward. You can read the text of the order here.


Board of Supervisors Pass Countywide Moratorium on Evictions


Today, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors adopted a temporary urgency ordinance to prohibit evictions through May 31, 2020. The order applies to residential and commercial properties, providing protections to renters and small businesses. Under the ordinance, the owner of residential real property or commercial real property cannot evict a tenant for failure to pay rent, if the tenant demonstrates that the failure to pay rent is directly related to a substantial loss of income or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses associated with COVID-19.


The ordinance is modeled from similar measures adopted by San Francisco and San Jose. Under emergency authority granted by the Governor, the ordinance applies to all 15 cities inside the geographic boundaries of Santa Clara County as well as unincorporated areas. If a local city adopts an ordinance or regulation that is more protective of tenants, that ordinance or regulation will apply.


It is important to note that nothing in this ordinance relieves a tenant of the obligation to pay rent or restricts a landlord’s ability to recover rent due. Upon expiration or termination of the ordinance, tenants must pay all past due rent within 120 days. The Board of Supervisors has the option of extending the end date of the ordinance if the public health emergency persists. FAQ’s in multiple languages are being developed, and we will share them as they become available. In the meantime, you can read the ordinance text here.


Donation Opportunities for Residents and Businesses


VMC Foundation is accepting donations of funds and supplies for use by healthcare workers in Santa Clara County. Among the supplies being accepted are N-95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, gowns, and many other items. Click here for more information about how to donate.


Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) has established 3 funds to provide assistance to residents, small businesses, and non-profit organizations within Santa Clara County impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.


  • SVCF’s COVID-19 Regional Response Fund is working with Destination:Home in Santa Clara County to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. Click here and select “Santa Clara County: Destination:Home” to provide support to individuals and families who are suffering from the economic impact of lost wages and other COVID-19 impacts in our community.



  • SVCF’s Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund is providing flexible operating support grants to nonprofit organizations providing emergency-related services or facing unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as increased sick days for staff, event cancelations, and costs related to hygiene supplies. Click here and select “Santa Clara County” to donate to impacted non-profits in our community. Nonprofit organizations can apply here to become eligible for receipt of these donated funds.


Today, the Board of Supervisors approved $1 million to support the nonprofit fund and $2 million to support impacted residents through the regional response fund.


Red Cross Still Needs Blood Donations During Public Health Emergency


As the coronavirus pandemic has grown, blood drives have been cancelled at an alarming rate. Here in the Northern California Region, more than 82 blood drives have been canceled, resulting in 2,740 fewer blood donations. That is why the Red Cross is asking people who are healthy and do not have COVID-19 symptoms to donate blood now.


Blood banks, blood donation centers, and blood drives are exempt healthcare operations. Blood Services Donor Centers, like the one located at 2731 North First Street in San Jose, will continue to operate at this time using enhanced screening procedures and following government guidelines. The Red Cross is also actively looking for appropriate locations to hold blood drives.


Those who are healthy and eligible to give blood or platelets can make an appointment to donate or drop-in by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

COVID-19 Updates - March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Cases in Santa Clara County 


The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced three new deaths from COVID-19 today, bringing the total number of deaths to 13 in Santa Clara County. The County is also reporting 19 new cases today, bringing our total number of confirmed cases to 321. Because of limited testing capacity, the number of confirmed cases almost certainly represents a small fraction of the total number of persons with COVID-19 in the county.


Financial Assistance for Low-Income Residents


Destination: Home has raised more than $11 million from private and public sources, including a proposed $2 million contribution from the County, to provide direct financial assistance to those who are facing a documented loss of income because of COVID-19.


Eligible residents must meet these three criteria to qualify for assistance:


1. Resident of Santa Clara County

2. Household gross income less than 80% of the average median income

(e.g. $103,900 for a family of four)

3. Documented loss of income related to COVID-19 impacts due to health,

employment, or school/child care closures


Eligible households will receive up to a maximum of $4,000 of lost income per month. Assistance may be requested once per month for the duration of the public health emergency, as long as the household continues to experience an economic impact and funds are available.


Residents can get more information or apply online at https://sacredheartcs.org/covid19/. They can also call (408) 780-9134.


Federal Medical Station Coming Soon


On Saturday, March 21, the County of Santa Clara announced a partnership with federal, state, and local partners to open a temporary Federal Medical Station (FMS) inside the City of Santa Clara Convention Center. The FMS will have up to 250 beds to care for lower acuity, non-infectious patients. The United States Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response will supply staffing and supplies, freeing up beds and resources at local hospitals to treat more complex cases and patients dealing with serious infections such as COVID-19. Planning for the FMS is underway, and it is expected to open in the next week or two. Download a PDF FMS fact sheet here.


Countywide Bed Count

 

There are approximately 2,500 hospital beds countywide. About 350 of those are critical care beds. Hospitals are working on plans to increase capacity by converting another 300 plus beds to critical care. Even more capacity is possible if necessary equipment such as ventilators can be secured. However, even with added capacity, our hospitals can be quickly overwhelmed if they experience large surges in patients. That is why it is so important for us to keep up our social distancing efforts.


You can watch a conversation between Board of Supervisors President Cindy Chavez and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center CEO Paul Lorenz about this topic here.


Public Health Order Enforcement


Last week, a centralized repository for complaints about clear violations of the public health order requiring sheltering in place and the closure of nonessential business was created. For complaints in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, please email the District Attorney’s Office at PubHealthReferral@dao.sccgov.org or leave a voicemail at (408) 792-2300.


A list of what constitutes an essential business can be found in the COVID-19 FAQs at www.sccphd.org/cv19. The County has also created infographic Facebook posts about what business are open and closed during the public health order. You can share them in the following languages: English, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Spanish, and Chinese.


There is also a Facebook post and Twitter post providing guidance for keeping businesses and employees safe. #shelterinplace #santaclaracounty #covid19 #businesses


Governor Newsom Requests Presidential Major Disaster Declaration


On Sunday, March 22, Governor Gavin Newsom sent a letter to President Donald Trump officially requesting a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to assist in California’s COVID-19 preparedness and emergency response efforts. The Major Disaster Declaration would include any and all individual assistance programs to assist those affected by the outbreak and lessen the economic impacts of the crisis. The request would provide additional assistance, including but not limited to, mass care and emergency assistance, crisis counseling, disaster case management, disaster unemployment assistance, disaster legal services and Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance. You can download a PDF of the letter here.


FAQs about the Local Health Order


We make regular updates to the FAQ documents for our local public health order as new information becomes available. Your constituents can access them in the following languages:


Shelter in Place FAQ-English

Shelter in Place FAQ-Chinese

Shelter in Place FAQ-Spanish

Shelter in Place FAQ-Vietnamese

Shelter in Place FAQ-Tagalog

Santa Clara Public Health Department:

Novel (new) Coronavirus
Stay healthy and up to date on novel coronavirus.

California League of Cities: 

https://www.cacities.org/coronavirus

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California Department of Public Health:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx 

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

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