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FLASH REPORT #56 - COVID-19 Mitigation and Response

Post Date:04/13/2020 5:00 PM

The following is information about the City of San José’s response to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and reduce the number of people infected.  

City of San José
Emergency Operations Center  

Rosario Neaves, Director of Communications/EPIO: 210-823-3908
City of San José Media Line: 408-535-7777
City of San José Customer Contact Center: 3-1-1 (408-535-3500)


Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations  

  • Holiday Park Closures Now Lifted: Parks that were closed over the holiday weekend have been reopened. Residents must continue to follow Santa Clara County’s physical distancing orders, avoid gathering or engaging in group activities, and comply with all amenity closures. This includes park benches, all dog parks, basketball courts, soccer fields, playgrounds, picnic and barbeque areas, and restrooms. Stay 6 feet away from others at all times. The City will close parks, in order to protect public health and safety, if park visitors do not follow public health and safety requirements. 
  • East Side Union High School District Offers Free Meals for Adults: Beginning today, April 13, East Side Union High School District’s Mount Pleasant High School and William C. Overfelt High School will provide meals to adults in the community. On April 15, James Lick High School and Andrew Hill High School will also begin providing meals to adults. Up to 200 meals will be provided each day at each location. Check the City of San José’s food distribution map for a complete list of locations offering free meals to those in need. 
  • Pedestrian Buttons Disabled Downtown: To avoid requiring people to touch shared surfaces, the Department of Transportation is making pedestrian signals "touch-free" in San José's downtown core. Beginning today, pedestrian buttons at over 100 intersections will be disabled, and the signal to cross the street will activate automatically on a scheduled cycle. Previously, dozens of downtown pedestrian signals were automatically activated between the hours of 7 AM and 7 PM on weekdays - today's update expands those hours of operation to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and includes more intersections. With the expanded hours, audible pedestrian signals will now be regularly activated throughout the night.  
  • Free Virtual Programs by SJPL: The San Jose Public Library (SJPL) is continuing to offer free virtual bilingual programs for all people to enjoy while staying home. Currently, there are over 80 virtual programs scheduled and over 50 have already been recorded and shared with the public. Whether it’s storytimes, STEAM related programs, or fun crafts to do at home, SJPL has something for everyone. To find the complete list of upcoming programs, visit:
  • Virtual Egg Hunt: Yesterday, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) invited residents to participate in a virtual egg hunt. With the use of a 360-degree camera technology, participants visited Noble Park to search for 20 eggs. With 7,200 organic views on @sjparksandrec Facebook page and almost 1,000 engagements, PRNS continues “building community through fun” while encouraging social distancing. 

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A person’s risk for COVID-19 is not related to race, ethnicity or culture. City employees must abide by the Discrimination and Harassment policy, and treat colleagues and members of the public with courtesy and respect. Discrimination and/or Harassment of any kind is a violation of the policies and will not be tolerated.  



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