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FLASH REPORT #59 - COVID-19 Mitigation and Response

Post Date:04/15/2020 10:00 AM

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)


CITY MANAGER UPDATE TO COUNCIL: City Manager Dave Sykes provided a comprehensive update to the City Council on Tuesday regarding the City’s response to COVID-19 and its continuity of operations plans. The City Manager and officials from the City’s Emergency Operations Center discussed budget reductions, the Governor’s framework for reopening the state, and organizational updates including food distribution programs, homeless assistance, emergency housing plans, reimbursement opportunities, and public safety updates from Chief Garcia. View the entire presentation on the City’s YouTube Channel. 

Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations  

  • How to Receive Your Stimulus Check if You Didn't File Taxes: If you filed taxes in 2018 or 2019, you will automatically receive a Federal CARES Act Economic Impact Payment (also known as a stimulus check). However, if you didn't file taxes in 2018 or 2019, you can use the IRS "Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here" application to receive your stimulus check. This tool provides a simple, easy option for people who either don’t need to file a Federal income tax return or with too little income to file. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions provided by Free File Fillable Forms, the certified IRS partner that is managing the tool. 
  • Temporary Eviction Moratorium and Rent Freeze: The City Council has extended a temporary moratorium on residential evictions through May 31. The moratorium stops evictions for tenants who are unable to pay rent due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium applies to all residential properties in San Jose. The City Council also asked staff to develop a “rent increase freeze” ordinance that would temporarily stop residential rent increases. The City Council will consider this ordinance during its meeting on April 21. If approved, the rent increase freeze would apply to approximately 39,000 rent-stabilized apartments and more than 10,000 rent-controlled mobilehomes.

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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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