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Responding to COVID-19

Post Date:04/20/2020 9:21 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges to the San José Fire Department (SJFD); however, SJFD remains committed to protecting and serving the San José community. In order to sustain our service levels, we have successfully implemented new practices to protect our first responders, essential employees, and the public. On April 17, Fire Chief Robert Sapien, Jr. shared an update on SJFD's response to the pandemic.

How You Can Help

Every one of us plays an important role in stopping the spread of COVID-19. The following four public service announcements highlight essential steps everyone can take to stop the spread.


Social Distancing (Watch in Spanish or Vietnamese)

  • Maintain at least six feet (two meters) of distance from other people.
  • Limit travel to essential activities.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Stay out of crowded places.


Clean & Disinfect (Watch in Spanish or Vietnamese)

  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces daily.
  • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.


Medical Monitoring (Watch in Spanish or Vietnamese)

  • Watch for any flu-like symptoms such as a cough, fever over 100.4, or shortness of breath.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Contact your health care provider if you need medical attention.


Practice Good Hygiene (Watch in Spanish or Vietnamese)

  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating and after using the restroom.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers (with at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water aren't available.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve or arm. Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face.

Silicon Valley Strong

The City of San José and many community partners have launched #SiliconValleyStrong, which calls on the community to stay informed and look out for each other. To find out how to get help, volunteer your time, or donate, please visit

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