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FLASH REPORT #103 - COVID-19 Mitigation and Response

Post Date:05/19/2020 6:30 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)


Press Conference Tomorrow: The City of San José and County of Santa Clara will host a press conference on Wednesday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m., to announce that free COVID-19 testing is now available for all residents, asymptomatic or otherwise, at PAL Stadium in East San José and the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. See media advisory. The press conference will be streamed live on the City’s Facebook page.

Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations

  • LIVE Yoga Class: Awaken your mind and body with Gentle Yoga, beginning at 5:00 p.m. every Tuesday this month with City Class Instructor Terre. This free hour-long class is a safe way to stretch and release tension. Visit the City's Virtual Recreation Center for daily activities and over a hundred fun resources at home during the shelter-in-place:
  • Planning Commission CIP Budget Study Session: The Planning Commission will hold a study session on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m. to review the City Manager’s 2020-2021 Proposed Capital Budget and 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program. The meeting will take place through a Zoom conference call that is open to the public and enables public comments. Use Zoom link: See the meeting agenda for complete instructions on how to participate by mobile devices or by phone and how to submit comments. Find the agenda at
  • 2020 Census Town Hall: Join José Luis Gonzalez (EL Zorro A Mediodia) on Univision and Census experts on Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m. for a live Facebook Town Hall in Spanish. This event will be an opportunity to learn more about the 2020 Census. Getting counted in the 2020 Census means money for our communities for critical programs that support housing, education, health, nutrition and emergency preparedness. Complete the census questionnaire from the comfort and safety of your home online (, by phone (844-330-2020) or mail. Make sure to include everyone living and sleeping in your home, including babies, roommates, and friends. By law, the US Census Bureau cannot share individual census responses with others, including federal, state and local agencies, law enforcement, landlords, etc. You can participate by watching live at or by calling 833-380-0718 (residents will have the option to listen to a live English translation).
  • Ask Your Recycling and Waste Questions: The City of San José Environmental Services Department (ESD), in partnership with our contractors, has continued to provide uninterrupted waste and recycling services during the pandemic. As we shelter-in-place, we are home and in our kitchens more often now. Please remember that one of the most impactful ways to help the environment is recycling, which reduces waste and diverts recyclable materials from landfills. To help residents recycle right, ESD has made it easier than ever to find out what goes where. San José residents can now ask their smartphone or device (Siri or Google) how to dispose of items correctly. For example, if you don’t know what to do with a juice carton, just ask, “What does say about juice cartons?” For more information on how to dispose of items properly, visit

Updates from the County of Santa Clara 

  • COVID-19 Testing Now Expanded: Santa Clara County has now made COVID-19 testing more accessible. Testing is free, covered by health insurance and confidential. For more information or to find testing sites near you, visit or read the Public Health Department’s latest newsletter.

Local Updates

  • BART Service to San José Begins June 13: BART service to Milpitas and San José will begin on Saturday, June 13, 2020. The general managers of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) signed the Project Safety and Security Certificate earlier today, marking the last project milestone before the system can begin serving passengers. They were joined at a signing ceremony by San José Mayor Sam Liccardo and members of the VTA and BART boards, among others. The first train departing the Berryessa/North San José station on June 13, 2020 will leave at 7:56 AM, heading north to the Milpitas station and onward to Richmond. Learn more at VTA’s website.

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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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