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FLASH REPORT #116 - COVID-19 Mitigation and Response

Post Date:06/10/2020 4:00 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

  • City Manager Update to Council: City Manager Dave Sykes presented an update to the City Council during Item 3.1 yesterday, June 9, regarding the City’s response to COVID-19. Dave and officials from the City of San José’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) acknowledged exceptional City staff and discussed recent EOC efforts to provide childcare and summer camps, bolster financial recovery resources for the community, and resume fire inspections. San José Fire Department Chief Robert Sapien also provided a summary of a recent wildfire in south San José and the response of multiple departments and agencies. The full City Council meeting can be watched on the City’s YouTube Channel
  • Alum Rock Park Reopens on June 11: The City of San José will reopen Alum Rock Park on Thursday, June 11, with limited parking and restroom facilities available to the public. Visitors must bring their own water (drinking fountains remain closed) and are not allowed to use picnic tables or BBQ pits or bring their own tables, chairs, or BBQs. Visitors must also practice social distancing, follow all posted signage and abide by all County Public Health orders and park rules. The park opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. The parking lots will close to vehicle entry at 6:30 p.m. For more information on park amenities, please visit  
  • San Jose's 13 Dog Parks are Now Open: The City of San José reopened dog parks earlier this week. Residents and their four-legged friends who choose to use the reopened dog parks must follow all posted signage and abide by all Santa Clara County Public Health Orders and conditions. This includes staying home if you or your pet are sick, and not entering a dog park if you can’t stay six feet away from others. Dog park visitors must stay out of closed areas and not share recreational equipment with others. A face covering is required unless you meet the exemptions in the County Health Officer’s Critical Guidance on Face Coverings. Water fountains remain closed until further notice, please bring your own water. For more information about park amenities, please visit
  • Apply for a Summer Camp Scholarship: Scholarships are available for families and individuals who meet the qualifications. You must apply in person at a community center and scholarships can be used at any camp program location, including Happy Hollow Park & Zoo and other specialty camps. Scholarship applications are accepted at various community centers for all camps during select times until Saturday, June 13. For a list of community center locations and times, visit Camps begin on June 15 for children between the ages of 5 and 12. You can register for a camp at Summer camps will be modified to ensure health and safety following State and County guidelines. Face coverings are required, daily health screenings will be performed, and each camp will be limited to no more than 12 children. Please note, these community centers will only be open for scholarship applications and no other programming will be available. 
  • Weekly Virtual Recreation Activities: The San José Virtual Recreation Center offers free one-hour live stream classes every week:  
    • Live Zumba Gold Class on Mondays at 10 a.m.  
    • Live Yoga Class on Wednesdays at 5 p.m.  
    • Live Total Body Conditioning Class on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m.

    Visit the City's Virtual Recreation Center at for links to these classes, as well as other daily activities, and over a hundred fun and educational resources at home during the shelter-in-place. 

Updates from the County of Santa Clara 

  • Large Healthcare Systems Ordered to Provide Testing to High-Risk Patients: Today, County of Santa Clara Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody issued a new health order requiring all large healthcare systems in Santa Clara County to offer COVID-19 testing to patients within their systems who meet any of three criteria. Under the order, larger healthcare systems will be required to test the following categories of patients:
    1.  All patients with COVID-19 symptoms; 
    2. All patients who have had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19; and 
    3. All patients at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 because they work in front-line settings, regularly ride mass transit, or have recently attended a mass gathering. 

    Healthcare providers covered by the order include all acute care hospitals, and all clinics and urgent care facilities operated by organizations that run an acute care hospital in the county or elsewhere. Learn more on the County’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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