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FLASH REPORT #10 – COVID-19 Mitigation and Response

Post Date:03/12/2020 2:30 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  


DATE/TIME OF REPORT: March 12, 2020, 2:30 PM 

Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations  

  • San Jose Fire Department: City Manager Dave Sykes and Assistant Fire Chief Reggie Williams shared at a press conference today that we have members of our San Jose Fire Department that have tested positive for COVID-19. We have been tracking 80 sworn personnel who may have been exposed. As of this update, 16 are back at work, 52 remain on leave (quarantine), and 4 have tested positive. Firefighters, due to the nature of their working conditions, live together and train together, and continue to be on the front lines as we help our community through the health threats COVID-19 presents.  

  • This situation is very fluid, and we are working at the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, the California  Department of Health and Human Services and the Santa Clara Public Health Department. The health and safety of our employees, residents, businesses, and visitors remains the highest priority. For firefighters, this includes special communicable disease response guidelines, personal protective equipment and decontamination procedures. We have ordered a deep cleaning of fire stations and the Fire Training Center. Currently, all fire stations are up and running at normal resource levels. 

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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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