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FLASH REPORT #22 - COVID-19 Mitigation and Response

Post Date:03/19/2020 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)


Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations 

  • State Funding Announcement for COVID-19: Governor Newsom signed emergency legislation on Tuesday, March 17 that allocates up to $1 billion in state funding to respond to the spread of COVID-19. The funding package includes $150 million for local governments like San Jose for shelter support and emergency housing to address COVID-19 among the homeless population, and to purchase travel trailers and lease rooms in hotels, motels, and other facilities in partnership with counties and cities to provide immediate isolation placements throughout the state for homeless individuals. Other funding priorities include: increasing hospital bed capacity and purchasing medical equipment to combat the coming surge in COVID-19 patients, protecting hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities most vulnerable to COVID-19 spread, providing lifesaving services to Californians isolating at home, and providing funding to clean child care facilities that remain open.
  • Census: On March 18, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it will postpone field operations until April 1 as a precautionary step to protect the health and safety of the public, and Census Bureau employees. Service-based (soup kitchens, shelters, etc.) and Targeted Non-Sheltered Outdoor Locations (encampment counts) have been rescheduled to April 29-30 and May 1. Adjustments have also been made to Group Quarter operations to accommodate recent scheduling changes on college campuses. Click here for the Census Bureau press release. Residents can still complete the census online at or by phone at 844-330-2020, available in 13 languages. The current deadline to complete the census is July 31.
  • Community Unity and Support of our Immigrant Community: As we work to protect all members of our community from COVID-19, the Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County (Spanish video, Vietnamese video) continues its operations and stands ready to protect community members targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Should you see ICE activity in your neighborhood, call 408-290-1144 immediately, and Rapid Response volunteers and immigration attorneys will be ready to assist.
  • Public Garages and Parking Meters: Effective today, Thursday, March 19, on-street parking meters and City-owned parking garages are open and free to the public, with the exception of City Hall and its nearby employee garage. Posted time limits should be observed. Security staff will patrol the parking garages; however, there will be limited parking operator staff available.
  • Sign Ordinance Community Meeting: The City’s Sign Ordinance and EIR Scoping meeting for public input on an amendment to Title 23 of the Ordinance scheduled for March 30 at City Hall has been postponed until further notice.
  • Historic Landmarks Commission Meeting: The Historic Landmarks Commission meeting scheduled for April 1 will take place via teleconference in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order regarding relaxing Brown Act requirements. This meeting is an exception to the City’s current practice to cancel Committee, Commission, and Board meetings other than the City Council and Planning Commission meetings.

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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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