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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATES

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

The following is information about the City of San José’s response to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and reduce the number of people infected.

DATE/TIME OF REPORT: July 1, 2020, 4:00 PM

Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations

  • Update to City Council: City Manager Dave Sykes and officials from the City’s Emergency Operations Center gave an update during Item 3.1 yesterday, June 30, regarding the City’s response to COVID-19. The update included a recap of recent listening sessions for City employees to share their thoughts on the topic of racial justice, a highlight of “Unsung Heroes” in the Building Division, a summary of recent State and Federal actions around COVID-19 and funding, and a discussion of BeautifySJ and homelessness response. The full City Council meeting can be watched on the City’s YouTube Channel.
  • City Holiday on Friday: Friday, July 3, the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will continue operating while most noncritical City services will be closed in observance of Independence Day. The City will continue to provide critical public safety and utility services during the holiday.
    • Customer Contact Center (San José 311): The City’s Customer Contact Center (San José 311) will be closed on this City-observed holiday. An answering service will provide information and assistance to callers on July 3. Non-emergency requests requiring follow-up will be routed to the proper department and handled during open business hours.
    • Library and Community Centers: Access to the interior of City libraries remains closed due to the current pandemic. However, library items can be requested through the library’s new service, SJPL Express Pickup. This service will not be available Saturday, July 4.
    • Garbage and Recycling Service: Garbage and recycling service collection scheduled for Friday, July 3, will occur as usual. Residents can contact their garbage, recycling, or yard trimmings company to report missed collections, damaged carts, or to change cart size. Visit www.sjenvironment.org/lookup to locate collection companies.
    • Illegal Fireworks Reporting Tool: San José residents can “Snap, Click and Report” violators online:

SNAP: Safely take a photo or video of the person participating in the illegal activity. 
CLICK: Visit www.sanjoseca.gov/fireworks
REPORT: Fill out the online form completely and be sure to include the address where the activity is taking place and the contact information for the reporting party. You may also report fireworks by calling 408-535-5600 or 3-1-1. 

  • Planning for Re-Opening of City Services and Facilities (Stage 6): The City moved to Stage 6 of its Pandemic Response Plan earlier this month. As Santa Clara County continues to update restrictions under its Shelter-in-Place Order, the Emergency Operations Center is planning for how City services and facilities that were previously shut down, will re-open when ready. Stage 6 is the City’s preparation phase for re-opening in Stages 7 and 8 of the Pandemic Response Plan.
  • San José Extends Al Fresco Concept to Allow “Parklets” for Dining and Shopping: With the signing of an Emergency Order on June 26, 2020, the City is making it easier for businesses to apply, at no cost, for a “parklet” in the parking spaces in front of their business. A parklet is a set of parking spaces blocked from traffic, often with outdoor dining. The temporary permit applies only to businesses located on a street in a commercial area, where the posted speed limit is 25 MPH or less. The City will provide and install the traffic barriers at no charge to the business. The City is encouraging contiguous groups of businesses to apply as a group, to create a more lively and activated retail and dining street-scene throughout San José’s commercial areas. The temporary parklet permit will be valid through Dec. 31, 2020 or until the Shelter-In-Place restrictions are removed. More information and links to the application process are available at the Al Fresco webpage.
  • Silicon Valley Strong Food Update: Due to the Independence Day holiday, many youth and senior meal distribution locations in Santa Clara County will be closed on Friday, July 3.
    • Youth Sites: Many school sites will be closed. Please check your local school district’s website to confirm. 
    • Senior Sites: All Senior Nutrition Programs will be closed. 
    • All-Ages Sites: All-ages feeding sites will be closed. Please check your local school district’s website to confirm. 

Normal food distribution operations will resume Monday, July 6. For more information about meal distribution sites in Santa Clara County, visit www.siliconvalleystrong.org.

  • Summer Camp Scholarships Still Available: Scholarships are still available for families and individuals who meet the summer camp scholarship qualifications. You must apply in person at a community center and scholarships can be used at any camp program location, including Lake Cunningham Action Sports Park and other specialty camps. Scholarship applications are accepted at various community centers for all camps during select times until Saturday, July 11. For a complete list of community center locations and times, visit bit.ly/prnsreopens. Session two will begin on July 13 for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Register for a camp at SJRegistration.com. Summer camps have been 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, the community centers are only open for scholarship applications and no other programming is available.
  • Park Playgrounds Are Closed: We all play a part in keeping our parks and community safe. To slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19, playground structures remain closed by order of the Santa Clara County Health Officer. Park visitors must follow all guidelines and adhere to park amenity closures. Please do not jump over or remove fences or caution tape to enter restricted areas. To report violations, please call 3-1-1. For more information on park amenity closures and park rules, visit bit.ly/prnscancellations.
  • The San José Virtual Recreation Center Offers Free One-Hour Live Stream Classes Every Week: 
    • Every Monday - Get your blood pumping during a live Zumba Gold Class at 10 a.m. 
    • Every Monday & Wednesday through July - Join a live COVID-19 Safe Walking Tip Webinar at 2 p.m.
    • Every Wednesday - De-stress with live Yoga at 5 p.m.

Visit the City's Virtual Recreation Center at bit.ly/sjvirtualrec 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.

  • July 4 Events Cancelled at San José Parks: For the health and safety of the community, all Independence Day celebrations and firework displays at parks are canceled citywide. Do your part and avoid gathering at parks over the holiday weekend. Some facility amenities, such as the tennis courts at Cahalan Park may close early on Saturday, July 4 if there are reports of illegal fireworks. Check the PRNS Cancellation page for updates: bit.ly/prnscancellations.

Updates from the County of Santa Clara

  • Get COVID-19 Tested for FREE Today/Tomorrow at the Vietnamese American Cultural Center; No Appointment Necessary: The County of Santa Clara Health System’s mobile testing program has opened a new location at the Vietnamese American Cultural Center (2072 Lucretia Ave, San José, CA 95122) to provide free COVID-19 testing. This mobile test site will be open 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.today and tomorrow. The Health System’s mobile testing program continues to provide free diagnostic COVID-19 testing around the County. Nasal swab testing is free for everyone—no health insurance, doctor’s note, or appointment is required. Anyone can simply stop by to get tested. A list of pop-up locations can be found on the Santa Clara County Public Health website. As always, residents can find a testing location across the County at www.sccfreetest.org or by calling 2-1-1.
  • Verily Testing Sites Closed for Holiday: Verily testing sites at PAL Stadium and the Fairgrounds will be closed on Thursday, July 2 and Friday, July 3 in observance of the 4th of July holiday. To find a clinic or community testing site closest to you and make an appointment, visit sccfreetest.org
  • Guidance for Reopening Schools: Yesterday, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department issued detailed guidance for school administrators to help them prepare to welcome students back to school campuses for the 2020-2021 school year, with protocols and policies in place to protect students and staff from COVID-19. The guidance provides detailed direction for schools on issues such as safe practices for in-class instruction, school arrival and departure, bus transportation, use of face coverings, handwashing, school cleaning, food service, extracurricular activities, and other topics.

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