Bay Space companies, residents and elected officers are reacting by the hour to the unfold of coronavirus with new bulletins, closures and authorized orders. The novel coronavirus has been categorised as a pandemic by the World Well being Group.

Regardless of precautions taken by private and non-private entities, the virus that causes the COVID-19 illness is spreading via the South Bay.

On Monday, Santa Clara County reported 2,244 confirmed coronavirus instances and 117 deaths. California had 54,937 constructive instances and a couple of,254 deaths.

Although instances proceed to extend, the speed at which the coronavirus is spreading is slower than state and county officers’ early projections, earlier than issuing shelter-in-place orders in March. Within the Bay Space, well being officers will prolong the order via Could with loosened restrictions on sure companies and outside actions.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has additionally introduced an indefinite “stay-at-home” order for your complete state, however stated there could possibly be rollbacks of a number of the restrictions within the coming weeks. Residents are required to remain inside, apart from important providers, comparable to well being care visits, grocery buying, choosing up meals or medicines, visiting banks or laundromats and caring for pets or household.

Anybody who’s experiencing signs of a viral an infection, together with a cough or fever, should keep house, officers stated.

Dr. Sara Cody (proper) responds to San José Highlight reader questions as Senior Reporter Janice Bitters (left) reads reader feedback. Photograph by Ramona Giwargis.

1:30 p.m. Could 4: Some retail to might open this week

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday introduced that the state’s stay-at-home order can be modified this week to permit some retailers to reopen — however provided that they comply with sure restrictions and “modifications” to their operations, and just for curbside pick-up.

Logistics and manufacturing firms that help the retailers may also be allowed to start working.

“The modifications, the variations have to be in place earlier than we are able to transfer into that second section, however it could start as early as the tip of this week,” Newsom stated, issuing a directive to retailers hoping to reopen this week to prepared their retailers primarily based on the state’s security and distancing guidelines.

The retailers that might be allowed to reopen as early as Friday embody:

  • Clothes shops
  • Florists
  • Bookstores
  • Sporting items shops
  • Music shops

Non-essential workplace workplaces might be required to remain closed, and eating places gained’t be allowed to reopen seated eating areas. Procuring malls will stay shuttered underneath the most recent state steerage.

However the announcement Monday marks a giant step for the state, Newsom stated, as California strikes into the start of “stage two” of reopening the financial system and facilities for residents.

Nonetheless, there might be some regional variations, each Newsom and Dr. Sonia Angell, director of the California Division of Public Well being stated Monday.

Counties the place native well being officers and elected leaders agree that much more loosening of the stay-home order could be carried out safely can “self-certify” so long as these leaders have sure virus testing, tracing and monitoring protocol in place. Likewise, some counties could decide to take issues extra slowly, primarily based on native well being information.

Final week, Bay Space well being officers lifted some restrictions on the regional shelter-in-place order, whcih in some ways has been extra restrictive than the state’s order. Whereas some industries are allowed to reopen within the revised Bay Space order, it doesn’t carry as many restrictions on retailers because the state’s announcement Monday.

1:20 p.m. Could 4: Three free check websites in Santa Clara County — two in East San Jose

Santa Clara County residents could have three free COVID-19 testing websites — with two in East San Jose — as a part of an effort to extend testing for underserved communities.

“Testing is among the most necessary instruments we have now to guard our neighborhood from COVID-19,” county Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody stated in an announcement. “These check websites are a welcome addition to testing capability in our county. It’s particularly necessary to make testing available in communities that will have restricted entry. Our final aim is that anybody, residing in any neighborhood, can get entry to testing, notably these with signs of COVID-19, and those that work in settings the place they could have frequent publicity.”

Opened Monday, the east aspect San Jose Police Actions League Stadium drive-thru web site is obtainable weekdays by appointment solely and is overseen by Alphabet-owned Verily’s Baseline program, metropolis officers stated. 

With present testing on the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, the Baseline program goals to increase entry to screening and testing in areas with excessive volumes of identified instances, whereas enabling public well being officers to focus on testing. Nonetheless, it is going to be restricted to high-risk populations 18 years or older, comparable to frontline employees and folks with attainable signs of the novel coronavirus, in compliance with California Division of Public Well being steerage.

In the meantime, Santa Clara County officers introduced appointment-only testing at James Lick Excessive Faculty in East San Jose and Christopher Excessive Faculty in Gilroy would start this week. Residents should meet screening and testing standards primarily based on state steerage.

By a partnership with federal well being service supplier OptumServe and the state, the 2 county places are a part of 80 COVID-19 testing websites throughout California in underserved communities that may add each day testing capability by greater than 10,500 assessments. The county websites might be open weekdays and every can serve 132 folks each day, officers stated.

For PAL Stadium testing, full the web screening for signs and, if eligible, make an appointment via the scheduling system in English or Spanish. Each websites are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to three p.m., with pedestrian entry and signage in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

To schedule an appointment on the two county websites, name 888-634-1123 or go to right here. Testing at Lick and Christopher faculties might be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m on weekdays.

12:30 p.m. Could 4: California Meeting reconvenes after shut to 2 months

State Assemblymembers reconvened in Sacramento Monday after shut to 2 months of recess as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Amid the disaster, legislators should work on a slew of payments, together with these associated to California’s projected $35 billion funds deficit due to the disaster, because the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

State Senate President Professional Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Meeting Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, collectively suspended hearings in March and once more in April till Could. Whereas the Meeting reconvened Monday, the Senate plans to return in every week. An Meeting funds subcommittee additionally met Monday morning to debate well being care employees and social security internet packages in the course of the pandemic, and the Transportation Committee was scheduled to satisfy within the afternoon.

“My Meeting colleagues & I are returning to Sacramento in the present day to proceed our work serving to CA reply to & get well from #COVID19,” East Bay Democrat Rob Bonta tweeted. “We’ll be taking many security precautions like distant testimony in committee hearings to guard the general public & our #caleg workers.”

10:50 a.m. Could 4: Free drive-thru testing launched in East San Jose

Santa Clara County residents can now get examined for COVID-19 at a free drive-thru web site in East San Jose, with precedence for high-risk populations comparable to first responders or well being care employees, in addition to folks with attainable signs of the novel coronavirus illness.

By a collaboration with Alphabet-owned Verily’s Baseline COVID-19 program, the testing web site might be out there weekdays by appointment solely on the San Jose Police Actions League Stadium, situated at 680 S. 34th St., beginning Monday, a metropolis information launch introduced. Along with the brand new web site, residents may also get examined on the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose. Each are a part of a partnership between Verily and the state of California.

“This partnership with Verily critically boosts the diagnostic testing we have to dramatically improve to soundly reopen our financial system,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo stated in an announcement.

The Baseline program is an effort to increase entry to COVID-19 screening and testing in areas with excessive volumes of identified instances, whereas enabling public well being officers to focus on testing efforts. Medical health insurance just isn’t required to be screened and examined, and medical care just isn’t supplied on-site. Officers added the websites have capability to check lots of per day, with folks in a position to entry the positioning on foot.

With metropolis workers helping directing automobiles on the PAL Stadium web site, signage in English, Spanish and Vietnamese will information clients.

Eligibility for testing is outlined by the state Division of Public Well being and will change attributable to newest well being steerage. Asymptomatic frontline employees who could been uncovered to the virus are eligible for testing. Moreover, precedence might be given to folks with fever, cough or shortness of breath, which could possibly be signs of COVID-19. These eligible have to be 18 or older.

Full the web screening for signs and, if eligible, make an appointment via the scheduling system in English or Spanish. Each websites are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to three p.m.

3:50 p.m. Could 2: VTA requires face coverings for passengers

Starting Monday, transit riders and personnel might be required to put on face coverings to guard in opposition to the unfold of COVID-19.

VTA officers stated the transfer is a part of the county’s prolonged shelter-in-place order, which peeled again restrictions on some industries however will hold most companies shuttered and residents indoors via Could 31.

“Meaning anybody boarding VTA automobiles must comply by donning a face masking and proceed to stick to social distancing necessities to the best extent possible,” VTA officers stated in an e-mail. “Bus and light-weight rail operators may also be sporting face coverings whereas of their automobiles.”

The transit authority is getting the phrase out in regards to the new necessities via posters and recorded messages on its automobiles. VTA has additionally carried out new cleansing and sanitation measures to assist curb the contagious coronavirus.

VTA joins the San Jose airport in requiring face coverings for passengers beginning Monday. See beneath for that data.

11 a.m. Could 2: Aid fund for Silicon Valley artists

San Jose nonprofit SVCREATES has established a aid fund for native arts organizations and artists amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting in March, cancellations and closures mounted for the native arts sector. “With out emergency monetary help, a lot of our arts organizations could not survive this disaster, and the livelihoods and providers supplied to workers, artists, college students, and the broader neighborhood might be in jeopardy,” SVCREATES stated.

The fund offers fast aid for artists and humanities organizations in SVCREATES’ grant portfolio. Assist will assist arts organizations keep operations, pay artists, retain workers and proceed engagement via the general public well being disaster.

As of April 30, SVCREATES has distributed almost $200,000 to greater than 100 artists, the nonprofit stated. Organizers intention to boost greater than $2 million. With seed funding from the Castellano Household Basis and the Morgan Household Basis, Cindy Chavez, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, challenged the neighborhood to match the county’s $650,000 funding in SVCREATES via lodge taxes.

Donations to the fund could be made on to SVCREATES. As much as $5,000 could be submitted on-line right here. Contact to obtain direct digital switch data to donate greater than $5,000.

6:05 p.m. Could 1: San Jose lifts single-use bag cost

San Jose has suspended its single-use perform bag ordinance till June 21 so shops don’t need to cost a minimal of 10 cents for luggage at check-out, a information launch introduced Friday.

Metropolis officers stated the suspension of the legislation aligns with Santa Clara County well being orders that prohibit clients from bringing in their very own baggage to stop the unfold of COVID-19, in addition to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s April 22 order suspending a statewide single-use bag cost for 60 days.

“The aim of this non permanent suspension is to launch retailers in San Jose from the requirement to cost clients for luggage whereas clients are barred from bringing reusable baggage into shops,” a metropolis information launch stated.

5:45 p.m. Could 1: San Jose airport to require face coverings

Beginning Monday, Mineta San Jose Worldwide Airport (SJC) would require personnel and vacationers to put on face coverings inside buildings, a information launch introduced Friday.

“Our high precedence is defending the well being and security of SJC workers and vacationers,” Aviation Director John Aitken stated in an announcement. “Requiring face coverings is the most recent measure in our on-going dedication to take care of a wholesome, secure and clear surroundings now and when non-essential journey resumes sooner or later.”

Per the airport, acceptable face coverings embody scarves; bandanas neck gaiters; do-it-yourself coverings utilizing a T-shirts, sweatshirt or towel fixed with rubber bands or different fasteners; or a non-medical grade masks. Nonetheless, the airport’s requirement exempts youngsters 6 years outdated or youthful, anybody who has bother respiratory or is unable to in any other case take away their face masking with out help, and individuals who have been suggested by a medical skilled to not put on a face masking.

Together with Santa Clara County’s present protocols for bodily distancing and frequent hand-washing, the airport stated it plans to show signage all through terminals and all entry factors to remind of the brand new face coverings requirement.

As important infrastructure, the airport stays open for important journey solely underneath the county’s shelter-in-place order. Aitken added airways serving SJC have additionally introduced they’ll require face coverings.

Go to SJC’s web site for contemporary updates. Learn San Jose Highlight’s story on making your personal face masking.

1:10 p.m. Could 1: Gov. Newsom previews modifying California’s keep at house order

Amid mounting protests in opposition to California’s stay-at-home order meant to cut back the unfold of COVID-19, Gov. Gavin Newsom previewed modifications Friday that he stated would supply giant sectoral and regional modifications in loosening restrictions as early as subsequent week.

On Friday, protestors gathered en masse in Huntington Seaside and outdoors the State Capitol, whereas Modoc County — bordering Oregon and a county with no reported instances — lifted its shelter-in-place order.

Newsom’s announcement got here as deaths surpassed 2,000 and greater than 50,000 folks have examined constructive within the state. Nonetheless, there was no improve intensive care instances, with declines in hospitalizations, and declines in folks underneath investigation who have been hospitalized or in ICUs, which the governor stated are constructive indicators to reopen the financial system.

“We’re getting very near make actually significant augmentations to that stay-at-home order,” he stated. Departing from saying “weeks, not months” of loosening restrictions, he added the state is “many days, not weeks, so long as we proceed to be prudent and considerate in sure modifications we might be making.”

Newsom stated hospitality and retail sectors can count on “severe modifications” quickly. On Thursday, he unveiled steerage underneath the stay-home order for faith-based providers, automotive gross sales, bike shops and outside actions comparable to golf, tennis and soccer.

The governor acknowledged variations between rural and concrete counties, and plans to work with the California League of Cities and California State Affiliation of Counties.

“We’re not turning our again to these issues,” Newsom stated. “We acknowledge the financial ache. We acknowledge how that manifests in well being points as effectively.”

10:55 a.m. Could 1: New shelter in place order goes in impact Monday

Though Santa Clara County issued a brand new shelter in place order with loosened restrictions, it gained’t take impact till Monday, so actions like tennis and golf must wait via the weekend, County Counsel James Williams stated in a briefing Friday.

The revised order, introduced by county Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody on Wednesday, regularly eases guidelines for building, outside companies like nurseries and landscaping, sure leisure actions and childcare via Could. However shelter in place nonetheless stays the final rule in the course of the pandemic.

“We’ve it as a result of that is the software we have now out there to take care of the unfold of COVID-19,” Williams stated, “on condition that there isn’t widespread immunity, on condition that there isn’t a vaccine, and on condition that there isn’t pharmaceutical therapy.”

On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued extra steerage for California’s keep at house order for outside actions. Whichever legislation is extra strict takes priority, although, in keeping with Williams.

However because the county begins reopening, Williams pointed to the warning indicators of the 1918 flu pandemic in transferring too quick. When governments like San Francisco lifted public well being restrictions after only some weeks then, there was a spike of instances and deaths, as NBC Information reported.

“We’re actually attempting to be taught the teachings from historical past,” Williams stated.

Learn extra about how the brand new order works on San José Highlight.

9:50 a.m. Could 1: San Jose mayor begins updates with meals distribution, funds deficit

In his first weekday replace Thursday, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo outlined meals distribution throughout Santa Clara County in addition to vital funds deficits for the town as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Amid historic numbers of Individuals out of labor and unable to pay for lease or meals, metropolis officers have managed the Silicon Valley Sturdy initiative’s 126 meals distribution facilities across the county alongside neighborhood companions comparable to Second Harvest Meals Financial institution and the Well being Belief. Simply final week, 2.5 million meals have been distributed to county residents, in keeping with Liccardo. To discover a meals distribution heart, go to the Silicon Valley Sturdy web site.

Within the fiscal yr ending June 30, the town of San Jose is dealing with a $45 million deficit, although the mayor stated Metropolis Council used reserves from its wet day fund to complement setbacks.

Nonetheless, Liccardo projected subsequent yr’s deficit is even bigger. The subsequent six to eight weeks, he stated, “will contain some vital cuts to important providers.” In flip, the town will have a look at methods to melt the results to metropolis employees and residents, which might embody on-line allowing, for instance. Liccardo inspired residents to supply suggestions to higher allocate funding, together with his proposed funds.

“We all know there are powerful occasions forward, however we’ve acquired this, collectively,” Liccardo stated.

The mayor’s each day six-minute-or-less briefings will happen round 6 p.m. on his Fb web page.

6:15 p.m. April 30: San Jose library workers sew lots of of face coverings to donate

With the aim of donating at the very least 600 material face coverings, 53 San Jose Public Library workers and two volunteers have sewn 320 face coverings, a metropolis information launch stated Thursday.

Just lately, library workers donated their first batch of 100 coverings to HomeFirst workers on the Bascom In a single day Warming Middle. The information launch stated extra library-made face coverings might be donated to Pals of the Library in San Jose, library volunteers over the age of 45, those that have volunteered with the library for over 5 years and native susceptible populations. To make sure folks comply with the shelter in place order, library workers will ship the face coverings, that are made on the Berryessa Department Library utilizing the library’s stitching machines.

The San Jose Public Library is making coverings designed by Kaiser Permanente, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, and Valley Medical Basis. To make your personal masks, learn extra right here.

5:45 p.m. April 30: Get married on-line in California

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an order Thursday permitting {couples} to acquire marriage licenses via videoconference amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The order cites the issue the virus and public well being measures comparable to bodily distancing have made to look in-person for authorized obligations usually required for marriages.

Underneath the 60-day order, adults can get hold of a wedding license — at an area county clerk’s discretion — via videoconference, so long as each are situated in California, are current and may present identification in the course of the on-line ceremony, Newsom’s workplace stated in a information launch. Licenses can then be issued by way of e-mail.

Moreover, {couples} can conduct a ceremony to solemnize the wedding by way of videoconference, so long as each persons are current, they usually have at the very least one witness who can be part of the dwell videoconference. Neither the individual solemnizing the wedding nor any witnesses need to be in California in the course of the ceremony, per the order. Family and friends can just about attend the marriage, too.

1:25 p.m. April 30: California launches baby care facility navigator

Households can now navigate baby care amenities throughout the state via a portal launched Thursday by the California Division of Social Providers.

With Gov. Gavin Newsom saying the new web site took years of planning, it permits dad and mom to seek for amenities by zip code, with details about location, well being and security, ages of kids served, capability and hours.

“We all know that baby care retains California working,” Social Providers Director Kim Johnson stated in Newsom’s briefing Thursday. “It additionally offers that important enrichment and exercise for supporting the wholesome improvement of kids.”

Nonetheless, Newsom famous many licensed baby care amenities have closed amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, and sure areas had restricted entry to baby care already. Johnson stated 432 pop-up baby care facilities have opened throughout the state due to COVID-19 response.

The state allotted $50 million in baby care vouchers for 20,000 important employees and susceptible populations, in addition to $50 million in facility sanitation. Newsom added Congress additionally supplied $350 million from its bipartisan COVID-19 aid invoice for baby care.

To scale back the unfold of COVID-19, Johnson additionally stated her division has carried out public well being tips for baby care packages, together with smaller group sizes, extending outside actions, visible cues for bodily distancing, frequent hand-washing with studying counting and songs, in addition to modifying pickups and drop offs for households.

“Little one care is crucial,” Newsom went on. “We have to present that help. Once more, baby care turns into much more necessary as we start to switch the keep at house within the state of California.”

12:44 p.m. April 30: Regardless of experiences, solely Orange County seashores to shut in California

Regardless of experiences saying California seashores and state parks would shut as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced Thursday solely Orange County seashores would shut.

Throughout his briefing Thursday, Newsom stated the pictures of crowds at Southern California seashores Saturday, principally in Ventura and Orange counties, have been “disturbing.” In the meantime, he issued new steerage on outside actions like tennis, golf and climbing, together with for about 200 state parks that stay open.

“Particular points on a few of these seashores have raised alarm bells,” he stated of Orange County. “Those that have been congregating there that weren’t training bodily distancing.”

The closures apply to state and native seashores within the Southern California county, which got here as California noticed 95 deaths within the final 24 hours Thursday — {one of the} state’s highest each day loss of life counts.

Nonetheless, the California Police Chiefs Affiliation had reportedly issued a statewide memo saying Newsom would shut all seashores and state parks. “Backside line, that was their memo, however that memo by no means acquired to me,” Newsom responded in his briefing.

10:45 a.m. April 30: Report: Gov. Newsom to shut all California seashores and state parks

After beachgoers crowded Southern California coastlines Saturday, Gov. Gavin Newsom will reportedly shut all seashores and state parks as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, in keeping with a memo distributed Wednesday to police chiefs throughout the state.

The Fox 11 Los Angeles information station initially posted the memo by the California Police Chiefs Affiliation, which the Related Press later confirmed with the affiliation.

Throughout his each day briefing Monday, Newsom stated the pictures of crowds at seashores in Ventura and Orange counties have been examples of “what to not do if we’re going to make the significant progress that we’ve made in the previous few weeks prolong into the following variety of weeks.”

Newsom has laid out plans to slowly reopen California’s financial system with loosened public well being measures meant to gradual the unfold of the virus. On Wednesday, the Bay Space, together with Santa Clara County, issued a revised shelter in place order that allowed sure companies to reopen underneath restricted standards.

“The one factor that may set us again is our habits,” the governor stated.

Newsom’s Thursday briefing is scheduled for 12 p.m. Watch it right here.

10:25 a.m. April 30: U.S. Census digital occasion in Vietnamese

U.S. Census officers are scheduled to affix San Jose-based Radio Tiếng Nước Tôi in a digital dialogue Friday in regards to the 2020 census. The occasion might be in Vietnamese and is sponsored by the California Wholesome Nail Salon Collaborative and the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Getting counted within the 2020 Census means cash for our communities for important packages that help housing, training, well being, vitamin and emergency preparedness,” a metropolis information launch stated Thursday.

Full the census questionnaire on-line or name 844-330-2020. Officers reminded residents to incorporate everybody residing of their house, together with infants, roommates and associates. By legislation, the Census Bureau can’t share particular person census responses with others, together with federal, state and native companies, legislation enforcement or landlords, metropolis officers added.

Radio Tiếng Nước Tôi’s dialogue takes place at 11 a.m. Friday on its web site or the TNT radio app.

10:10 a.m. April 30: Sharing tales of hope with San Jose

San Jose officers are asking residents to share acts of kindness, generosity or creativity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Metropolis of San José want to share these tales on our social media channels to carry up our residents throughout this troublesome time,” a metropolis information launch stated Thursday.

You probably have skilled or seen an inspiring story or second — regardless of how huge or small — share it with the town’s communications group at

7:30 p.m. April 29: California’s first accomplice to host storytime on Fb

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, first accomplice to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, is scheduled to host storytime Thursday morning in a Fb livestream.

As a part of Día de Libros — a nationwide library occasion meant to foster multicultural literacy — she’s going to learn “We Depend,” a youngsters’s e-book by Lisa Bernstein in regards to the significance of getting counted within the 2020 Census, in English and Spanish, in keeping with a press launch from the governor’s workplace.

“As we shelter safely at house, I hope households throughout California will be part of me just about to share within the pleasure of studying, and to attach with each other whereas we’re bodily aside,” Siebel Newsom stated in an announcement.

The studying might be held 10-10:30 a.m. Thursday and might be broadcast on the First 5 Affiliation of California Fb web page. Viewers can RSVP and entry the studying right here.

6:30 p.m. April 29: Lyft ends San Jose scooter operations

Lyft moved to finish its San Jose scooter operations Wednesday amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In a tweet, Metropolis Councilmember Lan Diep stated Lyft will take away scooters from its app instantly and retrieve gadgets over the following day.

“One more instance of how covid-19 is dismantling our financial system (and) how far (we’ll) need to go to get again to the place we as soon as have been,” he tweeted.

A Lyft spokesperson confirmed Diep’s tweet in an e-mail.

“We’re shifting assets and have made the powerful resolution to finish scooter operations in the present day, April 29,” an announcement stated. “We proceed to help riders’ important journey wants throughout this time with different modes of dependable transportation.”

Apart from its scooters, the San Francisco-based firm stated no different operations are ending in San Jose. Residents can use Bay Wheels, a regional bikeshare system by Lyft that has not too long ago supplied free 30-day memberships to Bay Space well being care employees. In the meantime, scooter riders have been supplied a $50 credit score for the bikeshare, and low-income riders via Lyft’s Group Move can join Bay Wheels’ low-income membership program.

The transfer comes as Lyft introduced Wednesday it might lay off 982 workers, or 17% of its workforce, due to the pandemic, per a Securities and Trade Fee submitting. Lyft estimated it might incur roughly $28 to $36 million in restructuring costs due to the layoffs. Lyft additionally meant to furlough 288 workers, together with non permanent pay reductions for sure workers — together with executives and vice presidents — and decreased compensations for the corporate’s board of administrators.


1:20 p.m. April 29: California farmers, ranchers accomplice with meals banks

With plummeting reductions in demand for California growers and ranchers, Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced Wednesday a partnership to carry commodities to overburdened meals banks in the course of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Because the nation’s largest agricultural producer, California agriculture has seen a 50% decline in demand, leading to an abundance of unused items, whereas meals banks noticed a 73% spike in want, in keeping with the governor throughout his briefing.

“Right here we’re the breadbasket of the world, California, and we need to handle that mismatch,” he stated. “We need to handle the provision and demand.”

California Agriculture Sec. Karen Ross stated half of meals {dollars} are spent within the service area, which has backed up product attending to folks amid restaurant closures. However an present program underneath the California Affiliation of Meals Banks has allowed surplus produce grown to distribute to meals banks, which can now be expanded amid the pandemic.

Presently, Newsom stated 128 growers and ranchers have signed on to supply items to 41 meals banks throughout the state, however Ross recognized greater than 200 extra farmers to take part within the new state, federal and philanthropic partnership. The brand new initiative will present tax credit to farmers with a view to additionally pay farmworkers, the governor added.

With $3.6 million to increase this system, California will work to supply 21 million kilos of meals and produce on a month-to-month foundation and fund it the remainder of the yr.

“Due to this jumpstart, we consider it’ll considerably and considerably increase in realtime,” Newsom went on. “I’m assured that may take form to the profit to lots of of 1000’s of households all up and down the state could have these high quality alternatives to get America’s most interesting produce.”

11:50 a.m. April 29: County unveils new stay-home order

Santa Clara County officers on Wednesday launched particulars of a revised shelter in place order, which can go into impact on Could 4.

The brand new order usually retains in place a lot of the restrictions which have ruled how residents dwell and work within the county since mid-March. Nevertheless it loosens restrictions on a couple of industries that have been beforehand shuttered as a result of region-wide restrictive order, which was issued to gradual the unfold of the contagious coronavirus.

“The brand new order that may take impact subsequent week is designed to protect the progress that we’ve made to proceed to stop a surge in instances,” Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County’s high well being official, stated Wednesday throughout a information convention. “And to regularly ease restrictions, permitting for a couple of extra companies and actions to happen.”

Lots of the restrictions on building jobs which were in place all through April might be lifted. Now, any building work that may be allowed to proceed underneath the state’s much less restrictive keep at house order might be allowed to renew within the Bay Space beginning subsequent week.

The easing of restrictions for the Bay Space’s building business come after native union leaders lobbied county officers to permit building employees to return to work. It’s a transfer supported by Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, who urged public well being officers to peel again the restrictions on building.

“Earlier than coronavirus entered our neighborhood, we have been, and nonetheless are, dealing with a housing disaster,” Cortese stated in an announcement Wednesday. “We can’t pull again from our dedication to construct housing when employees can do it safely, keep bodily distance and put on face coverings. The method I led is one that may be duplicated in any a part of the nation and was guided by science.”

Along with building, baby care, summer season camps and different leisure exercise for teenagers can resume, if sure security protocols are carried out.

Outside companies, like nurseries, landscaping and agriculture might be allowed to open again up with new social distancing protocol that usually permits employees and clients to remain at the very least six toes aside.

Actual property transactions that have been beforehand on maintain can resume, however with new restrictions to stop the unintended unfold of the virus throughout showings and on-site visits.

Learn the full county order right here.

10:45 a.m. April 29: Bathe, laundry providers across the Bay Space

Dignity on Wheels presents bathe and laundry providers across the Bay Space on a first-come foundation, metropolis officers stated Wednesday in a information launch. Individuals can take a seven-minute bathe in a non-public bathe room. They will additionally wash as much as two units of clothes, however not sneakers, sleeping baggage or heavy gadgets.

View the nonprofit’s service schedule on Google Calendar.

9:20 a.m. April 29: CalFresh advantages can be utilized on-line

Greater than Four million Californians who use CalFresh meals help every month can now purchase meals on-line via Amazon and Walmart, state officers introduced in a information launch Tuesday.

“This new performance will assist be sure that Californians, notably these which might be most susceptible and with essentially the most want, have entry to wholesome meals whereas staying house and staying secure in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Kim Johnson, director of the California Division of Social Providers (CDSS), in an announcement.

CalFresh recipients obtain support via Digital Profit Playing cards playing cards — ranging $16 to $194 month-to-month per individual — primarily based on have to get meals. Just lately, the federal authorities accepted a CDSS waiver to permit Digital Profit Switch card holders to buy items on-line, supplied recipients solely work with present accepted retailers, Amazon and Walmart, in keeping with CDSS.

Moreover, the state launched particular pandemic EBT advantages for eligible college students and households to get further meals amid faculty closures. The help permits households to obtain as much as $365 in whole advantages per baby, which can be utilized on meals and groceries.

Households with youngsters at present enrolled in CalFresh, Medi-Cal or foster care don’t have to be apply and may obtain a pandemic EBT card within the mail. For these not receiving advantages, they need to apply on-line starting in late Could or earlier than June 30. The COVID-19 advantages might be issued retroactively, no matter when households utilized, officers stated.

To use for CalFresh, go to its web site, name 877-847-3663 or go to your native county social providers workplace.

2:45 p.m. April 28: California faculties might begin up in late summer season

As state officers begin making plan to reopen sure “non-essential” companies round California, they’re additionally enthusiastic about how briskly they’ll get youngsters again into the classroom — albeit with some new bodily distancing necessities.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday steered faculties in California might restart as early as late July or early August, somewhat than the standard September begin date. Although that hasn’t been set in stone, the discussions taking place now to bump up the college yr is a response to the youngsters who could also be falling behind whereas studying from house.

“There’s been a studying loss and you may both simply roll over and simply settle for that, or you are able to do one thing about that,” Newsom stated. “If we might possibly begin up the college yr a little bit earlier that might possibly assist thoughts that hole a little bit bit, shut that hole a little bit bit, nevertheless it’s a deep concern.”

2:15 p.m. April 28: State officers unveil plan to roll again stay-home restrictions

Californians are “weeks, not months” away from seeing some loosening of the state’s keep at house order, Gov. Gavin Newsom and California well being officers stated on Tuesday.

Sure retailers, together with these that may supply curbside pickup, producers, workplaces the place working from house isn’t attainable, and a few public areas might be among the many subsequent companies and facilities to open, doubtless in Could, although state officers didn’t specify a selected date that the restrictions would loosen. That’s all a part of California’s second “stage” in undoing the restrictive stay-home order issued in mid-March, which shuttered non-essential companies and stored residents inside apart from particular duties.

The subsequent stage of the state’s plan would open up extra retail, service and industrial companies, together with hair and nail salons, gyms, film theaters and it might permit sports activities groups to play with out dwell audiences. in-person spiritual providers, together with weddings, would resume throughout “stage three,” although that’s months away, Newsom stated.

California’s fourth and closing stage to getting again to “regular” would come as soon as the inhabitants can collect and work together freely, which implies discovering a method to make sure herd immunity or when a vaccine is obtainable, in keeping with Dr. Sonia Angell, director of the California Division of Public Well being. Then, concert events, conference facilities and sports activities video games with in-person followers in stadiums can open again up.

State officers are asking these with experience in how companies can implement secure practices to open again as much as clients to share suggestions.

“If you happen to’re anyone who has specific perception, if you’re a enterprise individual your self, you will be invited to supply data … we need to hear from you as a result of concepts you might have about how one can create secure work locations are concepts that we need to learn about,” Angell stated.

That enter could be supplied to the state via an internet survey.

State officers are engaged on figuring out when California is able to loosen restrictions on the statewide stay-home order.

11:25 a.m. April 28: San Jose officers name for help preventing home violence

Forward of San Jose Metropolis Council’s vote Tuesday to fund legislation enforcement coaching to additional handle sexual assault and home violence, officers joined service suppliers calling for continued help of victims in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and after, as funds shortfalls are anticipated after the disaster.

The Tuesday morning Zoom name — led by councilmembers Sylvia Arenas, Magdalena Carrasco and Maya Esparza — outlined issues of preliminary decreased requires home violence, which officers attributed to shelter in place orders that usually put victims in shut proximity with assailants.

“Now greater than ever, this work is so important to our neighborhood as a result of with the added impacts of those shelter in place orders, these communities are pushed in much more insufferable situations,” Esparza stated, including her district south of downtown already has overcrowded housing. “Frankly I worry for the security of our households right here in San Jose.”

Home violence has been traditionally underreported, which Police Chief Eddie Garcia famous. It’s estimated one in 4 ladies and a tenth of all males will expertise intimate accomplice violence. However the early onset of the pandemic dramatically decreased figures, although suppliers say they’ve began to see will increase in calls and messages to disaster facilities.

Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, government director of Subsequent Door Options, stated her group initially noticed a 38% drop in calls to its home violence disaster heart, however numbers have begun to return. Tanis Crosby, who heads the YWCA of Silicon Valley, stated added stress and social isolation improve home violence, a willpower additionally made by the United Nations amid world lockdowns for the pandemic.

In the end, native governments should additionally deal with projected funds constraints after the pandemic. Police count on to see elevated home violence experiences as soon as orders are lifted as folks have extra space away from perpetrators and may search assist.

“One of many questions for all of us as a neighborhood is how can we prioritize sexual assault, home violence and baby abuse in our new budgets,” stated Cindy Chavez, president of the Santa Clara County board of supervisors, within the name. “That’s going to be necessary, as a result of our budgets are a mirrored image completely of what we expect are necessary.”


10 a.m. April 28: San Jose Sharks set up aid fund for employees

After the Nationwide Hockey league paused its season March 12 as a result of novel coronavirus pandemic, the San Jose Sharks began a aid fund to assist greater than 1,800 part-time workers out of labor due to occasion cancelations and closures.

With the fund introduced Monday, Sharks possession, gamers, coaches, entrance workplace workers, company companions and supporters have already pledged greater than $200,000, in keeping with a group information launch. Staff can apply and qualify for particular person grants via an internet registration course of. The help will go to workers on the SAP Middle, Solar4America Ice rinks in San Jose and Fremont, and the Oakland Ice Middle.

“The impact that COVID-19 has had on the lives of those folks is drastic and ongoing,” Sharks President Jonathan Becher stated in an announcement. “This can be a great solution to say ‘thanks’ to those people who make our experiences really memorable.”

Public donations might be accepted via July 25. To make a donation, go to the Sharks aid fund web site.

In March, the Sharks Basis partnered with SAP to donate $300,000 to Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, the information launch stated. The Sharks group additionally partnered with Aramark to supply greater than 2,000 kilos of perishable meals from the SAP Middle to Martha’s Kitchen, an area nonprofit that serves meals to folks in want.

6:30 p.m. April 27: San Jose police establish man who allegedly vandalized Asian-owned companies

San Jose police recognized a 42-year-old Milpitas man on Monday accused of vandalizing a number of Asian-owned companies within the South Bay.

San Jose police have recognized Tai Van Trinh as a suspect in a string of vandalism focusing on Asian-American companies within the South Bay.

Early Wednesday morning, Tai Van Trinh allegedly smashed glass home windows and doorways of at the very least 5 San Jose companies and three Milpitas companies, in keeping with a police information launch. He’s suspected of then fleeing in a black 2004 Toyota Tacoma prolonged cab pickup truck with a Texas license plate, HZM3285. Police at the moment are in search of the general public’s assist searching for him.

Based mostly on the preliminary investigation, police stated they don’t seem to be investigating the incidents as hate crimes.

In an e-mail, police Sgt. Enrique Garcia declined to share extra particulars on the continued investigation. The vandalism comes as native officers and legislation enforcement have decried hate crimes in opposition to Asians because the novel coronavirus outbreak, as San José Highlight reported.

Anybody with data on Trinh’s location is requested to name 911, 311, or contact San Jose police Detective Ryan Wagner of the Housebreaking Unit at 408-277-4401. To stay nameless, name the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, 408-947-STOP and dial 7867, or click on right here. Individuals offering data resulting in the arrest and conviction of the suspect could also be eligible for a money reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers, police stated.

4:15 p.m. April 27: Post-mortem report of United States’ first loss of life

The 57-year-old girl recognized as america’ first identified loss of life from the novel coronavirus on Feb. 6 died from a ruptured coronary heart attributable to COVID-19, in keeping with a Santa Clara County post-mortem report revealed by the San Francisco Chronicle.

A day after Patricia Cabello Dowd died in her house sporting a short-sleeved shirt and pajamas, county Medical Examiner Dr. Susan J. Parson examined her physique and despatched tissue samples for testing from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, which later confirmed she had COVID-19. County officers acquired the outcomes final Thursday and decided she died from problems as a result of virus.

Together with a reported historical past of “flu-like” signs within the days previous to her loss of life, additional testing revealed Dowd had the virus’ RNA in her coronary heart, trachea, lung and intestines. The post-mortem report famous that Dowd was wholesome, exterior of being “mildly overweight,” and didn’t check constructive for different substances, like alcohol or medicine. She additionally examined detrimental for influenza.

A ruptured left ventricle within the coronary heart — stemming from COVID-19 — proved to be her official reason for loss of life, Parson discovered. In reviewing the post-mortem report, Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist, instructed the Chronicle regular hearts don’t rupture.

“This coronary heart ruptured or tore open due to an an infection of the guts muscle brought on by the coronavirus,” Melinek reportedly stated.

Dowd’s husband, Dean, recognized her the day she died, per the post-mortem report.

Beforehand, Santa Clara County officers believed the county’s earliest loss of life within the area from COVID-19 was March 9. Till final week, federal officers thought the nation’s first coronavirus-related loss of life was Feb. 29 in Washington state.

2:30 p.m. April 27: CDC provides signs for COVID-19

Along with fever, cough and shortness of breath, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention added six new signs for the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. New indicators embody chills, repeated shaking from chills, muscle ache, headache, sore throat and lack of style or odor. Signs could seem between two days and two weeks after publicity to the virus, in keeping with federal steerage.

You probably have bother respiratory, persistent ache or stress within the chest, new confusion or skill to get up, or bluish lips or face, the CDC says to hunt medical consideration instantly. For another signs which might be extreme or regarding to you, seek the advice of a medical supplier. Name 911 in case you have a medical emergency.

1 p.m. April 27: California seashore crowds ‘instance of what to not see,’ Gov. Newsom says

Crowds that gathered at Southern California seashores Saturday are an “instance of what to not see” amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom stated in his briefing Monday.

With a warmth wave over the weekend, beachgoers amassed in Ventura and Orange counties, whereas bigger San Diego and Los Angeles counties had closed coastal entry underneath public well being orders meant to cut back bodily distancing and mass gatherings, because the Los Angeles Occasions documented.

“These photographs are an instance of what to not see, folks, what to not do,” Newsom stated, “if we’re going to make the significant progress that we’ve made in the previous few weeks prolong into the following variety of weeks.”

For essentially the most half, Newsom added, residents and native governments have complied with public well being measures, together with San Mateo County seashores. He stated the state is simply weeks away from making modifications to the statewide keep at house order to start reopening companies and loosening restrictions, however residents should comply to proceed decreasing the unfold of the virus.

“The one factor that may set us again is our habits,” Newsom stated. “The one factor that may set us again is folks stopping to follow bodily distancing and acceptable social distancing. That’s the one factor that’s going to decelerate our skill to reopen this financial system — our skill to adapt and modify this keep at house order.”

11:45 a.m. April 27: Bay Space to increase shelter in place via Could

San Francisco Bay Space well being officers stated in a joint assertion Monday they’ll prolong shelter in place orders amid the novel coronavirus pandemic via Could.

The order — which was initially made collectively by six Bay Space counties, together with Santa Clara, and the town of Berkeley in March and revised April 1 — had been set to run out on Could 3, and the brand new revised finish date might be formally issued later this week, affecting roughly 7 million residents within the area.

The brand new order will embody restricted easing of particular restrictions for a small variety of “lower-risk actions,” officers stated in a information launch. Moreover, well being officers plan to launch a set of broad indicators used to trace progress in preparedness and response for COVID-19, which higher aligns with framework utilized by the state of California.

“Future easing of restrictions requires that every jurisdiction and varied sectors proceed to quickly construct important infrastructure and programs to answer and management the unfold of coronavirus infections and to make sure the well being care system’s skill to satisfy demand,” Bay Space well being officers stated.

Officers cautioned the pandemic remains to be in its early levels, including testing remains to be restricted and vaccine improvement is simply starting.

“We count on to be responding to COVID-19 in our communities for a very long time,” they stated. “As efficient as our efforts have been, if we transfer too quick to ease restrictions, the potential of exponential unfold might have grave impacts to well being and wellness of our residents in addition to the financial system.”

Particulars on the following section and the prolonged orders might be shared later this week, well being officers stated. Learn San José Highlight protection on how native officers are responding to the brand new regional orders.

11:25 a.m. April 27: County well being employee particulars expertise with COVID-19

It solely took Ricardo Romero-Morales, a Santa Clara County senior neighborhood well being planner, minutes from when he left work with a gentle cough at work on a Thursday morning in March to getting a fever, fatigue and dry cough — signs of COVID-19.

“I by no means thought it was going to be me, that I used to be going to undergo this myself,” Romero-Morales, 30, stated throughout a county well being briefing Monday.

Till that March day, he felt wholesome and adopted his personal public well being division’s steerage, although he had been fatigued two days prior. However as signs worsened, Romero-Morales notified his roommates and referred to as his physician, who instructed him to isolate for 2 weeks. He made plans with these in his house to carry him meals and repeatedly disinfect surfaces he touched. “I used to be imagined to be the one caring for everyone, nevertheless it was me who acquired sick,” he added.

By day 5, every time he breathed deeply, he stated, “it was nearly like a stabbing kind of ache.” So he drove himself to the hospital, the place he handed out twice. Medical doctors, nonetheless, instructed him he had a gentle case of COVID-19, particularly in comparison with those that have died from it.

In whole, he spent greater than three weeks remoted at house earlier than reporting again to the county Emergency Operations Middle as a spokesman amid the pandemic. At occasions Romero-Morales stated he had detrimental ideas whereas alone, however he reached out to others, even making new associates on-line. “I feel it’s simply remembering that,” he stated, hesitating, “that we’re on this collectively, despite the fact that we’re aside.”

5:30 p.m. April 24: Cupertino second in Santa Clara County to require face coverings

Cupertino started requiring face coverings for folks going out for important actions Friday, the second metropolis in Santa Clara County to take action. On Wednesday, Cupertino Metropolis Council voted 4-1 for the emergency order, which covers folks working or getting important items, efficient Friday at midday.

“The sporting of face coverings exterior our houses will turn out to be more and more necessary to everybody’s well being and security because the financial system is reopened and folks start to congregate once more in public,” Metropolis Supervisor Deborah L. Feng stated in an announcement. “Using face coverings, together with correct social distancing and different evidence-based well being measures, has been proven to gradual the unfold of COVID-19.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Milpitas turned the first Santa Clara County metropolis to require face coverings — making use of to employees and clients at important companies — and commenced enforcement Friday morning. The county, in the meantime, has issued steerage “strongly urging” residents to put on face coverings, whereas six different Bay Space counties have already required face coverings in public.

2:25 p.m. April 24: After Santa Clara County’s first loss of life, California seems to be for earlier instances

California Public Well being Director Dr. Sonia Angell stated state officers will work with native coroner’s workplaces to search for earlier COVID-19 instances, after Santa Clara County recognized it had america’ first identified loss of life from the novel coronavirus.

“As we transfer ahead, we are going to proceed to be very considerate about what might have occurred previously, and we’ll proceed to work with our native coroners to underneath extra in regards to the development of COVID-19 in our communities,” Angell stated throughout Gov. Gavin Newsom’s press briefing Friday, responding to a query from NPR’s Leila Fadel.

On Wednesday, the county Medical Examiner-Nook recognized three new COVID-19 deaths courting again to Feb. 6, greater than three weeks earlier than officers thought the virus first killed somebody within the U.S. County officers despatched tissue samples to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, which confirmed the folks had the virus and certain contracted it domestically.

Consequently, state officers will match COVID-19 instances with coroner’s experiences to make sure deceased are correctly recognized if that they had the virus, Angell stated.

“And as that data is forthcoming, you’ll both report it straight or we’ll report it out appropriately,” Newsom instructed reporters.

1:25 p.m. April 24: Gov. Newsom publicizes meal program for seniors

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday introduced a partnership with FEMA to supply low-income seniors who’re impacted by COVID-19 with meals, 3 times a day and stimulate the native restaurant business.

With greater than 1.2 million elder Californians residing alone and 5.7 million seniors within the state, Newsom stated this system, which can function 7 days every week, has no restrict on the variety of meals it could present. To qualify for this system, Newsom stated seniors should fall beneath 600% of the federal poverty tips, be uncovered or at excessive threat of publicity to the virus or have a compromised immune system.

“The have to be extra aggressive, to be extra targeted, extra supportive of our seniors, has been high of thoughts,” Newsom stated. “And so (we’re) working with FEMA on methods to supply nutritious meals to our seniors, to get them delivered, but additionally to get them ready.”

The primary of its type program will reopen native eating places to supply these meals and supply produce from native farms and suppliers. He hopes this system will stimulate the native financial system by producing native gross sales taxes and bringing again jobs to some restaurant employees.

“It’s not simply in regards to the meals, it’s a few human connection,” Newsom added. “It’s about somebody simply checking in as they’re delivering these meals and ensuring persons are okay.”

FEMA and the state will reimburse native governments for the prices of the meals. Native governments will obtain $66 a day per meal. Every breakfast meal prices $16, lunch meals price $17 and dinner prices $28. Native governments will resolve on which eating places are eligible for this system.

Seniors who consider they is perhaps eligible can name 2-1-1 or go to the state’s web site right here. This system will go into impact instantly.

11:35 a.m. April 24: San Jose libraries to donate PPE to Good Samaritan Hospital

Utilizing 24 3D printers, San Jose Public Library workers created 220 face shields and 75 masks to donate to Good Samaritan Hospital on Friday.

Library workers labored with native hospitals to design appropriate 3D-printed private protecting gear for well being care suppliers, selecting Prusa face shields and Montana filtration masks, Department Supervisor Shauna Porteus stated in a weblog publish Thursday.

The face protect is created from transparency sheets, that are usually used for overhead projectors, and use gap punches to attach the entrance of the protect to the headscarf created by a 3D printer, Porteus described. In the meantime, the printed face masks could be reused after changing filters made from store towels.

In all, the shields and masks took library workers 518 hours to finish. Every protect prices an estimated 49 cents to make, whereas face masks go for about $1.50. Collectively, workers could make 200 shields and 80 masks weekly, Porteus stated.

At 2:30 p.m. Friday, Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmember Pam Foley are scheduled to affix library workers to donate the PPE to San Jose’s Good Samaritan.

11:20 a.m. April 24: Exhausting-hit long-term care amenities receiving extra help

Lengthy-term care amenities in Santa Clara County are receiving extra steerage in an infection management and prevention as facility residents and workers have accounted for near a 3rd of county deaths from the novel coronavirus.

As of Tuesday, there have been 357 confirmed instances and 31 deaths at amenities throughout the county. Nursing houses and different long-term care amenities throughout the U.S. have been notably hard-hit by COVID-19, the illness brought on by the virus.

Amenities, that are run independently and licensed via the state, embody expert nursing, unbiased and assisted residing. They have a tendency to serve aged residents, typically with continual medical situations, who’re at better threat of significant sickness or loss of life from the virus.

“We’re very conscious that it’s nearly unimaginable that instances wouldn’t have appeared within the amenities,” stated Elsa Villarino, an assistant public well being officer for the county, in a briefing Friday. “However we additionally know that with good an infection management practices, we are able to decrease the unfold of additional transmission and the impression into these communities.”

County well being officers have taken a variety of steps to cut back COVID-19’s unfold in amenities, together with supplying private protecting gear and even supplementing county nurses and different workers when amenities have workers shortages, in keeping with Villarino. Amenities additionally additionally get prioritizing testing for residents and workers, and well being officers conduct contact tracing with confirmed instances to analyze who could have been uncovered to COVID-19.

10:35 a.m. April 24: San José Highlight to host dwell Q&A with Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody

Santa Clara County Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody will be part of a dwell query and reply webinar in regards to the novel coronavirus with San José Highlight at Four p.m. Friday.

The interactive occasion permits residents to submit inquiries to the county’s high public well being official, who helped coordinate a number of the nation’s earliest COVID-19 response measures, such because the Bay Space’s shelter in place order. Cody additionally not too long ago introduced the nation’s earliest identified loss of life from the virus in Santa Clara County, on Feb. 6, greater than three weeks earlier than U.S. officers beforehand thought.

On Thursday, Cody appeared on the nationwide tv community MSNBC with host Rachel Maddow to debate measures taken domestically that seem to have decreased the unfold of COVID-19.

“Sara Cody — in Santa Clara County, California — would go on to turn out to be the general public well being official in America who could have saved extra lives than another individual in our nation,” Maddow stated.

RSVP to San José Highlight’s occasion right here and ship inquiries to

2 p.m. April 23: Milpitas to require face coverings Friday

Milpitas turned the primary Santa Clara County metropolis to require face coverings. The brand new order takes impact Friday.

On Tuesday, Milpitas Metropolis Council unanimously directed metropolis workers to concern a regulation requiring masks at important companies comparable to grocery shops, well being care amenities, fuel stations, {hardware} shops and pharmacies, officers stated in a information launch. Nonetheless, youngsters 6 years and youthful would not have to put on face coverings, and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention advises in opposition to masks on youngsters underneath 2.

Whereas the county doesn’t require them, well being officers issued steerage final Friday “strongly urging” residents to put on them in public. Milpitas’ actions come as six different Bay Space counties now require residents to put on face coverings in public, KRON reported.

“By enacting this order, Milpitas is being a pacesetter in our county. Face coverings assist defend essentially the most susceptible in our neighborhood,” Councilmember Carmen Montano stated in an announcement. “We need to flatten the curve and hold our well being system from being overwhelmed, and that is the perfect, most secure method to do this.”

With the order, metropolis officers stated they’ll first promote training, however they’ll concern citations for individuals who don’t adjust to sporting face coverings. Learn San José Highlight’s story on the right way to make your personal face masking.

1:30 p.m. April 23: 22,000 Californians signal as much as volunteer in first day

Within the first day of launching a web site for Californians to volunteer to assist others amid the pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom stated Thursday 22,000 folks signed on to assist others in want.

Since saying the Californians for All volunteer web site Tuesday, Newsom stated the primary cohort is doing cellphone calls to neighbors fighting social isolation. Others are volunteering with meals deliveries.

“Whether or not it’s volunteering at a meals financial institution to feed older Californians, blood drives or supporting native nonprofits, there’s no scarcity of alternatives for Californians to step up and meet the second,” Newsom had stated in an announcement Tuesday.

To volunteer, go to the Californians for All web site.

1 p.m. April 23: California sees ‘deadliest day,’ Gov. Newsom says

California noticed 115 deaths from COVID-19 within the final 24 hours, the state’s largest improve up to now, Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced Thursday. The loss of life toll within the state rose 8.5%, whereas individuals who examined constructive for the virus elevated 5.6%.

“Yesterday was the deadliest day for this virus on this state,” he stated in a each day briefing. “100 and fifteen human beings misplaced their lives, households torn aside.”

Nonetheless, the governor stated the state noticed continued decreases in hospitalization and intensive care instances, together with for sufferers underneath investigation for COVID-19, all constructive indicators within the pandemic response. Nonetheless, given the brand new instances and deaths, Newsom cautioned folks to proceed training public well being measures comparable to staying at house, sporting face coverings and bodily distancing.

In Santa Clara County Thursday, although, well being officers reported one new loss of life and a further 28 instances — far fewer will increase in comparison with earlier days.

The state’s 115 new deaths, Newsom added, are “a reminder we’re not out of the woods but.”

12:40 p.m. April 23: California debt aid for pupil loans, garnished federal checks

Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced two debt aid measures in California for pupil loans and federal coronavirus aid paychecks which were garnished by collectors.

Twenty-one of the state’s 24 largest pupil mortgage service suppliers have agreed to a 90-day forebearance on pupil mortgage debt, which impacts greater than 1.1 million Californians, Newsom stated Thursday. In partnership with different states led by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker in reaching the settlement, Newsom added the coed mortgage aid doesn’t impression credit score scores, nor does it impose fines or charges. The aid additionally outlines new cost plans for pupil mortgage debt.

As well as, Newsom signed an government order denying debt collectors from garnishing Congress’ coronavirus aid invoice that distributed one-time $1,200 checks, until folks owe baby or spousal help, or have financial accountability to victims or victims accounts. The order additionally works retroactively, so collectors who garnished checks should repay folks.

“Now just isn’t the time to garnish these emergency contribution checks,” the governor stated.

11:15 a.m. April 23: Report: Stanford turns down coronavirus aid funding

Stanford College reportedly rescinded its utility for $7.38 million as a part of Congress’ $2 trillion coronavirus aid invoice. This comes as well-endowed non-public faculties and universities have drawn criticism for planning to take federal support amid the pandemic.

On Wednesday, the Mercury Information reported Stanford, with a $27.7 billion endowment, declined federal support set to be distributed by the Division of Training. The college stated it has taken a big monetary hit, however different smaller faculties are in better want.

Santa Clara College will take its $3.54 million, in keeping with the Mercury, after the non-public college’s $1 billion endowment has shrunk since June. With half of the federal {dollars} required to go on to college students, the college stated it might direct half of support for pupil grants. College of San Francisco additionally indicated it might settle for at the very least half of its allotted $7.29 million for college kids, whereas Mills School and Sant Mary’s School have been listed for funding.

In a tweet, Harvard College stated it wouldn’t settle for its $8.66 million as a result of it didn’t request congressional funds and support ought to go to struggling establishments. This got here a day after President Donald Trump stated Harvard shouldn’t take support, incorrectly including the college took it from small companies, which comes from a special a part of congressional aid, CNN discovered.

Training Secretary Betsy Devos stated in an announcement Wednesday Congress was legally required to distribute funds to all faculties and universities. However she referred to as on establishments that don’t serve primarily low-income college students to reject support.

Native public universities and neighborhood faculties have additionally been allotted coronavirus aid, comparable to San Jose State’s $28.78 million and De Anza Group School’s $7.24 million.

6:45 p.m. April 22: Santa Clara sees rise in unlawful dumping 

Santa Clara officers stated Wednesday that the town is getting “elevated experiences” of residents leaving issues like mattresses and different cumbersome family wares on public streets.

The dumping comes at in regards to the time that the town would usually host its Annual Cleanup Marketing campaign, although that’s been cancelled as a result of novel coronavirus pandemic and the regional and statewide stay-home orders.

“(Metropolis) workers is continuous to judge whether or not the four-week program could be rescheduled for August or September this yr,” officers stated in an e-mail Wednesday.

Metropolis officers are encouraging folks to report unlawful dumping to the Division of Public works at  408-615-3080, on Monday to Friday from Eight a.m. to Four p.m., or by calling 408-615-5580 after Four p.m. and on weekends.

6:40 p.m. April 22: Bored at house? Take a look at a (digital) present

Santa Clara officers on Wednesday promoted a slew of free or low-cost on-line reveals and concert events for South Bay residents.

“Contemplate donating to those arts and cultural organizations, that are dealing with monetary impacts from the coronavirus pandemic,” officers added.

Among the many reveals and concert events:

  • Metropolis Lights Theater Firm is internet hosting the world premiere of “Coded,” a present written and directed by Kirsten Brandt, about feminine sport designers. Viewing is free, however the firm is asking for donations.
  • The Hammer Theater is partnering with Nationwide Theatre At House to stream family-friendly titles totally free with a post-screening webinar hosted by San Jose State College school to debate the movies on Sundays at Four p.m. Take a peek on the titles out there this week.
  • Magical Bridge Basis will live-stream family-friendly leisure, together with music and different performances, each day at midday on its Fb web page.
  • Opera San Jose is streaming a efficiency of Mozart’s Idomeneo. Watch the stream totally free via Could 18.
  • San Jose Jazz is internet hosting a “Stay From House” sequence, with 30-minute concert events on San Jose Jazz’s Fb web page at 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. A donation hyperlink might be arrange for every dwell stream. All proceeds go to the artists.
  • Teatro Visión is streaming a sequence of movies from January’s efficiency of “Luz: A Shadow Play Impressed by Senior Tales” by Cristal González Avila. Watch totally free on their YouTube channel.
  • TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is providing rental or buy choices of its musical model of “Satisfaction and Prejudice.” The present could be rented for $4.99 or bought for $19.99 at

6:30 p.m. April 22: Google designs and donates 49,000 face shields

Google has donated 49,000 face shields that have been designed and assembled by its workers to Valley Medical Middle Basis, the organizations introduced Wednesday.

The Mountain View-based tech titan labored with physicians and nurses on the Santa Clara Valley Medical Middle Hospitals and Clinics to design and develop the shields. Google “was in a position to faucet its world provide chain,” to get supplies like clear plastic, foam and elastic which might be more and more troublesome to search out in the course of the coronavirus pandemic as protecting gear stays in excessive demand and brief provide.

“Backside line, these face shields will assist save lives,” Chris Wilder, Valley Medical Middle Basis’s CEO stated in an announcement Wednesday. “We have to hold the folks on the entrance line of the disaster secure and Google’s donation helps us do exactly that.”

A slew of Silicon Valley-based firms, religion and neighborhood organizations, college students and others have donated greater than 2 million gadgets of non-public protecting gear — often called PPE — for medical personnel within the South Bay, Valley Medical Middle Basis officers stated.

The latest donation by Google might be coordinated by the Santa Clara County Emergency Operations Middle.

6 p.m. April 22: Newsom begins loosening stay-home restrictions

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has introduced the state’s first step in loosening the restrictive stay-at-home order that has shut down companies, faculties and stored residents inside apart from particular duties.

Hospitals that have been as soon as barred from pushing ahead so-called elective surgical procedures, or procedures that might wait, can start doing these operations once more, Newsom stated Wednesday throughout a information convention.

“These are surgical procedures that, sure, are scheduled, but additionally are important: tumors, coronary heart valves,” Newsom stated. “Whether it is delayed, it turns into in the end denied; whether it is delayed, it turns into acute and that essentially is a well being concern past simply the problem of the virus.”

The transfer comes after state, county and metropolis officers have labored for the previous month to organize for a possible surge in coronavirus sufferers by growing hospital capability and establishing non permanent hospitals in locations like conference facilities and defunct sports activities arenas.

Now, as coronavirus-related hospitalization charges start to stabilize, state leaders say it’s time to permit Californians to get different well being care wants met. However officers warned that if charges of an infection start to rise once more, they could pull again on that call.

“We might be considerate and even handed about how we try this,” Newsom stated of loosening the restrictions. “We is not going to overload the system on the peril of not having the ability to keep our surge capability and (we) acknowledge any time we start to toggle again and begin starting to open issues up, we have now to look each day on the information.”

1:15 p.m. April 22: Black residents dying at increased charges, Latinxs overrepresented

Black residents in Santa Clara County are dying at increased charges from COVID-19 than all different teams, in keeping with county Public Well being Division figures launched Wednesday. Latinxs, in the meantime, are overrepresented within the county’s instances and deaths from the novel coronavirus.

At simply 2% of Santa Clara County’s whole inhabitants, Black residents accounted for two% of COVID-19 instances. Nonetheless, Black folks made up 6% of county deaths — the very best loss of life price of any group. Latinxs have been almost 36% of instances and 32% of deaths, regardless of comprising 27% of the county. Nonetheless, about 17% of instances at present have unknown racial or ethnic information, which might alter figures.

County officers acknowledged social determinants, comparable to structural racism, employment and earnings, could have an effect on severity of novel coronavirus instances between teams.

“We’re dedicated to offering the general public with correct and well timed data that can be utilized to tell public motion to guard residents and sufferers,” Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody stated in an announcement. “The Public Well being Division has a long-standing dedication to advancing racial and well being fairness grounded in partnership with neighborhood leaders and members.”

The numbers come as a number of areas reported disproportionate numbers of black folks, Native Individuals, Pacific Islanders and Latinos get COVID-19 and die. Congress has equally requested information on racial and ethnic breakdowns throughout the U.S.

As of April 21, right here is the racial and ethnic breakdown of the 1,962 confirmed COVID-19 instances within the county:

  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 22.5%
  • African American/Black: 2.0%
  • Hispanic/Latinx: 35.9%
  • White, Non-Hispanic: 18.9%
  • Different: 3.9%
  • Unknown: 16.7%

11:45 a.m. April 22: Santa Clara County had “iceberg of instances” sooner than thought

The unfold of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County occurred far sooner than well being officers beforehand thought, after earlier deaths in February and March revealed the area now has america’ earliest identified case of the novel coronavirus.

The county recognized three deaths from COVID-19: a 57-year-old girl on Feb. 6, a 69-year-old man on Feb. 17 and a 70-year-old man on March 6, in keeping with Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody in a briefing Wednesday. None had identified journey histories and are presumed as contracting the virus that causes COVID-19 from throughout the neighborhood.

Officers beforehand believed the primary native case of neighborhood transmission occurred in late February and the primary COVID-19 loss of life was March 9. In the meantime, the county’s Feb. 6 loss of life was greater than three weeks earlier than the primary identified loss of life within the U.S. on Feb. 29.

Cody stated the brand new deaths reveal “iceberg suggestions” displaying a far bigger diploma of neighborhood unfold of COVID-19.

“When you might have an end result like loss of life or ICU, that implies that there’s some iceberg of instances of unknown measurement that underlie these iceberg suggestions,” Cody stated. “With three of them, that tells us that there should have been a considerably vital diploma of neighborhood transmission.”

Lack of COVID-19 testing and a protracted influenza season could have obscured outcomes. The county’s three earlier deaths got here when testing was solely out there via the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, restricted solely to folks with identified journey histories or those that sought take care of particular signs. For the brand new deaths recognized Tuesday, the county Medical-Examiner Coroner had carried out their autopsies and despatched tissue samples to the CDC for testing, which returned outcomes displaying the three had the virus.

“Group transmission had arrived a lot sooner than we have been in a position to detect it,” Cody stated. “And I feel it actually highlights the significance of the shelter in place (order) and defending the neighborhood, and stopping hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.”

10 p.m. April 21: Santa Clara County identifies earlier COVID-19 deaths, believed to be first in U.S.

Santa Clara County officers on Tuesday recognized three individuals who died from COVID-19 earlier than the county’s authentic first confirmed loss of life on March 9. One of many deaths, on Feb. 6, is now the primary identified loss of life related to COVID-19 within the U.S., greater than three weeks earlier than Washington state had its first loss of life.

After the county Medical Examiner-Coroner carried out autopsies on two individuals who died at house on Feb. 6 and Feb. 17, their samples have been despatched to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention for additional testing, officers stated in a information launch. Outcomes launched Tuesday confirmed each examined constructive for the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. As well as, officers recognized a 3rd one who died at house on March 6.

Beforehand, Washington state officers stated the primary loss of life within the U.S. occurred Feb. 29 within the Seattle space. Earlier than Tuesday’s announcement, Santa Clara County officers had decided the primary native COVID-19-related loss of life, on March 9, was of a girl in her 60s.

However the county’s three earlier deaths got here when testing was solely out there via the CDC. “Testing standards set by the CDC on the time restricted testing to solely people with a identified journey historical past and who sought medical take care of particular signs,” officers stated. “Because the Medical Examiner-Coroner continues to rigorously examine deaths all through the county, we anticipate extra deaths from COVID-19 might be recognized.”

7:40 p.m. April 21: County supervisors waive penalties on late property taxes

Santa Clara County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously waived penalties on property tax paid late amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board of Supervisors waived the 10% penalty and $20 price for cost that kicks in after the April 10 deadline. Underneath state tax legislation, counties can forego penalties for circumstances past taxpayers’ management.

Moreover, the measure directs county officers to publicize cost choices out there, together with Santa Clara County’s partial cost of property taxes. The board’s actions additionally asks workers to search out different methods to cut back cost penalties, comparable to doubtlessly decreasing curiosity charged on properties that fall into default.

The waivers come after the U.S. Division of Treasury delayed Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. However property taxes, that are used for faculties and native governments, can’t be delayed, in keeping with a memo from the California Affiliation of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors.

5 p.m. April 21: Authorized and monetary assist for small companies

San Jose officers plan to host a free webinar Thursday for small companies in search of COVID-19 aid from support such because the federal Payroll Safety Program and Small Enterprise Administration grants and loans. The occasion is open to firms, nonprofits, unbiased contractors and sole proprietors.

The business-planning nonprofit, Begin Small Suppose Massive, will help with authorized, monetary and operational challenges, metropolis officers stated. An legal professional will reply questions dwell, too. 

Town webinar, hosted by the Workplace of Financial Improvement, is scheduled for Three p.m. Thursday. Register right here for the webinar and go to the public library web site for upcoming workshops.

2:30 p.m. April 21: Silicon Valley financial restoration group provides 10 members

The working group tasked with reopening Silicon Valley’s financial system after the novel coronavirus outbreak added 10 new members who’ve backgrounds in training, labor, philanthropy, enterprise and reasonably priced housing, in keeping with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo’s workplace on Tuesday.

The advisory council — launched Thursday with 5 co-chairs from enterprise, labor and nonprofit sectors — is supposed to map out financial restoration and produce again 200,000 jobs misplaced in Santa Clara County in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, the group will embody about 30 members.

Listed here are the 10 new additions introduced Tuesday: San Jose State President Mary Papazian; Stanford College President Marc Tessier-Lavien; Santa Clara College President Fr. Kevin O’Brien; San Jose Evergreen Group School District Chancellor Byron D. Clift Breland; Northern California labor chief Oscar de la Torre; Jesus Flores, head of the Latino Enterprise Basis and Alum Rock Enterprise District; Mike Fox, CEO of Goodwill of Silicon Valley; Chuck Hammers, Pizza My Coronary heart proprietor and former San Jose Downtown Affiliation president; Eden Housing President Linda Mandolini; and Hermelinda Sapien, CEO of the Middle for Employment Coaching.

“Collectively, the members of this council will discover new methods to soundly revitalize our regional financial system and assist our residents get well,” Liccardo stated in an announcement.

11:25 a.m. April 21: Expert nursing amenities with COVID-19 instances

In Santa Clara County, three expert nursing amenities — Canyon Springs, Cedar Crest and Valley Home Rehabilitation Middle — every reported greater than 50 COVID-19 instances as of Friday, in keeping with preliminary state public well being information. The state figures come as county public well being numbers present a 3rd of the useless in Santa Clara County come from long-term care amenities, which are inclined to serve aged residents.

California Division of Public Well being information confirmed 258 of the state’s 1,224 expert nursing amenities had a resident or well being care employee who contracted the novel coronavirus. State information didn’t present precise figures for nursing amenities with lower than 11 instances for both residents or workers. In Santa Clara County, 11 nursing amenities have been accounted by the state, although native well being officers have recognized 19 nursing amenities.

The county’s nursing amenities, principally concentrated in San Jose, accounted for a lot of the instances and deaths in long-term care amenities. As of Monday, county officers reported long-term care amenities had 28 deaths and 348 whole instances, with expert nursing amenities having the overwhelming majority of these deaths and instances — 26 and 323, respectively. Collectively, long-term care amenities made up a few third of the county’s deaths and 18% of instances.

Whereas publicly out there county information doesn’t embody names of native amenities with instances, Gov. Gavin Newsom stated Monday the state plans to launch case information on grownup and senior care amenities, together with deaths.

10 a.m. April 21: Bishops ask Newsom to extend support to undocumented, low-wage employees

California’s Catholic bishops have requested Gov. Gavin Newsom to extend support to undocumented and low-wage employees amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, after the state unveiled $125 million in catastrophe aid help for undocumented immigrants. In a letter to Newsom on Monday, bishops stated extra support was essential “as a result of the virus doesn’t know the distinction between somebody who has the appropriate authorized paperwork and those that don’t,” in keeping with the California Catholic Convention, the policymaking arm for the church statewide.

Undocumented immigrants don’t qualify for state or federal advantages however can apply for the $125 million fund in Could. The brand new help is meant to supply about 150,000 folks with one-time advantages of $500 per grownup and a $1,000 cap on households.

Bishops requested Newsom increase packages like incapacity insurance coverage to unemployed employees and completely increase low- and moderate-income tax credit to immigrants who file taxes with out social safety numbers. Additionally they requested the governor for $1,200 to all who certified for tax credit and immigrant tax filers who met tax credit score thresholds.

Moreover, the highest diocese officers referred to as on Newsom to cowl COVID-19 therapy underneath emergency Medi-Cal, the state’s medicaid program. Lastly, they sought to increase lodge choices for important employees who keep the state’s meals provide, and higher fund meals banks and faculty districts to get meals and details about aid packages.

3:45 p.m. April 20: Newsom says state “not seeing that downward development” in COVID-19 instances

As COVID-19-related deaths surpassed 1,000 in California over the weekend, Gov. Gavin Newsom stated new hospitalizations are starting to gradual, although intensive care instances have fluctuated.

“We’re not seeing that downward development we have to see with a view to present extra readability” for the state’s financial restoration, Newsom stated Monday. The pandemic, he went on, has unfold to nearly each a part of California as deaths and instances proceed to extend.

Hospitalization numbers elevated from Sunday to three,257 instances, a 1.9% improve. In the meantime, 1,196 instances are in ICUs, up 2.8%.

Nonetheless, COVID-19 monitoring — {one of the} state’s steps to reopening the financial system — has lagged behind, with 273,721 assessments acquired as of Saturday. Each day testing by mid April averaged 10,000 assessments, up from 2,000 on the finish of March. Newsom stated a state process drive goals to extend to 25,000 each day assessments by the tip of April after which “considerably improve these numbers by multiples.”

1:15 p.m. April 20: California college students to obtain gadgets for distance studying, bridge digital divide

California officers unveiled steps to produce college students with gadgets and entry to web for distance studying amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the prevailing digital divide.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the primary accomplice and spouse of Gov. Gavin Newsom, stated 70,000 college students will obtain laptops, Chromebooks and tablets beginning this week amid statewide faculty closures. Donations have been made by non-public donors and public initiatives, which follows commitments from firms comparable to Google for 100,000 free wifi hotspots and 4,000 Chromebooks together with 10,000 iPads from Apple for about 800 faculty districts.

“Everyone knows that training is prime to alternative, and so our mission is not going to finish till each baby in California has what they should proceed to studying whereas bodily distanced,” Siebel Newsom stated in the course of the governor’s briefing Monday. “This pandemic shouldn’t stand in the best way of California college students reaching their potential and realizing their goals.”

One in 5 college students lack web connectivity or acceptable gadgets for distant instruction, Siebel Newsom added. Low-income households and folks of coloration have expressed much more involved about lack of digital entry.

As well as, Newsom stated the Public Utilities Fee is investing $25 million for hotspots and one other $5 million for added gadgets. Cities comparable to Sacramento are additionally testing wifi faculty buses to extend web entry, which can be prolonged statewide.

Tony Thurmond, state superintendent of public instruction, emphasised the digital divide between college students has gone on longer than the pandemic. He pointed to the work the governor’s workplace has carried out, together with the digital divide process drive that plans to meet Monday, to handle these disparities.

“As we reply to the wants of our college students to be taught on this pandemic,” he went on, “we should as soon as and for all shut the digital divide and guarantee that all of our college students have the instruments that improve their success.”

Governor Gavin Newsom offers an replace on the state’s response to #COVID19.

Posted by California Governor on Monday, April 20, 2020

11:20 a.m. April 20: San Jose launches Digital Recreation Middle

To help bodily and psychological wellness amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, the San Jose parks division launched an internet studying and actions heart Monday. Town’s Digital Useful resource Middle offers dwell pilot lessons, recorded leisure and academic actions for all ages, with sights like 360-degree excursions of San Jose sights.

Residents may also do yoga, meditation and STEM studying with NBC Bay Space. Newest digital occasions can be found on the middle’s calendar.

11 a.m. April 20: Tips on how to correctly bodily distance, in keeping with county officers

Six toes between others must be a minimal bodily distance for important outings or exercising amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Santa Clara County officers say. Staying house as a lot as attainable must be the norm — as troublesome as adjusting could also be.

“We’re right here to let you know that the easiest way to gradual the unfold and save lives is to remain house and solely make important journeys, and to attenuate these important journeys out of your own home,” spokeswoman Hilary Armstrong stated in a county Public Well being Division briefing Monday.

Outings to speak in associates’ driveways or going to the grocery retailer due to boredom ought to cease. Officers emphasised to socialize just about and on the cellphone. If there’s a line to get contained in the grocery retailer, contemplate whether or not groceries are essential at the moment. When exercising, don’t crowd up area, and make sure to make room for others.

Not staying inside places others prone to spreading COVID-19, particularly important employees, officers stated. In any case, as much as 1 / 4 of people that contract the illness present no signs, in keeping with county spokeswoman Marianna Moles. Learn extra county steerage on social distancing, together with for folks in flats.

6 p.m. April 19: Newsom stops in Campbell to announce extra motel rooms for homeless

Throughout a cease in Campbell over the weekend, California Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced the state has secured 10,974 lodge rooms to accommodate homeless residents prone to COVID-19.

Newsom additionally unveiled a brand new settlement with Motel 6 to supply a further 5,025 rooms.

This deal is a part of Venture Roomkey, an initiative Newsom introduced two weeks in the past, which seeks to establish 15,000 lodge rooms all through the state for homeless people. The Federal Emergency Administration Company (FEMA) can pay 75 p.c of those housing prices.

The governor stated precedence might be given to these people who’ve examined constructive for COVID-19, dwell in congregate settings with publicity to the virus, are aged or have medical situations. Newsom stated that 4,211 people throughout the state have moved off the streets and out of impacted shelters into the lodge rooms.

“Individuals are struggling to search out housing,” Newsom stated, “households who’ve been torn aside due to financial situations or tragedies which have occurred of their lives.”

Learn extra right here.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom stopped in Santa Clara County to announce almost 11,000 lodge rooms have been secured for homeless residents. Photograph courtesy of Supervisor Susan Ellenberg’s workplace.

8:45 p.m. April 17: SCC shelters extra coronavirus-positive homeless

Each {one of the} 35 homeless people or households who’ve examined constructive for the novel coronavirus have been supplied “non-congregate non permanent housing,” together with lodge rooms or different shelters the place they are often remoted from different folks, county officers stated Friday.

Thus far, the county has positioned a further 236 homeless residents in lodge or motel rooms and one other 277 in shelters which have protocols in place to permit for “social distancing,” which generally means residents can keep about six toes aside from anybody not of their family. Even so, some homeless residents say they’re nervous about getting into shelters. Greater than a dozen unhoused residents protested in downtown San Jose Friday over what the protesters characterised as an absence of help within the county in the course of the pandemic.

“The County must do every thing it could to help and defend unhoused residents throughout this traditionally troublesome time,” Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese stated in an announcement Friday. “We proceed to work to increase screening, testing, and housing choices every day.”

Up to now, Santa Clara County has secured 453 lodge and motel rooms for homeless residents in San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Morgan Hill and Gilroy. Officers say they’ll proceed to safe extra non permanent housing websites for to permit unhoused folks to quarantine if they’ve present well being situations or have been contaminated with the contagious virus.

7 p.m. April 17: San Jose fireplace chief updates on response measures

A video launched Friday particulars how San Jose firefighters are responding to emergencies amid the novel coronavirus pandemic as greater than a dozen fireplace personnel have contracted COVID-19.

“The pandemic has offered an actual problem for the hearth division,” Fireplace Chief Robert Sapien Jr. says within the video. “However on the similar as presenting actually troublesome challenges, it’s been an absolute inspiration to look at how members of the San Jose Fireplace Division have come collectively to beat and proceed to supply providers to the residents of San Jose. Proper now, we’re assuming that COVID-19 is all over the place we go.”

Previous to responses, dispatchers attempt to get data from callers for attainable coronavirus signs. Firefighters arrive on-scene sporting private protecting gear, together with robes, eye safety, face masks and gloves. By a “one-in” course of, a fireplace paramedic makes first contact to evaluate sufferers to find out if different crew members are wanted. Fireplace stations, in the meantime, endure elevated disinfecting, whereas personnel follow bodily distancing and use face masks the place essential.

Learn extra San José Highlight reporting about how the most recent fireplace academy is coaching amid the pandemic.

Three p.m. April 17: California DMV grants extensions for expired drivers licenses 

Drivers with licenses expiring in March, April and Could have been given extensions to resume. The California Division of Motor Automobiles introduced the extensions Tuesday, as a part of its response to COVID-19.

Drivers underneath the age of 70 now have till Could 31, however those that can renew on-line are inspired to take action. Industrial licenses now have via June 30 to resume. Elective paper extensions could be requested on-line.

Drivers who’re older than 70 might be despatched paper extensions mechanically, that are legitimate for 120 days – via August 12.

Since closing area workplaces March 27, important providers have continued via mail, kiosks and digital workplaces. Many providers have been added to the record of duties out there, together with automobile registration renewals, title transfers and drivers license duplications.

1:30 p.m. April 17: Mineta San Jose airport receives $65 million in federal funds

Airports throughout the Bay Space will obtain greater than $386.5 million in funding as a part of the federal authorities’s Coronavirus Assist, Aid, and Financial Safety (CARES) Act, in keeping with the Federal Aviation Administration.

San Francisco Worldwide Airport will obtain $254 million, the second highest quantity behind Los Angeles Worldwide. San Jose’s Norman Y Mineta Worldwide earned $65.6 million – the fourth highest within the state – whereas its reliever airport, Reid-Hillview, will get $69,000.

“The pandemic has modified life in Santa Clara County and across the nation, together with by placing an unprecedented pressure on our nation’s airports and aviation employees,” stated Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who represents San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley. “This grant will assist guarantee Silicon Valley’s airport is ready to function reliably and safely throughout and after this public well being emergency.”

Throughout California, 188 airports will obtain a whopping $1.1 billion of the federal funds signed into legislation March 27.

As an entire, the COVID-19 support bundle will distribute $10 billion to three,235 airports impacted by the pandemic this month. These {dollars} will fund 100 p.c of the Airport Enchancment Program, which eliminated a requirement for recipients to match funding. The aim is for important security and capability tasks to proceed, regardless of the present monetary downturn.

  • San Francisco Worldwide Airport – $254,780,449
  • Norman Y Mineta San Jose Worldwide – $65,633,236
  • Metropolitan Oakland Worldwide – $44,662,438
  • Charles M Schulz in Santa Rosa – $19,661,086
  • Harmony’s Buchanan Subject – $1,053,806
  • Hayward Govt – $157,000
  • Byron, Livermore Municipal, Napa County, Palo Alto, Petaluma Municipal, San Carlos, San Jose Reid-Hillview, Vacaville Nut Tree – $69,000
  • Half Moon Bay, Healdsburg Municipal, San Martin – $30,000

11:05 a.m. April 17: San Jose’s summer season jazz pageant canceled

San Jose Jazz’s Summer season Fest slated for August has been canceled as a result of novel coronavirus pandemic, organizers introduced in a information launch. The 31st annual jazz pageant is now being deliberate to return in 2021 as an alternative.

“The primary precedence of San Jose Jazz is the well being, security, and well-being of the artists, volunteers, academics, college students, manufacturing groups, and their beloved audiences who’ve generously supported the nonprofit’s efforts for over 30 years to current {one of the} nation’s premier dwell music festivals,” the information launch stated.

Summer season Fest attracts 1000’s of attendees to downtown every year and has headlined artists comparable to George Clinton and Herb Alpert. Organizers are working to reschedule chosen headlining acts to look at subsequent summer season’s pageant, in August 2021. San Jose Jazz additionally canceled its summer season jazz camp for youth, which was scheduled for 2 weeks in June.

Within the meantime, organizers launched the weekly dwell streaming service, Stay from House, to assist native and nationwide musicians who’ve had excursions and performances canceled due to the outbreak. Stay From House permits artists to carry out 30-minute concert events from house which might be streamed on San Jose Jazz’s social media. Viewers can donate to every efficiency, with all proceeds benefitting musicians, per the information launch.

“Now greater than ever, musicians and followers are participating in artistic methods on-line,” San Jose Jazz Govt Director Brendan Rawson stated in an announcement. “We wish distinctive on-line music choices to be accessible to anybody and from anyplace.”

6:45 p.m. April 16: Paid sick go away to important California meals sector employees

Important California employees in large-scale meals sectors who’re affected by the novel coronavirus can now obtain two weeks of paid sick go away via an government order Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday.

Federal aid efficient April 1 required companies with fewer than 500 workers to supply emergency paid sick go away advantages to workers who couldn’t work due to COVID-19, which ignored employees in large-scale agriculture, quick meals and meals supply sectors. Underneath the state’s March keep at house order, although, these workers have been deemed important to proceed working amid the pandemic however didn’t receives a commission go away in the event that they acquired sick.

Nonetheless, Newsom’s order Thursday expands paid sick go away for farmworkers, agricultural employees, supply drivers together with grocery retailer and quick meals employees in firms with greater than 500 employees. This is applicable to workers who work full-time and are quarantined by authorities orders, directed by a well being care supplier to self-isolate or their employer says they’ll’t work due to doubtlessly transmitting COVID-19.

“These employees on the entrance traces of this disaster are our unsung heroes for persevering with to work to make sure that Californians have meals on their tables throughout these difficult occasions, and we should do every thing in our energy to ensure they’re taken care of at house and within the office,” Newsom stated in an announcement. “Ensuring they’ve paid sick go away and added protections of their workplace is important.”

The order additionally permits employees to clean their arms at the very least each 30 minutes. The measures comply with actions by the Newsom administration to implement steerage on bodily distancing and disinfecting in grocery shops, in addition to $100 million for baby care providers for important employees, youngsters prone to violence or neglect, and people with disabilities. On Wednesday, Newsom introduced a $125 million fund for undocumented immigrants who’ve had their well being or earnings upended by COVID-19. Learn Thursday’s government order right here.

12:30 p.m. April 16: SJ launches financial restoration council

San Jose now has a council that might be devoted to mapping out the trail to financial get well for {one of the} top-10 largest cities within the nation.

Mayor Sam Liccardo on Monday introduced the leaders of the brand new Silicon Valley Financial Restoration and Resilience Council, a bunch of native enterprise executives who will make suggestions to governing our bodies — councils and supervisor boards — within the South Bay to “put together for the financial system’s ‘new regular.’”

Amongst them:

  • Bobby Alvarado, government officer on the NorCal Carpenters Regional Council
  • Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Management Group
  • Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO at Cisco Techniques
  • Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD
  • Nicole Taylor, president and CEO on the Silicon Valley Group Basis

The group, which can finally embody a complete of 30 members, will meet over 100 days this yr to create these suggestions. Liccardo stated no elected officers can be on the brand new council, and that companies and residents would have the chance to supply the council suggestions, although he couldn’t say when the group would start assembly.

“The financial devastation skilled by the enterprise neighborhood is sobering. With over 200,000 layoffs in Santa Clara County, the necessity to kind a plan for a speedy restoration is crucial and can want the experience of the Valley’s best minds,” Liccardo stated. “With this novel partnership between the neighborhood, elected officers and the world’s best thinkers working in tandem, Silicon Valley can start the journey to restoration.”

Further members for the advisory group might be introduced within the subsequent two weeks, however will span a wide range of industries, together with tech, auto sellers, monetary establishments, manufacturing, airways, resorts, builders, building, increased training and well being care, amongst others.

“Because the curve begins to flatten and we shift our focus from the fast process of saving lives, we now flip our consideration to the important accountability of saving livelihoods,” Liccardo stated. “We’re immensely grateful to the members of this council as we harness their unimaginable brainpower and enterprise prowess to discover methods to restart our regional financial system.”

11:43 a.m. April 16: Santa Clara County faculties, universities get COVID-19 funding

Santa Clara County public faculties and universities are set to obtain greater than $44.5 million from Congress’ newest aid invoice for the novel coronavirus, in keeping with the workplace of Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose).

Colleges, together with San Jose State and De Anza Group School, are required to distribute at the very least half of their support to college students within the type of emergency money grants to assist pay for housing, meals and different requirements, Lofgren’s workplace stated. Funding comes from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Assist, Aid and Financial Safety (CARES) Act, which Lofgren supported within the Home and President Donald Trump signed into legislation.

“The pandemic has introduced ache and altered life in Santa Clara County, together with by placing an unlimited pressure on our increased training system,” Lofgren stated in an announcement. “I supported the CARES Act in Congress to right away present aid to households, employees, college students and companies.”

Listed here are the 5 establishments in Lofgren’s district set to obtain funding:

  • San Jose State College – $28,769,546
  • De Anza Group School – $7,235,258
  • Evergreen Valley School – $3,949,985
  • Gavilan School – $2,328,197
  • San Jose Metropolis School – $2,274,964

11:15 a.m. April 16: Companies see declines in home violence calls

Santa Clara County companies that handle home violence have seen a decline in calls to disaster traces, which can be attributable to lack of privateness at house as a result of victims are housed with perpetrators amid shelter in place, in keeping with Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, government director of Subsequent Door Options, {one of the} county’s oldest emergency shelter suppliers for survivors of home violence.

“It’s very troublesome,” she stated throughout a county public well being briefing Thursday. “Typically their phone calls, their laptop exercise, texting — all these issues are being monitored by the abusing accomplice, in order that they’re very remoted. It’s rather more troublesome for them to succeed in out.”

This displays San José Highlight reporting that discovered reported home violence instances in San Jose have been down in March, when shelter in place orders went into impact, in comparison with final yr. Police Chief Eddie Garcia stated numbers could not embody the problem as a result of home violence is commonly an underreported crime.

Whereas saying the orders are important to cut back the unfold of the novel coronavirus, officers raised consciousness about household security in houses that may be worsened with monetary burdens amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. “All of this could negatively impression survivors and truly create circumstances the place security is additional compromised,” stated Carla Collins, who oversees the county Workplace of Gender Based mostly Violence Prevention.

Tanis Crosby, CEO of the YWCA Silicon Valley, requested individuals who could also be affected by home violence to think about a security plan, proceed reaching out to their security community and know assist is obtainable from varied service suppliers all through the county.

“Similar to COVID-19, the indicators of home violence and sexual assault could not all the time be seen,” she stated. “And for a lot of survivors, emotions of isolation have been in place for years and is being compounded by COVID-19.”

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9:45 a.m. April 16: Rep. Khanna joins White Home Coronavirus Advisory Council

President Donald Trump is getting recommendation on reopening the financial system from Silicon Valley Democrat Ro Khanna, together with a bipartisan delegation from Congress invited to the White Home Coronavirus Advisory Council.

Khanna — seen as a extra liberal Home member who is commonly important of Trump — made the announcement Thursday morning, saying he joined the working group’s first convention name because the federal Paycheck Safety Program not too long ago ran out of funds for small enterprise support and report numbers of Individuals have filed for unemployment. 

“Although we proceed to share apparent and pronounced disagreements, the duty at hand is just too necessary for partisanship,” Khanna stated in an announcement. “As a member of the Council, I’ll proceed to battle to get working class Individuals the aid they should make it to the opposite aspect of COVID-19.”

Politico reported the Trump administration invited distinguished Senate Democrats together with Dianne Feinstein of California and Dick Durbin of Illinois. Together with Khanna, Monterey Bay Rep. Jimmy Panetta was amongst Home Democrats invited. Republicans comparable to Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Minority Home Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana have been additionally requested to affix the council.

Khanna stated he plans to name for superior manufacturing funding and stated the U.S. was too depending on medical gear and electronics from China and Germany, amongst different international locations. Likening the second to former President Dwight Eisenhower’s management in the course of the Chilly Warfare, he stated, “we are able to reshape the way forward for American business to rebuild our financial system if we harness the ability of American innovation.” 

5 p.m. April 15: Mountain View provides greater than $1 million in lease aid

Mountain View Metropolis Council accepted $1.134 million for the town’s COVID-19 lease aid program Tuesday, including to the $1.Three million it handed for small companies, seniors, homeless and unstably housed in March, in keeping with a metropolis information launch.

The brand new funds come from the Division of Housing and City Improvement’s neighborhood improvement block grant program, which included allocating {dollars} for the town from the most recent $2 trillion federal aid bundle.

Mountain View already acquired greater than $74,000 from greater than 400 neighborhood members donating to the #TogetherMV fund for lease aid and small enterprise help, metropolis officers stated. LinkedIn, headquartered in Silicon Valley, has additionally $100,000 pledged for small companies. 

Greater than $2.6 million in aid has been donated by public, non-public and particular person contributors, Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga stated in an announcement. “However much more spectacular is how rapidly we have now been in a position to come collectively and make all of it occur. Expedience in getting help out to these in want must be the precedence in our efforts.”

At its Could 5 assembly, council members plan to think about funding as much as $1 million in additional aid as they obtain updates on the town’s funds and monetary standing.

4:15 p.m. April 15: Instagram launches small enterprise help

Instagram launched extra alternatives for small companies to advertise themselves amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Companies can now share reward playing cards and meals orders in Instagram tales and profiles, the Fb-owned firm stated in a weblog publish Wednesday. 

When customers faucet on reward card or order Instagram stickers, they’ll make purchases on the companies. The brand new reward card and order stickers can be found within the U.S. and Canada, and might be unveiled globally within the coming weeks. Furthermore, Instagram plans to supply fundraising for companies, whereby stickers will open to fundraisers created by homeowners or their supporters on Fb.

“For a lot of companies proper now, each sale helps,” the weblog publish stated.

Instagram introduced choices for small companies to advertise themselves amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy of Instagram)

3:45 p.m. April 15: California to launch aid fund for undocumented residents

California Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced a first-in-the-nation catastrophe aid help fund to help undocumented immigrants which have had their well being and earnings upended by COVID-19.

The $125 million fund might be seeded by philanthropic companions, which have agreed to boost $50 million, and the state, which can contribute $75 million.

“No matter your standing — documented or undocumented — there are folks in want and this can be a state that steps up all the time to help these no matter standing,” Newsom stated. “Ten p.c of California’s workforce is undocumented … and an over-representation of that workforce is undocumented within the areas which might be so important to assembly the wants of tens of thousands and thousands of Californians in the present day.”

Undocumented residents will not be eligible for state unemployment nor federal stimulus funds. About 150,000 undocumented California residents will can apply beginning subsequent month to get a one-time $500 cost per grownup, with a cap of $1,000 per family to assist with COVID-19 impacts, no matter earnings.

Grantmakers Involved with Immigrants and Refugees is administering the brand new fund, often called the California Immigrant Resilience Fund. Thus far, $5.5 million has been raised from the Emerson Collective, Blue Defend of California Basis, The California Endowment, The James Irvine Basis, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and an nameless donor and different donors. Donations could be made at The state has additionally revealed an immigrant useful resource information to COVID-19 help.

“Throughout this second of nationwide disaster, undocumented immigrants are risking their very own well being on behalf of the remainder of us, saving lives as well being care employees; caring for our family members; and rising a lot of the meals we rely on,” Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and President of Emerson Collective stated in an announcement Wednesday. “With the federal authorities and so many states failing to supply undocumented immigrants the financial and well being helps all Individuals deserve, I hope that companies, foundations and people throughout the nation will be part of us in offering the emergency aid these members of our neighborhood have to climate this difficult time.”

3:37 p.m. April 15: Self-employed, unbiased contractors can apply for unemployment this month

Self-employed and unbiased contractors will have the ability to apply for unemployment in California beginning April 28 although the federally funded Pandemic Unemployment Help program, state leaders introduced Wednesday.

The State’s Employment Improvement Division will arrange a “one-stop store” for small enterprise and unbiased employees which have misplaced work attributable to COVID-19.  Federal tips embody “gig employees,” like Lyft and Uber drivers and different providers.

The funds might be issued inside one to 2 days after an utility is submitted, and could be retroactive to the primary week of February if a employee can show they’d misplaced work as a result of coronavirus at the moment, state officers stated Wednesday.

“Many Californians are one paycheck away from shedding their houses or from having the ability to put meals on their tables, and COVID-19 has solely made these challenges worse,” Gov. Gavin Newsom stated. “California is targeted on getting aid {dollars} and unemployment help within the arms of those that want it as rapidly as attainable.”

3:15 p.m. April 15: Newsom indicators government order to beef up unemployment name heart

Because the variety of Californians submitting for unemployment advantages rises to 2.7 million within the final 4 weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday introduced he’d signed an government order to increase the state’s Employment Improvement Division’s name hours.

“I simply need to acknowledge that there’s frustration in California over unemployment insurance coverage advantages,” Julie Su, secretary for the California Labor and Workforce Improvement Company stated Wednesday throughout a information convention. “The governor’s government order in the present day goes to permit us to open up the hours of name heart in order that these of you who’re in search of a dwell individual to speak to to get assistance will have the ability to do that rather more simply.”

The division has been working its name heart since 2013 from Eight a.m. to midday, Monday via Friday. However now these cellphone traces will keep open seven days every week from Eight a.m. to eight p.m.

In the meantime, the state has skilled and reallocated lots of of public employees to tackle the “report name volumes,” on the unemployment line, and can add lots of extra on Monday, Newsom stated. San Jose Highlight revealed a how-to information on how Californians can apply for unemployment final week.

Governor Gavin Newsom publicizes new initiatives to help California employees impacted by #COVID19.

Posted by California Governor on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Three p.m. April 15: California Waste Options donates 20,000 masks

California Waste Options on Wednesday dedicated to donating 20,000 protecting masks for entrance line employees in Oakland and San Jose, the 2 main markets the trash and recycling hauler providers. Half will go to San Jose and the opposite half to Oakland.

“As we intently monitor developments and prioritize the security of our workers, we can’t ignore the rising want of help for organizations and first responders on the frontline,” CEO David Duong stated in an announcement. “As a supplier of significant public providers, and a enterprise with native roots, offering help to elected and neighborhood leaders on this difficult time is simply as crucial. By our collective work, we are going to flatten the curve and finish the impacts of this well being disaster in our neighborhood.”

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Vice Mayor Chappie Jones and councilmember Sergio Jimenez praised the transfer Wednesday.

“Throughout this unpredictable time, California Waste Options is supporting our neighborhood and proving that we’re really on this collectively,” Jimenez stated. “Their donation of 10,000 masks to San Jose will defend not solely our invaluable and courageous first responders, but additionally the lives and well-being of our metropolis’s residents. I’m proud we have now a reliable and beneficiant neighborhood accomplice in CWS.”

11:50 a.m. April 15: SJ approves lease freeze, extends eviction moratoriums

San Jose metropolis leaders accepted a citywide lease freeze after an hours-long debate that led to a 7-Four vote Tuesday night time.

The vote comes after final week’s try to implement a lease suspension for San Jose households financially affected by COVID-19 was rapidly struck down over issues the proposal violated the Structure. Councilmembers Raul Peralez and Magdalena Carrasco then authored the lease freeze initiative as an alternative, which requires a moratorium on lease will increase for all rent-controlled properties and cell house parks beginning on April 21.

Town is encouraging landlords to briefly low cost rents on the phrases that the preliminary lease managed price is not going to be affected as soon as the lease freeze is lifted. Underneath the town’s lease management coverage, landlords can legally improve rents as much as 5 p.c yearly.

Councilmembers on Tuesday additionally unanimously accepted extending the town’s moratorium on evictions to Could 31 and implementing stronger protections for tenants to additional defend low-income households and stop exacerbating the area’s homeless and housing crises. The primary 30-day eviction moratorium was set to run out on April 17, however now will final to the tip of Could, almost a month after the area’s shelter-in-place order expires on Could 3.

The state’s shelter-in-place order bans evictions, however does permit landlords to start out the eviction course of by submitting notices and lawsuits to drive tenants out as soon as the ban has been lifted on Could 31. San Jose’s moratorium prevents landlords from beginning the method prematurely, loosens the documentation necessities and provides residents 7 days — as an alternative of three — to tell their landlord they’ve been impacted by COVID-19 in the event that they’ve been served an eviction discover.

11:15 a.m. April 15: “We’re certainly not out of the woods,” county well being officer says

Santa Clara County Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody stated now transferring to cut back public well being measures which have slowed the unfold of the novel coronavirus might result in spikes in new instances and deaths.

“We’re certainly not out of the woods,” Cody stated throughout Wednesday’s briefing. “So our collective motion has slowed the unfold, however we have now to maintain at it. It’s not the time to let up. If we let up, what we are going to see is a resurgence in instances.”

Cody emphasised crucial step residents can take is restrict contact with folks exterior of their house, which incorporates spending as little time as attainable going out for important actions. She acknowledged the hurt shelter in place orders have precipitated in lack of work and youngsters not attending faculty, however stated it must be weighed with total public well being advantages, and looking for the perfect measures for folks going ahead.

In the course of the briefing, Cody stated folks can get the virus and unfold it for as much as 48 hours earlier than turning into sick with signs. Even then, a variety of COVID-19-positive folks by no means present signs. This, Cody stated, underscores why the shelter in place order is efficient, as a result of it reduces the possibility that anybody who is perhaps contaminated, even unknowingly, can go it to others. “It’s necessary now,” she stated, “it is going to be necessary a month from now, and doubtless longer.”

In the meantime, companies and residents should report giant inventories of non-public protecting gear to the county by the tip of Wednesday. Study extra about minimal thresholds and fill out the general public well being kind right here.

11 a.m. April 15: Metropolis of Santa Clara to open Small Enterprise Help Grant Program

Small companies and nonprofits throughout the metropolis of Santa Clara can begin filling out grant functions by midday Wednesday, after the town council final week allotted $500,000 in one-time funds to assist hold the almost 5,000 eligible companies afloat throughout unsure monetary occasions.

Distributed on a first-come, first serve foundation, shuttered non-essential companies will obtain $10,000 in one-time funds, whereas important companies will obtain $5,000 since they nonetheless have the chance to achieve earnings. The cash have to be used to cowl both payroll prices or lease funds.

These funds might be out there for institutions which have at the very least one however fewer than 25 full-time workers, have a bodily storefront in Santa Clara, are in good standing with the town and may reveal losses from the impacts of COVID-19.

Submissions will begin being accepted 10 a.m. Friday, so companies have time to ask questions and precisely full paperwork. Full functions have to be emailed to

Restrictions initially utilized to franchise homeowners and companies with an 18+ patronage, however Assistant Metropolis Supervisor Ruth Shikada stated these exclusions have been eliminated in an try to succeed in as many enterprise homeowners and workers as attainable. Sole proprietor, digital and residential companies, nonetheless, will not be eligible, because the lump sums would solely go to a small variety of folks.

This system’s draft proposal initially allotted $250,000 in grants, however Mayor Lisa Gillmor pushed for a rise as a result of anticipated want, particularly after San Jose’s $11 million aid fund for its residents was depleted inside solely three days.

“I’m nervous that we could run out of cash within the first couple of hours,” Gillmor stated. “It gained’t be an enormous assist, however it is going to be a assist till we really determine what’s taking place right here.”

Along with the grant program, versatile cost plans for water, sewer and electrical utilities are additionally out there via the town’s Financial Harm Worksheet.

6:15 p.m. April 14: 13 deaths, 252 instances at long-term care amenities in Santa Clara County

13 folks have died from the novel coronavirus at long-term care amenities (LTCF) in Santa Clara County, in keeping with public well being information launched Tuesday. There have been 252 whole instances with 40 hospitalizations throughout 24 amenities, with instances encompassing each residents and workers.

Of the 60 COVID-19 deaths countywide as of Monday, LTCFs accounted for greater than a fifth of all of the useless. About 10% of California’s coronavirus instances in nursing houses and LTCFs have been in Santa Clara County as of Friday. 

“We’re paying particular consideration to long-term care amenities as a result of their purchasers are at increased threat for extra extreme illness from COVID-19,” stated Dr. Sara Cody, the county well being officer, in an announcement. “We’re conscious about this and have been actively investigating and responding to wants in LTCFs to guard our most susceptible residents.”

Amenities included expert nursing, unbiased residing, board and care, and assisted residing, all of which generally serve older folks with continual well being situations, a inhabitants at better threat of significant sickness from COVID-19. On Friday, Dr. Sarah Rudman, assistant well being officer for the county, stated 114 residents and 50 workers members had examined constructive at amenities all through the county. Per Tuesday’s information, 16 nursing amenities had 230 instances and 11 deaths, the overwhelming share of LTCF county instances. 

Eighty-eight whole LTCF instances had proven signs by April 1. As of Sunday, there have been 197 instances with signs, however numbers didn’t present 50 asymptomatic instances, a few fifth of all instances, and 5 others at present underneath investigation.

Native and state officers have outlined particular emphasis on these amenities, together with investigations for symptom screenings and extra in depth testing, in addition to offering extra private protecting gear to workers. View the information right here.

COVID-19 information at long-term care amenities throughout Santa Clara County, in keeping with the county public well being division.

12:05 p.m. April 14: Discover out which South Bay eating places are open and the right way to order

From curry pizza to orange sauce, residents can discover greater than 800 eating places open throughout the South Bay which might be providing take-out, supply and totally different pick-up choices. The database — created by the Eating at a Distance web site — has data damaged down by service kind, hours and neighborhood, and even maps out eating places.

Eating places can publish data about choices, too. View the map right here.

11:36 a.m. April 14: Advantages, authorized support navigation for employees affected by COVID-19 pandemic

After saying the Santa Clara County COVID-19 Help Navigation (CAN) hotline on Thursday to sift via advantages packages and different assets, officers outlined extra free authorized recommendation and support for folks out of labor or whose hours have been decreased amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Honest Office Collaborative launched a authorized recommendation line staffed by attorneys who can present steerage to handle office discrimination, wage theft, unemployment and paid household go away, in keeping with Jessica Vollmer, director of the collaborative, which is a part of the Working Partnerships USA group. Advisers converse English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Mandarin and Tagalog.

Betty Duong, supervisor of the county Workplace of Labor Requirements Enforcement, stated unemployment advantages are prolonged as much as 39 weeks, from 26 weeks earlier than, via July 31. Individuals amassing unemployment will obtain a further $600 weekly. Contractors and gig employees are additionally eligible for advantages in the event that they misplaced work as a result of pandemic. 

The state Employment Improvement Division additionally waived the one-week ready interval for advantages, so residents are eligible for support the primary day they misplaced work, Duong added. However due to the unprecedented variety of claims filed, there could also be delays to obtain the EDD debit card to entry funds.

Name the CAN hotline at 408-809-2124 or the authorized recommendation line at 866-870-7725. Go to the county web site right here, or e-mail county labor requirements enforcement at

10:38 a.m. April 14: Silicon Valley Sturdy fundraising totals greater than $20M

Fundraising for the Silicon Valley Sturdy partnership has surpassed $20 million, with donations meant to assist susceptible residents, small companies and nonprofits amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, in keeping with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo’s workplace.

“The pandemic has put an unprecedented pressure on the residents of Silicon Valley,” Liccardo stated in an announcement. “We’ve seen an incredible outpouring of help from the neighborhood up to now however the want is so nice that we’re calling on our leaders for much more generosity.”

About $16 million of funding goes towards the COVID-19 monetary help fund, which helps low-income Santa Clara County residents with direct money support for lease and different fundamental wants of as much as $4,000 monthly of misplaced earnings. Within the first three days of launching with $11 million in March, the COVID-19 fund ran out of cash when 4,400 households utilized. As of Monday, the waitlist skyrocketed to greater than 9,000 households.

Virtually 70 p.c of households in search of assist are folks of coloration and half are thought-about extraordinarily low-income, which means a four-person family that makes $43,900 or much less yearly, in keeping with Jennifer Loving, CEO of Vacation spot: House, the first philanthropic accomplice behind the fund with Sacred Coronary heart Group Providers.

On April 4, Silicon Valley Sturdy companions hosted a telethon with NBC Bay Space and Telemundo 48 and raised $277,200 in donations, Liccardo’s workplace stated. A number of native organizations and philanthropists — from Cisco to South Bay developer John Sobrato — have already dedicated to serving to Silicon Valley Sturdy, a partnership between authorities, nonprofit and personal teams. Along with financial giving, Silicon Valley Sturdy additionally serves as a digital useful resource hub to remain knowledgeable and discover assets, volunteer alternatives and meals distribution. To be taught extra and assist, go to its web site.

9 p.m. April 13: County supervisors contemplate waiving penalties on late property taxes

Two Santa Clara County supervisors are pushing to waive penalties for property taxes paid late as a result of novel coronavirus pandemic.

Property taxes have been due throughout the state final Friday, however Board of Supervisors President Cindy Chavez and Supervisor Joe Simitian have proposed waiving the 10% penalty and $20 price for all late funds in Santa Clara County. The board will contemplate the proposal April 21.

“We’re in a disaster, and persons are hurting,” Simitian stated in an announcement. “I feel most folk perceive that property taxes for our cities, our faculties and the County are wanted to maintain our authorities operating – notably so given the present disaster. That being stated, penalizing people who find themselves doing the perfect they’ll throughout a troublesome time is unnecessary to me.”

Simitian and Chavez additionally need to publicize that property homeowners could make partial funds on their property taxes — an possibility most counties don’t permit.

The proposal comes after the U.S. Division of Treasury delayed Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. However property taxes, that are used for faculties and native governments, can’t be delayed, in keeping with a memo from the California Affiliation of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors.

Chavez’s workplace and the Affiliation of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors each agree, nonetheless, the state tax and income code grants counties authority to waive penalties for circumstances past taxpayers’ management.

The 2 supervisors are additionally asking county officers to search out different methods to cut back cost penalties, comparable to doubtlessly decreasing curiosity charged on properties that fall into default.

“Aid from penalties is especially necessary for householders and small businesspeople whose livelihoods are unsure,” Chavez stated in an announcement, “they want fast aid.”

6:30 p.m. April 13: East Aspect Union faculties present meals to adults

East Aspect Union Excessive Faculty District faculties began offering meals to adults locally Monday, San Jose officers introduced. As much as 200 meals are anticipated to be distributed each day to adults at every of the 4 excessive faculties, although the district was already serving pick-up meals weekdays to youngsters underneath 18 amid campus closures throughout Santa Clara County and California as a result of novel coronavirus pandemic.

Mount Nice and William C. Overfelt excessive faculties began serving meals to adults Monday, whereas James Lick and Andrew Hill excessive faculties are scheduled to start distributing meals to adults on Wednesday, metropolis officers added.

Decide-up meals can be found weekdays 12-1 p.m. View the town’s meals distribution map for a full record of places.

6:12 p.m. April 13: Crosswalk buttons disabled downtown

To keep away from folks touching shared surfaces, San Jose officers disabled crosswalk buttons in downtown on Monday, so pedestrian alerts activate mechanically, a metropolis information launch stated. The modifications by the town transportation division have an effect on greater than 100 intersections.

Earlier than, dozens of downtown crosswalk alerts have been mechanically activated between 7 a.m. and seven p.m., however Monday’s updates increase that 24 hours a day all through the week, officers stated. This additionally prompts audible pedestrian alerts at night time.

6 p.m. April 13: Vacation park closures lifted in San Jose

San Jose parks closed over the vacation weekend have reopened, metropolis officers stated Monday. Regional parks and lots of parking heaps had closed final Saturday and Sunday to cut back the unfold of COVID-19 with attainable overcrowding.

Nonetheless, officers cautioned residents to proceed following Santa Clara County’s bodily distancing orders, keep away from gathering or participating in group actions, and adjust to all park amenity closures. This consists of park benches, all canine parks, basketball courts, soccer fields, playgrounds, picnic and barbecue areas, and restrooms. 

“The Metropolis will shut parks, with a view to defend public well being and security, if park guests don’t comply with public well being and security necessities,” officers stated in a information launch.

Four p.m. April 13: Newsom teases plan to ‘reopen financial system’

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday stated the state is making ready to launch new particulars about how and when California will return to regular and “reopen the financial system” after weeks of a compulsory keep at house order. The main points are anticipated to be unveiled Tuesday.

That effort is the “trigger that unites us all,” Newsom stated. “That’s the reason for reopening our financial system and doing so in a secure and strategic and accountable method.”

The information comes as public well being officers within the state and the Bay Space say the mandate for residents to remain inside and for companies and faculties to shut has succeeded in “bending the curve,” or considerably slowing the unfold of the contagious coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a generally lethal respiratory sickness.

California has partnered with Oregon and Washington state officers to create a framework for the plan, although every state will create their very own particular imaginative and prescient for getting residents and companies again to their regular, each day lives. Newsom, together with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee introduced the partnership Monday.

“COVID-19 has preyed upon our interconnectedness,” the three governors stated in a joint assertion. “Within the coming weeks, the West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19 – with our states performing in shut coordination and collaboration to make sure the virus can by no means unfold wildly in our communities.”

Three p.m. April 13: SCC releases steerage for important companies in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County officers launched extra steerage for important companies to guard employees and clients from being uncovered to the novel coronavirus.

The suggestions expands on the prolonged public well being order to shelter in place, now in place till Could 3. Underneath the order, important companies  already had bodily distancing necessities for patrons and workers, and have been mandated to offering hand sanitizer or cleaning soap and water in addition to repeatedly disinfect “high-touch” surfaces. 

Nonetheless, the county well being officer “strongly recommends” extra worker well being screenings, requiring face coverings and frequent facility sanitation, whereas altering sanitizing answer at the very least as soon as each 4 hours. The county additionally recommends companies implement buyer protections with spacing instruments, restrict self-serving or sampling, designate hours for people who find themselves older or have underlying well being situations, and even refuse clients who don’t put on face coverings, the steerage says.

The county has data for important employees outlining protections for commuting, whereas at work, getting house and planning for in the event that they get sick. The county Division of Environmental Well being additionally produced a handout particular to meals amenities, and public well being officers have steerage for the development business, too.

Info on county important enterprise steerage could be discovered right here.

11:21 a.m. April 13: County outlines how emergency response, outreach works

Santa Clara County’s Emergency Operations Middle (EOC) has been activated for COVID-19 response for at the very least six weeks, yielding a centralized location with about 200 workers to answer the general public well being disaster and help residents, officers detailed in Monday’s briefing.

With greater than 20,000 county employees throughout 80 departments, officers have coordinated tactical operations, motion plans, logistics, financing and administration to execute selections, in keeping with David Flamm, the deputy director of the county Workplace of Emergency Administration, which organizes the EOC. After weeks of sheltering in place, well being officers say the unfold of the novel coronavirus could also be slowing within the county.

Officers have labored to succeed in the various communities in San Jose by publishing data on a number of platforms, together with social media, e-mail and thru webinars and translating important well being data to a number of languages.

“We need to emphasize that we’ve had some success on this county when it comes to managing this disaster, nevertheless it’s not over,” stated Patty Eaton, a spokeswoman for county emergency administration.

If residents want extra data for points comparable to providers out there, meals provides or baby care, they’ll name United Manner’s 211 line or textual content “Coronavirus” to 211211.

5:30 p.m. April 10: SBA Mortgage functions for self-employed open in the present day

Unbiased contractors and those that are self-employed can now apply to obtain loans for payroll and different bills from Small Enterprise Affiliation lenders.

San Jose officers on Friday put collectively a slew of assets for individuals who need to apply. Amongst them: a reality sheet from the U.S. Treasury division, and a listing of native companions together with the Small Enterprise Improvement Middle, Minority Enterprise Improvement Company, AnewAmerica and SCORE, every of which might supply extra data and could possibly assist with paperwork. Companies in San Jose may also e-mail the town at with questions.

5 p.m. April 10: State unveils initiatives to guard nursing house, expert care residents and employees

State officers on Friday unveiled new tips and initiatives to guard individuals who dwell and work at nursing houses and skilled-care amenities all through the state.

Those that dwell in nursing houses and expert care amenities are thought-about high-risk sufferers in the event that they contract the fast-spreading virus, as a result of it has a considerably increased mortality price for seniors and people with present well being situations.

“We all know that if we don’t proceed to be vigilant and targeted on defending the residents and the workers in these establishments, that we may very well see an upward tick on this curve, a variety of very susceptible individuals who turn out to be sick and have to be hospitalized and start to problem our present surge capability,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, California Well being and Human Providers secretary, stated Friday throughout a information convention.

To that finish, the state has convened a taskforce of infectious illness management consultants who’re working with the CDC and different companies to handle issues round nursing houses and different amenities. As well as, 600 nurses have been retrained with new COVID-19 protocols and are being despatched to amenities throughout California to make sure the houses use finest practices to fight the contagious and generally lethal respiratory sickness.

California can be prioritizing testing on the amenities and getting private protecting gear, together with gloves, masks and shields to medical employees at nursing houses and expert care houses.

“This can be a level of ardour — appropriately for all of us — to take care of our aged, take care of the people who actually raised us and took care of us,” Newsom stated.

About 1,266 individuals who dwell or work at 191 nursing houses and long-term care amenities in California have examined constructive for COVID-19, Newsom introduced Friday. One other 370 folks at 94 smaller amenities licensed via the Division of Social Providers have additionally examined constructive for the contagious virus within the state, he added.

Whereas that will appear to be a comparatively small variety of instances in comparison with the entire 1,224 nursing houses and seven,461 licensed care amenities in California, Newsom confused Friday that some areas have been hit more durable than others, creating sizzling spots that might pop up elsewhere if not addressed.

Governor Gavin Newsom offers an replace on the state’s response to the #COVID19 outbreak.

Posted by California Governor on Friday, April 10, 2020

3:25 p.m. April 10: Santa Clara County responds to coronavirus instances at long-term care amenities

The variety of coronavirus-positive sufferers and workers at nursing houses and long-term care amenities in Santa Clara County has grown to 164 instances, county officers stated Friday.

Of these, 114 are residents and 50 are workers members, in keeping with Dr. Sarah Rudman, assistant well being officer for the county. Rudman declined to say which amenities had confirmed instances attributable to privateness issues.

“For every facility the place there’s any concern raised… we examine the complete vary of their an infection management practices and each affected person and workers motion across the facility,” Rudman stated.

Residents at long-term care amenities and nursing houses are among the many county’s highest precedence to guard from the novel virus as a result of elevated loss of life charges in older adults and people with present medical situations.

When the county turns into conscious of a suspected case, a specialised group evaluates the power and its testing wants. Up to now, the county has examined almost everybody within the amenities the place officers see an inflow of sicknesses, in keeping with officers.

Employees on the amenities receive “extra skilled coaching essential within the context of COVID-19 to make use of the infection stopion methods required by the general public well being division,” Rudman stated.

County officers count on to see sporadic instances of the coronavirus seem in lengthytime period facilities and stated they’ll proceed to observe these places.

10:50 a.m. April 10: County’s baby abuse prevention month amid the pandemic

Santa Clara County officers referred to as on residents to report suspected baby abuse and neglect amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“With this present public well being emergency, we all know that there’s extra burdens and stressers positioned upon youngsters and positioned upon households,” stated Daniel Little, performing director of the Division of Household and Kids’s Providers, in a briefing Friday, “and we need to guarantee that as a neighborhood, that every one certainly one of us perceive our components in guaranteeing the security and well-being of all of the susceptible populations inside our county.”

On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors declared baby abuse prevention month. The county baby abuse name heart is obtainable 24 hours a day, and emergency response social employees can reply to allegations of abuse or neglect, Little stated. Go to the county web site for extra data. Contact the decision heart at 1-833-SCC-KIDS to report suspected instances.

9:30 p.m. April 9: San Jose closes extra parks for Easter weekend

San Jose parks and lots of parking heaps might be closed this weekend, on each April 11 and 12 — an effort to stop overcrowding in the course of the Easter vacation weekend, in keeping with metropolis officers. Town introduced a number of the closures Wednesday, however the record of closed parks and parking heaps grew Thursday.

Although neighborhood parks will keep open, the town has prohibited gatherings and egg hunts and metropolis officers warn that parks might shut indefinitely if guests don’t adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule for individuals who don’t dwell in the identical family.

“Everybody has an obligation to cease the unfold of coronavirus,” metropolis officers stated in an announcement Wednesday.

An inventory of closed parks and parking heaps. Chart courtesy of metropolis of San Jose

7:45 p.m. April 9: Santa Clara County launches hotline to assist navigate security internet packages

As report numbers of individuals have misplaced work amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Santa Clara County officers introduced on Thursday the COVID-19 Help Navigation (CAN) hotline to assist residents navigate security internet packages comparable to unemployment insurance coverage, meals advantages and housing.

“We can’t have a thriving neighborhood until we are able to relaxation assured that employees obtain a day’s pay for a day’s work, dad and mom will return safely to their youngsters at night time, and nobody is ever afraid of retaliation once they converse out in opposition to one thing improper,” county Supervisor Dave Cortese stated in an announcement. “Now greater than ever, throughout this pandemic, we have to present assets and safety for abused employees.”

A partnership between the county Workplace of Labor Requirements Enforcement and the Honest Office Collaborative, CAN may help residents navigate providers with advantages out there to them and stroll them via utility processes. It may well additionally join folks with authorized support attorneys to reply questions on work-related points comparable to employment and earnings.

Santa Clara County CAN’s hotline is 408-809-2124. Help is obtainable in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, officers stated, with extra languages set to return. Extra data can be out there right here.

3:40 p.m. April 9: Hospital officers say public well being measures have eased native hospitals’ COVID-19 capability

The time for native hospitals to organize for COVID-19 instances has been “invaluable,” Paul Lorenz, CEO of Valley Medical Middle, stated Thursday, attributable to early measures Santa Clara County well being officers took in March to gradual the unfold of the coronavirus.

“And with that, we’ve been in a position to deal with ensuring the workers are prepared and ready, together with ensuring that we get hold of the suitable (private protecting gear) and provides essential for any demand or surge on our system,” Lorenz stated in a briefing Thursday.

In three county-owned hospital emergency rooms, Lorenz stated visits total are all the way down to 33% from their typical quantity, partly due to public notices for folks with flu-like signs to name their common well being care supplier earlier than going to the hospital. This lower has helped put together hospitals for COVID-19 case surges and soak up acutely in poor health sufferers. Buying O’Connor and St. Louise hospitals final yr helped the county improve surge capability in its personal hospitals by one other 340 beds, he added, 200 of that are ICU succesful with ventilators.

  • Mattress capability is at 50% of 580 absolutely staffed beds; about 10% to 12% of beds are COVID-19 sufferers.
  • Intensive care beds are about 70% to 80% full.
  • COVID-19 sufferers fill greater than 10% of acute hospital beds.

Officers emphasised there are assets and protections out there for hospital workers to answer COVID-19. On Tuesday, San José Highlight reported nurses at hospitals in Santa Clara County have stated they aren’t being adequately protected as they deal with COVID-19 sufferers.

At O’Connor Hospital, CEO Dr. Meenesh Bhimani stated each individual getting into the hospital is screened for COVID-19 signs. O’Connor has additionally maintained provides of PPE for employees and sufferers.

“All of those efforts are actually aimed toward sustaining the security of our workers in addition to our sufferers and permitting us to supply the care that we are able to,” Bhimani stated.

10:20 a.m. April 9: Cisco donates surgical masks, face shields to Santa Clara County

Cisco donated 220,000 surgical masks and 240 face shields to the Santa Clara County Public Well being Division amid the coronavirus outbreak, tweeted Chuck Robbins, the CEO and chairman of the San Jose-based tech firm, including “we sit up for persevering with to assist our entrance line.”

Cisco’s announcement comes as different firms and teams have donated private protecting gear to well being professionals for COVID-19. Final Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner stated the Cupertino tech firm would start delivery 1 million of its personal designed face shields every week. The Silicon Valley Management Group, in the meantime, has raised greater than $4.7 million for medical provides and gear at native hospitals.

On Wednesday, the county ordered companies and people report their stock of enormous provides of PPE and all ventilators within the occasion of hospital surges of COVID-19 sufferers. Moreover, Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced California would get 150 million N95 masks and 50 million surgical masks every month.

5:40 p.m. April 8: San Jose parks will shut this weekend

San Jose regional parks and lots of parking heaps might be closed this weekend, on each April 11 and 12 — an effort to stop overcrowding in the course of the Easter vacation weekend, in keeping with metropolis officers.

Although neighborhood parks will keep open, the town has prohibited gatherings and egg hunts and metropolis officers warn that parks might shut indefinitely if guests don’t adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule for individuals who don’t dwell in the identical family.

“Everybody has an obligation to cease the unfold of coronavirus,” metropolis officers stated in an announcement Wednesday.

Chart courtesy of metropolis of San Jose

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