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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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I hope this finds you well.

Beginning this Friday, February 26, Santa Clara County public health officials will allow a broader range of outdoor activities to resume, including youth sports, performing arts, and enrichment activities, so long as they occur only outdoors.

The change will allow all those activities authorized under the State order, including under the State’s recently updated guidance for Youth and Recreational Adult Sports, to proceed. Restrictions on outdoor gatherings of all kinds will also be relaxed to encourage people not to gather indoors, where there is a much worse risk of transmission.

Although community transmission has lowered, no activities involving multiple households are risk-free. Everyone needs to continue practicing proven measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing masks, physical distancing, and getting vaccinated when it is your turn.

It is also important for those who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 to continue getting tested regularly. Testing is now more accessible than ever, with mobile testing buses going to new neighborhoods each week and saliva collection offered at pop-up sites to provide an easier, less invasive experience.

The County provides COVID-19 tests free of charge, regardless of immigration status, and no doctor’s note is needed. For people without COVID-19 symptoms, the County currently offers indoor and drive-through sites. People with symptoms are directed to drive-through sites to reduce the chance of getting others sick. All test sites are mapped on the County’s website at The site is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Tagalog. Information is also available by calling 2-1-1.

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is offering grants of up to $5,000 to to resident and neighborhood organizations working to increase the engagement, power and influence of community members affected by economic and racial disparities through its Community Catalyst Fund.

Organizations seeking to apply should have a clear focus on racial justice and a plan to center the community they are serving in leadership, design and implementation of programs. Priority will be given to BIPOC-led and allied organizations and those with annual budgets under $500,000.

Grants will be for general and program support to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate all of the following:
•Prioritize engagement of BIPOC communities
•Commit to partnerships with others and make use of relational organizing strategies, while centering trusted community messengers in their work
•Include tactics central to power-building, such as policy advocacy, accountability with elected officials and voter engagement.

The deadline to apply is this Friday, February 26. You can find more information, and apply, here.
Free COVID-19 Appointment Testing
  • Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Parking Lot A:
    • 344 Tully Rd., San Jose
    • Monday from 7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Friday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Click here to schedule an appointment.
Free COVID-19 Drop-In Testing
  • South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary):
    • 9300 Wren Avenue, Gilroy
    • Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Gardner Health Services:
    • Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose
    • Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • AACI Health Center;
    • 749 Story Rd. #50, San Jose
    • Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church:
    • 467 N. White Rd., San Jose
    • Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Residents can make appointments (often same day) and find more testing locations throughout the County at or by calling 2-1-1. 
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here
The San Jose Conservation Corps has many open job opportunities for young adults between the ages of 18 and 27. They are currently hiring up to 50 additional corps members to assist with their emergency and environmental operations.

They are also hiring temporary corps members to help respond to the urgent need for food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can get paid while helping your community by preparing food for distribution by sorting, labeling, and repacking food items. The work is in one of three commercial foodbank warehouses in San Jose. Pay starts at $15.25 an hour.

No prior work experience is necessary and there is no minimum education required. However, if you do not have a high school diploma, there is the option of enrolling in their charter school.

You can find more information and apply here.


Be well,
Copyright © 2021 Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, All rights reserved.

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