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Friday, February 4, 2022

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I hope this finds you well.

Beginning Friday, February 4, the City of San Jose is requiring that anyone attending an indoor event at a city facility where 50 or more people will be present must be fully vaccinated, including any eligible boosters, or present proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

City facilities covered by the new requirement include:
  • City Hall
  • City owned Libraries
  • City owned community centers
  • SAP Center at San Jose
  • Solar 4 America Ice at San Jose
  • San Jose McEnery Convention Center
  • California Theatre
  • San Jose Civic
  • Montgomery Theater
  • Center for the Performing Arts
  • Fourth Street Summit Center
  • School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza
  • San Jose History Park
  • San Jose Museum of Art
  • Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
  • The Tech Interactive
The City has provided answers to frequently asked questions about the new requirement here.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, free, and widely available to everyone 5 and older.

Almost 84% of eligible Santa Clara County residents, including children ages 5-11, have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. We remain a national leader in vaccination rates.

However, there are still thousands of eligible Santa Clara County residents who have not gotten vaccinated, or have gotten their initial vaccines but have not gotten their booster.


All County Health System mass vaccination sites and all general community-based mobile sites are vaccinating anyone ages 5 and older. Children between 5 and 17-years old need to provide a signed consent form from a parent or legal guardian. For County-operated sites, the consent form is available here.
 
The most up-to-date information about how and where to get vaccinated can be found at www.sccfreevax.org.

Many locations readily accept walk-in patients. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are all available within the County. Additionally, many doctor offices and pharmacies provide COVID-19 boosters.

Vaccinations through the County are no-cost to the public, insurance is not required, and there are no immigration requirements.

Residents without access to the internet can make vaccination appointments by phone for the County Health System sites through the Valley Connection Call Center at 408-970-2000 or by dialing 2-1-1.  

The Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4:30pm.  Assistance is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and multiple other languages.

You can also get vaccinated at pharmacies throughout the County, including many Walgreen's, CVS, and Costco locations.

The federal government continues to offer free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests.

Up to four free at-home antigen tests per address can be ordered from www.covidtests.gov. You can also order them directly from the U.S. Postal service here

Most orders will ship within 7-12 days.


Positive antigen results should be recognized as valid – there is no need for a follow up PCR test at a healthcare or County facility.

In addition, people who have previously tested positive within the past 90 days should not get tested again during that time frame unless they have new symptoms – in which case they should use an antigen test.

You SHOULD get tested if: 
•    You have new symptoms that might mean you have COVID: Fatigue, headache, body/muscle aches, cough, fever, sore throat, and/or congestion. 
  • Please note that if you have new symptoms and you are at high risk for severe illness from COVID because of other medical conditions, older age, or having a compromised immune system, it is especially important to get tested because if you test positive, you may qualify for early treatment to reduce your risk of severe illness.
You MAY CONSIDER getting tested if: 
•    It’s been 2-5 days after you have a known exposure to someone with COVID, especially if you are unvaccinated or have symptoms.
 
You SHOULD NOT get tested with PCR testing if: 
•    You have already tested positive by a home/antigen test. Assume you have COVID and isolate accordingly. Do not get tested again at a testing site – it is unnecessary and uses resources that could be used to test another individual.
•    You have tested positive in the last 90 days. You do not need to get tested again unless you are newly symptomatic or required to quarantine—if this is your situation, use a home/antigen test.


The County also reminds patients of all healthcare systems that they have a right to a test from their provider if they have symptoms or have been exposed to an individual who has COVID-19.

Large healthcare systems remain subject to the Health Officer’s Testing Order. If you are symptomatic, or you are a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you have a right to a test from your healthcare provider within one day if you call to schedule an appointment. If you are having issues or challenges getting a test from your provider please report them to www.scccovidconcerns.org so the County can follow up with the provider. 

 
 
 
Free COVID-19 Appointment Testing
  • Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Parking Lot A (across from Gate B):
    • 344 Tully Rd., San Jose
    • Saturday, February 5, through Monday, February 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
    • Tuesday, February 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • San Martin Testing Center:
    • 90 Highland Avenue, San Martin
    • Monday, February 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, February 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Residents can make appointments (often same day) and find more testing locations throughout the County at www.sccfreetest.org or by calling 2-1-1. 
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here
The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care. This crisis is also impacting us here in Santa Clara County, and throughout the Bay Area.

Blood product distributions are outpacing donations. At times, as much as one-quarter of hospital blood needs are not being met.

Please visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule your blood or platelet donation appointment.


Why is this happening? The pandemic has impacted the national blood supply and the current surge in COVID-19 cases may compound the already dire situation.

The Silicon Valley Red Cross also needs indoor facilities of at least 1,500 square-feet for blood drives. Community centers, faith-based locations, schools, open conference and multi-purpose rooms, retail spaces, and hotels all work well.

If  you have an indoor facility in Santa Clara County that can be used for a Red Cross blood drive please contact Ken Toren,
 Ken.toren@redcross.org.

 
Do you want to help your community to be more resilient, sustainable, healthy, and prepared for disasters? Join San José’s GoGreen Teams Program! All you need is passion for a greener and better world.

City staff provide you with the support and coaching you need to reduce emissions, save water and money, and make our community more resilient. It will only take about one hour a week from February through July to make a significant impact on climate change.
 
Learn more and register HERE to become a GoGreen Team Leader. 
 
Want to hear more before signing up? Attend a 30-minute virtual information session to get more details and see if this opportunity is right for you! Sign up for any of the information sessions here!

 

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!

Several Downtown San Jose museums are celebrating Lunar New Year in fun ways.

On February 5, the Children's Discovery Museum is holding a Lunar New Year program that brings together Chinese and Vietnamese traditions.

Visitors will be able to create their own branch of beautiful flowers to symbolize health, prosperity, and good fortune in the coming year. There will be storytime in the amphitheater, “Bringing in the New Year” by Grace Lin, and then learning some basic lion dance steps!

The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, at the museum, 180 Woz Way in Downtown8 San Jose.

You can find more information here.

The San Jose Museum of Art will be offering free admission on Saturday, February 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along with multiple Lunar New Year activities.

The museum celebrates the year of the Tiger with virtual artmaking activities, cultural demonstrations, and live performances. This contemporary celebration honors Lunar New Year traditions commemorated both around the globe and here in San Jose. Explore and create with family and friends during this multigenerational program.

You can find more information, and a complete schedule of activities, here.

The museum is located at 110 S. Market Street in Downtown San Jose.

 
 

Be well,
 
Cindy
 
Copyright © 2022 Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, All rights reserved.


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