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COVID-19 Updates for Santa Clara County

Latest news for our community.
April 10, 2021
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Dear Neighbors,

On April 15th, vaccine eligibility in California expands to everyone 16+. Appointments can be scheduled in advance (which started April 8th) here in Santa Clara County.

However, we still have limited vaccine supply and appointments. We encourage everyone to continue checking for open appointments at

Although more eligible community members are getting vaccinated each day, the decline in case rates is stalling and the region’s pandemic response continues to be complicated by COVID-19 variants. These make community testing critical, for it serves as an early warning system to possible rising case counts.

The County’s public health officials recently announced that number of cases linked to the more transmissible variants are climbing, and it is a worrying trend. We urge everyone to keep wearing a mask, avoid travel, and quarantine if travelling.
For those who may have been exposed to the virus: testing remains free, easy, and confidential. Testing is available seven days a week and there are several options:

  • Appointment or drop-in
  • Drive-through or walk-up
  • Specimen collection by nasal swab or saliva.

Frontline workers should get tested at least once a month and up to once every two weeks, and continue testing even after being vaccinated.

County test sites provide 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.

Stay tuned for more updates to come.

Together in health,
County of Santa Clara


More from this week:

COVID symptoms or no symptoms, it is still important to get tested (even if you are vaccinated). Help us monitor COVID variants that are circulating in our community. Stay safe: get tested. Visit to find a testing site near you.
Dr. Fauci says that the best vaccine is the one that you can get the soonest. All three available COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective in preventing deaths, illness, and hospitalization. Get vaccinated when it’s your turn.
If you have been vaccinated, thank you! Just a friendly reminder from people in our community to continue wearing a mask. Staff at Academic Coffee in San José thank you. Every layer of protection counts.

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