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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

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I hope this finds you well.

Santa Clara County, along with Santa Cruz County, has moved into Tier 2 of the State of California’s COVID-19 monitoring system. This means that several restrictions on businesses and activities have been loosened as the pandemic has gotten more under control in the County.

Tier 2 is the “Red Tier” and counties in it are still experiencing “substantial spread” of COVID-19.  However, they are allowed to reopen indoor operations at some additional businesses and allows certain activities to resume, so long as appropriate protocols and protective measures are strictly followed.
The following businesses and activities are now allowed to resume under the State’s framework as well as the County’s Risk Reduction Order. Businesses and activities must comply with all County and State mandates, including having a Social Distancing Protocol on file and displayed.
  • Schools: K-12 schools can open after the County has been in the Red Tier for 14 days. All schools must follow mandatory guidance set by the County of Santa Clara and the State of California
  • Personal care services: allowed to open indoors with modifications
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums: allowed to open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Gyms and fitness centers: allowed to open indoors at 10% capacity
  • Shopping malls: allowed to open indoors at 50% capacity (previously open at 25% capacity)
Other activities that the County had previously allowed but the State had prohibited can now resume. Hair salons and barbershops were previously allowed to open indoors with reduced capacity as of August 31.

Indoor dining, indoor movie theaters, and indoor gatherings remain prohibited in Santa Clara County under the local Risk Reduction Order. 

The move to the Red Tier was based on daily case rates and test positivity.  The State gives counties credit toward their case rate if they test more people than the statewide average. Using this calculation, the high number of tests performed in Santa Clara County allows us to move to the Red Tier.
If our COVID-19 metrics continue to improve, we would be eligible to move forward in the framework to the next less restrictive tier, the Orange Tier, after three weeks. If these metrics worsen, the County will revert to the more restrictive Purple Tier as soon as two weeks from now.

Keep wearing your mask in public, washing your hands, and staying socially distant so we can all be healthy and continue reopening our community.

Free COVID-19 Appointment Testing
  • Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Parking Lot A:
    • 344 Tully Rd., San Jose
    • Tuesdays through Fridays from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Los Altos Youth Center:
    • 1 N. San Antonio Road
    • Thursday, September 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium:
    • 1313 Newell Rd.
    • Friday, September 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Free COVID-19 Drop-In Testing
  • Overfelt High School, Gymnasium:
    • 1835 Cunningham Ave., San José
    • Thursday, September 10 through Friday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary):
    • 9300 Wren Avenue, Gilroy
    • Thursday, September 10 through Friday, September 11 from 10 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 Santa Clara County Library District has added free Wi-Fi to the parking lots of the community libraries in Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, and Saratoga. In addition, it has installed free Wi-Fi on both Bookmobiles to provide internet access to patrons when the Bookmobile is out in the community. 

The Wi-Fi will be available from the parking lots 24 hours a day so anyone can access the internet and the District’s digital collection from the safety of their vehicles or outdoors where they are able to be socially distant. A library card is not required to access the internet.

This week the District also expanded its curbside service availability at each library. This new schedule gives patrons more flexibility to pick up holds during the day or evening. Curbside appointments can be made up to 10 days in advance. The District also offers walk-up service that does not require an appointment. A full list of curbside services and hours is available here.


The recent CZU and SCU wildfires that have burned the edges of Santa Clara County are a good reminder that disasters can strike at anytime and we should all make some simple preparations.

The California Office of Emergency Services is offering a free online emergency preparedness seminar through its Listos California program.
Participants will learn to navigate the “Circles of Preparedness,” starting with their own personal preparedness and safety.

The next seminar is on September 14 beginning at 10 a.m. Additional seminars are scheduled for September 18 and 23. You can get more information and register for all of the seminars here.



Santa Clara County joins hundreds of communities across the United States to celebrate Welcoming Week 2020. The Office of Immigrant Relations is hosting virtual events all week beginning September 12 - 20.

Activities will include FREE virtual legal consultations, guided family wellness activity in English & Spanish, three panel discussions with guests focused on immigrant resiliency, immigrants as essential workers, and honoring immigrant contributions. They will also be sharing resources for #DREAMERs and immigrant youth and hosting a virtual art gallery which will highlight the work of immigrant artists.
You can find more information here.

Be well,
Copyright © 2020 Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, All rights reserved.

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