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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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I hope this finds you well.

One of the key criteria our health officer Dr. Sara Cody has said needs to be met before the shelter-in-place order is lifted is the ability to do widespread testing for the coronavirus.

Dr. Cody has set an initial goal of being able to do 200 tests per 100,000 residents per day. We currently conducting approximately 50 tests a day per 100,000 residents.

Our testing capacity is steadily expanding and as a result the Public Health Department now recommends testing:
  • All individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • All of those who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Anyone who works in a high-risk setting, such as skilled nursing facilities, other long-term care facilities, jails, or shelters, even if they show no symptoms of COVID-19
  • Anyone who works in a hospital, including both healthcare workers and other essential employees, even if they show no symptoms on COVID-19
The Public Health Department has a new web page here dedicated to coronoavirus testing. It includes both information about who should get tested and information about how to get tested through the County’s major health care providers, including the County of Santa Clara Health System, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and a number of community clinics and other providers throughout the County.

Yesterday, Dr. Cody told the Board of Supervisors that many testing locations currently are underutilized. Several laboratories have recently expanded their capacity and are not yet being sent as many specimens as they now have the capacity to test.

If you fit into one of the categories listed above or on the Public Health Department’s testing page, please contact your doctor or health care provider and arrange to get a test.
Being a parent is the most challenging job there is, and it is especially challenging now with the lack of traditional schooling because of the shelter-in-place order and fears about COVID-19.

However, a San Jose-based nonprofit, Grail Family Services, has developed an app to help parents.

The Building Blocks of Parenting App provides easy access to activities and resources to help promote learning, as well as connections with other parents to share ideas and experiences.

During the pandemic, the Grail Family Services is using the app to send notifications to families about resources for basic needs, the latest COVID-19 information, activities they can do with their children, free access to digital books, and much more.

Much of the community served by Grail Family Services only has access to the Internet through their phones making this free app especially useful. It is available in both English and Spanish. You can get more information, and download the app on both iOS and Android phones, here.
Santa Clara County residents are getting many benefits from the 2016 Measure A affordable housing bond.

The most visible result will be the approximately 4,800 units of housing that will be built or preserved using bond funds, but there are also programs funded by the measure that, while less visible, are just as important to making the County a more affordable place to live for working families.

One of those programs is Empower Homebuyers SCC. It provides down payment assistance to first-time homebuyers from low to moderate income households. Housing Trust Silicon Valley is holding a free webinar about the program tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. You can register here.

More information about Empower Homebuyers SCC is available here.
Librarians from the Santa Clara County Library District are holding free online story times for preschoolers and toddlers twice a day during the week on Facebook Live at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the COVID-19 crisis. There is also a Saturday morning story time at 11 a.m. Bilingual Spanish/English story time is held on Thursdays at 5 p.m. and Mandarin/English story time is on Fridays at 11 a.m.

You can find more information and a complete schedule here.

This is a great program that the County’s librarians are providing because reading with your child is one of the best things you can do to help with their development.

Be well,
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here
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