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Friday, February 26, 2021

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I hope this finds you well.

Because Santa Clara County's COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations have dropped significantly and the number of residents who have been vaccinated is rapidly increasing, Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody has relaxed some of the restrictions on outdoor gatherings effective today. February 26.
  • The Health Officer still strongly recommends that everyone wear a face covering at all times at outdoor gatherings, but face coverings are required outdoors only if within 6 feet of someone who is not a member of your household.
  • The Health Officer still strongly recommends that everyone maintain at least 6 feet of social distance from anyone who is not a member of their household at outdoor gatherings, but it is not required.
  • People are allowed to sing at outdoor gatherings without a face covering, provided that they stay at least 6 feet away from everyone who is not a member of their household.
In addition, as soon as Santa Clara County is placed into the State’s “Red Tier,” which may occur as soon as Wednesday, March 3rd, the County will be making further changes to its local Health Directives to allow indoor activities authorized under the Red Tier, including gatherings and indoor dining, to resume in accordance with State and local capacity limits and safety protocols.  For information on what the State allows in the Red Tier, please visit

Santa Clara County has now vaccinated more than half of its residents age 65 and older. Getting vaccinated in not only the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 but also helps the County more quickly move to less restrictive tiers.

The easiest and most efficient way to make a vaccination appointment is at That website also includes the most up-to-date information about who is eligible for vaccination and how to get vaccinated.

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

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.

The biggest bottleneck in vaccinating Santa Clara County residents continues to be the supply of vaccine that the County and private health care providers are receiving from the State of California and the federal government.

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
    • Friday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church:
    • 467 N. White Rd., San Jose
    • Friday, February 26, 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 County Behavioral Health Board is seeking Nominees for the Behavioral Health Community Heroes Awards. The Board is seeking to recognize community members and organizations who have made an extraordinary difference and improved the quality of lives by supporting people and/or their families with behavioral health challenges.

The awards are being given in 11 categories:
  • Agency: An agency whose services for individuals with behavioral health challenges are consumer & family-focused, professional, caring, compassionate, and innovative. The agency goes beyond the standard services/treatment and truly seeks to improve a client’s/consumer’s quality of life.
  • Consumer/Client: An individual who has received behavioral health services, has demonstrated impressive personal achievements and has provided hope, inspiration or knowledge to others facing similar challenges.
  • Educator: A professional educator who has taken extra steps in providing behavioral health services by going beyond their job description. Nominee may be an instructor, behavioral health professional, coach, counselor, etc.
  • Elected Official: A current elected official who has provided exemplary service in advocating for those with behavioral health challenges and/or working to eliminate the stigma and stereotypes that surround the disease.
  • Faith-Based: A faith-based organization that has provided extraordinary services, which include community support activities.
  • Family Member: An individual who has a family member that receives behavioral health services and who has contributed to improving the lives of families who are impacted by behavioral health challenges through advocacy, programs, or activities that reach beyond their own family circumstances to have an impact on the community and/or service delivery system.
  • Media: A Media Community Hero would provide helpful information to guide people to mental health treatment, i.e., they would be helpful and not harmful in providing useful reporting and successfully follow the national suicide prevention guidelines.
  • Mover and Shaker: A person who has recognized critical behavioral health needs in the greater community and has acted by creating and promoting collaborative innovative and creative initiatives that serve those in need.
  • Young Mover and Shaker: A person under the age of 26 who has recognized critical behavioral health needs in the greater community and has acted by creating and promoting collaborative innovative and creative initiatives that serve those in need.
  • Program: A behavioral health program that provides unique services which have had an extraordinary impact on consumers, family members, and community.
  • Volunteer: An individual who has made an impact on the behavioral health community and is not compensated monetarily for their efforts.
Additional Award Criteria:

A. Behavioral Health Board members and their families are not eligible for nominations.
B. Nominations are preferred for recent activity but a long term activity or service may be recognized.
C. Awards are limited to nominees who either reside in or provide services in the County of Santa Clara.

All nominations will be reviewed by the Behavioral Health Board Selection Committee and the final award recipients will be voted on by the Behavioral Health Board.  Selected award recipients will be recognized at the 2021 Behavioral Health Community Heroes Awards to be held virtually on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:00- 1:30 pm via Zoom. 

The deadline for nominations is February 28. You can submit nominations here.

The second mural in the Guadalupe River Art Walk project in Downtown San Jose has been completed.

Artist Kristina Micotti's mural "Do You Know The Way to San Josè's Guadalupe River Trail?" is located along the Guadalupe River Trail under Santa Clara Street. This is an area currently experiencing major development interest. The segment serves as a key connection point between Diridon Station and downtown San Jose to the many diverse neighborhoods along the Guadalupe River, and eventually to the San Francisco Bay.

“Using fun and bright colors, the mural is a way to bring awareness not only to the native wildlife but to the actual trail itself,” said Micotti. “The Guadalupe River Trail is truly one of the most beautiful places in San Josè and I was very fortunate to paint there. From biking to bird watching, the trail has so much to offer our city. The playful characters are my way of inviting the public down to the trail and to encourage them to enjoy it for themselves.”

The Guadalupe River Art Walk is a collaboration between the Guadalupe River Conservancy and POW! WOW! San Jose.

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

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