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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

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Santa Clara County Holding Virtual Information Session About COVID-19 and Schools

I hope this finds you well.

The Santa Clara County Public health Department will hold a free virtual community forum on Thursday, April 1, about COVID-19 and the public schools. In addition to updates from health experts, there will also be an opportunity for participants to ask questions.

The forum begins at 3 p.m. and can be viewed on:


As schools in Santa Clara County begin to reopen their classrooms and local businesses reopen, it is more important than ever that we all remember  indoor activities remain a much higher risk than outdoor activities.

Everyone should continue to take every step possible to reduce the risk of exposure as much as possible.

To keep yourself, your family, your friends and neighbors, and our broader community safe, follow these core principles:

Stay outdoors. Outdoor activities are far safer than indoor ones. 

Stay masked. Consistent use of face coverings both indoors and outdoors, especially double-masking, is very effective at preventing spread of the coronavirus.

Maintain at least 6-foot distance from others. Social distancing from those who do not live with you is effective at keeping the coronavirus away.

Avoid crowds. The fewer people you encounter and the fewer interactions you have, the lower the chance the virus will spread.

Get vaccinated when it is your turn. All federally approved vaccines work well and will help keep you, your family, and your friends safe.

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.

It is also important for those who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 to continue getting tested regularly. Testing is now more accessible than ever, with mobile testing buses going to new neighborhoods each week and saliva collection offered at pop-up sites to provide an easier, less invasive experience.

The most up to date list of testing locations can be found at Appointments can also be made there. All test sites are mapped on that website. The site is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Tagalog. Information is also available by calling 2-1-1.

The County provides 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.

Appointment-based testing continues at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, with rotating appointment-only sites every week at cities throughout the County. Walk-ins continue to be accepted at standing pop-up sites in Gilroy and San Jose. There are also mobile testing buses appearing in various County locations.
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
    • Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Gardner Health Services:
    • Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose
    • Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • AACI Health Center;
    • 749 Story Rd. #50, San Jose
    • Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church:
    • 467 N. White Rd., San Jose
    • Tuesday through Friday 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

Mission College is offering a workshop on becoming a worker-owned business.

This workshop is for current small and medium businesses whose owners are looking to exit their business by either selling or closing it.  Becoming a worker-owned business, like a Worker Cooperative, can build a succession plan for the current owner, provide a fair sale price, and create an ownership opportunity for their workers!

There can be large barriers to transitioning to a worker-owned business, particularly time and cost. Typically, a conversion to a co-op takes 12-18 months and can cost $20,000 or more.

The “Co-op Rapid Conversion Academy - From Owner to Owners” workshop is focused on converting privately held businesses to Worker Cooperatives in a way that attempts to address these two challenges, while creating a program that will scale with demand.

The April 6th initial intro class called “Co-ops, Conversions, Ownership - COOP101” is designed to inform owners, employees, and government agencies on what this process looks like, examples of a transition, and how many cities are currently supporting this model.

A Slice of New York, with locations in San Jose and Sunnyvale, is a local example of a successful worker-owned business.

The virtual workshop begins at 11 a.m. on April 6. You can find more information and register here.

Honoring the Life and Work of Cesar Chavez
March 31st would have been Cesar Chavez's 94th birthday. In Santa Clara County, we celebrate this day as a holiday every year to honor and remember the work and legacy of the labor and civil rights leader.

The School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza is holding a free virtual event on March 31st beginning at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Cesar Chavez's birthday through a unique and artistic lens.

Attendees will be able to participate in poetry and sign-painting workshops led by local San Jose artists Elizabeth Jimenez Montelongo, Ben Henderson, and Jorge "Jduh" Camacho. There will also be a keynote speech by former San Jose Arts Commissioner Ron P. Muriera.

In the one-hour workshops, participants will learn how to use words as a source of power in both a visual and performative way.

You can find more information and register at

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

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