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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

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I hope this finds you well.

Healthcare providers in Santa Clara County are now required to offer their patients a COVID-19 test, either PCR or antigen, within 24 hours.

If you are symptomatic, or you are a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you have a right to a test from your healthcare provider within one day if you call to schedule an appointment. 

If you are having issues or challenges getting a test from your provider please report them to www.scccovidconcerns.org so the County can follow up with the provider.
 

You can also get free at-home COVID-19 tests by mail from the federal government. Up to four free at-home antigen tests per address can be ordered from www.covidtests.gov. You can also order them directly from the U.S. Postal service here

The federal government says most orders will ship within 7-12 days.


Positive antigen results should be recognized as valid – there is no need for a follow up PCR test at a healthcare or County facility.

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department also recommends that antigen tests be used for purposes of shortening isolation or quarantine periods for those who have tested positive or been exposed to a person with COVID.

In addition, people who have previously tested positive within the past 90 days should not get tested again during that time frame unless they have new symptoms – in which case they should use an antigen test.


COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, free, and widely available to everyone 5 and older.

Almost 84% of eligible Santa Clara County residents of all ages have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. We remain a national leader in vaccination rates.

However, there are still thousands of eligible Santa Clara County residents who have not gotten vaccinated.

Everyone 12 and older who is six months out from their second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months out from their Johnson & Johnson vaccine, is now eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot and should get one.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved Pfizer booster shot for 12- to 15-year-olds. While only Pfizer boosters are currently authorized for 12- to 15-year-olds, you do not have to get the same type of booster shot as your original COVID vaccine.


Booster shots are free and widely available at all Santa Clara County vaccination sites.

All County Health System mass vaccination sites and all general community-based mobile sites are vaccinating anyone ages 5 and older. Children under age 18 need to provide a signed consent form from a parent or legal guardian. For County-operated sites, the consent form is available here.
 
The most up-to-date information about how and where to get vaccinated can be found at www.sccfreevax.org. COVID-19 vaccinations are available with or without an appointment at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

Residents without access to the internet can make vaccination appointments by phone for the County Health System sites through the Valley Connection Call Center at 408-970-2000 or by dialing 2-1-1.  

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.

You can also get vaccinated at pharmacies throughout the County, including many Walgreen's, CVS, and Costco locations.
 
 
Free COVID-19 Appointment Testing
  • Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Parking Lot A (Across from Gate B):
    • 344 Tully Road, San Jose
    • Wednesday, February 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Thursday, February 3, and Friday, February 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
    • Click here to schedule an appointment.
  • San Martin Testing Center:
    • 90 Highland Avenue, San Martin
    • Wednesday, February 2, through Friday, February 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Click here to schedule an appointment.
Residents can make appointments (often same day) and find more testing locations throughout the County at www.sccfreetest.org or by calling 2-1-1. 
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here

The Health Trust's Meals on Wheels program continues to operate at about three times its pre-pandemic levels and needs volunteers.

The holiday season always brings out volunteers. However, the number of volunteers typically drops at the beginning of the new year. This year is no exception. The Health Trust offers a variety of engaging individual and group volunteer opportunities year-round.

Sign up for a volunteer opportunity with Meals On Wheels or at our Jerry Larson FOODBasket by contacting them at (408) 961-9862 or emailing volunteers@healthtrust.org.

Coyotes, beavers, and monarchs, oh my! Join Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition as they pedal from the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station to Ulistac Natural Area! Thanks to Open Space Authority, they're leading this ride on February 6 to one of the area's best hidden secrets to learn more about the history of Ulistac Natural Area. Sign up for the Ride to Ulistac here.

allcove provides free integrated mental health care (therapy, physical care, peer support, educational counseling, and career coaching) for young people age 12-25. They are looking for applicants to their Youth Advisory Group.

The Youth Advisory Group gives allcove its direction, advising on all decisions from what services should be offered to which staff should be hired.

Applicants must be Santa Clara County residents and between ages 16 and 25. Applications can be made at https://bit.ly/SCCYAGapp. They are due February 16.


Be well,
 
Cindy
 
Copyright © 2022 Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, All rights reserved.


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