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Friday, May 22, 2020

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I hope this finds you well.

One of the keys to further easing our shelter-in-place order and reopening in Santa Clara County is a comprehensive system of contact tracing. That will allow our health officials to quickly contain any future outbreaks of COVID-19 and ensure the health care system does not get overwhelmed.

Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody estimates that the County will need approximately 1,000 people countywide doing contact tracing in order to be effective in containing the coronavirus.

The County is seeking volunteers to fill key roles on this team. The work can be done from home as long as volunteers have reliable internet, access to a computer, and a place to make private phone calls.

There is a pressing need for volunteers who speak languages other than English, especially Spanish and Vietnamese.

Volunteers will be teamed with staff from the Public Health Department staff, and other local government workers who have been redeployed as disaster service workers, as well as newly hired staff and contractors. 
They will interview cases, call potential contacts, enter and manage data, and identify resources needed to ensure appropriate follow up and compliance with isolation and quarantine. 

They will receive training from the County and its nonprofit partner on interviewing skills, contact tracing software, privacy obligations, and other topics. 

Anyone interested in volunteering should fill out a survey here.

More information about the County’s contact tracing effort is here.
United Veterans Council Remembers the Fallen
Every year, the United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County organizes a Memorial Day ceremony to honor those who given their lives to defend our country. This year, the ceremony will be virtual and streamed on the United Veterans Council’s web page on Monday here. KGO-TV (channel 7) will also broadcast the ceremony at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. that day.

I want to thank the members of the Council, who work tirelessly every year on both the Memorial Day ceremony and the annual Veterans Day parade. This year is especially challenging.

For many of us Memorial Day can be very sad in thinking about those who have passed and all their sacrifices. For others, it is an opportunity to remember people who we loved dearly and who gave the ultimate measure not just for their country, but for their families as well.

I am sorry that COVID-19 has forced the ceremony to be virtual this year. We will get through this together, and we will honor those who came before us by doing it with the kind of grace and grit that they had.
Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the unofficial kickoff of summer and the weather is supposed to be great here in Santa Clara County.

Boating will resume this weekend at Calero, Coyote Lake, and Stevens Creek county parks. Boating is limited to single boaters or members of the same household only, and only non-power boating is allowed at Stevens Creek. Reservations must be made in advance. You can make reservations and get more information here.

The County Parks Department has compiled a list of trails where it is easy to take a hike while maintaining social distancing. You can find the list here.

Remember, it is so important that we continue to  practicing social distancing while we are enjoying the outdoors this weekend. We also need to follow the County’s face covering guidelines, which are here.

The Parks Department, along with partner organizations including the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, has produced a video about how to safely enjoy the parks featuring Open Roads host Doug McConnell. You can view it here.
How about starting the holiday weekend with a ballet lesson?

San Jose’s City Lights Theater Company is continuing The Next Stage, its weekly series of free online events, with the “Bubbles and Ballet Happy Hour” tonight at 8 p.m.

Dancer and actress Christine Zillman, who has starred in multiple City Lights productions including Green Day’s American Idiot and LIZZIE, will be teaching the basics of ballet. She will go over feet and arm positions, technique fundamentals and simple combos. City Lights suggests having socks, a ledge or chair to use as a barre, and a festive beverage on hand.

You can get more information and register to get the Zoom link here.

Have fun this weekend. Stay safe and stay healthy.

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