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COVID-19 Updates for Santa Clara County

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May 7, 2022
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Public Health Dispatch

Dear Neighbors,

The number of COVID-19 cases is starting to rise again in our county and across the nation. We do not know yet if this will be a swell or a surge. It’s important that we all continue to do our best to stay vigilant, balancing the need to be social with the need to be safe, and taking care of health on all levels.  

Here are 5 ways to live with COVID and feel prepared: 

  1. Do more things outdoors. With the weather warming up, make sure to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.  

  1. Get boosted, even if you had COVID. It is especially important that everyone 50 and older get their first booster shot. Getting COVID does not provide the same protection as the vaccine. 

  1. Have extra masks. Wear tight-fitting masks, such as KN95, KF94, or N95. Masks are strongly recommended indoors and on public transportation, especially if you are higher risk for becoming severely ill. Each adult can get 3 free N95 masks at pharmacies and community health centers.  

  1. Have extra home rapid tests to test before and after social events and travel, or if you have symptoms.

  • Order up to 4 FREE boxes of tests (8 tests) from the federal government.  

  • Contact your insurance company to find out how to get FREE tests. The federal government requires your insurance company to provide free tests for you every month. 

  • Pick up 2 FREE boxes (4 tests) at Better Health PharmacyThis video shows how easy it is! 

  1. Know which locations have pills to help treat COVID. People who test positive and are at risk of severe COVID-19 can get COVID-19 medications with a prescription. Talk to your doctor, or find a test-to-treat site where you can get tested and receive medication in one location. 

More information:

Need to get more masks and don't know where to go? Here's a list of pharmacies that offer free masks!  

- CVS 
- Lucky Pharmacy  
- Rite Aid  
- Save Mart 
- Sun Pharmacy  
- Walgreens  

Be sure to check with the location first:! They might be able to tell you which places have masks if they don't. 

You especially need a second booster shot if you are 60 years and older.  Don’t try to time it with cases rising, just get it. If you have a compromised immune system, you may also need a second booster. People who are 50 and older should consider getting one. Schedule an appointment. 

Protect the little ones in your family from diseases during the first few months of life. Give their immune system the boost it needs to fight diseases on its own by getting them vaccinated on time! 

Talk with your family’s regular doctor or pediatrician to make sure they are on track with the routine child vaccines. 

Now is the right time to prepare. 
Have masks ready when you head out the door.

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County of Santa Clara Public Health Department
976 Lenzen Avenue, 2nd Floor | San Jose, CA 95126

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