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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

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Order Free At-Home COVID Tests
 

I hope this finds you well.

The County of Santa Clara is offering a limited number of free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests to those who live, work, or attend school in the county, with four distribution locations opening on an appointment basis. Tests are not available on a drop-in basis without an appointment.

Those who live, work, or attend school in the county may sign up through www.sccfreetest.org to obtain four at-home tests. Those able to secure an appointment may choose from one of the distribution locations for pick up at a chosen time, with the first slots available this Saturday.

Each individual will be assigned a unique QR code which must be displayed to receive the tests.

Sign-ups are done through the same www.sccfreetest.org portal used for County clinic testing, and scheduling began earlier today, with a limit of one appointment per person. Each person will receive four iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests. The County will also be distributing free N95 masks at each site to those receiving at-home tests.

Pick-up sites are designed for drive-through operation; however, individuals can also arrive without a vehicle and get the tests so long as they have an appointment.

If there are no appointments available, 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.


The County also reminds patients of all healthcare systems that they have a right to a test from their provider if they have symptoms or have been exposed to an individual who has COVID-19.

Large healthcare systems remain subject to the Health Officer’s Testing Order. 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.
 

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

More than 83% 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, January 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Thursday, January 27, and Friday, January 28, 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, January 26, through Friday, January 28, 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 County of Santa Clara Privacy Office will host its fourth annual Data Privacy Day event as a free Zoom webinar from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

The topic for this year’s virtual event is Smart Communities: Digital Connections and Privacy Protection. Smart Communities are cities, counties, and other entities that use technology such as the internet, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and similar technologies to understand and connect people to services. 

There will be two expert panels to discuss the benefits and tradeoffs of Smart Communities. Panelists will provide an overview on the fundamentals of smart technology, present examples of how these digital tools are used across the country, and explain the need to leverage smart technologies in a way that integrates personal privacy and builds public trust.

You can register for the event at https://sccgov-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mbAcb11ySGWXTfQLd6o7aA.

For more information on the County of Santa Clara’s Privacy Office, go to https://privacy.sccgov.org or email at PrivacyOffice@sccgov.org.

"Beyond the Diaspora" is now running at MACLA through March 13.

This exhibition features the work of Afro-Latinx artists and pays tribute to their roots. It showcases the artwork we actively consume without realizing its connection to African culture.

"Beyond the Diaspora" will look at both visual and performance art and its connection to the African diaspora in Latinx culture featuring work from artists Diamela, Patricia Encarnacion, Vanessa Wallace Gonzales, Thomas Jones, DJ Leydis, Anna Lisa, Breena Nuñez, and Robert Trujillo.

The free exhibition is open Friday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the MACLA Gallery, 501 S. First St. in Downtown San Jose.

It is also open by appointment. Contact MACLA at (408)-998-ARTE.


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


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