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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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Order Free At-Home COVID Tests
 

I hope this finds you well.

At-home COVID-19 tests are now available for free from the federal government, following President Joe Biden's announcement last month that the U.S. would make half a billion free home tests available.

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.

You SHOULD get tested if: 
•    You have new symptoms that might mean you have COVID: Fatigue, headache, body/muscle aches, cough, fever, sore throat, and/or congestion. 
  • Please note that if you have new symptoms and you are at high risk for severe illness from COVID because of other medical conditions, older age, or having a compromised immune system, it is especially important to get tested because if you test positive, you may qualify for early treatment to reduce your risk of severe illness.
You MAY CONSIDER getting tested if: 
•    It’s been 2-5 days after you have a known exposure to someone with COVID, especially if you are unvaccinated or have symptoms.
 
You SHOULD NOT get tested with PCR testing if: 
•    You have already tested positive by a home/antigen test. Assume you have COVID and isolate accordingly. Do not get tested again at a testing lab – it is unnecessary and uses resources that could be used to test another individual.
•    You have tested positive in the last 90 days. You do not need to get tested again unless you are newly symptomatic or required to quarantine—if this is your situation, use a home/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.

Almost 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 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Thursday, January 20, and Friday, January 21, 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 19, through Friday, January 21, 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 Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is hosting two Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) training events to help candidates and elected officials comply with their obligations under the Political Reform Act. 

  • Candidate and Treasurer – January 31, 2022
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Join via Zoom at this link: https://sccgov-org.zoom.us/j/95208476040
 
A training event to provide general information on candidate, political treasurer and committee duties. Topics include initial campaign activities, contributions and expenditures, reporting, advertising disclaimers, and post-election tasks.
  • SEI Interest Filers (Form 700) – February 3, 2022

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Join via Zoom at this link: https://sccgov-org.zoom.us/j/99344605835
 
A training event to provide general information for public officials and designated employees who must file a Form 700. A detailed overview of how to complete each schedule of the Form 700 will be provided.

These interactive training opportunities will provide the necessary tools to ensure transparency in campaign finance reporting and conflict of interest disclosure. The two-hour workshops will be held virtually using the Zoom application and are open to the public.

 

Teatro Vision is offering a series of intensive teatro classes in February for young people ages 10-18.

Classes will be held at the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue in San Jose.

The fee for the classes is $100 and need-based financial aid is available.

You can find more information and register here.


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


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