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Friday, January 28, 2022

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I hope this finds you well.

While the Omicron variant of COVID-19 appears to be peaking in our community, we have to be prepared for the emergence of future variants. the best way to prepare is by getting as much of our community as possible vaccinated and boosted.

Individuals who have had COVID but were not vaccinated, or who were vaccinated but had not gotten their booster shot at the time they contracted COVID, can still get vaccinated and boosted.

Anyone who contracts COVID can get vaccinated and boosted, or both, after they recover and at least 10 days have passed since their diagnosis.


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

Almost 84% of eligible Santa Clara County residents, including children ages 5-11, 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, or have gotten their initial vaccines but have not gotten their booster.


All County Health System mass vaccination sites and all general community-based mobile sites are vaccinating anyone ages 5 and older. Children between 5 and 17-years old 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.

Many locations readily accept walk-in patients. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are all available within the County. Additionally, many doctor offices and pharmacies provide COVID-19 boosters.

Vaccinations through the County are no-cost to the public, insurance is not required, and there are no immigration requirements.

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.

The federal government continues to offer free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests.

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

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.

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 site – 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. 

 
 
 
Free COVID-19 Appointment Testing
  • Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Parking Lot A (across from Gate B):
    • 344 Tully Rd., San Jose
    • Saturday, January 29, through Monday, January 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
    • Tuesday, February 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • San Martin Testing Center:
    • 90 Highland Avenue, San Martin
    • Monday, January 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, February 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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 American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care. This crisis is also impacting us here in Santa Clara County, and throughout the Bay Area.

Blood product distributions are outpacing donations. At times, as much as one-quarter of hospital blood needs are not being met.

Please visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule your blood or platelet donation appointment.


Why is this happening? The pandemic has impacted the national blood supply and the current surge in COVID-19 cases may compound the already dire situation.

The Silicon Valley Red Cross also needs indoor facilities of at least 1,500 square-feet for blood drives. Community centers, faith-based locations, schools, open conference and multi-purpose rooms, retail spaces, and hotels all work well.

If  you have an indoor facility in Santa Clara County that can be used for a Red Cross blood drive please contact Ken Toren,
 Ken.toren@redcross.org.

 
The Santa Clara County Superior Court and Santa Clara University have partnered with community organizations to offer a virtual event on January 30, 2021, which will explore, honor, and celebrate the life and legacy of Fred T. Korematsu.

Almost 80 years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the detention, forced removal, and incarceration of approximately 120,000 men, women, and children, because of their Japanese ancestry. Fred Korematsu, a young man from Northern California, fought against that injustice. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision that was later acknowledged to be “gravely wrong,” upheld his conviction in 1944; Mr. Korematsu’s renewed legal challenge in the 1980s was a historic milestone in the fight for justice for all Americans, regardless of race or national origin. Join us on January 30, 2022, as we honor his resilience.

The program will include a live panel moderated by Adena Ishii of the Santa Clara University School of Law and featuring a panel of esteemed guests, including Dr. Karen Korematsu, Executive Director of The Korematsu Institute; Hon. Johnny Gogo, Santa Clara County Superior Court; and Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) San Francisco Bay Area.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. on January 30, 2022. You can register to attend by visiting:
https://bit.ly/3Kb3Npo

 
Lunar New Year is February 1
 

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!

This year, Lunar New Year is February 1, 2022. This will be the year of the Water Tiger. The tiger is associated with bravery, confidence, and strength.

With that, I wish you a brave year as we continue to navigate the uncertain pandemic with strength and energy. I wish you and your family good health, fortune, prosperity, and luck!

Remember to wear your masks at gatherings and adhere to the CDC’s guidelines.

 


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


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