This past week, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties both allowed businesses that can offer curbside pickup of its merchandise to reopen. Under the revised orders, car parades are also permitted again — in time for high school graduations.
Santa Clara County on Thursday called on residents to volunteer for its coronavirus contact tracing team with a goal of getting at least 1,000 tracers to help slow the spread of the virus.
As of Friday, San Mateo County reported 1,833 cumulative cases of COVID-19 and 76 deaths. Seventy people are currently hospitalized.
On Saturday, Santa Clara County confirmed 2,571 cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic started, 30 of which are new and 99 of whom are hospitalized. One more person has died of the disease, raising the death toll to 139.
On Monday, Santa Clara County had 36 new cases, totaling 2,652 and no new deaths. Fifty-four people remain hospitalized.
County adds six additional COVID-19 testing sites Santa Clara County announced on Monday that it is launching or expanding six new test locations for free COVID-19 testing.The locations were chosen based on data showing a higher incidence of infection in these areas, the county said in a statement. The tests are free.
“The County is bringing testing capacity to where it’s needed. Please take advantage of this opportunity to get tested in your neighborhood: it’s fast, free and you don’t need insurance," Cindy Chavez, president of the Board of Supervisors, said in the statement.
The county has also set parameters for how often people should be tested. Essential workers with regular interaction with the public should be tested now and once every month thereafter. People in this group include grocery store clerks, food delivery workers, retail associates, first responders, and many other types of workers. The county recommends that these front-line workers get tested even if they have no symptoms at all. People can also be tested through their regular doctor.
The county and the city of Mountain View are launching mobile testing services this week at the city’s Rengstorff Park, one of the areas of highest need in Mountain View, according to Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga.
Testing will be available in outdoor “pop-up” sites in Mountain View on Monday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 27; and in San Jose on Friday, May 29. The testing is by walk-up and is available without an appointment. Insurance and a doctor’s note are not required.
The pop-up testing schedule is:
Monday, May 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesday, May 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rengstorff Park Pool Area, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View
Friday, May 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at La Placita Tropicana Shopping Center parking lot, 1630 Story Road, San Jose.
Drive-through testing sites are available at four existing County Health System locations in Milpitas, Morgan Hill and San Jose. Testing is available 7 days a week. Appointments are required for drive-through testing and can be made online through a link at sccfreetest.org or by calling 888-334-1000.
Drive-through sites are located at:
1325 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas (location subject to change)
18550 De Paul Dr., Morgan Hill
777 E Santa Clara St., San Jose
1993 McKee Road, San Jose
With the addition of these six sites, there are now at least 46 sites throughout the county offering COVID-19 viral detection testing. All new and expanded test sites and additional sites operated by other organizations are mapped on the county's website. The site is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Tagalog. Information is also available by calling 2-1-1.
Newsom announces statewide COVID-19 contact tracing campaign
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the launch of a public awareness campaign for the state's COVID-19 case investigation program.
The state launched a partnership with the University of California at San Francisco and UCLA earlier this month to begin training thousands of coronavirus contact tracers that will attempt to limit the spread of the virus in real time.
The "California Connected" public awareness campaign — which will include radio and social media ads, billboards and videos in multiple languages — is intended to get state residents to "answer the call" when their local public health department reaches out to recruit them as a contact tracer, according to Newsom.
"That simple action of answering the call could save lives and help keep our families and communities healthy," Newsom said.
Newsom has said the state hopes to train roughly 20,000 contact tracers by the first week of July through the partnership program and disperse them throughout the state's 58 counties. The state has received some $5.1 million in private financial support to spur the California Connected campaign and reach the 20,000-tracer goal.
The state's 58 counties and three cities with separate health departments have roughly 3,000 contact tracers already in the field, according to Newsom. More than 500 have already been trained through the state's program as well, with another 300 scheduled to complete the 20-hour training course this week.
"We are bringing together the best minds in public health, academia and private industry to design a program that can help lower the risk for COVID-19 in all of our communities and keep us on the path to reopening," California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell said.
Information on the state's contact tracing program can be found at covid19.ca.gov/contact-tracing.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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