Santa Clara County COVID-19 March 31 Shelter-in-Place Updated Order
It is important to impress upon everyone that this order is both necessary and mandatory. While the prior order has been effective in reducing the rate of transmission of COVID-19, it is not enough. Residents who do need to leave their homes to perform essential activities should minimize the duration and number of trips as much as possible. They must also remember that social distancing protocols are mandatory when they leave their homes.
Before Friday, April 3, 2020, essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must create, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol for each facility frequented by employees or the public, using this template. Essential businesses must also provide a copy of their Social Distancing Protocol to all employees and must provide evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing the Order on demand.
The Order clarifies that it can be enforced by law enforcement and civil remedies such as fines, imprisonment, restraining orders, and loss of permits and license. These are only meant as a last resort, but they have been put in place to emphasize the seriousness of the Order. Violations can be reported to the District Attorney at PubHealthReferral@dao.sccgov.org or (408) 792–2300.
Below, please find other resources and information that may helpful for you and your constituents.
COVID-19 Cases in Santa Clara County
As of this writing on Tuesday, March 30, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced 2 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 30 in Santa Clara County. The County also reported 42 new cases, bringing our total number of confirmed cases to 890. More data can be found on the Public Health Department’s new Data Dashboard.
Daily Public Briefings
Santa Clara County health officials and other public leaders will now be making public COVID-19 briefings each day, Monday through Friday, at 10am. They will be live-streamed on the Santa Clara County Public Health Department Facebook Page.
For individuals and businesses interested in making donations of cash or supplies, the Public Health Department has created a resource page with links to organizations addressing local needs .
The VMC Foundation is collecting physical and monetary donations for medical supplies. Meanwhile, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation is collecting cash donations to provide relief for residents, small businesses, and nonprofits. The Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing is accepting housing related donations for those that may be homeless or in need of housing due to COVID-19. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Corporations interested in providing medical supplies and other material assistance during this emergency are encouraged to contact the Business Operations Center to evaluate and route larger donations. They can be reached at email@example.com.
For those who cannot donate financially, food and blood donations are still urgently needed through Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and the Red Cross, respectively. Donations of non-medical supplies, blankets, personal hygiene, diapers, infant formula, food, clothing and other goods should be given to the local community organization of one’s choice.
Advice for COVID-19 Home Care Givers
The World Health Organization offers the follow advice for people taking care of someone at home who is ailing from COVID-19 or similar symptoms:
● Ensure the ill person rests, drinks plenty fluids and eats nutritiously.
● Wear a face mask when in the same room.
● Clean hands frequently.
● Use dedicated utensils, towels, and bed linen for the ill person.
● Disinfect surfaces touched by the ill person.
● Call a healthcare facility if person has difficulty breathing.
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Small Business Loan Scams
Under the recently enacted CARES Act, small businesses and non-profits can get up to a $10,000 advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan even if their previous application was declined or still pending. However, the Small Business Association warns that there are a number of scams circulating around this relief bill.
Please remind businesses that there is no immediate deadline to apply; there are no fees to apply; and no credit card information is required. Small businesses can learn more at http://sba.gov/coronavirus and apply at http://sba.gov/disaster.
April 1 is Census Day
Even though we are sheltering in place, the Census 2020 count is moving forward. Data collected in the census is used for the appropriation of over $675 billion in annual federal funding and apportionment for the House of Representatives. California has a large hard-to-count population that has historically been undercounted. Residents may complete their Census forms online at my2020census.gov or by toll-free phone call at 844–330–2020. The Santa Clara County Census Office has created a video that you can share on Twitter and Facebook.
FAQs about the Local Health Officer Shelter-in-Place Order
We make regular updates to the FAQ documents for our local Public Health Order as new information becomes available. Your constituents can access them in the following languages: