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Government Proclamations, Public Health Guidelines, COVID-19 News and Information


CHILDREN - CDC Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs Before and During an Outbreak
The CDC has published Resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs to support planning, preparation, and response to COVID-19. Includes Checklists, Protocols for Cleaning, Supplemental Guidance For Child Care Programs That Remain Open, Facts about COVID-19 for discussions with children Multi-language: Spanish
COMMUNICATION - 12 Game-Changing Zoom Hacks For Work Meetings And Virtual Happy Hours
3/27/20 Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, a study by Gallup found that 43% of U.S. employees worked remotely with some frequency. Now that the spread of COVID-19 has forced many people with “non-essential” jobs to stay home, millions more have been thrust into the world of home offices and virtual meetings. If you’re a displaced office worker just learning this new tool, you may not be using it to its fullest potential. We reached out to professionals who have been conducting their businesses remotely for years to find out their best tips for getting the most out of Zoom. Key Words: COVID-19
DEMOGRAPHICS - SCC Public Health Dept COVID-19 Data Dashboard
We are committed to providing accurate, reliable reports to the public. Additional data will be added over time. The information presented here is updated daily and is dependent on reporting by numerous agencies across the County and outside partners. Info on number of cases by cities and zip codes, hospitals and nursing homes, and demographics Multi=language: Spanish Vieetnamese Chinese Tagalog
DISASTER - ARC - Preparing for Disaster During COVID-19
Disasters can cause sudden challenges like knocking out power, blocking roads, disrupting the response of emergency services, and causing stores and pharmacies to close for an extended period. COVID-19 adds to this complexity. Prepare now so that you have critical skills and can meet your basic needs. Key Words: American Red Cross
EMPLOYER - CA COVID-19 Employer Playbook For a Safe Reopening
7/24/20 Guidance and links are provided to give employers the tools needed to open safely and mitigate risks associated with COVID-19.
EMPLOYMENT - CA State List of Essential Workers - Updated
6/29/20 The California State Public Health Officer has designated the following list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.
EMPLOYMENT - Vision 2.0: Summer Job Academy for Refugee and Immigrant girls
Iincluding job readiness training such as resume writing workshops, mock interviews, and other educational trainings such as how to find an internship. All refugee and immigrant girls ages 15 - 24 are welcome to participate, we will be hosting two one week sessions virtually from July 27th to August 1st and August 3rd to August 8th. If you would like to refer someone please do not hesitate to contact us!
HEALTH - Asian Americans Facing High COVID-19 Case Fatality
7/13/20 In San Francisco, a steady trend in coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths has gone largely unnoticed until recently: Asian Americans consistently account for nearly half of COVID-19 deaths. For a city that is one-third Asian American, the disproportionate number of deaths appears striking, yet this highlights an even more worrisome statistic—Asian Americans experience a four times higher case fatality rate (CFR) than that of the overall population (5.2 percent versus 1.3 percent). Further investigation revealed that the relatively high CFR in SF reflects a pattern found across many states and counties with at least 5 percent of the population Asian American (exhibit 1). The Asian American CFR is three times that of the overall population in CA (8.4 percent versus 2.6 percent) and exceeds 10 percent in LA, Chicago, NY City, and New Jersey. In Clark County, Nevada, the 2.5 times higher CFR results in a proportion of deaths (16.8 percent) that far exceeds Asian American and Pacific Islanders’ (AAPI) share of the population (10.4 percent). Key Words: Demographics, API, immigrant
HEALTH - CA Department of Health Multi-language COVID-19 Updates and Guidance
Coronavirus updates, alerts, statistics, tips and guidance from the CA Dept of Public Health . Multi-language links to: Arabic, Amharic, Cambodian, Chinese (Simplified), Farsi (Persian), Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telegu, Tigrinya, Urdu, and Vietnamese Key Words: pandemic flu, COVID-19, GOVERNMENT
HEALTH - CA Department of Public Health (CDPH) Immigrant Communities Guidance on Public Charge
The CDPH is focused on ensuring all individuals, regardless of their immigration status, are protected from the outbreak and receive appropriate testing and treatment. For families that are concerned about the "public charge" rule, immigration officials have confirmed that they will neither consider testing, treatment, nor preventative care related to COVID-19 as part of a public charge inadmissibility determination, even if provided or paid for by one or more public benefits considered under the rule including Medi-Cal. Key Words: Multi-language: English | Amharic | Arabic' | Burmese | Chinese | French | NAME| Hiaitian| Hindi | Hmong | Korean | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese
HEALTH - CA Dept of Public Health Guidance Documents: Coronavirus Disease 2019
A list of various guidance documents from the CDPH covering: **Adult and Senior Care Facilities (PDF) **Community care facilities, including assisted living facilities and child care **COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for People at Risk for Serious Illness (PDF) **Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater: What You Need to Know **Employers, health care workers and workers in general industry **Entertainment Venue (PDF) **First responders, including paramedics and EMTs (PDF) **Food Industry (PDF) **Gathering Guidance (PDF) **Guidance for Homeless Assistance Providers on **Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF) **Guidance for Individuals with Access and Functional Needs (PDF) **Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities **Guidance to Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plans: **COVID–19 Screening and Testing (PDF) **Health care facilities from Cal/OSHA **Health care facilities, including long-term care facilities **Health care plans **Department of Managed Health Care All Plan Letter (PDF) **California Department of Insurance Bulletin (PDF) **Coverage Options Fact Sheet (PDF) **Home cleaning with COVID-19 positive individuals (PDF) **Guidance for Using Disinfectants at Schools and Child Cares (PDF) **Recordatorios para el uso de desinfectantes en las escuelas y guarderías (PDF) **Laboratories (PDF) **Schools and institutions of higher education Key Words: Pandemic
HEALTH - CDC Guidelines for Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations and FAQ
3/20 CDC Updated guidelines and resources for Homes, K-12 Schools, Childcare Settings, Colleges, Workplaces, Healthcare Settings, Faith Based Organizations, First Responders, Commercial Settings, and Large Mass Gatherings. Specific mitigation plans for Santa Clara County, CA, Seattle, WA, , New York (NY), MA and Florida (FL) Multi-language: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in English FAQ, Spanish FAQ , and Chinese FAQ Key Words: Pandemic,,COVID-19
HEALTH - Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
To protect workers and prevent exposure to the virus, employers must develop and maintain the required programs and plans for their facility or operation. Cal/OSHA recommends the interim guidance, educational materials and model programs and plans below be reviewed with an employer’s existing procedures to ensure that workers are protected. Key Words: pandemic, disaster Key Words: COVID-19, employment
HEALTH - Home Isolation and Quarantine Guidance - Contact Tracing
8/7/20 The goals of case investigation and contact tracing are to support individuals who may be positive for COVID-19 to safely stay home and slow the spread of Coronavirus among their family, friends, and community. This strategy involves a partnership with individuals to answer our calls, to isolate or quarantine at home based on the guidance below. “Isolation” is used for a person who has had a positive test result and is likely contagious, and “quarantine” is used if a person was in close contact with someone who had a positive test result and might become contagious in the near future. Multi-language: Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | Tagalog
HEALTH - Pacific Islanders hit hard by the coronavirus
7/19/20 ‘I was naive to think this couldn’t touch my family’. In L.A. County, Pacific Islanders suffer the highest infection rate of any racial or ethnic group, more than 2,500 per 100,000 residents. That’s six times higher than for white people, five times higher than for Black people and three times higher than for Latinos, according to county health demographic data that exclude Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own health departments. Key Words: API, Asian Pacific
HEALTH - SCC Shelter in Place Orders Explained
HOUSING - Governor Newsom Announces 90-Day Mortgage Payment Relief During Crisis
3/25/20 Governor Newsom announces financial institutions will provide relief for vast majority of Californians Californians economically impacted by COVID-19 may receive 90-day grace periods to make mortgage payments Financial institutions agree not to negatively impact credit reports as a result of accepting payment relief Key Words: coronoavirus, pandemic, disaster
HOUSING - Mt. View Suspends Residential Evictions until August 31st
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Mountain View City Council enacted a temporary eviction moratorium suspending residential evictions for non-payment of rent due to related financial impacts. The ordinance is effective March 23, 2020 thru August 31, 2020 and is subject to extension as approved by the City Council. The eviction moratorium is applicable for all residential rental units in Mountain View including single-family homes, condos/town homes, duplexes, apartments, mobile homes and mobile home spaces and other types of residential rental units.. Key Words: COVID-19 Fact sheets about the moratorium for landlords and tenants are available here. English | Spanish | Chinese |
HOUSING - SCC Eviction Moratorium Extended to 8/31/20 - Information for Landlords and Tenants
Extended through 8/31/20 - The SCC Board of Supervisors extended the moratorium on “no-fault” evictions and evictions for non-payment of rent for tenants who have incurred substantial income loss and/or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This moratorium applies throughout Santa Clara County, including Cities, and protects both residential as well as small business tenants. Spanish Vietnamese Chinese Tagalog
IMMIGRANT - The Impact of COVID-19 on Noncitizens and Across the U.S. Immigration System
5/20 This report from the American Immigration Council, seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of COVID-19-related disruptions throughout the immigration system and identifies recommendations for adjustments and improvements to the federal response. Given that the landscape of immigration policy is changing rapidly in the face of the pandemic, this report will be updated as needed. Key Words: Coronavirus, detention, deportation,
IMMIGRANTS - Administration puts ‘hold’ on green card requests from US
6/12/20 After suspending approval of green card requests to immigrants abroad seeking U.S. residency, the Trump administration has also halted processing requests from green card applicants already living in the country. Exemptions to the hold include applications of medical providers. The USCIS also allows immigration officers to submit applications that concern an “emergent or sensitive matter” outside these exemptions to their supervisors for consideration.
This guide provides tips about services, including public benefits, that are available to immigrant Californians, including some that are available regardless of immigration status. Including: ** Stay-at-home order considerations ** Ways to protect yourself and others ** Immigration help ** Public charge information for accessing public benefits ** Testing and treatment ** Information on jobs, wages, and benefits Small business support ** Housing * Food and bills ** Community safety * Protection against scams and bad information. Check COVID19.CA.GOV for updates. Multi-language: Spanish | Chinese Traditional | Chinese Simplified | Korean | Vietnamese | Tagalog | Key Words: Disaster, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Undocumented
IMMIGRANTS - Top 6 Digital Safety Tips for Undocu Folks
6/2/20 From UnitedWeDream for immigrants, Black and indigenous people of color, our families, and our friends, it is important to keep our personal information out of the hands of those who want to harm us. Remember, we are in the work of protecting people, not property. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Technology, privacy
NEWS - No Masks, Disinfectant or Soap. This Is Detention Amid a Pandemic.
4/2/20 Asylum seekers must be released before it is too late. As Americans shelter in place or practice social distancing, the organizations I work with are mobilizing to stop what may be the inevitable result of a disastrous immigration policy. Respond Crisis Translation has drafted a one-page guide on how to prevent the spread of the virus that we’ve translated into over a dozen languages. Immigration attorneys who volunteer for organizations like Al Otro Lado are fighting for the release of all those in ICE detention, while the American Civil Liberties Union and RAICES have filed suits to secure the release of detainees who pose no danger to society. Key Words: Coronavirus, COVID-19
NEWS - Death reports show coronavirus hit San Jose’s poor, Latino neighborhoods hardest
5/11/20 According to records obtained by the Bay Area News Group, more than a third of the county’s first 100 deaths occurred in just four ZIP codes on the city’s East Side. In the county’s poorest ZIP codes, the death rate from COVID-19 is four times as high as in the wealthiest ZIP codes. ...They offer insight into a phenomenon seen around the country and across the world: The toll of coronavirus is falling disproportionately on vulnerable communities, where residents — predominantly Latinos and African-Americans — have long been poorly served by existing health care systems, and where many — because of economic stress or the nature of their jobs — have been unable to stay safely at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
NEWS - Dispatch from the Frontlines: COVID-19 and Indigenous Communities - Tele-Town Hall Recording
Facebook Live Recording of a 5/20/20 tele-townhall with the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center and the Native Organizers Alliance for a on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Tribal Nations and indigenous people in the US. Doctors without Borders announced its first-ever mission to the United States, helping the hard-hit Navajo Nation fight COVID-19. And the governor of South Dakota threatened to sue Sioux leaders in an attempt to remove tribal COVID-19 checkpoints. Tribal governments haven’t received one penny of the $8 billion allocated by the CARES Act. These broken promises are deadly.
NEWS - Factcheck Guide to Our Coronavirus Coverage
In our work fact-checking political claims and debunking viral deceptions, we have found a tremendous amount of misinformation on the coronavirus pandemic. Key Words: COVID-19, Fake News
NEWS - NY Times Coronavirus Coverage
Free access to New Your Times articles about COVID-19 in English . Spanish | No Chinese Multi-language
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NEWS - Red Cross Overhauls Evacuation Shelter Guidelines Because of Coronavirus Pandemic
3/25/20 Because of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 140 million Americans have been ordered or advised to stay at home. Millions more have been told to practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet away from other people. But what happens if — in the midst of this outbreak — people have to leave their homes because of a disaster like a fire, flood or hurricane? A disease like COVID-19 could turn a traditional evacuation shelter into an infection epicenter. The American Red Cross, which typically operates disaster shelters across the United States, is putting in place new guidelines for housing people in emergencies. Key Words: COVID-19
NEWS - San Jose legislator pushes to protect farmworkers during COVID-19 crisis
4/2/20 The question of who qualifies as an “essential worker” during the coronavirus crisis is no longer limited to health care workers and first responders — it now includes grocery store clerks, restaurant employees and truck drivers. Local legislators are now pushing to add farmworkers to that list, as they’re filling produce trucks and grocery store shelves. San Jose Assemblymember Ash Kalra this week called for Gov. Gavin Newsom to expand protections for the roughly 500,000 to 800,000 farmworkers across California, including the ability to stay home and take care of their families amid the COVID-19 outbreak without worrying about the resulting financial strain.
NEWS - UNDOCUMENTED workers among those hit first — and worst — by the coronavirus shutdown
4/4/20 Many of the undocumented, working in construction, restaurants and other service sectors, have already lost their jobs. Others, in industries like agriculture and health care that have been declared essential, work in jobs that typically require close quarters or interacting with the public, putting them at higher risk of getting sick.
NEWS - US Citizen Kids Of Undocumented Immigrants Sued The Trump Administration For Denying Them Coronavirus Stimulus Checks
5/5/20 US citizen kids whose parents are undocumented immigrants filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Tuesday challenging their exclusion from a coronavirus relief program that Congress intended to benefit children. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act, eligible families can receive up to $500 for each child under 17, in addition to the $1,200 maximum payment available to individual adults. But the Trump administration and Congress won’t pay out CARES Act money to undocumented immigrant parents for their US citizen children. The children named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Maryland, using their initials, are between seven months and nine years old. Their parents paid federal and state taxes, and would otherwise meet the income-based criteria for being eligible for relief funds, per court papers. Key Words: COVID-19, Immigration
RESOURCE - CDC Communities, Schools, Workplaces, and Events
CDC guidance for community events, FBOs and also homeless programs. Multi-language: Spanish Vietnamese Chinese Korean Key Words: Disaster, COVID-19, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Children
RESOURCE - Governor Newsom Announces Initiatives to Support Older Californians During COVID-19 Pandemic
4/24/20 Governor Newsom today announced a series of initiatives to support vulnerable older Californians who are isolating at home during California’s stay at home order. California is launching a first-in-the nation meal delivery program, a partnership to make wellness check-in calls, and the expansion of Friendship Line California to help combat social isolation. These actions will support the approximately 1.2 million Californians over the age of 65 who live alone. Key Words: Mental Health, Food, seniors,
RESOURCE - SCC Office of Mediation and Ombuds Services (OMOS)
OMOS helps parties have difficult conversations, generate options, and reach voluntary resolution of their conflicts but does not provide legal advice. The County recently passed a moratorium on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a part of the County’s comprehensive approach to executing this measure, OMOS’s free mediation services are being used to address any conflicts that may arise as a result of this moratorium on Unlawful Detainer/eviction matters. More importantly, mediation is an effective way for landlords and tenants to proactively and productively discuss the payment of rent that is owed, once the moratorium lifts. Multi-language: English, Spanish, Key Words: Santa Clara County, coronavirus
SCC OIR Newsletter 11 - Latest News on Public Charge and DACA Update
On Wednesday, July 29th, 2020, a federal district court in New York issued a new temporary injunction against the new public charge rule. As stated by Protecting Immigrant Families, this order "bars the implementation, application, and enforcement of the rule nationwide so long as there is a declared national emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic."
Silicon Valley lawmaker examines links between racism, the environment and COVID-19
7/17/20 During a committee hearing this week, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren of San Jose said the coronavirus pandemic has clearly exposed systemic racism in the United States. “It didn’t create it, but it revealed the divisions,” she said. “We have an opportunity now to examine the broad scope of that and to come up with a path forward for change.” The congresswoman was speaking at a virtual hearing to discuss the links between racism, environmental hazards and the coronavirus pandemic.
TAXES - IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments
We are offering tax help for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others – including health plans – affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). IRS ASL Info Videos; IRS Multi-language Info Videos IRS Info Videos Key Words: Finance, American Sign Language, Spanish
UTILITIES - Newsom bans water shutoffs for customers with overdue bills
4/2/20 Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued an executive order that prohibits all public water agencies from disconnecting service to residences during the coronavirus pandemic. The order also does not absolve customers from bills they owe. They still are responsible for payment, but cannot be disconnected if payments are late or missed. The order remains in effect indefinitely. It applies to residential service and to businesses that have been deemed essential by the state public health officer, such as grocery stores, health clinics, carry out restaurants and others. It also requires water systems to restore service to residences that were shut off for non-payment after the March 4, 2020, statewide emergency coronavirus proclamation. Key Words: Finance, COVID-19
VOLUNTEER - Californians for All Volunteer Match
5/27/20 Governor's CA Volunteers office has launched a partnership with VolunteerMatch to create a volunteer engagement platform. This will make it easier for any Californian to volunteer, whether at home to help a neighbor, volunteering for an hour or dedicating a year to service to help their communities. It offers a variety of service options from activities you can do at home or with local organizations. It will provide more than 10,000 volunteer engagement opportunities in CA. Share how you are helping your community with stories, videos and photos using the hashtag #CaliforniansForAll on social media or e-mail us at Key Words: COVID-19, Coronavirus
VOTING - Safe at Home CA Registration
Safe at Home is a free, confidential address program administered by the CA Secretary of State's office and is most effective when used as a part of an overall safety plan. It offers victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking & elder and dependent abuse, as well as reproductive health care workers, a substitute mailing address to receive first class, certified, and registered mail. This address is also accepted by California state, county, and city government agencies in lieu of a residential or other mailing address where a victim can be tracked down, keeping the residence address confidential and out of the hands of someone who might want to harm the victim. Key Words: DV, mental health,