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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 - 2020 California: State & Local Level Disaster Referrals
8/20 Comprehensive list of contact information for state, county and city resources for people effected by disasters.
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
DISASTER - AlertSCC - Multi-language Emergency Alerts
AlertSCC is a free, easy, and confidential way for anyone who lives or works in Santa Clara County to get emergency warnings sent directly to their cell phone, mobile device, email, or landline. AlertSCC can reach you wherever you are to provide information and instructions in a variety of emergency situations. Languages: Spanish| | Vietnamese | Chinese
DISASTER - CA Disaster Relief Resource Guide
Directory of State and Federal Resources for people who have been affected by the recent wildfires. Governor Newsom declared a statewide emergency due to the fires and extreme weather conditions, and he has also secured a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state’s emergency response to wildfires burning in Northern California and support impacted residents in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties.. Contact us if you would like direct assistance at 1-877-345-4633 or email us here.
DISASTER - Disability & Disaster Hotline
8/20 The Disaster Hotline provides information, referrals, guidance, technical assistance and resources to people with disabilities, their families, allies, organizations assisting disaster impacted individuals with disabilities and others seeking assistance with immediate and urgent disaster-related needs. available for intake calls, 24/7 at (800) 626-4959 and info@disasterstrategies.org. We will respond to your call as soon as possible, often immediately, and we intend to respond to all callers within 24 hours. Multi-language: Spanish #HurricaneLaura, #COVID19 & #CAFires
DISASTER - Disaster Relief and COVID-19 Related Assistance not Considered in Public Charge
8/20 Excerpts from the USCIS Public Charge link ....The Public Charge rule does not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. In addition, the rule does not restrict access to vaccines for children or adults to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases. Importantly, for purposes of a public charge inadmissibility determination,. .....The rule does not include consideration of emergency medical assistance, disaster relief, national school lunch programs, foster care and adoption, student and mortgage loans, energy assistance, food pantries and homeless shelters and Head Start.Key Words: Immigrants
DISASTER - 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
DISASTER - Sewa International CA Fire Response
The Fire Response task force is helping the affected families, firefighters, and first responders, Offering water, non-perishable food, toiletries, warm clothes, basic necessities Pet food and supplies, Information on where to get help, who to contact etc. Donations received at several collection points. For assistance with fire or COVID-19 related needs contact bayarea@sewausa.org or call 203 USA SEWA (408-909-8072) Areas Served: Counties of Santa Clara, Alameda, Solano, Santa Cruz and Contra Costa . Multi-language: English, Hindi, Marathi, Telegu, Tamil, Kannada, Punjabi, Gujarati, Oria, Spanish, Korean
EMPLOYMENT - CA State List of Essential Workers - Updated
9/8/20 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 - Governor Newsom Signs Bill Extending Job-Protected Family Leave to Nearly 6 Million Californians
9/17/20 Governor Gavin Newsom today signed legislation ensuring millions more Californians can utilize Paid Family Leave benefits they pay for without the fear of job loss. SB 1383 was developed through the Paid Family Leave Task Force convened by the Administration last year and builds on previous work to extend Paid Family Leave benefits from six to eight weeks for each parent of a newborn.
EMPLOYMENT - Governor Newsom Signs Legislation to Protect California’s Workforce Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
9/17/20 Governor Gavin Newsom today signed two bills as part of his worker protection package, SB 1159 expands access to workers’ compensation and makes it easier for first responders, health care workers and people who test positive due to an outbreak at work to get the support they need, including necessary medical care and wage replacement benefits. AB 685 ensures timely notification to employees and local and state public health officials of COVID-19 cases at workplaces. This notification will help workers take necessary precautions such as seeking testing, getting medical help or complying with quarantine directives.
FINANCE - Need money during coronavirus pandemic? How to avoid loan sharks and debt traps
4/2/20 As millions of Americans lose jobs, shifts and other sources of income during the coronavirus health crisis, financial experts worry that people will be preyed upon by loan sharks who stand to profit. “We saw this during the foreclosure crisis, where people were in distress and scammers took advantage to promise to help people connect to relief for a fee they could not afford,” said Kevin Stein, deputy director of the California Reinvestment Coalition, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that advocates for protecting consumers. Key Words: Disaster, Emergency
FINANCE - Online Traffic Fine Reduction Request
8/15/20 If you have a financial hardship and can show that you are unable to pay the full amount for your traffic ticket, you may request the court to consider your ability to pay. The Judicial Council and eight California Superior Courts are working together to develop a new online option for people struggling with traffic court debt. The "MyCitations" tool allows people to look up their traffic citation, answer a series of simple questions and submit a request to the court for a possible reduction in the amount owed. Users can also request a payment plan, more time to pay or community service. Spanish
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 - COVID-19 infections among Latinx seeing sharp decline in Santa Clara County
9/28/20 After data busted the myth that COVID-19 was “the great equalizer” and made it clear the disease has had disproportionate affects on Santa Clara County’s Latinx population, public health officials say rates finally are starting to decrease in the hardest hit communities. “The rates among the Latinx community were really soaring in July. They were across the county but particularly steep in the Latinx community and to some extent in the African American community,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody. “We are now seeing the rates decline not just across the county but most steeply among the Latinx community.”
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 - California’s coronavirus contact tracing efforts hampered by lack of bilingual staff
8/17/20 As the Latinx community disproportionately makes up the majority of coronavirus cases and deaths across California, the problem isn’t simply that public health departments are missing out on contacts and stemming the spread of coronavirus, advocates and epidemiologists say: It’s that many Californians are receiving worse, less-effective care than their English-speaking counterparts.
HEALTH - Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
If You or Someone You Know is Disabled: Know Your Rights to Medical Care – COVID-19 Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws, you cannot be treated badly just because you have a disability or someone in your family has a disability, or because someone thinks you have a disability. You can ask for changes you need for your disability. The hospital and doctors have to help you unless it would be very dangerous or difficult, even with supports. If you have a problem with a doctor or hospital during COVID-19, call Disability Rights California (DRC) at 1-800-776-5746 between 9:00 – 4:00. TTY: 1-800-719-5798. Multi-lingual: Spanish Key Words: KYR, AFN
HEALTH - EPA List of Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19 Virus
This list includes products with emerging viral pathogen claims and those with human coronavirus claims. If a product with an emerging viral pathogen claim is not available, use a product with a coronavirus claim. If the product is listed as “N” under the Emerging Viral Pathogen Claim column, then it has a human coronavirus claim. Check the EPA number on any product to see if it is on this list. There may be other effective cleaning products that are not on this list, but if it is here, you can be sure. Key Words: Health, Pandemic, Flu, COVID-19
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. Multi-language: Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | Tagalog
HEALTH - San Jose leaders approve recommendations to address COVID-19 health disparities
9/2/20 San Jose leaders unanimously accepted 30 recommendations Sept. 1 from Santa Clara County’s Health and Equity Task Force to tackle growing health disparities in the time of COVID-19. The recommendations include translating emergency information, contact-tracing, extending rent relief, distributing food and adding additional COVID-19 testing sites. Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco said as of Aug. 31, more than 170 cases were reported in Santa Clara County, but many residents still don’t know where to get the services they need.
HOUSING - STATEWIDE EVICTION MORATORIUM DUE TO COVID-19 Pandemic Extended thru 1/31/21
8/31/20 The State of California enacted the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief Act (AB 3088). AB 3088’s Tenant Relief Act creates eviction protections for tenants experiencing COVID-19 financial hardship effective immediately. All residential properties in Mountain View are covered, including single-family homes, condos/townhomes, duplexes, apartments, mobile homes and mobile home spaces and other types of residential rental units.
IMMIGRANTS - Privacy Protections in Selected Federal Benefits Programs
2/21/18 The federal laws protecting information about benefit recipients remain intact, and cannot be altered by an executive order.[3] Absent any change in federal statute, state agencies should decline any request for disclosure of information regarding a benefit recipient unless the request is consistent with these laws, the state plan approved for the program, and other federal regulations or guidance that flows from these federal statutes. Key Words: Public Charge, KYR, Know Your Rights
IMMIGRANTS - San Jose legislator Zoe Lofgren pushes for immigration reforms amid COVID-19
9/25/20 Rep. Zoe Lofgren called for immigration reform this week during a congressional hearing examining the role of undocumented immigrants in the essential workforce. The San Jose Democrat said essential workers, such as those working in agriculture or food processing, have risked their lives by continuing to work in-person throughout the coronavirus pandemic. “Many immigrant essential workers are undocumented and live under the constant threat of removal,” she said. “Many others are protected by temporary programs, such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or the Temporary Protected Status, but they too live in fear as a result of the (Trump) administration’s efforts to terminate these programs. They deserve better.”
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 - 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
NEWS - NewsGuard - Avoid coronavirus hoaxes
Avoid coronavirus hoaxes and other misinformation with NewsGuard. Now free until July 1st for the COVID-19 crisis. Trust ratings for 4,000+ news and information sites–written by trained journalists based on nine journalistic criteria. We tell you who’s behind each site, how it’s funded, and whether you can trust it. Key Words: Fake News
NEWS - San Jose’s newly created Office of Racial Equity
10/3/20 Zulma Maciel, director of the city’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and a daughter of Mexican immigrants, has been selected to lead the city’s newly-created Office of Racial Equity, marking the first public step by the city to address inequities in its policies, programs and spending.
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 - 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."
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 info@cv.ca.gov. 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,
VOTING - Smart Voter
Smart Voter is one of the most comprehensive and reliable sources of unbiased information for voters on the Web. The service is made available to the public through partnerships with the League of Women Voters and election officials of various states and local communities around the US? Smart Voter's technology and central operations are managed by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, a non-partisan nonprofit organization.