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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 - 5 lessons COVID-19 has taught us for the next pandemic
3/16/21 The pandemic that launched the nation’s first and most ambitious experiment to slow the spread of COVID-19 — stay-home orders for 7.6 million Bay Area residents — is easing. It’s left behind shattered lives, economic upset and widened racial inequities, but also valuable lessons which could strengthen our future response to outbreaks of deadly contagion. “Despite these enormous hardships, we have so many reasons for hope and a better future now,” said Dr. Dan Lowenstein, executive vice chancellor and provost of UC San Francisco.
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 Multi-language: Spanish | Vietnamese | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Korean | Tagalog | Arabic | French | Haitian |
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 - 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 - Listos CA Disaster Ready Guide
Simple preparation tips for getting information, making a plan with your family and support network, and making a kit, Multi-language: Chinese | Tagalog | Hmong | Korean | Punjabi | Russian | Spanish | Tongan | Vietnamese |
EDUCATION - Student Loan Forbearance Extended thru 9/30/2021
1/20/21 COVID Emergency Relief Flexibilities Extended Through at Least Sept. 30, 2021 To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers can be placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows students to temporarily stop making monthly loan payments. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Education, Pandemic
EMPLOYMENT - CA State List of Essential Workers - Updated
1/7/21 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.
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 - AirNow Interactive National Air Quality Map
AirNow is your one-stop source for air quality data. Our recently redesigned site highlights air quality in your local area first, while still providing air quality information at state, national, and world views. A new interactive map even lets you zoom out to get the big picture or drill down to see data for a single air quality monitor. AirNow reports air quality using the official U.S. Air Quality Index (AQI), a color-coded index designed to communicate whether air quality is healthy or unhealthy for you. When you know the AQI in your area, you can take steps to protect your health.
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
2/9/21 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 - CA Essential Workers List
On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 directing all residents immediately to heed current State public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect health and well-being of all Californians. In accordance with this order, the 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.
HEALTH - CA Notify
You have the power to help your friends, family and community Add your phone to California’s exposure notification system to get COVID-19 exposure alerts and to protect those around you. Once you activate CA Notify, it does all the work. All you do is keep your Bluetooth on. You will only receive alerts if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Your privacy is protected as your identity is not known and your location is not tracked. Frequently asked questions Key Words: Pandemic, Multi-Language: Spanish Vietnamese Tagalog Chinese Russian Korean
HEALTH - 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
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 - Coronavirus Advice for Consumers
AVOID CORONAVIRUS SCAMS with advice from the FTC: learn how to tell the difference between a real contact tracer and a scammer. Legitimate tracers need health information, not money or personal financial information. *** Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government. Here’s what you need to know.*** Ignore offers for vaccinations and miracle treatments or cures. Scammers are selling products to treat or prevent COVID-19 without proof that they work.
HEALTH - Disability Access in Vaccine Distribution
4/12/21 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are Federal laws that protect qualified persons with disabilities from discrimination based on disability in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance. HHS is available to assist covered entities in ensuring equitable vaccine distribution. OCR is available to provide technical assistance on Federal civil rights requirements and also investigates complaints alleging discrimination on the basis of disability with regard to access to vaccines. OCR has issued guidance on Federal Legal Standards Prohibiting Disability Discrimination in COVID Vaccination Programs as well as guidance about civil rights protections prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin and ensuring the civil rights of persons with limited English proficiency during COVID-19.
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 - FEMA - Community Vaccination Centers Playbook
2/4/21 This playbook establishes guidance for providing federal support to existing and new Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs) that are essential to accomplishing the mission, to include interagency coordination, resource support, facility setup, and other requirements that may necessitate federal support. Key Words - Government
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 - My Turn CA Vaccination Scheduling
For CA residents to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a clinic or site near them (or register to be be notified when they become eligible). Key Words: Pandemic, Multi-language: English, Spanish
HEALTH - Q&A: Can you skip the second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s why experts say that’s a bad idea
4/19/21 You dread the prospect of aches and pains. That trip to the clinic is inconvenient and takes time. And that first dose already offers some protection. Tempted to skip that second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine? Don’t do it, experts say. Key Words: Pandemic
HEALTH - SCC COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the Public
Who can currently be vaccinated? Who will be eligible to receive the vaccine next?? Other Frequently Asked Questions Vaccine Inventory Dashboard Vaccine Demographic Dashboard How are COVID-19 vaccines allocated to providers in Santa Clara County? Information for Healthcare Providers 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.
HEALTH - What you can and can’t do after getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19
3/8/21 People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume some parts of their old life but must remain vigilant in many ways as the pandemic continues, according to new federal guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Key Words: Pandemic, Coronavirus
IMMIGRANTS - As COVID-19 relief vote nears, undocumented immigrants struggle with no aid
3/4/21 There are approximately 7 million undocumented immigrants working in the United States, making up 4.4% of the workforce, according to a 2020 Center for American Progress report. Because of their immigration status, they do not qualify for unemployment benefits if they lose their job. But it's not just undocumented immigrants themselves who have faced difficulty receiving aid. There are around 16.7 million people in America who have at least one undocumented family member living with them, according to the Center For American Progress. People in these mixed-status families, such as when some are citizens and some are DACA recipients but file taxes with a family member who doesn't have a Social Security number, also have struggled to receive benefits.
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 - 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, undocumented
IMMIGRANTS - US COVID-19-Related Update on Travel to the US from India
4/30/21 Beginning Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the United States may well restrict travel from India due to the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 cases in India. If an individual has a valid U.S. visa, they should plan to return to the United States before May 4, 2021. As a reminder, all air passengers two years of age and over who are entering the US (including U.S.?citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) must present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 3 calendar days of departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. As of today, visa appointments through May 13, 2021, have been cancelled by U.S. consulates in India. If emergency travel to the United States is required and an individual does not have a valid visa, some consulates may be accepting emergency appointments on a limited basis.
NEWS - CDC Advisers Endorse Pfizer Vaccine for Children Ages 12 to 15
5/10/21 The federal government on Wednesday took a final step toward making the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine available to adolescents in the United States, removing an obstacle to school reopenings and cheering millions of families weary of pandemic restrictions. An advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted to recommend the vaccine for use in children ages 12 to 15. The C.D.C. director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, formally adopted the recommendation on Wednesday evening.
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 - South Bay Vietnamese Americans wrestle with COVID-19, lack of information
12/15/20 San Jose alone is home to more than 100,000 Vietnamese American residents as of 2010 and has the largest population of Vietnamese Americans of any city outside of Vietnam. Santa Clara County as a whole has roughly 140,000 residents of Vietnamese ancestry. Yet, little is known about how COVID-19 has affected the Vietnamese American community in Santa Clara County. The county has not published specific information about the community. Its data portal, which provides information on coronavirus case and death rates for different racial groups, does not include a breakdown of different Asian American subgroups, a category that includes Chinese Americans, Indian Americans and Filipino Americans.
NEWS - Uber, Lyft to Provide Free Rides to Covid-19 Vaccine Sites Until July 4
5/11/21 Ride-sharing companies Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. will make all rides to and from vaccination sites free until July 4 under a new partnership with the White House. While the companies were already providing free or discounted rides in some circumstances, the rides will now be free to anyone in the U.S. who is going to a vaccination site to get the shot, and Lyft and Uber will promote the rides to and from tens of thousands of vaccination sites through their apps. The feature will launch in the next two weeks and run until July 4, when Mr. Biden has aimed to have enough people vaccinated to allow for safer Independence Day gatherings. Key Words: Pandemic
NEWS - What to do if you lost your Vaccine Card
5/24/21 With California quickly reopening, and businesses increasingly requiring proof of vaccines from employees and customers, it’s time to remember where you stashed your precious COVID-19 vaccination card. It could soon become like a second ticket required for sporting events, international travel and a return to some semblance of normalcy. So what happens if you lost it — or the dog ate it — or maybe you never got a card in the first place? Here’s what you need to know about how to get a new vaccine card, where to store it and more.
RESOURCE - FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. The death must have occurred in the US, including the US territories, and the District of Columbia. The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19. The applicant must be a US citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after 1/20/20. There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a US citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien. FEMA Funeral Application Video ***COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585 *** FAQ Key Words: Pandemic Multi-language: Spanish | Chinese | Vietnamese | Portuguese | Creole |
RESOURCE - Multilingual Tutorials on Zoom and Other Online Platforms
Assorted Multi-language Digital Literacy tutoring videos. Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Farsi, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Ukrainian, and Urdu.
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
UTILITIES - Utility Consumer Protections During CA COVID-19 Outbreak
1/1/21 list of consumer protection provisions enacted in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in California. This list covers both Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), which are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and Publicly Owned Utilities (POUs). Please visit your specific utility’s webpage for more specific information about protections and benefits available to you.
VIDEO - Marshawn Lynch, Dr. Fauci discuss vaccine hesitancy in Black, Hispanic communities
4/16/21 During Marshawn Lynch’s 12 NFL seasons he earned a reputation for his fearless style on the field, while remaining one of the league’s most reclusive figures off the field. Now the retired running back is lending his voice to try to help members of Black and Hispanic communities make more informed decisions about receiving COVID-19 vaccines. And he’s enlisted the assistance of the nation’s top infectious disease specialist to do it. Lynch released a 30-minute interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci on his YouTube channel Friday, becoming the latest prominent athlete to sit down with the nation’s leading infectious disease expert to discuss the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines as the U.S. continues to combat the pandemic.
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,