Thank you for joining us for our 31st installment of the D4 Community Connects neighborhood leaders call.
I want to start today by acknowledging that it is March once again, almost a year since the first Public Health Order was enacted. But March 2021 isn’t like 2020. Now we have multiple vaccines and the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel feels more and more real. Numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are sharply declining. But this would not have been possible without each and every one of you here today. So for that, thank you – thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and your community safe.
Today’s guest is from our Public Administrator Guardian Conservator Office, a critical service the County offers to the people of Santa Clara County. The Public Guardian (Probate), serves adults with cognitive impairments by managing basic personal and financial needs. The Public Conservator (Mental Health), provides mental health services for Santa Clara County residents who are gravely disabled due to serious mental illness and the Public Administrator serves the public by managing the estates of persons who die without a will or executor.
Here is the presentation that they provided during the call:
DASHBOARD NUMBERS: https://covid19.sccgov.org/dashboards
Santa Clara County Moving into Red Tier of State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy - Following the State of California’s announcement that Santa Clara County has met the requirements to move into the Red Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the County of Santa Clara Health Officer announced earlier this week that the County will align with the State’s framework and allow all activities open in Red Tier counties to resume, effective yesterday, March 3. As a result, most of the industry/activity-specific local directives will be lifted, including the Health Officer’s Mandatory Directive on Travel. However, quarantining after travel is strongly recommended, in alignment with the State’s Travel Advisory. The County’s October 5th Risk Reduction Order, which requires everyone to follow all State orders and guidance, maintain distance, and wear face coverings, will remain in effect. The Order also requires all businesses and other entities to maximize telework, post a Social Distancing Protocol outlining specific COVID-19 safety plans, and promptly report any cases to the Public Health Department. Although more activities are allowed under the Red Tier, the County Health Officer urges everyone to remember that indoor activities are much higher risk than outdoor activities and to take every step to reduce your risk as much as possible. County Sector and activity-specific local directives are no longer in effect, but State requirements are still in place and can be reviewed online: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/
Educator-Focused COVID-19 Vaccine Site Opens at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds - Officials announced the launch of a COVID-19 vaccination clinic focused on educators at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. A collaboration between Santa Clara County Fire, Santa Clara County EMS, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the clinic will have the capacity to vaccinate more than 500 workers in the education sector each day. The clinic site will also be staffed by fire, EMS, law enforcement, and local government personnel from throughout Santa Clara County. The County Office of Education is working with local school districts to manage outreach and appointments, with a focus on reaching educators in districts that have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the County’s COVID-19 vaccine website, sccfreevax.org, for the latest updates on vaccine eligibility and distribution.
SMALL BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM - Our County small business loan program is now live. My colleague Sup. Simitian and I created this program late last year in order to better support our small business community impacted by the Shelter in Place orders. Small businesses can apply for low interest loans up to $100,000 through the California Rebuilding Fund. Call 408-385-9800 or visit svsbdc.org to apply.
EVENT - My office is sponsoring an EWaste collection drive that is being organized by Campbell’s very own Trashpunx. It will be held on March 13 at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Shasta Avenue and I hope you’ll take the opportunity not only to safely dispose of electronic equipment you no longer need, but safely say hello to me and my team and chat for a few moments.
For any additional questions, please reach out to Basil Saleh and we will follow-up with responses in a timely fashion.
Save the Date:
Our next installment of the D4 Community Connects call takes place on March 25, featuring a special guest from Office of Sustainability.
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