A 60-hour mission: Essential businesses scramble to draft, post and implement protocols

Cristina Smith
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Cristina Smith, one of the owners of State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria, posts required protocols for mitigating the spread of the coronavirus in the Los Altos restaurant’s windows Friday morning.

Local essential businesses are adapting to updated health and safety protocols as health officials seek to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

Online donation portal helps MV renters, businesses

As part of an ongoing local relief effort and a follow-up to the $1.3 million relief package Mountain View City Council members passed March 27, the #TogetherMV initiative now has a live donation portal, with contributions helping local renters and small businesses.

Live blog: Santa Clara County Public Health Department weekday briefings coverage

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The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health will provide briefings on the coronavirus pandemic 10 a.m. weekdays through the department’s Facebook account. The Town Crier will maintain a live blog detailing the highlights of each session. To watch the Facebook live briefings, visit facebook.com/scchealth.

Friday, April 3

In light of a recommendation from a united front of Bay Area health officials Thursday evening – led by San Mateo County health officer Dr. Scott Morrow – that residents wear face coverings when they venture out on essential trips, the Santa Clara County Emergency Operations Center’s lead public information officer Evelyn Ho offered advice during today’s daily briefing.

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to recommend them, Ho said local health authorities advise residents to wear cloth masks to reduce the spread of droplets from person to person as they go about their daily activities.

Regionwide order extended to slow coronavirus crisis

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Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A sign in the window of Valley Health and Acupuncture on Castro Street in Mountain View assures passersby the business is adhering to coronavirus cleanliness guidelines.

The six-county shelter-in-place order enacted March 17 to combat the coronavirus is working to combat spread of the disease, but it’s not enough, according to Santa Clara County health officer Dr. Sara Cody, who presided over a press briefing Tuesday (March 31).

Cody and health officers from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Mateo counties as well as the city of Berkeley extended their stay-at-home directive from April 7 to May 3 and added new restrictions for residents and businesses. The updated order is more constrictive than the first.

CSA discovers scammer targeting vulnerable, alerts police

Community Services Agency alerted the Mountain View Police Department last week to reports of a scammer posing as a CSA employee to target the vulnerable with promises of bogus coronavirus relief. 

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