Santa Clara County set to open COVID-19 test sites in San Jose, Gilroy

Santa Clara County plans to open two COVID-19 testing sites this week in underserved areas – one at James Lick High School in San Jose and the other at Christopher High School in Gilroy.

“As much as we’ve had a bottleneck throughout the nation on testing, this is a big day,” said county Supervisor David Cortese. “This is a sign of things to come.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s drive to open 80 testing sites statewide reached the county with the introduction of the sites. Operated by OptumServe, the sites will provide tests to residents of the surrounding neighborhoods with COVID-19 symptoms. The service is free to all, including those without insurance or permanent citizenship status.

Eased COVID restrictions mean plant nurseries can reopen, construction resume

Santa Clara County and much of the Bay Area is loosening up on a few restrictions in the wake of shelter-in-place orders issued last month.

A new directive, issued April 29, keeps much restaurant and retail activity confined. But outdoor work, such as housing construction, agricultural operations and nurseries, can resume operations. Another key change concerns child care establishments serving essential workers: summer camps can now operate with 12 or fewer students, although like other forms of childcare they are limited to "providing care or supervision for children of all ages that enable owners, employees, volunteers, and contractors for Essential Businesses, Essential Governmental Functions, Outdoor Businesses, or Minimum Basic Operations to work as allowed under this Order."

In addition to bicycling and hiking in public spaces, use of golf courses and athletic fields is now permitted, provided people use social distancing protocols. Areas that encourage gatherings, such as playgrounds and dog parks, remain closed.

The new order runs through May 31. For more on the latest directive, click here.


Los Altos Sub-acute to offer regular virus updates

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Altos Sub-acute and Rehabilitation Center plans to provide weekly updates that include the number of residents or staff that have tested positive for the coronavirus and steps the facility is taking to mitigate risks and improve safety. 

Los Altos nonprofit aims to bridge grocery gap for people in need

Rebecca Mathenia
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Rebecca Mathenia, a paraeducator for Vargas Elementary School in Sunnyvale, hands out groceries provided by the Assistance League of Los Altos Friday.

As a regular supporter of the Sunnyvale School District, the Assistance League of Los Altos planned to fund science camp scholarships for district students this year. The coronavirus rendered the camp impossible, but students and their families are now reaping the nonprofit’s help in even more meaningful manifestations: carrots, rice, pasta sauce and lentils. 

Los Altos merchants count their losses, seek help

Kristy Gobright
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Kristy Gobright’s business, Salon 121 in downtown Los Altos, is among those that have had to temporarily close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some are wondering what a city like Los Altos, driven by small business, will look like after the coronavirus pandemic has moved through. 

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