COVID-19 Updates for April 1-15: The early days of 'shelter-in-place'

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The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health will provide briefings on the coronavirus pandemic 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 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/sccpublichealth.


COVID-19 updates for April 16 - May 1: extending the shut-down

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The County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health provides briefings on the coronavirus pandemic 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through the department’s Facebook account. The Town Crier maintains a live blog detailing the highlights of the most recent reports. To watch the Facebook live briefings, visit facebook.com/sccpublichealth. To look back at how the updates have chronicled the virus over time, read on.

Regionwide order extended to slow coronavirus crisis

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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. 

El Camino Health CEO talks numbers, preparation as the area’s COVID-19 cases rise

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Two men approach a tent outside the El Camino Hospital emergency room Friday afternoon. Two tents have been erected to treat patients who are suffering from respiratory symptoms that could be related to coronavirus. 

Updated March 30 at approximately 11:30 a.m.

El Camino Health CEO Dan Woods is proud of his team’s preparation for a possible uptick in patient visits as the number of coronavirus cases climbs in Santa Clara County. Woods expressed optimism as the health-care system’s testing data hints that local residents are complying with the shelter-in-place order, and he told the Town Crier that the network’s Mountain View and Los Gatos hospitals are doing “just fine.”


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