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.”

Some Los Altos restaurants, retail outlets remain open during pandemic

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Charley Noodle & Grill on State Street is among the downtown Los Altos restaurants operating under reduced hours during the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated March 27 at approximately 1 p.m.

As local businesses revise their models and adjust their hours and conditions during the shelter-in-place order, the Town Crier is working to keep up and inform readers of those that are up and running in a limited capacity.

This publication reached out to owners and employees from businesses reporters were unable to reach last week, calling and consulting websites and Yelp pages in an effort to add to the database of functioning businesses, all of which hope to garner support from local residents and generate revenue during the coronavirus pandemic.

Policing during a pandemic: Officers educate, regulate shelter-in-place order

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Leaving home isolation for exercise alone, like this woman walking her pug dogs on State Street Friday afternoon, or with those one lives with, is OK, but anyone who does go outdoors should remain at least 6 feet away from everyone else, according to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide coronavirus order. The Los Altos Police Department is working to ensure compliance.

According to the Los Altos Police Department’s crime log in the days following the shelter-in-place order, officers are responding to calls to clarify the restrictions and to warn residents who violate the order they could be charged with a misdemeanor. 

Following major county initiatives, Los Altos council tackles local aid

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A new sign at McKenzie Park on Fremont Avenue informs visitors of the playground's closure.

As the coronavirus outbreak and resulting shelter-in-place order continue to wreak havoc on the public health infrastructure and the economy, the Los Altos City Council Tuesday (March 24) responded to actions taken at a county level earlier in the day.

List: Los Altos retail shops operating during coronavirus shutdown

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Linden Tree Books is closed, but the Los Altos business is offering online ordering.

The following, compiled with help from the city of Los Altos, the Los Altos Village Association, the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and Los Altos Property Owners Downtown, is a list of Los Altos businesses that are closed for in-person traffic but that offer some services amid the coronavirus scare, which has forced the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and the state of California to issue shelter-in-place orders. 

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