Confusion, disappointment follow orders impacting local retailers

Note: This story has been updated to correct errors in the original story related to Yamagami's Nursery.

Conflicting shelter-in-place orders between Santa Clara County and the state have left local businesses confused over how – or if – they can operate.

Egan families contacted about Stanford COVID testing

The merits of a COVID-19 antibody testing study being conducted by a Stanford University research team have been called into question after the wife of one of the professors working on the study emailed the parents of more than 650 Egan Junior High School students, urging parents to take the test. 

LAH reacts to easing of COVID restrictions

More than 2,130 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Santa Clara County, but fewer than 10 of them are from Los Altos Hills, Mayor Michelle Wu said last week during the town’s first virtual town hall meeting. 

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. 

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