San Jose: FLASH REPORT #123 - COVID-19 Mitigation and Response
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The following is information about the City of San José's response to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and reduce the number of people infected.


City of San José
Emergency Operations Center

Carolina Camarena/Colin Heyne, City of San José Media Line: 408-535-7777
City of San José Customer Contact Center: 3-1-1 (408-535-3500)


San José City Council Meeting: The San José City Council will resume regular session on Tuesday, August 4 at 11:00 a.m. The public can watch the meeting on the City's YouTube Channel. Details and instructions for participation are included in the City Council meeting agenda.

Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations
  • School of Arts and Culture at MHP Offers Drive-Thru Food Distribution: In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, City of San José community partner the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza (the School) is providing free food distribution every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. The School is committed to meeting community needs in response to COVID-19 and subsequent recovery efforts. This year-long program will provide a total of 10,800 boxes of food and feed 43,200 people. The location is 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San José. Please enter the King Road parking lot to register and be directed to the food pick-up. If you would like to volunteer (positions include registration personnel, traffic controllers, food distribution handlers and others), sign up through the MHP food distribution volunteer online form. Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Releases Second Episode of "A Walk In The Park": The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) Department has launched the second episode in their new podcast series, "A Walk in the Park." Learn how PRNS' essential services are reaching people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life during the pandemic. In this episode, two recreation program specialists from the Recreation and Neighborhood Services Division share their experiences pivoting from recreational programming to providing essential services, such as food distribution and virtual resources. Learn more about PRNS at and share the following hashtags: #WeAreParksandRec #EssentialServices. Downtown Parking Changes: Updates to the City's Parking Program that were approved by City Council on June 23 are scheduled to take effect Monday, August 3. The first 90 minutes of parking will be free at all City parking garages (except Convention Center and City Hall – City Hall garage remains closed to the public). To reduce touch points and face-to-face interactions, people will no longer need to get a validation from a participating business to enjoy the perk of free parking. In addition, employees working in the downtown and earning $20 or less per hour will now be eligible to receive a 50% discount on monthly parking permits (visit for more information). The City's August 3 transition back to paid parking will also include reactivating the parking meters and resuming parking enforcement within the downtown core. To assist with the turnover of parking spaces and increase availability for customers, parking compliance officers will expand their current patrols for safety-related parking violations to include meter, restricted curbs (like red, blue, yellow, green, and white curbs), and other related violations. For details visit for more information. San Jose McEnery Convention Center and San Jose Theaters are GBAC STAR Facility Accredited: San Jose McEnery Convention Center and the San José Theaters announced that they have received the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR™ facility accreditation. This announcement makes the San Jose McEnery Convention Center the first convention center in Northern California to be industry-accredited in outbreak and infectious diseases preparation and response. Simultaneously, the four venues that make up the San Jose Theaters lead the way in being the first GBAC STAR accredited performing arts venues on the west coast and among the first in the entire country. It is the cleaning industry's only accreditation for prevention, response, and recovery. GBAC STAR establishes protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training and assesses a facility's preparedness for biorisk situations of infectious diseases (such as COVID-19). For more information, view Team San Jose's press release.

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Updates from the County of Santa Clara
  • Pop-Up Testing Sites in San José: COVID-19 Testing is FREE for everyone! No health insurance or doctor's note is required, and it does not impact your immigration status. Come and get tested Tuesday, July 28 to Saturday, August 1. Testing will be available at the locations and times below, no appointment is needed. Pop-up testing sites can move every week; check the County's pop-up testing web page for details.

    • Oak Grove High School (Student Center)
      285 Blossom Hill Rd.
              San Jose, CA 95123
              Tuesday to Friday, July 28 - 31, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
              Saturday, August 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

              S. County Annex (formerly Antonio Del Buono School)
      9300 Wren Ave
              Gilroy, CA 95020
              Tuesday to Friday, July 28 - 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

              Santa Clara County Office of Education (San Jose Room)
      1290 Ridder Park
              San Jose, CA 95131
              Tuesday to Friday, July 28 - 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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A person's risk for COVID-19 is not related to race, ethnicity or culture. City employees must abide by the Discrimination and Harassment policy, and treat colleagues and members of the public with courtesy and respect. Discrimination and/or Harassment of any kind is a violation of the policies and will not be tolerated.

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