San Jose: FLASH REPORT #149 - COVID-19 Response and Recovery
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The following is information about the City of San José's response to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support our most at-risk communities.


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 or 408-535-3500


Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations
  • Housing and Urban Development Expands COVID-19 Homeowner Relief Measures: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is taking steps to protect homeowners from losing their homes during the pandemic. HUD has extended the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) foreclosure and eviction moratoriums, and expanded COVID-19 forbearance opportunities. Forbearance is an option that provides homeowners with a pause to their monthly payments for a limited period of time. More information is available on the HUD website.
  • Big Changes to Paycheck Protection Program: Free Webinar for Small Businesses: The City of San José is hosting a free webinar on Thursday Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. to provide information about the limited-time changes to the Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to help small businesses and nonprofits with less than 20 employees. The new rules and funding formulas are in place for a 14-day PPP application period beginning Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. The categories of businesses and owners eligible in this period have been expanded to include sole proprietors, independent contractors, self-employed individuals, non-citizen business owners with an ITIN, and business owners with non-fraud felony convictions. The Small Business Association (SBA) will be rolling out the new regulations and forms soon. Click here to register for the Feb. 25 webinar. More information can be found in the statement from the White House.
  • County of Santa Clara to Allow Additional Outdoor Activities: Because rates of COVID-19 are declining, Santa Clara County officials announced that additional outdoor activities will be allowed effective Feb. 26. Activities authorized under the State order, including some youth and adult sports and performing arts, will be allowed as long as they only occur outdoors where risk of transmission is lower. The revised directives will be posted to the County's website, Facebook, and Twitter in the next few days. The County would like to remind the community that no activities involving multiple households are risk-free, and urges continued wearing of masks, physical distancing, and getting vaccinated when eligible.
  • A Snapshot of COVID Relief Funding: Since the start of the pandemic a year ago, the City of San José has responded in many ways to reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on our community. To pay for a swift and strong response, the City has used funding from the state and federal governments, philanthropic organizations, and our own general fund to support our most vulnerable residents and small businesses. Learn more and view a new infographic, explaining where COVID relief funding has gone in San José.

COVID-19 Testing, Tracing, and Support Services
  • Vaccine Eligibility Update: Santa Clara County residents in the following work sectors are eligible to receive their vaccines Feb. 28 or later:
    Additionally, residents age 65+ remain eligible to receive their vaccines. Appointments may be made through your regular healthcare provider or through Santa Clara County at Appointment registration forms are available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese ( Residents can also call Valley Connections at 408-970-2000 for assistance making vaccine appointments. Interpretation services are available. Insurance and immigration status do not impact your eligibility for the vaccine.
  • Get Help with Quarantine or Isolating: The County offers support options for people who test positive or have been in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive. If you need help with food, bills, or a place to stay while you isolate or quarantine, please call 408-808-7770 to learn about support services from the County of Santa Clara.
  • Get Tested: If you need a COVID-19 test, don't wait! A high rate of testing helps identify and stop the spread of COVID-19 cases, and is one of the factors that is helping our county reopen under State regulations. Some testing sites are listed below, but there are many more throughout the county. For a full list of COVID-19 testing sites in Santa Clara County, go to or call 2-1-1.
  • Appointments Available for Testing in San José, Los Altos, and Milpitas: Getting tested for COVID-19 is convenient and easy. Appointments can be made at the rotating city-based sites a week in advance, and five days in advance at the ongoing Santa Clara County Fairgrounds operation - visit Valley Medical Center testing sites can now provide automated results via text message – often as soon as the day after the test is administered.
    • San José
      Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Parking Lot A
      344 Tully Rd., San José, CA 95111 (across from the blue arch)
      Drive-through, bike, or walk-up
      Mondays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      Tuesday-Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
      Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
      Saturday-Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    • Los Altos
      Grant Park Community Center
      1575 Holt Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94024
      By appointment only for Thursday, Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Milpitas
      Milpitas Sports Center
      1325 E. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035
      By appointment only for Friday, Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Pop-Up Testing Sites: No appointments needed and only for people without symptoms:
    • San José
      Emmanuel Baptist Church
      467 N. White Rd., San José, 95127
      Tuesday to Friday, Feb. 23 – Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Gilroy
      South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary)
      9300 Wren Ave., Gilroy, 95020
      Monday to Friday, Feb. 22 – Feb. 26, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Mobile Testing Bus Sites: Testing by appointment, but drop-in may be available if space allows. Registration for a patient ID is needed for this mobile bus testing and can be done online at or by phone at 1-888-634-1123.

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