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The Santa Clara County Office of Education, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department and other local health departments, are working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19). Information about the coronavirus as well as school information is updated regularly.
San José to Provide High Speed Internet Access to Thousands of Students and Residents by the Beginning of the Academic School Year
Mayor Sam Liccardo announced today that the City of San José will be providing 11,000 high-end hotspots with unlimited 4G LTE data plans to unconnected and under-connected students and residents through a new public-private partnership with AT&T.
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SCCOE COVID-19 General FAQs
As of July 21, 2020 these are the frequently asked questions regarding the most recent executive order from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. Please note that this document is updated on a regular basis as additional information becomes available.
Statement of the County of Santa Clara Regarding the Governor’s Announcement
At noon today, the Governor announced new guidance for school reopening that generally requires counties to be off the State’s monitoring list for at least 14 days before schools will open for in-person instruction. Santa Clara County is currently on the State’s monitoring list.
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County of Santa Clara Public Health Department and County Office of Education Announce the Release of Guidance for Local K-12 Public and Private Schools To Facilitate Planning for the Safe Reopening of Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department today issued detailed guidance for school administrators to help them prepare to welcome students back to school campuses for the 2020-2021 school year, with the protocols and policies in place to protect students and staff from COVID-19. The guidance, which was developed in partnership with the County Office of Education, provides detailed direction for schools on issues such as safe practices for in-class instruction, school arrival and departure, bus transportation, use of face coverings, handwashing, school cleaning, food service, extracurricular activities, and other topics. For use by school administrators, the document explains specific actions schools should take to prevent COVID-19 transmission and to respond to possible cases in the school setting.
Santa Clara County Office of Education Announces School Reopening, Recovery Guidance
In partnership with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) today announced recommended guidance for schools’ county-wide recovery and reopening this fall. The Stronger Together Recovery and Reopening for Santa Clara County Schools resources provide preliminary guidance and considerations to inform local decision making around school reopening and to support stakeholder engagement in the community.
Letter to Santa Clara County Community
The Santa Clara County educational community is eager to know if Santa Clara County children and youth can return to in-person instruction in the Fall. A variety of logistical and public health considerations must be addressed in order to ensure that a return to in person instruction is done as safely as possible. We are working diligently toward that goal. The Santa Clara County Office of Education, school district superintendents, and our educational partners from across our county have been hard at work reviewing and assessing the most up-to-date guidance from the Santa Clara County and California Departments of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the California Department of Education...
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Amended guidance by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department
County of Santa Clara Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody today announced amendments to the current Shelter in Place Order that will allow multiple sectors and activities to resume, including in-store retail, outdoor dining, all manufacturing, small service businesses, childcare and summer programs, as well as religious, cultural, and civic activities.
The updates will go into effect on Friday, June 5th.
Framework for Plan to Reopen Schools
The Santa Clara County Office of Education and school district superintendents are collaborating to evaluate the needs of schools in Santa Clara County in preparation to reopen this fall. The health and safety of our students and families are our top priority. Any plans to reopen schools for in-person instruction will adhere to guidelines that are based on requirements outlined by the Department of Public Health and implements restrictions necessary to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our community.
County of Santa Clara Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced amendments to the current Shelter in Place Order to allow some businesses to resume operating, with modifications based on significant progress in controlling the spread of COVID-19.
Under the new order, retailers in the county will be allowed to open for curbside/outdoor pickup, and the supply chain for those retail establishments will also be allowed to reopen. The amended order also allows additional outdoor activities to resume, including car parades, outdoor museums, historical sites, and publicly accessible gardens. These businesses and activities will be allowed to resume operation on Friday, May 22, 2020, with social distancing protocols in place to ensure the safety of workers and customers.
Childcare for Essential Workers Portal Features New Content
Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in partnership with county and city leaders, community organizations and agencies throughout Santa Clara County recently announced a new online portal to provide essential workers, as defined by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, access to childcare during the shelter-in-place order.
COVID-19 Testing Now Available at Two School Sites within Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County Office of Education has joined with the County of Santa Clara to announce that two school sites within Santa Clara County, James Lick High School in the East Side Union High School District and Christopher High School in the Gilroy Unified School District are now designated as community testing sites for COVID-19.
Community Resources for Youth, Families and Individuals Impacted by COVID-19
If you, a family member or someone you know has been impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and need food assistance, health services, financial help, legal assistance or other support services, here are some available resources that can help. Many services are available to all members of our community, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status.
Visit the Santa Clara County website for more information.
New Guidance from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department
The seven Bay Area Public Health Officers who ordered a shelter in place in mid-March will extend the orders through May 31 while some restrictions are eased and tools to strengthen containment of COVID-19 are put into place. The social distancing intervention has slowed the increase of new cases and prevented the anticipated medical surge. As restrictions are eased, it is critical to ensure that growth of cases can be sufficiently contained to protect the health and safety of our community.
The current order is still in effect until May 3, 11:59pm at which time this new order will go in effect.
Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Deadline Extended Based Upon Executive Order
Santa Clara County Office of Education announced Local Control And Accountability Plan (LCAP) timelines are now extended due to the disruption to school attendance caused by COVID-19.
Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative Launches New Family Resource Chat
In response to the immediate need for distance learning support for both students and parents, the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative has expanded its resources to include a weekly Family Resource Chat forum where parents can learn and practice education techniques with an Inclusion Training Specialist, exchange information, and connect with each other.
Santa Clara County Office of Education Partners with Silicon Valley Community Foundation on Initiative to Support School Districts
Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in partnership with Silicon Valley Community Foundation and San Mateo County Office of Education have established the COVID-19 Education Partnership, designed to support the needs of local county offices of education and school districts in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Santa Clara County Office of Education Announces New Online Portal for Essential Workers to Access Childcare
Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in partnership with county and city leaders, community organizations and agencies throughout Santa Clara County has announced a new online portal to provide essential workers, as defined by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, access to childcare during the shelter-in-place order.
Bay Area Schools Collaborate to Extend School Closures to Student Attendance -- Schools continue to transition from in-person classroom to distance learning formats
The County Superintendents, after consultation with the Public Health Officers in six Bay Area counties, have announced the extension of campus closures through the end of the school year.
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco County Superintendents in collaboration with the Public Health Officers in their respective counties, announced the decision to extend campus closures through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Schools will continue to transition from in-person classroom instruction to at-home and distance learning formats. School leaders will continue to utilize campus facilities to distribute school meals and provide childcare or supervision as determined by local needs.
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Santa Clara County School Superintendents’ Response to State Leaders’ Recommendation
Santa Clara County Office of Education and Santa Clara County District Superintendents today offered a county wide response to the new shelter-in-place recommendations for schools based on guidance provided by Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond.
Governor Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond have announced that school campuses in California will not be able to reopen this school year.
Santa Clara County Office of Education Feeds Families Through Partnership with My Green Lunch
The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) has partnered with school lunch catering company, My Green Lunch to fulfill its commitment to provide meals to students, families and the community within Santa Clara County.
My Green Lunch provides schools in Santa Clara County with healthy food served to students in environmentally friendly and compostable packaging. While schools are closed due to the shelter-in-place order, My Green Lunch continues to help the community by providing families with healthy, nutritious food.
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New Guidance by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department held a press conference to issue new guidance and recommendations to protect residents from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Health officers in seven Bay Area jurisdictions are extending a previous stay-at-home order through May 3, 2020 in order to preserve critical hospital capacity across the region. The health officers have determined that more and stricter social distancing is needed to slow the rate of spread, prevent deaths, and stop the health care system from becoming overwhelmed.
The new stay-at-home order will supersede the previous order and go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. It is a complement to the indefinite statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this month
Bay Area School Closures and Student Dismissals From Regular School Attendance to be Extended Through May 1, 2020
Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their six county superintendents of schools have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest priorities of all schools and districts in these six counties.
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Santa Clara County Office of Education Supports County-Wide Childcare Programs for Emergency Service Workers
Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in partnership with community organizations and agencies throughout Santa Clara County will support Emergency Childcare Programs for Healthcare Workers and First Responders.
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FAQ for Santa Clara County Schools and Districts (English, Español, Tiếng Việt)
As of March 18, 2020, these are the frequently asked questions regarding available services in Santa Clara County.
A: Updates can be found at the following websites:
Santa Clara Public Health Department;
Governor Newsom’s Newsroom; Santa Clara County Office of Education. The Santa Clara County Office of Education also has a hotline available at (408) 453-6819.
Santa Clara County Office of Education Launches COVID-19 Resource and Information Page
The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) has launched a web portal of COVID-19 information and resources for teachers, parents, students, administrators and support staff. The sccoe.org/covid-19 portal features sections with information that varies from setting up virtual classrooms and accessing lesson plans and resources, to sharing ideas with parents for how to keep children engaged at home.
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New COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools from California Department of Education (CDE) and California Health and Human Services Agency (HHS)
This is an uncertain time in California, and we have entered uncharted territory. Local educational agency officials are on the front line in making decisions for the health and safety of students and staff, and school officials have been faced with agonizing and difficult choices.
On behalf of Governor Gavin Newsom, State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond, State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond, and Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Mark Ghaly, we want to extend our deepest appreciation to all of California’s educators and school staff for the hard work you all are doing on behalf of California’s school children.
Please continue to be guided by federal, state, and local public health authorities in your decision-making. We believe that public health and education officials, in collaboration, are best positioned to measure and balance these very difficult, and often competing, considerations. Continue to collaborate with your city and county officials on how best to work within your community and we encourage all members of the school community, administrators, employees, and families, to communicate and consult with one another as we plan and implement services for students.
It is an understatement to say that it is difficult to plan in this constantly-evolving situation, and regular reassessments are critical as the public health considerations continue to change. Shelter-in-place orders, like those issued in six Bay Area counties on March 16, 2020, significantly alter the considerations and possibilities for continuing to support students and families in affected communities. Please be assured that we will continuously assess the evolving circumstances and update the enclosed guidance as necessary.
The State of California supports you in these efforts. We are confident that, collectively, we will meet this moment on behalf of California's students and families, especially the most vulnerable among us, and that our state will be stronger because of your work. We encourage all members of the school community, including administrators and employees, to communicate and consult with one another as they plan and implement their strategies for serving students and families.
Finally, we know that educators have many questions moving forward. We have heard your questions about state assessments as well as Local Control and Accountability Plan adoptions and budget hearings. We know that you have also heard concerns from students about preparations for college and SAT/ACT and AP exams. Given the impact of COVID-19 on students and school communities, we want to let you know that we will prioritize the mental and socioemotional health of students, and are examining all options for suspending state assessments.
Please know that Superintendent Thurmond, State Board President Darling-Hammond, and California Department of Education staff are working diligently to answer questions as quickly as possible.
The California Department of Education will issue updates to this guidance and others every Friday, in addition to issuing new and updated guidance as the need arises.
Message from the County of Santa Clara Emergency Operations Center
In light of yesterday’s Shelter-at-Home Order issued by the County Public Health Officer, I wanted to reiterate that the health and safety of our residents, employees, and businesses remains the highest priority for my office. On March 16, 2020, the public health officers of Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo counties and the City of Berkeley announced a legal order directing their respective residents to shelter at home for three weeks beginning March 17. The Order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential activities and encourages all members of the public to shelter at home to the maximum extent possible to reduce community spread of COVID-19.
These directives were carefully developed by our County health officials based on the best available information and science. They were also informed by best practices from around the world and substantial input from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which has stationed several staff on the ground here in Santa Clara County.
During this difficult time, I want to urge residents to remain calm and follow all the guidance and directives from our public health professionals. Please shelter at home unless absolutely necessary for essential activities. Please encourage your friends and family to do the same. Practice excellent hygiene and pay close attention to your health. Stay connected to your loved ones (preferably by phone) and make sure they are taking care of their physical and mental health. Also, please continue to buy only normal quantities of essential supplies, food, and medicine to ensure that there is enough for everyone (grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential services will remain open).
While difficult decisions are being implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable residents, my office continues to place our highest priority on the safety and well-being of you and your loved ones.
This is an evolving situation; the Public Health guidance and directives may continue to change. Please stay informed. More information and regular updates can be found on the County Public Health website and the CDC website. Below are links to the Order and frequently-asked-questions.
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I want to reiterate my gratitude to you all, who stand in the front lines in this challenging time.
Parents Impacted by COVID-19 School Closures
Parents who can’t work because of their child's school closures may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance Benefits. Please call the OLSE Advice Line for help in determining eligibility and assistance with applications.
As our community navigates through the impact of COVID-19 and the rapidly changing guidance from the Public Health Department and the Center for Disease Control, Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative has expanded its Inclusion Support Warmline Services.
This service is available 16 hours per day and has the following language capabilities: Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Korean. Support will be provided by answering questions, addressing concerns and providing social stories to support children’s understanding of “social distancing”, etc.
Also available will be alternative educational resources, support for flexible learning (media, etc.) and addressing individual needs for children with IEPs. Visual Support, individual schedules, etc. are also available.
Order of the Health Officer of the County of Santa Clara
On March 16, the Public health officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties announced, with the City of Berkeley, a legal order directing their respective residents to shelter at home for three weeks beginning March 17.
Information for non-public schools, preschools, childcare or other learning programs
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How to help your children stay safe, healthy and active while schools are closed to student attendance
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The Santa Clara County Public Health Department held a press conference to issue new guidance and recommendations to protect residents from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The County Superintendent of Schools and all district superintendents in the County have decided to close schools to students for three
weeks beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, and ending April 3, 2020. This school closure is designed to provide schools with the time needed to create long-term plans to operate in ways that align to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department Guidance.
Updated Guidance: 03-13-2020-Updated-Guidance-and-Orders-English.pdf
Information on Santa Clara County Office of Education countywide program closures to students
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department held a press conference to issue new guidance and recommendations to protect residents from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The recommendations include a countywide prohibition on mass gatherings of more than 1,000 people as well as updated guidance for childcare and schools.
Updated Guidance: 03-09-20-Updated-Guidance-and-Orders ENGLISH.pdf
The County of Santa Clara’s Public Health Department is providing updated recommendations to the community to protect persons at higher-risk of serious illness due to COVID-19. The County is also announcing that there are now 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County.
They are also announcing new guidance designed to reduce the spread of the virus in our community. “We understand that people are very concerned about COVID-19. I want to remind the public that the vast majority of people who became infected with COVID-19 do not become seriously ill, and fully recover. We are making these recommendations to protect the most vulnerable members of our community from the virus, and slow its spread," said the County’s Health Officer, Dr. Sara Cody. "We are continuously monitoring this evolving situation, and will issue new guidance if and when that is warranted."
Guidance for schools:
The County Public Health Department is not recommending closing schools at this time. If a staff member or student in a specific school confirmed to have COVID-19, the Public Health Department will consider, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted. The reason we are not recommending school closures at this time is because children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus. As much as possible, children should be allowed to carry on with their education and normal activities.
We encourage all school officials to carefully review and follow the CDC’s guidance for K-12 schools and childcare centers, as well as our recommendations for mass gatherings and large events. We are aware that schools in our community may need to make decisions about postponement or cancelation of specific activities.
Some children have underlying health conditions, such as weakened immune systems, that put them at higher risk. Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home.
For additional information including, guidance for workplaces and businesses, persons hosting mass gatherings and large community events, people at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness and people who are sick, please read the following press release.
New Guidance for COVID-19 in Santa Clara County
The County of Santa Clara’s Public Health Department is providing new guidance to the community to protect persons at higher-risk of serious illness due to COVID-19. The County is also announcing that there are now 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. “Due to our almost daily increase in cases, the Public Health Department is issuing new guidance today to protect the health of vulnerable individuals,” said the County’s Health Officer, Dr. Sara Cody.
Two New Confirmed Cases in Santa Clara County
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department confirms two new cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. This brings the total number of cases to nine. One case is fully recovered as of February 20, 2020. Four cases are hospitalized, and four cases are in home isolation.
Individuals need to take action to help slow down the spread of the disease. For individuals, the recommendations are simple, but very important:
These hygiene practices will undoubtedly help slow down the spread of COVID-19 and other influenza strains.
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department held a Press Conference to announce that a third case of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County has been confirmed. This third case had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual (See Press Release Below). “It is important to stay home when sick and practice thorough hygiene using soap, hand sanitizers, and tissues while avoiding touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth” stated Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools.
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At this point in time for the general American public, the immediate health risk from novel coronavirus (now named COVID-19) is low, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) representatives at a press conference on February 25, 2020. At present there are no immediate plans for school closures due to a spread of this virus. SCCOE is in daily contact with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and continues to monitor the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)s’ information for updates.
Although there is currently no immediate risk to our communities, we must be prepared for it to spread in our communities and across the U.S. School districts are taking steps to review their Safety Plans, testing lines of communications, and thinking about how they would ensure that students would be supported in such an emergency.
CDC’s 2/26/2020 update, repeated the simple things one can do to help keep healthy:
Dear Community Partner:
The following is a novel coronavirus update from Sara Cody, MD, County of Santa Clara Health Officer and Director of Public Health:
Current status of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
What You Can Do
Practice these common infection control practices to help lessen the spread of all viruses:
FAQs in additional languages will be posted soon.
To stay informed, visit the
Public Health Department website regularly for the latest information.
Dear School Partner,
See attached updated guidance for students and staff regarding novel coronavirus.
Please note that there have been reports of students and others being stigmatized. We urge schools to ensure student and staff privacy to help prevent discrimination.
Students and staff returning from mainland China arriving in the United States since February 3, 2020 should be excluded from school for 14 days, beginning the day after they left China. This is a change from previous guidance.
The Public Health Department Novel Coronavirus Widget is available! This widget is an icon that can be embedded on your school's webpage. It will connect your website visitors to the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department's Novel Coronavirus webpage.
Once you've added the widget, there's no technical maintenance. The Public Health Department will update the content automatically. The Novel Coronavirus widget is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese.
you have not already done so, please provide the following link: www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Pages/ncov-widget.aspx to your IT staff. The link includes instructions on embedding the widget on your school's website page content.
Adding the Novel Coronavirus widget to your page means that your school community will have up-to-date, credible health and safety content on your webpage.
For the latest updates on Novel Coronavirus, visit: www.sccphd.org/coronavirus.
County of Santa Clara Public Health Department
2.10.20 School Guidance - Spanish.pdf
As a clarification to yesterday’s update, the section that instructed students & staff returning from mainland China to remain home for 14 days only applies to students & staff who returned on February 2 or later.
For students & staff who came back to the U.S. before February 2, they may wish to consider staying home for 14 days after they left mainland China, but it is not mandatory, and they should continue monitoring themselves for symptoms until the end of the 14 days.
Please note that mainland China does not include Hong Kong.
February 3, 2020
I am writing to provide an update regarding the no vel coronavirus in our county, and to share updated guidance for students and staff who have recently traveled to China.
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department has now received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of two cases of novel coronavirus, one on Friday January 31, and the second on Sunday February 2. Both of these cases had traveled to Wuhan, China in the 14 days before they became ill. Both have been self-isolating at home. The cases are not related to each other. We are reaching out to anyone who may have been in close contact with either case to determine whether they were exposed to the novel coronavirus. All exposed close contacts are being quarantined at home and monitored for symptoms.
To date, we do not have any evidence to suggest that that novel coronavirus is circulating in Santa Clara County or the Bay Area, and public health departments are working hard to keep it that way. As we have all been communicating, the situation is evolving rapidly, and we anticipate this pace of change to continue.
One change is that a recent published report has documented asymptomatic transmission of the virus.
Asymptomatic transmission is when a person who does not yet have symptoms nevertheless spreads infections to others. How often this occurs is not known, but if asymptomatic transmission does occur, it would likely occur in the day or two before the infected individual starts showing symptoms.
This evidence of asymptomatic transmission is in part why the federal government has made the decision to formally quarantine all travelers returning to the US from Hubei province (where Wuhan city is located), China, and to ask people returning from other parts of China to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days since their last day in China.
Because of the concern of asymptomatic transmission, especially from travelers who returned from Hubei province, we are now asking schools to do the following:
1. If you have students or staff who have been in Hubei province within the last 14 days, please ask them to immediately return home and call the public health department during regular business hours (408-885-3980, M-F 8-5) so that we can provide guidance on monitoring themselves carefully for symptoms for the 14 days since their last day in China.
a. Family members of travelers who visited Hubei province within the last 14 days do not need to quarantine at home, but they should also monitor for symptoms and avoid attending large gatherings.
2. Students or staff who have been to other areas of mainland China (this excludes Hong Kong) within the last 14 days should also not come to school. They should monitor themselves for symptoms for the 14 days since their last day in China. Per federal guidance being released today, they should also call the public health department during regular business hours (408-885-3980, M-F 8-5) for further guidance.
In either case, if they become symptomatic within 14 days since their last day in China with fever (including chills or night sweats), cough, or shortness of breath, they should call a healthcare provider and let them know their travel history and symptoms.
Please do not require a physician's clearance to return to work or school for students, employees, and other staff who have returned from traveling and are not sick. We are receiving communications that this is happening, which is impacting the medical system and preventing doctors from seeing patients who are ill.
We encourage all students and staff to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like colds and flu:
County of Santa Clara Public Health Department
Latest documents provided by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department
Santa Clara County health officials Friday afternoon said that a man who resides in Santa Clara County has tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus. County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said the man recently traveled to Wuhan, returned January 24 to the Mineta San Jose International Airport and then became sick after getting home.
He has been “self-isolating" at home since returning and only left to seek outpatient medical treatment on two occasions. Dr. Cody mentioned the patient has not been sick enough to require hospitalization and that county Health Officials are investigating/monitori ng health officials, airline, and home contacts.
Dr. Cody reiterated the importance of common-sens e precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases:
Dr. Cody emphasized that there is no evidence that the virus is spreading anywhere in the county, Bay Area or Northern California. The two other confirmed cases in California are in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, are being monitored closely.
Federal Health and Human services declared a public health emergency and announced significant entry restrictions due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Americans returning from China will be allowed into the country, but will face screening at select ports of entry and required to undertake 14 days of self-screening to ensure they don't pose a health risk. Those returning from Hubei province, the center of the outbreak, will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine.
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The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is working closely with our local, state, and federal public health partners to closely monitor novel (new) coronavirus developments. We are preparing locally because this is a new and rapidly evolving situation. We have staffed our public health emergency operations center to coordinate our work. This includes working actively with healthcare providers, schools, and many other partners.
We know people are anxious and concerned about this new virus. Because it is so new, there is still a lot we do not know, including exactly how it is spreads, how easily it spreads, and whether people with no symptoms can spread the virus.
One thing we do not know is whether masks will protect you from this virus, mainly because there is no evidence of person-to-person spread in our community right now. Our best advice right now is you don’t need to wear a mask since there is little risk of getting the illness.
The one exception is if you are sick with respiratory symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of breath – wear a mask to protect others. Simple surgical masks can help prevent spreading the flu and other viruses to your family, friends, colleagues, and community.
People who have traveled to where virus is circulating should closely monitor their health for 14 days after they have returned. If you begin to get sick with a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and wear a mask around others in your household. Call your healthcare provider and let them know your travel history and your symptoms.
If you have mild symptoms like a cough, runny nose, or sore throat, you do not need to go to a hospital emergency department. Please do not go to an emergency department unless your symptoms are more severe, such as having difficulty breathing.
If you are at home sick, please wear a mask and separate yourself from others to protect them from your illness. If your symptoms get worse, contact your healthcare provider again to determine what treatment may be needed.
With any virus, we know they spread easily in large groups people. If you can, avoid large gatherings, especially if you do not feel well. And if you have a fever, cough, or trouble breathing, please do not attend Super Bowl parties this weekend. Whether it’s the flu or another virus, you can help us limit the spread of many illnesses by staying home when you are sick.
Responding to outbreaks like this one is what public health departments do. It is our responsibility to take action to limit the spread of disease and protect the public's health, and we thank you for doing your part.
Dr. Sara CodyHealth Officer County of Santa Clara
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Update on Novel Coronavirus, January 29, 2020 from County Public Health
The County of S anta Clara Public Health Department and other local health departments, are working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to closely monitor the novel (new) coronavirus, which originated in China.
To date, there are no cases of this novel coronavirus reported in Santa Clara County.
Travel and Novel Coronavirus
The CDC has issued a Level 3 travel alert to China: People should avoid all nonessential travel to China.
What is happening?
There has been an outbreak of new illness called "novel coronavirus". While the illness started in China, the situation is quickly changing.
What do we know about novel coronavirus?
People with the virus have been confirmed in a number of countries including the United States. Since this virus is very new, health authorities are carefully watching the situation and how this virus spreads. This situation is quickly changing, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) provide updated information as it becomes available.
What is the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department doing?
Public health officials are taking action to protect the public. The CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) are closely monitoring the outbreak. Public health departments, including at County of Santa Clara, are working to identify anyone who might be infected to prevent further spread of the outbreak. To date, no confirmed cases have been identified in Santa Clara County.
Is my family at risk of getting novel coronavirus?
At this time, the general public in Santa Clara County is at low risk for the new coronavirus. However, public health officials are still learning about this virus. It is important that everyone take preventative measures to help decrease the spread of the flu and other viruses that are in our community. Stay away from people who have signs of a respiratory tract infection, such as runny nose, coughing, and sneezing, and try to avoid gatherings with lots of people.
What should I do now to protect my family?
Should we avoid going to public events?
Please remember that flu and other respiratory viruses are very common right now, and large group gatherings are places where viruses often spread. Remember, if you are not feeling well or are experiencing cold, flu or other symptoms, stay home to avoid spreading germs.
What happens if someone has traveled to China and they are now sick?
If someone who has travelled from Wuhan, China and has symptoms of respiratory illness, they should be sent home from school/work and the school should immediately contact Public Health.
What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus?
Symptoms may include fever, fatigue, cough, or shortness of breath. Some people may have pneumonia or more serious illness.
I'm sick. How do I know if it is coronavirus or something else, like flu?
If you have traveled to Wuhan, China in the 14 days before your symptoms started or have been in close contact with someone ill who has been there, please contact your doctor.
How is novel coronavirus spread? Are my children and family at risk?
It is unclear how easily or frequently this virus may spread from person to person, so it's important to practice good hygiene (e.g. cover your cough and sneeze, and wash hands, avoid touching your face). We are still learning about this new virus, but at this time the risk is low to Santa Clara County residents.
Should we cancel travel plans to Asian countries?
At this time, the CDC has issued a Level 3 warning, recommending to avoid all nonessential travel to China. Please check the CDC website for current advisories to other countries.
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Who can I contact if I have questions?
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