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12/6/22 - from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department
The County of Santa Clara wastewater monitoring program has detected a sharp increase in COVID-19 levels this past month. In addition to the County’s COVID-19 increase in wastewater samples, there was a steady rise of hospitalized patients who were COVID-19 positive in November 2022.
During its almost three-year history, the County’s wastewater monitoring program has proven to be an accurate indicator of rising and falling COVID-19 community transmission levels. Wastewater monitoring data has become even more important with the rise of at-home COVID-19 tests, which are not reportable and therefore don’t show up in official case counts.
Everyone is encouraged to check with their primary physician about receiving the flu and bivalent Omicron booster vaccines. Those without a primary healthcare provider or who are having difficulty finding an appointment can go through
www.sccfreevax.org for an appointment. With County locations, there is no cost to be vaccinated or questions regarding immigration status.
Receive the new Omicron Bivalent COVID-19 Booster, Monovalent COVID-19 Booster, and the flu shot at one of our vaccination clinics at Ridder Park in San Jose or South County Annex in Gilroy.
Make vaccination appointments through this link, click here.
The County of Santa Clara will begin accepting bivalent COVID-19 booster appointments the week of December 12, 2022, for children down to 6 months of age at its mass vaccination locations and local clinics. The exact date will be determined once the vaccines arrive.
Dec 12 - Now Available News Release
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Click here for details on eligibility from the FDA for the pediatric bivalent booster
RELATED MATERIALS: Guidance for K–12 Schools | Frequently Asked Questions around K–12 Testing Framework for 2022/23 School Year | Safe Schools for All Hub | Guidance for the Use of Face Masks| Guidance for Individuals Infected with or Exposed to COVID-19 | COVID-19 Outbreak Definitions | COVID-19 Testing at Schools . Updates as of December 1, 2022.
In some cases, the expiration date of FDA-authorized at-home test kits may have been extended. An extended expiration date means the manufacturer provided data showing that the shelf-life is longer than was known when the test was first authorized. To see if the expiration date for your at-home OTC COVID-19 test kits has been extended,
Keep our community safe by continuing to follow these recommendations:
everyone should get vaccinated and remain up to date with the latest recommended booster, including the new bivalent COVID-19 booster
everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should get immediately tested and avoid contact with others if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
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