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June 14, 2021

The County of Santa Clara announced that some large vaccination sites are winding down operations as mobile clinics and other sites remain open through the county. For this week, the vaccination clinic at the Mountain View Community Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. and is closed Friday, June 18. No appointments for a COVID-19 vaccination are required. For more details, view the County news release.

As of Tuesday, June 15, California is fully reopening its economy with some limited exceptions. The City of Mountain View is planning a phased reopening of its facilities over the next several months. For details, visit

California Reopening

May 21, 2021

As of Monday, May 24, no appointments are needed to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination site located at the Mountain View Community Center. Hours at the County of Santa Clara Health System-operated site are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, individuals can still make appointments for the Mountain View location by visiting the County site,

In addition, the County is hosting two youth vaccination pop-up events in the Mountain View area. View the flyers in English and Spanish.

Also, starting Tuesday, June 1, the Mountain View Public Library is expanding hours for in-building browsing. For more information, visit the Current Library Services webpage.

May 18, 2021

Effective Wednesday, May 19, 2021, Santa Clara County including Mountain View will enter the "Yellow Tier' under the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Today, May 18, County officials announced that Santa Clara County "has made excellent progress in the fight against COVID-19. Case rates have declined to some of their lowest levels at any point in the pandemic, and test positivity rates have hit an all-time low. The county’s vaccination rates are also among the very highest in the nation, as more than 75% of county residents 16 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine."  

A new public health order will take effect in Santa Clara County on Wednesday, May 19. County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced that she would be lifting most of the local rules currently in place, including requirements that businesses maximize the number of staff who are teleworking, replacing prior rules with a limited local health order. The new order will require continued reporting of COVID-19 cases in workplaces and schools, and will require employers to determine which staff are fully vaccinated in advance of changes to State masking and social distancing requirements for fully vaccinated people in the workplace. 

For more information, read the County news release.

In related news, view a summary of the City of Mountain View's COVID-19 relief efforts for the community.

May 17, 2021

From the California Health and Human Services Agency: On June 15, 2021, California plans to implement the CDC’s guidelines around masking to allow fully vaccinated people to go without a mask in most indoor settings. This will give Californians time to prepare for this change while we continue to deliver vaccines. Until then, masks indoors for everyone, masks outdoors if you are unvaccinated and can’t distance.

Governor Gavin Newsom encourages Californians to protect yourself, protect your loved ones and get vaccinated. 

View the statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on mask guidance.

May 12, 2021

On Wednesday, May 12, County of Santa Clara officials announced that the COVID-19 vaccination is now available for youth ages 12 to 15, effective immediately. Per the County news release, appointments can be scheduled now through the County’s website, which also includes information about numerous drop-in vaccination sites throughout the county. 

This expansion of eligibility follows the CDC Director’s adoption of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation endorsing the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine for youth ages 12 to 15.

May 11, 2021

The OptumServe mobile testing bus, a State of California resource, will offer free appointment-based COVID-19 testing on Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 460 Bryant St in Mountain View. Individuals will need to register for a patient ID prior to registering for an appointment. To register and book appointments, call 1-888-634-1123 or visit

Testing is FREE, safe, easy, confidential and does not affect immigration status. For more information, visit COVID-19 testing is open to all ages.

May 4, 2021

On Monday, May 3, the California Department of Public Health released updated guidance for the use of face coverings.

Here’s an overview of the State's guidance for wearing face coverings:

  • For fully vaccinated persons, face coverings are not required outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events, or other similar settings.
    • Visit, without wearing masks or physical distancing, with other fully vaccinated people in indoor or outdoor settings; and
    • Visit, without wearing masks or physical distancing, with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease in indoor and outdoor settings.
  • For unvaccinated persons, face coverings are required outdoors any time physical distancing cannot be maintained, including when attending crowded outdoor events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events, or other similar settings.
  • In indoor settings outside of one's home, including public transportation, face coverings continue to be required regardless of vaccination status. There are exceptions, which include:
    • Persons in a car alone or solely with members of their own household,
    • Persons who are working alone in a closed office or room,
    • Persons who are obtaining a medical or cosmetic service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second Pfizer or Moderna shot or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


 April 26, 2021

County of Santa Clara officials announced today, April 26, that most County Health System vaccination sites will accept drop-ins for COVID-19 vaccines from Tuesday, April 27 through Sunday, May 2.

For the vaccination site located at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 South Rengstorff Ave., drop-in vaccination hours are Tuesday, April 27 through Friday, April 30, 8:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

According to County officials, same-day appointments are also available across Santa Clara County, including at Levi’s Stadium and Eastridge Mall (Aloha Roller Rink). Anyone age 16 and older who lives, works, or attends school in Santa Clara County is eligible for vaccination. Drop-in availability is subject to supply and capacity limitations. Individuals seeking vaccination are encouraged to arrive at least one hour before closing time.

For the latest information about vaccines, visit the County's vaccine website at

April 15, 2021

In partnership with the City of Mountain View, the County of Santa Clara is extending the hours of operations for the Mountain View Community Center vaccination clinic for a second week. The site, located at  201 S. Rengstorff Ave., will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for April 19-23. The last appointment will be scheduled for 6 p.m. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, visit

Individuals age 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

April 13, 2021

County of Santa Clara officials announced the County is opening vaccine eligibility to all individuals age 16 or older who live or work in Santa Clara County effective today, April 13.

According to the County, this vaccine eligibility expansion is due to a significant increase in vaccine supplies that is allowing the County Health System to release tens of thousands of additional vaccine appointments over the remainder of this week. Many more appointments will be made available the following week. The increased supply is coming directly to the County of Santa Clara Health System from the federal government under a program operated by the federal Health Resources & Services Administration. 

To schedule a COVID-19 appointment, visit View the County news release.

Statewide, all Californians age 16 and older will be eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment as of April 15, 2021.

April 6, 2021

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom outlined the State’s next step in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, moving beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy

On June 15, 2021, California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met:

  • If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years and older who wish to be inoculated; and
  •  If hospitalization rates are stable and low

According to the Governor's Office news release, "everyday activities will be allowed and businesses can open with common-sense risk reduction measures, including encouraging all Californians to get vaccinated and mandating masking, to prevent illness and promote health. The state will continue contact tracing and testing to detect cases early and contain spread of the virus. The entire state will move into this new phase as a whole. The state will monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access and vaccine efficacy against variants, with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed."

For more details, view the Governor's Office news release

April 2, 2021

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today released updates to the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening framework to allow additional activities to resume with modifications to reduce risk. The updates include gatherings, private events or meetings such as receptions or conferences, and indoor seated live events and performances. These updates take effect Thursday, April 15. 

For more information, view the CDPH news release.

March 25, 2021

Today, March 25, Governor Gavin Newsom announced more people in California will soon be eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Starting April 1, individuals 50+ are eligible to make an appointment
  • Starting April 15, individuals 16+ will be eligible

State officials said that based on the current estimates, California expects to be allocated approximately 2.5 million first and second doses per week in the first half of April, and more than 3 million doses in the second half of April. California currently receives about 1.8 million doses per week. These estimates may be adjusted as time goes on. State officials also emphasized that "Even with expanded vaccine supplies, it is expected to take several months for willing Californians to be vaccinated."

More details are available from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

March 23, 2021

Santa Clara County is moving to the orange tier of the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The tier change takes effect Wednesday, March 24. This reopening tier is an indicator that COVID-19 transmission have fallen from substantial to moderate levels.

In a news release issued this afternoon, County of Santa Clara officials said, "As with the shift to the Red Tier on March 3, the County will continue to align with the State’s framework for Orange Tier activities. This allows Orange Tier activities to resume, effective Wednesday, March 24. However, many of these activities remain very high risk even though they are now allowed. The County’s October 5th Risk Reduction Order, which requires everyone to follow all State orders and guidance, maintain distance, and wear face coverings as much as possible, remains in effect. The Order also requires all businesses and other entities to maximize telework, post a Social Distancing Protocol outlining specific COVID-19 safety plans, and promptly report any cases to the Public Health Department."

Per the County, all activities authorized under the State’s Orange Tier, including indoor dining, can resume on March 24, 2021 in accordance with State capacity limits and safety protocols, including:  

  • Indoor dining at maximum 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer; 
  • Retail stores indoors with modifications; 
  • Gyms and fitness centers indoors at maximum 25% capacity, with indoor pools open; 
  • Movie theaters at maximum 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer; 
  • Family entertainment centers indoors at maximum 25% capacity with modifications for areas of increased risk of proximity; and 
  • Zoos, museums, and aquariums at 50% maximum indoor capacity. 
Visit the County coronavirus website for updates.

March 11, 2021

On Thursday, March 11, the California Department of Public Health updated the public health guidance for allow for additional safe and sustainable reopening activities in the state. These activities involve bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, and overnight sleepaway camps. See details below from CDPH. 

Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries
Beginning March 13, breweries, wineries and distilleries that do not serve meals may open outdoors only with modifications in the Purple (widespread) and Red (substantial) tiers. The modifications include ensuring that patrons have reservations and patrons observe a 90-minute time limit. Service for on-site consumption must end by 8 p.m. (Previously, and through March 12, breweries and distilleries not serving meals were closed in the Purple and Red tiers).

The updated guidance does not apply to breweries, wineries and distilleries that provide meals. Those establishments should continue to follow the restaurant guidance.

Beginning March 13, bars that do not serve meals remain closed in the Purple (widespread) and Red (substantial) tiers.

Overnight Sleepaway Camps
Beginning June 1, overnight sleepaway camps will be allowed to resume with modifications in the Red, Orange and Yellow tiers.

March 2, 2021

Santa Clara County is moving into the red tier, or substantial COVID-19 transmission risk, of the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy

The County of Santa Clara Health Officer announced today that the County will align with the State’s framework and allow activities open in red tier counties to resume, effective Wednesday, March 3. As a result, most of the industry/activity-specific local directives will be lifted, including the Health Officer’s Mandatory Directive on Travel.  However, quarantining after travel is strongly recommended, in alignment with the State’s Travel Advisory.

County public health officials urge the public to remember to stay masked, socially distance, and get vaccinated when you are eligible.

For more information about the less restrictive red tier, view the County news release.

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March 1, 2021

California has launched a COVID-19 vaccine notification tool. You can now sign up to get notified when it's your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit

Regístrate para recibir una notificación de cuando sea tu turno para recibir la vacuna contra COVID-19. vaccine notification tool

COVID-19 vaccine notification tool en Espanol

February 25, 2021

The County of Santa Clara Health Officer announced Thursday, Feb. 25, several changes in local Health Directives that will go into effect Friday, Feb. 26. In addition, the Public Health Department also announced that it will be making significant changes to local Health Directives effective as soon as the County enters into the State’s “Red Tier,” which could occur as soon as Wednesday, March 3.

The changes to the local directives also minimize the number of businesses and activities subject to overlapping requirements from the County and the State. 

According to the County, the following changes are effective, Friday, February 26:

  • The Health Officer has issued a new Mandatory Directive for Case Reporting by K-12 Schools, Youth Athletic Programs, and Other Youth Programs. This new directive preserves the requirement that any program with one or more youth participants to report immediately to the County Public Health Department if any program participant tests positive for COVID-19.
  • The rules for outdoor gatherings in the Mandatory Directive for Gatherings have been relaxed in light of declining case rates and because outdoor activities have a lower risk of spread than indoor activities.
  • The Health Officer still strongly recommends that everyone wear a face covering at all times at outdoor gatherings, but face coverings are required outdoors only if within 6 feet of someone who is not a member of your household.
  • The Health Officer still strongly recommends that everyone maintain at least 6 feet of social distance from anyone who is not a member of their household at outdoor gatherings, but it is not required.
  • People are allowed to sing at outdoor gatherings without a face covering, provided that they stay at least 6 feet away from everyone who is not a member of their household.
  • Indoor gatherings of any kind remain prohibited, until the county enters the State’s Red Tier.

For more information, view the County news releases.

February 17, 2021

County of Santa Clara officials announced today, Feb. 17, that healthcare providers across Santa Clara County will expand access to COVID-19 vaccination to workers in education and childcare, emergency services, and the food and agriculture industries, starting February 28, 2021. This expansion of vaccine access is planned as the County Health System continues to boost its vaccine infrastructure, increasing capacity at both its large vaccination centers as well as smaller community-based and mobile sites.

All of these efforts continue to be limited by both vaccine supply and changing vaccine distribution plans from the State of California.

The County’s website at will include updates and information, including when those newly eligible can start to schedule vaccine appointments.

For more information, view the County news release

February 12, 2021

To make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment and to determine who is currently eligible to receive a vaccine in Santa Clara County, visit

Residents without internet access or who need additional assistance can make appointments through the Valley Connection Call Center at 408-970-2000.

Seniors in need of transportation to and from their vaccine appointment at the Mountain View Community Center are encouraged to utilize RoadRunners. Clients need to be ambulatory; walkers are fine. Call 650-940-7016 to schedule transportation. Call at at least one week in advance to guarantee a reservation.

February 4, 2021

On Thursday, Feb. 4, County of Santa Clara officials announced the County of Santa Clara Health System and several other vaccine providers throughout Santa Clara County will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines to any county resident age 65 and older, regardless of their healthcare provider or insurance. View the County news release.

The "no wrong door" system also applies to the mass vaccination site located at the Mountain View Community Center that is operated by the County of Santa Clara Health System. Vaccine appointments are still required.

For more information and links for making vaccine appointment with providers across the county, visit

In addition, residents without internet access or who need additional assistance can make appointments for the County Health System vaccine sites through the Valley Connection Call Center at 408-970-2000. The Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and other languages.

January 27, 2021

More COVID-19 Relief Coming to Small Businesses in Mountain View

Get the Facts about Mountain View’s Appointment-only COVID-19 Vaccination Site

January 26, 2021

The County of Santa Clara Health System announced Tuesday, Jan. 26, that COVID-19 vaccinations will soon be available to individuals age 65 and older, following the State of California’s current guidance for vaccine allocation.

County residents 65 and older can begin scheduling appointments now for openings Wednesday, Jan. 27 and thereafter.

Appointments for vaccination can be scheduled through

In addition, to assist residents who lack internet or computer access with scheduling appointments, the County has hosted appointment sign-up fairs in community locations in East San José, Gilroy, and Cupertino, and plans several more in the coming weeks. For more information, view the County of Santa Clara news release.

California debuts My Turn vaccine notification tool

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the State of California launched a vaccine notification tool, Californians can sign up on the My Turn website to get notified when it's their turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

January 25, 2021

From the County of Santa Clara: Effective today, Jan. 25, Santa Clara County has returned to the Purple Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, with some additional local restrictions remaining in place. Outdoor dining may resume today, as well as personal care services and professional, collegiate, and adult and youth sports.

The County’s mandatory travel quarantine remains in place, requiring a 10-day quarantine for most people who travel into the county from more than 150 miles away. As always, businesses and individuals must follow both the State and County Health Officer orders, and where there is a conflict between the two, the stricter rules must be followed. For more information, view the County news release.

From the State of California: On Monday, Jan. 25, the State  lifted the Regional Stay-at-Home order statewide, effective immediately. This action comes as four-week ICU capacity projections exceed 15% for the remaining impacted regions. Most counties, including Santa Clara County, are returning to the most strict (purple) tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. For more information, visit the California Department of Public Health website

January 22, 2021

County of Santa Clara and City of Mountain View Partner to Open COVID-19 Vaccination Site at Mountain View Community Center

Appointment-only vaccination site operated by the County will provide up to 1,000 vaccine doses per weekday.

January 17, 2021

On the local COVID-19 vaccine front, here's what we know right now from County of Santa Clara officials: In Santa Clara County, all healthcare systems are vaccinating healthcare workers eligible under Phase 1A, and some have expanded eligibility to include individuals 75 and older, while Kaiser Permanente is now offering limited vaccine appointments to individuals age 65 and older. 

For the latest vaccine-related information for our county, including who's currently eligible to receive the vaccine as well as how those individuals can schedule appointments, visit the County website,

County of Santa Clara Launches New COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard

On Jan. 15, the County announced a new online dashboard that will track the number of vaccine doses received and administered by vaccine providers in Santa Clara County.

According to County officials, the dashboard will continue to be revised and expanded as the County gets more refined data from providers. Some data is still missing, either due to failure to report or due to the provider receiving supply directly from the federal government and therefore not being subject to the reporting requirement. The dashboard provides an information snapshot to the public to better understand the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines throughout our community. The County said the new dashboard will be updated daily. 

January 13, 2021

The County of Santa Clara’s vaccination information website,, has the latest details about who’s eligible to be vaccinated and how to make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. 

Who is Currently Eligible to be Vaccinated?

All healthcare personnel in Phase 1A are currently eligible to be vaccinated. In addition, some health systems in the County are now allowing Santa Clara County residents who are age 75 or older to receive their vaccine.

Eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine is determined by state and federal criteria. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced that all individuals in Phase 1A are eligible to be vaccinated, and that healthcare providers may begin offering doses to additional groups in Phase 1B Tier 1 after appropriate efforts have been made to reach higher priority groups and when demand from people in Phase 1A has slowed down.

Individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated, should contact their healthcare provider for more information or to make an appointment:

View the County news release about several healthcare providers in Santa Clara County are expanding access to COVID-19 vaccination to include individuals age 75 and older.

January 9, 2021

Get the latest local information on the COVID-19 vaccine by visiting the County of Santa Clara's online hub, The website provides details on who is currently eligible to be vaccinated, who is next, frequently asked questions about the vaccine, and more.

According to County officials, all healthcare personnel who have direct or indirect contact with patients or infectious materials are eligible for vaccination now under Phase 1A, as are staff and residents of long-term care facilities. Visit the County website for more information about how to get vaccinated.

January 8, 2021

The State of California has extended its Regional Stay at Home Order for the Bay Area, which was originally set to expire on Jan. 8, due to the region’s ICU bed capacity remaining below 15%. The public health order remains in effect due to the region’s intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity remaining below 15% at Bay Area hospitals. All current restrictions will remain in place until the Bay Area’s four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%.

The Bay Area’s current ICU capacity is 3%. Per County of Santa Clara officials, the current ICU bed capacity, including surge capacity ICU beds, is 6%.

View the statement, issued Friday, Jan. 8, by the California Department of Public Health.

December 27, 2020

County of Santa Clara officials said the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine program continued this week. Acute care hospitals across Santa Clara County are vaccinating their employees, while the County Public Health Department continues its daily vaccine clinic, providing vaccinations to several hundred staff of local skilled nursing facilities each day. This week, the County said it also began vaccinating medical first responders, including EMS workers and Fire staff.

For updates on the vaccination program, visit the County's COVID-19 vaccine website.

December 18, 2020

Based on the latest State of California guidance issued on Dec. 14, 2020 about Youth and Adult Sports, the City of Mountain View is reopening some programs effective immediately:

  • Group and private tennis lessons
  •  Group and private golf lessons

Also, for the City’s tennis courts, a maximum of two households per tennis court are allowed as long as social distancing is maintained and face coverings are worn 100% of the time.

For more information, visit the City’s Recreation Division online.

December 16, 2020

On Dec. 16, 2020, State officials announced the entire Bay Area region would be placed under the Regional Stay-at-Home order after ICU capacity falls below 15%.Of the 11 counties in the Bay Area region, only four — San Mateo, Napa, Solano and Santa Cruz — chose not to adopt the Stay-at-Home order early. The Stay-at-Home order will officially take effect in those counties at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 17, 2020.

 December 11, 2020

  • Due to the Regional Stay-at-Home Order, the City of Mountain View is canceling several programs as of Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 to limit members from different households from gathering. The programs are:
    • Athletic field permits
    • Outdoor exercise classes offered through the City's Recreation Division
    • Group and private tennis lessons
    • Group and private golf lessons
  • Cancellations to the above programs will remain in effect until Jan. 4, 2021 unless it's extended or modified under County or State public health guidance.
  • At this time, the Community Services Department will continue to operate the following programs that are allowed under the public health order:
    • Lap swim
    • The Recreation Division's preschool program
  • The public will also see new signage at tennis courts, stating that the new State Order limits play to only members of the same households to play together.

December 10, 2020

December 4, 2020

  • Bay Area health officers announced they are moving to implement the State’s new Regional Stay-at-Home Order now. On Dec. 3, Governor Newsom announced that all sectors other than retail and essential operations would be closed in regions of California where less than 15 percent of intensive care unit (ICU) beds are available under a new Regional Stay-at-Home Order.  Rather than waiting until ICU bed availability reaches critical levels and delaying closures that are inevitable, the Health Officers for the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley jointly announced that they will implement the State’s Regional Stay Home Order now.
  • According to the joint news release, the six jurisdictions are working to ensure that all sectors have at least 48-hour notice of these closures, which is consistent with the State framework. Most of the Bay Area health officers will implement the State’s Regional Stay-At-Home Order as of Sunday, Dec. 6.  In Alameda County, it is scheduled to take effect on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, and Marin County’s order will take effect Tuesday, Dec. 8. The new restrictions will remain in place until Jan. 4, 2021.
  • The sector closures and restrictions on activity under the State’s Regional Stay-at-Home Order are described here

November 30, 2020

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October 13, 2020

October 5, 2020

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County and National Public Health Information

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has a webpage dedicated to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in English, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese at The City of Mountain View will also keep a direct weblink to the County Public Health page at

Santa Clara County Public Health Information  National Center for Disease Control (CDC)