Mountain View COVID-19 Briefings

Welcome to the Briefing

The Briefing is gathered together by our Strategic Communications Team to help keep you up-to-date and informed as we work together to surmount the spread of COVID-19.

Here, you will be able to review and read information about county health updates, protocol, and what the City of Mountain View is specifically doing in addition to these measures to ensure as many as possible stay safe and healthy. We'll also share reminders about the goings-on in the community, we'll provide ideas to stay entertained, and we'll work to help you stay updated on daily life to help ensure you feel as connected as possible while we work through the parameters of social distancing to help mitigate the pandemic.

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Past COVID-19 Briefings

May 22, 2020

  • City Updates
    • For Monday, May 25 only, the Santa Clara County COVID-19 Mobile Testing Unit will be at the Rengstorff Park Aquatic Center, located at 201 S. Rengstorff Avenue, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Anyone who would like to be tested to see if they currently have COVID-19, can go to get tested for free.
    • Should you wear a mask? Yes, you are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Learn why here.
    • The Buy-Back Center at the SMaRT Station will reopen for appointments only on June 1, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. You can schedule an appointment online or call 408-752-8530.
  • County, State, and Federal Updates
    • Santa Clara County has entered the early stages of Phase 2 of reopening. A new Shelter in Place order became effective today.
  • COVID-19 Cases in Santa Clara County -- updated May 22
    • 2,546 confirmed cases (26 new cases)
    • 138 total deaths (0 new deaths)
    • 96 currently hospitalized
May 19, 2020
  • Special Issue: Beginning Friday, May 22, Santa Clara County cities will be able to move into the early stages of Phase 2 Reopening, as outlined by the State of California.
  • The latest update to our Stay at Home order now allows for retailers to have curbside pickup, car parades, and more.

May 15, 2020

  • City Updates
    • Join the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, the City of Mountain View, local businesses, and the community for a "Back to Business" Series on May 21 at 2 p.m. to discuss opening a portion of Castro Street to pedestrians in order to help local businesses while following social distancing guidelines. Register here.
  • County, State, and Federal Updates
    • Low risk activities now open at Santa Clara County Parks. Learn about the social distancing guidelines for these activities and get information about wide trail parks here.
    • Supervisor Simitian will host a COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall on Sunday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. featuring public health and medical personnel from area hospitals. Register here.
    • This week Gov. Newsom released a revised proposed state budget that contains plans to close the $54 billion deficit brought on by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
  • COVID-19 Cases in Santa Clara County -- Updated May 14
    • 2,391 confirmed cases (15 new cases)
    • 134 total deaths (2 new deaths)
    • 84 currently hospitalized
May 13, 2020
  • City Updates
    • Confused about what's allowed in Mountain View? We follow the County guidelines, which supersede the State's Stay at Home order. The following is still prohibited at this time, despite state modifications:
      • Restaurants are still carry-out only, no dine-in option
      • Malls and strip malls cannot conduct curbside pickup
      • Non-essential office workers are not allowed to return to the office
      • Pet groomers and car washes are not allowed to be open
  • County, State, and Federal Updates
    • The County of Santa Clara Health and Hospital Committee is holding a special meeting on Thursday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m. about the current status and future development of coronavirus testing in Santa Clara County. The hearing will happen on Zoom.
    • The County has a new contact tracing webpage explaining what contact tracing is, why it is important, what the County is doing to expand its efforts in this area, and opportunities to assist the County with this important work.
  • COVID-19 Cases in Santa Clara County -- updated May 13
    • 2,364 confirmed cases (30 new cases)
    • 130 total deaths (1 new death)
    • 100 currently hospitalized

May 8, 2020

  • City Updates
    • Some outdoor recreation areas are now open with social distancing restrictions in place. This includes tennis and pickleball courts, the bocce ball court at Cuesta Park, and Shoreline Golf Course. Residents may only play sports with members of their household and must maintain 6 feet of distance from others not in their household.
    • Normal curbside collection trash and recycling services will resume on Monday, May 11. Residents may set out one extra bag of trash (no extra garbage sticker needed), extra cardboard (bundled and tied), and extra recycling (up to 2 extra containers of recycling) on their collection day. One Call Plus appointments are now available, call Recology at (650) 967-3034 to schedule.
  • County, State, and Federal Updates
    • State Resilience Roadmap site provides industry specific information and guidance on the path to reopening California.
  • COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County -- updated May 8
    • 2,290 confirmed cases (11 new cases)
    • 128 total deaths (1 new death)
    • 111 currently hospitalized
May 6, 2020
  • National Nurses Day appreciation
  • Reusable Bag Ordinance enforcement temporarily suspended
  • Resources for the creative and performing arts
  • New county COVID-19 testing webpage

May 4, 2020

  • Tomorrow's (5/5) Council meeting agenda
  • New Briefing schedule and survey - we want your feedback!
  • Shoreline Golf reopening
  • Additional updates to the Stay at Home order
May 1, 2020
  • Expanded local COVID-19 testing for essential workers
  • Public Works project updates
  • New State resources for essential worker childcare
  • National Bike Month activities

April 29, 2020

  • Small Business Resiliency and Small Landlord Relief Loan Program
  • MVHS engineering classes use 3D printers to make PPE
  • Extended Shelter in Place Order
  • Tips to avoid COVID-19 fraud
April 27, 2020
  • Good news about good neighbors -- how our community is truly showcasing what it means to be #TogetherMV
  • Stay-at-Home resources from the Mountain View Public Library
  • Upcycled project ideas
  • A peek at tomorrow's Council agenda

April 24, 2020

  • Gratitude on Gilmore Street
  • Virtual Town Hall highlights
  • Council Meeting Agenda for 4/28
  • COVID-19 Temporary Parking Enforcement Policy
April 22, 2020
  • Reminder to register for the Virtual Town Hall tomorrow
  • A call for good stories about good neighbors -- we want to highlight all that MV is doing while we stay home to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Information to complete your census
  • The Sustainability Division's Virtual Earth Day resources

April 20, 2020

  • Mountain View Police and Firefighters team up for a birthday brigade
  • 4/21 Council Meeting Agenda
  • New Community Resources webpage
  • Guidance on face coverings
  • Earth Day resources
April 17, 2020
  • A virtual town hall invitation
  • A call for artwork
  • A street sweeping update

April 15, 2020

  • Details on council's additional $1.1 million relief aid package - passed last night
  • Nextdoor products to help small businesses
  • Senior resource guides
  • At-home resources from the Magical Bridge Foundation
April 13, 2020
  • Information on tomorrow's City Council meeting, along with ways to comment and watch online or on your television at home
  • Weekend recap of the hundreds of hygiene kits and grocery gift cards distributed by MVPD
  • Nextdoor resources for small businesses
April 10, 2020
  • 24/7 safe parking lot launched
  • Interactive, accessible resource map launched
  • Additional hygiene stations launched
  • Download a drawing for your kids to submit and have their artwork posted on the Performing Arts marquee
April 8, 2020
  • A video highlighting our City's efforts in helping those in need during the crisis
  • Eviction relief information
  • Information on 24/7 safe lots
  • A viral video guaranteed to bring a smile to your face

April 7, 2020

  • We've added hand washing stations and restrooms at several locations around Mountain View, with more on the way
  • In partnership with CSA, our Police Department helped hand out dozens of hygiene kits to unstably housed and homeless individuals
  • Last week, we launched our online donation portal to help with rent relief and small business assistance in our community, both of which have been heavily impacted by COVID-19
April 6, 2020
  • A repair project that may result in some slight delays downtown
  • A parking reminder for vehicles
  • Some exceptionally amazing ways people have found to smile

April 3, 2020

  • Changes to curbside collection
  • Changes to recommendation for face coverings while going out in public
  • Changes from the state on housing for the homeless and volunteer opportunties
  • Donate to rent relief or aid small businesses through #TogetherMV
April 1, 2020
  • #TogetherMV online donation portal launched where you can donate towards small business and rent relief efforts
  • Stay at Home directive extended through May 3. We breakdown the details for you.
  • State elects to keep schools closed through end of schools year

March 30, 2020

  • A detailed recap of last week's emergency council meeting
  • A news release on relief funds pledged by Google
  • A call for help from retired or student healthcare workers
  • Virtual tours of site near + far
March 28, 2020
  • As part of #TogetherMV, the City has created:
    • $500,000 rent relief
    • $800,000 relief package to help local small business, local homeless and unstably housed individuals, local seniors and any residents struggling with garbage and water bills
    • Joined other cities in the region to pass an urgency ordinance to suspend evictions for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 hardship for residential renters, including mobile home lot renters
    • Donation hub that will provide a way for individuals and companies to donate towards helping their neighbors with rent relief or small business assistance

March 27, 2020

  • Community first - just some of the examples that are highlighting #TogetherMV
  • City response to COVID-19 and what programs are in place so far to help our community
  • Emergency council meeting tonight and what that entails
  • Is social distancing physical distancing
March 26, 2020
  • #TogetherMV - Update and recommendations on Rent Relief Program, Small Business Assistance Program, Safe Parking, Utility Bill Assistance, and Support for Homeless and Unstably Housed Residents, and Other Support Efforts to Address the COVID-19 Emergency
  • An urgency ordinance temporarily suspending evictions for nonpayment of rent by residential tenants impacted by COVID-19

March 25, 2020

  • Cuesta Park neighborhood bands together in ultimate display of community chalk art!
  • Details on City rent relief program
  • Homeless resource page
  • City playgrounds and tennis courts are closed
  • Neighborhood scavenger hunt announced
  • Need a library card? You can now apply online and get access to tons of resources like digital books, movies, and more!
  • Latest COVID-19 statistics and news for Santa Clara County
March 23, 2020
  • We've revamped our FAQ and COVID-19 Rumors page
  • Census 2020 info
  • Don't flush those "flushable" wipes
  • City playgrounds and tennis courts are closed
  • Take your kids to the zoo (from the comfort of your living room)
  • Some lighthearted resources to bring a smile to your face
  • Starting this week, The Briefing will be brought to you on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, along with an upgraded re-tooling of displayed information, so that you have as much access as possible. Follow our city social media channels for breaking news.

March 20, 2020

  • More on $500k rent relief
  • Updates on how we're helping unstably housed
  • US Census reminder
  • City water supply is sound
  • Online resources to pass the time at home
March 19, 2020
  • New store hours for seniors
  • How to support local restaurants
  • Nextdoor "Help Map"
  • Learning at home

March 18, 2020

  • Small business resource page
  • Ways to keep kids entertained (and you sane) while working from home
  • Share your work-from-home shots with us #WFHselfie
March 17, 2020
  • News updates
  • Police & Fire Department news
  • Water supply safety
  • Mountain View Farmers Market news

March 16, 2020

  • The Mountain View Response
  • Where to get updated information
  • Preventative measures in place
  • What about you?
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