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    COVID-19 Community Details:

    • One-Year Milestone of County Shelter in Place Order: Reflecting on a Year of Uncertainty and Community Resiliency: Tuesday, March 16, 2021, marked one year since the Santa Clara County Public Health Department declared the county-wide Shelter in Place Order in response to COVID-19, days after it was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. The ensuing year brought grim milestones, tragedies, uncertainty, and finally some glimmers of hope. As a community, we took actions necessary to save lives and readily endured many sacrifices to reduce the impact of the pandemic on our family, friends, and neighbors. Palo Alto responded by managing through the pandemic; ensuring essential services continued, shifting many services online and offering virtual meetings and classes, and much more. Our wellness and community bonds were important and will continue to be as we move into recovery. We published a new blog today titled “Taking A Moment to Reflect: A Year of Uncertainty and Community Resilience” to help us reflect on the past year and share ways to help manage through as we look to brighter days ahead.

     

    • County Eligible to Move to Orange Tier as Early as Next Week, County Supports Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine as Access Expansion Continues: This week COVID-19 vaccine access in the county expanded to individuals aged 16 to 64 with high-risk health conditions. Vaccine supply in the county remains limited, however. The expansion follows the California Department of Public Health’s update on statewide eligibility. Go to sccfreevax.org for more information. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department also joined with health public officers throughout the Bay Area this week to recommend the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The recommendation cited the clinical trials indicating 100 percent effectiveness in preventing deaths from COVID-19, as well as preventing asymptomatic COVID-19 illness and thus reducing the chances of community spread. The County also announced that all K-12 educators and school employees in the county have been offered vaccine access. Go here for more information. As vaccine access expansion throughout the county continues, Santa Clara County’s possible move to the less restrictive Orange Tier in California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy may be as soon as next week. Under the State’s framework, counties are eligible to move to a less restrictive tier-three weeks after the last move. Go here to see Santa Clara County’s Blueprint Dashboard to see where the county’s metrics are for moving to the Orange Tier. Meanwhile, Santa Clara County remains in the Red Tier.

     

    • County Urges Continued Safe Practices as New Case of COVID-19 Variant Confirmed in County and Possible Move to Orange Tier as Early as Next Week: Santa Clara County Public Health Department officials reported this week that an additional case of the South African COVID-19 variant was detected in the county, underscoring the need for continued caution and safe practices from residents. As Santa Clara County anticipates a move to the less restrictive Orange Tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy as early as next week, the current challenges with vaccine supply and the presence of COVID-19 variants in the region mean that residents should not let their guards down yet. The detection of the COVID-19 variant also demonstrates the continued need for robust testing to help control community spread and help public health officials stay ahead of any evolutions of the virus that may imperil lives and slow down our community recovery. Go here for information and to sign up for free testing in Palo Alto next week or for other free locations in Santa Clara County. Testing is available Friday, March 19 at the Mitchell Park Community Center (subject to availability). If you can’t get an appointment for March 19, the next testing date at Mitchell Park will be Tuesday, March 23. Meanwhile, the California Department of Public Health is launching a new vaccination awareness and acceptance campaign. "Let's Get to ImmUnity" is intended to help promote vaccine equity in California. Go here for more information.

     

    • California Updates Guidance For Youth Sports and For Bars, Breweries, and Wineries: The California Department of Public Health recently updated statewide guidance for youth sports, allowing outdoor high- and moderate-risk sports competition to begin while counties are in the Purple or Red Tier. Certain modifications and steps are required to reduce risk. Go here for more information. The CDPH has also updated restrictions on breweries and wineries to allow outdoor access in these businesses with modifications while a county is still in the Purple and Red Tier. Indoor activities may resume once a county moves to the less restrictive Orange Tier. Bars that do not provide food service must remain closed until a county reaches the Orange Tier, at which time outdoor services are allowed. Bars that provide food service are under the same guidelines as restaurants. Go here for more information on these updates and for other statewide business and activity guidelines. Santa Clara County has removed county-wide activity-specific health directives and is now fully-aligned with all California guidelines for businesses and activities. Go here for more information.

     

    • Reporting COVID-19 Concerns to the County: The County continues to promote their webpage for reporting COVID-19 concerns, services, and complaints: http://www.scccovidconcerns.org/. For assistance in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, or Tagalog (or English), please call the Advice Line at 1-866-870-7725. If a community member is experiencing technical difficulties submitting information online, they can also email the County at: sccCOVIDconcerns@ceo.sccgov.org. To report a suspected public health order violation that requires an immediate response by law enforcement, you are welcome to call the Police Department’s 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Personnel from the Palo Alto Police Department will respond, though the first goal of officers will be to provide education and seek voluntary compliance.

     

    Community Updates & Community Engagement Options:

    • Read the Latest Blog from Our City Manager for More Community News: At each Council meeting, City Manager Ed Shikada provides “City Manager Comments” sharing recent City news, and updates for the community to stay informed on important issues facing the community. This week’s blog includes a reflection on the one-year milestone of our county’s Shelter in Place Order, information on Palo Alto’s allocation from the federal COVID-19 relief package, Public Safety Building construction updates, COVID-19 vaccine updates and resources, upcoming Palo Alto Boards, Commissions & Committees recruitment, and more. Check it out here.

     

    • Community Engagement This Week- Wednesday Wellness with Palo Alto Police Chief, Uplift Local Community Check-in and More: This week Palo Alto Police Chief Robert Jonsen led a community session on Introduction to Mindfulness for Adults. You can watch the replay here. Visit our Be Well and Stay Safe page for information on upcoming community wellness events and other resources. The Palo Alto Art Center’s “Where the Heart Is” artist talk series continues on Friday, March 19 with a presentation from artist Jiha Moon. Go here for more on this series and to register for Friday’s event. As local businesses continue reopening, our community support is as important as ever. This week was our Uplift Local community check-in meeting, where community members provided feedback on business reopening efforts and community support. You can watch the replay here. These community check-ins occur monthly. Go here for future meeting details.

     

    • Welcoming Spring and a New Year: While many welcomed a new year on January 1, millions of people across the globe will be welcoming a new year with the coming of the spring equinox this weekend. Norooz, or Nowruz as it is also spelled, is a 13-day new year celebration that begins on the first day of spring and celebrated by the Persian diaspora and many others. While celebrations might be different this year for safety, you can still learn about the traditions, enjoy fun egg decorating crafts, and a storytime through your local library. Here’s a fun chance to virtually learn some new dance moves through a free live Persian dance lesson on the evening of March 23 at 6 p.m. Registration required.

     

    • Ready for Wildflowers?: This Friday, March 19 at 12 p.m., the Peninsula Open Space Trust is presenting “Wildflowers of the Bay Area,” featuring Andrea Williams, Director of Biodiversity Initiatives at the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). She will provide an overview of the most common wildflowers in our area, how to identify these flowers, and provide some ideas of where to find them. Go here for more information and to register.

     

    • Monarch Migrations: Join a citizen science project to support Monarch butterflies this spring. Because monarchs and their host plants are found all across the western U.S., the best way to document them is by engaging a multitude of volunteers and their cameras. You can help by uploading your photos of monarchs and milkweeds to the project! Go here for more information.

     

    • Virtual Tax Help: This tax season the Palo Alto City Library is partnering with the Stanford Law School Free Tax Preparation Clinic to provide virtual tax assistance this year. Go here for more information on the Library’s program this year and to register for free assistance.

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
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