Coronavirus LIVE BLOG: le comté de Santa Clara recherche 1 000 trackers de contact pour la réponse COVID-19
mai 22, 2020 Par sexe2 0

Coronavirus LIVE BLOG: le comté de Santa Clara recherche 1 000 trackers de contact pour la réponse COVID-19

10:42 18 mai: Bay Area pour faciliter les commandes d’hospitalisation sur place dans les commerces de détail et les entreprises associées

Les responsables de la santé de la région de la baie rendront lundi de nouvelles ordonnances d’hospitalisation sur place, ce qui allégera les restrictions imposées aux points de vente au détail pour offrir la collecte au magasin, tout en permettant la reprise des activités de production, de stockage et de logistique associées, selon un communiqué. mixte.

Certaines des activités qui peuvent rouvrir pour la retraite comprennent les vêtements de détail, les fleuristes, les librairies, les articles de sport et les magasins de musique.

« Nous comptons sur ces entreprises pour suivre en permanence les protocoles de distanciation sociale et les directives de santé publique afin de protéger leurs employés et clients lorsque ces activités reprendront », a déclaré le communiqué conjoint de Bay Area. « COVID-19 continue de poser un risque très important pour nos communautés et une vigilance continue est nécessaire pour garantir que nous ne voyons pas une augmentation de la propagation à mesure que de nouvelles entreprises reprennent. »

Le nouvel ordre de lundi s’applique aux comtés d’Alameda, de Contra Costa, de Marin, de San Francisco et de Santa Clara et de la ville de Berkeley. La région de la baie a déjà une ordonnance d’hospitalisation sur place révisée du 4 mai jusqu’à la fin du mois, ce qui assouplit les restrictions sur la construction ainsi que les activités et activités de plein air.

L’ordre local révisé de lundi fait suite à l’ordre de résidence révisé du gouverneur Gavin Newsom qui permet aux comtés de l’État de commencer à rouvrir certaines entreprises avec des changements basés sur la deuxième des quatre phases de la Californie pour alléger les restrictions. Sous un nouveau leadership, les comtés peuvent avancer dans la deuxième phase s’ils attestent qu’ils satisfont à certains critères de santé publique de l’État, bien que la Bay Area ait évolué plus lentement que dans d’autres parties de l’État.

Dans le communiqué, les responsables de la santé de la région de la baie ont déclaré que la poursuite des progrès sur les indicateurs clés de la réponse COVID-19 a conduit à un assouplissement des activités de vente au détail et des activités associées. Ces paramètres régionaux comprennent les nouveaux cas stables ou en baisse et les hospitalisations du virus; plusieurs tests chaque jour; l’amélioration de la fourniture d’équipements de protection individuelle dans les hôpitaux; et une plus grande capacité à enquêter sur les cas et la traçabilité des contacts.

« Alors que nous rouvrons certains secteurs, les résidents de la région de la baie sont toujours tenus, pour des raisons de santé, de rester autant que possible à la maison, de porter des revêtements faciaux et de suivre les précautions qui ont aidé la région à progresser pour ralentir la propagation du COVID. -19 « , a déclaré le communiqué conjoint. «À mesure que nous progressons, nous continuerons d’être guidés par nos indicateurs COVID-19 et d’autres données liées à la propagation du COVID-19 dans notre région.»

Les détails de la commande devraient arriver à 13h30, lorsque les responsables du comté de Santa Clara devront tenir un briefing.

9 h 55 le 18 mai: la Fondation eBay augmente la subvention COVID-19 avec 10 millions de dollars en subventions

La Fondation eBay a annoncé lundi la distribution de 10 millions de dollars de subventions pour soutenir l’aide COVID-19, augmentant les efforts totaux à près de 15 millions de dollars de la part de la branche philanthropique de la société technologique basée à San Jose.

« Alors que nous naviguons dans notre » nouvelle normalité « entre COVID-19, nous sentons tous – et disons – quelle heure est sans précédent, et c’est sans aucun doute vrai », a déclaré le président de la Fondation eBay Allie Ottoboni dans un communiqué. « Et donc, nous avons jugé essentiel de faire face à l’instant présent et de fournir un niveau de financement sans précédent de la Fondation eBay aux entrepreneurs sous-représentés et aux petites entreprises qui font de nos communautés ce qu’elles sont. »

De nouvelles subventions seront réparties entre les organisations locales, nationales et internationales, a indiqué un communiqué de presse de la fondation. L’Organisation mondiale de la santé et Kiva, une organisation internationale de services financiers à but non lucratif basée à San Francisco, ont chacune reçu 2 millions de dollars. Deux autres organisations basées dans la région de la Baie – Start Small Think Big et ICA Fund Good Jobs – ainsi que Local Initiatives Support Corporation ont chacune reçu 1 million de dollars en subventions. Les 3 millions de dollars restants iront au programme mondial de subventions aux employés d’eBay pour soutenir les petites entreprises et les entrepreneurs.

« EBay a été un partenaire important pour nous au fil des ans depuis que nous avons collaboré à des initiatives de prêts aux employés », a déclaré Neville Crawley, PDG de Kiva, basé à San Francisco. « Nous sommes ravis et incroyablement fiers de recevoir ce financement supplémentaire d’eBay, qui arrive à un moment crucial pour les petites entreprises et les entrepreneurs du monde entier qui ont besoin des fonds nécessaires en raison de COVID-19. »

Depuis l’épidémie de pandémie, la Fondation eBay a promis des millions, y compris des groupes médicaux tels que la Croix-Rouge italienne et Médecins sans frontières. Près du siège social d’eBay à South Bay, sa fondation a versé 500 000 $ en avril au solide fonds de la Silicon Valley pour l’aide financière aux résidents à faible revenu qui ont perdu des salaires et qui sont confrontés à des difficultés économiques, et 1 million de dollars pour la réponse régionale et l’aide d’urgence à but non lucratif de la Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

« Cette subvention incroyablement généreuse de la Fondation eBay aidera à sauver les petites entreprises au premier plan de cette crise sans précédent », a déclaré Jennifer DaSilva, directrice exécutive de Start Small Think Big, qui a des bureaux à San Jose pour les entrepreneurs aux ressources limitées, dans un déclaration. « Avec le soutien d’eBay, Start Small Think Big sera en mesure de garantir que les petites entreprises, qui sont si souvent laissées pour compte, ont un accès essentiel aux services dont elles ont le plus besoin maintenant. »

17h30 l’après-midi. 15 mai: le conseil municipal de San Jose envisagera une exigence de couverture faciale

Deux membres du conseil de San Jose ont proposé une exigence de couverture faciale visant à réduire la propagation de COVID-19, à la suite de mandats similaires de certaines petites villes du comté de Santa Clara et de la plupart des comtés de Bay Area.

En attendant d’être entendu mardi lors de la réunion du conseil municipal, le visage de San Jose couvrant le mandat du maire adjoint Chappie Jones et du membre du conseil Sergio Jimenez s’appliquera à la plupart des gens à l’extérieur de leur domicile.

«Avec la facilité des restrictions sur l’ordre Shelter in Place (SIP) de la Comté, alors que l’économie commence à rouvrir et lorsque les gens commencent à se rassembler dans les espaces publics, l’utilisation de revêtements pour le visage à l’extérieur des maisons deviendra de plus en plus important pour la santé, la sécurité et le bien-être de tous », ont écrit Jones et Jimenez dans une note de service le 8 mai.

Les Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ont déclaré que les revêtements faciaux peuvent aider à réduire la propagation du COVID-19, ainsi que les autorités locales et étatiques, en particulier avec la transmission asymptomatique des personnes qui contractent le virus.

La proposition de San Jose exempte les masques pour les personnes qui font de l’exercice, les enfants âgés de 6 ans ou moins ou toute personne qui ne peut pas porter de couvre-visage sans assistance, ainsi que ceux recommandés par les professionnels de la santé pour ne pas les porter. .

Milpitas, Cupertino et Palo Alto ont déjà des ordonnances couvrant le visage, en plus de la plupart de la région de la baie, y compris les comtés voisins d’Alameda et de San Mateo. Dans l’intervalle, le comté de Santa Clara exhorte les gens à porter des protège-visages et le médecin Sara Dody a déclaré à San José Spotlight qu’il serait difficile pour les autorités de faire respecter une exigence. Mais Jones et Jimenez pensent que ce serait la bonne décision localement.

« Étant donné que la ville de San Jose est la ville la plus peuplée de la région avec une population de plus d’un million d’habitants et 66% des cas confirmés de COVID-19 dans le comté, le respect de ce projet de mandat pourrait avoir une influence significative sur la aplatissant davantage la courbe et réduisant la propagation de COVID-19 « , ont-ils écrit.

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17h15 14 mai: Cinq codes postaux dans le centre-est représentent près de la moitié des cas de San Jose

Les nouvelles données COVID-19 publiées jeudi par le comté de Santa Clara ont montré que cinq codes postaux de San Jose concentrés à l’est et au centre-ville représentent près de la moitié de tous les cas de coronavirus dans la ville.

Les cas sont répartis dans tout le comté, certains incluant des établissements de soins de longue durée, selon les données de santé accessibles au public. Les chiffres réglementent également les taux de COVID-19 pour 100 000.

Les codes postaux 95111, 95112, 95122, 95116 et 915127 – comprenant principalement des immigrants, des revenus inférieurs, des communautés de couleurs denses dans le centre et l’est de San Jose – comptaient 758 des 1582 cas totaux de la ville en date de jeudi. Seulement 95116 du côté est représentaient 222 cas, la plupart des codes postaux du comté de Santa Clara.

San José Spotlight a rendu compte des mêmes codes postaux qui représentent près de la moitié des demandes d’aide de San Jose via le fonds de secours COVID-19 du Sacred Heart Community Service, soulignant les disparités raciales de longue date dans la Silicon Valley. Presque toutes les personnes demandant de l’aide au fonds, qui s’est épuisé en seulement trois jours, étaient des personnes de couleur.

« C’est l’histoire de deux vallées », a déclaré à San José Poncho Guevara, directeur exécutif de Sacred Heart.

«Les gens vivent dans des conditions différentes, dans différents quartiers aux conditions de surpeuplement, gagnant moins d’argent que leurs homologues. Ici, dans la même vallée, l’accès aux possibilités d’éducation, à l’emploi et aux soins de santé est tout contre eux. « 

Pendant ce temps, les riches codes postaux blancs avaient tendance à avoir beaucoup moins de cas du nouveau coronavirus: Los Altos 94022 n’avait que 19 cas et Los Gatos 95030 n’en avait que 13.

Selon les données de santé publique de jeudi, Latinx représentait 39% des cas de COVID-19 et 33% des décès, mais ne représentait que 27% de la population. Pendant ce temps, les Afro-Américains ne représentaient que 2% des cas mais 6% des décès, malgré le fait que dans l’ensemble ce n’était que 2% des résidents.

Alors que les Asiatiques représentaient 33% de la population, ils représentaient 22% des cas mais 33% des décès. Dans 34% du comté, les blancs étaient sous-représentés dans les cas et les décès de 18% et 26% respectivement. Quinze pour cent des cas n’avaient ni race ni appartenance ethnique.

Les chiffres publiés jeudi reflètent les tendances locales et nationales des Latinx et des Afro-Américains qui contractent et meurent du COVID-19 à des taux plus élevés que les autres populations. Mercury News a rapporté que plus d’un tiers des 100 principaux décès sont survenus dans seulement quatre codes postaux de l’East Side de la ville, constitués de quartiers à faible revenu Latinx.

16 h. 14 mai: coupes importantes dans le projet de budget de Newsom pour faire face à un déficit de 54,3 milliards de dollars

Le gouverneur Gavin Newsom a annoncé jeudi des coupes importantes dans sa proposition de budget révisée qui vise à équilibrer le déficit estimé à 54,3 milliards de dollars de l’État provoqué par la pandémie de COVID-19.

Étant donné que le taux de chômage en Californie est désormais estimé à 18% et devrait atteindre un pic de 24,5%, Newsom a déclaré que les recettes de l’État avaient baissé de 22,3% depuis janvier, lorsque l’État a enregistré un excédent de 5,6 milliards de dollars.

« Bien que les chiffres aient certainement changé, nos valeurs demeurent », a déclaré Newsom. « Nous nous sommes engagés – malgré les vents défavorables d’un déficit budgétaire de 54,3 milliards de dollars qui nous est confié à équilibrer au cours de l’exercice en cours et au cours du prochain exercice – à avancer non seulement un effort pour équilibrer le budget , mais aussi pour équilibrer nos principes et faire avancer nos valeurs « .

La législature et la Newsom doivent approuver constitutionnellement un budget équilibré d’ici juillet. Dans son budget de 203 milliards de dollars, le gouverneur a proposé d’utiliser 8,8 milliards de dollars de réserves, ce qui comprend la répartition du fonds de 16 milliards de dollars pour les jours de pluie sur trois ans.

Newsom a décrit les réductions de 14 milliards de dollars au niveau gouvernemental. Les dépenses pour l’éducation de la maternelle à la 12e année ont été réduites à 7 milliards de dollars, bien que le gouverneur envisage de distribuer 4,4 milliards de dollars en aide fédérale aux coronavirus aux écoles. Il a également appelé à une réduction de 10% des salaires des employés du gouvernement – 2,8 milliards de dollars – et à une réduction des heures de bureau en optant pour le télétravail.

Autant qu’il est coupé, Newsom a utilisé sa chaire dominatrice pour dire que son budget annule les baisses de salaires si le Congrès approuve la loi de sauvetage de coronavirus de 3 billions de dollars annoncée mardi, qui a 1 billion de dollars. destiné aux gouvernements étatiques et locaux.

En retirant de nouvelles propositions et en augmentant les dépenses de 8,4 milliards de dollars, Newsom a éliminé la réforme de Medi-Cal, le programme d’État Medicaid, et en étendant l’assurance maladie aux résidents âgés sans papiers. Cependant, le financement global de Medi-Cal est renforcé par l’augmentation attendue des cas de COVID-19. Son budget cherche également à emprunter 10,4 milliards de dollars, à recueillir 4,4 milliards de dollars grâce à de nouvelles recettes assorties de limites temporaires de crédit d’impôt et à utiliser 8,3 milliards de dollars en aide fédérale aux coronavirus.

Cependant, les priorités budgétaires de Newsom se concentrent sur l’éducation publique, la santé, la sécurité publique et la réponse COVID-19.

Il a demandé plus de prévention et d’atténuation des incendies, préservant le financement des services de garde pour les premiers intervenants et ne supprimant pas la communauté de l’enseignement gratuit de l’université. Pour faire face aux difficultés au milieu de la pandémie, le gouverneur a également demandé le maintien des crédits d’impôt sur le revenu gagnés, des subventions familiales soutenues par des revenus et des paiements supplémentaires et des subventions d’assurance maladie pour les revenus moyens.

Depuis le 12 mars, juste une semaine avant que Newsom n’ordonne l’ordonnance de résidence en Californie, 4,6 millions de demandes de chômage ont été déposées dans l’État. « Nous sommes à une époque tout simplement sans précédent », a déclaré Newsom.

11:45 14 mai: le gouverneur Newsom demandera aux employés de l’État une réduction de 10%, a déclaré le dirigeant syndical

Sur une vidéo Facebook, Yvonne Walker, présidente de la section locale 1000 du SEIU, a déclaré mercredi que le gouverneur Gavin Newsom demanderait aux représentants du gouvernement de l’État une réduction de 10% de son salaire pour aider à combler le déficit budgétaire prévu de 54 $. , 3 milliards de l’Etat.

Il a déclaré que le bureau du gouverneur avait rejoint le syndicat, qui représente 96 000 employés de l’État à travers la Californie, au sujet de la décision anticipée basée sur l’examen du projet de budget de Newsom prévu pour jeudi. S’adressant aux membres de la vidéo, il a déclaré que le syndicat envisagera des mesures de réduction des coûts, y compris la possibilité d’éradiquer.

« Ou, nous pouvons convoquer l’équipe de négociation ensemble, et nous pouvons comprendre l’équivalent de ce que 10% représentent et essayer de négocier quelque chose », a déclaré Walker dans la vidéo. « Oui, il peut y avoir de la douleur, mais ce ne sera pas les deux mêmes jours de congé et la façon dont vous y pensez. »

Il a également suggéré de faire pression sur le Congrès sur les 3 000 milliards de dollars de coronavirus, dont 1 billion de dollars des gouvernements étatiques et locaux, ce qui a été demandé par Newsom ainsi que d’autres dirigeants du Pacte des États occidentaux.

Anticipant son examen du budget mercredi, Newsom a déclaré qu’il y avait « des défis profonds et stimulants » pour lutter contre le déficit budgétaire de l’Etat. D’ici le 15 juin, le législateur est légalement tenu d’approuver un budget équilibré ou impayé.

Jeudi dernier, une note financière de l’État prévoyait un déficit de 54,3 milliards de dollars dû à la pandémie de COVID-19 en raison de la baisse des revenus et du record de chômage.

« COVID-19 a provoqué une récession nationale, une baisse rapide des revenus, une augmentation rapide des dépenses pour la santé humaine et les services et des coûts importants causés par COVID-19 », ont écrit des analystes financiers de l’État.

Regardez le briefing de Newsom à midi ici.

10h35 14 mai: les maires des grandes villes de Californie demandent de prolonger la connexion Internet gratuite jusqu’en juillet

Jeudi, les maires de 11 grandes villes de Californie ont écrit aux dirigeants de six des plus grands fournisseurs de services Internet (FSI) des États-Unis pour leur demander d’étendre l’Internet gratuit aux familles californiennes à faible revenu de l’État.

Au début des fermetures du gouvernement qui comprenaient des fermetures d’écoles en mars, de nombreux fournisseurs ont étendu les programmes Internet accessibles aux familles avec des élèves de la maternelle à la 12e année, généralement pour une période limitée de 60 jours. D’autres ont mis en place des hotspots WiFi pour permettre aux étudiants de se connecter à Internet dans des endroits désignés.

« L’accès à Internet est plus important que jamais pendant une pandémie », a déclaré le maire de San José, Sam Liccardo, dans un communiqué. « Nous sommes reconnaissants à nos partenaires FAI d’avoir fourni gratuitement un accès Internet temporaire aux familles à faible revenu en Californie, et nous les exhortons à étendre ces offres et à les rendre plus accessibles afin que les familles puissent continuer à apprendre, à travailler et à recevoir une assistance à distance pendant cette période. »

Dans une lettre à AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Frontier et T-Mobile, les responsables de la ville ont déclaré que la pandémie de COVID-19 avait exacerbé la fracture numérique en Californie.

Citant le California Emerging Technology Fund, les maires ont déclaré que plus d’un cinquième de l’État était déconnecté ou mal connecté à Internet à la maison avant la pandémie, ce qui signifie qu’il n’y a pas d’Internet ou simplement une connexion cellulaire. Plus de 900 000 familles ont des étudiants qui devraient participer à l’enseignement à distance sans Internet, ont déclaré des responsables. Le chômage record, quant à lui, a probablement exacerbé cette division.

En plus d’étendre les programmes Internet gratuits, les maires ont demandé l’élargissement de l’accès, y compris aux familles avec des élèves fréquentant des écoles avec un pourcentage élevé d’élèves éligibles pour des repas gratuits ou à prix réduit, une mesure éducative pour le statut socio-économique. Les responsables de la ville ont également demandé aux fournisseurs de supprimer les obstacles à l’inscription en vérifiant l’adéquation de tous les clients potentiels, en augmentant le personnel et les options linguistiques dans les centres d’appels et en interdisant la vente de clients à faible revenu.

Mercredi, le surintendant de l’éducation de Californie, Tony Thurmond, a déclaré à ABC7 que les districts scolaires peuvent déterminer leurs réouvertures, de nombreux districts regardant des leçons hybrides en personne et supprimant l’apprentissage à l’automne. Los Angeles Unified, le plus grand district scolaire de l’État, prévoit d’avoir des programmes d’été en ligne.

9 h 30, 14 mai: l’Assemblée de la Californie présente une loi sur les congés protégés

Le membre de l’Assemblée, San Kal Ash Ashra, a présenté mercredi la loi pour permettre aux Californiens touchés par COVID-19 de prendre un congé protégé par l’État de leur emploi, ainsi que de prolonger le congé supplémentaire de 12 semaines.

Le projet de loi, AB 3216, permettrait également aux employés de prendre un congé de travail protégé pour s’occuper d’un membre de la famille dont l’école ou l’établissement de soins est fermé. Le congé serait couvert par la loi sur les droits de la famille de la Californie. La législation accorderait également des droits de « retour au travail » aux employés travaillant dans les hôtels, les centres d’événements, l’accueil dans les aéroports, la surveillance ou les services de sécurité.

« Alors que nous continuons à travailler avec notre gouvernement fédéral et les responsables de la santé publique pour mettre en œuvre des politiques plus larges qui aideront à promouvoir des lieux de travail sains et les protections nécessaires pour les travailleurs, nous devons considérer que tout employé touché par COVID-19 devrait être autorisé à se remettre du travail ou prendre soin d’un membre de sa famille qui est frappé sans craindre de risquer son emploi ou de mettre ses employés en danger « , a déclaré Kalra.

Lisez l’histoire complète de San José Spotlight ici.

17 h 20 – 13 mai: Palo Alto nécessite des soins du visage

Palo Alto est devenue la dernière ville du comté de Santa Clara à demander des masques alors qu’elle est en public mercredi à midi.

Selon l’ordonnance d’urgence adoptée à l’unanimité par le conseil municipal de Palo Alto lundi, les gens doivent porter des écrans faciaux tout en effectuant les activités essentielles autorisées à l’extérieur de la maison – comme faire du shopping ou consulter un médecin – ou traiter des devis, selon un communiqué de presse de la ville. Les masques ne sont pas obligatoires mais encouragés lorsqu’ils pratiquent des activités de plein air.

« En prenant cette décision, le Conseil a tenu compte du fait que le COVID-19 peut se propager par le biais de gouttelettes respiratoires produites lorsqu’une personne infectée tousse, éternue ou parle et du fait que des personnes peuvent être infectées et contagieuses sans montrer de symptômes, dans le sens qui sont asymptomatiques « , a indiqué le communiqué de presse de la ville.

Les autorités sanitaires locales, étatiques et fédérales conviennent que le port d’une couverture faciale en public peut aider à réduire la propagation de COVID-19. Milpitas et Cupertino ont déjà adopté des exigences de couverture du visage en avril, tandis que le comté exhorte fortement les résidents à les porter lorsqu’ils sont en public pour des activités essentielles. Cependant, la plupart des comtés de la région de la baie, y compris San Mateo à proximité, nécessitent des revêtements pour le visage.

L’ordonnance de Palo Alto exempte les mineurs de moins de 2 ans ou ceux qui ne peuvent autrement enlever leur masque par eux-mêmes; les personnes qui travaillent dans des bureaux d’une pièce jusqu’à ce que des collègues ou le public leur rendent régulièrement visite; ou en conduisant seul ou exclusivement avec d’autres membres de la même famille.

L’ordonnance reste en vigueur jusqu’à la révocation ou la modification ou la proclamation d’urgence locale ratifiée par le conseil municipal le 16 mars pour la pandémie.

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13 h 26 12 mai: Priorité aux interventions d’urgence au milieu du déficit budgétaire prévu de 54,3 $

Alors que l’État prévoit un déficit budgétaire de 54,3 milliards de dollars en raison de la pandémie de coronavirus et d’une nouvelle saison d’incendies qui approche, le gouverneur Gavin Newsom a défini les priorités de financement pour les interventions d’urgence avec son révision de la proposition de budget de mai.

« Alors que nous entrons dans la saison des incendies, nous devons également être conscients qu’en augmentant nos rangs et notre personnel, nous gardons nos premiers intervenants en bonne santé comme une priorité absolue … », a déclaré Newsom lors de son briefing dans le comté de El Dorado, où les fonctionnaires ont réduit les ordonnances de séjour à domicile avec des changements.

Tout en disant qu’il y aura « des défis sérieux et sérieux » à relever dans le budget, Newsom a décrit un financement supplémentaire pour la prévention et la préparation aux incendies qui sera révélé jeudi dans un projet de budget révisé. Il a indiqué que le nombre d’incendies entre janvier et mai de cette année a augmenté de 60% par rapport à la même période l’an dernier en raison du changement climatique.

Les demandes de budget de Newsom comprennent un financement de la division Wildfire Safety de la Commission des services publics avec 106 membres pour superviser des entreprises comme PG&E qui doivent 5 milliards de dollars en mesures de sécurité. En outre, ses révisions comprennent une augmentation de 127 millions de dollars du Bureau des services d’urgence pour la surveillance précoce des dangers en cours tels que les incendies et les tremblements de terre, ainsi que 38,2 millions de dollars en assistance en cas de catastrophe et 50 millions de dollars pour les gouvernements locaux dans les subventions de fermeture. Pendant ce temps, le gouverneur a proposé 87,5 millions de dollars à Cal Fire, ce qui comprend l’embauche de 600 pompiers pour une capacité de pointe, 26 moteurs et 12 hélicoptères Blackhawk.

Malgré le financement accru proposé par Newsom, les législateurs doivent équilibrer un déficit de 54,3 milliards de dollars prévu d’ici le 15 juin, probablement avec des coupures importantes dans les services.

Lundi, les dirigeants gouvernementaux et législatifs du Pacte des États occidentaux – composés de délégations de Californie, du Colorado, du Nevada, de l’Oregon et de Washington – ont demandé aux États et aux gouvernements locaux 1 billion de dollars pour obtenir une aide pandémique du Congrès. Les démocrates sous la présidence Nancy Pelosi de San Francisco ont présenté mardi un programme d’aide aux coronavirus de 3 billions de dollars, avec 1 billion de dollars alloués aux gouvernements des États et locaux, mais il n’est pas clair si les républicains du Sénat dirigés par le sénateur du Kentucky Mitch McConnell, ils approuveront la mesure.

11:38 13 mai: le comté d’Alameda annonce que Tesla pourrait rouvrir lundi prochain

Le comté d’Alameda a annoncé mardi dernier que l’usine de voitures électriques Fremont de Tesla pourrait reprendre ses opérations avec des modifications dès lundi prochain.

Au milieu d’une querelle publique avec le comté pour ses ordonnances de refuge sur place qui ont bloqué la production de voitures électriques de Tesla, le PDG de la société, Elon Musk, a contesté les ordonnances sanitaires du comté en rouvrant son usine lundi, avec le comté qui a répondu que les mesures d’exécution devaient être fermées ou traitées.

Mardi, le comté a déclaré qu’il avait eu des discussions fructueuses avec les représentants de Tesla sur les plans de sécurité et de prévention, y compris des recommandations supplémentaires. « Si le plan de prévention et de contrôle de Tesla inclut ces mises à jour et que les indicateurs de santé publique restent stables ou s’améliorent, nous avons convenu que Tesla peut commencer à augmenter les opérations minimales de base cette semaine en prévision d’une réouverture possible dès la semaine prochaine. « a déclaré une revendication du comté.

Les responsables ont ajouté qu’ils collaboraient avec la police de Fremont pour vérifier que Tesla respectait l’espacement physique et les mesures de sécurité des travailleurs convenues.

Musk a souvent minimisé les effets de COVID-19 et réprimandé l’agent de santé intérimaire du comté d’Alameda, dr. Erica Pan, spécialisée dans les maladies infectieuses, pour ne pas avoir permis la réouverture de l’usine Fremont vendredi dernier. Un samedi matin sur Twitter, il a menacé de renvoyer Tesla de Californie et a déposé une plainte auprès du tribunal fédéral contre le comté d’Alameda pour avoir omis de dissoudre les ordonnances sanitaires.

La semaine dernière, le gouverneur Gavin Newsom a déclaré que certains magasins de détail californiens et la fabrication et la logistique connexes pouvaient rouvrir avec l’approbation des autorités sanitaires du comté. Newsom a annoncé lundi que la production de Tesla aurait pu redémarrer dès la semaine prochaine.

Sur Twitter, Musk a critiqué le comté d’Alameda pour ne pas avoir autorisé Tesla à reprendre ses opérations, comme cela s’est produit avec d’autres constructeurs automobiles américains. L’Associated Press a rapporté que General Motors, Ford et Fiat Chrysler ont l’intention de redémarrer progressivement leurs usines lundi prochain, coïncidant avec la nouvelle date prévue du comté de Tesla.

10:24 13 mai: Les visages de San Jose ont projeté un déficit de 71,6 millions de dollars, pire que la Grande Récession

San Jose fait face à un déficit de 71,6 millions de dollars dans sa proposition de budget en raison de « fortes réductions de revenus » dues aux effets de la pandémie de COVID-19 qui sont pires que la Grande Récession et le Dotcom Bust, ont-ils annoncé mardi. responsables municipaux.

Les revenus du fonds général devraient baisser de 9% par rapport à 2018-2019, selon le message budgétaire proposé par le directeur général Dave Sykes. Le conseil municipal devrait finaliser et approuver le budget le 16 juin, bien que les pleins effets de la pandémie ne soient toujours pas clairs.

« Les recommandations contenues dans ce document prennent des mesures sérieuses pour remédier à ce que nous saurons être un environnement économique sensiblement plus faible dans un avenir prévisible, tout en étant conscient qu’une grande partie de l’impact à long terme de la pandémie est incertaine », a écrit Sykes dans la proposition. .

Pour combler le déficit, le budget de fonctionnement de 4,1 milliards de dollars proposé par la ville comble l’écart en réduisant les heures d’ouverture des bibliothèques, les parcs et les centres communautaires, la police, les coûts des aéroports et les emplois de l’hôtel de ville, entre autres. De plus, le fonds recherche de nouvelles sources de revenus et plonge dans les réserves et autres dollars ponctuels. I funzionari propongono di ridurre il personale della città di 103 posizioni, tuttavia non sono previsti licenziamenti dei dipendenti a causa dell’elevato tasso di posti vacanti della città, mentre alcune posizioni temporanee scadono il 30 giugno, come precedentemente pianificato.

I funzionari hanno anche annunciato un piano di emergenza se le entrate della città continuano a diminuire ulteriormente. In tal caso, la città prevede di tagliare $ 12 milioni, che comprende 75 posti di lavoro. Le proposte sarebbero state avanzate solo all’inizio dell’autunno per l’esame del Consiglio comunale.

« I residenti di San Jose stanno lottando intensamente nell’odierna economia COVID e dobbiamo fare tutto il possibile per portare i nostri vicini a livelli più alti », ha affermato il sindaco Sam Liccardo in una nota. « La partecipazione del pubblico al processo di bilancio è di vitale importanza ».

Liccardo ha incoraggiato i residenti a partecipare alle audizioni di bilancio fino a maggio, incluso un incontro mercoledì alle 18:00.

10:24 13 maggio: Winchester Mystery House riaprirà con visite guidate in giardino autoguidate

Winchester Mystery House ha annunciato che riaprirà venerdì con visite guidate in giardino autoguidate.

Mercoledì, in un comunicato stampa, Winchester ha dichiarato che offrirà tour all’aperto e senza contatto con 20 fermate su quattro acri di giardini vittoriani.

« Con l’abbondanza della fioritura primaverile, i giardini vittoriani che circondano la misteriosa casa di Sarah non sono mai stati così belli », ha dichiarato il direttore generale della Winchester Mystery House, Walter Magnuson. “Siamo lieti di offrire agli ospiti l’opportunità di goderseli con un tour autoguidato a contatto zero accompagnato da elementi visivi informativi e clip audio didattici. Sono state prese le più severe precauzioni per garantire la sicurezza e la salute dei nostri ospiti e dipendenti, in conformità con le linee guida e i protocolli di città, contea e stato. « 

Martedì, il Governatore Gavin Newsom ha pubblicato una guida statale sui musei e sui giardini botanici all’aperto riaprendo con modifiche, e la Contea di Santa Clara ha allentato le restrizioni su alcune attività e attività all’aperto attraverso il suo ordine di ricovero sul posto rivisto mentre si allontanava fisicamente. Se consentito dall’apertura degli ordini sanitari della contea, i musei all’aperto possono riprendere le operazioni in base a modifiche statali come il mantenimento di una distanza fisica di almeno 6 piedi tra lavoratori e clienti e clienti in attesa in coda; designare percorsi separati di entrata e uscita in mostre, gallerie e posti di lavoro interni per dipendenti; e limitare le dimensioni dei gruppi di visitatori a sei o meno.

Con tutti gli ospiti Winchester tenuti a praticare l’allontanamento fisico e indossare maschere facciali, al check-in verrà fornito un collegamento all’audioguida e alla mappa digitale accessibile sui propri dispositivi al momento del check-in. I tour saranno limitati a coloro che si trovano nelle immediate vicinanze di un visitatore e la capacità sarà ridotta per l’allontanamento fisico. Ci saranno anche stazioni di lavaggio e igienizzazione delle mani in tutta la proprietà.

Tuttavia, il negozio di articoli da regalo e il caffè di Winchester resteranno chiusi, sebbene gli ospiti possano acquistare merce online. I tour autoguidati sono disponibili dal giovedì alla domenica e i biglietti devono essere acquistati online prima dell’arrivo.

9:10 13 maggio: sistema CSU per andare online per le lezioni d’autunno

Il sistema della California State University insegnerà prevalentemente online per l’autunno nei suoi 23 campus in tutto lo stato, ha detto il cancelliere Timothy White.

Le azioni intraprese interessano oltre 480.000 studenti oltre a oltre 53.000 docenti e personale dopo che le lezioni attraverso il sistema CSU si sono spostate uniformemente sull’insegnamento virtuale il 17 marzo.

« Questo approccio di pianificazione è necessario perché un corso che potrebbe iniziare in modalità faccia a faccia dovrebbe probabilmente passare a un formato virtuale durante il termine se si verifica una seconda ondata grave della pandemia, come previsto », ha detto White in una dichiarazione. « La pianificazione virtuale è necessaria perché potrebbe non essere possibile per alcuni studenti, docenti e personale recarsi in sicurezza al campus ».

Ci saranno limitate eccezioni per le attività di apprendimento e ricerca di persona che non possono essere insegnate virtualmente e gli approcci ibridi saranno disponibili in tutti i campus a causa di circostanze specifiche nei campus. Eccezioni per le CSU, tuttavia, possono includere lezioni cliniche per infermieri, laboratori di scienze fisiche e biologiche, esperienza pratica con strumenti unici per studenti di ingegneria e gestione di barche e navi per l’industria marittima.

Allo stato di San Jose – dove le lezioni di persona sono state cancellate all’inizio di marzo – la presidente Mary Papazian ha affermato che il campus ha strategicamente rimpatriato l’università il più possibile faccia a faccia, pur essendo flessibile nella pianificazione. Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies, scheduled between for three days starting next Wednesday, were also postponed, though an online recognition for graduates is scheduled for May 22.

“I understand that the CSU’s decision may, on the one hand, be disappointing to many students, faculty and staff and may, on the other hand, bring relief to others,” Papazian wrote in a campus message. “When thinking about the college experience, the time spent on campus outside of class is just as meaningful as the time spent in the classroom. I can assure you that SJSU is innovating ways that campus life can extend to wherever you may be during the fall semester.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the University of California told CNN it’s unlikely any of the 10 campuses will reopen in the fall.

7:50 p.m. May 12: California has done more than 1 million COVID-19 tests, pharmacies can test

California has now conducted more than 1 million tests for COVID-19, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday.

“Ramping up our testing capacity is critical as we begin modifying our stay at home order,” Newsom said during his daily briefing. “In addition to standing up more than 80 new testing sites across the state in underserved communities, soon Californians will be able to get tested when they pick up their prescriptions at some pharmacies across the state.”

While it’s unclear whether all pharmacies will begin COVID-19 testing, the governor’s direction allows pharmacists to collect test specimens and order tests.

California is now conducting more than 35,000 tests a day, Newsom added, far exceeding his goal set in April to ramp up testing to 25,000 each day.

Increasing testing capacity is one of the milestones that both the state and Santa Clara County health officials are measuring to decide how quickly to ease stay-at-home orders and reopen the economy.

Read San José Spotlight’s story on increased testing by the state and county here.

13:30 May 12: Offices, car washes, other businesses California allows counties to reopen

In addition to dine-in restaurants, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that counties, with state approval, can reopen offices, shopping malls, car washes, pet grooming and outdoor museums under new guidance.

Counties can loosen restrictions if they meet certain testing, health care capacity, contact tracing and other state indicators to respond to the pandemic. If approved, counties can move further into the second of four stages to reopening the economy. The second stage focuses on reopening lower-risk workplaces, initially retail, manufacturing and logistics, followed by schools, childcare, offices and limited hospitality.

Shopping malls, strip malls and outlets will be allowed to offer curbside pickup under new guidance. Shopping centers with movie theaters, bars, spas, salons or other personal care services should keep those areas closed until those respective businesses are allowed to reopen.

Offices unable to telework can reopen, though the state advises businesses to stagger schedules and close or restrict break areas. In order to do so, offices should regularly disinfect high-use areas, avoid sharing supplies and discontinue nonessential travel. Breaking away from business culture, employees should avoid handshakes or other greetings that infringe on physical distancing.

Car washes and pet grooming, along with other limited services that can maintain physical distancing from customers, can resume operations with modifications such as limited contact with others’ belongings and contacting customers in advance to request face coverings and screen for symptoms.

Additional considerations for car washes include recirculating air inside vehicles before workers clean them, and limiting interior cleaning to one worker at a time. Amenities like coffee or magazines should no longer be offered to customers, and the state recommends that waiting areas or lounges be closed altogether, or at a minimum reconfigured to maintain physical distancing. Self-serve car wash operations should regularly clean high-contact areas and provide disposable gloves for customers to use when handling cleaning equipment.

Pet groomers should schedule staggered appointments and limit interactions with pet owners through curbside pick-ups. They should also use their own equipment such as slip leads during the transfer of pets and not handle any leashes, collars or other equipment belonging to the pet. Similarly, dog walkers should practice contactless handoffs, and bring their own leashes and disposable bags.

Meanwhile, outdoor museums can resume operations with modifications, such as maintaining physical distancing of at least 6 feet between workers and customers, and customers waiting in lines; designating separate entry and exit routes into exhibits, galleries and indoor employee work stations; and limiting visitor group sizes to six or fewer.

At least a couple of the state’s stage two modifications, landscaping or gardening, are available in Santa Clara County, though many of Newsom’s announcements are not yet available in the Bay Area, which has more restrictive measures.

1:07 p.m. May 12: California issues guidance for reopening dine-in restaurants by county

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans Tuesday to gradually allow counties to reopen dine-in restaurants under certain rules.

The new guidelines allow counties to set looser rules if they meet certain testing, health care capacity, contact tracing and other state indicators. If approved, counties can move further into the second of four stages of reopening the economy, which now includes restaurants and shopping malls, among others. Previous health orders only allowed takeout or delivery meal options for restaurants.

“This would allow patrons to start coming back in these counties that have conditions that afford those,” Newsom said in his briefing Wednesday.

Under guidelines by the state Public Health and Industrial Relations departments, dine-in restaurants must establish workplace-specific plans, employee training and screening, and frequent cleaning and disinfecting. Table-side food preparation, bars, shared entertainment, buffets and drink dispensers all must be discontinued.

The also guidelines advise restaurants to offer disposable menus, reusable dinnerware, physical barriers and to require diners to wait in their cars. Employees and diners will also be required to remain 6 feet apart.

The state also requires physical distancing through partitions, with priority on outdoor seating and limiting people per table. Restaurants should display visible rules for customers and personnel as they enter, and restaurant workers and diners should be screened for symptoms, asked to use hand sanitizer and wear face coverings when not eating or drinking.

Other guidelines include asking customers to stay in their cars while waiting to be seated, staggering employee breaks as feasible to maintain physical distancing protocols and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between parties.

Ahead of the announcement, the California Restaurant Association issued its own recommendations for the state to allow dine-in eating, adding it took guidance from state coalitions of local health officers and environmental health directors.

Last week, Newsom allowed retail and associated manufacturing and logistics to resume work through measures such as curbside pickup. However, under his orders, local jurisdictions can retain stricter measures, like the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place orders that have not reopened retail or manufacturing businesses.

Newsom said more than 70% of the state economy is open, but he urged Californians to protect vulnerable seniors’ health under the new guidance. “That’s why practicing, and not just preaching, what’s in these guidelines is so foundational,” Newsom said. “It’s a way of just saying this: We’re putting these things out, and now we’re asking you to do even more than you have done.”

Read about the new rules and how they’re creating some confusion for South Bay restaurant owners.

10:58 a.m. May 12: Gov. Newsom expected to outline reopening for dine-in restaurants

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday previewed announcements for furthering California’s second stage of gradually loosening stay-at-home orders by reopening certain businesses, including dine-in restaurants, offices and malls, scheduled for his Tuesday briefing at noon.

Tuesday’s expected guidelines are part of Newsom’s larger guidance allowing counties to loosen rules if they can attest to meeting certain testing, health care capacity, contact tracing and other state indicators to respond to the pandemic.

Last week, Newsom allowed retail and associated manufacturing and logistics to resume work through measures such as curbside pickup. However, under his orders, local jurisdictions can retain more restrictive measures, like the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place orders that have not yet allowed last week’s measures to take effect.

Ahead of the announcement, the California Restaurant Association issued its own recommendations for the state to allow dine-in eating, adding it took guidance from state coalitions of local health officers and environmental health directors. Under current health orders, restaurants can only serve takeout or delivery meal options.

Along with physical distancing measures, the association in a video proposed limiting tables to no more than 10 people, contactless payment, banning self-service buffets or salad bars, and either using disposable menus or disinfecting menus.

The association’s recommendations are intended to address employee safety, education for the dining public, physical distancing and increased sanitation and disinfection. Still, it emphasized for restaurants to engage with local health officers to find out more on reopening.

View Newsom’s 12 p.m. briefing on his Facebook page.

10:05 a.m. May 12: Losing a loved one to COVID-19

The San Jose-based Bill Wilson Center has grief counseling for people who have lost loved ones due to the novel coronavirus disease.

Call the Centre for Living with Dying at 408-243-0222 for counseling available in multiple languages, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department tweeted.

To date, 129 people in the county have died from COVID-19, according to health officials.

6:08 p.m. May 11: Three San Jose golf courses, certain park amenities reopened

Three San Jose golf courses reopened last Tuesday as part of slowly phasing in more than 1,000 park and facility amenities, a city news release announced.

Residents can now frequent Los Lagos, Ranco de Pueblo and San Jose municipal golf courses under revised Santa Clara County public health protocols that include physical distancing and not sharing recreational equipment.

Additionally, on Saturday, the city also allowed activities such as pickle ball, bocce ball, tennis courts, disc golf, horseshoes and skate parks, with the exception of Lake Cunningham Action Sports Park.

Other amenities remain closed, officials said. Violators can face fines of $100 or more. For a current list of park and facility closures, visit here.

5:30 di pomeriggio. May 11: Silicon Valley Strong launches San Jose small business grants

The Silicon Valley Strong initiative started accepting applications Monday for its $1.42 million San Jose small business grant program through Sunday, a city news release said.

Operated by the Opportunity Fund, a nonprofit financial institution, 142 small businesses in San Jose can receive $10,000 grants for payroll, rent, two-week paid sick leave and other overhead costs. Funds come from Silicon Valley Strong, a philanthropic effort by the city and Silicon Valley Community Foundation that brings donors, nonprofits and community leaders to amass and centralize resources.

To be eligible, business owners have to live in Santa Clara County and qualify as low or moderate-income, or below 80% of the area median income, the Opportunity Fund says. Their businesses, meanwhile, must have five employees or less and prove they lost at least 25% of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Priority will be given to businesses qualified as essential under the county’s shelter-in-place order, as will those that comply with and whose liquidity is affected by two-week paid sick leave requirements.

View the grant program’s FAQs before applying by 11:59 p.m. Sunday here. Information and the application are also available in Spanish and Vietnamese.

3:45 p.m. May 11: Gov. Newsom says Tesla could resume as early as next week, Musk restarts operations anyway

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday manufacturing in Alameda County — where Tesla CEO Elon Musk has berated local health officials over reopening the company’s Fremont car factory — could resume as early as next week, despite the company already restarting production in defiance of local public health orders.

While Newsom said manufacturing broadly is allowed to resume with modification under the state’s stay-home order, he respected regional conditions for areas such as the Bay Area and said certain restrictions for shelter-in-place orders could be lifted by next week.

“We are respecting the rights of their health directors to make decisions that they see best for themselves,” Newsom said in his daily briefing. “And to the extent that we can be helpful and accommodating, we will be to move these conversations along more quickly. But I look forward to getting manufacturing back in the state, more logistics work, more retail. We made those modifications, again with conditions.”

Shortly after the governor’s briefing, Musk tweeted, “Thank you Governor Newsom!” Additionally, the CEO confirmed Tesla started operations against Alameda County’s orders. Several news outlets, including the Verge, KTVU and San Francisco Chronicle, reported Tesla appeared to restart operations Monday.

“I will be on the line with everyone else,” Musk said on Twitter. “If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.”

On Saturday, Musk ranted on Twitter threatening to move his electric car company’s operations out of California and filed a lawsuit against Alameda County in federal court for not loosening orders that closed carlines at the Fremont factory on March 23. In a blog post later Saturday, Tesla also laid out plans to reopen, though didn’t specify when.

Musk then tweeted Monday other American car companies are allowed to resume, while Tesla was not. “This is super messed up!” Egli ha detto.

Responding to press questions about photos circulated of the car plant, Newsom said he wasn’t aware of Tesla’s reopening but said enforcement would need to come from Alameda County.

On chant, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office released a county statement acknowledging Tesla opened beyond minimum basic operations for businesses amid stay-home orders.

“We are addressing this matter using the same phased approach we use for other businesses which have violated the Order in the past, and we hope that Tesla will likewise comply without further enforcement measures,” the county statement said. Officials added the company planned to provide a site-specific plan later Monday under the state’s guidelines for manufacturing. The steps include improving employee health screening procedures and engaging front-line staff on concerns and feedback regarding safety protocols.

Over the weekend, Musk also threatened to move Tesla to Texas or Nevada, which both have less restrictive public health measures. Nevada — home to battery production for Tesla — is also part of the Western States Pact to coordinate COVID-19 response alongside California.

Emphasizing his personal relationship with Musk and early advocacy for Tesla’s technology, Newsom said the Palo Alto-headquartered company has been “substantively supported” for many years by the state and California has in turn been one of its “beneficiaries.” He added he looked forward to “many decades” of that relationship.

“I know many of us are frustrated of where we are in this pandemic,” Newsom went on. “Almost all of it, no one could have seen coming. But we’re working through these issues in real time — even those Bay Area modifications coming in the next week or so. I’m confident we’ll get through this, regardless of what some people are saying on social media and in the press currently.”

1:50 p.m. May 11: California Gov. Newsom, western leaders ask for $1 trillion in federal response

Several leaders from western states signed a letter Monday requesting $1 trillion in federal relief from Congress to aid state and local governments facing significant budget shortfalls.

As part of the Western States Pact including California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Colorado, governors and legislative leaders from each of the states asked for dollars from Democratic and Republican leadership in the House and Senate.

“This is the requirement of this moment,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in his briefing Monday. “It gives you a sense of the thrust of the needs that we are all feeling — as states, as states, as regions, as city — that are required to get through this pandemic and to make sure we’re doing justice to you.”

Amid historic unemployment numbers, local and state governments are faced with losses in tax revenues that would force them to make cuts to basic services. Federal aid, the western leaders said in their letter, would preserve core government services such as public health, public safety, education and returning workforces through job training and small business relief.

“Red and blue states alike all are faced with the same COVID-19 math, as are Democratic and Republican mayors across our states,” read the western states’ letter sent to Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “The moment requires unprecedented partnership from all of us — across every level of government and across party.”

California alone has a projected $54.3 billion budget deficit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. By June 15, the state Legislature legally must pass a balanced budget or not get paid.

11:45 a.m. May 11: Grants for Santa Clara County nonprofits to provide financial assistance

Destination: Home’s $1 million grant program for Santa Clara County nonprofits to provide direct financial assistance to extremely low-income households undergoing economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic is due Friday.

Already, the San Jose organization partnered with Sacred Heart Community Service for the Homelessness Prevention System in March to help vulnerable families and individuals with direct cash assistance for rent and other basic necessities. Under existing direct cash assistance, the $11 million fund ran out in three days, with about 10,000 people on the waitlist as of late April. Half of applicants were considered extremely low-income, while 90% of all those who applied were people of color.

But in its new qualification request announced last Friday, Destination: Home said it “also recognizes the importance of partnering with additional organizations to serve historically hard to reach groups and meet the unique needs of specific populations throughout the county.”

Qualified organizations and community groups can receive support ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 to directly enroll and disperse assistance.The aid will go to Santa Clara County families and individuals who made less than 30% of the area’s median income — classified as extremely low-income — prior to the crisis, and are ineligible for unemployment benefits or federal stimulus payments because they are cash economy or undocumented workers, or mixed status households. Under the grants, eligible workers, with up to two workers per household, can get a flat amount of $1,000 in direct client assistance payments.

In April, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled $125 million in relief for about 150,000 undocumented Californians, with eligible adults able to receive one-time $500 checks, capped at $1,000 per household, to help with the effects of the pandemic.

View the grant application process here.

10:30 a.m. May 11: California Senate returns to work

After the state Assembly returned to the Capitol last Monday, California senators reconvened Monday morning to take on pressing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and a projected $54.3 billion budget deficit.

Nearly two months have passed since the state Legislature last met, when Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, suspended hearings in March.

“The California Senate returns to the Capitol today to continue our essential business in a responsible and transparent way,” Atkins tweeted.

The Senate planned to take additional precautions to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, including not convening a full floor session with all members. Additionally, the Capitol will limit in-person access to committee rooms with physical distancing in place, and there will be virtual public comment and testimony.

Still, a special Senate committee on pandemic emergency response did meet Wednesday, two days after the Assembly reconvened.

By June 15, legislators will need to balance a projected $54.3 billion budget deficit caused by the pandemic, as well as historic increases in Californians filing for unemployment, among other urgent matters.

5:15 p.m. May 9: Elon Musk threatens to pull Tesla out of California, sue Alameda County “immediately”

In a series of Saturday morning replies on Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company will move its Palo Alto headquarters out of California and sue Alameda County “immediately” for not loosening revised shelter-in-place orders to allow the company to reopen production at its Fremont factory.

“Frankly, this is the final straw,” Musk tweeted in response to users questioning Alameda County’s actions. “Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependen (sic) on how Tesla is treated in the future.”

Later Saturday, Musk made good on the threat and filed the lawsuit against the county.

In the 18-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court for California’s Northern District, Musk’s attorneys claimed Tesla is one of the 16 essential businesses allowed to continue operating under Newsom’s shelter-in-place order issued in March.

Alameda County, the complaint alleges, is violating the state order by forcing Tesla to remain closed.

On Friday, Musk hoped to restart carlines for its electric vehicles following less restrictive guidance on statewide stay-at-home orders, according to CNBC. But Alameda County’s interim health officer, Dr. Erica Pan, reportedly said Tesla did not have the “green light.”

While Gov. Gavin Newsom allowed some reopening of certain businesses Friday, local governments can retain more strict measures. Santa Clara and Alameda counties, along with several Bay Area governments, reaffirmed health orders will remain in effect for now through May, which don’t allow retail and associated manufacturing and logistics to restart workplace business as the governor outlined. In announcing Saturday Tesla would file a lawsuit against Alameda “immediately,” Musk tweeted Pan was “acting contrary to the Governor, the President, our Constitutional freedoms & just plan common sense!”

With more than 10,000 workers, Tesla’s Fremont factory produces every Model S, X and 3 car and also makes the vast majority of vehicle components, according to the company’s website. Bloomberg reported Tesla has battery manufacturing in Nevada and some staff based in Texas.

Later, Musk replied the company knows “far more about what needs to be done to be safe” from its China factory than an “(unelected) interim junior official,” referring to the county’s top health official. He encouraged followers to voice their opposition to Alameda County.

In a statement Saturday, Alameda County officials said they have been communicating and working closely with Tesla staff based in Fremont. “This has been a collaborative, good faith effort to develop and implement a safety plan that allows for reopening while protecting the health and well-being of the thousands of employees who travel to and from work at Tesla’s factory,” the statement said.

The county statement went on, “It is our collective responsibility to move through the phases of reopening and loosening the restrictions of the Shelter-in-Place Order in the safest way possible, guided by data and science.”

Electric cars are California’s second largest export, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Tesla is one of Alameda County’s largest employers.

Shortly after Musk’s threats, Fremont Mayor Lily Mei issued a statement saying she was growing concerned about the county shelter-in-place order’s effects on the regional economy, particularly without provisions for manufacturing such as Tesla. Linking the statement in his replies, Musk tweeted “Thanks Mayor Mei!”

“The City encourages the County to engage with our local businesses to come up with acceptable guidelines for re-opening our local economy,” Mei said in a statement. “As we have done for over a decade, the City is prepared to support Tesla as soon as they are able to resume automobile manufacturing operations and are committed to a thoughtful, balanced approach to this effort that remains safe for our Fremont community.”

Palo Alto Mayor Adrian Fine appealed directly to Musk on Twitter Saturday afternoon.

« I truly appreciate having a cutting edge company based here, employing people, paying taxes, and helping to solve the climate crisis,” Fine tweeted. “Happy to help @elonmusk,” to which the Tesla CEO later replied, “Much appreciated, Mayor Fine!”

3:30 p.m. May 9: Estimates: Santa Clara County saved 7,429 lives in 45 days since stay-home order

Estimates released by the Big Cities Health Coalition Thursday showed Santa Clara County saved 7,429 lives in the first 45 days of the county’s initial March 16 shelter-in-place order.

“Ordering people to shelter in their homes was unprecedented and difficult,” said county Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody, chair of the Big Cities Health Coalition, in a statement. “Everyone’s collective action has dramatically slowed the spread of COVID-19. These measures have prevented many infections, hospitalizations and deaths. It’s tempting to let up, but we need to massively scale up two essential guardrails–testing and contact tracing–to protect the progress we’ve made, as well as the most vulnerable among us.”

The estimates were based on 45-day health orders and were calculated by Drexel University public health researchers using a New York Times model, a Big Cities’ news release said.

Within Big Cities’ jurisdictions, Santa Clara County avoided 69,453 hospitalizations in the county’s first 45 days of sheltering in place, estimates found, saving capacity for regional health systems. Over a 60-day period, the county is projected to save 8,409 deaths and 81,161 hospitalizations due to its orders.

In the 30 largest U.S. cities, health orders saved more than 200,000 deaths and deterred more than 2.1 million hospitalizations in a 45-day period, per estimates.

6:20 p.m. May 8: San Jose holds social media marketing workshop with Facebook

Businesses can join a virtual workshop hosted by the city of San Jose next Thursday to learn social media marketing with representatives from Facebook and Business Owner Space.

The webinar is open to nonprofit organizations, independent contractors and sole proprietors, among others affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a city news release announced. Businesses are slated to learn how Facebook and Instagram platforms can increase reach and engagement to customers.

The workshop is scheduled for 3 p.m. Giovedi. Registrati qui.

6:05 p.m. May 8: Plan to reopen San Jose small businesses

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and regional business leaders on Friday proposed helping reopen some small businesses by allowing them to operate outside when shelter-in-place restrictions are eased.

“We recognize that in a city with 300 days of sunshine a year we have a unique opportunity to offer a plan for greater resilience to the coronavirus challenge that is facing every single small business owner in our city and throughout the country right now,” Liccardo said at Friday’s meeting.

The proposal, aimed primarily at restaurants, would also allow businesses such as salons, cafes, gyms, yoga studios and other retailers to take advantage of the city’s sunny weather by setting up shop outside in public spaces such as parking lots, parks, alleys, plazas and streets, once Santa Clara County’s revised health order is lifted.

Read the full San José Spotlight story here.

4:50 p.m. May 8: Mexican Heritage Plaza’s School of Arts and Culture launches $1 million arts workforce initiative

After receiving a $1 million grant in the fall to create an arts equity program, the School of Arts and Culture at San Jose’s Mexican Heritage Plaza announced Friday it would launch a statewide workforce initiative for arts administrators of color during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Done in partnership with SVCREATES, the fellowship seeks to address the dearth of people of color in arts administration through a nine to 12-month placement beginning in October. In addition to creating a more inclusive workforce, the pilot program will also work to celebrate unique cultural identities across California.

“While the current state of affairs is in flux, this statewide pilot program is vital at a time when the sector is canceling events, and artists and independent contractors are having a hard time finding work, which is further compounded by the culture of unpaid internships within the arts,” a School of Arts and Culture news release said.

Across nine geographical regions, fellows will receive a $50,000 stipend and host organizations will get $35,000 grants for the program’s duration. The fellowships are funded by the California Arts Council and the James Beard Foundation.

The deadline for fellows and arts organizations to apply is July 31. For more information, email Jonathan Borca at jonathan@schoolofartsandculture.org.

1 p.m. May 8: California voters to receive mail-in ballots for November election

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Friday so registered voters in California will receive mail-in ballots for the November general election.

“Elections and the right to vote are foundational to our democracy,” Newsom said in a statement. “No Californian should be forced to risk their health in order to exercise their right to vote.”

Secretary of State Alex Padilla added that California is the first in the nation to move to mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 presidential election. Voting by mail will be expanded to all voters, though Newsom’s administration plans to work with counties to ensure in-person voting is available on and before Election Day. In voting by mail, ballots also do not need stamps because postage is prepaid on ballots.

“It’s great for public health, it’s great for voting rights,” Padilla said in Newsom’s briefing Friday. “It’s going to be great for participation because this November’s election is still slated to be (the most) consequential election of our lifetime.”

Eligible voters will need to verify their registration status or register on the Secretary of State’s website. Additionally, Padilla called on residents to volunteer at polling places, as many poll workers tend to be older with chronic health conditions that put them at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

Read the executive order here.

11:55 a.m. May 8: Skilled nursing, assisted living facilities account for nearly half of California’s deaths

Nearly half of people who have died from COVID-19 in California were living or working in skilled nursing or assisted living facilities, according to data released by the state departments of Public Health and Social Services.

Close to 48.5% of all the state’s dead due to the novel coronavirus came from facilities that tend to serve the elderly. Accounting overwhelmingly for residents but also staff as of Wednesday, skilled nursing facilities had 998 deaths and assisted living facilities had 216 deaths. The total statewide death count in the same time frame was 2,504 people.

Across California, skilled nursing facilities had 9,254 cases and assisted living facilities had 1,602 cases, suggesting death rates from COVID-19 are far higher in these facilities.

Santa Clara County had five nursing facilities reporting deaths: Canyon Springs Post-Acute, Mountain View Healthcare Center, Ridge Post-Acute, Valley House Rehabilitation Center and Vista Manor Nursing Center. While cases or death figures fewer than 10 were not specified in state data, Canyon Springs had 11 residents who died as of Wednesday.

Long-term care facilities — which include skilled nursing and assisted living — overall in the county accounted for 52 of the 128 total deaths as of Friday, local data show. Because these facilities typically serve older people with chronic health conditions, county health officials say these residents are at greater risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19.

10:30 a.m. May 8: Santa Clara County launches resource portal for families, individuals

Santa Clara County launched a resource portal for families and individuals, with many resources available regardless of whether they can pay, are uninsured or lack immigration status.

With a searchable map, resources listed by the Office of Public Affairs range from childcare to business assistance, as well as food-distribution and immigration services. The county’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs is also available to residents, as well as connections to receive free internet at home during the COVID-19 crisis, among a litany of other community-based services.

In addition to the county website, visit Silicon Valley Strong, a local initiative to help residents amid the pandemic, and the state of California’s COVID-19 page for more options available.

18:00 May 7: Gov. Newsom previews California’s varied reopening

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday previewed steps counties can take to reopen certain businesses and public spaces as they loosen the state’s stay-at-home order locally.

The state will allow counties to move further in the second of four stages to reopen the economy, though these regional variances will require local health officers to attest to thresholds determined by the state Public Health Department.

“These are specific responsibilities of the counties if they want to go further,” Newsom said in his briefing, “specific responsibilities of the state if we want to continue to make progress that we have to monitor in real time.”

While more specific guidance is expected, Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the state Health and Human Services Agency, said county officials must notify state authorities about local intent to ease restrictions and confirm readiness with the board of supervisors and local health systems. The county’s steps to easing must be publicly available, too.

In a 14-day span, a county can’t have more than one COVID-19 case per 10,000 residents and no deaths. Counties must also have sufficient testing, contact tracing, hospital capacity and protections for vulnerable populations, such as elderly residents in nursing homes. The state also requires adequate protections and protective supplies for essential workers.

Importantly, local authorities must give timelines to move through the state’s second stage of gradual reopening for nonessential businesses and amenities considered low-risk, which include retail, offices and dine-in restaurants, among others.

At any time, state health officials can pull back restrictions, particularly if there are increases in the virus’ spread. Still, some rural Northern California counties with few or no cases already started easing restrictions even before the new guidance. The state order also doesn’t limit local health officers from having more restrictive measures. Bay Area officials, for example, said they don’t plan to ease restrictions Newsom recently announced.

3:44 p.m. May 7: Bilingual childcare portal for workers in Santa Clara County

Residents allowed to work under Santa Clara County’s shelter-in-place order can now find childcare centers through an online portal, the county Office of Education announced in a news release Thursday.

The portal, in English and Spanish, can link childcare services with updated information about available resources, eligibility and guidance on applying. In addition to mapping of providers, it also has information for payment vouchers for essential workers and subsidized costs.

“We know the demand has increased since the shelter-in-place order was initially announced, and we want to meet that need with the most relevant and useful content that we can,” said Mary Ann Dewan, the county superintendent of schools, in a statement. “These resources listed on the portal are made available through the efforts of the community, city and county organizations within Santa Clara, and through partnerships with these entities, essential workers are provided with several childcare options.”

The county’s revised shelter-in-place order effective through May allows childcare facilities to reopen and serve the families of essential workers and others allowed to return to their jobs. In order to operate, childcare centers must follow physical distancing, sanitation and hygiene practices determined by county, state and federal health officials.

On April 30, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a childcare facility navigator operated by the California Department of Social Services. The county’s new portal was made possible by the county Office of Education in partnership with local leaders, community organizations and agencies.

3:12 p.m. May 7: Bucking California, Bay Area won’t reopen retail, associated businesses Friday

Bucking statewide guidance by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday to reopen certain businesses, Bay Area officials — including in Santa Clara County — affirmed local health orders remain in effect that don’t allow these retailers and associated manufacturers and warehouses to begin operating again.

As part of the state loosening its stay-at-home order, Newsom said retail, manufacturing and logistics businesses can reopen Friday under modifications such as curbside pickup. The changes are subject to local authorities’ discretion, though.

However, with a revised shelter-in-place order that took effect Monday, Bay Area officials emphasized locally loosened restrictions apply to outdoor activities and businesses, not “curbside pickup from non-essential, non-outdoor businesses, and that is not allowed to begin Friday,” according to a news release issued shortly after Newsom outlined the changes.

“We appreciate that the Governor recognizes that California communities are impacted differently by coronavirus and can make decisions at the local level,” Bay Area officials said. “In our current environment, if a county order differs from a state order, the more restrictive order takes precedence.”

Local officials said they will use indicators of increased testing, contact tracing and personal protective equipment inventory, as well as monitoring new cases, hospitalizations and health care capacity to determine reopening. While saying they share the urgency to restore economies, the Bay Area news release said they want to do so in a safe manner that doesn’t increase cases or deaths, or overwhelm health systems.

“We will continue to work with our community and business leaders to accomplish careful, measured progress that allows us to maintain our gains as we move forward to further reopening and better times ahead,” officials added.

The Bay Area’s orders apply to Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, as well as the city of Berkeley.

2:15 p.m. May 7: Gov. Newsom says California’s first community spread case was in nail salon

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday the state’s first COVID-19 case of community spread occurred at a nail salon.

Responding to a press question why churches and nail salons are part of the state’s third of four stages in loosening the stay-at-home order, Newsom made the announcement, saying “let me be specific now to nail salons.”

“This whole thing started in the state of California — the first community spread — in a nail salon,” he said. “I just want to remind you, remind everybody of that. I’m very worried about that.”

Newsom did not specify where the nail salon was or when the case occurred, however. The county of Santa Clara confirmed the state’s first community spread case did not occur locally. San José Spotlight has reached out to the California Department of Public Health for comment.

He said many of the procedures to reduce the spread of the virus, like using surgical masks and gloves, are already used by nail salons. Citing guidance from health officials, he said reopening nail salons have caused “red flags.” Churches, meanwhile, have had augmentations, though officials were fearful of allowing congregations in enclosed spaces.

The United States’ first known death from COVID-19 was in Santa Clara County through community transmission on Feb. 6 of a 57-year-old woman, county officials announced in April. On Feb. 26, state health officials had said the country’s first possible case of community spread occurred in Solano County.

13:30 May 7: Guidance for certain businesses reopening in California

Starting Friday, certain retailers and associated manufacturers and warehouse logistics can reopen in California under new guidance announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday.

The actions come as part of the state’s second of four stages to gradually relax its stay-at-home order to nonessential industries. Previously, only essential workers in sectors such as food supply, transportation and health care were able to work in-person.

The guidelines announced Thursday for retail, manufacturing and logistics, Newsom said, have “an eye for turning the page and moving into a new phase in terms of our economic recovery.”

“You get a sense that we’re moving forward,” he went on. “But we’re doing it always with an eye being led by data, by the science, by public health.”

Retailers — including bookstores, jewelry stores, clothing stores, sporting goods, music stores and florists — can reopen with curbside pickup and delivery. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s health and human services secretary, said businesses must implement contactless payment systems, more hand sanitizers, and staff must wear gloves and masks in delivering goods to customers.

Meanwhile, manufacturers must have more spacing in the workplace, and close break rooms and opt for outdoor break areas with physically distanced seating. Warehouses should have sanitation materials during deliveries and use personal protective equipment for each site.

All businesses must perform risk assessments, employee training and implement site-specific protections to reduce the spread of the virus.

Officials said more reopening guidance is expected soon for businesses such as shopping malls, offices, car washes, dine-in restaurants and outdoor museums.

But as the state reopens, Ghaly said, it doesn’t meant things will immediately return to normal.

“We know that COVID-19 is still spreading,” he said, adding that cases continue to increase, with 92 new deaths from the previous day.

11:50 a.m. May 7: 1,000 face coverings delivered to San Jose wastewater, municipal water

Staff from the San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility and the city’s Municipal Water System received 1,000 cloth face coverings, a city news release announced Thursday.

Delivered Tuesday, the donation to the city’s Environmental Services Department, which oversees both entities, is intended to provide personal protective equipment to essential workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “The cloth face coverings support worker safety and enhance the current inventory of non-surgical rated masks for everyday use of essential workers in ESD,” the news release said.

Already, at least one worker at the city’s wastewater facility tested positive for COVID-19 in March, in addition to several San Jose police, fire and airport employees, as San José Spotlight reported.

11:35 a.m. May 7: California projects $54.3 billion budget deficit amid COVID-19 recession

California is projected to face a $54.3 billion budget deficit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing recession, according to a state Finance Department memo Thursday.

With revenue declines of more than $41.2 billion along with $7.1 billion to health and human services programs’ caseloads and $6 billion mostly in direct COVID-19 response, the state is expected to have budget declines for the upcoming fiscal year that are more than three times the rainy day fund balance of $16 billion.

“COVID-19 has caused a national recession, a precipitous decline in income, rapidly rising health and human services caseloads and substantial COVID-19 driven costs,” state financial analysts wrote.

At the start of the year, California had a 3.9% unemployment rate, a $5.6 billion surplus in the governor’s proposed budget, $21 billion in projected reserves and increased revenues through March from January forecasts, per state analysts.

However, the pandemic had “immediate and severe” impacts on global, national and state economies, the memo said. California saw 478,000 unemployment claims in the last week, job losses in lower wage sectors that exacerbated existing wage disparities and a projected unemployment rate of 18%, far higher than the Great Recession.

Personal income is projected to fall 9% this year, while housing construction permits, a key economic indicator, are forecast to drop 21%.

Compared with tax revenues from January, this fiscal year is projected to see more than 20% losses from personal income, sales and corporate taxes. Because of revenue declines to the general fund, K-12 schools and community colleges — which receive more than 40% of the fund’s dollars — are expected to see $18.3 billion in funding declines.

While calling it the “COVID-19 Recession” with loss of jobs and income, state officials said the projected deficit as a percent of general fund spending is smaller than deficits incurred in 2003 and 2009. “This is due largely to the state’s prudent fiscal management and strong economic recovery since 2011,” the memo said.

By June 15, the state Legislature must pass a balanced budget in accordance with state law. Read the finance memo here and view the fiscal update presentation here.