The Briefing volume 12 | april 3, 2020


A pop-up place to get fresh food, a North Whisman neighborhood effort to grow beautiful gardens at home (from a safe distance), and a Shoreline West family who are honoring essential workers who are helping to keep Mountain View safe.

What are the best ways you've seen Mountain View band together to show support for their neighbors? Neighborhoods continue to come together to spread love and hope to community members.

Want to share how your neighbors are showing and bringing hope while we shelter in place? Email your photos and stories to katie.nelson@mountainview.gov.

Mountain View News

See the latest breakdown of what is offered to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mask Recommendations

Effective immediately, the CDC has recommended that when doing essential errands (going to the store, for example), individuals wear cloth masks or nose and mouth coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Physical Distancing Issues

We continue to see major issues at parks and on trails with people overwhelming spaces to play sports, exercise, or walk, run, or hike in groups.

Please note, if this continues, all parks and trails could close. To slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19, our City needs you to follow the County’s physical distancing orders.

As a reminder, the City has closed certain park facilities (e.g. play structures, dog parks, and more). The City could close all parks, in order to protect public health and safety, if residents do not follow the guidelines.

How-to Guide

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Do not gather in groups or engage in group activities -- this includes any sports activity such as football, soccer, pickle ball, tennis, basketball, running, training, etc.
  • Keep at least a 6-foot distance from others at all times.
  • Comply with park amenity closures and stay out of these areas: including dog parks, tennis, pickle ball, soccer fields, and basketball courts, outdoor gym equipment and playgrounds, picnic and barbecue areas, drinking fountains, and restrooms.

Please, stay home. Stay safe. Save lives.

Solid Waste Update

Effective Monday, April 6, through the end of the Shelter-in-Place order, Recology will not service material outside of residents’ carts in order to limit exposure to drivers.

Residents may not set out extra bags of trash or extra recycling outside of the carts. Residents can request an additional service if needed before their next collection day. See the guidelines here.

Telephone Town Hall

This Sunday, April 5, at 11 a.m., Dr. Sara Cody of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department will be a part of a town hall, hosted by Supervisor Joe Simitian, to discuss the status of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County.

To join, call 1-855-866-6313.

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State and Federal Aid, Relief, and More

Today, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new endeavor, titled Project Roomkey, to help unstably housed individuals or those experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor also announced a new volunteer portal for Californians to utilize to help communities impacted by COVID-19.

The State has launched a one-stop shop for seniors in need of assistance and resources while they stay home to stay safe as we work to flatten the curve.

Stay at Home Resources

Join your neighbors today as we celebrate community while practicing social distancing with a Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt! Create works of art in the daily theme and place in your windows for your neighbors to see. #TogetherMV

  • April 3 – Cartoons
  • April 5 – Rainbows
  • April 8 - Sun

It's Ok to Smile

You asked -- we've answered. An overwhelming number of you requested in our survey that we begin sharing something fun, funny, or highlight goodwill from community members.

Here are some recent examples of ways we are bonding together, despite the distance.

  • We've all become masters of video conferencing, or so we thought.
  • Yes, there are things we may miss over the course of the next few months, but remember, you and your family matter most, and we're in this together.
  • Ensuring you are getting exercise (at a safe distance from everyone else) is important, just ask Rico Suave.
  • Don't forget, with all the tragic news that can be overwhelming, there are incredible stories of recovery as well.


The below graphic and accompanying data table depict the total cases, number of hospitalizations, and deaths associated with the COVID-19 virus beginning March 12th, progressing chronologically. Data is sourced from Santa Clara County Department of Public Health. Please note: for dates that have no associated data, information was not available from the county public health website.

A comparison of total cases and deaths related to COVID-19 in Santa Clara County.