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The Briefing Volume 23 | April 29, 2020

#TogetherMV

Supporting essential workers and small businesses were just some of the incredible ways in which our community stepped up to show and spread kindness and care while we shelter in place.

A Very "Cool" Block

-- from your neighbor, Jen G., in the Cypress Point neighborhood

Some residents of my HOA complex started a Cool Block initiative several weeks before the “Shelter-in-Place” order was issued. Because we set up a Slack channel. While we were all friendly we were never this connected before. We are now using it as a way to communicate, share, and shop for each other.

So far, some of the neighborly things we've done, together:

  • In March we organized a PPE collection for Kaiser in San Jose. We were their first donation.
  • We’ve collected non-perishable food and school supplies for people who live in vehicles
  • We regularly share extra produce from our garden (some of us are Willowgate Garden members), groceries, household goods, etc.
  • A few neighbors bake/cook food and share. For example, muffins, bbq, lemon curd, ribs…
  • My husband makes sourdough bread and shares it with our neighbors (See photos attached.)
I feel thankful to have such kind neighbors.

We're looking for good stories about our good neighbors.

We want to continue to highlight all that our community is doing, together, to bring positivity and goodwill during the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the best ways you've seen Mountain View band together to show support for their neighbors? Share it with us! Email your photos and stories to katie.nelson@mountainview.gov.

Download a copy for your kids to draw on and share!

REMINDER: We want your art!

Did you do some coloring this week? Show some community togetherness spirit! After you download a copy, have your kiddos show off their artistic skills and send it to katie.nelson@mountainview.gov, along with your name and neighborhood, so we can share with the community. Rumor has it we might even showcase some of them at the Center for Performing Arts marquee!

Mountain View News

Small Business Resiliency and Small Landlord Relief Loan Program

The new Small Business Resiliency Loan Program will provide up to $10,000 in the form of no-interest loan assistance for small Mountain View businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City also launched a special program funded solely by the City for $100,000 for landlords who own nine units or less. The program is designed to help smaller housing providers maintain their properties even if tenants are unable to pay due to COVID-19 hardships.

Learn more about eligibility and view the Loan Inquiry Form here.

MVHS Engineering Classes Use 3D Printers to make PPE

This incredible project started when MVHS transitioned to distance learning, and engineering students were tasked with learning about different careers in engineering and work on an an at-home project. Students helped form an “Outreach Group” to help our local community during this time.

A team of 15 students, including their teacher Ms. Conoway, have since been working to create PPE to frontline workers using 3D printers from the school, personal printers, and the Library's printer. So far, they have been able to produce over 250 face shields that have been donated to Mountain View health care staff and workers from the MVLA and MVWSD districts who are providing meals to over 500 students every day.

Resources for Mountain View Businesses

Mountain View Open Businesses Facebook Group: The Chamber launched a Facebook group for the community to share information and tips on Mountain View businesses currently open and/or providing takeout/delivery services. Join the conversation to support our Mountain View businesses!

Small Business Administration – COVID-19 Financing Programs Webinar: The SBA San Francisco District Office will be hosting a webinar on Thursday – April 30 at 11:00 am (PST) to provide an overview of SBA Disaster Loan Programs.

County, State, and Federal Updates

The extended Shelter in Place Order, effective May 4 through May 31, continues to restrict most activity to essential functions and services. The new Order allows certain additional essential businesses and activities to resume, allows certain low-risk outdoor businesses to begin operating again, and authorizes certain additional outdoor activities.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has detailed a four stage plan to reopen the State in stages while maintaining social distancing and continuing to prevent the spread.

The FBI issued a warning about several emerging health care fraud schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Homeland Security created a resource flyer to help individuals avoid COVID-19 fraud.

Stay at Home Resources

Mental Health America has compiled a list of resources to help individuals manage increased anxiety, stress, and other effects on mental health and wellbeing from the COVID-19 crisis.

Today is International Dance Day! Get inspired by the evolution of dance and celebrate with some moves of your own.

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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.

  • According to one 102-year-old woman who just beat COVID, the secret to a long life is "tryin' to behave."
  • Well, this young man just went on national television to show the world what so many of us are probably doing -- Zooming without real pants.

COVID-19 Updates

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we will adjust and modify our approaches to reporting the most up-to-date and accurate data. Our COVID-19 graph will now represent the following categories: New Cases, Total Hospitalizations, and Total Deaths.

We will also continue to report the total case numbers in the accompanying data table. We believe this will streamline the representation of data and give residents a better picture of how the virus is evolving in our county.

Please note: Due to a data update in the Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE), managed by the California Department of Public Health, data was not updated on April 18th or 19th.