The Briefing Volume 22 | April 27, 2020


Members of the Mountain View Chinese community heard about a request from the medical community for personal protective equipment and have come through to help! In total, over 9,300 face masks, 17 packs of disinfection wipes, 400 oz hand sanitizer, 2 boxes of gloves and 8 bottles of alcohol were donated to hospitals, nursing homes, and The Day Worker Center in Mountain View and nearby cities.
"The community would like to express the gratitude to the frontline providers and all essential workers that put their lives in danger to protect the general public. Together, we can fight COVID-19!"
When a call came out from a Mountain View resident who needed traffic cones to help change up a food distribution site for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley to a drive-thru experience, her neighbor didn't hesitate by donating much needed traffic cones to keep volunteers safe.

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

City Council Meeting Tomorrow

Tomorrow's council meeting agenda includes a study session on a Shoreline Blvd. & Highway 101 bike/ped bridge, an update on the City’s response to COVID-19 pandemic, an update to City policy on water services as it relates to SB998: The Water Shutoff Protection Act, and more.

Please email any public comments before 5 p.m. on April 28. See the more meeting information on Legistar.

Shout Out to Our City Employees

Public Works Engineering Team

Resources for Mountain View Businesses

Paycheck Protection Program to Resume on Monday: The Small Business Administration will resume accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower.

What’s Open in Mountain View: The Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Mountain View and the Downtown Business Association, has revamped ILoveMV.org to bring your top requests to your fingertips.

County, State, and Federal Updates

This week, the Public Health Officers of the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley will issue revised shelter-in-place orders that will mostly keep the current restrictions in place and extend them through the end of May.

Details about the new order, including limited easing of specific restrictions for a small number of lower-risk activities, will be released later this week.

Stay at Home Resources

Looking for something new to read or learn? Check out the City's Digital Library resources available online.

Keep busy with some upcycled decor and storage projects using what you already have at home.

The warm weather this week might mean spending time on our porch, in your backyard, or opening up your windows - and hearing the sounds of spring! Identify backyard bird songs using this guide from local nonprofit Peninsula Open Space Trust.

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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.

  • It may only be Monday, but people photoshopping their cat's faces onto bees may be the funniest thing we see all week.
  • Well, this is basically the reaction we would have if we found out we were getting a dog too.
  • What happens when your professor asks for dog pics? An incredible thread of how pets are really doing all the "work" in homework.
  • The lockdown wasn't going to stop a man from being able to play his French horn (at a safe distance) for his neighbors in The Netherlands, as he does every year.

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.