The Briefing Volume 26 | May 6, 2020


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.

On National Nurses Day, agencies from across the South Bay gathered to honor nurses at El Camino Hospital to let our nurses know how much we appreciate them and all they do, particularly during COVID19.
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

Reusable Bag Ordinance Enforcement Temporarily Suspended

Yesterday, the City Council adopted a resolution to temporarily suspend enforcement of the City's Reusable Bag Ordinance to be consistent with the State Executive Order issued on April 22 suspending the State law provisions related to carry-out and reusable bags for 60 days. No enforcement action will be taken on any stores in Mountain View that do not charge for carry-out bags and/or do not provide compliant bags under the suspended Reusable Bag Ordinance until the end of the State Executive Order or any subsequent COVID-19 related orders from the State or Governor.

Resources for the Creative and Performing Arts

SVCREATES has established the Arts Relief & Recovery fund of emergency support for the County’s arts organizations and artists who serve our community. Services range from youth and senior arts programming for our community’s most vulnerable populations, to internationally-known music festivals and, now, virtual music concerts, theatre, dance and visual arts programs

KQED has put together a list of resources for emergency funds for freelancers and creative professionals losing income during the COVID-19 crisis.

SURVEY: We'd like your feedback

Beginning next week, the Briefing will be sent out on Wednesdays and Fridays. We're working to collect the most important information for our community as well as tell the stories that inspire you as we continue to navigate this crisis.

What else do you want to see in the Briefing? Please complete this survey to help us continue to improve our messaging for our residents.

Business Resources

Small Business Outreach: City staff are reaching out to small businesses via phone this week to learn how COVID-19 is impacting their business and share information.

Business Forum: On Wednesday May 13, 2020 at noon, the Chamber of Commerce is virtually hosting their monthly Business Issues and Public Policy Forum. This month's topic is on COVID-19 financial assistance. Please register here to receive login instructions and to submit questions in advance.

County, State, and Federal Updates

The County has launched a new webpage on testing information. The page includes information about County and non-government locations where members of the public can be tested.

The County is opening two new COVID-19 testing sites this week focusing on underserved communities: one at James Lick High School in East San José and one at Christopher High School in Gilroy. These new sites are part of 80 testing sites launching statewide.

Stay at Home Resources

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day! Check out the PTA's Teacher Appreciation Week Toolkit to download digital cards and pictures to send to a teacher you appreciate or visit AdoptAClassroom.org to donate classroom tools and supplies.

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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.

  • Join your kids for a special reading of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with the Boy Who Lived himself -- Daniel Radcliffe.
  • This mom is making tiny beds for squirrels during the pandemic.

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.

You may notice that the number of new cases from day to day might not always add up to the cumulative total of cases. This is because the county’s quality control measures and those of the California Department of Public Health may determine a need for reclassification of some cases. These small adjustments are due to changes in results from inconclusive or pending, or duplications in results, and are normal occurrences in the day-to-day collection of complicated data.