The Briefing volume 10 | march 30, 2020


We absolutely identify with the Oreos haiku. Credit to Parag Shah and Carla Murray Kenworthy on the haikus. 

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. More sidewalk art, some haikus, and a shoutout to those who protect and serve were just some of the submissions we received over the past few days.

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.

How to Help

Looking for ways to help out your community while we work to flatten the curve? Check out this resource page for all that can be done to keep our community healthy and safe.

Mountain View News

ICYMI: On Friday, the City Council held an emergency session to grant an additional $800,000 in relief aid to Mountain Viewers impacted by COVID-19. This decision comes in addition to the decision made on March 17 where the City Council passed a $500,000 rent relief package.

What is included in the relief package?

  • .$400,000 for small business relief with an additional $100,000 earmarked to loan to small apartment complex owners with 9 units or less, who prove COVID-related hardships
  • $50,000 for portable restrooms, hand-washing stations, mobile showers and washer and dryers
  • $50,000 grocery gift-card program for local homeless, unstably housed and seniors in need
  • $100,000 for expansion of the Safe Parking Program pilot to run 24/7 at Shoreline, Terra Bella and Evelyn lots during this crisis
  • $100,000 to design and implement a program to help with hardships in paying garbage and water utility bills due to COVID-19 impacts

Physical Distancing = Flattening the Curve

Please remember, social distancing also means that you should not be congregating with friends or family with whom you do not currently live. This is for everyone's health and safety, including your own. Social distancing means physical distancing.

Telephone Town Hall

This Sunday, April 5, 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.

Google Donates to MV Community

The City announced today that Google has pledged a $400,000 grant towards providing relief for small businesses in Mountain View who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

You have until April 1, 2020 to ensure that your count matters! It takes only a few minutes. Head to the Census website to easily fill out your form from home, or call 844-330-2020.

State and Federal Aid, Relief, and More

Are you a recently-retired healthcare professional? Or, are you nearing the end of your training or recently finished training? Today, Gov. Gavin Newsom launched a portal to help bring healthcare professionals into the field to help care for California patients.

Stay at Home Resources

Tomorrow, join your neighbors 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

  • March 31 – Flowers
  • April 3 – Cartoons
  • April 5 – Rainbows
  • April 8 - Sun

Did you have your recent trip to an amazing destination postponed or canceled in the wake of COVID-19? You can still check out some amazing places by taking virtual tours!

Looking for something a little closer to home? Check out the virtual tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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.

  • Jimmy Fallon attempts to host his show from home, but his daughter just isn't having it.
  • Puns take over as cartoonists reimagine popular TV shows in the age of physical distancing.
  • A Bay Area restaurant is helping to feed those on the front line fighting the pandemic.
  • Her trip to the happiest place on earth may have been postponed, but her dad delivers in this sweet at-home Splash Mountain experience.
  • Children take the opportunity to help educate us all about why flushing wipes probably isn't such a great idea.


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.

The County noted that the spike in reported positives was due to a delay in reporting. They also did not note how many hospitalizations there were for COVID-19.

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