The Briefing Volume 63 | december 18, 2020

Mountain View News

*Please note: this will be our last edition of The Briefing for 2020! We will resume publication on January 8, 2021.*

Reminder: COVID-19 Testing on Dec. 23

On Wednesday, Dec. 23, El Camino Hospital will host free testing at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts' Rehearsal Studio, located at 500 Castro St. You can register for your test here.

Please note, you are required to make an appointment to get a test. This is not a walk-up event.

For more information about free COVID-19 testing sites in Santa Clara County, visit sccfreetest.org.

Watch the City of Mountain View's Tree Lighting Event!

Join us and watch Mountain View’s Annual Community Tree Lighting Celebration on-demand! That's right, this virtual compilation includes musical performances, community greetings, story time with Mrs. Claus and the jolly man himself -- Santa!

See Mountain View Homes in the Holiday Spirit!

Judging for Mountain View’s Ho-Ho-Holiday Home Decorating Contest is underway! Judges are going around this week to rate the homes, but we wanted to release the list early so you can view the spectacular displays yourself! Winners and runners-up will be announced on Tuesday, December 22. To view the festive map and more winter activities, visit here.

Where in Mountain View is Buddy the Elf?

Buddy, the beloved elf, has come to visit Mountain View! Follow along on the City's Recreation Department Facebook page to guess with your neighbors where Buddy visited most recently.

REMINDER: Give Your Local Businesses Some Love This Holiday Season

Check out the Mountain View Marketplace for your holiday shopping needs and beyond. In November, the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mountain View launched the online shopping portal. It’s designed specifically to promote local businesses and make it easier to shop at them.

With the new public health restrictions in place, this hyper-local site provides added convenience for everyone to “Shop Safe – Shop Local.” Let's help out our Mountain View businesses this holiday season!

County, State, and Federal Updates

Stay Home Over the Holidays

More than 500 people in Santa Clara County have died due to COVID-19. That’s over 500 people who won’t be home for Christmas this year. With hospitals running out of room, essential workers running out of energy, and cases running up the charts unlike ever before, we need everyone to stay home for Christmas.

Say no to holiday invitations so that the loved ones you are choosing not to see this year will have a better chance of seeing you next year.

Quarantine Timeline Update

The County has revised their quarantine timeline to fall more in line with state and federal guidelines. If you have traveled more than 150 miles or came in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID, stay home for 10 days and continue watching for symptoms for 4 days after. Get tested if you have symptoms on any day; if none, get tested on day 6 or later.

Learn more here.

Look for the checkmark dated Oct. 5, 2020 before entering any business. The checkmark means that business is following the social distancing protocol as required by the County Health Officer. For more details, visit COVID19prepared.org.

As a reminder, Santa Clara County has enacted a regional Stay-at-Home order, effective until Jan. 4, 2021.

Stay-at-Home Resources

We're almost to 2021 -- here are all the ways the new year could be shaping up to be a really good year indeed!

COVID-19 Updates

Per County Public Health, cases and hospitalizations data are updated every day. Deaths data are updated Monday through Friday (excluding weekdays following holidays).


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