The Briefing volume 7 | march 25, 2020


The Cuesta Park neighborhood is bringing neighbors together by showing that we aren't alone while we shelter in place.

What are the best ways you've seen Mountain View band together to show support for their neighbors? Last week the Cuesta Park neighborhood, spearheaded by Mountain View resident Daphne Sashin, warmed our hearts with a pop-up art exhibit where neighbors beautifully colored their sidewalks, driveways, and more with chalk to spread hope and the message that we can do this, together.

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

Rent Relief Program Goes Live

The $500,000 COVID-19 Rent Relief package passed at the March 17 Council Meeting is now active and ready for renters in need to apply. Help is available to support impacted renters earning up to 120% of the area median income, which is up to $110,000 for a one-person household and up to $158,000 for a four-person household.

As our City works to bring assistance and resources to those in need, we have set up a dedicated page on our website with a list of options for those who are unstably housed or who are homeless.

High-Touch Areas to Close

In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, our City will be taking extra steps in the coming days with regards to closures of certain recreational activities.

While there is signage currently at playgrounds asking people to stay off the equipment, this week caution tape has been added to any playground and exercise equipment to discourage use.

Tennis courts and enclosed dog parks will also be temporarily closed.

Group outdoor activities, such as pickle ball, soccer, basketball, and more, are not allowable at this time. You are still able to go for walks, runs, and bike rides solo or with an immediate family member.

Helping MV Businesses

Businesses impacted by COVID-19 have a dedicated resource page now on our webpage where they can be linked directly to both local and state assistance.

Schools to remain closed

Today, six counties, among them Santa Clara County, announced that schools would remain closed through May 1, 2020 to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Stay at Home Resources

What are you doing to stay mentally and physically healthy while we shelter in place? The City's Recreation Department has some great ideas!

We may be asked to stay at home right now, but the Recreation Department notes that it doesn't mean you have to stop living and being well. Check out their webpage with a host of ways to stay active and healthy while we practice safe social distancing to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

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 26 – Hearts
  • March 28 – Jokes
  • March 31 – Flowers
  • April 3 – Cartoons
  • April 5 – Rainbows
  • April 8 - Sun

No library card? No problem! Fill out our online application and you’ll get a temporary library card number to start accessing our digital resources right away. You can turn that temporary card into a regular card by visiting the Library once we’re open again.

Recreation Division staff have compiled a list of to-go food and food programs for seniors in our community. This document will be actively edited and updated as staff becomes aware of updates.

REMINDER: Santa Clara County residents can now call 2-1-1 for information on novel coronavirus and COVID-19 thanks to a new partnership between the County of Santa Clara and 2-1-1. Residents can also receive information on novel coronavirus by simply texting the word “coronavirus” to 211211 and following the prompts provided.

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 ways people have taken to sheltering in place across the globe in recent weeks.

  • A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away? Sir Patrick Stewart has taken to the Internet to help us all brush up on our Shakespeare.
  • The National Cowboy Museum is upping its messaging efforts during its COVID-19 closure by giving its security officer the keys to the social media kingdom. Hilarity ensues.
  • You're not alone -- watch this piano player in Barcelona begin a musical accompaniment with a neighboring saxophonist while they are sheltering in place.
  • What does social distancing look like when you're a T-Rex? Check it out.


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.

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