The Briefing volume 8 | march 27, 2020


More additions from the #TogetherMV collection.

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

Our COVID-19 Response So Far

Over the last two weeks, the City of Mountain View has been hard at work to ensure that all members of our community stay healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is a list of what has been done in just the last 14 days while our community sheltered in place:

  • Launched a rent relief program in partnership with CSA to help those in need be able to stay home and stay safe.
  • Launched a homeless resource list and brought additional hand washing stations to multiple locations throughout the city.
  • Created a resource page for small businesses impacted by closures related to COVID-19.
  • Have questions about what is fact and what is fiction as it relates to COVID-19? The City created a one-stop shop on their website to answer all your questions.
  • Set up a dedicated webpage so that any and all information about programs and City responses to COVID-19 could be found in one place.
  • Created a digital digest of information, dubbed 'The Briefing,' so our community can stay updated and informed.
  • Built a reference list of all the ways you can help your community during this time.
  • Mountain View police distributed dozens of personal hygiene kits to unstably housed or homeless individuals.

These are just the first steps we have taken. There is still more to come, and we will continue to update what we have already built daily. As more programming is rolled out, we will share that with our community as well.

We are in this together.

In addition to the above efforts, tonight, Mountain View will be holding an Emergency Council Meeting on Friday, March 27 at 6:30p on the following:

  • #TogetherMV - Update and Recommendations on Rent Relief Program, Small Business Assistance Program, Safe Parking, Utility Bill Assistance, and Other Community Support Efforts to Address the COVID-19 Emergency
  • an Urgency Ordinance Temporarily Suspending Evictions for Nonpayment of Rent by Residential Tenants Impacted by COVID-19.

Members of the public are strongly encouraged to submit public comments in advance of the meeting to city.council@mountainview.gov.

The meeting will be broadcast live, on YouTube, and on Comcast Channel 26. All Councilmembers will practice social distancing through video conferencing.

The agenda can be read here.

Shoreline Park Gates 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.

Effective today, the gates to Shoreline Park will be closed. That does not mean that the park itself is closed, but we are doing this to try and enhance best practices for social distancing, as we are seeing an increased number of people out and about for walks, hikes, and runs.

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

REMINDER: Outdoor Group Activities Not Permitted

Group outdoor activities are not permitted right now, as they do not meet best practices for physical distancing. What does that mean?

  • No soccer
  • No basketball
  • No pickle ball
  • No tennis
  • No baseball
  • No tag
  • No biking in groups
  • No running in groups
  • No walking in groups
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.

Rengstorff Park Bathrooms to Re-Open

The Community Services Department will be opening the Rengstorff Park restrooms located adjacent to Rengstorff Pool starting Friday, May 27.

City Parks staff and the City’s regularly contracted janitorial service (SWA) will provide servicing of these restrooms. These restrooms will be available during park hours. The two portable restrooms and hand washing stations at this location will continue to be available and cleaned on a daily basis.

Other park restrooms throughout the City have been closed in an effort to “flatten the curve” and encourage the public to follow the shelter in place order and will continue to remain locked.

State and Federal Aid, Relief, and More

Today, the House of Representatives passed a $2 trillion COVID-19 emergency bill. It was later signed by the President.

More information on when funding relief would be sent to residents and businesses is forthcoming.

Today, March 27, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a statewide moratorium on evictions through May 31, 2020.

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

The City's Recreation Department has developed a comprehensive list of grocery stores and markets that are now offering special senior hours for shopping for food and other essentials.

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.

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.

  • Turning the big 1-0. A North Bay neighborhood surprised a young boy celebrating a milestone birthday in quarantine with a parade.
  • Small words -- big feels: A New Jersey man practiced safe social distancing while sending thanks to medical staff who saved his wife.
  • A Puppy's Day Out -- adoptable puppies in Atlanta got to visit their local aquarium and get their wiggles out during the shelter in place directive.
  • Every parent everywhere while they work to balance life, and education, while sheltering in place.
  • Don't forget how wonderful an addition your pets could be to conference calls -- just ask this dog.


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 declined to report if there were any new hospitalizations on March 27.

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