COVID-19

Proclamation of Local Emergency and
Santa Clara County Shelter In Place Directive

On March 12, 2020, Town Manager and Director of Emergency Services, Laurel Prevetti, issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic and its spread in the Santa Clara County community. On March 17, 2020, the Town Council ratified the Proclamation of Local Emergency (see the enabling Resolution here).  On May 5, 2020, the Council discussed the continuation of the Emergency Proclamation. 

These are important steps in the Town’s efforts to prepare and coordinate emergency resources for the Los Gatos community.

On March 16, 2020, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department ordered all individuals living in the County to shelter in place with allowances for food shopping, medical care, and other basic needs.  Subsequent additional Orders were issued on March 31, 2020April 29, 2020May 18, 2020June 1, 2020July 2, 2020, October 5, 2020, November 28, 2020December 4, 2020, May 18, 2021, June 21, 2021 and August 2, 2021.

For more information on local guidance, visit the Santa Clara County Public Health website

Please see the Town Department Updates page for details on Town services.

A person’s risk for COVID-19 is not related to race, ethnicity, or culture. 

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December 2021: Omicron Variant Is on the Rise Globally and in the U.S.; Two Shots Are Not Enough Anymore and Getting a Booster Right Away Is Critical

With the Omicron variant rapidly spreading throughout the world and the effectiveness of the initial COVID-19 vaccine series diminishing over time, the County of Santa Clara is strongly urging everyone eligible to obtain a booster shot right away.

Booster shots are available, through both appointments and drop-in availability, at many pharmacies, clinics, and mass vaccination locations throughout the County. Everyone 16 and older who is six months out from their second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months out from their Johnson & Johnson vaccine, is eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot.  This is particularly urgent and critical for persons age 50 and older, and those with significant underlying health conditions.  To find a booster shot appointment or drop-in booster location, please go to sccfreevax.org

Currently, just 44% of eligible County residents have received a booster, and approximately 250,000 residents who are 50 years and over have yet to get their booster shot.  

There have now been 10 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant reported to the County’s Public Health Department and the Omicron variant has been detected in all four wastewater treatment facilities in Santa Clara County. Many more cases of Omicron are expected to be reported in the coming days and weeks, and based on the exponential growth in cases being seen in Europe, there is a significant risk of exponential growth in COVID-19 cases in our region in the coming weeks.

The United Kingdom currently has more COVID-19 cases than at any time during the 2-year pandemic. Other highly vaccinated countries that mirror Santa Clara County’s high vaccination rates, such as Denmark and Norway, are predicting Omicron will become the dominant variant in a matter of days.  Evidence suggests that Omicron spreads more rapidly than other variants, and more is being learned every day. Although some evidence suggests that a lower percentage of people infected with Omicron may be hospitalized and die, if a surge causes many thousands of new cases per day, even a small percentage of that total entering our hospitals will overwhelm healthcare delivery systems.

“The Omicron variant is causing a rapid, massive spike in cases in other parts of the world, and booster vaccines are our best defense against that happening here too,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer and Director of Public Health. “The quicker our community is vaccinated with the booster, the more likely we can avoid the worse-case scenarios related to the spread of Omicron.”

“Two shots are not enough anymore,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Vaccine Officer, referring to the initial two-dose series for Pfizer and Moderna. “We know protection against infection from the vaccines declines over time, so booster doses are critical for everyone who was vaccinated at least 6 months ago.”

In addition to vaccinations and boosters, masking, testing, ventilation, and distancing remain an effective multi-layered defense against COVID-19. Officials noted that as the holiday season is upon us, people should stay mindful of risks and take steps to decrease them.

If people must travel or gather for the holidays:

  • Get tested before travel, upon return, and again 3-5 days later.
  • Have everyone ages 5+ get their COVID vaccine and boosted if eligible.
  • Wear a mask indoors and in crowded settings.
  • Keep group gatherings small. Gather with close family units.
  • Take advantage of quick and easy home test kits available in pharmacies and stores.
  • Outside gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings.
  • Be particularly cautious around elderly or immunocompromised individuals and consider COVID-19 testing before such interactions.

Parents of very young children and those who have not been vaccinated should make sure to take all advised precautions. Avoid large gatherings. Always wear a mask in indoor public settings (unless under age 2).

Vaccinations are no-cost to the public, insurance is not required, and there are no immigration requirements.

 

State of California and County of Santa Clara COVID-19 Guidelines 

On June 11, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom took executive action to terminate the state’s stay-at-home order and tiered Blueprint for Safer Economy. Measures that were included in the blueprint to protect public health, such as physical distancing, capacity limits, and the county tier system, terminated on June 15.

The Governor issued an executive order to begin the “winding down” of the 58 executive orders that have been implemented since the beginning of the pandemic. The provisions will sunset in phases, beginning in June through September. The California Department of Public Health also released a new public health order that went into effect on June 15 and replaces the previous public health orders.

On August 2, 2021 Santa Clara County and seven other Bay Area health officers issued Health Orders requiring masks indoors in public places. The Orders require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, with limited exceptions, as of August 3, 2021.  The June 21, 2021 health order includes recommendations to continue to keep the community safe from COVID-19: (1) get vaccinated; (2) continue to emphasize outdoor activities; (3) avoid travel if you’re not fully vaccinated; and (4) continue to regularly test for COVID-19 if you’re not fully vaccinated and, regardless of vaccination status, get immediately tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms. The May 18, 2021 Local Health Order is rescinded, except for those businesses or governmental entities who have not yet completed two rounds of ascertainment of vaccination status of their personnel—a first round for all personnel and a second round for those who did not indicate they were fully vaccinated.  For those entities, once the second round is complete, the May 18th Order does not apply to them either.  All entities must maintain their records of compliance for the duration of the Cal/OSHA regulations. 

For more information on local guidance, please visit the County Public Health website

Santa Clara County Vaccine Information

COVID-19 vaccination is a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control. For  Santa Clara County vaccination information, visit www.sccfreevax.org

COVID-19 Testing

Testing for COVID-19 is accessible and widely available in Santa Clara County.  Testing is 100% covered by health insurance, safe, confidential, and free.  Testing does not affect immigration status, require a doctor’s note, or require insurance.  

The County has a handy interactive map  that makes it easy to find a testing location nearest to where you live or work.  Visit www.sccfreetest.org for more information. 

Concerns About Not Following County COVID-19 Guidelines

If you have concerns about a business, school, or healthcare provider not following Santa Clara County COVID-19 Guidelines, visit the County Health website to report a concern.

Town Council Unanimously Adopts Urgency Ordinance to Place a Moratorium on Residential Evictions

Pursuant to the Town of Los Gatos Municipal Code, California Government Code, Governor of California, and Santa Clara County Public Health Officer, on March 24, 2020, the Town Council unanimously voted to adopt a temporary moratorium on evictions related to income loss due to COVID-19 mitigation measures in order to ensure that individuals can continue to self-isolate.  The Council extended the timeframe for the ordinance on May 5, 2020 and it can be viewed here.

Town Council Unanimously Votes to Donate Additional Funds to 
Local Organizations Assisting Town Residents with Services Due to COVID-19 

The Town’s existing community grant program includes awards to several human services organizations that provide direct services to Los Gatos residents.  At the April 7, 2020 Town Council meeting, the Council unanimously voted to authorize the Town Manager to amend the existing human services grant agreements with West Valley Community Services, Counseling and Support Services for Youth, Next Door Solutions, and Live Oak Senior Nutrition to donate an additional $10,000 to each organization, for a total of $40,000, to assist Town residents with needed services due to COVID-19 and related Public Health Orders. 

West Valley Community Services provides food assistance, supplies, and rental assistance. Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY) is providing mental health telehealth services to youth. Next Door Solutions is helping those who have experienced domestic violence. Live Oak Senior Nutrition is serving take out meals to the Los Gatos senior community. The donation is being paid with existing funds in the Operating Budget for FY 2019/20 that can be used at the Council’s discretion.