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Santa Clara County previews new COVID-19 reopening plan

Original post made on Jun 30, 2020

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Public Health Department held a joint meeting Monday with the San Jose City Council to preview the county's new reopening plan that will be released later this week.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 9:15 AM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 30, 2020 at 10:06 am

I am glad that the county is taking the pandemic more seriously than some other parts of the country where hospitals are filling up again. We need to pause our reopening plan from time to time so the health care system can absorb the surges in new cases that happen with each new reopening phase.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2020 at 10:30 am

>> Since May 25, 160 worksites in Santa Clara County have reported at least one COVID-19 case, 53 percent of which were in construction

I've seen many people on construction sites doing unsafe things-- touching/sharing, talking in each others faces, etc., as I go for walks. I think this might be amenable to an educational campaign.

The other thing is, please don't reopen the bars. People don't go to bars to socially distance.

"More than 100 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Minnesotans in their 20s in the Mankato area who said they went to bars on June 12 and 13 — the first weekend bars and restaurants were allowed to serve indoors.

"Two Mankato bars — Rounders and The 507 — were the focal points of that young adult outbreak"

Web Link

Another focal point is meat-packing plants. Are there any in SCC?

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 30, 2020 at 10:31 am

The CDC says New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have done a good job at containing COVID-19. The rest of the country not so much. NBC News report: Web Link

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 30, 2020 at 4:42 pm

So much wishing that the virus will go away. All you are doing here, if anything, is slowing the inevitable spread of a not-so-fatal virus and adding social and economic damage to the public health issue. [Portion removed.]

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Posted by Nicole
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 30, 2020 at 7:46 pm

While we all appreciate precaution we cannot keep sheltering everyone tanking our economy and actually endangering the healthy. We are past the point where we had no idea what this was. We have the numbers and the fact is people with health conditions and elderly we should have a safer plan for l. Everyone else will probably get the virus if they haven’t had it already which most likely have and guess what they are sick with flu like
Symptoms maybe a little more extreme but end up being ok and move about their life!!! We can’t keep living in fear and sheltering everyone. The second the election is over I bet this will “mysteriously” go away. Wake up everyone and stop listening to these fake numbers to scare you into taking away your liberties and distract you from what’s really going on. Let everyone live their life! No one is FORCING you out of your house so if your scared then stay home we can’t keep FORCING everyone IN!

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 30, 2020 at 10:01 pm

Recently seeing the phrase "Mask it or casket." A play on Click it or ticket.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2020 at 2:41 am

The aim should be to get the majority of those who are able and willing to return to some semblance of normal life not only for economic reasons but for social and mental health reasons. The increases in various types of abuse from alcohol, drugs, domestic and child, as well as increases in suicides and attempted suicide should be reason alone for the need to return lives to something more palatable than what we have had for the past 3 - 4 months.

The problem is of course how to do this safely, masks and social distancing are the obvious top choices.

It may not be possible to go to the theater, a concert, a sporting event, for quite some time but at least having these things available online or on tv should be one aim. Being in a remote audience can be a better way to view from the perspective of watching the action, but it does miss the ambience of attending in person. These activities are important for many, those employed by the event being obvious to start with. However, activities that do not involve the similar sized crowding together of people have to be viewed as being important.

The ability to socialize with those outside your household in reasonable sized groupings is an important return to normal life. How this should be done is varied across those more open communities. Is a group of 12 people more safe than a group of 25? Is a small office environment safer for employees than the employees of Costco or a bank?

Getting people back to work is more than getting the economy back on its feet. The human interaction factor of people meeting people, working together, playing together, and living together, are what we need to feel human again. The separations we have all suffered do not make for social harmony let alone peaceful coexistence.

So bring us back into our near normal lifestyles, not in an unsafe or reckless fashion, but with sensible precautions, reasonable guidelines, and a sense of hope. Otherwise, for many, there is no hope and no quality of life.

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