Update regarding Coronavirus ( COVID-19) & Shelter In Place
April 9, 2020


Hello Morgan Hill Community.

We hope that you are staying healthy and finding new and creative ways to enjoy your time at home. Social distancing continues to be the most powerful tool to slow the spread of COVID-19. Let's all do our part! Stay home. Save Lives.

New County Order related to medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizing supplies, and ventilators
On April 8, 2020, The Santa Clara County Public Health Department issued an order requiring reporting of medical grade personal protective equipment, santizing supplies, and ventilator inventories. All businesses and individuals in the County are to report, on a one-time basis, personal inventories of PPE and ventilators, if they have above a minimum amount, such as more than 5,000 vinyl gloves, more than 100 safety goggles, and more than 500 N95 masks. Reporting is due by 11:59 p.m. on April 15 via an online survey. Find the new Santa Clara County Public Health Department order here with more details here .

County of Santa Clara COVID-19 Cases Dashboard
​​ The Santa Clara County Public Health Department now has  Coronavirus Data Dashboards . The data dashboards include data regarding cases within the County, hospital data, and testing data. As of today, April 9, the dashboard now includes data by City. You will note that Morgan Hill shows no active cases. It should be noted that due to the limited availability of testing it should be assumed that Morgan Hill has active virus cases that have not yet been confirmed. Please continue to follow the Shelter In Place order and follow strict social distancing if you need to be out for essential business.

Recommendation to wear cloth face covering
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department, along with Bay Area health officials, recommends that residents cover their nose and mouth when leaving home for essential activities, such as grocery shopping, doctor appointments, and going to the bank. This recommendation follows guidance recently issued by the California Department of Public Health.

Face coverings should not be medical masks or other similar products but include any type of breathable material that will cover nose and mouth. Medical masks are in short supply and need to be reserved for health care personnel. Examples of recommended coverings include bandannas and home-sewn fabric coverings.

Medical masks, such as N-95 and surgical masks, are strongly discouraged for general use. Due to the global demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), there is a severe shortage of PPE across the state. Local officials are prioritizing acquisitions of PPE for healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Santa Clara County Public Health asks residents to refrain from purchasing PPE for their own use and to utilize homemade face coverings instead. 

“Wearing a face covering is an additional strategy to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. We know that a person can spread the virus before they develop symptoms, or even if they never develop symptoms” said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County Health Officer and Public Health Director. “Face coverings are not a substitute for sheltering in place, frequent hand washing, and social distancing, but they do provide an additional layer of prevention when engaging in essential activities.”

This new recommendation is based on developing information from the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  that some people may be infectious for a few days prior to symptoms beginning or may be infectious and never develop symptoms. Face coverings will help those people from unknowingly infecting others while conducting essential activities.

The Surgeon General has shared a video on how to make a face mask at home.

Morgan Hill Moratorium on Residential Rent Increases
On April 8, 2020, the City of Morgan Hill  enacted a moratorium on residential rent increases  that prohibits landlords from increasing rents from the rates in place on March 1, 2020. This will be effective until 60 days following the revocation of the shelter in place orders.

CARES Act
The federal government recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provides local governments funding to meet the immediate needs of residents, households, and small businesses on the economic margins. Unfortunately, the City of Morgan Hill will not receive any federal assistance from the CARES act as Morgan Hill's population is below the 50,000 population threshold. However, the City Council is lobbying our federal representatives to approve appropriations for direct local budget relief for every city and town, not only those over 50,000 in population.

We are here for you. We will get through this together!
Business Resources
The City of Morgan Hill, the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Association, and Visit Morgan Hill are all committed to doing what we can to support our business community during these uncertain times. We are focused on providing information and resources available to our business community. To better understand the range of impact COVID-19 is having in our local business community, we are asking businesses to respond to this COVID-19 Morgan Hill Business Impact survey . In addition, the City is continuously updating information for businesses and employees on the City website .

Business Resiliency Roundtables
Recognizing that we are in this together and that more than ever we need each other, we are going to convene virtual Business Resiliency Roundtables. These meetings will be organized by industry and will feature a guest speaker that can offer insight on industry resources. You will also be able to hear from your peers and share what you are doing to thrive in this new world. Finally, if you want to help, we have identified some ways that you can get involved, either by donating your time and expertise or by donating money to organizations that are working to keep small businesses afloat. Visit the  Choose Morgan Hill web page  for more information and to register.  

County of Santa Clara Eviction Moratorium Includes Small Businesses
County of Santa Clara Eviction Moratorium Includes Small Businesses: Santa Clara County has issued an Ordinance covering March 24 through May 31, unless otherwise extended, ordering that small businesses located in San Jose and across the County renting or leasing real property for commercial, business, income-producing, or otherwise non-residential use, cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent if such business suffered substantial loss of income due to COVID-19. Refer to County Ordinance NS-9.287 for further details. The County’s ordinance relies on U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) definitions of small businesses based on industry. Find detailed information and an FAQ on the Santa Clara County moratorium page.
Schools
On April 1, 2020, Governor of California Gavin Newsom and California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond stated that school buildings in California will remain closed for the remainder of the school year due to needed action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

During the closure of our schools, the MHUSD Student Nutrition Department will continue to provide meals to any children in our community under the age of 18. In order to limit exposure and align with social distancing practices and “Shelter in Place”, we offer a single day pick up for meals for an entire week (five lunches and five breakfasts for the week).  

Meals will be provided at no cost to all children under the age of 18 - there is no qualifications or paperwork to complete. Meals can be picked up between 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m on Mondays - April 6, 13, 20th & 27th at this time. 

Please visit the Morgan Hill Unified School District website for further information related to Morgan Hill schools.
Morgan Hill residents with non-emergency questions or concerns are directed to call or text 408.767.6404 . This number is monitored regularly, Monday - Friday, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Messages will be responded to within 24 hours, during weekdays.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to:

Information and resources are being continually updated on the following websites:

Santa Clara County residents should call 2-1-1 for public health information on COVID-19. Please be aware that you may need to remain on hold for a period of time.

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