Update regarding Coronavirus ( COVID-19) & Shelter In Place
May 12, 2020

Hello Morgan Hill Community.

We are now in the 9th week of the Shelter-In-Place Order. While this has, and continues to be, extremely difficult in so many different ways, the good news is that our efforts are paying off. Staying home is saving lives. We sincerely thank you for all the effort that already has been made in our community to limit the spread of COVID-19. We are here for you . We will get through this together!
Updated Guidance and Information from the Santa Clara County Emergency Operations Center
Agricultural Industry Guidance : Information in multiple languages has been sent out to agricultural operators in the County via the Farm Bureau. Guidance includes a letter from the Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency outlining the effects of the Order on the agricultural industry and a list of safety measures for agricultural industry workers and worker housing.

Essential Workers : Updated guidance includes topics such as how to protect oneself when going to work, while at work, and after one gets home from work. It also explains what to do when home with one’s family and how to plan for the possibility of falling ill. 

Graduation : Joint guidance from the County Office of Education and the Public Health Department describes options for students to be recognized and receive a diploma/certificate at school campuses.

Contact Tracing : A new, dedicated web page explains what contact tracing is, why it is important, what the County is doing to expand its efforts in this area, and opportunities to assist the County with this important work. 

Protecting Your Mental Health During COVID-19
During yesterday's Facebook Daily Briefing , Behavioral Health Services Department (BHSD) Senior Manager Dr. Rachel Talamantez and Program Manager Mego Lien talked about protecting and caring for our mental health during COVID-19 and strategies to support children, youth, adults and families during and after the pandemic. Visit the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health website.

Hotlines are available to help.
Mental Health Services: 1-800-704-0900
Substance Use Services: 1-800-488-9919
Suicide and Crisis Hotline 24/7 1-855-278-4204 or Text RENEW to 741741

Online Marketing Webinar with Facebook and Nextdoor 
Businesses impacted by COVID-19, including non-profit organizations, independent contractors, and sole proprietors, are invited to join an interactive virtual workshop with Facebook and Nextdoor at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 to learn the best practices for social media marketing strategy. Participants will learn how to use the Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor platforms to increase customer reach and engagement. This workshop is hosted by the City of San José in partnership with Facebook Inc., Nextdoor, and  BusinessOwnerSpace.com . RSVP here .

Grant Opportunities for Nonprofits
Destination: Home released a Request for Qualifications to identify qualified non-profit organizations to provide direct financial assistance to vulnerable and hard to reach extremely low-income households in Santa Clara County who are experiencing additional economic hardship due to COVID-19. Qualified organizations will be eligible to receive support ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 to directly enroll and disperse assistance to vulnerable families and individuals. Submissions are due May 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. For more information about eligibility and requirements, download a PDF of the full RFQ .  

Reminder that the Eased State Restrictions Are Not Yet Applicable in the Bay Area
Just a reminder that the eased state restrictions are not yet applicable in the Bay Area. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department issued a news release acknowledging the State’s update and clarifying that the May 4 health order issued by six Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley remains in effect. As the stricter of the two orders, the local regulations supersede the State order. The Bay Area orders do not currently permit curbside pickup from non-essential, non-outdoor businesses.

The County Public Health Department will continue to study the indicators it has established to learn how the Coronavirus is affecting local communities and amend the local health order as warranted in the best interest of community health. 

Visit the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department for the full order, frequently asked questions, and more.

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.

Follow updates on the City of Morgan Hill’s  website  and on  Facebook Twitter Instagram , and  Nextdoor .
City of Morgan Hill | www.morganhill.ca.gov