City Manager Updates

PAGE LAST UPDATED: May 8, 2020

To keep residents informed, City Manager Brian Loventhal will  post recaps of the City’s COVID-19 response and mitigation efforts as new information is available. For more updates and resources, visit our COVID-19 web page for more information.

May 8, 2020

April 23, 2020

April 17, 2020

April 15, 2020

April 14, 2020

April 13, 2020

April 10, 2020

April 9, 2020

April 8, 2020

May 8, 2020

The County Office of Emergency Services, along with the County Public Health Department, are requesting assistance with contact tracing.  The County is in the process of rapidly expanding their infrastructure for case investigation and contact tracing.  In order to move from a population-level mitigation strategy of sheltering in place, they must be able to identify cases quickly and break the chains of transmission through isolation, tracing contacts of cases, and quarantine.  To ensure they have the workforce needed to adequately scale this critical work, the County is reaching out to agencies within the County for assistance.  It is anticipated that approximately 700 contact tracers are needed to complete this work across the County.   

They are requesting that government and community partners identify members of their organization willing to be volunteer members of the team they are building. Team members will interview cases, call potential contacts, enter and manage data, and identify resources needed to ensure appropriate follow up and compliance with isolation and quarantine.  The ideal candidates will have health related experience (RN’s, LVN’s, medical assistants, medical and nursing students, etc.), and be able to commit to 32-40 hours a week for at least six months.  For questions please email ContactTracing@eoc.sccgov.org.   

This week, two new testing sites opened at James Lick High School in East San José and Christopher High School in Gilroy.  Both sites are providing testing regardless of insurance or immigration status.  The important message to the community is that the testing criteria has also expanded to include anyone with symptoms, asymptomatic people who live or work around vulnerable populations, and residents who work in a job that puts them in frequent contact with others.  

The Campbell Senior Nutrition Program is serving an average of 90 meals per day.  In response to the increased demand, the County Senior Nutrition Program has approved co-funding for an estimated 1,950 additional meals served from March 16, 2020 to June 30, 2020. There are 23 senior adults who are receiving home delivered meals from the Rotary Club of Campbell.  The Campbell Recreation and Community Service staff continues to work with Campbell CERTS and Home Church volunteers to assist seniors with online grocery (curbside) pick-ups.    

Recreation and Community Services staff recently coordinated the delivery of food boxes from Second Harvest of Silicon Valley to 27 seniors who live within a 5-mile radius of the Community Center.  Volunteers from the Downtown Campbell Support Network and CERTS picked up food boxes from the Campbell United Methodist Church (grocery distribution site) and made home deliveries over the past two days.

April 23, 2020

For the past several weeks the Santa Clara County Public Health Department has recommended that residents cover their nose and mouth when leaving home for essential activities, such as grocery shopping, doctor appointments, and going to the bank. Covering mouth and nose with cloth coverings may reduce transmission when combined with hand washing and reducing person-to-person contacts. It’s time to get creative with your face coverings. Please e-mail us at facecoverings@campbellca.gov with your face covering pictures. 

Tuesday night, the County announced that autopsies performed on three individuals who died at home in February and March revealed that they were positive for SARS-CoV-2. This means that the first local COVID-19 death was about month earlier than originally thought. Since these individuals did not have a travel history linked to the early known spread of the novel coronavirus, community transmission was also likely happening earlier than we thought. As the Medical Examiner-Coroner continues to carefully investigate deaths throughout the County, we anticipate additional deaths from COVID-19 will be identified. 

Yesterday, the Public Health Department updated its Data Dashboard to include the race and ethnicity of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. Previously, the County only had definitive information for those who have died from COVID-19, and Public Health staff have been working diligently to fill in the informational gaps. Though race and ethnicity are still unknown for about 17% of confirmed cases, there is now enough data to help target resources and work with community partners on new strategies. 

Santa Clara County’s current number of infections and deaths represent respectively about 6% and 7% of the number of infections and deaths in California. When cases of the novel coronavirus were first detected in the United States back in February, Santa Clara County had two of fifteen cases in the entire nation. Couple that with the information in this chart from the San Francisco Chronicle, and you get a pretty good picture of how well the local interventions are doing in flattening the curve. While we are doing great to flatten the curve, we must stay vigilant in complying with the current “Shelter in Place” Order. The County Health Officer warned that relaxing the Order will increase illness and deaths if we move too fast. The County is looking for more focused measures to disrupt the chains of transmission in place (effective therapeutic treatments, extensive testing and contact tracing, and/or vaccines). 

Support Local Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in partnership with the San Mateo County and Santa Clara County Office of Education, has established the COVID-19 Education Partnership, an initiative to support the needs of our local county offices of education and school districts through this unprecedented crisis. Funding will expand the capacity of local school districts and the County Offices of Education to address immediate challenges and long-term recovery efforts related to COVID-19, including programs such as social and emotional health and wellness supports for students, distance learning support, emergency childcare centers, and family engagement strategies. 

Family Law Information and Resources 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Supreme Court Chief Justice and California Judicial Council have approved several temporary emergency actions, including the adoption of 13 temporary rules of court. For instance, one Emergency Rule makes it easier for parties to request changes to child, spousal, partner, or family support orders during the State of Emergency, and another rule requires Courts to give parties a way to request renewals for protective and restraining orders. The Santa Clara County Superior Court has created a COVID-19 website to inform attorneys, justice partners, litigants, and the public of Family Law operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The website includes links to court orders, court division orders and notices, press releases, and hyperlinks to online court services. The limited matters currently being handled by the Court are as follows: 

  • Emergency Protective Restraining Orders requested by law enforcement
  • Gun Violence Restraining Orders
  • Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Orders (all non-child safety DVTRO’s are being continued)
  • Ex parte requests for custody and visitation orders or modifications to custody and visitation orders where child safety is an issue or if a parent is withholding visitation
  • Emergency screenings
  • Contempt
  • Guardianships where child safety is an issue, and 
  • Telephonic Meditations

Limited Family Law Departments are open along with the Superior Court’s Self-Help Center. USPS Delivery Changes (updated links) Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Postal Services is making a variety of service changes. Two- and three-day service commitments for First-Class Package Service and Priority Mail is being extended to three- and four-day service. However, overnight and one day Priority Mail will not change. Return to Sender time frames will generally be extended from 15 to 30 days. International shipping has been suspended to many countries. The list of countries with mail service interruption is updated frequently here.

April 17, 2020

The federal government has signed into law several pieces of legislation to provide economic stimulus support to governments and citizens, related to the impacts of COVID-19. The most notable is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide funding to governments to support COVID-19 response impacts. However, only jurisdictions with populations greater than 500,000 are eligible for direct aid, and it is up to individual states to determine how aid is allocated to cities and counties under this threshold. To provide stimulus support to all local governments, House Resolution (H.R.) 6467 was introduced as the Coronavirus Community Relief Act to provide $250 billion in funding to all local government regardless of population. This is an active bill and the National League of Cities (NLC) has been providing strong advocacy support by engaging with both Congressional leaders and President Trump’s Administration. A similar effort by the NLC is also underway regarding amendments to HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which created new sick leave and family medical leave requirements on government employers of all sizes. As passed, there is a carve out in this bill that excludes local governments from receiving the tax credits to offset the costs of providing such leave.  The NLC position is that local government has been providing front-line support to citizens in response to COVID-19 impacts and should not have additional layers of bureaucracy or exemptions from direct federal funding support. We are staying informed and engaged as the legislation progresses. 

The “Shelter in Place” public health orders have also impacted the 2020 Census Outreach timeline. Census postcards and questionnaires were mailed on March 12, 2020 as originally planned, but the self-response deadline has been extended to August 14. Currently, the Santa Clara Census committee is anticipating sending out field employees to follow up on non-responsive households on May 28. The most recent state data pertaining to the City’s response rate is available at this link. Our self-response rate (SRR) is 60%, which is above the state’s rate of 48%. The areas of the City with the lowest response rates are in the north and central parts of the City which include higher density housing such as north of Hamilton Avenue, near the Community Center, John D. Morgan Park, Pruneyard, and immediately west of Highway 17 in the Union and McGlincy areas. The City has encouraged residents to participate in the Census via our social media platforms and will continue to do so throughout the upcoming weeks. 

Today, the Santa Clara County Emergency Operation Center conducted a briefing for elected officials. County Health Officer, Dr. Sara Cody, spoke about the growing information on the transmission of the disease. This information indicates that the spread of the disease is significant from those may not show symptoms. In addition, the transmission from people a day or two before they show symptoms is significant. Because of this, it is paramount to cover your face when you leave the home. THIS IS AN URGENT RECOMMENDATION. She also noted that face coverings are not recommended during exercise or for young children under 6 years old. 

Staff continues to develop and work on “Virtual Recreation” and is working on interactive virtual events to continue to engage participants. 

The Senior Nutrition program continues to serve meals to seniors in need. Prior to the shutdown, approximately 40-45 seniors were being served daily. Since the “Shelter in Place” Order, this has risen to 70 meals per day with 15 of those meals being delivered by Campbell Rotary volunteers. Staff has worked diligently over the past two weeks to do “well check” calls to approximately 1200 Adult Center members and identify those with additional needs such as grocery or prescription assistance. Staff is vetting local non-profits to provide unique grocery shopping services. Additionally, a newsletter was mailed to all 1200 members with information and resources for the membership. The Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) provides a “Brown Bag” program in Santa Clara County. Their distribution site is located at the Campbell United Methodist Church at Hamilton and Winchester. SHFB provides additional “brown bags” but does not have the resources to deliver. Staff is working to coordinate volunteers to deliver “brown bag” services to Adult Center members who qualify.

April 15, 2020

This morning the Campbell Police Department (CPD) participated in thanking our health care workers at Valley Medical Center (VMC). Uniformed police and fire personnel from around the County lined the street at the employee entrance at VMC.  In a show of support for their hard work and dedication during this crisis, our officers helped thank the hospital staff during their shift change.  CPD will also be participating in a similar event this coming Friday morning at Good Samaritan Hospital.  You can view media coverage of this show of gratitude here. 

CPD continues to receive extremely positive feedback about our COVID birthday celebration drive-bys. We have received over 100 requests, and our Communications and Public Engagement Coordinator, Letysia Moresco, has done an amazing job with the scheduling. The response from parents, kids, and their neighbors has been overwhelming.  Our officers are also enjoying being a part of these well-wishes.   

Today, Mayor Landry and I participated in the Campbell Chamber of Commerce’s Monthly Virtual Meeting. Questions from the Chamber included inquiries about financial impacts to the City and exploring ways to accelerate recovery for businesses. The City’s COVID web page contains links to resources for the business community and is accessible via this link.  

April 14, 2020

Today, the Santa Clara County Emergency Operations Center provided a briefing for elected officials. I know that several of the Campbell City Councilmembers participated on the call.  There is not a lot of new information to share today. However, Santa Clara County Health Officer, Dr. Sara Cody spoke about the beneficial impacts that the “Shelter in Place” Order has provided. She warned that we are not out of the woods yet, and that we all still need to strictly adhere to the “Shelter in Place” Order. She also spoke generally about what is needed to be achieved prior to relaxing the Shelter in Place. First, we need sufficient testing capacity for Santa Clara County.  Although it was recognized that new resources are increasing the ability to conduct more testing, it will not likely be possible to test everyone. The County will need to come up with strategies for testing asymptomatic residents, conducting testing surveillance of those in group settings, and identifying clusters of confirmed cases. Dr. Cody also spoke to the need to increase the County Health Department’s capacity to conduct thorough case and contact investigations for all confirmed cases. This labor-intensive method is a traditional method used by public health departments to contain the spread of disease.    

The County Supportive Housing Director, Ky Le, also spoke about the support for the homeless population and about the County’s efforts to increase shelter beds and non-congregate housing for those at risk and those testing positive for COVID-19. The County has created a crisis hotline for questions related to supportive housing and the homeless.  The hotline number is 408-278-6420. 

On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, the Campbell City Council and members of the public will be provided an analysis of the COVID-19 financial impacts to the City of Campbell. City staff will also be providing an update on the corrective measures already put into place.  Staff will also suggest some budget strategies for next fiscal year. The public is encouraged to participate. The City Council meeting agendas can be accessed from the City’s web site at City Council agendas

On Wednesday, April 15, at 12 PM (noon) Campbell Mayor Susan Landry and City Manager Brian Loventhal will participate in the Campbell Chamber of Commerce virtual luncheon meeting.  At this meeting, the Mayor will be providing her thoughts on COVID-19 and be available for a question and answer session.  The public can register for this meeting at Campbell Chamber Virtual Meeting.  Advanced registration is required. 

April 13, 2020

Today, the City of Campbell Emergency Operations Center (EOC) conducted our weekly planning meeting.  The purpose of these EOC meetings are to provide and receive updates from the various areas of responsibility within the EOC and to discuss and update the objectives for the next one-week planning period. There were no significant updates reported. The EOC objectives for the next week remain the same and are as follows: 

  • Receive situation updates; 
  • Determine and continue to monitor the level of City operations needed to respond to the event;  
  • Determine and continue to monitor staffing needs to achieve objectives; 
  • Provide coordination for the continuity of governmental operations; 
  • Conduct regular meetings and/or check-ins with City departments and key staff; 
  • Ensure viable meeting alternatives for future meetings of the City Council; 
  • Communicate updates to the community; 
  • Provide updates to the City Council, as necessary; 
  • Continue to identify resources for public and private assistance.

COVID-19 Cases in Santa Clara County  

As of April 13, 2020, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department (Public Health) announced 6 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 60 in Santa Clara County. Public Health also reported 45 new cases, bringing our total number of confirmed cases to 1,666. That represents a 10.73% positivity rate across 15,529 total tests with 193 testing results pending. There are 29 cases reported in the City of Campbell. 

More data can be found through the Public Health Department’s Data Dashboards.  

April 10, 2020

Today, the Santa Clara County Emergency Operation Center conducted a briefing for elected officials. Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County Health Officer spoke about statistical reporting and the County’s COVID-19 dashboard. The Dashboard provides case, hospital, and lab testing data. As reported yesterday, the County is now publishing case count by city. The County is also able to provide race and ethnicity data for reported deaths from COVID-19.  

Dr. Cody stressed the importance of limiting interactions when you must leave the house. Although we are seeing encouraging signs from the “Shelter in Place” Order, our community needs to continue to be vigilant. 

The Health Officer also issued a new Order this week to gather information regarding inventories of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators. By April 15, the Order requires all individuals or private organizations that have large stockpiles of PPE’s and ventilators to complete the online survey 

This Order only applies to large stockpiles. An example of items to be reported include: 

  • Nitrile or vinyl gloves (if more than 5,000 items) 
  • N95 masks (if more than 500 items) 
  • Surgical or procedure masks (if more than 500 items) 
  • Safety goggles (if more than 100 items) 
  • Face shields (if more than 100 items) 
  • Gallon or larger hand sanitizers that are recognized by the Centers for Disease Control as effective in combatting COVID-19 (if more than 10 containers) 
  • All ventilators (regardless of condition) 

Additionally, the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing recently announced that they have allocated $900,000 to support the area’s disadvantaged who need housing and/or shelter. Such money could be directed to assisting existing homeless shelters and safe-park programs. City staff is now reaching out to local churches who provide safe-park programs to encourage them to apply for this newly released funding assistance program administered by the County. For more information, contact the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing at (408) 278- 6400. 

April 9, 2020

Today the West Valley Mayors and City Managers group conducted a virtual meeting to discuss a concept for creating a rental assistance pool of funds for the cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga. City staff from the various cities have explored community service groups that could serve this function, but the discussion today highlighted that West Valley Community Services has a 15% administrative fee overhead. West Valley staff is also working with the Community Development Block Grant program to explore funding potential from that program. Today, the Mayors and City Managers discussed the concept of creating a fund that would be administered by one city without administrative fees (or reduced fees). The Campbell City Council will be discussing the financial impacts of COVIC-19 at the April 21 Council meeting. One of the issues to be raised is to get direction from the Council on whether they would reallocate existing funding from another program to a rental assistance program and to provide some guidance as to potential funding for next fiscal year.  

Today the Federal Reserve released $500 billion for municipal loan program as part of the $2.3 trillion package. This is not free money, but it will be explored by City staff to determine if it would offset lost revenue during this emergency.  

Late yesterday, the County Public Risk Communication Officer published a Notice that the Santa Clara County Emergency Operation Center will soon be adding the number of COVID-19 cases by city to the dashboard hosted on the Public Health website.  

The following statement from the EOC provides context for the city COVID-19 case data. The number of cases in a city, especially for cities with a low number, should not create complacency and everybody should continue following the County Health Officer orders and guidance. These personal actions are imperative in order to reduce the spread of the virus and maintain the health and safety of our communities. Links to additional information resources are listed following the EOC statement. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.  

County of Santa Clara EOC Statement:  

Community transmission is believed to be widespread throughout the County. Limited testing capacity means that case counts represent only a small portion of cases within each city. Additionally, new information about transmission occurring among individuals who have no symptoms or have yet to develop symptoms reinforce the need for all residents to continue following the “Shelter in Place” Order, observing strict social distancing (maintaining 6 foot distance from non-family members) and practicing hand and respiratory hygiene (proper handwashing and wearing of face masks when conducting essential activities outside the home). 

The City has received several questions about the possibility of reopening the Campbell Farmers’ Market. Yesterday, I had a telephone call with the organizer for the market. I made it very clear that the burden was on him to prepare a proposal that would ensure the City that all of the health and operational concerns were addressed. I also asked about his willingness to consider an alternate location. The organizer told me that his practice, in other cities, was to post appropriate signage and give guidance to the vendors, but that it depends on the attendees adhering to and complying with the social distancing standards. He did not give me a level of confidence that they would monitor, or even attempt to enforce, the restrictions. He also declined an alternate location stating that he would prefer to continue in the usual location but would be willing to only use two blocks of the downtown area. None of his responses gave me confidence that if we allowed the Farmers’ Market to open, that we would not have to shut it down again for lack of compliance. Also, we are speaking with staff in Sunnyvale and Palo Alto to ascertain their satisfaction with the compliance at the markets (run by the same organizer) in their respective cities. Sunnyvale disclosed that a member of the public complained at their Council meeting last night about a lack of compliance at the Sunnyvale market. Absent a significant change in approach, the market will remain closed in Campbell during the “Shelter in Place” Order. 

Today the Santa Clara County EOC update conference call was conducted. I know some Councilmembers participated in the call. The County will be sending out a comprehensive update via email later this evening that I will forward on to the Council when I receive it. One of the more significant portions of the update was about the statistical modeling. Dr. Sara Cody, spoke about the “Shelter in Place” Order being effective and that the expected case count at the end of this month was projected at 50,000 prior to the “Shelter in Place” Order. That number is now anticipated to be between 2,500 and 12,000 cases by the end of the month. This is good news, but continued efforts to comply with all of the precautions are still needed to ensure this trend continues. 

April 8, 2020

The City has received several questions about the possibility of reopening the Campbell Farmers’ Market. Yesterday, I had a telephone call with the organizer for the market. I made it very clear that the burden was on him to prepare a proposal that would ensure the City that all of the health and operational concerns were addressed. I also asked about his willingness to consider an alternate location. The organizer told me that his practice, in other cities, was to post appropriate signage and give guidance to the vendors, but that it depends on the attendees adhering to and complying with the social distancing standards. He did not give me a level of confidence that they would monitor, or even attempt to enforce, the restrictions. He also declined an alternate location stating that he would prefer to continue in the usual location but would be willing to only use two blocks of the downtown area. None of his responses gave me confidence that if we allowed the Farmers’ Market to open, that we would not have to shut it down again for lack of compliance. Also, we are speaking with staff in Sunnyvale and Palo Alto to ascertain their satisfaction with the compliance at the markets (run by the same organizer) in their respective cities. Sunnyvale disclosed that a member of the public complained at their Council meeting last night about a lack of compliance at the Sunnyvale market. Absent a significant change in approach, the market will remain closed in Campbell during the “Shelter in Place” Order.  

Today the Santa Clara County EOC update conference call was conducted. I know some Councilmembers participated in the call. The County will be sending out a comprehensive update via email later this evening that I will forward on to the Council when I receive it. One of the more significant portions of the update was about the statistical modeling. Dr. Sara Cody, spoke about the “Shelter in Place” Order being effective and that the expected case count at the end of this month was projected at 50,000 prior to the “Shelter in Place” Order. That number is now anticipated to be between 2,500 and 12,000 cases by the end of the month. This is good news, but continued efforts to comply with all of the precautions are still needed to ensure this trend continues.