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Coronavirus central: Feds launch website for free at-home COVID tests

Shipping expected to begin in late January

Latest updates:

FEDS LAUNCH WEBSITE FOR FREE AT-HOME COVID TESTS: On Tuesday, the federal government launched an online sign-up form to order free at-home COVID-19 tests. Each residential address is eligible to receive one set of four rapid antigen tests. Read more below.

$2.4M GRANT TO SUPPORT COVID-AFFECTED BUSINESSES: Santa Clara County received a $2.4 million grant from the state to support local small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more below.

WASTEWATER MONITOR SHOWS DECLINE IN LOCAL COVID CASES: A measure of COVID-19 infections in the Palo Alto-Mountain View area is showing that case numbers have dropped sizably from their spike earlier this month. Read the full story.

POP-UP TESTING SITE UNDER INVESTIGATION: A new clinic in Mountain View advertising swift COVID-19 tests without an appointment is currently in hot water following numerous complaints that it's failing to deliver on its promises and may not be a legitimate testing site. Read the full story.

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HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS BEHIND ON PROVIDING VACCINES, TESTS: Santa Clara County leaders are calling on health care providers to step up to the plate at a critical time when testing and booster vaccinations are key to reducing the spread of infection and hospitalizations. Read the full story.

COUNTIES FACE 'EXPLOSION' OF COVID CASES: Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are now seeing more COVID-19 cases than at any other time during the pandemic. Read the full story.

YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE QUESTIONS — ANSWERED: We've compiled a list of who can currently get vaccinated in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, plus answers to common questions and links to resources. Read the full Q&A.

COVID-19 TESTS AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT: Santa Clara County is operating appointment-only COVID-19 test sites on a rotating basis. View the full list.

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Feds launch website for free at-home COVID tests

The federal government has launched an online sign-up form to order free at-home COVID-19 tests.

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Each residential address is eligible to receive one set of four rapid antigen tests. The tests are available without any charge or delivery fee and are expected to begin shipping in late January.

All that is required to sign up is a name and address, with the option to also provide an email address to receive shipping updates.

To sign up, visit special.usps.com/testkits. For more information, visit covidtests.gov.

Santa Clara County receives $2.4M grant for COVID-affected businesses

Santa Clara County received a $2.4 million grant from the state this week to support local small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds, which the county Board of Supervisors voted to accept this week, will enable the county to provide $2,500 grants to roughly 875 businesses that had fewer than five employees in both 2019 and 2020 as well as less than $50,000 in total revenue in 2019.

The grant came from the state's Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, a $50 million package of one-time grant funding for businesses like sidewalk vendors and independent contractors.

"We hope every small business that is eligible has the opportunity to apply for the funds," the county's Chief Operating Officer Miguel Marquez said in a statement.

The county plans to partner with community groups to identify businesses that would be eligible for a grant. An application process will be made available in the coming weeks, according to county officials.

For coverage by subject — how the virus is affecting public health, residents, schools, cities, businesses, nonprofits, arts groups, etc. — please go to our Wakelet page.

View an archive of previous updates here.

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Coronavirus central: Feds launch website for free at-home COVID tests

Shipping expected to begin in late January

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, May 28, 2020, 11:23 am
Updated: Tue, Jan 18, 2022, 3:36 pm

Latest updates:

FEDS LAUNCH WEBSITE FOR FREE AT-HOME COVID TESTS: On Tuesday, the federal government launched an online sign-up form to order free at-home COVID-19 tests. Each residential address is eligible to receive one set of four rapid antigen tests. Read more below.

$2.4M GRANT TO SUPPORT COVID-AFFECTED BUSINESSES: Santa Clara County received a $2.4 million grant from the state to support local small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more below.

WASTEWATER MONITOR SHOWS DECLINE IN LOCAL COVID CASES: A measure of COVID-19 infections in the Palo Alto-Mountain View area is showing that case numbers have dropped sizably from their spike earlier this month. Read the full story.

POP-UP TESTING SITE UNDER INVESTIGATION: A new clinic in Mountain View advertising swift COVID-19 tests without an appointment is currently in hot water following numerous complaints that it's failing to deliver on its promises and may not be a legitimate testing site. Read the full story.

HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS BEHIND ON PROVIDING VACCINES, TESTS: Santa Clara County leaders are calling on health care providers to step up to the plate at a critical time when testing and booster vaccinations are key to reducing the spread of infection and hospitalizations. Read the full story.

COUNTIES FACE 'EXPLOSION' OF COVID CASES: Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are now seeing more COVID-19 cases than at any other time during the pandemic. Read the full story.

YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE QUESTIONS — ANSWERED: We've compiled a list of who can currently get vaccinated in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, plus answers to common questions and links to resources. Read the full Q&A.

COVID-19 TESTS AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT: Santa Clara County is operating appointment-only COVID-19 test sites on a rotating basis. View the full list.

The federal government has launched an online sign-up form to order free at-home COVID-19 tests.

Each residential address is eligible to receive one set of four rapid antigen tests. The tests are available without any charge or delivery fee and are expected to begin shipping in late January.

All that is required to sign up is a name and address, with the option to also provide an email address to receive shipping updates.

To sign up, visit special.usps.com/testkits. For more information, visit covidtests.gov.

Santa Clara County received a $2.4 million grant from the state this week to support local small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds, which the county Board of Supervisors voted to accept this week, will enable the county to provide $2,500 grants to roughly 875 businesses that had fewer than five employees in both 2019 and 2020 as well as less than $50,000 in total revenue in 2019.

The grant came from the state's Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, a $50 million package of one-time grant funding for businesses like sidewalk vendors and independent contractors.

"We hope every small business that is eligible has the opportunity to apply for the funds," the county's Chief Operating Officer Miguel Marquez said in a statement.

The county plans to partner with community groups to identify businesses that would be eligible for a grant. An application process will be made available in the coming weeks, according to county officials.

For coverage by subject — how the virus is affecting public health, residents, schools, cities, businesses, nonprofits, arts groups, etc. — please go to our Wakelet page.

View an archive of previous updates here.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

Comments

Whatever
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 28, 2020 at 7:52 pm
Whatever, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 28, 2020 at 7:52 pm

The higher Hispanic covid rate in SM County. Is there a breakout in the MP figures for Bel Haven residents? When populations have to segregate in certain areas to afford housing etc, it almost always has resulted in more crowded living. This has been going on for centuries. Also one would suspect covid numbers are low for the group since a larger % of the population is unable to afford or obtain health care. And a greater % needs to keep working to support family because many of the jobs don't have the work at home option or even sick leave, so there is greater chance of infection from work.
Also now that construction has started up again will the figures increase?
Does the State or county have programs in place to address this covid inequality issue?

By the way editor how about a new topic choice: Covid- 19.


Menlo Voter.
Menlo Park: other
on May 29, 2020 at 8:41 am
Menlo Voter., Menlo Park: other
on May 29, 2020 at 8:41 am

I can't say I'm surprised. I drive through the North Fair Oaks area fairly regularly and I routinely see street vendors with no face mask, no gloves and not practicing social distancing. And their clientele aren't either. I often wondered driving by these scenes if we would see higher rates of infection in that community. Now we know.


Bay Area Residents
another community
on Jul 8, 2020 at 12:28 pm
Bay Area Residents, another community
on Jul 8, 2020 at 12:28 pm

Protestors. I can't believe not a single word blames the protestors. So quick to blame the people doing their best to live a normal life and quick to throw stone at business owners.

Stop the protesting then it stops the spread. It got worse the very moment people protested.


Menlo Voter.
Menlo Park: other
on Jul 8, 2020 at 2:16 pm
Menlo Voter., Menlo Park: other
on Jul 8, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Bay Area REsidents:

perhaps no one is blaming protesters because they're not to blame.

"Research Determines Protests Did Not Cause Spike In Coronavirus Cases"

Web Link

But don't let facts get in the way of your opinion.


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