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.
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.
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