Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Santa Clara County Free COVID-19 Testing Site






Over the weekend, the County expanded access to COVID-19 testing by adding six new free testing sites based on the number of recent cases in those areas. Walk-up testing with no appointment will be available at:
  • Rengstorff Park Pool Area, 201 S Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View, on Wednesday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • La Placita Tropicana Shopping Center parking lot, 1630 Story Rd, San Jose, on Friday, May 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


There are also four new drive-through testing sites at County Health System locations. Testing is available seven days a week, and appointments are required. Call 888-334-1000 or visit sccfreetest.org.  The new sites are at:
  • 1325 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
  • 18550 De Paul Dr., Morgan Hill
  • 777 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose
  • 1993 McKee Road, San Jose 


There are still testing sites at Pal Stadium in East San Jose and the County Fairgrounds, as well as at James Lick High School in San Jose and Christopher High School in Gilroy. Appointments are required at these sites. Click here for a map of testing sites.





Thursday, April 16, 2020

Multimillionaire Hoang Kieu Sent 58 Pallets of Supplies to San Jose


Two weeks ago, along with Garden Grove City Councilmembers Phat Bui and Thu Ha Nguyen, and former State Senator Janet Nguyen, the multimillionaire Hoang Kieu organized a drive-by pick up of food and safety supplies at Garden Grove City Park.  His timing was impeccable for he planned it two days before the recall election of three Vietnamese-American elected officials that he personally put up $1.1 million to recall them.

 However, as the car line was forming to enter the park, police officers were instructed by the city mayor to stop the event for violation of shelter in place policy.




Undeterred by the politics,  Hoang Kieu vowed to reschedule the event during Easter weekend.  This time he received the exemption from the city  and the event was on.  Then came the bad news, his recall effort of three Vietnamese-American council members of Westminster failed.  Matter of fact, the voters rejected by a landslide.  He promptly stopped promoting the donation event.   However, as a practical man,  he simply consolidated the supplies, packed them in three semi-trucks destination to San Jose for distribution.   

The supplies include enough rice, Ramen noodles, cloth masks and hand sanitizers to support about 5,000 people. 



Expect an announcement from the Mayor's office on how to receive the supplies.


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Mixed News About COVID-19 in Santa Clara County

First some good news -

The shelter-in-place mandate is showing some good results.  The rate of new infection cases has increased  about 4.4% for the last two days instead of the usual 10% to 15% per day.  There is also a decrease in the number of  COVID-19 patients in ICU and also the number of people being hospitalized.  

Governor Newsom yesterday announced the returning of 500 ventilators to the national stockpile.  He said California has enough ventilators to fight the virus since the new cases will not be as high as projected.


Still in crisis mode news -

San Jose Office of Emergency Management just activates its CERT volunteers in preparing for the crest next week.   CERT is a trained community emergency response team qualifies to response to disaster crisis and help neighborhoods where emergency responders may not be immediately available.



Friends of Hue Foundation has a 30-member team that are ready to go.  They are lead by Jenny Do who is also spearheading the donation effort of crucial personal protective equipment supplies to healthcare workers and distribution of food to vulnerable populations in the county.






Meanwhile, the shortage of PPE is reaching a point where the county has issued an order to businesses and individuals with large stockpiles must report their inventory within a week. 



Update of the previous article on a new invention to fight against the pandemic, Friends of Hue Foundation has ordered 40 custom made aerosol boxes.  The contraption reduces the risk of infection for doctors and nurses during intubation procedure on severely sick COVID-19 patients.  The one in picture above is being inspected by a doctor at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Jose.  Another one is being tested out another group of doctors in a picture below.