Please join us this Saturday for our in person 47th Annual Black April Commemoration. The theme for this year is “Care, Compassion, and Community” and will be held on Saturday, April 30th at San Jose City Hall Rotunda: 200 E Santa Clara St., San Jose from 9:30am to 11:30am. To learn more, visit our Facebook event page here. LINK to VAR’s Facebook page | LINK to VAR’s volunteer sign-up form
COVID UPDATES- CASES RISING, MASKING SUGGESTED
The rebound comes just as U.S. officials dropped the mask mandate for public transportation after a judge in Florida said it exceeded their authority — with people from all over now crowding unmasked into planes, buses, subways and rail cars. Though the federal government is appealing the judge’s ruling, airlines and many transit operators indicated the mask mandate isn’t likely to return soon.
In a presentation this past week to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, county Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said BA.2 is driving “what’s looking like now the beginning of a swell — we certainly hope that it doesn’t take off.” But Cody added that “it looks like we have a pretty good immunity wall here in our county and in the Bay Area, both in vaccinations and through all the infections from omicron that just ripped through populations.”
Gounder said “it’s too early to say how worried people should be about the BA.2 and BA2.12.1 variants.” Whether rising infections will progress to severe disease, hospitalization and death, she said, will depend on vaccination rates, particularly among the elderly and other vulnerable populations.
Dr. John Swartzberg, professor emeritus at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, noted that while BA.2.12.1 is more transmissible than even BA.2, it does not appear to be more virulent. Even so, he said it’s not a good time for travelers and commuters to be ditching masks on planes, buses and rail cars. Los Angeles County health officials decided to maintain the requirement for local airports and public transit. Read here.
1. Calling job seekers ages 18-24!
Do you have a passion for digital marketing? Are you looking for a part-time, fun, and flexible summer internship (May- August) that pays $25.31/hour? Sign up for the 2022 Meta/Facebook Career Connections program today. Sign up at bit.ly/FB-fellows-2022
2. Seniors (60-plus) are eligible to receive meals from the City of San José Senior Nutrition Program and from countywide food distribution sites. Find the nearest location to your neighborhood at bit.ly/svstrong-senior for up-to-date locations and feeding hours as they are subject to change.
3. Are you a small/micro business or manage a Community based organization and need help with digital marketing? Would you like to host a tech-savvy summer intern who can help your business reach more customers? Sign up for the 2022 Meta/Facebook Career Connections program to receive a Facebook- trained marketing intern at no cost to your business this summer. Sign up at bit.ly/FBemployers-2022
4. Did you know San José will be electing a new Mayor and voting in four contested City Council races on June 7th for the primary election? Join SJAA and our partners the San Jose Parks Foundation and the San Jose Public Library Foundation for a pair of informal meet-and-greets with the candidates — LIVE and IN PERSON! Learn more and register: meetsjcandidates.eventbrite.com
5. Join Chopsticks Alley for a special edition of CreativiTEA this May to celebrate AAPI month! The event will be held on May 6th (5-9pm) at Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose. Info at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-friday-creativitea-open-mic-w-chopsticks-alley-art-tickets-320373183817?
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