India Community Center cancels events after Santa Clara County bans public gatherings

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As Santa Clara County confirmed 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing its official total to 91, the India Community Centre also decided to postpone all the scheduled activities and be on lockdown to the virus from spreading further.

“We expect numbers to grow and urge everyone to follow Public Health recommendations,” the county public health department said in a tweet.

The County Health Officer on Friday also banned gatherings of 35 people or more “unless certain conditions have been met.”

“As the outbreak of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County continues to accelerate, our aggressive measures are designed to slow the spread of disease and protect critical healthcare system capacity and other essential services,” Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said in a statement.

“We recognize these actions will have a significant impact on the lives of our citizens, but we believe they are necessary to protect the well-being of our community.”

Raj Desai, Chief Executive Officer of ICC in an email said, ” ICC Management and supporting team members have been monitoring the current situation regarding Coronavirus including daily bulletins being issued by Santa Clara County health Department. We have just received notification from the County that all schools will be closed and that gatherings exceeding 10 people must be avoided… we need to take immediate steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community as well as be in compliance with County directed mandates.”

“We recently announced the cancellation of all activities involving seniors who seem to be most exposed and vulnerable to the Coronavirus. This includes our centers in Milpitas, Cupertino and Palo Alto. With the latest Federal and State Government announcements, we will now extend this closure of all activities until Sunday March 29. Our facilities in Milpitas ( Main Center and TT ) will be in a lockdown status until further notice. Furthermore, after the close of business this evening, all of our Table Tennis, Gym and fitness-related classes will be canceled for the next two weeks until Sunday, March 29”, the message read.

On Friday, the county announced its second confirmed death from COVID-19, while also shuttering schools for three weeks and banning public gatherings of more than 100 people in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Of the county’s confirmed cases, 40 were apparently transmitted within the community, while 27 were close contacts of other known cases and 15 were associated with international travel. The ban on public gatherings came in effect at noon on Saturday, March 14.




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