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CoronavirusMilpitas crossing guard tests positive for COVID-19

Milpitas crossing guard tests positive for COVID-19

In an announcement on Sunday, City of Milpitas officials shared that a Milpitas crossing guard had tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

The crossing guard’s name was not revealed. It is unknown how he contracted the virus. As of now, he is receiving treatment at a local hospital. He was last at work on March 6, near Yellowstone Ave. and Sequoia Dr., where John Sinnott Elementary School stands beside Rancho Middle School.

Officials said in the statement, “The City of Milpitas is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of residents and employees.”

In addition, they said, “This is an incredibly trying and stressful time for our entire community, but we are in this together, and together we will get through it.”

The State of California’s 40 million residents are uniformly subject to shelter in place provisions for the time being (the projected end date in Santa Clara County is April 7, although many sources say it’s reasonable to expect extensions). Residents are mandated by law to only leave home to receive or provide essential goods and services, including food and medical care. Violating Santa Clara County’s shelter in place laws is a misdemeanor, and residents have recently contacted The Beat sharing stories of being cited by police for not engaging in adequate social distancing (consisting of people maintaining a minimum of 6 feet from each other). 

Also on Sunday, County officials shared that two more Santa Clara County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died: a woman in her 60s and a woman in her 40s. This brings the total of county deaths up to 10. The total number of cases now stands at 302.

Milpitas residents are directed by force of law to shelter in place, and advised by health experts to engage in disciplined hand washing and social distancing.

More City of Milpitas novel coronavirus information can be found here. 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


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