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Coronavirus Milpitas 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. 

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.
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