COVID-19 Updates


March 31, 2020 –

Dear Valued Members of the Midpen Media Community,

Monday, the “shelter in place” order announced by seven Bay Area counties (including Santa Clara County) was extended through May 3, 2020, as a surge of cases is expected in the coming weeks. We continue to follow the directives provided by the counties and will remain closed until the shelter in place order is lifted. As we face this unprecedented situation together, I am grateful to the Midpen Media staff for adapting to a remote work model and adjusting activities and events. Our tech and production staff have refocused on helping our local cities as they implement new tools to support creating a safe way to view and participate in local government programming.

I speak on behalf of all of us when I say, “WE MISS YOU!”

We have been working hard to keep you informed and connected through program blocks on our channels specialized in entertaining and educating viewers, plus opportunities to participate by working remotely with our staff to air your content on our channels. Look for quality shows on exercise and healthy cooking airing Monday through Thursday, as well as a retrospective of creative shows produced by past youth camp attendees. And check out our “Social Distancing Campaign”! Submit your 30-90 second video on how you are handling this (temporary) new normal!

Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for details on fun activities to stay engaged. A new edition is available on the first Tuesday of the month. And continue to follow us on your favorite social media channels for updates on Midpen Media and the resources our member cities are sharing about the COVID-19 pandemic and ways for you to stay safe and help your neighbors.

Please be healthy and well.

Kind regards,

Keri Stokstad
Executive Director/CEO

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March 24, 2020 – On Monday, Midpen Media’s staff met online to discuss how we can best continue to support you. We are dedicated to keeping you informed about the coronavirus and COVID-19 and continuing to provide you with the opportunities to share your perspectives. We are exploring online classes and ways you can share your views and your methods of dealing with this current crisis, starting with our “Social Distancing Stories” program.

Please be sure to like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to get the most up-to-date news. And check back here for additional information on programs, classes, and local government coverage.
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March 18, 2020 – Attention Midpen Media community and viewers. Although Midpen Media is closed for all non-essential functions such as classes, events, and equipment reservations, we are continuing to focus on supporting our member cities through meeting coverage and disseminating information to the community.

Continuing this coverage is especially crucial for our cable viewers who depend on their local channels for information from their city representatives. So far, the cities are working to create safe and effective ways to continue to hold meetings and we have staff members that are continuing to document those meetings. The city websites and email lists are the best way to keep informed on cancellations. 

Please contact Executive Director/CEO Keri Stokstad or Marketing and Communications Manager Joanne Sperans, if you have any questions.

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March 16, 2020 – Effective Tuesday, March 17th at 12:01 a.m., Midpen Media will be closed until at least Tuesday, April 7th. This closure is in response to the “shelter in place” order announced this afternoon by the six Bay Area counties (including Santa Clara and San Mateo). The order impacts all non-essential businesses and directs everyone to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible for the next three weeks as public health officials desperately try to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus across the region. Please see the San Francisco Chronicle article for additional details: Bay Area authorities place strictest order in country: ‘Shelter in place,’ only essential businesses open in 6 counties
Click to read the article in the Chronicle of March 16.

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March 12, 2020

To our Midpen Media community,

The safety and health of our producers, volunteers, visitors, staff, and board is always our highest priority. Toward that end, we have been following the public health authorities and adopting their guidance concerning the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Staff is actively monitoring the situation and will provide updates about Midpen Media’s status via our website, social media channels, and future emails.

Out of an abundance of caution, beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, the Midpen Media Center will be conducting business on an appointment basis, and the facility will be closed. The staff will be working remotely beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Please be patient with us as we transition to a remote-based operational model, which will continue at a minimum through the end of March. Existing reservations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

We recommend that you stay informed through the following resources:

You can also send a text with the subject “COVID19” (no quotes) to 888777 to receive up-to-date text information.

We appreciate your understanding and your help in keeping the community healthy.

Sincerely,

Keri Stokstad
Executive Director/CEO