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San Mateo County Courts Closed for 60 Days.

By Michael G. Stogner

All courts in the State of California are closed and cases are delayed for 60 days. Better late then never, this was a no-brainer. San Mateo County Supervisors might take this time and finally secure the 400 County Center Building as they should have years ago. People entering the building without going through the metal detectors every single day.

Hon. Judge Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye Order

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye said in her order that court facilities were “ill-equipped to effectively allow the social distancing and other public health requirements” that have been imposed across California to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Menlo Park Fire District has 6 Firefighters at home. COVID-19 Issues

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: March 24, 2020 On more Firefighter is home for a total of 7

Policy changes: Firefighters will now wear medical gloves, masks and safety glasses when responding to medical calls, said Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

Patients, will be asked to meet firefighters outside if possible.

“We can’t afford to have our first responders on the sidelines while they are waiting for testing, testing results and/or to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine, if they are symptom-free,” Schapelhouman said. “If this gets worse, which is what we are planning and preparing for, then it could become both overwhelming and unsustainable.”

Schapelhouman said the goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep the district fully functional.

Schapelhouman said firefighters so far have responded to at least a dozen suspected COVID-19 incidents.

Most recently, three firefighters treated a man who later tested positive for the deadly respiratory disease. They wore proper protective equipment, or PPE, during the call, but not safety glasses, and were “considered exposed” because their eyes could have been exposed to vaporized mist from a nebulizer the man was given to help him breathe.

Schapelhouman said the firefighters have not exhibited any symptoms but will remain in quarantine until March 28.

“That incident made us take a big step back and collectively look at what was being recommended, what we were doing, and say, ‘We can do better so that this doesn’t happen again,’” he said.

Two more firefighters were also sidelined after treating an ill man with a wife who is hospitalized with the virus, Schapelhouman said. One tested negative for COVID-19 and results are pending for the other.

Schapelhouman said a sixth firefighter self-isolated for 14 days after he was possibly exposed at a training center in San Jose, where at least 13 firefighters have tested positive.

Along with the additional safety gear, the fire district is rolling out a two-person unit to handle suspected COVID-19 incidents, Schapelhouman said. More units will be added based on demand.

“At some point, we know our firefighters will contract COVID-19,” Schapelhouman said. “Most are not in the risk categories and all are extremely healthy and fit based upon the daily expectations of our profession, but our collective goal is to delay, or stop, spread for as long as possible.”

Menlo Park Fire District is just one in San Mateo County there are several. This is just an example of how quickly things change. All first responders and medical personnel must have the P.P.E. to do the job they all want to do and the job the public is counting on them to do.

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Dr. Scott Morrow COVID-19 "Dire and Catastrophic."

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County Health Dr. Scott Morrow

Wednesday March 18, 2020 Dr. Scott Morrow was on a COVID-19 conference call for San Mateo County.

Dr. Scott Morrow, San Mateo County’s Health Officer, said “the numbers could explode.”

“If I was to describe the condition in San Mateo County right now it would be somewhere between dire and catastrophic,” Morrow said. “It is capable of explosive growth in the population.”

San Mateo County has 80 Cases with one Death. as of today 3/19/20

The United States of America has only tested 1,400 (According to Congresswoman Jackie Speier.) There lies the critical problem.

San Mateo County Health Website

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COVID-19 Reliable & Important Information.

Update: April 6, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 579 total 13 Deaths

Update: April 5, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 555 total 13 Deaths

Update: April 4, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 538 total 13 Deaths

Update: April 3, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 486 total 13 Deaths

Update: April 2, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 453 total 10 Deaths

Update: April 1, 2020 8:45 AM San Mateo County Cases 388 total 10 Deaths

Update: March 31, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 309 total 10 Death

Update: March 30, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 309 total 6 Death

Update: March 29, 2020 9:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 277 total 6 Death

Update: March 28, 2020 9:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 274 total 6 Death

Update: March 27, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 239 total 6 Death

Update: March 26, 2020 9:00AM San Mateo County Cases 195 total 5 Death

Update: March 25, 2020 10:00 AM San Mateo County Cases total 165 5 Death

Update: March 24, 2020 10:00 AM San Mateo County Cases total 161 1 Death

Update: March 23, 2020 10:30 AM San Mateo County Cases total 142 1 Death

Update: March 22, 2020 10:30 AM San Mateo County Cases total 117 1 Death

Update: March 21, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases total 110 1 Death

Update: March 20, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases total 100 1 Death

Update: March 19, 2020 10:34 AM San Mateo County Cases total 89 1 Death

Update: March 18, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases total 80 1 Death

Update: March 17, 2020 8:30AM San Mateo County Cases total 65 1 Death

Update: March 16, 2020 1:00PM President Trump urged Americans to avoid groups of 10 or more.

Update: March 16, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases total 42 1 Death

Update: March 15, 2020 The CDC recommended that “for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”

Update: March 15, 2020 10:00AM San Mateo County has First Death

Bing COVID-19 Tracker

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Update: March 14, 2020 7PM San Mateo County Cases total 32 1 Death

Update: March 13, 2020 …….. San Mateo County Cases total 20

For Immediate Release
Health Officer Amends Mass Gathering Order

Groups of 50 or more persons now prohibited in San Mateo County

Redwood City – San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has amended his previous order (March 12) to further limit the number of persons who may gather. Effective as of 12:01 a.m. on March 15, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020, public or private gatherings of more than 50 persons are prohibited in San Mateo County.

During the same period, gatherings of fewer than 50 persons are prohibited in San Mateo County unless hosts or sponsors implement all of the COVID-19 risk mitigation measures listed in the order (see below).

The health officer still strongly urges hosts and sponsors to cancel all such gatherings, even with the implementation of mitigation practices.

The order defines a gathering as any event or convening that brings together or is likely to bring together 10 or more persons at the same time in a single room or other single confined or enclosed indoor or outdoor space, such as restaurants, bars, theaters, event centers, and boats.

The order includes enclosed outdoor spaces, such as those with a fence, physical barrier, or other structure, and where people are present and likely to be within arm’s length of one another for more than 10 minutes at a time.

Exceptions are made for normal operations at airports or spaces where persons are in transit, commercial office space or hotels, places of worship for purposes of conducting religious services or ceremonies, grocery stores, shopping malls and other retail establishments, and hospitals and medical facilities. The health officer strongly urges the implementation of COVID-19 risk mitigation measures in these settings as well.

The order does not include a group of residents within their residence.
The mitigation measures, which are required of gatherings of fewer than 50 persons, are:

County of San Mateo

Joint Information Center Media Line: 650-779-9939 smc_ jic@smcgov.org

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  • The space in which the gathering is held must accommodate social distancing by allowing all attendees to stand or sit at least six feet from any other attendee;
  • Proper hand hygiene and sanitation material must be readily available to all persons at all times, including soap and waste receptacles. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used.
  • Persons hosting gatherings must alert prospective attendees at least 24 hours prior to the gathering that gatherings pose a heightened risk of COVID-19 transmission, and that older adults and individuals with existing health conditions are at particularly serious risk if they contract COVID-19 and should not attend;
  • Persons hosting gatherings must clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes or other standard cleaners before, during, and after the event.Dr. Morrow says that the order and mitigation measures are necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus, safeguard the public, and attempt to conserve health care resources as an influx of new patients is expected. Persons over 60 and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of infection and death from COVID-19.As of Saturday, March 14, 2020, San Mateo County has 32 cases of COVID-19. There are over 150 cases in the surrounding Bay Area.The text of the order is available here: https://bit.ly/33iYjnt
    For more information, visit smchealth.org/coronavirus. For news updates from the SanMateo County Emergency Operations Center, subscribe here: cmo.smcgov.org/eoc.
  • Media Contact:County of San Mateo Joint Information Center (650) 779-9939
    smc_jic@smcgov.org

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San Mateo County has first Coronavirus Patient.

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By Michael G. Stogner

Today Feb. 28, 2020

San Mateo County Health reported that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has transferred a patient who has tested positive for the virus to a Hospital located in San Mateo County. The hospital and patient are not being named.

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