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CDC Adds 6 Symptoms for COVID-19

By Michael G. Stogner

Today there are NINE Symptoms on the CDC’s list. Just think about how many people were refused a test because they didn’t meet the criteria.

CDC updates list of coronavirus symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new possible symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

• Fever

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Chills

• Repeated shaking with chills

• Muscle pain

• Headache

• Sore throat

• New loss of taste or smell

It had previously only noted fever, cough and shortness of breath as possible symptoms of COVID-19.

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Pacifica Police Enforcing Dr. Scott Morrow’s Order.

By Michael G. Stogner

It took 17 days to start enforcing Dr. Scott Morrow’s Order, Why? How many people came to Pacifica in that time?

All San Mateo County Law Enforcement should be doing the same. San Mateo County Sheriff Office is also starting to enforce it. All City Council meetings should start with Dr. Scott Morrows Order. Pursuant to Government Code sections 26602 and 41601 and Health and Safety Code section 101029, the Health Officer requests that the Sheriff and all Police in the County ensure compliance with and enforce this Order.The violation of any provision of this Order constitutes an imminent threat and menace to public health, constitutes a public nuisance and is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.

To remain within 5 miles of their residence, Face Coverings etc. $1,000 fine. Pretty simple get the word out save lives.

PRESS RELEASE April 20, 2020

POLICE DEPARTMENT ENFORCING SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER ON PACIFICA BEACHES AND PARKING

On March 31, 2020, the San Mateo County Health Officer issued an Order which requires those persons who recreate outdoors to remain within 5 miles of their residence. Pacifica has experienced an influx of visitors from outside of this 5 mile radius as people seek to enjoy the outdoors during this unprecedented shelter in place period.

On Friday through Sunday (April 17-19), officers were assigned to patrol Linda Mar Beach to educate visitors regarding the shelter in place order and social distancing practices. Officers contacted 408 visitors over this 3 day period, ordering 275 off the beach after learning they resided more than 5 miles away.

Also noted was the high percentage of vehicles parked in beach/trail areas from out of the area. Over the same 3 day period, roughly 45% of the vehicles counted were from outside of 5 miles from where they are registered. “The City of Pacifica is committed to following the Health Officer’s orders in order to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, while also continuing to allow the public within a 5 mile radius to safely access our beautiful beaches,” said Mayor Deirdre Martin. “However, the data we’ve collected and the enforcement we’ve had to take suggests many are not taking these orders seriously. This is alarming because unsafe conditions are occurring and, as a result, the City, in coordination with the State, may be left with no choice but to close the beaches entirely to everyone unless conditions improve.”

As this health crisis continues and the shelter in place order remains in effect, the Pacifica Police Department will be implementing parking restrictions in affected areas, as well as enforcement of the shelter in place order on Linda Mar Beach as well as Mori Point. While Pacifica is normally a visitor friendly area with its beautiful beaches and trails, the City takes this health crisis and shelter in place order seriously. Those found in violation are subject to parking citations and/or criminal arrest.

We look forward to welcoming our visitors back once this crisis has ended.

Daniel Steidle Chief of Police

Path of Portola 1769• San Francisco Bay Discovery Site

DANIEL STEIDLE

Chief of Police

San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow March 31, 2020 Order.

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SMC Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow COVID-19 Update.

By Michael G. Stogner

Message from April 13, 2020

Please read or reread my statements below from 3/23/20, 3/16/20, 3/10/20, 3/5/20, and 2/27/20 to get a better understanding of where we find ourselves today and actions you can take to protect yourselves and your family.  

We continue to be in a very challenging situation.  This situation has impacted every aspect of our lives and will continue to do so for a long time.  There are several bits of good news.  By many accounts, there has been extraordinary adherence to the Shelter-in-Place (SIP) orders which were put into place here earlier than in other places in the country.  There is no perfect adherence, by any means, but it seems to be the major reason for lowering the rate of new infections to a stable level.  The adherence has been so good, in fact, the models we’re using to predict our future state don’t seem to be able to account for this fact.  It appears that we have flattened the curve, at least this first curve, for now.  I am hopeful we have avoided the catastrophe that New York and Italy experienced, for the time being.  Everyone who is cooperating with the orders and law enforcement and others who are enforcing the orders should be commended in the highest possible way.  Although it may not seem like it, you are doing your part, you are serving your community by limiting your contact with others.  Thank you.  And, as always, special thanks to our first responders, healthcare workers, and other essential workers who are keeping us safe and fed during this crisis.

TRADE OFFS. Without doubt, we will get through this.  But we need to be very deliberate about our next steps.  If we don’t take our next steps carefully, we will experience the worst of what this virus has to offer.  What we’re being faced with, in our immediate future, are trade-offs of the most significant kind.  We have to find a way to increase the immunity of the population (in public health terms, this is called “herd immunity”) slowly and methodically, while minimizing death, with equity in mind, while not overloading the healthcare system, and minimizing economic damage.  Many of these considerations work in opposite directions.  An effective vaccine or effective medical treatments would certainly make our path forward much easier, but neither of these seem to be available to us in the short or medium term.  There is no playbook for the decisions we face or the balance we should attempt to maintain between these competing interests.  Some very smart people have put forth some criteria that should be considered regarding how to slowly unwind the SIP orders and we are considering all of them now.  Most of these decisions have very limited underlying supporting data.  One thing I do know is that releasing the restrictions on movement and gatherings too soon, or in not an incremental enough way, will diminish the gains we’ve made and will unleash the very thing we are attempting to avoid.  Herd immunity is typically 70-80+/-% based on the characteristics of the disease.  So we have a long way to go.  There are no quick fixes.

DATA. There has been some concern expressed that we’re not being transparent enough with the data.  Everyone would like more data.  Well, I too would like more data.  There simply is not a lot of data either about the virus itself, how and why it spreads so easily, how and why it causes such devastating disease in some folks, or how it’s spreading here.  For those who are deeply steeped in working with data, as I and my staff are, you know that datasets have their own personalities, their own strengths and their own weaknesses.  You know that data can either lead you to an approximation of the truth, or data can mislead you and cause you to make incorrect conclusions and, therefore, take wrong actions.  The data we have is, simply, very limited.  This is based on the facts that many characteristics of the virus are unknown and that testing remains very constrained here.  This requires us to synthesize estimates from very different sources of data that may be more qualitative in nature.  For the data that is put up on our website, except for the hospital level data, which is mostly accurate, I tend to look at it skeptically, specifically the cases and the deaths, not because those aren’t accurate from what we know, but because they don’t reflect what’s actually going on very well.  People generally want data to be able to make informed decisions about lowering their risk.  The data we have, if it were to be presented to you on a more granular level, would be misleading, and I believe, downright deceptive.  This is what I think you need to know.  This virus appears to be wildly transmissible especially within households or congregate settings.  Your risk from contracting the infection from any human you encounter in San Mateo County and outside your immediate household continues to be substantial unless you take all the recommended actions to protect yourself.  I hesitate to give you the following numbers, because first of all they are a guess, and secondly because some will think they are too low to take action.  My best guess is that approximately 2-3% of the SMC population are currently infected or have recovered from the infection.  That’s around 15-25,000 people and they are all over the county and in every community.  I don’t believe this number is off by a factor of 10, but it could be off by a factor of 2 to 3.  Without the SIP, it could have well been over 50-75,000 by now, and that would have overwhelmed our healthcare system.  So if you want to get a sense of how many infected or recovered cases are around you, just multiply your city population by 2 or 3%.  My best guess on the number of people who are capable of transmitting the virus now is just under 1%, or approximately 5-7,000 people.  These numbers are likely to be more accurate than the numbers we are sharing on our website.  I know that sounds ridiculous, but these estimates are better than the direct counts that I can currently provide you.  That’s the status of our testing data at the moment.  I anticipate, and am hopeful, that our estimates will improve remarkably over time.

Scott Morrow, MD, MPH
San Mateo County Health Officer
April 13, 2020

Dr. Scott Morrow March 16, 2020 SIP Order

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San Mateo County Close all Parks. Get on the same page.

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: March 27, 2020 1:30 PM Good News SMC Parks are Closed

This should be a no brainer, COVID-19 is a Virus with no cure, no vaccine, we don’t know how it spreads, we have first responders who wear PPE getting infected and San Mateo County Leaders think its ok to encourage people to leave their homes after Governor Newson issued a Stay in Home order, on top of San Mateo County Health Shelter in Place order. This is like the President saying go to Church on Easter Sunday.

From: Sabrina BRENNAN <sabrina@dfm.com>
Subject: CLOSE ALL SMC COUNTY PARKS
Date: March 27, 2020 at 11:37:01 AM PDT
To: Nicholas Calderon <NCalderon@smcgov.org>
Cc: Don Horsley <dhorsley@smcgov.org>, Deborah Hirst <dhirst@smcgov.org>, Chris Hunter <chris.hunter@asm.ca.gov>

Hello Nicholas, 
Please apply common sense and meet the moment!  
San Mateo County Parks message to “Keep Parks Open” is inconsistent with Scott Morrow’s message to the public and is giving the public the idea that it is just fine to go to your favorite park or beach. Your decision to keep County Parks open is straining local resources, especially the grocery markets, and absolutely increasing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yesterday, the public got into a yelling and screaming fight at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve after hours and sticks and logs were being thrown by visitors who appeared inebriated. I’m concerned that another bloody fist fight might breakout on the Pillar Point Bluff Trail as was the case not that long ago when an off leash dog walker got into a physical altercation with visitors and the Sheriff had to intervene.
Governor Newsom’s decision to close State Parks was wise; please follow his lead. I urge you to close all County Parks including the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Please take action and close County Parks TODAY before the weekend! 


Thank you,

Sabrina Brennan & Aimee Luthringer Moss Beach, CA

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Dave Pine <dpine@smcgov.org>

To:Michael Stogner,akeighran@burlingame.org,Adam Rak,t.livermore@woodsidetown.org,Herb Perez and 57 more…Fri, Mar 27 at 1:21 PM

We initially held off on closing the parks given the importance of getting outside and exercising and doing things for the good of one’s mental health.  But because of the overwhelming crowds at the parks, people not practicing social distancing, and the shortage of park personnel, we made the call today to close all the County Parks.  A public announcement will be going out soon.

Dave Pine

Dave Pine

Supervisor, District 1

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors

400 County Center, 1st Floor

Redwood City, CA 94063

(650) 363-4571 (w)

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Beckmeyer, Sue <beckmeyers@ci.pacifica.ca.us>

To:Michael Stogner Fri, Mar 27 at 2:16 PM

Hi Michael,
The County Manager has closed all county parks as of today.
Regards,- Sue Beckmeyer   Pacifica Mayor pro Tem

San Mateo County Parks Announcement

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Good News, for San Mateo County Landlords Foreclosures Halted.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which backstop about $5 trillion of mortgages, have also halted foreclosures for 60 days under orders from the FHFA.

Debt relief for landlords who don’t evict

Fannie and Freddie offer forbearance on multifamily loans.

By Jesse Westbrook

Many landlords may be allowed to fall behind on their mortgage payments amid the coronavirus outbreak in return for not kicking renters out of their apartments.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency said Monday that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will grant mortgage forbearance to owners of multifamily properties in exchange for suspending evictions. The move applies to all Fannie- and Freddie-backed mortgages in situations where renters can’t afford to make their monthly payments due to the outbreak.

“Renters should not have to worry about being evicted from their home, and property owners should not have to worry about losing their building,” FHFA Director Mark Calabria said in the statement. “The multifamily forbearance and eviction suspension offered by the enterprises should bring peace of mind to millions of families.”

Fannie and Freddie, which are regulated by the FHFA, don’t make loans. Instead, they buy mortgages from lenders and package them into securities. The companies provide guarantees on the securities to protect investors in case borrowers default, a process that keeps the mortgage market humming.

The FHFA announced this month that Fannie and Freddie would provide payment forbearance for single-family residences provided that borrowers could demonstrate hardship from the novel coronavirus.

Such forbearance could allow monthly mortgage payments to be suspended for as long as a year.

Fannie and Freddie, which backstop about $5 trillion of mortgages, have also halted foreclosures for 60 days under orders from the FHFA.

Westbrook writes for Bloomberg.

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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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Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos What is your Plan to Protect?

By Michael G. Stogner

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

The San Mateo County Sheriff Employees and their Families. They have a right to know and they have a right to protect themselves if you won’t.

Sheriff Bolanos, What is your plan to protect your Employees?

What is your plan to protect the Inmates in San Mateo County?

How many COVID-19 Test Kits have you had since Jan. 20, 2020 and How many do you have today?

San Mateo County Counsel Attorney for Sheriff, David Silberman

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  • David Silberman <dsilberman@smcgov.org>To: Michael Stogner Tue, Mar 17 at 6:32 PM
  • I am working on a special assignment related to response to Covid-19 and it may take me a longer than usual amount of time to respond.  Please bear with me.

What are you and San Mateo County Counsel Attorney David Silberman providing as a Safe Quarantine Location for Deputies who come into contact with potential COVID-19 carriers, or Confirmed people with the virus? Is there a location for them to safely stay away from their families if that is what the Spouses desire.

Has the Jail Population been reduced?

Have you instructed the Patrol Deputies to interact with the public in a different way since Jan. 20, 2020?

San Mateo County Sheriff G. Bolanos has refused to answer that Question?

Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>To:SHERIFFS_PIO,Carlos BolanosCc:Warren Slocum,Don Horsley,Dave Pine,Dave Canepa,Carole Groomand 3 more…Tue, Mar 17 at 6:32 PM

Hello Rosemerry and Sheriff Carlos Bolanos,
Can you tell me How many Test Kits does the Sheriff’s Office have on hand today, What is the Policy for patrol Deputies interacting with the public and when should they be testing for their safety. Since COVID-19 Positive Results are from people who show no sign of illness, what are you and D.J Wozniak advising the Deputies and Sergeants to do to Protect themselves and their families. Have you provided a safe location for Deputies to self Quarantine away from their families if that is what the spouses request.
Have you had any Deputies or Correctional Officers tested for COVID-19 to date. Have any tested positive? Do you have any staff of Self Quarantine today?

Thank You
Michael G. Stogner San Mateo County News.com

COVID-19 Testing is the Most Important action that can take place.

How many Tests Kits do you have Sheriff Bolanos?

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City of Menlo Park takes action on COVID-19

By Michael G. Stogner

Menlo Park Council Meeting March 11, 2020

The City of Menlo Park has Declared a Local State of Emergency in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in San Mateo County.

There is no vaccine for the COVID-19 Virus. The only method to slow it down from overwhelming the Healthcare System and Healthcare workers is Aggressive Social Distancing Immediately.

Posted on: March 11, 2020

Menlo Park declares local emergency; closes public facilities, programs over COVID-19

On March 10, 2020, the San Mateo County Health Officer issued an updated statement that acknowledged “evidence of widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in San Mateo County.” On March 11, City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson, under Menlo Park Municipal Code Chapter 2.44, signed a Proclamation of Local Emergency within the city of Menlo Park to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

During its special meeting this evening, the City Council unanimously voted to ratify the proclamation of local emergency in Menlo Park, authorizing the City Manager to adopt emergency orders or regulations to ensure the health and well-being of the public and to mitigate the effects of the local emergency. The City Council further directed staff to take immediate action to temporarily close public facilities and suspend programs.

Effective immediately, city facilities will be closed to the public, with the exception of senior services and childcare centers, which will close at the end of business, Friday, March 13. This is to allow patrons, participants and parents to make alternate arrangements over the weekend.

“The health and safety of our employees, residents and businesses remains the highest priority. We encourage those who are sick or who are at higher risk for serious illness to stay at home,” said City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson. “This proclamation provides us the flexibility to position resources and to best address this public health crisis.” 

“This is a global outbreak that requires us to prepare for significant disruptions to our daily lives. We must take action now. The health and safety of the Menlo Park community is our highest priority. Our neighbors, friends and family can work together through neighborhood associations, CERT and emergency preparedness classes. When we are informed, we are stronger together and more resilient. Preparedness and prevention is our best defense,” said Mayor Cecilia Taylor.

This local emergency shall continue until it is terminated by proclamation of the City Council. Pursuant to Section 8630 of the Government Code, the City Council shall proclaim the termination of a local emergency at the earliest possible date that conditions warrant. The need for continuing this local emergency shall be reviewed within 60 days by the City Council.

For the latest updates, visit menlopark.org/coronavirus and subscribe to “Menlo Park City News” at menlopark.org/notifyme. Updates and information are also shared on the city social mediaaccounts, including Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor.

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San Mateo County has first Coronavirus Patient.

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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