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SMC FREE COVID-19 Testing sites expanded.

By Michael G. Stogner

Remember No Cure, No Treatment, No Vaccine

San Mateo County Expands COVID-19 Testing Sites to Include Daly City & East Palo Alto

The County of San Mateo is expanding the number of COVID-19 testing sites operated by Verily to include locations in East Palo Alto and Daly City on a rotating schedule. Verily will continue to operate its San Mateo County Event Center site on Mondays and Tuesdays, while adding the old Serramonte High School campus in Daly City on Wednesdays and Thursdays and the YMCA in East Palo Alto on Fridays and Saturdays. 

The new sites and schedule will begin operating on Monday, May 18. Testing is free and available without restriction to anyone, though an appointment is required in advance. 

To make an appointment, residents can visit Project Baseline’s website at https://bit.ly/2xk73OL. |
After being tested, residents will receive results and other information by email. San Mateo County Health will reach out to residents who test positive. The expanding of testing sites is part of the County’s strategy to bring more resources to more locations. The new sites, in the northern and southern parts of the county, will make it easier for residents to access free testing. 

The County is also planning to add a location on the Coastside. “We want everyone in San Mateo County who wants a COVID-19 test to be able to get one,” said County Manager Mike Callagy. “Testing is key to understanding the spread of the disease and to further opening our economy. We want to make sure that there are no barriers, including geography, that might prevent someone from seeking a test.” 

To meet State guidelines, San Mateo County needs to administer about 1,200 tests per day, through hospitals, private testing companies, and the free program available through Verily. 

The County can help residents who lack transportation to a test site. After being screened at the Project Baseline website and receiving an appointment time, individuals with no other means to reach the testing site can call (650) 779-9375 Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM to arrange free transportation. 

TESTING LOCATIONS & SCHEDULE 
Mondays & Tuesdays – San Mateo San Mateo County Event Center 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 
Wednesdays & Thursdays – Daly City Serramonte High School 699 Serramonte Boulevard, Daly City 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 
Fridays and Saturdays – East Palo Alto Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA 550 Bell Street, East Palo Alto 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Sundays Testing locations closed

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San Mateo County TESTING and Contact Tracing.

By Michael G, Stogner

Testing and Contact Tracing should be and should have been the Number One Priority of San Mateo County Supervisors.

When will San Mateo County have Testing for All Residents like L.A. County just announced?

Saving Lives, Shelter in Place, No Cure, No Treatment, No Vaccine, Critical Shortages of all PPE, are all important topics, none are more important than Testing and Contact Tracing.

San Mateo County has 771,000 residents, Since January 1, 2020 when BlueDot Inc. first warned of the Virus a total of 13,004 Residents have been tested. That’s 4 months to test 13,004. SMC has No Idea how many residents are infected as of today, How could they?

State officials said they are testing more than 20,000 people a day — a third of the minimal daily tests needed to reopen. The State of California has 40,000,000 residents. You do the math

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday that all county residents can now get free coronavirus testing at city-run sites. Until now, only residents with symptoms, as well as essential workers and those in institutional settings such as nursing homes, could be tested.

Stay at Home, Save Lives until Testing and Contact Tracing comes to San Mateo County.

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San Mateo County Parks Open Again, Why?

By Michael G. Stogner

Remember these Parks must be within 10 miles from your residence. Only 13,004 San Mateo County Residents have been tested for COVID-19 out of approximately 771,000. The State of California is testing 20, 000 residents per day out of 40,000,000. You do the Math.

Parks director Nicholas Calderon said the county — which closed 23 of its parks on March 27 in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 — is “eager to welcome visitors back” so they can “experience the physical and mental health benefits of being outdoors and on the trails.”

Why doesn’t San Mateo County focus on TESTING & Contact Tracing first?

Trails will reopen in 13 parks Monday, according to the San Mateo County Parks Department.

Certain restrictions, however, will still be in effect. Visitors will have to carry face coverings, maintain a buffer of six feet, avoid mingling with people they don’t live with, and hike single file on narrow paths.

“During this time, it’s critical that park users follow the new rules developed to prevent overcrowding, discourage gatherings and that support social distancing,” he said in a statement Tuesday. “Let’s work together to ensure that parks are safe environments for everyone.”

The announcement applies to the following trails and parks:

Edgewood Park, Huddart Park, Junipero Serra Park, Memorial Park, Mirada Surf West, Pescadero Creek Park, Pillar Point Bluff, Quarry Park, Ralston Bike Trail, Sam McDonald Park, San Bruno Mountain Park, San Pedro Valley Park, Wunderlich Park, The Crystal Springs Regional Trail also will reopen to foot traffic, and the Bay Trail will be accessible through the Coyote Point Recreation Area, though the surrounding park will remain off-limits.

All those areas will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Visitors, however, shouldn’t expect business as usual. Common areas such as campgrounds, playgrounds and picnic areas will remain closed — as will some parking lots and restrooms. More detailed information on what is open at each particular park is available at the Parks Department website.

Conditions are a little different in San Mateo County, where coronavirus restrictions state residents are not allowed to travel more than 10 miles from their homes for outdoor recreation.

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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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San Mateo County District Attorney is Prosecuting Shelter in Place Violations.

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has confirmed that his office has filed 3 cases of Shelter in Place Violations a Health and Safety Code section 120175 and that is a misdemeanor.

“We have had three cases submitted to our office by law enforcement in this county so far and we filed all three misdemeanor cases.  There may be additional misdemeanor citations issued by law enforcement but the citations and police reports have not been submitted to my office yet.  The reason is that the persons cited are not arrested and taken into custody; they are issued the misdemeanor citation with a court appearance date usually about 8 weeks off. The police agency may not send the police report over to us for several weeks.” 

San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow’s Order has a 5 Mile Restriction from your residence, and Face covering requirement. Fine can be $1,000 plus jail. Law Enforcement have License Plate readers so not very hard to determine if your car is more than 5 miles from your residence. Some people have informed the Sheriff’s Office that they are ok with the fine. They are missing the point, their behavior could cause others to get sick.

Remember there is no cure, no vaccine, Stay Home, Save Lives.

Every Law Enforcement Agency in San Mateo County should be enforcing this Public Health Order. This is not the same as a parking ticket. Ask yourself is it worth $1,000 per adult to go to the beach?

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San Mateo County has 39 COVID-19 Deaths not 28.

By Michael G. Stogner

How is that possible? That is 11 deaths since this mornings update.

Who is providing the Death numbers shouldn’t it be the Coroners Office?

Louise Rogers Chief of Health just reported to the Board of Supervisors that San Mateo County has 39 Deaths related to COVID-19. The Health Department Data base shows 28 as of 8:00 AM this morning.

She said of the Deaths 24 White, 10 Asian, 3 Hispanic, 1 Black I didn’t catch the last one.

I’ll update when the County puts the video on the website.

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San Mateo County COVID-19 Testing at Event Center. Open for Business.

By Michael G. Stogner

The State of California provides the testing at San Mateo County Event Center.

San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy

San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy wants the State to loosen the requirements/standards that are currently in place to allow more people to be tested. That is a very good idea.

San Mateo County is providing transportation for those in need.

Regarding Transportation Callagy said “We now have 3 special vehicles so we can pick folks up who can’t drive and take them to be tested if they don’t have transportation… we can service north, south and the coast.”

In order to be tested go online an get an appointment if you qualify.

Verily for Appoint

Transportation number 650-779-9375

Remember there is no cure, no vaccine for COVID-19 Stay at Home.

Best of Health

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