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San Mateo County Beaches Closed 4th of July. Gov. Newsom closes Parking Lots.

By Michael G. Stogner

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Governor Gavin Newsom announced this morning that all Parking facilities at state beaches on the San Mateo County Coastline will be closed for the July 4 weekend. Local leaders are expected to close all SMC beaches and Gov. Newsom has stated he will close state beaches in Counties closing local beaches.

No Parking equals No Beaches

If you don’t live on the coast Stay Away, Stay Home, Protect the residents that do.

If you see Brent Turner make sure you tell him Thank You. A perfect example of one single person can make a difference.

Same goes for Pacifica Mayor Deidre Martin a true elected Leader.

From County Manager Mike Callagy to me this AM. “So like Dr. Scott Morrow has said, assume everyone you come in contact with and everything you touch outside your home is infected and use the precautions listed to prevent yourself from becoming ill.

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San Mateo County Prosecutor COVID-19 Positive.

By Michael G. Stogner

As we all know by now, Anybody can get COVID-19, There is No Cure, No Vaccine.

San Mateo County Courthouses should be CLOSED. This is not the first time we have said this. Tempetures should be taken outside before people are allowed in. Currently they are NOT, Why? 

June 19, 2020 A San Mateo County Prosecutor tested Positive for COVID-19 and she notified San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. According to an article by Aldo Toledo of Bay Area News Group Five days later June 24, 2020 Steve Wagstaffe got around to informing a few people who were exposed.

In response to my question this morning , When did you notify the Sheriff’s Office? D.A. Wagstaffe said “I believe the court, defense attorneys and SO formally learned of the positive result for my staff member two days after we learned of it.  When we learned of the positive result two days earlier, we immediately notified County Health who did the contact tracing process to notify anyone who might have been exposed.”

Were all the potential Jurors informed?

Were all the people who entered the 400 County Center Building June 15-19 notified?

June 16, 2020 the Prosecutor and 15-20 people were in a courtroom for a Preliminary Hearing. Think about who is in a Courtroom, The Judge, Clerk, Court Reporter, Sheriff Deputy Bailiff, Prosecutors, Attorneys for the Defense, Witnesses etc. The Prosecutor moves around the Courtroom and the 400 County Center Building like a butterfly. She also left the courtroom to attend another case in a different courtroom with a new set of people to expose. To get to the other courtroom she passed all the people (Hundreds) in the hall who were there for Jury Selection. She would have also gone to her office before court started where 180 co-workers are based.

Attorney Charles Smith who was one of the many people exposed in that courtroom with the prosecutor that day was informed 5 days after she informed Steve Wagstaffe.

Charles Smith “There is too much secrecy in San Mateo County.” “That’s an issue obviously, considering a lot of us are risking our health going into the Courthouse.”

Everyone who enters the 400 County Center Building is Risking their Health. What is the percentage of air that is recirculating?

 

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Pandemic, Stay Home 4th of July.

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County Beaches are like a Magnet, Now is not the time to enjoy them.Protect the residents from Pacifica to Pescadero. Tell everyone to stay home.

Stay Home, Wear a Mask, Protect All County Health Officers, Doctors, Nurses, Medical Staff, Firefighters, Police Officers, Store Clerks. The time to open up is when they say they feel safe and have all the PPE to do their jobs safely. SMC has never been there yet.

San Mateo County has a chance to show the WORLD they know what the word Pandemic means. Show the World that you take your Health and their Health threat seriously. You can’t blame other Countries for considering the Banning of Americans to travel, Who in their right mind would let us in.

pan·dem·ic
/panˈdemik/
adjective
  1. (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.

Political Interest have never been the same as Medical Interest. YOU are responsible for your Health and those you Love and Respect.

San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow is the one and only person I recommend you seek medical PANDEMIC advice from.

Here are some comments from Healt Officials from LATIMES article today.

“Every single one of those county health officers faces an impossible set of circumstances,” said David Relman, a Stanford doctor.

“Our professionalism is being exploited.” nurses at one hospital have gone on strike to protest what they say is understaffing and a lack of protective gear.

It has left some medical experts to warn the state is not experiencing a second wave, but a failure to maintain the flattened curve of the first one.

If the spread isn’t stopped soon, they warn, it may become impossible.

“It could get to some point where there literally is just too much disease to manage,” Relman said.

“I’m not sure why everyone is so surprised that we’re surging again. It never went away, and we opened up” while mask wearing was being “politicized,” the physician said, calling it “very frustrating.”

“It leaves us feeling in like we’re not enough,” McIntosh said. “I feel like this is all setting us up to fail.”

San Mateo County Residents show the world that you are Serious Citizens.

Stay Home, Wear Masks.

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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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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 COVID-19 Tests Given 5,919.

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County Government has finally answered the question of how many people in the entire County have been tested. This is a very important number because there are about 766,500 residents.

Positive Cases are 644, Negative Results 5,182, Pending Results 93, This information is as of April 8, 2020

There are 21 Deaths reported to date which is 3.25% Fatality rate.

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San Mateo County Residents Cover your Face.

By Michael G. Stogner

For Immediate Release
New Bay Area Public Health Recommendation to Cover the Face

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Bay Area health officials are recommending residents cover their nose and mouth with cloth when leaving home for essential travel such as doctor appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits.

The regional recommendation aligns with new guidance from the California Department of Public Health.

The face coverings do not have to be hospital grade but need to cover the nose and mouth. For example, bandanas, fabric masks and neck gaiters are acceptable. Fabric covers and bandanas can be washed and used again.

Health officials do not recommend that the public use medical masks (N-95 or surgical masks), which are in limited supply and must be preserved for our health care workers and first responders.

Up until now, local officials have not recommended the large-scale use of face coverings, but circumstances have changed.

Covering the nose and mouth with cloth also may be beneficial as a reminder to keep physical distancing. Health officials continue to stress that staying home, frequent hand

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

April 2, 2020

Cloth face coverings, when combined with physical distancing and hand washing, may prevent transmission of coronavirus to others when leaving the house for essential activities.

Medical masks should be preserved for health care workers and first responders

“In addition to shelter-in-place and social distancing requirements, wearing a mask in public is an important tool to stop the community spread of this disease,” says Scott Morrow, MD, San Mateo County health officer. “People with no or mild symptoms may have coronavirus and not know it. Wearing face coverings helps protect others from exposure.”

washing and physical distancing are the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Acceptable face coverings can be made of a variety of cloth materials, be factory-made or hand-sewn, or can be improvised using bandanas, scarves, t-shirts, sweatshirts or towels.

Face coverings should be washed frequently with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. Ideally, wash your face covering after each use, and have a dedicated laundry bag or bin.

Make sure the covering is comfortable – you don’t want to have to keep adjusting the mask, which means touching your face. Always wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, before AND after touching your face or face coverings.

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