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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

County of San Mateo

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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San Mateo County Shelter in Place till May 3, 2020

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy

Update: Louise Rogers Chief of Health stated 534 Tests Total in SMC through March 30, 2020.

According to the SMDJ article this morning wrote “The regional stay-at-home mandate will remain in place until at least May, said officials working diligently to ready San Mateo County for an expected surge in coronavirus cases.” It didn’t identify which SMC Government Officials made that order. I’ve asked County Manager Mike Callagy if it was him, or Dr. Scott Morrow?

Mike Callagy’s response “The orders come from the Health Officers in the Bay Area.  7 of them have come together to develop new and modify the old orders.  Dr. Morrow is the Health Officer for San Mateo County.”

One of the main unanswered questions for San Mateo County residents is How many COVID-19 tests have been taken to date? This is an important question. How many people in San Mateo County who have symptoms and went to Hospitals or Urgent Care locations and were sent home because no tests were available?

How many TESTS are available for the PUBLIC in San Mateo County Today?

There are 309 confirmed cases in San Mateo County, with six deaths linked to the disease. Callagy said officials are still gathering testing data which will help model a local curve of potential exposure and infection. Currently, he said the testing sample size is too small to be considered representative of the county. Why?

Mike Callagy said the business relief fund formed to aid local companies suffering in the wake of the shelter-in-place mandate is seeking donations as well. This is what the Board of Supervise gave $3M of taxpayer money to last week of course it wasn’t called that on the Agenda.

Complete Stay in Place Order

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San Mateo County 4 Deaths in 1 Day. COVID-19

By Michael G. Stogner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: March 26, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 195 5 Deaths.

San Mateo County as of this morning reported 165 Cases with 5 Deaths. Up until today total cases were 161 with 1 Death. That’s 4 Deaths in one day.

That is a 3% Fatality Rate at this time.

You and only you are responsible for you Health and Safety.

Remember There is no cure, no vaccine and even if you test positive most likely you will be sent home.

Best of health to you

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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.

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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

Yahoo/Inbox

  • 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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San Mateo County Residents have been ordered to Stay in Place.

By. Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County is just one of Six Counties that have given this Stay in Place order. This is a legal order.

San Mateo County’s Stay in Place Order

For Immediate Release March 16, 2020

NEWS RELEASE

Seven Bay Area Jurisdictions Order Residents to Stay Home

COVID-19 spread reduces activity to only most essential needs.

Santa Clara, CA – Seven health officers within six Bay Area counties are taking a bold, unified step to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and preserve critical health care capacity across the region.

On March 16, the Public health officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties announced, with the City of Berkeley, a legal order directing their respective residents to shelter at home for three weeks beginning March 17. The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. The guidance comes after substantial input from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and best practices from other health officials around the world.

Scientific evidence shows social distancing is one of the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable disease. The shelter-at-home order follows new data of increasing local transmission of COVID-19, including 258 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 4 deaths shared by the seven jurisdictions, as of March 15. The Bay Area’s collected confirmed cases is more than half of California’s case count. This does not account for the rapidly increasing number of assumed cases of community transmission. As testing capacity increases, the number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases is expected to increase markedly.

“Temporarily changing our routine is absolutely necessary to slow the spread of this pandemic,”said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County Public Health Officer. “The Health Officers from the largest jurisdictions in the San Francisco Bay Area are united and we are taking this step together to offer the best protection to our respective communities.”

The order defines essential activities as necessary for the health and safety for individuals and their families. Essential businesses allowed to operate during the recommended action include health care operations; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; fresh and non- perishable food retailers (including convenience stores); pharmacies; child care facilities; gas stations; banks; laundry businesses and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence. In addition, health care, law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action. For the full list, please see section 10 of the order.

“While the goal is to limit groups congregating together in a way that could further spread thevirus, it is not complete social shutdown,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s Public Health Officer. “You can still complete your most essential outings or even engage in outdoor activity, so long as you avoid close contact.”

On January 30, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, and the United States followed the next day by declaring a federal public health emergency. On February 26, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed community transmission of COVID-19 in the San Francisco Bay Area, meaning the afflicted patient had no signs of associating with anyone who had been diagnosed with the virus. This collective legal order comes one day after Governor Gavin Newsom ordered older adults, age 65 and older, stay home.

“Limiting interpersonal interactions is a proven strategy to slow and reduce viral spread and protect the most vulnerable among us — individuals who are 60 years of age and older, people with chronic and underlying medical conditions, and people experiencing homelessness.” Dr.Erica Pan said, “Our counties share borders and many people live in one county and work in another. It’s absolutely critical for us to be aligned on COVID-19 mitigation efforts.”

For more information about COVID-19 activities in these areas, visit the Alameda, Contra Costa,Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Berkeley COVID-19 websites.

ALAMEDA

Neetu Balram
Public Information Manager
Alameda County Public Health Department 510-267-8001

CONTRA COSTA

Contra Costa County Joint Information Center (925)608-5463
DOC.PIO@cchealth.org

MARIN

Laine Hendricks
Public Information Officer (415)359-4508lhendricks@marincounty.org

County of Marin Joint Information Center (415) 473-3131 MarinOAEOCPIO@gmail.com

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County of San Mateo’s Joint Information Center 650-779-9939
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Public Information Officer (650) 779-9939SMC_JIC@smcgov.org

SAN FRANCISCO

Department of Emergency Management Joint Information Center
415 558-2712
dempress@sfgov.org

SANTA CLARA

County of Santa Clara Joint Information Center Media Line: (408) 808-7863pio@eoc.sccgov.org

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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:

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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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