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SMC Residents, Dr. Scott Morrow says Please Read This.

By Michael G. Stogner

This is why I recommend you take a few moments to get up to speed on what this really means. fine, imprisonment, or both, I’m curious how many residents have taken the time to read this Order from Scott Morrow MD, MPH Health Officer of the County of San Mateo.

Please read this order carefully, Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, Imprisonment, or both. California Health and Safety Code & 120295, et seq.:Cal Penal Code 69, 148(a)(1).

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.

Dr. Scott Morrow’s March 31, 2020 Order

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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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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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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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