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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 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)

(650) 814-3103 (m)

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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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

San Mateo County Health Website

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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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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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