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This Week in San Mateo County Health
Week of August 15, 2022


The current risk of getting monkeypox in the general public is very low. Monkeypox spreads primarily through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids, including during sex, as well as activities like kissing, hugging, massaging, and cuddling. While monkeypox can infect anyone, many of the recent cases in 2022 have occurred among persons self-identifying as men who have sex with men (MSM).

Guidance on monkeypox, current case rates, and vaccine information is available here. San Mateo County residents who meet eligibility guidelines for highest risk for monkeypox may sign up to be notified about vaccination opportunities using the vaccination request form

If you have questions about monkeypox, send an email to

Back to School Preparation

Protect your student from COVID-19, by making sure your student is up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. For additional information about how schools are preparing for the school year visit the CA COVID-19 School Readiness Hub.

CDC Community Level High/Red

San Mateo County is still in the High/Red COVID-19 Community Level category. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calculates a county’s case rate, the region’s new COVID-19 hospital admissions, and the percentage of in-patient beds in use by COVID-19 patients to determine the COVID-19 Community Level. The CDC’s community level category is driven by increasing hospitalizations in San Mateo and San Francisco counties and demand on local health care systems. 

As San Mateo County remains in the higher-risk category, the CDC recommends that residents wear a mask indoors in public and on public transportation, stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, get tested if symptomatic, and connect with a doctor or Test-to-Treat offering if infected. Those at high risk for severe illness should consider taking additional precautions (such as avoiding crowded indoor activities with poor ventilation).

See COVID-19 prevention strategies here.

COVID-19 Testing & Test-to-Treat

Rapid antigen and PCR testing, as well as Test-to-Treat programs, are widely available in San Mateo County. Get more information here.