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July 2, 2020: With COVID-19 spreading rapidly in many Bay Area neighborhoods, health officials across the region urge residents to protect themselves and the community by celebrating from home this holiday weekend. 07-02-2020 Press Release

June 17, 2020: With the completion of the variance process with the State of California, San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued a new order to align the county with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Resilience Roadmap. Read the press release. (Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Tongan, Russian
Read the full order.

June 12, 2020: The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors today voted to ask the state for permission to re-open large sectors of the local economy, including dine-in restaurants, hair salons and gyms. Read the press release.

June 4, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow today revised the shelter in place order to allow outdoor dining and charter boat operations with safety measures and other restrictions to ensure social distancing. It also amends the guidelines for funerals. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Read the press release. Read the full order.

May 29, 2020: New San Mateo County Shelter in Place Order Allows Places of Worship, In-Store Retail to Operate with Restrictions. Read the press release. Read the full order.

May 13, 2020: Health Officer Plans to Align San Mateo County with State’s Early Phase 2. Read the press release.

May 7, 2020:  Bay Area Health Orders Remain in Effect. Changes to current local health orders — like allowing non-essential businesses to offer curbside pickup — will be evaluated at the local and regional level. Local jurisdictions continue to work on responsible reopening plans that maintain progress in the fight against coronavirus. Read the press release.

May 4, 2020: Older residents at high risk from COVID-19 can receive three nutritious meals per day delivered to their home from restaurants and other food providers across San Mateo County, helping them stay home and stay healthy.  The program also provides an avenue for local food services and providers to continue operations and maintain their employees, softening the losses felt by the COVID crisis. Read the press release.

April 29, 2020: The seven Bay Area Public Health Officers who ordered a shelter in place in mid-March will extend the orders through May 31 while some restrictions are eased and tools to strengthen containment of COVID-19 are put into place. Read the press release. Read the full order.

April 27, 2020: Later this week, the Public Health Officers of the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley will issue revised shelter-in-place orders that largely keep the current restrictions in place and extend them through May. Read the press release.

April 21, 2020: In an effort to proactively coordinate care for residents during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, San Mateo County Health and key partners in our local healthcare sector announce the designation of three Skilled Nursing Facilities as Centers of Excellence. Read the press release.

April 17, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued a new order requiring members of the public and workers at essential businesses to wear face coverings outside the home for certain activities and in places of business. Read the press release. Read the full order.

April 15, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued a new order requiring residential care facilities to screen residents and staff for fever and signs of respiratory illness, to take reasonable steps to acquire personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff, and to alert San Mateo County Health within one hour of learning that a resident or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Read the press release. Read the full order.

April 6, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued new orders requiring persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 to isolate themselves and for the close contacts of persons who have tested positive to remain in quarantine for 14 days. Read the press release. Read the full order #1. Read appendix to order #1. Read the full order #2. Read appendix to order #2.

April 2, 2020: New Bay Area Public Health Recommendation to Cover the Face: 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. Read the press release.

March 31, 2020: Bay Area Health Officers issue updated stay-at-home order with new restrictions to last through May 3. Read the press release. Read the full order.

March 30, 2020: The County of San Mateo is preparing for a possible projected surge in COVID-19 positive patients at area hospitals by welcoming federal and state partners who are bringing critical supplies to the San Mateo Event Center.  Read the press release.

March 27, 2020: Be Alert for Scams During the COVID-19 Emergency. San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen M. Wagstaffe today advised San Mateo County residents and businesses to be alert for scams related to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.  Read the press release.

March 27, 2020: The County of San Mateo’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Joint Information Center provides timely status reports on the County’s COVID-19 response. Read the latest update.

March 27, 2020: San Mateo County Parks will close all parks at 6 p.m. today, Friday, March 27, to slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. County parks will remain closed until further notice. Read the press release.

March 26, 2020: American Red Cross reports that they have experienced 250,000 fewer blood donations nationally since the onset of coronavirus — but the need for it continues. If you are feeling healthy and well, and feel a call to assist your community, please consider donating blood by making an appointment using the Red Cross Blood Donor App found in your app store, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

March 25, 2020:  San Mateo County Parks, State Parks and Coastside Cities Announce Steps to Reduce Crowds. Read the press release.

March 24, 2020: The County of San Mateo’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains open to coordinate countywide response and communications in response to the situation. The EOC’s Joint Information Center provides daily status reports Monday through Friday until further notice. Read the update.

March 24, 2020: Seven Bay Area jurisdictions are taking a unified, regional step to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read the press release. Read the full order.

March 16, 2020: Seven health officers within six Bay Area counties, including San Mateo County, are taking a bold, unified step to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and preserve critical health care capacity across the region. Read the press release. You can read the full order.

March 14, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued an update regarding the legal order prohibiting mass gatherings. Public and private gatherings of groups of 50 or more persons are now prohibited in San Mateo County. Read the press release.

March 13, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued a School Operations Modification Order that will take effect on Monday, March 16, 2020, and remain in force through Friday, April 3, 2020, unless amended by the County or State health officer.  Read the press release.

March 12, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has a issued a legal order prohibiting mass gatherings of 250 or more persons. Effective at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020, the order applies to public and private gatherings and includes exceptions for houses of worship, museums, malls, hospital and medical facilities, and the normal operations of hotels and airports. Read the press release.

March 12, 2020: County Health issued preliminary guidance for Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly. Read the guidance.

March 11, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has a issued a legal order barring unauthorized visitors and non-essential personnel from licensed skilled nursing facilities in the county.

March 10, 2020: The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors today voted to ratify a declaration of a local health emergency and a proclamation of a local emergency in response to COVID-19. The emergencies will last 30 days, when the Board will consider whether each action needs to be extended.

March 9, 2020: The County has issued a price gouging alert, reminding the public it is illegal to sell items such as consumer food items or goods, and emergency or medical supplies, during a state of emergency or local emergency, for a price that is more than 10% greater than the price charged by the seller of those goods or services immediately before the proclamation or emergency declaration. Reports can be made at the District Attorney’s Office at 650-363-4403 or on the District Attorney’s website.

March 2, 2020: San Mateo County Health’s Communicable Disease Control Program is reporting that a resident of San Mateo County is presumptive positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The case is pending confirmatory testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

February 27, 2020: The CDC has transferred one positive case of a repatriated patient to San Mateo County. We will not be releasing any further details at this time.

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