March 16, 2020 Health Officer Statements
Please read or reread my statements below from 3/10/20, 3/5/20, and 2/27/20 to get a better understanding of where we find ourselves today. Over the last few days, I’ve instituted a number of aggressive measures to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I have done so because time is of the essence and the types of measures implemented matter. I have implemented these measures to prevent the collapse of our healthcare system and to reduce death of our loved ones from COVID-19.
It is now time to do your part. This means I’m recommending you shelter in place at your homes, leaving them only for essential work, medical care (preferably access medical care through phone or online services), groceries and pharmacy. These are measures that have been implemented in other countries and will have an effect of slowing down this virus.
I deeply understand the hardships and frustrations these measures place on you and your families. These measures will be temporary, but they may be in place longer than you would like. What I need for you to do now is follow my recommendations, advice and orders, unite as a community, come to each other’s aid, and let kindness, compassion, and gratitude guide your actions.
Scott Morrow, MD, MPH
San Mateo County Health Officer
March 16, 2020