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May 16, 2023 – Message from the Chief
Louise Rogers, chief, San Mateo County Health

Health Officer Updates Messages from the Chief

As we have now reached another milestone of the expiration on May 11th of the federal Public Health Emergency for COVID-19, many have asked about the significance. I’m sharing a link to the federal FAQ that answers many questions about what the expiration means and does not mean: Fact Sheet: End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

I’m also glad to share the link to the website that continues to reflect the San Mateo County and statewide data regarding cases, deaths, positivity and hospitalizations, County and Statewide Data, as well as vaccinations, Vaccination Data. The sewage surveillance data for our region may be found here: COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance.

In sum, the wastewater data that our public health team is monitoring suggest that the risk of getting infected by COVID remains moderate. The virus concentration levels have been lower than the recent winter peaks (November–January), but still higher than a year ago. While vaccinations continue to protect most from severe disease, there are between 20 and 30 people per day hospitalized with COVID, a reminder that COVID continues to be a health concern, especially for those at greatest risk. 

Going forward, I will send an update about COVID only if there is something of significant local concern to share. As we all refocus on many other community needs and priorities, we are thankful for the continued mindfulness of COVID risk in the community, particularly for vulnerable populations. Remaining up to date on COVID vaccinations is the most important way to help mitigate risk, and we are grateful for the influence you each bring to your personal and professional spheres to help mitigate risk to help everyone in San Mateo County live longer and better lives.

All together better,

Louise Rogers