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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 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 here.

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 here.

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 here. Read the full order here.

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 here. You can read the full order here.

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 here. 

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 here.

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 here.

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

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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