Sept. 15, 2020
Redwood City –
 The County of San Mateo continues to work to protect public health and safety in response to the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.

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 will provide status reports every Tuesday and Thursday until further notice. Today’s report:

Staff from the County's Office of Community Affairs ready to head off in the Mask Mobile to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
Look for the Mask Mobile coming to a neighborhood near you.
Spot the Mask Mobile? Be sure to post a photo to social media and share the hashtag #MaskUpSMC

The Mask Mobile Coming to a Neighborhood Near Your
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors welcomed the Mask Mobile today to San Mateo County. The van, colorfully wrapped with mask graphics and dubbed the  “Come Together San Mateo County Community Crew,” is the work of the Office of Community Affairs which, on behalf of the County, will make the rounds to various cities on the Peninsula, sharing COVID-19 resources in multiple languages and distributing face coverings and cleaning supplies while supplies last.

To find a location near you, follow the Office of Community Affairs’ Twitter account @SMC_CommAffairs. Keep a look out for the van and post your photos to social media using #MaskUpSMC.

County Releases Updated Pandemic Recovery Framework to Guide School Reopening
The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE), San Mateo County Health, and the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities released today an updated version of the Pandemic Recovery Framework (PRF). The PRF provides school leaders with health, education, and legal guidance needed to guide their plans to reopen for in-person instruction and reflects the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Read entire news release and for more information on the Pandemic Recovery Framework as well as related resources, visit the SMCOE website.

Experts Discuss Safety and Importance of Voting and Census on Sept. 24
Worried about the election? Wondering how the census count will impact our representation and local funding? Anxious about voting during a pandemic? You’re not alone. Join a panel of experts who will walk you through what you need to know about Census 2020 and the November election on Sept. 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Election 2020 – County and Be Counted: The Safety and Importance of Voting and Census in the Era of COVID-19 features panelists Emma Gonzalez, Director for San Mateo County Manager's Office of Community Affairs, Julia Marks Staff Attorney for Voting Rights and Census, Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Asian Law Caucus (AAAJ-ALC), and Miriam Yupanqui, Executive Director, Nuestra Casa. The panel will be moderated by Petra Silton, Director of Advocacy and Education, Thrive Alliance

Register at https://SMCL.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kdbZTC1WS8-Q_TrFf5ixEw

Charla Informativa con Yosimar Reyes: El Impacto del COVID-19 en Nuestra Comunidad y la Importancia del Censo 2020
Bay Area poet, author, and activist Yosimar Reyes will join San Mateo County's Sheriff's CARON Program and the Office of Community Affairs on a livestream event on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 3 to 4 p.m. via Facebook Live @CountyofSan Mateo.

This Spanish-language discussion will include San Mateo County Health's Gabriela Valencia, Family Nurse Practitioner at the Fair Oaks Health Clinic and Yolanda Ramirez, Office of Consumer and Family Affairs, BHRS. Speakers will share information on community resources available to all and encourage Census 2020 participation, along with providing a breakdown of COVID-19 in order to dispel myths, promote good health and social distancing practices, and identify where to get COVID-19 testing. This interactive community discussion will include a Q&A portion with the panelists.

Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/241084830618873

COVID-19 Testing Resources Available; Just Added Saturday Testing Sept.19
San Mateo County’s no-cost COVID-19 testing is available without restriction to anyone. It is advisable to schedule an appointment at least 72 hours in advance with Verily/Project Baseline, San Mateo County’s testing provider at https://bit.ly/2xk73OL

Because some testing dates were canceled last week due to unhealthy air quality, testing will be available Saturday, Sept. 19 at the San Mateo County Event Center.

If you don’t have access to the internet, there may be a volunteer on site who can assist you. The following locations are open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Daly City: Sept. 16
Jefferson Union High School District Office
699 Serramonte Boulevard

East Palo Alto: Sept. 17 & 18
2160 Euclid Avenue

San Mateo: Sept. 19
San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive

Additional Testing Opportunities: Stanford Medicine offers testing options for both Stanford patients and the public. First responders and essential workers will be given priority for testing and results delivery, regardless whether the individual is a Stanford patient. Visit Stanford Medicine's page for more information.

Important Note: If you have any form of health insurance, your first stop for testing should be your primary care physician or local medical clinic. This is the best way to get follow-up care right away, and you may also get your results faster.

San Mateo County COVID-19 Case Count; County Continues to Review Data
Data may be incomplete: In early August, it was discovered that there was a reporting issue with the State’s system that affected all counties. While the State believes this issue was resolved, we continue to validate our data.

San Mateo County Health has updated the number of positive cases to 9,242 as of Sept. 14, 2020.

County Health provides detailed information on cases by age group and date and deaths by age group. Learn more at https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus

Call Center
Residents with non-medical, non-emergency questions about the coronavirus can call 211 or 800-273-6222 at any time, day or night. Callers from landlines and cellular telephones located within San Mateo County are connected with a trained service professional from 211, a confidential service available in 180 languages.