Testing Remains Vital; Event, Gathering Guidance; Assistance Programs: Update on County Response to COVID-19

April 22, 2021
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 Thursday until further notice. Today’s report:

COVID-19 Testing Remains Vital
Testing the public for COVID-19 is vital on two fronts: it alerts public health officials to outbreaks – allowing infected patients to begin treatment and isolation sooner – and can help ease restrictions if case rates continue to fall.

“Testing has been decreasing … as the public loses interest and yet testing remains important to understand the prevalence of the virus and prevent the spread – so again we want to reinforce the message that safe, easy, no cost testing is still widely available throughout San Mateo County,” said Louise Rogers, chief of San Mateo County Health.

Locations and appointments are available on the County testing website: https://www.smcgov.org/testing

Move to Yellow Tier Possible May 4
San Mateo County remains in the second-most lenient category – orange – in the state’s four-tier color-coded blueprint for easing COVID-19-related restrictions.

The county could potentially move to the most lenient category – yellow – on May 4 if key metrics are met.

As of Monday, April 20, 2021, the county recorded 3.9 new COVID-19 cases per day per 100,000 of the population with an adjusted case rate (based on testing) of 2.0. The county also recorded a 0.9 percent positivity rate over seven days and a 1.4 percent positivity rate in neighborhoods most heavily impacted by the virus.

Learn about the CDPH monitoring and tier assignment metrics here.

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