Mar 01

SamTrans offers free rides to COVID-19 vaccination appointments

Posted on March 1, 2021 at 7:08 pm by Clay Curtin

SamTrans is now offering free bus rides on existing service to COVID-19 vaccination sites for people living or working within San Mateo County. For people interested in the free bus ride, passengers going to a vaccination site must let the bus operator know as soon as they board the bus and show proof of the vaccine appointment or a vaccination card. Fares to vaccination sites are waived until further notice.

Redi-Wheels and Redi-Coast paratransit services will also offer eligible participants free rides to and from vaccination sites. Riders need to indicate while booking their reservation that the trip is for the purpose of a COVID-19 vaccination. Staff will then alert the driver that the rider is not required to pay the fare.

All of SamTrans' buses are accessible, and many persons with disabilities are able to use the regular fixed-route bus service. However, if you are unable to use fixed-route transit for some or all of your trips, you may be eligible for paratransit. If you are unsure, call SamTrans at 650-508-6241. Reservations are available with the paratransit program for certified customers. Riders may call to reserve a trip from one to seven days in advance and any cancellations must be made at least two hours before your scheduled pickup time.

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Feb 22

Grant applications open for struggling brick-and-mortar food and beverage businesses

Posted on February 22, 2021 at 6:22 pm by Clay Curtin

San Mateo County restaurants, breweries and wineries that meet eligibility requirements may apply for emergency relief grants starting Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Qualifying businesses are eligible for grants of up to $10,000 to help pay employees and rent as well as health and safety modifications and other needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Restaurant, Brewery and Winery Relief Program online portal includes detailed information regarding eligibility, requirements and responsibilities in English, Spanish, Chinese and Tagalog. The portal will remain open for two weeks and business owners may apply at any point between before Noon, Monday, March 8. 

After all the submitted applications are reviewed, grants will be awarded based on a lottery system with funding allocated to cities based on population. Need help or have a question? Email the program administrators.

The fund was created after the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors pledged $1 million in seed money, matching a $1 million donation from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. San Mateo Strong funds are also available as well as additional donations from businesses, foundations and community members. 

The San Mateo Country Strong Fund involves a partnership among the County and numerous community-based organizations to provide targeted financial relief for individuals and sectors of the economy hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb 16

Local COVID-19 testing and new site at College of San Mateo

Posted on February 16, 2021 at 3:43 pm by Clay Curtin

Testing for COVID-19 is now widely available, including at weekly and biweekly sites in Menlo Park and a newly opened, dedicated site at the College of San Mateo (CSM), for everyone who lives or works in San Mateo County.

This drive-thru testing site for adults and children now operates Sundays through Thursdays from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. at the College of San Mateo in a parking lot across from 3401 CSM Drive in San Mateo.

The move to CSM from the San Mateo County Event Center is intended to free up the Event Center for mass vaccination events. “The College of San Mateo is centrally located for the entire county and provides us with the space we need to provide much-needed COVID testing,” said San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy. “Testing continues to play a vital role in detecting infections early and controlling the spread of this virus.”

County-sponsored testing is being held in partnership with Logistics Health, Inc. (LHI), a subsidiary of OptumServe. To make an appointment, visit the Logistics Health testing webpage. Those who do not have internet access or require assistance with registration can call the LHI call center at 888-634-1123 to make an appointment. 

San Mateo County also offers no-cost testing in neighborhoods throughout the county, including Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks. Check out San Mateo County COVID-19 testing website to schedule an appointment at a testing site near you.

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