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Menlo Park City News

Posted on: July 30, 2020

San Mateo County added to State’s COVID-19 monitoring list

The County of San Mateo has been added to the state’s monitoring list, due to an increase in the rate of COVID-19 cases in the county. If the county exceeds the state’s case rate threshold for three consecutive days, certain industries and activities will be required to cease operations unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.

During the next three days, as long as it remains on the list, the county will be involved in active engagement with the state while the case rate is closely monitored. The county’s case rate today, based on a 14-day rolling average, is 110.4 positive cases per 100,000 of population. The state’s threshold for inclusion on the monitoring list is a case rate of 100. San Mateo County Health continues to partner closely with hospitals about their capacity and surge plans.

The three-day clock begins today, which means additional restrictions would take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. County officials believe that the local case rate will not decrease by Saturday and urge businesses and the community to prepare now for the additional restrictions.

According to state guidelines, the following industries or activities must shut down, unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up:

  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals
  • Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
  • Personal care services, like nail salons and body waxing
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Shopping malls

Shops that offer tattoos, piercings, and electrolysis may not be operated outdoors and must close. The state has provided guidance for personal care services to operate outside

On July 17, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that schools in counties on the monitoring list will not be allowed to hold in-class instruction. However, elementary school districts may request a waiver of this prohibition from the health officer.   Counties must remain off the list for 14 consecutive days before schools (absent a waiver) can reopen for in-person learning. 

The state has not offered guidelines for when restrictions might be lifted. Additional information from the state is available on the statewide COVID-19 website.

As of Wednesday, July 29, San Mateo County Health reported 5,039 COVID-19 cases and Menlo Park has experienced over 208 cases. The County’s rolling seven-day positivity rate stands at 3.8 percent, below the state average of 7.5 percent. COVID-19 case data are available on the San Mateo County Health dashboard.

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