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Oct 26

Free COVID-19 testing available for children

Posted to Menlo Park COVID-19 Updates by Clay Curtin

Free children's COVID-19 testing is now available at the San Mateo County Event Center. Testing is open by appointment to all families that live in San Mateo County with children ages 5 and older. Appointments for the drive-thru testing at the San Mateo County Event Center are available weekdays from 1 to 8 p.m.

The County of San Mateo is offering a simple-to-use oral mouth swab test that is self-administered for children and families in partnership with Curative Inc., a rapid diagnostics firm based in Southern California. Curative has the capacity to test over 500 individuals each day at the Event Center with results available typically within 48 hours. Register your child for testing through the Curative testing website. 

Frequently asked questions
  1. Do children or family members need to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have concerns about a possible exposure to the virus? No. All San Mateo County residents with children ages 5 and older are eligible for no-cost testing.
  2. Can patients eat or drink before taking the test? Patients cannot eat or drink in the 20 minutes leading up to their test. 
  3. Is this test authorized by the Food and Drug Administration? Yes, Curative’s test is authorized under the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
  4. If a minor tests positive, how is the family notified? The parent or guardian will be notified by text or email by Curative and will also be contacted by San Mateo County Health staff.
  5. If a minor tests negative, how is the family notified? The parent or guardian will be notified by text message or email.
  6. What are the test procedures? A trained observer watches to make sure the patient performs a thorough test. They are ready to intervene if any of the following steps are missed or performed inadequately.
The testing procedure involves
  • Coughing deeply 3-5 times
  • Swabbing for 20 seconds: Inside of each cheek, upper and lower gums, underneath and top of tongue and roof of mouth
  • Making sure the swab has not been touched, dropped or contaminated in any way
  • Tightly securing the cap on the tube with the swab tip is facing downward in the liquid
  • Securely sealing the return bag so the tube doesn’t fall out
For more frequently asked questions, view the San Mateo County press release

Adults aged 18 and over can schedule a free COVID-19 test through Project Baseline, Tuesdays through Saturdays, at the San Mateo County Event Center. To see testing availability and make an appointment, visit the Project Baseline website. 

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Oct 21

For school staff, parents and children: more SRTS fun available online!

Posted to Menlo Park Transportation News by Lisa Atwood

More resources are available online for the Menlo Park Safe Routes to School partners. Check out the Menlo Park SRTS Educational Materials and Resources.

The folder includes: 
  • Menlo Park SRTS Annual Report 2019-2020 and School Summaries
  • Task Force meetings presentations and minutes
  • Menlo Park SRTS Pedestrian Curriculum (6 lessons on traffic safety, vocabulary, etc.)
  • Menlo Park SRTS Activity Book (safety tips, quiz and games on bicycle and pedestrian safety)
  • A list of videos and online resources on bicycle and pedestrian safety, benefits of active transportation
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Oct 26

Peninsula Clean Energy offers rebates for first-time electric vehicle buyers

Posted to Menlo Park Updates by Clay Curtin

Drive electric and save! Peninsula Clean Energy is providing first-time EV buyers in San Mateo County a rebate on the purchase of a new electric car, now through December 31, 2020. 

Why make the switch? Electric vehicles generally cost about half as much to run, have lower maintenance costs, and emit 25x less emissions than gasoline powered cars! Are you still not sure? Peninsula Clean Energy is also providing residents the opportunity to experience driving an EV with a $200 rebate toward the rental of an EV and assistance in setting up at-home or at-dealership test drives.

If you live in San Mateo County and purchase your first EV, Peninsula Clean Energy will offer you a $700 rebate for new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles or a $1,000 rebate for new all-battery electric vehicles. This rebate is only available for eligible EVs purchased from October 1st through December 31st.

After you have purchased your new EV, apply online for your rebate. Once your application is approved, you should receive your check within 10-15 days.

Not buying a new EV but interested in a used EV? For income-qualified residents, Peninsula Clean Energy is offering rebates on used electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Learn more at the Peninsula Clean Energy EV Rebates website.

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