Shelter-in-Place Order Extended through May 31
The seven Bay Area Public Health Officers who ordered a shelter in place in mid-March extended the orders through May 31 while some restrictions are eased and tools to strengthen containment of COVID-19 are put into place. Read the press release here. Read the full order here. Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions.
Due to the revised Order, City Hall and most City facilities will remain closed to the public; however, you may still contact City services remotely. For an update on Redwood City construction projects in compliance with the San Mateo County Health Officer's Order, go here. For the latest information on the City's response to coronavirus, read the latest edition of eNews here.
Thank you for your continued patience and help in flattening the curve by staying home!
The City of Redwood City encourages the community to stay informed and take precautions so that you can keep yourself and those around you healthy during this novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread of the virus. Stay informed to stay healthy.
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Good things to come in June!
On June 1, our bookdrops will be open at the Downtown Library. Learn more!
Summer 2020 Camps & Classes Update
Read our latest update on Summer Camps and Classes here!
Redwood City Supports Small Business Community with Donations to San Mateo County Strong Fund
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will match City $300,000 donation; total of $600,000 dedicated to small business support in Redwood City
Federal Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19
Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. Learn more by clicking here.
Check out https://www.coronavirus.gov/ for more information from the White House.
DOWNLOAD THE CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES FOR AMERICA:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for official Coronavirus (COVID-19) health information.
Visit FEMA for answers to coronavirus myths and rumors.
Information from the State Public Health Officer and Governor Newsom
California is issuing daily updates on COVID-19. To see the most recent update, visit the CDPH News Release page.
En Español: Para obtener información en español, visite nuestra página del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Governor Newsom Provides Update on California’s Progress Toward Stage 2 Reopening
On May 4, 2020 Governor Newsom issued a press release addressing the following:
- Governor issues Report Card on state’s progress in fighting COVID-19
- Governor’s Report Card indicates California will be prepared to move into the early phase of Stage 2 of reopening this Friday, May 8
- Stage 2 allows gradual reopening of lower-risk workplaces with adaptations including bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores, with modifications
- Governor also announces new framework to allow counties to move more quickly through Stage 2 if they attest that they meet the state’s readiness criteria
- State announces accelerated action to secure contact tracing capacity
The entire press release can be read by clicking here.
Governor Newsom Announces Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Workers who Contract COVID-19 During Stay at Home Order
On May 6, 2020 Governor Newsom issued a press release addressing the following:
- Benefit will be available for diagnosed workers working outside their homes
- Presumption will be workers contracted the virus at work; employers will have chance to rebut
- Governor also signed executive order waiving penalties on property taxes for residents and small businesses experiencing economic hardship based on COVID-19; order also extends deadline for filing property tax statements
The entire press release can be read by clicking here.
Statement from San Mateo County Health Officer
May 1, 2020: Older residents at high risk from COVID-19 can receive three nutritious meals per day delivered to their home from restaurants and other food providers across San Mateo County, helping them stay home and stay healthy. The program also provides an avenue for local food services and providers to continue operations and maintain their employees, softening the losses felt by the COVID crisis. Press release here.
April 29, 2020: The seven Bay Area Public Health Officers who ordered a shelter in place in mid-March will extend the orders through May 31 while some restrictions are eased and tools to strengthen containment of COVID-19 are put into place. Read the press release here. Read the full order here.
April 27, 2020: Later this week, the Public Health Officers of the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley will issue revised shelter-in-place orders that largely keep the current restrictions in place and extend them through May. Read the press release here.
April 21, 2020: In an effort to proactively coordinate care for residents during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, San Mateo County Health and key partners in our local healthcare sector announce the designation of three Skilled Nursing Facilities as Centers of Excellence. Read the press release here.
April 17, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued a new order requiring members of the public and workers at essential businesses to wear face coverings outside the home for certain activities and in places of business. Read the press release here. Read the full order here.
April 15, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued a new order requiring residential care facilities to screen residents and staff for fever and signs of respiratory illness, to take reasonable steps to acquire personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff, and to alert San Mateo County Health within one hour of learning that a resident or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Read the press release here. Read the full order here.
April 6, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued new orders requiring persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 to isolate themselves and for the close contacts of persons who have tested positive to remain in quarantine for 14 days. Read the press release here. Read the full order #1. Read appendix to order #1. Read the full order #2. Read appendix to order #2.
April 2, 2020: New Bay Area Public Health Recommendation to Cover the Face: Cloth face coverings, when combined with physical distancing and hand washing, may prevent transmission of coronavirus to others when leaving the house for essential activities. Medical masks should be preserved for health care workers and first responders. Read the press release here.
March 30, 2020: The County of San Mateo is preparing for a possible projected surge in COVID-19 positive patients at area hospitals by welcoming federal and state partners who are bringing critical supplies to the San Mateo Event Center. Read the press release here.
March 27, 2020: Be Alert for Scams During the COVID-19 Emergency. San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen M. Wagstaffe today advised San Mateo County residents and businesses to be alert for scams related to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. Read the press release here.
March 27, 2020: The County of San Mateo’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Joint Information Center provides timely status reports on the County’s COVID-19 response. Read the latest update here.
March 27, 2020: San Mateo County Parks will close all parks at 6 p.m. today, Friday, March 27, to slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. County parks will remain closed until further notice. Read the press release here.
March 26, 2020: American Red Cross reports that they have experienced 250,000 fewer blood donations nationally since the onset of coronavirus — but the need for it continues. If you are feeling healthy and well, and feel a call to assist your community, please consider donating blood by making an appointment using the Red Cross Blood Donor App found in your app store, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
March 25, 2020: San Mateo County Parks, State Parks and Coastside Cities Announce Steps to Reduce Crowds. Read the press release here.
March 24, 2020: 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 provides daily status reports Monday through Friday until further notice. Read the update here.
March 23, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer, issued a public statement reiterating that keeping humans apart from other humans is the only tool we currently have to slow this virus’ spread. This is a particularly fraught dilemma, as humans are social animals and they need each other, but we need to make every possible effort to avoid contact with each other. To read the entire statement here.
March 15, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer, issued a public statement recommending that the public shelter in place at your homes, only leaving for essential work, medical care (preferably accessing medical care through phone or online services), groceries and pharmacy. These are measures that have been implemented in other countries and will have an effect of slowing down this virus. Read the entire statement here.
March 10, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer, issued a public statement with slight modifications from his March 4, 2020 public statement. Read the entire statements here.
February 27, 2020: San Mateo County Health Officer, Dr. Scott Morrow, issued a public statement sharing the concerns of the CDC that we should all be prepared for Coronavirus to spread within the United States. County Health continues to work with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our state and local partners to manage testing and monitoring of persons who have been exposed. Read the entire statement here.
San Mateo County Health is working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to novel coronavirus and its potential impacts on the Bay Area.
2-1-1. A reminder that residents needing social service assistance may call 2-1-1 for information about a wide variety of resources in the community.
WHAT IS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE. Since the Shelter in Place Order went into effect, Tuesday, there have been questions about what businesses and services are now open or closed. San Mateo County Health put together this graphic for reference.
STAY INFORMED. Sign-up for information from San Mateo County Health by texting “coronavirus” to 2-1-1-2-1-1. You may also visit www.smchealth.org/coronavirus
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER? To view Frequently Asked Questions compiled by San Mateo County Health, click here. You can also email your questions to healthorderFAQ@smcgov.org or call the Legal Call Center (8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) at (650) 363-4588
VOLUNTEER. Your community needs you now. There are many, many things that need to be done. This is the link to the survey for folks that want to volunteer: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSXH6PZ
This is the email for non-profits and organizations needing volunteers: Smc_volunteers@smcgov.org.
DONATE. There are critical shortages of supplies, especially some medical supplies. Please donate personal protective equipment (PPE). The email to donate PPE is SMCMedDonations@smcgov.org. There will be an SMCStrong fund set up shortly to support individuals, small businesses and non-profits in the County. Donate to this if you can, or to your charity of choice.
Services for Our Community
| Restaurant Guide
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|Special Shopping Hours
List of stores offering special hours for seniors and people with special needs.
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give to those affected by the coronavirus impact.
Remote City ServicesMost City facilities are closed to the public. Members of the public may still contact City services remotely, as follows:
- Planning Division, including permits and plan checks and review services. Please call (650) 780-7234 or email email@example.com
- Building Regulation and Code Enforcement, including permits and plan check review services. Please call (650) 780-7350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Engineering and Transportation, including permit and plan check review services. Please call (650) 780-7380 or email email@example.com
- Financial questions including accounts payable, claims, and taxes. Please call (650) 780-7070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone hours are 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Revenue Services, including residential, commercial billing and customer service, and Business and Residential Services, including business license, monthly parking permits. Please call (650)780-7210 or email email@example.com. Phone hours are 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
- Library customer service for general questions. Please call (650) 780-7018, extension 4 or firstname.lastname@example.org. eBooks, Audiobooks, streaming video content, online magazines and newspapers, and live online homework help will remain accessible 24/7 at https://www.redwoodcity.org/departments/library/downloadables
- Parks, Recreation and Community Services general information. Please visit this dedicated web page for the most up-to-date information.
- City Hall’s Customer Information Center may be reached by calling (650) 780-7000
The City's eNewsletter
The City is providing a comprehensive update on its response to coronavirus (COVID-19) regularly. Click the button to the right to read the latest edition. Sign-up to receive it via email.
In the May 27, 2020 edition, learn more about:
The City of Redwood City understands that many members of our community need financial assistance and protections during this uncertain time. Click here for information on the City's COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance, the Countywide eviction moratorium, legal resources, homeowner resources and more.
The City of Redwood City recognizes that coronavirus is not only a health crisis, but an economic crisis, as well. The City is committed to supporting our local businesses in light of the negative economic impacts our business community is facing due to the shelter-in-place orders. Click here for information and resources.
Latest Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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Cases in the United States
The CDC is updating information on cases regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.
CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other locations internationally, including the United States. In addition to CDC, many public health laboratories are now testing for the virus that causes COVID-19.