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Special Edition Newsletter:Coronavirus

Read Supervisor Slocum's Special Edition Newsletter: Coronavirus Update and Important Information to Share.


An update on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Mateo County. 

San Mateo County Health’s (SMC Health) Communicable Disease Control Program is reporting that a resident of San Mateo County is presumptive positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The case is pending confirmatory testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With this new case, it brings the total positive COVID-19 cases in San Mateo County to two.

The adult patient has been hospitalized and is in isolation. The patient has no known exposure to the virus through travel or through contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. The source of exposure is unknown at this time.

In consultation with the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, San Mateo County Health is following up directly with all individuals who have had close contact with this case and are at risk of infection.

If you have questions or want information on County programs, please do not hesitate to call me at (650)363-4570 or email
Warren Slocum  

Symptoms of COVID-19 are like the flu, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or up to 14 days after exposure.

This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you. But, all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average - everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

  1. Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer often.
  3. If you touch any publically used items (door handles, gas pumps, shopping carts, etc.), wash your hands or use sanitizer. 
  4. Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc. Only touch public items with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.
  5. Open doors with your closed fist or hip - do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door.
  6. Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.
  7. Keep a bottle of sanitizer available in your bag or car for use after touching publically used items. 
  1. Latex or Nitrile Latex disposable gloves.
  2. Hand Sanitizer and Soap. The hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective.
  3. Medication. One likely shortage will be medications. You should attempt to obtain a couple of month's supply of your critical meds.
  4. Zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronaviruses from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY "cold-like" symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx.
  5. Disposable surgical masks. Masks are in short supply, so, please use only if sick. 
  6. Tissues.
  7. Easy to make, non-perishable food.
  8. Water. Both a water bottle to stay hydrated, and extra jugs of water at home in case of quarantine. 
  1. Do not go to work or school. Stay home except to get medical care.
  2. Call ahead before visiting the doctor to let them know you may have COVID-19.
  3. Wear a surgical mask.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze.  Immediately dispose of the tissue and wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Use your elbow only if no tissues are available. 
  5. Clean your hands often.
  6. Avoid sharing personal household items (glasses, cups, utensils, towels or bedding).
  7. Seek additional medical care if your illness is worsening.