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  • Writer's pictureChris Rasmussen

Covid-19 Update

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

Information Sources:

Federal COVID-19 Task Force held a Press Conference this afternoon at the White House. Additionally, information was obtained from Cal-OES, the County of San Mateo, the City of Redwood City, IRS, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County.

Here’s what we know:

786 Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Bay Area

117 Confirmed Cases in San Mateo County (1 Death)

302 Confirmed Cases in Santa Clara

106 Confirmed Cases in San Francisco County

13 Bay Area Deaths

California “Statewide Stay At Home” Order

Updated comprehensive information available at:

Verily COVID-19 Risk Screening & Testing Project Baseline-Pilot Program

In collaboration with the California Governor's office, federal, state and local public health authorities, Verily is currently providing FREE risk screening and COVID-19 testing to people in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Riverside Counties. To complete the online risk screening go to:

Delayed Reporting of COVID-19 Cases

Please note the official numbers being reported on COVID-19 cases have a current lag time of about 3-4 days. A person who has a positive result from a test taken today, may be reported until Tuesday or Wednesday. Try not to be alarmed as the new numbers begin to be released . The numbers are expected to increase dramatically. Up to this point, testing has been extremely limited. As more and more testing labs come online and testing kits become available, the turnaround time for results will reduced and we will have a much clearer understanding of where we stand.

Understanding COVID-19 From A Medical Perspective

Redwood City Restaurants Open For Take Out Delivery or Both:

Local Blood Banks Need Donors:

Stanford Blood Bank in Melo Park Needs Our Help! Blood Banks are EXEMPT from the “Stay At Home Order” and inventories are running low. Donating blood is an ESSENTIAL to saving lives. Can you be a community hero and provide blood for those who need it most? For more info and/or to make an appointment go to:

Local Hospitals: Contact Before Arriving For Specific Instructions

Medical Emergencies: Cal 911


Sequoia Hospital:


*VA San Francisco:

*All patients and visitors to the San Francisco VA Medical Center must check in at Building 200 to complete a health questionnaire before entering. Click here for the questionnaire.

Veterans Crisis Line:

VA Palo Alto:

What is an Essential Employee?

Health Care Providers,Pharmacy Employees, Blood Banks Public Safety: Police,Fire,Paramedics, CHP, Prison Guards, Media Infrastructure: Airports, Public Transportation, Cal-Trans, Cal-Train, Public Works Utilities (PG&E, water, sewer, gas, sanitation, internet/cable) Bank, Grocery & Hardware Store Employees Restaurant Employees: Take Out or Delivery Only Volunteering: Donating Blood, Assisting/Providing essential goods and services to others.(Meals on Wheels, Covid Assist, distributing School Lunches.Please Use Caution Using Gas Pumps, ATM & Point of Sale Machines, etc.

Outdoor Activities

Outside of essential employment and obtaining essential goods/services for yourself and others (grocery, medical, vet, pharmacy, bank), outdoor activities, like walking your dog, running, riding your bike, are fine. As long as you stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who does not live in your household.

Redwood City Parks & Playgrounds

CLOSED All playgrounds, dog parks, pocket parks, the Red Morton Skatepark, tennis courts, and all fenced-in recreational amenities and all Park Restrooms.

OPEN All City park pathways, fields, and open spaces will remain at this time. For the safety of Park Visitors and our Community as a whole, all vistors must adhere to the 6ft social distancing mandated by the state of California. Social Distancing applies to anyone who DOES NOT live in your home. Stulsaft is open for dog walking and hiking. The entrances on Silver Hill, Farm Hill, and Foothill are open. The Goodwin gate is closed/locked.

Please Note: Play dates and the use of play equipment at parks or schools are prohibited under the Statewide Order. The COVID-19 virus may “live” on surfaces for up to 48 hours. For more information on Redwood City parks go to:

Redwood City Library: All Redwood Libraries Are Closed

Redwood City Library: Downloadable e-books magazines newspapers & more

25+ Studios & Gyms Offering FREE Live-Stream Classes

These FREE Classes are available to everyone from home.

Redwood City Mayor Diane Howard: Issues COVID-19 Community Address Video

Can be viewed at:

Redwood City: Council Meeting Impacts of COVID-19

Meeting Agenda Link : Here

City Council will meet via Tele-Conference this Monday night, 3/23 at 7:00pm to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on our City and it’s residents.

The meeting will be broadcast live on the City Website:

and on TV Local Channel 26 Comcast Channel 27 AT&T U-Verse Channel 99

Residents are strongly encouraged to submit questions and input via e-mail to: The City Clerk will read all comments received prior to the start of item. If you prefer your Questions and comments not be read, e-mail them to Council at Agenda item 6b will specially address the impacts on Housing & Local Utilities. The staff Report can be found here: Here

Council will be asked to:

Adopt a Resolution Allocating $150,000 from Existing Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Collected from Short-Term Rental Uses to Fund a COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Fund, and by motion, authorize the City Manager to create program parameters for use of the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Fund

Direct staff to research opportunities to defer or eliminate late payment penalties for utility payments and present recommendations to the City Council at a future meeting.

Public Transportation:

Public Transportation is still in service. BART ridership is down more then 90%. Bart service will end each night at 9pm daily, until further notice. For more information on Bart go to: Sam Trans ridership is down 19% however, schedules remain unchanged as of today. For more information on Sam Trans go to: Caltrain will operate on a reduced peak-hour schedule Morning and afternoon peak hour service will no longer feature Baby Bullet Service. The updated weekday schedule is available at

Track Bay Area COVID-19 cases at

US Dept. Of Education Suspends Standardized Testing & Delays Student Loans

The Department of Education has announced that federally required standardized testing requirements for Elementary-High School students will be waived for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, college students with federally funded student loans will be allowed to suspend student loan payments for 60 days. Borrowers must call their lender to op-in to this program. Stay tuned: this date is expected to be extended. For more information please go to:

US State Dept & Embassies: How To Get Back Home From Traveling Aboard

Do you know someone who left the country and needs help getting back home?

Contact STEP at: or 888-407-4747 for assistance. For up to date State Dept Travel Advisories go to:


SFO San Francisco International Airport:

SFO Updates

SJC Mineta International Airport


Oakland International Airport

Updates: info

Sonoma County Airport Charles Shultz

Stay Informed: Receive Updates From Your Congressional Representatives

Sign-up to receive updates, newsletters and to participate in Telephone Town Halls.

Rep.. Anna Eshoo

Rep. Jackie Speier

Rep. Jared Huffman (Marin County to Oregon border)

You can sign-up for more then one! Let’s say your parents live in Ohio. If you want to stay up to date on what’s happening there, you can use the link below to find their Congressional Representative and direct you to their website.


DMV is no longer allowing “Walk-In” customers. Only customers with an appointment will be allowed in the building. Law enforcement agencies throughout the State have been asked to relax enforcement on: Expired Vehicle Registration and Driver’s Licenses for the next 60 days. For more information go to:

Census Forms - Our community is “counting” on us!

The 2020 Census has begun to arrive! It is essential that every person in Redwood City is counted in the Census. You may have seen the commercial the Redwood City Fire Department is currently running on MSNBC. Census data is used for everything from essential funding to creating district maps for our Federal, State, County & Local Elections! Please go online and complete your Census form. Completing the 2020 Census is one of the most important things you can do to help our community provide the essential services we all depend on. For more information go to:

COVID-19 Related Resources & Programs

Do you rent? Do you need Rental Assistance?

In response to the tremendous impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, rental assistance has been made available for the months of March & April by the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. You can apply for that assistance by calling and leaving a message at (650) 517-8939.

​State Unemployment & Disability Benefits

State Unemployment and/or Disability benefits are roughly 67% of an employees wages. The 7 day waiting period and a few additional requirements are being waived during this pandemic. Applications are being accepted online ONLY. For more information on Unemployment and/or Disability benefits please go

Late Fees Interest & Payment Waivers

The list of service providers who are waving late fees and suspending service interruptions, continues to grow. Banks and credit cards are also working with customers to reduce interest, suspend late fees and offering temporary alternative payment options. Customers who are experiencing a financial hardship due to the Corona Virus, are strongly encouraged to contact your bank and/or credit card to inquire what options are available to you.

Some of these companies are


Comcast (Plus: New customers 60 days free Internet service. Unlimited data for existing customers )






American Express (interest & late fees)



Wells Fargo


US Bank

The Federal Government is working phase of a Stimulus package in response to COVID-19.

This package is expected to include mortgage abeyance provisions for both homeowners and landlords. Additional benefits such as cash payments and extended unemployment benefits. Stay tuned for more information.


Nextdoor has introduced two new features, Help Maps & Groups, to give people an opportunity to support one another during this pandemic. go to:

Unhoused Residents

The City of Redwood City delivered 20 hand washing stations to assist residents who are homeless and/or living in vehicles this week. 50 residents were moved from the Maple Street Shelter to local hotel/motel to adhere to the State’s social distancing Order. The Governor has allocated 150 million dollars to assist cities and counties care for our unsheltered residents.

Help for Small Businesses

Forbes Released a List of 19 Programs To Help Small Businesses

SAMCEDA San Mateo County-Small Business Survey:

Impacts of COVID-19

Local small businesses will be hit particularly hard during this pandemic. Residents are encouraged to support local restaurants offering take-out service. Take out service is considered safe, when all safety protocols are being followed.

Small Business Loans

Small Business Loans will be offered for up to 2 million dollars at an interest rate of 3.75% with 30 year terms The interest rate non-profits is 2.75%. For more information please go to: Additionally, information on the State of California’s “Cal-Cap Program” for small business owners can be found at

Property Taxes: 2nd Installments Due By Friday, April 10, 2020.

The following locations are closed for IN PERSON property tax payments until further notice: Redwood City, South San Francisco & Half Moon Bay.

The County encourages taxpayers to pay their property taxes by:

Pay online at:

Mail Using Envelope Enclosed with Property Tax Bill

Automated phone system at (866) 220-0308

Drop box located at 555 County Center in Redwood City.

This deadline is not expected to be extended. Tax Collector, Sandie Arnott explained “If a large portion of taxpayers don’t pay on April 10, there will be very immediate and serious impacts to school obligations and other local financial obligations that are funded through the payment of property taxes.”

State & Federal Income Tax Deadlines Extended until July 15, 2020

The California Franchise Tax Board has extended the due dates for the filing and payment of State income Taxes. The due date for tax payers filing an extension is now Oct 15, 2020 . For more information on State Income taxes go to:

The US Treasury has extended the filing and payment date for Federal Income Tax. The news deadline is July 15, 2020. For more information go to:

Income Tax Refunds-Federal & State

Income Tax payers who anticipate receiving an Income Tax Refund are encouraged to file their returns ASAP. Tax Refunds will continue to be processed as usual. You don’t have to leave your house to file your taxes! The IRS offers free filing online at: Additional Tax Preparation Software programs are available at Amazon H&R Block, Turbo Tax and can be immediately downloaded.

“Covid Assist” Peninsula Covenant Church & VOCA

PCC & VOCA are partnering to assist vulnerable residents unable to leave their homes to purchase essential items such as food, medicine, etc. SMC Health Official Dr. Scott Morrow defines vulnerable populations as anyone over 50 and/or anyone with underlying health conditions (heart, lung, diabetes, immune deficiency). “Covid Assist” is a partnership between Redwood City's VOCA and Peninsula Covenant Church. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service please or would like to volunteer with this service, please go to:

Free Access to Online News Stories & Magazine Articles

The San Mateo Daily Journal: FREE access during

The Palo Alto Daily: Free Access

San Jose Mercury News: Portions of site are FREE

The New York Times is offering FREE COVID-19 news stories

Stanford Daily Stanford Daily: Portions of site FREE

National Geographic: Portion of Article FREE articles at:

“Things To Do, Learn, & Explore While Sheltering At Home”

Virtual Museums, Nature, Art, Books, Music, Laughter, Virtual Workouts & Parties

Google Arts & Culture: Explore Virtual Museums

Take a virtual tour of the some of the world's greatest museums and heritage sites.

Redwood City Library:

Downloadable e-books magazines newspapers & more

Learning Resources for Kids

Open Culture: FREE Cultural & Educational Media on the Web

Nature: Backyard Fun-Butterfly Gardening in SF Bay Area

Guide Butterfly Gardening in SF Bay Area Link

NetFlix Party

While we can’t go to the movies with our family and friends, we can still watch movies together. Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows.

Join Netflix Party to link up with friends and host long distance movie nights and TV watch parties today!

That’s all for tonight. If there is a subject you would like to have covered or a question, please e-mail me at and let me know.

Until tomorrow, Be kind, Be careful, and, most importantly, Be well.

Chris Rasmussen


COVID-19: Information & Resource Directory


Call 211 For non-emergency, non-medical questions open 24/7

San Mateo County Website

Questions re: “Shelter in Place Orders”

San Mateo County Health Department

San Mateo County

San Mateo County: Offices and Services during Pandemic

Track Bay Area COVID-19 cases at

Fair Oaks Community Center

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

City of Redwood City: Info New Services & Service Hours

The City of Redwood City: Video Mayor Howard’s COVID-19 Community Address

City of Redwood City Corona Virus Link

​City of Redwood City: Meeting Agenda for March 23, 2020 City Council

City of Redwood City Council Meeting e-mail to submit Public Comment


State of California

California Statewide “Stay at Home Order”

State of California DMV


US Government Response to Corona Virus

Federal Government: Centers of Disease Control

Find your Congressional Representative

Receive the latest updates from Congressional *Representatives

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Congressman Jared Huffman (Marin-Oregon Border)

Local Hospitals

Medical Emergencies: Call 911

Call before arriving for instructions


Sequoia Hospital:



SFO San Francisco International Airport:

SJC Mineta International Airport

Oakland International Airport:

Sonoma County Airport Charles Shultz

Financial Help-Resources & Volunteer/Donor Information

What is being to help you and your family during this pandemic?

County of San Mateo: Emergency Safety Net Assistance - Core Service Agencies

State of California Unemployment & Disability Benefits

Forbes List of 19 Programs To Help Small Businesses


SMC Housing Leadership Council-COVID-19 & Housing-What you need to know

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County: Rental Assistance

Verily Pilot “Project Baseline” FREE Covid-19 Risk Screening & Testing

Donate Blood

Stanford Blood Bank-Menlo Park 445 Burgess Dr, Menlo Park

Fair Oaks Community Center

Street Life Ministries:

Second Harvest Food Bank

Samaritan House

Life Moves Maple Street Shelter

Life Moves First Street For Families

RCEF COVID-19 Family Relief Fund

Housing Leadership Council SMC: COVID-19 & Housing-What you need to know


List of Redwood City Restaurants Open For Take Out Delivery or Both

Small Business Administration

Cal-Cap Program for Small Business

SAMCEDA Small Business Survey-Impacts of COVID-19

Nextdoor: Neighbors Helping Neighbors


Internal Revenue Service-COVID-19 Info:

Internal Revenue Service General Info

IRS File Your Income Taxes for FREE online

​California Tax Franchise Board New Due Dates:

California Franchise Tax Board

San Mateo County Tax Collector

Additional Government Links

US Census

Public Transportation


Sam Trans:



San Mateo Daily Journal: FREE Online News

Palo Alto Daily

SJ Mercury News

COVID-19 Cases in Bay Area: Updates Daily

Stanford Daily Online

New York Times: Free COVID-19 Online News Stories

Mental Health & Stress Relieving Resources:

San Mateo County Mental Health Services

Center for Disease Control: Dealing with Corona Virus Stress & Anxiety

25+ Studios & Gyms Offering FREE Live-Stream Workouts during COVID-19

These FREE Classes are available to everyone from home.

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