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  • Writer's pictureChris Rasmussen

Covid-19 Update

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

Redwood City-6:00 pm

Information Sources

Federal COVID-19 Task Force Governor Newsom, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, San Mateo County Manager, San Mateo County Office of Education, US State Department, Cal-OES, County of San Mateo, City of Redwood City, California State Parks

Latest Numbers

239 Confirmed Cases in San Mateo County

6 Deaths

574 Confirmed Cases in Santa Clara

20 Deaths

279 Confirmed Cases in San Francisco

3. Deaths

San Mateo County COVID-19 Call Center: Call 211

The San Mateo Call Center answers non-emergency COVID-19 related calls 24/7 in 180 different languages. To reach the call center dial 211. Call times are averaging less then a minute

Here’s What’s New

Chief of San Mateo County Health Louise Rogers,, reported 165 COVID-19 cases including, 5 deaths in San Mateo County. Rogers stated testing is still evolving. The number of cases in San Mateo County is expected to increase dramatically, with an anticipated “Peak” in approximately 3 weeks, that will continue into mid May.

San Mateo County Temporary Moratorium on Evictions

A temporary moratorium has been placed on all COVID-19 related residential evictions for the non-payment of rent, in all 20 cities and unincorporated areas in San Mateo County. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to prohibit landlords from evicting tenants who demonstrate an inability to pay rent due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, through at least May 31, 2020. Tenants will have up to 180 days after the regulation’s end to pay delayed rents. Supervisor Canepa stated “For too many of my constituents right now, April’s rent payment is simply out of reach”. The eviction moratorium is unique, in that board actions are normally restricted to unincorporated lands governed by the county. “We are showing state leadership,” Supervisor Dave Pine said. “We are the first in the state to move to do this.” Paramount to the decision was the very real threat of further exacerbating the regions homeless epidemic and threat to public health evictions would impose on communities currently under a statewide “Shelter at Home” order. San Francisco has passed a similar moratorium and the San Mateo City Council unanimously approved a moratorium on evictions of small businesses and nonprofit organizations earlier this week.

Bay Area School Closures Extended Through May 1, 2020

RWC Park & Rec. Launches “Keep Busy Redwood City” Website

Nation's 4 Largest BanksSuspend Mortgage Payments

Governor Newsom states Wells Fargo, US Bank, Citi and JP Morgan Chase have agreed to waive mortgage payments for 90 days, for borrowers affected by the coronavirus. Bank of America has agreed to a 30-day suspension. For more information contact your mortgage lender.

Stimulus Payment Calculator

Stimulus Payments will be issued via direct deposit into the bank account on file with the IRS. If you don't have an account on file, checks will be mailed to the address on your 2018/2019 Federal Tax Return. The link below can help you calculate the amount of your Stimulus Payment.

San Mateo County Closes All Parks Effective 3/27

Redwood City School District: Free Brown Bag Lunch

Brown bag lunches are available weekday mornings at Ford, Garfield, and Hoover sites from 10 to12 noon for all children under 18. Meals are distributed via a Drive-thru process at the main entrances of each site. For more info go to:

Redwood City Boys & Girls Club-Providing FREE Evening Meals

The Redwood City location will serve anyone who arrives for a “”pick up and go” meal. For more information go to:

San Mateo County Strong- Covid-19 Relief Fund

SMC Strong is providing financial assistance and resources to families, individuals, small business, independent contractors and local non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need help or want to donate to help others, please call 211 or visit . We are in this together and together, we are #SMCStrong.

Assistance for Unsheltered & Unhoused Residents

The City of Redwood City has delivered 20 hand washing stations to assist residents who are homeless and/or living in vehicles this week. San Mateo County has moved 87 unhoused residents 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.

Correctional Center & LifeMoves Partner To Provide Meals to Homeless

Food service for unhoused residents has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 With the help of voluntary inmate workers and the food services team, 420 daily meals will be provided, 7 days a week until a more long-term solution can be found.

Virtual Daily Mass with Fr. Ulysses Redwood City OLMC Catholic Church

Our Lady Of Mt Carmel Fr. Ulysses is offering virtual daily Mass at noon. This is an excellent opportunity for Catholic's to celebrate daily Mass together and create a moment of sacred grace. Especially with our shelter-in-place order, during the season of Lent. To participate in the Daily ZOOM “Mass” go to:

The Meeting ID: 964 030 730

The Password is: 426313

Redwood City Restaurants Open For Take Out Delivery or Both


Sam Trans: NEWS: New Boarding Practices

In an effort to comply with social distancing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic, SamTrans has implemented rear-door boarding on buses with multiple doors in its fixed route service. ADA passengers and riders needing assistance will still be able to board through the front doors. Fare payment on these routes will not be required until further notice. SamTrans continues to serve riders who rely on public transit for vital access to resources, and is committed to the well-being and health of our bus operators and riders. While onboard, riders must practice social distancing from fellow passengers. SamTrans is maintaining daily cleaning and sanitation protocols in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. For more information go to:

State Park & Beach Parking Lot Closures: Effective March 23, 2020

State Parks has taken additional safety measures to reduce crowds & help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A list of the closures can be found at and

Here’s What Been Covered To Date

California “Statewide Stay At Home” Order

Updated comprehensive information available at:

Stanford Blood Bank-Inventories Are Running Dangerously Low!

Stanford Blood Bank in Menlo Park needs our help! Blood Banks are EXEMPT from the statewide “Stay At Home Order”. Donating blood is an ESSENTIAL to saving lives. For more info about donating blood and/or to make an appointment please go to:

Verily COVID-19-Risk Screening & Testing 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:

Understanding COVID-19 From A Medical Perspective

Delayed Reporting of COVID-19 Cases

Please note the official numbers being reported on COVID-19 cases can have a lag of several days. Please try not to be too alarmed as the new numbers begin to be to come in. The numbers are expected to increase exponentially. Testing to date, has been extremely limited and is still evolving. As more and more testing labs come online and testing kits become available, the turnaround time for results will be reduced and we will have a much clearer understanding of what the actual numbers are.

Local Hospitals Call before arriving for 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, Truck Drivers, Cal-Trans, Cal-Train

  • Utilities (PG&E, water, sewer, gas, sanitation, internet/cable) Public Works

  • Bank, Grocery & Hardware Store Employees

  • Restaurant Employees: Take Out or Delivery Only

  • Volunteering: Donating Blood, Assisting/Providing Essential Goods & Services to others

FEMA Recommends Shopping For Essential Goods One Day Per Week.

If possible, essential trips should be made by ONE family member.

Essential trips should not be a family/group outing. Please use caution when using gas pumps, ATM & point of sale machines, etc. Do not touch your face, practice social distancing and wash hands immediately upon your return home.

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 communities as a whole, visitors must adhere to 6ft social distance mandate. Social Distancing applies to anyone who DOES NOT live in your home. Stulsaft Park is open for dog walking and hiking. Entrances on Silver Hill, Farm Hill, and Foothill are open. The Goodwin gate is closed/locked.

The use of playground equipment at City Parks or Schools are prohibited under the Statewide Order.

Exercise-Staying Healthy While Staying at Home

List of 25 Gyms & Studios currently offering free online workouts/classes

Redwood City Library: Redwood Libraries Are Closed

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

RWC Mayor Howard Covid-19 Community Address Video

Can be viewed at:

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

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-Returning 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: Congressional Representative Updates

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.

California Department of Motor Vehicles: DMV

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 Financial Resources-Volunteer & Donor 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. To apply for assistance call and leave 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 to:

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 impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to contact their service provider, bank, and/or credit card to inquire about available options.

Some of these companies are


Comcast (Current Customers now have Unlimited Data. New customers 60 days free Internet)






American Express (interest & late fees)



Wells Fargo


US Bank

Small Business Resources

Forbes Released a List of 19 Programs To Help Small Businesses

SAMCEDA: Resources For Local Small Businesses

SAMCEDA San Mateo County - Small Business Survey Impacts of COVID-19

State & Federal Help for Small Businesses

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 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

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.

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.”

“Covid Assist” Peninsula Covenant Church & VOCA Partner 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

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:

Track Bay Area COVID-19 cases at

Things To: Do Learn & Explore While Sheltering At Home

Virtual Museums, Nature, Art, Story Time, Music, Movies, Workouts & Laughter

Google Arts & Culture- Explore Virtual Museums

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

California Academy of Sciences Explore the Academy from home

Books ’N Badges-Story Time with the San Mateo Police Department Weekdays at 11AM

Redwood City Library-Downloadable e-Books Magazines Newspapers & Films

Learning Resources for Kids

Open Culture: Culture & Educational Media

Nature Backyard Fun Butterfly Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area

Guide Butterfly Gardening in SF Bay Area Link

Best Of NextDoor-Guaranteed to Make You Laugh

COVID-19: Information & Resource Directory



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

Local Hospitals: Medical Emergencies: Call 911

Call before arriving for instructions


Sequoia Hospital:


San Mateo County

San Mateo County Questions re: “Shelter in Place Orders”

San Mateo County Health Department

San Mateo County

San Mateo County: Offices and Services during Pandemic

Redwood City/Bay Area School Closures Extended Through May 1, 2020

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 Meetings: E-Mail to Submit Public Comment

Public Transportation


Sam Trans:



SFO San Francisco International Airport:

SJC Mineta International Airport

Oakland International Airport:

Sonoma County Airport Charles Shultz

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

Stimulus Payment Calculator

Stimulus Payments will be issued via direct deposit into the bank account on file with the IRS. If you don't have an account on file, checks will be mailed to the address on your 2018/2019 Federal Tax Return. The link below can help you calculate the amount of your Stimulus Payment.

California State Parks: State Park & Beach Parking Lots Close

San Mateo County Closes All Parks Effective 3/28/2020

Find your Congressional Representative

Receive the latest updates from Congressional *Representatives

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Congressman Jared Huffman (Marin-Oregon Border

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

COVID-19 Testing Verily FREE Risk Screening & Testing

Fair Oaks Community Center

San Mateo County Strong:

Call 211 or go to

State of California Unemployment & Disability Benefits

San Mateo County Temporary Moratorium on COVID-19 Related Evictions

Redwood City School District- FREE Weekly Bag Lunches All Children Under 18

Weekdays from 10-noon at Ford, Garfield, and Hoover Schools.

RCEF COVID-19 Family Relief Fund

Redwood City Boys & Girls Club: Evening “Pick up & Go Meals”

For more info go to:

Second Harvest Food Bank

Donate Blood

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

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

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County: Rental Assistance

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

SAMCEDA: Resources For Local Small Businesses

SAMCEDA San Mateo County: Small Business Survey: Impacts of COVID-19

Forbes List of 19 Programs To Help Small Businesses

Federal & State Resources for Small Businesses

Small Business Administration information:

State of California’s “Cal-Cap Program” information

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


Samaritan House

Life Moves Maple Street Shelter

Life Moves First Street For Families

Street Life Ministries

Nextdoor: Neighbors Helping Neighbors


Internal Revenue Service

IRS File Your Income Taxes for FREE online

​California Tax Franchise

San Mateo County Tax Collector

US Census

News Free Online News

San Mateo Daily Journal: FREE Online News

Palo Alto Daily

SJ Mercury News

Stanford Daily Online

New York Times: Free COVID-19 Online News Stories

Track Bay Area COVID-19 cases at

Mental Health Resources

San Mateo County Mental Health Services

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

Managing COVID-19 Related Anxiety

Exercise List of 25 Studios/Gyms Offering FREE Live Stream Classes

Educational, Cultural & Entertainment Resources

Redwood City Library Downloadable e-Books Magazines & Films

California Academy Of Sciences: Explore The Academy From Home

Google Arts & Culture: Explore Virtual Museums

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

California Academy of Sciences: Explore The Academy From Home

Redwood City Park & Rec. Launches “Keep Busy Redwood City” Website

Learning Resources for Kids