• Chris Rasmussen

Covid-19 Update

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Redwood City 8:30 pm

Information Sources

Federal COVID-19 Task Force, CA Governor Newsom, Congresswoman Speier, Congresswoman Eshoo, Ca. US State Department, Cal-OES, Ca.Surgeon General, Health Officer of San Mateo County, SMC Board of Supervisors, City of Redwood City, City of San Francisco, SF Mayor London Breed, Redwood City Chamber of Commerce, Western Center on Law & Poverty

Latest Numbers

County Cases Deaths

San Mateo 652 21

Santa Clara 1556 50

San Francisco 857 13

Alameda 806 21

Sonoma 145 2

Here’s What’s New

Additional Unemployment Benefits Begin April 12, 2020

Starting Sunday, April 12, 2020, California workers who are receiving unemployment benefits will begin receiving an extra $600 on top of their weekly amount, as part of the new Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) initiated by the CARES Act.

Federal CARES Act Information

Unemployment Compensation Fact Sheet and FAQ (pdf)

Table on Unemployment Compensation Timing (pdf)

Cash Assistance Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

What benefits are available for workers and who qualifies for them?

Know Your Rights:

Essential Worker Information NonEssential-Workers.htm

Cal-Osha Worker Safety

San Mateo County 1st Responders Responders

State of CA Resources for Employers & Workers

The Sate of California Workforce and Development Agency website has extensive information and resources for California workers and employers.

“Covered California” Health Insurance

If you’re uninsured, Covered California is offering a special enrollment period until April 30, 2020.  You may qualify for a free or low-cost health plan. For more information, go to Covered

Food Resources In San Mateo County

Call 1-800-984-3663


Text: "FOOD" to 408-455-5181

Call Primrose

Provides grocery assistance to families and individuals in need.

Redwood City Veterans Memorial Senior Center

Senior Lunches “To Go” Pick-Up & Delivery

Lunches are available to Seniors (age 60+) Monday-Friday from 11:00- 1:00 Curbside pick-up or delivery to Seniors in Redwood City/Redwood Shores. Reservations are required and can be made up until 9pm the night before by calling (650) 780-7259 For additional information, please Call (650) 780-7270

Redwood City Boys & Girls Club-Providing FREE Evening Meals

The Redwood City Boy & Girls Club will serve anyone who arrives for a “pick up & go” meal. For more information go to

Samaritan House

Second Harvest Food Bank

San Mateo County ZoneHaven- Locate Medical & Food Services

Bay Area Schools to Remain Closed for 2019-2020 School Year

Open Spaces To Close On Weekends Starting April 11, 2020

The Midpenninsula Regional Open Space District close several preserves in San Mateo County on Saturdays and Sundays.

- Coral Creek Preserve

- El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve

- La Honda Creek Preserve

- Los Trancos Preserve

- Puglas Ridge Preserve

- Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve

- Ravenswood Preserve

- Russian Ridge Preserve

- Skyline Ridge Preserve

- Teague Hill Preserve

- Thornewood Preserve

The Lone Ridge Preserve and the Windy Hill Preserve will remain completely closed until further notice, officials said.

Resources For Parents Home Schooling Children

Students From Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley Give Free Tutoring To K-12 Students

ST Math

Educational Resources

Peninsula Humane Society Pet Food Bank

San Mateo County pet owners facing COVID-19 related financial hardships

can pick-up pet food on Friday’s from 11am-2pm at: 1450 Rollins Rd Burlingame.

Participants MUST CALL PRIOR TO PICK-UP 650-988-8250

State of Ca. & San Mateo County Immigrant Resource Guide

Hotels for Health Care Workers

Starting April 10, frontline health care workers who are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 can find hotel rooms through the CalTravelStore. For more information, go to or Call 1-877-454-8785

Child Care Programs for Essential Service Workers

Important Landlord & Tenant Update

Court Ruling Halts All Evictions In CA.

Companies Who Are Hiring During COVID-19?'s hiring?-information

State of Ca. Toolkit for Employers, Communities & Organizations

Toolkit includes Public Service Announcements, videos, graphics, flyers and tools to assist in sharing COVID-19 information throughout California.

San Mateo County-COVID-19 Testing

Essential Workers & Symptomatic Individuals

COVID-19 testing in San Mateo County remains restricted by the CDC. However, Essential Workers are now eligible for testing, as are individuals who are exhibiting symptoms. 

For more Information, Please go to

Transportation to and from Testing Sites are available by calling 650-779-9375

Centers for Disease Control Updated Case Info & Data

Updated Case Info & Data

State of California “Staying Healthy While Sheltering In Place”

Stress Relief for Caregivers & Children General Stress Relief Caregivers & Kids-Playbook.pdf

Resources for Emotional Support & Wellbeing & Well-being

Managing Stress

Stay Connected to Your Neighbors


Farm Hill Hill Neighbors &

Edgewood Park

Postponed or Cancelled Regional Events

Farm Hill Neighborhood Assoc. Annual Easter Egg Hunt Cancelled

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Annual Wild West Festival Cancelled

Redwood City 4th of July Parade & Celebration Cancelled

San Mateo County Fair Cancelled

150th Celebration of Golden Gate Park- Virtual Celebration Online

at The “Golden Gate Park 150” website

Redwood City Religious Services

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church

Father Ulysses Celebrates Daily Mass via “Zoom” at Mass

10 am Easter Mass in English is English Mass

Noon Easter Mass in Spanish is Spanish Mass

St Pius Easter Mass Live Stream 9:30 English 11:30 Spanish

The San Francisco ArchDiocese has an extensive list of Parishes streaming Mass. For more information, please go to

Peninsula Covenant Church-PCC

Easter Celebration will be streamed at 8:55, 9:05, 10:00 and 11:00AM.

Regular Gathering Services are streamed 4 times each Sunday.

PCC offers lots of additional information and services on their website. For more information, please go to

Redeemer Lutheran Church

Redeemer Lutheran Church is Live Streaming Services via Facebook Live at

Redeemer offers a wide variety of services online, everything from podcasts to prayer groups. For more information please go to

Woodside Road United Methodist Church

Worship and other services are being shared via Zoom and via Facebook. To join via Zoom, please e-mail Pastor Katie at to join in via FaceBook, please go to

Redwood Baptist Church

Services are shared via YouTube at:

Congregation Beth Jacob Passover

Congregation Beth Jacob has an extensive webpage dedicated to Passover. Congregation Beth Jacob offers additional virtual programming at

Chabad Mid-Pen

Rabbi Potash of Chabad MidPen Live Streams classes and services via Facebook Live and “Zoom”. Follow Chabad MidPen on Facebook at For more information, please go to

Here’s What’s Been Covered To Date

State of California “Stay At Home” Order

Physical social distancing is mandatory. Everyone must comply at all times. Outdoor Activities must be within 5 miles from your residence.

Effective Friday, April 3, 2020

Essential businesses operating in San Mateo County must complete, post, and implement Social Distancing Protocols at each business location/branch. Businesses must maximize the number of employees who work from home excepting only those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home, and must scale down operations to their essential component only.

Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home are no longer essential businesses under the Order, and must cease operations.

Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is also prohibited. Sports or activities that require use of shared equipment, like frisbees, basketballs, baseballs, and soccer balls, may only be engaged in by members of the same household.

Construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited. Exceptions are made for healthcare facility construction directly related to the COVID-19 response.

Childcare facilities may only provide care to children or dependents of individuals working for Essential Businesses, providing Essential Governmental Functions, or performing Minimum Basic Operations for non-essential businesses.

Individuals may move residences only if it is not possible to wait until the Order expires, such as if a move is already planned or if it is necessary for safety or habitability.

Landscapers and similar service professionals may only provide services necessary to maintain the sanitation, habitability, or operation of residences or businesses, or for safety reasons. They may not provide services that are cosmetic or for general upkeep or maintenance.

Additional State of Ca. Order Information can be found at:

Bay Area Schools Closures to Remain Closed

San Mateo County Health Officer Orders and Updates home_quarantine_instructions_.pdf April 6 home_isolation_pdf 3 31-sites/main/files/english.pdf

San Mateo County “Shelter At Home” Frequently Asked Questions

Clarification of Terms

County officials are using the term “Shelter In Place”. The State’s Order is called” Shelter at Home”. As many of you may know, this term has historically been reserved for use in “Active Shooter” situations or Toxic Spills. It implies that you must remain exactly where you are, until the all clear has been given and it is safe to leave. This is not what the County or Statewide Order mandates. Therefore, we will use the term “Shelter At Home” when referring to the current orders in place.

San Mateo County COVID-19 Non-Emergancy 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

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, Providing Essential Goods & Services to others

FEMA Recommends Shopping For Essential Goods One Day Per Week

Essential Trips should be made by ONE family member, if possible.

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/eyes, practice physical social distancing and wash hands immediately, upon returning home.

Remember Social Distancing = Flattening The Curve

List-Stores With Special Hours For Special Needs & Senior Patrons

Outdoor Activities

Outside of essential employment and obtaining essential goods/services for yourself and others (grocery, medical, vet, pharmacy, laundry, bank), outdoor activities like walking your dog, running, riding your bike, in your own neighborhood are allowed. However, You must stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who does not live in your household, at all times.

For more information, please go to

Redwood City Parks & Playgrounds

CLOSED All playgrounds, dog parks, pocket parks, Red Morton Skatepark, tennis courts, and all fenced-in recreational amenities, water fountains and park restrooms. Pickup group sports games are not allowed on sports fields or any open areas. Sports requiring people to share a ball/equipment must be limited to people living in the same household. Use of playground equipment at City Parks & Schools are prohibited.

OPEN City park pathways and open spaces will remain at this time. Stulsaft Park is open for dog walking & hiking. Entrances on Silver Hill, Farm Hill, and Foothill are open. The lower Goodwin gate is closed. Park visitors are required to follow Social Distancing. Police can issue citations to anyone in violation of Statewide Orders.

San Mateo County Closes All Parks Effective March 27, 2020

State Parks & Beaches UPDATED April 3, 2020

In an effort to prevent visitation surges and prevent the spread of COVID-19, State Parks has taken the following temporary safety measures to date: closed some parks fully, meaning all vehicular access, trails and restrooms within these parks are closed; closed vehicular access at all parks, including for off-highway vehicles and recreational boats; closed all campgrounds, museums and visitor centers; and cancelled all events. Some parks with vehicular closures remain open for locals provided they practice safe, physical distancing of 6 feet or more and are visiting parks near their primary residences. This is not the time for a road trip to a destination park or beach. A list of closures is available at The list is dynamic and is updated as needed.

Testing COVID-19-Risk Screening & Testing

In collaboration with the California Governor's office, federal, state and local public health authorities, Verily is providing FREE risk screening and COVID-19 testing to people in San Mateo County for more information go to

Understanding COVID-19 From A Medical Perspective

Area Hospitals


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. Questionnaire Here.

Veterans Crisis Line

VA Palo Alto

Blood Banks-Inventories Are Running Dangerously Low!

Red Cross & Stanford Blood Banks need 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: Red Cross or

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 are unable to pay rent due to the impacts of the COVID-19, through at least May 31, 2020. Tenants will have up to 180 days after the regulation’s end to pay delayed rents. The eviction moratorium is unique, in that board actions are generally restricted to unincorporated lands governed by the county. Paramount to the decision was to prevent exacerbating our homeless epidemic, and the threat to public health evictions would impose while under a statewide “Shelter at Home” order. San Francisco has passed a similar moratorium. The San Mateo City Council passed a moratorium prohibiting evictions on small businesses and nonprofit organizations. For more informatoin, please go to

COVID Act Now-Updated National State & County by County COVID-19 Data & Information

COVID Act Now provides updated information, projections, models, and scientific data.

State of California info can be found at

San Mateo County Info

Redwood City Business Guides Who’s Is Open For Business?

Open-Essential Businesses

Stores Offering Special Hours For At Risk Community Members

List of Redwood City Restaurants Open For Take Out or Delivery

Peninsula/Silicon Valley Restaurants Offering Pick Up & Delivery

Mental Health Resources

San Mateo County Crisis Hotline 650-579-0350

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line Text “HOME” to 741741 or

San Mateo County Mental Health Services

NAMI COVID-19 Information & Resource Guide

CDC COVID-19-Dealing Daily Stress & Anxiety

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

National Council For Behavioral Health-Coping With COVID-19

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

California Department of Motor Vehicles: DMV

DMV Field offices are now closed. All appointments have been cancelled and no appointments are currently available. DMV services remain available online and at kiosks. Real ID requirements have been extended a year. Law enforcement agencies throughout the State are relaxing enforcement on of expired: vehicle registration and driver licenses for 60 days. For more information

Public Transportation

Public Transportation is still in service. Please check with each agency for current service restrictions/changes.


Sam Trans: Caltrain will operate on a reduced peak-hour schedule CalTrain:

SamTrans: Implements New Boarding Practices

SamTrans has begun rear-door boarding on buses with multiple doors in its fixed route service. For more information go to


SFO San Francisco International Airport:

SFO Updates

SJC Mineta International Airport


Oakland International Airport

Updates: info

Sonoma County Airport Charles Shultz

Centers For Disease Control Travel Information

US State Department Returning Home From Traveling Aboard

US State Dept has announced that ALL American’s wishing to return home from abroad, should do so immediately. For assistance getting back home Contact STEP at: or 888-407-4747 For up to date State Dept Travel Advisories go to:

San Mateo County Property Tax Deadline Extended Until May 4th

The deadline to pay Property Taxes in San Mateo County has been extended until May 4, 2020. For more information please go to

Please Note: In Person Payment Centers located in Redwood City, South San Francisco & Half Moon Bay l are closed until further notice. Property Taxes can be paid by: