• Chris Rasmussen

Covid-19 Update

Updated: Aug 9, 2020

Friday April 3, 2020

Redwood City-7:30 pm

Information Sources

Federal COVID-19 Task Force, Governor Newsom, Congresswoman Speier, Health Officer of San Mateo County, San Mateo County BHRS, US State Department, Cal-OES, California State Parks, City of Redwood City, City of San Francisco, Mayor London Breed, SMC Tax Assessor, RWC Councilwoman Diana Reddy

Latest Numbers

Cases Deaths

453 10 San Mateo County

1019 36 Santa Clara County

450 7 San Francisco County

San Mateo County Expands & Extends “Shelter at Home” Until May 3, 2020

Here’s what’s changed

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.

“Shelter At Home” Frequently Asked Questions

California “Statewide Stay At Home” Order

SM County Health Official Issues Dire Warning: STAY HOME

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.

Here’s What’s New

Update: San Mateo County Property Taxes

Redwood City Councilwoman Diana Reddy provided an update on the status of SMC Property Taxes. Currently, there is Legislation is passing through Sacramento to support those property owners who do not have the funds to pay their property taxes on April 10th. While property taxes will still need to be paid, penalties or interest for late payments will be waived. For more information.

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 via:

  • 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

Redwood City Patch-List of Open Essential Businesses in Redwood City

If you or someone you know has an essential business that is open in Redwood City, the Patch is compiling a list to share with the community. To be added to this list go to

Federal Cares Act -Full Final Text

SMALL Business Cares Act Programs:

New Resource: A List of Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers in California

The 2020 San Mateo County Fair Has Been Cancelled

Our Beloved Golden Gate Park is turning 150! Virtual Celebration Tomorrow

Golden Gate Park is turning 150 tomorrow, April 4, 2020. The virtual celebration begins at 9am. The “Golden Gate Park 150” website includes the music line-up and lots of fun things for the whole family to enjoy! For more information please go to

Here’s What’s Been Covered To Date

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.

Verily COVID-19-Risk Screening & Testing

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. Testing has been limited and is still evolving. As more and more labs come online and testing kits become available, the turnaround time for results will be reduced. County Health Officers anticipate COVID-19 to “Peak ” in San Mateo County beginning in late April and continue through May.

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:

Bay Area School Closures Extended Through May 1, 2020 &

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

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.

List of Local Stores With Special Store Hours For At Risk Community Members

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

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.

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 3/27

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

State Parks have taken additional safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A list of Park Closures can be found at and

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

Redwood City Library: Redwood Libraries Are Closed

Downloadable e-books magazines newspapers & more

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.

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:

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: 42631

Let’s “Get Loud For Our Heroes” - Each evening at 7pm

Let's make some noise Redwood City for our Health Care Workers, First Responders, Grocery Store Clerks, Restaurant Workers, and ALL of OUR essential workers. The "Get loud for our heroes" Movement began last night at 7 pm and will continue at the same time every night. Residents are encouraged to step outside of their homes or look outside their windows for two minutes each evening and make noise by cheering, clapping, or banging on pots to show support and gratitude for our Heroes working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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. 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. Riders must practice social distancing from fellow passengers. 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

US State Dept & Embassies-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:

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

Stay Informed: Congressional Representative Updates

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

Rep.. Anna Eshoo

Rep. Jackie Speier

You can sign-up for more then one!

Census Forms - Our Community Is “Counting” On Us!

The 2020 Census has begun to arrive! It is essential for every person in Redwood City to be counted. You may have seen the commercial the Redwood City Fire Department currently running on MSNBC. 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:

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

SF Chronicle

COVID-19 State of Emergancy Resources-Local COVID-19 Ordinances

Financial Resources-Volunteer & Donor Programs

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

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:

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. To calculate the approx. amount of your Stimulus Payment go to:

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.

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. The City of Redwood City is offering needs based Renters Assistance until May 31st . For more information call the Fair Oaks Community Center at 650 780-7500

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.

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

PG&E AT&T Verizon T-Mobile. Sprint

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

Citibank American Express (interest & late fees) Discover Card Barclay’s Bank

Bank of America Wells Fargo Chase US Bank

Stanford-Free Meal Map


Lunches For Seniors-Redwood City Veterans Memorial Senior Center

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center is providing lunch to Seniors weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please Call (650) 780-7259 to make your reservation and/or hear the daily menu options. Curbside pick-up at:1455 Madison Ave or delivery available within Redwood City. For more Information call (650) 780-7270

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 distributed via a Drive-thru For more info go to:

Redwood City Education Foundation:RCEF COVID-19 Family Relief Fund

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:

Assistance for Unsheltered & Unhoused Residents

To date, the City of Redwood City has delivered 20 hand-washing stations to assist residents who are homeless or living in vehicles this week. San Mateo County has moved 87 unhoused residents from the Maple Street Shelter to local hotels in order to comply with the 6 ft. social distancing mandate. The Governor has allocated 150 million dollars to assist cities and counties in providing care and services to unsheltered residents. The SMC Sheriff’s Correctional Center has partnered with LifeMoves to provide Food Service for our unhoused residents. With the help of voluntary inmate workers and the food services team, 420 daily meals will be provided, 7 days a week, until a long-term solution can be implemented.

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.

“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. “Covid Assist” is a partnership between VOCA and Peninsula Covenant Church. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service or would like to volunteer, please go to:

Mission Asset Fund- Direct Grants & Zero Interest Loans-#NoOneLeftOut

The Mission Asset Fund is offering direct grants up to $500 and zero interest loans to working families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mission Asset is a local Non-Profit Organization working to worked to create a fair financial marketplace for working families, who may not have access to traditional sources of credit/loans for a variety of reasons. For more information or to make a donation, please visit or Call 888-274-4808 or Download the “MY MAF “ App on your mobile device

Mental Health Resources

San Mateo County Mental Health Services

NAMI COVID-19 Information & Resource Guide

Center for Disease Control: COVID-19-Dealing Daily Stress & Anxiety

NASP: Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

World Health Organization: Mental Health Considerations During COVID-19

National Council For Behavioral Health-Coping With COVID-19

San Francisco Chronicle Article: Mental Health What You Should Know

Managing COVID-19 Related Anxiety

Small Business Resources

SAMCEDA: Resources For Local Small Businesses

SAMCEDA Small Business COVID-19 Impacts Survey

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

Forbes Released a List of 19 Programs To Help Small Businesses

FREE Things To Learn & Explore While Sheltering At Home

Golden Gate Park is turning 150! Virtual Celebration April 4, 2020.

California Academy Of Sciences: Explore The Academy From Home

Explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey Bay Aquarium

Smithsonian: Explore the US National Zoo & the Smithsonian

Virtual Trip to Paris France to explore the Louvre

The British Museum-"The Museum of the World”

Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China…/great-wall-of-china

Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.

San Diego Zoo

Virtual Tours of Yellowstone National Park…/lea…/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm

FarmFood 360- 11 Virtual Farm Tours

Google Arts & Culture: Explore Virtual Museums

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

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