March 25, 2020

Peninsula Health Care District Gives $3 Million

March 25, 2020

County Lauds Peninsula Health Care District for $3M Donation to COVID-19 Response 

San Mateo County supervisors today thanked the generous residents and organizations donating to the local COVID-19 response and highlighted Peninsula Health Care District committing up to $3 million to fund protective equipment and other critical needs.

“In these really uncertain times, organizations like Peninsula Health Care District that step up and respond to the community are key to our ability to persevere and come out stronger. We at the County just can’t thank them enough. That money will be put to good use, helping people avoid contracting the virus and helping those who already have it,” said Supervisor Carole Groom who, along with Supervisor Dave Pine, sits on the Board of Supervisors’ Ad Hoc Committee on COVID-19.

The Peninsula Health Care District Board’s $3 million commitment will go toward the overall COVID-19 response and to purchase vital needs not covered by federal relief or other funds. Details are being finalized.

“There is no denying that our community and the world are facing an opponent that is requiring each and every one of us to stand up and do our part,” said District President Dr. Lawrence W. Cappel. “In that spirit, I am proud to stand here to announce that the Peninsula Healthcare District has unanimously voted to provide San Mateo County’s health system with up to $3 million in support in the fight against COVID-19. It is our hope that through this investment; our community will get one step closer to containing COVID-19.”

Cappel also called on other organizations to examine their budgets to determine if they also have the ability to support the County’s health care system during this crisis.

“Individuals and organizations around the county are showing tremendous compassion and generosity in addressing the many urgent local needs arising from the COVID-19 crisis,” County of San Mateo Joint Information Center Media Line: 650-779-9939 smc_ said Supervisor Dave Pine whose First Supervisorial District — like that of Groom — is largely included in the health care district. “While we are entering the worst of this pandemic, we are seeing simultaneously our better angels emerging to meet this challenge. The Peninsula Health Care District has set an inspiring example for all to follow.”

In addition to Peninsula Health Care District, the County has received generous donations of personal protective equipment from such companies as Facebook in Menlo Park and Chimera Bioengineering in South San Francisco.

Members of the public can drop off donations at the County’s central collection center off of Maple Street in Redwood City. Generous donors have filled multiple carts with equipment. Supplies in demand are:

• Unused N95 respirators and surgical masks. They can be opened, as long as they have not been used.

• Unopened packages of disposable gloves •

• Unopened containers of disinfectants and disinfecting wipes

• Packaged, unused protective goggles

How to Help: Donate Supplies Personal protective equipment supplies can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Maple Street Correctional Facility, 1300 Maple St., Redwood City. **Please follow the “donations” sign to staffed collection bins in the parking lot. Only items on the list above will be accepted.**

Technical organizations (EXAMPLE: pharma, biotech) or other businesses with medical supplies to donate should email

Contribute to the San Mateo County Strong Fund. Those interested in making a financial donation should visit where they can choose to help individuals, families, small businesses, nonprofits or where the need is greatest in San Mateo County.

Visit for local information and resources related to COVID-19.

March 24, 2020

Board of Supervisors Passes Countywide Moratorium on Evictions

Today we had our first virtual Board of Supervisors meeting. Overall, the process worked well and the technology didn't fail us.

The Board's agenda was a busy one filled mostly with Corona Virus responses.

The first legislation was an emergency countywide regulation that establishes a temporary moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent by residential tenants directly impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. See the details here.

The second item was a resolution that authorizes the donation of three million dollars in Measure K Funds to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to benefit San Mateo County families and individuals, non-profit organizations and small business adversely impacted by COVID-19.

To promote donations to the fund, we have published a new web site All donations received through this page will be managed by the community foundation but will be distributed in collaboration with county staff and only given to San Mateo County residents, non-profits and small business. A comprehensive marketing plan is being developed.

Donations are encouraged.

March 23, 2020

A Glimpse into San Mateo County's Emergency Operations Center

I wanted to share some of what is going on behind the scenes at the County as it relates to the Corona Virus and our fight to slow/flatten its spread. So, the narrative below is meant to illustrate that your county is fully engaged in the pandemic battle.

San Mateo County activated its Emergency Operations Center a couple of weeks ago. There are between 50-75 staff members coordinating various aspects of the Corona Virus crises. We also have embedded staff from the State Office of Emergency Services.

San Mateo County Emergency Operations Center
The county has activated a 211 call information center where residents with questions can get answers. We've had around 4,000 calls with a wait time of 6-7 minutes. We also have a separate call center that is staffed by county attorneys. They have been fielding questions from our business community as to what businesses can be open and related topics.

We are in the process of producing some public service announcements and we obviously issue news releases as developments change. Here is a sample press release. We have approximately 710 volunteers signed up to date.

Our health care system workers continue to work under difficult conditions and our Sheriff personnel continue their important work. Both groups are contributing to the overall safety of residents.

We owe them a deep debt of gratitude.

Our County Manager has at least two group conference calls per day. One of those is with city managers from throughout the county and the other call is with elected officials from cities, schools and special districts. The manager briefs the groups on daily events and news on upcoming situations. Many questions are asked and answered and follow up emails go out to the same individuals.

In addition, we have a daily call with San Mateo County's Health Officer, Dr. Scott Morrow.

Obviously the spread of the virus is fast moving and all of the resources that we have put in place are aimed at keeping us safe and informed - accurate and current information are some of the keys to fighting the disease.

As County Supervisors we are plugged into daily operations. We have a subcommittee of Supervisors - Pine and Groom who are the board representatives to the Corona fight. We've all been deeply involved in the county wide effort. San Mateo County residents continue to send us emails with suggestions and comments.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, we will conduct our board meeting by telephone. Public comments are being solicited by email.

These resources might be helpful:

County Health System

County Web Site

Email address for agenda comments =