Menlo Park and surrounding towns remain under stay at home order

by Contributed Content on January 9, 2021

In a statement issued by the California Department of Public Health, the State has extended its Regional Stay at Home Order, which was originally set to expire on January 8, due to the region’s ICU bed capacity remaining below 15%. All current restrictions will remain in place until the Bay Area’s four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%. The state will assess the region’s ICU projections in the coming days and announce a formal decision on whether Bay Area meets criteria to exit the order.

Current available ICU capacity by region
  • Bay Area: 3.0%
  • Greater Sacramento: 6.4%
  • Northern California: 27.5%
  • San Joaquin Valley: 0.0%
  • Southern California: 0.0%

ICU capacity projections for regions that are eligible to exit the order are calculated daily based on four factors: current estimated regional ICU capacity available, measure of current community transmission, current regional case rates and the proportion of ICU cases being admitted. Decreasing community transmission and increasing the health system capacity can help a region’s projected ICU capacity so they can exit the order.

Read the full Regional Stay Home Order, Supplement to the Order and frequently asked questions.

Due to high rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations affecting the health care system, California is also under a Limited Stay at Home Order. The order applies to all counties that are currently under the Regional Stay at Home Order and those in Tier One (Purple) of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. San Mateo County is in Tier One (Purple)The Limited Stay at Home Order will expire after the Regional Stay At Home Order has been terminated in all regions of the state.

Statewide COVID-19 data as of Jan. 7
  • California has 2,568,641 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.
  • There were 50,030 newly recorded confirmed cases Thursday.
  • There have been 35,027,330 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 266,975 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.
  • As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 28,538 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
  • As of January 8, a total of 652,128 vaccine doses have been administered statewide. As of January 8, a total of 2,060,800 vaccine doses, which includes the first and second dose, have been shipped to local health departments and health care systems that have facilities in multiple counties.
  • The 7-day positivity rate is 14.0% and the14-day positivity rate is 13.3%.

COVID-19 data in mid-Peninsula as of Jan. 8

The are 27,754 confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Mateo Country as of Jan. 8. These include 121 in Atherton, 23 in Ladera, 1,120 in Menlo Park, 52 in Portola Valley, 41 in unincorporated west Menlo Park and 96 in Woodside.

Tracking COVID-19 in California

Updated Travel Advisory
CDPH has issued an updated travel advisory. Except in connection with essential travel, Californians should avoid non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles from one’s place of residence, or to other states or countries. Avoiding travel reduces the risk of virus transmission, including by reducing the risk that new sources of infection and, potentially, new virus strains will be introduced to California. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering California and should adhere to the state’s self-quarantine procedures for 10 days

Safe Schools for All Plan

Governor Newsom released his California’s Safe Schools for All plan, California’s framework to support schools to continue operating safely in person and to expand the number of schools safely resuming in-person instruction.

Vaccinate All 58

The COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the pandemic. California will distribute a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in a fair way to everyone who wants it in all 58 counties. Visit the Vaccinate All 58 webpage.

Your Actions Save Lives

Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches), call your health care provider.
  • If you believe you have been exposed, get tested. Free, confidential testing is available statewide.
  • Stay home except for essential activities and follow local public health guidance.
  • Keep interactions to people who live in your household.
  • Wear a cloth face mask when out in public.
  • Avoid non-essential travel and stay close to home; self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival if you leave the state.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home from work, school or other people if you feel ill.
  • Add your phone to the fight by signing up for COVID-19 exposure notifications from CA Notify.
  • Answer the call if a contact tracer from the CA COVID Team or local health department tries to connect.

One Comment

Larry January 11, 2021 at 8:14 am

It would be a lot easier to follow these requirements if they were for good medical reason and not political. Unfortunately these seem to be completely political. Having read the San Mateo County Health directors letter in December it makes a huge amount of sense. If these restrictions really were to stem the spread of Coronavirus there would not be exceptions for professional sports, the entertainment industry, Tesla employees and several other groups. It would also be easier to follow these if the officials who put them in place actually tried to follow them themselves. Unfortunately as we have seen with the likes of Gavin Newsom, London breed and Sam Liccardo they don’t feel the need to follow their own requirements. Wearing a mask and social distancing should prevent the spread of covid-19. It has in the past. Putting in new restrictions with tighter lockdowns are not going to have much effect when people ignore them to get together for holidays or other social events. It just ends up putting more stress on people.

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