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As the rate of cases once again surges in California, all Bay Area counties have reverted to the "high-risk" status and are under lockdown with the rest of the state. San Mateo County had also flipped to the purple (widespread risk) tier in accordance with the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy when, until recently, the county's status had moved to red (substantial risk).

As of December 22, county health data placed the total number of confirmed cases at almost 22,000. A disproportionate number of cases (46%) are occurring in the Latinx and Hispanic population although this population makes up only 24% of the county's total population.

San Mateo County’s December 10 web update focused on the holiday season with the message that residents avoid gathering indoors and avoid non-essential travel. This initiative was reinforced by the strict statewide lockdown ordered by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Non-essential travel is defined as travel for the purpose of tourism and recreation. San Mateo County residents are urged to follow the county's guideline and avoid traveling more than two or three hours by car and, generally, avoid traveling across county lines.

County health officials also urge residents to remember that testing negative does not guarantee risk-free socialization. “We advise against traveling and want to reinforce that testing provides only a point-in-time result,” said County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow in the November 19 County update.

“A negative test does not clear you for visiting relatives,” he said.

Best practices still include wearing a facial covering, keeping socially distance and avoiding gatherings regardless of your test results.


Jui Sarwate contributes articles of special interest to
 East Palo Alto Today.