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Coronavirus central: Cases in Santa Clara, San Mateo counties rise by the dozens

Original post made on Mar 30, 2020

Santa Clara County has 646 cases, 72 of which were reported on Saturday and Sunday. The county also reported five more deaths, bringing its total to 25. As of Monday, San Mateo County has 309 cases and six deaths.

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Posted by Landlord
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Mar 30, 2020 at 12:45 pm

With the new orders that Landlords cannot evict for non-payment of rent, are Newson and City Councils doing the same for Mortgage Lenders and suspending Mortgage payments on those rental properties?


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 30, 2020 at 3:37 pm

Why did it take the JCC so long to curtail operations? There can be no excuse for the delay and putting the community at risk.


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Posted by MidPen is fighting the order
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 1, 2020 at 1:58 pm

No matter how many one way trails and crowd management steps are put into place, they are encouraging and enabling community mixing by allowing their parking lots to be open. The fact that they actually have to crowd manage in certain commuter parks like Rancho San Antonio says it all. They are knowingly attracting members from various communities who then mix, maybe get gas or shop either here or somewhere on the way home, then go back to their home communities. That's a textbook and efficient way to spread this virus.

How is this still happening with all we know about the danger and the spread?!?!?!
You cannot be safe by simply avoiding the park either because of how this is spread.

Please contact MidPen directly and insist they come into compliance and stop fostering the spread by simply closing the large parking lots. We have to NOT mix communities.


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Posted by Phil Braxton
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Apr 27, 2020 at 2:50 pm

I hate my local government.
I feel badly for everyone who is trying to earn a living.
The secondary effects of this lockdown are enormous: suicide hotline call number are way up. Police report a significant increase in domestic violence and child abuses calls.
Vote every incumbent out next election.
By the way: the State of Texas announced the end to their lockdown on this coming Thursday.


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Posted by Scared and Angry
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 13, 2020 at 2:27 pm

Yet again San Mateo County and related local Governments are putting business concerns ahead of the safety and the well-being of the elderly, people of color, our kids and the housing insecure. If they are not trying to burn us out, they are exposing us to contagion.

These Government Do-gooders will tell you it is to help some group or other. But really it is so they can gain influence and scrape tax dollars. Like building expensive housing in fire prone areas is a pretence for helping the housing insecure, we will be told that going to stage 2 will help small businesses - it will not. As infection rates go up Facebook will do well. But the small businesses, restaurant owners and employees are going to suffer both illness and continued loss of business. Stage 2 is going to be round 2, the second wave of virus infection. The San Mateo County government should be ashamed of themselves. I will only shop for necessary food in Santa Clara where it is safer.


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Posted by West Menlo
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 19, 2020 at 4:35 pm

@scared: You can solve your problem by self-isolating and living your life in your own personal bubble. Have groceries delivered to your house, Amazon shipments to your front door. Remember to thoroughly disinfect all deliveries. Do not go outside!

And, please, let the rest of us get on with our businesses and our lives as we wish.


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Posted by low impulse control kids wanna play!
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on May 19, 2020 at 4:58 pm

> And, please, let the rest of us get on with our businesses and our lives as we wish.

And, please, let the rest of us - who are cautious and aware of the public safety risks, not have to pay the price for those with low impulse control who want to 'open' up.

Once your second wave hits, please suffer at home, do not clog medical facilities with your self inflected covid cases, clogging and denying health services for those who showed personal responsibility and helped to protect the community by not "going on with their lives as they wish."


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Posted by West Menlo
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 19, 2020 at 8:48 pm

There were no clogged hospitals with the so-called first wave. In fact, hospitals were so under-utilized that Stanford had to give their health care workers a 20% pay cut. They had no patients. Remember when Czar Newsom predicted that 56% of Californians would be infected? Well, we’re st about .2% (2 tenths of one percent ) infected. Way to go Gavin!!

So I take your second and third waves with an absolute grain of salt. Sorry-no sale! I’ll wear a mask, practice reasonable social distancing, but want to get back at it on a daily basis. Shopping, eating, living.


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Posted by PV Resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on May 19, 2020 at 10:04 pm

I haven’t changed my routines or habits at all. I do a minimum to be responsible but it’s ridiculous to keep people inside for this long. If you don’t want the virus maybe you should stay home? And if you do go out then just be reasonable. Portola Valley has fewer cases because we have more space—think of it as a Wyoming of the Bay Area. Because of this, we shouldn’t have these restrictions imposed upon us. PV should open up (maybe for residents only) and everyone should go back to normal!


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Posted by 100,000 dead Americans
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on May 20, 2020 at 9:26 am

@low impulse control kids

You do not understand, the personal responsibility crowd really, really, really, really need to get a haircut and go out to bars.

"I haven’t changed my routines or habits at all."

”...let the rest of us get on with our ... our lives as we wish."

Personal responsibility.


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Posted by Margo
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on May 21, 2020 at 2:36 pm

Occasionally, when I see statistics I try to understand their meaning. This article, listing 2492 cases and 138 deaths means that 5% of THE PEOPLE TESTING POSITIVE have died. If we knew the population of the county, which is being counted as I write, we would find the percent of residents even having the disease is low and very low for those dying. It doesn't mean this is not serious, because it is, but it does mean the odds of dying from CV 19 are low. I believe in taking all the precautions, but I am not frightened. If I take care of myself, I'll be fine. It's vital to keep a positive outlook, even while staying home.


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Posted by Iris
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on May 25, 2020 at 9:34 am

It is untrue that Stanford and other healthcare providers "had no patients". They did; they also had some deaths. Because of our Stay At Home orders, however, the numbers were low enough that they were not overwhelmed. That's a good thing because San Mateo County STILL does not have sufficient supply of PPE (30 days) to cover a spike of local needs. Remember that this is a global pandemic and the shortages of PPE and medications is global so our healthcare system must compete globally to meet needs since there aren't sufficient supplies nationally.
Stanford, and other healthcare systems, are scheduling elective procedures. That will help their revenue and help patients, while also utilizing more of the PPE that's in short supply. The best thing we can do is manage ourselves responsibly, following the guidance of public health professionals.


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