Across San Mateo County, Residents Shared Their Greatest Needs and Challenges. Now What?

Redwood City – The County of San Mateo today released a report detailing the results of a monthslong process to learn about residents’ needs in four key areas. The insight will inform a Board of Supervisors study session scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Minimum Wage Rises to $17.06 an Hour Beginning New Years Day in Unincorporated San Mateo County

Redwood City – San Mateo County’s minimum wage will rise to $17.06 an hour in unincorporated areas starting Jan. 1, 2024, as an automatic pay increase.

Five Deaths, Few Answers: County Forms Domestic Violence Task Force

Redwood City – The County of San Mateo has formed a Domestic Violence Task Force following the homicides of five women this year at the hands of abusers, Supervisor Noelia Corzo announced today.

Health Officer Directs Health Care Personnel to Wear Masks during Respiratory Virus Season

Redwood City – San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Kismet Baldwin-Santana today issued a local health order requiring staff in patient care areas of health care facilities to wear face masks. Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 1, 2023, the order applies to paid and unpaid facility personnel and other professionals and does not apply to patients, visitors or individuals with medical or mental health conditions or a disability that prevents wearing a mask.

New Director for County’s Effort to Improve Literacy Among Young Learners

Redwood City – The County of San Mateo has selected Katharine Sullivan as the director of The Big Lift, an ambitious effort to prepare young learners for success. Sullivan comes to the County with more than 20 years of experience in improving educational opportunities and targeting resources to meet community needs. This knowledge will be key as The Big Lift aims to improve literacy with focused services.

LGBTQIA+ Commission Seeks Your Feedback!

The LGBTQIA+ Commission of San Mateo County wants to know what the LGBTQIA+ community and allies think are the biggest issues they face living here. We invite you to take this one minute survey to share your thoughts. Your feedback will help the Commission focus in on a topic for the next year as well as future issues to work on. The survey will close October 9 and the LGBTQIA+ Commission will share with you what they learned. The survey is anonymous and allows us to learn a bit more about what is important to you.

County Health Urges COVID-19 & Flu Vaccination as Respiratory Virus Season Begins

Redwood City — San Mateo County Health officials urge residents six months and older to get the seasonal flu vaccine and the updated COVID-19 shot, which was approved yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

County to Purchase Two Hotels to Convert to Supportive Housing: Key step in County’s “Functional Zero” Strategy

Redwood City – The Board of Supervisors today voted to purchase two hotels, one in Millbrae and one in South San Francisco, as key elements in the County’s strategy to combat homelessness.

“Share Hope Together” Campaign Aims to Prevent Suicide Through Community Connections

Redwood City – The County of San Mateo invites all residents to learn about the warning signs of suicide and share stories of hope in a campaign to prevent suicide.

Final Budget Changes Go to Board of Supervisors

Redwood City – The County of San Mateo today released a revised budget for the 2023-24 fiscal year that highlights the County’s commitment to ending homelessness, expanding mental health services and supporting financially vulnerable residents. “We want to ensure that every resident of San Mateo County has access to critical supports that make our community stronger and more resilient,” said County Executive Mike Callagy. “The goal is that everyone can truly thrive, not just survive.”

What to Know About Expired COVID-19 Test Kits

Redwood City – With kids back in school and end-of-summer travel at our near record levels (along with a lot of close contact), you might be wondering if it’s time to break out a COVID-19 test kit if you or a loved one gets a fever, sore throat or other symptoms.