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.

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.

“Finding Calm in the Chaos” – New Director of Emergency Management Embraces the Challenge

Redwood City – County Executive Mike Callagy today announced he has appointed Dr. Shruti Dhapodkar as the new director of the department tasked with coordinating countywide emergency planning, response and recovery.

We Asked You to Attend a Listening Session or Take a Survey: Now What?

Redwood City – What are your needs? That was the basic question residents we invited you to answer at a series of listening sessions and in a survey that focused on four key areas: housing and homelessness, emergency preparedness, children and families and mental health. The listening sessions concluded last week. The survey closed Monday at midnight.

First Youth Cultural Ambassadors on a Mission: Bringing Art, Poetry to the Community

Redwood City – Seven local high school students will serve as San Mateo County’s first Youth Cultural Ambassadors. The inaugural seven will seek to “build community through arts and culture with the goal of greater youth involvement in the community.”