San Mateo County was one of four counties in the Bay Area that has yet to meet the state’s new “health equity metric” for coronavirus. This metric is designed to make sure disadvantaged neighborhoods are not sicker than other neighborhoods during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joining San Mateo in failing the metric were Contra Costa, San Fancisco and Sonoma.
To date, San Mateo has recorded 155 deaths attributed to Coronavirus. Cases of the virus stood at 10,510. There have been 1,639 deaths in the Bay Area and 16,575 deaths in California.
Only three people under the age of 50 in San Mateo have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
There are 33 people hospitalized in San Mateo hospitals with suspected COVID-19. There are 353 acute care beds available in the county; 299 are in use and 54 are available.
In Pacifica, there have been 219 COVID-19 cases reported. In Half Moon Bay there have been 364 and in Daly City there have been 1,668 cases. Deaths by city are not reported by the San Mateo Health Department.
Patients in long term care facilities remain at greater risk, the health department reported. The latest number shows that 653 cases of COVID-19 have been reported at these facilities among staff and patients and of those cases 85 people have died.
County Health Officer Scott Morrow said on the county’s website that he has not updated his public health message lately because “there hasn’t been much change to what I have already stated. We are in a general steady state of infection as we have been for about 3 months.”
Morrow said that hospitals have plenty of capacity. Deaths are low.
He also said this about the shutdown: “Please remember, the state is putting restrictions on businesses. I am not.”
He remained critical of the state.
(The state’s approach) “remains partially flawed because it doesn’t look at the context of what’s going on in a locality and only looks at the county’s case rate and the positivity rate. These data only tell part of the story. And while the nexus between these rates and the business and organizational closures required is a bit less tenuous than before, it still doesn’t get at the fundamental issues causing continuing infections – mainly structural failures in the economy and careless gatherings, without appropriate precautions, of people outside a single household. One thing the new system does do is to reward more testing by reducing our case rate in proportion if we do more testing than the state average. We are also penalized if we do less testing than the state average. We recognize this and will be working to increase testing over the next few weeks.”
Morrow also said “It is critically important for everyone age six months and older to get the flu vaccine this year. Flu vaccine is widely available now. Please don’t delay in getting your flu shot. While we have begun planning on receiving a coronavirus vaccine before the end of the year, the information coming out from the federal government is very confused and contradictory. I have no additional information than that being reported in the media.
This remains far from over. To get out of this situation depends on all of us. Our collective best course of action: No gatherings outside of immediate households, use facial coverings extensively, and social distancing.”
The health department is also warning against traditional Halloween activities such at door-to-door trick-or-treating.
“The safest way to celebrate Halloween,” the county’s website said, “is to spend time with people in the same household or to celebrate virtually.”