Update From San Mateo County Health on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) San Mateo County Health is working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to the outbreak of novel coronavirus in China and its potential impacts on the Bay Area including San Mateo County. San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow issued an updated statement on COVID-19 which includes the implementation of the following activities at this time:
• All non-essential gatherings should be canceled, postponed, or done remotely. Unfortunately, at this time, I have no standard definition of “non-essential” or “gathering” to guide your decisions. Use your best judgment.
• Stop shaking hands.
• Increase in the amount of remote working or teleworking to the extent possible especially for those who appear at higher risk for developing the disease, those over the age of 60 and those with co-morbid conditions.
• Under all circumstances, stop touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth with your unwashed hands.
For more guidance and to read Dr. Morrow's updated statement in its entirety, go to https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus.*