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Town Implementing Preventive Measures at Town Facilities Against COVID-19

Post Date:03/12/2020 11:59 AM

From Town Manager, Jeremy Dennis:

Dear Portola Valley Community Members~

The Town is continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow direction from the San Mateo County Health Department. The County Health Officer posted in his latest update that there is evidence of widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in San Mateo County. In accordance with the County’s latest information, and for the safety of the community and Town staff, the Town is implementing preventive measures, including the cancellation or postponement of Town Government events and events at Town facilities. These preventative measures are meant to slow the spread of the virus in our community, reduce the number of people infected, and protect those who are most vulnerable to severe illness.

We understand the new measures can have tremendous impact on the lives of people in our community. However, this is a critical moment in the growing occurrence of COVID-19 when such measures can potentially slow the spread of the disease. Below we have compiled the most recent information and resources from trusted sources.

What You Can Do
We strongly urge you to practice good hygiene, stay home when feeling unwell, and call your health practitioner if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms before going to the hospital.  We thank the community for their cooperation and understanding during this time.

For the latest news and information, please visit:
* SMC Health:
* CDC:
* Tips from CDC for Homes, Schools and Businesses:
* SMC Public Call Center: You may also call the San Mateo County Covid-19 Public Call Center at 211 or text "coronavirus" to 211211 for information and updates. This line is open 24/7 in multiple languages.

COVID-19 Updates
* We are compiling the County COVID-19 updates on the front page of the Town website:
* Now is a good time to sign up for Town e-Notices: and SMC Alerts:

Town Gatherings Canceled
As this is an evolving situation, the Town will adapt and increase protective measure for our community based on recommendations from the County and State.

* All “non-essential” events, classes, practices, meetings, gatherings – indoors and/or outdoors - and farmers’ market at the Town Center are canceled effective Friday March 13, 2020 through March 29, 2020. At this time Town Council, Planning Commission and ASCC meetings will be held, and staff is looking into opportunities to livestream meetings. No new facilities rental applications will be accepted until new guidance is received from the County.

* We are accepting enrollment into classes for the Spring Quarter, but may need to cancel based on new guidance.

Library – Check for Event/Activity Cancellations

Libraries are canceling some public programs and will be reviewing others through the month of March. We encourage you to check before attending programs in case there are any changes:

Latest Update/Press Releases From San Mateo County – March 11, 2020
Order Barring Visitors From Skilled Nursing Facilities: San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has a issued a legal order barring unauthorized visitors and non-essential personnel from licensed skilled nursing facilities in the county. Press release found here.

Priory Closed Until March 25th – Per Directive from Archdiocese of San Francisco

Woodside Priory has announced a closure of its school until March 25, 2020. You can read the letter here. The closure has been directed by the Archdiocese of San Francisco who has closed all of their schools in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties.

How You Can Provide Support to Your Community
In situations as these, our vulnerable populations need our collective support. Should you know of a neighbor who lives alone or may not have access to the latest information, we encourage you to reach out with a friendly phone call to see if they need anything. As a community, we can also help each other by not spreading misinformation, educating ourselves, and not shaking hands.

Thank you,

Jeremy Dennis
Town Manager
Town of Portola Valley

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