Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

County & City of San Mateo Monitoring, Responding to Coronavirus

We’re working closely with state and local agencies to monitor and respond to the impacts of COVID-19 in our community. Stay informed with reliable, timely information directly from the San Mateo County Health, California Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) websites.

Both the State and County have issued mandatory shelter in place orders. Sometimes these orders differ and whichever order is more restrictive, applies locally.

The San Mateo County Health Officer’s Mandatory Shelter In Place Order is frequently updated and should be reviewed for the latest requirements. People are required to wear face coverings when in public at essential businesses, waiting in line, at medical facilities, and on public transit. It’s recommended, but not required, to wear face coverings when recreating outdoors. You should still maintain social distancing at all times. Review the County’s FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions.

We’ll continue to provide local updates and City-specific information as we prioritize the health and safety of our community.

COVID-19 Case Data & Testing

The number of detected cases in San Mateo County, including data by City and zip code, is available in the County’s online data dashboard.  

How to Get Tested: Testing is critical to determining the impacts of the virus in our community. 

NEW - Project Baseline: San Mateo County residents can access free testing, without restrictions, through Verily’s Project Baseline. Testing is offered with an advance appointment at several sites, including the San Mateo County Event Center on Mondays and Tuesdays. Visit the County’s COVID testing web page for more information.

If you need transportation to Project Baseline’s testing site at the San, please call (650) 779-9375 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can also access testing through your health care provider.

City to Continue Providing Essential Services

To protect the health of our staff and residents, the City is taking extensive steps to reduce the spread of the virus. See which City services will continue uninterrupted during the Shelter in Place Order. 

All City Facilities Closed to the Public and Events Cancelled

We have also closed City facilities to the public including libraries, community centers and City Hall. All events have been cancelled. Read more about the facility closures and the impact on City programs and events.

Formal Public Meetings to Continue As-Needed

Normal public meetings – including Council and commission meetings – will continue as needed for essential business. However, public participation may only be done remotely. Visit the Public Meeting Portal to view live meetings, watch recorded meetings, and learn how to provide comment on agenda items.

County Event Center Being Used to Support Regional Response

The San Mateo County Event Center is being used to support the regional response to COVID-19. In a March 30 press release the County announced the National Guard brought medical supplies to set up a field hospital in preparation for the possibility local hospitals will need additional capacity. The County-owned and operated Event Center continues to be used to house in RVs a small number of patients who could not safely isolate at home. The property is also hosting a restricted drive-through testing site operated by Verily. All activities at the event center are being carefully monitored and security measures are in place.


San Mateo County

San Mateo County Health:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention:


Call 2-1-1 with all non-emergency and non-medical inquiries.

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San Mateo County Economic Development Agency and the County have opened a legal hotline and email for businesses with questions.

Phone: (650) 363-4588
Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm