Councilmember Ned Fluet
Dear Neighbor, 

I hope you are well and staying safe. Here is an important COVID-19 update from San Mateo County.

San Mateo County Now Under Regional Stay At Home Order

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge and ICU capacity declines, San Mateo County is under a mandatory Regional Stay Home Order that takes effect Thursday, Dec. 17, at 11:59 p.m.  The state announced the order today because regional ICU bed capacity fell below 15 percent, a trigger threshold. Across the Bay Area region, ICU capacity fell today to 12.9 percent. 

The order prohibits private gatherings of any size, except for outdoor church services and political demonstrations. Restaurants must stop offering in-person dining and can offer only take-out and delivery.

Many businesses and activities must close, including salons and barbershops. Retail can remain open at 20% capacity. Nonessential travel and the use of hotels or short-term rentals for leisure is banned.

People can continue with essential activities like going to the doctor, buying groceries, and picking up takeout food.

Outdoor activities like walking, hiking, cycling and outdoor religious ceremonies are permitted. Schools that have already reopened for in-person classes may remain open. Outdoor playgrounds can remain open, subject to the normal distancing and mask requirements.

The rules will remain in effect for at least three weeks. The full press release with additional details can be found here.

On our call with the county manager today, our County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow stated that the current case rate is eight times higher than it was in the summer. He also stated that cases are increasing primarily as a result of social gatherings. Fatigue has clearly set in but Dr. Morrow appeals to everyone to avoid social gatherings this holiday season:

“With vaccines for the general public still months away, please avoid social gatherings — the most common source of infections into households ...The virus is transmissible without and before any symptoms. Please, no gatherings outside of immediate households, use face masks and, if you know or think you have been exposed to the virus, isolate yourself immediately even if you have no symptoms.”

Town News

Last week, the Town of Woodside celebrated the election of a new mayor and vice mayor.  Please join me in welcoming Mayor Brian Dombkowski and Vice Mayor Dick Brown! We also welcomed new councilmembers Jennifer Wall and John Carvell. Although no longer mayor, I am continuing on as a Woodside councilmember serving District 7. It was an honor to serve the town as mayor over the last year.  Needless to say, it was a year full of challenges but the town persevered and thrived.  I hope that 2021 will be a year of health, rest, and prosperity for everyone in Woodside. 

At our meeting last night, the town council approved plans for Kings Mountain Road safety improvements and directed town staff to begin work on providing the library two additional parking spaces. We also accepted completion of the Old La Honda Road bridge replacement project. The bridge project was a huge undertaking and our town staff did a wonderful job. More info on last night's meeting is here.

Happy holidays!

As always, I am here to answer your questions and address your concerns. I post regularly on my Facebook page regarding Town and County news if you want more information.  

Take care of your families and neighbors.

Ned Fluet
Councilmember, Town of Woodside

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