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Coronavirus weekend update: Ten new cases reported in San Mateo County

Original post made on Mar 21, 2020

A roundup of news about the coronavirus in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. As of March 21, the number of cases in San Mateo County, grew to 110. In Santa Clara County, the case count is nearing 200.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9:53 AM

Comments (17)

Posted by Useful Information
a resident of Professorville
on Mar 21, 2020 at 10:51 am

It would be valuable information for the community to know more specifics about the deaths. For example, how old were these people? Did they have other complications? The way the fatalities are currently being reported makes it seem like they could be anyone — healthy teenager, stay at home mom in her 30s, jazz musician in his mid-40s, or an 85 year in an assisted living facility.


Posted by Barron Barney
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 21, 2020 at 5:31 pm

"makes it seem like they could be anyone — jazz musician in his mid-40s"


Yes this is the SJD, (Smooth Jazz Disease).
The Coronet Virus.
The Violinfluenza.
The Flute Flue.


Posted by CryForMoreInfo
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 21, 2020 at 6:42 pm

67? I am shocked.
Do they have any recent travel history?
What are the age groups? Any other symptoms?
How may close contacts for each? How many have tested for each case?
Any related to the previous reported cases or clusters?
Places each went (including transportation)? Fully sprayed and cleaned up?
Hospitalized? Home quarantine? Household members secured?
Passed away?
Unknown reason? ideally, this should be zero.

Realistically, to evaluate if shelter in place is working, each question should have a clear answer.



Posted by Alex
a resident of Ventura
on Mar 21, 2020 at 8:32 pm

As observed in China, we will not see the number of cases crest until a couple of weeks after the quarantine goes into effect. People who got infected before the quarantine will continue developing symptoms, and their numbers will grow. I hope with all my heart that we will start seeing the number of new cases decline and come under control in another week or two, but success depends on our ability to maintain the quarantine.


Posted by It takes time
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 21, 2020 at 8:39 pm

It takes time for shelter in place to show an effect. It's something like 10 days because it takes 5-7 to show symptoms and a few more for them to be severe enough to get tested and get results back. So the graphs for "when it was contracted" and "when it was diagnosed" are shifted by about 10 days. Take a look at Chart 9: Web Link

I expect we will need to be sheltering in place for at least two weeks before we can see if it is having an impact. From what I can tell from that article, if we do everything right, it will be 6-8 weeks before we have it "under control" to some extent, and then many months of caution until there is some kind of a vaccine. But are we doing everything right?


Posted by Mike Alexander
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Mar 21, 2020 at 9:37 pm

I believe SC County and the Weekly have reported age and city for each death on the days they were announced. Look in the archive. And each day's update includes numbers of cases due to intl travel, close contacts with other cases, cases due to community transmission, and cases hospitalized.

I think it could helpful for us to know how many people have had tests.


Posted by Lizette
a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2020 at 10:06 pm

It is very upsetting when I go to store for essentials that some people ( especially young people) don’t seem to take the social distancing seriously. I was at Target today and a group of young people walked in and were all close to each other but spread throughout the corridor as I was on one side trying to walk out. This has happened to me several times. I am an older woman trying to protect myself and others and are finding it very stressful to go out for essentials. I think stores need to limit the number of people inside at any one time .


Posted by Dr Ulysys Char
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 22, 2020 at 10:57 am

The cure for covid 19 is 25cc of prayers and 9 Halalulas


Posted by Jane Doe
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 22, 2020 at 11:50 am

@ Lizette

Lizette, can you order online? There are a number of options to have necessities delivered to your home. Safeway, among others, has a home delivery option where you can order what you need online. This would probably be the safest thing for you to do if you can, and then avoid going to stores altogether. By the way, in China, they ended up even banning going to grocery stores and everybody had their food delivered at home in the end during their lockdown.


Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 22, 2020 at 3:39 pm

All of the actions described in the article are good and sensible but the biggest need is to support our economy while we support the public health - allowing the full scope of the economy sustained damage will hurt everyone. Keeping the local and national economies intact is absolutely essential.
I would hope EVERYONE would urge the politicians - and we all know who they are - to sign the relief bills immediately, without any further delays. This will help people who really need it. This will preserve our local businesses and our community. Unfortunately too many in our legislatures and congress are holding this up to pad the bill. It's not a good time in any way for politics as usual and I hope we all rise up to demand swift action.


Posted by Vinay
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 22, 2020 at 6:15 pm

Is there information about which cities in the county have seen these 10 tragic deaths? One is in Gilroy I know, and the first was in Mountain View. Anyone has information about the other cases? Thanks.


Posted by Elaine
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 22, 2020 at 9:30 pm

As much as everyone is panicking, if you want some perspective and to understand true suffering and tragedy, read about the pandemic from 1918-1920 where hundreds of thousands died, often within a day or two suffocating to death from the accompanying pneumonia. Imagine no medicine, no ventilators and the main source of percolation and transmission before people understood what was developing were the soldiers in camps and then in ships crossing the Atlantic. And oddly it killed those aged 20-40 more than the elderly or young.

These strains of influenza were riddles then and still are today as they present as nothing seen prior.

I was disgusted that CNN had a woman talking about several members of her family dying with no mention of any underlying conditions which just creates more fear but whatever the unabashedly biased media can do to blame everything on Trump is their objective and that episode of fear inducing and unhelpful sensationalism was so bad I had to turn off the TV. Just imagine seeing your child off to fight the Great War yet the virus killed more young men that stayed behind than were casualties in battle and you know that Notre Dame phrase coaches say before football games “Let’s get one for the Gipper?” . That was immortalizing a 20 something star football player who succumbed to the influenza after getting sick after a football game. It was dubbed “the “Spanish Flu” not because it originated in Spain but because it sounded more exotic, Go figure. Maybe the panicking people can cart the afflicted off to Angel Island like lepers. or, perhaps kids should understand that without modern medicine people would be dropping like flies and they would abide by the social distancing order. How soon we forget history. Here’s a rhyme children skipped rope to in 1918.
I had a little bird,
It’s name was Enza.
I opened the window,
And in-flu-Enza.
Let’s get back to our humanity to get through this by a concerted effort that requires everyone to be responsible to do what they can to not endanger others. [Portion removed.]


Posted by Martha Dogood
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 23, 2020 at 9:28 am

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Posted by PA parents.
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 23, 2020 at 9:46 am

There are many articles written in times, nypost and cnn about how great the jobs Asian countries Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong have done in combating the virus. These were the epicenters at the beginning. Our scientists also predicted that these countries would have fallen in 8 weeks. People in these cities live in densely packed apartments in big buildings, go to work in densely packed buses and subways. Few people own cars and live in big houses. They have less active cases than in our county because their politicians focused on fixing the situation rather than taking advantage of it.
Our scientists should stop presenting the worst outcome as the most likely one. It is mathematically impossible to infect 175 million people in eight weeks. It is high school math.


Posted by Trump fired the Pandemic Team
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Mar 23, 2020 at 9:50 am

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Posted by Trump fired the Pandemic Team
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Mar 23, 2020 at 10:52 am

> Our scientists should stop presenting the worst outcome as the most likely one. It is mathematically impossible to infect 175 million people in eight weeks.

I missed "Our Scientists" who predicted that - please share links to those who said it would infect 175 million people in eight weeks.


Posted by RT
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 23, 2020 at 11:55 am

I would also like to see the # of recoveries.
As comparing that to the # of cases will tell us when we've at least turned the corner.


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