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City Manager's Weekly Update June 26, 2020
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Updates and Resources for the Coronavirus Pandemic
“We Must, As Individuals, Do More to Slow the Spread”
The governor held a COVID-19 news conferences with a common theme: we must, as individuals, do more to slow the spread.
An increase in COVID-19 cases was inevitable as things began to reopen and people started to interact more with those outside their immediate households. The size and rate of the increase, however, is within our control.
What you can do
The takeaway is this – any time you are in close proximity of people you don’t live with, you risk spreading COVID-19. Yep, here’s the list again. To slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often
- Don’t touch your face
- Keep a 6 foot distance between yourself and those not in your household
- Bring a face covering with you when you leave home. Put it on when entering businesses or anywhere else where you could come into contact with others
- Avoid crowded places
- Stay home if you have symptoms
Speaking of symptoms, the list continues to grow as health experts learn more about the new virus. The current list includes:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact your health care provider.
San Mateo County COVID-19 Cases
San Mateo County Health has updated the number of positive cases to 2,961 as of June 23, 2020.
County Health provides detailed information on cases by age group and date and deaths by age group. Learn more at https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus
Residents with non-medical, non-emergency questions about the coronavirus can call 211 at any time, day or night. Callers from landlines and cellular telephones located within San Mateo County are connected with a trained service professional from 211, a confidential service available in 180 languages.
California COVID Testing Tool
California Department of Public Health announced the launch of a new aggregated reporting and forecasting site, the California COVID Testing Tool. The idea is to help Californians to understand the data and see what the trends are. Your Actions Save Lives
New Dates Announced for Free COVID Testing
Testing is free and available to anyone without restriction, although an appointment is required in advance. To make an appointment, residents can visit Project Baseline’s website
Registration opens 72 hours before testing dates. Remember to bring your photo ID and the reference ID from your confirmation email.
If you don't have access to the internet, an on-site volunteer may be able to help you register and get tested.
Upcoming Testing dates/locations: (Registration opens 72 hours before testing dates)
Be alert for Covid-19 Tracing Scams
Official contact tracers will never ask for your Social Security number, financial or health insurance information. Questions about immigration status will not be asked. If someone claiming to be a contact tracer asks for your Social Security number or any kind of financial or health insurance information or tries charging you money or fees, it is a scam!
Read the official press release from San Mateo County Public Health.
Assistance for Residential and Commercial Renters
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to extend the eviction moratorium on residential and commercial properties through July 28, 2020. What you need to know.
Parks and recreation Areas Opening
Cipriani Dog Park and Barrett Off Leash hours are available, effective today. All dogs (even well-behaved ones) must remain on leash at all other City parks and open space, per City Code. This regulation is in place for the safety of all persons and animals.
Please take all the necessary precautions and if you see something, speak up. Not everyone might be aware. Enjoy the weekend! (Safely) #FlattenTheCurve
Summer Weather Precautions/Traffic and Safety Updates from our Community Partners
Wild Fire Season PSPS
When severe weather and high wildfire risk threaten electric lines, we may need to turn off power for safety. Being notified in advance can help you prepare. Update your contact information with PG&E, so they can notify you by text, phone or email, visit PG&E to sign up
Upcoming July 2 PG&E Substation Maintenance
Next Thursday, 2020 July 2, PG&E crews will be performing maintenance on a portion of the Hillsdale electric substation, which is at the upper end of 26th Avenue, where it meets Sequoia Avenue, in the city of San Mateo. All the work will take place inside the substation; no public rights of way will be affected.
However, the work does require shutting down a portion of the substation, which in-turn will affect electric service to more than 4,500 addresses in the general area for an expected eight to 10 hours on July 2. To avoid such a large impact, PG&E will install temporary generation inside the Hillsdale substation, so no one will experience an extended outage because of the substation work.
The footprint does include approximately 385 addresses in Belmont, primarily in an area comprising Arbor Avenue, Belle Monti Avenue; Lyon Avenue; Coronet Boulevard; Terrace Drive; Mezes Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue. Notification letters have already been mailed. PG&E expects the work to conclude by 4pm that same day, July 2.
Highway 101 Express Lanes Project
REMINDER: Extended Weekend Ramp Closures 6/27 – 6/29
Beginning Saturday, June 27th, extended weekend ramp closures may occur at ramps in/near the cities of Foster City and San Mateo as noted below, in order to facilitate drainage system construction. Closures may begin after 11:00 PM on Saturday night and would reopen by 6:00 AM on Monday morning. These closures will have detour signs posted. Changeable message signs will be available to indicate exact closure times and locations. Extended weekend ramp closures may occur at the following locations:
- Southbound Hillsdale Boulevard Diagonal On-Ramp
- Southbound Poplar Avenue On-Ramp
In addition to the ramps mentioned above, there are additional locations in/near the cities of San Carlos, Foster City, and San Mateo that will eventually require extended weekend closures. These are:
- Southbound Holly Street On-Ramp/Brittan Avenue Off-Ramp Collector-Distributor Road
- Northbound Hillsdale Boulevard Off-Ramp
- Northbound 3rd/4th Avenue Off-Ramp
Nighttime ramp closures: Short-term nighttime ramp closures are possible the week of June 28st (between Sunday night and Friday morning) in/near the cities of San Carlos, Belmont, San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, Millbrae, San Bruno, and South San Francisco at the following locations (listed from south to north). Check changeable messages near the ramp for exact closure times and locations. Stay Informed and Plan for Delays check the website often.
Belmont Public Works
Public Bid Opening Under Shelter in Place
On Wednesday June 24th, the City conducted its first public opening of contract bids under the Shelter in Place Order. To comply with the Shelter in Place Order, bids were received and opened outside of City Hall. Staff and members of the public attending the bid opening were required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
Saturday, June 27, Traffic Advisory. PG & E will be replacing a pole on Ralston Ave and Hallmark Dr. on Saturday 06/27 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The street signal at the intersection will be out and stop signs will be used during the work hours. In addition to Traffic control with flaggers on Ralston and Hallmark, 'Road Work' signs will be placed on Belmont Canyon Rd, Lassen Dr. Yosemite Dr. and Tahoe Dr. Please drive safely through the work zones. Visit Belmont Traffic Advisories page for other project related traffic updates.
The Storm Division jetted and vacuumed 18 storm drain bubble up locations throughout Belmont.
The crew also tested storm pump valves at Ralston Avenue and Harbor Boulevard locations.
As part of routine maintenance within the Storm Division, the street sweeper swept 181 curb miles; removing almost 14 tons of debris that was later brought to Recology for disposal.
The City Council at Its June 23rd Meeting Recognized Pat Halleran for His Dedicated Nearly 40 Years of Service to The Belmont Community
Captain Pat Halleran began his career as a Patrolman for the City of Belmont in September of 1980, where he worked through the ranks to Captain in 2013. Pat’s specialty assignments throughout his career in Belmont include K-9 Officer, Evidence Technician, Press Information Officer, Arson investigator, CERT Program Coordinator, San Mateo County Field Crisis Committee Member, and Belmont’s Emergency Operations Center Coordinator. Pat assisted with forensic investigation instruction at Notre Dame de Namur University and conducted countless K-9 demonstrations for the Belmont community. He was instrumental in the investigation and prosecution of numerous high-profile criminal cases, and participated in the development of the Department’s first Mobile Command Post.
The City of Belmont and Belmont Police and Safety extend our gratitude and appreciation to Pat for his exemplary service with the Belmont Police Department and wish him much health and happiness in retirement.