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File #: 20-091    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/5/2020 Departments: COUNTY MANAGER
On agenda: 3/10/2020 Final action: 3/10/2020
Title: Adopt a resolution ratifying and extending the declaration of local health emergency by the San Mateo County Health Officer.
Attachments: 1. 20200310_r_Local Emergency by Health.pdf, 2. 20200310_att_Local Emergency by Health.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Louise Rogers, Chief, San Mateo County Health
Scott Morrow, MD, San Mateo County Health Officer

Subject: Declaration of Local Health Emergency

RECOMMENDATION:
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Adopt a resolution ratifying and extending the declaration of local health emergency by the San Mateo County Health Officer.

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BACKGROUND:
Section 101080 of the California Health and Safety Code authorizes a local health officer to declare a local health emergency within the health officer's jurisdiction, or any part of that jurisdiction, when the health officer determines that there is an imminent and proximate threat of the introduction of, among other things, any contagious, infectious, or communicable disease.

Under the Health and Safety Code, a local health officer's declaration of a local health emergency shall remain in effect for no more than seven days, unless the declaration has been ratified by the governing authority of the local jurisdiction in which the local health emergency has been declared.

DISCUSSION:
On March 3, 2020, County Public Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow declared a local health emergency in San Mateo County due to the introduction in the County of a novel coronavirus, named "COVID-19" by the World Health Organization ("WHO"). In his declaration, Dr. Morrow noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") has stated that COVID-19 is a serious public health threat.

He also stated that the number of reported COVID-19 cases has escalated dramatically over a short period of time and that, as of March 1, 2020, the WHO reported 87,137 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 79,968 cases in China and the remaining 7,169 cases in 58 other countries. The WHO also reported that, as of March 1, 2020, there have been 2,873 deaths in China due to COVID-19, and another 104 deaths in other countries. (These numbers continue to increase; ...

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