College Of San Mateo Opens COVID-19 ‘Test To Treat’ Site As Cases Rise On Peninsula – CBS San Francisco
College Of San Mateo Opens COVID-19 ‘Test To Treat’ Site As Cases Rise On Peninsula – CBS San Francisco

College Of San Mateo Opens COVID-19 ‘Test To Treat’ Site As Cases Rise On Peninsula – CBS San Francisco

SAN MATEO (BCN) – San Mateo County health officials reported Tuesday that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have increased in the past month, but they are not worried about the increase.

Marc Meulman, director of public health, policy and planning at San Mateo County Health, shared the county’s updated case numbers Tuesday with the Board of Supervisors at the board’s first personal meeting since the start of the March 2020 pandemic.

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The county’s seven-day average case rate was 34.5 cases per year. 100,000 people on Monday, compared to 12 per. 100,000 a month ago.

“The level of virus transmission is similar to what we experienced last summer, though … our COVID hospitalization levels are much lower,” Meulman said.

As of Monday, there were 21 COVID-19 patients admitted to the county, and Meulman said the county still has one of the highest test rates in the state.

He also announced that a “Test to Treat” site will open at the College of San Mateo this week. The state confirmed that the site opens Thursday.

Test to Treat is a federal program that allows people to get COVID-tested and prescribed medication if they test positive and are eligible for treatment. The recipes can also be filled in at the same place.

Three other Test to Treat sites are available at CVS stores in Burlingame, San Bruno and Foster City. A map of Test to Treat sites is available online at https://covid-19-test-to-treat-locator-dhhs.hub.arcgis.com/.

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In terms of vaccinations, 90 percent of the county’s residents have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine so far.

However, vaccine uptake still lags in some groups. Among Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Black residents, 80 percent or less of each of these populations received the first vaccine dose, according to county data.

Louise Rogers, head of San Mateo County Health, said they are working to overcome gaps in vaccination rates and to increase booster intake among older adults.

Rogers urged residents to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these best practices: stay up to date with vaccinations, wear high-quality masks, and maintain good indoor ventilation.

She also urged immunocompromised people to have a quick test plan and consult a physician to see if they qualify for available COVID-19 treatment.

COVID-19 information is available on the county health website at https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus.

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