This article concerns the State & Federal effort to quarantine individuals testing positive for Covid-19 in a San Carlos hotel. It’s likely to be an evolving situation so I expect to be updating this article more often than I usually do.
New questions or questions with significant updates are marked with an asterisk.
On March 10, 2020 the State of California notified the city that the Federal government would be opening a quarantine/monitoring facility in a hotel located in San Carlos (aka an “Alternate Care Facility”). While a Federal effort it will be operated in conjunction with the State and its public health agency and with the active local involvement of San Mateo County’s Public Health Department. The city will play only an indirect role.
I encourage you to check the various public agency websites for more information and for the latest official material. Here are some links that you may find helpful (as of 3/11/2020; these are drawn from the City of San Carlos site — you’ll find a hot link at the top of every city webpage offering to take you to a page showing these kinds of links):
- City of San Carlos
- San Mateo County Department of Public Health
- California Department of Public Health
I am writing this article to try and address questions that residents send me via email or which I see raised in social media. The information for my answers comes from briefings I received, inquiries I’ve made and press conferences I’ve attended.