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City Manager Weekly Update Blog Series: January 11, 2021

Learn about recent City of Palo Alto updates and news.

REGIONAL STAY AT HOME ORDER IN EFFECT

Regional Stay at Home Order continues to be in effect. County health officials are bracing for January to be most challenging month of pandemic; ICU bed and hospital staffing are at critical levels. On Friday, January 8, the State announced an extension of Regional Stay-at-Home Order.

  • Restrict travel
  • Do not gather with others outside the home
  • Stay a safe distance from others at all times

MUTUAL AID & VACCINATIONS UNDER WAY

State has established a ‘Medical Facility Surge Assistance by the California Fire Service’ order. This allows medical facilities to request assistance through the mutual aid system for assistance by paramedics and EMTs. This is the first time for this type of request. A Palo Alto Fire Paramedic team of four are currently deployed to Kern County for a 14-day deployment. All expenses for deployment are reimbursed.

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FREE COVID-19 TESTING CONTINUES IN PALO ALTO

Free COVID-19 Testing continues through County/City partnership. More details on those partnerships and how to sign up for a test can be found here.

FOOTHILLS PARK UPDATE

Foothills Park opened to everyone on December 17. Over the last three weeks, staff has seen high visitation notably on weekends and holidays likely attributed to:

  • High public interest in a new preserve in region
  • Holiday free time and perfect weather

POLICE RADIO TRANSMISSIONS ENCRYPTED

Last week, PAPD encrypted radio transmissions to restore compliance under the October 2020 CA Dept. of Justice requirement for law enforcement agencies to protect personally identifiable information (PII). Local agencies already transitioned include: County Sheriff and cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill and possibly others. Mountain View moving this Spring; others expected by year end. Local media interest has been understandably high, as scanning radio traffic provides real-time information on police activities. Staff approach demonstrates a difficult example of limited staff bandwidth and competing priorities with budget reductions, with more examples to come.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY CELEBRATIONS

Join Youth Community Service and the City in a national day to celebrate the legacy and dream of Martin Luther King Jr. Reimagined in a virtual format this year on Monday, January 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Watch videos from partner organizations
  • Join a youth panel hosted by the Palo Alto High School Black Scholars United group discussing systemic racism
  • Participate in Service Learning Projects to support our local communities

STAY INFORMED

Gain Coronavirus Updates at: CityofPaloAlto.org/Coronavirus

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