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Around Town: Palo Alto modifies city services as omicron wave continues

Original post made on Jan 23, 2022

In the latest column, news about city service changes due to the recent COVID-19 surge and upcoming meetings for a new Magical Bridge Playground in East Palo Alto.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, January 23, 2022, 9:31 AM

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 23, 2022 at 11:12 am

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Why not open the 3 closed libraries (Downtown, Children's and College Terrance) one day a week and reduce the hours at the Mitchell Park branch.

Why does the Mitchell Park always escape cuts while ALL of the others are either closed or have reduced hours??

The last time some of the reduced hours were restored, Rinconada got back an extra 2 HOURS a week and people had to fight hard for ANY evening hours which have AGAIN been eliminated.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2022 at 11:40 am

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Other countries are reducing their precautions. Even masking mandates are being taken down. Here we are now expected to go backwards in our cautionary measures and cloth masks are supposed to be upgraded to expensive surgical standard masks.

This situation needs to end for the sake of sanity and mental health reasons. Covid won't go away and we cannot spend the rest of our lives afraid to meet in a group setting with anyone. Have in person meetings, open libraries, make masks optional, stop living in fear.


Posted by Jane
a resident of Ventura
on Jan 23, 2022 at 11:47 pm

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Life is not safe and getting together has always entailed a risk of some kind of contagion. These closures are not an abundance of caution or a "spirit of safety," they are germ- and liability- phobic with a flavor of political flag waving.

Either open up or give us a refund of our taxes for city services not rendered.


Posted by Seer
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 25, 2022 at 9:19 am

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I think you can just replicate the existing Magical Bridge Playground, it seems fantastic.


Posted by Seer
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 25, 2022 at 9:33 am

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As far as Omicron. It's already in significant decline locally (you can only tell from measuring sewage, our county statistics are mixed with San Jose which is completely misleading for what is happening in Palo Alto). The city "reaction" is too late and ineffectual.

I caught my Omicron as a boosted older person (up there at the border of concerning age). It was ... a cold with more headache and ache the first couple of days, but LESS congestion and absolutely no lung. I rested more than I felt I had to out of caution but wasn't "down". O2 was 98%, no fever. I was back to 20 mile bike rides 2 days after recovery (day 7) and I only gave myself those 2 extra days out of an abundance of caution. No long or short-haul syndromes, I continued to work from home the whole time, stoopid as I've always been. Your mileage may vary, but that version of the "Wuhan flu" was not worth closing anything down for.


Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 25, 2022 at 3:03 pm

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There has been a huge amount of COVID related news here at the weekly lately due to Omicron. Everything from the City Council going back to online meetings, a reported explosion of cases, schools asking for parent volunteers due to staff illness, and here the City Hall and the Public Library have modified services. It’s been a painful time and everyone wants to go back to normal. Looking at the projection models, this phase ends in March. It may even end earlier, say Mid-February, regionally in the Bay Area. Everyone hang in there and stay safe for another 4 weeks or so as we come down off of this peak of Omicron cases. As of now though, with all of the disruption to services, I guess the COVID emergency wasn’t over after all.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 25, 2022 at 4:48 pm

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" Everyone hang in there and stay safe for another 4 weeks or so as we come down off of this peak of Omicron cases. As of now though, with all of the disruption to services, I guess the COVID emergency wasn’t over after all."

Please tell that to all the anti-vaxxers who've invaded Diana Diamond's blog.

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