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San Diego County Case Count: 1,404

Today, April 6, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reported 1,404 confirmed cases, with 30 cases among Encinitas residents.

How Can We Safely Get Outside While Flattening the Curve?

Encinitas is doing our part to flatten the curve by staying home except for essential needs, practicing physical distancing and following the recommendation that everyone wear a cloth face covering when out in public, and frequently washing our hands with soap. The City of Encinitas has been proactive in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community by implementing California’s March 19th “Stay at Home” Order and San Diego County’s March 29th Public Health Order related to closing non-essential businesses and limiting gatherings.

Greet the New Rail-Trails of 2019The City has temporarily closed beaches and the active areas of parks such as playgrounds and courts, along with the parking lots at beaches and parks. Street parking in some areas near beaches are also closed to prevent gatherings.

All of these measures are at work to slow the spread of COVID-19, but have not been in place quite long enough for us to know exactly how much we have flattened the curve. Which means it is important to continue following the orders!

Getting outside for fresh air and exercise is important to our well-being. So, what can Encinitas families do to keep moving and stay healthy?

Encinitas parks are open for play. Our trails, bike lanes, and sidewalks are all open for walking your dog or going for a bike ride.

If you go outside, be responsible. Wear your cloth face mask. Keep at least six feet between you and anyone who is not part of your family. Avoid areas that are busy, and peak times when more people might be out. Stay home if you are feeling sick. And keep moving!

To help remind residents to practice physical distancing outside their homes, the City has installed traffic message boards around town that say: “Stay 6 Feet Apart – Stop Covid-19.” One traffic board greets southbound traffic coming into the City in the median of El Camino Real by Home Depot, while the other is in place on Encinitas Blvd in the median by Cerro facing east for incoming traffic.

 

If we are all responsible when outside, we can continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep these Encinitas amenities open for everyone’s enjoyment and health.

Remember: “Be safe, be smart, stay 6 ft apart.”

COVID and Hospitalization: Why It Is Important to Stay Home and Follow the Orders

The number of positive cases in San Diego continues to grow at an increasing rate, while the number of hospitalizations and patients being admitted to the ICU has thankfully grown more slowly. This is helping us stay within the capacity of our hospitals and healthcare system. This is also why it is so important to continue following the stay at home orders—to protect the health of our most vulnerable populations who are more likely to end up in the hospital, and slow the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 each day.

For the most up to date information on the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit https://encinitasca.gov/COVID-19-UPDATES.

For information or questions, please contact Tom Bokosky, Director of Human Resources at (760) 633-2631 or [email protected].