Rapid Testing at Scripps, Virtual Faith Services, and Updated Orders


San Diego County Case Count: 1,628

Today, April 9, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reported 1,628 confirmed cases, with 32 cases among Encinitas residents.

The County of San Diego has released a new dashboard with interactive graphics of the COVID-19 data in our region, including a graph that shows the change in cases reported for Encinitas residents. Check it out here:https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/96feda77f12f46638b984fcb1d17bd24

Scripps Launches Rapid COVID-19 Testing at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

Scripps Health has expanded their in-house testing by launching a molecular point-of-care test to screen for COVID-19 in hospitalized patients requiring a quick diagnostic turnaround at all of their five hospital campuses. It can deliver a positive result in as little as five minutes, and a negative result in 13 minutes. This allows Scripps physicians to make faster and better decisions about delivering care to patients. This new testing method has received Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration on March 27.

Please remember that if you think you might be sick with COVID-19, call your health care provider for guidance on care and possible testing.

Encinitas Faith-Based Organizations Provide Virtual Holiday Services

Many faith-based organizations across Encinitas have adapted to the COVID-19 situation, meeting the spiritual needs of their members and our community by taking their services virtual. From livestreaming Easter Sunday sermons, hosting Zoom Passover experiences, posting recorded sermons to websites for families to watch on their own time, leading Bible or Torah studies on Zoom, and creating space for small group meetings online, organizations are getting creative.

During this week of religious holidays, check in with your local place of worship to learn how you and your family can connect with their online services.

San Diego County Updates “Gatherings” in the Public Health Order

The County updated the Public Health Orders this week and have placed a prohibition of all gatherings in a single room or single indoor or outdoor space. This does not apply to a gathering consisting only of members of a single family or household, and please note that any holiday celebrations outside your family unit should be done via a virtual connection.

The change to limit gatherings also does not apply to operations at airports, public transportation or other spaces where people in transit are able to practice social distancing. The limit on gatherings also does not apply to operations at essential businesses. For more information to the new San Diego County order please click HERE.

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].