City Council Ratifies Proclamation of Local Emergency
The Encinitas City Council ratified the Proclamation of Local Emergency on Wednesday, March 18, during a Special Meeting held at 5 p.m. Information about the proclamation is available here:
NCTD Reduces COASTER Service
The North County Transit District (NCTD) is experiencing declines in ridership and beginning Monday, March 23 is implementing temporary service reductions. All weekend COASTER service will be suspended, and certain weekday trains have been suspended. For the most up-to-date information regarding service alerts and changes, please visit GoNCTD.com/service-alerts or call NCTD Customer Service at (760) 966-6500.
County Libraries Closed
All San Diego County Libraries, including the Encinitas branch, are temporarily closed. Curbside service is no longer available. Due dates will be extended until the libraries reopen. https://www.sdcl.org/
Superior Court Suspends Services Due to Coronavirus
The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services from March 17 thru April 3. All jurors summoned between March 16 and April 3 are not to report to the courthouse and have fulfilled their service. Jurors summoned past April 5, 2020 are to monitor the website for additional information. http://www.sdcourt.ca.gov/pls/portal/docs/PAGE/SDCOURT/GENERALINFORMATION/NEWS/NEWSRELEASES/NEWSRELEASESPART1/2020-03-16%20SDSC%20TO%20REDUCE%20SERVICES%20DURING%20PANDEMIC.PDF
County Family Resource Centers, Housing and Community Development Suspend In-Person Services
Effective Thursday, March 19, the County’s Family Resource Centers, as well as the Housing and Community Development Services office, are temporarily suspending in-person services. San Diegans who are already signed up for benefits, including CalWORKS, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or General Relief benefits, can manage their cases online. Residents looking to apply for essential services, including food and housing assistance, medical coverage, and other vital support programs, can apply for benefits online or call 2-1-1 for assistance with applying by phone.
Questions Answered for People 65 and Older
People 65 and older may have questions about how to approach the recommendation that they stay home to protect their health. Can they still go to the grocery store and pharmacy? Should they have friends over for dinner? Cal Matters has put together a list of answers from the questions asked by seniors across California: https://calmatters.org/health/2020/03/california-coronavirus-gavin-newsom-senior-citizens-chronic-illness/#seeingfriends.
CDC Releases Guidance for Caring for Someone at Home
The County recommendation for anyone with mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is to stay home. Most people who get sick with COVID-19 will have only mild illness, and should recover at home without needing to visit a health care facility. This effort can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help protect people who are at risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control has recommendations for caretakers, including how to monitor the person for worsening symptoms, prevent the spread of germs, provide symptom treatment, and when to end home isolation. See here: htt.ps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/care-for-someone.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM23021
Baja California Announces First COVID-19 Cases
On Tuesday, March 17 the Mexican state of Baja California announced the first two cases of COVID-19. Both cases were in patients in Mexicali who had recently traveled to Washington state in the US. Baja California closed schools on Wednesday, March 18, and the Secretary of Health is recommending that residents should try to avoid meetings and public places with more than 10 people in attendance. For more information, see https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/border-baja-california/story/2020-03-17/baja-california-confirms-first-two-cases-of-coronavirus