Under the California Executive Order, please remember that it is “Safer to Stay Home!”

Beautiful Spring weather has returned to San Diego, but this is not the time to gather outside.  Today, March 21, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Diego County increased from 131 to 159.

Please protect our health and obey the order: stay home for all non-essential activities.

Health Officials Say You Should Still Seek Health Care

The messaging about staying home if you experience mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, cough, and difficulty breathing) helps protect health care workers and others seeking health services from the spread of illness. On Saturday, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced new guidance that you should stay home for 7 days if you have a fever.

However, San Diego County health officials also assured residents that we should continue to get treatment for physical and emotional health issues. Providers are now offering services through telehealth to ensure continuity of care, and encourage patients to still contact them with medical questions. Since the emergence of COVID-19, availability of health services has grown. California is receiving funds to strengthen services, and hospitals are receiving shipments of personal protective equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile.

In this time of global uncertainty, change, and social isolation, we must take care of our mental health. The County has a crisis hotline for anyone in mental or emotional distress that needs to talk to someone. Please call 888-724-7240 if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.

It is important that we all do our part to appropriately utilize healthcare delivery and take care of our health, most especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Local Grocery Stores Have Senior Hours and Delivery Services

Several area businesses have established special times of the day that are set aside for seniors-only to shop for groceries and supplies. The Local Grocery Stores List & Seniors-Only Hours webpage can be found on the City’s website at https://encinitasca.gov/Home/COVID-19-Updates/Local-Grocery-Stores-List-Seniors-Only-Hours.

Many grocery stores also have delivery and drive-up services. Check the website or app of your favorite grocery store to learn more, or go to instacart to see if they will deliver to you: https://www.instacart.com/grocery-delivery/encinitas-ca.

California Grocers Association Urges Restraint When Grocery Shopping

While County and CDC recommendations include keeping a two-week supply of food at home to prepare your household for potential illness, the empty shelves you are seeing at the grocery stores are partly because some people are buying more food and supplies than they need, according to the California Grocers Association. They assure customers that the supply chain is healthy and there is enough for all. The reason the shelves are empty is because of over-buying. They recommend shopping for your family for a week or a little more—no need to stock up for months.

The Association says that the grocery industry is working double-time to meet the needs of consumers and if people resume their regular shopping routines, they could get the shelves restocked within two to three weeks. For the full statement, see https://www.cagrocers.com/covid-19-statement-on-industry-conditions/.

Clarifications on “Essential Workers”

The Governor’s Office has released further clarification on the Executive Order to “stay at home” with a list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help partners as we work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. The full list can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf.

Disinfect Surfaces Frequently

New research shows that the virus that causes COVID-19 is stable or up to three hours in aerosols, up to four hours on copper surfaces, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel surfaces. This means we should all be vigilant about disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, and continue to wash our hands often. For more information about the study, see https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/new-coronavirus-stable-hours-surfaces.