City of Encinitas

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

County HHSA Reports First Death of San Diego Resident

San Diego County cases grew from 159 to 205, including five cases in Encinitas.

Today, Sunday, March 22, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has reported the first death of a San Diego resident. The resident was a man in his early 70s who was receiving care for COVID-19 in Santa Clara after returning from travels. Condolences go out to his family and friends.

Please note, this death did not take place in San Diego County and no deaths have been reported in the region. It is important for everyone to follow the stay at home order of the Governor to help control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

Governor’s Order Expands Capacity of Health Care Facilities

On Saturday, March 21, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order giving the state the ability to increase health care capacity in clinics, mobile health care units, and adult day health care facilities. It also allows local governments more flexibility to utilize the skills of retired employees and reinforces the importance of the delivery of food, medicine, and emergency supplies. This will help California’s facilities treat more COVID-19 patients. The order can be found here: https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3.21.20-EO-N-35-20.pdf.

Call for Health Care Providers to Join Workforce

With the governor’s order, San Diego is increasing the infrastructure of services available at hospitals and needs more healthcare providers to staff the facilities. If you  are a healthcare provider with an active license, a public health professional, or a member of a medical disaster response team and would like to volunteer, please enter your area of specialty and availability at https://healthcarevolunteers.ca.gov/. The strength of our COVID-19 response will be based on the strength of our health care providers.

Stay Connected Virtually

In this time of physical isolation, we are all craving social connection. It is fun to see how people are getting creative about checking in with friends and family using technology. Have you tried joining your family over Facetime? Hosting a dinner party over Zoom? Taking yoga classes with your favorite teacher via Instagram Live? Sending videos of your weekend garden project to a Whatsapp group chat? Having a virtual dance party with friends in everyone’s living rooms?

Since not everyone is super tech-savvy, call up an relative or neighbor who has a device and who you know may need assistance, and talk them through the steps so the daunting barrier of figuring out how to navigate an app does not keep them from connecting with their loved ones.

How are you staying connected?

This week the federal government announced several measures related to tax filing, homeowners, and student loans to assist Americans impacted financially by COVID-19.

IRS Extends Tax Day to July 15th

The IRS announced on Friday, March 20, that it would be delaying both the deadline for filing federal tax returns and the deadline for payments until July 15th. All taxpayers and businesses will have additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.

Foreclosures and Evictions for Homeowners Suspended for 60 Days

On Wednesday, March 18, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgages for the next 60 days. The full guidance can be found here: https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_20_042.

Interest Waived on Federal Student Loans

As of March 13, interest will be waived on all loans owned by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). This includes Direct Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and ED-held loans through the Federal Family Education Loan program. Payments can also be suspended for at least 60 days without additional interest accruing. Contact your loan services to determine if your loans are eligible. More information on changes to student loans can be found here: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus.