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Encinitas, CA – The City of Encinitas continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus situation and stay up-to-date on all new information emerging across San Diego, California, and the United States.

We support taking an “All of Community” approach to focus our efforts to slow the transmission of COVID-19, reduce illness, and minimize the social and economic impacts of the situation. Together we can approach this unprecedented time to keep our families, friends, neighbors, businesses, and community healthy.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

March 6 Exposure at Local Health Care Facility

The City of Encinitas is aware that on Friday, March 6 at 4:15 p.m., a local health care office located at 477 El Camino Real had an exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case. Within minutes, staff were in contact with San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) for guidance on the response. The office has been able to identify any staff or patients potentially exposed, and the County HHSA has been given the names of those individuals. More information about how San Diego County monitors potential COVID-19 cases can be found here: https://www.countynewscenter.com/how-san-diego-county-monitors-potential-covid-19-cases/.

As of March 13, San Diego County has 8 presumptive positive cases, 0 positive (confirmed cases), 38 patients under investigation pending results, and 99 patients who have tested negative. Source: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV/status.html

Case Identified at Local Encinitas Hospital

A patient at a local hospital has tested “presumptive positive” for Coronavirus. “Presumptive Positive” means that the hospital laboratory test came back positive but they are still waiting for a positive diagnosis from the CDC. The patient is in isolation at the hospital and not a risk for additional spread of illness at the hospital or in the community. For more information on this case: https://www.thecoastnews.com/encinitas-patient-tests-presumptive-positive-for-covid-19/.

Not Everyone Needs to be Tested for Coronavirus: Testing Options

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is currently following guidance from CDC and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). People who are not sick do not need to be tested for Coronavirus. According to the County, here’s who should be tested:

  • People returning from an impacted country who develop symptoms.
  • People who have had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • People who are experiencing severe respiratory illness.

COVID-19 symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and may appear 2-14 days after exposure. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

For more information on testing: https://www.countynewscenter.com/3-more-covid-19-cases-reported-in-san-diego-county-healthy-people-dont-need-to-be-tested/

In order to reduce the spread of illness at health care facilities, they are asking that patients to not come in for COVID-19 testing unless they have been referred for testing by a physician.

Scripps Health has set up a COVID-19 nurse line that connects people to nurses dedicated to screening people with fever and/or respiratory symptoms. The phone number is (888) 261-8431.

For more information on the Scripps Health Nurse Line: https://www.scripps.org/news_items/6916-scripps-health-launches-nurse-line-dedicated-to-covid-19

Kaiser Permanente has telehealth options for getting care—including phone, email, and video—without an in-person visit. For more information: https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/alerts/p1/2019-novel-coronavirus-feb-2020

School District Closures:

All school districts in the City have cancelled classes starting March 16. Please check their websites for the most up-to-date information.

As children are now more directly impacted and might have more questions or concerns about Coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put together guidance for parents, school staff, and others working with children: Talking with Children About Coronavirus Disease 2019 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

At this time when schools are closing and events are being canceled and people are taking action to prevent the spread of illness, CDC also has the following recommendations for how to prepare:

Protect Your Family: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/protect-family.html

Protect Your Home: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/protect-home.html

Sources for additional information:

San Diego County Health and Human Services at www.coronavirus-sd.com

 

California Department of Public Health at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html  

For more information or questions, contact Tom Bokosky at (760) 633-2631 or [email protected].

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