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City of San Diego Declares State of Emergency Related to COVID-19

Thursday, Mar. 12, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE

San Diego – Following a declaration of emergency by the County of San Diego and the announcement by the World Health Organization that the COVID-19 virus has become a global pandemic, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today declared a state of emergency in the City of San Diego.

“This local declaration of emergency is out of an abundance of caution, and gives us the opportunity to respond without unnecessary restrictions and access resources as this situation evolves,” Mayor Faulconer said. “San Diegans should continue to remain calm, practice proper hygiene, stay home if you feel ill, and listen to the guidance of our County public health professionals.”

Additional actions taken by the City of San Diego under the Mayor’s direction were also outlined in a PDF icon memo to the City Council.

The City had previously taken early steps to ensure prevention in the homeless population, which represents some of the region’s most vulnerable from a health perspective. Last week, the City began installing 66 additional handwashing stations in Downtown San Diego. National and local health experts have confirmed the best way to protect against the virus is through proper hygiene and handwashing.

At Mayor Faulconer’s request, County nurses will be available on-site at shelters to help train staff and provide professional screening for anyone exhibiting symptoms of illness. Other actions being taken to protect individuals experiencing homelessness include:

  • Increased sanitization of shelter facilities.
  • Resources to improve hygiene practices for staff and clients.
  • Meeting with providers to discuss supplies, staffing and other matters needed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases including COVID-19.
  • Coordinated with the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, who, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development hosted a meeting to share specific advice to shelter providers as well as the City’s unsheltered homeless population.

Health officials are emphasizing that all residents have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the region. If you have questions about COVID-19, call 2-1-1 to speak with a specially trained operator or visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.

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