Weekly Update Coronavirus March 20, 2020

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Weekly Update Coronavirus March 20, 2020

Weekly Update March 20, 2020

Weekly UpdateCheck out the City Manager’s Special Edition Coronavirus video update. If you are interested in receiving an emailed notice of the Weekly Update, sign up for eNotifications on the City’s website, enter your email address and click on Weekly Update and any other documents you would like to receive.




Stay at Home Order: California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered late Thursday, March 19, that Californians stay at home and that nonessential businesses be shut down to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. What that means is that all individuals living in the State of California are to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

Essential services will remain open such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies 
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants 
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services
  • Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

What’s closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention Centers

Stay home except for essential needs

Everyone is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance.


Coronavirus Updates: The City has created a webpage that outlines the additional precautionary measures Coronado officials have taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019, or COVD-19. The page is located on the City's website and includes links to the San Diego County Public Health and Human Services Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, which contains information on how to keep safe. The page can be found at www.coronado.ca.us/covid-19.

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Latest San Diego County Update: The San Diego County Public Health Officer issued an update to its March 17 order for San Diego County to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. The order, which runs through March 31, was updated with additional restrictions starting March 19. The order could get updated again or extended.

  • People can’t gather in groups of 10 or more people (50 through March 18). If you can, don’t gather in groups of any size.
  • All gyms and fitness centers to close.
  • Day care must be limited to groups of up to 10 children in the same room and they must remain in same group each day, with the same staff person.



Call Center:  The City has set up a call center to help answer questions and hear the concerns of residents. Please call (619) 522-6380 if you are concerned about a neighbor or family member, have concerns about food and other resources, or if you have questions about our local schools, City services or City business. Don't hesitate to call us. The call center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

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Safe at Home but Not Alone: The City advises residents to practice “social distancing” to help stop the progression of a pandemic. However, just because we cannot physically gather does not mean we cannot connect. On March 20, the City will begin its Safe at Home but Not Alone community outreach to connect with the community through programming on Coronado TV and via social media. The City will begin broadcasting programs it typically offers at the Library, Spreckels Center and Community Center such as chair yoga, Library Storyhour, Cultural Arts videos and Recreation dance programs for kids. In partnership with the Library, Recreation Department and Cultural Arts Commission, the City is creating new content daily. The City is engaging staff, local creatives and teachers to provide programming that otherwise would not be available to our citizens during this time.

Safe at Home but Not Alone 


Recreation & Golf FAQ: The Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department has issued a COVID-19 list of frequently asked questions related to the ongoing outbreak. It was posted to the City’s Coronavirus Information page. There have been cancellations of upcoming events and services the department provides, such as the annual Easter activities. Find out what to do about booked special events, registration for programs and classes and what precautions are being taken at those City facilities that remain open but with limited or no staff. Here are some of the questions the FAQ answers:

  • How does this affect privately booked special events?
  • What about the programs and activities I am registered for?
  • Which Recreation facilities are closed?


Animal Care Facility: The Coronado Animal Care Facility has suspended adoptions. PAWS of Coronado staff, who run the facility on behalf of the City, will take care of the animals with adjusted procedures to make sure it is operated in a safe manner. If anyone from the community needs animal services, such as help with relinquishments, impound pick-ups and adoptions, PAWS is asking people to call (619) 522-7371. PAWS is suspending the processing of licenses at this time and will notify the community when this service is once again available.

Canceled Events: T
he City has been notified that a public hearing at an upcoming San Diego Association of Governments meeting where its board was to consider four appeals of its Regional Housing Needs Assessment has been postponed until April 10. As of this week, Recreation Services has canceled the annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event and Easter Egg-stravaganza set for April 12. Those who have already purchased tickets will have the option to receive a refund or keep a credit on their account. Recreation anticipates refunds may take up to 6 weeks. The Friends of the Coronado Library Board acted today, March 17, to cancel its annual Book Sale scheduled for April 17-19 in conjunction with the Coronado Floral Association's Flower Show in Spreckels Park. The Flower Show also was canceled. The City has learned that the Coronado Chamber of Commerce postponed the Salute to the Military Ball originally set for April 18.  


Save the Pipes, Don’t Flush the Wipes: The City encourages cleaning and sanitizing measures that include the use of disinfecting wipes; however, it is important that they are NOT flushed down the toilet. Flushing wipes, paper towels and other heavy materials can cause sewers to be clogged and backups and overflows of wastewater. This could create a public health risk. The State Water Resources Control Board is already reporting issues with their sewer management collection systems. Please throw disinfectant wipes or paper towels where they belong in the trash and do not flush them down the toilet. The City appreciates your cooperation.

Save Your Pipes 


Coronado’s Precautionary Measures: Following the lead of county and state health officials and to help control the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19, here is a summary of the unprecedented precautionary measures the City has taken as of Monday, March 16, 2020:

  • Closed the John D. Spreckels Center and Lawn Bowling Green, Library, Community Center, pool and gymnasium, and the Club Room.
  • Created a Coronavirus Information web page with a link on the City’s home page that will be updated with any COVID-19 news updates and using Coronado TV, social media and the City’s website.
  • Encouraging the community, consultants and partners to conduct business with City Hall remotely. Those who require help from building or planning officials are being asked to make appointments by emailing [email protected] or calling (619) 522-7326.
  • Set up a call center for residents where staff will take calls and provide information and referrals.
  • Encouraging residents to use restaurant delivery services or pick up food from local eateries who were ordered to close dining to the public.
  • Working to implement new Library services to allow the community to use curbside pick-up of reading materials, call or use online reference service and broadcasting Storytime from YouTube.
  • Considering mid-year budget revisions due to fiscal impacts.
  • Allowing public restrooms to remain open and continuing with additional janitorial services at City facilities.
  • Practicing social distancing at any City facilities open to the community and employees.


Library Services: Although closed, the Coronado Public Library continued to offer services to the community including curbside service so patrons can check out books online and pick them up from their cars, and access to eBooks, audiobooks, movies and magazines. Online services are still available. A lot of people are asking about how to get a Coronado Public Library card at this time. This is how: Fill in an application online through our website, coronadolibrary.org. Then take a photo of your California or Military ID on your phone and email it to [email protected] We will email back a barcode number and a temporary PIN. Physical cards will be held for pickup when the library reopens. If you have any questions, call (619) 522-7390.


Public Safety Officials: The Coronado Police and Fire departments are working to provide the  highest quality of service while taking the needed precautions to keep their personnel and the community healthy and safe. The Coronado Police Department lobby is open for service; however, residents are asked to call before stopping by (619) 522-7366. This step may help you avoid leaving home. Many crime reports can be taken over the phone. If you are having an emergency, please call 911. Public safety officials and other personnel are receiving the proper procedures for dealing with potential cases such as guidance on appropriate protective measures. Fire personnel have stocked up on personal protective equipment and have procedures in place on how to coordinate with a receiving hospital to ensure the patient is met outside to minimize exposures. You may see officers and firefighters wearing masks and adhering to the social distancing guidelines. They are taking all the necessary precautions.

Public Safety Measures


Volunteer Opportunities: The City of Coronado recognizes and values our strong community-based volunteers and service organizations who want to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is working with the County Volunteer Organization Active Disaster (VOAD) group to develop a volunteer coordination plan to deliver resources and services to those in need in an efficient manner while minimizing the spread of the illness. If you or your organization wish to volunteer , please contact Kelly Purvis, Sr. Management Analyst, at [email protected] or by phone 619-522-2633.

Stay Informed CoronadoDo you like being in the know? Do you know what’s going on in Coronado? However, you like to get your city news, Coronado has many ways for you to get it. Do you like Twitter? We are active on Twitter. Do you prefer Facebook? Like us to keep up. Maybe you prefer a text message for traffic advisories. Sign up for the City’s Police Department Nixle account. What about an email reminder that a meeting is coming up or the council agenda is online? We have that, too, through our eNotification system. Of course, almost all of that can be found online in the City Manager’s Weekly Update, a compendium of all the news and events that are going on or coming up in Coronado. You can sign up to receive an email as soon as it is published online or you can visit the City’s website on Friday at noon and find it there. Finally, don’t forget to check the City’s new website, where you can find news and information that affects residents, businesses and visitors.


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Posted on 03/20/2020
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