COVID 19 Info

The City of Coronado is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a disease that produces symptoms similar to the flu or pneumonia.

For the latest updates, please view the information below. To receive updates on the City's response to COVID 19, sign-up under the City Manager's Weekly Update here.


City Manager's Coronavirus Update | March 23, 2020




There is an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus 2019, or COVID-19, across the country. The San Diego County public health officer has issued orders that direct certain closures, discourage gatherings of any size and direct social distancing requirements to prevent the disease from spreading. The City of Coronado encourages everyone in the community to abide by the County’s directives and the governor's "stay at home" order. The extent of local transmission is unknown. However, everyone should prepare for the possibility of wider community spread.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as those with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS which occurred in 2002) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS which occurred in 2012) and now with this new coronavirus.

For confirmed coronavirus cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of coronavirus may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure and has this advice on what to do if you are sick: Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Here's some information on what to do.



(UPDATED March 23, 2020)
-- The City is evaluating the impact of the closure of City of San Diego beach parking lots and the recently announced change of direction of the County of San Diego to ensure jurisdictions are maintaining social distancing at City beaches. County officials announced Monday, March 17, that if cities are unable to ensure social distancing at their beaches, they will issue closures.

Some regional news outlets have told people that they can go to the beach and take walks. However, the City is encouraging people to stay at home. Lifeguards have noticed people gathering around the exercise equipment on the beach. The City is removing or placing this equipment off limits. Signs are being placed at the beach encouraging people to stay at home and, in two locations , showing parking restrictions at beach parking lots at Avenida de las Arenas and Avenida Lunar.

Staff will be taking the following actions:

  • Posting signage at the beach encouraging people to stay at home and to not congregate;
  • Removing or placing off-limits exercise equipment on the beach, e.g. chin-up bars, beach volleyball;
  • Closing the beach parking lots at Avenida Lunar and De Las Arenas at the Shores; and
  • Continuing to monitor the size and activities at the beach.

 

(UPDATED March 20, 2020) -- The Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department has issued an update to a COVID-19 list of frequently asked questions related to the ongoing outbreak. There have been further closures and some cancellations to 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 at the "City Operations and Events Status" section of this webpage.

(UPDATED March 19, 2020) -- 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, Banks,Laundromats/laundry services, Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants.

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.

(UPDATED March 19, 2020) -- The Coronado Animal Care Facility is open but PAWS of Coronado, the nonprofit organization that runs the facility for the City, has adjusted its 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 make appointments by calling (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. The facility is no longer open for unscheduled visits.

(UPDATED March 19, 2020) -- The Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department has issued a COVID-19 list of frequently asked questions related to the ongoing outbreak. There have been cancellations to 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.

(UPDATED March 18, 2020) -- 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.

  • Practice social distancing. Keep at least six feet away from other people unless they’re family.
  • If you’re 65 or older, you should stay home.
  • If you have a chronic health condition, or if you are immunocompromised, you should stay home.

Businesses must also practice social distancing and encourage employees to work from home if possible. They must also suspend requiring employees to provide doctors’ permission to stay home.

The new guidance also requires:

  • 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.

(UPDATED March 18, 2020) -- The Coronado Chamber of Commerce has announced that the Salute to the Military Ball set for April 18, has been postponed.

(UPDATED March 18, 2020) -- 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.

(UPDATED March 17, 2020) On February 14, San Diego County declared a local health emergency and proclaimed a local emergency to deal with the novel coronavirus, labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization. On March 4, Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed a State of Emergency in California.

By order of the Public Health Officer of San Diego County, effective March 16 until March 31, all public and private gatherings of 50 people or more are prohibited and all bars that do not serve food and all dine-in restaurants must close.

Following their lead 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 to advise residents on ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • 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 comdev@coronado.ca.us or calling (619) 522-7326.
  • Set up a call center for residents where staff will take calls and provide information and referrals. Residents may call (619) 522-6380 if they are concerned about neighbors, family, food or resources. The call center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
  • Encouraging residents to use restaurant delivery services or pick up food from local eateries who were ordered to close dining to the public.
  • Kept open with limited or no staffing public facilities, such as the Golf Course, tennis courts, beach, Skatepark, for the community.
  • 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 janitorialservices at City facilities.
  • Practicing social distancing at any City facilities open to the community and employees.
  • The City’s Coronavirus Information web pages can be found at www.coronado.ca.us/COVID-19. The health and well-being of our community is our greatest concern.

(UPDATED March 17, 2020) -- 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.

(UPDATED March 16, 2020) -- To help control the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the City will temporarily close facilities where there is close-contact interaction with the public, including the John D. Spreckels Center and Lawn Bowling Green, Library, Community Center, pool and gymnasium, and the Club Room.

The City is taking this unprecedented and highly precautionary measure to protect the health of both residents and employees by restricting people from congregating and unknowingly passing the virus. These decisions were made deliberately and with careful input from key City staff, including public safety officials. The closures, which include all classes and programming scheduled at the closed facilities, will be in effect until April 4. That date is subject to change.

City Hall will remain open, but the City encourages the community, consultants and partners to conduct business remotely. Those who require help from building or planning officials are being asked to make appointments by emailing comdev@coronado.ca.us or calling (619) 522-7326.

“We are actively monitoring and assessing the situation, and providing updates to the City Council, as we make these timely decisions that will help protect the community,” said City Manager Blair King. “We want to assure residents that we are doing all we can. We have set up a customer service call center for residents with City-related business, or with COVID-19 questions or concerns. Please don’t hesitate to use it.”

To ensure the health and safety of residents, City staff will take calls and provide information and referrals as needed. If residents are concerned about a neighbor or family member, have concerns about food and other resources or have any other questions, please call (619) 522-6380. The customer service call center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The call center will open at noon on Tuesday, March 17. Call 911 if there is an actual emergency.

San Diego County health officials issued new orders today, March 16, prohibiting public gatherings of more than 50 people, closing all bars and other businesses that serve alcohol but no food, and closing all on-site dining at restaurants and businesses that sell food. The restaurants may serve food by delivery, pick-up or drive thru. In support of local restaurants, the City encourages residents to use restaurant delivery services such as Doordash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, and any other local food delivery businesses.

Several City facilities will remain open for community use but will have limited or no staffing, including the Tennis Center courts (not offices or rec room), Golf Course, Boathouse in Glorietta Bay Park, the Skatepark (bring your own skateboards or scooters), the beach and parks. The City’s Animal Care Facility is open but PAWS of Coronado, which runs the facility, is requesting its most senior volunteers not come in. The City also is working with PAWS to explore ways to take care of the animals of people who can no longer care for them.

The Library is working on a variety of innovative services to allow the community to continue using its services, including curbside pick-up of reading materials, a telephone and online reference service, and broadcasting Storytime from YouTube. Patrons may also access eBooks, audio books and movies via Overdrive and Kanopy on the Library’s web page.

City administration will be adopting temporary policies to allow for flexible work schedules and telecommuting. Flexible work schedules will help provide continuity of services in case key staff members are not able to work.

Although the City recently reviewed its mid-year budget forecasts, staff anticipates proposing further revisions.

“I anticipate the City Council will ask staff to research options to provide relief to Coronado businesses that are financially impacted due to these unprecedented times,” King said. “We will also be working with the (Coronado Unified) School District to identify ways to supervise or otherwise engage students during the school closure. The Police Department will be increasing its vigilance during this time.”

Public restrooms remain open and staff expects to place a portable restroom at Coronado Rotary Plaza in response to the closure of the Historical Association office and museum, where a public restroom is located. Solid waste collection will continue into the near future.

Following the guidance of regional, state and federal agencies, the City has canceled or postponed gatherings where a 6-foot social distance is impossible to achieve. They are listed online on the City’s Coronavirus Information webpage. Any public meetings held will comply with the Brown Act and measures will be put in place to ensure a social distance of 6 feet. The meetings of all volunteer bodies, boards and commissions will be canceled for the next several weeks.

The City recently amended its standard janitorial contract services at facilities that are open to the public. Janitorial services were expanded to include two additional daily cleanings with the wiping or spraying of disinfectant on keyboards, doors, counters, faucets, water fountains and toilet handles. The City also increased its available supplies of disinfectant and hand sanitizers around the City. These measures will continue at facilities that remain open to employees and the community.

“The health and well-being of our community is our greatest concern,” said City Manager Blair King. “Although we have no known cases in Coronado, we are closely monitoring the situation. We are focused on being prepared and providing the community with the latest information. We encourage residents to continue practicing good public hygiene and to follow public health advice.”

The City’s Coronavirus Information webpage will be updated as needed to inform the community when events and meetings are canceled. The page can be found on the City's website and includes important links to health agencies that have information on how to keep safe, symptoms, and treatment. A link to the page in on the home page of the City’s website: www.coronado.ca.us.

There is currently no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19, but people are advised to get their flu vaccine and practice proven and routine preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

(UPDATED March 16, 2020) -- The Naval Complexes meeting set for 3 p.m. on Monday, March 16, has been canceled. The Coronado Flower Show set for April 18-19 has been canceled.

(UPDATED March 13, 2020) -- Canceled or postponed events in Coronado include a talk with the author of this year’s Coronado Community Read selection at the Community Center on Friday, March 13, the SuperSEAL Triathlon, a non-city event held partly in Coronado, set for Sunday, March 15, the Armchair Travel program on March 17, the annual Commissioners Reception set for March 19, a choral concert set for the Library on March 20, the 2020 Citizen Science Expo set or March 28, and the San Diego Writers Festival on April 4 at the Library. The Coronado Unified School District has closed schools.

(Released March 10, 2020) -- The City of Coronado is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a disease that produces symptoms similar to the flu or pneumonia.

At this time, there have been no novel coronavirus cases reported in Coronado, and there is no immediate threat to the general public. San Diego County's general population remains at low risk of coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. However, on March 9 the County Health and Human Services Agency announced that a San Diego County woman in her 50s is the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in the region. The woman remains hospitalized in isolation with serious symptoms. She has tested positive and the agency is working to find out who she may have come into contact with so they can self-quarantine.

On Feb. 14, the County declared a local health emergency and proclaimed a local emergency to deal with the novel coronavirus. On March 4, Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency in California. This statewide proclamation waives the requirement for local governments to renew local health emergencies and local emergencies at regular intervals. San Diego County's will remain in effect until terminated by the Board of Supervisors.

In Coronado, the City has taken the following additional precautionary measures to prevent community spread of the novel coronavirus:

The City has paid to augment its standard janitorial contract services at the following locations as additional precautionary measures to prevent community spread of the novel coronavirus: John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green, Community Center & Coronado Boathouse, Coronado Public Library, Police Station (Lobby Area), City Hall

The scope of janitorial services was increased to include:

Disinfectant, in the form of a wipe down or spray, at public restrooms, lobbies, seating and tables, counters, gym equipment, doors, faucets, dryers, water fountains, toilet handles, restroom partitions, ADA door push buttons, kitchen and breakroom furniture and counters, and public and employee work areas and computers at City facilities.

The City has provided more alcohol-based disinfectant solutions that contain at least 70% alcohol around City facilities for the general public and employees.

The increase in janitorial services includes two additional daily cleanings, or day porter services. Crews will perform the disinfectant wiping and spraying twice during working hours and once during the regularly scheduled non-working hours. Daytime porter service takes place at the following times:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The following employee/staff work areas are addressed during the overnight standard cleaning with disinfectant spray at all serviced City facilities:

  • Keyboards, mouse and desk phones.
  • All doors in work spaces and restrooms.
  • Desktops and drawers.
  • Kitchen and break room counter tops, tables/chairs, doors, faucets, appliances.
  • All areas called out in the daytime porter services are also disinfected during the standard contracted overnight cleaning.

Public Safety officials with the City participate in routine conference calls with San Diego County’s Office of Emergency Services to stay up to date on the outbreak and are prepared to open its Emergency Operations Center if needed. The City also actively monitors the region’s Web EOC, a crisis information management system, for maintaining situational awareness.

The Coronado Fire Services and Police Services departments have been sharing informational materials from the County and other agencies with staff to guide paramedics, police and other personnel in 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.

The City has launched a coronavirus informational web page which will be updated regularly with news, updates and resources for the public.

City staff has been provided with informational handouts to help protect them and provide them with resources.

The City is working to protect the public's health and prevent the disease from spreading locally. You can take steps to protect and educate yourself and prepare in the event of a local outbreak. This is an emerging situation. The City will provide updated information as it becomes available.

We encourage residents to practice good public health hygiene, as this is the height of the flu season.


Open City Facilities

City Hall
Open 8am to 5pm daily,  all City services by appointment only.

For appointments, call (619)522-7326 or email comdev@coronado.ca.us.

Public Safety
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.

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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.
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To reduce the spread of COVID 19, the following City facilities are closed through April 4, 2020

Coronado Public Library
Although closed, the Coronado Public Library continued to offer services to the community including access to eBooks, audio-books, 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, www.coronadolibrary.org. Then take a photo of your California or Military ID on your phone and email it to cmorris@coronado.ca.us. 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.


Golf and Recreation

  • John D. Spreckels Center
  • Coronado Community Center
  • John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green
  • Club Room and Boathouse
  • Aquatics Center
  • Coronado Tennis Center
  • Coronado Golf Course
  • Coronado Skatepark
  • Feast and Fareway (Restaurant and Snack Bar)

Find out what to do about booked special events, registration for programs and classes by viewing the Recreation and Golf Services COVID 19 FAQ



Canceled Events

SANDAG RHNA Appeal Hearing
The 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.

Recreation Services Programming
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.

May 2020 Avenue of Heroes
The City has postponed the May 16 Avenue of Heroes Ceremony.

Annual Flower Shower
The Coronado Floral Association has canceled the annual Flower Show in Spreckels Park April 18-19. The Friends of the Coronado Library has canceled its annual Book Sale scheduled in conjunction with the Flower Show.

Salute to the Military Ball
The City has learned that the Coronado Chamber of Commerce postponed the Salute to the Military Ball originally set for April 18.




Stay Informed Coronado!
Do 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 website, where you can find news and information that affects residents, businesses and visitors.

 



COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Coronado 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.

Reach the Call Center at (619)522-6380

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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 began 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 is broadcasting programs it typically offers at the Library, Spreckels Center and Community Center such as chair yoga, Library Story hour, 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.

Click here to watch programming online!



Neighbor to Neighbor

Many people in Coronado want to volunteer to help their Coronado neighbors. The City is working to develop a volunteer coordination plan to deliver resources and services while minimizing the spread of the illness. The City is working with clubs, organizations and churches to identify those who may have needs and match them with resources.

If you know of someone who needs to be checked on or has a need please, contact the call center at (619) 522-6380.

 


Coronado Chamber of Commerce

The Coronado Chamber of Commerce provides information for businesses affected by COVID 19. 



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