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Coronado Provides Coronavirus Response Update, Resources

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.

Posted in Coronavirus, Coronado city news, Coronado island news on Thursday, March 26, 2020 3:51 pm. Updated: 3:55 pm. | Tags: City Of Coronado , Coronado , Coronado, California , Covid-19

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Stay Connected And Be The Difference

Even if you can’t get together face-to-face, you can stay connected to friends, family and neighbors with phone calls, text messages, video chats and social media. If you’re feeling lonely, sad or anxious, reach out to your social support networks. Share what you are feeling and offer to listen to friends or family members about their feelings. We are all experiencing this scary and uncertain time together.

Feeling anxiety or depression is a common reaction in times of uncertainty or when there’s a perception of danger, and the COVID-19 situation certainly qualifies as such a time. This is something new and worrying that we are all facing together.

That’s why you are encouraged to use tips from Mental Health First Aid to support those around you who might be feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious or depressed. With these tips, you can #BeTheDifference for your loved ones while physical distancing and help them through this challenging time.

Posted in Coronado city news, Coronado island news, Coronavirus on Thursday, March 26, 2020 3:25 pm. Updated: 3:59 pm. | Tags: Coronado Safe , Coronado , Coronado, California , Covid-19 ,

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PPE Donation Program Launches Wednesday Mar. 25

In response to the need for addition Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in our hospitals and clinics, as well as community offers of assistance, Sharp will launch an effort to collect drive-up donations of PPE and other supplies this Wednesday, March 24 at locations across the system.

As we follow current guidance for infection control and prevention as outlined in our March 20 memo, we are optimizing our use of PPE to

Posted in Coronado city news, Coronado island news, Coronavirus on Thursday, March 26, 2020 3:36 pm. Updated: 4:03 pm. | Tags: Coronado , Coronado, California , Covid-19 , Ppe Donation Program , Sharp Health Care

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USNS Mercy Departs San Diego For Los Angeles

The hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departed Naval Station San Diego, and is now underway to Los Angeles in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.

"This global crisis demands whole of government response, and we are ready to support,” said Capt. John Rotruck, Mercy’s Military Treatment Facility commanding officer. “Mercy brings a team of medical professionals, medical equipment, and supplies, all of which will act, in essence, as a ‘relief valve’ for local civilian hospitals in Los Angeles so that local health professionals can better focus on COVID-19 cases. We will use our agility and responsiveness as an afloat Medical Treatment Facility to do what the country asks, and bring relief where we are needed most.”

Mercy departed Naval Base San Diego with over 800 Navy medical personnel and support staff with the afloat medical treatment facility (MTF), and over 70 civil service mariners. The ship will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals, and will provide a full spectrum of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults.

Posted in Coronado city news, Coronado island news, Coronavirus on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 10:00 am. Updated: 11:32 am. | Tags: Covid-19 , Usns Mercy

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Dentists May Register To Help With State’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response

California health care providers will be challenged to meet the needs of patients during this pandemic, with active COVID-19 cases expected to surpass the medical capability of the state to respond within its normal workforce. Dentists, with their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and sterile surgical techniques, are invaluable to the health care worker surge capacity necessary to meet this need.

Dentists may register now at the state of California’s Disaster Healthcare Volunteers website. California developed this process in recognition of the need to have a list of pre-credentialed licensed health care volunteers who can be deployed without interruption to assist with critical emergency care needs.

The registration process provides dentists with a few options to determine the level

Posted in Coronavirus, Coronado city news, Coronado home and business, Coronado island news on Friday, March 27, 2020 2:16 pm. Updated: 2:20 pm. | Tags: Coronado , Coronado, California , Covid-19 , California Disaster Healthcare Volunteers

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Port of San Diego Advisory Regarding Cruise Ships In San Diego Bay

Prioritizing public health, and with extra precautions in place to minimize community spread of and exposure to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), the Port of San Diego is working with its cruise line partners to conclude sailings that were underway when the cruise lines suspended operations last week. No ship has or will be allowed in San Diego Bay without first being cleared by medical authorities and no new

Posted in Coronavirus, Coronado city news, Coronado island news on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 11:03 am. Updated: 11:32 am. | Tags: Covid-19

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San Diego Blood Bank Issues Urgent Plea For Blood Donations

School closures and work-from-home policies have resulted in cancelled blood drives. San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) collects more than half of its blood supply on bloodmobiles. An additional strain on the blood supply is expected in the coming weeks.

“The U.S. is on the verge of a serious blood shortage that will lead to blood rationing and triage. We need healthy people to come out to donate immediately,” said David Wellis, CEO, San Diego Blood Bank. “Supplies are dropping to critical levels. We are confident the San Diego community will rally around this urgent need.”

It is important to note:

Donor safety measures are in place: SDBB has been in close communication with San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency, and they are advising SDBB

Posted in Coronado city news, Coronado island news on Friday, March 20, 2020 12:51 pm. Updated: 11:10 am.

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EDCO To Continue Regular Collection

EDCO has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to ensure the health and welfare of its employees, customers and communities they serve. Waste removal has been identified as a critical and essential service and as such, EDCO will continue regularly scheduled collection operations. Residential customers should continue to set out their trash, recycling and green waste carts on their normal collection day. Commercial customers will also continue to be serviced per their regular collection schedule. As the impact of the COVID-19 situation is changing daily, EDCO is

Posted in Coronado city news, Coronado island news, Coronavirus on Thursday, March 26, 2020 3:29 pm. Updated: 4:06 pm. | Tags: Edco , Coronado , Coronado, California

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Some Thoughts On COVID-19

As an internal medicine physician, I have gotten so many questions about COVID-19 that I would like to share the data I have about it, as of this moment (and we all know that information is changing rapidly).

An article published this past week by MMWR/CDC shows the transmission rates to 445 individuals who were either household contacts (sharing a home) or close contacts (healthcare workers, those within 6 feet) of some of the first patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in the U.S.

You may find it reassuring that the transmission rates were found to be 10.5% for household contacts (but with a confidence interval ranging up to 31%) and up to 1.6% for those with close contact (within 6 feet, household contacts are closer than “close” contacts)). So, even those who lived with someone with COVID-19 did not usually contract the virus.

The graph shows the mortality rates by age of COVID-19 compared to seasonal influenza. Although the absolute numbers are smaller than the flu, this data shows part of the reason for concern about this virus is that a higher percentage of those infected with COVID-19 are dying of the disease, especially the elderly.

Posted in Opinion on Thursday, March 19, 2020 2:37 pm. Updated: 11:09 am.

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