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:
• 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.
The City has created a dedicated web page that outlines the additional precautionary measures Coronado officials have taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The page can be found 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.
State Of California Stay At Home Order
California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered March 19 that Californians stay at home and that nonessential businesses be shut down to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. All individuals living in 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
• Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
• Laundromats/laundry services
• Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.
• Dine-in restaurants
• Bars and nightclubs
• Entertainment venues
• Gyms and fitness studios
• Public events and gatherings
• Convention Centers
Coronado Encourages Residents To Stay At Home
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.
Coronado Call Center
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.
Public & Emergency Services
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.
The City continues to evaluate the impact of the closure of beaches up the coast due to COVID-19 and concerns over maintaining social distancing. The City has posted signage at the beach encouraging people to stay at home and to not congregate. The City has removed exercise equipment on the beach and closed parking lots at Avenida Lunar and Avenida de las Arenas. The City will continue to monitor the size and activities at the beach.
The Coronado Police Department has announced that it will only release property to those who want to claim stolen or lost property, for example, by appointment. There will be no walk-in releases and those arriving without an appointment will be instructed to schedule an appointment. Appointments can be made by calling (619) 522-7345.
Additionally, the signing off of citations written for correctable violations has been suspended at this time. These actions are being taken to reduce contacts and potential exposure.
City Hall Hours
City Hall operating hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. City Hall doors will remain unlocked during these operating hours. 2. Staff that is considered Mission Critical will work either remotely or at City Hall from the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday. At this time and until further notice the 9/80 protocol will no longer be utilized for staff work hours. Scheduling for staff working in Community Development or Engineering who provide support for issuing building permits, plans and inspections will reflect the perceived business needs of the building community. 3. The number of staff working at City Hall will be kept to a minimum during this COVID-19 emergency and only those staff required to provide essential services to the public will be deployed for work at City Hall. 4. Meetings with the public will be scheduled and held by appointment only. 5. Use of meeting rooms will be kept to a minimum with adherence to the social distancing guidelines of 3-6 foot spacing between attendees. 6. All visitors to City Hall will be required to sign in and obtain a visitor’s badge. 7. These procedures will become effective March 24, 2020.
Safe at Home but
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 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.
Golf and Recreation
All Coronado Recreation facilities are closed and programs been suspended. The Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department has issued a COVID-19 list of frequently asked questions related to the ongoing outbreak Click here to access it.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 City has postponed the May 16 Avenue of Heroes Ceremony. 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. The City has learned that the Coronado Chamber of Commerce postponed the Salute to the Military Ball originally set for April 18.
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, coronadolibrary.org. Then take a photo of your California or Military ID on your phone and email it to email@example.com. 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.
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.