The San Diego County Board of Supervisors created a subcommittee to deal with the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak and announced additional steps to slow the spread of the virus on Tuesday, March 10.

The board voted unanimously to create the subcommittee and appointed Supervisors Greg Cox and Nathan Fletcher to lead it.

“This virus poses a new and dangerous challenge to our region and we need to take different and more enhanced approaches for dealing with it,” said Cox, the Board Chairman. “We’re working with all sectors in the region to address this ongoing crisis and protect the public’s health and safety.”

“We take seriously the obligation that the Board selected us to lead the County of San Diego’s COVID-19 Subcommittee,” said Fletcher. “We are committed to ensuring the County remains vigilant in proactively implementing preventative measures to protect all San Diegans from the spread of COVID-19.”

In addition to the subcommittee, the County has taken numerous steps, including:

Proclaimed a local emergency.

Established an incident command incident and activated the Emergency Operations Center to Level 3 for a minor or limited emergency.

Placed 86 hand washing stations throughout the County and contacted 18 cities in the region to offer help.

Created a web site -- coronavirus-sd.com – that provides information for the public, including resources, such as alert posters in multiple languages. The County has also urged individuals with questions to dial 2-1-1.

Extended public outreach through social media and planned public service announcements on local radio stations.

Enhanced outreach to the homeless community through service providers and the Regional Task Force on the homeless. The County will also be issuing personal hygiene kits.

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