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City Update March 27th

City of Chula Vista has one firefighter who tested positive and one with symptoms who tested negative. We have another with symptoms being tested today (March 27). CVFD senior staff is drafting plans for incremental staffing drawdown scenarios. Fire personnel are wearing masks as part of their PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) protocol when traveling in fire engines/trucks since firefighters are not able to maintain six feet distance. You may also see police officers wearing masks if the situation warrants it. 

On Saturday, March 28, City CERT team will assist with food distribution at SDCCU Stadium in conjunction with San Diego Food Bank and Feeding San Diego.

City library staff will start Monday, March 30, to take 2-1-1 calls, field questions, and provide information and resource contacts. The call center will be set up in the Civic Center library with staff practicing safe distancing and other protections. 2-1-1 requested support and this is considered “mutual aid” during the current emergency response to the pandemic. The City is piloting the effort initially and will consider options for adding more staff (e.g., additional library or recreation staff) to assist with providing support.

Development Services Department has created a COVID Operations page with instructions for those processing new submittals & applications; resubmittals, plan changes, & deferred submittals; and, permit issuance. Information is available here: www.chulavistaca.gov/departments/development-services/dsd-covid-operations.

Economic Development is initiating communication with businesses that have provided emails through the Business License renewal process to inform them of resources available and links to information on the City website here: https://www.chulavistaca.gov/businesses. This effort is being supported with social media posts. 

The City will be posting signs reminding the public that parks are closed. The signs will be posted in the parks where we are seeing challenges (Harborside, Memorial, Eucalyptus, Lauderbach and Friendship Parks). 

Tuesday, March 31, is Cesar Chavez Day which is a Holiday. Due to the crisis, Police and Fire Departments will be operating at full capacity.  Public Works will be operating on stand-by.  All other departments will be closed

County of San Diego Updates

  • County continues to collaborate with State on an appropriate location for a mobile field hospital with a potential capacity of 250 beds. County is working to identify building/location and addressing how to secure needed supplies and staff.
  • UCSD has identified an empty dormitory as a potential alternative care site for patients who need ongoing care/isolation from family. Patients will receive care from doctors and nurses. This will free up hospital beds for more critical care.
  • County collaborating with Regional Housing Task Force to expand sheltering capacity for homeless. 

County has received/secured the following PPE and reports that no requests for these resources from health care and agency partners have been denied.

Item Cumulative
N-95 428,515
Surgical Face Mask 111,000
Face Shield 560
Goggles 1,584
Gowns 5,311
Gloves 33,400

County reports as of March 26, there are 341 total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the County. Additional data breakdown: 207 males/134 females; 216 cases are ages 20-49; 69 are hospitalized and another 31 are in ICU. There are five reported deaths of residents due to COVID-19. An additional death will be added: a young man who lives in San Diego died in Riverside County. Note: the County releases the data after 5 p.m. The data we report in our daily email includes County data and any updates provided at the 2:30 p.m. County briefing.

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