There was a great showing from elected officials, volunteers, CVPD, CFVD and our CERT team to assemble food packages for 1,000 families at the San Diego Food Bank distribution event today at Southwestern College. While 1,000 families received food, there were many who did not. When CVPD assisted with closing the line of cars, they made sure to announce that the Food Bank has more distribution events and options for receiving food. The City also will promote through its channels how people can access food resources during this time. The best option is for residents to call 2-1-1 to learn about emergency food options and scheduled food distribution events.
CVPD and Public Works staff were busy addressing storm issues including closing streets to allow waters to recede, cleaning storm channels, and responding to car crashes. CVFD also performed windshield surveys of known flooding areas to assist with identification of issues and necessary road closures. Public Works staff has been preparing this week in advance of the storms by clearing channels, notifying the public about sandbags, patrolling the city when rain has been heavy. CVPD, CVFD, and Public Works staff will continue to monitor streets and storm channels to address any issues
The City Manager is issuing a Local Emergency order effective April 10, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. that addresses local directives during the COVID-19 pandemic including conducting City Council meetings via teleconference; all City parks, including dog parks, are closed; and all public and private employees and volunteers who have contact with the public within the City shall wear a cloth face covering. This order will be presented at the April 21 City Council meeting.
City communications staff have updated www.chulavistaca.gov/coronavirus web page to include information and links for Residents and Businesses and to ensure the most requested information is easily accessible.
Scripps Chula Vista put out a request for assistance in securing cell phone chargers for hospital use. Eric Crockett worked with contacts at Verizon and secured approximately 100 donated cell phone chargers for Scripps Chula Vista to provide charging access for doctors, nurses, and patients.
County of San Diego Public Health leaders continue to emphasize that April is the critical month to flatten the curve and reduce the cases and deaths in our region. All residents are urged to follow the public health mandates to stay home, wash your hands, and avoid gatherings with those outside your household. New guidance regarding wearing a face covering when out of the home is expected to be issued by the Governor today with the County likely to follow for our residents.
As of April 10, in San Diego County, there are 1,693 cases and 44 deaths. Of those cases, 867 are male, 821 are female, and 5 are no gender reported. There have been 374 residents admitted to the hospital with 140 of those admitted to the ICU. As of April 9, there are 163 cases in Chula Vista.
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