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Carlsbad City Manager

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Last Friday the County of San Diego held an impromptu news conference warning that COVID-19 numbers were inching up in the county and imploring everyone to follow health precautions or risk subjecting local businesses to additional closures and restrictions. State metricsToday when the state reported out on county status, (covering Oct. 4 to Oct. 10), these concerns proved to be well founded.

  • The San Diego County adjusted case rate was initially reported at 7.1 per 100,000 population on the state’s website, but then corrected to 7. This .1 percent difference is significant because if the higher number were accurate, we would be just one more week away from potentially going back to the purple tier. We’ve been teetering on this metric for weeks now. At 7, we are in the clear for at least two more weeks.
  • Testing positivity percentage is 3.3%. The trigger is 8% or higher.

 Here is a reminder of the tiers and what they mean:

Latest countywide case numbers Since my update last Thursday, 26 more cases have been reported in Carlsbad for a total of 795. We estimate that 41 of those cases are currently active. County.

There have been 1,408 new cases reported countywide since my last update on Thursday, and total cases now top 52,735. 

Outbreaks In the past seven days reported (Oct. 12 through Oct. 18), 31 community outbreaks were confirmed.  Here is a link to all the updated charts and graphs from San Diego County. 

New guidance Amusement parksAs home to LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad has been closely watching for news of theme park safety guidelines. The state has been working with major theme park operators throughout California and looking at states where they’ve already opened to come up with guidance for reopening safely. Today those plans were unveiled and follow the same four-tier structure as other guidance. In the lower two tiers, purple and red, theme parks must remain closed. 

Moderate (orange):

  • Smaller parks (operational capacity of 15,000 or less) can open with modifications
  • Capacity must be limited to 25% or 500 people, whichever is less
  • Outdoor attractions only can open
  • Reservations required
  • Local attendees only (from the same county as the park’s location)

Minimal (yellow):

  • Larger parks can open with modifications
  • Park capacity must be limited to 25%
  • Reservations required

You can read all the guidance for theme parks and amusement parks on the state’s website.
Personal care Guidance has changed to allow personal care businesses to be open even in the purple tier, with modifications and precautions. This includes nail salons, tattoo parlors and body waxing as well as services that require touching a client’s face, like facials, electrolysis and facial waxing. It also applies to esthetic services, skin care, and massage therapy. Even though we are in the red tier, I am sure this comes as a relief to those businesses that are constantly worrying we might fall back to purple.

Professional sports Guidance for professional sports will come as welcome news to many Carlsbad residents as well. Below is a snapshot:

Here is what is allowed by tier:
Widespread (purple):

  • Open with modifications
  • No live audiences

Substantial (red): 

  • Open with modifications
  • No live audiences

Moderate (orange):

  • Open with modifications
  • Permanent venues with live audiences outdoors only
  • Capacity must be limited to 20%
  • Reservations required
  • Assigned seating only
  • In-seat concessions only (no concourse sales)
  • Regional attendees only (within 120 miles)

Minimal (yellow):

  • Open with modifications
  • Permanent venues with live audiences outdoors only
  • Capacity must be limited to 25%
  • Reservations required
  • Assigned seating only
  • In-seat concessions only (no concourse sales)
  • Regional attendees only (within 120 miles)

Here is the full guidance, which applies to outdoor operations of sporting event venues like stadiums and racetracks. 

Youth sports -We have heard from residents eager to get their kids back into traditional sports programs for a while now. Some sports activities have been allowed, but with many restrictions. At today’s briefing the state said they’re working on this guidance and will have it “soon.” I know this is frustrating. We will keep monitoring for any updates to share.

Economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic The San Diego Association of Governments just released a report showing the economic impacts of COVID-19 on our region to date. Unfortunately, the report confirms what many of us can see in our daily lives – those in the retail, tourism and education sectors have been hardest hit, as have lower income workers in general. You can read the full report here.
Some of the key takeaways are below:

We will present an update on the effects of COVID-19 on Carlsbad’s economy and the city budget at today’s City Council meeting. We see similar trends. You can read the highlights in the staff report, starting on page 593. I’ll share more on Thursday. 

Drop off locations for ballots– A report from the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters confirms what we in Carlsbad already knew – our residents are highly engaged! As of last week, Dove Library had the highest number of ballots returned than any other drop off location in the county except the Registrar of Voters main office. Cole Library was in the top five countywide! 

In case you want to drop off your ballot, here is a map of official drop off locations in Carlsbad. Of course, you can also drop it in the mail in the self-addressed postage paid envelope provided.

The Carlsbad bubble – Since we’re talking pro sports in today’s update, I’ll close with a fun fact that Major League Baseball fans will appreciate. San Diego’s Petco Park was recently the host of the American League Championship Series as well as one of the American League Divisional Series matches. During the several weeks of competition the American League took over one of our major resort hotels, creating their very own COVID-free bubble right here in Carlsbad. The Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees along with several officials from Major League Baseball stayed in their bubble in our city departing on several buses for their games at Petco Park. I’m a devoted Padres fan myself, but I will give props to these three “other” teams for having excellent taste. We were proud to support safe play in this small way, and our local economy got a nice boost too.

I’ll be back Thursday with more updates
Scott Chadwick , City Manager

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