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Carlsbad News

Carlsbad News

Carlsbad, CA October 21, 2020 –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:

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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:

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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:

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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! 

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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.

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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

City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Featured October Classes – City of Carlsbad

Carlsbad History Highway -Monday, Oct. 26, 10–11 a.m., Free All ages welcome. Travel down the Carlsbad History Highway in this new virtual presentation series. The Carlsbad Historical Society will be hosting a presentation on the rich and diverse parts of Carlsbad history each month. This month’s presentation is: Know Carlsbad: First Peoples, Missions Ranchos and Town.

Top Morningstar Articles & Other Special Investing Topics -Monday, Oct. 26, 1:30 – 3 p.m.Delve into timely topics from Morningstar with key topics this month being: How worried should we be about Social Security? And Coronavirus, the economy and the impact on investors.

Intro to WatercolorTuesdays, Oct. 27–Dec. 8, 9–11:30 a.m., $152 -Have fun learning to paint in the beautiful medium of watercolor. Explore newfound creativity in a supportive group atmosphere. Our focus is on understanding painting techniques, values, color harmony and creating a strong composition. Step-by-step demonstrations, color reference photo and line sketches are provided.

Carlsbad Sings! Halloween Spooktacular -Friday, Oct. 30, 1–2 p.m., Free Join the Carlsbad Senior Center staff for a spectacularly spooky sing-along karaoke style. Popular Halloween tunes like Thriller, I Put a Spell on You and Monster Mash are just a few of the frighteningly fun songs to get you in the Halloween mood. All ages welcome for intergenerational fun! SIGN UP FOR FREE CLASSES

Hauntingly Good Reads and More
Excited about Halloween? Check out our staff recommendations for spooky books, terrifying TV and frightening films:

Virtual Book Clubs
Looking to connect with other readers? Meet new people, experience great literature and engage in interesting discussions in one of our virtual book clubs.

Chapters Cafe Now Open
Chapters Cafe, at Dove Library, has reopened for business Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by for a sandwich, hot drink or smoothie.
Get $2 off any sandwich with your “I voted” sticker!
Orders can also be placed via Grubhub.com.

Book Returns Open 24/7
Did you know our library parking lot book returns are open 24/7? Books may also be returned to staff during curbside services. For Dove Library, please enter off Dove Lane.
Even though fines are not accruing and due dates have been extended, we encourage you to return materials you’ve finished for the next person to enjoy. We’ve heard from some patrons that they’ve been waiting a long time for certain books and can’t wait to read them!
Please note that once you return items, they will remain on your account for a minimum of seven days due to the need to quarantine all library materials upon their return. Once the materials can be processed, they will be removed from your account.

Virtual Arts & Humanities Month — October is Virtual Arts & Humanities Month. Join us for special arts events to celebrate: Artist Talks, theater and musical performances and more!
Visit the Cultural Arts virtual events webpage for more information.

Programs & Performances
On-demand video programs include:
Wellness & Workshops

Read all about all of the wonderful virtual activities, programs and more brought to you by the Carlsbad Senior Center in the October Newsletter

Carlsbad Libraries to Offer Computer Hours

All three Carlsbad City Library locations will offer access to computers and printing starting Tuesday, Sept. 29, on a first come, first served basis, at the following times:

Georgina Cole Library Monday & Wednesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Carlsbad City Library Dove Lane Tuesday & Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Library Learning Center Tuesday & Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Computer use will be limited to one hour per person per day. In addition to the computers, staff will be available to issue library cards and collect fines that may have accrued prior to March 15 (no fines are currently being accrued for items due between March 15 – Dec. 31, 2020). Other parts of the library will remain closed. Curbside service will continue to be available at all three locations Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
More information

We’re Here to Help
We’re available to answer your questions over the phone, through our chat service or by email. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 760-602-2049 or 760-434-2870, email librarian@carlsbadca.gov or chat with us.

Other Helpful Links
Library@Home

COVID-19 Latest Updates Bookmark this page to get the latest updates from the City of Carlsbad.

THREE LOCATIONS
Carlsbad City Library
760-602-2049
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Georgina Cole Library
760-434-2870
1250 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Library Learning Center
760-931-4500
3368 Eureka Place
Carlsbad, CA 92008


4 Comments

  1. Jeanette Chaffee says:

    I want to submit information about my upcoming Author Talk at the Vista Library.

    What’s your email please?

    Thank you!

      • Author Talk with Jeanette Chaffee
        Join Jeanette Chaffee as she discusses her book Extravagant Graces: 23 Inspiring Stories of Facing Impossible Odds.
        Chaffee shares her survival of a midair explosion of a terrorist bomb less than fourteen feet from her. She also talks about her exclusive interviews of the personal difficulties and tragedies of famous people such as Donnie Dee, Steve Arterburn and Elisabeth Elliot who have had life-changing encounters with God.
        Jeanette has appeared on 20/20, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, The 700 Club, and 100 Huntley Street. She has been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, and Newsweek.
        Books will be available for sale and signing. Learn more at JeanetteChaffee.com
        When: Thursday, Oct. 19, 6-7 p.m.
        Where: Vista Public Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave.
        Admission: Free. First come, first served.

  2. Joanne Kontic says:

    I would like to help others during the Carona Virus and after by submitting questions to each newsletter. I waa diagnosed with Lupus 2003 and like to share my stories, experience, and educate people about Lupus. I am a life coach and helping other people now on my Facebook page with the same condition I have. If anyone has questions about lupus please submit them and I will answer them from my experience to educate people. I am spreading Lupus awareness.

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