Carlsbad, CA– Here’s what’s new in the past 24 hours. As a reminder, you can get updates throughout the day via the city’s social media and a dedicated website we have set up:
Carlsbad now has 16 confirmed casesThe latest numbers from the county show Carlsbad has 16 cases, and there are 277 residents with COVID-19 countywide. Starting yesterday, the county began only reporting cases of San Diego County residents, instead of some people who are in San Diego but did not live here. This helps avoid double counting statewide. The county updates its numbers daily on this link.
What the numbers meanThe county continues to emphasize that the number of reported cases is expected to go up, both because of more testing and more actual spread in the community. This has been anticipated and is the reason for the health orders currently in effect.
What to do?The public health order and overall direction from state and county officials remain the same. We know COVID-19 is in our community and the best thing we can do to slow the spread is to stay at home except to get food, go for quick walk close to home and other similar essential activities.
- Keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others not in your immediate household.
- Don’t get together with friends and neighbors or extended family who are not in your immediate household.
- Don’t go to the beach, park, trails or other gathering spaces.
- Wash your hands, don’t touch your face and frequently wipe down surfaces.
- Stay informed with accurate, updated information.
Testing updateThe county continues to get a lot of questions about testing. What we’re hearing is that hospital supplies should be increasing this week, and other health care providers should have greater supplies in two to three weeks. Here is the county’s official statement on testing: “Testing for COVID-19 is still limited so we are prioritizing people who need it the most,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., county public health officer. “About 80% of people who get COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms and don’t need to be tested.” Who should be tested?At the moment, COVID-19 testing is being considered for people who have a fever and a cough and are part of the following:
- Have a lower respiratory illness and no other potential causes, especially if they are hospitalized
- People living in a senior living facility, including nursing facilities or assisted living facilities
- People who are elderly
- People in congregate settings, such as homeless shelters
- Health care workers, first responders and other emergency workers
Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases who develop symptoms are likely to be positive for the disease as well. Testing is not required if the patient is not severely ill, not in a priority population, or not at high risk for complications. Here’s a flow chart the county put out that summarizes all this. Pools/lagoons/oceanUnderstandably, people want more specifics about what is and isn’t allowed under the statewide public health order. In Carlsbad, we are getting questions about swimming, paddle boarding and surfing. The governor’s order doesn’t specify rules for every single activity, including these. The goal is to stay home as much as possible. When you leave, only do so for essential activities and maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others at all times.
Relief programsWe have assembled a webpage with information about relief programs for residents and businesses. This includes things the city has already done — everything from utility bills to library fines, as well as links to county, state and federal programs that offer assistance. We’ll keep this page updated with new information. The City Council will discuss additional Carlsbad-specific programs at the April 7 City Council meeting.
Support for kids (of all ages)Everyone knows and appreciates our first responders. I also want to call attention to other city staff who are stepping up to support our community. Employees from the city’s Cultural Arts Office recently delivered at home art kits to families picking up free lunch provided by the Carlsbad Unified School District. And our librarians have compiled all the most popular online library resources on one page so lifelong learning can continue for students of all ages during this time. I’ll continue to share new resources from other city departments in the coming days.
Eat local Our online map of restaurants open for takeout and delivery is getting national attention. We’re now up to 84 and counting. If you have the means, I encourage you to patronize these local businesses, which are among those hit hard by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 emergency.
More information about COVID-19The Centers for Disease and Prevention continues to provide new and updated information about the new coronavirus. I encourage you to use its website as a go-to source for accurate public health information. Please stay safe, stay home and continue to #Care4Carlsbad.
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