Red Cross, CVS & Senator Brian Jones to Host Blood Donation Day in El Cajon
On March 19‚ Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for all citizens of California. You can read more about the Governor’s order here.
I wanted to take this opportunity to address several issues that many of my constituents have brought up.
It is important that you know you can still leave your home to access essential services such as pharmacies‚ gas stations‚ banks‚ laundromats‚ and sources of food (grocery stores‚ take-out/delivery restaurants‚ food banks‚ etc.).
Additionally‚ this is not a quarantine‚ and you are still allowed to go outside. You can still walk your dog or go for a jog as long as you are able to observe the appropriate social distancing.
I also want to take this time to share some more of my personal thoughts with you.
I know these are difficult times‚ and there is a great deal of negativity swirling around us. Please consider that this is also a time to be a light‚ and a force for good‚ in our communities.
If you have a relative that needs care or a food delivery‚ you can do that. If you can call an elderly friend who you think may be feeling lonely‚ please give them a call to check in.
The greatness of America is rooted in the heart of its people. While some look at this as a dark time‚ I believe it can also bring out the brightest in all of us.
While you’re home you also have nothing stopping you from doing those home projects you’ve been putting off! I know that’s one thing I’ll be doing.
Next‚ here are some important resources I wanted to share:
If you are one of the many nonprofits affected by this crisis‚ the California Association of Nonprofits has put together a resource page which you can visit here.
The office of the California State Treasurer has also prepared a list of resources available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
CalMatters‚ a nonprofit newsroom‚ has also recently hosted a Q&A session with the Director of California’s Department of Aging regarding what California’s seniors can do to get through the coronavirus pandemic which you can watch here on YouTube.
I will also be sponsoring a blood drive with the American Red Cross to help address California’s critically low blood supply. It will take place on Wednesday‚ March 25‚ from 10 am to 4 pm at CVS parking lot located at 572 Fletcher Pkwy‚ El Cajon‚ CA 92020. As an essential service‚ people are still able to donate blood under the Governor’s current “stay at home” order. And thank you to all those that signed up, because the appointments are completely full!
Finally‚ I know you’ve heard it a thousand times‚ but another reminder won’t hurt: Wash your hands. Observe social distancing of at least six feet. Together‚ as a community and a nation‚ we will overcome this virus.
For the most up-to-date and accurate information‚ please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‚ the official California Coronavirus website‚ the California Department of Public Health‚ the California Medical Association and the County of San Diego. You can also sign up to receive text messages from the County of San Diego in real-time by texting “COSD COVID19” to 468-311. These are reliable sources for accurate and timely information on COVID-19 and whether it is in our community.
If you have questions or have any problems with a state agency such as the EDD‚ DMV‚ or FTB‚ please email me at [email protected] or you can call one of my offices (which remain open since we are an essential service) at the numbers below:
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4038
El Cajon Office: (619) 596-3136
Escondido Office: (760) 796-4658
Thank you‚ and it is a privilege to serve as your Senator.
Brian W. Jones
State Senator‚ District 3