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City Declares State of Emergency in Response to Coronavirus

Post Date:03/13/2020 4:22 PM

El Cajon, CA - Over the past few days, the City, as well as our residents, has received a tremendous amount of information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). The City has been monitoring this public health issue in order to keep our residents and visitors safe. The City has been carefully watching world, U.S., and regional trends relating to COVID-19, coordinating with public health experts at the County of San Diego, and communicating with other government partners.

On March 12, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued recommendations for essential and non-essential gatherings (click here to download CDPH Guidance). The County of San Diego, later that day, also released guidance (click here).

In an effort to ensure public safety and to comply with the directions from the State of California and the County of San Diego, City Manager Graham Mitchell has declared a State of Emergency in the City—the City Council is required to meet and ratify the declaration. A special meeting has been scheduled on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11:30 A.M. The meeting will be livestreamed so that individuals may attend the meeting remotely.

In addition, the City has implemented the following measures through the end of March:

1) The City’s recreation dance recital scheduled for this weekend has been canceled;
2) Rentals at City facilities with attendance greater than 250 or that do not allow for social distancing of 6’ are cancelled or postponed;
3) All non-essential programs, as defined by the State and County directives, are canceled including City organized recreation classes, the Safe Routes to School community workshop, and fire station visits;
4) Handwashing stations are being secured for gathering places or where the public may come in contact with each other;
5) The City has activated a limited Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to ensure the City stays informed with the latest information, to plan for contingencies, and to implement plans if warranted; and
6) The March 24th City Council meeting is subject to change.

Because of the fluidity of this health emergency, the City may modify the measures identified in this press release at any time.

The City encourages its residents to stay informed from reliable sources. The following sites are recommended:

San Diego Public Health COVID-19
Ready.gov Pandemic Page
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019
Heartland Fire and Rescue Alert Page

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