The County of San Diego retains the only health department which serves all jurisdictions across the county. As such, all cities--including El Cajon--follow directives and guidance set forth by the County of San Diego during this health crisis. Below are some response efforts by the City to help keep residents and businesses informed on the changing nature of this crisis.
City Hall Operations
Floors 2-6 of City Hall are currently closed to the public, but the 1st floor remains open for individuals wishing to conduct business in person. Many City staff have converted to working remotely where possible, it is therefore highly recommended that you email a department or call ahead to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at City Hall.
City Council & Planning Commission Meetings
Due to social/physical distancing orders, these meetings are not being held in the City Council Chambers. Beginning in late March and until further notice, City Council and Planning Commission meetings have been held virtually. Members of the public may attend Council and Planning meetings virtually, as well as submit public comments electronically, which are read aloud during the meetings.
City Online Services
Did you know that you can find many El Cajon services online? Apply for permits, pay your sewer bill, stay active with our FREE online Rec classes, view City Council Meetings, and much more! View our online services page for more.
City Response Teams
The City has created three response teams which focus on impact that residents, businesses, and individuals experiencing homelessness are facing during COVID-19.The City will implement programs targeted at addressing the financial hardships experienced by those in the community.
The City created the COVID-19 webpage as a repository for guidance and health updates from the County of San Diego and the State of California. Other useful information on this page include links to resources for residents and businesses, food resources, and information on how to complete City services online during this time.
Drive-thru Testing Sites
Beginning Tuesday, May 5, Grossmont College in El Cajon is now the third COVID-19 testing location available through the County of San Diego. Just follow 3 steps to make an appointment for your test:
- Go to www.lhi.care/covidtesting
- Answer questions, including name, added health coverage status
- Choose testing location and make appointment
Other information (from the County):
- Testing begins Tuesday, May 5
- Don't need a doctor's referral
- Must have an appointment
- Can call 888-634-1123
- Nearly 800 daily test capacity
Funding for Food Programs & Food Distribution
On April 14th, the City Council authorized $100,000 in General Funds for assistance to existing food distribution programs and $50,000 for senior grocery or meal delivery programs in El Cajon in response to the COVID-19 crisis. City staff subsequently contacted organizations that serve El Cajon and asked each to submit a funding request based on their ability to augment their services in the short-term. Organizations submitted funding requests and letters of commitment identifying how any funds received would be used and agreeing to use the funds only for food purchases and distributions in El Cajon.
By Friday, April 24th, over $130,000 in funding was distributed to the following organizations with the associated goals:
- Chaldean and Middle Eastern Social Services
- Purpose: Purchase additional foods
- El Cajon Seventh Day Adventist
- Purchase additional foods
- Serve 75 - 100 seniors with grocery deliveries for two months
- Meals on Wheels
- 6,200+ additional meals
- Meridian Southern Baptist Church
- Fresh fruit and dairy requested by those served
- Our Lady of Grace
- Increase quantity and food options
- Salvation Army
- Serve increased demand and add produce, dairy, and culturally diverse, child-friendly foods
- The Rock Church
- Purchase food not available from food bank for food event for 500 households
Hand Wash Stations
Seven hand wash stations are located in the City, with two additional locations at the MTS trolley locations:
- Bill Beck Park, 541 N. Pierce Street
- Cajon Valley Middle School, 550 E. Park Ave
- City Council Chambers, 200 Civic Center Way
- Judson Park, 320 N. Magnolia
- Lexington Post Office, 401 W. Lexington Ave.
- Prescott Promenade, 230 E. Douglas Ave.
- Wells Park - 1153 E. Madison Ave.
MTS Station Locations:
- Arnele Avenue MTS Station - 762 N. Marshall Ave
- El Cajon MTS Transit Center - 352 S. Marshall Ave
For a County-wide map of hand wash stations, visit the County's website.
REC Department Increases Virtual Presence
With a commitment to continue engaging residents, the El Cajon Parks & Recreation has created a Virtual Recreation and Resource Center! This is the place for fun, educational, and useful resources through these uncertain and turbulent times. In a very short amount of time, the REC Squad has created many virtual REC videos geared at maintaining an active lifestyle, while sheltering-in-place. From Arts & Crafts, cooking, dance & fitness, and much more, there is surely a fun activity for anyone seeking to remain active.
A Message from El Cajon Parks & Rec
Resources provided by the Count of San Diego are available in multiple languages. Where possible, the City of El Cajon has translated COVID-19 videos and pamphlets into Arabic.
- Cleaning Guidance - English / Español / عربى
- County COVID 19 Fact Sheet - English / Español / عربى
- County Health Order (revised 4/27/20) - English / Español / عربى
- Coronavirus Alert: English / Español / عربى
- COVID-19 - Be Prepared (Video): English / Español / عربى
Virtual Town Hall Meetings
The Mayor hosted a virtual town hall meeting to answer questions related to the pandemic. Additionally and in partnership with the Count of San Diego, two additional virtual town halls were held with the Arabic and Chaldean communities.