Encinitas coronavirus update: Events on, departments open

North Coast Current

Encinitas city departments, meetings and other gatherings will function as planned, and portable public hand-washing stations have been ordered, while authorities continue to monitor developments in the global coronavirus pandemic, the city stated in an update circulated Tuesday, March 10.

Medical. (Photo by Hush Naidoo, Unsplash)“The City is closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation and will coordinate with San Diego County on any infectious disease response plan,” Encinitas officials stated in the email update, also published on the city’s website. “The City has ordered portable handwashing stations for public gatherings, such as City Council meetings and special events.”

The Encinitas Half Marathon on March 29 and Spring Street Fair on April 25 and 26 are still scheduled to run as of now, according to the city, following state guidelines.

The World Health Organization, in a March 11 update, announced that the COVID-19 coronavirus reached pandemic status.

Encinitas has enacted a plan to handle coronavirus patients should any be found in the city, officials stated. Firefighters and paramedics are receiving personal protective gear. The city has also implemented “No Handshaking Zones” at its customer service counters. Hand-sanitizer stations are available.

No coronavirus cases have been reported in Encinitas or other North County cities as of March 11. San Diego County’s Department of Health and Human Services has reported one case in the county, however, a woman in her 50s who showed symptoms after overseas travel.

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