Weekly Update April 3, 2020

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Weekly Update April 3, 2020

Weekly Update April 3, 2020

Weekly UpdateCheck out the City Manager’s Weekly Update video focusing on COVID-19. If you are interested in receiving an emailed notice of the Weekly Update, sign up for eNotifications on the City’s website, enter your email address and click on Weekly Update and any other documents you would like to receive.



Beach, Parks Status: City staff has posted signs to let the public know about the City Council's recent decision to close the City's beach, including Dog Beach, on weekends as well as prohibit parking along the west side of Ocean Boulevard indefinitely. The Council took several actions at a special meeting on March 31 including the indefinite closure of the dog washing station at Dog Beach, playground equipment at all parks, the bandstand at Spreckels Park and the City’s tennis courts. Most parks will remain open. However, due to people congregating at Sunset Park following the beach closure, the City shut down Sunset Park. The City Council will reevaluate April 7.

Sunset Park Sign Closed Gazebo Fenced Off

 spreclels Playground

Public Information, Notices: In addition to placing signs around town about closures, the City is working diligently to get the word out about COVID-19 news. You may see electronic message signs throughout Coronado. The City asks that the community abide by the orders of local, county and state officials. The City has a daily newsletter it issues that has news, resources, features and information on how Coronado is working to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and stopping the spread of the virus. To subscribe to the COVID-19 Update, click on this link to see a copy of the newsletter than hit subscribe and provide your email address. News may also be found on the City’s website: www.coronado.ca.us. You can follow the City on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and check the Coronavirus Information webpage to get City updates throughout the day and weeks.

COVID-19 Page 

Amended County Order: San Diego County health officials have ordered that all employees who may have contact with the public in any grocery store, pharmacy or drug store, convenience store, gas station, restaurant shall wear a mask to cover their faces. The mask requirement was part of an amendment to its March 27 order and goes into effect April 4. The amended order also requires businesses that allow members of the public to enter a facility to post by midnight April 7 a “Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol” form on each facility open to the public. The City is working on preparing the form, which will ensure that all required measures are implemented to ensure social distancing at each facility, and will post by the deadline at all City facilities that are open with restricted public access.

Virtual Meetings to Resume: The City plans to resume certain commission meetings in the coming weeks. However, they will be held virtually. The first meeting planned is the April 14 Planning Commission meeting. The next meeting will be the Historic Resource Commission meeting on  April 15, followed by the Design Review Commission meeting set for April 22. The commission members will be using an internet-based meeting app and none is expected to physically attend. The meeting agendas will be posted as they normally are, and members of the public are encouraged to comment in advance. The meetings are subject to cancellation depending on COVID-19. The April 7 City Council meeting will be held as planned at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. Click on the links here for the April 7 agenda and information on how to comment in advance.
Council meeting pic

Online Council Meeting Interruptions: The City is aware that residents attempting to view the March 31 special City Council meeting had some connectivity problems. The live video online displayed an error message or a black screen. We apologize for any interruption residents had in viewing this important meeting. The City was aware of the issue and working with our government video streaming company, who was at City Hall for help with the teleconferencing portion of the meeting. The City’s bandwidth appeared to be in good shape. However, the City had an estimated 500 people watching the meeting, a record for online meeting viewing for the City. Normally, a typical meeting may attract about 25 viewers. The video streaming representative said due to the coronavirus quarantine, internet usage is off the charts and causing service interruptions all over. He has assured the City that he is working to figure out a solution, so it doesn’t happen again. The City will work to resolve the issue by the April 7 meeting. Here's a link to a list of archived meetings, including Tuesday's.

Meeting Out of Order 

Mental Health, Well-being: This may be a difficult and overwhelming time for many. There are many ways to deal with stress, including staying active, getting involved and finding something enjoyable to do. The City has ways to address all of those. The City also has links to resources to help the community get help.

Mental Health flier 

  • In terms of staying active, the City launched the “Safe at Home but Not Alone” program to help people stay involved. We have been filming videos of exercise classes held at the Spreckels Center, such as yoga, and airing them on Coronado TV. Also airing are storytimes and cultural arts videos. There's something for everyone. Check out Coronado TV, Channel 19 and AT&T 99, for more on the Safe at Home but Not Alone program.

    Safe at Home 


  • The City began a couple of programs to reach out to those who want to help or volunteer. Recently, we began working with concerned residents who may not be able to get out to get medicines or food or just need to talk. The Neighbor-to-Neighbor program is reaching out to every residence in Coronado to check on people's well-being. Call or email to participate or be a volunteer. Also, PAWS and the Coronado Animal Care Facility need people who are willing to temporarily foster a cat or dog in the coming days and weeks. Call (619) 522-7371 to get more details.

     N2N Program PAWS logo


  • It can be hard to talk about mental health, particularly if you’re struggling. But reaching out for help or to offer help is a necessary step to take in feeling better. We have some ways to reach out for yourself or for friends. Coronado SAFE’s counseling services now provides free brief wellness checks available to all community members, particularly to those most vulnerable or at-risk of anxiety and depression via teletherapy. 211 San Diego is a trusted source for access to community, health, social and disaster services. Simply dial 211 for help in more than 200 languages. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can provide support for people in distress. Call (800) 273-8255 for help.

Mental Health Resources logos 


Call Center:  The City takes calls from residents from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week during this emergency. Coronado has set up a call center to help answer questions and hear the concerns of residents. Please call (619) 522-6380 if you are concerned about a neighbor or family member, have concerns about food and other resources, or if you have questions about our local schools, City services or City business. Don't hesitate to call.

Call Center flier 


3D-Generated Face Shields: The Coronado Library, in a practical use of staff and equipment, has created a face shield for doctors and others at Sharp Coronado Hospital. Using the Library’s 3D printer, Library staff worked quickly to produce two prototypes for a National Institute of Health-approved face shield using its templates. Sharp reviewed the prototypes and approved one of the two designs. Production began April 1. Each frame takes about 3 hours to print and a few minutes to assemble. The 3D printer enables staff to print out the frame, which is then assembled with foam and a disposable elastic to secure to the head. Each unit is wrapped and delivered to the hospital. The face shields are difficult to find at this time.

3D Face Shield 

Face Shield 3D


Blood Drive: The City of Coronado is partnering with the American Red Cross for a second blood drive on May 12. The April Blood Drive in Coronado filled 90 appointments with two days. Donors are urgently needed. This event is by appointment only. Click on the image below to make an appointment.

May 12 Blood Drive


School District Grab-and-Go Meal Service: The Coronado Unified School District will begin Grab-and-Go Meal Service for all families with children 18 and under that will include free breakfast and lunch meals. Beginning April 6, families can pick up the meals via curbside pick-up. Each child will receive a bag that contains 5 days’ worth of meals for breakfast and lunch. Children are not required to be students of Coronado Unified School District. This is free for everyone regardless of free/reduced/paid meal status. Details can be found here.

Stay Informed CoronadoDo you like being in the know? Do you know what’s going on in Coronado? However, you like to get your city news, Coronado has many ways for you to get it. Do you like Twitter? We are active on Twitter. Do you prefer Facebook? Like us to keep up. Maybe you prefer a text message for traffic advisories. Sign up for the City’s Police Department Nixle account. What about an email reminder that a meeting is coming up or the council agenda is online? We have that, too, through our eNotification system. Of course, almost all of that can be found online in the City Manager’s Weekly Update, a compendium of all the news and events that are going on or coming up in Coronado. You can sign up to receive an email as soon as it is published online or you can visit the City’s website on Friday at noon and find it there. Finally, don’t forget to check the City’s new website, where you can find news and information that affects residents, businesses and visitors.


Sunset Park Closure Sign
Posted on 04/03/2020
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