Encinitas issues proclamation of local emergency due to coronavirus

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In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the city of Encinitas issued a proclamation of local emergency March 16, and activated its emergency operations center.

The Encinitas City Council will vote on the proclamation during its Wednesday meeting, March 18.

As of March 15, there are 33 San Diego County residents who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to county data. Twenty-six of those cases are people from ages 18 to 64, and seven are 65 and older. There have not yet been any coronavirus deaths in the county.

In the U.S. as of March 16, there have been 3,487 coronavirus cases and 68 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to a city news release, the proclamation will help the city address the impacts caused by COVID-19, the disease that results from the novel coronavirus, and to obtain assistance from local, county, state or federal sources, such as the California Disaster Assistance Act.

The city’s emergency operations center will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for information gathering and dissemination related to COVID-19. The center’s mission, according to the city news release, “is to respond to catastrophic events by providing centralized management of the city’s emergency response personnel, resources, facilities, and mutual aid assistance given the City.”

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