The following is a March 26 City of Encinitas update on COVID-19-related issues in Encinitas:
San Diego County Case Count: 297
As of March 25, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reported 297 COVID-19 cases, with 8 cases in Encinitas.
Local health officials emphasize that this is the beginning stages of the outbreak in San Diego County, and that there will be more COVID-19 cases. Healthcare officials are stressing the importance of following the state and county public health orders to stay at home and practice social (physical) distancing.
Encinitas parks remain open
All city-owned parks and trails remain open. However, active areas such as children’s play equipment, fields, courts, the dog park, and skate park/features have temporarily been closed to support regional efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more details, visit encinitasca.gov/Residents/Parks-Beaches-Trails/Parks.
Manchester preserve closes temporarily
The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) has temporarily closed the Manchester Preserve due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The CNLM is reporting that the trails and trail heads have been overcrowded and users are not maintaining safe physical distancing, staying on designated trails, and damaging the native habitat.
The City of Encinitas maintains trails that run through the preserve but does not manage the preserve or own the land. This is a temporary closure and the CNLM says the situation will be re-evaluated as needed. Signs have been posted. For more information, visit www.cnlm.org.
Community Resource Center
The Community Resource Center (CRC) in Encinitas continues with its daily distribution of resources such as food and supplies to residents in a safe manner by increasing the cleaning schedule, practicing physical distancing, and minimizing touching or contacting surfaces.
Drive-Thru Testing at SDCCU Stadium with Provider Referral
The County of San Diego has opened a drive-thru testing center at the San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) Stadium in San Diego. People who have a health provider referral can go to this site to get tested Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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For the most up to date information on the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit https://encinitasca.gov/COVID-19-UPDATES.
For information or questions, contact Tom Bokosky, director of Human Resources at (760) 633-2631 or firstname.lastname@example.org. --City of Encinitas news release