Coronavirus Message for Oceanside, California

I wanted to take a little time to explain to you my take and concern regarding COVID-19 and how it might impact our community in the coming days and weeks. As a Paramedic, FEMA Certified Incident Commander and Public Safety Educator with on-the-ground experience in Disaster Management, my primary concern has always been for the public well-being and to ensure the safety and protection of each and every individual within the communities I have served over the years. As your Mayor, I will work tirelessly to ensure that our community’s families and senior citizens are protected in times of crisis.

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We have already seen a mad rush for supplies such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other cleaning products. Additionally, we have seen the closure of schools, mass public gatherings, and even the NBA has announced the suspension of games until further notice. For specific information regarding Worldwide transmission, new cases and statistics, please see the following World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Reports which are updated daily: With this link, you will be able to track disease progression as well as containment.
Additionally, the City of Oceanside has released an update on local efforts and some guidance for residents.
While all of these things may be alarming to many, there are some things you can do to minimize your risk. The Oceanside Fire Department has released the following recommendations as well as launched a page dedicated specifically to updating Oceanside residents on the virus’ progress. By following these guidelines, you will be able to minimize your risk of exposure to the disease.

Currently, there is a need for testing kits, free testing services for those who do not have insurance or the ability to pay for testing. While the state recently relaxed co-pays and costs for those who have insurance to receive testing, we are calling on officials, hospitals, and healthcare providers to waive fees for those who are uninsured. The most rapid containment will require free testing. Additionally, we are calling on city officials and council members to increase sanitation efforts by adding more hand washing stations throughout the city.

As of right now, there are no known cases in the city of Oceanside. There was one case in San Diego County for a woman in her 50’s who had traveled outside of the country, but authorities say the risk of contracting the virus locally remains low. The guidance for preventative measures to avoid infection are the same as for all viruses:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay home and self-quarantine if you are sick or start to exhibit symptoms
  • Avoid touching your face, including nose, mouth, and eyes
  • Practice good self-care, such as getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and drink plenty of fluids
  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces your home, including door knobs, light switches, and other frequently-touched items

This can also be a confusing time for children with the news constantly showing stories about the virus and global implications. We must communicate with our kids and keep them informed about what is happening and why we are taking these precautions. It is important to remain calm and balanced in these discussions, as our children take cues from us in times like this. The CDC has released some information on how to talk to your children about coronavirus that provides a good framework.


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