Covid- 19 Updates.

County SealThe County of San Diego has a great website with lots of resources about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Virus and what you need to know.

This comes directly off their website:

San Diego County public health officials have issued orders to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19.  A statewide order issued March 19 expands on parts of the local order.

San Diego County public health order (PDF)

California public health order (PDF)

List of essential critical infrastructure workers (PDF)


County Seal County of San Diego COVID-19 Grant Opportunity
Local small businesses and restaurants suffering financial losses due to COVID-19 can now apply for a grant from the County of San Diego.
The Board of Supervisors approved a new Small Business Stimulus Program Tuesday during a Board meeting that also included a report on the behavioral health aspects of COVID-19.

Small Business Stimulus Program
For-profit and nonprofit businesses can apply for grant money if they can show losses and costs are a direct result of the pandemic.
To qualify businesses must have:

  • 100 or fewer employees
  • Headquarters in San Diego County
  • A minimum 1-year operating history as of Feb. 14, 2020
  • Documentation of financial hardship because of COVID-19

Board supervisors had approved using $17 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund funds last May to help restaurants and small businesses. Tuesday, the supervisors approved the implementation of the program.

Businesses are urged to apply early. Applications are available now through Oct. 16 – subject to available funding.

For more information and the application, visit the stimulus website.


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$2.4 Million in CARES Act Grants for El Cajon Businesses! Apply Now !!
Are you a business owner in El Cajon? Do you know one?
Yesterday, the El Cajon City Council approved a total of $2.4 Million in CARES Act grants for businesses in El Cajon. These are GRANTS, not loans, to help businesses recover from the impact of COVID-19.
How do you apply for consideration?
The application is ONE page, and you need just a few extra documents: copy of driver’s license, copy of El Cajon business license, and a few more.
Grant application period – July 15 – July 31, 2020. Awardees will be notified in early August. Funds distributed shortly thereafter and must be spent by September 1, 2020 on rent, utilities, debt service, rehiring employees, etc. Apply today!


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Please see important information about his new COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program in the City of San Diego:
For more information on the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program please refer to the following:


What the orders mean

  • Everyone needs to stay home except to take care of essential needs or go to an essential job.
  • Practice social distancing. Keep at least six feet away from other people unless they’re family. Avoid gatherings of any size.


What is open?

You need to follow social distancing when you visit these essential services, including:

  • Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores
  • Restaurants for take-out, delivery or drive-through
  • Pharmacies
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry
  • Hardware/home improvement stores

Essential government services are still available. Many government agencies have closed public offices but are offering services online, over the phone or other ways.


What’s been closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs.
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Hair and nail salons
  • Entertainment venues
  • Public events and gatherings



Businesses and organizations that provide critical infrastructure are exempted, including health care and public health, public safety, food and agriculture and media. See the full list of exempt sectors (PDF).

Businesses allowed to stay open must also practice social distancing and encourage employees to work from home if possible. They must also suspend requiring employees to provide doctors’ permission to stay home.


Schools and childcare

  • All public and private schools, colleges and universities are closed. Parents of minor children must take steps to keep them at home.

Daycares are still open, but only for children of parents working in essential sectors. Daycare centers that remain open should employ heightened cleaning and distancing requirements. Babysitters may also come to the house to care for minors of parents working in essential sectors.

Child care facilities need to operate in the following way:

  • Groups of children are limited to 10, and they have to be the same children each day.
  • If there is more than one group at a facility, they need to be in separate rooms.
  • Children cannot move from group to group.
  • The groups cannot mix. The providers must stay with one group.


Health care and helping sick relatives

What if I need to visit a health care provider?

If you are feeling sick with fever or cough or other symptoms, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center.

If you need to go to the hospital, call ahead so they can prepare for your arrival. If you need to call 911, tell the 911 operator the exact symptoms you are experiencing so the ambulance provider can prepare to treat you safely.

What about routine, elective or non-urgent medical appointments?

Non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning, and elective procedures must/should be cancelled or rescheduled. If possible, health care visits should be done remotely.

Contact your healthcare provider to see what services they are providing.

Can I leave home to care for my elderly parents or friends who need help to care for themselves? Or a friend or family member who has disabilities?

Yes, if you are not feeling sick. Be sure that you protect them and yourself by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least six feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue and then washing your hands. If you have early signs of a cold, please stay away from your older loved ones.

Can I visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility?

Generally, no. There are limited exceptions, such as if you are going to the hospital with a minor who is under 18 or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance. For most other situations, the order prohibits non-necessary visitation to these kinds of facilities except at the end-of-life. Hospital administrators may determine other exceptions in special circumstances. This is difficult, but necessary to protect hospital staff and other patients.


Going outdoors

You can go for a walk or walk your dog if you keep six feet from people who are not in your household. Avoid any groups. Some parks and trails have been closed.


Why are we doing this?

The goal is to “flatten the curve.” That means to keep people from getting sick all at once. We can slow a virus’s ability to infect people by keeping them apart.

When a new virus like novel coronavirus appears, faster spread means higher demand on the health care system. The increase can overwhelm the health care system and make it harder to take care of all sick people, whether they have COVID-19 or not.

However, if people stay away from each other by staying at home and practicing social-distancing, the virus cannot infect as many people as fast.

Blood Donations Needed – Received from Sharp Healthcare

Are you wondering how to support our community during this unprecedented time? Consider participating in one of Sharp’s upcoming blood drives and give the gift of life.

Blood donations are always critical to care for patients in our community, and blood is needed now more than ever as blood drives are being cancelled throughout the county.

Due to the Governors stay at home order:  any person 65 or older cannot donate blood at this time.

The San Diego Blood Bank is working hard to ensure the safety of all donors. By working closely with San Diego County Health and Human Services, they are taking extra measures to clean surfaces between donations, screen donors upon arrival and limit the number of people allowed on blood mobiles. Read more about the San Diego Blood Bank’s current needs and precautions.

As the situation regarding COVID-19 is changing daily, Sharp Lends a Hand’s focus for April will be exclusively on blood donation opportunities. We are hopeful to offer both volunteer and blood donation opportunities again soon. Thank you for your commitment to supporting our community during this time!


Upcoming Blood Drives

April 2: Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus >>

April 8: Spectrum>>

April 10: Sharp Coronado >>

April 10: Sharp Grossmont >>

April 14: SRS Sorrento Mesa >>

April 15: Corporate Court >>

April 28: SRS Otay Ranch >>

April 28:  Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center>>

Donations can be made at any time by visiting your local donation center.
Be sure to mention our donor code SHRP.

Questions? Email Sharp Lends a Hand.

Great Information from Scripps

Non-essential Personnel Not Allowed in Hospitals

In compliance with County and State orders, all non-essential personnel are now prohibited entry into any Scripps hospital. “Non-essential personnel” are defined as employees, contractors, or members of the public who do not perform treatment, maintenance, support, or administrative tasks deemed essential to the health care mission of the hospital. Non-essential personnel do not include first responders, State, Federal, or Local officials, investigators or medical personnel carrying out lawful duties. Site command centers in collaboration with site and system leadership will determine the specific roles to which this applies for maintaining critical operations at each site/facility. Roles that are identified may change as different circumstances arise.  As a reminder, no visitors will be allowed in the hospital unless they are visiting a patient on comfort/end-of-life care or are the coach/partner for a patient in maternal child health.

Blood Drives Continue Through COVID-19 Outbreak

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage as many drives have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This critical shortage could impact patients who need surgery, are victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients fighting cancer. The Red Cross is working to reassure the public that blood donation is a safe process. Additional precautions have been put in place at blood drives to protect the health of safety of all who choose to donate. Our next blood drive will be held Wednesday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Scripps Mercy San Diego. Donations will be collected at the Bloodmobile, which will be parked on Lewis St. If you are healthy, please consider donating blood at this time of need. You can visit the Red Cross’ website to read more about their enhanced blood donation safety protocols being taken. 

CDC Provides Update on COVID-19 and Pregnancy

There have been a number of concerns about COVID-19 and how affects those who are pregnant, about to deliver or breastfeeding. We encourage individuals seeking guidance on this topic to contact their physician. The CDC also released a Q&A on this topic. Here are a few of the key points:

  • It is still unknown if pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID-19 than the general public nor whether they are more likely to have serious illness as a result.
  • It is not known at this time if COVID-19 would cause problems during pregnancy or affect the health of the baby after birth.
  • It is still unknown if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus that causes COVID-19 to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.
  • We do not know at this time what if any risk is posed to infants of a pregnant woman who has COVID-19. There have been a small number of reported problems with pregnancy or delivery (e.g. preterm birth) in babies born to mothers who tested positive for COVID-19 during their pregnancy.


Be Kind. Rewind. We’re All in This Together

Times of crisis often lead to higher amounts of stress and everyone’s temper getting a little shorter. Keep in mind that everyone – whether they’re working with patients in hospitals and clinics, screening hospital visitors, working at testing cabanas, preparing food, cleaning our spaces or taking calls from worried patients and community members – are all working hard and doing everything they can to help during this unprecedented health care crisis. This is a stressful situation and we all will become frustrated from time to time. When that happens to you, be kind, rewind, take a deep breath and have a friendly conversation. Maybe even thank someone for the great work they’re doing in difficult circumstances. Social distancing calls for six-foot boundaries, but kindness has no limits. We’ll get through this, and we’re all in this thing together.


Scripps Moves to Reduce Patient Visits / Elective Procedures & Surgeries

In alignment with current instructions provided by San Diego County Public Health and as part of our continued COVID-19 response, Scripps is implementing a planned reduction or postponement of scheduled office visits, elective procedures and surgeries. This is in the best interests of our patients – especially those most vulnerable to COVID-19 – as well as our physicians and staff and our community. While the timeframe and process for implementation may differ at each site, it is important that we implement at all campuses as soon as possible within the guidelines below.


Elective Surgeries

As the COVID-19 crisis progresses, we must anticipate the increased need for medical and ICU beds. This means postponement of electively scheduled, non-essential surgical procedures that would occupy these beds and potentially expose patients to a hospital actively caring for COVID-19 patients. This will be put into place for the remainder of March and then reevaluated for April and beyond.


Routine Office Visits

Reduction or postponement of Scripps Clinic and Scripps Coastal Medical Center scheduled office visits, or transition of scheduled visits to video, telephone or other means that can be accomplished without the patient presenting in person. This practice will allow us to redistribute needed staffing and resources to areas with greatest need and to help care for a potential influx of critically ill patients. It also helps us protect patients we would normally see in person, and who are also at greater COVID-19 risk (65+ years of age and/or chronic medical condition and/or immunocompromised). These patients should be isolating at home unless an in-person clinic visit is essential for their evaluation and management. This does not apply to patients whose health status or medical condition requires an in-person visit.


Elective Procedures

Reduction or postponement of non-essential elective procedures and screening procedures, particularly for those who are at greater COVID-19 risk (65+ years of age and/or chronic medical condition and/or immunocompromised). This will be implemented for the remainder of March and reevaluated later this month for any months to follow. Additionally, we should anticipate that rescheduling may not be possible for approximately two months. As we begin to implement these changes, please keep in mind the level of coordination and collaboration necessary. This is a rapidly changing situation that requires the utmost of flexibility from us all. We recognize these changes will impact our patients, our physicians and staff, and our organization. But we must prepare for the number of patients we could potentially need to care for due to COVID-19. Thank you all for your commitment to our patients and for all you’re doing each day as we face this pandemic.


All the world and regional stats on COVID-19 in one place


State of CA – Coronavirus COVID-19 Response


County of San Diego


Getting Things Done (GTD) system based on working at home instead of at work


Sheltering in Place: What You Need to Know | KQED News — This is a good overview of what the governors order means and the exempt sectors. (Suggest clicking through to read Santa Clara county’s order for specifics.)


Hospitals Stockpile Drug Trump Says Could Treat Covid-19


In the coronavirus pandemic, we’re making decisions without reliable data


Coronavirus tests should go only to health care workers and hospitalized in hard-hit states, say officials – The Washington Post


Why have so many coronavirus patients died in Italy? The country’s high death toll is due to an aging population, overstretched health system and the way fatalities are reported


Coronavirus obituaries fill the newspaper in Bergamo, Italy – The Washington Post — Many funerals are taking place with only a priest and funeral-home employee present, while family members face restrictions on gathering


Assembly Member Melissa Melendez — Several legislators are sharing info, of course. Melissa is sharing a lot of support resources on her page.


Facebook: San Diego Volunteers for the Coronavirus


Sharp HealthCare

Useful Links for Disaster Preparedness

211 San Diego Resources

American Red Cross

Crisis House

East County Salvation Army

East County Transitional Living Center for Homeless

San Diego County Road Closures and Traffic Controls

San Diego County Earthquake Preparedness

San Diego County CERT

SDG&E Power Outages

Volunteer San Diego

Law Enforcement

San Diego County Sheriff

El Cajon Police

La Mesa Police

San Diego Police

San Diego FBI

Fire Departments

Heartland Fire & Rescue

Santee Fire

San Diego County Fire Authority

Honoring our First Responders

The Business Community of San Diego East County honors our First Responders including Police, Fire and Military through offering a host of special discounts.

See a list of Discounts for our First Responders and their families here (peace-officers-discounts), from the San Diego Business Community.

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San Diego East County Homeless Task Force

The Chamber believes that by working together collaboratively, we can make a difference in a positive way regarding homelessness.  If you know a homeless veteran we can help get them into housing within 24 hours.  We are also working with our Faith Community, Cities, County, Law Enforcement, Education, Homeless Service Providers and with Businesses to combat homelessness and help to get people off of our streets and back on a pathway to a better life.

We have established a new San Diego East County Homeless Task Force for the Region to coordinate an action plan to reduce homelessness and crime in the region.  For more information contact the Chamber at
619-440-6161 or email us at


Thank you for your Service and for keeping our communities safe and secure every day!