SanDiego350 Coronavirus Update

SanDiego350 is taking the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic very seriously, and urges everyone to heed governmental precautionary measures in this difficult and uncertain time. 

According to medical leaders, the coronavirus is spreading faster than our government and our doctors can track it, test for it, or contain it. It is our responsibility to support our region’s medical efforts, and our vulnerable residents, by doing our part to prevent the spread of this pandemic. 

We urge all communities to unite to protect one another. We all deserve care, dignity, and protection, and recognize that this pandemic is more than just a public health crisis, but is also a crisis of rising xenophobia, lack of access, and inequity. For the elderly, the immune compromised, the incarcerated, the disabled, and low income communities, the coronavirus can be life threatening. 

While SanDiego350 has canceled all in person gatherings for at least the next several weeks, we are moving as many events and volunteering opportunities as possible online, so stay tuned for information so that we can continue our work to fight climate change even as we fight this disease and its impacts on our community.

Take action weekly: Each week we’ll share effective actions to combat climate change and climate injustice. Post about taking action on social media. See this week’s actions here.

Sign up for our Support Group on Facebook. Email us if you need help or can offer help to others.

As the situation evolves we will make decisions about future events that fully support state and regional precautionary measures. 

Thank you for your continued support and stay safe! 

Kim Kishon & Masada Disenhouse, for the SanDiego350 Executive Committee (dated 3-11-20)

Some readings and resources:

How To Avoid Eviction and Access Community Resources

Many San Diegans are facing hard times as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. If your income has been reduced because of this health crisis, and you are unable to pay your rent, the Legal Aid Society of San Diego has produced an FAQ document about what you can do to avoid eviction during this emergency. The last page of this document also has a sample letter you can send to your landlord giving written notice about your inability to pay. You must also provide some documentation about your loss of income. There are deadlines you must follow to maintain your rights, so be sure to act in a timely manner.

Grants from United Way for Low Income Workers

If you are a low-income worker you may be eligible for one time grants from the United Way of San Diego to pay for rent and/or utilities. You can apply here.

Community Resources for Covid-19 (thanks to Alliance SD)

Alliance San Diego has a comprehensive list of community resources related to the Covid-19 crisis that you can access here.

SENIOR MEAL DELIVERY PROGRAMS, FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS

Members of our senior community are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, which is why the state recommends older adults at elevated risk remain at home until further guidance is issued.

If you fall into this group and do not have someone who can pick up groceries on your behalf, please reach out to the following San Diego organizations for assistance:

San Diego Food Bank’s Senior Food Program is a federal program that provides monthly supplemental food packages to income-eligible senior citizens ages 60 and over. The Food Bank administers the program and distributes USDA-provided food at distribution sites every month, throughout San Diego County. Participants must meet income requirements and provide proof of eligibility (e.g., valid identification with date of birth and proof of address, like utility, water, phone Bill). Eligible participants will receive a 30 lb. box of food and be entitled to receive a monthly food package from a site within your zip code on the allocated distribution day every month. To verify eligibility, visit the Food Bank’s website, or call 1-866-350- 3663.

Meals on Wheels continues their delivery meal services with COVID-19 precautions in place. Anyone over the age of 60 may receive meals and friendly visits. There are no socio-economic requirements. Meals on Wheels San Diego County charges a onetime, non-refundable fee of $35 to begin meal delivery service. The program accepts CalFresh EBT cards (SNAP) for meal payments. Meals on Wheels San Diego County subsidizes 60% of the costs for meals, delivery, and other services provided regardless of a senior’s ability to pay. To enroll, call: Metro San Diego Service Center: (619) 295-9501 or South County Service Center: (619) 420-2782

Jewish Family Services (JFS) offers mobile delivery of meals on a sliding scale. This service is available to seniors and younger adults with disabilities or health conditions that prevent them from leaving their home. Meals are prepared daily in the JFS onsite kosher kitchen. JFS also offers low-sodium, gluten-free and vegetarian options. Contact (858) 637-3210.

SPECIAL GROCERY STORE HOURS FOR AT-RISK* SHOPPERS

*Seniors, Disabled, Pregnant Women and Immunocompromised Shoppers

If you must leave the house to pick up groceries, please wear a protective mask (or scarf/bandana), and visit the following South County stores during their special hours dedicated for “high risk” shoppers:

  • Albertsons and Vons – for Seniors, customers with disabilities, pregnant women and immunocompromised shoppers
    • Every Tuesday and Thursday, 7 a.m.-9 a.m.
    • Albertsons – 720 3rd Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91910
    • Vons – 65 Saturn Blvd., San Diego, CA 92154
    • Vons – 620 Dennery Rd., San Diego, CA 92154
  •  Baron’s Market – for Seniors 65 years & older
    • Every day, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
    • Otay Ranch Town Center – 2015 Birch Road Chula Vista, CA 91915
  • Costco – for Members 60 years & older and those with physical impairments
    • Tuesday and Thursdays, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
    • San Diego – 650 Gateway Center Dr., San Diego, CA 92102
    • Chula Vista – 1130 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911
    • Chula Vista – 895 E. H St., Chula Vista, CA 91910
  • Food4Less – for Seniors 60 years & older
    • Every day, 6 a.m.-7 a.m.
    • San Diego – 5975 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92115
    • Chula Vista – 660 Palomar St., Chula Vista, CA 91911
    • National City – 1320 E 30th St National City, CA 91950
  • Northgate Market – for Seniors 65 & older and Disabled Shoppers
    • Every day, 7 a.m.-8 a.m.
    • San Diego – 1950 Main St., San Diego, CA 92113
    • San Diego – 5403 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92105
    • Chula Vista – 2909 Coronado Ave., San Diego, CA 92154
    • Chula Vista – 1058 3rd Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91911
    • National City – 1410 S 43rd St., San Diego, CA 92113
  • Ralphs – Seniors 60 & older
    • Every day, 6 a.m.-7:30 a.m.
    • Chula Vista – 780 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista, CA 91910
  • Sams Club – for Members who are Seniors and “high risk”
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 a.m.-9 a.m.
    • Concierge “Shop from Your Car” Service
  • Smart and Final – for Seniors 65 years & older (Must present ID to verify age), customers with disabilities, and pregnant women
    • Every day, 7:30 a.m.-8 a.m.
    • Chula Vista – 40 N. 4th Ave Unit D, Chula Vista, CA 91910
    • Chula Vista – 3141 Main St., Chula Vista, CA 91911
    • San Ysidro – 350 W. San Ysidro Blvd., San Ysidro, CA 92173
  • Target
    • Every Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
    • National City: 3060 Plaza Bonita Rd, National City, CA 91950
    • Chula Vista: 1240 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911
  • Walmart – for Seniors 60 & older
    • Through April 28th, one hour before normal business hours
    • National City – 1200 Highland Ave, National City, CA 91950
    • Chula Vista – 75 N Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
    • Chula Vista – 875 E H St, Chula Vista, CA 91910
    • Chula Vista – 1150 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911
    • San Diego – 575 Saturn Blvd, San Diego, CA 92154
    • San Diego – 710 Dennery Rd, San Diego, CA 92154
    • San Diego – 2121 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92102

Here are some information and best practices we’ve put together on limiting your exposure – we hope these are helpful:

State and local restrictions

All Californians are currently mandated to stay at home unless they are serving in an “essential” job. Shopping for groceries, filling prescriptions, and taking exercise outside are all allowed while practicing social distancing – at least 6 ft. between people.

Personal:

  • Hand washing
  • Do not touch face
  • Do not touch public surface areas – doors, counters, railings, grab bars
  • Restroom – take towels before washing hands to turn water on/off, use to open door.
  • Open “Push” doors with foot, back of hand, arm, elbow, shoulder, back
  • Open “Pull” doors by creating your own handhold using edges of door, or something other than the handle.
  • Elevators, ADA door openers, use elbows, knuckles, back of hands.
  • Limit or stop wearing “hand jewelry,” ie rings, bracelets, fitbits, watches
  • Wash your hands and clean your phone as soon as you are home.

Workplace:

  • Wipe down all shared workstations, door handles, counters, before and after shifts and at shift changes.
  • Limit personal contact and increase personal space.
  • Keep hand sanitizer available for guests and employees. 
  • Encourage workers to wash hands regularly, not just after using the restroom.
  • Do not come to work sick.
  • If self-quarantined, apply for unemployment as soon as you know. If diagnosed with communicable disease, check for eligibility for medical disability benefits.
  • Hand sanitizer does not replace washing! Plus, if you use hand sanitizer, get a quality hand lotion to keep skin healthy.