The City of Carlsbad is promoting the locations of 10 public hand washing stations and encouraging everyone to wash their hands thoroughly and often. Hand washing is one of the key recommendations of public health officials to limit the spread of the new coronavirus that causes the highly contagious COVID-19 disease.
The County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency offered to provide cities with handwashing stations as part of a broader strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19. Combined with facilities provided by the city, the following locations are now available for hand washing in Carlsbad.
Maxton Brown Park, 500 Laguna Drive
Magee Park, 258 Beach Ave.
Roosevelt Parking Lot, Between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Ave.
State Street Parking Lot, South of Carlsbad Village Drive
Cole Library Parking Lot, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
City Hall, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Ocean Street at Pine Avenue
Pine Avenue Park, 755 Chestnut Ave.
Holiday Park, 1055 Chestnut Ave.
Alga Norte Park, 6565 Alicante Road
Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane
Stagecoach Park, 3420 Camino de los Coches
City emergency officials gave an update to the City Council Tuesday on preparations for COVID-19. Since late January, city staff have been monitoring developments closely and coordinating with public health officials. The city has also:
Increased cleaning of facilities
Secured additional masks and other protective equipment for first responders, reviewed
Reviewed preparedness plans for public health emergencies
Provided regular updates to the public as developments occur
According to city Emergency Services Director David Harrison, community spread of the new virus in San Diego would likely trigger the next level of response, which could include canceling public events and other measures referred to as “social distancing.” Community spread refers to new cases where the origin us unknown. San Diego currently has one presumed case, but the likely cause involved travel to a location known to have cases.
Harrison also referred to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that those over 60 consider limiting contact with large groups of people now as a precaution. Those over 60 and people with underlying medical conditions have a greater chance of becoming severely ill or dying from COVID-19.
The City of Carlsbad has created a webpage with links to official sources of information about COVID-19.