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Protect Yourself and Your Community

Understanding about the novel coronavirus is evolving quickly, making it hard to know what information is accurate and reliable. The City of Carlsbad encourages you to rely on the following federal, state and local sources as well as advice from your own physician and health care providers.

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency
California Department of Public Health
State COVID-19 website 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  
World Health Organization

Who's at risk

CDC updates, expands list of people at risk (6/25/20)

Face coverings

Here are some helpful links regarding the importance of wearing your face coverings:


  • Testing continues to become more readily available. If you think you have COVID-19, contact your doctor or health care provider for a referral to a testing site
  • If you don't have a provider, call 2-1-1 for a referral
  • Access on-demand testing by making an appointment. Visit this website or call 888-634-1123 for more information

Follow common sense health tips

  • Use caution when choosing hand sanitizer
  • Wash your hands often throughout the day with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that has 60% alcohol.  Wash Your Hands the Right Way Poster
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. See list of approved disinfectants.

Stay at home order

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Have a plan for if you get sick.
  • Consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email.
  • Determine who can provide you with care if your caregiver gets sick.
  • Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs.
  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Have supplies on hand

  • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
  • If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
  • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
  • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.

Take everyday precautions

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks and cell phones). 

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