Coronavirus Information

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Dear Food & Housing Division Stakeholders,

This month’s Food and Housing Division update includes: 1) information from the County of San Diego Public Health on COVID-19 and a link to educational materials and resources you might find helpful, 2) guidance reminding that washing hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent illness, whether foodborne or viral and 3) cost recovery presentation announcements.

2019 novel coronavirus

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The 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, known officially as COVID-19, is a respiratory disease that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The County of San Diego is working with several partners to monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak.

While immediate risk to the American public is believed to be low at this time, preventive actions should be taken by everyone. These actions include frequent and thorough handwashing, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and diligent cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Helpful guidance, information, FAQs, and handouts on COVID-19 , including flyers and posters translated into multiple languages are available for download online. Please feel free to post this information at your places of business or share this information with your employees.

Symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection include fever, cough, and shortness of breath/difficulty breathing. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, but it may be possible to be infected when touching a surface or object that has the virus on it.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your health care provider immediately. Suspected cases of COVID-19 should be immediately reported by telephone to the San Diego County Epidemiology Unit at (619) 692-8499during business hours or at (858) 565-5255 after hours, on weekends, or holidays.

Washing hands with soap

For more information, visit online here or contact: County of San Diego, Epidemiology Unit at (619) 692-8499 or e-mail.

Wash Hands to Prevent Illness

  • Frequently train and remind staff how to properly wash their hands. Be sure to model good handwashing practices.
  • Extensive handwashing is required before beginning work, after using the restroom, before handling food/equipment/utensils, before donning gloves, as often as necessary when switching from working with raw to ready-to-eat foods, after touching body parts (such as the face), or any time when contamination may occur.
  • Always thoroughly wash hands and arms by vigorously rubbing them with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds.
  • Post handwashing posters to remind staff and patrons to wash their hands